There are certain factors that should be taken into consideration when people are making a film. A few of those things include great casting, a unique plot, engaging dialogue, remarkable cinematography and complex, relatable characters. Thankfully, we have countless gems like Lady Bird and Get Out, which are considered examples of successful filmmaking. But then there are those that lack nearly every element that's crucial for a decent or at least watchable film. They often come perfectly packaged as impressive trailers, but when viewers actually spend money to see what turns out to be a total mess, it's really disappointing.
It's why a lot of us like to rely on Rotten Tomatoes to understand what these films actually entail. They answer important questions like "Is it as good as everyone says?" and "Is this actually worth my time?" But once in a while, we'll stumble upon a film that actually turns out to be so awful that it has a zero percent rating on the Tomatometer. For those who aren't familiar, the main rating is only determined by critics while the audience score is determined by regular viewers on the site. And while a film may be certified EXTRA rotten by critics, it can simultaneously hold a more favorable score with the general audience (as is the case with many of these). See which recent films currently have a zero percent score on Rotten Tomatoes:
London Fields tells the fascinating story of an attractive, clairvoyant woman who is fully aware of her future death by murder. She meets and seduces three very different men, including a writer named Samson Young, an upper-class banker named Guy Clinch, and a scammer named Keith Talent. However, she knows that one of these men will eventually be her future murderer.
Much like the book that it was based on (written by Martin Amis), the premise sounds super unique and interesting. But unfortunately, it simply failed to live up to its potential and a few of the characters could've been further developed. Most critics found it boring and difficult to follow. But not everyone would agree because it actually holds an approval rating of 68 percent among regular viewers on Rotten Tomatoes.
When Stratton, a Special Boat Service operative, teams up with Marty, his American counterpart, to scope out a lab in Iran for dangerous biochemical weapons, it goes horribly wrong and Marty doesn't survive. But soon after his death, Stratton learns that a former Soviet operative has gone rogue and may use stolen chemical weapons to get his revenge. Stratton and his team must band together to stop the former operative from unleashing those deadly weapons.
The film is based on the novel series by Duncan Falconer, but while those books were widely successful, the adaptation fell drastically short. One reviewer, Jody Clark, explained: "With a slow and painstakingly predictable plot, dreadfully weak dialogue and forgettable performances, Stratton is unlikely to be reassigned for further missions."
Open Road Films
Sixteen-year-old Max McGrath desperately wants to fit in when he moves to a new town, but things get complicated when he learns that he has the ability to generate powerful energy. He soon befriends an alien known as "Steel," and they both discover that when they combine forces, they become "Max Steel," a superhero with powerful strength. As the duo uncovers more secrets, they fight to save themselves and their world from dangerous forces seeking to control their abilities.
We've seen that superhero films inspired by toys can be successful (like Transformers), but Max Steel is clearly not one of them. It currently holds a zero percent rating and an approval score of just 48 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Movie critic Alex Welch commented: "Max Steel is one of the more forgettable and pointless attempts at a superhero franchise in the current post-MCU Hollywood market, lacking any of the originality or vibrance that could give it even a remote shot at a successful future."
In the detective drama, we meet Jim Carrey's Officer Tadek, who tries to solve a certain case about a murdered businessman. But then he discovers that there are striking similarities between the incident and a crime that was described in Krystov Kozlov's book. After this, Officer Tadek tracks down the author and develops an obsession with him. But the closer he comes to finding the truth, the deeper he falls into a dangerous world of corruption.
Now, for those of you who have doubts about seeing a comedic legend like Jim take on such a serious role, trust us when we say that he's just as successful at drama. However, the film itself fell short and it's disturbingly misogynistic. The Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus reads: "Dark Crimes is a rote, unpleasant thriller that fails to parlay its compelling true story and a committed Jim Carrey performance into even modest chills."
A group of five friends vacation together in a cabin in the woods. But after they encounter a hermit at their cabin, everyone slowly succumbs to a deadly, flesh-eating virus.
The plot sounds all too familiar because it honestly feels like it's been recycled at least a dozen times. Some have noted that at least the bloody, flesh-eating makeup looked terrifying enough to make viewers cringe. But aside from that, most critics agree that the overall film felt pointless and dull. Shadowhunters hottie Matthew Daddario couldn't even get the audiences interested. We should note that a previous version was released in 2002, though it was met with more mixed reviews, rather than overwhelmingly negative ones.
Single BFFs Kate and Meg decide to take a last-minute vacation to Fort Lauderdale to try and relieve their stress. However, their flight is unexpectedly delayed because of a hurricane warning, and while on the plane, they both meet an attractive guy that they end up competing for.
The film may have delivered a few chuckles here and there, but frankly, there was nothing original about it and the characters were far from relatable. One critic, Chris Packham, explained: "To accept these characters, you have to suspend your disbelief and any knowledge about real-life women." It currently holds a 23 percent audience rating. Coincidentally, Matthew Daddario's sister Alexandra Daddario is in this one, released the next year. It's a good thing misery loves company.
The Canadian action flick stars Bruce Willis as a crime boss named Eddie. When a particular heist goes south, Karen attempts to make amends with her boss by recruiting her ex to steal a cargo of valuable gems. But then that job goes south, which leads to an ultimate showdown.
Just to give you an idea of the critical response, some have called it an "insult to action cinema," the "blandest heist movie ever made" and an "absolute waste of time." The face-offs, shootouts and speed chases may have looked sort of impressive on a surface level, but this film is not even on the same caliber as other action classics.
It may have an impressive cast, but even that couldn't save it from a zero percent rating. The Netflix film focuses on a diverse group of strangers in the West who discover that they all have the same dad (even though they look nothing alike). They then journey together to try and find their father.
That plot alone sounds crazy enough to make us raise our eyebrows, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that every critic hated it (surprisingly, it has an audience score of 32 percent, meaning some people actually enjoyed it). The Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus reads: "Every bit as lazily offensive as its cast and concept would suggest, The Ridiculous Six is standard couch fare for Adam Sandler fanatics and must-avoid viewing for film enthusiasts of every other persuasion."
After tragically losing their young daughter, Dana, David, and their son Lucas move to a new home in North Carolina to get a fresh start. But little do they know that this beautiful home has a secret room with a haunted past. When Dana discovers it, she starts to have disturbing visions and she slowly loses her sanity, unable to tell what's real from what's not.
The psychological thriller had so much potential, but according to critics, it was a complete mess and it was rather predictable. Critic Robert Abele went as far as to call it "a litany of embarrassments best left shielded from audiences." We'll take his word for it.
In the biographical crime drama, John Travolta portrays real life crime boss, John Gotti. Over the course of three decades, we follow Gotti's rise to the head of the Gambino Crime Family in New York City. It also chronicles his efforts to keep his family together in spite of drama and tragedy.
Although critics dragged this film to the grave for its dull plot and script, nearly fifty percent of audiences who rated it on Rotten Tomatoes actually enjoyed it. Critic Louisa Moore mentioned that it was "an incoherent jumble not unlike that of puzzle pieces thrown together in a bag, shaken up, and heaved on the screen in an astonishing display of haphazard incompetence." On the other hand, a few reviewers called it "heartfelt," "entertaining," and worthy of an Academy Award. It's safe to say that there were mixed reviews for this one...
Sadly, Gotti isn't John's only film with a zero percent rating. In this action drama, he plays Beau, a father who does high-wire work. Although he's haunted by the deadly electrocution of his late brother, he continues to work on keeping the electrical grid running. And when a deadly storm ensues, Beau and the rest of his linemen risk their lives to keep their town connected.
It sounds like a riveting, fast-paced film and it feels like such a great way to honor the bravery of real-life linemen. But unfortunately, it fell flat and included too many cliches. Critic Robert Yaniz, Jr. said: "A listless cast and a crushingly flat script fail to illuminate the lives of high-wire electrical workers in Life on the Line, which instead resorts to tired story beats and a false sense of self-righteousness."
Jack McCall is a successful literary agent who's known for stretching the truth in order to land his book deals. But when a New Age self-help guru named Dr. Sinja sees through Jack's facade, he decides to return the favor. On that same night, a Bodhi tree shows up in Jack's backyard and both men learn that Jack is actually connected to the tree. For every single word that Jack says, a leaf falls off. And when all the leaves go, the tree dies, as well as Jack. Because of this, Jack is forced to choose his words carefully and communicate in other ways, which leads to a bunch of misunderstandings.
While the concept is interesting, the execution wasn't so great - and literally every critic would agree. Most viewers barely found the comedy funny. The performances were mediocre and the script could've been WAY better.
The film follows an English con man who tries to marry into a wealthy family. But his plans begin to go south when his unpredictable brother shows up on his wedding day.
To be fair, the film's zero percent rating is based on a mere nine reviews. However, based on the audience score rating (of 16 percent), viewers weren't too thrilled about it either. Film critic David Nusair explained that it was a "half-baked idea that clearly needed more time in the writing phase." And others seemed to share that sentiment, describing the film as clumsy, dull, and uninteresting.
Bucky is a grocery bagger who constantly feels bored and unfulfilled, but that all changes when he learns that his reserved parents used to be porn stars. He immediately takes this as a sign that he should follow in his parents' footsteps and become an adult film star himself. He drops everything and travels to L.A., determined to make it into the porn industry.
The critics' consensus on Rotten Tomatoes describes the movie as "a severely misguided and inept comedy incapable of even telling its single joke properly." Reviewers have mentioned that the film was so unbearable that they struggled to finish watching it, and one even went as far as calling it "soul-crushing." But this is understandable, considering the ridiculous plot and childish penis jokes.
Wrekin Hill Entertainment
Kate, a marine biologist and shark expert, struggles to keep her business afloat after her crew member gets killed by a shark. She's so haunted by the incident that she avoids getting back into the water. But when she gets herself into a financial hole, she agrees to take an adventurous millionaire and his son for a shark dive. And of course, that quickly leads to disaster.
According to most of the critics who reviewed the movie, stunning protagonists in bathing suits and great cinematography can't really save a bad film. It turns out that Dark Tide had one-dimensional characters and basically the most boring plot ever. A few fans have compared it to the classic monster flick, Jaws, but this seems kind of unfair since they're not even in the same league.
The action movie focuses on a team of corrupt cops who are also known as F.R.A.T. They all believe themselves to be above the law, but that begins to change when an ambitious young reporter named Joshua Pollack learns about the corrupt system. Joshua makes it his duty to expose these cops and take them down.
The film definitely has good action sequences and a bunch of impressive leads, including Morgan Freeman and the now-disgraced Kevin Spacey. But even that wasn't enough to redeem this film in 2005. According to critics, the movie included too many cliches, the characters were poorly written, and the dialogue could've been better. Hollywood Reporter's Michael Rechtshaffen described it as "a star-studded dud of a B-picture populated with corrupt politicians, rogue psycho cops, noble newspaper reporters and enough posturing to start up a chiropractic clinic." Talk about harsh.
P & A Releasing
Calvin and Leonard are arrested after they rob two much older women named Doris and Betty. However, the women decide to drop the charges and invite the guys to their mansion. The guys plan on marrying the women to inherit their money, but little do they know that Doris and Betty are actually two broke women who want to kill them for their insurance money.
The movie made less than $400,000 in its opening weekend and, based on a whopping 44 critic reviews, it holds a zero percent rating. Jen Chaney from Washington Post said it was "so stupefyingly hideous that after watching it, you'll need to bathe in 10 gallons of disinfectant, get a full-body scrub and shampoo with vinegar to remove the scummy residue that remains." Whoa...
In Homecoming we meet Shelby Mercer, who takes the meaning of "crazy ex" to a whole new level. When her high school boyfriend, Mike, returns home for the holiday with a new girlfriend on his arm, she's not too thrilled about it. In fact, she's so desperate to win Mike back that she'll do whatever it takes to get his new flame, Elizabeth, out of the picture. Even if it means taking her life. It sounds like the kind of film that would keep you on the edge of your seat, but according to critics, it was too lazy, predictable and cheesy. Still, the film was actually a box office success, making over $8.5 million against a budget of $1.5 million.
The passing of Carmel Boxer prompts the Boxer family to return to the Deep South in order to celebrate her legacy. But it's not exactly a peaceful or happy reunion, because as they all reminisce the details of Carmen's past, they're forced to address past hurts and be transparent with one another. Meanwhile, the family patriarch, Helms, has to figure out a way to overcome his own inner demons.
Though it was meant to tug at heartstrings, the movie came off as a mediocre film that dragged on and lacked focus. In his review, critic Kam Williams explained: "This overplotted, emotional dump plods along as if the characters are stuck in the cinematic equivalent of quicksand, never generating any traction because no matter how much everybody vents, nothing of consequence ever transpires."
Danny, Mitch, Gil and Rory, who used to form a well-known band called The Suburbans, have a little reunion when one of the members gets married. They wind up performing their only hit single together, and lucky for them, a record company executive (Cate) approaches them with the idea of making a big comeback. However, the guys are reluctant because of the toll it could take on their personal lives. Still, they agree to take the risk, while Cate's career hangs in the balance.
The comedy-drama, unfortunately, was not all that funny or enjoyable. One critic, Michael Dequina, even described it as being "painfully laugh-free."
First Look International
This could be due to the low number of critics who reviewed it - there are only five as of now. But since it holds an audience score of only 26 percent, it seems like those critics were mostly right. In the film, a father and son's attempt to bond on a hiking trip in the wilderness goes awry when they cross paths with a professional assassin who's on the loose.
It sounds pretty intense and it has a high-profile cast, but for some reason, it was barely noticed by critics. According to one of the few who saw the film, David Cornelius, the movie was "little more than a clumsy pile-up of hackneyed themes, one-dimensional characters, and mediocre tension." ...Sounds like the other critics didn't miss out on much.
Warner Home Video
To be honest, we're kind of surprised by this one because we practically grew up on the Olsen twins' family-friendly comedies. But to be fair, the Tomatometer score is based on only five critic reviews, and roughly half of audiences actually loved it. Thirteen-year-old twins Sam and Emma Stanton are complete opposites. While Emma is a girly fashionista who struggles at sports, Sam is a star soccer player who needs help attracting boys. When their parents sign Sam up to join a struggling soccer team and Emma to a winning team, the two decided to fool their parents and switch places.
The TV film was mostly met with mixed responses, and unfortunately, the few critics who shared their feedback were not at all entertained.
Though this was technically a box office success, it wasn't nearly as successful as its predecessor. The dance film takes place six years after Tony's disco contest. He lives in Manhattan and aspires to dance on Broadway, but when he finally lands a part on a show, he quickly learns that being ion Broadway it's not always glamorous.
Compared to the dazzling, inspiring coming-of-age story that was Saturday Night Fever, this film is a huge disappointment. It's just not as exciting to see random, sweaty dance sequences when you can't really connect with the story emotionally, or when there isn't as much depth. Critics have argued that the film was simply unnecessary and one of the worst sequels ever made.
In the drama film, Jessica Alba plays Mona Gray, who turns to the world of mathematics after her father, a mathematician, becomes mentally ill. She learns that she has a gift for teaching math, and so she becomes a teacher at an elementary school. But still, she struggles to get over her self-destructive behavior and social dysfunction along the way.
Many fans have described the movie as bland and pointless while a few believe that this was actually among Jessica's best films. Critic Brent Simon called it a "soupy, entirely unconvincing grab bag of unmotivated behaviors and unearned emotional payoffs."
The first film, Baby Geniuses, is still regarded to this day as one of the worst films ever made. It was hated by critics, receiving only two percent on the Tomatometer, and yet, it made more than twice its budget at the box office. This was enough to inspire filmmakers to make part two, but what they came up with was a disaster. In contrast, Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (which follows a group of talking baby geniuses) made less than half of its overall budget and got zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Film critic Michael O'Sullivan said: "The action sequences are phony-looking; the dialogue sounds largely improvised on the fly; the laughs are few and far between; and the acting ... is, to put it kindly, wooden."
In the follow-up to Highlander, we see how Connor MacLeod fares after helping to create a protective shield that would help save the Earth. As a result, the planet is stuck in a state of high temperature, high humidity, and constant darkness. But by 2024, things start going downhill because of an evil corporation that takes over the shield, wanting to control the Earth's resources. And when Connor, who has turned into an elderly man, has a flashback from planet Zeist, his life is drastically changed.
Even for those who are familiar with the first film, this film came off as a bit messy. Roger Ebert said, "Highlander 2: The Quickening is the most hilariously incomprehensible movie I've seen in many a long day -- a movie almost awesome in its badness."
Warner Bros. Pictures
The action-thriller focuses on an epic battle between two former government agents as they search for a lethal weapon with the ability to kill without a trace. Ex-DIA agent Sever is out for revenge because of a previous raid gone wrong, and so she's also determined to get a hold of the dangerous new weapon. Meanwhile, former FBI tracker Jeremiah Ecks is hired to recover that same weapon before things go horribly wrong.
Though viewers got their fair share of explosions, bullets, and fight sequences, critics have pointed out that the entire film felt pointless and nonsensical. The characters are one-dimensional, the subplots are confusing, and the soundtrack is pretty much headache-inducing. One Rotten Tomatoes reviewer, xGary Xx, noted: "The fight choreography is clumsy and the constant stream of irrelevant stunts start to look plain silly after a while because there's so little plot to hang them on."
MGM Distribution Co.
Though critics weren't impressed with the comedy, it actually holds an audience score of 65 percent. The film follows a young African American who was previously jailed for two felonies. He tries to enjoy his freedom after getting released from prison, but under the new "three strikes" law, he has to be extra careful to avoid any trouble that could land him back in jail. Still, it seems like trouble follows him everywhere he goes.
Critics have mentioned that while the film does have a good cast, the film itself isn't impressive. The critics' consensus describes it as a film that "lacks direction," also mentioning that the "low-brow humor isn't even that funny."
We all know the classic Disney tale of Pinocchio, which follows the adventures of a wooden puppet who really wants to become a real boy. In this retelling, however, which was shot in Italy, we get a very different version of Pinocchio. Though the cinematography is great, almost everyone would agree that the fully-grown Roberto Benigni is not quite believable as the adorable Pinocchio. He actually came off as a bit creepy. Plus, the dialogue was clumsy at times.
The critics' consensus reads: "Roberto Benigni misfires wildly with this adaptation of Pinocchio, and the result is an unfunny, poorly-made, creepy vanity project."
A wheelchair-bound boy named Eric Cruise begins a friendship with a Mysterious Alien Creature (also known as 'MAC') that accidentally travels to Earth. Since the alien was separated from its family immediately after arriving, Eric and MAC team up to try and find his family again.
Tons of viewers and critics found it hard to ignore the fact that several concepts were copied from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Plus, the excessive product placement of popular brands made the whole thing feel more like a 99-minute ad. According to Rotten Tomatoes critics' consensus, "Mac and Me is duly infamous: not only is it a pale imitation of E.T., it's also a thinly-veiled feature-length commercial for McDonalds and Coca-Cola."
Buena Vista Pictures
It may be universally hated by critics, but the action comedy currently holds an audience score of over 71 percent. It follows a former cop and private investigator named Arthur Shame, who runs 'A Low Down Dirty Shame Investigations' along with his (professional and romantic) partner, Peaches. However, he's forced to revisit his complicated past when he gets hired by a former colleague to help close a case.
While viewers did get a few laughs from the film, some agree that Keenan Ivory Wayans was a rather disappointing action hero. Critic Brian Lowry noted: "In terms of action, Wayans the director relies too much on slow-motion in shooting action scenes -- a tiresome habit that undercuts the potential excitement of some sequences."
In this final installment of the Look Who's Talking Trilogy, Mollie is recently laid off while her husband, James, is a private air pilot. Little does he know, though, that his boss has a major crush on him. When he's tricked into spending Christmas Eve with her, Mollie attempts to take the holiday celebration to him, along with their kids. But when they end up getting trapped in the woods, it's up to their talking pet dogs, Rocks and Daphne, to save the day.
There were so many things wrong with this film, from the inappropriate adult references to the fact that there was zero chemistry between Kirstie Alley and John Travolta. However, the cheery holiday theme did make it somewhat watchable. TV Guide said: "While formulaic and predictable, the parallel human and animal plots offer enough dream sequences, guest star appearances, musical interludes and holiday spirit to keep both children and adults moderately entertained."
The original film may have been a major box office hit, but this sequel totally failed to live up to the first. It centers on two kids, Lilli and Richard, who grow up together on a tropical island and discover their sexuality. As they mature, they fall for each other and they eventually get married. But their relationship is challenged when a beautiful girl with eyes for Richard arrives by ship.
In his review, critic John Hartl commented: "The travelogue-style photography is soothing, the bodies are pretty and the music isn't offensive, but feature-length movies can't survive on the ingredients for a standard airline commercial." YIKES. But aside from earning itself a zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the film also bombed at the box office. It made only $2.8 million against a budget of $11 million.
Though the production process for the previous films took years to complete, Jaws: The Revenge only took about nine months. Perhaps that could help explain why the film turned out to be so bland and predictable. In this sequel, we meet the late Officer Roy Scheider's wife, Ellen Brody. She quickly figures out that the shark wants revenge and is out to get the surviving members of her family.
The characters were boring, the dialogue was bad, and the premise was rather odd. The Rotten Tomatoes critics' consensus mentions that it's "illogical" and a "sorry chapter in a once-proud franchise."
The Lost Boys Trilogy wasn't that great as a whole. And surprisingly, some have claimed that the final movie was a slight improvement from the second installment. But still, this didn't save it from landing a zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie follows Edgar and Alan, who fight to save the human race when an alpha vampire tries to transform people through vampire blood disguised as a drug. Though fans were excited to see Corey Feldman at the forefront, it wasn't enough to save the movie from its ridiculous plot and weak dialogue.
Critic Brian Orndorf said: "It's meager parade of drab kills and uninspired cartoon weaponry, leaning on Feldman to bring Lost Boys magic he doesn't possess."
Many viewers and critics were disappointed to see that this was Chinese film director Chen Kaige's first English-language film. Killing Me Softly is about a young woman who becomes so bored with her relationship that she leaves her boyfriend for a heated romance with a stranger she barely knows. But soon, she learns disturbing details about his past, including the fact that many of his former lovers went missing. The erotic thriller left most viewers feeling underwhelmed and, according to critics, that might have to do with the awful script and super cheesy plot twists.
Although the series was commercially successful as a whole, critics didn't take too well to this installment. The series follows a group of Police Academy grads who have to train newly recruited civilians due to a shortage of police officers. Parts one, two, and three received 39, 29, and 40 percent respectively on Rotten Tomatoes, but they did do well at the box office. As for part four, though, critics unanimously agreed that the series simply lost its magic. The consensus reads: "Utterly, completely, thoroughly and astonishingly unfunny, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol sends a once-innocuous franchise plummeting to agonizing new depths."
In the film, a group of three settlers in the West hires an alcoholic wagon master (James Harlow) to help them return to their hometowns in the East. But the group's journey is met with a few challenges along the way. The Western comedy, which is known for being actor John Candy's last film before his passing, is often described as a failed rip-off of Blazing Saddles. Critics actually found it unoriginal, unfunny, and forgettable.
Critic Chris Hicks mentioned that this was a "sad farewell for John Candy," and Washington Posts's Rita Kempley said it was "a ghastly western parody that does not honor Uncle Buck's memory, but exploits his last, pitiable appeal for laughter."
Though the Christmas musical fantasy was marketed as a children's film, an overwhelming majority of viewers would beg to differ. People were expecting to see a delightful and inspiring story about a girl and her magical Nutcracker, but it turns out that those trailers were extremely misleading. What viewers got instead was a messed up plot with Nazi rats, mediocre music and a Nutcracker that looked nothing like an actual nutcracker.
The response to the film was mostly negative, earning it an audience score of just 29 percent. And of course, all critics agreed that this movie was horribly misguided. Film critic Roger Ebert wrote that it was "one of those rare holiday movies that may send children screaming under their seats," so if you're planning a family movie night, avoid this one like the plague.
The crime thriller follows Joan Burrows, who visits her hometown for her niece's graduation. But when a mutilated body is found, this triggers a bunch of disturbing flashbacks, where it's revealed that she and her friend were once kidnapped and tortured by a man named Bishop. Among all the people he held captive, she was the only person to survive and escape with a scar on her cheek. But in the present day, she suspects that Bishop may have returned for another killing spree.
This was the first US-produced 3D feature film to be completed in HD 3D, but unfortunately, most fans and every single critic really hated it. The critics' consensus describes it as "a nasty, witless and unoriginal entry into the torture porn canon with hopeless acting and a waste of modern 3D technology." OUCH.