This article was originally published on tv-bee and has been republished here with permission.
We all love a good movie, and it's pretty easy to find great movie recommendations. But what about bad movies, we mean, like really bad? Don't they deserve to be acknowledged? Those low-grade comic parodies, horror or dramas deserve their own spotlight so that we can all know what we're getting into before hitting play. You see, we really prefer not to waste our precious screen time on crappy movies. So if you've ever wondered what the worst-rated movies ever are, look no further. Here is a curated list of 35 worst-reviewed movies of all time. Please be good humans and share it with your loved ones.
1. Disaster Movie (2008)
Our list begins with a movie that lives up to its name. The plot: twenty-somethings come across a series of unexpected natural disasters over a course of a day. Remember, this will be your first encounter with directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, They will come back.
This movie has all the qualities of a bad movie. Lack of continuity, cheezy jokes, bad acting, etc. In other words, it's a total disaster.
2. Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)
Not only is this movie a sequel, but it also depicts a group of smarty-pants toddlers that makes you feel like you'll never want to reproduce. This is basically a baby version of a superhero movie, with a terrible plot and even worse voice overs. It's a lose-lose situation.
The plot, if you insist, shows the toddlers fighting the bad guys so they can save all the babies around the world. They're your 90 minutes to waste, but probably also your dignity.
3. Serving Sara (2002)
Everyone loves a good romantic comedy, but not if it comes with really bad acting, premature dialogs, and creepy jokes. Serving Sara is trying to be your typical rom-com and revolves around divorce and gold-digging. But it ends up as a huge cringe.
Matthew Perry plays a man whose job is to serve people with official papers. He serves Sara (Elizabeth Hurley) her divorce papers and the next thing you know, they're having an affair. If you're looking for a romantic comedy with no romance and no comedy - you have our thumbs up.
4. The Fog (2005)
The Fog was actually a pretty Ok horror movie made by John Carpenter in 1980. But the 2005 remake of The Fog? Totally unnecessary. In this one too, a mysterious fog covers a town, and revenge-seeking ghosts attack the residents. If they could only act.
Even though it aims to be a mystery thriller, it ends up being a not-so-scary action movie. Eventually, it's a so-so remake of a so-so movie, lacking scares, suspense, and originality.
5. A Thousand Words (2012)
This movie was disastrous from the get-go. After it was screened in the US, the distributors canceled the British and other European openings and just aired it on TV instead. The main character, played by Eddie Murphy, finds a magical tree in his yard after encountering a guru. From there it escalates quickly.
Murphy is affected by a curse that will kill him if he speaks more than a thousand words. This, of course, creates havoc in his life, and despite what could have been a humorous situation, the result is a huge cringe. Some reviews suggested to not even rent it.
6. Material Girls (2006)
Looking for paper-thin characters who try too hard to be funny? Check. Disney stars and sisters Hilary and Hayley Duff, play two rich sisters who are stripped of their inherited wealth by a cosmetic company. The movie revolves around their battle to get their money back.
With the lack of a well-thought-out plot, poorly written characters, and bad humor stealing the show, you'll hardly be able to notice the jarring wardrobe changes ( the mid-2000's wardrobe that is). In other words: this movie is a brain-numbing flitch that is not worth your time.
7. Vampires Suck (2010)
This movie was actually created as a parody of the ultimate teen vampire movie: Twilight. But guess who has the last laugh. Well, not you, obviously. A cute teenager has to choose between a vampire and a werewolf, who are both into her. Hmmm, tough choice. To make matters even worse, she must deal with her controlling father and a group of killer vampires on the loose.
This movie tries so hard to be sarcastic it hurts. It just ends up dumb. Did we mention it's from directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer?
8. Pledge This! (2006)
This awful feature takes place in college. Because who doesn't like a good college movie? Well, this one has Paris Hilton as a leading character and producer so no, we were definitely not expecting to actually enjoy it. The movie is about a group of girls at South Beach University who have to search for a new place to live after a toilet in their dorm explodes. A sorority president agrees to pledge the girls but has her own gains in mind.
Paris Hilton plays a snobby sorority girl with crowning ambitions. The rest of the movie revolves around what attempts to depict standard college dramas but stays way back in Kindergarten. Need we say more?
9. Epic Movie (2007)
Another Friedberg-Seltzer collaboration that lives up to expectations. Man, we are starting to get the feeling that these guys are not Coppola. This movie is a patchwork of previous years’ pop-culture contents, from movies to music videos.
Just to give you a glimpse of how bad the writing is, we will just disclose that the female co-star is named “White Bitch” and is played by Jennifer Coolidge. This movie might have worked as a badly made almanac for pop culture but definitely fails as a comedy.
10. The Hottie & the Nottie (2008)
This movie is another failed attempt to be funny and is doing so by objectifying and degrading women, which makes it even more pathetic. Again, Paris Hilton is trying to take the screen but leaves us begging for mercy. The plot itself is super cringy: one hot woman agrees to go on a date with a guy, but only if he finds a date for her not-so-hot best friend. We think we've said enough.
This movie got one-star reviews from almost all critics. And it's a wonder it even got that lone star. It's one thing to not be funny or appealing, but if you are also offensive, you don't deserve even that.
11. Gigli (2003)
Many words (and tears) have been wasted over this disaster of a movie that Ben Affleck made with Jeniffer Lopez. This film depicts their mid-2000's dating period in the most terrible way possible. But hey, their collaborative feature managed to be a failure even before its premiere. As the FX network started airing trailers to hype the movie, it backfired with critiques like "The most talked-about movie you never saw.”
Affleck and Lopez tried to make a classic romantic comedy with a side of action (they play two professional assassins falling in love), but unfortunately, there was no responsible adult around to stop them.
12. Meet the Spartans (2008)
Borrowing references from other features can be a form of art if you know how to do it (Hi Quentin Tarantino!). However, as we all know, the Friedberg-Seltzer team is just not good at it. And here they added another horrific film to their long list of failures.
The plot revolves around Leonidas, a young Spartan warrior who takes a handful of warriors along with him on a mission to bring down an evil, overweight Persian ruler. At the end of the day, Meet the Spartans is just another movie that spoofs 300 and other pop culture elements of the early 2000s. Just in the worst possible way.
13. Date Movie (2006)
Here's yet another romantic comedy parody written and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, which makes us start to think they are doing this on purpose. Starring Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Sophie Monk, Jennifer Coolidge, and other actors with a desperate need of a paycheck. This rom-com is about a girl, her crush, and their experience meeting The Parents, so you basically get all the usual clichés.
Oh, and did we mention the fat-shaming part where the lead character thinks she is too fat to find love? If you feel like snuggling with a cute comedy and decide for some reason to watch this one, don't say we didn't warn you.
14. The Emoji Movie (2017)
It doesn’t come as a surprise that Sony Pictures Entertainment wrote a feature-length animated movie about the secret world of emojis that live in your smartphone. The plot is simple. it focuses on a protagonist who wants to “fix” himself and ends up saving the “world.”
The movie was a huge success at Razzies, as it got nominated for Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenwriting, and Worst Screenplay. No, we will not let our kids see it either.
15. The Hungover Games (2014)
As you might have guessed from the title, this feature is a mash-up between two quite successful movies: The Hunger Games by Gary Ross and The Hangover by Todd Phillips. The idea behind this awful combo is telling the story of three friends who wake up hungover after a bachelor party, and find themselves in the middle of a kill or get killed game. You guessed it, this one also won Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenwriting, and Worst Screenplay. No, we will not let our kids see it either.
In this futuristic dystopia, they need to fight different pop culture districts to find their missing fourth friend. This plot might have actually worked if anyone bothered to write a decent script that dos not insult our intelligence, or at least hired actors that are actually funny.
16. Jack & Jill (2011)
This movie is actually special, as it managed to win all the categories at Razzies! It got Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Actor, Worst Actress, Worst Supporting Actor, Worst Supporting Actress, Worst Screen Couple, Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel (Remake of Glen or Glenda from 1953), Worst Screenplay, and Worst Screen Ensemble. Do you need us to continue?
The movie aims to be a comedy for the whole family, centered around Thanksgiving and tells the story of dysfunctional twins who are both played by Adam Sandler. And although we love Sandler, we actually think he should have just buried this one.
17. The Starving Games (2013)
Another Hunger Games parody, as if there weren't enough of them, also made this spectacular list. As usual, it does not fail to live up to the bad reputation of the parodies of any other blockbuster movie. The main character, Kantmiss Evershot has to fight for her life in this post-apocalyptic world with a chance to win an old ham, a coupon for a foot-long sub, and a partially eaten pickle.
This spoof is bad because it not only lacks originality but is also full of immature jokes and lacks continuity (which was said to be intentional to save up on the budget). And don't get us wrong, we love parodies, but they really need great writing to actually work.
18. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2004)
Back in the 2000s, Jim Carrey used to be a huge comic actor. Although somewhat stupid, some of his movies used to actually be funny. But this time he stretched the genre a bit too much, resulting in a sequel (more like prequel) that the world just didn’t need. The movie is set in the 1980s when Harry and Lloyd met in high school, way before the first Dumb and Dumber takes place.
The movie is about nothing but the mostly sex-oriented minds of not-so-smart teenagers and their nonsense adventures in high school. It's not funny, at all, just makes you truly uncomfortable most of the time.
19. Bratz (2017)
Bratz is a high school drama that tells the story of four friends who are about to get separated by the student body president. Doesn't that sound promising? Add to that the fact that it's actually a musical, and you probably think you have a Disneyesque fun 90 minutes. Well, we're sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this movie actually sucked.
Let's start with the fact that these songs would never exist unless this movie did, that's how bad they are. And if that's not enough, then most of the scenes are lip-synced, and yes, of course, you notice it right away. And the plot - well nothing to write home about there. To conclude: if you are not into teens with itty-bitty outfits and bad singing, this is definitely not for you.
20. Bucky Larson: born to be a star (2011)
We're sorry (and unsurprised) to inform you that Adam Sandler has another entry in this horror list. This time as a producer and writer for yet another failed comedy. You know the type: instead of smart and witty jokes, you get the worst kind of bathroom humor. Bucky is a man from the Midwest that moves to LA with the hope of following in his parents' footsteps and becoming a porn star.
Let's face it, Bucky is a total dumbass. And maybe, in the right mood, you could get a couple of laughs. But other than that you'll mostly cringe and feel embarrassed for anyone involved in this.
21. The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vega (2000)
As if we weren't embarrassed enough with the nonanimated Flinstons version, then comes this Flintstones prequel to teach us what embarrassment truly is. This one tells the story of how Barney and Fred met Wilma and Betty in modern-day Stone Age Las Vegas. Namely, Rock Vega.
The sad thing is that not only this movie is really bad, it also failed miserably in the box office. It's estimated cost was 83 million dollars, yet it's cumulative world earnings were a mere 59 million dollars. And that's probably 59 million more than it should have earned.
22. Piranha 3DD (2012)
Even though production was halted in the middle of filming, and producer Joel Soisson was asked to rewrite the entire script, this movie still managed to be one of the worst-reviewed movies of all time. It aims to be a mix of comedy and horror by focusing on the series of events that happen when Piranhas make their way to a newly opened waterpark.
Overall this is a lazy sequel to Piranha 3D, with no new additions and lots of lame outtakes at the end. Too bad these Piranhas didn't munch on the script while they had a chance.
23. The Love Guru (2008)
We honestly love Mike Myers. Like, the guy is hilarious. But unfortunately, he can also produce cringe-worthy moments. Here, it's the mix of westernized appropriation of the Indian culture and the pathetic attempts at jokes. Sorry, Mike, it's all just wrong.
Myers plays the leading role of a man who returns to the US after being brought up in India. He is of course mistaken for a love guru, and everything goes downhill from there. A sloppy script, combined with bad acting. gives birth to this cinematic tragedy.
24. Stan Helsing (2009)
This important list has many spoofs on various genres and this one is where it hurts: horror. Let's face it: about 50% of all horror movies can be the stars of this list, but this one probably outshines them all. The story revolves around a video clerk, his best friend, and two objectified young females.
The main characters are going to a Halloween party, but they encounter a series of unexpected events. Let's just say this: there are giant monsters involved. This movie tries and succeeds to check all the Bad Movie Boxes.
25. Dance Flick (2009)
This is a great example of what happens when people prioritize family relations over talent. The movie is written, directed, and cast by seven members of the Wayans family. We hope at least they do better at Thanksgiving dinner. As it has a self-explanatory title, the movie showcases street dancer Thomas Uncles and the dance battles he participates in. As usual, the troubled lead finds the right path with the help of a beautiful female by his side.
On top of all the cliches, the bad acting, the not so great dancing, and overall cheap production, the humor in this movie is heavily based on negative stereotypes, to the point where they start to be offensive rather than funny.
26. Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994)
We all know that the Police Academy series was pretty lame from the get-go. So how in the name,e of god has it reached its seventh movie? It will not shock you to find out that the writers really ran out of material. So they set the movie in Russia, and that of course did not help at all.
The Russian government hires the veterans of the Police Academy to stop the Russian Mafia boss, Konstantine Konali. In other words, this movie is a pitiful effort to create funny content for the Police Academy by using leftover Russian stereotypes from the Cold War.
27. The Avengers (1998)
When this movie hit the screens, Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes were pretty big stars. But little did that help. They are not The Avengers you were hoping for from the Marvel Universe, but rather two secret agents who are assigned to deal with Sir August De Wynter who wishes to destroy the world using his weather-altering machine. Will they save the world? Does anyone even care?
This movie was highly anticipated, and therefore a huge disappointment for the fans of the TV show which carries the same name. What can we say, accidents happen.
28. The Wicker Man (2006)
This is yet another unsuccessful remake. The original was made in 1973, and the remake is so bad, that Robin Hardy, the original writer, and director had asked to be removed from the credits.
A small-town sheriff, played by Nicolas Cage, is called to investigate the disappearance of a young girl when he discovers a larger mystery around a very strange, secluded community. Turns out they are all some sort of an insane cult and trust us you don't need to know anything more.
29. Fifty Shades of Black (2016)
You probably didn't have a hard time guessing what this one is about, with the film title's reference to Fifty Shades of Grey from 2015. Yes, another spoof! The plot is quite similar to the original and revolves around the relationship between an inexperienced college student and a rich businessman.
Just like other parodies in this list, the writers of this one movie also took the easy way out by focusing their jokes on stereotypes and being offensive. This of course results in a huge bore with a side of cringe.
30. Swept Away (2002)
Swept Away is your typical cheesy romantic comedy. The big surprise here is that it was written and directed by Guy Ritchie, who has a pretty decent filmography history and stars Madonna, who was his wife at the time. Madonna, who is definitely not known for her acting qualities, plays a snobbish socialite who gets stranded on a Mediterranean island with an anti-capitalist sailor.
Bad acting combined with badly written characters equals huge failure. Even though it had an estimated budget of 10 million dollars, it only yielded a third of that at the Opening Week Box Office. And if that's not a failure, we don't know what is.
31. S. Darko (2009)
S. Darko tries to be a horror movie but ends up being a really unfunny comedy. A swiss-cheese like plot riddled with holes. a lack of continuity, and cheap production just make it all into a really bad run for your money. As the name suggests, it is the sequel to the cult film Donnie Darko (2001), but other than that they share nothing in common.
During a road trip, the main characters find themselves in a time loop. And when such a plot gets really bad screenwriting, nothing good can come out of it.
32. The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)
This movie is set in the future when human beings basically live in outer space. Don't get us wrong, we love futuristic movies, and this one had such huge promise, but it just didn't deliver. How badly did it miss? Well, let's just say it lost around 90 million dollars. Ouch.
Eddie Murphy plays a man who tries to defend his nightclub from the mafia. In space of course. Even though the movie has a highly regarded cast, it is badly written and lacks coherent style, Did we mention it was actually a comedy? Well, we promise it's nothing but funny.
33. Holmes & Watson (2018)
Here we are again, proving to the world how hard it is to make parodies. This one takes a shot at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous detective and hits him right in the face. Holmes & Sherlock suffers from bad scriptwriting and lame jokes.
Holmes & Sherlock suffers from bad scriptwriting and lame jokes, and not only that, but the critics also mentioned the incompetent technical skills, such as terrible editing and even some shots being out of focus. As one can guess, the movie also performed terribly at the box office.
34. I Know Who Killed Me (2007)
This horror movie tries to solve the mysteries that surround the disappearance of a high school girl, who then reappears with a strange memory loss. How bad is it? It actually got marked down on its poor performance: it received an F from the Cinemascore, which surveys audiences to rate their film-watching experience.
The movie was also criticized due to the many unnecessarily explicit torture scenes. Add to that a lack of coherent script with crappy dialogs, and you get another horror movie that ends up being purely disgusting.
35. Far Cry (2008)
This failed action spy movie had a budget of 30 million dollars but made only a quarter of it in revenue. Why? You ask? Maybe because it's a huge bore full of just about all the cliches in the book.
A journalist hires an ex-special forces man to conduct an investigation for him. Maybe with good writing and acting, this could have amounted to something, instead, it's the most predictable action movie that you just hope will end early.