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The Worst Movies You Should Never See According to Rotten Tomatoes

Reviews show you should never waste your time or money on these films

Any time a person commits to watching a movie it is with the fervent hope that will be enjoyable and a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. Unfortunately, not all movies can fulfill those standards, and some are truly horrible. According to popular movie review website Rotten Tomatoes, there are five films that may just be the worst movies of recent memory.

Rotten Tomatoes scores films on the percentage of reviews from professional critics that are positive. The higher the score, the better the movie, according to their “Tomatometer.” The site has been in existence for 20 years and has seen a number of movies garner an inconceivable 0, but these are the five movies from that group with the most overall reviews, putting them squarely in the spotlight for their awfulness.

Pinocchio (2002)- 55 Reviews: This should not be confused with the animated Disney classic. Rather, this live-action version was written, directed and starred in by Italian actor Roberto Benigni.

Its problems may have started when Benigni cast himself in the title role, a young boy, despite himself being a middle-aged man. Viewers found it humorless and creepy in turns, prompting devastating reviews like that of Jay Boyar from the Orlando Sentinel, who wrote, “Instead of hiding Pinocchio from critics, Miramax should have hidden it from everyone.”

Gotti (2018)- 58 Reviews: John Travolta has been one of the most recognizable and popular actors in the world for more than four decades. He has been in a number of hits but has also unfortunately been in some duds, with Gotti topping the list.

Directed by Kevin Connolly of Entourage fame, the movie tells the story of Mafia boss John Gotti and his fall from the head of one of New York’s largest crime syndicates. With Travolta being by far the largest star in the cast, his wooden performance in the title role stood out all the more. Reviews were scathing, including the one Kristy Puchko wrote for Pajiba, explaining, “You might think this sounds hilariously bad. It must be so bad it’s kind of good, right? Wrong. Gotti is not remotely fun, even ironically.”

A Thousand Words (2012)- 59 Reviews: With Eddie Murphy and Keri Washington starring, a film should have a pretty good shot at succeeding. It just didn’t work out in this case, which depicted Murphy as a fast-talking agent who needs to learn how to shut up and does so with the help of a mystical tree. The unlikely premise and making Murphy, famous for his silver tongue, work with limited dialogue turned into a recipe for disaster.

The movie barely made back half of its $40 million budget and was not helped by a litany of bad reviews. James Luxford of The National (UAE) called it, “a poorly conceived and startlingly miscast comedy that works to every one of its stars’ weaknesses.”

One Missed Call (2008)- 81 Reviews: A remake of a mediocre Japanese version made just six years earlier, it sought to capitalize on the popular horror genre. Starring Edward Burns, the remainder of the cast was decidedly light on stars. It tells the story of people receiving mysterious phone calls from their future selves with spotty details about when and how they will die. Despite having as much cheese as a Kraft factory, it still managed to make approximately $45 million off from a $20 million budget.

Critics were having none of it when it came to giving their opinions. Scott Weinberg of TheHorrorShow voiced his abject disappointment, “It’s not even remotely scary, which leaves the horror fans out. But it’s also way too boring to even poke fun at.”

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)- 118 Reviews: Starring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu, the story of an FBI agent at lethal odds with a DEA agent is long on pretty people and short on entertainment value. It was immediately deemed as too predictable, corny and procedural, never coming close to making back its $70 million budget.

There are brutal reviews and then there are brutal reviews. Micheal Compton of The Bowling Green Daily News wrote, “If you must see Ecks vs. Sever, just go bang your head against the wall for an hour and a half. It would be the same effect.”

Meanwhile, the Associated Press’ Jocelyn Noveck was befuddled by what she had just seen. “For many viewers, the big question may be not whether Ecks and Sever will get together, or why they are fighting in the first place, but why am I sitting here, anyway?”

Dabbler in history & writing. Master’s degree in baseball history. Passionate about diversity, culture, sports, investing and education.

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