Despite many film fans' insistence that "critics are always wrong," review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes has become a make-or-break barometer of critical opinion surrounding movies. Films that receive the "Certified Fresh" rating oftentimes go on to big success, while anything labeled "Rotten" has to carry that distinction as a badge of shame in perpetuity.
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Recently, the good folks at Rotten Tomatoes compiled a 100 Worst of All Time list that's a whos-who of cinematic dumpster fires that should be sampled at one's peril. Still, there are a few guilty pleasures to be had in the list, and below we count down ten of Rotten Tomatoes' "worst of all time" that are surprisingly watchable, should you be brave enough to take the plunge!
Staying Alive (1983) - 0%
After taking home the top disco dance prize in Saturday Night Fever, Staying Alive picks up six years later as Tony Manero (John Travolta) teaches young dancers at an NYC studio and yearns to make his way to Broadway. When he manages to score a backup dancing spot in a new production, he begins to backslide into his old, troubled behaviors.
Somehow, bizarrely, directed by Sylvester Stallone, this lunk-headed backstage drama trades the grit of the first film forslick dance sequences—obviously, somebody saw Fame—but it has its charms, especially the overblown, Hell-bound finale sequence.
Jaws: The Revenge (1987) - 0%
In the latest tragedy to befall the bloody, shark-plagued legacy of the Brodys, Ellen (Lorraine Gary) is devastated when her son is killed by a great white. Though mourning, she heads to the Bahamas to spend time with her other son, where she falls for Hoagie Newcombe (Michael Caine). But, almost immediately, their budding romance is threatened by another pointy-finned monster from the deep.
Even a franchise based on an immortal classic isn't immune to the law of diminishing returns,but the Jawssequels went to pot faster than most. Though Jaws 2 and Jaws 3-D have their fans, The Revengeis a last-gasp that few people have warm feelings for. Still, it's entertaining to the ludicrous lengths its makers go to just to justify its existence, and it's easy to see these films in the DNA in such cornball fare as the Sharknado series.
Mac and Me (1988) - 0%
A wheelchair-bound young man and a bug-eyed extraterrestrial form a fast friendship in this legendary turkey from director Stewart Raffill. A hysterically inept and unintentionally creepyE.T. clone with some of the most brazen and extended product placement of all time, Mac and Me is a true case of seeing-is-believing. Treat yourself to theMystery Science Theater 3000 takedown of the movie.The beloved riffing seriesdedicated an episode of The Return to its schlocky, consumerist pleasures.
Highlander 2: The Quickening (1991) - 0%
In the sequel to the 1986 fantasy adventure, Connor MacLeod, the titularwarrior known as the Highlander, has aged after giving up his immortality. After defeating a group of assassins from his homeworld, the Highlander is again granted immortality, leading to a struggle with the cruel General Katana (Michael Ironside).
Highlander(1986) became something of a cult classic despite a mixed critical reception, and The Quickening doublesdown on all the things that may have turned people off in the first film. This more-is-more sequel somehow manages to be more absurd and bombastic than its predecessor, which is either a joy or misery, depending on the viewer.
RoboCop 3 (1993) - 3%
Avaricious mega corporation Omni Consumer Products is up to their old tricks again, attempting to lay the foundations of the new Delta City to replace a crime-ridden Detroit by enlisting paramilitary forces to relocate residents against their will. An OCP creation now gone rogue, RoboCop (Robert John Burke) joins the civilians in the battle againstthe corporate oppressors and their new state-of-the-art unit of ninja robots.
The RoboCopsequelshavea consistently bad rap, despite being perfectly serviceable, if middling, sci-fi action films. RoboCop 3has theunfortunate distinction of losing the first and second film's hero, Peter Weller, for Robert John Burke, which almost automatically puts it in third place, and, though it's worlds away from the genre-defining classic that spawned it, it's a fine enough time-waster that still manages to touch upon thesocio-economic issues that are RoboCop's bread and butter.
Speed 2 - Cruise Control (1997) - 4%
Annie (Sandra Bullock) is in her element when a Caribbean cruise with her boyfriend (Jason Patric) ishijackedby a madman (Willem Dafoe), having survived a bob-rigged bus in 1994's Speed.
Proving that a bigger budget almost never means better, Speed 2 - Cruise Controlchases the success of the film, before it to no avail. Jason Patric is a poor substitute for Keanu Reeves, but with Willem Dafoe in prime looney-toons mode, Cruise Controlis one of those cable TV staples that simply won't let you change the channel no matter how much you might resist.
Pinocchio (2002) - 0%
In this live-action retelling of the beloved children's tale,a magically animated puppet (Roberto Benigni)sets out on an adventure to rescue his maker and become a flesh and blood boy.
Why Roberto Benigni followed up his Oscar-winning turn in 1997's Life Is Beautiful,which he also wrote and directed, with this monstrosity is a question for the ages, but more people know about it as a cautionary tale than have ever actually seen it. No, Pinocchioisn't good by any stretch, but there's something to be said for experiencing something this misguided and gobsmackingly weird just once.
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) - 0%
Retired FBI agent, Jeremiah Ecks (Antonio Banderas) is back on the job after his former cohorts threaten to blackmail him. Tasked with hunting down a DIA operative gone rogue, known only as Sever (Lucy Liu), Ecks soon realizes that the woman he's targeting may be a worthwhile ally against their common enemies.
Rotten Tomatoes has qualified this action disasterpiece as the absolute "most rotten" film of all time, which may disappoint viewers. Ballistic: Ecks vs. Severis terrible, but far more competently made than its infamous RT-approvedlabel would suggest. Come for two big-name actorsembarrassing themselves, stay for the better-than-expected action set pieces.
House of the Dead (2003) - 3%
When Simon (Tyron Leitso) and Greg (Will Sanderson) hook up with a pack of partiers headed for a remote island rave, the last thing they expect to find is zombies, but that's just what they get when they arrive at their destination. The group has to dodge the monsters and get back to safety, which is easier said than done considering that their boat has been swarmedby the undead.
Uwe Boll is often labeled the "worst director of all time," and, with products like House of the Dead, it's hard to argue.
The Covenant (2006) -4%
The male descendants of a cabal of magic-users named the Sons of Ipswich attend an elite boarding school for warlocks. When a student is murdered, the boys start to discover learn more about their shadowy lineage and the family secrets that have been protected for generations.
Renny Harlin's glossyHarry-Potter-by-way-of-Abercrombie-and-Fitch snoozefest is actually something of a guilty-pleasure in queer circles due to its abundance of unintended sexual tension and cast of generic, white, mid-2000s hearth-throbs, including Taylor Kitsch, Sebastian Stan, and Chace Crawford.
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Has any movie ever gotten 100% on Rotten Tomatoes? ›
To date, Leave No Trace holds the site's record, with a rating of 100% and 251 positive reviews.What has gotten 0 on Rotten Tomatoes? ›
|Film||Year||No. of reviews|
|Jaws: The Revenge||1987||41|
|Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol||1987||19|
- 5.1 Myra Breckinridge (1970)
- 5.2 Zaat (1971)
- 5.3 An American Hippie in Israel (1972)
- 5.4 At Long Last Love (theatrical version, 1975)
- 5.5 Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
- 5.6 The Swarm (1978)
- 5.7 I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
- 5.8 Caligula (1979)
Sever (2002) According to critics via Rotten Tomatoes, this embarrassingly incompetent cyper-espionage dumpster fire is the single worst movie ever made.What movie has the most F words? ›
- Alpha Dog (2006) - 367 f-words. ...
- Straight Outta Compton (2015) - 392 f-words. ...
- Casino (1995) - 422 f-words. ...
- Nil by Mouth (1997) - 428 f-words. ...
- Summer of Sam (1999) - 435 f-words. ...
- Uncut Gems (2019) - 560 f-words. ...
- The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) - 569 f-words.
1. Citizen Kane (1941)What is the lowest rated movie on earth? ›
- Disaster Movie (2008) 2.1.
- Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) 2.2.
- Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010) 2.3.
- Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) 2.3.
- The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) 2.4.
- House of the Dead (2003) 2.5.
- Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (2014) 2.5.
- Son of the Mask (2005) 2.5.
Certified Fresh status is a special distinction awarded to the best-reviewed movies and TV shows. In order to qualify, movies or TV shows must meet the following requirements: A consistent Tomatometer score of 75% or higher.Is there a rating worse than R? ›
Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. R: RESTRICTED. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. NC-17: NO ONE 17 AND UNDER ADMITTED.What is one extremely overrated movie? ›
1 'Grease' (1978)
But despite the high ratings and commercial success, Reddit users argue that it remains one of the more overrated films to this day. Redditors agree that the movie did not age well.
What is the saddest movie? ›
- Schindler's List. Universal Pictures. ...
- Requiem for a Dream. ...
- Brokeback Mountain. ...
- My Girl. ...
- Sophie's Choice. ...
- Precious. ...
- The Green Mile. ...
- Life is Beautiful.
- Modern Times (1936) Stuck at home with the kids? ...
- Pinocchio (1940) ...
- Singin' In The Rain (1954) ...
- Mary Poppins (1964) ...
- The Terminator (1984) ...
- Toy Story (1995) ...
- Toy Story 2 (2000) ...
- The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya (2015)
As the reviews of a given film accumulate, the Rotten Tomatoes score measures the percentage that are more positive than negative, and assigns an overall fresh or rotten rating to the movie. Scores of over 60 percent are considered fresh, and scores of 59 percent and under are rotten.What's the worst rating a movie can have? ›
Rated G: Suggested for general audiences. Rated M: Suggested for mature audiences - Parental discretion advised. Rated R: Restricted – Persons under 16 not admitted, unless accompanied by parent or adult guardian. Rated X: Persons under 16 not admitted.Is 91% Rotten Tomatoes good? ›
A high rating on Rotten Tomatoes is good. The scores range from 0% to 100%, one hundred being the best and zero being the worst. If a movie's score is equal to or above 60%, the movie is considered “fresh”, while if it is below 60% it is considered “rotten”.What was the first F word in a movie? ›
Then in 1970, Robert Altman's comedy M*A*S*H became the first major studio film to use the f-word, a passing comment during a football scene.What actor swears the most? ›
When host Jimmy Fallon told Jackson that Hill is first on the list, The Banker star replied: “That's some bulls***.” Hill has used a total of 376 curse words in film history, followed by Leonardo DiCaprio who has cursed 361 times. Jackson came in third with 301 curses used throughout his career.What was the first swear word in a movie? ›
Hollywood. The first swear word in a studio film was in 1939's 'Gone With the Wind. ' This ad shows the "impact" of swearing on viewers in the years since, with 2013's 'The Wolf of Wall Street' having the most swear words in cinema history.What is the #1 movie in US history? ›
|1||2015||Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens|
|3||2021||Spider-Man: No Way Home|
- Avatar, $2,922,917,914 (2009)
- Avengers: Endgame, $2,797,501,328 (2019)
- Titanic, $2,201,647,264 (1997)
- Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, $2,069,521,700 (2015)
- Avengers: Infinity War, $2,048,359,754 (2018)
What are the 5 most popular movies of all time? ›
- Avatar (2009), $2.9 billion.
- Avengers: Endgame (2019), $2.7 billion.
- Titanic (1997), $2.19 billion.
- Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), $2.06 billion.
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018), $2.04 billion.
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), $1.9 billion.
💯 #Kantara is already winning hearts with 9.5 IMDB rating and has become India's highest-rated. Mark your calendars for February's most anticipated blockbusters!What is Disney's lowest rated movie? ›
Disney's Strange World, unfortunately, bombed at the box office when it premiered last November 23, 2022. It has also become one of the worst-rated Disney movies on IMDb, second only to what is still considered the worst Disney movie of all time, Home on the Range.What is the #1 rated R movie? ›
As of February 2022, "The Passion of the Christ" (2004) ranked as the all-time highest-grossing R-rated movie in the United States and Canada.Is 99 Rotten Tomatoes good? ›
The 99% Club: You'll find it, way past 98% on the Tomatometer, but just before 100%. Inside, a coterie of cinema's practically-finest, movies promising an experience beyond most others – movies that are almost perfect.What does 95 on Rotten Tomatoes mean? ›
The higher the score, the more consensus there is that the film is Fresh rather than Rotten. NOT "the higher the score the better the film". A movie with 95% is not 20% better than a movie with 75% – the scores don't measure quality. [Antichrist: 50% on Rotten Tomatoes]Is 42 Rotten Tomatoes good? ›
As a fond gesture to a country coming out of the dark ages, 42 is a good-hearted attempt at Robinson's story regardless of the historical realities it chose to gloss over. While it's not a perfect film, it's yet another example of how this great sport is fertile ground for quality storytelling.What does a K+ rating mean? ›
K+: Some content may not be suitable for young children, usually those below nine years of age. There may be minor violence without serious injury, mild suggestive material, or minor coarse language that is justified by context.Is there any NC-17 movies on Netflix? ›
Netflix's new original Marilyn Monroe movie, Blonde, marks the streaming service's first NC-17 rated movie, due to its graphic depiction of sexual assault (as well as a point-of-view shot of a fetus in the womb).Has there ever been a movie rated NC-17? ›
Examples. Only 90 total titles have received an NC-17 rating as of 2022. Showgirls for nudity and erotic sexuality throughout, and for some graphic language and sexual violence. To date, it is the only NC-17 film to be given a wide theatrical release.
What is one movie everyone should see? ›
1. "The Godfather" (1972) "The Godfather" (and its sequel) is just one of those perfect movies. The story, casting, and direction all work together to create onscreen magic.What are 10 things that are overrated? ›
- 1) A formal education.
- 2) Science.
- 3) Work.
- 4) Democracy.
- 5) War.
- 6) Freedom.
- 7) Mindfulness.
- 8) Being right.
- The Devil All the Time (2020) ...
- There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane (2011) ...
- Requiem for a Dream (2000) ...
- Dogtooth (2009) ...
- Happiness (1998) ...
- Antichrist (2009) An error occurred. ...
- Mother (2017) Paramount Pictures. ...
- Se7en (1995) Rotten Tomatoes Classic Trailers.
- The Fox and the Hound (1981)
- Terms of Endearment (1983)
- Beaches (1988)
- Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
- Steel Magnolias (1989)
- My Girl (1991)
- Life Is Beautiful (1997)
- Dancer in the Dark (2000)
- Everyone needs a good cry at the movies once in awhile, and if you ask us these are the 20 best movies that get our tears flowing every single time we watch them.
- Titanic. ...
- Beaches. ...
- Marley and Me. ...
- Love Story. ...
- Field of Dreams. ...
- Schindler's List. ...
- Brokeback Mountain.
- 120 Days of Sodom.
- The Golden Glove.
- Guinea Pig: Flower of Flesh and Blood.
- A Serbian Film.
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|10||9.3||The Shawshank Redemption (1994)|
|10||9.2||The Godfather (1972)|
|10||9.1||The Godfather: Part II (1974)|
NC-17. The NC-17 rating is the highest rating (even higher than the R-rating) that a film can be given, and it means the movie is for adults only (ages 18 and older) and no one age 17 or younger will be admitted. This rating, prior to 1990, was previously rated X.What movies are rated F? ›
- 'Lady Bird' (2017) Image via A24. ...
- 'Hustlers' (2019) ...
- 'Promising Young Woman' (2020) ...
- 'Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn' (2020) ...
- 'Nomadland' (2020) ...
- 'Eternals' (2021) ...
- 'The Lost Daughter' (2021) ...
- 'Master' (2022)
1. The Feature (2022) After being rejected over and over again by producers/investors, a group of misfits decide to get together and make the movie on their own.
What movies have a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes? ›
Coco boasts a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes receiving praise for its rich characters and colorful animation.What does spilled popcorn mean? ›
A splattered green tomato means the movies has been negatively reviewed. The popcorn images are from Flixster, the full popcorn container means the audience generally liked the movie. The spilled popcorn container means audiences didn't find the movie appealing.What is No 1 Best movie? ›
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Film. Science fiction. ...
- The Godfather (1972) Film. Thrillers. ...
- Citizen Kane (1941) Film. ...
- Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) Film. ...
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Film. ...
- La Dolce Vita (1960) Film. ...
- Seven Samurai (1954) Film. ...
- In the Mood for Love (2000) Film.
|4||2022||Avatar: The Way of Water|
- Control (Ian Curtis biopic)
- Free Solo.
- The wind that shakes the barley.
- Dead mans shoes.
E.T. sits atop with 16 weeks at number one (31% of a year). The largest number of films in a year is six in 1986 and 1992.What movie made the least money? ›
The film gained notoriety from its gross ticket sales of only $30 on its opening run, due to its intentionally limited release at a single cinema, making it the lowest-grossing film in U.S. history in terms of box office sales, but was bested by The Worst Movie Ever!, which ended up with just $11 during its run.Which is the most viewed film in the world? ›
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.