List of films considered the worst
The films listed below have been cited by reputable critics in multiple reputable sources as among the worst films ever made. Examples of such sources include Metacritic, Roger Ebert's list of most hated films, Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, Rotten Tomatoes, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and the Golden Raspberry Awards ("Razzies").
- 1 1930s
- 2 1940s
- 3 1950s
- 4 1960s
- 5 1970s
- 6 1980s
- 7 1990s
- 7.1 Troll 2 (1990)
- 7.2 Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
- 7.3 North (1994)
- 7.4 Showgirls (1995)
- 7.5 Bio-Dome (1996)
- 7.6 Batman & Robin (1997)
- 7.7 Le Jour et la Nuit (Day and Night) (1997)
- 7.8 Cinderela Baiana (Bahian Cinderella) (1998)
- 7.9 The Underground Comedy Movie (1999)
- 7.10 Parting Shots (1999)
- 8 2000s
- 8.1 Battlefield Earth (2000)
- 8.2 Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
- 8.3 Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)
- 8.4 The Room (2003)
- 8.5 Gigli (2003)
- 8.6 Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004)
- 8.7 Catwoman (2004)
- 8.8 Daniel - Der Zauberer (2004)
- 8.9 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)
- 8.10 Alone in the Dark (2005)
- 8.11 Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (2007)
- 8.12 Disaster Movie (2008)
- 8.13 Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2008)
- 9 2010s
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Reefer Madness (1936)
Reefer Madness (originally released as Tell Your Children and sometimes titled as The Burning Question, Dope Addict, Doped Youth and Love Madness) is a 1936 American propaganda exploitation film revolving around the melodramatic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try marijuana — from a hit and run accident, to manslaughter, suicide, attempted rape, and descent into madness. The Los Angeles Times claimed that Reefer Madness was the first film that a generation embraced as "the worst". Leonard Maltin called it "The grand-daddy of all “Worst” movies". Las Vegas CityLife named it the "worst ever" runner-up to Plan 9 from Outer Space while AMC described it as "one of the worst movies ever made". The film inspired a number of parodies, including an off-Broadway musical satire and a 2005 film based on the musical.
No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948)
No Orchids for Miss Blandish, a British gangster film adapted from the novel by James Hadley Chase, was described by British film historian Leslie Halliwell as a "hilariously awful gangster film...one of the worst films ever made." Historian of crime fiction William L. DeAndrea described No Orchids for Miss Blandish as "one of the worst movies" in the gangster film genre. Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide states "No Orchids for Miss Blandish misses by a mile." The British film journal, the Monthly Film Bulletin called No Orchids for Miss Blandish "the most sickening exhibition of brutality, perversion, sex and sadism ever to be shown on a cinema screen". The Sunday Express film reviewer called No Orchids for Miss Blandish "the worst film I have ever seen".
The Babe Ruth Story (1948)
The Babe Ruth Story is a 1948 baseball film biography of Babe Ruth, starring William Bendix. The New York Times describes it as "The Plan 9 from Outer Space of baseball biopics". It was rushed to be released while Ruth was still alive. The final scene is notable for Ruth delivering on a promise he made to a young cancer patient that he would hit a home run. Not only does Ruth succeed in fulfilling the promise, but the child is subsequently cured of his cancer. Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe claimed the film was the worst he had ever seen, while The Washington Times stated that the film "stands as possibly the worst movie ever made". The film has been called one of the worst sports films ever by Newsday and The A.V. Club, and called one of the worst biopics by Moviefone and Spike. Michael Sauter included it in his The Worst Movies of All Time book and Leonard Maltin called it "Perfectly dreadful".
Glen or Glenda (1953)
A semi-autobiographical quasi-documentary about transvestism, starring and directed by Ed Wood. After a nightmarish dream sequence, Glen undergoes psychotherapy to help cure his affliction. Bela Lugosi appears in this film, as he did in several other Wood films toward the end of his career. Critic Leonard Maltin insists that this was far worse than Plan 9 from Outer Space; Maltin considers it "possibly the worst movie ever made". In his book Cult Movies 3, Danny Peary suggests that this is actually a radical, if ineptly made, film that presents a far more personal story than is contained in films by more well-respected auteurs. The film currently has a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Robot Monster (1953)
A science fiction film, originally shot and exhibited in 3D, featuring an actor dressed in a gorilla suit and what looks almost like a diving helmet. The film, produced and directed by Phil Tucker, is listed in Michael Sauter's book The Worst Movies of All Time among "The Baddest of the Bs" and has a 31% rating on review website Rotten Tomatoes. It is also featured in The Book of Lists 10 worst movie list, in The Fifty Worst Films of All Time. The Golden Turkey Awards confers on its main character the title of "Most Ridiculous Monster in Screen History" and, listing director Tucker among the runners-up to "Worst Director of All Time" (the winner being Ed Wood), states that "What made Robot Monster ineffably worse than any other low-budget sci-fi epic was its bizarre artistic pretension". It was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and was fondly remembered by author Stephen King who quotes, and agrees with, a review in Castle of Frankenstein magazine ("certainly among the finest terrible movies ever made", "one of the most laughable poverty row quickies").
The Conqueror (1956)
A Howard Hughes-funded epic film featuring American actor John Wayne as Mongolian chieftain Genghis Khan and the redheaded Susan Hayward as a Tatar princess. The movie was filmed near St. George, Utah, downwind from a nuclear testing range in Nevada, and is often blamed for the cancer deaths of many of the cast and crew, including Hayward, Wayne, Agnes Moorehead, Pedro Armendáriz, and director Dick Powell. In addition to filming near the testing range, truckloads of the red sands were transported back to the studios for interior scenes. The film made the 10-worst list in The Book of Lists, appears in Michael Sauter's book The Worst Movies of All Time, and was one of the films listed in Michael Medved's book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time. Originally written for Marlon Brando, the choice of Wayne for Khan was called by The Guardian "one of the worst casting decisions of all time".
Hughes, one of the richest men at the time, had previously produced the popular dramatic films Hell's Angels, Scarface, and The Outlaw. After seeing The Conqueror himself, Hughes bought every existing print for $12 million and refused to let the film be seen on television until 1974. Reportedly, he felt very guilty over the decision to shoot at such a hazardous site. By 1980, 91 of the 220 cast and crew members had been diagnosed with cancer. This was the last film that Hughes produced.
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Ed Wood's Plan 9 was labeled the "Worst Film Ever" by The Golden Turkey Awards. This movie marked the final appearance of Bela Lugosi. Wood shot only a small amount of test footage featuring his idol Lugosi before the actor's death. This footage, repeated several times, was included in the final movie. Following Lugosi's death, the character was played by Tom Mason, the chiropractor of Wood's wife at the time, who played his scenes holding the character's cape in front of his face. Wood was apparently undeterred by the numerous physical differences – such as height, build and the fact that Mason was nearly bald while Lugosi retained a full head of hair until his death – that distinguished Mason from Lugosi. Years later, video distributors such as Avenue One DVD began to make light of this, adding such blurbs as "Almost Starring Bela Lugosi" to the cover art. Numerous critics also pointed out the cheap, hardly believable special effects and kitschy dialogue.
Shot in 1956, the film was not released until 1959 due to difficulty in finding a distributor. It has played at the New Orleans Worst Film Festival. In 1994, Tim Burton directed Ed Wood, which includes some material about the trials and tribulations of making Plan 9. On the popular film review site Rotten Tomatoes, Phil Hall calls it "far too entertaining to be considered as the very worst film ever made." Likewise John Wirt goes as far as to call it "the ultimate cult flick", and Videohound's Complete Guide to Cult Flicks and Trash Pics states that, "In fact, the film has become so famous for its own badness that it's now beyond criticism." Ian Berriman of SFX commented about the unintentional comedy, "Some things are best watched at 3am, wrapped in the warm glow of drunkenness... Plan 9 From Outer Space is one of them".
The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)
A film by Coleman Francis shot silently with added narration, it concerns a scientist (played by Tor Johnson) who is exposed to radiation from an atomic blast, which turns him into a monster. The film opens with a scene of implied necrophilia that has nothing to do with the remainder of the movie and does not fit anywhere into the film's chronology. Leonard Maltin's TV and Movie Guide calls it "one of the worst films ever made". Bill Warren said "It may very well be the worst non-porno science fiction movie ever made." It was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000, where members of the cast state it is by far one of the worst films they have seen up to that point.
A low-budget shocker, featuring Richard Kiel as a prehistoric caveman emerging in early 1960s California who finds love with another teenager. Arch Hall, Jr. performs musical numbers, with lyrics widely considered terrible. The film's notoriety was enhanced as a result of being featured on episodes of Canned Film Festival and Mystery Science Theater 3000, where the cast of the show stated in The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide (ISBN 0-553-37783-3), that they consider the shaving scene (where Eegah lolls his tongue around and laps up shaving cream) one of the most disgusting things they have seen. It was also one of the films listed in Michael Medved's book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time.
The Horror of Party Beach (1964)
Mystery Science Theater 3000 featured The Horror of Party Beach in 1997, and the film was listed in The Fifty Worst Films of All Time. Del Tenney directed it, and the plot mainly consists of sea monsters attacking young women at slumber parties on a beach, who keep returning even after a few murders. The New York Times film review stated "The most to be said for him is that he has not stinted on the gore." Thomas Lisanti in Hollywood Surf and Beach Movies: The First Wave, 1959-1969 called it "by far the worst of the sixties beach films" and Stephen King called it "an abysmal little wet fart of a film." Joe Meyers in the Hearst newspaper blog for the Stamford Advocate et al. said on Dell Tenney's passing: "Connecticut had its own Ed Wood, an actor, director and entrepreneur named Del Tenney who made a series of truly awful pictures in the Stamford area during the 1960s, the most notorious of which is “Horror of Party Beach,” a 1964 drive-in quickie about an atomic mutation that terrorizes Stamford (“party beach” was actually Shippan Point)."  It is also listed in Michael Sauter's book The Worst Movies of All Time.
This holiday staple, a sci-fi adventure, was the creation of Nicholas Webster. When Martian children get to see Santa Claus only on TV signals beamed from Earth, their parents decide to abduct Santa to make them happy. The film was initially criticized for its oddity and poor special effects. Like many others in this category, it has been featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000. The film is cited on a 10-worst list in The Book of Lists and in The Fifty Worst Films of All Time. It is also known for starring a very young Pia Zadora. In addition to being featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000, Cinematic Titanic (a spin-off of MST3K) revisited the film in 2008.
The Creeping Terror (1964)
A science fiction/horror film directed, produced, and edited by Vic Savage (under the pseudonym A.J. Nelson, but keeps his name when credited as an actor). The movie is about a large slug-like alien that lands on Earth and terrorizes an American town. The film is memorable for its use of some bargain-basement effects: stock footage of a rocket launch played in reverse to depict the landing of an alien spacecraft, and the "monster" appears to be composed of a length of shag carpet draped over several actors, whose sneakers are occasionally visible. Scott Weinberg of efilmcritic.com simply summarizes the movie by "You've seen clips of this one in those "awful, awful movies" documentaries." The movie was featured in the sixth season of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It has 0% rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 3 reviews.
Monster A Go-Go (1965)
Monster A Go-Go began as Terror at Halfday by Bill Rebane. The production ran out of money and the film was abandoned. Herschell Gordon Lewis, who reportedly needed a second feature to compose a double bill, purchased and completed the film for a minimal amount of money. Several of the film's actors were unable to return, so Lewis simply replaced their parts with new characters who mysteriously appear and fill the roles of the missing characters. One of the actors Lewis managed to rehire had gained weight, gone bald and grown a goatee, so Lewis recast him as the brother of the original character. The picture consists mostly of lengthy dialogue sequences concerning the apparent mutation of an astronaut into a monster. Much of the film's dialogue is unintelligible due to poor audio quality, and due to overexposure of the film, several characters' faces appear as bright white, glowing circles. At one point, when a phone supposedly rings, a person can easily be heard making the noise with his mouth. During the climax of the movie, as soldiers prepare to confront the mutated astronaut, he abruptly vanishes and the narrator informs the audience that "there was no monster," and that the astronaut has, in fact, been in the Atlantic Ocean the entire time. All Movie Guide calls the film a "surreal anti-masterpiece". It was also featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000, where writer Paul Chaplin called the dialogue "beyond recognition". The entire cast of the show later stated it was officially the worst movie they have ever seen.
Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)
A low-budget horror film made by an El Paso insurance and fertilizer salesman Hal P. Warren, the plot concerns a vacationing family that is kidnapped by a polygamous cult of pagans. The film was conceived after Warren bet Academy Award-winning screenwriter Stirling Silliphant that anyone could make a horror movie. Warren was convinced by the film's cinematographer and stunt coordinator that most of the film's glaring mistakes could be fixed in a Dallas post-production studio, when in reality the two wanted to quickly wrap the production because they were not being paid. Several technical gaffes made it into the film, including scenes that were filmed out of focus, a marking slate being seen in one shot, the scarf on the female lead's head disappearing and reappearing, and an insect bumping the camera lens. The film was shot with a camera with a maximum shot duration of 32 seconds, and which could not record sound. All of the dialogue was later dubbed by Warren and four others, and included a grown woman who provided the voice for a seven-year-old girl. It opens with a nine-minute driving scene that the filmmakers intended to use for cast and crew credits, but failed to do so. The movie includes dialogue spoken while all characters are facing away from the camera, a character complaining about it getting dark while the sun is brightly shining, and the character Torgo, a satyr with overly large thighs, that three women attempt to massage to death. The film gained notoriety and cult popularity by being featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and was the show's most popular episode. The film has a 0% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and Entertainment Weekly says the movie is "widely regarded as, quite simply, the worst movie ever made." Even Warren himself would later admit that his film was one of the worst ever, suggesting that it might make a passable comedy if redubbed.
A Place for Lovers is a 1968 Italian romantic film directed by Vittorio De Sica and starred Faye Dunaway, as a terminally ill American fashion designer in Venice, Italy, and Marcello Mastroianni, as a race car driver who has a whirlwind affair with her. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called it the "most godawful piece of pseudo-romantic slop I've ever seen!" and Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times referred to it as "the worst movie I have seen all year and possibly since 1926." Leonard Maltin noted Ebert's comments in his review and offered that the film was "low points for all concerned". A Place for Lovers was included as one of the choices in the book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time.
Myra Breckinridge (1970)
This 1970 film based on the book of the same name by Gore Vidal, directed by Michael Sarne and starring Raquel Welch, Mae West, John Huston and Farrah Fawcett provoked controversy due to a scene in which Welch forcibly sodomizes a bound man while clips from various classic films play onscreen. The film was initially rated X before edits and an appeal to the MPAA brought it down to an R. The film also used the technique of inserting clips from Golden Age movies in such a way that the dialogue took on sexual undertones. Several stars whose films were featured objected to the gimmick, and some (such as Loretta Young) sued to remove the footage. The film was a critical failure, with Time magazine saying "Myra Breckinridge is about as funny as a child molester." Leonard Maltin gave the film a BOMB (the lowest score possible) and stated the film "as bad as any movie ever made." The Miami News critic Herb Kelly nominated Myra Breckinridge as the worst film ever made. The film is also cited in the book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time. It also was included in 1978's The Book Of Lists' worst movies of all time, claiming that there was something in the movie to offend absolutely everyone. Gore Vidal disowned the film, calling it "an awful joke", and blamed the movie for a decade-long drought in the sale of the original book.
Directed by Jacksonville, Florida resident Don Barton and also known under various titles including: The Blood Waters of Dr. Z, Hydra, Attack of the Swamp Creatures and Legend of the Zaat Monster. The film follows a Nazi mad scientist who injects himself with a formula which turns him into a mutated catfish. The Florida Times-Union critic Matt Soergel quipped that Zaat "could very well be the best film ever made about a mutated catfish." Critic Jeffrey Kauffman said "This is the sort of film Ed Wood Jr. might have made—on a bad day" and added that, "Lovers of fantastically bad films rate Zaat one of the worst." Patrick Naugle of DVD Verdict stated that, "The acting in Zaat is below subpar. Actors seem to be whispering their lines and trying hard not to fully comprehend that they're in one of the worst films ever made" while Michael Rubino of DVD Verdict also claimed "Zaat may be one of the worst films ever created." NPR called Zaat a "sci-fi fiasco" when it became the "The winner — er, loser —" on IMDB's bottom 100. Zaat appeared on Mystery Science Theater 3000, which gave it significant exposure, also was featured on RedLetterMedia show Half in the Bag where they called Zaat one of their favorite "so bad it's good" films, and it was included in Total Film's list of the 66 worst films of all time.
Ha-Trempist (An American Hippie in Israel) (1972)
An Israeli film about an American hippie traveling to Israel after being involved with the Vietnam War, befriending Israeli flower children, and encountering "menacing" mimes along the way. The film was presumed lost. After resurfacing it became a "midnight sensation" in Tel Aviv 38 years after its production, developing a cult following akin to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and was released internationally on home video by Grindhouse Releasing. Gil Shefler of The Forward described the film as "perfectly awful", offering that it "probably is the worst Israeli movie ever made, and a serious candidate for the worst movie of all time." Ben Hartman of The Jerusalem Post stated that the film was "surely one of the worst films ever made in Israel, or beyond". Nana 10 said it claims the title of "worst Israeli film and most amusing".
At Long Last Love (1975)
At Long Last Love was renowned director Peter Bogdanovich's musical homage to great 1930s Hollywood musicals. It features songs by Cole Porter and stars Cybill Shepherd and Burt Reynolds. Upon release, it received very negative reviews. CNN noted that it was once considered "the worst musical extravaganza in Hollywood history." Esquire film critic John Simon said, "it may be the worst movie musical of this – or any – decade." The Buffalo News film critic Jeff Simon wrote, "About 45 minutes in, it became apparent to one and all that this was one of the worst and most embarrassing major-talent turkeys of all time."  Film critic Jay Cocks has said that the film was "regarded as the great white elephant catastrophe of its time." It was included in the books The Fifty Worst Films of All Time and Michael Sauter's book The Worst Films of All Time. It is also included in The Golden Turkey Awards: Nominees and Winners, the Worst Achievements in Hollywood History. Bogdanovich, who was also the screenwriter, sent press releases to newspapers across the country apologizing for this film. One defender of the film was Roger Ebert. "It's impossible not to feel affection for At Long Last Love, Peter Bogdanovich's much-maligned evocation of the classical 1930s musical" Ebert wrote. "It's a light, silly, impeccably stylish entertainment... The movie's no masterpiece, but I can't account for the viciousness of some of the critical attacks against it... Bogdanovich has too much taste, too sure a feel for the right tone, to go seriously wrong. And if he doesn't go spectacularly right, at least he provides small pleasures and great music." In a recent documentary on his career, Bogdanovich lamented being influenced by studio previews to cut the film before its theatrical release. He subsequently recut the film again before it debuted on cable TV the next year. A fan of the film was its savior - a studio editor who preferred the director's first cut secretly saved that original version and quietly put it in place of the others. When news of this version streaming on Netflix reached Bogdanovich, he contacted Fox, and the result was this directors' cut (with a few finishing touches) making its long-awaited debut on home video in 2013.
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
The sequel to William Friedkin's Academy Award winning 1973 film, directed by John Boorman. In contrast to calling the original film his favourite film of all time, British film critic Mark Kermode believes that the sequel is the worst film ever made. The Golden Turkey Awards named it the second worst film ever made, after Plan 9 from Outer Space. Critic Bill Chambers stated that it was "Possibly the worst film ever made and surely the worst sequel ever made." It also appeared in The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst book. Friedkin has stated that this sequel diminished the value of the original and called it "one of the worst films I've ever seen". Eventually, the film garnered so much hate that Boorman disowned the film. In an interview with Bob McCabe for the book The Exorcist: Out of the Shadows, he confessed, "The sin I committed was not giving the audience what it wanted in terms of horror."
I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
A controversial film notable for its graphic violence and lengthy depictions of gang rape. The film was initially unable to find a distributor until 1980, when it received a wider release. Luke Y. Thompson of The New Times stated that "defenders of the film have argued that it's actually pro-woman, due to the fact that the female lead wins in the end, which is sort of like saying that cockfights are pro-rooster because there's always one left standing". Critic David Keyes named it the worst film of the 1980s. Scott Tobias of The A.V. Club called it "one of the era’s most abhorrent pieces of exploitation trash" and Patrick Naugle of DVD Verdict stated "it's one of the most soulless, vile, and morally reprehensible things I've ever had to sit through." Roger Ebert gave the film no stars, referring to it as "a vile bag of garbage...without a shred of artistic distinction," adding that "Attending it was one of the most depressing experiences of my life." Ebert also included it on his "most hated" list and considered it to be the worst movie ever made. Gene Siskel also considered it to be one of the worst films ever made.
Despite the intense negative reception from some critics, the film currently has a 55% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics arguing that the film "shows us the raw, shocking reality of rape, in all its bloody viciousness."
Heaven's Gate (1980)
This Western epic, based on the Johnson County War in 1890s Wyoming, was plagued by massive cost and time overruns, largely due to director Michael Cimino's extreme attention to detail. He demanded 50 takes of at least one scene, and refused to start shooting for another until a cloud he liked rolled across the sky. It cost over $44 million, but only brought in $3.5 million at the box office. The original version ran at nearly four hours, but was yanked from release after only one week due to scathing reviews. It later resurfaced in a 149-minute version, but by then the damage was done. Vincent Canby famously called it "an unqualified disaster," among other things. Roger Ebert called it "the most scandalous cinematic waste I've ever seen." After word of his grandiose spending and defiant nature toward studio United Artists got out, Cimino was awarded the 1980 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director, and the film was nominated for four more Razzies, including Worst Picture. In February 2010, the readers of Empire voted it the 6th worst film of all time. That same year, Joe Queenan of The Guardian also called it the worst film ever made, saying that much of it was "beyond belief." TVGN in 2013 mentioned that its over-elaborate waltz sequence, which takes up half of the running time, was an additional blow to the film. Cimino was initially considered a director on the rise after directing The Deer Hunter (which won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director), but his reputation never recovered after Heaven's Gate. The production is also notorious for the cruelty to animals that occurred both on screen and on site, including deliberately killing a horse with explosives. The film effectively ended not only the existence of United Artists as an independent Hollywood studio (its parent firm sold the company to MGM, where it still operates) but also, largely, Cimino's career—he would not direct again until 1985's Year of the Dragon.
Despite the vicious reviews, the film's reputation has greatly improved over time. In fall, 2012, the New York Film Festival premiered the restored director's cut of the film, the same scene of its infamous opening. By stark contrast, The Times had called it "...a modern masterpiece" and whose 1980 cutting was characterized as "one of the greatest injustices of cinematic history". The film has also been released on Blu-ray and DVD by the Criterion Collection, a home video label which specializes in critically acclaimed and "important" films. The New York Times called the movie "a disaster and a disgrace, yet also anointed a masterpiece."
This war movie, directed by Terence Young and starring Laurence Olivier as General Douglas MacArthur, was meant to depict the Battle of Inchon during the Korean War. Producer Mitsuharu Ishii was a senior member of the Japanese branch of the Unification Church, whose leader, Sun Myung Moon, claimed he had the film made to show MacArthur's spirituality and connection to God and the Japanese people. The film's eventual production cost of $46 million resulted in a $5 million box office gross, and the New York Times review written by Vincent Canby calls the movie "the most expensive B-movie ever." The Washington Post described Inchon as "one of the biggest commercial disasters in film history". Every conceivable kind of problem plagued production, including labor issues, the U.S. military withdrawing support due to the film's Unification Church connection, weather and natural disasters, customs difficulties, expensive directorial blunders, and the original director (Andrew McLaglen) quitting before the start of production. Olivier's performance was roundly panned and he was awarded the 1982 Golden Raspberry award for Worst Actor. The film itself took the 1982 Razzies for Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay, and Young's direction earned him a tie for Worst Director of 1982. A number of reviewers described Inchon as the worst film ever made, including: The Washington Post, Newsweek, TV Guide, and the Canadian Press. Inchon was later profiled in multiple books on worst in film, including The Hollywood Hall of Shame by Harry and Michael Medved, and The Worst Movies of All Time by Michael Sauter. To date, Inchon has never been released on home video in the United States.
Mommie Dearest (1981)
Mommie Dearest was based on the memoir of the same name by Christina Crawford about her upbringing by Joan Crawford. It was the first film to sweep the Golden Raspberry Awards, winning a total of five Razzies out of the 9 nominations, including "Worst Picture" and Worst Actress (Faye Dunaway, shared with Bo Derek). The same organization also named it "Worst Picture of the Decade" in 1989/90, and was nominated for "Worst Drama of Our First 25 Years" in 2004/05. The film is part of the "100 most awful" in the book The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Entertainment writer Michael Sauter included the film in his book The Worst Movies of All Time. The film earned, as film critic and television host Richard Crouse put it, "some of the nastiest reviews ever". Eric Henderson of CBS Minneapolis named the film at the top of his "Best ‘Worst Movies Ever’" list. Writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, film critic Roger Ebert wrote of this film, "I can't imagine who would want to subject themselves to this movie. Mommie Dearest is a painful experience that drones on endlessly, as Joan Crawford's relationship with her daughter, Christina, disintegrates from cruelty through jealousy into pathos." Of the performance of Faye Dunaway, Variety said "Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all."
Despite all the reviews at the time it currently has a 55% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In its summary Rotten Tomatoes wrote, "The 1981 film version of this tome was evidently meant to be taken seriously, but the operatic direction by Frank Perry and the over-the-top portrayal of Joan Crawford by Faye Dunaway (whose makeup is remarkable) has always seemed to inspire loud laughter whenever and where-ever the film is shown."
Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saved the World) (1982)
This Turkish adventure science fiction film is also commonly known as Turkish Star Wars because of its infamous use of unauthorized footage and music from Star Wars (as well as a number of other American films) integrated into the film. Sabah called it the "world's worst film". Hürriyet described the film as "sitting on the throne of the king" when compared to other "so bad it's good" cult films. Toronto Standard called it a "dollar-store Star Wars" and compared it to the works of Ed Wood. After a strong worldwide cult developed around the film, a sequel, The Son of the Man Who Saved the World (Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam'ın Oğlu), was shot in 2006 and featured many returning members of the original cast and crew.
Howard the Duck (1986)
Produced by George Lucas and based on the Marvel Comics character of same name, Howard the Duck received overwhelmingly negative reviews from film critics. Orange Coast Magazine writer Marc Weinberg and Leonard Maltin criticized the decision to shoot the film in live action. Maltin described the film as a "hopeless mess ... a gargantuan production which produces a gargantuan headache". The appearance of Howard was criticized as being unconvincing due to his poorly functioning mouth, drunkenness, pervertedness, and expressionless face. Reviewers also criticized the acting and humor and found the film boring. In The Psychotronic Video Guide, Michael Weldon described the reactions to Howard as being inconsistent, and that "It was obviously made in LA and suffers from long, boring chase scenes", but praised the stop-motion special effects in the film's final sequences. The Boston Globe claimed that "They Don't Get Much Worse Than 'Howard'", while The Plain Dealer claimed it was "one of the worst movies ever made." Film website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 15% based on 32 reviews, making it the lowest-rated Lucasfilm production of those reviewed on the site. The site's consensus states: "While it has its moments, Howard the Duck suffers from an uneven tone and mediocre performances." The film received seven Golden Raspberry Award nominations in 1987 including Worst Supporting Actor (Tim Robbins), Worst Director (Willard Huyck) and Worst Original Song ("Howard the Duck"). It won four trophies for Worst Screenplay, Worst New Star ("the six guys and gals in the duck suit"), Worst Visual Effects, and Worst Picture, tied with Under the Cherry Moon. The movie won also a Stinkers Bad Movie Awards for Worst Picture. The negative reaction to the film had a difficult effect on the cast, who found themselves unable to work on other projects because of the film.
Written and directed by Elaine May and starring Academy Award winning duo Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman as "Roger and Clarke", two untalented lounge singers who travel to Morocco in hopes of finding a gig. Due to unanticipated problems with filming in the desert—which resulted in numerous reshoots—the film ran over budget by $30 million. While its final budget cost was $55 million, Ishtar earned only $14,375,181 at the North American box office leading Ishtar to become synonymous with "box office flop". The film was also subject to harsh reviews from critics. Roger Ebert stated that "Ishtar is a truly dreadful film, a lifeless, massive, lumbering exercise in failed comedy"; Gene Siskel called it "shockingly dull" and "dim-witted"; and together they selected it as the worst film of 1987 on Siskel & Ebert & The Movies. The film was nominated for Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay in the 1987 Golden Raspberry Awards, winning one for Worst Director. San Jose Mercury News claimed that "Time has not improved this film's reputation as being one of the worst ever made." Time Out suggested it was "so bad it could have been deliberate" and called it "one of the worst films ever made", while Hot Air referred to it as "The Citizen Kane of big-budget, A-list vehicular homicides." It was included in Michael Sauter's The Worst Movies of All Time book and Richard Roeper included it on his list of the 40 worst films he had seen. In 1999 Time placed the film on a list of the 100 worst ideas of the 20th century.
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)
A live-action adaptation of the then-popular trading card series of the same name, itself a gross-out parody of the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. The title characters are depicted by dwarf actors in low budget costumes, with poorly functioning mouths and expressionless faces. The film is often criticized for its gross-out humor, nonsensical plot, poor explanations, bad acting, and the creepy appearance of the Garbage Pail Kids. It has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and Caryn James of the New York Times said the movie is "too repulsive for children or adults of any age" and is "enough to make you believe in strict and faraway boarding schools." Carlos Coto of the Sun-Sentinel called the film "one of the worst ever made". Much of its content is said to be inappropriate for children, its intended audience. Throughout the movie, the Garbage Pail Kids steal, get in fights, bite toes off people, fart in people's faces, threaten others with switch blades, urinate upon themselves, and run over cars. Some have pointed out that the movie contradicts its own message, that people should be judged by their behavior, not their appearance. In addition to scatological behavior, the movie has several scenes that feature sexual images, violence, and drinking. Offended parents launched a nation-wide protest of the movie that successfully resulted in the movie being withdrawn from circulation. The shortened release contributed to the movie's poor gross of only $1,576,615. It was nominated for three Golden Raspberry Awards at the 8th Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Visual Effects, Worst New Star for the Garbage Pail Kids collectively, and Worst Song.
Leonard Part 6 (1987)
Leonard Part 6, starring (as well as written and produced by) Bill Cosby, was intended as a parody of spy movies. Leonard Parker, a former CIA spy, is brought out of retirement to save the world from an evil vegetarian who brainwashes animals to kill people. The film ends with Leonard infiltrating a base, fighting vegetarians with "magic meat" he was given by a Gypsy, freeing animals and flooding the base using Alka-Seltzer. He escapes by climbing onto an ostrich on the roof of the building, after which the ostrich flies him down (despite the fact that ostriches are unable to fly). It has also been cited as one of the worst movies of all time, earning Golden Raspberrys for Worst Actor (Cosby), Worst Picture, and Worst Screenplay. It was also nominated for two more Razzie Awards, for Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Director. Cosby himself disowned the film, and when it was released to theatres he publicly advised people not to see it. Rita Kempley at the Washington Post noted the large number of Coca-Cola product placements and said "The only good thing about Bill Cosby's Leonard Part 6 is that we didn't have to see Parts 1 through 5." Scott Weinberg at DVD Talk noted the film as "truly one of the worst movies you'll ever see", and said "movies this bad should be handled with Teflon gloves and a pair of tongs". Kevin Thomas at the Los Angeles Times said "There's virtually nothing to laugh at in this film, and too much of everything else."
This film by Rick Sloane is widely considered a blatant rip-off that capitalizes on the popularity of the 1984 film Gremlins. MST3K writer Paul Chaplin later commented on Hobgoblins, saying, “Oh, man. You have no idea the torture it was to watch this movie several times in the space of a week. It shoots right to the top of the list of the worst movies we’ve ever done." Greg Muskewitz at Efilmcritic.com called it "Jim Henson's worst nightmare." Hobgoblins is also one of the few films considered the worst of all time to have spawned a sequel—Hobgoblins 2, made twenty years after the original.
Mac and Me (1988)
The film is about a young boy in a wheelchair who meets and befriends an alien who has crash landed on earth. The decision to make the film was based on the success of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (the title itself, Mac and Me, comes from the working title for E.T.—E.T. and Me.), as well as to serve as a marketing vehicle for Coca-Cola and McDonald's. One scene in the film is a large, impromptu dance-off with the alien (dressed in a teddy bear costume), a football team, Ronald McDonald, and various other people inside and outside of a McDonald's restaurant. The film's cast list states "and Ronald McDonald as Himself." Mac and Me has a rating of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, and Leonard Maltin referred to it as "more like a TV commercial than a movie". Scott Weinberg of eFilmcritic.com called it "Quite possibly one of the worst movies of the past 435 years" and Marjorie Baumgarten of the Austin Chronicle called it a "shameless E.T. knockoff". Morgan Spurlock asserted that "It's the worst, worst, worst, worst, worst thing you'll ever see in your entire life." Spurlock also cited the film as the most egregious example of product placement. The film was nominated for four Razzie Awards including Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay and won two trophies, Worst Director for Stewart Raffill (tied with Blake Edwards for Sunset) and Worst New Star for Ronald McDonald in a small cameo.
Notable in part for not featuring any trolls (the antagonists are goblins from the town of Nilbog — which is goblin spelled backwards), the film also has no relation to the original Troll, which was also critically panned. Not only one of the "least scary horror movies ever", according to Yahoo! Movies, but "by pretty much any measure... one of the worst films ever made". Director Claudio Fragasso (who used the pseudonym Drake Floyd for his work on the film) has maintained for twenty years that the film is a "masterpiece". Despite the script being written in awkward language (Fragasso and his wife Rosella Drudi, native Italians, spoke virtually no English when they wrote the script), Fragasso insisted the American actors deliver the lines as written. The goblins in the movie are dwarfs wearing burlap sacks and latex masks. The film currently has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Nearly twenty years after its release, the movie's child star, Michael Stephenson, made a documentary about the film titled Best Worst Movie, released to critical success in 2009.
Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
A sequel to the cult film Highlander, which transitions the fantasy franchise into science fiction and retcons the mystical warriors of the first film into aliens. It was met with harsh criticism by both critics and audiences. Based on 23 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds a 0%, "Rotten" rating, all 23 reviews being negative. Common criticisms included the lack of motivation for the characters, the new and seemingly incongruent origin for the Immortals, the resurrection of Ramirez, and apparent contradictions in the film's internal logic. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a score of one-half star (out of four), saying: "Highlander II: The Quickening is the most hilariously incomprehensible movie I've seen in many a long day—a movie almost awesome in its badness. Wherever science fiction fans gather, in decades and generations to come, this film will be remembered in hushed tones as one of the immortal low points of the genre." He continued, saying "If there is a planet somewhere whose civilization is based on the worst movies of all time, Highlander 2: The Quickening deserves a sacred place among their most treasured artifacts." Giving the film a score of 2 out of 10, IGN's review of the film said: "How bad is this movie? Well, imagine if Ed Wood were alive today, and someone gave him a multi-million dollar budget. See his imagination running rampant, bringing in aliens from outer space with immensely powerful firearms, immortals who bring each other back to life by calling out their names, epic duels on flying skateboards, and a blatant disregard for anything logical or previously established—now you are starting to get closer to the vision of Highlander II." Awarding the film one star out of five, Christopher Null of Filmcritic.com said, "Highlander has become a bit of a joke, and here's where the joke started. ... Incomprehensible doesn't even begin to explain it. This movie is the equivalent of the 'Hey, look over there!' gag. You look, and the guy you wanted to beat up has run away and hid."
In 1995, the film's director Russell Mulcahy made a director's cut version known as Highlander II: The Renegade Version and then later released another version simply known as Highlander II: The Special Edition for its 2004 DVD release. The film was reconstructed on both occasions largely from existing material, with certain scenes removed and others added back in, and the entire sequence of events changed. These new edits of the film are comprehensible and provide a more fantasy-based story for the characters' origins.
This Rob Reiner film is an adaption of the novel North: The Tale of a 9-Year-Old Boy Who Becomes a Free Agent and Travels the World in Search of the Perfect Parents by Alan Zweibel, who also wrote the screenplay and has a minor role in the film. North, which is also notable for being Scarlett Johansson's debut film, was a critical and commercial failure, earning only $7,138,449 worldwide. The film was widely criticized for its plot, its all-star cast of insensitive characters, lack of humor, and portrayal of numerous ethnic stereotypes. The film has a 15% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert gave the film zero stars and, in his review, famously wrote "I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it." He continued saying "North is a bad film – one of the worst movies ever made," and is also on his list of most hated films. Both Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel named North as the worst film of 1994. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle said in his review that "North is director Rob Reiner's first flat-out failure, a sincerely wrought, energetically made picture that all the same crashes on takeoff. It's strange and oddly distasteful, at its best managing to be bad in some original and unexpected ways." Richard Roeper named North as one of the 40 worst movies he has ever seen, saying that, "Of all the films on this list, North may be the most difficult to watch from start to finish." The film was nominated for the following awards at the 15th Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Bruce Willis, also for Color of Night), Worst Supporting Actress (Kathy Bates), Worst Supporting Actor (Dan Aykroyd, also for Exit to Eden), Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay (Andrew Scheinman and Alan Zweibel).
A large amount of hype was put behind promoting the sex and nudity in this NC-17 film with a $45 million budget, but the final result was critically derided. Most of the hype revolved around the film's star, Elizabeth Berkley, who only two years before had been one of the stars of the teenage sitcom Saved by the Bell (in which she played a young feminist). The film won seven of the thirteen Razzie Awards for which it was nominated. James Plath of Movie Metropolis said about the film, "Beneath the Vegas glitz beats the heart of a cheap B-movie porno in Showgirls, a movie that truly is so bad it's funny", while Rob Gonsalves of eFilmCritic.com said "Even the grossest porn is more cheerfully sexual than this movie." Michael Dequina of TheMovieReport.com also panned the film, saying that it was "the best bad filmmaking Hollywood has to offer." It currently holds a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 46 reviews. The edited R-rated version, which director Paul Verhoeven developed for video outlets that would not carry NC-17 films, deletes about three minutes of the more graphic sex scenes. TBS has broadcast the film on television in its prime time schedule, but this version adds digitally animated solid black underwear to hide breasts and genitalia. This version has also been broadcast by VH1 as part of its Movies That Rock series. A joke against the film was made in Wes Craven's Scream 2, when the Ghostface killer asked Randy Meeks his trademark question, "What's your favorite scary movie?", to which Randy replied, "Showgirls. Absolutely frightening."
A Jason Bloom stoner comedy starring Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin, the film revolves around two clumsy, dim-witted slackers on a road trip, who look for a toilet stop in what they believe is a shopping mall, which in fact turns out to be a bio-dome, a form of a closed ecological system in which five scientists are hermetically sealed for a year. It was universally panned by critics for its poor acting, unfunny gags and overabundance of references to substance abuse, sexual innuendos, and toilet humor. It has a 5% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also has a score of 1 out of 100 on Metacritic, the worst reviewed film on their site (tied with The Singing Forest, Chaos and InAPPropriate Comedy). Kim Williamson of Boxoffice Magazine stated that Jason Bloom's "inexperience shows" as Bio-Dome was his directorial debut. David Sterritt of the Christian Science Monitor was especially harsh against Pauly Shore's performance and participation in the scriptwriting process calling him, "less a comedian than a class clown" and "vapid, vulgar, and more to the point, not funny." Ryan Cracknell of Apollo Guide said that Bio-Dome "could possibly be the worst Hollywood movie I've ever seen." At the 1996 Golden Raspberry Awards, Pauly Shore co-won a Razzie Award for Worst Actor for his work in the film, tied with Tom Arnold for that actor's performances in Big Bully, Carpool and The Stupids. The film's poor quality would also be referenced by "Weird Al" Yankovic in his 1999 song "Albuquerque", in which the protagonist lists Bio-Dome being the in-flight movie as a reason why he hated his flight to the titular city. The New York Times investigative reporting series, Retro Report, later cited the film and its negative perception as part of a general piece on the negative public perception of the real Biosphere 2 project.
Batman & Robin (1997)
Batman & Robin is a superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman and is the fourth and final installment of the Burton/Schumacher Batman film series. It is directed by Joel Schumacher and stars George Clooney as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, Chris O'Donnell as Robin/Dick Grayson, Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl/Barbara Wilson and Michael Gough as Alfred Pennyworth. This film was largely criticized for its toyetic and camp approach, Mr. Freeze's approach and one-line jokes, as well as its possible homosexual innuendo. As of May 2013, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 12% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 66 reviews, certifying it "Rotten", with an average rating of 3.4/10, and the consensus: "Joel Schumacher's tongue-in-cheek attitude hits an unbearable limit in Batman & Robin, resulting in a frantic and mindless movie that's too jokey to care much for." By comparison Metacritic collected an average score of 28, based on 21 reviews. International Business Times included it on its list of Hollywood's top 5 worst movies ever made. Michael J. Nelson, of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame, wrote of the movie in his book, Movie Megacheese, "Batman & Robin is not the worst movie ever. No, indeed. It's the worst thing ever. Yes, it's the single worst thing that we as human beings have ever produced in recorded history."  Batman & Robin also came in first in an Empire poll of the 50 worst films ever. George Clooney claimed he would refund the money of those who bought tickets to the film if they ran into him on the street and Joel Schumacher apologized to disappointed fans on the 2005 DVD release of Batman & Robin.
Le Jour et la Nuit (Day and Night) (1997)
Directed by philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, Le Jour et la Nuit is a French romance film. The film follows a French author who fled to Mexico for a quiet life and an actress who is willing to seduce him to get a part in a film adapted from one of his books. When the film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1997, hundreds of journalists walked out of the screening and those that stayed audibly ridiculed the film. Le Jour et la Nuit was considered the worst French film since 1945 by Cahiers du cinéma, and considered as a possible "worst film in history" by the French version of Slate. Variety claimed that the film was, "Laugh-out-loud awful without touching the cult realm of 'so bad it's good," Françoise Giroud stated "It's a bad movie, there's no question", and L'Humanité called it an "Absolute debacle". An original documentary, Anatomy of a Massacre, was released with the Le Jour et la Nuit DVD, and focused on the film's intense negative reception and failure.
Cinderela Baiana (Bahian Cinderella) (1998)
A Brazilian film directed by Conrado Sanchez and starring former É o Tchan! (at the time called Gera Samba) dancer Carla Perez in the lead role, it is a heavily fictionalized biographical account of Perez's early life and how she came into fame. Despite starring an all-star cast, including Alexandre Pires, then-Perez's boyfriend and a very popular singer in Brazil at the time, the movie was criticized for its campy dialogue, badly-written script, innumerous plot holes and ludicrous acting, to the point of Perez herself disowning the film years later. It was a box office bomb, and it was some time later banned from circulation by request of Perez herself. It was also the debut of a then-unknown Lázaro Ramos, who used his salary to pay for acting classes.
On March 15, 2010, Brazilian magazine Veja made a Top 10 list of the worst Brazilian movies of all time, and Cinderela Baiana was featured in first place. The reviewer, Pollyane Lima e Silva, called the film "a shame". Author Renzo Mora included the film in his 25 Movies That Can Ruin Your Life book, while Luis Nassif claimed that, "For me this is the worst of all."
The Underground Comedy Movie (1999)
A comedy based on a cable access show from 1988. Director and lead actor Vince Offer constructed the film out of a series of tasteless, lowbrow skits (including Gena Lee Nolin loudly using the restroom and a superhero named "Dickman", who dresses in a giant penis costume and defeats his enemies by squirting them with semen). In 1999, Offer filed a suit against 20th Century Fox and the co-directors of There's Something About Mary, Bobby and Peter Farrelly, claiming that 14 scenes in Mary were stolen from his film. The Farrellys released this statement: "We've never heard of him, we've never heard of his movie, and it's all a bunch of baloney." In a review in The Village Voice, Rob Davis called the film a "listless, laughless attempt" and "lunkheaded and amateurish", and stated that it was "for masochists only." Likewise, Lawrence Van Gelder of the New York Times referred to it as a "wretched film" and stated that "'The Underground Comedy Movie' stands as a monument to ineptitude and self-delusion". Rod Dreher of the New York Post said it "may be the least amusing comedy ever made". Christopher Null of filmcritic.com called it "a crass, disgusting, and vile re-creation of a late-1980s cable TV access show, [with] small bits of film that cut in and out haphazardly and without any sense of pacing", referred to the "only conceivably funny point in the movie" as "more pathetic than hilarious", and wrapped up his review by stating "If you're looking for the ultimate movie to clear your house of partygoers who don't know when to leave, look no further than this DVD". Entertainment Weekly reviewer Owen Gleiberman rated the film an "F". Harvey S. Karten at Compuserve referred to it as "Really atrocious." Thom Bennett at Film Journal International, wrote "Anyone offended by unbearably bad films, jokes that are not funny and wasting 90 minutes of their lives is, as promised, guaranteed to be offended. In fact, to even call this mess a comedy is giving it far too much credit.", and "The Underground Comedy Movie may well be the worst film I have ever seen." Offer stated in 2004 that "almost 100,000" DVDs of the film had been sold.
Parting Shots (1999)
A British black comedy helmed by Michael Winner, Parting Shots starred rock musician Chris Rea as a man who, told he has only six months to live, begins murdering people who have wronged him. Parting Shots was accused of being poorly acted, filmed and scripted, as well as treating murder flippantly.  Andrew Collins took a very negative view of the film: "Parting Shots... is going to set the course of British film-making back 20 years. It is not only the worst British film produced in this country since Carry On Emmannuelle (quite a feat in itself), it is a thoroughbred contender for the crown of Worst Film Ever Made".  Christopher Tookey was even more harsh, stating: "Parting Shots is not only the most horrible torture for audiences that Winner has ever devised. It is also profoundly offensive, even by Winner standards" and later called Parting Shots "the most tasteless, abysmal comedy of all time."  Tookey also stated that Winner had "established himself, over the his last dozen films, as beyond doubt the worst director of all time."  In an interview about the film, Charlotte O'Sullivan, The Independent's film editor, claimed Parting Shots was "the worst film I've ever seen". O'Sullivan also criticised the film for glorifying vigilantism: "It's Michael Winner and you know, he doesn't have any sense of irony. He seems to be saying it is okay to go and kill people".  The journalist Miles Kington later claimed "Parting Shots...was directed by Michael Winner and despite the glittering cast, was possibly the worst film ever made". Parting Shots was also featured in a poll of Empire magazine readers' "50 Worst Movies Ever" poll.
Battlefield Earth (2000)
Based on the first half of L. Ron Hubbard’s novel of the same name, starring John Travolta, Barry Pepper and Forest Whitaker. Although a sequel covering the second half of the book was planned, the universal panning, poor box office intake and financial ruin of Franchise Pictures killed off such plans. It was criticized for a poor script, hammy acting, overuse of Dutch angles, repetitive dialogue, possible Scientology influence, and several inconsistencies. The movie's distributor, Franchise Pictures, was later forced out of business after it emerged that it had fraudulently overstated the film's budget by $31 million. The film has a 2% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and it was included in their Top 100 worst-reviewed movies of the last 10 years. Roger Ebert predicted that the film, "...for decades to come will be the punch line of jokes about bad movies." Ebert also wrote, "the director, Roger Christian, has learned from better films that directors sometimes tilt their cameras, but he has not learned why." It is also on his "most hated" list. It won seven Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture and Worst Screen Couple (John Travolta and "anyone on the screen with him"). In 2005, an eighth Razzie (for Worst "Drama" of Our First 25 Years) was awarded to the film, and in 2010 the film won a ninth Razzie at the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards for "Worst Picture of the Decade", the most of any film in the history of the awards at the time, before Jack and Jill surpassed the film's record with ten wins in 2012. The movie appeared on Metacritic's list of the all-time lowest-scoring films, is on the MRQE's 50 Worst Movies list.
Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
A comedy film starring Tom Green, who also wrote and directed it, featuring largely gross-out and shock humor (including multiple instances of bestiality) similar to that featured in The Tom Green Show. In the film, Green stars as a twenty-eight-year-old slacker and cartoonist who falsely accuses his father of child molestation when he questions his son's life goals. Freddy Got Fingered received overwhelmingly negative reviews, with CNN critic Paul Clinton declaring it "quite simply the worst movie ever released by a major studio in Hollywood history". A review in The Washington Post said: "If ever a movie testified to the utter creative bankruptcy of the Hollywood film industry, it is the abomination known as Freddy Got Fingered." Film reviewer Roger Ebert included the film on his "most hated" list, gave it zero out of four stars, and wrote: "This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't below the bottom of the barrel. This movie doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels." Freddy Got Fingered was nominated for eight awards at the 2001 Razzies, and won for Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, and Worst On-Screen Couple. Razzies founder John J. B. Wilson called the film "offensive, stupid and obnoxious" and said it had "no redeeming value". The movie has an 11% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Tom Green accepted his awards in person, traveling to the ceremony in a white Cadillac, wearing a tuxedo and rolling out his own red carpet to the presentation. In 2010, the film was nominated at the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards for "Worst Picture of the Decade", though it lost to Battlefield Earth. Freddy Got Fingered also appeared on Metacritic's list of the all-time lowest-scoring films and is on the MRQE's 50 Worst Movies list.
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)
An action film starring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu as opposing secret agents was universally panned by critics, who generally regarded it as having no redeeming features, not even the comedic value normally associated with bad films. Critics variously described the film as "A picture for idiots", "Boring to an amazing degree", "A fine achievement in stupidity and dullness", "Dreadful", "[Giving] new meaning to the word incoherent", and "bad on just about every level". One critic suggested an alternate title as "Simplistic: Bullets Vs. Humans." Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post wrote, "You could run this film backward, soundtrack included, and it would make no less sense." Roger Ebert, who included the film in his "most hated list", called the movie "a chaotic mess, overloaded with special effects and explosions, light on continuity, sanity and coherence", Among the most obvious plot holes noted by critics of the film is the fact that the FBI – an organization intended to work within the United States – is somehow working in Vancouver, Canada. In addition to being lambasted by critics, the film was a disaster financially, recouping just over $19.9 million of its $70 million budget. International Business Times included it on its list of Hollywood's top 5 worst movies ever made. In March 2007, the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film #1 among "The Worst of the Worst" movie list, with 108 "rotten" reviews and no "fresh" ones.
This independently-produced film about an amiable banker whose friends betray him one by one has been called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" by some critics. Though the film's star, writer, producer and director Tommy Wiseau, has claimed it is a black comedy (and thus the film's numerous flaws are intentional), other actors involved in the production have denied this, saying that Wiseau intended it to be a melodramatic romance. The Room has been noted for its bizarre and out-of-place lines, protracted sex scenes, various subplots that are inadequately resolved or simply disappear altogether (most notably, a character announces that she has breast cancer, but this is never mentioned again), nonsensical exterior shots (one scene features three establishing shots during its duration), and infamous use of green-screen for "outdoor" rooftop scenes. It has gained a cult status, and regularly sells out midnight viewings at theaters in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. It made its broadcast premiere as an April Fools' Day special in 2009 on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block, edited down from its original R rating to a TV-14/DSLV rating. The day after its appearance, its DVD became the top-selling independent film on Amazon.com. In June 2010, The Room started playing at the American Film Institute. Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett produced an audio commentary track to accompany the movie through their site RiffTrax.com.
A Martin Brest movie featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, with appearances by Al Pacino and Christopher Walken. Gigli was originally a black comedy with no romantic subplot. The producers demanded script rewrites throughout filming, hoping to cash in on the Lopez-Affleck romance that was big news in celebrity-watching publications of the time such as Us and People. This film cost $54 million to make but grossed only $6 million, making it one of the biggest box office bombs of all time. The Times gave the film a zero making Gigli the lowest scored film review in the publication's history at that time. International Business Times described reviewers calling Gigli "the ultimate turkey of all time". The Wall Street Journal stated it was “The worst movie—all right, the worst allegedly major movie—of our admittedly young century” while Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com claimed it was "The worst movie ever made." It was also the winner of seven Razzies (including 2005's Worst "Comedy" of Our First 25 Years), and in 2010 the film was nominated at the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards for "Worst Picture of the Decade". The film is in Rotten Tomatoes' Top 100 worst reviewed movies of 2000s, where it has a 6% rating. International Business Times included it on its list of Hollywood's top 5 worst movies ever made and it was featured in Empire's poll of the 50 worst films ever made.
Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004)
A British sex comedy about a group of potato delivery men, the film received strongly hostile reviews from the British media. Reviews of the film claimed Sex Lives of the Potato Men was unfunny, disgusting, and depressing. Writing in the Daily Mirror, film critic Kevin O'Sulllivan called Sex Lives of the Potato Men "one of the worst films ever made". The Times' reviewer James Christopher called Sex Lives of the Potato Men "one of the two most nauseous films ever made...a masterclass in film-making ineptitude". The Sunday Express film critic, Henry Fitzherbert, also strongly condemned the film: "Sex Lives is so awful it left me slack-jawed in disbelief...it must be one of the worst British comedies." Catherine Shoard, in a critique of the film in The Sunday Telegraph, stated "It’s hard to know what to say to this - it’s like finding the right words at a nasty accident...Sex Lives of the Potato Men is probably the lewdest Brit-com since Confessions of a Window Cleaner, and certainly the worst". Shoard also described the film as "Less a film than an appetite suppressant." The Irish Times later noted that "Sex Lives of the Potato Men attracted some of the worst reviews in living memory". The film was also featured in Empire's 50 Worst Movies Ever poll.
Nominally based on the DC Comics character and starring Halle Berry, the titular Catwoman bears little resemblance to the Batman antagonist: the cinematic Catwoman has superpowers, unlike in the comics, and leaps from rooftop to rooftop in stiletto heels. The character's signature lycra catsuit was replaced with slashed leather trousers and matching bra, and a mask that also acts as a hat. Ry The Movie Guy has commented that the film was "....solely made as an excuse to let us men see one of the most desirable women in the world wear a seductive cat-suit, and no other apparent reason." As the movie character differs so widely from her comic book source, the character, as portrayed in this film, has been cited as "Catwoman in Name Only". The film was the result of various rewrites by a total of 28 different screenwriters, though only four were credited after arbitration with the WGA. It has a 9% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and was declared "arguably the worst superhero film ever made" by the Orlando Sentinel. Jean Lowerison of the San Diego Metropolitan said in her review that Catwoman "goes on my 'worst' list for the year, and quite possibly for all time." The Village Voice summed up reviews of the film under the title "Me-Ouch." The movie was the winner of four Razzies for Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Director (Pitof) and Worst Screenplay. Berry arrived at the ceremony to accept her Razzie in person (with her Best Actress Oscar for Monster's Ball in hand), saying: "First of all, I want to thank Warner Brothers. Thank you for putting me in a piece of shit, god-awful movie... It was just what my career needed." It is on Roger Ebert's "most hated" list and International Business Times included it on its list of Hollywood's top 5 worst movies ever made.
Daniel - Der Zauberer (2004)
A German film directed by Ulli Lommel and starring pop singer and ex-Deutschland sucht den Superstar contestant Daniel Küblböck, who appeared as a fictionalized version of himself. The title is inaccurate as it implies that Küblböck is "Der Zauberer" ("The Sorcerer"), while the sorcerer is actually a different character (played by Ulli Lommel, the writer/director of the film). The website filmstarts.de states that Daniel - Der Zauberer was "unbearable for non-fans of Küblböck", "the performances of the actors were some of the worst in the history of German cinema" and that Ulli Lommel and producer Peter Schamoni "damaged their reputation." The film became the lowest ranked film on the IMDb Bottom 100, where it remained for a considerable amount of time, and wieistderfilm.de stated it was fair to call it the worst German film ever made. It appeared on Total Film's list of the 66 worst films of all time. In an interview conducted several years after its release Daniel Küblböck admitted that in retrospect "You have to say this is the worst movie of all time really."
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)
A family-oriented comedy, this was the last film directed by Bob Clark before his death. It is a sequel to the 1999 film Baby Geniuses and like its predecessor, it received universally negative reviews from film critics, earning "0%" positive rating on review website Rotten Tomatoes. Following the plot of the first film, four babies can communicate with each other using 'baby talk', and have knowledge of many secrets. The "baby geniuses" become involved in a scheme by media mogul Bill Biscane (Jon Voight), a notorious kidnapper of children. Helping the geniuses is a legendary superbaby named Kahuna, who stops Biscane's plots and saves children from being kidnapped by Biscane and his minions. He joins up with several other babies in an attempt to stop Biscane, who intends to use a satellite system to control the world's population by brainwashing them and forcing people to be sedentary and watch TV the rest of their lives. The film was a box office bomb, only receiving $9 million from its $20 million budget. Tom Long of The Deseret News said "It is perhaps the most incompetent and least funny comic film ever made." MaryAnn Johanson of Flick Philosopher said in her review "To call this immeasurably terrible movie 'stupid and nonsensical' would be an insult to stupid and nonsensical movies." Eric D. Snider wrote that "Superbabies couldn't be worse if it had been written and produced by actual babies, and I mean babies who are retarded and who hate movies," and Nathan Rabin at The A.V. Club called it "The most perversely unnecessary sequel in recent memory." Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 6th in the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s, with a rating of 0%. The film was nominated for four Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture, Worst Director (Bob Clark), Worst Supporting Actor (Jon Voight) and Worst Screenplay (Steven Paul (story) & Gregory Poppen). Eric Henderson at Slant Magazine wrote that "Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 had the rare distinction of briefly unseating the obstinate Manos: The Hands of Fate—the film that MST3K single-handedly popularized as the 'official worst movie of all time'—from its perch atop the IMDb's list of 100 worst movies" and David Cornelius at efilmcritic wondered "Why would anyone want to make a follow-up to what is universally viewed as one of the very worst movies ever produced is a mystery for the ages".
Alone in the Dark (2005)
Loosely based on a series of video games by Infogrames and directed by Uwe Boll, this film was panned by critics for a multitude of reasons, including poor script and production values, quick cuts to optimize the gory content, almost no connection to the game, and bad acting. The movie has received a 1% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and was included in their Top 100 worst reviewed movies of the 2000s. It appeared on Metacritic's list of the all-time lowest-scoring films, and is on the MRQE's 50 Worst Movies list. Peter Hartlaub, the San Francisco Chronicle's pop culture critic, called the film "the best Ed Wood movie ever made...a film so mind-blowingly horrible that it teeters on the edge of cinematic immortality." In 2009, he named it the worst film of the decade. Jeffrey Lyles of The Gazette considered the film to be so bad that "other legendary bad films...await a film of this magnitude because it gets awfully lonely on the island of misfit movies." Screenwriter Blair Erickson wrote about his experience dealing with Boll and his original script, which was closer to the actual game itself, and Boll's script change demands on the comedy website Something Awful. It received two 2005 Golden Raspberry Awards nominations for Worst Director (Uwe Boll) and Worst Actress (Tara Reid), and won three 2005 Stinkers Awards, for Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Special Effects.
Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (2007)
A remake of one of the most successful Bollywood films, Sholay, eponymous of its director Ram Gopal Varma. This film was almost universally panned, with critics such as Rajeev Masand giving it a zero out of five. Times of India stated that Aag "destroyed Bollywood's greatest film" and acknowledged that some "consider it the world's worst film". Hindustan Times awarded it the "Lifetime’s Worst Ever Movie Award". It came in first in a FHM India list of the 57 worst movies ever made. Amitabh Bachchan, who appeared in the original Sholay returned for the remake, later admitted that the film was "a mistake".
Disaster Movie (2008)
Disaster Movie is a parody film written and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, spoofing films in the disaster film genre. The film, like most films by Friedberg and Seltzer, received extremely negative reviews, and has a 1% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 69 reviews. The site's consensus states: "Returning to their seemingly bottomless well of flatulence humor, racial stereotypes, and stale pop culture gags, Friedberg and Seltzer have produced what is arguably their worst Movie yet." The film was ranked by Rotten Tomatoes as one of the worst reviewed films of the 2000s. Jason Solomons of The Guardian stated that "Nothing can convey the grimness of Disaster Movie, which would be the Worst Movie Ever Made were it actually a movie at all". Adam Tobias of Watertown Daily Times claimed that "I just don't see how anyone could not find Disaster Movie one of the worst films of all time". Tobias went on to write that the title of the film was appropriate because the film is "a disaster". Disaster Movie was featured in Empire's 50 Worst Movies Ever poll and is on the MRQE's 50 Worst Movies list. Disaster Movie became the lowest ranked film on IMDb's Bottom 100 list days after its premiere. The film is notable for being the motion picture debut of Kim Kardashian, whose performance garnered a nomination for Worst Supporting Actress at the 29th Golden Raspberry Awards. The film received five additional Razzie nominations.
Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2008)
An independently produced film that is an apparent homage to Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, Birdemic tells the story of a romance between the two leading characters, played by Alan Bagh and Whitney Moore, as their small town is attacked by birds (which do not appear until 47 minutes into the film). Written, directed, and produced by James Nguyen, the film was intended as a "romantic thriller" but is notable due to its poor quality, with reviewers calling out its wooden acting, bad dialogue, amateurish sound and editing, nonsensical plot and, in particular, its special effects, consisting primarily of poorly rendered CGI eagles and vultures that perform physically awkward aerial maneuvers and explode upon impact with the ground. The film, which cost $10,000 to make, was called by the Huffington Post "truly, one of the worst films ever made" and by The Village Voice as "one more in the pantheon of beloved trash-terpieces". Slate deemed it among the worst movies ever made, while Salon referred to it as "a cult hit among bad-movie fans" and Variety stated that the film displayed "all the revered hallmarks of hilariously bad filmmaking." Following the home media release of Birdemic, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame produced an audio commentary track to accompany the movie through Rifftrax. They later riffed upon the film again theatrically.
Jack and Jill (2011)
A comedy film starring Adam Sandler as Jack, a commercial director, who is visited by his "identical" twin sister, Jill (played by Sandler, in drag), during the holidays. Salon stated that Jack and Jill "received some of the worst reviews of any movie ever" upon its release. In the film, Jill is wooed by Al Pacino, whom Jack wants to be in his Dunkin' Donuts commercial. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times noted the irony of Pacino's presence, as the actor is best known for playing Michael Corleone in The Godfather, which is widely considered one of the best films ever made, in this film which he called "one of the worst movies in the history of cinema!" Ramin Setoodeh from The Daily Beast and Peter Travers of Rolling Stone reviewed the film together in an article entitled "Adam Sandler's 'Jack and Jill' Is the Worst Movie Ever Made." RedLetterMedia claimed the film was, "...so egregious that it ceased to be a film" after an hour long critique and later called it, "...the worst thing in the world." Mike McGranaghan of Rotten Tomatoes says "Howard the Duck, Gigli, Showgirls, From Justin to Kelly. What do they all have in common? They're all widely considered among the worst big studio movies ever made. You know what else they have in common? They're all better than Jack and Jill." Jack and Jill was featured in the top ten worst films of all time poll conducted by RiffTrax. Time Magazine and TV Guide ranked Jack and Jill the worst film of 2011. Jack and Jill won a record 10 awards at the 32nd Golden Raspberry Awards, sweeping every category. Jack and Jill broke the record previously held by Battlefield Earth for having the most Razzies earned by a single film and is the only film to win every possible award. The film currently holds a 3% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 105 reviews.
That's My Boy (2012)
Another comedy starring Adam Sandler, That's My Boy is a comedy about a middle school student named Donny Berger who has sex with his teacher, getting her pregnant, and in turn, earning a lifestyle of a minor celebrity, something he never intended to happen. Years later, Donny (played by Sandler) crashes his now-adult son's (Andy Samberg) wedding and bachelor party in order to get his money so he can pay his taxes, therefore avoiding prison. The film has been widely panned due to its comedic portrayal of incest, pedophilia, statutory rape, and gerontophilia, with film critic Andrew O'Hehir stating, "[Sandler's] new movie about a rape survivor and his estranged son is supposed to be funny, but radiates pain and rage". Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times proclaimed, "To say That’s My Boy is one of the worst movies of the year is to insult 2012. This is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen", while Richard Haridly of Quickflix called it "one of the saddest and most exhausting" films he has ever seen. MaryAnn Johanson of Flick Filosopher outright panned the film for its inability to generate laughs as well as its depraved content, calling it "a disgusting excuse for a comedy" and possibly "the most repulsive movie [she has] ever seen", and Jonathan Lack of We Got This Covered declared, "That's My Boy isn't just the worst film of 2012, it's one of the most morally reprehensible comedies of all time, a disgusting movie you should stay far, far away from." Furthermore, Ed Whitfield of The Ooh Tray stated, "It may be the worst film, in any genre, ever made", while Chris Sawin of Examiner.com called the film "the equivalent of recreational brain trauma with a slice of shoving a railroad spike through one of your eyes just to pass the time," and that "gargling paint thinner is better entertainment." In addition to the movie's overwhelmingly negative reviews, That's My Boy earned eight nominations at the 33rd Golden Raspberry Awards such as Worst Picture and Worst Director, ultimately winning the awards for Worst Actor (Sandler) and Worst Screenplay.
Produced and co-directed by Peter Farrelly among others, Movie 43 is a comedy film consisting of several vignettes each by a different director and a sizable cast of recognizable actors and actresses including Richard Gere, Dennis Quaid, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, and Naomi Watts. The film has been called one of the worst films ever made by critics, including Peter Howell of the Toronto Star, who said "There’s just one use for Movie 43, apart from it being ground into the landfill that it deserves to become sooner rather than later. It provides me with a handy new answer to a question I’m often asked: 'What’s the worst film you've ever seen?'" Brady Murphy of Murphy Reviews said, "A world where a film like this can exist only reminds me of the other contemptible acts performed by human kind since the dawn of time, and is rather eye-opening in that respect. That probably wasn't intentional, though"; he went on to say that "The idea that anyone could think that this would be in any way humorous is simply unbelievable." He concluded his review by saying the movie "had no heart", and gave it the site's first zero out of ten rating. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times voiced similar hatred, calling it "aggressively tasteless" and "the Citizen Kane of awful." Lou Lumenick of the New York Post stated, "If you mashed-up the worst parts of the infamous Howard the Duck, Gigli, Ishtar and every other awful movie I’ve seen since I started reviewing professionally in 1981, it wouldn’t begin to approach the sheer soul-sucking badness of the cringe-inducing Movie 43." Movie 43 is on the MRQE's 50 Worst Movies list. It currently holds a 4% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 75 reviews, averaging out at a 2.3/10 rating. Peter Farrelly himself, in an interview with Chris Hardwick for the Nerdist podcast, said "[Movie 43] is going to be the kind of movie that gets a 3% on Rotten Tomatoes."
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