50 Movies with the Worst Ratings on Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes is an easy way to check whether a movie deserves two hours of your time.

But although movie makers always aim to create a memorable experience, they sometimes release something that attracts attention for all the wrong reasons.

Because aggregation review site Rotten Tomatoes allows film fans to provide a Tomatometer rating on every movie, the curious can just as easily discover which flicks are abject disasters.

Movies with Worst rotten tomatoes ratings
Rotten Tomatoes is an easy way of discovering whether a movie is a turkey istockphoto

So while Rotten Tomatoes offers Oscar-worthy movies the "certified fresh" seal of approval, at the other end of the scale you can find these 50 worst-rated turkeys rated "rotten".

Megaforce (1982)
American actor Barry Bostwick as Commander Ace Hunter in a promotional portrait for 'Megaforce' Getty Images

Megaforce (1982)

This sci-fi movie sees a high-tech soldier (Barry Bostwick) with a flying motorcycle lead troops to the rescue of a ruler (Persis Khambatta) and her people. Hal Needham later described it as: "Kind of a version of James Bond done with a helluva lot of less budget and no Roger Moore."

Staying Alive (1983)
Actor, singer, dancer John Travolta as Tony Manero in 'Staying Alive' in 1983 Getty Images/Paramount Pictures

Staying Alive (1983)

This Saturday Night Fever dance musical film with John Travolta reprising his role as dancer Tony Manero was a box office success although panned by critics. Rotten Tomatoes' consensus reads: "This sequel to Saturday Night Fever is shockingly embarrassing and unnecessary."

Bolero (1984)
Actor Greg Bensen in a scene from the movie 'Bolero', 1984 Getty Images

Bolero (1984)

This unappetising romantic drama was written and directed by John Derek and starred his wife Bo Derek. The movie sees her character journey to search for a perfect man for losing her virginity. Rotten Tomatoes' consensus reads, "Bolero combines a ludicrous storyline and wildly mismatched cast in its desperate attempts to titillate."

The Slugger's Wife
The Slugger's Wife stars Michael O'Keefe, Rebecca De Mornay, and Randy Quaid Rastar

The Slugger's Wife (1985)

This romantic comedy involves a Major League Baseball star (Michael O'Keefe) on the verge of breaking a record when he meets and marries a singer. A review in The New York Times by Janet Maslin begins: "It's a shock to find Neil Simon's name attached to something as resoundingly unfunny as this."

American Anthem (1986)
American Anthem sees ootball player turned gymnast Steve Tevere seeks to join the United States Olympic gymnastics team Lorimar Motion Pictures, Columbia Pictures

American Anthem (1986)

This sports drama movie finds two gymnasts (Mitch Gaylord and Janet Jones) fall in love and train for a competition. Movie critic Roger Ebert described it "as bad as any movie I've seen this year and so inept that not even the gymnastics scenes are interesting".

Jaws: The Revenge
Jaws: The Revenge was widely panned by critics and is the lowest grossing film of the franchise, and is often regarded as one of the worst movies ever made Universal Pictures

Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

Despite starring Michael Caine, the fourth Jaws movie was nominated for four Razzies and won one for Worst Visual Effects. The Independent pointed out that "the film was riddled with inconsistencies [and] errors (sharks cannot float or roar like lions)".

Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)
Actor Steve Guttenberg, Michael Winslow and G.W. Bailey on set of the movie "Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol" Warner Bros.

Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)

This slapstick comedy sees the misfit Police Academy graduates assigned to train a group of civilian volunteers to fight crime. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rare approval rating of 0 percent based on reviews from 20 critics.

Mac and Me (1988)
Mac and Me flopped at the box office and was universally panned by critics, partly due to plot lines similar to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Mac and Me Joint Venture

Mac and Me (1988)

A movie involving an alien attempting to escape U.S. space agency NASA and befriended by a wheelchair-bound boy features a five-minute dance sequence involving Ronald McDonald (who won a Razzie for Worst New Star).

Dream a Little Dream (1989)
Dream a Little Dream received negative reviews, earning zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes based on all 10 reviews counted Lightning Pictures

Dream a Little Dream (1989)

This decidedly odd teen movie starring Corey Feldman involves an OAP couple who transport themselves into the bodies of two high-schoolers.

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989)
Pete Hammond in Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide gave Police Academy 6: City Under Siege a "BOMB" rating Warner Bros.

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989)

The final Police Academy movie to include original cast members, involves the bumbling cadets take to the streets after a trio of inept goons successfully orchestrate a metropolitan crime wave.

Problem Child (1990)
Problem Child was panned by critics but was a box office success Imagine Entertainment

Problem Child (1990)

A couple decides to adopt Junior, a seven-year-old boy who soon reveals his mischievous nature that drives them crazy. This somehow became a box-office success, and Junior returned for two sequels.

Madhouse (1990)
Actor John Larroquette and actress Kirstie Alley on set of the movie "Madhouse" , circa 1990 Getty Images

Madhouse (1990)

Mark (John Larroquette) and Jessie (Kirstie Alley) get blindsided by an unexpected visit from his cousin – and hijinks ensue. The movie currently has a zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and received poor ratings from both the Los Angeles Times and People magazine.

Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
Actor Christopher Lambert (R) actor Sean Connery pose on the set of the movie "Highlander II: The Quickening" circa 1991 Getty Images

Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)

Despite the return of stars Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, the sequel to the cult original proved disappointing.

Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)
Return to the Blue Lagoon is a 1991 American South Seas romantic adventure film starring Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause Columbia Pictures

Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)

The original made 14-year-old Brooke Shields a star. In 1991, a whole new generation was introduced to two new teens (Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause) on a desert island.

Look Who's Talking Now (1993)
Actor John Travolta with actress Kirstie Alley with David Gallagher and Tabitha Lupien pose for the Tri Star movie " Look Who's Talking Now " in 1993 Getty Images

Look Who's Talking Now (1993)

The third and final film in the popular film franchise, Look Who's Talking Now starred Kirstie Alley and John Travolta.

Deadfall (1993)
Deadfall is a 1993 crime drama film staring Michael Biehn, Nicolas Cage, Sarah Trigger, Charlie Sheen, James Coburn, and Peter Fonda Mutual Film Company

Deadfall (1993)

This movie was directed by Francis Ford Coppola's nephew and stars Nicolas Cage – the director's brother. However, TV Guide described Deadfall as "unpersuasive and shallow".

A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
A Low Down Dirty Shame has a rare zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes—meaning no favorable reviews whatsoever Caravan Pictures, Hollywood Pictures

A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)

This is an action-comedy about private-detective Andre Shame. Critics were unconvinced, with The New York Times describing the lead as a "bland action hero."

Wagons East! (1994)
Wagons East!) is a 1994 American Western adventure buddy comedy film starring John Candy and Richard Lewis Carolco Pictures

Wagons East! (1994)

This comedy set in the Wild West about hapless pioneers eager to return home is sadly comedian John Candy's final film who was unable to save this movie described as his "worse one".

Top Dog (1995)
Top Dog is a 1995 buddy cop action comedy film directed by Aaron Norris and starring Chuck Norris Richwater Films

Top Dog (1995)

This action-comedy stars Chuck Norris as a cop teamed-up with police dog Reno. The movie's poor box office performance may be blamed by its release coinciding with the Oklahoma City bombing.

Jury Duty (1995)
Reviews were negative, and Jury Duty was a box office bomb Triumph Films

Jury Duty (1995)

Protagonist Tommy (Pauly Shore) becomes enrolled as a jury member in a murder trial and pulls every trick to prolong the proceeding to exploit the remuneration paid to jury members.

Ed (1996)
Ed is a 1996 American sports comedy film about a talented baseball pitcher and his friendly ball-playing chimpanzee as his team's mascot Universal Pictures

Ed (1996)

The movie sees Matt LeBlanc play a minor league baseball player who pals around with a chimpanzee (played by a mechanical chimp).

Shadow Conspiracy (1997)
Shadow Conspiracy is a 1997 American political thriller poorly received by critics Cinergi Pictures

Shadow Conspiracy (1997)

This generic political thriller sees Charlie Sheen plays Bobby Bishop. And despite also starring Donald Sutherland and Linda Hamilton, the movie only grossed $2 million and was a critical flop.

3 Strikes (2000)
3 Strikes received overwhelmingly negative reviews Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

3 Strikes (2000)

This movie follows Rob Douglas, who has just been released from his second stint in prison. His attempts to avoid any more trouble with the law are fraught with problems.

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever was universally panned by critics and has been frequently described as one of the worst films ever made Franchise Pictures

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)

Rotten Tomatoes described this movie as having a "plot ... undeserving of analysis, or even a summary."

Killing Me Softly (2002)
Variety later characterized Killing Me Softly's international release as "a painful failure" The Montecito Picture Company

Killing Me Softly (2002)

This notorious erotic thriller tells the story of a woman (Heather Graham) who ditches her humdrum life for a character played by Joseph Fiennes who may be a murderer.

Pinocchio (2002)
This movie version of Pinocchio was critically panned Miramax

Pinocchio (2002)

Roberto Benigni was the toast of Hollywood with his Oscar-winning 1997 movie, Life Is Beautiful – unfortunately, this was fllowed by this disastrous live-action version of the much-loved fairytale Pinocchio.

Merci Docteur Rey (2002)
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with 22 reviews, Merci Docteur Rey has a rare approval rating of zero percent Merchant Ivory

Merci Docteur Rey (2002)

Despite boasting an impressive cast including Dianne Wiest and Vanessa Redgrave, this Merchant Ivory movie was panned as a "laboured French comedy straining to keep a ridiculously convoluted narrative moving along."

National Lampoon's Gold Diggers (2003)
National Lampoon's Gold Diggers received no favorable reviews whatsoever on Rotten Tomatoes Delfino Entertainment National Lampoon

National Lampoon's Gold Diggers (2003)

National Lampoon's Gold Diggers (which was also called National Lampoon's Ladykillers) was named the 10th worst-reviewed movie of all time on Metacritic.

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 was a box office bomb, earning less than half its budget back Hador BG2 Productions Ltd. Distributed by, Triumph Films

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)

Although the 1999 movie Baby Geniuses, scored just two percent on Rotten Tomatoes, it was still a modest box-office success. So, in 2004, audiences were treated to Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 – and the reviews were predictably awful.

Constellation (2005)
Constellation holds a zero percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes Codeblack Entertainment

Constellation (2005)

Hated by critics, Constellation follows the Boxer family as they return to the Deep South to pay tribute to the family's matriarch. Rotten Tomatoes' critics consensus states: "Though earnestly directed, Constellation lacks dramatic fireworks and eventually falls into TV-movie sentimentality."

Karla (2006)
American psychological thriller film Karla was deemed "a creepy but botched work" by Robert Koehler of Variety Quantum Entertainment Christal Films

Karla (2006)

Based on true events, Karla tells the story of Paul Bernardo (Misha Collins) and his wife, Karla Homolka (Laura Prepon), who became an accessory in her husband's crimes however, many critics believed the film was let down by the "shockingly amateurish supporting cast."

Scar (2007)
Stereoscopic 3D film Scar reportedly saw "one viewer run out of the theater and threw up" Norman Twain Productions

Scar (2007)

Scar was the first 3D HD full-length movie produced in the U.S., although many agreed the "movie is at best opportunist".

Redline (2007)
Racing car movie Redline was described by some critics as a mere vanity project by writer and producer Daniel Sadek. Madhouse

Redline (2007)

Racing car movie Redline was described by some critics as a mere vanity project by writer and producer Daniel Sadek.

One Missed Call (2008)
The film was panned by film critics, with many regarding One Missed Call as the worst J-horror remake to be released Intermedia Films

One Missed Call (2008)

This is an American remake of the Japanese horror film of the same name and revolves around victims receiving phone calls predicting their deaths.

Homecoming (2009)
Homecoming was a box office success but a critical failure Parkwood Entertainment

Homecoming (2009)

This horror movie finds the protagonist return home from college with his new girlfriend. Unfortunately for the happy couple, his old high-school sweetheart is unaware they ever broke up.

Translymania (2009)
Translymania is a spoof horror in which a group of college kids do a semester abroad in Romania Film Rock, Hill & Brand Entertainment

Translymania (2009)

Transylmania is a horror spoof about students spending a term abroad in Transylvania – as well as an ill-advised sequel to 2006's National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2: College @ Sea.

Stolen (2009)
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with 20 reviews, Stolen has a rare approval rating of zero percent Slaughterhouse Rulez

Stolen (2009)

Actor Jon Hamm took a break from playing Don Draper on Mad Men to film this lackluster drama. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with 20 reviews, the film has a rare approval rating of 0 percent – meaning no favourable reviews whatsoever.

The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)
The Nutcracker in 3D was universally panned by critics upon its release, and was criticized for its story, deviations from the ballet and performances Freestyle Releasing

The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)

This non-ballet version of the classic Christmas tale starring Elle Fanning was "the cinematic equivalent of a lump of coal in a Christmas stocking," by The Hollywood Reporter.

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
American comedy film Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star became a box office bomb, in addition to universally negative reviews by film critics Columbia Pictures

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011)

Adam Sandler unfortunately appears in many Rotten Tomatoes bad reviews – but this story of a young man who travels to LA to work in adult movies still managed to disappoint.

Dark Tide (2012)
Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus reads: "Shallow and brackish, Dark Tide fails to rise" Village Roadshow Pictures

Dark Tide (2012)

Halle Berry here stars as a shark expert suffering from PTSD after a shark kills a fellow diver. The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw wrote, "The sharks themselves are the only ones to emerge with credit from this."

A Thousand Words (2012)
Eddie Murphy comedy-drama A Thousand Words went direct-to-DVD in the UK Work After Midnight Films

A Thousand Words (2012)

Eddie Murphy plays a fast-talking literary agent who learns to keep his mouth shut when it becomes a matter of life and death. The movie earned Razzie nominations for Worst Picture, Worst Actor and Worst Screenplay.

The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
Released worldwide on Netflix in December 2015, The Ridiculous 6 was panned by critics and is one of the few films to receive an approval rating of zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes Happy Madison Productions

The Ridiculous 6 (2015)

This Adam Sandler-written parody of the classic western The Magnificent Seven features Taylor Lautner, Steve Buscemi and Danny Trejo. Filming reportedly witnessed a dozen Native American actors leave the set because of the script's offensive jokes and inaccurate portrayals of Apaches.

Cabin Fever (2016)
Rotten Tomatoes’ critics' consensus for Cabin Fever reads: "No need for a quarantine -- enthusiasm for this inert remake is not contagious."[ Deer Path Films

Cabin Fever (2016)

This remake of the 2002 film of the same name, gave a co-writing credit to original writer-director Eli Roth, but critics have suggested the new version added almost nothing.

The Disappointments Room (2016)
The Disappointments Room was released in September 2016 to both critical and commercial failure Demarest

The Disappointments Room (2016)

Urbanites Dana (Kate Beckinsale) and David (Mel Raido) purchase an old Southern mansion with a horrifying past, but critics found nothing in the film particularly scary or original.

Max Steel (2016)
American superhero film Max Steel chronicles the adventures of teenaged Max McGrath and alien companion Steel, who combine their powers Mattel, Paramount Pictures

Max Steel (2016)

This odd movie follows Max, who has special powers, and his extraterrestrial buddy, Steel – who together become the superhero Max Steel.

Precious Cargo (2016)
Canadian action film Precious Cargo received a heavily negative reception Herrick Entertainment, Mandate Pictures

Precious Cargo (2016)

Precious Cargo, about three thieves double-crossing each other for a big payoff, is regarded as one of star Bruce Willis' worst-ever films.

Stratton (2017)
Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus reads, "Stratton's action-thriller ambitions are roundly thwarted by a derivative story, misguided casting, and a low-budget feel underscored by unimpressive set pieces." Twickenham Studios

Stratton (2017)

Dominic Cooper plays a member of the Royal Navy special forces, whose mission is to track-down a rogue Soviet operative and save the world from terrorists. Unfortunately, this was described as "a stale espionage thriller."

Dark Crimes (2018)
Despite some praise for the cast, critics panned Dark Crimes for its pacing, overly downcast tone, and objectionable presentation of abused women Los Angeles Media Fund, RatPac Entertainment

Dark Crimes (2018)

Dark Crimes is based on the true story of Krystian Bala, who was found guilty of murdering a Polish businessman. But this twisted tale starring Jim Carrey was panned as being too badly executed.

London Fields (2018)
London Fields was released theatrically in the United States on 26 October 2018, and was a critical and commercial failure use Productions, Periscope Entertainment, Head Gear Films

London Fields (2018)

The screen adaptation of Martin Amis' award-winning book tells the tale of a terminally-ill writer (Billy Bob Thornton) who is desperate to pen a final book before he passes away. The character stumbles across a murder mystery in the making with actress Amber Heard at the centre of the drama.

Gotti (2018)
Gotti was nominated for six Razzies, including Worst Picture and Worst Actor for star John Travolta Emmett/Furla Oasis

Gotti (2018)

Gotti, starring Rotten Tomatoes mainstay John Travolta, was panned across the board when it was released. RogerEbert.com wrote: "He may have been a murderer, but even Gotti deserved better than this."