Turkeys. Movies that leave you shaking you head in disbelief at what the director, producers and actors must have been thinking. Absolute stinkers that clear a movie theatre. There have been a few.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, the ten worst movies of all time are as follows:
Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever (2002)
Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu – “A startlingly inept film, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever offers overblown, wall-to-wall action without a hint of wit, coherence, style, or originality.”
One Missed Call (2008)
Ed Burns, Shannyn Sossamon – “One of the weakest entries in the J-horror remake sweepstakes, One Missed Call is undone by bland performances and shopworn shocks.”
Left Behind (2014)
Nic Cage – “Yea verily, like unto a plague of locusts, Left Behind hath begat a further scourge of devastation upon Nicolas Cage’s once-proud filmography.”
A Thousand Words (2012)
Eddie Murphy – “Dated jokes (A Thousand Words was shot in 2008) and removing Eddie Murphy’s voice — his greatest comedic asset — dooms this painful mess from the start.”
John Travolta – “Fuhgeddaboudit.”
Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi – “Roberto Benigni misfires wildly with this adaptation of Pinocchio, and the result is an unfunny, poorly-made, creepy vanity project.”
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)
John Voigt, Scott Baio – “A startling lack of taste pervades Superbabies, a sequel offering further proof that bad jokes still aren’t funny when coming from the mouths of babes.”
Gold Diggers (2003)
Will Friedel, Chris Owen – “It aspires to Farrelly-level offensiveness, but the PG-13 rating and a dearth of decent gags renders Gold Diggers tame, toothless, and dull.”
The Last Days Of American Crime (2020)
Edgar Ramirex, Michael Pitt – “This Crime is punishment.”
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
Lorraine Gary, Michael Caine – “Illogical, tension-free, and filled with cut-rate special effects, Jaws: The Revenge is a sorry chapter in a once-proud franchise.”
There is no doubt that these are crimes against cinema. However there is a clear pattern here. With one notable exception – Jaws: The Revenge – every single one of these movies was made post-2000. What happened at the turn of the millennium? Did the Y2K bug remove talent from filmmakers?
What is more likely is that the digitisation and aggregation of movie reviews since the information revolution began in the late 1990s has skewed the view towards more modern movies. So we are not sure we can line up behind the Rotten Tomatoes view of the world. So what is the reality?
What is the worst movie ever made?
The wisdom of Outposters will prevail. Crowd sourced opinion from our mighty community of proper movie fans will give us a view we trust far more than whatever online aggregators have become these days. So have at it!