THE GREAT DEBATE: The worst movie ever

Turkeys. Movies that make you shake your head in disbelief at what the director, producers and actors must have been thinking. Absolute stinkers that clear a movie theater. There have been a few.

“…but the Directors Cut is way better!”

According to Rotten Tomatoes, the ten worst movies of all time are as follows:

Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever (2002)
Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu – “A surprisingly inept film, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever offers over-the-top, wall-to-wall action without a hint of wit, coherence, style or originality.”

A missed call (2008)
Ed Burns, Shannyn Sossamon – “One of the weakest entries in the J-horror remake, A missed call is undone by bland performances and shop-worn shocks.”

Left behind (2014)
Nic Cage – “Yes indeed, like a plague of locusts, Left behind has spawned a further blight of destruction on Nicolas Cage’s once proud filmography.”

A thousand words (2012)
Eddie Murphy – “Dated Jokes (A thousand words was shot in 2008) and the removal of Eddie Murphy’s voice—his greatest comedic asset—dooms this painful mess from the start.”

Gotti (2018)
John Travolta – “Fuhgeddaboudit.”

Pinocchio (2002)
Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi – “Roberto Benigni fails miserably with this adaptation of Pinocchioand the result is an unfunny, poorly made, hideous vanity project.”

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)
John Voigt, Scott Baio – “An astonishing lack of taste prevails Super babiesa sequel that offers further proof that bad jokes still aren’t funny when they come from babes’ mouths.”

Gold diggers (2003)
Will Friedel, Chris Owen – “It aspires to Farrelly-level offensiveness, but the PG-13 rating and a lack of decent gags make Gold Diggers tame, toothless and boring.”

The Last Days of American Crime (2020)
Edgar Ramirex, Michael Pitt – “This Crime is punishment.”

Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
Lorraine Gary, Michael Caine – “Irrational, tension-free and filled with cut-rate special effects, Jaws: The Revenge is a sad 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 films was made after 2000. What happened at the turn of the millennium? Did the Y2K failure remove talent from filmmakers?

What is more likely is that the digitization and aggregation of film reviews since the information revolution started in the late 1990s has skewed the view towards more modern films. So we’re not sure we can get behind Rotten Tomatoes’ view of the world. So what is reality?

What is the worst movie ever made?

Outposter’s wisdom will prevail. Polled opinion from our mighty community of proper film fans will give us a view we trust far more than what online aggregators have become these days. So get on it!


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