As the new year begins, there are a lot of articles and lists online about the worst movies of 2010. Since I think studying bad movies can teach as much if not more than looking at the good ones, I wanted to compile a list. Since I didn’t go see any of these awful films myself since I am not a masochist and could tell they would be abysmal, I had to go by the research of others.
I found six lists online of the worst movies from different critics and websites. I included Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes since they also compile multiple opinions and give each movie a score. The following movies appeared on the most lists so for my list, I dub them the worst movies of 2010. I’ve linked the movie title to its IMDb entry, as well as the Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic entries for each film, so you can research exactly why these movies failed without having to actually watch them.
The Spy Next Door appeared on 2 lists, and received a score of 13% on Rotten Tomatoes, (47% audience) which puts it safely out of their worst 10. Metacritic gives it a hefty 27, which is pretty good for such a poorly reviewed movie.
Equally bad, and another children’s movie, was Tooth Fairy, which appeared on 2 lists and received a score of 17% on Rotten Tomatoes from the critics but a solid, almost “fresh” 46% from regular people. Metacritic weighs in at 36 with a 4.1/10 by users. With a tagline like “You can’t handle the tooth” and the Rock in fairy wings, what’s not to like?
I was happy to see The Back-Up Plan on 2 lists, as someone who has been trying to have a child the old-fashioned way, you know, by having sex, I had to roll my eyes at the premise of this movie and how ridiculously they were treating the very important, personal and often difficult process of fertility treatments and IVF turned into a stupid slapstick romantic comedy. The premise irked the hell out of me and I had no intention of seeing this movie. Rotten Tomatoes says rotten with only 20%, audience once again at an almost respectable 47%. Metacritic gave this gem 34 and a user score of 5.8/10.
Yogi Bear appeared on 2 lists got 15% on Rotten Tomatoes, 43% audience and 35 and 3.8 on Metacritic. I can’t imagine how such a deep, intellectual cartoon wouldn’t make a phenomenal film, but if Marmaduke couldn’t hack it I guess Yogi and Boo Boo had no hope.
Before I even started compiling data, I knew Jonah Hex would show up somewhere near the bottom, and it did on 2 lists. My husband, along with 98% of the heterosexual male population, is quite in lust with Megan Fox, and he also happens to love Westerns, so based on trailers this movie seemed custom tailored to be his favorite. When he started to watch this movie and could only sit through 15 minutes before turning it off and moaning about how awful it was, I knew it was bad. I mean he sat through Transformers 2 just to watch Megan. Jonah Hex got 13% on Rotten Tomatoes, and unlike some other equally criticallypanned films only 26% audience score . Metacritic agrees, with 33 and 3.7.
Jonah Hex also deserves special mention because, unlike any of the other movies listed here, which may have royally sucked but at least raked in some cash, it was also one of the lowest grossing films of 2010- rustling up only 10.6 million dollars.
Saw 3D appeared on 2 lists and got 11% on Rotten Tomatoes but 51% from the audience. At Metacritic, a very low 24 and 4.6. Any movie with this many sequels can’t be expected to be very good, particularly when they seem to be only making this one to take advantage of the 3D craze.
Vampires Suck made it to 2 lists with an embarrassingly low 4% on Rotten Tomatoes, (33% audience). Metacritic was a bit kinder at 18 but only 2.9/10 user score. When you put the word “suck” in your title you’re opening yourself up for puns and criticism, but I thought it was a clever title, and with all the vitriol swirling out their against Twilight I thought perhaps a spoof on it would do well. Clearly, most critics are closeted Team Jacob Twi-hards, so this film, which was no doubt of the utmost quality, suffered.
On 3 lists, When in Rome wins the award for the only one on my list that I saw-in the theater even. I was on a trip with a bunch of girls and this was the girliest movie available so we saw it. It was pretty bad. I’m all for structure but this was so formulaic it wasn’t even interesting to watch, I knew by the time I was done with the trailer how it would turn out, and the gags and slapsticky gimmick-based comedy wasn’t funny at all, nor was there any chemistry between the leads. They were together because they were supposed to be and for no other reason. 16% on Rotten Tomatoes (44% audience). Metacritic gave it 25 and 4.4 user.
While I have seen every single episode of the Sex and the City TV series I have yet to see even the first movie, let alone this one, which is apparently godawful, making it to 3 worst movie lists, with a sad 27 and 3.9 on Metacritic, and 16% (49% audience) on Rotten Tomatoes. Something about four slutty-er-um, free-spirited-girls prancing around Dubai seemed like a recipe for disaster to me, and it looks like I was right.
Furry Vengeance made it to 3 lists, earning a vengeful 8% on Rotten Tomatoes (37% audience) and 23 and 2.2 on Metacritic. Oh Brendan, how far you have fallen from your glory days of George of the Jungle and Bedazzled. Just kidding, he’s been in decent movies too and I personally loved him in George-not many men can pull of the loincloth look so well.
The Nutcracker in 3D was on 3 lists with 0% on Rotten Tomatoes (34% audience) and 18 on Metacritic. Apparently critics were weirded out by the retelling of the classic using a metaphor for the holocaust. Who knew Rat-King Nazis would be offensive?
Killers showed up on 4 lists with 11% on Rotten Tomatoes (45% audience) and 21 on Metacritic (3.5 user). I am not a fan of Ashton in anything other than That 70s Show and Dude Where’s My Car? so I am not surprised at these ratings. His upcoming movie with Natalie Portman is definitely going to tarnish Natalie’s reputation as a sophisticated, talented actress.
The Bounty Hunter made it to 4 lists and earned 22 (3.1/10 user) on Metacritic and 7% (42% audience) on Rotten Tomatoes. Why anyone wouldn’t want to watch Jennifer Aniston scream at and fight with yet another actor in a poorly written rom-com is beyond me, I mean look how enjoyable The Break-Up was.
And the worst 2 which were featured on 5 separate lists were The Last Airbender and Grown Ups.
Grown Ups got 10% on Rotten Tomatoes but a surprising 60% user score, and 30/5.1 on Metacritic.
The Last Airbender got 7% on Rotten Tomatoes (42% user) and 20 (3.1 user) on Metacritic. At a certain point, you have to start wondering why anyone in Hollywood keeps giving M.Night more money to churn out so many flops.
In an upcoming post, I’ll look at why these movies failed and what they had in common, and how you can learn from their mistakes to improve your writing. But now I’m off to see The King’s Speech.