Audiences and critics don’t always agree about the quality of a movie — except, often, in the extremes. Highly successful movies regularly enjoy both decent critical reviews and audience appreciation, while truly poor movies bomb with both critics and audiences.
Though recent superhero movie successes certainly point to great talent in Hollywood in appealing to mass audiences while producing a quality movie, not all filmmakers are equally adept at this task. In fact, some movies have managed to earn the collective ire of audiences and critics for their failings. These movies may have poor acting, lazy scriptwriting, bad directing and photography, or simply poor financial backing. Such films not only appeal to very few moviegoers but often also annoy them, driving critics and audiences to voice their disdain.
24/7 Wall St. has determined the 100 worst movies of all time based on audience and critic ratings.
Perhaps not surprising, a majority of the worst movies of all time fall within two genres – comedy and horror. Though these genres may have more poorly received movies than other genres, even diehard fans of these types of films have standards. Fifty-eight of the movies on the list are categorized as comedies on the Internet Movie Database, while 22 are horror.
Over one-quarter of the films on the list are also sequels. Studios often see follow-up productions as an easy way to cash in on successful films because of their recognizable titles and prebuilt fanbases. However, this business plan can backfire when the sequel fails to capture the same magic that drew audiences to the original films, as illustrated by such flops as “Caddyshack II” and “Exorcist II: The Heretic.”
And while some of the worst movies did surprisingly well in theaters – M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender,” for example, grossed $132 million domestically – the majority failed at the box office. Only six of the 100 movies grossed more than $50 million in the U.S. and Canada, and even those films underperformed relative to studio expectations. More common are the total flops, such as the 2008 Paris Hilton vehicle “The Hottie & the Nottie,” which grossed a grand total of just $30,000 domestically.