Special Report

50 Worst Movies Based on True Events

Source: Courtesy of Open Road Films

40. Jobs (2013)
> Favorable reviews: 40% of audiences
> Director: Joshua Michael Stern
> Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad

Only 28% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes liked this ironically unimaginative biopic of Steve Jobs, one of the most imaginative innovators in recent history. Critics quoted by the site call it “bland and bloated,” “the equivalent of a feature-length slow clap,” and “a missed opportunity.”

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

39. Not Without My Daughter (1991)
> Favorable reviews: 71% of audiences
> Director: Brian Gilbert
> Starring: Sally Field, Alfred Molina, Sheila Rosenthal

“Not Without My Daughter” is based on Betty Mahmoody’s memoir detailing her and her daughter’s escape from Iran. While 71% of audiences on Rotten Tomatoes liked the movie, only half of critics did.

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

38. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
> Favorable reviews: 59% of audiences
> Director: Shekhar Kapur
> Starring: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush

Cate Blanchett was nominated for an Academy Award for this costume drama about England’s Queen Elizabeth I and her struggles with the Spanish — and the movie won an Oscar for Costume Design. The New York Times, however, found it to be “A kitsch extravaganza aquiver with trembling bosoms, booming guns and wild energy” and “distorted and deliriously far-fetched” — and its Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes is a mere 34%.

Source: Courtesy of Focus Features

37. Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
> Favorable reviews: 31% of audiences
> Director: Roger Michell
> Starring: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams

“Hyde Park on Hudson” tells the story of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s relationship with his cousin Margaret “Daisy” Suckley. While the performances of the film’s lead actors were praised, only 37% of critics approved of the overall film as did just 31% of audiences, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Source: Courtesy of Miramax

36. Prozac Nation (2001)
> Favorable reviews: 58% of audiences
> Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg
> Starring: Christina Ricci, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica Lange

Critics were apparently turned off (to the tune of a 28% Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes) by this film version of Elizabeth Wurtzel’s best-selling memoir of the same name because they found the main character so unsympathetic. Rotten Tomatoes quotes critics who call her “a whiny, navel-gazing Harvard student,” a “self-centered brat,” and “a first class a-hole.”