Special Report

50 Worst Movie Sequels of All Time

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20. Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
> Directed by: Russell Mulcahy
> Starring: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 2.7 out of 10

Fans and critics mostly enjoyed “Highlander” (1986) — an action-fantasy movie about immortal warriors from the 15th century. Yet while that movie’s borderline ludicrousness largely worked in its favor, its sequel went too far, with numerous critics describing it as a mess. Zero critics gave it positive review, although 23% of viewers liked it.

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19. Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
> Directed by: Jan de Bont
> Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric, Willem Dafoe
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.4 out of 10

Boasting the acting talent of Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, and Sandra Bullock, “Speed” (1995) has an exceptional 94% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Bullock is the only one to return for the flop of a sequel, “Speed 2: Cruise Control” (1997), which was liked by only 4% of critics. The movie replaces the original’s speeding bus with a cruise ship that is similarly forced to maintain a high speed.

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18. Scary Movie 5 (2013)
> Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee
> Starring: Simon Rex, Ashley Tisdale, Charlie Sheen
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 2.0 out of 10

The fifth entry into the horror-spoof series is accused of being “juvenile even by Scary Movie standards,” according to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus. Only 4% of the 51 critics who reviewed it on the site gave the movie a positive review. Regardless, the movie managed to gross $32 million at the domestic box office against its reported $20 million budget.

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17. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
> Directed by: Joe Berlinger
> Starring: Jeffrey Donovan, Stephen Barker Turner, Erica Leerhsen
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.4 out of 10

“The Blair Witch Project” (1999), which is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, was a massive success upon its release and helped popularize the found footage horror subgenre that is going strong to this day. “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2” (2000) abandons this approach and is worse off for it, pleasing only 14% of critics and 18% of viewers who have reviewed it on Rotten Tomatoes.

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16. RoboCop 3 (1993)
> Directed by: Fred Dekker
> Starring: Robert John Burke, Nancy Allen, Mario Machado
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.1 out of 10

Commentary-laden action flick “Robocop” (1987) pleased 89% of critics and 84% of audiences who reviewed it on Rotten Tomatoes. “Robocop 3” (1993) managed to please just 3% of critics and 14% audience reviewing it. The sequel is accused of being “tame” and “stupid.”