Special Report

50 Worst Movie Sequels of All Time

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

15. Batman & Robin (1997)
> Directed by: Joel Schumacher
> Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.7 out of 10

The Batman franchise is hugely popular, and critics generally review its various films positively. Joel Schumacher’s “Batman & Robin” (1997) is a notable exception, receiving only positive reviews from 11% of the critics on Rotten Tomatoes. A slightly larger share of audience members liked it — 16%. George Clooney, who stars as Batman, later told the Hollywood Reporter that he “wasn’t good in it” and “it wasn’t a good film.”

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14. Jaws 3-D (1983)
> Directed by: Joe Alves
> Starring: Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Simon MacCorkindale
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 2.9 out of 10

Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” (1975) has a near-perfect Freshness rating of 98% and is credited for revolutionizing the blockbuster movie system. The series’ third entry, “Jaws 3-D,” was liked by only 10% of critics, by contrast. Its scathing Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus describes the shark flick as “a cheese-soaked ocean thriller with no evident reason to exist.”

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13. Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)
> Directed by: Steven C. Miller
> Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Xiaoming Huang
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 2.4 out of 10

The 2013 film “Escape Plan,” starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, divided both critics and audience members. Its sequel, “Escape Plan 2: Hades” (2018), unified them in their contempt. The movie — which retained Stallone but lost Schwarzenegger — won over only 8% of critics and 14% of audience members. Hollywood Reporter’s Frank Scheck describes the action flick as “essentially a tired, low-rent attempt to create a new franchise.”

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12. Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
> Directed by: John Boorman
> Starring: Richard Burton, Linda Blair, Louise Fletcher
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.1 out of 10

“The Exorcist” (1973) is often considered one of the scariest movies ever made. Its 1977 sequel did not even come close and impressed only 15% of critics and 13% of audiences reviewing it on Rotten Tomatoes. The site’s Critics Consensus cites the movie’s “hokey mystical effects, lousy plotting, and worse acting” for its failure.

Source: Courtesy of New Line Cinema

11. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)
> Directed by: Troy Miller
> Starring: Derek Richardson, Eric Christian Olsen, Eugene Levy
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 2.7 out of 10

“Dumb and Dumber” (1994) is a fan favorite, thanks in large part to the comedic performances of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. The sequel (actually a prequel), “Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd” (2003) produced far fewer laughs and received a good review from only 10% of critics and 23% of viewers on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie failed to recoup its $30 million production budget at the domestic box office.

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