We’ve all been stuck at some point watching a bad movie. Generally we find ourselves bored, cringing, and sometimes chuckling at the film’s shortcomings. If the movie’s real bad, we might even find ourselves leaving the theater part way through.
While bad movies rarely solicit too much thought, some are so atrocious that they demand contemplation. What is it that went so wrong? These flicks may be hindered by weak story lines, incompetent direction, poor technical quality, amateurish performances — or all of the above.
24/7 Tempo has identified the worst movies of all time based on audience and critic ratings from Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and Rotten Tomatoes. These movies are so dreadful they almost defy belief.
There are certain trends that pop up among these worst movies. Sequels make numerous appearances. Movie studios love to churn out additional chapters to popular originals. But filmmakers frequently fumble these follow-ups, much to the displeasure of fans. Here are the worst sequels of all time.
Also common are both comedies and horror movies. Despite critics frequently skewering genre films of these types, they can be made cheaply and often do well at the box office and are therefore made often. This explains the existence of the many spoof movies that so many viewers hate.
Not every bad movie recoups its production cost, of course. Duds such as “Gigli” (2003) and “The Adventures of Pluto Nash” were box-office bombs, able to recoup but a fraction of their reported budgets. Their box office gross is peanuts compared to the top-grossing movies of all time.
To determine the worst movies of all time, 24/7 Tempo created an index based on each film’s Rotten Tomatoes average critic rating, Rotten Tomatoes average audience rating, and Internet Movie Database average user rating. To be considered, each film needed to have at least 5,000 Rotten Tomatoes user ratings, 10 approved Tomatometer critic reviews, and 10,000 IMDb user ratings.
We averaged the user ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb and weighted by the number of votes for each. The combined user rating was then averaged with the Rotten Tomatoes critic rating.