Special Report

50 Worst Movies of All Time

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

50. Jaws 3-D (1983)
> Genre: Adventure, horror, thriller
> Directed by: Joe Alves
> Starring: Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Simon MacCorkindale

“Jaws 3-D” was the third installment of the Jaws franchise, and it was a financial success, grossing over $45 million domestically. However, the 3-D effects failed to win over critics, one of whom called them “laughable.” Only 10% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a thumbs up, and only 17% of audiences liked the film, which was nominated for five Razzie Awards.

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49. Glitter (2001)
> Genre: Drama, music, romance
> Directed by: Vondie Curtis-Hall
> Starring: Mariah Carey, Eric Benét, Max Beesley

Pop diva Mariah Carey blamed the financial failure of “Glitter” — a story about a singer trying to overcome a tumultuous childhood — on the unfortunate timing of its release close to the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Critics felt differently, with the Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes calling the film a “hodgepodge of movie cliches and bad acting.” Only 7% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes liked the movie. Audiences were kinder, with 48% approving it.

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48. Dungeons & Dragons (2000)
> Genre: Action, adventure, fantasy
> Directed by: Courtney Solomon
> Starring: Justin Whalin, Jeremy Irons, Zoe McLellan

The first in a series of movies based on the role-playing game of the same name, “Dungeons & Dragons” follows Empress Savina of Izmer as she searches for the legendary Rod of Savrille in order to free her kingdom of the magical Mages. Despite the talent of actors such as Jeremy Irons and Marlon Wayans, the movie is a dud, with Detroit News critic Susan Stark writing that it may be “the clumsiest, most inept cinematic exploitation of an item with kid appeal that we have yet seen.”

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47. The Apparition (2012)
> Genre: Horror, thriller
> Directed by: Todd Lincoln
> Starring: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton

“The Apparition” made the worst mistake a horror film can make — it wasn’t scary. Only 3% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes liked the film. Perhaps Entertainment Weekly critic Keith Staskiewicz summed up critics’ sentiment best by saying, “Might give you a restless night, but only because you fell asleep in the theater.”

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46. Date Movie (2006)
> Genre: Comedy, romance
> Directed by: Aaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg
> Starring: Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Fred Willard

A multitude of romantic comedies are skewered in the 2006 spoof flick, “Date Movie.” Unfortunately, most of the movies it mimics are funnier than the parody. Nevertheless, the vulgar comedy grossed more than double its $20 million budget at the domestic box office.

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