20. The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (2012)
> Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
> Directed by: Matthew Diamond
> Starring: Jaime Pressly, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Lloyd
Entertainment aimed at children is often shielded from the most devastating of reviews. “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure” — which offers little more than what Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus describes as “several brightly colored examples of the worst stereotypes of modern children’s entertainment” — is an exception. The movie that boasts acting talent from the likes of Jaime Pressly, Cloris Leachman, and Christopher Lloyd received positive reviews from only 30% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb users rated it 2.1 out of 10. Writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, critic Amy Biancolli noted that “the whole thing runs about an hour too long” — a serious problem for a movie with an 86-minute runtime.
19. Steel (1997)
> Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
> Directed by: Kenneth Johnson
> Starring: Shaquille O’Neal, Annabeth Gish, Judd Nelson
Pro basketball star Shaquille O’Neal left the hardwood for another turn in the movies, this time as a weapons designer who dons a metal suit and becomes known as the superhero Steel. The poorly executed movie is riddled with cliches — though some critics praised Shaq’s performance. “Steel” has a 12% Freshness score among Rotten Tomatoes critics and holds a 2.8 rating out of 10 among IMDb users.
18. Left Behind (2014)
> Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
> Directed by: Vic Armstrong
> Starring: Nicolas Cage, Lea Thompson, Cassi Thomson
The fourth movie based on the religious fantasy novel “Left Behind” — which imagines the effects of the biblical Rapture — earned a 1% Rotten Tomatoes Freshness rating and inspired critic Bilge Ebiri of New York Magazine and Vulture to denounce it as “biblical in its silliness.” Audiences on Rotten Tomatoes awarded the movie a 38% approval score. The film title might apply to Nicholas Cage’s once-storied career.
17. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
> Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
> Directed by: Nicholas Webster
> Starring: John Call, Leonard Hicks, Vincent Beck
“Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” is the very definition of a B-movie, and answers the question of what happens when Martians kidnap Santa Claus so that there’s someone to deliver presents to the Martian children. While this bizarre premise may show promise, critics found the film incompetent and cold. Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes summarized their opinion thusly, “Ho, ho, oh no.”
16. BloodRayne (2005)
> Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
> Directed by: Uwe Boll
> Starring: Kristanna Loken, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Rodriguez
This video game adaptation by German filmmaker Uwe Boll, who has four films on this list, was a box office bomb, grossing $2.4 million on a reported $25 million budget despite a cast that included Ben Kingsley and Michelle Rodriguez. Actor Michael Madsen, who also starred in the vampire-themed movie, called it “an abomination” and “a horrifying and preposterous movie.” Only 4% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a positive rating, and it has a 2.9 rating out of 10 among IMDb users.
15. Meet the Spartans (2008)
> Genre: Comedy
> Directed by: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
> Starring: Sean Maguire, Kevin Sorbo, Carmen Electra
“Meet the Spartans” is yet another spoof from Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the filmmaking team behind “Epic Movie” (2007) and “Date Movie” (2006), among other send-ups. Goofing on flicks such as “300” (2006), the comedy with eye candy Kevin Sorbo and Carmen Electra is described by Rotten Tomatoes as a “tired, unfunny, offensive waste of time.” Just 2% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a positive score, and the movie has an IMDb user rating of 2.8 out of 10.
14. Baby Geniuses (1999)
> Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family
> Directed by: Bob Clark
> Starring: Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Kim Cattrall
“Baby Geniuses” tells the story of a woman — played by Kathleen Turner — who attempts to decode a special language used by all babies, whom she believes are born with Universal Knowledge. Liam Lacey of the Globe and Mail said, “The movie is about as endearing as unanesthetized gum surgery.” Despite a cast boasting the talents of Christopher Lloyd, Kim Cattrall, Ruby Dee, and Dom DeLuise, the movie only received a 2% Freshness score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. It holds a 2.6 rating out of 10 among IMDb users.
13. Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011)
> Genre: Comedy
> Directed by: Tom Brady
> Starring: Nick Swardson, Don Johnson, Christina Ricci
“Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star” — about a Midwestern man who goes to Hollywood to follow in his parents’ footsteps and become an adult film star — was unleashed by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions the same year as his similarly bad comedy “Jack and Jill” (No. 43 on this list). Not a single critic gave the movie a positive review among those reported on Rotten Tomatoes, with Time Out’s Matt Singer calling it “dire, soul-crushing stuff.”
12. Gigli (2003)
> Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
> Directed by: Martin Brest
> Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bartha
“Gigli” stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez — at the time one of Hollywood’s power couples — as two mobsters tasked with kidnapping and watching the brother of a district attorney. Despite their offscreen romance, the two were criticized for lacking chemistry in the movie, which has a 6% Freshness score among Rotten Tomatoes critics and an IMDb user rating of 2.5 out of 10. Tim Robey of The Daily Telegraph said “Gigli” is “every bit as atrocious as you may have heard. Nay, worse.” The movie, whose cast includes Oscar winners Christopher Walken and Al Pacino, grossed just over $6 million at the domestic box office on a reported budget of $54 million.
11. Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
> Genre: Adventure, Horror, Thriller
> Directed by: Joseph Sargent
> Starring: Lorraine Gary, Lance Guest, Mario Van Peebles
“Jaws: The Revenge” was the third sequel to Steven Spielberg’s terrifying and critically acclaimed “Jaws,” which has a Rotten Tomatoes Freshness rating of 98%. “Jaws: The Revenge” — in which the widow of the police chief believes her family is being targeted for revenge by another killer shark — received no love at all from Rotten Tomatoes critics. Critics Consensus found the film to be “Illogical, tension-free, and filled with cut-rate special effects.” Only 15% of audience users of Rotten Tomatoes liked the movie.