Special Report

The 25 Worst Movie Sequels of All Time

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25. Fifty Shades Freed (2018)
> Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson
> Directed by: James Foley
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $374.0 million

Just like its predecessors in the Fifty Shades trilogy, “Fifty Shades Freed” was a financial success but also critically panned. Critics have called the third and final installment of the series inept, tedious, and comical. Only 11% of critics and 37% of audiences gave the movie a positive rating. The movie continues to follow billionaire Chritsian Grey and his now wife Ana as they try to escape their past.

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24. Look Who’s Talking Too (1990)
> Starring: John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis
> Directed by: Amy Heckerling
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $101.2 million

Most of the critical reviews on Rotten Tomatoes for “Look Who’s Talking Too” are negative. The film’s IMDb average rating is just 4.7 out of 10. The second movie in the Look Who’s Talking trilogy adds a new baby to the mix, having the now toddler Mikey engaging in a sibling rivalry with his little sister. The gimmick of a smart-mouthed infant sister, however, is not enough to save the comedy.

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23. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)
> Starring: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke
> Directed by: Steve Pink
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $13.9 million

“Hot Tub Time Machine 2” grossed a total of about $14 million worldwide against a budget of $14 million. The first movie made more in its opening weekend alone. In the sequel, two men travel into the future to find the person who shoots their friend and prevent the crime from happening. Just 13% of critics and 26% of audiences had anything positive to say about the comedy. Some critics described it as terminally boring, stupid, and incompetent.

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22. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011)
> Starring: Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Joel McHale
> Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $93.2 million

“Spy Kids: All the Time in the World” is the fourth and last installment of the Spy Kids franchise. Even though it was the least profitable of the four, the film was also the cheapest to make. The film is the only one of the series without the stars of the prequels, Antonio Banderas and Carla Cugino. In the last one, a retired spy (Jessica Alba) is called back into action and brings her step kids along to save the world. The movie is largely disliked because of its dull plot and unfunny humor, according to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus.

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21. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
> Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds, Idris Elba
> Directed by: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $172.4 million

In the first movie of the franchise in 2007, Nicolas Cage plays stunt biker Johnny Blaze. He becomes Ghost Rider, a bounty hunter sent by the devil to find the souls of the damned, after he sells his soul to the devil. In the sequel, Blaze is asked by a priest to save a young boy Satan wants. According to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus, the sequel is “plain trash.” Expressing frustration with the creative result of the two Ghost Rider films, Cage has stated that he will no longer appear in the series.

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