Special Report

32 Steven Spielberg Movies Ranked Worst to Best

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32. 1941 (1979)
> IMDb user rating: 5.8/10 (32,614 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 48% (24,124 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 42% (24 reviews)
> Starring: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Treat Williams, Nancy Allen

This is a screwball comedy about Californians in a panic over what they fear is an imminent invasion by Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbor. The movie featured “Saturday Night Live” stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

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31. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
> IMDb user rating: 6.6/10 (395,488 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 51% (651,982 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 53% (78 reviews)
> Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn

Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough return in this sequel to the runaway hit “Jurassic Park” (see No. 7). Chicago Tribune critic Gene Siskel said the film “lacked a staple of Steven Spielberg adventure films: exciting characters.”

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30. Hook (1991)
> IMDb user rating: 6.8/10 (243,524 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 76% (731,388 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 29% (66 reviews)
> Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins

Spielberg reimagined the beloved Peter Pan franchise with Peter (Robin Williams) as a middle-aged lawyer trying to find his young children who were abducted by Capt. Hook (Dustin Hoffman). Malcolm Johnson of the Hartford Courant said, “Unhappily, however, the transformation of a Type A American lawyer into a boy wonder unfolds with an uncertainty and clumsiness atypical of Spielberg.”

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29. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
> IMDb user rating: 6.5/10 (36,452 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 55% (32,594 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 58% (40 reviews)
> Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Vic Morrow, Doug McGrath

This homage to the groundbreaking television series is presented in anthology style. Critics said the film was uneven. Spielberg was one of four directors of the movie, along with John Landis, Joe Dante, and George Miller.

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28. War of the Worlds (2005)
> IMDb user rating: 6.5/10 (430,134 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 42% (32,518,946 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 75% (264 reviews)
> Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto

Critics liked this remake of the 1953 film based on the H.G. Wells’ novel more than audiences. Tom Cruise plays a dockwater trying to protect his children amid the chaos and destruction during an alien invasion.

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