Special Report

The Worst Movies Based On True Events

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5. Masterminds (2016)
> Directed by: Jared Hess
> Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson
> IMDb rating: 5.8 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 34%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 35%

The 2016 comedy is based on the October 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery that took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. Many moviegoers and critics found the film — which has the same director as 2004’s “Napoleon Dynamite” — to be a little too wacky.

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4. Devil’s Knot (2013)
> Directed by: Atom Egoyan
> Cast: Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Alessandro Nivola
> IMDb rating: 6.1 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 25%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 39%

“Devil’s Knot” is a direct adaptation of a novel about the story of “The West Memphis Three.” The movie is centered on the trial of three teeangers accused of killing three little boys in a Satanic ritual. Critics dislike the movie for its lack of suspense, describing it as a stiff book report.

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3. The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
> Directed by: Clint Eastwood
> Cast: Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone
> IMDb rating: 5.3 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 23%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 37%

The movie is based on the 2016 autobiography “The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes.” The thriller shows the events of the Aug. 21, 2015, armed attack on passengers traveling aboard a train from Amsterdam to Paris. The movie “pays clumsily well-intentioned tribute to an act of heroism, but by casting the real-life individuals involved, director Clint Eastwood fatally derails his own efforts,” according to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus.

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2. Alexander (2004)
> Directed by: Oliver Stone
> Cast: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson
> IMDb rating: 5.6 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 16%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 35%

“Alexander” is the story of Alexander the Great, the King of Macedonia, who conquered much of the known world by age 32. The nearly three hour-long movie has been described by critics as emotionally and intellectually incoherent, flawed, and an excruciating disaster.

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1. Winchester (2018)
> Directed by: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
> Cast: Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook, Finn Scicluna-O’Prey
> IMDb rating: 5.5 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 13%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 32%

“Winchester” is a horror film that tells part of the true story behind the Winchester Mystery House near San Francisco. The plot is based on the real-life experiences of Sarah Winchester who built a mansion for the ghosts she believed were following her. Critics have described the movie as tedious, disappointing, and a wasted opportunity to tell a good story.

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