Special Report

The Worst Movies Based On True Events

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30. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
> Directed by: Shekhar Kapur
> Cast: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush
> IMDb rating: 6.8 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 35%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 59%

Cate Blanchett was nominated for an Academy Award for this costume drama about England’s Queen Elizabeth I and her struggles with the Spanish — and the movie won an Oscar for Costume Design. The New York Times, however, found it to be “A kitsch extravaganza aquiver with trembling bosoms, booming guns and wild energy” and “distorted and deliriously far-fetched” — and its Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes is a mere 35%.

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29. Taking Woodstock (2009)
> Directed by: Ang Lee
> Cast: Demetri Martin, Henry Goodman, Edward Hibbert
> IMDb rating: 6.7 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 48%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 47%

“Taking Woodstock” is a dramatic comedy based on the memoir “Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert and a Life” by Elliott Tiber and Tom Monte on the origin of the Woodstock music festival. Critics and audiences were generally underwhelmed by the movie, which grossed less than $10 million worldwide against a reported production budget of $30 million.

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28. W. (2008)
> Directed by: Oliver Stone
> Cast: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ioan Gruffudd
> IMDb rating: 6.3 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 58%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 42%

“W.” is a biography of U.S. President George W. Bush. The film centers on the future president’s rise to power from a privileged alcoholic. “A surprisingly sympathetic portrayal of the 43rd American president, W. is fascinating in spots, but merely rudimentary as a whole,” according to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus.

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27. Colonia (2015)
> Directed by: Florian Gallenberger
> Cast: Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl, Michael Nyqvist
> IMDb rating: 7.1 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 27%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 61%

“Colonia” is the story of a secluded cult in Chile led by a German preacher and former Nazi soldier, called Colonia Dignidad. A young woman joins the group in order to find her boyfriend who was taken prisoner for protesting against Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet during a military coup. Critics were not pleased with the film and bashed it for lack of details. Cath Clarke of Time Out even wrote: “Read the Wikipedia page. You’ll learn more.”

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26. Lonely Hearts (2006)
> Directed by: Todd Robinson
> Cast: John Travolta, Salma Hayek, Jared Leto
> IMDb rating: 6.4 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 47%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 49%

“Lonely Hearts” is the story of the detective who was tracking down the notorious and murderous couple Martha Beck and Ray Fernandez, known as the “Lonely Hearts Killers.” They were active in the 1940s in New York, targeting mostly spinsters and war widows. Debbie Lynn Elias from Behind The Lens described the movie as “emptier and more alone than the victims of Beck and Fernandez.”

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