Special Report

The Worst Movies Based On True Events

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25. Dangerous Minds (1995)
> Directed by: John N. Smith
> Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney B. Vance
> IMDb rating: 6.6 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 29%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 64%

“Dangerous Minds” is based on a 1992 book by LouAnne Johnson, “My Posse Don’t Do Homework.” A former Marine Corps officer and U.S. Navy journalist, Johnson’s book details her experiences teaching at-risk teens in Belmont, California. A mere 29% of critics gave the movie a positive review on Rotten Tomatoes.

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24. Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
> Directed by: Marc Forster
> Cast: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon
> IMDb rating: 6.8 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 28%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 62%

“Machine Gun Preacher” tells the story of Sam Childers, a former gang biker and outlaw. Childers travels to East Africa where he eventually builds an orphanage in a Sudanese territory controlled by renegade militia where he tries to rescue kidnapped children. Critics have described the movie as overly peachy, overblown, and half-finished.

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23. A Walk in the Woods (2015)
> Directed by: Ken Kwapis
> Cast: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson
> IMDb rating: 6.4 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 47%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 48%

“A Walk in the Woods” is based on travel writer Bill Bryson’s memoir of the same name about his experience attempting to hike the more than 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail with an old friend. Most positive remarks about the movie have to do with having Hollywood legends, Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, in it.

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22. Goya’s Ghosts (2006)
> Directed by: Milos Forman
> Cast: Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård
> IMDb rating: 6.9 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 30%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 57%

“Goya’s Ghosts” is based on the story of a model of the Spanish painter Francisco Goya and the Inquisition, although many aspects may be historically inaccurate. Despite a strong cast featuring Javier Bardem and Natalie Portman, the film only managed to accumulate positive reviews from 30% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

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21. The Libertine (2004)
> Directed by: Laurence Dunmore
> Cast: Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich
> IMDb rating: 6.3 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 33%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 58%

Despite the best efforts of skilled scenery-chewers Johnny Depp and John Malkovich, the critics were largely unimpressed with this biographical portrait of John Wilmot, the decadent 17th-century English poet also known as the Earl of Rochester. The Toronto Star denounced it as a “bilious murk” and “a sad picture,” and to Movies.com it was a “Big dull drag of a movie.”

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