Special Report

The Worst Movies Based On True Events

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15. True Story (2015)
> Directed by: Rupert Goold
> Cast: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones
> IMDb rating: 6.3 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 45%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 38%

“True Story” is based on the real case of Christian Longo, an accused murderer of his wife and his three children. Critics have slammed the film as uninspiring, disappointing, and unenlightening.

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14. Factory Girl (2006)
> Directed by: George Hickenlooper
> Cast: Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Hayden Christensen
> IMDb rating: 6.5 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 20%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 60%

“Factory Girl” tells the story of Andy Warhol’s muse Edie Sedgwick. The film has an abysmal 20% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, although some, like Richard Roeper, praised Sienna Miller’s performance as Sedgwick.

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13. How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)
> Directed by: Robert B. Weide
> Cast: Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox
> IMDb rating: 6.4 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 36%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 42%

“How to Lose Friends & Alienate People” is a comedy based on Toby Young’s memoir of the same name. A British writer is hired by an American magazine. After moving to New York and trying to fit in, he ends up offending everyone he meets. The comedy is described as neither sharp nor satirical in the Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus.

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12. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005)
> Directed by: Jim Sheridan
> Cast: 50 Cent, Joy Bryant, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
> IMDb rating: 5.4 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 16%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 70%

Based on the life of rapper 50 Cent, who stars in the movie, this “distinctly tedious piece of work” (according to Reel Film Reviews) obviously resonated with its audience, but its Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score is an abysmal 16%.

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11. Eat Pray Love (2010)
> Directed by: Ryan Murphy
> Cast: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins
> IMDb rating: 5.8 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 36%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 42%

“Eat Pray Love” is based on the famous book of the same name by Elizabeth Gilbert. The movie is a romantic drama that follows Gilbert, played by Julia Roberts, as she makes several life-changing decisions. Critics say the book is much better, calling the movie shallow, lifeless, and dull.

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