Are you ready to read about some of the most unsuccessful movies of all time? Every year, the Golden Raspberries are held to highlight some of the worst movies from that past year. Below, we have some of the most successful “Razzie” winners of all time, as well as some movies that have become famous for just how awful they are. Our number one candidate brought home 10 awards, but the overall list combined for 47. We have the worst of the worst in every category of film that matters.
For some, we’ve also included some quotes from renowned movie critics to help really paint the picture of just how awful some of these movies were. While some of them still went on to make money at the box office (…damn you, Adam Sandler) or gained a cult following, others were responsible for ending some of these actors’ careers. Others make you wonder who on earth thought this could ever be a good idea?
Love good movies? Then you better also be able to appreciate it when everything goes wrong, and that’s where we have you covered! Does your least favorite movie appear below? Feel free to share the list, and your thoughts on your least favorite movie, on social media.
15. Troll 2 – Bad Acting Clip Went Viral
Troll 2 definitely earned itself a cult following. In fact, the child star of the movie went on to make a documentary about the making of the terrible 1990 “horror movie.” It definitely didn’t help the fact that the movie, despite the title, didn’t actually feature any trolls. Or the fact that despite it being a sequel, it didn’t seem to have much of a connection to the original movie. The film gained a further cult status due to the classic scene with the character Arnold saying “They’re eating her, then they’re going to eat me. Oh my Gooooooooood.”
14. The Room – “Watching this film is like being stabbed in the head”
I definitely am not going to be the only person reading this list who has The Room as one of their favorite movies that is just so bad it’s fantastic. But this is a list of movies that were panned by critics, and I think you’ll agree with me that the qualities that make The Room stand out to you, probably aren’t found in many Best Picture winners.
For example, you may love Tommy’s voice, but others have described it as “Borat trying to do an impression of Christopher Walken playing a mental patient.” When the film premiered, it was also reported that most of the audience asked for their money back within 30 minutes of the film starting.
In fact, one of the first reviews of the film exclaimed “Watching this film is like being stabbed in the head.” Now call me crazy, but that doesn’t sound like the best publicity. That being said, the movie also did not win any awards for its awful nature, making it one of the best reviewed of the ‘worst movies’ that you’re going to find on our list.
13. Superman IV: The Quest For Peace – Reeve Called It A Catastrophe
When it comes to making a good Superman movie, there are a lot of elements you need to get right. Sadly for The Quest For Peace, there was little that they succeeded with. The movie had numerous plot holes, it was awful to visually look at and it bombed at the box office. The movie saw Gene Hackman return as Lex Luthor who created a solar-powered version of Superman, Nuclear Man.
There were a lot of poorly received Superman movies, but with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 12%, it’s clear that this one is well worth being put in the discussion when talking about the very worst.
Following the release of this film, the series was not touched for 19 years and when asked about it, Reeve said “Superman IV was a catastrophe from start to finish. That failure was a huge blow to my career.”
12. Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 – 4 Razzie Nominations
The ironic thing was that if any of these baby geniuses were real, they would have been able to tell you that making this movie was a terrible idea. It’s not like the first one did well, earning well below its budget at the box office and being panned by critics. You can tell they were trying to tap into the success of Look Who’s Talking, a 1989 movie that featured a talking baby and earned close to $300 million at the box office. But when you fail, you’re left with critics who say things like “A startling lack of taste pervades Superbabies, a sequel offering further proof that bad jokes still aren’t funny when coming from the mouths of babes.”
11. Santa Claus Conquers The Martians – Earliest Movie On The List
To be fair, when you read that title, how are you not instantly just jazzed for this movie?! The movie also has the rare distinction of having the first on-screen portrayal of Mrs. Claus, so that’s definitely a cool element.
Yet the movie is also absolutely awful and centers around Santa Claus being abducted and brought to Mars. As you can tell by the title, it has a happy ending, but if you’re looking for a unique addition to your holiday watch-list, look no further. There was even a musical that was adapted around it! Sadly this movie predated the Razzie awards, but the 25% on Rotten Tomatoes and the overall legacy of the movie being so bad it’s good, earns it a strong place on our list.
10. The Hottie and the Nottie – Razzie For Worst Actress
Well, to start off, this movie starred Paris Hilton. If that’s not an indicator that you may be in for a long 91 minutes, I don’t know what is! Hilton went on to win a Worst Actress for her portrayal of a woman who will only agree to go on a date with a boy if he finds a date for her ugly friend.
On top of being offensive at parts, the movie is just downright terrible. 4% on Rotten Tomatoes is proof enough that critics didn’t buy it, but perhaps you’ll agree with Richard Roeper who wrote that the movie was “excruciatingly, painfully, horribly, terribly awful…Nobody in this movie should have a career in movies.”
9. From Justin to Kelly – Razzie For Worst Musical (9 Nominations)
Who on earth sat down and literally thought that a movie starring Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini would be a good idea? Sure, the two were kind of captivating as we watched them compete on American Idol, but that definitely did not translate to a successful movie. On top of being just an awful movie, it’s also an awful musical which means it has the danger of causing a song to get stuck in your head.
Thankfully this was the first and last attempt to shoehorn two American Idol contestants into a movie (though some have had successful cameos on the small screen, such as Carrie Underwood on How I Met Your Mother).
8. Batman and Robin – Razzie For Worst Supporting Actress (11 Nominations)
When a Batman movie is best known for the Batnipples that went on the suit, it’s definitely not the most positive of signs. George Clooney was brought on to play The Dark Knight for the 1997 movie Batman & Robin, but poor reviews made sure that this was the last chance he got to suit up as Batman. While the film was nominated for 11 Razzie awards, it was only able to take home 1; for Worst Supporting Actress (congratulations, Alicia Silverstone).
The true sign of an awful movie is always when the people involved have to apologize for it. When director Joel Schumacher was asked about the negative press, he responded “If I’ve disappointed [my fans] in any way, then I really want to apologize. Because it wasn’t my intention. My intention was just to entertain them.”
At least he was able to hit a whole unexpected audience of people who love watching the movie for how bad it was. Clooney has also attacked the film, calling it a waste of money and saying that he was afraid his acting had killed the Batman franchise forever.
7. Movie 43 – 3 Razzies (Picture, Director, Screenplay)
There were a lot of things that should have tipped off the people involved with Movie 43 that it probably wasn’t going to turn out the best. How about the fact that the movie took several years to complete? Or the fact that some of the actors (Richard Gere) literally tried to get out of appearing in it? The movie is also directed by THIRTEEN different people and featured fourteen different storylines (each director got one).
The movie won 3 Razzies for Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. The movie is hated on by countless movie critics, including Richard Roeper who said, “Movie 43 is the Citizen Kane of awful.”
It wasn’t just critics who hated the movie, as it also was largely ignored at the box office. Perhaps the most damning evidence? Film critic Elizabeth Weitzman (who writes for the New York Daily News) wrote “I’ve seen nearly 4,000 movies of the last fifteen years. Right now, I can’t think of one worse than Movie 43.”
6. Catwoman – 4 Razzies (Picture, Actress, Director, Screenplay)
Can you imagine how excited Halle Berry must have been when she got given the news that she was going to be playing Catwoman? And then cue the feeling of disappointment when you start working on it and realize that this is going to be an absolute trainwreck.
Critics agreed, awarding it Worst Picture, Actress, Director and Screenplay at the Golden Raspberry Awards. In an unusual move, Berry actually showed up at the Raspberry awards to accept her award. When she went on stage, she didn’t hold back her thoughts saying “First of all, I want to thank Warner Brothers. Thank you for putting me in a piece of shit, god-awful movie…it was just what my career needed.”
Perhaps to remind herself that she can still act, Berry made sure to hold her Best Actress award from the movie Monster’s Ball in her hand when she took the stage. Definitely not the praise they were looking for!
5. The Last Airbender – 5 Razzie Awards (Including Picture, Director)
There is definitely no shortage of actors who had their career tailor off, but there may not be a bigger director example of that than M.Night Shyamalan. The man had some great twists in his movies, and then holy crap did he ever fall off a cliff. His most offensive film may be The Last Airbender that took home 5 wins at that year’s Razzies. We have to give the movie credit, it did make some money at the box office, but the plot was inconsistent and many people felt it bastardized the source material.
Rotten Tomatoes has critics pegging the movie at 6% and Roger Ebert literally gave the film half a star, saying it is “An agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented…It bores and alienates its audiences.”
4. Gigli – 6 Razzie Awards, Pulled From Theaters After 3 Weeks
Now, you have to imagine Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez had a lot of fun filming this movie. After all, they were dating each other at the time. But maybe they were so busy being lost in each other’s eyes that they forgot to, you know, make a good movie. They also were able to drag Al Pacino and Christopher Walken around for the very unentertaining ride.
It wasn’t just offensively bad, it was a costly blunder as well. With a budget of $75.6 million, the movie only managed to bring back $7.2 million. Part of why it earned so little? The movie was pulled from theaters in the US after only 3 weeks, and yet I still bet it came immediately to mind when you thought “awful movie”!
3. Striptease – 7 Razzie Awards
When you have a movie that’s called Striptease and it stars Demi Moore, how on earth do you end up going so terribly wrong? The movie was attacked by critics for failing to stick to any one theme, as well as the inability to develop characters that the audience cares about. Sure, the movie had some nudity, but is that really enough to make a film good? Its 7 Razzie awards are proof enough that things went wrong in pretty much every area imaginable for the film.
As a fun twist, this movie had the distinction of being at the center of controversy when a teacher decided to show it to his fourth-grade class. Who would have known that showing kids a movie that centers around a stripper wouldn’t be appropriate for kids?
2. Battlefield: Earth – 9 Razzie Awards
Below you’re going to read about a movie that earned 10 Golden Raspberries, but for several years the distinction of most awards belonged to Battlefield Earth. The horrific trainwreck of a film that starred John Travolta won 9 Golden Raspberry awards, including Worst Actor, Supporting Actor, Director, Picture, Screenplay and Supporting Actress.
It was also announced as their worst picture that decade. Travolta certainly liked his role, once saying he felt “Really good about it. Here I was taking big chances, breaking a new ground.”
1. Jack and Jill – 10 Razzie Awards
When looking at movies that Wikipedia considered to be the worst of all time, Sandler had the nice distinction of having both Jack and Jill and That’s My Boy on the list of potential candidates. But when you decide it’s a smart idea to play both the male and female lead of your movie, you definitely deserve to be singled out.
Sandler received the Worst Actor and Worst Actress award at the Raspberry Awards. The judges had an easy job ahead of themselves, as they awarded Jack and Jill 10 awards that year, surprising Battlefield: Earth as the worst acclaimed movie of all time.
The movie still did well at the box office, bringing in close to $150 million, but the appeal was clearly lost on critics. Mary Pols, writer for Time magazine, called Jack and Jill the worst movie of 2011.
The real shocking thing is how on earth they managed to convince Pacino to be involved.