Though plenty of great movies hit the screen in 2014, this past year also saw more than its fair share of critically derided works. While some of these films boasted big budgets and A-list names, that didn’t help them go over any smoother with experts or moviegoers. Here are the top 10 worst-reviewed movies of the year, based on their critical ratings score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Though several other films — including Rage, Endless Love, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, and Ride Along — also earned under a 20% rating on the aggregator site (as seen on Movie Insider), these 10 movies garnered the worst scores based on the most amount of reviews. The ranking, which doesn’t take limited releases into account, is listed in order of bad to worst.
This rom-com marked the third — and most poorly received — collaboration between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. The film stars the two as a man and woman who go on a bad blind date and then find themselves stuck together at a resort for families, where their attraction grows and their relationship stars to burgeon. Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann, Terry Crews, Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon, and Shaquille O’Neal co-star. Despite the film stars’ chemistry, critics slammed the movie for perpetuating offensive stereotypes. The movie ended up receiving widely negative reviews, garnering a 14% Rotten Tomatoes score based on 126 critics.
9. Winter’s Tale
Based on the 1983 novel of the same name, the fantasy drama follows a burglar as he falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her. Though the movie feature dan ensemble cast including the likes of Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, and Russell Crowe, it earned generally negative reviews. Critics called it “flaky” and “exquisitely awful,” issuing it a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
8. The Nut Job
The animated film features the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Stephen Lang, and Maya Rudolph, among others. It follows the story of an incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel who finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive. The movie received largely negative reviews for its unlikable characters and thin premise, earning a score of 10% on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite the bad reviews, the film was a box office success, grossing more than $112 million worldwide. A sequel is due for release in 2016.
7. Vampire Academy
Based on Richelle Mead’s 2007 bestselling novel of the same name, this Mark Waters-directed satirical fantasy film stars Zoey Deutch, Danila Kozlovsky, and Lucy Fry. Though there was initially anticipation surrounding the movie, given the book’s built-in fan base, the film ended up tanking, both at the box office and with critics. It currently holds a poor 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 43 reviews, with critics calling it “disappointing” with “underwhelming action” and a “muddled plot.”
6. Grace of Monaco
The Grace Kelly biopic stars Nicole Kidman in the titular role, with Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Derek Jacobi, Paz Vega, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Milo Ventimiglia, and Tim Roth co-starring. The movie follows Kelly’s marriage and identity crises during a dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles de Gaulle in 1962. The film stirred up controversy, with the family calling the movie “historically inaccurate.” There was also a dispute between the director of the film and U.S. distributor Harvey Weinstein over the final cut of the movie, which ended up receiving overwhelmingly negative reviews. It garnered a 9% rating from 53 surveyed critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
5. A Haunted House 2
The horror comedy features Marlon Wayans returning to his role as Malcolm. After exorcising his ex’s demons, the character is trying to start fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. But once they move into their dream home, he is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. Jamie Pressly, Cedric the Entertainer, Essence Atkins, Gabriel Iglesias, and Missi Pyle co-star in the film, which scored an 8% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes for being “sloppy, vulgar, and manic.”
4. Are You Here
The comedy, starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifankis, and Amy Poehler, follows two childhood best friends as they embark on a road trip back to their hometown after one of them learns he has inherited a large sum of money from his recently deceased, estranged father. With such a well-known cast and notable director Matthew Weiner behind the camera, the movie sounded promising. But it ended up falling completely flat, earning only a 7% rating based on 42 reviews — one of which called the film “the cinematic equivalent of dead air.”
3. The Legend of Hercules
Starring Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, and Scott Adkins, the action-fantasy film follows the origin story of the mythical Greek hero. After he is betrayed by his stepfather, the king, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. The film received a 3% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 71 reviews, with the critics calling The Legend of Hercules a “cheap-looking, poorly acted, and dull” action film.
2. I, Frankenstein
Based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, the fantasy action stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, and Kevin Grevioux. It follows the story of Frankenstein’s creature as he finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries-old war between two immortal clans. The movie was universally panned by critics, who called it “remarkably dull” and “loud, incoherent, and dramatically listless.” The film currently holds a 3% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on a total of 86 reviews.
1. Left Behind
Nicolas Cage had the honor of starring in this year’s worst-reviewed movie. Based on the novel of the same name by Tim LaHaye and co-starring Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, and Jordin Sparks, the apocalyptic thriller follows a small group of survivors who are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction. The movie received a paltry 2% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 59 reviews. Critics ripped apart the project, saying, “score one for Satan” and claiming it will leave moviegoers “praying for salvation from this awkward apocalypse.”
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