Jon Hamm’s acting career has seen him in acclaimed roles on television and the big screen. But even award-winning actors appear in less-than-stellar projects. And in 2009, Hamm starred in one of his most forgettable movies. Almost no one saw it in theaters, and critics who sat through this box-office flop agree it wastes the actor’s talents.
The actor has enjoyed critical and commercial success
The most recognizable role in Jon Hamm’s oeuvre is the acclaimed drama series Mad Men. Hamm played the iconic Don Draper, a complicated creative director for an advertising agency. According to the Television Academy, Hamm earned eight Emmy nominations and one win for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in Mad Men.
He’s also seen success on the silver screen. His latest is one of the year’s most successful movies. In Top Gun: Maverick, which has grossed nearly $1 billion at the box office as of this writing, Hamm plays Admiral Beau “Cyclone” Simpson.
Though many of his projects have succeeded, 2009’s Stolen is by far Jon Hamm’s worst movie.
Jon Hamm’s worst movie flopped at the box office and received scathing reviews
In Stolen, Jon Hamm plays Tom Adkins, a father investigating his son’s disappearance while discovering answers to a missing person’s case from 1958. The movie shifts between the present day and the ’50s.
The murder myster didn’t impress critics, and it has at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. Reviews point to the film’s overly serious tone as a factor that prevents it from being enjoyable. The shift between the two periods is another target of criticism. This movie essentially has two disjointed stories, and neither is handled particularly well.
But the critical reception wasn’t the worst hit the film took: Its box office numbers were abysmal. IMDb reports that Stolen had an estimated budget of $2 million and grossed only $7,943 worldwide.
As unimpressive as Stolen was, Hamm’s performance wasn’t bad, according to critics.
Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “A leaden murder mystery with a clunky structure that swings back and forth between 1958 and 2008, Stolen wastes the talents of a reasonably good cast.”
And Elizabeth Weitzman of New York Daily News said, “No one is able to make much of the disposable script, but Hamm is so limited by the period trappings that it seems as if he simply wandered onto the wrong set.”
Jon Hamm’s worst movie has infamous company in the 0% Rotten Tomatoes club
Stolen is hardly the only movie to earn a dreaded 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.
For instance, Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 is a sequel that seemingly no one wanted, and the result was abysmal. Intelligent babies say unfunny jokes in this so-called comedy, leaving critics unsurprisingly unimpressed.
On the other end of the genre spectrum, mobster dramas can be iconic. The Godfather and Goodfellas are two of the best. But Gotti is the opposite. John Travolta stars in this 2018 crime drama as real-life mob boss John Gotti, and the actor’s performance and the film failed to impress.
Interestingly, Travolta also starred in two other films with 0% critics’ scores on Rotten Tomatoes. They are the 1983 Saturday Night Fever sequel, Staying Alive, and the 1993 romantic comedy Look Who’s Talking Now, co-starring Kirstie Alley.