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Mistakes from the 100 worst movies of all time

  • #90. The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)

    - Director: Tom Six
    - IMDb user rating: 3.8
    - Metascore: 17
    - Runtime: 91 min

    Esteemed film critic Roger Ebert called this sequel “ an affront...to human decency.” The premise, mouth-to-anus surgery of multiple humans, continues with zero cinematic artsiness to counteract the repugnance. In one scene, a victim removes a funnel from a hose and commits a likely deserved atrocity with it (involving an orifice and an insect.) Moments later, the contraption is seen assembled again in the blurry background.

  • #89. The Avengers (1998)

    - Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
    - IMDb user rating: 3.8
    - Metascore: 12
    - Runtime: 89 min

    Adapted from a 1960’s television series, this movie version starred Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes as expert spies. During the opening sequence, Fiennes as John Steed places a bakery box on a doctor’s desk—in the very next shot, the box turns a different direction breaking continuity.

  • #88. In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)

    - Director: Uwe Boll
    - IMDb user rating: 3.8
    - Metascore: 15
    - Runtime: 127 min

    Director Uwe Boll, who has a doctorate in German Literature, spent $60 million on “In the Name of the King,” which only grossed $6 million. Boll’s films, often video game adaptations, are known for their shoddy production technique and incoherent plotting. Set in the middle ages, this one features Burt Reynolds and Ray Liotta alongside Jason Statham. Reynold’s performance as a king is particularly hammy as it clashes with typecasting in scenes where he sits atop a horse, costumed in armor.

  • #87. The Love Guru (2008)

    - Director: Marco Schnabel
    - IMDb user rating: 3.8
    - Metascore: 24
    - Runtime: 87 min

    Mike Myers’s brownface performance of an Indian guru is one of many insipid attributes in this comedy. The ensemble cast features Justin Timberlake, Jessica Alba, and Steven Colbert. The bar fight scene is notable for two continuity gaffes. In the first, the guru and his sidekick can be seen moving apart in a long shot. The next cut goes closer on the pair and they’re still close together. In another sequence two birthday girls wallop the guru, one on each side—in subsequent shots, the girls have switched positions.

  • #86. Batman & Robin (1997)

    - Director: Joel Schumacher
    - IMDb user rating: 3.8
    - Metascore: 28
    - Runtime: 125 min

    The George Clooney Batman movie was a flop despite the star-studded effort (and the fact that Clooney's stoic persona seemed well-suited for the role). Uma Thurman plays the villainous Poison Ivy with cartoonish glee. In a seduction scene, she suddenly sports spiked wristlets that weren’t present in a previous shot. In the same sequence, Batman succumbs to a trap and gets strung up by his legs—his cape is clearly tied to his knees to keep it from dragging on the floor.

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  • #85. Extreme Movie (2008)

    - Directors: Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson
    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 86 min

    This direct-to-video spoof of teen sex comedies boasts ridiculous scenes such as a high school class where a variety of dildos get passed out. In a bit involving a sexual fetish for Abraham Lincoln, a boy takes his time machine back to the day Lincoln was assassinated and they have sex just before the event. The sequence uses silent film style though there were no motion pictures during Lincoln’s era. However, this point matters little in a film chock-full of preposterous nonsense.

  • #84. Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)

    - Director: Wych Kaosayananda
    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - Metascore: 19
    - Runtime: 91 min

    One reviewer called this action film “ a generic blur of metallic blue and fireball orange.” Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas play special agent adversaries. In a sequence when Liu’s agent burns a bus carrying the Banderas character, the inflamed bus crushes a small car that somehow remains intact. Soon after, Banderas hops on a previously crashed and skidded motorcycle, somehow unscathed and propped up despite having been in the direct path of the burning bus.

  • #83. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)

    - Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - Metascore: 17
    - Runtime: 96 min

    Known for his wooden delivery, actor Chris Klein gives a particularly bad performance in this franchise film based on a video game. Actor Neal McDonough also stars as the evil Bison, who performs with an off-kilter Irish accent that goes in and out.

  • #82. The Fog (2005)

    - Director: Rupert Wainwright
    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - Metascore: 27
    - Runtime: 100 min

    The 1980 thriller used stylized terror in its depiction of a coastal town haunted by ghosts. The 2005 update doesn’t deliver the same creepy scares and often comes across as silly when juxtaposing old-timey pirate tragedy with modern-day teens. One such flashback comes when Elizabeth (Maggie Grace) gets knocked unconscious in a car cabin after a crash. Post-flashback, she’s inexplicably alone in the center of a road with no clear indication of how she ended up there.

  • #81. Jaws 3-D (1983)

    - Director: Joe Alves
    - IMDb user rating: 3.7
    - Metascore: 27
    - Runtime: 99 min

    Dennis Quaid plays the leading man in this slow-paced follow-up to the suspenseful original from 1975. In this film’s climax (when the shark rams through the glass into an underwater control room) the creature has no movement and proceeds two-dimensionally, coming to a complete stop before the glass shatters in what appears to be an illustration. The effect may have been less bumbling when viewed in 3D.

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