Worst movie from 50 famous franchises

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August 31, 2020
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Worst movie from 50 famous franchises

Experts agree that the first feature-length film the world ever saw was “The Story of the Kelly Gang” which opened in Melbourne, Australia, in 1906. There’s no general consensus, however, about what the first film franchise was. Possibly “Bulldog Drummond,” or “The Lone Wolf,” or maybe “Godzilla?”

Regardless of where you stand on the first franchise debate, basically everyone can agree on this: studios love nothing more than to turn a hit film into a full-blown series. It turns out, there’s good reason for this franchise affinity. Joe Pasqualichio, an analyst at Citadel, explained it simply, saying: “Box office flops are going to come up from time to time, but your big bets, and especially the ones with IP backing them, should be enough to cover them. And that's why you're seeing studios move towards IP and franchise films...Today, more than ever we're seeing this blockbuster strategy at studios where they rely on really big, tent-pole films—like the ‘Star Wars’ movies—to generate sufficient profits that cover all of the misses and make the overall slate profitable.” In the end, it all comes down to money.

But that doesn’t mean that every installment in a given series is a hit. In fact, nearly every great franchise has had a flop or two. In the following slides, Stacker has rounded up 50 of these flops—the worst movies from famous franchises. To do this, we manually compiled a list of 50 famous franchises that span genres, decades, styles, and countries, and, using IMDb user ratings, determined the lowest-rated film in each series. Here these films and franchises are presented in random order.

From fantasy franchises like “Harry Potter” to horror classics like “Nightmare on Elm Street” and children’s series like “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” read on to find out which films audiences really didn’t like.

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1 / 50
Warner Bros.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" (2018)
- Director: David Yates
- IMDb user rating: 6.6
- Metascore: 52
- Runtime: 134 min

The “Fantastic Beasts” movie series came out after the original “Harry Potter” movies, but act as a prequel to the adventures of the boy wizard and his companions. While fans were initially ecstatic about returning to J.K. Rowling’s universe, they were less enthusiastic after the movies began rolling out. Not only does the content in films like “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” often contradict the facts and timeline established in the “Harry Potter” series, these later movies lack all of the heart and soul fans have come to expect from Hogwarts.

2 / 50
Lionsgate Entertainment


"Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" (2017)
- Director: Tyler Perry
- IMDb user rating: 3.8
- Metascore: 17
- Runtime: 101 min

For many fans, Tyler Perry’s movies can be hit or miss, and “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” the 10th installment in the “Madea” series, was a huge miss. The movie was slammed for its homophobic and sexist tones, as well as its blatant insensitivity of the Me Too movement that was unfolding around it during its production and release. Francis Friel, a critic for the Mountain Xpress even went so far as to call the film a “cinematic hate crime.”

3 / 50
Universal Studios

Marvel Cinematic Universe

"The Incredible Hulk" (2008)
- Director: Louis Leterrier
- IMDb user rating: 6.7
- Metascore: 61
- Runtime: 112 min

Entertainment Weekly critic Chancellor Agard referred to "The Incredible Hulk” as “the most inconsequential Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.” It’s not that there’s anything inherently bad about this film—it’s just incredibly bland. The characters aren’t memorable like they are in other MCU movies, the plotline is just so-so, and there’s none of the humor and spirit the other, later installments in the franchise so freely offer.

4 / 50


"Shaft in Africa" (1973)
- Director: John Guillermin
- IMDb user rating: 5.9
- Metascore: data not available
- Runtime: 112 min

The last of the original trilogy of “Shaft” movies, “Shaft in Africa” is disliked primarily because it takes Shaft out of his natural environment and away from his regular crime-fighting tactics. Fans prefer to see the detective in his native New York City, where his knowledge of the city and savviness afford him a unique edge when it comes to fighting crime. For many, the journey to Africa was just too big of a stretch for the character.

5 / 50
Warner Bros.

Peter Pan

"Pan" (2015)
- Director: Joe Wright
- IMDb user rating: 5.7
- Metascore: 36
- Runtime: 111 min

Since J.M. Barrie published “Peter Pan” in 1904 there has been an enormous number of additions to the franchise, including this 2015 installment called “Pan.” Josh Dickey of Mashable summed up the film’s awfulness when he said “Pan” was “a visually disgusting, audibly loud and obnoxious, narratively incoherent attempt at a Hollywood adventure blockbuster.” The movie is supposed to provide Peter Pan with an origin story but falls far short on every level, from the script to the casting choices and performances to the cinematography.

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6 / 50
Paris Hilton Entertainment

National Lampoon

"Pledge This!" (2006)
- Directors: William Heins, Strathford Hamilton
- IMDb user rating: 1.8
- Metascore: data not available
- Runtime: 91 min

If you were imagining that this National Lampoon tale would be similar to those from the franchise’s golden era of the ’70s or ’80s, perhaps starring John Belushi or Chevy Chase, you’d be dead wrong. “Pledge This!” a much later installment in the series, stars Paris Hilton as the president of a sorority at the fictional South Beach University. 

7 / 50
New Line Cinema

The Conjuring

"The Curse of La Llorona" (2019)
- Director: Michael Chaves
- IMDb user rating: 5.3
- Metascore: 41
- Runtime: 93 min

Like the other films set in the “Conjuring” universe, “The Curse of La Llorona” is based on folklore, in this particular case, folklore that came from Latin America. The film took a lot of criticism for the flatness with which it attempted to sell the tale of La Llorona, and for its complete lack of horror. Released in 2019, it fell especially flat when compared to other bone-chilling films like Jordan Peele’s “Us,” which hit the big screen around the same time.

8 / 50
Paramount Pictures

Star Trek

"Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (1989)
- Director: William Shatner
- IMDb user rating: 5.5
- Metascore: 43
- Runtime: 107 min

The fifth installment in the “Star Trek” film franchise, “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” was William Shatner’s directorial debut. Despite its enormous budget, the film was a critical flop thanks to its forgettable storyline, horrible special effects, and boring action sequences. For many, the movie feels more like an extended episode of the TV show than a stand-alone film in the most unsatisfying way.

9 / 50


"Rocky V" (1990)
- Director: John G. Avildsen
- IMDb user rating: 5.3
- Metascore: 55
- Runtime: 104 min

In the fifth installment in the “Rocky” franchise, Rocky has recently retired from boxing, learned that all of his hard-won money is gone, and is forced to return to the streets of Philadelphia where he attempts to train up the next great athlete and repair the broken relationship he shares with his son. While the movie’s storyline isn’t necessarily bad in and of itself (albeit incredibly slow-moving) it’s a major departure from the usual fare we’ve come to associate with the Rocky movies. There’s barely a fight or an inspiring training montage, and the lack of action is why many people rate “Rocky V” the worst of the series.

10 / 50
Disney Enterprises Inc.

Pirates of the Caribbean

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" (2017)
- Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
- IMDb user rating: 6.6
- Metascore: 39
- Runtime: 129 min

Continuity issues are the most often cited reason fans rate “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” the worst installment in the franchise. The fifth movie in the series, this one follows Captain Jack Sparrow as he searches for the Trident of Poseidon, which he needs in order to return his ghostly nemesis Captain Salazar to the Devil’s Triangle. Many of the major tenants of the story are in direct contradiction with facts established in the first four films, mistakes that are less distracting and more franchise-ruining for many.

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11 / 50
20th Century Fox

Planet of the Apes

"Battle for the Planet of the Apes" (1973)
- Director: J. Lee Thompson
- IMDb user rating: 5.5
- Metascore: 40
- Runtime: 93 min

Released in 1973, “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” was the final chapter in the first iteration of the “Planet of the Apes” franchise. There were drastic cuts made to the movie’s budget prior to filming, which lowered the quality of the special effects and made it nearly impossible to recreate the overall feeling of the world. Money was not “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” only issue, for many fans there seemed to be a muddling of philosophy, too much focus on religion (in a series that had never overtly discussed it before), and too much in-fighting among factions to make this movie worth watching.

12 / 50
Emperor Motion Pictures

Ip Man

"Ip Man: The Final Fight" (2013)
- Director: Herman Yau
- IMDb user rating: 6.2
- Metascore: 55
- Runtime: 100 min

For the uninitiated, the “Ip Man” series is a semi-biographical series of films about a real-life grandmaster of the Wing Chun school of arts who famously taught Bruce Lee. The last installment in the series, “Ip Man: The Final Fight” is less of an action movie than the earlier films and more of a reflection on the philosophy behind kung fu, which is one factor that made it not as successful with fans. Another strike against the film is that it doesn’t share a director with any of the previous movies, and, as a result, has a markedly different tone.

13 / 50
Universal Pictures

The Fast and the Furious

"2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003)
- Director: John Singleton
- IMDb user rating: 5.9
- Metascore: 38
- Runtime: 107 min

Rob Cohen was the director of the original “The Fast and the Furious” which grossed over $206 million at the box office worldwide. Like many others, he’s been vocal about his dislike of the follow up “2 Fast 2 Furious” (which he had no hand in making) telling We Got This Covered, “The first couple sequels though, what I hated about them was that it was just for money, the studio was just milking the cash cow. It’s a miracle they didn’t kill it.”

14 / 50
Paramount Pictures

Mission: Impossible

"Mission: Impossible II" (2000)
- Director: John Woo
- IMDb user rating: 6.1
- Metascore: 59
- Runtime: 123 min

For a film franchise that’s built on excitement, adventure, and thrills, “Mission: Impossible II” is a boring flop. The primary criticism levied against the Tom Cruise movie is that nothing much happens very slowly—a stark contrast to the action-packed first film. David Ansen, a critic at Newsweek, summed it up perfectly, saying “In ‘M:I-2’ everyone seems to be going through the motions.”

15 / 50
Universal Pictures

Jurassic Park

"Jurassic Park III" (2001)
- Director: Joe Johnston
- IMDb user rating: 5.9
- Metascore: 42
- Runtime: 92 min

The main problem with “Jurassic Park III” is that it’s just too much of a good thing. The first installment in the Steven Spielberg franchise was earth-shattering, the second a mediocre follow up, but the third, with its nonsensical plot, was a perfect example of Hollywood not quite knowing when to stop. The movie’s only redeeming factor was its special effects, which had certainly been upgraded since the 1993 original.

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16 / 50

Pink Panther

"Son of the Pink Panther" (1993)
- Director: Blake Edwards
- IMDb user rating: 3.9
- Metascore: 33
- Runtime: 93 min

In “Son of the Pink Panther” the bumbling, hilarious detective who’s set out to rescue the kidnapped Princess Yasmin isn’t the beloved Inspector Clouseau, but his illegitimate son Jacques Gambrelli. In the eighth installment in the franchise, Peter Sellers passes the torch to Roberto Benigni who gives the best performance he can given the film’s terrible script. In fact, Benigni’s physical comedy is the only shining spot in an otherwise dud of a film.

17 / 50

Star Wars

"Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" (1999)
- Director: George Lucas
- IMDb user rating: 6.5
- Metascore: 51
- Runtime: 136 min

A prequel to the original “Star Wars” (retroactively titled “Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope”), “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace” was released 22 years after the original. While the film’s release was one of the biggest events in cinematic history, the movie itself was a confusing disappointment for fans who’d long awaited an addition to the series. The biggest complaints about the movie were that it lacked direction or an obvious main character, moved at a snail’s pace, and contained racist undertones.

18 / 50
Davis Films/Impact Pictures

Resident Evil

"Resident Evil: Retribution" (2012)
- Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
- IMDb user rating: 5.4
- Metascore: 39
- Runtime: 95 min

Joe Neumaier of New York Daily News called “Resident Evil: Retribution” “thuddingly awful.” The fifth installment in the franchise, which was based on a survival horror video game of the same name, follows Alice, humanity’s last hope, as she attempts to uncover who’s responsible for the T-virus that’s turning everyone into zombies. Both the acting and the dialogue in the film are awful, as are the unnecessary (and poor-quality) 3-D effects that seem to have been thrown in last-minute simply to increase ticket sales.

19 / 50

Air Bud

"Air Bud: Spikes Back" (2003)
- Director: Mike Southon
- IMDb user rating: 4.1
- Metascore: data not available
- Runtime: 87 min

In order to be enjoyable, a movie about a dog who plays sports requires audiences to suspend their disbelief to a certain extent. “Air Bud: Spikes Back,” the fifth installment in the “Air Bud” series, asks audiences to go above and beyond in suspending their disbelief. The poor special effects, awful human acting, and an additional storyline where the golden retriever also solves a major crime don’t provide viewers anything to work with, and the movie was, consequentially, a huge bust.

20 / 50
20th Century Fox


"The Predator" (2018)
- Director: Shane Black
- IMDb user rating: 5.4
- Metascore: 48
- Runtime: 107 min

The creative team behind 2018’s “The Predator” first went wrong when they hired a known sex offender for a bit role in the film. Olivia Munn, the primary female lead, acted as the whistleblower, alerting 20th Century Fox to the issue who then responded by cutting the scene the individual appeared in. However, the movie was never able to overcome this negative press, and that unfortunate start combined with the haphazard editing, ensured that the fourth addition to the series would be the worst.

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21 / 50
Disney / Henson

The Muppets

"The Muppets' Wizard of Oz" (2005)
- Director: Kirk R. Thatcher
- IMDb user rating: 5.3
- Metascore: data not available
- Runtime: 120 min

L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” and Jim Henson’s muppets seem as if they should be a perfect fit. And in another world, they might be. However, in “The Muppets' Wizard of Oz” unnecessary celebrity cameos, a poorly written script, and a complete lack of the charm that we’ve come to associate with the puppets mark this as the worst chapter in the franchise.

22 / 50
Blue Sky Studios

Ice Age

"Ice Age: Collision Course" (2016)
- Directors: Mike Thurmeier, Galen T. Chu
- IMDb user rating: 5.7
- Metascore: 34
- Runtime: 94 min

There are two alternative storylines taking place in “Ice Age: Collision Course”: a mammoth wedding and a sabertooth tiger who’s launched himself into outer space. It might be okay for these ridiculous tales to exist in tandem if only audiences weren’t expected to remember the storylines from the previous four films which had come out years before. That, after all, is the real problem with “Ice Age: Collision Course,” not that its content is that much crazier than anything else we’ve seen from the franchise, but rather that it forces fans who haven’t recently watched the earlier films to flounder as they try to keep up with all the material and characters they’re expected to recognize on sight.

23 / 50
Blumhouse Productions

Paranormal Activity

"Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension" (2015)
- Director: Gregory Plotkin
- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Metascore: 30
- Runtime: 88 min

The sixth in the series, “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” was billed by production as the final installment in the found-film franchise. For many viewers, though, the 3-D movie felt more like an afterthought than a planned conclusion. The plot of this film went well beyond the creepy credibility many of the earlier movies had, to tacky horrorfest with little point—a slap in the face for those who had stuck around for years to see how this would all end.

24 / 50
Columbia/Tri Star

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

"Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation" (1995)
- Director: Kim Henkel
- IMDb user rating: 3.3
- Metascore: 50
- Runtime: 87 min

Shot in 1993 but not released until 1995, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation” stars Renée Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey in what is, perhaps, the worst performance of either of their careers. In addition to the bad acting, the movie seems to have lost any trace of the horror it once contained, and the film veers as close to family-friendly as a horror movie ever could.

25 / 50
Lionsgate Inc.


"Saw: The Final Chapter" (2010)
- Director: Kevin Greutert
- IMDb user rating: 5.6
- Metascore: 24
- Runtime: 90 min

Long after John “Jigsaw” Kramer died in the third installment of the “Saw” series, the torture series is still finding a wobbly leg to stand on. This final, 3-D installment is perhaps the least coherent installment in the franchise and the goriest. Even the special effects couldn’t save “Saw: The Final Chapter,” which seems to care not at all about bringing its audience closure or trying to persuade them that it’s a good piece of cinema.

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26 / 50
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

DC Extended Universe

"Suicide Squad" (2016)
- Director: David Ayer
- IMDb user rating: 6.0
- Metascore: 40
- Runtime: 123 min

DC’s antihero response to Marvel’s “Avengers,” “The Suicide Squad” has some serious star power but few other of the ingredients it needs to succeed. Fans complained about everything from the fact that many of the characters varied wildly from their comic book counterparts to the idea that a group of villains working together made no sense. Additionally, the movie feels like a jumble of storylines and action-packed moments instead of a cohesive story.

27 / 50
Warner Home Video

Final Destination

"The Final Destination" (2009)
- Director: David R. Ellis
- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Metascore: 30
- Runtime: 82 min

The “Final Destination” films are a unique kind of horror film, in that you can’t “win” them. After all, death is the main villain, and eventually, it comes for us all. While you can’t avoid death, you can (and should) avoid the gimmicky fourth installment in this series which contains some of the worst acting in the entire franchise, as well as terrible special effects that make watching death after death quite boring.

28 / 50
Romero Grunwald Productions

George A. Romero's Dead Series

"Survival of the Dead" (2009)
- Director: George A. Romero
- IMDb user rating: 4.9
- Metascore: 43
- Runtime: 90 min

The most current installment in George A. Romero's "Dead" series (which began with “Night of the Living Dead” in 1968), “Survival of the Dead” is another zombie action movie. But unlike earlier episodes in the franchise, this chapter never really comes alive. The film itself was described by critics as feeling flat, containing too many stale shocks and an overabundance of cheesy dialogue. 

29 / 50
Universal Pictures


"Jason Bourne" (2016)
- Director: Paul Greengrass
- IMDb user rating: 6.6
- Metascore: 58
- Runtime: 123 min

Jason Bourne” marked Matt Damon’s return to the franchise about a CIA assassin who suffers from dissociative amnesia. The hype for the fourth film in the series was massive in the months leading up to the premiere but quickly turned sour upon its release. Where audiences expected a fresh, new, exciting story they got a tired, old tale that left them feeling as if the series had finally run its course.

30 / 50

Cheech & Chong

"Cheech & Chong's the Corsican Brothers" (1984)
- Director: Tommy Chong
- IMDb user rating: 4.7
- Metascore: 35
- Runtime: 82 min

As of June 2020, “Cheech & Chong's the Corsican Brothers” is the last live-action film starring the comedy duo of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. A parody of Alexandre Dumas’ novel “The Corsican Brothers,” the film had some good material to work with but fell flat in the delivery. Its jokes didn’t land, the other characters were boring to watch, and it remains the only film in the franchise to contain no cannabis humor, something fans enjoyed and expected.

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31 / 50
Rogue Pictures

Child's Play

"Seed of Chucky" (2004)
- Director: Don Mancini
- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Metascore: 46
- Runtime: 87 min

The “Child’s Play” franchise started out as a slasher horror series, but by the release of “Seed of Chucky” in 2004 had fully transformed into a comedic horror series. It’s these comedy elements of the film that have caused so many fans to flag it as the worst in the franchise. However, writer-director Don Mancini defends the project saying, “I think that movie is so fundamentally comedic and farcical. It’s a farce.”

32 / 50
Paramount Pictures


"Transformers: The Last Knight" (2017)
- Director: Michael Bay
- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Metascore: 27
- Runtime: 154 min

In the final installment in the “Transformers” franchise, humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone, and a band of unlikely cohorts must come together to save the world. Critics used words like dumb, unfunny, and utterly incoherent to describe “Transformers: The Last Knight” whose plot seemed to drag over its 2.5-hour runtime. Even more disappointing, many felt that the finale of the film provided an insufficient ending to a tale they’d stuck with for more than a decade.

33 / 50
Columbia/Tri Star


"Rambo III" (1988)
- Director: Peter MacDonald
- IMDb user rating: 5.8
- Metascore: 36
- Runtime: 102 min

In “Rambo III” Sylvester Stalone launches a one-man rescue mission to save his former commander who’s being held captive in Afghanistan. While the storyline doesn’t sound all that bad, the pacing is slow, there’s very little dialogue to spice things up, and the violence is cliché at best.

34 / 50
OLM, Inc.


"Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened" (2013)
- Director: Kunihiko Yuyama
- IMDb user rating: 5.5
- Metascore: data not available
- Runtime: 96 min

Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened” follows Ash, Pikachu, and a host of their other friends as they set out to save the big city from a group of evil Genesect. The 16th installment in the animated series, the movie builds quite a bit on previously established facts and storylines. Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t always get those pre-existing facts right, leaving many fans to decry the movie over its lack of coherency with the franchise.

35 / 50
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Die Hard

"A Good Day to Die Hard" (2013)
- Director: John Moore
- IMDb user rating: 5.3
- Metascore: 28
- Runtime: 98 min

In the Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern called “A Good Day to Die Hard” “the meltdown of a once-formidable franchise.” Like many others in his field, the critic didn’t care for the far-fetched plotline of John McClane’s reunion with his son Jack who’s a criminal turned CIA operative turned vigilante. Nor did he care for the fact that most of the plot was obscured by a never-ending stream of action scenes and gunshots.

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36 / 50
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation


"X-Men: Dark Phoenix" (2019)
- Director: Simon Kinberg
- IMDb user rating: 5.8
- Metascore: 43
- Runtime: 113 min

In “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” the seventh and final installment in the series, the X-Men take on one of their own after Jean Grey endures an accident in space that makes her powerful, unstable, and the perfect vehicle for an evil group that wants to take over the galaxy. There are plenty of reasons the film bombed with fans, including the fact that it was finished two years before it was released—fans took its delay as an indication that it wasn’t all that good, the ending was reshot multiple times—an even clearer indication that the original film was unsatisfying, and the release date was moved around a half-dozen times before the film finally dropped—essentially destroying any remaining excitement surrounding the flick.

37 / 50
Dimension Films


"Halloween: Resurrection" (2002)
- Director: Rick Rosenthal
- IMDb user rating: 4.0
- Metascore: 19
- Runtime: 94 min

The plot of “Halloween: Resurrection” will tell you basically everything you need to know about why the horror sequel was a flop. In the movie, a group of university students starring on a webcam reality show has taken over the home that used to belong to serial killer Michael Myers, who, offended by this transgression on his reputation, decides it's time to come out of retirement and do something about it. Starring Busta Rhymes and Tyra Banks, the horrible storyline is compounded by bad acting, horrible special effects, and an overwhelming sense of cheesiness that pervades the entire thing.

38 / 50
Twentieth Century Fox


"Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem" (2007)
- Directors: Colin Strause, Greg Strause
- IMDb user rating: 4.7
- Metascore: 29
- Runtime: 94 min

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian described the battle between species in “Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem” as “the world's most illogical and boring action-horror grudge-match between two dull trademarked franchise monsters.” The movie also garnered criticism for its tired content, poorly edited action sequences, and weak character development. In the end, the movie amounts to only a mindless distraction at best.

39 / 50
Toho Studios


"All Monsters Attack" (1969)
- Directors: Ishirô Honda, Jun Fukuda, Kengo Furusawa
- IMDb user rating: 3.9
- Metascore: data not available
- Runtime: 70 min

Bullying affects everyone in “All Monsters Attack,” from Godzilla’s son to a Japanese schoolboy. While the message of the film is an important one, the movie hardly feels like a classic “Godzilla” film and is instead aimed at much younger audiences. Additionally, the little bit of “fighting action” included in the film is actually reused footage from earlier installments in the franchise, meaning that “All Monsters Attack” brings nothing fresh or new to the adult storylines.

40 / 50
Columbia Pictures / Marvel Entertainment


"Spider-Man 3" (2007)
- Director: Sam Raimi
- IMDb user rating: 6.2
- Metascore: 59
- Runtime: 139 min

Sam Raimi, the director of “Spider-Man 3” agrees with the low-ranking of his 2007 film. He told the “Nerdist” podcast: “It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well. I tried to make it work, but I didn’t really believe in all the characters, so that couldn’t be hidden from people who loved Spider-Man. If the director doesn’t love something, it’s wrong of them to make it when so many other people love it. I think [raising the stakes after ‘Spider-Man 2’] was the thinking going into it, and I think that’s what doomed us. I should’ve just stuck with the characters and the relationships and progressed them to the next step and not tried to top the bar.”

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41 / 50
New Line Cinema

Friday the 13th

"Jason X" (2001)
- Director: James Isaac
- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Metascore: 25
- Runtime: 91 min

“Jason X” is set far into the future, in 2455 to be exact, and follows a group of researchers who have returned to the now-abandoned planet to learn what they can from it, only to find themselves being hunted down by Jason Voorhees. Campy and predictable seem to be the most popular words used by audiences as they blast the 10th installment in the series. It seems the futuristic setting did nothing to distract them from the overall tiredness of the franchise.

42 / 50
Temple Hill Entertainment


"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009)
- Director: Chris Weitz
- IMDb user rating: 4.7
- Metascore: 44
- Runtime: 130 min

“Twilight” is a divisive franchise: Audiences either love it or hate it. That being said, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” earned some appropriate criticism for the way it romanticized suicide and suicidal tendencies. When you take into consideration that the series’ audience is largely tweens and young adults, this irresponsible messaging looks even worse.

43 / 50
Warner Bros.


"Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" (1987)
- Director: Sidney J. Furie
- IMDb user rating: 3.7
- Metascore: 24
- Runtime: 90 min

Released during the Cold War, “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” deals heavily with the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union as well as the general idea of nuclear materials being used as weapons. It’s an admittedly odd topic for a superhero movie and one that both audiences and critics didn’t seem to quite connect with. On the other hand, Christopher Reeves, who plays Clark Kent for the last time in this film, described “Superman IV” as the most important "Superman" film he ever made.

44 / 50


"Shrek the Third" (2007)
- Directors: Chris Miller, Raman Hui
- IMDb user rating: 6.1
- Metascore: 58
- Runtime: 93 min

In “Shrek the Third,” Shrek finds himself being forced to take the throne after the passing of Fiona’s father, King Harold, unless he can find a suitable replacement. While the movie still fared well with younger audiences, bringing in over $813 million at the box office, older fans bemoaned the loss of charm and heart in the movie.

45 / 50
New Line Cinema

Nightmare on Elm Street

"Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare" (1991)
- Director: Rachel Talalay
- IMDb user rating: 4.9
- Metascore: 39
- Runtime: 89 min

The last film in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” series, “Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare” wanted to go out with a bang but ended up sneaking out with a whimper. While audiences agree that it’s not quite as bad as other horror franchise endings, they still feel that the stale acting, random plotline, and trashy 3-D special effects ruined what could have been a big finale. It didn’t help that by the time of its 1991 release the “Freddy vs. Jason” series, which was doing much more interesting things, had already begun.

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46 / 50
New Line Cinema

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III" (1993)
- Director: Stuart Gillard
- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Metascore: 40
- Runtime: 96 min

Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael travel back to 16th-century Japan to save their pal April who was transported there by a magical scepter in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.” Obviously aimed at kids, the film still took flack from critics for its poor production value, slipping humor, and muddled plot. That being said, other critics like John Hartl from The Seattle Times called the movie “the easiest installment in the series for parents to sit through.”

47 / 50
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

James Bond

"Casino Royale" (1967)
- Directors: Val Guest, Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, Richard Talmadge
- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Metascore: 48
- Runtime: 131 min

Famed film critic Roger Ebert wrote on his website that “Casino Royale” was “a definitive example of what can happen when everybody working on a film goes simultaneously berserk.” The 1967 film certainly is a mess: There were five directors all working independently to create two storylines that never end up merging, many scenes and lines that were completely improvised and don’t flow together, and the film literally has six James Bonds as well as a confusing host of other characters.

48 / 50
Warner Bros.


"Batman & Robin" (1997)
- Director: Joel Schumacher
- IMDb user rating: 3.7
- Metascore: 28
- Runtime: 125 min

1997’s “Batman and Robin” movie has been crowned “the most infamous comic book movie of all time” by Aaron Couch of The Hollywood Reporter. Although the movie featured some of Hollywood’s biggest names at the time and was directed by Joel Schumacher (who had found success with “Batman Forever”), the hyped-up movie ended up being a flop and fans complained that it felt more like an extended toy commercial than a solid piece of cinema. 

49 / 50
Paramount Pictures


"Terminator: Dark Fate" (2019)
- Director: Tim Miller
- IMDb user rating: 6.3
- Metascore: 54
- Runtime: 128 min

Many critics have argued that “Terminator: Dark Fate” flopped not because of any fault of its own (the storyline was interesting enough, the special effects were fine, the actors gave decent performances), but because the series leading up to this point had been an unmitigated disaster. While the original “Terminator” did well with audiences, the two intervening films did not, leaving fans unwilling to commit to a further sequel that may or may not be worth it. 

50 / 50
Dimension Films

Scary Movie

"Scary Movie 5" (2013)
- Directors: Malcolm D. Lee, David Zucker
- IMDb user rating: 3.5
- Metascore: 11
- Runtime: 86 min

After the Wayans brothers parted ways with the “Scary Movie” franchise, things took a decided turn for the worse. “Scary Movie 5” is a perfect example of the poorly acted, not-very-funny drivel the series has become. While the horror movie parodies are still star-packed, the stars in today’s installments are B-list at best.

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