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Worst movies of the '90s

  • Worst movies of the '90s

    The 1990s were a major decade for the film industry—with independent films rising, CGI-heavy blockbusters like “Jurassic Park” becoming more prominent, the Disney Renaissance’s notable additions, and bold titles like “Pulp Fiction” making their marks on pop culture.

    For every successful film, however, there were several misses by film studios. With thousands of feature films being produced and released throughout the decade, having every single one be a major success was an impossible feat. Whether film studios were trying too hard to capitalize on the aforementioned trends, or simply executing on bad ideas, the following films represent the worst of an otherwise innovative decade for the film industry.

    Using information from IMDb, Stacker has put together a comprehensive list of these films. The rankings are based on user reviews from the website—the lower the rating, the worse the film is, and the higher it ranks on the list. In the case of a tie, the movie with the lower number of ratings goes higher up on the list. All of these films have at least 50,000 user votes each and were released in English between the years 1990 and 1999. Which of these ill-received '90s movies have you seen?

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  • #100. Phenomenon

    IMDb rating: 6.4

    IMDb user votes: 69,250

    Year released: 1996

    Rating: PG

    John Travolta may have received a career vitalization from “Pulp Fiction,” but romantic fantasy “Phenomenon” was certainly not an essential component of his comeback. Travolta portrayed an everyman who was transformed into a genius with telekinetic powers, attempting to do good with his newfound abilities. Unfortunately, the reaction was mixed, mostly due to the film’s grim final act.

  • #99. Double Jeopardy

    IMDb rating: 6.4

    IMDb user votes: 63,595

    Year released: 1999

    Rating: R

    Injustice is the theme of “Double Jeopardy,” which stars Ashley Judd as a woman wrongfully accused and convicted of murder. Framed by her husband (Bruce Greenwood), Judd’s character attempts to hunt him down while contending with her parole officer (Tommy Lee Jones). The thriller was ultimately judged by critics as “unremarkable.”

     

  • #98. Star Trek: Insurrection

    IMDb rating: 6.4

    IMDb user votes: 63,006

    Year released: 1998

    Rating: PG

    This film with the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” cast did not recapture the magic of its more successful predecessor, “Star Trek: First Contact.” Although cast member Jonathan Frakes was again in the director’s chair, a change in visual effects studios was evident in this installment. Featuring Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew of the Enterprise going against the orders of his superiors to save a peaceful civilization, this film was thought by fans to be nothing more than an underwhelming and extended television episode.

  • #97. Bowfinger

    IMDb rating: 6.4

    IMDb user votes: 61,362

    Year released: 1999

    Rating: PG-13

    This film teamed comedy legends Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy for the first time with disappointing results. Martin plays film producer Bobby Bowfinger, who attempts to cast a sought-after but neurotic actor named Kit Ramsey (Murphy) into a low-budget film production. Ramsey is not on board, but Bowfinger continues the production around him, explaining to the crew that the star is method acting. Eventually, he employs Ramsey’s geeky brother Jiff (also played by Murphy) to function as a lookalike. While critics overall enjoyed this satire of Hollywood, audiences on IMDb were lukewarm.

     

  • #96. Arachnophobia

    IMDb rating: 6.4

    IMDb user votes: 56,349

    Year released: 1990

    Rating: PG-13

    Attempting to convert people’s fear of spiders into horror/comedy gold, producer Frank Marshall’s directorial debut involved a new deadly species of spider terrorizing a small town. Although it starred big names like Jeff Daniels and John Goodman, marketers had difficulty advertising the film and its mix of genres. In general, critics and audiences found it to be a passable homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.”

  • #95. Darkman

    IMDb rating: 6.4

    IMDb user votes: 52,732

    Year released: 1990

    Rating: R

    The original “Spider-Man” trilogy was not director Sam Raimi’s first foray into superhero fiction. Unable to secure the rights for licensed properties such as “Batman,” Raimi created his own superhero, a burned-alive scientist played by Liam Neeson. Now considered to be a cult film, critics appreciated its originality despite its recycling of superhero tropes.

  • #94. Mars Attacks!

    IMDb rating: 6.3

    IMDb user votes: 190,750

    Year released: 1996

    Rating: PG-13

    A tongue-in-cheek pastiche of 1950s low-budget sci-fi films, this Tim Burton-directed film featured an extensive ensemble cast that included Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Natalie Portman, and more. CGI made the film’s green Martians possible, as they eradicated humans in bulk. While the cult film’s attempts at homage were considered to be successful, the tone was considered cynical and the characters unlikable.

  • #93. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

    IMDb rating: 6.3

    IMDb user votes: 181,244

    Year released: 1995

    Rating: PG-13

    One of the few sequels that Jim Carrey has starred in, “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls” put the pet detective on a case in Africa. Although the film was a financial success like its predecessor, the film’s juvenile behavior did not do it for critics, who labeled it inferior to even the first film. A third film, called “Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective,” without the involvement of Carrey, released directly to video in 2009.

  • #92. Twister

    IMDb rating: 6.3

    IMDb user votes: 158,026

    Year released: 1996

    Rating: PG-13

    Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton star as a separated married couple, both of whom are weather reporters. The two slowly rekindle their relationship in a series of events that involve Paxton’s storm chasing and a series of tornados. The film’s special effects were praised, though with some criticism for the lack of logic and accuracy. Critic Roger Ebert called the film “loud, dumb, skillful, escapist entertainment.”

  • #91. Predator 2

    IMDb rating: 6.3

    IMDb user votes: 126,719

    Year released: 1990

    Rating: R

    Attempting to follow up the classic action sci-fi film “Predator,” its sequel traded in Arnold Schwarzenegger for Danny Glover and Gary Busey. Taking place in a heat-wave-stricken Los Angeles during 1997, Glover portrayed a police officer who is not only caught up in a gang turf war, but also an incursion from an extraterrestrial Predator. Critics gave the film negative marks at the time, but audiences were kinder to the film in later years.

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