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Worst movies from the last decade, according to critics

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Incentive Filmed Entertainment

Worst movies from the last decade, according to critics

Some film critics aren’t content if they’re not roasting a perfectly good movie, finding faults where none exist, and extinguishing someone else’s artistic flame. Sometimes, however, movies seem to go out of their way to earn critical scorn. Art is subjective, but only to a degree. Some movies are so disjointed, so clumsy, so impossibly bad, that it’s hard to imagine that a reasonable person who isn’t related to a cast member could possibly make an argument in their favor.

To help readers avoid sacrificing two hours of their lives to a regrettable cinematic endeavor, Stacker developed a list of the 100 movies that earned the poorest reviews from movie-review site Metacritic over the past 10 years. To make the list, the film had to be released in U.S. theaters or on streaming services between Jan. 1, 2010, and today. Only films with at least four reviews from critics writing for significant publications were considered. Films are ranked by their 1 to 100 Metascores, with 1 being the worst. IMDb user ratings were used to break initial ties—they run on a scale from 1 to 10—and secondary ties were broken by Letterboxd user ratings.

In some cases, movies suffer from a simple lack of talent, maybe because of a low budget or difficult subject matter—but that’s not always the case. In fact, more than a few movies on this list have casts that include veteran Hollywood stars who came into the films as A-list leading men and women in their primes. Other times, audiences and critics felt robbed by a movie whose creators seemed to take them for granted and cheat them of substance in favor of thin plotlines or cheap thrills. In other cases, filmgoers left the theater feeling downright confused about what they actually had just viewed.

The 2010s delivered a long line of commercial and critical successes that thrilled audiences and made stars—none of which are on this list. Here’s a look at the most regrettable, most forgettable movies of the past decade. Stream at your own risk.

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Periscope Entertainment

#100. A Love Affair of Sorts (2011)

- Director: David Guy Levy
- Metascore: 22
- IMDb user rating: 5.0
- Runtime: 91 min

“‘A Love Affair of Sorts’ answers the question of whether you can make a feature film with a Flip camera and leaves open the question of whether you can make a good one,” according to Roger Ebert. Long at 91 minutes, many critics panned the drama as an exercise in narcissistic naval-gazing based on meandering relationships—all filmed in a frustrating shaky-cam style.

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Momentous Development

#99. The Moment (2013)

- Director: Jane Weinstock
- Metascore: 22
- IMDb user rating: 4.9
- Runtime: 90 min

Many reviews, including one in Variety, commend Jennifer Jason Leigh for her effort in “The Moment,” but even the capable Hollywood veteran couldn’t carry this clumsy attempt at a psychological thriller. A common theme among critics is the sheer amount of work required to keep up with the muddled, disjointed, and convoluted plot.

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Summit Entertainment

#98. The Cold Light of Day (2012)

- Director: Mabrouk El Mechri
- Metascore: 22
- IMDb user rating: 4.9
- Runtime: 93 min

The massive star power of Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver wasn’t put to good use in “The Cold Day of Light.” While director Mabrouk El Mechri seems to have been going for a Bourne-esque multinational espionage thriller, critics derided its frenetic pace used to conceal a lack of substance.

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Charles Agron Productions

#97. Dark House (2014)

- Director: Victor Salva
- Metascore: 22
- IMDb user rating: 4.7
- Runtime: 102 min

“Dark House” cobbles together scattered horror tropes into the same house-with-a-dark-past supernatural thriller that audiences had already seen countless times. Critics enshrined “Dark Horse” as among the worst movies of the decade for its easy scares and unimaginative narrative.

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Annapurna Productions

#96. Passion Play (2011)

- Director: Mitch Glazer
- Metascore: 22
- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Runtime: 94 min

It’s hard to imagine that a movie with Bill Murray, Mickey Rourke, and “Megan Fox stripped down to her tattoos,” to quote a New York Post critic, could possibly be bad, but “Passion Play” found a way. An underworld fairy tale gone awry, critics expected better from a veteran screenwriter like Mitch Glazer.

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Dolphin Entertainment

#95. Max Steel (2016)

- Director: Stewart Hendler
- Metascore: 22
- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Runtime: 92 min

Stars Andy Garcia and Maria Bello surely knew they were overqualified for “Max Steel,” a boy-meets-alien movie based on a toy. Critics panned it for a lack of positive messaging that’s common to the genre and several whiffs on weak attempts at humor. All in all, it’s little more than stilted 1990s nostalgia.

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Random Art Workshop

#94. $upercapitalist (2012)

- Director: Simon Yin
- Metascore: 22
- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Runtime: 102 min

“$upercapitalist” attempts to chronicle the fast-paced, high-stakes world of international finance, but misses the mark despite good intentions. Critics panned it as a collection of frat-bro Wall Street clichés that have been seen before in countless corporate-excess cautionary tales.

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Palmer Productions

#93. Brother's Justice (2010)

- Directors: David Palmer, Dax Shepard
- Metascore: 22
- IMDb user rating: 4.5
- Runtime: 80 min

Falling short of an hour and 20 minutes and void of any recognizable, name-brand talent, “Brother’s Justice” is a dramedy that oozes ultra-low-budget incompetence. Critics called it out as a stumbling mockumentary that comes up short of genuine satire.

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Raincreek Productions

#92. Beneath the Darkness (2012)

- Director: Martin Guigui
- Metascore: 22
- IMDb user rating: 4.5
- Runtime: 96 min

Of “Beneath the Darkness,” Rex Reed quipped, “You anticipate every scene before it happens and figure out every secret before it’s revealed.” Other critics were equally unkind. Reminiscent of a late-night cable TV horror movie, the film delivers little more than predictable jolts set in a contrived Texas backdrop—and that’s no place for a talent like Dennis Quaid to spend his time.

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Regency Enterprises

#91. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011)

- Director: John Whitesell
- Metascore: 22
- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Runtime: 107 min

By the time it limped into the third installment, the “Big Momma” franchise had long run out of steam, out of jokes, and out of excuses. The Martin Lawrence fat-suit crossdressing theme had already been so exhausted by the time this threequel hit theaters that it makes the original—which barely kept its head above water based on Lawrence’s talent alone—feel like a blockbuster comedy.

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After Dark Films

#90. Getaway (2013)

- Director: Courtney Solomon
- Metascore: 22
- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Runtime: 90 min

Summed up by one particularly unimpressed critic as “pretty much a 90-minute car chase,” “Getaway” sacrificed writing, character development, dialogue, and plot to the alter of high-octane speed. Even though A-list names like Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, and Jon Voight headlined the credits, the movie’s stuntmen were the only real stars.

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Pure Flix Productions

#89. God's Not Dead 2 (2016)

- Director: Harold Cronk
- Metascore: 22
- IMDb user rating: 4.3
- Runtime: 120 min

Names like Melissa Joan Hart, Robin Givens, and Ernie Hudson pepper the cast of “God’s Not Dead 2,” but semi-star power wasn’t enough to save this homage to America’s Christian persecution complex. As many top critics pointed out, including a few from major faith-based publications, it’s little more than two plodding hours of contrived, angry, culture-war proselytization disguised as a movie.

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Summit Entertainment

#88. The Legend of Hercules (2014)

- Director: Renny Harlin
- Metascore: 22
- IMDb user rating: 4.2
- Runtime: 99 min

“The Legend of Hercules” certainly delivers on jacked guys brawling in skimpy Bronze Age costumes, for moviegoers who are drawn to that kind of thing. If that’s the upside, the downsides are long dull spots, cheap CGI, lackluster acting, and an overall feeling of a discount “300.”

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Incentive Filmed Entertainment

#87. Shark Night 3D (2011)

- Director: David R. Ellis
- Metascore: 22
- IMDb user rating: 4.0
- Runtime: 90 min

A title like “Shark Night 3D” may not inspire confidence that a compelling theater experience awaits, but even the name is deceiving. Critics complain that there was not enough shark and little 3D in this predictable, disposable, and un-thrilling thriller. Most campy horror movies compensate for their obvious flaws with second servings of sex and gore, but thanks to a PG-13 rating, “Shark Night 3D” couldn’t even deliver on that.

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Blumhouse Productions

#86. Martyrs (2016)

- Directors: Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz
- Metascore: 22
- IMDb user rating: 4.0
- Runtime: 86 min

“Martyrs” is a remake of Pascal Laugier's 2008 horror movie of the same name, a controversial, genre-busting affair that delivered artistic gore to the thrill of its die-hard fans. However, the remake fell flat, mimicking the original too closely without delivering on its substance. In the end, it’s little more than cheap torture porn.

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Daisy 3 Pictures

#85. That's What She Said (2012)

- Director: Carrie Preston
- Metascore: 22
- IMDb user rating: 3.7
- Runtime: 84 min

“That’s What’s She Said” is a female-centric counter to the litany of bromance flicks that came before it, which would have been refreshing if it were any good. Despite the presence of Anne Heche, it is not. Crude and raunchy for the sake of being crude and raunchy, “That’s What She Said” attempts to capture women as they truly are, but instead leans on forced and obvious guy-bashing and feminine hygiene jokes.

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FilmNation Entertainment

#84. Life Itself (2018)

- Director: Dan Fogelman
- Metascore: 21
- IMDb user rating: 6.7
- Runtime: 117 min

The foot-dragging melodrama that is “Life Itself” is a multi-generational college-through-parenthood tale whose trademark feature is a complete lack of chemistry that belies the talent of its cast. Annette Bening and Olivia Wilde weren’t enough to make “Life Itself” anything more than what it is: an unrelatable, sappy, and cringe-inducing flop.

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K3 Company

#83. The Alien Girl (2010)

- Director: Anton Bormatov
- Metascore: 21
- IMDb user rating: 6.6
- Runtime: 100 min

Summed up by a critic for The New York Times as a “Guy Ritchie knockoff without the jokes or Cockney accents,” this post-Soviet Eastern Europe crime thriller has grit, action, and little else. Plotlines, narratives, and character development are not on the menu in “Alien Girl,” which instead relies on profanity, sex, and violence to fill the void.

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G-BASE

#82. A Family Man (2016)

- Director: Mark Williams
- Metascore: 21
- IMDb user rating: 6.5
- Runtime: 108 min

One-dimensional characters, formulaic plotlines, and predictable melodrama are the name of the game in “A Family Man.” Despite the likes of Gerard Butler, Willem Dafoe, and Alison Brie, this attempt at a redemption tale feels superficial from the opening credits through the end.

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Lionsgate

#81. Dirty Grandpa (2016)

- Director: Dan Mazer
- Metascore: 21
- IMDb user rating: 5.9
- Runtime: 102 min

“Dirty Grandpa” clearly aimed to be a crude and shocking gross-out comedy, and it landed with everything—except the comedy. It tries hard to be politically incorrect and irreverent, but it’s mostly just dull and disappointing, particularly considering that the movie’s cast included Aubrey Plaza, Zac Efron, and Robert De Niro.

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AMIB Productions

#80. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

- Director: Phil Alden Robinson
- Metascore: 21
- IMDb user rating: 5.7
- Runtime: 83 min

“The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” came out the same year Robin Williams died, and it feels wrong that a movie so bad was among the last films he ever made. Williams built a career on successfully blending sentiment and comedy, and although he tried to work that magic here, he came up with a rare goose egg on both.

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Boxing Cat Films

#79. Crazy on the Outside (2010)

- Director: Tim Allen
- Metascore: 21
- IMDb user rating: 5.5
- Runtime: 96 min

Tim Allen’s directorial debut included Kelsey Grammer, Ray Liotta, Sigourney Weaver, J.K. Simmons, and, of course, himself—but names don’t make a movie. “Crazy on the Outside” chronicles the exploits of a convict trying to make it in the free world, but there are really no exploits to chronicle. The script reeked of network sitcom formula writing and the stellar cast mostly just phoned it in.

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Lionsgate

#78. Killers (2010)

- Director: Robert Luketic
- Metascore: 21
- IMDb user rating: 5.4
- Runtime: 100 min

Despite their individual talent, Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher fail to muster any combined chemistry in “Killers,” a dull and formulaic affair that oozes a lazy over-reliance on star power alone. Action-comedies have to deliver both thrills and laughs to work, and this was void of both.

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Pictures From The Fringe

#77. Saving Lincoln (2013)

- Director: Salvador Litvak
- Metascore: 21
- IMDb user rating: 5.4
- Runtime: 101 min

The one saving grace of “Saving Lincoln” is that it’s historically accurate for the most part, but audiences didn’t pay to see a documentary—they paid to see a movie. What they got instead was a dull period piece defined by stiff dialogue and historical sequences that felt like they were shoehorned into the plot. In the end, little new insight was shed on a tale already told.

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Warner Bros.

#76. Geostorm (2017)

- Director: Dean Devlin
- Metascore: 21
- IMDb user rating: 5.3
- Runtime: 109 min

Epic disaster movies must deliver eye-candy visuals if they don’t want to become epic disasters themselves—and “Geostorm” is a cautionary tale that proves that reality. As Gerard Butler races to save an exploding planet disrupted by faulty satellites, the audience is left wondering how it got roped into a big, boring disaster flick that they’d already seen many times before.

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Oriah Entertainment

#75. The Clapper (2018)

- Director: Dito Montiel
- Metascore: 21
- IMDb user rating: 5.1
- Runtime: 89 min

A talented cast tried hard to make “The Clapper” work, but even the valiant efforts of Tracy Morgan, Amanda Seyfried, and Ed Helms weren’t enough to carry this failed romance-comedy. In terms of charm and laughs, it has its moments, but they’re rare and incomplete.

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Seraphim Films Inc.

#74. Reach Me (2014)

- Director: John Herzfeld
- Metascore: 21
- IMDb user rating: 4.9
- Runtime: 95 min

Filled with clichés and intentionally chaotic, “Reach Me” can’t seem to settle on a theme or a narrative. Kyra Sedgwick, Sylvester Stallone, Danny Aiello, and Tom Berenger, all well past their primes, lead the cast. In the words of a Detroit Press critic, “‘Reach Me’ is the sort of movie where careers go to die.”

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Broad Green Pictures

#73. Just Getting Started (2017)

- Director: Ron Shelton
- Metascore: 21
- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Runtime: 91 min

Here, too, aging cast members show their rust. “Just Getting Started” features Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rene Russo in a lazy, lurching romantic caper flick that fails to actually ever get started.

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Millennium Films

#72. 211 (2018)

- Director: York Alec Shackleton
- Metascore: 21
- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Runtime: 86 min

“211” is 86 minutes of Nic Cage doing what Nic Cage does, only without his trademark so-bad-it’s-good, bonkers-but-loveable craziness. It’s loud, it’s got a high body count, and it’s teeming with video-game, cartoon bad guys that never run out of ammunition but can’t seem to hit anything. Beyond that, there isn’t much there.

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Perlapartment Pictures

#71. Ghost Team One (2013)

- Directors: Ben Peyser, Scott Rutherford
- Metascore: 21
- IMDb user rating: 4.3
- Runtime: 84 min

Shaky even by shaky-cam standards, “Ghost Team One” is hard on the eyes, but it’s not just bad because of bad delivery. Horror-comedy is a tough genre to nail, and “Ghost Team One” is the proof, delivering neither the laughs nor the scares to justify the undertaking.

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Assemblage Entertainment

#70. Norm of the North (2016)

- Director: Trevor Wall
- Metascore: 21
- IMDb user rating: 3.4
- Runtime: 90 min

“Norm of the North” proves an age-old axiom: a twerking cartoon polar bear can only take you so far. It attempts to be “Ice Age,” “Happy Feet,” and “Abominable” at the same time, but misses the humor, sentiment, and positive messaging of all three.

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Periscope Entertainment

#69. Would You Rather (2013)

- Director: David Guy Levy
- Metascore: 20
- IMDb user rating: 5.7
- Runtime: 93 min

Subdued torture porn in a cheap tuxedo, “Would You Rather” tries to blend horror with mystery, but winds up being a watered-down “Hostel.” To be fair, there are some shockingly gory moments, but in the end, it’s a forgettable attempt at genre-twisting.

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Open Road Films

#68. A Haunted House (2013)

- Director: Michael Tiddes
- Metascore: 20
- IMDb user rating: 5.0
- Runtime: 86 min

Marlon Wayans knows the horror-spoof genre, evidenced by “Scary Movie,” which he co-wrote. His attempt to reboot the magic, however—if “Scary Movie” qualifies as magic—falls short in “A Haunted House.” Neither irreverent nor clever, funny nor frightening, “A Haunted House” is a few flatulence jokes blanketed in a lot of wasted time.

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The Weinstein Company

#67. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011)

- Director: Mike Disa
- Metascore: 20
- IMDb user rating: 4.7
- Runtime: 86 min

“Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil” is brimming with puns and obvious wordplay, as well as plenty of pop-culture references and shout-outs to familiar fairy tales, but it lacks the wit and charm of the original, which was OK at best. Any time a title uses the wrong version of “two” to indicate a sequel, audiences should take it as a red flag.

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Latitude 29 Production

#66. 30 Beats (2012)

- Director: Alexis Lloyd
- Metascore: 20
- IMDb user rating: 4.1
- Runtime: 88 min

Scattered and meandering, “30 Beats” tells the story of 10 unrelated characters without actually telling any of their stories. Super-sexualized without being titillating or sensual, it’s an 88-minute chore of character drifting and gimmickry.

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K. JAM Media

#65. Accidental Love (2015)

- Director: David O. Russell
- Metascore: 20
- IMDb user rating: 4.1
- Runtime: 100 min

Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal strikeout in “Accidental Love,” despite a handful of charming moments. Messy and unfocused, the film exists in the basement of the rom-com genre.

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Paramount Pictures

#64. The Last Airbender (2010)

- Director: M. Night Shyamalan
- Metascore: 20
- IMDb user rating: 4.1
- Runtime: 103 min

Critics call out the poor acting, incoherent plot lines, and disconnected directing in reviews of “The Last Airbender.” Roger Ebert wrote that the film "an agonizing experience in every category."

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Mutressa Movies

#63. Assassin's Bullet (2012)

- Director: Isaac Florentine
- Metascore: 20
- IMDb user rating: 3.6
- Runtime: 89 min

The smoldering wreckage of a three-car accident involving the “Bourne,” “Taken,” and “Bond” franchises, “Assassin’s Bullet” is simply beneath stars Donald Sutherland and Christian Slater. A recycling of every hitman/action/romance/suspense movie that’s ever been made, even “Assassin’s Bullet’s” gaping plot holes aren’t big enough to contain its grinding dialogue.

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New Song Pictures

#62. To Save a Life (2009)

- Director: Brian Baugh
- Metascore: 19
- IMDb user rating: 6.9
- Runtime: 120 min

While its attempt to steer teenagers toward greater empathy is noble, “To Save a Life” is supposed to be a feature film, not an after-school special. It substitutes preaching for production, and the green cast simply doesn’t have the chops to carry the heavy load of the underlying message.

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Five Minutes Before The Miracle

#61. After Fall, Winter (2012)

- Director: Eric Schaeffer
- Metascore: 19
- IMDb user rating: 6.6
- Runtime: 132 min

More than two hours, “After Fall, Winter” does not come close to justifying its length. Wordy and sanctimonious, it’s hard to see this dramatic romance as anything more than a trite vanity project.

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Constantin Film

#60. Polar (2019)

- Director: Jonas Åkerlund
- Metascore: 19
- IMDb user rating: 6.3
- Runtime: 118 min

If moviegoers want a thrilling, fun, and brilliant flick about the most dangerous assassin in the world, they should watch “John Wick” with Keanu Reeves. If they want a cheap knockoff defined by chaotic sensory overload, they should check out “Polar.”

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A24

#59. The Lovers (2017)

- Director: Azazel Jacobs
- Metascore: 19
- IMDb user rating: 6.1
- Runtime: 97 min

Although it has its bright spots, “The Lovers” ploddingly chronicles a tired marriage in which dual infidelities lead to true love through the couple’s respective affairs. The plotline, however, meanders, the soundtrack is disruptive, and it runs out of steam long before the closing credits.

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The Ultimate LIfe

#58. The Ultimate Life (2013)

- Director: Michael Landon Jr.
- Metascore: 19
- IMDb user rating: 5.8
- Runtime: 105 min

Dull, long, and preachy, “The Ultimate Life” is a faith-based drama with good intentions, but bad acting, bad writing, and bad character development. Roger Moore from Tribune News Service summed it up neatly: “Thin, bland, safe-for-seniors gruel.”

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Company Films

#57. Replicas (2018)

- Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
- Metascore: 19
- IMDb user rating: 5.5
- Runtime: 107 min

Even the esteemed Keanu Reeves can lay an egg every once in a while (“The Watcher,” anyone?). He did exactly that in the science-in-search-of-eternal-life sci-fi venture that is “Replicas,” which was a major step down for the actor who redefined sci-fi in “The Matrix.” A gooped-up script and questionable visuals leave Reeves alone to do all the heavy lifting, mostly in the form of “Minority Report”-esque computer air-mapping.

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Columbia Pictures

#56. Grown Ups 2 (2013)

- Director: Dennis Dugan
- Metascore: 19
- IMDb user rating: 5.4
- Runtime: 101 min

Despite a glut of talent, including Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Adam Sandler, and Kevin James, “Grown Ups 2” crashes and burns. With a PG-13 rating, it had to settle for raunch-lite, and the handful of jokes that are recognizable as such consist of bully-based lowbrow humor at someone else’s expense.

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Fascination Films

#55. Cavemen (2013)

- Director: Herschel Faber
- Metascore: 19
- IMDb user rating: 5.3
- Runtime: 88 min

A bad rom-com even by the standards of bad rom-coms, “Cavemen” comes off as a retread amalgamation of every contrived romantic comedy that came before it. As the name implies, the characters exhibit Paleolithic alpha-maleness that adds an extra layer of yuck to any already hopeless production.

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Hannibal Classics

#54. The Prince (2014)

- Director: Brian A. Miller
- Metascore: 19
- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Runtime: 93 min

Perhaps a hack shoot-‘em-up could be expected from 50 Cent—or maybe even Bruce Willis, at this point—but with John Cusack on the bill, there was a glimmer of hope for “The Prince.” That glimmer is extinguished not long after the opening credits. It’s an unoriginal and mindless action film—a dime a dozen on Netflix.

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Vidoevision Entertainment

#53. Kite (2014)

- Director: Ralph Ziman
- Metascore: 19
- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Runtime: 90 min

Bloody, fast-paced, and mercifully short, “Kite” is unnecessary clutter on the well-worn path of assassin flicks with an attractive woman at the helm. According to a New York Post film critic, it’s a “kill-a-minute gore-a-thon whose twist is so obvious your grandma Edna will see it coming.”

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HFG

#52. Reprisal (2018)

- Director: Brian A. Miller
- Metascore: 19
- IMDb user rating: 4.2
- Runtime: 89 min

Here, too, Bruce Willis settles for low-hanging fruit, this time alongside Frank Grillo in “Reprisal.” Defined by a painfully thin plotline and choppy, hectic action sequences, this manhunt action thriller fails to thrill.

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Super Crispy Entertainment

#51. The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (2017)

- Director: Shawn Christensen
- Metascore: 18
- IMDb user rating: 6.9
- Runtime: 119 min

A pretentious male-power fantasy, “The Vanishing of Sidney Hall” drags the audience along in slow motion for almost two full hours. The movie settles for (not so) shocking revelations at the end as a substitute for character development throughout.

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Open Road Films (II)

#50. Mother's Day (2016)

- Director: Garry Marshall
- Metascore: 18
- IMDb user rating: 5.7
- Runtime: 118 min

Timothy Olyphant, Jason Sudeikis, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, and Jennifer Aniston—what could go wrong, right? Well, a lot, actually. “Mother’s Day” is a feel-good-all-over dramedy that’s so sickeningly sweet it feels like a Hallmark card took over the movie screen.

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Summit Entertainment

#49. The Darkest Hour (2011)

- Director: Chris Gorak
- Metascore: 18
- IMDb user rating: 4.9
- Runtime: 89 min

Clunky special effects, unconvincing aliens, and characters that are hard to distinguish from one another define “The Darkest Hour.” A Moscow-set, end-of-the-world flick that’s doomed from the outset, its only decent moments are revealed in the trailer.

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Eaves Movie Ranch

#48. The Ridiculous 6 (2015)

- Director: Frank Coraci
- Metascore: 18
- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Runtime: 119 min

If a Wild West Adam Sandler movie based on the results of a paternity test sounds like a good idea, “The Ridiculous 6” proves it is not. This film lacks substance, relies on lazy racist humor, and features preposterous plot lines.

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Mad Chance

#47. Behaving Badly (2014)

- Director: Tim Garrick
- Metascore: 18
- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Runtime: 97 min

Raunchy high school comedies can knock it out of the park—“American Pie” dedicated an entire franchise to the genre—but “Behaving Badly” is no “American Pie.” It’s not sexy, shocking, or irreverent enough to turn heads, and when you hose off the shallow, potty-mouth jokes, a bad virgin/harlot drama club play is all that’s left.

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Relativity Media

#46. Movie 43 (2013)

- Directors: Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn, Brett Ratner, Jonathan van Tulleken, Bob Odenkirk
- Metascore: 18
- IMDb user rating: 4.3
- Runtime: 94 min

Johnny Knoxville helms the cast of “Movie 43,” which is essentially an hour and a half of gross-out humor designed to test how much an audience can stomach. In an attempt to camouflage lazy writing and an incoherent script, the movie trots out a conga line of star cameos, none of whom makes a dent in cleaning up this unfortunate sketch-comedy mess.

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Vnesheconombank

#45. The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)

- Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy
- Metascore: 18
- IMDb user rating: 4.2
- Runtime: 110 min

“The Nutcracker in 3D” is a ballet-absent crack at serious cinema that appears to go out of its way to not be taken seriously. An unnecessary blight on the original, it does to “The Nutcracker” what “The Godfather Part III” did to “The Godfather.”

58/
Insurge Pictures

#44. The Devil Inside (2012)

- Director: William Brent Bell
- Metascore: 18
- IMDb user rating: 4.2
- Runtime: 83 min

Arguably the worst example of the found-footage genre, “The Devil Inside” is clumsy, filled with holes, and downright not scary throughout. What stands out, however, is the bad climax—possibly the worst in recent horror memory.

59/
Warner Bros.

#43. The Apparition (2012)

- Director: Todd Lincoln
- Metascore: 18
- IMDb user rating: 4.1
- Runtime: 82 min

Viewers are more likely to be sleepy than startled through the 82 minutes of drudgery that is “The Apparition.” The premise makes no sense, the shock scenes fail to shock, and the narrative offers little momentum to carry the audience through to the unsatisfying end.

60/
Regency Enterprises

#42. Vampires Suck (2010)

- Directors: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
- Metascore: 18
- IMDb user rating: 3.4
- Runtime: 82 min

The double entendre title lets audiences know that “Vampires Suck” is a comedy—the movie itself, does not. The film intends to spoof the “Twilight” series, but the attempt at parody falls victim to cheap, high school humor—flatulence jokes, groin kicks, and all.

61/
Camfam Studios

#41. Saving Christmas (2014)

- Director: Darren Doane
- Metascore: 18
- IMDb user rating: 1.4
- Runtime: 79 min

With Kirk Cameron holding the reigns, informed audiences could probably guess that “Saving Christmas” floats storylines based on fighting back against secular, politically correct attempts to muscle the manger out of Christmas. Audiences would be right—it’s persecution-complex whining dressed up as a faith-based holiday movie.

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62/
Floren Shieh Productions

#40. Girls Against Boys (2012)

- Director: Austin Chick
- Metascore: 17
- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Runtime: 93 min

Billed as a gutsy femme-revenge flick, “Girls Against Boys” is actually just B-horror with a touch of homophobia and whatever the opposite of misogyny is. In going out of its way to be pro-woman, it misses that goal, but most importantly, it forgets to be fun.

63/
Baby Way Productions

#39. A Haunted House 2 (2014)

- Director: Michael Tiddes
- Metascore: 17
- IMDb user rating: 4.7
- Runtime: 86 min

As if its parody predecessor “A Haunted House” wasn’t bad enough, Marlon Wayans dug deeper into the same horror spoof dumpster to find “A Haunted House 2.” Not only are the jokes lowbrow and cheap, but unless you’ve seen every obscure horror movie from a few years prior, it simply won’t make any sense.

64/
EMFL Productions

#38. Excuse Me for Living (2012)

- Director: Ric Klass
- Metascore: 17
- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Runtime: 106 min

Several better-than-this actors—including Jerry Stiller and Christopher Lloyd—got caught up in the mess that is “Excuse Me For Living.” What they got for their troubles was a credit in a rom-com that plays like an unpolished sitcom stretched out for more than 100 minutes.

65/
Castlight Pictures

#37. I Will Follow You Into the Dark (2012)

- Director: Mark Edwin Robinson
- Metascore: 17
- IMDb user rating: 4.5
- Runtime: 112 min

An attempt at a grandiose, genre-busting, horror-drama-mystery-suspense production, “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” ends up being an overly complex ghost story. Moralistic and sappy, it doesn’t do itself any favors by shoehorning in a faith theme where none belongs.

66/
EFO Films

#36. Vice (2015)

- Director: Brian A. Miller
- Metascore: 17
- IMDb user rating: 4.2
- Runtime: 96 min

Here again, Bruce Willis goes slumming in a throwaway action/sci-fi mash-up that reminds his fans that “Die Hard” was a long, long time ago. “Vice” has some intriguing ideas, but none of them are fully fleshed out before the credits roll.

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67/
Blumhouse Productions

#35. Best Night Ever (2013)

- Directors: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
- Metascore: 17
- IMDb user rating: 4.0
- Runtime: 90 min

Over-the-top, hard-boozing shenanigans ensue in “Best Night Ever,” 90 minutes of clichéd comedy that feels forced every step of the way. In the end, it’s hard to tell if the film intends to mock the female buddy comedy genre or if it’s actually meant to be taken seriously as one.

68/
Six Entertainment Company

#34. The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)

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

Dutch horror import “The Human Centipede” was the pinnacle of torture porn to its cult-following enthusiasts and a despicable display of tastelessness to everyone else. Its follow-up, “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)” does its best to lump its entire audience into the “everyone else” category this time around.

69/
Daniel Grodnik Productions

#33. The Fanatic (2019)

- Director: Fred Durst
- Metascore: 17
- IMDb user rating: 3.8
- Runtime: 88 min

John Travolta whiffs again with “The Fanatic,” an illogical and ridiculous drama based on the blurred line between fan appreciation and obsession. If Travolta were to quit tomorrow, this film would be the capstone on a career that showed sporadic flickers of brilliance, but that was ultimately defined by flops like this one.

70/
The Tyler Perry Company

#32. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017)

- Director: Tyler Perry
- Metascore: 17
- IMDb user rating: 3.7
- Runtime: 101 min

In 2005, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” launched the Madea character and Tyler Perry’s film career—and then the sequels never stopped coming. “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” is even more cinematic proof that Perry’s long-exhausted matriarchal alter-ego desperately needs to be retired.

71/
Davis-Films

#31. Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

- Director: Michael J. Bassett
- Metascore: 16
- IMDb user rating: 5.0
- Runtime: 95 min

Even by the standards of the based-on-a-video-game genre, “Silent Hill: Revelation” has some explaining to do. The two key adjectives are “baffling” and “boring,” and although it seems to have been made exclusively for gamers, it’s hard to imagine even they wouldn’t eventually tire of this endless parade of jump scares.

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72/
River Road Entertainment

#30. The Last Face (2016)

- Director: Sean Penn
- Metascore: 16
- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Runtime: 130 min

Even with Sean Penn behind the camera and Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, and Jared Harris in front of it, “The Last Face” comes out as a well-intentioned miss at very best. A heavy, panting romance set against the backdrop of war-torn Liberia, it’s muddled and pretentious throughout. A RogerEbert.com critic wrote, “Sean Penn turns African strife into a two-hour perfume commercial.”

73/
Bull Market Entertainment

#29. Authors Anonymous (2014)

- Director: Ellie Kanner
- Metascore: 16
- IMDb user rating: 4.3
- Runtime: 92 min

Ensemble mockumentary satire at its near-worst, “Authors Anonymous” attempts to roast the publishing industry. In the process, it pulls off an intense self-burn that left critics wondering if the movie’s format matched its intent.

74/
Muse Productions

#28. London Fields (2018)

- Director: Mathew Cullen
- Metascore: 16
- IMDb user rating: 4.3
- Runtime: 118 min

“London Fields” could have been a fantastic smutty comedy but instead chose to shame its vaunted literary source material of the same name. Viewers don’t have to be fans of the book, however, to be repulsed by this disorganized, jumbled mystery thriller.

75/
Lionsgate

#27. America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014)

- Directors: Dinesh D'Souza, John Sullivan
- Metascore: 15
- IMDb user rating: 5.4
- Runtime: 105 min

“America: Imagine the World Without Her” is a classic case of sanctimonious preaching to the choir. Dinesh D'Souza uses the 105-minute expanse of his movie to bolster his conservative bona fides by peddling U.S. history through rose-colored glasses.

76/
Unified Pictures

#26. The Layover (2017)

- Director: William H. Macy
- Metascore: 15
- IMDb user rating: 4.7
- Runtime: 88 min

It’s difficult to reconcile the cinematic genius that William H. Macy has proven to be with this painfully tedious attempt at comedy. Not only is “The Layover” unfunny, but it’s woefully out of touch in dealing with how women purportedly talk to each other.

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77/
Davis Entertainment

#25. A Little Bit of Heaven (2011)

- Director: Nicole Kassell
- Metascore: 14
- IMDb user rating: 6.3
- Runtime: 106 min

Falling in love while dying of colon cancer is the theme of “A Little Bit of Heaven.” It doesn’t do nearly enough to address the realities of the serious subject matter it attempts to tackle—and certainly doesn’t balance it with enough laughs to call itself a romantic dramedy.

78/
Rynoryder Productions Inc.

#24. Evidence (2012)

- Director: Howie Askins
- Metascore: 14
- IMDb user rating: 5.0
- Runtime: 78 min

The many potential pitfalls of the found-footage genre are on display for all to see in “Evidence.” A familiar documentary-crew-gets-lost-in-the-woods theme unfolds slowly—painstakingly so—until the final payoff, which never actually pays off.

79/
Contend

#23. Cabin Fever (2016)

- Director: Travis Zariwny
- Metascore: 14
- IMDb user rating: 3.7
- Runtime: 99 min

Synopsis: flesh-eating virus stalks teens partying in a remote cabin. To be fair, “Cabin Fever” did create some intense-looking virus ghouls and the gory scenes delivered, but audiences walked away feeling like they’d seen this all before—not because it’s a remake, but because it’s been done before.

80/
Studio13

#22. Don Peyote (2014)

- Directors: Michael Canzoniero, Dan Fogler
- Metascore: 14
- IMDb user rating: 3.5
- Runtime: 98 min

“Don Peyote” tells the tale of an aging stoner who goes off the rails as his wedding approaches—and the audience goes right off the rails with him. It lacks the charm of a true stoner comedy and the extended hallucination sequences are simply too much to bear.

81/
Chydzik Media Group

#21. Love, Wedding, Marriage (2011)

- Director: Dermot Mulroney
- Metascore: 13
- IMDb user rating: 4.9
- Runtime: 90 min

Mandy Moore leads the cast of “Love, Wedding, Marriage,” which raked in just shy of $1,400 at the box office (no, there are no zeroes missing). A rom-com that is neither romantic nor comedic enough to qualify, the film exposes Moore’s weakness as a crossover actor.

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82/
Columbia Pictures

#20. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015)

- Director: Andy Fickman
- Metascore: 13
- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Runtime: 94 min

The comedic philosophy of “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” is that fat-shaming is funny as long as it’s done by a chubby guy on a Segway. It’s not funny, and not only because of a moral objection to body-based humor.

83/
Anchor Bay Films

#19. Nothing Left to Fear (2013)

- Director: Anthony Leonardi III
- Metascore: 12
- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Runtime: 100 min

This is Anne Heche’s second appearance on this list, this time in the top 20. The unintentionally ironic title “Nothing Left to Fear” is fitting—the biggest thing it’s missing is scares, which is fairly important for horror movies. The effects and jump-startles are all too familiar, and there’s no wit or humor to break the tension.

84/
Columbia Pictures

#18. The Emoji Movie (2017)

- Director: Tony Leondis
- Metascore: 12
- IMDb user rating: 3.2
- Runtime: 86 min

More of an ad for apps than an animated film, “The Emoji Movie” puts on a clinic in the art of cinematic product placement. Widely considered to be a blatant rip-off of “Wreck-It Ralph,” it’s a tone-deaf misrepresentation of teenage communication wrapped inside a commercial.

85/
Stoney Lake Entertainment

#17. Left Behind (2014)

- Director: Vic Armstrong
- Metascore: 12
- IMDb user rating: 3.1
- Runtime: 110 min

Fundamentalist religion meets disaster movie in “Left Behind,” which offers yet more proof of just how far Nicolas Cage has strayed from his roots. There might have been worse exploding-planet movies, maybe worse religious-brimstone-warning movies, and perhaps even worse Nic Cage movies—but never at the same time.

86/
PalmStar Media

#16. Some Kind of Beautiful (2014)

- Director: Tom Vaughan
- Metascore: 11
- IMDb user rating: 5.7
- Runtime: 99 min

Pierce Brosnan’s character in “Some Kind of Beautiful” swerves between refined, experienced tomcat, and creepy old perv—mismatched either way for both Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba. Clearly going for edgy, it’s actually a vanilla rom-com all the way and everything, from the jokes to the outcome, is predictable from the start.

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87/
EuropaCorp

#15. Nine Lives (2016)

- Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
- Metascore: 11
- IMDb user rating: 5.3
- Runtime: 87 min

Even before “Nine Lives” was covered in the stink of post-#MeToo Kevin Spacey, it, well, stunk. Bad animal voiceovers combine with the fact that it’s a horrible portrayal of family pets as disposable objects. If there’s a single good punchline in the movie, it’s hidden well.

88/
Indieproduction

#14. Persecuted (2014)

- Director: Daniel Lusko
- Metascore: 11
- IMDb user rating: 3.5
- Runtime: 91 min

The theme of “Persecuted” is summed up in the title; 91 minutes of falling-sky, attack-on-Christianity self-victimization. This film is a thinly veiled admission that the movie’s creators are terrified of a pluralist future.

89/
Dimension Films

#13. Scary Movie 5 (2013)

- Directors: Malcolm D. Lee, David Zucker
- Metascore: 11
- IMDb user rating: 3.5
- Runtime: 86 min

The original “Scary Movie” was built on jokes about pop culture. The entire premise of “Scary Movie 5,” on the other hand, seems to be that audiences should be willing to laugh at nothing more than pop culture references—and they’re expected to do it over and over.

90/
Unplanned Movie

#12. Unplanned (2019)

- Directors: Chuck Konzelman, Cary Solomon
- Metascore: 10
- IMDb user rating: 5.8
- Runtime: 109 min

People will naturally rush either to attack or defend a movie like “Unplanned” depending on which pole they gravitate toward—the movie, after all, deals with abortion. No matter a person’s political persuasion, however, the elements that go into a good movie don’t change, and lukewarm acting, contrived dialogue, and one-dimensional characters are not among them.

91/
Twisted Pictures

#11. The Tortured (2010)

- Director: Robert Lieberman
- Metascore: 9
- IMDb user rating: 5.5
- Runtime: 79 min

As the name implies, “The Tortured” takes a swing at torture porn—revenge torture porn, to be specific. It’s revolting, no doubt, but there aren’t any real thrills, no new ground is broken, and it runs out of steam well before the end.

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92/
Atlas 3 Productions

#10. Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? (2014)

- Director: James Manera
- Metascore: 9
- IMDb user rating: 4.3
- Runtime: 99 min

The third installment in the Ayn Rand-inspired trilogy, “Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?” is generally considered the worst of the lot. The dystopian sci-fi thriller rams home yet again Rand’s philosophy—unbridled capitalism: good; government: evil.

93/
Columbia Pictures

#9. Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011)

- Director: Tom Brady
- Metascore: 9
- IMDb user rating: 3.2
- Runtime: 97 min

Kevin Nealon, Don Johnson, and especially Christina Ricci lend more credibility to “Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star” than the movie may deserve. It’s billed as a comedy, which it is, as long as the audience agrees that anything involving porn, sex, or Chewbacca is instantly funny.

94/
Iron Circle Pictures

#8. Among Ravens (2014)

- Directors: Russell Friedenberg, Randy Redroad
- Metascore: 8
- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Runtime: 103 min

Obvious symbolism about innocence and natural beauty are the driving forces behind “Among Ravens”—and they’re bad substitutes for dialogue and character development. Family drama collides at an annual lake house get-together in this obviously indie chore, which is pretentious and self-serving from beginning to merciful end.

95/
Foresight Features

#7. Septic Man (2013)

- Director: Jesse Thomas Cook
- Metascore: 8
- IMDb user rating: 4.0
- Runtime: 83 min

Subterranean, sewer-based mutation is the foundation of “Septic Man,” a horror movie that somehow forgot to include scares, chills, and tension. Much of the movie is spent in the dark, fumbling around in underground storm drains with no discernible action.

96/
Skyline Entertainment

#6. The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019)

- Director: Daniel Farrands
- Metascore: 8
- IMDb user rating: 2.9
- Runtime: 94 min

“The Haunting of Sharon Tate” could be a watchable supernatural/home invasion thriller. The problem, however, is obvious. It deals irreverently with a hideous real-life crime in the 1960s that left an actual woman brutally murdered during her ninth month of pregnancy.

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97/
The Vault

#5. Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? (2016)

- Director: Matt Cooper
- Metascore: 7
- IMDb user rating: 5.6
- Runtime: 95 min

In Texas, they love guns…and sex, apparently—at least that’s the assumption made by the minds behind “Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?” Gender stereotypes are the driving forces behind this done-a-million-times battle of the sexes/homage to American gun culture.

98/
Six Entertainment Company

#4. The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015)

- Director: Tom Six
- Metascore: 5
- IMDb user rating: 2.7
- Runtime: 102 min

The full title of “Human Centipede III” promises it will be the final sequence in the franchise—a moviegoer can dream. Ugly, painful to watch, and now boasting a 500-segment centipede, there was nowhere to go but down after the second installment—and down it went (think: boiling waterboarding and dull-instrument castration).

99/
D'Souza Media

#3. Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016)

- Directors: Dinesh D'Souza, Bruce Schooley
- Metascore: 2
- IMDb user rating: 5.3
- Runtime: 106 min

In this film, Dinesh D'Souza takes aim at full-blown Deep State propaganda instead of his usual conservative, America-is-never-wrong choir preaching. “Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” is more an individual crusade than a documentary. 

100/
D'Souza Media

#2. Death of a Nation (2018)

- Director: Dinesh D'Souza
- Metascore: 1
- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Runtime: 108 min

Coming in at #2 is Dinesh D'Souza, once again, this time framing Democratic treason in a slightly misleading historical context in “Death of a Nation.” He points out correctly that Democrats refused to accept Republican Abraham Lincoln’s election, rebelled against his presidency, started a Civil War over it, and eventually assassinated him—just like they’re trying to do, apparently, with President Donald Trump. He conveniently omits that in the mid-1960s—when a white Southern Texas Democrat named Lyndon Johnson signed landmark civil rights legislation as president—the parties switched and the segregationist South became the base of the modern Republican party.

101/
Leuviah Films

#1. United Passions (2014)

- Director: Frédéric Auburtin
- Metascore: 1
- IMDb user rating: 2.1
- Runtime: 110 min

It’s hard to know if the makers of “United Passions” tried to make a movie as bad as it could possibly be, or if that just happened organically. Either way, it takes a special kind of movie to rank as the single worst in a given decade. Even more impressive is the fact that they pulled it off with a cast that includes Tim Roth, Gérard Depardieu, and Sam Neill.

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