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Bumblebee Movie Is Officially Certified Fresh On Rotten Tomatoes

The latest entry in the live-action Transformers series, Bumblebee, has been Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. This new film is the sixth entry in the franchise and is the only entry to receive this much critical acclaim. The film is an 80s-set prequel that focuses on the titular Autobot, Bumblebee, and will arrive in theaters worldwide this weekend.

Arriving only a year and a half after last summer’s Transformers: The Last Knight, which was poorly received by critics and moviegoers alike, Bumblebee looks to separate itself from the previous installments. Taking place in 1987, this film will serve as an origin story for the Autobots’ second in command, who has found refuge in a California junkyard. Recently, executive producer Steven Spielberg was revealed as the one responsible for this much-needed change of direction in the Transformers series. While the previous films managed to attract an audience at the box office, they failed to get the reception that Bumblebee is currently receiving.

Related: How Much Did Bumblebee Cost To Make?

Paramount’s newest addition in the Transformers universe has officially been Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The film currently sits at a 94 percent based on 107 reviews, making it the most well-received entry in the blockbuster franchise since its inception, and the only to be Certified Fresh. While Bumblebee may not be receiving the same box office opening as its predecessors, it will more than likely continue to hold the strongest critical reception for any Transformers film since Michael Bay’s original. Rotten Tomatoes broke the news on their Twitter account, and at the time the film was sitting at a 93 percent based on 83 reviews.

Bumblebee is directed by Travis Knight, who is the first director at the helm since Bay decided to step away. In the film, Bumblebee, a battle-scarred Autobot, is found by a teenage girl named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld). Upon discovery, the two develop a connection with each other, and Charlie assists the beloved alien in his ongoing battle against the Decepticons. The cast also includes Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Ricardo Hoyos, Gracie Dzienny, Rachel Crow, and WWE veteran John Cena.

This will be a refreshing moment for fans of the franchise who were let down by the previous Transformers entries, or any film that followed after Bay’s original 2007 movie. Many of those fans have grown frustrated with the series and its consistency to not deliver a quality movie. Knight taking over Bay’s role may have been the best course of action for the series’ livelihood moving forward. Bumblebee is looking to bring some much needed and welcomed “humor and heart” into this stagnant franchise.

More: Transformers Complete Movie Timeline, From 4.5 Billion BC To 2018

Source: Rotten Tomatoes




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2018-12-20 01:12:02

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Has A Perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes Score

Sony Pictures’ upcoming animated adventure Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, following the first wave of reviews. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, and produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie), the movie follows Brooklyn teen Miles Morales as he tries to figure out how to be the best Spider-Man he can be – with a little help from some strange new friends.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a standalone movie – separate from both the Spider-Man of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sony’s recent Venom movie. Very loosely based on the Spider-Verse comic book storyline, it sees Miles Morales discover that he is not the only Spider-Man in the multiverse, as Kingpin’s experiments with a particle collider pulls Spider-People from all sorts of universes into Miles’ world. Among them are Spider-Gwen (a superpowered Gwen Stacy), original Spider-Man Peter Parker, and the gritty black-and-white Spider-Man of the Spider-Man Noir comics (who is voiced by Nicolas Cage).

Related: Read Screen Rant’s Review of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is lining up for a strong opening weekend upon its general release next week, and that will surely only be helped by the movie earning a 100% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, with 49 reviews counted so far. Early reviews have praised the movie’s unique and stylized visual palette, its exhilarating action, its humor, and the characterization of Miles Morales as a well-intentioned but inexperienced fledgling superhero, who is carrying a very heavy weight upon his young shoulders.

Rotten Tomatoes scores measure the percentage of movie reviews that are either generally positive or generally negative, so a 100% “Perfect” score doesn’t necessarily mean that critics think the movie itself is perfect – just that it hasn’t received any negative reviews. That being said, the average rating for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is currently 9/10, meaning that critics think the movie is pretty close to being perfect.

That’s all the more impressive when you consider the delicate balancing act that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had to pull off, and the challenges it faces. The movie has to introduce general moviegoers to the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man, establish him as the protagonist, then introduce Peter Parker as a supporting character before expanding into a whole multiverse full of spider-people – including Peni Parker, a schoolgirl who operates a mech, and Spider-Ham, a spider who was bitten by a radioactive pig. Based on the reviews so far, it sounds like Into the Spider-Verse has managed to distil this complex and strange premise into a movie that’s actually quite easy to follow, and extremely entertaining as well.

More: Every Spider-Man Movie In Development: MCU, Villain Universe & Animated



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18 Best Sequels, According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 8 Stuck With 0%)

We live in an age where sequels are all the rage. Every major studio is chasing those franchises that can keep their cash flow healthy for years to come. Sometimes, they’re exhausting. Other times, they can be our most anticipated movies. Maybe we could do without more Transformers movies, but Marvel and Mission: Impossible sequels are event movies that drive us to the theater in droves.

Sequels are tricky and unpredictable, though. On one hand, they’re often necessary for expanding stories and the good ones continue sagas we want to see progress. On the other, some are soulless cash grabs that shouldn’t exist. In the worst cases, some of them completely derail promising franchises by failing to deliver the goods. Then again, in some instances, sequels can get a series back up and running after they’ve experienced setbacks.

This list will look at those rare sequels that are considered worthy — and even superior — follow-ups. Those rare beasts that make us grateful for multiple movies in a series. Furthermore, we’ll also be discussing the most maligned sequels that brought no critical good will to their respective franchises whatsoever. It’s more fun this way. In order to fully appreciate the best of the best, we also must acknowledge the worst of the worst. Without evil, we wouldn’t be able to understand all that’s good and pure. Without terrible movies, we wouldn’t be grateful for the good ones.

With this in mind, here are 18 Best Sequels According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 8 Stuck With 0%).

26 Best: Captain America: Civil War (91%)

The decision to keep the same team of writers for all three Captain America films paid off in the end. The trilogy just went from strength to strength with each passing entry, though some would argue that The Winter Soldier is equally as good — if not better — than Civil War. Either way, they’re both prime examples of how to do sequels right.

Civil War tackles the same themes you’d expect from a movie about a do-gooder like Cap, but where the film truly soars is during its wild third act. The airport showdown is the best action showdown in the MCU, and that’s saying something.

25 Worst: The Bad News Bears Go To Japan (0%)

If you didn’t know that sequels to The Bad News Bears exist then no one would think any less of you. While the first movie is a cult classic about an underdog baseball team, the sequels have faded from the collective memory with the passing of time, lost like tears in the rain. That’s for good reason.

None of the sequels are good, but The Bad News Bears Go To Japan is especially bad.

While the idea to relocate to Japan for a big game is good on paper, the sequel is just bland, forgettable, and was made to cash in on the brand name.

24 Best: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (93%)

Some fans argue that The Force Awakens is essentially a retread of A New Hope in many ways. However, clearly the critics and audiences didn’t necessarily agree, given its stellar Rotten Tomatoes score and its audience score of 87%, not to mention its impressive box office haul.

As far as Star Wars movies go, it hits the spot. The new characters are great, the return of some old faces is a trip down memory lane, and the story still made significant effort to push the franchise forward. In those regards, the film definitely succeeded.

23 Best: War for the Planet of the Apes (93%)

Anyone who has a problem with classics being rebooted needs to watch the most recent Planet of the Apes trilogy.  The finale pits the apes in a brutal battle against the humans, which leads to an epic confrontation between the Caesar the Ape and humanity’s ruthless colonel (played by an utterly wicked Woody Harrelson). As far as concluding trilogies goes, War for the Planet of the Apes has everything.

By no means is this a pleasant movie, but it is rewarding. And not only does it wrap up an epic story, but the film boasts some of the great CGI wizardry out there. The action is also ridiculously impressive and compelling, which is crazy considering it’s a movie about people versus monkeys.

22 Best: Logan (93%)

James Mangold’s Logan, the gloriously violent and heartbreaking farewell to Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, is an all-timer. Taking cues from the Old Man Logan comics, the movie has just as much in common with neo-westerns as it does with superhero yarns, which makes for a gritty, character-driven elegy to characters many of us grew up with.

Logan deserves praise for going R-rated and taking some stylistic risks.

The movie is proof that audiences will still flock to see superhero movies with some edge. If you’re going to send off some icons, this is the way to do it.

21 Worst: Return to the Blue Lagoon (0%)

Considering that no one liked The Blue Lagoon (it currently holds a 9% rating on RT), why anyone would want to return to the franchise is beyond comprehension. Of course, every sequel is a perfect opportunity to right some old wrongs if handled with care. Unfortunately, this was not. The story follows two children who are marooned on a tropical island as the grow up and fall in love, etc. The characters don’t wear enough clothes either, which makes for some weird, uncomfortable viewing.

There are some unintentional laughs to be had at the poor script and performances.

Otherwise the Blue Lagoon isn’t a scenic cinematic paradise worth spending time in unless you want to punish yourself for some reason.

20 Best: The Dark Knight (94%)

Few superhero movies are ever regarded as anything more than popcorn fare. However, if there were ever a superhero movie that proved the genre could be prestige cinema, it would be The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman is an exploration of chaos and just how far people are willing to go to achieve their goal.

The Dark Knight — for better or worse when you consider how devoid of fun some DC movies have been since — also brought a gritty, realistic touch to the genre. The movie feels more like a Michael Mann crime saga than it does a story about superheroes versus their outlandishly evil counterparts.

19 Best: Finding Dory (94%)

In recent times, Pixar has been criticized for relying too heavily on sequels, but if it ain’t broke… Finding Dory was released 13 years after Finding Nemo, and it was a smash with critics and audiences alike.

Its 94% on Rotten Tomatoes is complemented by an 84% audience score.

Upon release Finding Dory was praised for being as funny and thought-provoking as the first movie, while also adding a new dimension to the story. As with any Pixar movie, Finding Dory can be appreciated by audiences of all ages. 

18 Worst: Staying Alive (0%)

No other actor on the planet has experienced a career of ups and downs like John Travolta has. When he broke out he had the world at his dancing feet. After that, his career experienced a downturn until it was resurrected briefly following Pulp Fiction until it ultimately plummeted when he started starring in movies like Battlefield Earth. Staying Alive was released in 1983 when Travolta was experiencing his first fall from grace. Following up a classic like Saturday Night Fever was never going to be easy, but it shouldn’t have been this difficult, either.

The sequel lacks the gritty realism of its predecessor, and instead tries to get by on dance sequences. What’s the point in dancing when we don’t care about who’s doing it?

17 Best: Creed (95%)

No franchise tends to remain compelling seven sequels in, but Creed is proof that the Rocky franchise is the rare exception. Granted, some Rocky movies aren’t exactly knockouts, but Creed got things back on track and showed that it’s game for a few more rounds.

By serving as both a sequel and a spin-off/soft reboot, Creed gave the franchise a breath of new life.

It passed the gloves on to Michael B. Jordan as the eponymous character.  Creed 2 is right around the corner. Let’s see if it can do what the original saga failed to do and deliver a second outing that’s as good as the inaugural entry.

16 Worst: Leprechaun 2 (0%)

The first Leprechaun movie doesn’t come close to being certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it should come as no surprise that the sequels didn’t receive any critical acclaim. Especially not the second movie, which no critic seemed to enjoy at all.

Here, the infamous critter resurfaces in Los Angeles to find a bride, which leads to him abducting a young woman and trying to claim her as his own. This isn’t high art by any means, nor does it try to be.

15 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (96%)

The Harry Potter books were an emotional roller coaster that affected millions of readers worldwide. Reliving those adventures on the big screen was also a great time to be alive, and the grand finale lived up to expectations. In the final installment of the saga about the Boy Who Lived and his fight against the forces of darkness, the ultimate showdown finally happens as our hero and his pals face off against Voldemort in Hogwarts castle.

It’s a true epic in every sense of the word.

As far as wrapping up the story goes, Death Hallows: Part 2 delivered the goods and gave us cinematic closure in style.

14 Worst: Looking Who’s Talking Now (0%)

Look Who’s Talking is a perfectly serviceable comedy that should never have received any sequels. In a bid to end to the trilogy on a high following the disappointing previous sequel, Look Who’s Talking Too, someone thought it would be a good idea to introduce talking dogs to the mix for the series’ swan song. 

Needless to say, Look Who’s Talking Now wasn’t the glorious goodbye the series was looking for, but at least the film did cast some cute dogs.

13 Best: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (97%)

The third installment of Sergio Leone’s influential Dollars trilogy, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is the creme de la creme of spaghetti westerns. 

The story centers around two men who form an uneasy alliance following a scam.

This leads them on a quest as it turns out there’s money buried in the desert and they want to find it. However, they have to compete against another who won’t hesitate to put a bullet in them to claim the prize. On top of being one of the most acclaimed movies out there, the film has been hailed as a major influence on directors like Quentin Tarantino.

12 Best: The Godfather: Part II (97%)

The continuation of Francis Ford Coppola’s Best Picture-winning 1972 crime saga, The Godfather: Part II chronicles Michael Corleone’s further ascendency in organized crime while simultaneously taking us back to the past to explore his dad’s humble beginnings.

Like its predecessor, the sequel also won Best Picture and is hailed by many a critic and film buff as one of the best movies ever made. Whether it’s better than the original is up for debate, but they’re like two sides of the same coin. These movies set the bar for mob pictures, and to this day, other directors are still trying to recreate the formula.

11 Mad Max: Fury Road (97%)

Director George Miller was in his seventies when he unleashed Mad Max: Fury Road, but the energy and madness imbued in every frame of this extravaganza suggest a man half his age.

Maybe we’ll never see another Mad Max movie, but the world needs a Furiosa spin-off eventually.

Fury Road is essentially one non-stop chase that barely lets up from the get-go all the way to the climactic ending. Furthermore, it’s a movie that defied expectation by taking the focus away from the titular character and making Charlize Theron’s Furiosa the real hero of the adventure. 

10 Worst: Jaws: The Revenge (0%)

Is Jaws: the Revenge a good movie? Definitely not. Is it an entertaining movie, though? Definitely yes.

How many other movies have sharks that make a conscious decision to get revenge on the humans that wronged them? Not only that, but the shark here followed its target to the Bahamas from Massachusetts. And why would someone who wants to avoid sharks go to an island surrounded by ocean? The movie is illogical, silly, nonsense, but it does offer sheer entertainment value for bad movie buffs.

9 Best: Aliens (98%)

Alien and Aliens are quite different in some regards, but they complement each other perfectly. The first is an exercise in pure suspense and terror. The sequel, on the other hand, retains the horror elements but adds a lot more action to proceedings.

Aliens shows how to make a successful sequel: acknowledge what came before but don’t be afraid to bring some fresh ideas to the table.

James Cameron was on fire in the ’80s and he wasn’t afraid to make Ridley Scott’s baby his own.

8 Best: Mad Max 2: Road Warrior (98%)

While George Miller’s inaugural Mad Max caper is a cult classic, most film buffs would agree that a couple of the sequels are slightly superior. Taking nothing away from the first movie, Road Warrior is a vast improvement when it comes to world building and sheer action spectacle. The story follows the eponymous character as he helps a group of people steal oil from a tyrannical madman and his band of goons.

As far as cinematic thrill rides go, few movies are on par with Road Warrior. Here, Miller turned up the volume significantly by making the post-apocalyptic terrains feel more dangerous and the action sequences more gung-ho and grander in scale.

7 Best: Evil Dead 2 (98%)

Sam Raimi’s first Evil Dead movie was a huge achievement for independent filmmaking when it was released back in 1981. The movie still holds up to this day with its innovative camera work, effective scares, and excellent cast as well.

The sequel is a triumph in its own right.

While the first movie contained moments of dark comedy, the sequel amps up the zaniness to become what is essentially the splatter flick equivalent of a Laurel and Hardy flick. For 90 minutes, Bruce Campbell is tormented by laughing ornaments and his own severed hand. As silly as that sounds, Evil Dead 2 still manages to pack more punch than your average MMA fighter.

6 Worst: Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (0%)

In the third installment of the Police Academy franchise, the cops are understaffed and in need of some help. Naturally, the force turns to America’s civilians to help aid in their mission. Things don’t go smoothly, for the characters in the film and the movie itself.

Rotten Tomatoes describes Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol as “Utterly, completely, thoroughly and astonishingly unfunny” and  a movie which sent “a once-innocuous franchise plummeting to agonizing new depths.” That sounds about right.

5 Toy Story 3 (99%)

Few franchises manage to strike three home runs in a row. Even The Godfather stuttered when it came to the third outing. Toy Story, on the other hand, never ceases to replicate the magic time and time again.

This emotional installment sees Andy get ready to leave for college and neglect his old toys.

He’s all grown up and has no use for them anymore, and what ensues is what is by far the most heartfelt movie in the series.

4 Worst: Highlander II: The Quickening (0%)

As far as pure entertaining action-fantasy goes, the first Highlander movie is a fun slice of popcorn entertainment that aficionados of cult cinema lose their head over. The sequel, meanwhile, is an incomprehensible mess.

Highlander II is too overplotted to explain, but the cusp of the story revolves around the hero from the first movie taking on a corporation after being led to believe that they don’t have the world’s best interests in mind. In this one, our hero is a defender of the ozone as well. What makes Highlander II so awful is that it completely retcons everything good about the original film and the mythology it introduced.

3 Best: The Bride of Frankenstein (100%)

We all desire to be loved by someone special– even bolt-head monsters made up of the remains of other people. But to find them a mate, one must dig up some more corpses and create a suitable partner that’s similar in genetic make-up. This is also the storyline behind James Whale’s 1935 masterpiece, Bride of Frankenstein.

There are too many Frankenstein movies to keep track of at this point, but this sequel remains the pinnacle of the original series.

The movie is a masterpiece that successfully blends campy fun with Gothic beauty and genuine chills that’s stood the test of time as a result.

2 Paddington 2 (100%)

No one expected the the first Paddington to be as good as it is. That movie is a bona fide classic in the making in its own right, but the sequel is some next-next level brilliance.

Paddington 2 sees the lovable bear go to prison and, unsurprisingly, all the mean criminals fall in love with him as well. Critics, like the fictional convicts, were also full of praise for the titular bear and his second big onscreen adventure as well. At one point, Paddington 2 was even the best reviewed movie in history.

1 Best: Toy Story 2 (100%)

Following up a movie like Toy Story was never going to be easy, but that didn’t stop Pixar from trying and succeeding. In this one, we find out that Woody is a collectible when he’s discovered and stolen by a greedy museum owner. Naturally this prompts Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato, and the rest of the gang into action and they set out to save their friend.

General consensus on Rotten Tomatoes states that Toy Story 2 is that rare sequel that improves upon its predecessor.

The sequel raises the stakes and ups the element of adventure while retaining the humor and heart that made audiences fall in love with the franchise in the first place.

What’s your favorite sequel? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-10 04:10:39 – Kieran Fisher

30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles

Landing a part in the latest major superhero movie release represents the pinnacle of many an acting career. Michael Keaton, Hugh Jackman, Chris Evans and, to some extent, Robert Downey Jr might not be the household names they are today were it not for their comic book exploits.

However, while headlining the latest cinematic effort involving a caped crusader of some kind represents a dream come true for many, it’s proven to be something of a nightmare for a rare few. Bad scripts, difficult directors and a toxic work environment are just some of the many myriad reasons cited by the actors and actresses in this list – yet that’s really only the tip of the iceberg. Studio politics, stalled contract negotiations or issues around costume, make-up and iffy computer effects have also played a role in making these superhero movies not-so-super for the stars involved.

More often than not, the resulting movie has been forgettable at best and downright terrible at worst – but there are exceptions to the rule. Sometimes, an actor ended up enduring a miserable time on an otherwise enjoyable project. Other times, far sinister things were going on, unbeknownst to many involved in the finished movie.

Plenty of flops feature on this countdown but some major moneymakers can be found too, with comic book movie properties tied to Marvel, 2000AD, DC and Titan Comics all present and not very correct. Yes, landing a part in the latest superhero movie blockbuster has represented the pinnacle of many an acting career down the years but for this lot, it represented the pits.

Here are 30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles.

30 Hugo Weaving – Red Skull

Hugo Weaving originally signed a multi-picture deal to play the Red Skull across various future Captain America movies. However, when the character returned in Avengers: Infinity War the character had been recast with The Walking Dead’s Ross Marquand taking Weaving’s place. It wasn’t a huge shock.

A few years prior, The Matrix actor told Collider playing the Red Skull was “not something I would want to do again.”

“It’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by,” he said. “I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.”

29 Ryan Reynolds – Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds has made no secret of the fact things didn’t exactly go to plan with 2011’s Green Lantern. He even went as far as to include a gag, poking fun at the project, in Deadpool 2. Though it’s something he is able to laugh about now, it’s clear the actor regrets signing on that particular dotted line.

“When we shot Green Lantern, nobody auditioning for the role of Green Lantern was given the opportunity to read the script because the script didn’t exist,” Reynolds told The Hollywood Reporter. The experience did at least teach him some valuable lessons about making superhero movies which was good news for Deadpool fans.

28 Jessica Alba – Invisible Woman

Jessica Alba’s experience playing Sue Storm in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was so bad it left her considering a career change. “I wanted to stop acting. I hated it. I really hated it,” Alba told Elle [via SyFy].

“I remember when I was dying in ‘Silver Surfer’. The director [Tim Story] was like, ‘It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.’ He was like, ‘Don’t do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.'” She continued: “It all got me thinking: Am I not good enough?”

27 Ben Affleck – Daredevil

Ben Affleck doesn’t just regret starring in the 2003 movie adaptation of Daredevil, he hates it. Affleck let his feelings be known to TimeTalks [via NME] during a discussion about why he signed on for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Affleck said: “Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right – to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much.”

“The Netflix show does really cool stuff,” he added.

“I feel like that was there for us to do with that character, and we never kind of got it right. I wanted to do one of those movies and sort of get it right,” Affleck stated.

26 Terrence Howard – War Machine

Terrence Howard has always blamed Robert Downey Jr for the fact he never got to reprise the role of James Rhodes in the Iron Man sequels. “It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out,” Howard told Watch What Happens Live [via Vulture].

Howard claims the studio offered to pay him “one-eighth of what we contractually had” and when he tried to call Downey Jr to talk about it “he didn’t call me back for three months.”

25 Idris Elba – Heimdall

Idris Elba’s experience working on Thor: The Dark World was so bad the actor described parts of it as “torture” to The Telegraph. In the interview, Elba recalled how he was forced to complete reshoots in London for the Thor sequel just days after return from filming the prestige biopic Mandela, in South Africa.

“In between takes I was stuck there [hanging from a harness], fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this fucking helmet, while they reset, he said. “And I’m thinking: ‘24 hours ago, I was Mandela.’ … Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out.”

24 Ryan Reynolds – Wolverine: X-Men Origins

Ryan Reynolds’ appearance as Deadpool in Wolverine: X-Men Origins was plagued with problems, starting with the character’s appearance. “He wound up being this abomination of Deadpool that was like Barakapool, with his mouth sewn shut and weird blades that came out of his hands and these strange tattoos and stuff like that,” he told GQ.

Though Reynolds objected, the studio pressed on.

“The conversation at the time was ‘If you want to play Deadpool, this is your chance to introduce him. And if you don’t want to introduce him in this fashion, we’ll have someone else play him.'”When the film leaked online and fans reacted angrily, Reynolds response was simple: “told you so”.

23 Ed Norton – Hulk

Ed Norton clashed with producers behind the scenes on The Incredible Hulk, having only agreed to play Bruce Banner on the proviso he could have a say on the script and direction of the film. Replaced by Mark Ruffalo in the MCU, Norton couldn’t resist having a dig at the film during an appearance on Comedy Central’s Roast of Bruce Willis.

“I tried to be like you,” he told Willis [via Indiewire]. “I did a big action movie called The Incredible Hulk. You know what went wrong? I wanted a better script…I thought we should make one Marvel movie as good as the worst Christopher Nolan movie, but what the hell was I thinking.”

22 George Clooney – Batman

Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin may have fallen flat with critics and fans alike but it proved to be a serious career wake-up call for its star, George Clooney. “Up until that moment, I was an actor only concerned with finding work,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “After the failure of that film creatively, I understood that I needed to take control of the films I made, not just the role.”

Clooney successfully banished memories of his time as Batman with next three films: Out of Sight, Three Kings and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

21 Tommy Lee Jones – Two-Face

Tommy Lee Jones hated working on Batman Forever or, rather, he hated working with co-star Jim Carrey. “I was the star and that was the problem,” Carrey explained on Norm MacDonald Live [via THR].

The situation came to a head when Carrey ended up in the same restaurant as Jones during filming.

“I went over and I said, ‘Hey Tommy, how are you doing?’ and the blood just drained from his face,” Carrey said. “He went to hug me and he said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ And I said, ‘What’s the problem?’ and pulled up a chair, which probably wasn’t smart. And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'”

20 Topher Grace – Venom

Topher Grace never felt entirely comfortable in the role of Eddie Brock/Venom having bagged the role in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. “I was a huge fan of the character of Venom when I was a kid when Todd McFarlane brought him into the comic,” he told Michael Rosenbaum on the Inside of You podcast [via Cinemablend]. “And I was surprised and a little bit like ‘Huh?’ when they wanted me to play it.”

Not only does Grace accept he was miscast, but he also agrees Tom Hardy is perfect for the role. “When I look at it now… [at Tom Hardy’s Venom movie] I go ‘That’s the guy.'”

19 Mickey Rourke – Ivan Vanko

Micky Rourke trashed the bigwigs over at Marvel Studios for what they did to his character Ivan Vanko, in Iron Man 2. Rourke told Syfy that he had worked hard with writer Justin Theroux and director Jon Favreau to flesh out his Russian villain and turn him into a three-dimensional character. Someone behind-the-scenes had other ideas though.

“I wanted to bring some other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy,” he said. “Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up the floor.”

18 Alicia Silverstone – Batgirl

Alicia Silverstone was on the receiving end of some serious body shaming while working on Batman & Robin. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Silverstone, who was a huge star following the success of Clueless, was under intense scrutiny over her weight with one critic reportedly observing she “looked more Babe than babe.”

When rumor got out on set that she was having issues with her costume fittings, a storyboard artist ever put together a joke cartoon of Batgirl, mocking Silverstone’s issues.

The fake poster for Clueless 2: The Casting of Batgirl might have gone down well with the guys in the film’s art department but studio bosses were far from impressed.

17 Nicolas Cage – Ghost Rider

Nicolas Cage has previously spoken of his disappointment at his two Ghost Rider movies, which he felt played it too safe. Speaking to JoBlo [via Bloody Disgusting], Cage explained that he and writer David S. Goyer had always envisioned the films as being gritty and, most importantly, R-rated.

“Ghost Rider was a movie that always should’ve been an R-rated movie,” Cage said. “David Goyer had a brilliant script which I wanted to do with David, and for whatever reason, they just didn’t let us make the movie.” Though he believes there is the potential for someone else to take on the role and go down that dark path, Cage is done with the character.

16 Jim Carrey – Colonel Stars And Stripes

Jim Carrey stunned social media ahead of the release of Kick-Ass 2 by denouncing the film and its “level of violence” in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. Carrey, who is an outspoken advocate for increased gun control, took to Twitter following the incident to explain that he could no longer support the film.

“I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he wrote [via The Guardian]. “My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”

15 Michael Jai White – Spawn

He may have been among the first African American actors to portray a major comic book superhero but Michael Jai White has little love for his sole outing as Spawn. In fact, White is a much bigger fan of his small but powerful role as the gangster Gambol in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

He even went as far as to conduct an interview with The Hollywood Reporter revisiting his performance alongside Heath Ledger.

During the interview, White couldn’t resist having a dig at Spawn: “There is no footage of me ever saying that I liked Spawn. I have never said that I thought that was a good movie.” Ouch.

14 Jared Leto – The Joker

Jared Leto was left far from happy with the version of Suicide Squad that made it to the cinemas. Asked by IGN whether any scenes involving the Joker were cut from the film, Leto let rip.

“There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start. I think that the Joker… we did a lot of experimentation on the set, we explored a lot. There’s so much that we shot that’s not in the film,” he said. “If I die anytime soon, it’s probably likely that it’ll surface somewhere. That’s the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out.”

13 Halle Berry – Catwoman

Halle Berry’s regret at signing up for Catwoman was clear to see when she decided to make an appearance at the annual Razzie Awards back in 2005. A celebration of the year’s worst films and performances, Berry ‘won’ the Worst Actress gong for her efforts in Catwoman and, in a surprising turn of events, was on hand to deliver a memorable acceptance speech.

“I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh**, god-awful movie,” she said [via MTV], going on to mock the rest of her cast. “I’d like to thank the rest of the cast. To give a really bad performance like mine, you need to have really bad actors.”

12 Alan Cumming – Nightcrawler

Back when Alan Cumming was still in the frame to reprise his role as Nightcrawler in X-Men: The Last Stand, the Scottish actor shocked journalists with his response to the news Bryan Singer would not be returning for the third installment.

“I’m not disappointed, I can’t deny it,” Cumming said [via Movieweb]. “I think he’s really talented. I’m very proud of the film. I think it’s a great film. I didn’t enjoy working with him on the film.”

Evidently, Singer and Cumming didn’t see eye to eye on X-Men 2 though the source of their fractious relationship has never been divulged.

11 Ellen Page – Kitty Pryde

Ellen Page took to Facebook in 2017 to accuse director Brett Ratner of harassment during their time together on 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. According to Page, Ratner mocked her sexuality during promotional work for the film. Page was only 18 at the time.

“‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’ He said this about me during a cast and crew ‘meet and greet’ before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand,” Page wrote. “He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: ‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’”

10 Michael Fassbender – Magneto

Back in 2016, during the Toronto Film Festival’s pre-opening-night fundraising event, honoree Michael Fassbender surprised those in attendance by laying into his performance as Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past. According to Vulture, during a segment in which clips from several of Fassbender’s films were shown, Fassbender started “cringing and rubbing his face with embarrassment”.

“I don’t actually like that performance there, to be honest,” Fassbender said after the highlights reel finished. “I just think it’s me shouting. It’s just like [making a face and flailing his arms around] some dude shouting.”

9 Jamie Bell – Thing

Rumoured unrest on the set of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie, coupled with the movie’s bad reviews left a bad taste in the mouth of its star, Jamie Bell. “There were several things on that movie I was clearly not privy to because I’m just an actor and I just do my stuff on set,” Bell told the Los Angeles Times.

“Everything starts with the best of intentions. A production begins with the idea to make something that’s unique and original and with integrity,” he said.

“I don’t know what happened between the launch of the voyage and the arrival. I think we were all bitterly disappointed with that film,” stated Bell.

8 Josh Brolin – Jonah Hex

Production delays, directorial changes, script rewrites, reshoots, and some pretty heavy-handed editing helped make Jonah Hex one of the most disappointing comic book movies of all time. It’s something the film’s star, Josh Brolin, is only too aware of. In fact, he revealed in an interview with the Nerdist that he hates it just as much as everyone else.

“Oh, ‘Jonah Hex,’ hated it. Hated it,” he said [via Collider]. “The experience of making it — that would have been a better movie based on what we did. As opposed to what ended up happening to it, which is going back and reshooting 66 pages in 12 days.”

7 Jennifer Garner – Elektra

While Ben Affleck bounced back from his Daredevil movie, Jennifer Garner never quite got going again after her spin-off effort, Elektra, bombed. Though Garner has never spoken openly about the film, her ex-boyfriend and close friend Michael Vartan revealed to Us Weekly [via SFGate] that the Alias actress was very unhappy with how the film turned out.

“I heard [Elektra] was awful. [Jennifer] called me and told me it was awful,” Vartan said. “She had to do it because of Daredevil. It was in her contract.” Garner has never denied Vartan’s claims.

6 Edward Furlong – The Crow

The Crow: Wicked Prayer is an absolute stinker of a comic book movie and currently boasts a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s star, Edward Furlong, struggled to show much in the way of enthusiasm for the role during an interview with Movieweb.

Asked about how he prepared for the film’s starring role, Furlong said: “It’s sort of like a really slow process that Lance Mungia, the director, and I went through. Initially, I was just attracted to the script because it was The Crow and I got to put on some leather pants and kick people’s ass.” Given how it turned out, he must be regretting signing up for such flimsy reasons.

5 Chloë Grace Moretz – Hit-Girl

Chloe Moretz made her name as Hit Girl in Mark Millar’s original Kick-Ass but, despite the first film holding a special place in her heart, she’s always been less enthusiastic about the sequel.

During an appearance on a panel at the Provincetown Film Festival in 2018, Moretz made those feelings crystal clear. “I love the franchise, I think the first movie was really, really special. I wish the second one had been handled in a little bit of a different way,” she said [via Cinemablend]. “Because I think we were all kind of looking forward to something a little different than what happened with it all.”

4 Kate Mara – The Invisible Woman

Kate Mara played Sue Storm in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie and, in an interview with The Times[via Yahoo] revealed the negative aura surrounding the film made her “a little gun-shy” about seeing the finished film.

“You don’t always have to learn some incredible life lesson when making a s*** movie. Sometimes it’s just what happens,” she said. “[Fantastic Four] was a tricky shoot but you know when you know when you’re shooting it that a film isn’t going to be what you want it to be? That was not the case at all.”

3 Jamie Kennedy – The Mask

Son of the Mask saw Jamie Kennedy replace Jim Carrey as the franchise’s star, with almost unwatchable results.

Though the movie is widely regarded as one of the worst ever made, Kennedy’s biggest regret may boil down to the make-up he had to wear on the film.

“I wore it 6 days in a row, and after that it gets rough,” he told Movieweb. “I had ears in this one, and Jim Carrey didn’t in the first one, so they would like press against my real ears and cut the circulation, so I would have to like rub my ears a bit after having on the makeup to get the blood flowing again.”

2 Sylvester Stallone – Judge Dredd

Despite starring in such turkeys as Over The Top, Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot and Oscar, Sylvester Stallone’s biggest regret was reserved for another movie. “The biggest mistake I ever made was with the sloppy handling of Judge Dredd” he once declared [via Den of Geek]. “The philosophy of the film was not set in stone – by that I mean, ‘Is this going to be a serious drama or with comic overtones’, like other science fiction films that were successful? So a lotta pieces just didn’t fit smoothly.”

“The design work on it was fantastic, and the sets were incredibly real, even standing two feet away, but there was just no communication,” he stated.

1 Lori Petty – Tank Girl

Lori Petty had a very particular gripe with the way things turned out for her Tank Girl movie: it was given an R rating. “There is nothing about that movie that is R. Nothing. Except there’s a woman talking s***. That’s why they rated it R. If they were going to rate it R I should have been butt-naked all the time, running around,” she told AV Club.

Tommy Boy came out that weekend, too, which is a hysterical movie, but it was rated PG-13. Do you know how many people bought Tommy Boy tickets and went to see Tank Girl? A billion.”

Are there any other superhero actors who regretted their roles? Sound off in the comments!



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2018-10-08 03:10:25 – Jack Beresford

10 Best Disney Movies According to Rotten Tomatoes (And 10 With Almost 0%)

After all these years, Disney movies remain the gold standard in family entertainment. Starting from the back of a realty office in Hollywood back in 1928, Disney is now a brand worth billions of dollars. But it’s not just money—Disney’s cultural influence is worldwide and manages to stay relevant with each subsequent generation. There’s no underestimating the power of nostalgia; chances are if someone grew up liking Disney movies, they’re probably a fan for life. Walt Disney pioneered the idea of feature-length animated movies, an idea considered ridiculous at the time. They would be too expensive to make, and what self-respecting adult would pay money to see a full-length animated film? Turns out everyone wanted to, especially those with kids. At the time, there was no such thing as a full-production studio dedicated to animated films—so with the profits of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Walt Disney built one. From there, it was only a short period of time before Disney branched out into producing live-action films, and before anyone knew it, Disney dominated the family entertainment market.

Since then, Disney has expanded its intellectual properties to include Marvel, Star Wars, ABC, and 20th Century Fox. This makes Disney virtually unstoppable. Some meme artists have even depicted Mickey Mouse as Thanos, with its individual properties the different gems in the Infinity Gauntlet. But there were a few hiccups along the way. Disney has had tremendous success with its films, but people tend to forget that even the mighty occasionally fall. Here are the 10 best Disney movies according to the ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, along with the 10 worst.

20 Best: Pinnochio (100%)

Pinnochio was Walt Disney’s second animated feature, released shortly after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Like its predecessor, it had gorgeous visuals with a painstaking attention to every element of the production. Unlike Snow White, it initially flopped at the box office. Luckily, Walt Disney had faith in the movie and gave it a second release to recover production costs. The plan worked, and Pinocchio eventually earned enough money to put it back into the black.

The iconic “When You Wish Upon A Star” theme from the film is still synonymous with the Disney brand.

The artists of Pinnochio helped pioneered advances in effects animation, which specialized on non-character elements that move, such as water or fire. The animated ocean effects during the Monstro sequence were the most ambitious water effects ever achieved for its time.

19 Worst: That Darn Cat (13%)

If nobody remembers this movie, it’s partially because it came in and of the theatre pretty fast. A remake of Disney’s moderately successful live-action That Darn Cat from 1965, the 1997 version was not nearly as successful. Starring Cristina Ricci as Patti, the plot features a cat that becomes “witness” to a kidnapping gone wrong. Patti eventually convinces the authorities to investigate and she becomes central in helping to solve the details of the crime and eventual rescue.

The reviews of the film were dismal. One critic described it as “…a desperate dip into utter conventionality: dull car chases, explosions, inept slapstick.” Another says it is a “…disappointing, rather warmed over Disney offering.” Despite this, Cristina Ricci was nominated for two awards for her performance in the film, a Kid’s Choice Awards, and a Young Artist’s Ward.

18 Best: Mary Poppins (100%)

The mostly live-action Mary Poppins was a smash-hit. It earned 13 Academy Award film nominations and won five, including Best Actress, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects. It’s easy to see why. Julie Andrews brought her amazing charisma to the performance, dazzling audiences with her ability to sing, dance, and easily handle comedy intended for children. The songs are memorable, with several such as A Spoonful of Sugar and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious becoming part of the American culture.

Disney had experimented with combining live action with animation before, but never in such an ambitious way. For many, their favorite part of the film is where Mary Poppins, Burt the Chimney Sweep, and the Banks children jump into the chalk drawing and have a little adventure in an animated world. Disney is releasing the sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, in December of 2018.

17 Worst: My Favorite Martian (12%)

Based on the 1960’s television show of the same name, My Favorite Martian tells the story of a humanoid Martian (Christopher Lloyd) that crash lands on earth. He enlists the help of a reporter in a funk to put him up while he tries to repair his spaceship and get home.

Though reviews were generally kind to Christopher Lloyd, the movie as a whole was mostly disliked by critics.

Said one reviewer on Rotten Tomatoes, “An utterly pointless and unimaginative remake based on the classic ’60s sitcom…a meteoric misfire.” Another gets right to the point: “A terrible movie. Beware.” My Favorite Martian did earn three nominations…of The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. It was nominated for Worst Resurrection of a TV Show, Most Botched Comic Relief and Most Painfully Unfunny Comedy.

16 Best: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (100%)

Like most Disney movies, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was adapted from existing source material. It’s based on characters from short stories from the author A. A. Milne. The film focuses on young Christopher Robin and his stuffed bear, and a menagerie of other stuffed animals come to life. The movie is a collection of animated shorts edited together into a feature-length film.

Surprisingly, the Winnie the Pooh franchise is worth much more than one might imagine. Variety estimated the sales of merchandise related to Winnie the Pooh topped over $5 billion, which among Disney properties, is second only to Mickey Mouse. Disney released a live action movie, Christopher Robin, based on an adult Christopher Robin rediscovering Winnie the Pooh and his friends in August of 2018.

15 Worst: Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (11%)

One would think that after one of the most stereotypical happy endings of all time, writers would have a hard time coming up with a good sequel for Cinderella. One would be right. Cinderella II: Dreams Come True is actually an anthology movie that ties together three Cinderella short stories into one film. The first story describes her struggle to be herself as a new princess. The second follows Jaq the mouse feeling left out. And the third shows how Cinderella tries to teach one of her step-sisters how to smile. Seriously.

This direct-to-video sequel wasn’t liked by critics. One top critic says simply, “Do not see this film.” Another, quite dramatically, announces, “A screaming black vortex of total, irredeemable awfulness.” A quick glance through other remarks reveals similarly negative responses. Nevertheless, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True still made approximately $120 million in sales.

14 Best: Toy Story (100%)

Toy Story was ambitious in scope, it being the first animated Disney feature that was fully animated with CGI. Audiences had never seen this kind of animated film before and impressed audiences made the movie a runaway hit. Though CGI animated movies have come a long way since then, Toy Story still holds up. The interplay between Woody the Cowboy (played by Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is the highlight of the film. Though they have different perceptions of reality, they learn to work together to make sure they don’t get left behind in their boy Andy’s move.

Toy Story garnered three Academy Award nominations and won a Special Achievement Academy Award for being the first feature-length computer-animated film. It has two hit sequels, with a third in production.

13 Worst: Blank Check (11%)

What if a kid found a blank check that allowed him to spend a million dollars? That’s the intriguing premise behind Blank Check, a movie that didn’t really build a successful story out of this great idea. Through an implausible series of events, young Preston Waters is given a blank check to help pay for a bicycle accident involving a car. But he’s given the wrong check, and the person who gave it to him is a criminal. Preston spends the rest of the movie spending lavishly while trying to avoid the authorities and the criminal who is hot on his tail.

One top critic explains it’s “One of those smart-aleck kid adventures that manages to be entirely obnoxious with very little effort.” A Rotten Tomatoes super reviewer hilariously opined, “If you loved Home Alone, you’ll still gonna hate Blank Check!”

12 Best: Darby O’Gill and the Little People (100%)

Though many modern audiences have never heard of Darby O’Gill and the Little People, it probably remains the most successful movie ever made about Leprechauns. In the film, the aging laborer and caretaker Darby O’Gill has spent much of his life trying to catch the Leprechauns. One day, in his old age, he is actually caught by them. He spends the rest of the film strategizing how he will spend the three wishes granted upon him by Brian, the King of the Leprechauns.

The film also features a young and dashing Sean Connery as Michael McBride, the love interest to Darby O’Gill’s daughter.

Though it won no awards, it has been critically well-received over the years and had state-of-the-art special effects for its day.

11 Worst: Mr. Magoo (7%)

The character of Mr. Magoo was a successful cartoon character from the late 40’s through the 50’s. The running gag for each story was that millionaire Mr. Magoo was practically blind, which led him into comically dangerous situations. Mr. Magoo was also amazingly lucky, which seemed to save him every time.

The Disney adaptation starred Leslie Nielsen, an actor beloved for being able to handle silly comedy with a straight face. But it just wasn’t enough to save the film, which seemed to suffer from the repetitive and unfunny gags. Critics were beyond cruel to the film. One announced, “The movie is an insult to the intelligence of the entire human race.” Another agrees, “Mr. Magoo is transcendently bad. It soars above ordinary badness as the eagle outreaches the fly. There is not a laugh in it. Not one.”

10 Best: Toy Story 2 (100%)

After the runaway success of the first Toy Story, a sequel seemed inevitable. Somehow avoiding the curse of most sequels being inferior to the original, Toy Story 2 managed to be a moving story which many think is even better than the first. It also introduced a brand new character to the saga, Jesse the Cowgirl.

Toy Story 2 has one of the most heartbreaking songs in Disney’s collection, When She Loved Me, performed by Sarah McLachlan. The song describes being abandoned by the child she loved, a sequence that left hardly a dry eye in the house. It went on to become a smash hit, just like the first one. Though it won no academy awards, it won many independent awards and some argue it is the best Toy Story movie of the entire franchise.

9 Worst: A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (5%)

A Kid in King Arthur’s Court is very loosely based on Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, a story that has been adapted into several other films. Modern ’90s kid Calvin Fuller is playing baseball for his team when an earthquake hits. A chasm opens up on the field and he falls in. Calvin is inexplicably transported to England in the age of King Arthur, where he quickly wows the locals with his modern knowledge. While there, he also falls in love with the local princess.

Critics seemed to be surprised this was a Disney film. One critic laments, “Rarely do the well-financed wizards at Walt Disney Pictures cook up a movie this badly written, acted, and directed.” Another says, “Sitting through it, I found myself shuddering at what Disney may have in store for next summer.”

8 Best: Old Yeller (100%)

Old Yeller was famous for ruining many a childhood with a depressing plot twist, the on-screen demise of its titular dog. After saving his family multiple times over the years from bears, wild hogs, and wolves, Old Yeller finally seals his fate when he fought off a rabid wolf to protect his people. Not only did the the dog pass away, but its owner and best friend Travis had to put him down himself because he had been infected with rabies. This scene has become one of the most famous tear-jerking live-action scenes in all of Disney’s films.

Despite the bummer plot development, the film was still a critical and commercial hit. And it still managed to leave on a high note—by the end, Travis adopts Old Yeller’s puppy and names him Young Yeller.

7 West: Meet the Deedles (4%)

As handsome as Paul Walker was, even he couldn’t have saved Meet the Deedles. The story describes the hapless Phil and Stew Deedle, brothers who are in high school and avid surfers. Their father becomes disgusted with their lazy behavior and sends them off to a boot camp where they can learn some discipline.

In an extremely unlikely series of events, the Deedle brothers assume false identities as park rangers and…hilarity is supposed to ensue.

As with most movies received this badly, the Rotten Tomatoes reviews are hilarious to read. One critic announces dryly, “If all of this sounds ridiculous, it is.” Another is much more cruel, saying, “Dumb is one thing, but this sorry attempt at action-comedy from stuntman turned director Steve Boyum is in an intelligence-deprived class all its own.”

6 Best: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (98%)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was Disney’s first animated film feature and the first animated film to gain massive success. It was actually the profits from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves that allowed Disney to build its first full-fledged production studio in Burbank, California. From there, Disney was unleashed to produce dozens of huge hits.

Early forecasters predicted Snow White would be a huge flop, but Disney had the last laugh when the film was finally released. Critics, even the ones predicting its failure, absolutely loved it. Audiences flocked to it and children adored it. Walt Disney received a special Academy Honorary Award for making a “significant screen innovation.” The Honorary Oscar came with seven little miniature Oscars. As with Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, Disney is producing a live-action adaptation of the film.

5 Worst: Mulan 2 (0%)

Did we ever even need a Mulan 2? According to critics, the answer is a resounding “no.” The original Mulan was a hit in 1998, following the adventures of the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a woman who became a fearsome warrior against all odds. Mulan 2 features a convoluted plot wherein Mulan prepares to get married and go on an important mission at the same time, trying to prevent several kingdoms from collapsing against the Mongolian hordes.

The plot doesn’t sound terrible, but it didn’t deliver. Critics seemed to dislike it mainly for being bland. One explained, “If it were any more trivial, it’d be invisible. Mulan II is, rather, more conceptually offensive.” Another spoke bluntly, “It’s harmless, sure, but it’s also charmless.” Another sequel was planned but eventually shelved.

4 Best: 101 Dalmatians (98%)

With 101 Dalmatians, Disney opted to develop a somewhat obscure children’s story.  This was a bit different from the popular fairy-tale adaptations that Disney had been known for. After a bachelor and his new blushing bride get married, their respective male and female adult Dalmatians breed a large litter of puppies. An over the top villain, Cruella de Vil, steals them along with other Dalmatian puppies with plans to eventually turn them all into a fur coat. The adult Dalmatians and other animals lead efforts to rescue ALL the puppies and bring them back to safety.

101 Dalmatians cut costs by adopting a more minimal animation style but still was a critical and financial success.

The movie was adapted into two live-action movies in the ’90s and also had an animated sequel in 2003.

3 Worst: The Big Green (0%)

Not many Disney fans know this film even exists. The Big Green was released in 1995 and tells the story of a scrappy British teacher who introduces kids with low self-esteem in a small Texas town the game of soccer. Sort of a Bad News Bears for the soccer crowd, the movie follows these underdog kids as they go from losers to heroes.

However, according to critics, it’s derivative and not as good as either of those films. Perhaps the poster, which features a young kid getting hit in the groin by a soccer ball, is the first sign the “comedy” wasn’t up to par. One critic writes, “The Big Green is at its worst and most desperate when resorting to ridiculous hallucinations and silly sped-up photography to get laughs, and it’s at its best when… well, it’s over.” Yikes.

2 Best: Cinderella (97%)

It’s hard to believe, but Disney suffered a bit of a downturn during WWII and by the late 40s was financially doing poorly. Disney turned back to its classic roots and decided to produce Cinderella, an old story based on folklore and also told in a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. The movie not only brought Disney out of debt, but gave the studio enough capital to create its own film distribution company, begin production on other films, and start building Disneyland and Disney World.

The movie received critical praise not seen since Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Pinnochio. Many noted its rich colors and backgrounds, realistic human animation, and memorable music. It was later nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Original Song for Bippity Boppity Boo.

1 Worst: Kronk’s New Groove (0%)

The Emperor’s New Groove was a unique and charming Disney film that has become somewhat of a cult classic over the years, featuring the voices of the hilarious David Spade and Patrick Warburton. Its sequel, Kronk’s New Groove was not received nearly as well. Part of the problem may be the thin plot, which has something to do with Kronk running a restaurant, falling in love with a camp counselor, and trying to impress his father. Yzma returns as a villain but doesn’t really have much to do.

Voice talents notwithstanding, the resulting film was a dud with critics.

Pointed out one, “Great voice talents, but weak storyline and frankly not much groove.” Another astutely observed, “It’s just too generic, and generic is not what we want from a sequel to a film that managed to escape the Disney mold.”

Which of these films did you love most? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-07 06:10:17 – Gary Gunter

20 Best Fantasy Movies Ever Made, According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 5 Stuck With 0%)

Hollywood has always loved the fantasy genre. In fact, some of the first movies involved monsters, swords, and magic. Even before the advent of sound it was easy to convey those classic themes on film. Of course, it also didn’t take the movie industry long to start adapting iconic fantasy novels and stories, and that’s when the genre really exploded.

One of the things that sets fantasy movies apart from some of their closest relatives– like sci-fi, superhero movies, and animation– is that they tend to get more critical recognition, and they certainly earn more awards. Whereas genre films are often written off as fun, light, popcorn fare, fantasy films seem to get a lot more genuine respect and acclaim. At least, when they are done well, that is. Fantasy is also capable of going very wrong, and few bad movies are worse than bad fantasy movies.

It’s worth giving you advanced warning that this list is a bit heavy on franchises– two in particular. But there was no way around that if we were to stay honest to the theme of the list, as those two franchises are simply among the best-reviewed franchises in movie history, fantasy or otherwise. That said, you’ll also find that there is a decent amount of variety on this list, from the traditional magic and dragons type of fantasy to some much more unorthodox examples of the genre.

Here are the 20 Best Fantasy Movies Ever Made, According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 5 Stuck With 0%).

25 Best: Life Of Pi (87%)

The original Life of Pi novel is one of those books that people claimed was “unfilmable,” which Hollywood loves to take as a challenge. Sometimes it blows up in the filmmaker’s face– and other times, we get a brilliant film like Life of Pi.

After a few other big-name directors were attached to and subsequently exited the project, Ang Lee stepped up to helm the effects-heavy film that takes place almost entirely on a boat with a single human actor and various animals both real and fabricated. The movie is absolutely captivating throughout, right up to the gut-punch ending that really solidifies its place as a fantasy movie.

24 Best: Pete’s Dragon (87%)

No matter how you may personally feel about Disney’s current push to remake its classic animated films in live action, it’s a trend that isn’t going away anytime soon as they have comprised some of the highest-grossing movies of all time. Fortunately, most of these remakes have been quite good– and in some cases, maybe even surpassed their originals.

While the animated Pete’s Dragon is an indisputable classic, it was bested by this 2016 remake starring Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard.

It’s not easy to make a live-action movie featuring a giant furry dragon that doesn’t feel completely ridiculous, but the subtle direction of David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) accomplishes exactly that.

23 Best: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (88%)

While none of the Harry Potter movies have gotten a particular poor critical reception, it wasn’t until the third movie that the film franchise started to earn genuine acclaim. Much of that had to do with the series beginning to take on a darker, more mature tone around that time, which continued on through fourth installment Goblet of Fire.

Goblet of Fire is the first Harry Potter film to fully embrace its main characters as teenagers.

Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint handled this transition flawlessly. If there was any lingering fear that they weren’t cut out for the franchise’s maturing direction, that was gone after this movie.

22 Best: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (89%)

When Gene Wilder passed away in 2016, most tributes to him were fronted with a picture of the actor as Willy Wonka. While Wilder was in a number of classic films in his legendary career, he will always be best remembered in the titular role of the eccentric candy company owner who seemingly loves children but is also quick to teach them very extreme lessons.

When working on the Johnny Depp-starring remake, Tim Burton had harsh words for the original film, which differs greatly from the tone of the book, and was proud of the fact that his movie was going to be different. However most of us love the original and that’s the one that’ll live on for another 50 years.

21 0%: The Crow: Wicked Prayer

It’s ironic that the original The Crow is a story about a man who returns from the afterlife to right various wrongs, since the franchise that has spawned from it has only proven that The Crow should’ve stayed resting peacefully after the original installment.

Each and every Crow sequel– and we’re currently at three, plus a short-lived TV series– has seemingly been worse than the last, and has only served to tarnish the original’s legacy. The latest, Wicked Prayer— starring Edward Furlong, Tara Reid, David Boreanaz, and Dennis Hopper– couldn’t even manage more than a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s quite the plummet from the 81% that the first movie earned.

20 Best: Matilda (90%)

While he is best known for his acting roles, Danny DeVito has been just as big a force behind the camera over his 40+ year career. In addition to being a producer on such noteworthy films as Pulp Fiction and Erin Brokovich, DeVito has also directed eight films, including 1996’s Matilda.

Starring in Matilda is actress Mara Wilson, who was seemingly in all of the family movies you loved in the mid-1990s.

Wilson is wonderfully charming in the role based on the book of the same name– one of three Roald Dahl adaptations on this list– in a movie that many former kids still love to this day.

19 Best: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (91%)

As we mentioned before, this is the first Harry Potter movie that really started to get critics’ attentio, proving the series wouldn’t be dismissed as disposable kids’ fantasy fare. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón (GravityChildren of Men), Prisoner of Azkaban still looks and feels unlike any other Harry Potter movie, which is exactly why it remains many fans’ favorite cinematic installment of the franchise.

The introduction of Gary Oldman’s Sirius Black is also a pretty big reason why Prisoner of Azkaban is a standout Harry Potter film, adding yet another respected A-lister to an already impressive collection of veteran actors.

18 Best: Edward Scissorhands (91%)

If you grew up in the late ’80s to early ’90s, and you were even the slightest bit off-kilter of a child, then you were most likely a Tim Burton fan. Even if his directorial efforts over the last couple decades haven’t matched his creative peak, when you’re responsible for movies like BeetlejuicePee-wee’s Big Adventure, and the Michael Keaton Batman movies, your legacy is pretty well secure.

In the first of nine films they would eventually collaborate on, Tim Burton directed Johnny Depp in the unorthodox love story Edward Scissorhands in 1990.

It also featured standout performances from Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, and one of the final appearances by legend Vincent Price.

17 Best: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (91%)

It was seen as a huge gamble at the time: to trust a fairly unknown director with steering a massive, multi-year, multi-film attempt at adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s series of classic fantasy novels starring a cast with relatively few A-listers.

Needless to say, it paid off for just about everyone involved, as the Lord of the Rings film franchise has earned nearly $3 billion worldwid– without even including the tally of the Hobbifilms. While Fellowship of the Ring is the weakest of the bunch due to all of the necessary character set up and world building it has to do, it is still one of the highest-grossing and best-reviewed movies of all time.

16 0%: Highlander 2: The Quickening

While the original Highlander movie wasn’t a critical darling and barely turned a profit at the box office, it quickly became a cult hit that found an enthusiastic fanbase. Unfortunately, achieving that status also led to a sequel that is among the poorest-received theatrical films in history.

In addition to having one of the worst subtitles ever, Highlander II: The Quickening does just about everything a movie could possibly do wrong.

The problems that came with making this movie are legendary.

15 Best: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (92%)

The sole American member of the legendary Monty Python comedy troupe wasn’t seen on screen a ton in their TV series or films, but Terry Gilliam’s interstitial animations helped to create a unique visual language for the group and led to him finding success as a visionary film director.

Gilliam left a unique stamp on Hollywood in the 1980s in particular, including his self-described “Trilogy of Imagination” that included The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Starring fellow Python Eric Idle as well as a young Uma Thurman and featuring an extremely inventive Robin Williams cameo, Munchuasen is a visual treat the likes of which nobody but Terry Gilliam could’ve possibly been responsible for.

14 Best: Enchanted (93%)

Nobody quite knew what to make of Enchanted when it was first announced: a live-action movie about a Disney princess who finds herself transported into the harsh, ugly “real world.” Almost everyone was surprised by how hilarious and charming the movie ended up being, due in large part to the spot-on performances of Amy Adams and James Marsden as misplaced cartoon characters in real New York City.

Most surprising of all are Enchanted’s songs and dance numbers, which easily stand among some of the best in Disney history.

In fact, three of the five nominees for Best Original Song at the 80th Academy Awards were songs from Enchanted.

13 Best: Time Bandits (93%)

The other fantasy movie in Terry Gilliam’s “Trilogy of Imagination”– the third branch is sci-fi classic Brazil— Time Bandits was the only of the three to actually be measurable as a box office hit.

Part of that could’ve been due to the cast list, headed up by John Cleese– arguably the most famous Monty Python member– and also starring Sean Connery and Shelley Duvall as well as frequent Gilliam collaborators like Ian Holm and Katherine Helmond. It also probably helped that the movie was co-written with Gilliam by another Python, Michael Palin, making for an unusually Python-heavy Terry Gilliam film.

12 Best: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (93%)

According to reviews, The Lord of the Rings finale film The Return of the King is the second-best movie of the trilogy– but the Lord of the Rings trilogy basically exists as a single, unified whole and each film needs the other two, so picking which one is the best is just a matter of nitpicking.

The film swept the Oscars, winning all of its 11 nominations.

Besides not having something as epic as the battle at Helm’s Deep, Return of the King is often derided for its protracted denouement, where one ending seems to roll into another and then another. You can’t exactly wrap up such an epic trilogy of movies with an ending that only lasts a couple of minutes.

11 0%: Pinocchio

While Roberto Benigni had been around for awhile by the time he won his Oscar for Life is Beautiful, that film really broke him through to the global audience. It also gave him the clout to make whatever vanity projects he wanted, and used that creative freedom to make this.

It’s hard to imagine what other angles are left to take on the classic book The Adventures of Pinocchio, especially after the masterpiece Disney animated version, but people keep taking their own crack at it. Benigni’s 2002 effort, which he directed, wrote, and starred in, is objectively the worst adaptation of the bunch.

10 Best: Pan’s Labyrinth (95%)

Guillermo del Toro doesn’t get enough credit for a lot of things that he has done, but what he probably deserves the most respect for is in his being one of the few directors who actively works to keep genuine, classic fantasy alive in Hollywood at a time when many filmmakers seem to be actively moving away from it.

The Shape of Water might be del Toro’s most acclaimed film overall, but it’s easy to make the case that his actual best movie remains Pan’s Labyrinth.

Here is one case where Rotten Tomatoes‘ consensus sums things up perfectly: “Pan’s Labyrinth is Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups.”

9 Best: The Jungle Book (95%)

One person who doesn’t get enough credit for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Jon Favreau. He played a large part in setting the tone for that world via his directing of the first two Iron Man movies. It seemed as though his directorial exit from the MCU was entirely of his own choosing, wanting to have the freedom to work on different types of films.

Not all of Favreau’s non-MCU directorial efforts have been stellar, but he is also responsible for the wonderful live-action remake of Disney’s The Jungle Book. Given that movie’s critical reception and nearly $1 billion haul, he definitely knows how to helm non-superhero blockbusters.

8 Best: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 2 (96%)

Harry Potter fans might have been a bit worried that the film franchise was going to end on a sour note after the relatively poor critical reception of Deathly Hollows – Part 1, receiving a series-low 79% Rotten Tomatoes score. The criticism centered on it feeling too much like a mere prologue to the epic climax that was to occur in Part 2.

Deathly Hallows – Part 2 contained everything that fans wanted out of the final installment of the franchise.

It bounced back and earning the best reviews of the entire Harry Potter film series.

7 Best: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (96%)

It’s fairly common for the second installment in a pre-established trilogy ends up becoming the fan favorite. It makes a lot of sense if you think about it– the boring set-up of the first movie is out of the way, and with a third movie ahead that will wrap things up, the second installment can end on a more interesting, darker note.

The Two Towers is one of the best examples of this trend, perhaps with only The Empire Strikes Back to challenge it. Of all the three-plus hour Lord of the Rings films, Two Towers definitely flies by the fastest and is the one that is easiest to watch multiple times.

6 0%: Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour

Have you ever heard of the Sarah Landon Mysteries series? No? That’s because it ground to a halt after just a single movie installment, the absolutely awful 2007 film Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour.

That anyone thought this could launch entire series indicates some seriously misplaced ambition.

With a writer/director team and actors who are all so obscure that their names probably don’t even show up as clickable links on the movie’s Wikipedia page– and most of which have the last name “Comrie” for some reason– the cast and crew of Paranormal Hour are as forgettable as the movie itself.

5 Best: The Princess Bride (97%)

Sometimes movies that function as something of a send-up of/tribute to a certain genre end up being shining examples of said genre. See: Shaun of the DeadThis Is Spinal Tap, and the best example of this in movie history: The Princess Bride.

Featuring one of the most talented casts ever assembled all firing on all cylinders, The Princess Bride gets pretty close to being a perfect movie.  The Princess Bride is also in contention for most quotable movie of all time. We meant it… “Anybody want a peanut?

4 Best: The Wizard of Oz (98%)

In one of the most stunning moments in movie history, The Wizard of Oz brilliantly starts off in black and white before switching to full, glorious color once Dorothy gets to Oz. Before that, she also manages to squeeze in a performance of one of the most iconic songs of all time, movie-based or otherwise.

The Wizard of Oz has more amazing things happening in any 10-minute chunk than most movies have in their entire run time.

There aren’t many movies from the 1930s– especially that aren’t animated– that people still actively watch eight decades later, but The Wizard of Oz remains in rotation to this day for very good reason.

3 Best: The Witches (100%)

The third– and according to Rotten Tomatoes, the best– movie on this list to be adapted from a Roald Dahl story is The Witches, the fiendishly delightful 1990 film starring Anjelica Huston and with creature effects by Jim Henson.

There’s a lot that we can say about this dark classic, but we all know what scene we immediately think of when this movie comes up– the iconic moment when all of the witches take off their human disguises. It was way more frightening than anything that should’ve been in a children’s movie and scarred millions of us for life. We still couldn’t help watching this movie on repeat, traumatizing or not.

2 Best: Mary Poppins (100%)

As anticipation for the Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda-led sequel builds ahead of its December 2018 release, it’s fitting that we have the opportunity to discuss the classic original, which Rotten Tomatoes has deemed the best fantasy movie of all time.

While we have since learned that the writer of the Mary Poppins book didn’t intend for it to be made into something so poppy and fantastical, taking the movie on its own merits, it’s a wonderful, magical film that arguably contains more classic singalongs than any single movie in history. Aside from Dick Van Dyke’s absurd cockney accent, this movie is flawless.

1 0%: The Nutcracker in 3D

Completely wasting a talented cast that includes Nathan Lane, John Turturro, Shirley Henderson, and a young Elle Fanning, The Nutcracker in 3D— yes, that’s the actual title– is an ugly mix of live-action and subpar computer animation.

It features sets and costumes that barely look better than some local middle school production.

Disney’s upcoming Nutcracker and the Four Realms will hopefully get the awful taste out of the mouths of anyone who had the misfortune of enduring this awful adaptation.

What’s your favorite fantasy movie? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-09-28 02:09:20 – Chris Hodges

15 Best Action Movies According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 5 Stuck With 0%)

There’s nothing that can suck an audience into a movie faster than an opening action sequence. Just as there’s nothing that can leave an audience as satisfied than when the hero emerges victorious from the film’s climactic battle scene. This is why action-heavy movies have and continue to be some of the biggest blockbusters of all time. However, just because studios continue to pump out more and more of these types of movies, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re getting any better. We’re sure we’re not the only ones who have emerged from the theater with our ears ringing and our eyes burning after what felt like three hours of explosions. In other words, sometimes more isn’t always better. And as action movies have now become a year-round affair, they’re struggling to stand out amidst the never-ending supply of intricate set pieces, savage fist fights, and lengthy car chases.

Of course, critics are a lot harder to impress when it comes to this type of spectacle. So it’s no wonder that some of the best-reviewed action movies on Rotten Tomatoes are from decades past. This may be because these films did it better, or simply because they did it first. But whatever the reason may be, modern audiences shouldn’t be dissuaded by these older release dates. Since a ton of movies contain action sequences, we’ve zeroed in on the movies where action is the predominant genre. So movies that would better fall into another category (sci-fi, fantasy, superhero, etc.) won’t be seen here.

With that in mind, here are the 15 Best Action Movies According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 5 Stuck With 0%).

20 Raiders of the Lost Ark (95%)

One of the most beloved movie characters of all time, Indiana Jones made his debut in the 1981 action-adventure Raiders of the Lost Ark. The film found Harrison Ford suiting up to play yet another iconic hero, who is set on tacking down the mythical Ark of the Covenant before the villains can get their hands on it. While countless movies have tried to recreate the success of this blockbuster masterpiece, few have managed to give audiences as enjoyable a ride as Raiders.

Unsurprisingly, the film was a critical and commercial success upon its release, grossing nearly $400 million at the box office and earning a Best Picture nomination. It went on to spawn three sequels with a fourth currently in the works — which we dearly hope is nothing like Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

19 The Prince (0%)

Bruce Willis may have starred in arguably the greatest action movie of all time with 1988’s Die Hard. But in the last decade, the aging action star has appeared in a string of flops and straight-to-VOD spectacles that have aligned him with the wrong side of the Tomatometer.

In 2014, Willis appeared alongside John Cusack and Jason Patric in The Prince — an action-thriller that many called a totally uninspired knock-off of Taken. And much like Taken, the film follows a former assassin who must spring into action after his daughter is taken away. As one critic writes, “Originality, either in terms of writing or direction, is in short supply in this assembly-line vigilante thriller.” Unfortunately, that same line could be copied and pasted under the majority of Willis’s recent films.

18 Super Cop (96%)

Originally released in 1992, this action-comedy finds Jackie Chan suiting up for his third Police Story movie — which would go on to earn him internationally success in the States under the title Super Cop. Here, Chan reprised his role as Chan Ka-Kui, a Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to take down the drug lord, Chaibat. Ka-Kui ends up going undercover in Chaibat’s gang, which often carries out in comedic fashion as the police officer tries to convince the gang members that he’s just as much of a criminal as they are.

Super Cop features the perfect balance of comedy and martial artist that Jackie Chan has become synonymous with, and the fact that Chan actually performed these stunts makes them all the more thrilling to watch.

17 Dr. No (96%)

The tent-pole film of the James Bond franchise, Dr. No was released in 1962 to great critical and commercial success. Drawing inspiration from the Ian Fleming novel, the movie found Sean Connery suiting up to play the MI6 agent, who is sent to Jamaica after a fellow spy disappear.

Made on a relatively small budget of $1.1 million, Dr. No doesn’t boast the flashy spectacle of subsequent Bond installments. But as one critic writes, Dr. No is “about as perfect a franchise-starter as you could imagine and certainly accomplished the task of leaving you eagerly anticipating Bond’s next adventure.” Of course, the franchise has seen its fair share of ups and downs since the 1962 original. But even still, James Bond as regarded as one of the greatest action heroes cinema has to offer.

16 The Fugitive (96%)

Drawing inspiration from the 1960s TV series, The Fugitive is a 1993 film starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. Here, Ford plays Dr. Richard Kimble, a man who has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison after being incorrectly convicted of his wife’s murder. He manages to escape, leading him on a search for the truth while U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard (Jones) tries to track him down.

The critics on Rotten Tomatoes praise The Fugitive for its tight script, effective action pieces, and two powerful performances from the film’s leads. This is a movie that could very easily slip into the realm of ridiculousness, but it’s simply too well made to stop viewers from getting sucked into the adrenaline rush.

15 Term Life (0%)

In recent years, Vince Vaughn has struggled to shed his comedic persona in favor of more dramatic work. In 2015, he played career criminal Frank Semyon in the massively-underwhelming second season of True Detective. And the following year, he starred in the action-drama Term Life, which earned unanimously negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

Here, Vaughn plays Nick Barrow, a heist orchestrator who must go on the run after he’s double-crossed. Nick takes his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) with him, who will inherit Nick’s life insurance policy so long as he can survive the few weeks until the new policy kicks in. While Vaughn and Steinfeld are certainly capable of believable performances, such is not the case in Term Life. Critics agreed that both leads felt horribly miscast, and the uninspired work behind the camera certainly wasn’t doing them any favors.

14 From Russia with Love (96%)

As far as the Tomatometer is concerned, the first and second James Bond movies are pretty much neck and neck with one another in terms of quality. From Russia with Love was released just one year after Dr. No and, thanks to the success of its predecessor, the film enjoyed twice as big of a production budget. That meant even grander and more inventive action sequences for audiences to feast their eyes upon.

The film follows Bond as he’s tasked with tracking down a Soviet encryption device that has fallen into the hands of SPECTRE. As many critics have noted, this Bond installment is bristling with confidence and From Russia with Love is notable in that it introduced a number of concepts and quirks that would become integral to the series.

13 Enter the Dragon (96%)

Before he tragically passed away at the age of 32, Bruce Lee completed his work on the 1973 film Enter the Dragon — which is widely regarded as the greatest kung fu film ever made. The action film has a no-frills story that involves Lee’s character (also named Lee) venturing to the private island of the crime lord Han, who is hosting an elite martial arts competition. While there, Lee attempts to gather evidence against Han, while also seeking out the man responsible for the loss of his sister’s life.

Enter the Dragon was lauded for being pure action entertainment, unencumbered by an overcomplicating plot which allowed the immensely talented Bruce Lee to steal the spotlight.

12 Mad Max: Fury Road (97%)

For a movie that is ostensibly a two-hour chase scene, Mad Max: Fury Road managed to become one of the best-reviewed movies of 2015 — earning it a Best Picture nomination and a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. Written and directed by George Miller (the very man who launched the original Mad Max franchise back in 1979), Fury Road finds Tom Hardy taking on the role of the eponymous hero. But it’s ultimately Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa who steals the show, as she kicks-off the story by fleeing the Citadel, taking with her the five wives of the tyrannical Immortan Joe.

The film was lauded for its intense chase scenes, along with its ability to weave in timely themes without ever feeling heavy-handed.

11 The True Memoirs of An International Assassin (0%)

This 2016 Netflix release follows Sam Larson, a lowly accountant and hopeful novelist who is working on a book about an accomplished assassin. However, when his story is mistakenly published as a non-fiction memoir, Sam is taken under the hopes that he will help his captors carry out a real-life crime. The True Memoirs of An International Assassin may have an intriguing premise, but the action-comedy ultimately falls flat on both fronts — failing to provide any significant laughs or thrills. Kevin James provides his same brand of slapstick that we’ve come to expect from the Paul Blart: Mall Cop actor. But the schtick seems to have long worn out its welcome.

Out of the slew of negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, at least one critic was nice enough to note that it’s not as embarrassing as The Ridiculous 6.

10 Bullitt (97%)

This 1968 action-thriller follows San Fransisco police lieutenant Frank Bullitt, who is assigned to protect a key witness before they can testify against the mafia. However, things grow far more complicated for Bullitt when the witness is knocked off by two hitmen and a state senator quickly tries to dismiss the case. Upon its release, Bullitt was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $42 million at the box office and earning it a number of Academy Award nominations. Critics praised Steve McQueen’s austere performance as the title character, helping earn the film a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes.

But the standout of Bullitt is the high-tension car chase that takes place on the steep streets of San Fransisco. This action sequence alone is reason enough to take Bullitt for a spin.

9 Goldfinger (97%)

With only two negative reviews out of a total of 59, Goldfinger inches ahead of Dr. No and From Russia with Love as the best-reviewed Bond film on Rotten Tomatoes. The third 007-outing found Sean Connery back at it again, this time by tracking down the eponymous gold-smuggler who has plans to destroy the currency housed within Fort Knox. While the first two films set the franchise up for success, critics agreed that things really snapped into focus with Goldfinger,  which featured the now-expected pre-credits action sequence and Bond’s increased use of gadgets.

Interestingly enough, critics also thought that Goldfinger was far less realistic than the first two installments. But apparently, that didn’t stop them from enjoying this action-spy film even more.

8 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (97%)

Upon its release, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was a surprising hit, which enjoyed success well beyond its home country of China. The film even managed to earn a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards, a rare feat for a foreign language film. Directed by Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon blends together numerous genres, including martial arts, romance, drama, and even a touch of fantasy — which all make for a wholly original movie-watching experience. A testament to this is the impressive 149 positive reviews that the film currently boasts on Rotten Tomatoes.

While the fighting scenes in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon may fly in the face of physics, they better help the viewer get swept up into this tale of revenge and romance that’s set in 18th century China.

7 Precious Cargo (0%)

Another Bruce Willis bomb, Precious Cargo is a 2016 heist film that was released straight-to-VOD. Here, Willis plays the homicidal crime boss Eddie Pilosa, who is forced to deal with a couple of thieves who have some hidden intentions when it comes to the gang’s latest heist.

Precious Cargo also stars Claire Forlani and Mark-Paul Gosselaar from Saved by the Bell fame. But no amount of on-screen talent could apparently save this action film from abysmal ratings. Rotten Tomatoes critics agree that the film is utterly forgettable, with one critic writing “You will be hard-pressed to remember anything about it even only a few minutes after watching it.” Out of 21 reviews, Precious Cargo has an average rating of 2.5 out of 10.

6 Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (98%)

While the original 1979 Mad Max still manages to hold an impressive 90% approval rating, critics agreed that the sequel upped the spectacle in all the right ways. As a result, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior managed to achieve a 98% based on the reviews of 43 critics. Once again, Mel Gibson returned to play Max — this time madder than ever as he wanders the desolate outback, still reeling from the loss of his family.

The fight for resources is also more apparent than ever, as Max plan to loot a tribe’s oil supply before he ultimately ends up joining forces with them to help fight against an even more formidable opponent. Much like Fury Road, The Road Warrior is another reason that the Mad Max franchise is considered one of the best in the action genre.

5 Kill Zone 2 (100%)

Kill Zone 2 (also known as SPL II: A Time for Consequences) is a 2015 Chinese film that has racked up 22 positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, earning the martial arts film an average rating of 7.2 out of 10. The movie follows an undercover cop who is sent to a corrupt Thai prison by the very gang he was assigned to infiltrate. But you need not concern yourself with the overcomplicated story of this action flick — as one critic aptly writes, “No one goes to a movie called Kill Zone 2 for plot anyway.”

The standout here is the unrelenting martial arts sequences, which never fail to impressive throughout the film’s two-hour runtime. In other words, Kill Zone 2 is the perfect film for anyone who’s in the mood for nothing but some gritty, hand-to-hand combat.

4 Fist of Legend (100%)

A remake of the 1994 film starring Bruce Lee, Fist of Legend finds Jet Li in the leading role of Chen Zhen, a Chinese student living in 1920s Japan. But when his master meets his demise during a fight, Chen finds himself caught in the middle of an increasingly hostile racial conflict. Unlike a lot of martial arts films, which are over the top in their choreography, Fist of Legend received particular praise from critics for just how intense many of the fights scenes are.

Of course, Li took a huge risk by remaking a movie from the most famous on-screen martial artist of all time. However, the gamble ultimately paid off big time, as Fist of Legend turned out to be both a critical and commercial hit.

3 Seven Samurai (100%)

Seven Samurai may seem a bit slow for modern audiences and the three and a half runtime may also seem like a massive undertaking. However, those who manage to lock in with this 1950s masterpiece will be rewarded with a thrilling battle that stretches for nearly the final third of the film. Largely considered Akira Kurosawa’s greatest achievement, Seven Samurai is set in 1500s Japan and follows a village of farmers who recruit a group of wandering samurai to protect their town from bandits.

The film features no shortage of memorable characters and moments, especially the action sequences. Instead of the third act feeling like an assault on one’s senses, which is often the case with modern action movies, the final battle in Seven Samurai is the perfect balance of carefully executed strategy punctuated by unexpected chaos.

2 Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (0%)

Not only is Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever the worst-reviewed action movie on this list, it also holds the distinct honor of being the worst-reviewed movie in Rotten Tomatoes’ history. The 2002 action thriller stars Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu as two secret agents who team up to track down an experimental weapon. In other words, not even the title of this colossal trainwreck makes sense, as Ecks and Sever spend the majority of the story working together as opposed to facing off.   

Out of the 116 critics who reviewed the film, not a single one could recommend checking out Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever, citing the film as obnoxiously loud and utterly incoherent. Audience wholeheartedly agreed and, despite its action-packed plotline, the film only managed to gross $19.9 million at the box office against a $70 million budget.

1 The Terminator (100%)

While T2 may be a lot bigger, bolder, and flashier than its predecessor, sometimes you just have to give credit to the original. At least as far as the critics on Rotten Tomatoes are concerned, as The Terminator dons a perfect approval rating, putting it eight percentage points higher than Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

The first film was released in 1984 and followed Kyle Reese, a man from the future who has been sent back to protect Sarah Conner from a cyborg that seeks to destroy her. Co-writer and director James Cameron cleverly cast Arnold Schwarzenegger as the untalkative terminator, as Schwarzenegger wasn’t exactly known for his acting prowess in the 1980s. Despite the film’s relatively small budget, The Terminator has continued to have a massively impact on the action and sci-fi genres.

So do you agree with these Rotten Tomatoes’ ratings? Sound off in the comments!



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2018-09-15 06:09:44 – Dylan Dembrow

17 Best Sitcoms Ever Made, According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 3 Stuck With 0%)

The movie and television show aggregate review website Rotten Tomatoes has been around for an astonishing 20 years. The site collects critics reviews and combines them into an average score based. If a movie or TV show scores high enough, it’s “Certified Fresh.” On the opposite spectrum, if a score is low enough, it’s considered “Certified Rotten.” The website also allows non-critics to submit their reviews, which are compiled into an Audience Score.

Rotten Tomatoes is a good starting point to obtain critiques of a show or movie to decide if you want to watch it or if you want to wait or skip it altogether. Although there are sometimes major differences in the score between critics and audience, diving into the text portion of the reviews will provide additional information for your decision.

Obviously, a higher score is what television shows want, because most people grab a first impression of a television show from the prominently-displayed percentage score. Many of the entries in the database are in the 70%-80%, but there are a surprising number of sitcoms at 95% and above.

Yes, there are a few sitcoms that have managed to get the ultra-rare score of 0%. Considering that most critics can find something good about a television show, a program must really be terrible if it isn’t able to even hit 1%.

Many older sitcoms have not been scored by Rotten Tomatoes, so you’ll find mostly newer shows on this list.

Here are the 17 Best Sitcoms According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 3 Stuck At 0%).

20 Best: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (95%)

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine saga is well-known to fans of the show and critics. The program lasted 5 seasons on Fox before the network canceled it. It only took one day – whether through hardcore fan assistance or someone saw more potential for the show – but NBC decided to continue the show for a 6th season.

The show takes place in a precinct with an odd cast of characters, focusing on Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher). Critics have praised the near-perfect casting of the characters, especially Samberg and Braugher.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been nominated for an incredible 55 awards, winning 10.

That’s an impressive record to have. NBC should be proud to have Brooklyn Nine-Nine on their network.

19 Best: The Good Place (95%)

One of the newer shows on this list is The Good Place. It’s about a group of people who find their way to the afterlife. The show has 2 seasons and 26 episodes so far and returns for a 3rd season at the end of September 2018.

The stars of the show, most notably Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, having amazing and charming performances that work well together. The first season managed a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, but the second season hit 100%.

Many fans and critics love how The Good Place sneaks philosophy and ethics into the sometimes crass, but intelligent humor. There’s little doubt that the third season will continue trending high on Rotten Tomatoes.

18 Best: Black-ish (95%)

Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson as the father of an upper middle-class black family. Season 4, the most recent, has a Certified Fresh rating of 100%.

Critics love that the show still pushes boundaries in today’s modern political and racial environment.

Many of the actors and actresses, including Anderson, Tracee Ellis-Ross, and Yara Shahidi have received award nominations. Anderson and Ellis-Ross have each won multiple times.

It was easy for ABC to renew black-ish for a sixth season, with the decision coming in May 2018.

In the 3rd season, the episode “Liberal Arts” was a back-door pilot for the spin-off involving Zoey. Grown-ish will debut its second season on Freeform.

17 Best: Silicon Valley (95%)

Currently in its fifth season, Silicon Valley follows the lives of five men who create a startup computer company in Silicon Valley. One of the characters makes an app called “Pied Piper” that compresses data with a unique and outstanding method.

Everything from the acting, writing, and directing to the production value has been praised immensely by critics and viewers. Mike Judge (Office Space) managed to make a show about the computer industry that was accessible to everyone. The incredible cast includes rising star and recent Oscar nominee Kumail Nanjiani.

Silicon Valley was renewed in April 2018 for a sixth season.

16 0%: S*** My Dad Says

Star power is no guarantee that a TV show will be successful. The main draw of $h*! My Dad Says was, of course,  William Shatner. The supporting cast included Will Sasso and Nicole Sullivan from MadTV days.

Controversy hit the show since the first word offended many, and the FCC needed it changed if it was to make it to a primetime network. Shatner criticized the FCC, wondering why certain words are okay or saying that the first word is a natural function.

Shatner has been accused of being a cranky old man, and that’s exactly the role he played in the series.

Ratings were up and down, and the show won a People’s Choice for Best New TV Comedy. But that wasn’t enough to keep in on the air or from getting the fabled 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.

15 Best: Legit (95%)

One of sitcoms on this list that currently sits at 95% is Legit, which took a tumble in ratings during the second season and was not renewed for a third. However, critics loved the show, and the audience loved it even a little more– Audience Score sits at 98%.

Jim Jefferies (also one of the creators) plays himself as an Australian stand-up comedian who is crass and rude and attempts to find meaning to his life and career. Dan Bakkedahl and DJ Qualls also star.

A few of the notable recurring roles include George Lazenby, John Ratzenberger, and Mindy Sterling, of Austin Powers fame.

Legit shows you that no matter how much a TV series is loved, low ratings are still low ratings.

14 Best: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (97%)

One of the longer-running shows on this list, It’s Always Sunny Philadelphia has managed to maintain a percentage score in the mid-to-high 90s for many years.

The show has been on since 2005, for a total of 135 episodes and counting.

While the premise seems trite and over-used, especially by today’s standards (”The Gang” is a group of dirty-minded, selfish friends who run a pub), the show has consistently achieved high ratings and award nominations almost every year since 2008.

FXX renewed the series for its thirteenth and fourteenth seasons. If It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia gets a fifteenth season, it will be the longest live-action sitcom in U.S. TV history, beating out The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

13 Best: Atlanta (97%)

Donald Glover stars as Ernest Marks in Atlanta, a 30-minute comedy-drama about cousins making their way up the rap scene. Glover also is a writer and director for the show. It didn’t take long for FX to realize the popularity of the show. Just two weeks after Atlanta aired the first episode, FX wanted another season.

With the acclaim and high accolades Atlanta has received so far, its current 97% on Rotten Tomatoes actually seems low! The show has been nominated for some of the biggest awards in the industry, winning Golden Globes and Emmys.

FX renewed the show again for a third seasons, in June 2018, and has set the premiere to air sometime in 2019.

12 Best: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (97%)

Even though Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is ending after its fourth season, the show managed to snag 7 nominations for the first season alone.

Ellie Kemper stars as Kimmy Schmidt, one of the “Mole Women” rescued from a bunker a deranged cult leader (played by John Hamm) kept them in. She goes to New York City to try to get back her life.

The show was slated for NBC’s spring line-up in 2015, but NBC must not have thought the show was going to do well.

NBC sold it to Netflix, which automatically gave it two seasons before the first season aired.

The main cast, of course, is wonderful, but the recurring and cameo stars make Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt even more fun to watch.

11 Best: One Day at a Time (98%)

Based on Norman Lear’s sitcom named the same, One Day at a Time – the 2017 version – had the same basic concept, but with a Latino family. The show focuses on issues Latinos face in the U.S. like immigration and racism, as well as sexism and mental illness.

One Day at a Time has received lots of praise, even being called one of the top TV shows of 2017 by over fifteen critics. The series has been nominated for 12 awards as of this writing, winning 4 so far.

Seasons one and two had thirteen episodes each, and the third season that was approved in March 2018 is expected to have the same.

10 0%: Dads

On paper, Dads should have been a decent and funny show, definitely not deserving of the 0% it currently has on Rotten Tomatoes. With Seth McFarlane taking the executive producer role, and the show starring Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green, Dads had the makings of a rating hog– but that’s not what happened.

Ribisi and Green play owners of a video game development company. Their dads need to come live with them, setting up a show with predictable storylines and stereotypical characters. Many critics complained the jokes were extremely vulgar and racist.

Ratings never hit any kind of stride and the show was quickly canceled.

Not even the secondary cast of Peter Reigert, Martin Mull, and Brenda Song could save this show from 0%.

9 Best: Speechless (98%)

Speechless is about a family dealing with a teenager who has cerebral palsy, but JJ – the disabled teenager – doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him. He’s sarcastic, funny, and doesn’t take guff from anyone.

ABC ordered a 22-episode first season, with another episode added in December 2016. The show was subsequently renewed for a second season, then for a third season a year later, which will premiere on October 5, 2018.

Ratings have been consistently high, and the show has been nominated for several awards in 2017, winning the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming. TV Guide said that it was a great “addition to its [ABC} strong lineup of modern families.”

8 Best: Insecure (98%)

This show started as a web series called Awkward Black Girl, and Insecure is the HBO series it’s based on. Rae and Larry Wilmore (the latter from The Daily Show) created Insecure, with Rae and Jay Ellis starring.

Insecure deserves the near 100% score, as AFI picked the show as one of the top 10 TV shows of the year in 2017.

Rae received two Golden Globe nominations in the Best Actress in a TV Series Musical or Comedy category along with a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress for a Primetime Emmy Award.

The third season began at the start of August, and HBO has renewed Insecure with a fourth season.

7 Best: Dear White People (99%)

Dear White People is adored by critics, but struggles with non-critics, which is why there’s a large variance between the Tomatometer and Audience Score. The show did have a 100% rating for some time before dropping slightly.

Netflix approved of a series based on a film of the same name, which has won 4 awards including one at the Sundance Film Festival. Episodes are from the viewpoint of a different, racially-diverse student as they deal with the growing racial tensions on a college campus.

The streaming service has confidence in the show, especially if the director and writer, Justin Simien, continues his involvement. Netflix has greenlit a third season, but no firm dates have been set for its premiere.

6 Best: Broad City (99%)

Broad City began as a web series from 2009 to 2011. Ilana Glazer developed the web series after she received negative feedback on a project she had been working on.

Glazer and co-creator Abbi Jacobson took their real-life friendship and put it on screen.

Amy Poehler is one of the executive producers of the show and even made an appearance in the web series final episode.

The New York-based show is currently in its fourth season, with the show ending after the fifth season. If you’re a fan of Broad City and want to take it further than the screen, you can play a mobile game called Broad City: High Score, available in the App Store and Google Play.

5 Best: Master of None (100%)

In Master of None, Aziz Ansari stars as an actor whose greatest accomplishment up to the show’s start was a Go-Gurt commercial. We follow his experiences in love, work, and the experience of being of Indian descent in America. The show has tackled racism and the film industry with biting humor.

Season one and season two have garnered 100% scores on Rotten Tomatoes. Master of None has received a Golden Globe award and three Emmys. Plus, the show’s been nominated for many other awards in categories like acting, writing, and music.

As of this writing, the third season hasn’t been confirmed.

4 Best: Fleabag (100%)

Playwright and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Solo: A Star Wars Story) wrote a stage play titled Fleabag. BBC Three and Amazon Studios partnered to create a digital version of the play. Waller-Bridge stars in the TV show about Fleabag (yes, that’s her name in the show) as she navigates her personal and professional life in London.

Fleabag originally aired on BBC, but Amazon decided to premier it on their streaming service before the 1st series even ended.

Fleabag has been nominated for and won BAFTAs, as well as other British awards.

The show made the Telegraph list of “80 Best BBC Shows of All Time,” placing 61. A second series is in the works and is expected to premiere in 2019.

3 Alexa & Katie (100%)

Alexa & Katie is a Netflix original teen comedy that has two girls ready for their freshman year of high school. One of them finds out they have cancer and begins treatment. They must journey through the illness and unknown territory of school together.

Created by Heather Wordham, Alexa & Kate has Matthew Carlson as a showrunner. You might not recognize his name, but you’ll know the 2 other shows he worked on: Malcolm in the Middle and The Wonder Years.

The sitcom has already been nominated for a Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award in 2018 for Outstanding Children’s Program.

The show premiered in March of 2018 and ran for 13 episodes. In April of 2018, Netflix ordered a second season.

2 Catastrophe (100%)

Another British show that Amazon picked up to host on their streaming service, Catastrophe stars Rob Delaney (as Rob Norris) and Sharon Horgan (playing Sharon Morris) as a couple who get together after Sharon becomes pregnant after Rob’s short visit to London.

Catastrophe has aired three series, all of which have gotten 100% scores. The show has been nominated for a number of awards each year since the premiere series and has one a BAFTA for Best Writer: Comedy. A fourth series is slated to release in late 2018.

Carrie Fischer played a supporting role on the show but passed away when the third series finished shooting. It was her last TV performance. She had been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

1 0%: Saint George

George Lopez has done quite a lot as a comedian: written books, starred in movies, and created an award-winning, 5-season show called George Lopez. His talk show lasted only 2 years but was nominated for a People’s Choice Award. But did he ever think he’d have a sitcom listed on Rotten Tomatoes with a 0% rating?

That’s Saint George. A working-class man finds himself a successful entrepreneur and struggles to balance his personal life, including his ex-wife, while continuing to teach history class at night school.

If you think the show sounds convoluted, you’d be right.

The show premiered in March 2014, ran 10 episodes and was canceled in June 2016.

 Maybe Lopez was a bit rusty: Saint George was the first scripted show he’d starred in since the end of George Lopez.

Have you seen any of these shows? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-09-12 04:09:58 – Gregory Thompson

19 Best Sci-Fi Shows According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 1 Stuck With 0%)



Science fiction has long fared well on the big screen thanks to massive budgets and cutting-edge special effects. Installments of the Star Wars and Jurassic Park franchises have been shattering box office records for decades, attracting mainstream audiences with nothing but spectacle alone.

Meanwhile, the sci-fi on TV had to take a much more cerebral approach to the genre in decades past. Shows like Star Trek: The Original Series may not have appeared as sleek on the surface, but they were still beloved by a smaller, more devout following of science fiction nerds. In fact, if not for Star Trek‘s passionate fanbase, the once-canceled series could have faded into obscurity forever.

Within the last decade, some of the most popular science fiction stories have been made for the small screen. This is thanks in part to advancements in CGI and the ever-changing “TV” landscape, where interesting stories no longer have to be run through the network gauntlet to make their way into the homes of viewers.

Now, serialized science fiction can enjoy the spectacle of cinema while continuing to explore complex storylines and dynamic characters. Streaming services have also encouraged shows to become more intricate than ever before, as they no longer have to worry about recapping last week’s events or being interrupted by commercial breaks.

The critics tend to agree that some of the best sci-fi shows ever made have debuted in the 21st century, though there are still lesser-known gems from previous decades that also deserve recognition.

Here are the 19 Best Sci-Fi Shows According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 1 Stuck With 0%).

19 The 100 (91%)

This CW series kicks off with a group of adolescent prisoners who return to Earth following a nuclear disaster. They soon discover that they weren’t the only ones to survive the apocalypse.

The 100 just wrapped up its fifth season earlier this summer, which managed to rack up an impressive 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics praised the show’s bold storytelling, especially the time jump that occurred between the last two seasons, which opened the door for a number of interesting plot developments.

Unlike many series which usually start to drop in quality after the first few seasons, this sci-fi drama continues to impress.

Thanks to these strong reviews and an uptick in viewership, the sixth season of The 100 is already in the works.

18 Lost (91%)

One of the most talked-about shows of the early 2000s, Lost follows a group of plane-crash survivors who arrive on an island that has no shortage of mysteries or menacing inhabitants.

The show was an unusual mix of character drama, science fiction, and fantasy  — something rarely seen on mainstream TV at the time. As a result, Lost pulled in an impressive number of viewers week after week while also earning the recognition of many critics.

While the later seasons are often criticized for failing to bring a cohesive conclusion to many of the show’s mysteries, the sheer audacity of storytelling is enough to earn Lost its high marks.

We also can’t forget how influential the series has been to the sci-fi and fantasy shows that have come since.

17 Colony (91%)

Co-created by Carlton Cuse (writer and executive producer on Lost), Colony is set in the not-so-distant future where humans are living under the control of a mysterious extraterrestrial race.

The series debuted on the USA Network in 2016 and it just recently wrapped up its third and final season.

Colony stars Josh Holloway (also from Lost fame), as Will Bowman, a former member of the Army and FBI. At the start of the series, Will takes up work tracking down Resistance fighters with the hopes that he will be able to locate his missing son.

Although Colony enjoyed largely positive reviews throughout its 36-episode run, ratings continued to slip, resulting in the series being canceled just a few days before its season three finale.

16 The Outer Limits (91%)

Often compared to The Twilight Zone — which debuted four years earlier — The Outer Limits is a sci-fi anthology series which turned out 49 episodes between 1963 and 1965.

Similarly to Rod Serling’s series, the show featured an opening narration before every standalone episode, which often culminated with a twist ending. However, the overall tone of The Outer Limits was often much darker and serious than many Twilight Zone episodes, and the series is regarded as far more than a knockoff.

The Twilight Zone actually has a lower approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, coming in at only 79%. While many would disagree with these rankings, few would deny how influential both series have been to the genre of science fiction.

15 Doctor Who (91%)

As a show that’s turned out over 800 episodes since 1963, there are understandably a large number of Doctor Who seasons that have not been rated on Rotten Tomatoes.

Ever since the series was brought back to life in 2005, the new seasons have received resounding praise from critics.

The beloved British series follows an extraterrestrial “Doctor,” who travels through time in a blue police box known as the TARDIS. There have been twelve primary Doctors to date, with Jodie Whittaker set to play the thirteenth incarnation of the character later this year.

Whittaker will make her debut in the Christmas special, which will also mark the first time that a Doctor has ever been played by a female.

14 Max Headroom (92%)

Falling into the cyberpunk sub-genre of science fiction, Max Headroom is a satirical series which ran for 14 episodes between 1987 and 1988.

The show was set in a world where everyone is a slave to the television. All citizens are being monitored through their TVs — which can never be turned off — giving network executives complete control of the country. While the series relied heavily on humor, Max Headroom was also a cautionary tale about how people are becoming slaves to their screens.

Max Headroom was a midseason replacement, and only turned out six episodes during its first season. Despite critical praise for its surreal tone and bold storytelling, the ratings quickly fell off during the second season, leading to Max Headroom’s swift cancellation.

13 Orphan Black (93%)

Orphan Black begins with con artist Sarah Manning assuming the identity of a woman she believes is her doppelganger. Sarah eventually finds out that she’s actually a clone, and that there are many more copies of her living around the world — all of whom are being targeted for assassination.

These clones are portrayed by Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany, who ended up winning the 2016 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance.

The show has been praised for its inventive storytelling, which often challenges the viewer to examine their own viewpoints on cloning and individuality.

Orphan Black ran for five seasons of ten episodes each, before wrapping up in the summer of 2017.

12 Black Mirror (93%)

Few shows can make the viewer feel as bad as Black Mirror does and still come away with massive critical acclaim.

Like other sci-fi anthology shows that came before it, Black Mirror tackles a number of contemporary issues and how they might play out in the not-so-distant future. Many of the stories deal with mankind’s dependency on and obsession with technology, and nearly every episode of Black Mirror ends with an unsettling twist.

It’s the show’s willingness to deal with controversial and timely topics head-on that has made it such a critical success.

The sci-fi series originally ran on England’s Channel 4 for two seasons before being picked up by Netflix.

Two more seasons have since been released, with a fifth currently in the works.

11 Humans (93%)

Yet another Channel 4 show that deals with the negative implications of technology, Humans is set in a world where androids are used as household servants. However, these extremely lifelike robots, known as Synths, start to wish for a life beyond servitude as they develop true consciousness.

While this initial concept has been explored in a plethora of other sci-fi stories, most agree that Humans is a cut above the rest. As Jen Chaney wrote Forget Westworld. Humans is the most compelling, emotionally resonant robot-centric show on television.”

The series recently wrapped up its third season earlier this summer, which currently holds a 100% approval rating based on eight reviews. However, Channel 4 and AMC have yet to officially announce a fourth season.

10 Torchwood (93%)

Following the success of Doctor Who’s return to TV in 2005, Torchwood is a spin-off series which ran for four seasons between 2006 and 2011.

The series follows Captain Jack Harkness, a con man and time traveler from the future who lives on present-day Earth.

The character had previously appeared in the Doctor Who episode “The Empty Child”, where he became a companion to Christopher Eccleston’s incarnation of the character.

The spin-off series picks up with Jack as he becomes a member of the Torchwood Institute, which aims to protect the planet from otherworldly threats.

Torchwood was praised for its unpredictable storytelling and ability to tackle mature subject matter — helping it appeal to the older generations of Doctor Who fans.

9 Stranger Things (94%)

In the last few years, it’s hard to think of a more talked-about sci-fi show than Stranger Things.

The first season dropped on Netflix in the summer of 2016 and it immediately became a word-of-mouth success, earning Stranger Things praise from critics and audiences alike.

The series is set in small-town Indiana during the 1980s, where a mysterious girl with supernatural abilities accidentally opens up a portal to another dimension.

Stranger Things draws heavily from such beloved classics as The Goonies, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and Stand by Me, and nostalgia may be reason enough to tune into Stranger Things. However, the sci-fi series has also proven to be extremely well-crafted and original in its own right.

A third season is currently in the works, though it looks like we won’t get to revisit Hawkins or the Upside Down until mid-2019.

8 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (95%)

Though it debuted on Cartoon Network, Star Wars: The Clone Wars was by no means a show that could only be enjoyed by children.

The series takes place between the events of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, and it follows a number of familiar faces alongside some franchise newcomers as the unit to take on an army of droids.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars aired for six seasons between 2008 and 2014 — each of which received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics. The show also increased in popularity and quality as it continued on, with the final season holding a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

A seventh season was recently announced at this year’s SDCC, which will eventually be available on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

7 Battlestar Galactica (95%)

It’s hard to deny how captivating the first few seasons of Battlestar Galactica truly are.

The series ran for four seasons on the Sci-Fi Network, where it followed a group of humans searching for the mythical planet called Earth after their civilization is destroyed by the Cylons — an android race which the humans were responsible for creating.

Battlestar Galactica was a reimagining of the 1978 series of the same name.

However, the updated show dropped all the campiness of the original for a far more gritty and philosophical endeavor, earning both its second and third season a 100% approval rating.

6 Rick and Morty (97%)

Despite debuting back in 2013, Rick and Morty has only turned out three seasons and 31 episodes in that period of time. But that hasn’t stopped this animated sci-fi comedy from being one of the most worshipped shows of the past few years.

The Adult Swim series revolves around Rick, a self-absorbed mad scientist who drags his grandson, Morty, on a number of off-color adventures.

Regardless of the show’s abhorrent and nihilistic sensibilities, even the critics have to agree that Rick and Morty is wildly original and thoroughly entertaining.

After leaving fans on the edge following the season three finale, the show was officially picked up for 70 more episodes. 

When exactly Rick and Morty will return is still anyone’s guess.

5 The Middleman (100%)

Based on the comic book of the same name, The Middleman is a comedy/sci-fi series that ran for one season on ABC Family.

The show follows Wendy Watson, a down-on-her-luck artist who crosses paths with a secret agent, known as the Middleman, who is tasked with saving the world from a number of evil threats.

While Wendy trains to become the next Middleman, the duo fight against everything from a genetically-modified ape to an alien warrior who’s disguised as a 14-year-old girl. The series also features countless nods to other popular sci-fi and superhero stories.

While The Middleman was originally conceived to run for 13 episodes its first season, not even high praise from critics could save this series from early cancellation, and only 12 episodes ended up making it to air.

4 Farscape (100%)

A favorite amongst hardcore sci-fi fans, Farscape was a four-season series that aired on the Sci-Fi Channel from 1999 to 2003. The series follows American astronaut John Crichton, who finds himself living in an alien world when his ship is sucked into a wormhole.

While plenty of space operas feature extra-terrestrial life, Farscape stood out in how much it committed to its alien concept.

Many of the characters were created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop using extensive make-up, prosthetics, and animatronics. Even the show’s primary setting, the spaceship Moya, is a living thing unlike any we’ve seen before. This originality is what earned it the respect of many critics.

However, the small but devout following wasn’t enough to keep Farscape on the air for its planned fifth and final season.

3 The Prisoner (100%)

The Prisoner is a one-season British series that ran for 17 episodes between 1967 and 1968. The show follows a former secret agent who is abducted and transported to a remote coastal village, where he is held captive and interrogated for information.

Though the series keeps the sci-fi elements to a minimum, The Prisoner has continued to be heavily influential on the genre. It has been remade into a 2009 miniseries and a 2015 radio play, and a number of British directors — including Christopher Nolan and Ridley Scott — were rumored to be working on a film adaptation at one point or another.

The Prisoner has been praised for its ability to subvert the audience expectations at every turn, with Rolling Stone‘s Sean T. Collins writing that “everything from Lost and Twin Peaks to The Americans owe it a debt.”

2 Counterpart (100%)

While Counterpart has only run for one season so far, it’s already racked up some impressive stats on the Tomatometer — consisting of 39 positive reviews with an average rating of 8.25 out of 10.

The Starz series debuted in December of last year, and it follows Howard Silk, a U.N. employee stationed in Berlin who discovers that the agency he works for protects a portal to a parallel dimension. Eventually, Howard comes to cross paths with his parallel self, who he can’t help but think lives a much more interesting life than his own.

Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons has received praise for his performance as both leading characters, and the second season of Counterpart is currently in the works.

1 Hunters (0%)

While plenty of shows have achieved a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes, only a few have the distinction of holding a 0% approval rating. But such is the case with Hunters, a one-season series that aired on the Syfy channel back in 2016.

Hunters follows Flynn Carrol, an FBI agent trying to track down his missing wife, leading Flynn to stumble upon a secret organization who protects the world from otherworldly threats.

Critics ripped the show for being a knock-off of other sci-fi stories without bringing anything original to the table.

The show’s low-budget look, unrealistic dialogue, and grim tone certainly didn’t earn it any points either.

Audiences seemed to wholeheartedly agree. After the first seven episodes saw a massive decline in viewership, the remaining six episodes were aired at midnight before Hunters was inevitably canceled.

What’s your favorite sci-fi show? Sound off in the comments!



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16 Best (And 10 Worst) ’00s Movies According To Rotten Tomatoes, Ranked



In 1912, W.G. Faulkner started his weekly movie criticism column in the London Evening News.

In it, he detailed his experiences watching new films and offered his opinion on everything from their subject matter to reflections on the films as a form of art.

Since then, millions of newspapers, online media publications, and blogs have tried their hand in the ever-changing medium.

In the 1990s, the internet was not yet at its’ heights. People were still getting use to the shift from print to digital and newspapers were still very popular.

However, one issue with newspapers were the lack of variety that came with reviews. Specifically in regards to film criticism, each newspaper only had one or two writers providing their reviews of new films.

In 1998, three college students changed all of that when they launched Rotten Tomatoes.

Since its launch in the late ’90s, Rotten Tomatoes has provided thousands of reviews for thousands of films from hundreds of different movie critics. The review aggregation website has showcased some extraordinary films and some downright terrible ones.

The 2000s was a fantastic decade for film. Over the course of the 10 years, production companies released everything from harrowing action flicks like Gladiator to game-changing comedies such as The Hangover.

The decade also saw the release of some bad movies (Master of Disguise, anyone?)

Thankfully, Rotten Tomatoes has covered them all.

Here are the 16 Best (And 10 Worst) ’00s Movies According To Rotten Tomatoes, Ranked.

26 Best: Slumdog Millionaire – 91%

This 2008 best picture winner almost did not receive the recognition it clearly deserved.

The movie’s director, Danny Boyle reported that after the Distributor, Warner Independent Pictures, was shut down, studio heads considered releasing it as direct-to-DVD.

The films avoided this terrible fate after Fox Seachlight purchased the right to Slumdog Millionaire.

The movie follows a poor young boy, Jamal Malik, from India. He goes on a trivia game show and is able to answer every question correctly.

Through the film, the viewer is brought through Jamal’s difficult and impoverished upbringing that led to his knowledge of all the questions.

The movie was a hit throughout the world, went on to win numerous awards, and made a star out of Dev Patel.

25 Worst: One Missed Call – 0%

One Missed Call is a supernatural Japanese horror movie about a group of students receiving strange phone calls that lead to their passing.

It was a remake of a poorly reviewed Japanese film of the same name.

Like a lot of other horror films, One Missed Call received a relatively large amount of hype. It became a moderate box office success making 45 million dollars.

The viewers who ran to the theaters to watch it may have regretted the decision as the film was universally panned.

Zero of the eighty critics featured as reviewers for this film on Rotten Tomatoes could recommend the movie.

It still holds a 0% to this day on the website.

24 Best: Children of Men – 92%

Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón is known for his innovative filmmaking and beautiful cinematography.

He put all his techniques to use when he got behind the camera to direct the 2006 dystopian drama, Children of Men.

The movie follows Clive Owen’s Theo as he tries to help seemingly the last pregnant woman on Earth survive and give birth. They fight with the government and lawless criminals along the way.

The film was universally loved and received praise across countless review websites.

Cuarón’s movie was listed on numerous end of the year top ten lists and received three Academy Award nominations, although it did not win any.

To this day, the film is noted for its’ impressive single-shot action sequences that the director has utilized in most of his films to date.

23 Worst: Superbabies 2: Baby Geniuses – 0%

In 1999, TriStar Pictures release Superbabies, an action-comedy film lacking on any interesting action or funny jokes.

The movie follows several genius babies through ridiculous adventures and battles with evil adults.

It was universally ridiculed and received just a 2% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, the film made three times its’ original budget in the box office which could only mean one thing: a sequel was coming.

Five years after the release of the original movie, Superbabies 2: Baby Geniuses came out with more ridiculous adventures and a more specific title.

It also cast veteran actor Jon Voigt as the villainous TV mogul, Bill Biscane. Just like its predecessor, it received extremely poor reviews and went on to hold a 0% on the Tomatometer.

I guess viewers could not get past the digital altered baby mouths.

22 Best: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – 93%

What if you had the opportunity to erase those painful memories from your mind? What about erasing an entire person?

These are the questions raised by writer Charlie Kaufman and director Michel Gondry in their 2004 film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

The movie details the lives and relationship of Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet), who go through procedures to erase each other from their minds after a break-up.

The film portrays love and relationships truthfully, but with a wonderfully bizarre twist on the storytelling.

Critics loved the unique story and especially enjoyed the performances of Carrey and Winslet.

It received and still holds a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

21 Best: The Dark Knight – 94%

Since the 1940s, Batman has been portrayed in movies fourteen times. The first film to showcase the billionaire playboy/masked superhero was in the 1943 film entitled Batman.

The movies became very popular in the late 1980s and 1990s after a series of films were released in a short period of times.

For the most part, all of the movies smashed the box offices and many were critical successes as well.

Studios took a temporary break from Batman after the 1997 disaster Batman and Robin was released and quickly became one of the worst superhero films of all time.

Christopher Nolan revived the franchise in 2005 with the release of Batman Begins.

He followed it up with the sequel The Dark Knight, a brilliantly exciting and well told story of Bruce Wayne’s battle with the Joker (Heath Ledger).

20 Worst: Homecoming – 0%

The poster for the 2009 Mischa Barton movie has the phrase “He loves me, he loves me… not.” The critics sure did not love the movie, however, as none of the twenty-four writers featured on the Rotten Tomatoes gave it a positive review.

Much of the issues people had with the film was that it was wildly unoriginal.

It hits all of the overused movie tropes, as it follows the popular jock from high school and his new girlfriend trying to survive his crazy, and potentially dangerous, ex-girlfriend.

Along with the 0% on the Tomatometer, it received just a 21/100 score on the popular website, Metacritic.

It was so poorly reviewed that it was distributed straight to DVD in the United Kingdom.

19 Best: Iron Man – 94%

As a genius, billionaire, and superhero, Robert Downey Jr. wears a lot of hats with his portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man in the 2008 superhero – and sometimes comedy – Iron Man.

Critics loved the film, noting that it was a fantastic and fun summer movie. It went on to win the Best Summer Movie So Far award at the MTV Movie Awards.

Critics specifically noted Downey Jr’s performance and the special effects as being an integral part of the film’s success. Todd McCarthy of Variety called it an “expansively entertaining special effects extravaganza.”

While superhero movies certainly were not new, it could be argued that Iron Man’s success, along with other superhero movies such as The Dark Knight that came out during this time period, led to the boom in superhero movies that is currently going on.

18 Worst: Stolen – 0%

The 2009 movie Stolen is a perfect example of how an interesting plot and good acting cannot save a movie if the story is not told right.

Stolen tells the story of a police officer struggling to move past the disappearance of his son years previously.

In fact, he works tirelessly to uncover why his son went missing while also investigating the demise of a young boy in 1958.

The movie stars Jon Hamm as the police officer and also has Rhona Mitra and Jessica Chastain in supporting roles.

Despite the engrossing plot and veteran actors, especially Hamm, trying their best, the film received universal critical disapproval and 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.

17 Best: Casino Royale – 94%

The twenty-first instalment in the Bond franchise follows MI6 agency 007 James Bond as he battles financer Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) in a… game of poker.

While the plot does not sound too exciting on paper, the movie contains plenty of action scenes.

Chief among them is the now-famous chase scene that shows Bond (Daniel Craig) tracking down a bomb maker through the streets (and industrial cranes) of a Ugandan village.

Casino Royale was Daniel Craig’s first portrayal of the iconic character. While his hiring was initially met with controversy, he was soon praised for making the typically suave and smooth James Bond as a more intense and physical protagonist.

16 Worst: Redline – 0%

Director Andy Cheng’s movie Redline probably seemed like a good idea to make at the time.

It came out in 2007 when The Fast and the Furious franchises were still dishing out very popular sequels.

Cheng’s film follows the same format, showcasing a group of millionaires who make bets on supercar races.

Unlike the Fast franchise, this movie was not a box office success and ended up grossing eight million against a budget of twenty-six million. It was also panned by all critics.

The film became notorious for issues related to its production. The most noteworthy being that the movie was funded on a subprime mortgage just before the subprime mortgage crisis.

15 Best: Pan’s Labyrinth – 95%

The Critical Consensus section of Rotten Tomatoes calls Guillermo Del Toro’s spellbinding fantasy movie “Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups,” and next to the short write up is the 95% certified fresh tomatometer score.

Only 12 of the 229 reviewers did not consider the movie “fresh.”

The film takes place during the Spanish Civil War and follows a young girl who struggles with issues with her mother and her new step-father at home.

She finds an elaborate labyrinth presided over by a tall, lanky monster named Pan. Pan convinces Ofelia that she is a lost princess from legend and sets her on a journey to reclaim her kingdom.

The movie perfectly blends phantasmagorical cinema with realism.

14 Worst: National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers – 0%

National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers also goes by the alternate title of National Lampoon’s Lady Killers. It turns out that regardless of the name, this movie was a stinker.

The film follows two friends, played by Will Friedle and Chris Owen, who marry two older women for their money.

While the movie is an attempt at comedy, it has very few laughs.

Though the film holds a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, it is more notorious for its awful run in the box office.

It had a theatrical run of just a week before being yanked from the theaters.

In total, the movie earned $400 dollars per theater on average.

13 Best: Lost in Translation – 95%

Sofia Coppola won praise as an artist for her directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides, but it was her 2003 project that put her on the map.

Lost in Translation was released to immediately universal praise.

Maybe the most noteworthy praise came toward Bill Murray’s portrayal of the lonely actor Bob Harris and his odd relationship with a young woman he meets in Japan who is played by Scartlett Johansson.

It was a rare dramatic turn for Murray, who typically plays goofy characters in slapstick comedies.

Murray was awarded an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, while Sofia Coppola became the third woman to be nominated for best Director.

12 Worst: Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever – 0%

What do you get when you have a misleading movie title and a director who goes by the name Kaos? Apparently one of the worst reviewed films on Rotten Tomatoes.

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever stars Antonio Banderas as FBI Agent Jeremiah Ecks and Lucy Liu as ex-DIA agent Sever (no first name given) who are investigating the kidnapping of the Defense Intelligence Agency director’s son.

The two actual team up together to solve this crime bringing the “vs.” in the title into question.

The most common criticism of the movie is its messy and hard-to-follow plot and the overuse of bad special effects.

The film might be so bad that it is actually fun to watch.

11 Best: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – 97%

Taiwanese director Ang Lee is partially known for his ability to direct films that fall under a myriad of different genres.

He has been behind the camera for everything from superhero movies such as Hulk to romantic dramas like Brokeback Mountain.

His greatest achievement in film may have come in 2000 when Sony Pictures Classics released the wuxia martial arts movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The movie follows Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) and his relationship with Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) along with his desire to avenge his Master’s demise.

Eighteen years after the film’s release, it holds a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and is universally lauded for its action sequences and emotional story.

10 Best: Once (97%)

The 2007 romantic musical drama film Once has a great background story as it was almost not made.

Once spent years in the pre-production days due to issues over budget and questions regarding who would play the parts of the two main characters that only go by “guy” and “girl.”

Cillian Murphy, a former almost rock musician, was asked to play the role of “guy,” but turned it down as he felt he could not meet the vocal expectations that came with the opportunity.

As a result, it seemed at the time as though the movie might be tabled. In the end, though, they were able to get it into production and the film was made on a budget of just over 100 thousand dollars.

The movie went on to be a commercial and critical success and even won an Oscar for Best Original Song.

9 Worst: Derailed – 0%

Who do you call when a top-secret biological weapon is stolen and the whole world is at risk? Jackie Chan? Steven Segal, maybe?

Well, both of those actors would probably have fit in this movie perfectly, but in this case, you call international action star Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Van Damme plays Jacques Kristoff in this action thriller chock-full of crazy fighting sequences. While that all sounds interesting, critics had trouble recommending that anyone see the film.

The movie has a 0% on the Tomatometer, with the critical consensus being that it is “familiar and pulpy” and relies heavily on “preposterous twists.”

Straight-to-video turned out to be the right move for this movie.

8 Best: The Hurt Locker – 97%

“War is a [substance]” claims the 2008 Academy Award Best Picture winner in the opening title sequence of the film.

The movie itself is an addicting, engrossing, and unblinking look at the Iraq War and what it does to the soldiers who fight in it.

Jeremy Renner stars in this Kathryn Bigelow-directed vehicle. Critics, on the way to giving it one of the best scores on Rotten Tomatoes, heralded Renner’s realistic portrayal of a damaged soldier and Bigelow’s deft directing style.

The critics rewarded Bigelow by making her the first female to win an Academy Award for Best Director.

This movie had people wanting to come back for another watch.

7 Best: Let the Right One In – 98%

Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) has the distinction of both having a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes and one of the most unique genres of all time.

Tomas Alfredson’s second directorial effort is a Swedish vampire romantic horror drama movie.

It follows a bullied young boy who befriends a vampire that soon becomes his protector. It was so well received that a near shot-for-shot American remake was made in 2010.

To this day, Let the Right One In still holds an extremely high Tomatometer score and is critically lauded.

Roger Ebert in a separate review called it the ”best modern vampire movie.”  Sorry, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

6 Worst: Killing Me Softly – 0%

The 2002 British-American thriller is based on the novel of the same name. While the novel has been applauded, the movie adaptation has been universally criticized.

Along with the 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie’s release was met with some other very embarrassing failures.

The most prominent being that the movie’s U.S. release was canceled due to its poor reception after the release in the U.K. The movie went direct-to-DVD in the U.S.

To this day, Killing Me Softly is listed on numerous lists of worst movies to be made in the last two decades, or even all time. This one should have just stayed as a novel.

5 Best: The Wrestler – 98%

Darren Aronofsky’s sports drama movie also served as a redemption for the main actor, Mickey Rourke.

Rourke, who plays Randy “The Ram” Robinson, had struggled in the previous years leading up to his casting to find good roles in serious films.

Aronofsky gave him the chance with the 2008 movie The Wrestler and he ran with it.

The Wrestler is considered one of the best films of 2008, as it landed on numerous top ten lists of the year from critics, and still holds a whopping 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Mickey Rourke went on to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor among many other awards and restarted his career.

4 Best: Up – 98%

Pixar’s first stop on this list is the family-friended animated hit, Up.

When Up was first released, all everyone could talk about was the opening scene that left everyone in the theater with tears in the eyes.

After the tears dried, people were introduced to a beautiful and very well made movie from the always-excellent artists at Disney Pixar Studios.

The movie follows a young boy scout and his adventures with an old curmudgeon who sets off in his flying house.

A ridiculous plot that only Pixar could perfect, audiences and critics alike loved the film. Today, it remains one of the best-rated Disney Pixar films that has ever been released.

3 Worst: Pinocchio – 0%

The 1940 animated movie Pinocchio met critical praise when it was released. The 2002 remake, however, was met with the exact opposite response.

Holding onto a 0% rating for 16 years now, Roberto Benigni’s live-action retelling of the classic character is widely considered to be one of the worst movies ever made.

Critics have noted many things wrong with the movie.

Benigni has been criticized for his decision to direct, his decision to star, and his actual acting in the movie.

More than all of that, though, both movie critics and viewers note that the English-dubbed version of the originally Italian movie is unintentionally funny and makes it nearly unwatchable.

Adding all of that together gets the film a goose egg on the Tomatometer.

2 Best: Finding Nemo – 99%

Finding Nemo is a very basic story at its core. It’s about a parent’s love for his child and the lengths he or she will go to protect him.

Add in the fact that this takes place under the sea, has talking sea turtles, and a blue fish with a terrible memory, and you have a unique story and an excellent film.

Before the critics could even type up their soaring reviews, audiences were enthusiastically flocking to see it in theaters.

As a result, the movie made 10 times the original budget of 94 million, making a ridiculous 940 million dollars.

The movie critics were just as enthusiastic. In the 260 reviews collected on Rotten Tomatoes, only 2 critics deemed it rotten giving Finding Nemo a final score of 99%.

1 Best: The Taste of Others – 100%

In the U.S. alone, hundreds of movie are released in theaters every year. Internationally, it is well over a thousand.

For the most part, Rotten Tomatoes does a very good job tracking a lot of these films.

In the years between 2000 and 2009, only a few recieved the perfect score 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

One of these movies was the 2000 French film The Taste of Others.

The foreign comedy is ultimately a witty look at how opposites attract. Among many other things, the film is lauded as being well written and acted perfectly. Rotten Tomatoes calls out that the characters are “well-drawn.”

Impressively, The Taste of Others has kept its 100% rating for almost 20 years.

Today, it is currently ranked as the 14th highest ranked movie on Rotten Tomatoes.

Can you think of any other movies from the ’00s that received high or low scores on Rotten Tomatoes? Sound off in the comments!



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