10 Worst Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time, According To Rotten Tomatoes
Since its birth in 1818 with Mary Shelleythe novel Frankenstein (although some experts dispute this distinction), science fiction has remained a genre like no other. In expert hands, science fiction looks into the future while making bizarre and often uncomfortable observations about the here and now. Some of the greatest sci-fi movies: blade runner, Metropolis, Extraterrestrialthe original star wars, will forever remain timeless and stimulating. There’s also plenty of lesser sci-fi with considerable escapism and replay value.
There is also some really terrible science fiction. There are sci-fi movies that technically touch on technology and science, but fail to do much except perhaps annoy audiences. According Tomatometer reviews, these ten unfortunates represent the absolute worst of sci-fi in cinema. Believe it or not, they are all rated lower than Mac and me.
10. “The Adventures of Pluto Nash” (2002) – 5%
There is nothing more disappointing and depressing than a comedy without laughter. Wait, hit that: there’s nothing more disappointing and depressing than a no-laugh comedy starring a comedic genius.
The Adventures of Pluto Nash is most infamous from a financial standpoint, a massive flop that failed to recoup 8% of its budget in its entire run. Set in 2080 and featuring Eddie Murphy as an over-the-moon nightclub owner who disagrees with the crowd (admittedly, a fun idea), Pluto Nash has defenders today. No one is arguing that it’s good, just that maybe he didn’t deserve to fall as hard as he did. Frankly, nothing can make up for its main sin: that it’s just not very funny.
9. “Rollerball” (2002) – 3%
Is this the worst sci-fi sports movie of all time? Critics say yes. A smug, barely great remake of a 1975 best movie that even starred James Caan would continue to criticize openly, Roller muted the only interesting element of the original: social criticism.
The ’70s film is set in a dystopian future, where a violent sport is used to control the population. The remake is set in the present and focuses more on the action, which is poorly executed and causes headaches. In a half-star review, Roger Ebert called the picture “an incoherent mess, a confused mess in search of intrigue, meaning, rhythm and meaning”. The real kicker here: Roller was ruled by action royalty, die hard and Predator coxswain John McTiernan. Ouch.
8. “Battlefield Earth” (2000) – 3%
Contrary, say Pluto Nash, battlefield land is a notorious flop that doesn’t really have any visible defenders today. It’s a deeply awful movie on every level, though it’s surely so bad it’s good, at least sometimes. Based on Scientology L.Ron Hubbard‘s book of the same name about a human uprising against seemingly superior aliens in the year 3000, everything about the execution here is goofy, sometimes hilarious.
battlefield land swept the 2000 Razzies with seven wins including Worst Picture. It went on to receive Razzies’ “Worst Drama of Our First 25 Years” and “Worst Movie of the Decade” awards, setting a new record for Razzies won for a single film.
7. “Baby Geniuses” (1999) – 2%
genius babies is, and this is no exaggeration, a disturbing experience. Blame the effects of Uncanny Valley, the exhausting onslaught of diaper jokes, the shock of seeing a magnetic, iconic on-screen presence like Kathleen Turner in a mess about an evil billionaire capitalizing on baby talk, a myriad of other reasons. Talking toddlers worked like a charm in animation Rugrats (very popular at the time). In live action, it’s about as bizarre as Suspiria.
Today, many observers regard 1999 as one of the most beautiful years in the history of cinema, perhaps even the best. And many people also consider genius babies the worst movie of this year.
6. “Left Behind” (2014) – 0%
When there’s a good script and a good direction (and frankly, even sometimes when there isn’t) Nicholas Cage constantly reminds us why he is one of the most beloved and talented living actors. Based on the religious book series of the same name, Left over tells of a rapture and those, you know, left behind. During a low point in Cage’s career (his gifts were thankfully recently reassessed following Oscar-caliber work in movies like mandy and Pig), Left over anything but smother the mystifying intensity of the actor. He plays a pilot and spends most of the 110 minutes landing in a plane. That’s it.
It’s not fair to slam faith-based films outright. A recent example of a movie that worked was last year’s moving and endearing sports flick American Underdog. Left over is, unfortunately, a film where a message is mired in poor cinematography.
5. ‘Alone in the Dark (2005) – 1%
Uwe BollThe $20 million budget video game adaptation (which sounds modest, but the movie looks a lot cheaper) is often ranked among the worst films of all time, a standout among the less-than-adored pantheon. by the filmmaker’s criticism.
christian slater as a paranormal investigator and Tara Reid as an archaeologist have negative chemistry, and the action scenes are incredibly inept. Even by video game movie standards, Alone in the darksurprisingly lacking.
4. “Max Steel” (2016) – 0%
No matter how misguided or poorly constructed, no superhero movie can be as bad as a superhero movie that has no idea what it wants to be. Or how to make sense. According to critics, the incompetence of Max Steel makes batman and robin look like there will be blood. Yes, it’s the worst superhero movie of all time, according to the Tomatometer.
If there is an element of Max Steel it’s not terrible, it’s Maria Bello in a supporting role. Yet even an actor of his caliber can’t save this nightmare. If movies like catwoman and batman and robin are so bad they are good, Max Steel is a disconcerting experience that borders on depression.
3. ‘Highlander II: The Quickening’ (1991) – 0%
Long recognized for having one of the most laughable movie titles of all time, Highlander 2: The Quickening continues mountaineerthe immortals sci-fi saga, wasting a solid cast including Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madson and Michel Dacier in the middle of some truly atrocious cinema. Naming it the worst film of 1991, Roger Ebert called Acceleration “ridiculously incomprehensible.”
Highlander 2: The Quickening is one of many mountaineer sequels, but There can only be one which stands out as the most infamous. It’s This one.
2. ‘Super Babies: Genius Babies 2’ (2004) – 0%
Phew. The worst film of one of the best years for cinema, 1999 genius babies was a critical exercise in misery. The sequel to 2004 (it’s probably worth mentioning that 2004 was also an exceptionally strong year for big movies overall) is considerably worse.
More Uncanny Valley effects that will haunt your nightmares, half-hearted rude gags, and phone-in adult performances are just a few of the notable offenders in this moan about enhanced toddlers trying to thwart a media mogul (Jon Voight) nefarious plan to alter minds.
1. ‘Ballistics: Ecks versus Sever’ (2002) – 0%
According to reviewers via Rotten Tomatoes, this embarrassingly incompetent cyber-espionage dumpster fire is the worst movie ever made, of any genre. World-class performers Antonio Banderas and lucy liu are trapped in a box office disaster that is technically an action movie, but plays out like it was intentionally designed to put us to sleep.
East Ballistics: Ecks vs. Sever worth seeing? Is it so bad it’s good? The answer is probably no. More than anything, it’s boring. And that’s just a fucking shame.
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