We live in an age of hyperbole where everything can be categorized into “the best” and “the worst.” As a people, we love to distinguish what comes out on top and what, in contrast, falls miserably to the wayside. Whether it comes to restaurants, shops, hotels, or dishwashers, we love knowing which ones we can rely on. It’s no different when it comes to movies. Luckily, Rotten Tomatoes separates the champs from the duds, so we don’t have to.
Although there’s been a fierce debate going on for quite some time now whether or not the aggregating system the website uses is effective or not, the truth is people look to Rotten Tomatoes to see what movies they should see and which ones to avoid. Studios want to get a percentage score as close to 100% as possible in order for films to be looked upon favorably, and anything under 59% is considered rotten.
Here we take a look at some of the best and the worst movies of all time, according to Rotten Tomatoes. It’s rare that a film gets a perfect 100%, but we’ve sifted through the countless films that have been released in order to showcase those that have achieved RT perfection. We’ve also compiled some of the films that have shamefully been given a big, fat 0%, meaning they are the worst that cinema has to offer - allegedly.
Will you agree with the ratings? There’s only one way to find out.
Here are 10 Movies That Have 100% On Rotten Tomatoes (And 15 Stuck With 0%).
25 The Ridiculous 6 (2015) - 0%
Adam Sandler movies have become synonymous with cringe-worthy failure in the past decade or so, making his '90s glory days that much more bittersweet. For many, The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy, and Happy Gilmore were staples of adolescent film-viewing experience, and these movies remain friendly reminders that Sandler was once an entertaining, quality filmmakere.
However, in the past few years, Adam Sandler has been serving up dud after dud, and The Ridiculous 6 seems to be the worst of the bunch.
Offensive, lazy, and utterly puerile, this 2015 flop’s Rotten Tomato score of 0% says it all.
24 Max Steel (2016) - 0%
Max Steel is a sci-fi adventure movie based on the bestselling Mattel action figure of the same name. Released in 2016, the movie tanked at the box office, and was panned by critics and audiences alike.
Even with Andy Garcia’s name in the credits, the movie couldn’t hide the fact that it was a dull, bland exercise in trying to sell more Mattel toys before Christmas.
Hopes of making this film a successful franchise were dashed when the response to the movie came out as wholly negative.
The only achievement Max Steel was awarded was being considered one of the top five worst movies of that year.
23 The Terminator (1984) - 100%
There have been six Terminator movies released in total, all with varying degrees of box-office success. However, the original film released in 1984 has been the most critically-triumphant by far, gaining itself a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Although Arnold Schwarzenegger had been doing film work since 1970, it was really The Terminator movie that thrust him into huge fame, just after he had starred in Conan the Barbarian two years before in 1982.
The sci-fi Terminator franchise became a huge hit with fans of the genre, and the first couple of films remain cult classics to this day.
22 The Layover (2017) - 0%
This irreverent comedy starring Kate Upton, Alexandra Daddario, and Matt Barr has little going for it on any level.
Its premise, which sees two women fighting over a man, is woefully outdated and shamefully misogynistic, and does little to advance the cause of women - or men, for that matter.
With its raunchy humor and lackluster character, The Layover is perhaps best summed up by Richard Roeper for the Chicago Sun-Times: “I’d rather revisit [a] hypothetical layover at O’Hare than give this movie any further thought.”
With the addition of a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, that’s pretty much all anyone needs to know about this dire film.
21 Paddington 2 (2018) - 100%
It’s a well-known fact that most sequels are considered to be of poorer quality than their original film. Of course, there are exceptions to this, and Paddington 2 certainly seems to be one of the best examples.
People were bowled over by the adorable marmalade sandwich-loving bear when the first film was released in 2014.
Fans of the first movie were delighted when its fantastic sequel came out earlier this year.
With its message of tolerance and spreading everyday kindness, Paddington 2 melted the hearts of audiences of all ages and proved that family-friendly movies can be the best kind of entertainment there is.
20 Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star (2011) - 0%
Co-written by Adam Sandler and starring Nick Swardson, Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star is another failed attempt to be funny and entertaining by Happy Madison Productions, the production company founded by Sandler.
It was a box-office flop and got destroyed by critics across the board.
Not only did this film about a man-child with buck-teeth get a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it was also nominated for six Razzie Awards, including the Golden Raspberry for Worst Picture.
In addition to this, the movie also received the Moldy Tomato award for being the worst-reviewed film of 2011 on Rotten Tomatoes.
19 Pinocchio (2002) - 0%
Roberto Benigni rose to critical acclaim when his 1997 film Life is Beautiful (La Vita è Bella) won three Academy Awards. For a man brimming with such accolades, it’s both surprising and tragic that his next directorial offering was such a catastrophic failure.
Pinocchio is a live-action re-telling of the classic children’s fairy tale which stars Benigni as the marionette who wishes to be a real boy. Unfortunately, the result was a creepy, poorly-made film that seemed to be a misguided vanity-project.
The movie was lambasted by critics, and has solidified its reputation as one of the worst movies ever by receiving a 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
18 Before Sunrise (1995) - 100%
Before Sunrise is the first of Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, which follows the love story between two people who meet on a train. The film is essentially one long conversation between the couple as they wander the streets of Vienna, getting to know one another, and is often listed as one of the most romantic films of all time.
The way the love story unfolds between the two protagonists is so organic and so vulnerable, that it is hard not to get swept up in the magic of their encounter.
All three movies in the trilogy have incredibly high scores on Rotten Tomatoes, but Before Sunrise stands out as the one with a perfect score of 100%.
17 Jaws: The Revenge (1987) - 0%
Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller about a huge, man-eating great white shark made a huge splash when it was released, and has since become known as one of the greatest films ever made.
Unfortunately, the film’s ill-advised third sequel, Jaws: The Revenge, released in 1987, has become recognized as one of the worst films ever made.
Talk about polar opposites. The film was made in just nine months, which isn’t surprising when you watch it.
With seven Golden Raspberry nominations and a score of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, even a bigger boat couldn’t save this film from tanking.
16 Toy Story 2 (1999) - 100%
The Toy Story franchise is beloved by countless people, young and old, but will always hold a special place in the hearts of children growing up in the '90s. The question over which of the three films is the best one is still a hotly debated topic, but if we’re looking at Rotten Tomatoes scores, it’s actually a tie.
Both Toy Story and Toy Story 2 have 100% ratings on the website, while the third film follows close behind with a score of 99%.
This is practically unheard of for a film franchise, and just goes to show the lasting legacy that Woody and Buzz have had on our cinematic lives.
15 Pudsey The Dog: The Movie (2014) - 0%
Family films about animals can be wonderful things as we’ve seen with the Paddington films, but sometimes, they can go woefully wrong.
It’s mind-boggling that a movie about a cute dog could tank so badly, but Pudsey The Dog: The Movie proved that anything is possible.
In perhaps one of the most scathing reviews of this film, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote: “This is a British film so depressingly bad that cinemas should play the adagietto from Mahler's Fifth over a loudspeaker as audiences file out grimly into the foyer afterwards, silently asking themselves if life has any value.” Ouch.
14 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) - 0%
Why anyone would think making a sequel to the 1999 film Baby Geniuses was a good idea is frankly dumbfounding.
Perhaps one of the most unnecessary movie follow-ups of all time, Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 stars Jon Voight and a bunch of mouthy toddlers.
With a severe lack of taste and an arsenal of jokes that fail to land, this film’s goofiness is as staggering as its confused premise.
It’s no wonder then that it garnered universally negative reviews and a big, fat 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. This is one film that nobody ever wanted or needed.
13 Leave No Trace (2018) - 100%
Leave No Trace is the most recent film to be released in this list, and has already established itself as a amazing piece of cinema.
Directed by Debra Granik, the film stars Ben Foster as a veteran with PTSD and Thomasin McKenzie as his daughter.
The movie has received critical acclaim, and both actors performances have been praised for their immense power. This is definitely a film to take note of, and its perfect score of 100% shows that there is a lot of fresh talent in the cinema scene.
12 Mac and Me (1988) - 0%
Another family-friendly feature to fail miserably is the 1988 cinematic travesty that is Mac and Me. This sci-fi adventure film is infamous both for being a shameless rip-off of Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed E.T, as well as for being a thinly-veiled film-length commercial for McDonalds and Coca-Cola.
The film was panned by critics, and audiences failed to be enamored by the plot.
Mac and Me was nominated for four Golden Raspberry Awards and won the prize for Worst Director as well as Worst New Star (poor Ronald McDonald) and has reached bad movie cult-status with its 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
11 Mr. Roosevelt (2017) - 100%
Mr. Roosevelt tell the story of a young woman who comes back to her hometown in order to deal with her past, while staying at her ex-boyfriend’s place with his new girlfriend.
The film, released in 2017, is Noel Wells’ directorial debut and had its world premiere at the South by Southwest festival where it received a standing ovation.
It has had a hugely positive critical response, mirrored by its perfect score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Full of tenderness and packed full of relatable moments, Mr. Roosevelt may not have the prominence of its fellow 100% scoring films, but it is certainly as well-deserved.
10 Precious Cargo (2016) - 0%
There’s no denying that Bruce Willis is a veteran of the action genre. His reputation as the “tough guy” will always live on in our minds. However, as great as the Die Hard franchise is, and as much as we love seeing Willis kick butt in countless other films, there comes a time when even the most macho hero needs to hang up his weapons.
Arguably, Willis’ time came with the release of Precious Cargo. With action clichés and a limp script, the only precious cargo of note in the film is Bruce Willis’ dignity, which unfortunately couldn’t be saved.
9 The Sweet Hereafter (1997) - 100%
This 1997 Canadian drama focuses on the aftermath of a tragic school bus accident in a small town, and how the community deals with the losses and sorrows that result from it.
Although The Sweet Hereafter did not have huge box-office success, it received many notable awards and nominations, including the Grand Prix at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, as well as two Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Its enduring quality is seen in its 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as its inclusion in the Toronto International Film Festival’s list of top ten Canadian films of all time.
8 A Thousand Words (2012) - 0%
Eddie Murphy once used to be one of the most successful men in comedy, and there was a time, quite long ago now, when his name equalled box-office success.
Unfortunately, sometime around the early 2000s, Murphy made took a series of terrible roles, which cost him his A-list status.
The Adventures of Pluto Nash has often been cited as the film that caused the actor’s downturn, but despite a succession of film failures, Murphy continued to act.
A Thousand Words, released in 2012, is one of the more recent flops Murphy has appeared in.
7 Man On Wire (2008) - 100%
Man on Wire is a 2008 biographical documentary about Philippe Petit’s high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York City’s former World Trade Center in 1974.
Based on Petit’s book To Reach the Clouds, the film was a huge success, winning the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, a BAFTA for Outstanding British Film, and perhaps most impressively, an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Man on Wire has a perfect score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and is widely considered one of the best documentaries ever made.
6 Wagons East! (1994) - 0%
Before he passed away in 1994, John Candy was widely considered to be a formidable comedic actor. He starred in great comedy classics such as Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Spaceballs, Uncle Buck, and Cool Runnings.
Despite the many great films in his filmography, Candy’s career wasn’t always sweet.
One of his least successful roles was in the 1994 flop Wagons East!, a Western parody, which also happened to be the actor’s final role, as he passed during its filming.
Despite the film’s posthumous release, it was a box-office failure and didn't get a single positive review on RT.
5 Look Who’s Talking Now! (1993) - 0%
Sadly for John Travolta, this isn’t the only film he’s starred in to receive a shameful 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Look Who’s Talking Now is the third and final installment of the Look Who’s Talking franchise, and unfortunately, this series of movies ended on rather a sour note.
Released in 1993, this abysmal romantic comedy sees John Travolta and Kirstie Alley reprising their roles as James and Mollie Ubriacco.
The sequel does not deliver any quality in any way.
The film was lambasted upon its release, and has remained the lowest rated movie of the trilogy.
4 Mary Poppins (1964) - 100%
Mary Poppins soared into the hearts of children everywhere and delivered a spoonful of greatness in every which way with its perfect score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The story of the nanny who brought fun to the children she cared for is one of the most beloved Disney movies of all time, so it’s not surprising that its critical response reflects this.
With a new Mary Poppins on the horizon starring Emily Blunt, we’ll just have to wait and see if she can keep up the perfect score and deliver another 100% for the Poppins reputation - it’s certainly a hard act to follow.
3 Surfer, Dude (2008) - 0%
Back in the mid-2000s, most people would laugh if it was suggested Matthew McConaughey might one day win an Oscar. Yet, here we are in the age of the McConaissance where he now has an Academy Award and is considered a reputable and esteemed actor.
Before he revitalized his career, McConaughey was in a number of critically panned films, including Surfer, Dude, which is arguably the worst of the bunch.
With its 0% Rotten Tomatoes rating and having been deemed as a “lackluster vanity production” by The Hollywood Reporter, this might just be one McConaughey movie to miss.
2 Citizen Kane (1941) - 100%
It is generally agreed that the 1941 Orson Wells masterpiece Citizen Kane is one of the most revered and respected films of all the time, and subsequently, it appears in most Greatest Movies of all Time lists. It should be no surprise then that Citizen Kane is one of the rare movies to have the coveted 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
This movie about a newspaper tycoon’s rise and fall is as much a piece of art as it is a cinematic triumph, and it often used as a marker against which other great films are held against.
1 Gotti (2018) - 0%
John Travolta rose to fame in 1977 playing Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever. The following year, Travolta continued his success streak by playing Danny in the hit musical Grease.
It therefore would seem like a great idea to put him in another dance-focused movie, right? In theory, yes. In 1983, a follow-up to Saturday Night Fever was released called Staying Alive, in which Travolta reprised his role as Tony. The movie was a catastrophe, earning a 0% score.
This performance certainly tarnished the actor’s reputation, and it took quite a while for him to regain his standing in Hollywood. Then came 2018, when Travolta starred in Gotti - a mob biopic directed by a former Entourage star that earned him yet another goose egg on Rotten Tomatoes.
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