Not all movies are brilliant, but a few such as the Shawshank Redemption are acclaimed as getting as close to a perfect score as possible. At the other end of the scale, there are movies that are universally considered as being so bad they are practically unwatchable. There are not many bad movies that Rotten Tomatoes gave a 0 rating to, but here are a few.
Sometimes a bad film can be so bad it is so bad it’s good, and it can be fun to watch if only to see just how not to make a movie!
Jaws the Revenge (Jaws 4)
First up on our list of bad movies that Rotten Tomatoes gave a 0 rating for is Jaws the Revenge (Jaws 4). The first Jaws film was a fantastic movie, but as the studio rushed to cash in, the quality of the subsequent films decreased.
By the time they got to Jaws 4 in 1987 the barrel was well and truly scraped. The plot is preposterous , the special effects are ridiculous and the film was full of inconsistencies. It was a sad end to a once great film franchise.
Highlander 2: The Quickening
The 1990s also saw their share of bad movies that Rotten Tomatoes gave a 0 rating. Highlander 2: The Quickening was a follow up to the successful Highlander movie, and although it had the same cast of Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, transferring the action to a sci-fi setting in outer space did not work. Many critics dubbed it the worst film ever made, calling it dreary and illogical, with no sense of the fun that made the first movie such a hit.
Other Bad Movies
The ’90s was a productive decade for films with a whopping 5 movies made in 2002 alone, judged as bad movies that Rotten Tomatoes gave a 0 rating. These include Killing Me Softly, Derailed and Pinocchio. The latter was an Italian made film based on the well-known story of the same name, and although it did win a couple of accolades in Italy for costumes, the consensus of opinion from American critics was “an unfunny, poorly-made, creepy vanity project.”
There have been a couple of bad movies that Rotten Tomatoes gave a 0 Rating in 2020. This includes John Henry, a thriller that tells the story of a former L.A. gang member helping two immigrant children escape from the gang boss. It has been described as having cartoonish violence with ponderous banter.
The other is the Last Days of American Crime, which was released in June 2020. The film has been described as being woefully out of touch with the current climate and is gory, excessive, and incoherent. A brutal fight scene in which a cop chokes a “bad guy” is a bit too close to home to the real-world police brutality, and according to critics, it seems like some sloppy relic of what once passed for entertainment.