A movie is as good as it’s Rotten Tomatoes score – or are they? As “Rotten Tomatoes and the Tomatometer score are the world’s most trusted recommendation resources for quality entertainment”, it has a big influence on what we watch. And while we may not always agree with the scores, it sets our expectations for the quality of the movie and helps us gauge if the movie is even worth our time in the first place. As it turns out, these 5 movies just didn’t make the cut and received a whopping ZERO in their ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, despite some big-name stars. Which movies failed to impress?
Precious Cargo (2016)
Precious Cargo is a 2016 Canadian action film directed by Max Adams. It follows Eddie (Bruce Willis), a murderous crime boss, as he hunts down the seductive thief Karen (Claire Forlani) who failed him. In order to win back Eddie’s trust, Karen recruits her ex-lover and premier thief Jack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) to steal a cargo of rare precious gems. But when the job goes down, allegiances are betrayed and lines are crossed as Jack, Karen, and Eddie face off in a fateful showdown. The film stars were Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Bruce Willis, Claire Forlani, John Brotherton, Lydia Hull and Daniel Bernhardt.
“A straight-to-video nightmare is all that’s on offer here.” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
“An absolute waste of time and an insult to action cinema.” – Mikel Zorrilla, Espinof
“What persuaded Bruce Willis to accept a role in this cheap-looking, poorly scripted, irredeemably derivative crime thriller is a question only he, and his agent, can answer.” – Brian Viner, Daily Mail (UK)
Max Steel (2016)
Max Steel is a 2016 American superhero film based on the action-figure line of the same name. In the movie, Directed by 16-year old Max McGrath moves to a new town and is desperately trying to fit in. He soon discovers that his body can generate the universe’s most powerful energy. Unbeknown to Max, a slightly rebellious and hilarious techno-organic extraterrestrial named Steel has been keeping an eye on him, hungry for his super-human energy. When they finally meet, they discover that together they form MAX STEEL, a superhero possessing powerful strength beyond anything in our world. These two unlikely friends soon find themselves hunted by sinister forces who want to control Max’s powers, as well as an unstoppable enemy from another galaxy. The film stars Ben Winchell, Josh Brener, Ana Villafañe, Andy García, Maria Bello and Billy Slaughter.
“A half-baked, time-wasting curtain-raiser for a superhero franchise that is never, ever going to happen.” – Joe Leydon, Variety
“Max Steel is what happens when the sole rationale for your film is ‘People used to like this toy.’” – Allen Adams, The Maine Edge
“Isn’t just ugly, but it’s boring, and it’s a shame considering the concept at least has potential.” – Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
Cabin Fever (2016)
Cabin Fever is a 2016 American horror film directed by Travis Zariwny. He directed it under a pseudonym, Travis Z (did he know it was going to be a flop?). The movie is a remake of the 2002 film of the same name. Eli Roth, writer and director of the original film, acts as co-writer and executive producer and while the original film got a 64% on Rotten Tomatoes, the 2016 remake got 64% less and has since held a 0% score. The story is familiar: fresh out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying-only to become snacks for a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. The film stars Samuel Davis, Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario, Nadine Crocker, and Dustin Ingram.
“This dud sets a new standard for the term ‘pointless remake.” – Geoff Berkshire, Variety
“Who benefits from the existence of this film?” – Glenn Kenny, New York Times
“I watched this, so you don’t have to.” – Candice Frederick, Reel Talk Online
Dark Crimes (2018)
Jim Carrey stars in what is supposed to be a “spellbinding thriller” from the Executive Producers of The Revenant and Black Mass. The story is based on David Grann’s article “True Crime: A Postmodern Murder Mystery”, about convicted murderer Krystian Bala, published in 2008 by The New Yorker. When police officer Tadek (Carrey) finds similarities between an unsolved murder and a crime outlined in a book by famed writer Krystov Kozlov, Tadek begins to track Kozlov and his girlfriend, a mysterious sex-club worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg). As his obsession with Kozlov grows, Tadek descends into a deadly underworld of sex, lies, and corruption to find the shocking, deadly truth. Dark Crimes (originally released in film festivals before 2018 as True Crimes) is a 2016 detective drama film directed by Alexandros Avranas and written by Jeremy Brock.
“[W]e’re trying to figure out basic things, like who these characters are, what they’re doing … and why we’re watching something so lifeless.” – Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
“It’s shot and edited beautifully by Michal Englert and Agnieszka Glinska, respectively, creating a grimy, hopeless world that ought to bring the best out of the cast. Unfortunately, when you’re dealing with Carrey doing a fake Polish accent and NOT trying to be funny, this is something of a mission impossible.” – Luke Y. Thompson, Forbes
The Last Days of American Crime (2020)
Netflix’s new release comes at a bad time, as The Last Days of American Crime ( a 2020 American action thriller film directed by Olivier Megaton) coincides with the Black Lives Matter protests. The movie is based on Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini’s 2009 graphic novel of the same name and depicts violent content and police brutality. The movie tells the tale of Graham Bricke (Edgar Ramírez), a career criminal who was never able to hit the big score who teams up with famous gangster progeny Kevin Cash (Michael C. Pitt), and black-market hacker Shelby Dupree (Anna Brewster). Together, they plan to pull off the heist of the century and the last crime in American history before the U.S. government broadcasts a signal that makes it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts/ It stars Édgar Ramírez, Anna Brewster, Michael Pitt, Patrick Bergin, and Sharlto Copley.
“Don’t care about story, characters or words, but love violence? Even you will be disappointed.” – Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
“The Last Days Of American Crime is just another action movie that takes way too long to tell its story, and could have been better executed. I would highly recommend skipping this one.” – Tatat Bunnag, Bangkok Post
“The Last Days of American Crime is not about crime or America, or about anything.” – Alci Rengifo, Entertainment Voice
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