17 Great Movies With Insultingly Low Rotten Tomatoes Scores

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17 Great Movies With Insultingly Low Rotten Tomatoes Scores

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17 Great Movies With Insultingly Low Rotten Tomatoes Scores

The tomatometer has become the number one reference in the world of movie reviews with millions of movie fans flocking to rottentomatoes.com every weekend to see how new flicks are being rated among top critics.

The website does seem to get it right most of the time, ranking movies like Bridesmaids, Dazed and Confused and The Avengers in the 90 percent range. 

However, sometimes they totally rip apart some of our favorites. Scroll through the gallery to see which of our faves were given those rotten scores.

17 Great Movies With Insultingly Low Rotten Tomatoes Scores
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The Boondock Saints — 20 percent

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The Boondock Saints — 20 percent

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The cult classic with fan-favorite Norman Reedus was torn to shreds on the site, with critic Felix Vasquez Jr. calling it, “An embarrassing waste of time, and nothing even resembling the guiltiest of guilty pleasures…”


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Spaceballs — 54 percent

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Spaceballs — 54 percent

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If you’re not familiar with Spaceballs, make sure and watch it as soon as possible. This Star Wars parody film is one of a kind, but unfortunately certain somebodies didn’t agree. 

“It's mostly forced humor all the way, a movie that rarely measures up to adequate kitsch,” says one review. Ouch.

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Wet Hot American Summer — 32 percent

Wet Hot American Summer — 32 percent

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This movie was so great that Netflix decided to do a spinoff with the original cast 14 years later. 

Top critic Stephen Hunter didn’t share our sentiments exclaiming, “This is supposed to be funny? It was so depressing I almost started to cry.”

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Home Alone — 54 percent

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Home Alone — 54 percent

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One of the most iconic Christmas movies of all time, was just another waste of time to the critics. 

One of them flat out called it an “overrated family comedy.” We’re actually hurt!


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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York — 24 percent

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York — 24 percent

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Someone must really have it out for Macaulay Culkin. The popular sequel was just as good as its original, but critics hardly agreed, with one proclaiming, “Wasn’t one of these bad enough?”


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Hook — 30 percent

Hook — 30 percent

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“It should have been great but it just doesn't have enough magic dust to fly.” They’ve gotta be kidding? Hook is the stuff of dreams!

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Forrest Gump — 72 percent

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Forrest Gump — 72 percent

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This is a pretty high score for our list, but it’s terribly low considering Forrest Gump is one of the greatest movies of all time. 

It should have been easily ranked in the top percentile, but critics like Tim Brayton said, “Tries very hard to be all things to all people, and as a result fails to be anything at all.”

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Space Jam — 37 percent

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Space Jam — 37 percent

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Was it worthy of an Oscar? No. Was it flat-out awesome? YES! It doesn’t matter how we felt, because most certified critics called it, “A silly, forgettable comedy…” No one has forgotten about Space Jam, no one.

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Big Daddy — 40 percent

Big Daddy — 40 percent

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Adam Sandler’s movies generally aren't well received on Rotten Tomatoes, but Big Daddy definitely should have had a better score. 

Most critics didn’t like the combination of humor and emotion, with one saying, “The heavy-handed sentimentality provokes a most violent gag reflex.”

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Kingdom of Heaven — 39 percent

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Kingdom of Heaven — 39 percent

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It may not be a hit with the ladies, but there is definitely a man in your life who knows almost every word to this film. 

Critic Mike McGranaghan wasn’t a fan, saying, “So much attention has been spent on making a big, lavish piece of Oscar bait that the soul of the movie is completely ripped out.”

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Super Troopers — 35 percent

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Super Troopers — 35 percent

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Perhaps Broken Lizard’s most famous and beloved film, it was just another piece of junk to critics. 

One stated it was “...numbingly boring and jaw-droppingly dumb.” Well, it was supposed to be dumb. Wasn’t that the point?


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Not Another Teen Movie — 28 percent

Not Another Teen Movie — 28 percent

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NATM is one of the great spoof movies of our time. It was so spot on in making fun of movies like Varsity Blues, She’s All That, and The Breakfast Club, that we don’t quite understand how critics didn’t see that. 

When it premiered, one critic warned us to, “Save your time, save your money, save your soul. Stay at home.”

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Jumanji — 48 percent

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Jumanji — 48 percent

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Say it ain’t so. Jumanji? How could they? Fans love the movie so much that a spin off is coming later this year with Dwayne Johnson. 

Even with beloved Robin Williams starring, critics still hated it, with one saying, “All the effects in the world can't disguise the thin plot.” 

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National Treasure — 44 percent

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National Treasure — 44 percent

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Perhaps Nicolas Cage’s best film ever, National Treasure was anything BUT that with movie buffs. 

Acclaimed critic Richard Roeper called it “so bad on so many levels.”

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The Vow — 29 percent

The Vow — 29 percent

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The power of love or Channing Tatum wasn’t wooing any reviewers over at Rotten Tomatoes, with one claiming, “It gets bogged down in mopey melodrama and never quite recovers.”

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The Notebook — 52 percent

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The Notebook — 52 percent

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How this movie isn’t rated certified fresh is beyond us. One review claimed it was, “Two parts idiotic romance, one part offensive melodrama.” We can’t even.

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The Princess Diaries — 47 percent

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The Princess Diaries — 47 percent

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“It's another movie where teenage girls look like a bunch of unfeeling idiots or worse.” No one talks about the Princess of Genovia that way!

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The tomatometer has become the number one reference in the world of movie reviews with millions of movie fans flocking to rottentomatoes.com every weekend to see how new flicks are being rated among top critics.

The website does seem to get it right most of the time, ranking movies like Bridesmaids, Dazed and Confused and The Avengers in the 90 percent range. 

However, sometimes they totally rip apart some of our favorites. Scroll through the gallery to see which of our faves were given those rotten scores.