Redbox wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving. While you enjoy family, feasts, and football, be sure to save some room for films. But not just any films. In honor of the holiday, we’re serving up some movie turkeys, those fascinating, but unfortunate flicks that critics declared to be most “fowl.”
Bill Murray once said that it’s “an amazing triumph” even to make a bad movie.
These movie turkeys share one spectacular achievement: each earned a 0 percent Tomatometer score on the Rotten Tomatoes review aggregation website. This means that they did not receive even one positive review. Even The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, which had the worst opening weekend in Hollywood history, got a 27 percent on the Tomatometer.
You have to admire this elite level of turkey-ness that proves something Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman (The Princess Bride) once said of Hollywood: “Nobody knows anything.”
Here are five juicy movie turkeys that raise one question: How did this get made? That’s what makes them so delicious!
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu, and a lot of explosions. It cost $70 million and took in only $14 million at the box office. “For many viewers,” wrote the Associated Press critic, “the big question may not be… why Ecks and Severs are fighting in the first place, but why am I sitting here?”
Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star
Nick Swardson, one of Adam Sandler’s crew, got his shot as a leading man in this comedy about a small-town Iowa man who comes to California to be a porn star. The New York Times sniffed, “This may be the worst movie Pauley Shore has ever been in. Think about that.”
A Thousand Words
Every time fast-talking literary agent Eddie Murphy speaks, a magical tree loses a leaf. And critics lost their minds. Entertainment Weekly had two words for this clunker: “strenuously unfunny.”
“An epic turkey.” That’s what the Philadelphia Inquirer called Oscar-winner Roberto Benigni’s live-action adaptation of the timeless children’s story. Benigni himself—then 50 years-old!—starred as the puppet who wants to become a real boy.
The Nutcracker in 3-D
Since Thanksgiving is a time of sharing, share with us the worst movie you’ve ever seen!