Like any other art form, film is bound to elicit a variety of reactions from those who experience it. As such, what defines a quality film versus a cinematic failure is entirely objective, and yet, even with that built-in divisiveness, some films still manage to somehow earn a reputation for being among the worst ever to hit the silver screen.
Today, we take a closer look at some of the most universally reviled films to worm their way through the development and production process in the past few years. For the record, we’re focusing on movies that have earned an infamous reputation for just how bad they are, rather than turning our attention to terrible releases that have justly remained trapped in obscurity. The list is ordered from least hated to most, based on their Rotten Tomatoes score:
10. Battleship (2012)
Just because the 1985 comedy Clue brilliantly adapted the board game to the big screen doesn’t mean that just any plotless pastime can be given the cinematic treatment. Poor Taylor Kitsch (who suffered from the release of John Carter the very same year) tries to steer this ship (pun intended) with the help of Liam Neeson (!) and Rihanna (?). However, the superfluous, listless film — which earned just a 34% on Rotten Tomatoes — does nothing to justify its own existence. Consider it sunk already.