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The 50 Worst Sequels of All Time

Jaws. The Karate Kid. Speed. Paul Blart: Mall Cop. All classic movies. What’s also binding them together is the fact they’ve all had terrible sequels. These forlorn follow-ups are below 10% on the Tomatometer and we’ve rounded them up, and other movies like them, for our guide to the 50 worst sequels of all time.

Franchises with multiple entries include Atlas Shrugged, Highlander, and Big Momma’s House. If you’re questioning why Police Academy only appears only once despite multiple sequels with a 0% Tomatometer score, it’s because there’s a 10 review minimum, to ensure that each sequel that shows up here has crushed enough critics’ hopes for getting a decent follow-up. And for movies with the same Tomatomter score, we ranked the the ones with more reviews higher up. We used the same ranking method for our list of the 100 worst movies ever.

Now, get ready for some brand name disappointment with the 50 worst sequels of all time!

#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 11.533%
Critics Consensus: This teen horror movie brings nothing new to an already exhausted genre. And it's bad. Really bad.
Synopsis: Tall tales turn into chilling reality in this sequel to the 1998 horror hit Urban Legend. Amy Mayfield (Jenny Morrison)... [More]
Directed By: John Ottman

#49
Adjusted Score: 11.861%
Critics Consensus: A witless follow-up to the surprise 1999 hit, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo is raunchy, politically incorrect, and not particularly funny.
Synopsis: Women of the world beware -- the world's least likely male pleasure machine is back in business and breaching international... [More]
Directed By: Mike Bigalow, Mike Bigelow

#48

Little Fockers (2010)
9%

#48
Adjusted Score: 13.224%
Critics Consensus: As star-studded as it is heartbreakingly lazy, Little Fockers takes the top-grossing trilogy to embarrassing new lows.
Synopsis: A birthday party for the twins gives Greg an opportunity to redeem himself after he takes a job that raises... [More]
Directed By: Paul Weitz

#47
Adjusted Score: 8.213%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The evil dwelling from the first House film becomes the residence of a young couple who move in, only to... [More]
Directed By: Ethan Wiley

#46

Mimic 2 (2001)
8%

#46
Adjusted Score: 4.012%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After three men are discovered hideously mutilated -- their faces have been removed -- and strung up among New York... [More]
Directed By: Jean de Segonzac

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 8.197%
Critics Consensus: Do not enter.
Synopsis: Years after Ray Breslin [Academy Award (R) nominee Sylvester Stallone (Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture, Creed, 2016)] fought his... [More]
Directed By: Steven C. Miller

#44
Adjusted Score: 9.174%
Critics Consensus: Jason terrorizes a ship and nearly sinks the franchise in a clunky sequel that feels like self-parody without the charm.
Synopsis: The worst in a string of increasingly pointless sequels to Sean S. Cunningham's crude slasher hit, this installment provided clear... [More]
Directed By: Rob Hedden, Rob Heddon

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 8.758%
Critics Consensus: Sloppy, vulgar, and manic, A Haunted House 2 might be worth a chuckle or two, but mostly it's a string of pop culture references and crude gags that fail to hit their intended targets.
Synopsis: Crossing new lines and breaking old barriers, A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is the sequel to the hilarious box-office hit starring... [More]
Directed By: Michael Tiddes

#42

Rings (2017)
8%

#42
Adjusted Score: 12.199%
Critics Consensus: Rings may offer ardent fans of the franchise a few threadbare thrills, but for everyone else, it may feel like an endless loop of muddled mythology and rehashed plot points.
Synopsis: A new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores... [More]
Directed By: F. Javier Gutiérrez

#41

Grown Ups 2 (2013)
8%

#41
Adjusted Score: 11.966%
Critics Consensus: While it's almost certainly the movie event of the year for filmgoers passionate about deer urine humor, Grown Ups 2 will bore, annoy, and disgust audiences of nearly every other persuasion.
Synopsis: The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns (with some exciting new additions) for more summertime laughs. Lenny (Adam Sandler)... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#40

Race 3 (2018)
7%

#40
Adjusted Score: 4.512%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Race 3 is an internationally mounted saga of a family that deals in borderline crime but is ruthless and vindictive... [More]
Directed By:

#39

Teen Wolf Too (1987)
7%

#39
Adjusted Score: 7.399%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jason Bateman stars in this sequel to Teen Wolf as the original's cousin, Todd. Though not a boxer, he receives... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Leitch

#38

Problem Child 2 (1991)
8%

#38
Adjusted Score: 9.25%
Critics Consensus: Crude, rude, puerile, and pointless, Problem Child 2 represents a cynical nadir in family-marketed entertainment.
Synopsis: This dubious comedy sequel chronicles the further exploits of a sociopathic, mean-spirited and selfish brat and his father. This time... [More]
Directed By: Brian Levant

#37
Adjusted Score: 8.519%
Critics Consensus: It reunites most of the original cast and rounds them up for a trip to Fort Lauderdale for spring break, but Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise forgets to pack enough jokes or compelling characters to make it through its 89-minute running time.
Synopsis: In this follow-up to Revenge of the Nerds the nerdy frat boys from Lambda Lambda Lambda go to Ft. Lauderdale... [More]
Directed By: Joe Roth

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 8.056%
Critics Consensus: The Next Karate Kid is noteworthy for giving audiences the chance to see a pre-Oscars Hilary Swank, but other than a typically solid performance from Pat Morita, this unnecessary fourth installment in the franchise has very little to offer.
Synopsis: Karate Kid, Part 4 is better known by its release title, The Next Karate Kid. The sole holdover from the... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Cain

#35
Adjusted Score: 7.758%
Critics Consensus: A low-brow comedy, minus the comedy.
Synopsis: The protégé of the most skilled mischief maker in college history sets his sights on England's prestigious Camden University to... [More]
Directed By: Mort Nathan

#34
Adjusted Score: 9.657%
Critics Consensus: Boring, predictable, and bereft of thrills or chills, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is exactly the kind of rehash that gives horror sequels a bad name.
Synopsis: Julie James hasn't been the same since last summer. Still harboring guilt over her role in the death of fisherman... [More]
Directed By: Danny Cannon

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 4.415%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The biggest franchise of Bollywood returns with Student Of The Year 2 starring the incredible Tiger Shroff & introducing two... [More]
Directed By: Punit Malhotra

#32

Death Wish 3 (1985)
11%

#32
Adjusted Score: 11.567%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) is at it again in this weak, underscripted continuation of the original Death Wish that started... [More]
Directed By: Michael Winner

#31
Adjusted Score: 6.91%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filling the shoes occupied by Walter Matthau in the Bad News Bears and William Devane in The Bad News Bears... [More]
Directed By: John Berry

#30
Adjusted Score: 6.659%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Flying and swimming mutant piranhas terrorize a tourist club, and a diving instructor and a biochemist team up to destroy... [More]

#29

Troll 2 (1990)
5%

#29
Adjusted Score: 5.731%
Critics Consensus: Oh my god.
Synopsis: In this ultra-cheapo Italian knock-off a little boy tries to warn his family and friends that the evil trolls his... [More]
Directed By: Drake Floyd, Drago Floyd

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 8.629%
Critics Consensus: A sequel to a remake, Cheaper 2 wastes its solid cast in scenes of over-the-top, predictable humor.
Synopsis: The jumbo-sized Baker family are back in this sequel to the 2003 box-office hit Cheaper by the Dozen. College football... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman

#27

Son of the Mask (2005)
6%

#27
Adjusted Score: 9.054%
Critics Consensus: Overly frantic, painfully unfunny, and sorely missing the presence of Jim Carrey.
Synopsis: Just as aspiring cartoonist Tim Avery gets over his fear of parenthood with the birth of his new son Alvey,... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Guterman

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 11.095%
Critics Consensus: Unable to match the suspense and titilation of its predecessor, Basic Instinct 2 boasts a plot so ludicrous and predictable it borders on "so-bad-it's-good."
Synopsis: Novelist Catherine Tramell is once again in trouble with the law, and Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Andrew Glass to... [More]
Directed By: Michael Caton-Jones

#25
Adjusted Score: 5.804%
Critics Consensus: Borderline unwatchable and unspeakably dull, Highlander III is a sloppy third installment that still somehow manages to mark a slight improvement over its predecessor.
Synopsis: This theatrical sci-fi action tale is actually the first in a series of direct-to-video features derived from re-edited episodes of... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Morahan

#24

Major League II (1994)
5%

#24
Adjusted Score: 5.599%
Critics Consensus: Striking out on every joke, Major League II is a lazy sequel that belongs on the bench.
Synopsis: In this sequel to the 1989 comedy hit, the uninhibited ballplayers of the Cleveland Indians manage to rise to victory... [More]
Directed By: David S. Ward

#23
Adjusted Score: 6.97%
Critics Consensus: Universal Soldier - The Return fails on almost every level, from its generic story to its second rate action and subpar performances.
Synopsis: Jean-Claude Van Damme returns as cybernetic warrior Luc Deveraux in this sequel to the 1992 action hit. After barely surviving... [More]
Directed By: Mic Rodgers, Mic Rogers

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 6.616%
Critics Consensus: Bathed in flop sweat and bereft of purpose, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 strings together fat-shaming humor and Segway sight gags with uniformly unfunny results.
Synopsis: After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with... [More]
Directed By: Andy Fickman

#21
Adjusted Score: 6.221%
Critics Consensus: Unnecessary, unfunny, and generally unwelcome, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son offers more of the same for fans of Martin Lawrence's perplexingly popular series.
Synopsis: Martin Lawrence reprises the role of FBI agent Malcolm Turner -- aka, undercover grandma Big Momma -- in this installment... [More]
Directed By: John Whitesell

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 6.852%
Critics Consensus: Unfunny and unoriginal. In other words, a perfect piece of evidence for opponents of pointless movie sequels.
Synopsis: An FBI agent finds himself crossing the gender line again in the name of national security in this sequel to... [More]
Directed By: John Whitesell

#19
Adjusted Score: 4.049%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Madea and the gang are back for this hilarious sequel. Madea, Bam and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and... [More]
Directed By: Tyler Perry

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 3.849%
Critics Consensus: Poorly written, clumsily filmed and edited, and hampered by amateurish acting, Atlas Shrugged: Part II does no favors to the ideology it so fervently champions.
Synopsis: The global economy is on the brink of collapse. Unemployment has risen to 24%. Gas is now $42 per gallon.... [More]
Directed By: John Putch

#17

Caddyshack II (1988)
4%

#17
Adjusted Score: 5.091%
Critics Consensus: Handicapped by a family friendly PG rating, even the talents of Caddyshack II's all-star comic cast can't save it from its lazy, laughless script and uninspired direction.
Synopsis: When a boorish, self-made millionaire is rejected from a high-class country club, he retaliates by buying the club's golf course... [More]
Directed By: Allan Arkush

#16

Scary Movie 5 (2013)
4%

#16
Adjusted Score: 5.246%
Critics Consensus: Juvenile even by Scary Movie standards, this fifth installment offers stale pop culture gags that generate few laughs.
Synopsis: The latest installment of the SCARY MOVIE franchise includes send ups of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, MAMA, SINISTER, THE EVIL DEAD, INCEPTION,... [More]
Directed By: Malcolm D. Lee

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 8.155%
Critics Consensus: Speed 2 falls far short of its predecessor, thanks to laughable dialogue, thin characterization, unsurprisingly familiar plot devices, and action sequences that fail to generate any excitement.
Synopsis: Indications were that this action sequel was in trouble before production began, when the male lead from the first film,... [More]
Directed By: Jan de Bont

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 7.037%
Critics Consensus: A strained, laugh-free sequel, The Whole Ten Yards recycles its predecessor's cast and plot but not its wit or reason for being.
Synopsis: Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry reprise their roles as a killer for hire and a dentist with a bad case... [More]
Directed By: Howard Deutch

#13

RoboCop 3 (1993)
6%

#13
Adjusted Score: 7.796%
Critics Consensus: This asinine sequel should be placed under arrest.
Synopsis: In this second sequel to RoboCop, the mechanical humanoid opposes the evil designs of his creators, who have gone corrupt... [More]
Directed By: Fred Dekker

#12
Adjusted Score: 4.15%
Critics Consensus: With its shallow characters, low budget special effects, and mindless fight scenes, Mortal Kombat - Annihilation offers minimal plot development and manages to underachieve the low bar set by its predecessor.
Synopsis: Just when you thought the game was over, along comes the second movie inspired by the popular video game Mortal... [More]
Directed By: John R. Leonetti

#11

Daddy Day Camp (2007)
1%

#11
Adjusted Score: 3.108%
Critics Consensus: A mirthless, fairly desperate family film, Daddy Day Camp relies too heavily on bodily functions for comedic effect, resulting in plenty of cheap gags but no laughs.
Synopsis: In this sequel to "Daddy Day Care" dads Charlie Hinton and Phil Ryerson take over running a summer day camp.... [More]
Directed By: Fred Savage

#10
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Approaching collapse, the nation's economy is quickly eroding. As crime and fear take over the countryside, the government continues to... [More]
Directed By: James Manera

#9
#9
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After Auna Rue, a teenage vlogger/aspiring actress, logs onto a sinister website, she's soon trapped in the malevolent world of... [More]
Directed By: Travis Cluff

#8
#8
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this sequel to the popular Japanese thriller Ringu, Mai (Miki Nakatani), who assisted Ryuchi in his search for clues... [More]
Directed By: Hideo Nakata

#7

Leprechaun 2 (1994)
6%

#7
Adjusted Score: 6.218%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A thwarted leprechaun exacts his bloody revenge in this darkly comic horror film. A thousand years ago in Ancient Erin,... [More]
Directed By: Rodman Flender

#6
Adjusted Score: 0.742%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Those deadly cans of poisonous gas that turn corpses into carnivorous zombies are back in this sequel to the 1985... [More]
Directed By: Ken Wiederhorn

#5
Adjusted Score: 0.866%
Critics Consensus: Utterly, completely, thoroughly and astonishingly unfunny, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol sends a once-innocuous franchise plummeting to agonizing new depths.
Synopsis: In the third sequel to the hit comedy Police Academy, Commandant Lassard (George Gaynes) decides that the police force is... [More]
Directed By: Jim Drake, Paul Maslansky

#4
Adjusted Score: 1.077%
Critics Consensus: There should have been only one.
Synopsis: At the end of Highlander, Juan Ramirez (Sean Connery) died and Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) was rendered mortal. "Highlander 2:... [More]
Directed By: Russell Mulcahy

#3
Adjusted Score: 1.683%
Critics Consensus: Despite its lush tropical scenery and attractive leads, Return to the Blue Lagoon is as ridiculous as its predecessor, and lacks the prurience and unintentional laughs that might make it a guilty pleasure.
Synopsis: This sequel to the surprise box office hit The Blue Lagoon (1980) mimics its predecessor's romantic adventure formula of a... [More]
Directed By: William A. Graham

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 2.545%
Critics Consensus: Illogical, tension-free, and filled with cut-rate special effects, Jaws 4 - The Revenge is a sorry chapter in a once-proud franchise.
Synopsis: Lorraine Gary stars as Ellen Brody, the widow of the police chief played by Roy Scheider in the first two... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Sargent

#1
Adjusted Score: 0.523%
Critics Consensus: A startling lack of taste pervades Superbabies, a sequel offering further proof that bad jokes still aren't funny when coming from the mouths of babes.
Synopsis: The adventure continues with a new generation of talking toddlers. This time, the baby geniuses find themselves at the center... [More]
Directed By: Bob Clark

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