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All Nickelodeon Movies Ranked

As the first parlors to exhibit films in public settings for mass consumption, it is impossible to understate the nickelodeon’s impact on cinema. These early 20th century… Oh. Wait. Wrong Nickelodeon.

As the studio to give our world SpongeBob Squarepants and Nacho Libre, it is impossible to understate Nickelodeon Movies’ impact on cinema. In these weary times of snark and cynicism (this sentence being puddin’ proof), count on the Nick to mount cheery, earnest films. Not only are they well-versed in the aforementioned cartoon spongiology, but Rugrats, the Ninja Turtles, Tintin, and the one-and-only Avatar have all called the studio home. And now we’re ranking every Nickelodeon Movie by Tomatometer!

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 12192%
Critics Consensus: The Last Airbender squanders its popular source material with incomprehensible plotting, horrible acting, and detached joyless direction.
Synopsis: The four nations of Air, Water, Earth and Fire lived in harmony until the Fire Nation declared war. A century... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 8782%
Critics Consensus: The initial set-up is unbelievable, the plotting is predictable and stale, and the comedy depends on repetitive pratfalls that soon get old.
Synopsis: When Coast Guard Adm. Frank Beardsley (Dennis Quaid) decides to move his family of eight children back to his old... [More]
Directed By: Raja Gosnell

#32
Adjusted Score: 26659%
Critics Consensus: Neither entertaining enough to recommend nor remarkably awful, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may bear the distinction of being the dullest movie ever made about talking bipedal reptiles.
Synopsis: Spawned from a lab experiment gone awry, teenage terrapins Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael live in the sewers beneath New... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Liebesman

#31
Adjusted Score: 24621%
Critics Consensus: Unimaginative and unfunny, this tale of barnyard mischief borders on 'udder' creepiness and adds little to this summer's repertoire of animated films.
Synopsis: Like the other animals in the barn, Otis the bull (Kevin James) likes to sing and play while the farmer... [More]
Directed By: Steve Oedekerk

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 27924%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson and his elite team of firefighters come to the rescue of three siblings, they... [More]
Directed By: Andy Fickman

#29

Fun Size (2012)
25%

#29
Adjusted Score: 26435%
Critics Consensus: It occasionally shows surprising flashes of wit, but Fun Size is too safe and formulaic -- not to mention unfunny -- to survive comparisons to the '80s teen movies it eagerly imitates.
Synopsis: Wren (Victoria Justice) is a high-school senior who can't wait to get away from her dysfunctional family. On Halloween, Wren's... [More]
Directed By: Josh Schwartz

#28

Snow Day (2000)
29%

#28
Adjusted Score: 29924%
Critics Consensus: Weak assembly of characters and story lines made this movie forgettable and silly.
Synopsis: Anything can happen on a snow day --- and for Hal and Natalie Brandston, it does. When the sun sets... [More]
Directed By: Chris Koch

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 30957%
Critics Consensus: Bland, unoriginal, and lacking the wit of the TV series, Hey Arnold is a 30 min cartoon stretched beyond its running time.
Synopsis: Arnold (Spencer Klein) and his pal, Gerald (Jamil Walker Smith), learn their beloved neighborhood is about to be torn down... [More]
Directed By: Tuck Tucker

#26

Clockstoppers (2002)
29%

#26
Adjusted Score: 31261%
Critics Consensus: A pleasant diversion for the young teens, but a waste of time for anyone older.
Synopsis: Until now, Zak Gibbs' (Jesse Bradford) greatest challenge has been to find a way to buy a car. But when... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Frakes

#25

Monster Trucks (2016)
32%

#25
Adjusted Score: 37694%
Critics Consensus: Despite flashes of inspiration, the singularly high-concept Monster Trucks shows that it takes more than monsters and trucks to create a compelling feature film.
Synopsis: Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a... [More]
Directed By: Chris Wedge

#24

Good Burger (1997)
34%

#24
Adjusted Score: 36066%
Critics Consensus: Good Burger might please hardcore fans of the 1990s Nickelodeon TV series that launched leads Kenan and Kel to stardom, but for all others, it will likely prove a comedy that is neither satisfyingly rare nor well done.
Synopsis: Teen misfits (Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson) at a modest burger joint face competition from a hamburger emporium across the street.... [More]
Directed By: Brian Robbins

#23

Wonder Park (2019)
34%

#23
Adjusted Score: 40091%
Critics Consensus: Colorful and energetic but lacking a compelling story, Wonder Park is little more than a competently made diversion for very young viewers.
Synopsis: Buckle up for an epic adventure where anything is possible. A young girl named June with a big imagination makes... [More]
Directed By: Dylan Brown

#22
Adjusted Score: 47439%
Critics Consensus: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a slight improvement over its predecessor, but still lacks the wit or anarchic energy of the comics that birthed the franchise.
Synopsis: The turtles face a new challenge when Shredder escapes from custody and joins forces with Baxter Stockman, a mad scientist... [More]
Directed By: Dave Green

#21

Rugrats Go Wild (2003)
39%

#21
Adjusted Score: 41495%
Critics Consensus: The Rugrats franchise has gone from fresh to formulaic.
Synopsis: Chuckie (Nancy Cartwright) and Tommy (Elizabeth Daily) find themselves stranded with their parents on a remote island. By coincidence, the... [More]
Directed By: Norton Virgien, John Eng

#20

Nacho Libre (2006)
40%

#20
Adjusted Score: 45907%
Critics Consensus: At times hilarious, but other times offensive, Director Jared Hess is unable to recapture the collective charisma of his Napoleon characters, instead relying on a one-joke concept that runs out of steam. Sure to entertain the adolescents, however.
Synopsis: Ignacio (Jack Black), or Nacho to his friends, works as a cook in the Mexican monastery where he grew up.... [More]
Directed By: Jared Hess

#19

Imagine That (2009)
41%

#19
Adjusted Score: 44461%
Critics Consensus: Despite a promising turn by newcomer Yara Shahidi, Imagine That is another pedestrian family comedy that squanders Eddie Murphy's comedic talents.
Synopsis: Like many busy professionals, Evan Danielson (Eddie Murphy) is so focused on his career that quality time with his young... [More]
Directed By: Karey Kirkpatrick

#18

Hotel for Dogs (2009)
46%

#18
Adjusted Score: 49598%
Critics Consensus: Hotel for Dogs may appeal to children and dog lovers, but it's ultimately contrived, predictable, and simplistic.
Synopsis: After moving into a foster home that forbids pets, siblings Andi (Emma Roberts) and Bruce (Jake T. Austin) must quickly... [More]
Directed By: Thor Freudenthal

#17

Harriet the Spy (1996)
48%

#17
Adjusted Score: 49220%
Critics Consensus: Harriet the Spy is a rapid-fire mystery movie that doesn't have much to offer beyond the two decent lead performances.
Synopsis: Harriet (Michelle Trachtenberg) may only be in the sixth grade, but she's already found her calling: to be a spy.... [More]
Directed By: Bronwen Hughes

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 60298%
Critics Consensus: Charming characters; loads of fun for kids and adults.
Synopsis: This animated comedy finds Tommy Pickles (E.G. Daily) trying to return his baby brother to the hospital after being warned... [More]

#15
Adjusted Score: 69256%
Critics Consensus: Although its story may leave fans on the surface, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run is a wondrously wacky visit to Bikini Bottom that retains the charm of the original series.
Synopsis: In the first-ever all CGI SpongeBob motion picture event, THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN, SpongeBob SquarePants, his best... [More]
Directed By: Tim Hill

#14
Adjusted Score: 72333%
Critics Consensus: Surreally goofy and entertaining for both children and their parents.
Synopsis: In this lively animated adventure, undersea oddball SpongeBob SquarePants and his starfish friend, Patrick, embark on a quest to clear... [More]

#13
Adjusted Score: 76697%
Critics Consensus: Although it softens the nasty edges of its source material, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a gothic visual treat, and it features a hilariously manic turn from Jim Carrey as the evil Count Olaf.
Synopsis: After the three young Baudelaire siblings are left orphaned by a fire in their mansion, they are carted off to... [More]
Directed By: Brad Silberling

#12
Adjusted Score: 73104%
Critics Consensus: Based on two of British writer Louise Rennison's popular books, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging is a pleasant and funny tween comedy, comfortable for UK audiences as well as stateside crowds.
Synopsis: Based on the books by Louise Rennison, this tale follows 14-year-old Georgia Nicholson as she attempts to woo Robbie, one... [More]
Directed By: Gurinder Chadha

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 75409%
Critics Consensus: What Jimmy Neutron lacks in computer animation, it makes up for in charm and cleverness.
Synopsis: "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" tells the simple story of a 10-year-old boy and his robot dog - battling evil, rescuing... [More]
Directed By: John A. Davis

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 82081%
Critics Consensus: Drawing deep from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Steven Spielberg has crafted another spirited, thrilling adventure in the form of Tintin.
Synopsis: While shopping at an outdoor market, young reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell), accompanied by his faithful dog, Snowy, buys a model... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#9
Adjusted Score: 78323%
Critics Consensus: When the Rugrats go to Paris, the result is Nickelodeon-style fun. The plot is effectively character-driven, and features catchy songs and great celebrity voice-acting.
Synopsis: In the long-running animated series' second feature film, the focus is on the show's perennial second banana, Chuckie (Christine Cavanaugh).... [More]

#8

Charlotte's Web (2006)
78%

#8
Adjusted Score: 84050%
Critics Consensus: Kids will be entertained by the straightforward plot and cute animals, and adults will be charmed by how quiet and humble the production is, a fine translation of E.B. White's genteel prose.
Synopsis: After learning that a young pig's days are numbered, a literate spider (Julia Roberts) weaves an elaborate plan to save... [More]
Directed By: Gary Winick

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 79768%
Critics Consensus: No job's too big and no pup's too small for PAW Patrol: The Movie, which should give its youthful target demographic exactly what they're looking for.
Synopsis: The PAW Patrol is on a roll! When their biggest rival, Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts... [More]
Directed By: Cal Brunker

#6
Adjusted Score: 81375%
Critics Consensus: The Wild Thornberrys Movie brings its beloved clan to the big screen for an animated adventure that should prove entertaining for all ages.
Synopsis: "The Wild Thornberrys" feature film finds one of America's favorite animated families going on wild adventures around the world. Now,... [More]

#5
Adjusted Score: 83707%
Critics Consensus: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water won't win over many viewers who aren't fans of the show, but for the converted, it's another colorful burst of manic fun.
Synopsis: Life is dandy in Bikini Bottom for SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and his friends Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke), Squidward (Rodger Bumpass),... [More]

#4
Adjusted Score: 85664%
Critics Consensus: The Spiderwick Chronicles is an entertaining children's adventure, with heart and imagination to spare.
Synopsis: Of the three Grace children, Jared (Freddie Highmore) has always been thought of as the troublemaker. So when strange things... [More]
Directed By: Mark Waters

#3

Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)
84%

#3
Adjusted Score: 88452%
Critics Consensus: This heartwarming documentary will win audiences over, as the sheer charm of precocious, enthusiastic children learning to dance resonates from the screen.
Synopsis: Documentary filmmaker Marilyn Agrelo chronicles the lives of several New York City schoolchildren as they get ready for a dancing... [More]
Directed By: Marilyn Agrelo

#2
Adjusted Score: 93173%
Critics Consensus: Led by a winning performance from Isabela Moner, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a family-friendly adventure that retains its source material's youthful spirit.
Synopsis: Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle, nothing could prepare Dora for her most dangerous adventure yet --... [More]
Directed By: James Bobin

#1

Rango (2011)
88%

#1
Adjusted Score: 95564%
Critics Consensus: Rango is a smart, giddily creative burst of beautifully animated entertainment, and Johnny Depp gives a colorful vocal performance as a household pet in an unfamiliar world.
Synopsis: A chameleon (Johnny Depp) who has lived as a sheltered family pet finds himself in the grip of an identity... [More]
Directed By: Gore Verbinski

All Dev Patel Movies, Ranked by Tomatometer

After being alerted to Dev Patel’s existence by his Skins-watching daughter, director Danny Boyle cast the then 17-year-old actor in 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire. The film, which was originally dropped by Warner Independent after the studio doubted its commercial prospects, would go on to gross over $350 million worldwide, win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and make international stars out of leads Patel and Freida Pinto.

It would be hard to match that kind of explosive feature debut, and for the next several years, only the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel cinematic universe films would come close to that early critical and box office success. But Patel came roaring back with Lion, the true-story drama that would earn him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nom, with the film itself ultimately in the running for Best Picture. The Certified Fresh Hotel Mumbai and Personal History of David Copperfield followed, and now Patel is getting career-best review write-ups for A24’s Arthurian jam, The Green Knight.

Read on to see all Dev Patel movies, ranked by Tomatometer!

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 12192%
Critics Consensus: The Last Airbender squanders its popular source material with incomprehensible plotting, horrible acting, and detached joyless direction.
Synopsis: The four nations of Air, Water, Earth and Fire lived in harmony until the Fire Nation declared war. A century... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#12

Cherry (2012)
14%

#12
Adjusted Score: 13164%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A teenager (Ashley Hinshaw) takes the money she earned for a photo shoot and runs away to San Francisco, where... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Elliott

#11

Chappie (2015)
32%

#11
Adjusted Score: 41176%
Critics Consensus: Chappie boasts more of the big ideas and visual panache that director Neill Blomkamp has become known for -- and, sadly, more of the narrative shortcomings.
Synopsis: In the near future, a mechanized police force patrols the streets and deals with lawbreakers -- but now, the people... [More]
Directed By: Neill Blomkamp

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 46790%
Critics Consensus: The Wedding Guest makes a compelling argument for Dev Patel as an actor worthy of diverse leading roles, even if the movie's less than the sum of its action thriller parts.
Synopsis: Jay is a man with a secret who travels from Britain to Pakistan to attend a wedding - armed with... [More]
Directed By: Michael Winterbottom

#9

The Road Within (2014)
45%

#9
Adjusted Score: 40344%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A man with (Robert Sheehan) Tourette's syndrome brings his OCD roommate (Dev Patel) and an anorexic woman (Zoë Kravitz) along... [More]
Directed By: Gren Wells

#8
Adjusted Score: 69712%
Critics Consensus: The Man Who Knew Infinity might be a tad too conventional to truly do its subject justice, but Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons elevate the end result beyond mere biopic formula.
Synopsis: In 1913, brilliant East Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) travels to Trinity College in England to work with professor... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Brown

#7
Adjusted Score: 72383%
Critics Consensus: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is about as original as its title -- but with a cast this talented and effortlessly charming, that hardly matters.
Synopsis: As his marriage to Sunaina draws near, Sonny sets his eye on opening a second residence for the elderly, but... [More]
Directed By: John Madden

#6

Hotel Mumbai (2018)
76%

#6
Adjusted Score: 89118%
Critics Consensus: Its depiction of real-life horror will strike some as exploitative, but Hotel Mumbai remains a well-made dramatization of tragic events.
Synopsis: November 26, 2008 ... terror struck the heart of India. From the producer of Sicario and Wind River.... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Maras

#5
Adjusted Score: 83911%
Critics Consensus: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel isn't groundbreaking storytelling, but it's a sweet story about the senior set featuring a top-notch cast of veteran actors.
Synopsis: Some British retirees (Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy) decide to outsource their retirement to exotic -- and less expensive... [More]
Directed By: John Madden

#4

Lion (2016)
84%

#4
Adjusted Score: 99753%
Critics Consensus: Lion's undeniably uplifting story and talented cast make it a moving journey that transcends the typical cliches of its genre.
Synopsis: Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home... [More]
Directed By: Garth Davis

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 102926%
Critics Consensus: Visually dazzling and emotionally resonant, Slumdog Millionaire is a film that's both entertaining and powerful.
Synopsis: As 18-year-old Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) answers questions on the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," flashbacks... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#2
Adjusted Score: 108188%
Critics Consensus: The Personal History of David Copperfield puts a fresh, funny, and utterly charming spin on Dickens' classic, proving some stories truly are timeless.
Synopsis: The life of David Copperfield is chronicled from his youth into adulthood.... [More]
Directed By: Armando Iannucci

#1

Only Yesterday (1991)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 102857%
Critics Consensus: Only Yesterday's long-delayed U.S. debut fills a frustrating gap for American Ghibli fans while offering further proof of the studio's incredibly consistent commitment to quality.
Synopsis: A put-upon 27-year-old Japanese office worker travels to the countryside and reminisces about her childhood in Tokyo and what life... [More]
Directed By: Isao Takahata

All M. Night Shyamalan Movies Ranked

M. Night Shyamalan broke through into the mainstream with his second-feature, the late ’90s horror phenomenon The Sixth Sense. The two similarly successful films that followed (Unbreakable, Signs) was building up Shyamalan as a director of possible Speilbergian talent, though in danger of having his third-act screenplay twists overwhelm his brand. That bore Rotten fruit with The Village and The Happening, which set off a bum streak with big-budget sci-fi and would-be blockbusters: The Happening, The Last Airbender, and After Earth.

The Visit in 2015 would be a back-to-basics, comeback horror effort. Its box office and relative critical success set the stage for the Certified Fresh Split, which brought back the dark superhero world of Unbreakable. Shyamalan closed the trilogy with Glass.

Shyamalan’s latest is Old. See where it places as we rank all M. Night Shyamalan movies by Tomatometer!

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 12192%
Critics Consensus: The Last Airbender squanders its popular source material with incomprehensible plotting, horrible acting, and detached joyless direction.
Synopsis: The four nations of Air, Water, Earth and Fire lived in harmony until the Fire Nation declared war. A century... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#12

After Earth (2013)
11%

#12
Adjusted Score: 19442%
Critics Consensus: After Earth is a dull, ploddingly paced exercise in sentimental sci-fi -- and the latest setback for director M. Night Shyamalan's once-promising career.
Synopsis: People were forced to leave Earth a millennium ago to establish a new home on Nova Prime. Now, Gen. Cypher... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#11

The Happening (2008)
18%

#11
Adjusted Score: 24339%
Critics Consensus: The Happening begins with promise, but unfortunately descends into an incoherent and unconvincing trifle.
Synopsis: An apocalyptic threat to humanity arrives out of the clear blue sky with a series of violent, inexplicable deaths spreading... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 34099%
Critics Consensus: A far-fetched story with little suspense and unconvincing scenarios, Lady In The Water feels contrived, pretentious, and rather silly.
Synopsis: When Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti) rescues an enigmatic young woman (Bryce Dallas Howard) from danger, little does he know that... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#9

Glass (2019)
36%

#9
Adjusted Score: 61525%
Critics Consensus: Glass displays a few glimmers of M. Night Shyamalan at his twisty world-building best, but ultimately disappoints as the conclusion to the writer-director's long-gestating trilogy.
Synopsis: David Dunn tries to stay one step ahead of the law while delivering vigilante justice on the streets of Philadelphia.... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#8

The Village (2004)
43%

#8
Adjusted Score: 51053%
Critics Consensus: The Village is appropriately creepy, but Shyamalan's signature twist ending disappoints.
Synopsis: Members (Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody) of a 19th-century community fear the strange creatures that inhabit the surrounding... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#7

Wide Awake (1998)
45%

#7
Adjusted Score: 46134%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Struggling to adjust to his beloved grandfather's death, a boy (Joseph Cross) seeks understanding of God, life and injustice.... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#6

Old (2021)
50%

#6
Adjusted Score: 67058%
Critics Consensus: Old has no shortage of interesting ideas -- and writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's uneven execution will intrigue or annoy viewers, with little middle ground between.
Synopsis: A tropical holiday turns into a horrific nightmare when a family visits a secluded beach that's somehow causing them to... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#5

The Visit (2015)
68%

#5
Adjusted Score: 76310%
Critics Consensus: The Visit provides horror fans with a satisfying blend of thrills and laughs -- and also signals a welcome return to form for writer-director M. Night Shyamalan.
Synopsis: Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) say goodbye to their mother as they board a train and... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#4

Unbreakable (2000)
70%

#4
Adjusted Score: 76710%
Critics Consensus: With a weaker ending, Unbreakable is not as a good as The Sixth Sense. However, it is a quietly suspenseful film that intrigues and engages, taking the audience through unpredictable twists and turns along the way.
Synopsis: David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is the sole survivor of a devastating train wreck. Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) is a... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#3

Signs (2002)
74%

#3
Adjusted Score: 80962%
Critics Consensus: With Signs, Shyamalan proves once again an expert at building suspense and giving audiences the chills.
Synopsis: Everything that farmer Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) assumed about the world is changed when he discovers a message - an... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#2

Split (2016)
77%

#2
Adjusted Score: 100185%
Critics Consensus: Split serves as a dramatic tour de force for James McAvoy in multiple roles -- and finds writer-director M. Night Shyamalan returning resoundingly to thrilling form.
Synopsis: Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#1

The Sixth Sense (1999)
86%

#1
Adjusted Score: 93227%
Critics Consensus: M Night Shayamalan's The Sixth Sense is a twisty ghost story with all the style of a classical Hollywood picture, but all the chills of a modern horror flick.
Synopsis: Young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Cole is frightened... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

Luke Skywalker’s epic journey from moisture farmer to cave hermit continues this Friday with Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

Wait, a movie with ‘The Last‘ in its title? Turns out we’ve seen that one before, prompting this week’s gallery of 24 best and worst Last movies.

As Thanksgiving approaches, stuff yourself on this platter of the 24 biggest, most famous movie turkeys — movies audiences had anticipated, expected, and even hoped to be Fresh on the Tomatometer, only to come out Rotten as branded by the critics. (Only movies made after Rotten Tomatoes came into existence, though! Because, Ishtar, we’re nice people.)

50 Worst Summer Movies of All Time

Cinema history is filled with movies that got burned under the hot summer sun, and every year, we get our share of critically panned big-budget duds (this year’s slate includes such low achievers asFantastic Four and Hot Pursuit). However, it takes a rare kind of awful to merit inclusion into RT’s Worst Summer Movies list, a compendium of cinematic horrors that were granted a wide theatrical release between the months of May and September in the years since the release of Jaws in 1975 kickstarted the blockbuster era. Without further ado, we present our countdown of the 50 worst-reviewed summer movies!

 

 

2010 was a year when those obnoxious “surcharges” for 3-D glasses boosted movie studios’ bottom lines, while actual attendance dropped once again. It was a year when most of what Hollywood released was either a remake, a “reboot” a “re-imagining”… or an outright rip-off. In other words, it was a banner year for only one of Tinsel Town’s best-known award shows… the one that dis-honors
Worst Achievements in Film. Voting members of The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation have sifted through the cinematic rubble of last year and selected winners for The 31st Annual RAZZIE® Awards, announcing the “honorees” in a ceremony at Hollywood’s Barnsdall Gallery Theatre at 7:30pm/PST on Saturday, February 26 – the now traditional Night Before the Oscars. See below for the full list!


Worst Picture

The
Bounty Hunter


07%


The Last
Airbender


07%

Sex and the
City 2


16%

Twilight Saga:
Eclipse


50%

Vampires Suck


04%


Worst Director

Jason
Frieberg
&
Aaron Seltzer

Vampires Suck


04%


Michael Patrick King

Sex and the
City 2


16%

M.
Night Shyamalan

The Last
Airbender


07%

David Slade

Twilight Saga:
Eclipse


50%


Sylvester Stallone

The
Expendables


41%


Worst Actor

Jack Black



Gulliver’s
Travels


21%

Gerard
Butler



The
Bounty Hunter


07%

Ashton
Kutcher



Killers


11%

Valentine’s Day


17%

Robert
Pattinson


Twilight Saga:
Eclipse


50%

Remember Me


28%

Taylor
Lautner


Twilight Saga:
Eclipse


50%

Valentine’s Day


17%


Worst Actress

Jennifer
Aniston



The
Bounty Hunter


07%
The Switch


51%

Miley Cyrus



The Last
Song


21%

Sarah
Jessica Parker
,
Kim Cattrall,
Cynthia Nixon,
Kristin Davis


Sex and the
City 2


16%

Megan Fox



Jonah Hex


13%

Kristen
Stewart


Twilight Saga:
Eclipse


50%


Worst Supporting Actor

Billy Ray
Cyrus



The Spy Next Door


13%

George Lopez



Marmaduke


10%
The Spy Next
Door


13%

Valentine’s Day


17%

Dev Patel


The Last
Airbender


07%

Jackson
Rathbone


Twilight Saga:
Eclipse


50%

The Last
Airbender


07%

Rob
Schneider


Grown Ups


10%


Worst Supporting Actress

Jessica Alba



The
Killer Inside Me


55%
Machete


72%
Little
Fockers


10%

Valentine’s Day


17%

Cher



Burlesque


37%

Liza Minelli


Sex and the
City 2


16%

Nicola Peltz


The Last
Airbender


07%

Barbra
Streisand


Little Fockers


10%


Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3D Worst Screen Couple / Worst Screen Ensemble




Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore


The
Bounty Hunter


Clash of
the Titans


Jonah Hex

The Last
Airbender

The Last
Airbender



Nutcracker in 3D

Sex and the
City 2


Saw 3D

Twilight Saga:
Eclipse

Worst Screenplay Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel

The Last
Airbender


Clash of
the Titans


Little Fockers

The Last
Airbender

Sex and the
City 2

Sex and the
City 2

Twilight Saga:
Eclipse

Twilight Saga:
Eclipse

Vampires Suck

Vampires Suck


For all of RT?s awards season coverage, check out Awards Tour here.

This week on home video, we’ve got a big blockbuster, a smaller one, a couple of indie hits, a couple of old classics, and some beloved children’s classics. We kick it off with the latest from M. Night Shyamalan, whose recent films have been critical disappointments, and an unconventional family dramedy that’s already generating a bit of Oscar buzz. Then we’ve got an urban comedy with a lesson to teach, a documentary on the “worst movie of all time,” and a kids’ film with talking animals. In the reissue department, we’ve got a slick thriller from the ’50s, a masterpiece from Charlie Chaplin, and a collection of animated specials from the Peanuts gang. Not a whole lot to jump up and shout about, but definitely a few quality choices, so check them out!



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The Last Airbender

Fans of M. Night Shyamalan have stuck by him through some critical lows in recent years, and some of them have even given up on him entirely. The Last Airbender, adapted from the popular animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender, was Shyamalan’s chance at redemption, a big budget fantasy epic based on a beloved series with a built-in fanbase. Unfortunately, Shyamalan failed once again to make good on his opportunity; critics weren’t fooled by the special effects, focusing instead on the convoluted story and laughable dialogue. The Last Airbender is, in fact, Shyamalan’s worst-reviewed film, garnering a mere 6% on the Tomatometer. If you’re a fan of the series, you may get a kick out of seeing the story retold in live action, but be prepared for what many are calling the worst movie from the director who once wowed audiences with films like The Sixth Sense .



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The Kids Are All Right

Not to be confused with The Kids Are Alright, the 1979 documentary film about the rock band The Who, The Kids Are All Right is a family dramedy directed by Lisa Cholodenko (Laurel Canyon) and starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, and Mark Ruffalo. Moore and Bening play Jules and Nic, respectively, a married lesbian couple whose two teenage children decide to go looking for their biological father, Paul (Ruffalo). Though the children do their best to keep their new friendship with Paul a secret, when the truth comes to light and Paul is invited to meet the whole family, he enters their lives and changes the family dynamic. This was a small film that eventually opened wide, earning accolades for its heartfelt performances , smart writing, and mature handling of family values. The Kids Are All Right currently sports a Certified Fresh 96% on the Tomatometer, and it’s available on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.



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Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Almost a decade after the original Cats & Dogs opened, audiences were “treated” to a sequel in the form of Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Unfortunately, at just 13% on the Tomatometer, this tale of canine and feline special agents coming together to stop one evil kitty mastermind with a plot for world domination largely falls flat. While many children’s films in the past decade or so have performed admirably in courting both the young and the old, one of this movie’s failures seems to be that it doesn’t know who it wants to appeal to more. While many of the film’s references (starting with its title) seem to be aimed at adults familiar with movies like the classic Bond series or Silence of the Lambs, its humor and story content is decidedly too juvenile for grownups to enjoy. Simultaneously, while children may still take to the novelty of seeing animals talk and pilot various vehicles, there’s no reason to think they’ll get anything out of a dog stating he’s “too old for this poop!” In the end, children are highly visually oriented, so this might find a place in your “babysitting” stash.



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Lottery Ticket

We’ve all played this game at one time or another: What would you do with the money if you won the lottery? Few of us actually believe it’ll ever happen, but earlier this year in Lottery Ticket, young shoe store employee Kevin Carson (Bow Wow) gets lucky to the tune of $350 million. Unfortunately, his entire neighborhood catches wind of the news, and soon everyone wants a piece of the pie. Though Lottery Ticket has a good message at its heart, it relies too much on tired stereotypes and comic clichés to really get going, and critics thus awarded it a 33% Tomatometer. Still, some of the performances aren’t terrible, and with cameos by the likes of Ice Cube (as a wise elderly citizen, no less), Keith David, Terry Crews, Bill Bellamy, and Mike Epps, there are a handful of funny moments to be had. Could be the perfect rainy-day popcorn movie if you’re looking for a “hood” comedy with a chewy moral center. Did we mention Ice Cube plays an old guy in it?



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Best Worst Movie

If you’re a movie buff or you’re into “so bad it’s good” movies, then you know one of the crowning achievements of unintentionally (arguable?) hilarious cinema is the 1990 “horror” film Troll 2 (see the clip below for a sample of its merits). And if you’re aware of (and possibly even a fan of) Troll 2, then you should know about a little documentary called Best Worst Movie, which chronicles the making of Troll 2 and focuses on the recent spark of interest in the film, thanks to midnight screenings across the country. Best Worst Movie is directed by one of Troll 2‘s original stars, Michael Stephenson, who wanted to document the renewed interest in the film and explore the reasons behind its second life as a novelty film. Critics felt that it was an amusing and surprisingly affectionate look at a cult movie, offering new perspective into how and why films like Troll 2 are made. It’s Certified Fresh at a whopping 94% on the Tomatometer, and if you were ever curious about the people behind the movie and what became of them, this one’s a real winner.



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Modern Times – Criterion Collection

Even if you’ve never seen a Charlie Chaplin movie, you know the Little Tramp, he of the twitching mustache, the spinning cane, the bowler hat, and the insecure duck walk. In fact, Chaplin’s magnificent character is such an icon of the cinema that he can sometimes overshadow the brilliance of his creator. For those in search of Chaplai’’s genius, look no further than Modern Times, hitting stores this week in a spiffy new Criterion Blu-Ray edition. Like many of Chaplin’s best movies, Modern Times is both howlingly funny and sweetly poignant, and even those most averse to silent movies will find themselves chuckling at Chaplin’s gentle bromides about the encroachment of technology on our lives. This reissue features a sparkling new transfer of the movie, plus audio commentaries, documentaries, deleted scenes, a couple Chaplin shorts, and essays.



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The Night of the Hunter – Criterion Collection

Few films can boast as many cult movie bona fides as Night of the Hunter. It was the lone directorial effort of a well-known actor (Charles Laughton); it was misunderstood and unloved by both critics and audiences upon its release; and it’s surreal and spooky as all get-out. Sixty-five years after its release, Night of the Hunter still casts a bewitching spell, one that has ensnared filmmakers like Spike Lee, the Coen Brothers, and Rob Zombie. In arguably his finest performance, Robert Mitchum plays Harry Powell, a two-bit crook, con man, and phony preacher who learns of a huge gold stash, the location of which is known only to a pair of siblings. When the children try to escape run away, Powell follows them across a highly stylized Southern landscape that’s swirling with dark shadows and Biblical dread. The good folks at Criterion have loaded the Blu-Ray edition with almost two hours of outtakes, plus audio commentary, interviews with crew members and film historians, and one of the weirdest extras ever: a clip from the Ed Sullivan show in which the actors give a live performance of one of the movie’s scrapped scenes.


Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection – Blu-Ray

You know he holiday season is upon you when the networks start airing the animated specials associated with each specific celebration, and one television staple that finds its way to screens every year is Peanuts, the Charles Schulz comic strip-turned-cartoon featuring Charlie Brown and Co. This week, Warner Home Video is releasing a set of Peanuts holiday classics on Blu-Ray in an Ultimate Collector’s Edition, which includes It’s Christmastime Again Charlie Brown, It’s Magic Charlie Brown, The Mayflower Voyagers and Deluxe Editions of perennial favorites It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. In addition, the set includes extras like a making-of specials on those last two titles and another featurette that chronicles how the Halloween special came about as a result of a CBS ultimatum. Good stuff for the whole family during the holiday season, and it’s on Blu-Ray to boot!

Written by Ryan Fujitani and Tim Ryan

This week at the movies, we’ve got brooding bloodsuckers (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson) and elemental excitement (The Last Airbender, starring Noah Ringer and Dev Patel). What do the critics have to say?



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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Hey, Twihards — you’re probably going to see Eclipse anyway, so feel free to ignore the reviews. However, for the uninitiated who find themselves dragged to the theater, the critics say Eclipse is a big step up from New Moon — even if it still suffers from slack pacing and portentous dialogue. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner are all back as the principals in every tween’s favorite supernatural love triangle; this time, all three are threatened by an army of newborn vampires assembled for the purpose of killing Bella to indirectly enact revenge upon the Cullens. The pundits say new director David Slade does well with the material, underscoring the emotional developments with some reasonably stirring action. However, they also note Eclipse is still too often a slog, with so-so acting, middling special effects, and lots of dead passages. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down Stewart’s best-reviewed films, as well as our Twilight character guide.)



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The Last Airbender

Goodness, what happened to M. Night Shyamalan? In the decade since The Sixth Sense, his reputation as a wunderkind has taken a steep dive, one that won’t be revived with The Last Airbender, which critics are calling an incomprehensible, ugly mess. Based upon the popular Nickelodeon cartoon, Airbender tells the story of Aang (Noah Ringer), who utilizes his rare element-manipulation skills to bring peace to a war-torn fantasy world. The pundits say Airbender‘s baffling exposition and retrofitted 3-D effects make for a viewing experience that’s hopelessly muddled in both plot and visuals.


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