23 Classic Movies That Have Terrible Ratings On Rotten Tomatoes
There comes a time in every adult's life that one has to accept the fact that not all classic movies are good movies. In fact, some are very, very bad. On the other hand, there are many movies which were poorly received upon release, only to become huge classics later on. These 23 classic movies that have terrible ratings on Rotten Tomatoes include a mix of both. Some, unfortunately, are just bad. Others, just hated by critics. But all have one thing in common: they are classics with a rotten rating — meaning they have a 50 percent or less on Rotten Tomatoes.
At the risk of stating the obvious, Rotten Tomatoes is a fairly new invention, meaning it wasn't around when classic old Hollywood movies were released. Moreover, without the invention of the Internet, there were much fewer critics roaming around, willing to give their opinions to the world. Consequently, a lot of classic movies do not have official ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, but those that do aren't all so great. It turns out, critics were just as fierce and unforgiving then as they are now. Hollywood classics both old and new are subject to some pretty harsh reviews. It turns out a movie needs more than big names and huge cultural impact to be well received by critics, as these 23 classic movies with terrible ratings on Rotten Tomatoes proves.
1. 'The Long, Long Trailer' (1953)
Critics were not kind to the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz-starring comedy The Long, Long Trailer, resulting in a sad 38 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
2. 'The Wiz' (1978)
3. 'Hook' (1991)
4. 'How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days' (2003)
5. 'Cleopatra' (1963)
6. 'Gidget' (1959)
7. 'Space Jam' (1996)
8. 'Yours, Mine And Ours' (1968)
9. 'Can't Buy Me Love' (1987)
10. 'Ocean's Eleven' (1960)
11. 'She's All That' (1999)
12. 'The Alamo' (1960)
13. 'How Stella Got Her Groove Back' (1998)
14. 'Casino Royale' (1967)
15. 'Sweet Home Alabama' (2002)
16. 'Every Which Way But Loose' (1978)
17. 'Xanadu' (1980)
18. 'Bad Boys' (1995)
19. 'Flipper' (1963)
20. 'Step Up' (2006)
21. 'Three Amigos!' (1986)
22. 'The Wedding Planner' (2001)
23. 'Paint Your Wagon' (1969)
Paint Your Wagon, the Clint Eastwood musical, deals with themes of gender equality, but even that noble cause was not enough to endear it to critics. The movie has a 27 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Shout out to Clint Eastwood for having two movies on this coveted list. Good news, Eastwood, you lived to make much better movies.