23 Classic Movies That Have Terrible Ratings On Rotten Tomatoes

TriStar Pictures

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)

nostalgicgifs/tumblr

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)

mannytoodope/tumblr

The Wiz has a shockingly low rating of 36 percent. Yes, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross are rotten according to Rotten Tomatoes, which is a tragedy.

3'Hook' (1991)

Giphy

Hook is a delightful classic, at least according to audiences. Critics, however, somehow gave the movie only a 30 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Rufio deserves better.

4'How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days' (2003)

Giphy

How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days has a 42 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so apparently I have to question everything I've ever known about love.

5'Cleopatra' (1963)

bellecs/tumblr

Arguably Elizabeth Taylor's best-known film, Cleopatra only has a 55 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Granted, this might sound pretty good, but it's still certified rotten.

6'Gidget' (1959)

absolute-most/tumblr

Gidget may have helped establish Sandra Dee as a standard of young beauty and purity, but critics weren't thrilled, and the movie only has a 44 percent rating.

7'Space Jam' (1996)

Giphy

Part of the reason Space Jam is such a classic is because it is considered so very bad, so it makes sense that the movie would have a 37 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

8'Yours, Mine And Ours' (1968)

happytune/tumblr

Two big families come together in Yours, Mine and Ours, a movie that inspired an early 2000s remake despite its 50 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

9'Can't Buy Me Love' (1987)

mrchandlerbings/tumblr

Teen classics were not immune to bad reviews. Can't Buy Me Love has a 48 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, even though Patrick Dempsey's hair definitely deserves to be certified fresh.

10'Ocean's Eleven' (1960)

frankie-yayo/tumblr

The original Ocean's Eleven left a pretty big impression on audiences, but critics only gave it a 48 percent rating.

11'She's All That' (1999)

Giphy

The teen rom-com that set the tone for the early 2000s got no love from critics. She's All That has only a 39 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes — yikes!

12'The Alamo' (1960)

Giphy

John Wayne might be intimidating in The Alamo, but it wasn't enough to scare critics into liking it. The movie has a 50 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

13'How Stella Got Her Groove Back' (1998)

hupperts/tumblr

Critics didn't understand the genius of the movie that inspired women everywhere to find their groove. How Stella Got Her Groove Back has a 48 percent rating.

14'Casino Royale' (1967)

fromthemotionpicture/tumblr

The James Bond parody, Casino Royale, got a measly 29 percent rating from critics.

15'Sweet Home Alabama' (2002)

Giphy

One of Reese Witherspoon's most beloved rom-coms only has a 38 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I am baffled.

16'Every Which Way But Loose' (1978)

librariang/tumblr

Clint Eastwood's goofy movie featuring an orangutan sidekick is a campy classic now, but when it was released, critics didn't think it would stick around, earning it a 31 percent rating.

17'Xanadu' (1980)

Giphy

Xanadu, the campy classic to end all other campy classics, only has a 38 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Rude!

18'Bad Boys' (1995)

Giphy

In the 20 plus years since its release, Bad Boys has stood the test of time, but critics thought it wouldn't last, giving it a rating of 43 percent.

19'Flipper' (1963)

Giphy

The original movie about the lovable dolphin is, sadly, stuck at 40 percent.

20'Step Up' (2006)

astrology-zone/tumblr

Step Up is a modern day classic that not only revived the love for dance movies, but also launched the career of Channing Tatum. Unfortunately, critics weren't feeling the love when the film was released, giving it a sad 19 percent rating.

21'Three Amigos!' (1986)

Giphy

You'd think critics would salivate at the thought of a movie starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short, but you'd be wrong. Three Amigos! has only a 44 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

22'The Wedding Planner' (2001)

Giphy

The Wedding Planner is arguably J-Lo's best romantic comedy to date, and yet critics hated it so much, they gave it a 16 percent rating.

23'Paint Your Wagon' (1969)

copperbadge/tumblr

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.