There are two types of bad movies: The ones the zeitgeist deems bad (like, say, The Room, Birdemic, or Academy Award winner Crash) or the ones the critics refuse to adorn with their approval. The following video is concerned with the latter, though there is a little overlap with the former, if only for the fact that movies like Manos: Hands Of Fate never culled a sizable amount of reviews.
This Looper video listicle compiles 10 films currently holding a 0 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. There are a few easy targets in there—Manos, obviously, as well as that ubiquitous staple of shit cinema, Mac And Me—but there’s also a few would-be blockbusters and some forgotten symbols of misguided ambition.
For example: Have you even heard of 1981’s Heartbeeps, the robot-centric comedy starring Andy Kaufman, Bernadette Peters, and “a garbage child robot”? Or Roller Boogie, the disco roller-skating flick that Linda Blair used to try and get Regan MacNeil out of everyone’s mind? It came out before Xanadu, believe it or not.
The greatest offenders, however, are Roberto Benigni’s bizarre 2002 version of Pinocchio, which The A.V. Club has said “is distinguished by a perverse, consistent morbidity in the form of rabbit pallbearers, hangings and the ever-present threat of death.”
And then there’s Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever, a big-budget, widely released action movie starring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu that has more reviews than any other film on this list at 116. Not a single one of the reviewers liked it, which is, frankly, astounding enough that the team behind it should feel a perverse sense of pride.