From Baywatch to The Snowman, These Are 2017's Worst Movies
Among all of Hollywood's Oscar hopefuls, groundbreaking horror films, and daring dramas in 2017, there were bound to be a few duds. For critics, a few movies that left something to be desired slipped into the pack. We might personally love a few of them (#noshame), but that doesn't stop Rotten Tomatoes from doing its thing and revealing which flicks failed to crack 30 percent on the site's review aggregator, dubbed the Tomatometer. Take a look at the movies that have been crowned 2017's "worst."
For many critics, getting frostbite would have been more enjoyable than sitting through The Snowman. Director Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of Norwegian crime-writer Jo Nesbø's hit novel, which follows a detective attempting to solve a string of snowman-themed murders, makes no sense. For the record, Alfredson blames the fact that they didn't get to shoot most of the script. Wow.
The disturbing trailer for Flatliners made it look just as thrilling and haunting as the 1990 original, which follows five medical students who try to get proof of the afterlife by briefly stopping their hearts. Sadly, the reboot failed to improve upon the source material. In fact, critics found it to be "even more witless and stupefyingly dull than the original."
Transformers: The Last Knight
Did the world need another one of Michael Bay's Transformers movies? No. Did the world need another one of Michael Bay's Transformers movie that connects the history of Transformers all the way back to the times of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table? DEFINITELY NOT.
The Dark Tower
Despite an all-star cast (Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey) and top notch CGI, this Stephen King adaptation about a gunslinger's fight to save the world from a dark, evil entity fell flat.
Fifty Shades Darker
The only good thing about this installment in the Fifty Shades of Grey series — which one critic called "watered down, raincoat-brigade style erotica" — is that it continues to prove how damn charming Dakota Johnson is. Unfortunately, Fifty Shades Darker needed a lot more than charm.
Tom Cruise's attempt to dust off the legacy of Brendan Fraser's original mummy trilogy completely failed. This script probably should've stayed locked in its crypt.
The Emoji Movie
Who really thought a movie about emoji was going to pan out? The Hollywood Reporter's Megan Garber summed up the animated mess best, calling it "not just a critical flop, but also a metaphor for a Hollywood that is struggling to find the line between branding that audiences love and branding that audiences resent."
George Clooney's social satire, Suburbicon, set out to make a comment on race relations while weaving in a murder mystery. Balancing the themes proved to be too messy for one film to handle.
Daddy's Home 2
The fact Mel Gibson is in this is enough to sink its Rotten Tomatoes score, but the family film's formulaic story and lack of laughs pushed it from bad to worst for most critics.
Yes, Scott Eastwood is pretty, but an action movie cannot succeed on sharp jawbones alone.
What if you could hook your brain up to a machine and watch your memories played back as easily as a TV show? It's the invention of such a machine that sets off the mystery at the heart of this sci-fi flick, which one critic suggested audiences "purge from your own memory banks shortly after watching." Ouch.
Fallen really wanted to be the next Twilight, but this sappy romance about fallen angels warring over a boarding school student fell victim to too many recycled YA tropes.
Literally, Right Before Aaron
If you fell in love with Literally, Right Before Aaron — a romantic comedy starring Cobie Smulders and Justin Long — you're not alone. Despite its poor reception with critics, the film drummed up a 73 percent audience rating. So there's that!
The only scary thing about this horror film was its lack of originality.
Tulip Fever had to jump through approximately one million hoops and endure three years in production hell before its eventual release in 2017, but sadly it still wasn't enough time to craft a winner. Rolling Stone's Peter Travers advised viewers to "Forget fever — this floral-scented fiasco is so lifeless you can barely feel a pulse."
The Book of Henry
Naomi Watts + cute child actors = a recipe for success, right? Wrong. The Book of Henry, which tells the maudlin tale of a dying young genius who brainstorms a plot to murder his abusive neighbor, tries to cram too many genres into its 105-minute running time.
Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell's comedy about a suburban couple's money-making scheme ended up being a losing gamble.
Queen of the Desert
Combining Nicole Kidman's acting talents with director Werner Herzog in Queen of the Desert seemed like a slam-dunk. Unfortunately, this true story of a trailblazing woman who begins a lifelong adventure across the Middle East "passes as slowly as sand through an hourglass."
The Last Face
The movie that launched Charlize Theron and Sean Penn's ill-fated real-life romance fared about as well with critics. From being described as "turgid" to "a two-hour perfume commercial," The Last Face was a swing and a miss.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
How many times must we watch Jack Sparrow do the same old drunken stumble before we're put out of our misery? Here's hoping Dead Men Tell No Tales is the Disney pirate franchise's final voyage.
Amityville: The Awakening
In Amityville: The Awakening, Bella Thorne faces off against the demons who plagued the Lutz family in the the classic 1979 horror film. A lazy script and flimsy scares left scary movie fans feeling unsatisfied. Can someone burn this house down, already?
The Space Between Us
This sweeping romance about a pair of star-crossed young lovers (Britt Robertson, Asa Butterfield) travels into space and back again, but a cheesy plot kept it from getting to the only place it really matters: critics' hearts.
Fans of 2002's The Ring had high hopes for this new addition to the horror movie franchise, but not even Samara herself could stop poor reviews from pouring in for this threadbare scarefest.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Charlie Hunnam in medieval prince pants should have been enough to carry Guy Ritchie's take on the King Arthur legend. In the end, the director's trademark, jagged jumpcuts left the classic tale with all style, and no substance.
Fresh off of her success with Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson's The Circle followed an employee's terrifying experience at the world's largest and most powerful tech and social media company. Even the appearance of Tom Hanks and Star Wars stud John Boyega couldn't save the thriller, which tanked at the box office.
Like most wedding receptions, having access to an open bar is the only way to make Table 19 — an Anna Kendrick rom-com about misfit wedding guests – even remotely entertaining.
Katherine Heigl plays an ice-cold psycho dead set on stealing her husband back from Rosario Dawson in this domestic thriller, which is just campy enough to be enjoyable (even if critics weren't exactly won over by it).
Unfortunately for Charlie Day and Ice Cube, bad jokes and a lack of inspiration landed their grade-school comedy in Rotten Tomatoes detention.
If you're not in the mood for lowbrow gags, Dax Shepard's half-hearted remake of the beloved cop TV show is not for you.
The Shack was meant as an inspirational story of a father (Sam Worthington) struggling to move past a family tragedy with the help of an abandoned shack in the middle of the woods (yes, really). Ultimately, it was bogged down by melodrama, clichés, and "heavy-handed sermonizing."
Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, and John Cleese teamed up for this sci-fi comedy about a bitter teacher who gains a few extraordinary powers from some mischievous extraterrestrials. For Stephen Dalton at The Hollywood Reporter, it was "a good idea but is executed poorly, with a lame take-home message about great power demanding great responsibility." Bummer.
This spy thriller starring Noomi Rapace and Orlando Bloom got tied up in a knot of its own genre clichés and seriously predictable plot. No amount of CIA training can escape a situation like that.