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Rotten Tomatoes counts down the bottom 100 films of the decade

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
October 5th, 2009


The only thing I like more than Top Lists is Bottom Lists. Rotten Tomatoes has aggregated (as they are so wont to do) the reviews and scores of the “worst” movies of the 2000 decade. It’s a decade that has given us such old standbys as GLITTER (99), GIGLI (73), THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH (79), and BATTLEFIELD EARTH (27). Rotten Tomatoes, of course, only uses critical reviews to make their lists and ratings, but they tend to be pretty spot on with the majority of their decisions. And what’s the point of a pop culture list if you can’t argue over it?

The only thing as fun as arguing over lists of this ilk is finding some of the patterns within them. For instance, RT’s list includes a bevy of shoddily-made horror films like HOUSE OF THE DEAD (42), THE COVENANT (31), FEAR DOT COM (30), ALONE IN THE DARK (15), and ONE MISSED CALL (2). Second-tier sequels such as BASIC INSTINCT 2 (89), BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE 2 (80), SON OF THE MASK (75), and THE WHOLE TEN YARDS (36) easily fill up a portion of the list. And all those craptacular and unclever satires seemingly filing into theaters one by one? They’re on the list, too! DATE MOVIE (77), DISASTER MOVIE (22), and EPIC MOVIE (21) all have their places of (dubious) honor.

Some of the best of the worst are films you might not even have heard of: TESTOSTERONE (87), BROKEN BRIDGES (72), and SERVING SARA (61) come to mind. How can a movie be so bad that it can garner enough critical reviews to make the list, but even I have never heard of them? I guess Toby Keith isn’t the box office draw he thinks he is (how do you like me now?).

The list, of course, includes some of this year’s biggest critical flops: WHITEOUT (100) and ALL ABOUT STEVE (96), and STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI (44). Did any of those Rottens get your hard-earned ticket money?

The number one worst reviewed movie is the Lucy Liu/Antonio Banderas-starring BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER. The film has 107 reviews, all Rotten. I recommend reading them the next time you’re bored, they’re hilarious. The consensus calls it “A startlingly inept film, BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER offers overblown, wall-to-wall action without a hint of wit, coherence, style, or originality.” I actually want to see it now, it sounds like a good time.

Sadly, my favorite worst movie of the decade, Tommy Wiseau’s epic THE ROOM doesn’t make the list. Why? No critics on RT have reviewed it. How is this even possible? It’s not just the worst movie of the decade, it’s the worst movie ever made.

Check out the full list at Rotten Tomatoes HERE. What films would make your Bottom List for the '00s?

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