NNN – No New News? – 27 Movies With Low Rotten Tomatoes Scores That Prove Critics Know Nothing

December 22, 2021·6 min read

Earlier this year, we asked the BuzzFeed Community about which movies they love that critics did NOT love. We got so many good answers that we decided to put them all together in one post. Here are some of the most egregious failures from movie critics to recognize genius!

1.Hocus Pocus (1993) — 37% on Rotten Tomatoes

Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as the Sanderson Sisters
“I dare you to find someone who does not automatically start singing when they hear ‘Come Little Children.’ The Sanderson Sisters are icons to millennials.”—KateDisney courtesy Everett Collection

2.Cruel Intentions (1999) — 55% on Rotten Tomatoes

Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar in the infamous kissing scene
Cruel Intentions is a brilliant movie and has a mediocre Rotten Tomatoes rating.”—joaqamoleColumbia Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

3.Venom (2018) — 30% on Rotten Tomatoes

Venom grabbing a man by the throat in a convenience store
Venom is so underrated! It was very well done and it’s one of my faves.”—indiav2Columbia Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

4.Jennifer’s Body (2009) — 45% on Rotten Tomatoes

Megan Fox as Jennifer standing outside a burning building
Islandmiss“Totally underrated.”—murrays320th Century Fox /Courtesy Everett Collection

5.Hook (1991) — 29% on Rotten Tomatoes

Robin Williams as Peter Pan standing with the Lost Boys
“Dustin Hoffman IS Captain Hook. And the late Robin Williams is THE PAN. Lost Boys, Tink, Neverland are all there, plus some great new additions to the lore, like the iconic Rufio.”—KateTristar / Everett Collection

6.Hot Rod (2007) — 39% on Rotten Tomatoes

Rod yelling "cool beans" a little too loudly
Hot Rod fully deserves to be a cult classic. I will die on this hill.”—razmatiniParamount

7.The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) — 49% on Rotten Tomatoes

Kate McKinnon, Mila Kunis, and Sam Heughan holding their hands up in surrender in a scene from the movie
“Sure, it’s not exactly Citizen Kane, but I cracked up through the whole movie. Kate McKinnon could read the tax code and make it hilarious. I also don’t think it’s any stupider than some male-centric movies that critics seemed to love.”—marinas6Lionsgate / Everett Collection

8.The Greatest Showman (2017) — 56% on Rotten Tomatoes

Zendaya and Zac Efron on the trapeze during "Rewrite the Stars"
“One of my favorite movies ever, but it has a criminally low Rotten Tomatoes score.”—Caitlin Klose20th Century Fox

9.The Perfect Score (2004) — 16% on Rotten Tomatoes

Chris Evans in a scene from the movie sitting in a classroom and taking notes
“What’s not to love? It has a great cast, hilarious script, and an awesome message. It’s the ultimate feel-good movie. When I was a speaker at graduation, I literally made a speech about this gem of a film.”—andies478465f2aParamount / Courtesy Everett Collection

10.Empire Records (1995) — 29% on Rotten Tomatoes

The cast of Empire Records including Liv Tyler and Renee Zellweger in a scene from the movie
“Damn the man! Save the Empire!”—maryfaithcWarner Bros.

11.Baywatch (2017) — 17% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Rock and Zac Efron wading out of the ocean
“It’s hilarious, the story is well constructed, it keeps what’s best about the TV show while mocking the things that should be mocked, and the cast is really, really ridiculously good-looking.”—murrays3Paramount

12.Christmas with the Kranks (2004) — 5% on Rotten Tomatoes

Jamie Lee Curtis and Tim Allen in a scene from the movie
“I don’t get why it has such bad reviews! I watch it year-round, and every time I watch it I think, ‘Wow that’s me and my husband.'”—k4e458cc89Sony Pictures

13.Brother Bear (2003) — 37% on Rotten Tomatoes

The animated bears in a scene from the movie
Brother Bear is one of the best Disney movies, but it has a low Rotten Tomatoes rating. I highly recommend it to anyone.”—BubbleGumDay“And the soundtrack is fire.”—ljkDisney

14.Grandma’s Boy (2006) — 16% on Rotten Tomatoes

The cast of Grandma's boy
“It has to be one of my favorite comedies ever. This just goes to show that film critics do not know or understand audiences and we don’t always need a deep, meaningful film full of nuance and metaphors. Sometimes we just want to laugh at dick jokes and stoners.”—angelav45d8cf1a320th Century Fox

15.Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) — 46% on Rotten Tomatoes

Denise Richards in a scene from the movie performing in a beauty pageant with a model of Mount Rushmore on her head
Drop Dead Gorgeous is my all-time favorite movie. It has Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Denise Richards, Kirstie Alley, and Brittany Murphy along with many other familiar faces. It’s absolutely hysterical.”—miafayediannNew Line Cinema / Courtesy Everett Collection

16.Newsies (1992) — 39% on Rotten Tomatoes

Christian Bale and the cast of Newsies selling newspapers
“Terrible reviews but a huge cult following. I still play the soundtrack to this day.”—baobaopandaDisney / Everett Collection

17.She’s the Man (2006) — 43% on Rotten Tomatoes

Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum on the soccer field in a scene from the movie
“It is genuinely one of the only movies that makes me laugh out loud every few minutes, and Amanda Bynes is SO good in it.”—brennabooDreamWorks / Everett Collection

18.National Treasure (2004) — 46% on Rotten Tomatoes

Nicolas Cage holding the declaration of independence during the heist scene
“It’s truly just a delight to watch. Ridiculous and campy, but delightful. Not to mention that the music in it is fantastic lol.”—kathrynmueTouchstone Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

19.Spice World (1997) — 35% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Spice Girls in a scene from the movie
SPICE WORLD OMMMGGG. A masterpiece if there ever was one. ‘It must be so hard for you, Victoria. I mean, having to decide whether to wear the little Gucci dress, the little Gucci dress, or…the little Gucci dress!'”—surfingrocketsColumbia Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

20.Jumanji (1995) — 54% on Rotten Tomatoes

Robin Williams protecting the kids during a scene in the movie
“It has a rotten score of 54% but is beloved. Beloved I say!”—takerbobpoohColumbia Tristar / Courtesy Everett Collection

21.The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001) — 60% and 47% on Rotten Tomatoes

Rick, Evie, and Jonathan standing in the desert
“Despite the cheesiness, they’re super fun movies with lovable characters and The Rock as a scorpion monster. What more could you want?”—lilymorgan940Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection

22.The Princess Diaries (2001) — 48% on Rotten Tomatoes

Anne Hathaway as Mia being escorted by hand off the bleachers
“I find it appalling that The Princess Diaries has a low rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s a great teenage romantic comedy and Mia is an amazing lead character.”—isabelavidaldeaWalt Disney Co. / Courtesy Everett Collection

23.Wet Hot American Summer (2001) — 36% on Rotten Tomatoes

Chris Meloni as Gene in the training montage scene
Wet Hot American Summer is legitimately one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. Christopher Meloni is absolutely perfect and the rest of the cast kills it in every scene. The fact that it only got 36% on the ‘Tomatometer’ but a 76% positive audience score says it all.”—kemiller618USA Films / Courtesy Everett Collection

24.Josie and the Pussycats (2001) — 53% on Rotten Tomatoes

Rachael Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, and Tara Reid as Josie and the Pussycats
Josie and the Pussycats is a fantastic time capsule into the early 2000s and a lot of fun.”—rachelc43“Brilliant film! Love the guy who plays Dujour as well! Top campy comedy!!”—pengispoon81MCA / Courtesy Everett Collection

25.Space Jam (1996) — 43% on Rotten Tomatoes

Bill Murray and Michael Jordan in a scene with Bugs Bunny
“It is a cinematic masterpiece. Rotten Tomatoes can choke on it.”—regz123455Warner Bros / Courtesy Everett Collection

26.Armageddon (1998) — 38% on Rotten Tomatoes

The drilling/astronaut crew walking to the space shuttle in Armageddon
“It has EVERYTHING you want in a film: action, adventure, romance, it’s scary AND hilarious, and it’s got Bruce Willis and Steve Buscemi. I am willing to die on this hill alone.”—rewildingwolflingTouchstone Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

27.Penelope (2006) — 54% on Rotten Tomatoes

James McAvoy and Christina Ricci playing a game of chess together in a scene from the movie
Penelope starring Christina Ricci. It is such a good film about learning to love yourself. I can’t believe how many people never heard of it and how low its score is.”

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