16 Years, 16 Movies, 16 Percent

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by | August 12, 2014 | Comments

Happy birthday to us! In celebration of Rotten Tomatoes’ 16th anniversary, we’ve compiled a sweet list of 16 movies that scored 16 percent on the Tomatometer. Make a wish and blow out the candles!


Alexander (2004)

Critics Consensus: Even at nearly three hours long, this ponderous, talky, and emotionally distant biopic fails to illuminate Alexander’s life.


The Art of War (2000)

Critics Consensus: Excessively noisy and overly reliant on genre clichés, The Art of War wastes its star’s charisma on a ridiculous, convoluted plot and poorly edited action sequences.


The Astronaut’s Wife (1999)

Critics Consensus: Despite the best efforts of its talented leads, The Astronaut’s Wife moves at a snail’s pace and fails to generate enough intrigue to keep viewers engaged.


The Big Bounce (2004)

Critics Consensus: Lazily crafted and light on substance, The Big Bounce takes few chances and strands its promising cast in a subpar adaptation that fails to do its source material justice.


Encino Man (1992)

Critics Consensus: Encino Man isn’t the first unabashedly silly comedy to embrace its stupidity and amass a cult following, but whether or not it works for you will largely be determined by your tolerance for Pauly Shore.


Idle Hands (1999)

Critics Consensus: An uneasy mix of slapstick and gore, Idle Hands lacks the manic energy and comedic inspiration required to pull off its goofy premise.


Jumper (2008)

Critics Consensus: Featuring uninvolving characters and a loose narrative, Jumper is an erratic action pic with little coherence and lackluster special effects.


The Karate Kid, Part III (1986)

Critics Consensus: Inspiration is in short supply in this third Karate Kid film, which recycles the basic narrative from its predecessors but adds scenery-chewing performances and a surprising amount of violence.


Monster-in-Law (2005)

Critics Consensus: While Jane Fonda steals the movie in her return to the screen, a tired script and flimsy performances make this borderline comedy fall flat.


Super Mario Bros. (1990)

Critics Consensus: Despite flashy sets and special effects, Super Mario Bros. is too light on story and substance to be anything more than a novelty.


Sweet November (2001)

Critics Consensus: Schmaltzy and manipulative, Sweet November suffers from an implausible plot and non-existent chemistry between its leads.


The Single Moms Club (2014)

Critics Consensus: The Single Moms Club finds Tyler Perry avoiding some of the pitfalls of his earlier work, but continuing to rely on heavy-handed melodrama at the expense of sensible characters or absorbing storylines.


Underdog (2007)

Critics Consensus: Underdog is a mostly forgettable adaptation that relies far too heavily on recycled material and sloppy production.


Underworld: Evolution (2006)

Critics Consensus: A visual and aural assault on the senses, this vampire-werewolf sequel makes a lot of noise and features a heavy-handed, overly convoluted story.


When in Rome (2010)

Critics Consensus: A pair of young, attractive leads can’t overcome When in Rome‘s reliance on unfunny gags and threadbare rom-com clichés.


xXx: State of the Union (2005)

Critics Consensus: Even more absurd and implausible than the first XXX movie, State of the Union is less inspired and technically competent than its predecessor.