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The Worst Remakes of All Time, According to the Tomatometer
Second time’s the harm for these Rotten remakes, proving that some movies are so nice, no need to make them twice. From a sand-in-your-pants Madonna vehicle to plenty of horror (especially remakes of international features), each critically-trashed film here scored less than 10% on the Tomatometer, so these are the biggest misses among misguided movie ventures. And they’re all gathered to be scorned in perpetuity in our guide to the worst remakes of all time.
Adjusted Score: 9.41%
Critics Consensus: Martyrs flays off everything that gave the original its icy horrific beauty, leaving us an empty, pointless remake.
Ten-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, she is plagued by awful... [More]
Adjusted Score: 10.819%
Critics Consensus: Being a remake of a Thai horror film instead of Japanese doesn't prevent Shutter from being another lame Asian horror remake.
A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may... [More]
Adjusted Score: 11.594%
Critics Consensus: When a Stranger Calls ranks among the more misguided remakes in horror history, offering little more than a rote, largely fright-free update to the original.
While babysitting, a high school student is terrorized by a stranger who calls her, asking "have you checked the children... [More]
Adjusted Score: 11.1%
Critics Consensus: With murky cinematography, a meandering pace, a dull storyline, and rather wooden performances, The Pang Brothers' Hollywood remake of Bangkok Dangerous is unsuccessful.
The life of an anonymous assassin takes an unexpected turn when he travels to Thailand to complete a series of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 9.131%
Critics Consensus: The initial set-up is unbelievable, the plotting is predictable and stale, and the comedy depends on repetitive pratfalls that soon get old.
When Frank Beardsley, a widower with eight children, runs into his high school sweetheart, Helen North, it's as if 30... [More]
Adjusted Score: 4.058%
Critics Consensus: A needless remake that quickly loses sight of the themes that elevated the original, this is a Jacob's Ladder that leads straight to nowhere.
After the death of his brother in Afghanistan, Jacob Singer is finally getting his life back together. He has a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 6.644%
Critics Consensus: Muddled and lacking the political context of the original, Swept Away offers further proof that Madonna can't act.
A spoiled rich woman goes on a yachting holiday with friends in the Mediterranean and gets entangled in an unlikely... [More]
Adjusted Score: 5.703%
Critics Consensus: The Fog is a so-so remake of a so-so movie, lacking scares, suspense or originality.
A thick fog enshrouds a coastal town. The fog is reminiscent of one 100 years earlier that wrecked a ship... [More]
Adjusted Score: 6.512%
Critics Consensus: Flatliners falls flat as a horror movie and fails to improve upon its source material, rendering this reboot dead on arrival.
In Flatliners, five medical students, hoping to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life,... [More]
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A young woman, Sawa, is orphaned following the murder of her parents and is later taken off the streets by... [More]
Adjusted Score: 0.197%
Critics Consensus: No need for a quarantine -- enthusiasm for this inert remake is not contagious.
The story is familiar: fresh out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 2.459%
Critics Consensus: One of the weakest entries in the J-horror remake sweepstakes, One Missed Call is undone by bland performances and shopworn shocks.
Shannyn Sossamon and Ed Burns star in director Eric Valette's remake of Takashi Miike's frightful tale about a cell-phone call... [More]