The Worst Romantic Comedies of All Time

by | February 12, 2021 | Comments

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A good romantic comedy can sweep you off your feet and leave you feeling good for days. You won’t find any of those here as we uncover the 10 worst-reviewed rom-coms on Rotten Tomatoes.

10. All About Steve (2009, 6% Tomatometer score): Sandra Bullock’s big comeback with The Proposal almost got torpedoed by this. Critics Consensus: All About Steve is an oddly creepy, sour film, featuring a heroine so desperate and peculiar that audiences may be more likely to pity than root for her.

9. Gigli (2003, 6%): The moment Bennifer got gobbled-gobbled. Critics Consensus: Bizarre and clumsily plotted, Gigli is a mess. As for its stars, Affleck and Lopez lack chemistry.

8. ‘Til There Was You (1997, 5%): Look what happens when you cast Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Aniston in a rom-com and don’t make them the stars. Critics Consensus: Utterly bereft of romance or humor, ‘Til There Was You is a singularly misguided attempt at romantic comedy.

7. Good Luck Chuck (2007, 5%): So bad, it became a Jeopardy! clue. Critics Consensus: A shortage of laughs and an undercurrent of mean-spiritedness undermine Good Luck Chuck, squandering a decent premise on gross-out humor and shopworn slapstick.

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6. Material Girls (2006, 4%): It was better when it was a Madonna song. Critics Consensus: Plagued by paper-thin characterizations and a hackneyed script, Material Girls fails to live up to even the minimum standards of its genre.

5. A Little Bit Of Heaven (2012, 4%): Terminal disease: Use it in your rom-com at your own risk. Critics Consensus: A Little Bit of Heaven subjects viewers to a whole bunch of schmaltz – and strands Kate Hudson and Gael García Bernal in a fatally misguided film.

4. Playing for Keeps (2012, 4%): How do you mess up a rom-com with Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, and Catherine Zeta-Jones in it? Critics Consensus: Witless, unfocused, and arguably misogynistic, Playing for Keeps is a dispiriting, lowest-common-denominator Hollywood rom-com.

3. Serving Sara (2002, 4%): This and The Whole Ten Yards put the kibosh on Matthew Perry’s film career. Critics Consensus: A romantic comedy that’s neither funny nor particularly romantic, Serving Sara is a forgettable time waster.

2. Because I Said So (2007, 4%): Diane Keaton may be rom-com royalty, but can’t get away with it here. Critics Consensus: Overly reliant on caricatures and lacking any human insight, Because I Said So is an unfunny, cliche-ridden mess.

1. Down to You (2000, 3%): But not down with critics or audiences. Critics Consensus: Down to You is ruined by a bland, by-the-numbers plot and an awful script.

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