45 terrible movies that today's greatest actors starred in

Universal PicturesMichael Fassbender is a great actor, but pretty much everyone can agree that ‘The Snowman’ is terrible.

Some of the best actors alive have been in some of the worst movies of all time.

Sometimes a movie can have a good script, but everything goes wrong in production. But many times when a movie fails, everything was bad – from concept to screenplay to performance.

Even some of the best people in the business, including the likes of Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, Julianne Moore, and Ryan Gosling have appeared in movies critics hated.

We collected a list of some of our favourite actors working today, and decided what their worst movie was. Rotten Tomatoes scores helped us make our decisions, but the lowest critic score didn’t dictate the worst movie. We decided how prominent the roles were, which means we eliminated a lot of terrible movies from the start of everyone’s acting career. We also considered how big the movie was, how hated it was when it came out, and how hated it is now.

Here are the worst movies the best living actors have starred in, ordered from (relatively) best movie to worst:

Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”

Warner Brothers

Critic Score: 67%

What the critics said: “Quite how Sandra Bullock deserved an Oscar for her one-note turn as bleached supermum Leigh-Anne is a mystery, since it transforms a potentially worthwhile character study into a grandstanding star vehicle.” –Time Out

Lupita Nyong’o, “Non-Stop” (2014)


Critic Score: 59%

What the critics said: “The problem is that Non-Stop tries to be something it’s not. It has one too many scenes that border on ludicrous, and the big reveal barely makes sense.” -Globe and Mail

Tom Hanks, “The Ladykillers” (2004)


Critic Score: 55%

What the critics said: “There’s the mind-numbing oompah rhythm of every gag telegraphed and every joke pounded into the ground.” -Village Voice

Edward Norton, “Kingdom of Heaven” (2005)

20th Century Fox

Critic Score: 39%

What the critics said: “Since we barely know what’s at stake — we’re too confused and bored to care — all this fighting means nothing to us, and yet Scott still hopes to rev us up with it.” -Salon

Jake Gyllenhaal, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010)


Critic Score: 36%

What the critics said: “This movie is little more than a big noise bomb with jerky movements attached.” -Detroit News

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Nine” (2009)

The Weinstein Company

Critic Score: 38%

What the critics said: “How can a movie starring six Academy Award-winning actors be such a bore?” -Chicago Sun Times

Anne Hathaway, “One Day” (2011)

Focus Features

Critic Score: 37%

What the critics said: “By the time this flat, excruciatingly predictable film reaches its drawn-out, melodramatic (and unintentionally comedic) ending, we’ve not only stopped caring about Emma and Dexter, we’re actively rooting against them.” -San Diego Union Tribune

Armie Hammer, “The Lone Ranger” (2013)

Walt Disney Pictures

Critic Score: 31%

What the critics said: “Frustrating, lazy and lifeless.” –Time Out

Kate Winslet, “Wonder Wheel” (2017)

Amazon Studios

Critic Score: 31%

What the critics said: “Whatever its director’s motivations, a work so contemptuous of its own heroine is always going to border on the offensive.” –Globe and Mail

Cate Blanchett, “The Monuments Men” (2014)

Columbia Pictures

Critic Score: 30%

What the critics said: “A frustratingly flat film that drifts from moment to moment with a curious lack of urgency and an overbearing sense of self-importance.” -Film.com

Jennifer Lawrence, “Passengers” (2016)

Columbia Pictures

Critic Score: 30%

What the critics said: “Disappointing at best, problematic at worst.” –Dallas Morning News

Matt Damon, “Suburbicon” (2017)

Paramount Pictures

Critic Score: 29%

What the critics said: “The black characters are barely characters at all, and the murder mystery is a Hollywood hand-me-down.” –Chicago Reader

Ryan Gosling, “Stay” (2005)

20th Century Fox

Critic Score: 27%

What the critics said: “This is the kind of flop that makes even the popcorn taste lousy.” -New York Observer

Natalie Portman, “Your Highness” (2011)

Universal Pictures

Critic Score: 27%

What the critics said: “Dudes, we get it.” -Newsday

Meryl Streep, “Lions for Lambs” (2007)

20th Century Fox

Critic Score: 27%

What the critics said: “Though these dialogues are worthy, the medium doesn’t seem right for the message.” -USA Today

Ben Affleck, “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016)

Warner Bros.

Critic Score: 27%

What the critics said: “A movie that beats you into submission and makes you wonder if the sun will ever come out again.” –The New Republic

Mila Kunis, “Jupiter Ascending” (2015)

Critic Score: 26%

What the critics said: “The Wachowskis create a churning, swooping C.G.I. universe that’s decorated to the corners of the frame without taste or imagination.” –The New Yorker

Eddie Redmayne, “Jupiter Ascending” (2015)

Warner Bros. Pictures

Critic Score: 26%

What the critics said: “Don’t even get me started on the aliens, many of whom would have been turned away from the cantina door in Mos Eisley.” –The Atlantic

Tom Hardy, “This Means War” (2012)

20th Century Fox

Critic Score: 25%

What the critics said: “Yet another case of Hollywood execs trying way too hard to give the audience what they think it wants.” -Time Out

Denzel Washington, “John Q” (2002)

New line

Critic Score: 23%

What the critics said: “Cassavetes thinks he’s making ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ with a cause, but all he’s done is to reduce everything he touches to a shrill, didactic cartoon.” -Entertainment Weekly

Amy Adams, “Leap Year” (2010)

Universal Pictures

Critic Score: 22%

What the critics said: “The most charming of actors can be left flailing in the face of a feeble script and direction.” -Globe and Mail

Michael Keaton, “Jack Frost” (1998)

Warner Bros.

Critic Score: 20%

What the critics said: “Its sentiment is rote, its truths are culled from a trip down the aisles of a greeting-card shop.” -Houston Chronicle

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Beach” (2000)

20th Century Fox

Critic Score: 20%

What the critics said: “A narrative that tries to juggle thriller elements, tons of pop culture imagery, and way too much philosophical baggage.” –Chicago Reader

Emma Stone, “Aloha” (2015)

Columbia Pictures

Critic Score: 19%

What the critics said: “It’s not bad so much as alien, like a romantic comedy made by someone who’s researched human behaviour but had very few brushes with it in person.” –Buzzfeed News

Marion Cotillard, “Assassin’s Creed” (2016)

New Regency

Critic Score: 18%

What the critics said: “I suppose you could say the film made me slightly more likely to play one of the games, but only because I’d do just about anything before I saw this movie again.” –Slate

Scarlett Johansson, “The Perfect Score” (2004)

MTV Films

Critic Score: 17%

What the critics said: “Kids facing the SAT in real life may appreciate this movie, if only because it will make them feel so much smarter than these characters. For the rest of us, it flunks.” -Seattle Times

Anthony Hopkins, “Transformers: The Last Knight” (2017)

Paramount Pictures

Critic Score: 16%

What the critics said: “Michael Bay has promised that this is the last Transformers movie he will direct, which is no small relief. It will not, alas, be the last Transformers movie.” –The Atlantic

Chris Pine, “Just My Luck” (2005)

20th Century

Critic Score: 14%

What the critics said: “… a real piece of junk.” -Richard Roeper

Helen Mirren, “Collateral Beauty” (2016)

New Line

Critic Score: 14%

What the critics said: “Somewhere in a forest, a maple tree wants all its sap back.” –US Weekly

Will Smith, “After Earth” (2013)

Sony Pictures / Columbia

Critic Score: 14%

What the critics said: “The movie takes off from a concept as basic as a video game, and it sticks to that concept, without surprise.” -Entertainment Weekly

Mark Wahlberg, “Max Payne” (2008)

20th Century Fox

Critic Score: 16%

What the critics said: “Sexy girls and lots of automatic weapons are involved in an occasionally coherent plot.” -Washington Post

Robert De Niro, “Hide and Seek” (2005)

20th Century Fox

Critic Score: 13%

What the critics said: “A tawdry cocktail of red herrings, cheap psychology, and shameless horror-movie tropes.” -The AV Club

Michelle Williams, “Deception” (2008)

20th Century Fox

Critic Score: 13%

What the critics said: “When you advertise an erotic thriller and then give us a comedy, that’s deception in any language.” -St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Johnny Depp, “Mortdecai” (2015)


Critic Score: 12%

What the critics said: “Depp’s strenuously unfunny performance turns a frivolous caper comedy into a grim death march to the closing credits.” –Newsday

Nicole Kidman, “Trespass” (2011)

Millennium Entertainment

Critic Score: 10%

What the critics said: “As terrible movies go, it’s not unentertaining – once you surrender to its trashmeister idiocy.” -Time Out

George Clooney, “Batman & Robin” (1997)

Warner Bros.

Critic Score: 10%

What the critics said: “[A] loud, long and pointless spectacle.” -Philadelphia Inquirer

Halle Berry, “Catwoman” (2004)

Warner Bros.

Critic Score: 9%

What the critics said: “Another hundred million dollars down the drain.” -The New Yorker

Alicia Vikander, “Tulip Fever” (2017)

Paramount Pictures

Critic Score: 9%

What the critics said: “All told, this movie about love during a bubble is a bust.” –Newsday

Saoirse Ronan, “The Host” (2013)

Universal Pictures

Critic Score: 9%

What the critics said: “This is pretty silly stuff, Twi-lite if you will, but played with maximum solemnity, no discernible humour and minimal excitement.” -CNN

Michael Fassbender, “The Snowman” (2017)

Universal Pictures

Critic Score: 8%

What the critics said: “In this soul-deadening freeze, who wouldn’t seek solace in a bottle? Or in the physical warmth of a lover’s arms? Or in mass murder?” –The Atlantic

Reese Witherspoon, “Hot Pursuit” (2015)

New Line

Critic Score: 7%

What the critics said: “You could easily imagine these two in a sharper, edgier comedy. Maybe, if Hot Pursuit is a hit, the filmmakers can take a mulligan and reunite them for a faster, funnier sequel.” –Vulture

Christopher Walken, “Gigli” (2003)

Columbia Pictures

Critic Score: 6%

What the critics said: “Every bit as unwatchable as the deafening negative chatter would suggest.” -Associated Press

Charlize Theron, “The Last Face” (2017)

Saban Films

Critic Score: 5%

What the critics said: “Sean Penn turns African strife into a two-hour perfume commercial with The Last Face, veering between gauzy impressionism and shrieky melodrama with his latest directorial effort.” –RogerEbert.com

Morgan Freeman, “Just Getting Started” (2017)

Broad Green Pictures

Critic Score: 5%

What the critics said: “Dramatically and comically impotent.” –The AV Club

Julianne Moore, “6 Souls” (2013)

The Weinstein Company

Critic Score: 4%

What the critics said: “A preposterous supernatural thriller that inexplicably managed to sign up Julianne Moore to star.” –New York Observer

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