The 10 worst sci-fi movies of all time according to Rotten Tomatoes

Since its inception in 1818 with Mary Shelley‘s novel Frankenstein (Though some experts dispute this distinction), science fiction has remained a genre like no other. In skillful hands, science fiction looks to the future while making uncanny, often uncomfortable observations about the here and now. Some of the greatest cinematic sci-fi movies: blade runner, metropolis, extraterrestrialthe original war of starswill forever remain timeless and thought-provoking. There are also many smaller sci-fi films with considerable escapism and replay value.

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There is also really terrible science fiction. There are sci-fi movies that, while technically about technology and science, don’t do much except maybe piss off the audience. Accordingly Critics of the tomatometer, these ten unfortunates represent the absolute worst sci-fi movie history. Believe it or not, these are all rated lower than Mac and I.


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10 “The Adventures of Pluto Nash” (2002)

Eddie Murphy and Rosario Dawson star in one of the biggest flops of all time

Rating for rotten tomatoes: 5%

There is nothing more disappointing and depressing than a comedy without laughs. Be aware: there’s nothing more disappointing and depressing than a laugh-free comedy starring a comedic genius.

The Adventures of Pluto Nash is its most notorious financially, a massive flop that failed to recoup eight percent of its budget throughout its run. Set in the year 2080 and starring Eddie Murphy as a nightclub owner on the moon who disagrees with the mafia (admittedly a funny idea), Pluto Nash has some defenders today. No one is arguing that it’s good, just that maybe it didn’t deserve the flop as hard as it did. Honestly, nothing can make up for its biggest flaw: that it just isn’t very funny.

9 “Rollerball” (2002)

Image of rollerball

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 3%

Is this the worst sci-fi sports movie of all time? Critics claim that is the case. A remake of a better, smug, and hardly great 1975 film that even stars James Caan would continue to openly criticize rollerball suppresses the only interesting element of the original: the social criticism.

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The 1970s film is set in a dystopian future where a violent sport is used to control the populace. The remake is set in the present and focuses more on action that is poorly executed and causes headaches. In a half-star review: Roger Ebert called the image “a disjointed jumble, a jumble in search of plot, meaning, rhythm and meaning.” The real kicker here: rollerball was staged by an action royalty, Die Hard And predatorHelmer John McTiernan. Ouch.

8th Battlefield Earth (2000)

John Travolta Battlefield Earth

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 3%

Unlike about Pluto Nash, Battlefield Earthis a notorious flop with almost no visible defenders these days. This is a deeply horrible movie by any measure, although at least sometimes it’s bad enough to be good. Based on the Scientology founder L Ron HubbardIn the book of the same name, about a human uprising against seemingly superior aliens in the year 3000, everything here is awkward to implement, sometimes downright hilarious.

Battlefield Earth defeated the Razzies in 2000 with seven wins including “Worst Picture”. It was later awarded Razzies’ “Worst Drama of Our First 25 Years” and “Worst Movie of the Decade,” which set a new record for Razzies to have won for a single film.

7 “Baby Geniuses” (1999)

Baby Geniuses

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 2%

Baby Geniusesis, and this is no exaggeration, a disturbing experience. Blame it on the uncanny valley effects, the exhausting onslaught of diaper jokes, the shock of seeing a magnetic, iconic screen presence Kathleen Turner in a mess surrounding an evil billionaire capitalizing on baby talk, and countless other reasons. Talking toddlers worked beautifully in the cartoon Rugrats (extremely popular at the time). In live action, it’s about as freaky as Suspiria.

Today, many observers consider 1999 to be one of the greatest years in cinema history, if not the best. And a lot of people think about it Baby Geniuses worst movie of the year.

6 “Alone in the Dark” (2005)

Alone in the Dark (2005)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 1%

Uwe Boll has made several films that have been hated by critics. Arguably no one is more hated than this starring video game adaptation Christian Slater And Tara Reid. It’s based on the critically acclaimed survival horror game (a remake is planned for later this year).

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Even by video game movie standards Alone in the dark is particularly inconspicuous. It’s tough even for people who love bad movies.

5 Max Steel (2016)

Max Steel (2016)

Max Steel Considered the lowest-rated superhero film in Rotten Tomatoes history. Based on Mattel’s line of toys, it’s about a teenager who allies himself with an alien.

Mario Bello does what she can with a supporting role, however Max Steel is aggressively bad. One of the main problems is that the film only seems half designed to be a superhero movie. It’s a distant, pale, and empty experience from start to finish.

4 Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)

Highlander 2: The Acceleration

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 0%

Long known for having one of the most ridiculous movie titles of all time. Highlander 2: The Acceleration further highlandersis the sci-fi saga of the immortals, complete with a strong cast Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen And Michael Ironside in the midst of a truly gruesome film production. Roger Ebert calls it the worst film of 1991called The acceleration “ridiculously incomprehensible.”

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Highlander 2: The Acceleration is one of many highlanders sequels, however there can only be one This is the most notorious. This is this.

3 Super Babies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 0%

The awfulness of super babiesthe inferior sequel to the awful 1999 film Baby Geniuseswas reported in the ground. Jon Voight takes over in the original Turner as a villain who wants to control people’s minds.

There are more diaper jokes out there, and they’re even less funny. And the special effects are still creepy. How can a movie about young children be so disturbing?

2 “Left Behind” (2014) – 0%

Left Behind, Nic Cage, 2014, Rapture, Pilot

When a good script and good filmmaking goes with it (and frankly sometimes when it doesn’t) Nicholas Cage keeps reminding us why he is one of the most popular and talented actors alive. Based on the religious book series of the same name, left behind tells of a rapture and those left behind. During a low point in Cage’s career (his talents have thankfully been recently re-evaluated following Oscar-winning work in films like…). Mandy And Pig), left behind almost silences the mysterious intensity of the actor. He plays a pilot and spends most of 110 minutes landing a plane. That’s it.

It’s not fair to dismiss faith-based films outright. A recent example of where it worked was 2021’s engaging and loveable sports film American misfit. left behind is unfortunately a film whose message lies in mediocre cinematography.

1 “Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever” (2002)

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 0%

According to Rotten Tomatoes, this cyber espionage train wreck is the worst movie of all time. Lucy Liu And Antonio Banderas are trapped in a thankless kinetic mess of spies who must first compete and then team up. What was done to death.

Some might argue that this movie is the worst movie of all time, but there’s no redeeming value at all. Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever is about as exciting as a screensaver. Maybe a little less.

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Dustin Huang

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