Famed film critic Rex Reed wrote that Darren Aronofsky’s mother! was not just the worst movie of the year, but of the entire century so far. While most critics disagreed with Reed’s take (the film earned a positive score on Rotten Tomatoes), he found some like-minded disgust among audiences. The Jennifer Lawrence film, which opened Sept. 15, scored an F-grade on CinemaScore, “the industry leader in measuring movie appeal among theatre audiences.” Ahead, 12 other movies that were given a failing grade by audiences.
Killing Them Softly (2012)
Andrew Dominik’s follow-up to 2007 classic The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford found favor with film critics (79 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), but audiences rejected the violent Brad Pitt drama, which was marketed more as a Scorsese-y romp rather than the movie they saw upon its wide release.
The Devil Inside (2012)
The devil was inside audiences and critics alike: Everyone hated this horror movie, which scored an F on CinemaScore and a 6 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Silent House (2012)
Like mother! this 2012 thriller focused on a young woman (here played by Elizabeth Olsen) who is tormented by the men in her life. Critics didn’t respond to Silent House (a 42 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes), but audiences outright revolted.
The Box (2009)
Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) directed this horror thriller, which starred Cameron Diaz and James Marsden as a couple faced with a terrible moral decision: they can earn $1 million by pressing a button on a mysterious box — except that single push will kill someone they don’t know. Critics didn’t like this one either.
Disaster Movie (2008)
An F from audiences, but on the plus side — a 1 percent rating from critics?
I Know Who Killed Me (2007)
“No review could really do justice to the monumental trashiness of this mess; it really has to be seen to be believed,” wrote New York Daily News critic Elizabeth Weitzman in her review. Lindsay Lohan’s I Know Who Killed Me was killed by everyone: audiences hated it, critics did too.
Marketed as a traditional horror film, this William Freidkin psychological thriller starring Ashley Judd and a pre-breakout Michael Shannon (with a script from acclaimed writer and actor Tracy Letts) flopped with audiences. Less so with critics, however, many of whom praised the film as a claustrophobic and thoughtful take on the genre.
The Wicker Man (2006)
Wolf Creek (2005)
An F-grade on CinemaScore didn’t stop Wolf Creek from succeeding enough to land a sequel.
Anna Paquin starred in this 2004 flop which critics hated maybe more than audiences. Darkness has a 4 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Sold as “from the creator of Titanic” (producers James Cameron and Jon Landau), Steven Soderbergh’s Solaris was not the space thriller or doomed romance many expected from the film’s trailers, but an introspective meditation on regret and grief.
Dr. T and the Women (2000)
Starring Richard Gere as a Dallas gynecologist and Helen Hunt, Tara Reid, Kate Hudson, Laura Dern, Shelley Long, and Farah Fawcett in what would be one of her final film roles, Robert Altman’s ensemble drama was less fun for audiences than sitting in a doctor’s waiting room.