The 10 Worst Family and Children’s Movies of All Time According to Rotten Tomatoes

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It’s hard to stress the importance and value of quality kid-friendly entertainment. Impressive artistry and positive morals are more important than ever in formative years, and the best of these films bring people across generations – and perhaps most importantly, families – together.


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From timelessly classic Disney animations like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the modern golden age of Pixar, to live-action masterpieces like The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, films like this are worth their weight in gold. There are certainly really terrible children’s movies, and if anything, they seem more cynical and less forgiving than bad adult-oriented movies. It’s arguably the responsibility of resourceful filmmakers to expand, not numb, children’s imaginations and dreams. According to Tomatometer critics, these are the absolute worst family and children’s movies ever made. Yes, Mac and I is here.

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10. “Mac and I” (1988) – 7%

One of the most notorious stinkers of all time lives up to its reputation. Half a decade later ET became the highest-grossing film of all time, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s tore down the storyline, poster, and marketing for a feature-length advertisement for their products. Mac and I absolutely has such poor value, is best known to general audiences thanks to its long running time Paul Rudd Late evening gag. The gag has been going for years and years; it’s still funny.

You can’t sugarcoat that Mac and I is miserable, as bad as ET was good. There are the frightening visual effects, the brazen commercialism that’s more the story than built into it. Police officers shoot a disabled boy towards the end. It’s unreal. Netflix meh restart from MST3K did a meh riff a few years ago but honestly this is amazing Mac and I it’s best experienced for yourself. Maybe it’s a cautionary tale, maybe it’s a historical artifact. It’s garbage. How did that score a 7?!

9. “Zoom” (2006) – 4%

Uff. It’s really important to remember as well Tim Allen can be in the right project. His appearance in Galaxy Quest is downright masterful, hilarious and touching. He doesn’t get a chance to show his impressive, often underestimated, skills in this infamous race X-Men Rip off next to a similarly wasted one Courtney Cox.

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zoom is sloppy and ugly to watch, with plenty of Uncanny Valley CGI moments that might make viewers say, “The power of Christ compels you!” or something like that. It’s also a pity to see Kate Maraa fine and versatile actress, in the midst of chaos.

8. “Happily Never After” (2006) – 5%

A comic genius in one of his last roles before his death in 2008 George Karlin lent his vocal talent (btw Sarah Michelle Gellar, Andy Dick, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sigourney Weaver) into a groundbreaking production that twists classic fairy tales, rumored to be based on a German children’s show, when really it’s just trying to foil the magic of Shrek to no success.

When it comes to great family movies, we don’t forget how fresh, admired, and influential the original is Shrek film and its immediate sequel. Happy never after has no wit, no tenderness; The animation also looks like Microsoft Paint.

7. “Score Up With Dad” (1994) – 3%

A film of strange alchemy that worked extraordinarily well John Hughes and Chris Columbus‘ risky Home alone was a cinema giant and turned him into a talented young star Macaulay Culkin a household name that all of Hollywood wanted a piece of.

Unfortunately, the young star’s gifts were mostly wasted in the trash (did you see the good son?) during the early 90’s, perhaps nowhere more so than here playing an imposter (Ted Danson)s estranged son, determined to teach Pops a lesson in the joys of the father-son bond through blackmail. No moment rings true.

6. “Baby Geniuses” (1999) – 2%

Baby Geniuses is, 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 on-screen presence Kathleen Turner in a mess about an evil billionaire capitalizing on baby talk, myriad other reasons. Talking toddlers worked like a charm in the animation Rugrats (very popular at the time). In live action, it’s about as freaky as suspiracy.

Today, many observers consider 1999 to be one of the greatest years in cinema history. And a lot of people think about it too Baby Geniuses the worst movie of the year.

5. “Daddy Day Camp” (2007) – 1%

Father Day Care was a critically unloved but financially successful comedy starring Eddie Murphy as a father who runs a day care center after his release. The feature film directorial debut of Fred Savagethe sequel with Oscar winners Cuba Gooding Jr., without Murphy. Laugh-free, though full of bathroom jokes, this is a reminder that there’s only one Eddie Murphy. As if the audience needed one.

Papa Day Camp was slammed by critics and grossed a little over a tenth the box office of its predecessor. There’s a third film that’s all but unseen grandpa daycaremain role Danny Trejo from 2019. The Enigmatic Powers of Brand Awareness.

4. “Problem Child” (1990) – 0%

A film that simply wreaks cynicism and meanness disguised as humor, a film that seems to have a low opinion of children in general, problem child marks the directorial debut of frequent Adam Sandler Employee Dennis Dugan; It’s about a crazy couple who adopt a child who pretty much turns out to be the Antichrist. Many parents vocally protested the film’s blatant, potentially hurtful comments about adoption (which will be censored if the film airs on TV), while animal rights activists objected to an infamous image (a cat stuffed in a dryer) on the eyesore lobby card .

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Despite general criticism from critics, the film was a success both in theaters and on home video and television. A miserable franchise followed. The immediate sequel boasts an 8% on Rotten Tomatoes. The third installment went to television, with no critic ratings on the Tomatometer.

3. “The Nutcracker in 3D” (2009) – 0%

Here’s the answer to that age old question: what the heck do you get when you take the most famous ballet, omit some of the music and dance and replace that with dark wartime violence, Nathan Lane as Albert Einstein, awkward pop lyrics, bad acting, anthropomorphic rat Nazis and their robot dog henchmen?

Roger Ebert said: “From what dark night of the soul did the miserable idea for The Nutcracker in 3D?”

2. “Superbabies: Baby Genies 2” — 0%

Uff. The worst movie of one of the best cinema years ever, 1999 Baby Geniuses was a critically planned exercise in misery. The 2004 sequel (it’s probably worth noting that 2004 overall was also an unusually strong year for great movies) is significantly worse.

More Uncanny Valley effects to haunt your nightmares, half-heartedly crude gags, and adult phone-in appearances are just a few of the notable offenders in this moan about enhanced toddlers trying to thwart a media mogul (Jon Voight)’s nefarious plan to change minds.

1. “Pinocchio” (2002) – 0%

A far, far cry from the 1940 Disney masterpiece (arguably the best animated film of all time), Roberto Benigni‘s follow-up to the Oscar winner, albeit divisive life is beautiful comes out as a vanity project that should be nipped in the bud.

The heroic journey of a young wooden puppet boy earning his spurs is incredibly touching when told properly. Here, with a grown man, it’s extremely off-putting. Even dismissive. That’s even worse than Disney’s utterly gruesome live-action remake. Unthinkable but true.

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