Especially in recent years, Netflix has shown that it’s capable of playing with big networks and studios. In fact, in recent years, Netflix has focused on developing original content, including the Chris Hemsworth action thriller Extraction, which is the biggest Netflix Original movie, according to official data. Meanwhile, several other Netflix movies have also achieved critical acclaim, although the Cannes Film Festival has banned Netflix movies from competition altogether.
And while some Netflix films proved to be praise-worthy, others have left critics scratching their heads. To give you an idea, here are the worst Netflix Original movies, according to Rotten Tomatoes:
10 The Cloverfield Paradox, 21%
Just about anyone enjoys a great sci-fi flick and initially, The Cloverfield Paradox looked quite promising. After all, the film is produced by J.J. Abrams, the very same man who resurrected the Star Trek franchise. He is also responsible for creating hit shows such as Alias, Lost, and the sci-fi series Fringe.
In The Cloverfield Paradox, Abrams introduces us to the idea that the Earth can disappear from space without warning. Unfortunately, the premise required a lot of explanation and the characters appear underdeveloped. Some also argue that the plot feels rushed.
9 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, 20%
This is a sequel to the 2001 movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which garnered several Academy Award nominations. It also became one of the most culturally influential movies of all time. More importantly, it took home four Oscar awards too.
For the follow-up movie on Netflix, actress Michelle Yeoh returned to reprise her role as Yu Shu Lien. And while the fight scenes were incredible, the plot itself was underwhelming. In the end, it failed to measure up to the original, proving that it’s among the Asian films that are impossible to remake in America.
8 The Outsider, 17%
This Netflix Original movie is led by none other than Oscar winner Jared Leto. He portrays an American POW who stays in Japan and works his way up to become a member of the yakuza crime organization.
Based on the plot alone, this movie had the potential to be great. However, critics were left completely disappoint, resulting in such a low Rotten Tomatoes score. According to Rotten Tomatoes, Variety has referred to the film as “dull, flavorless, and fundamentally incurious.” It was also noted that Leto’s acting appeared “disengaged.”
7 The Kissing Booth, 17%
Especially when you’re just looking for something that’s lighthearted and fun, rom-coms are essentially the way to go. That said, you may want to consider other options before you decide to stream Netflix’s The Kissing Booth.
If you ask the critics, they could care less about this film. For them, The Kissing Booth is just a continuous showcase of every romantic cliché you’ve ever heard of. Meanwhile, you might also be interested to know that the film wasn’t received by general viewers too. In fact, it’s ranked as one of the worst rom-coms in the 2010s.
6 Sextuplets, 14%
As the title suggests, the story is about a father-to-be who learns that he is going to be a father of sextuplets. That expecting father happens to be Marlon Wayans, an actor who is known for his comedic chops.
In the movie, Wayans also portrays several of the film’s characters, just like Tyler Perry would in his Madea movies. However, critics were still less than impressed. Some noted that the jokes just weren’t funny. Others have flat out said that this film is a waste of time.
5 The Do-Over, 9%
The premise behind this movie doesn’t sound original but because it stars Adam Sandler, David Spade, and Paula Patton, you decide to give it a chance. Chances are, it would be funny. Maybe, it would even be good. Sadly, The Do-Over would only leave you dumbfounded.
In the movie, Sandler and Spade play two men who decide to fake their own deaths. As you may have guessed, however, the new identities they assume only make their lives more miserable. With every passing minute though, the film left critics miserable too.
4 The Last Thing He Wanted, 5%
When it comes to star power, this Netflix original has it in spades. The cast is led by Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck. The cast also includes Willem Dafoe and Rosie Perez. In The Last Thing He Wanted, Hathaway plays a D.C. journalist who puts her reputation on the line to help her father broker an arms deal.
The plot may sound solid, even riveting. However, critics have noted that the film is simply “confusing” and “frustrating,” according to reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. But there are some interesting details that are easy to miss in the movie.
3 The Ridiculous 6, 0%
Netflix subscribers have come to wonder why Sandler’s Netflix movies are so bad. These films often boast of a lot of star power and in The Ridiculous 6, Sandler is joined by Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson, Spade, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, even Blake Shelton.
All this talent also means that the film is among Netflix’s most expensive original movies, according to the production budget. Sadly, when you rank every Sandler Netflix film from worst to best, The Ridiculous 6 comes out the worst. It’s also named among the worst Netflix Original films since the service launched.
2 The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, 0%
If you think about it, it was only going to be a matter of time before more stars decide to Netflix. That said, The True Memoirs of an International Assassin seemed to be the perfect Netflix vehicle for comedian Kevin James.
In this movie, James is a novelist who gets mistaken for a real assassin after his book is published as a true story. And that’s how James comes face to face with Andy Garcia’s El Toro, who is like a modern-day Che Guevara. In the end, though, critics have said that the movie is neither funny nor interesting.
1 Father Of The Year, 0%
This Netflix Original combines the comedic chops of Spade and Nat Faxon. Produced by Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, the premise of the film is a drunken debate between college graduates as they argue whose dad would when pitted against each other.
Ultimately, this rivalry is taken seriously and the whole film unravels from there. Some critics have accused the film of having bad comedy. Others have regarded the film as forgettable. According to Rotten Tomatoes, RogerEbert.com even said that “you’ll forget you saw it before it’s even over.”
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