They all shot out the Hollywood gate as the #1 box office hit in their first week. Must be good, or at least decent, right?
Here’s four that hit the critical floor and sank fast. The Raspberry Awards, known as the “Razzies,” are a yearly counter-Oscars, awarded to the “worst in cinematic achievement.”
Each movie was a pop culture genre that audiences love.
** Big Name Comedy Star **
Nominated for 8 Razzies:
Worst Actor: Eddie Murphy, Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Worst Supporting Actor: Eddie Murphy
Worst Supporting Actress: Eddie Murphy
Worst Screen Couple: Eddie Murphy and anyone
Norbit won 3: Worst Actor, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress, all to the versatile Eddie Murphy.
** Superhero **
Even an all-star cast couldn’t save it. Nominated for 9 Razzies:
Worst Supporting Actor: Chris O’Donnell
Worst Supporting Actress: Alica Silverstone
Worst Couple: George Clooney & Chris O’Donnell (Batman & Robin)
Worst Original Story
Worst Remake or Sequel
Worst Callous Disrespect Human Life and Public Property
One Winner: Alicia Silverstone
** Patriotic History **
Nominated for 6 Razzies
Worst Actor: Ben Affleck
Worst Screen Couple: Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale
** Horror **
No Razzie nominations, but here’s what movie critic Roger Ebert had to say:
“The Village” is a colossal miscalculation, a movie based on a premise that cannot support it, a premise so transparent it would be laughable were the movie not so deadly solemn. It’s a flimsy excuse for a plot, with characters who move below the one-dimensional and enter Flatland…
To call the ending an anticlimax would be an insult not only to climaxes but to prefixes. It’s a crummy secret, about one step up the ladder of narrative originality from It was all a dream. It’s so witless, in fact, that when we do discover the secret, we want to rewind the film so we don’t know the secret anymore.”
Critics were enjoined after the screening to avoid revealing the plot secrets. That is not because we would spoil the movie for you. It’s because if you knew them, you wouldn’t want to go.
Of course, all these films made money.