Cinema history is filled with movies that got burned under the hot summer sun, and over the past few months, we've seen our share of critically panned box office duds (a list that includes, but is not limited to, such low achievers as After Earth and The Lone Ranger). Last week, Grown Ups 2 became the latest summer flick to be slaughtered by the critics. Still, it takes a rare kind of awful to merit inclusion into RT's Worst Summer Movies list, a compendium of cinematic horrors that were granted a wide theatrical release between the months of May and September in the years since the release of Jaws in 1975 kickstarted the blockbuster era. Without further ado, we present our countdown of the 60 worst-reviewed summer movies!
Adjusted Score: 10.827% ?
Critics Consensus: Full of mixed messages and dubious role-models, Bratz is too shallow even for its intended audience.
Synopsis: The most popular fashion dolls in America make the leap to the big screen in this live-action adventure that follows four diverse teenage girls who... [More]
Directed By: Sean McNamara
Adjusted Score: 11.093% ?
Critics Consensus: Dull and unfunny, Marmaduke offers family filmgoers little more than another round of talking animals and scatological humor.
Synopsis: When advertising exec Phil Winslow (Lee Pace) gets an offer to head the account for a California-based dog-food company, he uproots his wife (($Judy... [More]
Directed By: Tom Dey
Adjusted Score: 13.743% ?
Critics Consensus: Halle Berry is the lone bright spot, but even she can't save this laughable action thriller.
Synopsis: Patience Philips (Halle Berry) seems destined to spend her life apologizing for taking up space. Despite her artistic ability -- she has a more than... [More]
Adjusted Score: 9.504% ?
Critics Consensus: It reunites most of the original cast and rounds them up for a trip to Fort Lauderdale for spring break, but Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise forgets to pack enough jokes or compelling characters to make it through its 89-minute running time.
Synopsis: In this follow-up to Revenge of the Nerds the nerdy frat boys from Lambda Lambda Lambda go to Ft. Lauderdale to a national frat conference where they... [More]
Directed By: Joe Roth
Adjusted Score: 9.457% ?
Critics Consensus: Crude, rude, puerile, and pointless, Problem Child 2 represents a cynical nadir in family-marketed entertainment.
Synopsis: Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the adoption agency, along comes this sequel to the 1990 comedy hit Problem Child. Ben Healy (John... [More]
Adjusted Score: 9.145% ?
Critics Consensus: The Next Karate Kid is noteworthy for giving audiences the chance to see a pre-Oscars Hilary Swank, but other than a typically solid performance from Pat Morita, this unnecessary fourth installment in the franchise has very little to offer.
Synopsis: Karate Kid, Part 4 is better known by its release title, The Next Karate Kid. The sole holdover from the first three KK flicks is Noriyuki "Pat"... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Cain
Adjusted Score: 9.89% ?
Critics Consensus: Leslie Nielsen's comic gifts are undisputed, but Spy Hard's lazy script and slapdash direction fail to take advantage of them.
Synopsis: The first of several sight gag and slapstick-rich comedies he produced without the team of Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, and Jim Abrahams, this lowbrow... [More]
Directed By: Rick Friedberg
Adjusted Score: 9.139% ?
Critics Consensus: See No Evil is packed with cliches from countless other teen slasher films, making for a predictable, scare-free waste of time.
Synopsis: A ragtag group of juvenile delinquents assigned the task of cleaning up an abandoned hotel find out just how deadly community service can be when they... [More]
Directed By: Gregory Dark
Adjusted Score: 9.937% ?
Critics Consensus: Cliched and predictable, Summer Catch is a reminder of better films.
Synopsis: This blend of sports and youthful romantic comedy is from director Michael Tollin, who previously produced the sports drama Varsity Blues (1999).... [More]
Directed By: Michael Tollin
Adjusted Score: 10.462% ?
Critics Consensus: A lightweight, unambitious comedy, Post Grad features fine actors that can do little with its middling, uninspiring script.
Synopsis: Recent college graduate Ryden Malby (Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel) has just survived four years of higher education, but when she's forced to move... [More]
Directed By: Vicky Jenson
Adjusted Score: 10.131% ?
Critics Consensus: Incoherent, silly, and unoriginal, The New Guy offers up the same old teen gross-out comedy cliches.
Synopsis: Former Prada model and Road Trip co-star D.J. Qualls makes a bid for leading man status in this nerd-makeover comedy. Qualls stars as Dizzy, a dorky... [More]
Directed By: Ed Decter
Adjusted Score: 7.972% ?
Critics Consensus: Sloppy, formulaic, and unfunny, Gone Fishin' marks a painful low point in the careers of its two talented leads.
Synopsis: Just how much trouble can two guys get into while trying to catch some fish? Joe Waters (Joe Pesci) and Gus Green (Danny Glover) are two guys from New... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Cain
Adjusted Score: 7.951% ?
Critics Consensus: Constructed out of cliches, thinly written characters, and fundamental misunderstandings of human nature, House Arrest is a dull (and borderline irresponsible) waste of a talented cast.
Synopsis: Grover Reindorf (Kyle Howard) is a kid with a problem, which is how to keep his parents from divorcing. He hits on a solution that makes sense to him.... [More]
Directed By: Harry Winer
Adjusted Score: 8.366% ?
Critics Consensus: A startlingly misconceived effort from director Sidney Poitier and star Bill Cosby, Ghost Dad is a listless, glacially-paced comedy that's alternately schmaltzy and incomprehensible.
Synopsis: Bill Cosby mugs so uncontrollably that it looks as if he may be the victim of a muscular disorder in the inane and unfunny Ghost Dad. Cosby plays... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Poitier
Adjusted Score: 8.393% ?
Critics Consensus: This 1994 Pauly Shore vehicle stretches its star's thin shtick to the breaking point with a laugh-deficient screenplay that borrows shamelessly from Bill Murray's far superior Stripes.
Synopsis: Comedian Pauly Shore goes to boot camp in this comedy adventure set in Chad. It was filmed on location in the California and Arizona deserts. Shore is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 7.856% ?
Critics Consensus: A notorious stinker, From Justin To Kelly features banal songs, a witless plot, and non-existent chemistry between its American Idol-sanctioned leads.
Synopsis: From the producer and writer of Spice World and the director of She's All That comes this musical comedy inspired by and featuring the stars of Fox's... [More]
Directed By: Robert Iscove
Adjusted Score: 8.631% ?
Critics Consensus: Undiscovered, a film about aspiring actresses and musicians, lacks originality and a convincing plot.
Synopsis: Two talented young people head to California looking for fame, but find love along the way in this romantic drama. Luke (Steven Strait) is a... [More]
Directed By: Meiert Avis
Adjusted Score: 10.589% ?
Critics Consensus: Featuring one of Robin Williams' most shtick-heavy performances, the broad and formulaic License to Wed wrings little out of its slightly creepy, unappealing premise.
Synopsis: An engaged young couple finds their lifetime of happiness unexpectedly compromised by a pushy minister who insists they successfully complete his... [More]
Directed By: Ken Kwapis
Adjusted Score: 10.734% ?
Critics Consensus: All About Steve is an oddly creepy, sour film, featuring a heroine so desperate and peculiar that audiences may be more likely to pity than root for her.
Synopsis: A brilliant crossword-puzzle designer travels across the country in hopes of convincing a CCN cameraman that the pair is meant to be together, only to... [More]
Directed By: Phil Traill
Adjusted Score: 7.312% ?
Critics Consensus: Featuring hammy performances and bland characters, Solo is an all too straightforward actioner that's both predictable and instantly forgettable.
Synopsis: The American military-industrial complex has a blueprint for the perfect mechanical soldier. Unfortunately, the prototype, Solo (Mario Van Peebles),... [More]
Directed By: Norberto Barba
Adjusted Score: 7.385% ?
Critics Consensus: Crafted from a mix of genre clichés, Kazaam doesn't know what kind of film it wants to be, and Shaq's larger-than-life charisma is stifled by rote filmmaking and an unimaginative story.
Synopsis: Being a lone young boy in the 'hood" is dangerous and unpleasant. This is what Max (Francis Capra) experiences when he fools a gang of local toughs... [More]
Directed By: Paul Michael Glaser
Adjusted Score: 6.285% ?
Critics Consensus: A juvenile, uninspired retread of Caddyshack, Who's Your Caddy? is unoriginal, unfunny, and just plain forgettable.
Synopsis: When a high-profile hip-hop star is denied membership into an exclusive country club in the Hamptons, he comes up with a cunning plan to subvert the... [More]
Directed By: Don Michael Paul
Adjusted Score: 7.595% ?
Critics Consensus: While it showcases some cool stunts, Supercross feels like an infomercial for its titular sport, with undeveloped characters and a shopworn plot.
Synopsis: Two siblings find themselves competing on and off the racetrack in this action-packed drama. K.C. Carlyle (Steve Howey) and his kid brother, Trip... [More]
Directed By: Steve Boyum
Adjusted Score: 7.57% ?
Critics Consensus: Distasteful and ludicrously plotted, I Know Who Killed Me is a career nadir for all involved -- particularly Lindsay Lohan in a dual role.
Synopsis: Lindsay Lohan stars in the mind-bending psychological thriller I Know Who Killed Me. She plays Aubrey Fleming, an unfortunate young woman whose life... [More]
Directed By: Chris Sivertson
Adjusted Score: 10.149% ?
Critics Consensus: While it's almost certainly the movie event of the year for filmgoers passionate about deer urine humor, Grown Ups 2 will bore, annoy, and disgust audiences of nearly every other persuasion.
Synopsis: The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns (with some exciting new additions) for more summertime laughs. Lenny (Adam Sandler) has relocated his... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan
Adjusted Score: 7.648% ?
Critics Consensus: Despite the appealing presence of Nick Cannon, Underclassman is a shopworn Beverly Hills Cop/ 21 Jump Street knockoff.
Synopsis: Nick Cannon stars in this comedy thriller as a 24-year-old police detective who takes no small amount of ribbing from his fellow officers for his... [More]
Directed By: Marcos Siega
Adjusted Score: 8.656% ?
Critics Consensus: A poorly constructed, derivative sci-fi stinker with a weak script and poor action sequences.
Synopsis: Hong Kong action icon Michelle Yeoh stars alongside American muscle Vin Diesel in this science fiction thriller concerning a nun who is charged with... [More]
Directed By: Mathieu Kassovitz
Adjusted Score: 9.605% ?
Critics Consensus: Preposterous and predictable, The Perfect Man manages few laughs with its poorly paced sitcom script, cookie-cutter characters and contrived plotting.
Synopsis: A girl plays Cupid for her mom, but has to invent the right man to woo her in this romantic comedy. Jean Hamilton (Heather Locklear) is a single... [More]
Directed By: Mark Rosman
Adjusted Score: 10.379% ?
Critics Consensus: Bizarre and clumsily plotted, Gigli is a mess. As for its stars, Affleck and Lopez lack chemistry.
Synopsis: Larry Gigli (Ben Affleck) is a low-level Los Angeles mob enforcer. His volatile boss, Louis (Lenny Venito), hires Gigli to kidnap Brian (newcomer... [More]
Directed By: Martin Brest
Adjusted Score: 10.523% ?
Critics Consensus: The Last Airbender squanders its popular source material with incomprehensible plotting, horrible acting, and detached joyless direction.
Synopsis: Suspense auteur M. Night Shyamalan takes a break from crafting original screenplays to tell this tale of a 12-year-old boy (Noah Ringer) who provides... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
Adjusted Score: 6.109% ?
Critics Consensus: Handicapped by a family friendly PG rating, even the talents of Caddyshack II's all-star comic cast can't save it from its lazy, laughless script and uninspired direction.
Synopsis: This comedy returns to the exclusive but crazy country club golf course seen in the original Caddyshack. This time its the blue-bloods against the... [More]
Directed By: Allan Arkush
Adjusted Score: 7.835% ?
Critics Consensus: There are no surprises in Cocktail, a shallow, dramatically inert romance that squanders Tom Cruise's talents in what amounts to a naive barkeep's banal fantasy.
Synopsis: Tom Cruise juggles Martini shakers and ice cubes as the materialistic Brian Flanagan, a bartender who drops out of school to search for the perfect... [More]
Directed By: Roger Donaldson
Adjusted Score: 5.545% ?
Critics Consensus: A pale imitation of the raunchy frat comedies of old, College aims low and misses.
Synopsis: Deb Hagan directs this comedy set in the world of higher education and starring Drake Bell, Kevin Covais, and Andrew Caldwell as three high-school... [More]
Directed By: Deb Hagen
Adjusted Score: 5.308% ?
Critics Consensus: Good-natured but prepared with an absence of craft, The Cookout is an unappetizing collection of warmed-over jokes.
Synopsis: When Todd Anderson (Storm P) signs a 30-million-dollar contract with the New Jersey Nets after being named the number one NBA draft pick of the year,... [More]
Directed By: Lance Rivera
Adjusted Score: 5.615% ?
Critics Consensus: Too afraid to be a real satire of the Iraq War, Delta Farce instead devolves into a reprehensible, unfunny mix of slapstick, gay panic, and flatulence jokes.
Synopsis: When a hard-luck blue-collar worker and his two best friends are mistaken for Army Reservists by a tough-talking Army sergeant, the plane set to fly... [More]
Directed By: C.B. Harding
Adjusted Score: 6.701% ?
Critics Consensus: Universal Soldier - The Return fails on almost every level, from its generic story to its second rate action and subpar performances.
Synopsis: Jean-Claude Van Damme returns as cybernetic warrior Luc Deveraux in this sequel to the 1992 action hit. After barely surviving his experiences as a... [More]
Directed By: Mic Rodgers
Adjusted Score: 6.684% ?
Critics Consensus: The Adventures of Pluto Nash is neither adventurous nor funny, and Eddie Murphy is on autopilot in this notorious box office bomb.
Synopsis: Eddie Murphy gets way, way out in this futuristic sci-fi comedy. In the year 2087, the Earth's natural resources have been largely depleted, and an... [More]
Directed By: Ron Underwood
Adjusted Score: 7.451% ?
Critics Consensus: Neither funny nor very romantic, Serving Sara is a forgettable time waster.
Synopsis: A process server makes an unusual alliance with a beautiful but devious woman in this comedy. Joe Tyler (Matthew Perry) is a former attorney whose... [More]
Directed By: Reginald Hudlin
Adjusted Score: 5.646% ?
Critics Consensus: Despite an abundance of style and some big names, Mobsters can't escape its empty plotting, numbing violence, and Gangster Movie 101 concepts.
Synopsis: In this fictionalized account based on true figures, a foursome of young thugs decides to team up and take control of New York's east side from the... [More]
Directed By: Michael Karbelnikoff
Adjusted Score: 5.028% ?
Critics Consensus: Mean-spirited and hopelessly short on comic invention, Problem Child is a particularly unpleasant comedy, one that's loaded with manic scenery chewing and juvenile pranks.
Synopsis: An adoptive parent discovers that some children are given up by their biological parents for very good reasons in this dark comedy. Ben Healy (John... [More]
Adjusted Score: 5.31% ?
Critics Consensus: Overly formulaic and tonally inconsistent, Getting Even with Dad tries for a sentimental conclusion it doesn't earn and winds up a slapsticky cash grab aimed at fans of Home Alone.
Synopsis: A criminal trying to reform is forced to endure the most humiliating punishment of all -- hanging out with his son -- in this family comedy. Ray... [More]
Directed By: Howard Deutch
Adjusted Score: 4.885% ?
Critics Consensus: Plagued by paper-thin characterizations and a hackneyed script, Material Girls fails to live up to even the minimum standards of its genre.
Synopsis: Stripped of their wealth and forced to fend for themselves when the multi-million-dollar cosmetics company inherited from their father suffers due to... [More]
Directed By: Martha Coolidge
Adjusted Score: 5.619% ?
Critics Consensus: Witlessly broad and utterly devoid of laughs, Vampires Suck represents a slight step forward for the Friedberg-Seltzer team.
Synopsis: The comedy masterminds behind Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, and Meet the Spartans drive a squeaky rubber stake through the heart of the Twilight series... [More]
Adjusted Score: 4.211% ?
Critics Consensus: Lacking the punch and good cheer of The Incredibles and Sky High, Zoom is a dull and laugh-free affair.
Synopsis: Former superhero Jack is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into superheroes at a private Academy. [More]
Directed By: Peter Hewitt
Adjusted Score: 6.675% ?
Critics Consensus: Speed 2 falls far short of its predecessor, thanks to laughable dialogue, thin characterization, unsurprisingly familiar plot devices, and action sequences that fail to generate any excitement.
Synopsis: Indications were that this action sequel was in trouble before production began, when the male lead from the first film, Keanu Reeves, declined a role... [More]
Directed By: Jan de Bont
Adjusted Score: 4.268% ?
Critics Consensus: Melodramatic and weighted down with silly dialogue, Deuces Wild is a forgettable, overheated thriller that leaves no cliche unturned.
Synopsis: This gang warfare drama is from director Scott Kalvert, whose previous film was the controversial and violent The Basketball Diaries (1995). In the... [More]
Directed By: Scott Kalvert
Adjusted Score: 5.035% ?
Critics Consensus: As frustrating as a 404 error, Fear Dot Com is a stylish, incoherent, and often nasty mess with few scares.
Synopsis: Terror is lurking online in this thriller directed by William Malone, who also helmed the 1999 remake of House on Haunted Hill. Mike Reilly (Stephen... [More]
Directed By: William Malone
Adjusted Score: 5.886% ?
Critics Consensus: Bless the Child squanders its talented cast on a plot that's more likely to inspire unintentional laughs than shivers.
Synopsis: In this supernatural horror story, Jenna (Angela Bettis), an unstable young woman, gives birth to a girl named Cody who proves to be autistic; unable... [More]
Directed By: Chuck Russell
Adjusted Score: 3.037% ?
Critics Consensus: A dull, soapy potboiler that lacks the energy to qualify as a guilty pleasure, The In Crowd is undone by slow pacing, poor acting, and a stunning lack of originality.
Synopsis: A young woman gets a startling perspective on how the other half lives in this teen-oriented thriller. Adrien Williams (Lori Heuring) is a troubled... [More]
Directed By: Mary Lambert
Adjusted Score: 3.32% ?
Critics Consensus: This heartfelt but incompetent, cliche-ridden sports picture is the cinematic equivalent of an airball.
Synopsis: Director Preston A. Whitmore II brings the thrill of the street to the big screen with a fast-moving tale of underground basketball that proves no... [More]
Directed By: Preston A. Whitmore II
Adjusted Score: 6.206% ?
Critics Consensus: Ugly, campy, and poorly acted, Battlefield Earth is a stunningly misguided, aggressively bad sci-fi folly.
Synopsis: This big-budget science fiction adventure centers on a final battle between good and evil for control of the world. In the year 3000, Earth is ruled... [More]
Directed By: Roger Christian
Adjusted Score: 2.601% ?
Critics Consensus: Returning to their seemingly bottomless well of flatulence humor, racial stereotypes, and stale pop culture gags, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer have produced what is arguably their worst Movie yet.
Synopsis: The filmmaking team behind Date Movie and Meet the Spartans is back with a comedy spoof sending up disaster movies in this Lionsgate production. Matt... [More]
Adjusted Score: 2.827% ?
Critics Consensus: A mirthless, fairly desperate family film, Daddy Day Camp relies too heavily on bodily functions for comedic effect, resulting in plenty of cheap gags but no laughs.
Synopsis: Directed by one-time child star Fred Savage, Daddy Day Camp, the sequel to Eddie Murphy's Daddy Day Care, stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Paul Rae as... [More]
Directed By: Fred Savage
Adjusted Score: 3.259% ?
Critics Consensus: An ill-concieved attempt to utilize Dana Carvey's talent for mimicry, The Master of Disguise is an irritating, witless farce weighted down by sophomoric gags.
Synopsis: Dana Carvey ventures into the world of PG-rated, family-oriented entertainment as star and co-writer of this light adventure comedy, which requires... [More]
Directed By: Perry Andelin Blake
Adjusted Score: 1.287% ?
Critics Consensus: This sequel to Saturday Night Fever is shockingly embarrassing and unnecessary, trading the original's dramatic depth for a series of uninspired dance sequences.
Synopsis: Director Sylvester Stallone proves you really can't go home again in Staying Alive, the absurd sequel to Saturday Night Fever. The story finds Tony... [More]
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone
Adjusted Score: 1.204% ?
Critics Consensus: Illogical, tension-free, and filled with cut-rate special effects, Jaws 4 - The Revenge is a sorry chapter in a once-proud franchise.
Synopsis: This third sequel to the 1975 mega-hit Jaws returns Lorraine Gary to the role of Ellen Brody, widow of the Roy Scheider character from the first two... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Sargent
Adjusted Score: 1.013% ?
Critics Consensus: Mac and Me is duly infamous: not only is it a pale imitation of E.T., it's also a thinly-veiled feature length commercial for McDonalds and Coca-Cola.
Synopsis: A wheelchair-bound boy helps to reunite an earthbound alien with its extraterrestrial family in this shameless rip-off of Steven Spielberg's E.T..... [More]
Directed By: Stewart Raffill
Adjusted Score: 1.646% ?
Critics Consensus: Despite its lush tropical scenery and attractive leads, Return to the Blue Lagoon is as ridiculous as its predecessor, and lacks the prurience and unintentional laughs that might make it a guilty pleasure.
Synopsis: This sequel to the surprise box office hit The Blue Lagoon (1980) mimics its predecessor's romantic adventure formula of a lush tropical locale... [More]
Directed By: William A. Graham
Adjusted Score: 1.31% ?
Critics Consensus: Wagons East! is a witless, toothless satire of Westerns that falls far below the standard set by Blazing Saddles, and is notable only for being John Candy's final screen performance.
Synopsis: Comedian John Candy, who died during the making of this poorly received comic western, plays James Harlow, a 19th century wagon master who is heading... [More]
Directed By: Peter Markle
Adjusted Score: 0.308% ?
Critics Consensus: A startling lack of taste pervades Superbabies, a sequel offering further proof that bad jokes still aren't funny when coming from the mouths of babes.
Synopsis: Directed by Bob Clark, Super Babies: Baby Geniuses 2 follows a new generation of ultra-smart talking toddlers who have landed in the center of a... [More]