Netflix now features a thumbs up/down system for viewers to say whether they enjoyed a movie or not. This can help Netflix find movies you will enjoy, but what about films that no one likes? Let’s face it, there is some joy in watching a truly terrible movie once in a while.
Unfortunately, despite the many secret Netflix categories, you can’t sort the catalog by most down-voted movies. So to find the worst movies available on Netflix, we sought reliable sources: film critics, databases like IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, reader polls, and other people whose opinions matter.
This list features titles available on Netflix U.S. at the time of writing, but some might work in other countries too. If you’re feeling brave, try one of these VPNs that still work with Netflix.
So, without further ado, here are the worst movies available to watch on Netflix…
From: Wikipedia’s “List of Films Considered the Worst”
United Passions [No Longer Available]
- Year: 2014
- Genres: Drama, History, Sport
- Director: Frédéric Auburtin
- Actors: Tim Roth, Sam Neill, Fisher Stevens
Why It’s the Worst: A sporting body embroiled in corruption and scandals makes a movie about itself that ignores corruption and scandals.
United Passions is the story of FIFA, the international body that runs the sport of soccer. Guess who it was made by? Ten points to whoever guessed that FIFA itself produced United Passions.
The movie is a hagiographical look at FIFA’s growth over the last century, and in particular at its most controversial presidents. Even stars like Sam Neill and Tim Roth can’t save this story of how the World Cup was started; or rather, how FIFA wants you to believe the World Cup was started.
- Year: 2013
- Genre: Animation, Family
- Director: Mario Cambi
- Actors: Daniel Amerman, John Cygan
Why It’s the Worst: As Redditor /u/caseycityhall puts it: “Leo the vegetarian lion escorts a group of baby animals to ‘the heart of the jungle’. My daughters love this movie! See the movie MetaFilter calls ‘literally the worst thing created by humans as a species’.”
If you ever knock back one too many at the pub, come back home and treat yourself to the worst animated movie you’ll ever watch. The animation is terrible, the scripting is worse, and the titular character of “Leo The Lion” is laughably bad. It’s the perfect recipe to melt your already swirling brain after downing a few too many beers.
- Year: 2016
- Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
- Director: Kevin Smith
- Actors: Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Johnny Depp
Why It’s the Worst: Two fathers make a terrible movie with their two daughters and steal your money to do it.
A director’s job is to make a good movie. An actor’s job is to convince the audience the movie is good. A father’s job is to make his daughter happy. Acclaimed director Kevin Smith and acclaimed actor Johnny Depp are good fathers, but forget their other jobs in Yoga Hosers, which is nothing more than a launching pad for their daughters’ careers.
Thankfully, Metacritic’s job is to aggregate reviews from different critics, and come up with a consensus rating for a movie. And that consensus named Yoga Hosers as one of the worst films released in 2016. The plot is so bad it’s not even worth discussing here.
- Year: 1998
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
- Director: Michael Bay
- Actors: Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Billy Bob Thornton
Why It’s the Worst: Among other reasons, because the greatest film reviewer in history called it one of the worst films he had ever seen.
A huge asteroid is going to hit Earth, destroying all life on this planet. The only sane solution, obviously, is to put a bunch of oil drillers on a rocket and send them to the asteroid. Why? So they can dig into the asteroid, plant a nuclear warhead, and destroy the asteroid.
I’ll just let the great Mr. Ebert handle this one: “The movie is an assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained. No matter what they’re charging to get in, it’s worth more to get out.”
From: The Razzie for Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment
RV: Runaway Vacation [No Longer Available]
- Year: 2006
- Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family
- Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
- Actors: Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines, Kristin Chenoweth
Why It’s the Worst: It beat Garfield 2 to the prize. Need I say more?
The Golden Raspberry Awards, popularly known as the Razzies, are the anti-Oscars. Each year they honor the worst of Hollywood. And in 2006, they introduced a special one-year-only category for Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment, to “salute the dearth of quality G and PG-rated movie fare in 2006.” The winner was RV: Runaway Vacation, starring the late, great Robin Williams.
Amidst the nonsense, at one point, a fountain of poop spurts into the air, covering Robin Williams in it from head to toe. Which pretty much sums up how you’ll feel watching this film.
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation [No Longer Available]
- Year: 1997
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
- Director: John R. Leonetti
- Actors: Robin Shou, Talisa Soto, James Remar
Why It’s the Worst: Because of this.
Mortal Kombat holds a special place in the heart of every gamer. The first Mortal Kombat film was among the top 10 video game movies of all time. Unfortunately, the sequel tried its best to rip your heart out like a fatality. Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon thinks it’s the worst moment in the franchise’s history.
If it’s any consolation, the movie potentially crosses over into the wonderful territory of being “so bad it’s good”. Gather a few of your friends, grab a few beers, and have a great time watching this one.
White Chicks [No Longer Available]
- Year: 2004
- Genres: Comedy, Crime
- Director: Keenan Ivory Wayans
- Actors: Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans
Why It’s the Worst: Two black male FBI officers go undercover as white sorority sisters, and crack jokes that are more ridiculous than the plot.
White Chicks, where two members of the Wayans family dress as sorority girls, has the distinction of being nominated for five Razzies. One of those awards was for both brothers as Worst Actress.
Empire magazine says the bulk of the humor is sexist and demeaning, earning the film a place on its list of the 50 worst films of all time.
The Ouija Experiment 2 [No Longer Available]
- Year: 2015
- Genres: Horror
- Director: Israel Luna
- Actors: Justin Armstrong, Sally Greenland
Why It’s the Worst: Just watch the trailer.
It takes something special to get a rating under 2/10 on IMDb. But The Ouija Experiment 2 managed it just fine. And since it ranks on this list based on its IMDb rating, how about an excerpt from the top review from the site?
“This movie is just as bad as Birdemic. Sound editing is choppy and disgusting, acting is ridiculous, directing is exactly like Birdemic. This makes The Room look like a masterpiece.” This belongs on a list of movies on Netflix to torture yourself with.
- Year: 2016
- Genres: Action, Comedy
- Director: Jeff Wadlow
- Actors: Kevin James, Kim Coates, Andy Garcia
Why It’s the Worst: Because Netflix itself financed this nonsense.
There are some excellent Netflix original TV shows, but the company needs a lot of help with its original movies. True Memoirs is a Kevin James vehicle that is like every Kevin James movie you’ve ever seen.
It has been rightly panned by the critics, and even regular viewers hate it. Probably because they’d rather Netflix spent money making good films than this piece of nonsense.
From: Netflix’s Worst Movies
- Years: 2016 and 2015
- Genres: Comedy
- Actor: Adam Sandler
Why It’s the Worst: Because Netflix is going to keep shoving more of these down our throats.
I grew up on Adam Sandler. I still have a soft spot for him. If Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore plays on TV, I stop channel surfing and watch. But even I can’t stand the content the actor-director-producer has made for Netflix.
Netflix made a deal with Sandler to make four original movies for them. The Do-Over and The Ridiculous 6 have Rotten Tomatoes ratings of 5% and 0%, respectively. But Netflix has since signed a new deal which will see Sandler create four more films. Ugh. Make it stop!
What’s the Worst Movie You’ve Seen on Netflix?
So there we have it, a list of films regarded by some as being the worst movies ever made. And they’re all available to watch on Netflix right now.
There is one other film we feel deserves mentioning. In 1980, the creators of The Golden Turkey Awards (the Razzies of the time) wrote a book called The 50 Worst Films of All Time. And on that list was the 1976 horror classic, The Omen. Which is patently ridiculous, we’re sure you’ll agree. Still, perhaps it’s worth rewatching with a more critical eye.
Does The Omen deserves to be regarded as one of the worst movies on Netflix? What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen on Netflix? Have you seen any of the movies in our list? If so, do you agree with the critics? Please let us know in the comments below!
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