The Best Rotten Tomatoes Reviews for the Worst Movies of 2019

Brenna Sheets
4 min readMay 18, 2020
If less than 60% of critiques for a movie are positive, a green splat is shown to indicate its “Rotten” status.

On Rotten Tomatoes, declarations from the web’s most esteemed film critics and enthusiasts are known to either utterly tarnish or heavily acclaim box-office successes with a mere sentence or two. Last year, Rotten Tomatoes showed us the most beloved movies of 2019, with Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite taking the #1 spot and gaining appraising critiques like:

“A film that always has two thoughts in its head at once, a spectacular epic and tightly wound chamber piece, chicly sophisticated, brutal as a hammer.”

— Danny Leigh, Financial Times

While everyone loves an Oscar-winner with a respected reputation, we know the despicable flops are where critics get to really shine. So, did our favorite fault-finders judge the worst-rated movies of 2019 with justice? The list below of the best Rotten Tomatoes reviews for some of the worst movies of 2019 speaks for itself:

Directed by Michael Chaves

The Curse of La Llorona: “A formulaic slab of supernatural dirge destined to be forgotten by year’s, or perhaps even month’s, end.”

— Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

Directed by Fred Durst

The Fanatic: “This movie has no stance at all. It hates everyone — not the least of which are people with autism…it’s a wretched, offensive pile of junk.”

— Luke Parker, VoiceBoxOffice

Directed by Adam Robitel

The Escape Room: “The film is a knock-off construction with a bit of an identity crisis, marketed as horror but lacking either the Rube Goldberg ingenuity or sick verve of its genre bedfellows.”

— Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph (UK)

Directed by Michael Engler

The Chaperone: “The Chaperone” is like telling the Tiger Woods story by choosing to focus on his first caddy. Sure, it’s a way in, but unless that caddy has a really good story, what are we doing here?

— Adam Graham, Detroit News

Directed by Meredith Danluck

State Like Sleep: “About as thrilling as a power failure in Antarctica.”

— Rex Reed, The Observer

Directed by Dome Karukoski

Tolkein: “If you’re going to tell the story of one of the most imaginative writing minds of the 20th century, why not infuse it with more … imagination?”

— Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

Directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan

The Addams Family: “Its celebration of misunderstood outsiderdom is too generic to amount to much more than a bargain-basement ‘Despicable Me’.”

— Philip De Semlyen, Time Out

Directed by Daniel Farrands

The Haunting of Sharon Tate: “It’s far too early to call this the worst movie of the year. But if it’s not, it’s going to be a rough 2019.”

— William Bibbiani, TheWrap

Directed by Adrian Grunberg

Rambo: Last Blood: “John Rambo is as American as apple pie. Actually, maybe that’s too sweet a comparison. John Rambo is as American as a border wall. Yeah, that feels right.”

— Andrew F. Peirce, The Curb

Directed by John Crowley

The Goldfinch: “Ah, poor wussums. The Goldfinch is the kind of movie that you want to pick up and cuddle, and stroke its befuddled head, and say: “There, there, it’s all right, you did your best.”

— Kevin Maher, The Times (UK)