There is always a good actor in a disappointing movie...

by The Grand Master | created - 10 Nov 2013 | updated - 10 Nov 2013 | Public

We all make mistakes and we are all human. Every actor/actress features in a bad movie or a disappointing movie that does not live up to it's potential. In my opinion, here are a select few.

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1. Showtime (2002)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

32 Metascore

A spoof of buddy cop movies where two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based television cop show, while tracking down the manufacturer and distributor of an illegally made semi-automatic firearm.

Director: Tom Dey | Stars: Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, Rene Russo, Rachael Harris

Votes: 56,656 | Gross: $38.08M

On paper this could have easily been a decent comedy. On the screen, it is a huge disappointment. Such as shame, because I was really looking to seeing Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy on the screen.

2. Batman & Robin (1997)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Sci-Fi

28 Metascore

Batman and Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman

Votes: 212,627 | Gross: $107.33M

The movie that almost killed the franchise. Everything is wrong with it. Thankfully Batman Begins erased the bad memories of Batman and Robin. Whether Robin is yet to be seen in another Batman movie is another matter.

3. Collateral Damage (2002)

R | 108 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

33 Metascore

After his family is killed by a terrorist act, a firefighter goes in search of the one responsible.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Leguizamo, Francesca Neri, Elias Koteas

Votes: 67,262 | Gross: $40.08M

Arnold Schwarzenegger was my childhood hero growing up. He could do no wrong. Collateral Damage definitely wasn't his best movie, and the events of September 11 completely destroyed it's box office chances. Although in saying that, the script was poorly executed.

4. Cop Out (2010)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

31 Metascore

Jimmy's rare baseball card is robbed. Since it's his only hope to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, he recruits his cop partner Paul to track down the robber, a memorabilia-obsessed gangster.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Juan Carlos Hernández, Cory Fernandez

Votes: 80,365 | Gross: $44.88M

Cop Out is literally that, a cop out. Not funny in the slightest and the script tries WAY too hard to be funny. I'm still waiting for the joke or even a funny scene.

5. Eye See You (2002)

R | 96 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A lead detective being stalked by a serial killer is asked to check into a clinic treating law enforcement officials who can't face their jobs.

Director: Jim Gillespie | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Charles S. Dutton, Polly Walker, Kris Kristofferson

Votes: 21,739 | Gross: $0.08M

Definitely not one of Sylvester Stallone's finest moments. A total disappointment.

6. Daylight (1996)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Disaster in a New York tunnel as explosions collapse both ends of it. One hero tries to help the people inside find their way to safety.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman, Viggo Mortensen, Dan Hedaya

Votes: 59,717 | Gross: $33.02M

I remember seeing a trailer of this when I was 12 years old thinking this going to be an awesome action flick. When I hired this out on video, I was so disappointed with the end result.

7. Battlefield Earth (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

9 Metascore

It's the year 3000 A.D.; the Earth is lost to the alien race of Psychlos. Humanity is enslaved by these gold-thirsty tyrants, whom are unaware that their 'man-animals' are about to ignite the rebellion of a lifetime.

Director: Roger Christian | Stars: John Travolta, Forest Whitaker, Barry Pepper, Kim Coates

Votes: 71,369 | Gross: $21.47M

This was no surprise that it is one of the worst movies of all time. Made to fuel John Travolta's ego and the awareness of Scientology to the general public. I saw this on a bus trip once and after 20 minutes, I was put to sleep. Terrible, terrible, terrible.

8. Shadow Man (2006 Video)

R | 91 min | Action, Thriller

An intelligence operative discovers that no one is what they seem in the shadowy world of espionage.

Director: Michael Keusch | Stars: Steven Seagal, Eva Pope, Imelda Staunton, Vincent Riotta

Votes: 3,358

There's been a lot of awful Steven Seagal movies from his direct to video career now that he is no longer the huge box office draw card he once was. This movie takes the cake. It's atrocious film making at it's best.

9. Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

PG-13 | 89 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

15 Metascore

Chief Brody's widow believes that her family is deliberately being targeted by another shark in search of revenge.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Lorraine Gary, Lance Guest, Mario Van Peebles, Karen Young

Votes: 35,880 | Gross: $20.76M

Michael Caine, what were you thinking?! And the movie itself, well it's a shadow of the 1975 box office blockbuster.

10. City Hall (1996)

R | 111 min | Drama

The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Danny Aiello

Votes: 18,174 | Gross: $20.20M

Very disappointing movie overall. I only saw it for Al Pacino.

11. Hereafter (2010)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, Fantasy

56 Metascore

A drama centered on three people -- a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy -- who are touched by death in different ways.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Matt Damon, Cécile de France, Bryce Dallas Howard, Thierry Neuvic

Votes: 86,070 | Gross: $32.75M

This didn't hold my interest. A disappointment for Matt Damon, and Director Clint Eastwood.

12. Drive Angry (2011)

R | 104 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

44 Metascore

A vengeful father escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.

Director: Patrick Lussier | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billy Burke

Votes: 88,611 | Gross: $10.71M

Nicolas Cage is not the awesome actor he used to be and the actor who used to be one of my top 5 favourite actors growing up. Leaving Las Vegas, The Rock, Con Air, Face/Off are some of his most memorable movies. This was just awful and certainly not a highlight for him.

13. Air America (1990)

R | 113 min | Action, Comedy

33 Metascore

A young pilot finds himself recruited unwittingly into a covert and corrupt C.I.A. airlift organization operating in Vietnam War-era Laos.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis, Ken Jenkins

Votes: 24,536 | Gross: $31.05M

Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr, two mighty box office draw cards. What could have gone wrong?! The script just did not work and the jokes are too corny. Ultimately it can't decide whether it is an action/adventure or a comedy or even a drama.

14. The Happening (2008)

R | 91 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

34 Metascore

A science teacher, his wife, and a young girl struggle to survive a plague that causes those infected to commit suicide.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Ashlyn Sanchez

Votes: 181,223 | Gross: $64.51M

Not Mark Wahlberg's best. M. Night Shyamalan might just be known as a one hit wonder for the rest of his career (The Sixth Sense).

15. Stone (2010)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

A convicted arsonist looks to manipulate a parole officer into a plan to secure his parole by placing his beautiful wife in the lawman's path.

Director: John Curran | Stars: Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy

Votes: 38,155 | Gross: $1.80M

Robert De Niro and Edward were a great pairing in The Score (2001). Seeing those two reunited had me interested, but ultimately the film was a total disappointment.

16. Funny People (2009)

R | 146 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship causes him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana

Votes: 107,602 | Gross: $51.86M

Unfunny movie. Adam Sandler hasn't been in a decent movie for a long while now.

17. Showgirls (1995)

NC-17 | 128 min | Drama

16 Metascore

Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon, Glenn Plummer

Votes: 56,033 | Gross: $20.30M

This is definitely the notoriously worst movie of all time. Anyone who was even associated with this movie must be wondering what the hell is this rubbish. And Paul Verhoeven, shame on you!

18. No Good Deed (2002)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

While doing a friend a favor and searching for a runaway teenager, a police detective stumbles upon a bizarre band of criminals about to pull off a bank robbery.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Milla Jovovich, Stellan Skarsgård, Doug Hutchison

Votes: 6,508 | Gross: $0.18M

Looked like a decent movie, but ultimately a terrible one. Samuel L Jackson was the only decent actor in this movie.

19. xXx: State of the Union (2005)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

37 Metascore

Darius Stone, a new agent in the xXx program, is sent to Washington, D.C. to stop a coup attempt against the President of the United States.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman

Votes: 61,995 | Gross: $26.87M

The first XXX was far fetched and a bit overrated, but this is by far the worst.

20. Catwoman (2004)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

27 Metascore

A shy woman, endowed with the speed, reflexes, and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas.

Director: Pitof | Stars: Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, Lambert Wilson

Votes: 98,837 | Gross: $40.20M

Halle Berry's worst career move to star in this garbage, and sadly her career has not recovered. Such a shame.

21. Hollywood Homicide (2003)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

47 Metascore

Two LAPD detectives who moonlight in other fields investigate the murder of an up-and-coming rap group.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett, Isaiah Washington, Lena Olin

Votes: 33,723 | Gross: $30.01M

Had the potential to be a hit, but ultimately didn't work. Harrison Ford, I don't know what you were thinking. Josh Hartnett who was riding off the success of Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down saw his career go down the gurgler.

22. Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)

R | 83 min | Comedy

23 Metascore

Deuce is tricked again into man-whoring by T.J., only in Amsterdam while other man-whores are being murdered in his midst.

Director: Mike Bigelow | Stars: Rob Schneider, Eddie Griffin, Jeroen Krabbé, Til Schweiger

Votes: 44,971 | Gross: $22.26M

The first Deuce Bigalow is hilarious, this was just unfunny and relied too much on gross sex jokes.

23. Night Train to Venice (1993)

R | 98 min | Mystery, Thriller

The Orient Express, on it's night trip from Munich to Venice, is full because of the beginning of the carnival in Venice. Between the passengers are a journalist, an actress and her ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo U. Quinterio | Stars: Hugh Grant, Tahnee Welch, Malcolm McDowell, Kristina Söderbaum

Votes: 844

Most actors need to stick to doing what they do best. Hugh Grant should stick to comedy. He sucks in every other genre.

24. The Out-of-Towners (1999)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

33 Metascore

The remake of the 1970 Neil Simon comedy follows the adventures of a couple, Henry and Nancy Clark, vexed by misfortune while in New York City for a job interview.

Director: Sam Weisman | Stars: Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, John Cleese, Mark McKinney

Votes: 11,748 | Gross: $28.54M

Not impressed at how unfunny this was. Not in the slightest. Very painful.

25. The Lost City (2005)

R | 144 min | Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

In Havana, Cuba in the late 1950s, a wealthy family, one of whose sons is a prominent night-club owner, is caught in the violent transition from the oppressive regime of Batista to the ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Garcia | Stars: Andy Garcia, Inés Sastre, Bill Murray, Alfredo Armenteros

Votes: 8,819 | Gross: $2.48M

Good actors but overall, zzzzzzzzzz. Boring!

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