For better or for worse, Rotten Tomatoes is a major decider in the success of a movie due to its reviews by people most of us would never hang out with, never mind value their opinions. With that said, more often than not, the assessment of movie–whether it be by critics or audience–is a loose reflection of how good the movie is (Except for masterpieces like Billy Madison (46% Rotten Tomatoes), The Boondock Saints (20%), and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (46%).
In any event, I always check out the reviews of a movie on Rotten Tomatoes before I watch it simply because my time is too precious. Just kidding, I don’t do much.
The movie-review site recently ranked every major movie starting with the first of May to the last week of August in its Summer Movie Guide.
Here are the 3 notable movies that I considered seeing that have gotten the WORST reviews of the summer, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
THE EMOJI MOVIE: 7%
Critics Consensus: Plotless, joyless and cash-grabbing, The Emoji Movie deserves the brunt of our wrath because it showcases everything wrong with Hollywood.
Synopsis: This animated comedy takes place in Textopolis, a world inside a smartphone that’s inhabited by various emojis.
Starring: T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph
Directed By: Anthony Leondis
TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT:15%
Critics Consensus: Cacophonous, thinly plotted, and boasting state-of-the-art special effects, The Last Knight is pretty much what you’d expect from the fifth installment of the Transformers franchise.
Synopsis: The Transformers leap into action once more in this sequel from Paramount Pictures and director Michael Bay.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock
Directed By: Michael Bay
ALL EYEZ ON ME: 16%
Critics Consensus: Despite Demetrius Shipp Jr.’s fine lead performance, All Eyez on Me is mostly a surface-skimming, by-the-numbers biopic of a larger-than-life icon.
Synopsis: ALL EYEZ ON ME tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.
Starring: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper
Directed By:Benny Boom
Now for the movies actually worth watching.
THE BIG SICK: 98%
Critics Consensus: Funny, heartfelt, and intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross-cultural themes to prove the standard romcom formula still has some fresh angles left to explore.
Synopsis: Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents.
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano
Directed By: Michael Showalter
BABY DRIVER: 94%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, exciting, and fueled by a killer soundtrack, Baby Driver hits the road and it’s gone — proving fast-paced action movies can be smartly written without sacrificing thrills.
Synopsis: A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game.
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza Gonzalez
Directed By: Edgar Wright
Critics Consensus: Dunkirk serves up emotionally satisfying spectacle, delivered by a writer-director in full command of his craft and brought to life by a gifted ensemble cast that honors the fact-based story.
Synopsis: Acclaimed auteur Christopher Nolan directs this World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold.
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
So there you have it bros. You can check out the entire list by clicking this link.
P.S. T.J. Miller left Silicon Valley in part to throw his efforts into The Emoji Movie, one of the worst reviewed movies of all-time. His Silicon Valley castmate Kumail Nanjiani wrote and starred in the best reviewed movie of the summer in The Big Sick. Ah, the way of the world.