Thumbs Down: 11 Movie Flops Starring Comedians Hated By Critics

Though they may (or may not) have been a hit with audiences, these movies starring comedians got universally terrible reviews. Check out these 11 comedian movies hated by critics.

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1.  Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

When the original Paul Blart: Mall Cop was released in 2009, it was a surprise smash, grossing over $100 million and turning comedian Kevin James into a movie star practically overnight. When the sequel hit theaters six years later, critics were none too pleased to see the character return. The film is currently achieving the rare feat of holding a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning there wasn’t a single critic with something nice to say about the movie. That doesn’t bode well for a Mall Cop 3.

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2.  Jack and Jill (2011)

With a 3% score on Rotten Tomatoes, 2011’s Jack and Jill sits at the bottom of Adam Sandler’s largely terrible filmography. Though a few prominent critics were kind to it (Armond White will like anything you tell him he shouldn’t), it is still considered Sandler’s worst movie.

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3.  The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)

The first (and pretty much last) starring vehicle for comedian Andrew Dice Clay is one of the highest rated movies on this list, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 26%. That’s especially accurate because it’s also the best movie on the list (maybe the only good one), an alternately clever and brainless send up of private eye tropes and late ’80s MTV culture. Clay should have become a movie star off of this one, but bad reviews torpedoed the film before it ever stood a chance.

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4.  Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011)

Those among us who saw Bucky Larson in an empty theater on opening weekend were in the trenches of this disaster, another produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison and both co-written and starring Sandler’s friend, comedian Nick Swardson. This is that rare wide-release major studio comedy that carries a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Not a single critic liked it. Myself included.

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5.  Chairman of the Board (1997)

The first (and only) feature film to star prop comedian Carrot Top rocks a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is roughly 10% higher than it deserves. It was an attempt to translate the Top’s stage persona to the big screen in the same way that Pauly Short had successfully done earlier in the ’90s. Unfortunately, by the time Chairman of the Board came along no one wanted to see Pauly Shore movies anymore either.

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6.  Bio-Dome (1996)

Pauly Shore’s last theatrically-released vehicle carries a 5% Rotten Tomatoes score and presumably ended his movie career for good. Though its Tomatometer score is higher than Shore’s previous movie ​Jury Duty (which holds at 0%), it has more negative reviews, which means more critics saw and hated Bio-Dome than Jury Duty. The great news is that we live in a country in which Pauly Shore can become a movie star and we have the freedom to dislike both movies equally.

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7.  Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006)

Another movie with only a 5% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The first theatrical feature to star Larry the Cable Guy (his second, Delta Farce, was released the following year) was a critical and commercial disaster; reviewers panned it enthusiastically and most audience members stayed home. Like many comics before him, Larry the Cable Guy’s movie career came to a pretty swift end.

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8.  Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo (2005)

Comedian Rob Schneider’s first big starring role, Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo, was no critical darling. But with a 23% Rotten Tomatoes score, it’s Lawrence of Arabia compared to the sequel, which only 9% of critics were favorable towards. Maybe he should have quite while he was ahead.

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9.  Leonard Part 6 (1987)

The less said about Bill Cosby these days the better, but it’s worth pointing out that his first jump to movies after finding unparalleled success on The Cosby Show was as the star of the notoriously dreadful Leonard Part 6, a title that remains synonymous with “disaster” even today. Critics tore it to shreds; it currently has a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Cosby himself disavowed the film while doing press. It’s a movie even the star doesn’t like.

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10.  Mr. Wrong (1996)

Hollywood’s lone attempt at turning Ellen DeGeneres into a mainstream movie star was a huge backfire, sitting at 4% on Rotten Tomatoes and failing to earn back its budget. Though DeGeneres would be welcomed back as a character actress and host of her own very successful talk show, DeGeneres was chased out of the romantic comedy game for good.

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11.  Norbit (2007)

With a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Norbit isn’t the lowest-rated movie in Eddie Murphy’s filmography (that would be The Adventures of Pluto Nash at 5%), but it might be the one for which the critics had their knives most sharpened. It was Murphy’s first movie released in the wake of his critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated turn in Dreamgirls. Seeing him play to a bunch of stereotypes under pounds of fat prosthetics was no one’s idea of his best career move.

What do you think? Are the critics crazy? Which one do you love or hate on the list?

Thumbs Down: 11 Movie Flops Starring Comedians Hated By Critics


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Everything Sandler is involved in is a big steaming pile of shit.

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