It’s a well-known fact that Tom Cruise is a cinematic badass.
He takes his craft very seriously, is famous for doing his own insane action stunts and has starred in iconic films like Mission: Impossible, Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire and Rain Man. Plus, he can jump up and down on a couch like it’s nobody’s business.
But, ladies and gentlemen, even those fully versed in badassery are not immune to flops. Even Tom Cruise creates characters that aren’t that well received.
Here are Cruise’s top 10 worst movies ever, as rated by the ever trusty critics at Rotten Tomatoes.
1985’s Legend toes the line of critical disapproval: It checks in with a 50 percent rating. Audiences adore this ’80s nostalgic fantasy film, though, which also stars Tim Curry and Mia Sara and was directed by Ridley Scott.
9. Far and Away
Far and Away also split believers and non-believers straight down the middle, with a 50 percent approval rating from critics. While some call it “witty and enjoyable,” another critic called it an “overblown would-be epic of the Western frontier.”
8. Rock of Ages
Critics and audiences agree that this star-studded musical was just too cheesy to measure up to the Broadway original and pros gave it a low 41 percent approval rating. “I know that in the history of cinema there have probably been worse movies, I’m just having a hard time thinking of one right now,” said Sean Burns of the Philadelphia Weekly. Ouch.
7. Vanilla Sky
Creepy? Sure, but we’re still trying to wrap our heads around the 41 percent approval rating critics gave this 2001 thriller directed by Cameron Crowe, starring Cruise as David Aames. Their consensus? “Cruise’s performance lacks depth and it’s hard to feel sympathy for his narcissistic character,” according to the official Rotten Tomatoes site. Audiences, however, loved the film and gave it a 72 percent approval rating.
6. Days of Thunder
Say what? Rotten Tomatoes gave this legendary 1990 film a 38 percent for its “stock plot, two-dimensional characters and poorly written dialogue.” But did they ever ride the Days of Thunder amusement park ride? It could have seriously altered their decision for the better if they had.
2005’s Elizabethtown was a producing effort by Cruise and he served some screen time as well. It starred Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst as a man grieving the loss of his estranged father and an eccentric flight attendant, respectively, and was well received by audiences. Critics panned it with a 28 percent approval rating, though, calling it “intolerable” and saying the performances were “lackluster.”
4. Lions for Lambs
Not even the combination of Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford and Andrew Garfield could save this 2007 war drama, which received a 27 percent critic approval rating and was panned by audiences as well. “Lions for Lambs is movie mutton,” said Tony Macklin of the Fayetteville Weekly.
3. Endless Love
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This 1981 film may only have a 25 percent approval rating, but we’ll cut Cruise some slack considering it was his first ever movie role. We personally think the rating should be higher because of the amazing shirtless shots of an 18-year-old Cruise wearing cut-off jean shorts.
2. Losin’ It
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In this 1983 raunchy teen comedy, Cruise plays Woody, a guy who romps around with his sex-obsessed buddies. It only gets a 22 percent critics approval rating, but reviewers agree that Cruise fans will get a kick out of this vintage film.
The film that starred Cruise as Brian Flanagan, bartender for the ages, received a lowly 5 percent approval rating by critics. Blasphemy! The soundtrack alone should have earned it at least a 90 percent rating. What are they going to tell us next, that Top Gun sucked, too?