Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Last week I saw a press screening of One Missed Call. And by press screening, I mean a screening at 10:00pm pt the day before the film was released nationally. I’m not entirely sure why studios offer such last minute screenings, as most publications have a deadline earlier in the week. I think they basically hold these type of screenings as a way to say “see, we screened it for you, you just didn’t come.” Because not many press show up at these last minute showings, and they know that will be the case. That’s probably why they dump the worst of the worst movies on Thursday nights, hoping that no press will actually show up.
One Missed Call was worse than I ever imagined it could be. Even the audiencing was laughing throughout at moments that were intended to be scary, but instead came off as stupid or over-the-top. I told my local publicist while exiting the theater that it was “The Worst movie of the year,” adding “but it’s only been three days.” But truth is, I racked my brain, trying to think of the last movie I had seen which may have been worse. Last year’s Joel Schumacher thriller The Number 23 starring Jim Carrey quickly entered my mind, but even that was more enjoyable. So I brought my quest to the one website that makes movie reviews their business – Rotten Tomatoes.
It came to no surprise that One Missed Call is officially “The Worst Reviewed Film of the year (So Far)” according to the numbers laid out. The film is currently getting a dismal 0% tomatoemeter rating with 48 reviews. But truth is, only six other films in history have gotten over 40 reviews and currently hold strong (or should it be weak?) at a 0% positive critic rating:
- Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
- Roberto Benigni’s Pinocchio
- King’s Ransom
- Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
- National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers
The last of which is a teen streetball craptackular called Crossover, which was released in September of 2006. So the answer is:
One Missed Call is the Worst Reviewed Movie of the last 16 Months.
Trivia: Daddy Day Camp might have earned the highly coveted 0% tomatoemeter rating if it wasn’t for Fred Topel, a movie critic who wrote that the “story actually provides a strong moral center about fathers and sons communicating.”
Thanks to the Rotten Tomatoes team of Jen Yamato, Alex Vo, and Tim Ryan for their help with this report.