Marvel Studios' movies certainly fit the definition of "star-studded." From veteran actors like Robert Downey Jr. to relative newcomers like Chris Hemsworth, taking up the role of a Marvel superhero has guaranteed several actors a spot on Hollywood's coveted A-list. On the other hand, every actor is bound to make a bad movie once in a while, even well-regarded Marvel stars. With all due respect to the actors we know and love, here is a retrospective list of each of their worst-reviewed movies, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
Robert Downey Jr. - Johnny Be Good (0% on Rotten Tomatoes)
Long before Downey Jr. donned the Iron Man suit, he was an aspiring young actor in the '80s. In fact, he got his start appearing in such classic films as Weird Science and Back to School. However, the '80s were far from a perfect time for him. 1988's Johnny Be Good was meant to serve as a star vehicle for Anthony Michael Hall, who previously played Brian in The Breakfast Club. Sadly, the film not only bombed at the box office, but it currently has a rare 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. The main criticisms of the film were simply that it was an unfunny and cliched high school film. Legendary film critic Roger Ebert went as far as to give it a half star out of four, famously saying of the film: "The people who made this movie should be ashamed of themselves."
Mark Ruffalo - The Dentist (0% on Rotten Tomatoes)
A horror movie about a dentist getting revenge on his cheating wife featuring the Hulk himself? No, it isn't as cool as it sounds (especially since it's a direct-to-video film). Mark Ruffalo doesn't even have that big of a role. In fact, like the previous two entries on this list, The Dentist has a 0% Rotten Tomatoes score. The film's attempt at campy scares and disturbing dental gore just weren't enough to win over critics, or get a theatrical release. Oddly enough, this movie actually ended up getting a sequel. Then again, considering that there are five sequels to Wrong Turn, anything is possible.
Chris Hemsworth - Red Dawn (12% on Rotten Tomatoes)
Sometimes the past can come back to bite you. Right after the successful releases of The Avengers and Cabin in the Woods, the long-delayed Red Dawn remake finally came to the big screen in 2012. Like its predecessor, critics ripped the film a new one for its preposterous plot and bad characters. It currently sits at a paltry 12% on Rotten Tomatoes. Luckily, the remake was so forgettable, Chris Hemsworth’s career went unharmed.
Scarlett Johansson – The Spirit (14% on Rotten Tomatoes)
Remember The Spirit? Neither does anybody else. In 2008, Frank Miller’s solo directorial debut disappointed Sin City fans everywhere with a below-average and unmemorable film. Not even the creative visuals were enough to save this one. Poor Scarlett Johansson was caught in the middle of a film that was lambasted by comic book fans and gutted by critics. The movie made $39 million worldwide on a $60 million budget and was soon (and gladly) forgotten by moviegoers. Looks like the red in Black Widow’s ledger included this movie.
Samuel L. Jackson – Kite (0% on Rotten Tomatoes)
Kite is one of those movies that carries a big-name actor but isn’t good or well-funded enough to get a wide release in theaters. Based on the anime of the same name, Kite was brutally torn apart by critics, who claimed it was an overly violent and perverted film disguised as a feminist revenge story. Not even the presence of the man who plays Nick Fury was enough to make this movie a hit, which is actually pretty impressive. Fortunately for Mr. Jackson, his career was able to survive both Kite and The Spirit; quite an amazing feat.
Jeremy Renner – National Lampoon’s Senior Trip (0% on Rotten Tomatoes)
If Hawkeye’s family saw National Lampoon’s Senior Trip, he would have quite a lot of explaining to do. By 1995, National Lampoon’s days of making classic movies were gone. Instead, the company pumped out a critically reviled teen comedy about a bunch of goofball slackers on a senior trip. One of those slackers, oddly enough, was played by Jeremy Renner in his first big-screen role. Unfortunately, his retrospectively charismatic performance was weighed down by a script that didn't impress critics or audiences. Plus, even with a principal played by Max Headroom himself and a bus driver played by Tommy Chong, this film absolutely tanked at the box office. While Renner went on to have an excellent career, National Lampoon soon enough became the go-to studio for terrible straight-to-DVD comedies.
Chris Evans – London (14% on Rotten Tomatoes)
Before Ultron crashed Captain America’s party, Captain America himself was a party crasher. This obscure drama film saw Chris Evans playing a man who crashes his ex’s going-away party and coming to terms with confronting her. Despite an impressive cast featuring Jason Statham, Jessica Biel and Isla Fisher, London made a miserable $20,361 worldwide. After this movie and the critically panned Fantastic Four movies, one could argue that it's a miracle that Evans scored an acclaimed role like Captain America and became a household name. Ah, the power of perseverance.