The Worst Original Netflix Movies

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Since it began providing original content in 2012, Netflix has seen 11 of its films win a total of 16 Academy Awards. Along the way, though, the streaming service has had its share of misfires. ( (On the plus side, here are the 25 best original Netflix movies.)

To determine the worst Netflix original movies, 24/7 Tempo developed an index using average ratings on IMDb, an online movie database owned by Amazon, and a combination of audience scores and Tomatometer scores on Rotten Tomatoes, an online movie and TV review aggregator, as of September 2022, weighting all ratings equally. Documentaries were not considered. Directorial and cast data are from IMDb. (Though Netflix produces a good number of its own films, it also distributes those produced by others, and these, too, are considered “original” to the platform.)

Though the content of the films on our list may have been original, many of the plotlines hatched by the moviemakers here do little to improve on similarly themed movies. Such was the case with “Naked,” a “Groundhog Day”-esque film starring Marlon Wayans as a groom-to-be caught in a time loop who wakes up each day naked in a hotel elevator.

The overdone fake-death/abduction storyline received renewed, if ineffective, treatment in “Special Correspondents” and “The Do-Over.” Oft-visited genres on the list where films failed to impress included rom-coms (“Tall Girl,” “Desperados”), horror (“The Tall Grass,” “The Cloverfield Paradox”), and thrillers (“Secret Obsession,” “The Open House”).

Our list includes films featuring accomplished actors such as Anne Hathaway, Dennis Haysbert, and Willem Dafoe, who obviously made career missteps with these projects. No actor appears more frequently on the list than Adam Sandler, though. He has four films on the list, two of which hold the ignominious Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score of 0%. (See this list of every Adam Sandler movie, ranked from worst to best.)

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