The 21 movies that audiences have hated the most in the past 2 decades

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the turning

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  • Only 21 movies have received an "F" grade on CinemaScore since it launched its website in 1999. 

  • The latest movie with an "F" grade is the horror movie "The Turning," which is currently in theaters.

  • Cinemascore surveys audiences on a movie's opening night.

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Two movies this year can already be called some of the most hated by audiences in the last 20 years.

The new horror movie "The Turning" received an "F" grade on CinemaScore, the lowest grade a movie can get on the site, which surveys audiences on a movie's opening night. The latest "Grudge" movie also received an "F" earlier this month.

"The Turning" couldn't overcome the bad word-of-mouth at the box office over the weekend and opened with just $7 million domestically. 

Before this year, the last movie to receive a "F" grade was 2017's "mother!," directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Only 21 movies have received an "F" since CinemaScore launched a website in 1999 (it originally began polling audiences in 1978). Other "F" rated films include Nicolas Cage's "The Wicker Man" and "Disaster Movie," which really lived up to its title.

Below are the 21 films to receive an "F" rating from CinemaScore (along with their Rotten Tomatoes critic scores for comparison):

"The Turning" (2020)

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the turning

Universal

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 13%

"The Turning" flopped on all fronts. It not only received a "F" CinemaScore, but a 13% critic score and a 13% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, as well. 

"The Grudge" (2020)

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the grudge 2020

Sony

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 16%

The latest "Grudge" movie earned $11 million domestically in its debut earlier this month, above studio estimates. But it's struggling due to bad word-of-mouth.

"mother!" (2017)

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Mother Paramount Pictures

Paramount

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 69%

Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence plays a housewife obsessed with renovating her isolated house who has her world turned upside down when her husband (Javier Bardem) invites strangers to stay inside the home.

"Mother!" received mixed reviews but was loathed by audiences.

"The Darkness" (2016)

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darkness trailer

YouTube/Universal

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 3%

A family awakens an evil supernatural presence while on vacation at the Grand Canyon and their lives turn upside down.

"The Devil Inside" (2012)

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the devil inside trailer

YouTube/Paramount

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 6%

After her mother murders three people following an exorcism, a young woman investigates numerous exorcisms that were performed without permission.

"Killing Them Softly" (2012)

killing them softly
killing them softly

YouTube/The Weinstein Company

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 74%

A hitman named Jackie Cogan (played by Brad Pitt) is hired to track down three men who robbed a poker game run by the mob.

Despite having Pitt, James Gandolfini, and Ray Liotta involved in the project, it was deemed a total flop by CinemaScore.

"Silent House" (2011)

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silent house trailer

YouTube/Open Road

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 43%

Evil spirits wreak havoc when Sarah (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and her father get trapped inside their haunted family lake house.

"The Box" (2009)

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the box diaz

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 44%

Cameron Diaz and James Marsden star as a couple who have been given a box containing a button. If they push it, they get $1 million — but pushing the button causes someone they don't know to die. 

"Disaster Movie" (2008)

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Disaster movie fake miley

YouTube/Lionsgate

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 1%

A group of friends experience multiple natural disasters within the same night — and for some reason "Juno," "Hancock," and numerous other films are mocked throughout.

Also, Kim Kardashian makes a very strange cameo.

"I Know Who Killed Me" (2007)

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I know who killed me lohan

YouTube/TriStar Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 7%

Lindsey Lohan stars in this major box-office flop as a high-school student goes missing. But when the student, Audrey Flemming, turns up two weeks later she claims to be someone else entirely.

Aubrey, who claims she is Dakota Moss, goes on a mission to prove who she really is.

"Bug" (2006)

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bug judd and shannon

YouTube/Lionsgate

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 61%

Michael Shannon and Ashley Judd (who, we are sad to say, shows up more than once on this list), are paranoid about an infestation of bugs in their home — but it's unclear whether the bugs exist.

"The Wicker Man" (2006)

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the wicker man warner bros

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 15%

Sgt. Neil Howie travels to Summerisle after receiving an anonymous tip that a missing woman is on the island. Howie is surprised to find that the strange island is full of women, and he soon realizes that the tip was part of a bigger ploy to get him on the island.

"Alone in the Dark" (2005)

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Screen Shot 2017 09 21 at 1.48.38 PM

Lions Gate

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 1%

Based on the popular video game of the same name, "Alone in th Dark" follows the detective of paranormal activity Edward Carnby as he investigates the recent mysterious death of a friend with the help of his anthropologist girlfriend, played by Tara Reid.

"Wolf Creek" (2005)

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wolf creek trailer

YouTube/Dimension Films

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 52%

Backpackers get stuck in the Australian outback with a sheriff who turns out to be a psychopath. 

"In the Cut" (2003)

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in the cut

Pathe Productions

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 34%

A high-school named teacher Frannie Avery (played by Meg Ryan) has an affair with the detective (played by Mark Ruffalo) investigating a murder in her neighborhood.

"Fear Dot Com" (2002)

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Screen Shot 2017 09 21 at 2.56.27 PM

Sony Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 3%

Detectives investigate deaths seemingly connected to people logging onto the website — wait for it! — Fear.com. 

"Solaris" (2002)

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solaris clooney

20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 66%

The psychologist Dr. Chris Kelvin (George Clooney) is sent to investigate a space station orbiting a strange new planet.

"Dr. T & the Women" (2000)

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dr t and the women kate hudson

YouTube/Artisan Entertainment

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 57%

Richard Gere plays Texas gynecologist "Dr. T," who cares for the wealthiest women in Texas, but his life turns upside down when his wife is admitted into a mental institution. Dr. T finds comfort only with his golf instructor, Bree.

"Lost Souls" (2000)

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Lost Souls

New Line Cinema

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 7%

A Catholic-school teacher finds a journalist who she believes is the anti-Christ. 

"Lucky Numbers" (2000)

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lucky numbers

Paramount

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 22%

A high-energy weatherman and jet-ski dealer, played by John Travolta, tries to rob his state's lottery winnings after he finds out his house is in foreclosure.

"Eye of the Beholder" (1999)

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eye of the beholder

YouTube/Destination Films

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 9%

Ewan McGregor's character, a detective named Stephen Wilson, follows a serial killer played by Ashley Judd and finds himself increasingly obsessed with her.

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