10 Movie Remakes That Were Awful
Many were hated by critics and audiences alike
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2015 10:57 AM CDT
In this image released by Columbia/Sony Pictures, Steve Martin is shown in a scene from "The Pink Panther 2."   (AP Photo/Columbia/Sony Pictures, Peter Iovino)

(Newser) – Some movie remakes and reboots are actually good, but many are cringeworthy—and Radar runs down 20 of the worst offenders:

  • The 2011 remake of Arthur was called a "career killer" for leading man Russell Brand—especially bad news since it was Brand's first film in the lead role.
  • The 2004 remake of Alfie, starring Jude Law in the lead, cost $60 million to make ... and grossed just $35 million at the worldwide box office.
  • The film version of The A-Team performed so poorly with both critics and audiences that a seemingly inevitable sequel never came about. Even star Liam Neeson once called the movie "confusing."
  • Tim Burton's 2001 Planet of the Apes remake also never got a sequel, and Burton himself said he'd "rather jump out of a window" than make one.
  • The original Conan the Barbarian helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger a star, but the 2011 remake didn't do much to help Jason Momoa's career. In fact, critics slammed the "horrible acting."

  • The 2006 remake of The Pink Panther, starring Steve Martin as the iconic Inspector Clouseau, actually performed well at the box office and got a sequel ... but it also got nominated for a "Worst Remake" Razzie.
  • Also nominated for a "Worst Remake" Razzie the same year: The Poseidon Adventure remake. However, unlike The Pink Panther, it only earned $22 million domestically.
  • The Jackie Chan remake of Around the World in 80 Days made $72 million worldwide—but then again, it cost $110 million to make and $30 million to market.
  • The 2002 Swept Away, a remake of a 1974 movie, starred Madonna and Guy Ritchie ... and won five Razzies ... and grossed less than $600,000 domestically ... and went straight to video in the UK.
  • Roger Ebert actually reversed his initial thumbs-up for The Longest Yard, a 2005 remake starring Adam Sandler.
Click for the complete list if you want to see which remake Radar dubbed the worst ever.