When it comes to musicals (or just movies in general), The
*Worst means “worst-reviewed as per the aggregate approval rating of critics as listed on Rotten Tomatoes,” not “actually, objectively worst,” because there’s no way of objectively determining the relative quality of movies. And a great big PPPHHHHBBBBTTTT to awards season.
5. Braveheart — 78% approval rating
It’s like the Academy somehow always knew about Mel Gibson.
4. Gladiator–76% approval rating
Hey, as Russell Crowe movies go, it’s no Winter’s Tale.
3. A Beautiful Mind–75% approval rating
Russell Crowe is cursed, I tell you! Cursed!
2. Crash — 75% approval rating
Yup–the notorious Crash, whose Oscar victory has led to endless thinkpieces and general gnashing of teeth in the ten years since it beat out the favored Brokeback Mountain, is only the second worst-reviewed movie to take home the Best Picture statuette since 1990. (It has the same approval rating as A Beautiful Mind, but slightly more reviews, so it gets bumped up.) Congrats, director Paul Haggis?
And the ultimate winner-loser is:
1. Forrest Gump–72% approval rating
Yeeeeeahhhh, this one hasn’t aged well. By comparison, look at fellow nominees Pulp Fiction (94%), Quiz Show (96%), and The Shawshank Redemption (91%). Oh, and Four Weddings and a Funeral, which has a 95% approval rating. I didn’t even realize it was a Best Picture nominee. I’m confused, too.