Lightning doesn't always strike twice in Hollywood. RadarOnline.com has ranked the top 20 most embarrassingly awful movie remakes — from bad to worst!
20. Brash motor mouth Russell Brand couldn't revive the comedy classic Arthur, which fellow Brit Dudley Moore made a smash hit in 1981. The 2011 reboot – Brand's first film as a leading man – was a spectacular flop. The Hollywood Reporter called the comic "a character actor with one character" while critic David Edelstein called it a "career-killing performance."
19. One was a classic film that starred an ensemble cast of Sidney Poiter, Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn; and the other was a lukewarm so-called "loose remake" starring Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac. In 2005, critics panned Guess Who?, which was a nod to 1967's Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? In its withering revue, USA Today said, "A succession of tired race jokes made worse by the bad comedic timing of the bland, under-talented Ashton Kutcher."
18. What's it all about Jude Law? Even the actor's charming good looks couldn't rescue the 2004 remake of 1966's Alfie. While the film – which focused on a lovable rogue – received mixed reviews it bombed at the box office grossing $35 million worldwide. A pitiful result for a movie that cost $60 million to make.
17. On paper, making a film version of the 1980s TV series The A-Team with Liam Neeson and hunk-du-jour Bradley Cooper, seemed like a good idea. But critics gave it an underwhelming reception and it didn't generate enough box office bucks and DVD sales to warrant a sequel. Even Neeson admitted in a 2012 interview, "I watched it about two months ago and I found it a little confusing and I was in the thing!"
16. Anyone who has seen the original version of The Women starring Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer knows why the film was a hit in 1939. The comedy about a woman whose husband has cheated on her and her gaggle of friends who support her, is movie gold. Not so much the 2008 remake starring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing and Jada Pinkett Smith. Critics panned the reboot and the New York Times said, "Rarely have so many fine actresses been enlisted in such a futile cause."
15. How many people even remember that Fame was remade in 2009? A moderate success at the box office, critics savaged the attempt to breathe new life into the smash hit original about a high school of the arts. Among other things, celebrated reviewer Roger Ebert quipped, "Why cast actors who are sometimes too old and experienced to play seniors, let alone freshman?"
14. When the director says that he'd "rather jump out of a window" than make a sequel to one of his films, you know that it probably wasn't the success that everyone was anticipating. While 2001's Planet of the Apes grossed more than $362 million worldwide, Tim Burton's remake of the 1960s classic got lukewarm reviews. Rolling Stone said, "Call it a letdown, worsened by the forces of shoddy screenwriting."
13. The big screen remake of Psycho is one of those things that sounded bad on paper and was just awful in real life. In 1998, Gus Van Sant directed this modern day version of Alfred Hitchcock's classic with Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche and Julianne Moore among his cast. Critics almost universally panned the film with writer Camille Paglia leading the pack reportedly saying the only reason to watch it was to see Heche "being assassinated."
12. "Bloody bad." That was CNN's assessment of the 2011 remake of Conan the Barbarian, which starred Jason Momoa. While the original 1982 version helped to launch Arnold Schwarzenegger's career, this one was panned for its "thudding direction and horrible acting."
11. If the team behind 2014's Endless Love hoped that it would make the cultural impact that the 1981 original made, they were sadly mistaken. Critics savaged the remake, which starred Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as the young lovebirds. RottenTomatoes.com says the critics' consensus is that the film was "blander than the original," adding that it was "clichéd and unintentionally silly."
10. Just because a movie debuts at No. 1 at the box office and produces a sequel doesn't mean it is a critical success. The 2006 version of The Pink Panther, starring Steve Martin in the Peter Sellers role as Inspector Clouseau may have grossed $82 million domestically but it was also nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award in the "Worst Remake or Rip-Off" category.
9. How can a movie jam-packed with so much talent (in the form of Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Christopher Walken and Glenn Close) be such a flop? The 2004 remake of The Stepford Wives never lived up the hype that preceded it, or to the 1975 original. Rolling Stone said, "Buzz of troubles on the set…can't compare to the mess onscreen."
8. The Poseidon Adventure is one of those classic disaster movies that – like The Towering Inferno and Jaws – was so popular in 1970s. In 2006, the disaster was the reboot, Poseidon, starring Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell and Richard Dreyfuss. The ocean liner featured in the movie wasn't the only thing to tank, as the project grossed domestically a disappointing $22 million, earned negative reviews and was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Remake or Rip-off.
7. A Disney film starring Steve Coogan and Jackie Chan in a remake of the classic Around The World In 80 Days: What could go wrong? A lot, apparently. Given that the 2004 film cost a reported $110 million to make, $30 million to market and brought in just $72 million worldwide, it wasn't Disney's finest moment.
6. If there is one thing that Madonna and Guy Ritchie didn't do well together (apart from marriage, of course!) it's making movies. The 2002 collaboration between the pop star and the director – the romantic comedy Swept Away – was a shambles, rather than a celebrated reboot of the 1974 flick. A dud on arrival, it grossed less than $600,000 in the US, won five Golden Raspberry Awards (including ones for Worst Actress and Worst Director) and, in the UK, it went straight-to-video.
5. When horror fans mention A Nightmare On Elm Street they're more likely to be referring to the 1984 classic (and subsequent sequels) than the 2010 film. While it pulled in millions at the box office, jaded film critics gave it bad reviews with The Hollywood Reporter wearily saying it was "lethargically lifeless" and Ebert asking, "Are we supposed to be scared?"
4. "It was famously rushed and famously horrible." Who made that assessment of the 2010 remake of 1981's Clash of the Titans? The director Louis Leterrier who said in a 2013 interview with The Huffington Post that the 3D version of the ancient Greek fantasy flick was "just a gimmick to steal money from the audience." He added, "I'm a good boy and I rolled with the punches and everything, but it's not my movie."
3. The Longest Yard is another one of those movies that did well at the box office but is one that film purists and many critics slated for its content. In 2005, Adam Sandler starred in the 21st century version of the 1974 original, both of which feature Burt Reynolds. The New York Times dismissed the football flick as a "crummy remake" and, while Ebert initially gave it a "thumbs up," he later backtracked and said it "represents such a limited idea of what a movie can be and what movies are for."
2. Like Alfie, Get Carter is another Michael Caine classic rebooted for a modern day audience that resulted in a box office flop. The 2000 version starred Sylvester Stallone as the mob enforcer Jack Carter but not even Sly's star power could stop the flick from being an economic failure. Variety called it "a useless remake," meanwhile the New York Daily News said it was "a throwaway story hidden beneath a messy jumble of weird camera angles, worthless editing tricks and an ill-placed obnoxious score."
1. No, the live version of The Sound of Music, which aired on NBC in 2013 and starred Carrie Underwood as Maria and Stephen Moyer as Captain von Trapp, was not a big screen remake. But it was a fresh version of a Hollywood classic, which failed spectacularly. The much-hyped event became the butt of jokes after its broadcast, while The Hollywood Reporter called it "very expensive karaoke" and Variety derided it for being "as lifeless as its alpine backdrops."