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Eddie Murphy‘s attempted comeback movie A Thousand Words, made in 2008 and opening March 9, is the first wide-release movie of 2012 to earn a score of zero from the critics aggregated on the site Rotten Tomatoes. The Hollywood Reporter reviewer Frank Scheck calls the film “a tired, formulaic comedy.”
The zero score is an historic critical attack that puts Murphy in a special category.
“Since we put a score up for a film with as little as five reviews, there are a lot of very small films that have releases, but for wide releases, there are probably only 3 or 4 dozen [zeroes] going back to the start of the site in 1999,” Rottentomatoes editor-in-chief Matt Atchity tells THR. “On the list of the zeroes, it will probably come in at fifth or sixth worst in history, but since reviews are still coming in, it may rank higher (or lower depending on your POV) on that list.” Atchity estimates that there are at least 10,000 better-reviewed films on the site.
“Bucky Larson was the worst of the bunch last year, with a zero, and that joins the ranks of other 0% wide releases like Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, One Missed Call, Benigni’s Pinocchio, and Killing Me Softly,” says Atchity. Rottentomatoes published a Worst of the Worst list in 2009.
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