The 10 worst summer movies ever

Summer is the time for big-budget movies, where things like a good story and plot often play second fiddle to special effects and noise.

Not always. “Jaws” and “Star Wars” were great, after all. But there have been some real summer stinkers. Here are the worst 10 ever.


10. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009): Where to start, where to start? Remember when we were talking about big and loud and dumb? There’s that. And there’s Shia LaBeouf. And a couple of transforming cars that were racially offensive. Naturally, it made a mint.

9. “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008): Nothing like taking your expectations and ripping them like a still-beating heart out of your chest. Wait, that was another Indiana Jones movie. This was the one that, after years and years, brought Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg back. (And added Shia LaBeouf! A summer constant!) Everyone remembers the stupid hide-in-a-refrigerator-to-escape-a-nuclear-blast bit, but really, the whole thing was pretty dumb.

8. “Howard the Duck” (1986): For some reason, this is now known as “Howard: A New Breed of Hero.” Probably to distance it from our memories. Lea Thompson, who was a pretty hot commodity at the time, starred, though not as the duck. That might have been better. Based on a Marvel comic about a walking, talking duck who winds up on Earth, it made hardly any sense, which, in retrospect, also was true of Thompson’s hairdo. If a duck has to talk, we’ll go with Daffy and Donald, thanks.

7. “Waterworld” (1995): The subtitle could be “Or, Kevin Costner’s Ego.” Costner was one of the biggest stars going at the time, but this was one of the first of many chinks in his armor. Costner played the Mariner, a sort of fishlike man. His pal Kevin Reynolds directed (though, supposedly, so did Costner, which was probably part of the problem). It’s a future world where the icecaps have melted and the Mariner has to help glug glug glug. Someone should have pulled the plug.

6. “Pearl Harbor” (2001): Maybe the Michael Bay-iest of Michael Bay movies. This did no favors for anyone involved. Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett play childhood friends who both fall for the same woman (Kate Beckinsale). Oh, and there’s that air attack that brought the U.S. into World War II. Details, details.

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