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Starting in 2018, The Smeghead began a project of reviewing every movie that has won the Razzie Award for Worst Picture. Some nominees he agrees with. Others, he does not...


  • 1983 (The Lonely Lady): He thought this was a terrible movie, as were all the other 1983 nominees (Hercules (1983), Jaws 3D, Stroker Ace, and Two of a Kind (1983)), but thought that Yor: The Hunter from the Future, which wasn't even nominated, should have gotten the award.
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  • 1985 (Rambo: First Blood Part II): He considered it to be just a big, dumb action movie and believed Red Sonja, which wasn't even nominated, should have won instead.
  • 1986 (a tie between Howard the Duck and Under the Cherry Moon): Said Under the Cherry Moon should have won and a tie was unnecessary, since on top of being bad it was also boring, whereas Howard the Duck was just silly and stupid.
  • 1988 (Cocktail): He agreed it was bad, but found it to be only an ordinary sort of bad and said that except for Rambo III, one could at least make a case for any of the other nominees (Mac and Me, Hot to Trot and arguably Caddyshack II) being worse, as he does for all of them; he personally felt Hot to Trot was by far the worst. He thought Cocktail likely won because another Tom Cruise movie, Rain Man, was nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture that year, and officially won the same day Cocktail's Razzie was certified.
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  • 1990 (a tie between The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and Ghosts Can't Do It): Like with the first tie, he believed there shouldn't have been a tie, thinking Ghosts Can't Do It should've won because it was the worse film in nearly all fields, though he didn't disagree with the Worst Screenplay award given to Ford Fairlane.
  • 1991 (Hudson Hawk): He thought Cool as Ice should have won instead. He also criticized the acting nominations for Bruce Willis, Richard E. Grant and Sandra Bernhard on the grounds that they were giving performances appropriate to what the script called for, though he did agree with Hudson Hawk's awards for Worst Director (for Michael Lehmann) and Worst Screenplay (for Willis, Robert Kraft, Daniel Waters, and Steven E. de Souza).
  • 1994 (Color of Night): He thought North should have won instead.
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  • 1999 (Wild Wild West): Like 1983 and 1985, he suggested that a movie which was not even nominated, in this case Vince Offer's The Underground Comedy Movie, should have won instead, but he doesn't complain about its lack of nominations for any Razzies considering it had a VERY limited release. He also proposed other, wider releases that weren't nominated as winners, such as End of Days, Baby Geniuses, and Wing Commander (the latter's lack of nominations in particular baffled him, as it was invoked a video game adaptation), though he emphasizes that he still believes that The Underground Comedy Movie was the worst. At the very least he agreed that Wild Wild West was the worst film nominated for Worst Picture of 1999 based on his opinions of its competitors: Big Daddy (mediocre), The Haunting (1999) ("crap, but wasn't a chore to sit through"), The Phantom Menace (although it had its problems, he "can't bring [him]self to hate it") and The Blair Witch Project (which he insists was good).
  • 2002 (Swept Away): He didn't think any of that year's nominees was flagrantly awful, calling Swept Away, as well as three of the other four nominees (The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Crossroads (2002), and Pinocchio (2002)), bad, but mostly forgettable, and while the last nominee, Attack of the Clones, did many things wrong, he couldn't bring himself to hate it, since it's still a Star Wars film. He instead cited another list of films that weren't nominated for Worst Picture: three that he had reviewed on Cinematic Excrement before (Eight Crazy Nights, Die Another Day, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever) and a fourth one that he did not (The Master of Disguise), before deciding that the award should have gone to Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, which wasn't nominated for any awards at the Razzies despite its rare zero-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes (with Eight Crazy Nights coming a close second). He also noted that he disagreed with Madonna being named Worst Actress of the Century at the 20th Razzies, believing the award should have gone to Bo Derek.
  • 2006 (Basic Instinct 2): He strongly disliked this movie and felt that it was one of a crop of truly awful Worst Picture nominees, the others being BloodRayne, Lady in the Water, Little Man, and The Wicker Man (2006) (the former two of which he had reviewed on the show some years before). He noted that the Stinkers Bad Movie Awards had picked BloodRayne as their last-ever choice for the worst film of its year in 2006 and found himself in agreement with the Stinkers' choice over the Razzies' — both winners had terrible dialogue, acting, and sex scenes, but BloodRayne had the edge because it also had terrible wigs, editing, rampant Fight Scene Failure, and even Ben Kingsley giving a bad performance, which Sean had thought impossible. "As bad as Basic Instinct 2 is, it's not Uwe Boll-video game-adaptation-bad." Sean also noted, with a great deal of confusion, that while Boll had won a Worst Director Razzie,note  none of his films had ever won Worst Picture, and only two had ever even been nominated.note 
  • 2017 (The Emoji Movie): This was the choice for Worst Picture that touched off the project. Although Sean didn't like that movie one bit, he thought fellow 2017 nominees Fifty Shades Darker and Transformers: The Last Knight were much worse. Additionally, after he saw The Book of Henry and The Snowman (2017) in early and mid-2018, he thought those films deserved to be nominated more than The Emoji Movie and criticized the Razzies for omitting them. He thought The Emoji Movie was only given Worst Picture because it was an easy target.


  • 1980 (Can't Stop the Music): He disagreed with the acting nominations the film got because of the material the actors were given, but agreed that it deserved Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay (for Allan Carr and Bronté Woodard).
  • 1981 (Mommie Dearest): He agreed that it deserved to be nominated, but not for the reasons why it was nominated (the Razzies considered it an unintentional comedy, while Sean didn't like seeing a story of child abuse portrayed as a farce); however, he did disagree with the decision to name it Worst Picture of the Decade.
  • 1982 (Inchon): Agreed with all four of the awards it won (in addition to Worst Picture, Robin Moore and Laird Koenig won Worst Screenplay, Laurence Olivier Worst Actor, and Terence Young Worst Director), although he did wonder why Ben Gazzara didn't win for Worst Supporting Actor or why the film wasn't even nominated for Worst Picture of the Decade over Mommie Dearest.
  • 1984 (Bolero): Considering he doesn't even mention how it compares to the other films nominated that year (Cannonball Run II, Rhinestone, Sheena, and Where the Boys Are '84), he presumably doesn't disagree with this one.
  • 1987 (Leonard Part 6): The only other nominee he felt one could make a case for being worse was Ishtar, though he firmly believes "Leonard was worse, and being worse than Ishtar is no small feat." He also agreed with Bill Cosby winning Worst Actor and Worst Screenplay (in the latter case, jointly with Jonathan Reynolds, though he attributes it all to Cosby) for Leonard.
  • 1992 (Shining Through): Didn't make a comparison with 1992's other nominees (The Bodyguard, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, Final Analysis, and Newsies), but instead compared it with 2019's Jojo Rabbit, noting that while Jojo Rabbit was a sillier World War II film, it was an intentionally silly film. Nor did he contest the other two Razzies Shining Through got, Worst Director for David Seltzer and Worst Actress for Melanie Griffith. He did disagree, however, with that year's ceremony awarding Worst Original Song to Alan Menken for "High Times, Hard Times" from Newsies and nominating Enya in the same category for "Book of Days" from Far and Away.
  • 1993 (Indecent Proposal): He considered it the worst of 1993's nominees, which included two erotic thrillers (Sliver and Body of Evidence) and two action films (Cliffhanger and Last Action Hero), noting that the first two each had only one main factor responsible for their bad quality (the ending in Sliver and Madonna's bad performance in Body of Evidence), whereas Indecent Proposal had many, while he doesn't see anything overtly bad with Cliffhanger or Last Action Hero, viewing them as simply mindless-but-fun action films. He did question Woody Harrelson's Worst Supporting Actor win for Indecent Proposal, not because he was good in the movie (he wasn't) but because he considers that he, not Robert Redford, who got a Worst Actor nomination for the same film, was the male lead, so it was more akin to invoked Award Category Fraud. He does, however, complain that Cop and a Half wasn't nominated for Worst Picture and express astonishment that it didn't kill the career of Burt Reynolds, who won Worst Actor for his performance in that movie.
  • 1995 (Showgirls): Doesn't compare it with the other 1995 nominees (Congo, It's Pat!, The Scarlet Letter, and Waterworld), but he outright says that he doesn't disagree with any of the awards the movie "won" (the other six being Worst Director for Paul Verhoeven, Worst Screenplay for Joe Eszterhas, Worst Actress and Worst New Star, both for Elizabeth Berkley, Worst Screen Couple for "any combination of two people (or two body parts)", and Worst Original Song for "Walk into the Wind" by David A. Stewart and Terry Hall); however, he did have a problem with U2's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" from Batman Forever being nominated for Worst Original Song.
  • 1998 (An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn): He said this film was easily the worst of 1998's nominees, the others being "a crappy Michael Bay movie" (Armageddon), "a crappy Roland Emmerich movie" (Godzilla (1998)), "a crappy film remake of an old TV series" (The Avengers (1998)), and "whatever the hell that [Spice World] was". His only disagreement with any of Burn Hollywood Burn's nominations (including its other wins for Worst Screenplay, Worst Supporting Actor, Worst New Star, and Worst Original Song for "I Wanna Be Mike Ovitz", all for Joe Eszterhas) is with Ryan O'Neal's Worst Actor nomination, saying that his performance was decent.
  • 2000 (Battlefield Earth): He considers 2000 to be an unusually fruitful year for bad cinema, up to and including Battlefield Earth and the other nominees (Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Little Nicky, and The Next Best Thing), to the point that he not only gives an alternate Worst Picture winner, Dungeons & Dragons (2000) (which managed not to score a single Razzie nomination that year despite being terrible in every regardnote ) but suggests more nominees, such as Big Momma's House, Mission: Impossible II and Ready to Rumble. However, he felt that Battlefield Earth was indeed the worst of the lot compared to the other nominees (he didn't see The Next Best Thing because its availability is rare, but considering it's a Madonna film, he didn't think it would be a good film, while he thought the other three were bad, if less so than Battlefield Earth). His only complaint out of the film's seven awards won (he's adamant that Roger Christian deserved Worst Director and that Corey Mandell and J.D. Shapiro deserved Worst Screenplay and at least accepts John Travolta winning Worst Actor and Worst Screen Couple — in the latter case, together with "anyone sharing the screen with him" — and Barry Pepper winning Worst Supporting Actor) is the late Kelly Preston winning Worst Supporting Actress for what was basically a cameo.
  • 2001 (Freddy Got Fingered): He called this one of the worst movies he had ever seen and firmly believes it was the worst of its year, such that he made only fleeting, albeit unfavorable, mentions of two of the other nominees (Pearl Harbor and Glitter) and no mention of the other two (Driven and 3000 Miles to Graceland), while he expressed disbelief that Corky Romano followed in Dungeons & Dragons' footsteps by being terrible in many ways and still scoring zero Razzie nominations.
  • 2003 (Gigli): While he technically considers Gigli to be the second-worst film of 2003, the one movie he thought was worse (the So Bad, It's Good anti-classic The Room, and that by a wide margin) had such a limited release in its initial runnote  that he doubts that the Razzie nomination committee had even heard of it at the time, much like most other people; with that in mind, he fully agreed with Gigli winning Worst Picture. Considering how bad 2003's other nominees were — The Cat in the Hat being neither funny nor suitable for kids, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle being "one of the most poorly directed action movies I've ever seen", From Justin to Kelly being one of the worst musicals he had ever seen, and The Real Cancún being an attempted cash grab with an Excuse Plot that he was glad failed — he did not agree with the Golden Raspberry Foundation lightly in picking Gigli. However, he disagreed with Christopher Walken's and Al Pacino's nominations for Worst Supporting Actor, claiming that their cameos (especially Pacino's) were the only good parts of the movie.
  • 2004 (Catwoman (2004)): This was the first Worst Picture winner he reviewed, in early 2010, and at the time, he said it deserved all four of its wins (the others being Worst Actress for Halle Berry, Worst Director for Jean-Christophe "Pitof" Comar, and Worst Screenplay for Theresa Rebeck, John Brancato, Michael Ferris, and John Rogers). He revisited Catwoman (calling it "CINO", for "Catwoman In Name Only") in 2021, and while he didn't say whether he agreed with the other awards the second time, he did say that it deserved Worst Picture, though with the caveat that he refused to see fellow nominee Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2; Catwoman was a lot worse than other bad movies from 2004 he had seen, such as Christmas with the Kranks, Home on the Range (which he'd reviewed in earlier episodes), Alexander, White Chicks (which were also nominated for Worst Picture that year), and Surviving Christmas (which was in both categories). He strongly criticized the Razzies for presenting their remaining acting awards to George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and Britney Spears as themselves for Fahrenheit 9/11, however, saying in about as many words that it exposed how shallow they were, since they were totally abandoning their motive of mocking bad movies just for the sake of a Take That! at the Bush administration (even though he agreed with it) and Bush, Rumsfeld, and Spears (the last of whom was not even a member of the administration) weren't acting and didn't appear in any of Michael Moore's original footage for that movie.
  • 2005 (Dirty Love): While Sean noted that among the nominees there were two movies of comparable quality, Son of the Mask (in his opinion the second-worst film of 2005, and the most Razzie-nominated movie of the year; it won only Worst Remake or Sequel), Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (which won Rob Schneider the award for Worst Actor and was the subject of one of his favorite of the late Roger Ebert's reviews), plus the subject of an earlier Cinematic Excrement episode, Alone in the Dark (2005) (for which Uwe Boll was nominated for Worst Director, making him wonder why it was passed over for Worst Picture; he personally would've dropped The Dukes of Hazzard as a nominee in favor of Alone in the Dark), he ultimately felt Dirty Love "actually hated me and wanted me to suffer" by being annoying, disgusting and unfunny, and even acknowledged that targeting a non-mainstream filmnote  even if made by prominent easy target Jenny McCarthy (who personally won Worst Actress and Screenplay and whose then-husband John Mallory Asher won Worst Director) was refreshing for the Razzies. His only complaint was that Carmen Electra's "wigger" character deserved Worst Supporting Actress more than Paris Hilton in House of Wax (2005).
  • 2011 (Jack and Jill): Before Sean even started his project, he agreed that Jack and Jill (which he reviewed in early 2012) deserved to be chosen as the worst of 2011. As much as he disliked fellow nominees New Year's Eve, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, the only nominee that he thought could really challenge Jack and Jill was Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, as both were laugh-free comedies produced by Happy Madison with bad premises and incompetent execution. He decided that Jack and Jill was worse because it was annoying and grating, while Bucky Larson was merely stupid.


  • 1989 (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier): He found all five 1989 nominees (the others being The Karate Kid Part III, Lock Up, Road House, and Speed Zone) to be about equally bad, although he figures that The Final Frontier might have had the edge as the biggest disappointment, as it came off the back of the last three Star Trek films being successful. However, he thought William Shatner probably did not deserve to win Worst Director for Final Frontier, since he failed by being too ambitious on his first outing as director, and while also giving him Worst Actor was a bit more understandable, it still seemed like an easy potshot. He also disagreed with the nominees for Worst Original Song: The Ramones' "Pet Sematary" for Pet Sematary, Kool Moe Dee's "Let's Go", and (eventual winner) Bruce Dickinson's "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter", the latter two for A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child ("These people wouldn't know good music if it jumped up and bit them in the face!").
  • 1996 (Striptease): As with The Final Frontier, he found all five 1996 nominees (the others being Barb Wire, Ed, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), and The Stupids) to be about equally bad (and only Dr. Moreau was all that interesting, mainly for the story of its Troubled Production). Again, however, he disagreed with the winner under Worst Original Song, Light Crust Doughboys' "Pussy Pussy Pussy"; he agrees that it's a terrible song, but questions its inclusion since it was already a 50-year-old song at the time, and proposes that Tommy Lee's "Welcome to Planet Boom" for Barb Wire should have won instead, saying that it is the answer "if you ever wanted to know what a poor man's Rob Zombie sounds like."
  • 1997 (The Postman): Similar to Showgirls and Bolero, he didn't compare The Postman with 1997's other nominees (Anaconda, Batman & Robin, Fire Down Below, and Speed 2: Cruise Control — though he raked Batman & Robin over the coals in an earlier episode), but unlike Showgirls, he didn't make explicit whether he agreed or disagreed with most of the awards the movie "won" (except Worst Original Song, see below — the others were Worst Director and Actor, both for Kevin Costner, though he did extensively criticize Costner's direction and performance, and Worst Screenplay for Eric Roth and Brian Helgeland); however, he did stress that he disliked the movie, even stating that despite the newfound relevance some people found in it due to being eerily prophetic for 2020 American politics, it was still silly enough for him to warrant his mockery. Despite this, he once again disagreed with the Worst Original Song category, saying that The Postman winning for its entire score was "incredibly lazy" and singling out the nomination of Trisha Yearwood's cover of LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" for Con Air as another example of such. ("I hate country music with the fire of a thousand suns and even I know that's bullshit.")

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