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18 “Bad” Movies From The 1990s That Are Honestly Really, Really Entertaining

But I’m a Cheerleader is a masterpiece.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which “bad” movies are actually pretty brilliant, and it turns out a lot of them were from the ’90s. Here are the amazing results.

Note: Every ’90s film listed has a 60% or lower rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


The Basketball Diaries (1995)

New Line Cinema

Basketball Diaries gets such sloppy ratings, but I love that movie. Leonardo DiCaprio gave a phenomenal performance as Jim Carroll — I honestly don’t even think people remember this movie. Marky Mark was even in it, and Lorraine Bracco!” —katlanjals

Rotten Tomatoes score: 45%


Batman & Robin (1997)

Warner Bros.

“Though this movie might be the worst, you can’t help but want to watch it again and again when you’re bored! It’s also the perfect movie to watch to make you fall asleep (in a good way).” —tanyam44ab2253d

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%


A Very Brady Sequel (1996)

Paramount Pictures

The Brady Bunch movies. They’re stupid, but there were some pretty funny gags…George Glass, the grunge-era high school reacting to the goody-goody Bradys? C’mon, now.” —kend4fe281761

Rotten Tomatoes score: 53%


Wild Wild West (1999)

Warner Bros.

“It was so ridiculous, but actually really funny and totally ’90s.” —kemerson

Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%


Booty Call (1997)

Columbia Pictures / Everett Collection

Booty Call — it was so cringey but also hilarious, especially when Jamie Foxx did these bizarre impressions while having sex with Vivica A. Fox. Also, when he covers himself in plastic wrap and almost suffocates — it’s so freaking funny!” —binlylikenobodyswatching

Rotten Tomatoes score: 25%


Superstar (1999)

Paramount Pictures

Superstar — I fucking lost it when Mary Katherine Gallagher made out with a tree, and when she daydreamed that she and her best friend were supermodels.” —binlylikenobodyswatching

“OMG, this movie is so great for when you need a laugh. It’s so stupid and funny!” —e48c2e07d8

Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%


Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Warner Bros.

Deep Blue Sea had a great cast (LL Cool J, Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Stellan Skarsgård) and super-intelligent sharks. It was so over-the-top, the dialogue was very melodramatic, and the special effects were silly, but all in all, it’s my favorite guilty pleasure movie.” —emilyk81

Rotten Tomatoes score: 59%


Showgirls (1995)


Showgirls was actually an incredible movie — particularly the dance routines!” —vyvyanbasterd

“OMG, I adored this movie, I just couldn’t look away….I kept waiting for Elizabeth Berkley to start singing ‘I’m so excited! I’m so excited!'” —catnelsonl

Rotten Tomatoes score: 23%


But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)

Lionsgate Films

“It’s with Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, and RuPaul! It was the satirical queer comedy we all deserved and it was sooo funny while also always reminding me what it felt like to be a young gay. Also, this movie is the reason I have a HUGE crush on early 2000s Clea DuVall.” —sofiabelisle27

Rotten Tomatoes score: 40%


Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Warner Bros.

“The whole thing was awful and it didn’t age too well, but it’s interesting to watch now. From Kevin Costner’s attempt at an English accent to Alan Rickman’s eccentric interpretation of the Sheriff of Nottingham — it’s a fun watch!” —kristaa45d2e1a62

Rotten Tomatoes score: 51%


Spice World (1997)

PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

SPICE WORLD, OMMMGGG. A masterpiece, if there ever was one. ‘It must be so hard for you, Victoria. I mean, having to decide whether to wear the little Gucci dress, the little Gucci dress, or…the little Gucci dress!'” —surfingrockets

Rotten Tomatoes score: 34%


Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)


Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit has like a 17% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is absurd. It was a great movie with fantastic singers (Lauryn Hill, hello???) and was arguably even more entertaining than the first one. Critics are dumb.” —danae9

Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%


The Stupids (1996)

New Line Cinema

“Literally The Stupids — there was something about it that got me every time. It was just so mindlessly stupid, but really entertaining and funny!” —thatlaaaaadythere

Rotten Tomatoes score: 20%


A Night at the Roxbury (1998)

Paramount Pictures

Suggested by: maricelaf3

I was honestly such a big fan of SNL sketches that were made into movies, especially A Night at the Roxbury and Superstar. Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan were a golden comedic duo, and I’ll never understand why it has such a low rating!!!

Rotten Tomatoes score: 11%


Surf Ninjas (1993)

New Line Cinema

“When I was a kid, Surf Ninjas with Ernie Reyes, Tone Loc, and Leslie Nielsen was one of my favorites. I watched it again a few years ago and I still love it. It’s painfully ’90s, Rob Schneider was a red-headed gem, and the ancient CGI adds a whole comedic element.” —allisong4c86e1294

Rotten Tomatoes score: 11%


Flubber (1997)


Flubber was the best/worst movie I’ve ever seen!”—geoisles

Rotten Tomatoes score: 24%


Space Jam (1996)

Warner Bros.

“It was a cinematic masterpiece. Rotten Tomatoes can choke on it.” —regz123455

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43%


And Billy Madison (1995)

Universal Pictures

“I know that a lot of people hate Adam Sandler movies, but they are actually kinda funny — just as long as you don’t take them too seriously.” —teddy_bear

Rotten Tomatoes score: 42%

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Which ’90s flick do *you* think is downright brilliant, even though most critics think it’s “trashy”? Tell us in the comments below!

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