10 Worst Movies By The Best Directors

9. The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lavagirl In 3-D - Robert Rodriguez

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In his early career, Robert Rodriguez was renowned for his ultra-violent, action-packed thrillers. But as his children grew up, he focused more on kid-friendly features. So, when his son, Racer, came up with his own story, Rodriguez thought it would be cool to adapt it for the big screen.

As touching as that gesture is, Racer's saga, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, is beyond terrible.

Now, there's nothing wrong with a director making a movie for his children. Rodriguez already did this with Spy Kids, which did well at the box office and with critics. Those films are obviously geared towards a younger demographic, but are still filled with charm, wit, and effort.

Sharkboy and Lavagirl on the other hand... not so much. The performances range from cartoonish to wooden. The story is non-sensical. (I know the scriptwriter was seven years old but that's no excuse.) The special effects are so badly rendered, you'd think the footage was a pilot for a canceled children's show.

The next time Rodriguez's kids tells him they have an idea for a movie, he should say, "Never again."


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