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Flatliners becomes the eighth film of 2017 to debut at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes

Flatliners, the sci-fi remake of a 1990 cult film, opened with a deafening thud over the weekend. It became the eighth film of 2017 to debut with a 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

hollywood Updated: Oct 02, 2017 14:59 IST
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Flatliners’ ensemble cast includes several well-known young stars: Oscar-winner Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Kiersey Clemons, James Norton and Nina Dobrev.
Flatliners’ ensemble cast includes several well-known young stars: Oscar-winner Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Kiersey Clemons, James Norton and Nina Dobrev.

Flatliners, the sci-fi remake of a 1990 cult film, opened with a deafening thud over the weekend. The film bombed at the box office, making less than $10 million. But more notably, until late Sunday, the film stood at 0% on the review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes.

Since then, a single positive review has nudged the score to 3%, but it is enough to make Flatliners one of the worst reviewed films of the year - and certainly the one with the most recognisable faces involved.

The ensemble cast includes several well-known young stars: Oscar-winner Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Kiersey Clemons, James Norton and Nina Dobrev. It is directed - on a relatively hefty budget of $30 million - by Neils Arden Oplev, who directed the original Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie in 2009.

Flatliners is the eight film in recent months to have achieved this distinction. There have been seven films in 2017 to have scored a 0% - the Alexandra Daddario, Kate Upton comedy The Layover, Daniel Craig-starrer Kings, and Netflix’s Naked.

The original Flatliners was a moderate hit at the box office, and starred up-and-comers like Kiefer Sutherland (who also appears in the remake), Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon.

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Here are some of the harshest blurbs against Flatliners:

“What we get is a mediocre remake of a mediocre original - not exactly must-see cinema,” writes ReelViews’ James Berardinelli.

“We live in an age of unnecessary remakes - but the new Flatliners movie, by Danish director Niels Arden Oplev, has the distinction of being perhaps the most unnecessary of them all,” Entertainment Weekly’s Christian Holub writes.

“As Andy Kaufman’s Foreign Man would put it, ‘Ees so bad, ees terrible,’” writes NY Magazine’s David Edelstein.

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