CGI Catastrophes: 25 Movies That Prove Hollywood Doesn’t Always Get It Right

Movies have the power to transport us to new worlds and amaze us with stunning visuals. However, there are times when even the biggest blockbuster hits fall short in the special effects department. Someone recently asked, “which Blockbuster movie had the worst CGI?” and the internet did not disappoint. Here are the top 25 answers.

Cats

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“I expected this one to be higher up. I think society had a collective, agreed-upon amnesia of this thing.”

“What an embarrassment for that big of a budget.”

“Bad CGI and bad music.”

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

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“Jungle scene. That’s all I have to say.”

“The creators made a big deal about using minimal CGI and mostly use traditional VFX. Then the very first shot of the movie was a CGI dirt pile with a CGI gopher popping out.”

Twilight: Breaking Dawn

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“Why do they all look so weird?”

“There was literally no reason to CGI the baby. Plenty of babies out there with above-average cuteness. I’m sure they were going for intelligent eyes, but at what cost?”

“How old is that CGI baby supposed to be? It looks like at least four months!”

Die Another Day  

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“The wind-surfing scene looks like it came from a PS2 game.”

“Now take into account it came out exactly a month before the two towers. So it’s not like the ability to do good CGI didn’t exist.”

The Mummy Returns

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“This isn’t a low-budget film; it’s a Hollywood blockbuster. CGI could have been much better with the technology they had at the time.”

“The Mummy Returns looks like a PS3 game!”

Green Lantern

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“At lot was wrong with that movie, but the overuse of CGI was the rotten cherry on top.”

“The CGI was 100% subpar, but they had way bigger issues as well. They even had some laughs at this movie’s CGI in other movies, like Deadpool, if I remember right.”

Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones

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“The whole movie is CGI, and it all makes my eyes bleed.”

“When I think of the awful CGI in Attack of the Clones, my mind goes straight to that hallway scene with Yoda sitting in a hover chair. The entire shot is pig ugly and looks fake as hell.”

2012

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“Ah yes. Let’s make a movie about a Mayan prophecy, but we don’t have a lot of time for post-processed effects, so just open up Adobe after-effects and slice in some fire Gifs and a particle effect or two.”

“The scene where Cusack is driving the limo through Santa Monica while everything is collapsing always does it for me. So bad.”

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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“I saw the Workprint version back in the day. They didn’t change much in the final draft. Also, yeah, those claws!”

“There were so many things wrong with the CGI in that movie, but the claws are at the top of the list because they had already nailed them in other movies! Why change?”

Men In Black 2

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“The first one used a lot of puppets, like for the weird roaches. I think they went with CGI for the second, and it shows.”

“It looks way cheaper and way worse than the first one.”

Black Widow

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“That scene in Black Widow where Yelena stabbed the jet turbine with Scarlett going “NO DON’T DO IT” was horrible CGI.”

“There are shots of them that look like Andie McDowell in front of the weather report chroma key set in Groundhog’s Day. Inexcusable for its time.”

The Scorpion King

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“The Scorpion King, and not because it is 20 years old either; it was bad in its day.”

“I remember thinking that it had the worst CGI I’d ever seen. Years later, I still use it as the yardstick against which bad CGI can be measured; for me, it has never been topped.”

Terminator: Salvation

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“Arnold’s CGI copy in Terminator: Salvation looks like a rubber ducky to me somehow. That posture, and the look on the face, is ridiculous.”

Special effects wizard Stan Winston died during filming (15 Jun 2008), making this the last film he provided visual effects for.

Jurassic World 

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“I think the CGI in the new Jurassic Park movies looks horrible. Which is all the more ironic given that the 1993 version, with its practical effects, looked 10x better.”

“The part where Pratt’s horse literally goes stock horse animation with PS1 graphics for a second! I remember just laughing.”

Air Force One

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Columbia Pictures.

“Air Force One had it pretty bad in that big finale crash.”

“After all that film, we were treated to THAT! I recall laughing with my buddies at that scene when we saw it at the theater.”

Spy Kids 3D

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“Spy Kids 3D had inexcusably bad CGI for a movie that was theatrically released.”

“Was a projectionist at the time that came out, and trying to get it focused right gave me a terrible headache.”

Mortal Kombat Annihilation

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“I was expecting one of the actors to actually say, ‘Too bad YOU… have bad CGI!'”

“I remember reading that the CGI in Annihilation wasn’t actually finished because they were rushing the movie into theaters. Watching it, that makes sense.”

Catwoman  

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“She surfed a guy and had a CGI behind! I mean, why?”

“It was aggressively terrible. Not just ill-conceived or incompetent but firing on all cylinders of awfulness. The CGI was the worst part, but definitely not the only thing wrong with the movie!”

Wonder Woman

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“I remember the CGI in Wonder Woman 1984 completely taking me out of the film a couple of times, like when she was flying.”

“I remember her sprinting somewhere, and she was supposed to be going really fast, and it was the worst thing I have ever seen.”

Blade 2

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“The fight scene between Blade and the ninja vampires in Blade 2 is awful; they move like cartoon characters when the CGI kicks in.”

“The shot of Whistler throwing CGI sunglasses to Blade, and then Whistler miming throwing them again (in the background), is one of my favorite movie goofs.”

Titanic

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“Those PS2 extras walking on the deck of the Titanic in external shots in the James Cameron movie. I always felt a lot of human/organic CGI characters in movies from the late ’90s-early 2000s looked way too rubbery.”

R.I.P.D

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“I worked on a few promos and kept asking when we were going to get the final cut with the finished effects. We finally realized, with disappointment, that we already had it.”

“It’s literally the worst movie I’ve ever seen. And not in a fun way. Everything about it was just gross and awful. The CGI, the performances, the nonsensical story; everything.”

Justice League 

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“Where they had to CGI out Henry Cavill’s facial hair.”

“Totally! Some of the CGI in the 2017 Justice League is laughable.”

Replicas 

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“It came out in 2018, but the CGI looks like it came out in 2002. It’s so bad. Skip to the parts that show the robot. Keanu Reeves must be ashamed.”

“Why does it look like claymation?”

Torque

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“The finale is actually visually incoherent as if the CGI was done on a Sega Genesis.”

“The best thing about it is the DVD commentary. The director and the cast treated it like a spoof of Fast the Furious, but on bikes, and spent 90 minutes mocking their own movie, including the terrible CGI!”

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