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Expelled: In Good Company

A certain movie was released in theaters today, and several critics have already weighed in on it. Rotten Tomatoes‘ tomatometer is a good tool for seeing at a glance how fresh (lots of good reviews) or rotten (lots of bad reviews) a movie is. But rather than jumping straight to the chase, allow me to place it in some sort of context:

Plan 9 from Outer Space: Ed Wood’s famously-bad movie starring Bela Lugosi, who died after shooting only five minutes of film: 62%. Granted, this is skewed by the camp value of the result.

Plan 9 from Outer Space

Robot Monster, in which the bad guy is a gorilla with a 1950s toy space helmet: 27%.

Robot Monster

Dude, Where’s My Car?: Two stoners lose their car. Um… yeah. 18%

Crossroads: No, not the movie that certain scientists said they were being interviewed for. The Britney Spears flick. 15%. Did you expect any better?


The Dukes of Hazzard: Car chases and short shorts. Not exactly Oscar material. 14%

The Dukes of Hazzard

Red Planet: One of two crap Mars movies that came out in 2000: 13%.

RT: Red Planet

Garfield: the Movie: Jumping on the CGI bandwagon about eight years too late: 13%


Left Behind: Sappy melodramatic Christian porn: 12%

Left Behind

Highlander: Endgame: I didn’t even realize they bothered to make a fourth Highlander movie. 12%

Highlander 4

Dungeons & Dragons: 107 minutes I’ll never get back: 11%

Dungeons and Dragons

Catwoman: 10%


And finally, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, the plucky new documentary that blows the lid off the anti-creationism conspiracy: 9%.


Or maybe it just blows.

7 thoughts on “Expelled: In Good Company

  1. Is it to my credit or shame that I’ve only seen one of those movies? (D&D)

    Re Highlander: I kind of liked the TV show, so I rented the first movie, which I thought was merely OK. I then looked it up on Wikipedia, and was astounded to find that they’d made all these sequels — the synopses for which sounded like they got progressively more and more ridiculous.

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  3. Eamon Knight:

    Is it to my credit or shame that I’ve only seen one of those movies? (D&D)

    I enjoyed Plan 9 (which of course doesn’t mean you’ll agree). It’s definitely bad enough to be funny. Though maybe you should watch Tim Burton’s Ed Wood first, to see what you’re in for.

  4. Rocky:

    Usually, post-release ads try to include reviews like “A shoo-in for Best Picture!” and “Don’t miss it!”, not “Better than Gigli!”

  5. I found a slight misspelling:

    Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, the pl sucky new documentary

  6. I loved it. It was much better than ‘Cats’. I’m going to see it again and again.

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