Tom Cruise’s latest movie vehicle, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, has landed in theaters with a loud thud. Savaged by critics with an abysmal 38% approval rating on movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film is expected to underperform at the box office this weekend and will likely be headed to a streaming service near you in the not too distant future. The poor reviews for the Jack Reacher sequel are surprising given that the first movie was greeted enthusiastically in 2012, and Cruise’s career has been on an upswing lately following the success of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation last Christmas and Edge of Tomorrow in summer 2014. Yet this isn’t the first time Tom Cruise has delivered a stinker of a movie. Check out the following 10 worst movies of Cruise’s career:
10. Vanilla Sky (2001)
This movie was supposed to be a trippy psychological thriller that turned conventional wisdom on its head and blew audience’s minds. Instead it left critics and moviegoers confused and frustrated. An English-language remake of director Alejandro Amenábar’s 1997 Spanish film Open Your Eyes, Vanilla Sky co-starred Penelope Cruz (who also appeared in the original version) and Cameron Diaz. The plot is about a wealthy playboy (Cruise) whose jilted ex-girlfriend (Cameron Diaz) tries to kill them both in a car crash. Tom Cruise’s character is left hopelessly disfigured until he has his face surgically restored. Or did he? The rest of the movie is a confusing mess of flashbacks and flash forward scenes, prosthetic masks, and questions raised about what’s real and what isn’t, what might be a dream and so on. The ending is very confusing and director Cameron Crowe seems to lose control of this material pretty early on in the film. Currently holds a 41% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.