The Worst Meryl Streep Movie of All Time, According to Critics

She's one of the greatest actors of her generation, but she's still made some bad movies.

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When you think of the greatest American actors, there's a good chance Meryl Streep instantly comes to mind. This prolific performer has become a household name and an indelible cultural icon, racking up a record-breaking 21 Oscar nominations and winning three times. But just because Streep is universally beloved doesn't mean she's never made any missteps. Since all the classics she's starred in get plenty of attention, it's time to take a look at the worst Meryl Streep movies of all time.

Streep has made quite a lot of movies in her 45-year career—and most of them have been well received, but when consulting Rotten Tomatoes' ranked list of every Meryl Streep film, the clunkers are obvious. The bottom picks on the list offer a clear picture of the Streep offerings that critics were, at best, lukewarm on. As a reminder, Rotten Tomatoes ranks films using an algorithm that considers the number of reviews and the critics who wrote them, so some movies with higher scores end up lower than others.

It's also important to note that many of these movies got panned while still earning Streep praise and occasionally Academy Award nominations. But based on the movies' reviews, these are her career low points. And for another adored actor's film flubs, check out The Worst Tom Hanks Movies of All Time, According to Critics.

26
August: Osage County (2013)

meryl streep in august: osage county
TWC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67 percent

25
Ricki and the Flash (2015)

meryl streep in ricki and the flash
Sony Pictures Releasing

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65 percent

And for more movies the critics didn't love, revisit The Worst Movie That Came Out the Year You Graduated.

24
Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)

meryl streep in dancing at lughnasa
Sony Pictures Classics

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64 percent

23
Music of the Heart (1999)

meryl streep in music of the heart
Miramax Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63 percent

And for more misguided movies starring one of our favorite A-listers, these are The Worst Jennifer Aniston Movies of All Time, According to Critics.

22
Still of the Night (1982)

meryl streep in still of the night
United Artists

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63 percent

21
The Ant Bully (2006)

the ant bully
Warner Bros. Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 62 percent

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20
It's Complicated (2009)

meryl streep in it's complicated
Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 58 percent

19
Ironweed (1987)

meryl streep in ironweed
TriStar Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 58 percent

18
Out of Africa (1985)

meryl streep in out of africa
Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 62 percent

17
Falling in Love (1984)

meryl streep in falling in love
Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 58 percent

16
The River Wild (1994)

meryl streep in the river wild
Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 58 percent

15
Plenty (1985)

meryl streep in plenty
20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 56 percent

14
Mamma Mia! (2008)

meryl streep in mamma mia
Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 55 percent

13
The Iron Lady (2012)

meryl streep in the iron lady
20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 52 percent

12
Death Becomes Her (1992)

meryl streep in death becomes her
Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 54 percent

11
Prime (2005)

meryl streep in prime
Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 50 percent

10
Rendition (2007)

meryl streep in rendition
New Line Cinema

Rotten Tomatoes score: 47 percent

9
Heartburn (1986)

meryl streep in heartburn
Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 45 percent

8
The Laundromat (2019)

meryl streep in the laundromat
Claudette Barius / Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 41 percent

7
Dark Matter (2008)

meryl streep in dark matter
Myriad Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 40 percent

6
She-Devil (1989)

meryl streep in she-devil
MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 40 percent

5
The Giver (2014)

meryl streep in the giver
TWC

Rotten Tomatoes score: 35 percent

And for more films reviewers hated, these are The Worst Animated Disney Movies of All Time, According to Critics.

4
Before and After (1996)

meryl streep in before and after
Buena Vista Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 32 percent

3
The House of the Spirits (1994)

meryl streep in the house of the spirits
Miramax Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30 percent

And for more bad movies starring great actors, check out The 20 Worst Movies Starring Oscar-Winning Actors.

2
Lions for Lambs (2007)

meryl streep in lions for lambs
MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 27 percent

1
Evening (2007)

meryl streep in evening
Focus Features

Rotten Tomatoes score: 27 percent

And for more of the worst of the worst, These Are the Movies on Rotten Tomatoes With 0 Percent Ratings.

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