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The Worst Samuel L. Jackson Movie of All Time, According to Critics

He's made dozens of notable films and just as many that he'd probably rather forget.

When you've made as many films as Samuel L. Jackson has—that would be over 150—you know they're not all going to be well received. The star of movies like Pulp Fiction, A Time to Kill, Die Hard With a Vengeance, and a number of Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino films has found a new audience over the past decade by playing Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But with so many films under his belt, some were bound to provoke the ire of critics. So what are the worst Samuel L. Jackson movies across his prolific career?

To find out, we turned to Rotten Tomatoes and ranked every one of Jackson's films by its critical score—that is, the percentage of critics who gave the movie a positive review. Any movie under 60 percent is considered rotten, but we focused on films that earned under 40 percent to make sure we were singling out the least liked Jackson films. These are the movies that reviewers soundly rejected, and many of them weren't hits with fans either. Read on to see if any of your favorite Samuel L. Jackson movies made the ignominious cut.

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29
Oldboy (2013)

samuel l. jackson in oldboy
FilmDistrict

Rotten Tomatoes score: 39 percent

28
Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021)

samuel l. jackson in spiral
Lionsgate

Rotten Tomatoes score: 37 percent

27
Rules of Engagement (2000)

samuel l. jackson in rules of engagement
Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 37 percent

26
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

samuel l. jackson in the legend of tarzan
Warner Bros. Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 36 percent

25
Glass (2019)

samuel l. jackson in glass
Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 36 percent

24
Shaft (2019)

samuel l. jackson in shaft
Warner Bros. Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 33 percent

23
One Eight Seven (1997)

samuel l. jackson in one eight seven
Warner Bros. / Mondadori / Getty Images

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30 percent

22
The Samaritan (2012)

samuel l. jackson in the samaritan
H2O Motion Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 26 percent

21
The 51st State (2001)

samuel l. jackson in the 51st state
Momentum Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 26 percent

20
Barely Lethal (2015)

samuel l. jackson in barely lethal
A24

Rotten Tomatoes score: 26 percent

19
No Good Deed (2002)

samuel l. jackson in no good deed
Mac Releasing

Rotten Tomatoes score: 25 percent

18
Freedomland (2006)

samuel l. jackson in freedomlan
Sony Pictures Releasing

Rotten Tomatoes score: 23 percent

17
In My Country (2004)

samuel l. jackson in in my country
Sony Pictures Classics

Rotten Tomatoes score: 23 percent

16
Reasonable Doubt (2014)

samuel l. jackson in reasonable doubt
Summit Entertainment

Rotten Tomatoes score: 22 percent

15
Meeting Evil (2011)

samuel l. jackson in meeting evil
Magnet Releasing

Rotten Tomatoes score: 22 percent

14
Home of the Brave (2006)

samuel l. jackson in home of the brave
MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 22 percent

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13
National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)

samuel l. jackson in loaded weapon 1
New Line Cinema

Rotten Tomatoes score: 21 percent

12
Basic (2003)

samuel l. jackson in basic
Sony Pictures Releasing

Rotten Tomatoes score: 21 percent

11
XXX: State of the Union (2005)

samuel l. jackson in xxx state of the union
Sony Pictures Releasing

Rotten Tomatoes score: 17 percent

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10
Cleaner (2007)

samuel l. jackson in cleaner
Screen Gems

Rotten Tomatoes score: 17 percent

9
Amos & Andrew (1993)

samuel l. jackson in amos and andrew
Columbia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 17 percent

8
Jumper (2008)

samuel l. jackson in jumper
20th Century Fox

Rotten Tomatoes score: 15 percent

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7
The Spirit (2008)

samuel l. jackson in the spirit
Lionsgate

Rotten Tomatoes score: 14 percent

6
The Man (2005)

samuel l. jackson in the man
New Line Cinema

Rotten Tomatoes score: 12 percent

5
Sphere (1998)

samuel l. jackson in sphere
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 11 percent

4
Cell (2016)

samuel l. jackson in cell
Saban Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 11 percent

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3
Strictly Business (1991)

samuel l. jackson in strictly business
Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 10 percent

2
Twisted (2004)

samuel l. jackson in twisted
Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 1 percent

1
Kite (2014)

samuel l. jackson in kite
Anchor Bay Entertainment

Rotten Tomatoes score: 0 percent

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