It’s been officially recognised by the review aggregator
John Cena‘s latest movie has been added to Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the worst films of all time after it was panned by critics.
The wrestler-turned-actor has a mixed film CV, but his newest flick, Freelance, might be the worst of the lot. It hit the bottom of the barrel on its release after it received a 0 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and, at the time of writing, it still has this rock-bottom score after 24 reviews.
It’s rare territory to not get a single percent on RT, so Cena can look at that as a feat in itself. Otherwise, there’s not much to cheer about here. From the trailer alone, it’s difficult to work out if it’s a full-on action, comedy or a romance flick and the reviews seem to back that up.
Helmed by Pierre Morel (director of Taken), the film stars Cena as an ex-special forces operative called Mason Pettis, who is dragged from his new boring life as a lawyer, back into a private security mission to protect a journalist (Alison Brie) as she interviews the ruthless dictator, Juan Venegas (Juan Pablo Raba) during a military coup.
The 0 per cent score means the film has now entered the list of the worst movies of all time at number 33.
Other films in the ignominious list include Jaws: The Revenge, The Ridiculous 6, The Last Days of American Crime and Max Steel.
Here are some of the most cutting reviews of the new action comedy.
Roger Ebert – “There’s an oppressive nothingness to Freelance. No romance. No comedy. No action.”
The Hollywood Reporter – “Even the most cherished daydream needs a bit of skill and finessing if it’s to translate to the big screen, and that’s where Freelance falls fatally short — yielding not an uplifting escape, but an enervating bore.”
IGN Movies – “Freelance is an eyesore of horrendous digital effects, features uninspired action, and wastes the few big names in its cast.”
Slant – “By its conclusion, what we’re left with is a cinematic Frankenstein, whose disparate genre elements have been cobbled together without much consideration or fuss.”
It’s not all bad though, with the film holding a much more acceptable audience rating of 74 per cent.
We’ll next see John Cena in action-comedy spy thriller Argylle when that arrives in cinemas in February 2024, here’s hoping that one is much better