30 worst movies of the ‘80s, ‘90s, and 2000s

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Cocktail (1988)

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Cocktail, based on a book of the same name by Heywood Gould, stars Tom Cruise as young New York City business student, Brian Flanagan, who takes up bartending in order to make ends meet. Though Cruise was charming in the movie as he was in his previous films like The Color of Money and Top Gun, Cocktail’s boring plot didn’t save it from becoming the Worst Picture of 1988. “There are no surprises in Cocktail, a shallow, dramatically inert romance that squanders Tom Cruise’s talents in what amounts to a naive barkeep’s banal fantasy,” read Rotten Tomatoes’ critics consensus for the film. Despite earning overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics, the film was a huge box office success, grossing more than $170 million worldwide against a budget of $20 million.