Batman, Clinton films tie at Razzie

A cinema still from Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
A cinema still from Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.PHOTO: WARNER BROS

LOS ANGELES • DC Comics' Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and a documentary attacking Mrs Hillary Clinton tied last Saturday at the annual Razzie worst-of film awards, Hollywood's hall of shame.

The rivals won four Razzies each for poor acting, writing and directing, although it was Batman that walked away with the spray-painted trophy for "worst picture".

"It all came down to two decidedly different examples of cinematic sludge: The US$250-million comic book oop-us Batman V Superman and the faux right-wing 'documentary' Hillary's America: The Secret History Of The Democratic Party," a statement from the Razzies read.

Dinesh D'Souza picked up the prestigious double of Worst Actor for his narration and worst director on Hillary's America, which has an average rating of 1.7 out of 10 on online reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

The site's critical consensus reads that the movie has the conservative commentator "once again preaching to the right-wing choir - albeit less effectively than ever".

Rebekah Turner won Worst Actress for her turn as the losing Democratic presidential candidate, while Worst Supporting Actress went to Kristen Wiig for her efforts in the panned Zoolander No. 2.

Jesse Eisenberg, who caused many a critic's jaw to drop as he chewed the scenery as Lex Luthor in Batman, won Worst Supporting Actor.

The critical flop also won Worst Screen Combo for duelling superheroes Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, and Worst Screenplay and Worst Remake, Rip-off Or Sequel.

Eight of the nine Razzie categories are chosen by the 800 or so members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, who earn voting rights by paying a US$40 (S$56) membership fee, with a US$25 annual renewal.

Worst Screen Combo is determined by ratings from more than 80,000 users of the Rotten Tomatoes movie review website.

The Razzie Redeemer Award went to actor-director Mel Gibson, who has had glowing reviews for his war movie Hacksaw Ridge, 10 years after he was ostracised following a drunken anti-Semitic rant.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2017, with the headline 'Batman, Clinton films tie at Razzie'. Print Edition | Subscribe