Joal Ryan, for Metacritic
February 14, 2018
As history—and Metascores—show, Academy Award nominations reveal best picture contenders, but not necessarily the best pictures.
We’ve looked through the best picture Oscar fields of the last 30 years, from the 1989 nominees through the recently announced 2018 field, cross-checked the nominees’ Metacritic scores, and ranked the 24 lowest-scoring films, from the bottom to the relative top. Four of these films went on to become best picture winners—but none boasts a Metascore higher than 69.