90s Movies You Loved As a Child That Just Don't Hold Up  

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List Rules Vote up the movies you used to love.. but yeah, now that you think about it, are really just awful.

Movies are an integral part of childhood. We can all remember the first movie we saw in the theater, the first one we tried to watch when our parents weren't looking, and the ones that moved us or even shaped who we are today. For millennials, most of their movie memories from their impressionable years were made during the '90s - but those films don't always hold up well today.

A funny thing happens: we grow up, and suddenly not all the movies we adored when we were kids hold up decades later to our adult minds, imaginations, and high standards. You might have thought Independence Day rocked back in the day, but would you go for it now? When is the last time one of your friends suggested a Blair Witch Project evening? You see what we're getting at.

A lot of the movies on the following pages still have their defenders, so don't be a hater... vote it down instead of up. The ones hovering near the top are the movies you feel just don't hold up for whatever reason. Is one of your childhood favorites on the list? 

Star Wars Episode I: The Phant... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies You Loved As a Child That Just Don't Hold Up
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Remember how excited you were when you heard that George Lucas was finally doing the Star Wars prequels? Everyone got in touch with their inner geek and a new generation was ready to go to a galaxy far, far away. Then they realized it was about... trade agreements? Treaties? Something? Bueller?

Sure, Darth Maul was supercool, but you had that kid playing Anakin Skywalker and an obnoxious alien named Jar Jar Binks who spoke in some sort of Rastafarian baby talk.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%

Actors: Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Samuel L. Jackson, + more

Initial Release: 1999

Directed by: George Lucas

Produced by: Rick McCallum

Screenplay by: George Lucas

Genres (Film): Fantasy, Science Fiction, Family, Adventure Film, Action Film

Rated: PG (USA)

Also Ranked

#24 on The Best Movies of 1999

#9 on Every Star Wars Movie, Ranked Best to Worst

#55 on The Dumbest Movie Sequel Titles

#16 on Long-Awaited Sequels That Were Most Worth the Wait

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Dr. Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies You Loved As a Child That Just Don't Hold Up
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Back in 1998, were you laughing it up when Eddie Murphy talked to animals in the remake of Dr. Dolittle? You must have been, because the movie made over $144 million at the US box office. CGI and animatronics have improved tenfold since 1998, so this romp with the animals can't help but feel dated.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 43%

Actors: Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Paul Giamatti, Raven-Symoné, + more

Initial Release: 1998

Directed by: Betty Thomas

Produced by: David T. Friendly, Joseph Singer, John Davis

Screenplay by: Nat Mauldin, Larry Levin

Genres (Film): Family, Comedy, Fantasy Comedy

Rated: PG-13 (USA)

Also Ranked

#88 on List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

#64 on The Best Movies of 1998

#45 on The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made

#40 on The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids

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Inspector Gadget is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies You Loved As a Child That Just Don't Hold Up
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You loved the cartoon Inspector Gadget, so Disney smelled dollar signs and crafted this live-action version starring Matthew Broderick as the bumbling titular security guard. You might have given this a pass back in the day because you were still high on the fumes from the popular cartoon, but let's be honest: this live-action update is charmless and most of the gags fall flat. They don't get any better over a decade later.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 21%

Actors: Michelle Trachtenberg, Matthew Broderick, Andy Dick, Mr. T, Rupert Everett, + more

Initial Release: 1999

Directed by: David Kellogg

Produced by: Jon Avnet, Roger Birnbaum, Andy Heyward, Jordan Kerner, Jonathan Glickman

Screenplay by: Zak Penn, Kerry Ehrin

Genres (Film): Science Fiction, Family, Comedy, Action/Adventure, Superhero movie

Rated: PG (USA)

Also Ranked

#17 on The Best '90s Superhero Movies

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Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies You Loved As a Child That Just Don't Hold Up
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Wild Wild West cost a whopping $170 million to make and pulled in about $114 million at the box office. It was supposed to be a big hit for big star Will Smith, but even his star power couldn't save this overblown mess from biting the dust. You would never watch this today, but, admit it: you still work out to Smith's theme song from the film.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%

Actors: Salma Hayek, Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Bai Ling, + more

Initial Release: 1999

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Produced by: Barry Sonnenfeld, Jon Peters

Screenplay by: Brent Maddock, S. S. Wilson, Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman

Genres (Film): Western, Science Fiction, Adventure Film, Action Film, Comedy, + more

Rated: PG-13 (USA), G

Also Ranked

#85 on The Best Movies of 1999

#58 on The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

#30 on The Best Buddy Cop Movies

#34 on The Best Train Movies

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