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The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies

Updated June 28, 2019 88 votes 13 voters23 items

List RulesVote up the movies where the CGI does not stand up to the test of time.

Computer-generated imagery (CGI) has the ability to create grand, gorgeous, and epic computer animation on a small budget. However, CGI can also go horribly wrong; here are the worst CGI effects in sci-fi films.

George Lucas is one of the most talented and creative producer/directors in cinema history. His Star Wars films changed the entire landscape of grand storytelling. Lucas was always at the forefront of creating new technology in film and finding different ways to bring his vision to the big screen. But that doesn’t mean that Lucas always got it right. Jar Jar Binks anyone? How about the entire look of Star Wars: Episode II or the addded CGI Jabba the Hutt in the 1997 re-release of A New Hope? They all have to be considered among the worst CGI moments in sci-fi movies.

Some of the films on this list are overall outstanding but with just a few of the worst CGI scenes in science fiction movies. Vote up the biggest CGI offenders.

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    Ultraviolet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Ultraviolet

    Milla Jovovich, William Fichtner

    Released2006

    Directed byKurt Wimmer

    Ultraviolet is a 2006 American dystopian science fiction action-horror-thriller film written... more on Wikipedia
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    Hulk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Hulk

    Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte

    Released2003

    Directed byAng Lee

    Hulk is a 2003 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Blade II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Blade II

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released2002

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics... more on Wikipedia
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    The Matrix Reloaded is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    The Matrix Reloaded

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released2003

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    The Matrix Reloaded is a 2003 American science fiction action film, the first sequel to The... more on Wikipedia
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    X-Men Origins: Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber

    Released2009

    Directed byGavin Hood

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a 2009 American superhero film directed by Gavin Hood, based on... more on Wikipedia
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    Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Green Lantern

    Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    Green Lantern is a 2011 action fantasy film written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc... more on Wikipedia
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    Star Wars Episode I: The Phant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley

    Released1999

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    (32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Tron: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Tron: Legacy

    Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges

    Released2010

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

    Tron: Legacy is a 2010 American science fiction film produced and released by Walt Disney... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Deep Blue Sea is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Deep Blue Sea

    Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J

    Released1999

    Directed byRenny Harlin

    Deep Blue Sea is a 1999 science fiction horror film, starring Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, LL... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Fantastic Four

    Jessica Alba, Kerry Washington

    Released2005

    Directed byTim Story

    Fantastic Four is a 2005 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Howard the Duck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Howard the Duck

    Tim Robbins, Jeffrey Jones

    Released1986

    Directed byWillard Huyck

    Howard the Duck is a 1986 American science fiction comedy film directed by Willard Huyck and... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Jurassic World

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt

    Released2015

    Directed byColin Trevorrow

    Jurassic World is a 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow,... more on Wikipedia
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    Spider-Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Spider-Man 3

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2007

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel... more on Wikipedia
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    Star Wars Episode II: Attack o is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor

    Released2002

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    (22 Years Before Episode IV) Ten years after the events of the Battle of Naboo, not only has... more on Wikipedia
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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The... more on Wikipedia
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    The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    The Last Starfighter

    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston

    Released1984

    Directed byNick Castle

    The Last Starfighter is a 1984 American space opera film directed by Nick Castle. The film... more on Wikipedia
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    The Lawnmower Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    The Lawnmower Man

    Pierce Brosnan, Dean Norris

    Released1992

    Directed byBrett Leonard

    The Lawnmower Man is a 1992 American science fiction action horror film directed by Brett... more on Wikipedia
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    Cowboys & Aliens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Cowboys & Aliens

    Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford

    Released2011

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Cowboys & Aliens is a 2011 American science fiction Western film directed by Jon Favreau and... more on Wikipedia
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    Skyline is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Skyline

    Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed

    Released2010

    Directed byGreg Strause, Colin Strause

    Skyline is a 2010 alien invasion science fiction thriller film produced and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    In Time is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    In Time

    Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2011

    Directed byAndrew Niccol

    In Time is a 2011 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed,... more on Wikipedia
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    Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Fantastic Four

    Kate Mara, Jamie Bell

    Released2015

    Directed byJosh Trank

    Fantastic Four (stylized as Fant4stic) is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Josh... more on Wikipedia
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    Justice League is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst CGI Sci-Fi Movies
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    Justice League

    Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill

    Released2017

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the... more on Wikipedia
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