10 Biopics from the 2010s So Bad, They're Actually Good
Not every biopic gets to be "The Social Network," we get it.
Here are some of the 2010's biopics that are so questionable in their execution, you just can't look away.
1. Gotti (2018)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 44%
John Travolta stars as the notorious mob boss, John Gotti. The film jumps between various timelines, starting with Gotti's initiation into the Gambino crime family. He swiftly moves up the ranks, committing murder and extortion to cement his power. Eventually, he betrays his boss, Paul Castellano, setting up his murder to become the family's new head.
We see Gotti training his son, John Gotti Jr., in the ways of the mob while battling legal troubles and prison sentences. The film tries to cram his life, imprisonment, and even his fight against cancer in his final years.
2. Lovelace (2013)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 53%
The movie opens with Linda Lovelace, played by Amanda Seyfried, suffering through an abusive relationship with Chuck Traynor. Pressured by him, she enters the pornographic film industry and quickly gains fame through the film 'Deep Throat.'
Despite the glitzy facade, the movie reveals the brutal coercion she endured behind the scenes. Her life takes another turn when she leaves Traynor and becomes an anti-pornography activist.
3. Liz & Dick (2012)
Starring Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor, this Lifetime movie attempts to cover the actress's fiery relationship with Richard Burton. The film opens with their scandalous affair on the set of 'Cleopatra,' despite both being married to other people.
They divorce their respective spouses and marry each other, twice, fueling media frenzies each time. Their relationship is marred by heavy drinking, extravagant spending, and emotional volatility, all while their acting careers suffer.
4. The Brittany Murphy Story (2014)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 7%
This film starts with a young Brittany Murphy, played by Amanda Fuller, landing her breakthrough role in 'Clueless.' But her Hollywood dream starts to darken as she faces scrutiny over her appearance and rumors about her behavior.
The movie covers her relationship and eventual marriage to Simon Monjack, depicted as a controlling figure. Brittany's health declines under the weight of her crumbling career and poor public image.
5. Winnie Mandela (2011)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%
Jennifer Hudson takes on the role of Winnie Mandela in this controversial film.
The movie starts with Winnie as a social worker who meets and marries Nelson Mandela. Shortly afterward, Nelson is imprisoned, and Winnie steps into a more active role in the anti-apartheid struggle. She endures her own arrests and torture but becomes increasingly militant, causing rifts within the ANC and her marriage.
6. Diana (2013)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 26%
Naomi Watts plays the beloved Princess Diana, and this film decides to focus on her relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan. After her separation from Prince Charles, Diana finds herself infatuated with Khan, a Pakistani heart surgeon. She goes as far as to disguise herself just to meet him in secret.
While Khan remains private and reserved, Diana becomes increasingly desperate to solidify their relationship, even meeting his family in Pakistan.
7. Jobs (2013)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 40%
Ashton Kutcher dons the iconic turtleneck to portray Steve Jobs in this film. We first meet Jobs as a college dropout who dabbles in psychedelics. Jobs, along with Steve Wozniak, establishes Apple in his parents' garage.
The film follows Apple's meteoric rise and its innovation with the Apple I and II computers. Jobs, however, becomes progressively arrogant and controlling, leading to his removal from the company he founded.
8. Grace of Monaco (2014)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 25%
Nicole Kidman portrays Grace Kelly, the Hollywood star turned Princess of Monaco. The film centers on a political dispute between Monaco and France, where Grace finds herself at the heart of the crisis. It shows her initial struggles to adapt to her royal duties, her consideration of a return to Hollywood, and her ultimate decision to support her husband, Prince Rainier III.
9. All Eyez on Me (2017)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 54%
Demetrius Shipp Jr. steps into the oversized shoes of Tupac Shakur.
The movie kicks off with Tupac's early days – his mom's a Black Panther, so you know he's got activism in his blood. He starts out doing backup for Digital Underground, but Tupac isn't content playing second fiddle; he wants the spotlight. But as he skyrockets to fame, he also finds himself in the thick of all kinds of mess: legal issues, a stint in prison, and that crazy beef with Biggie.
It's like the film's racing through his Wikipedia page and doesn't have the time to really let us feel what Tupac's feeling.
10. The Runner (2015)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 23%
Nicholas Cage stars as Colin Price, a Louisiana Congressman who's all hell-bent on saving his state after the BP oil spill. He gets caught in a scandal that would make any PR team cry, hooking up with someone he shouldn't, and suddenly, his career on the rocks.
Does he lay low and plan a careful comeback? Nope, he jumps right back into the political circus, only to trip over his own feet – metaphorically, of course. It's a crazy, chaotic mess, but you can't take your eyes off it, mostly because Cage is just so darn captivating even when the script isn't.