Morgan Freeman’s Worst Movie Chosen By Critics Is Also Hated By Fans

Just Getting Started has the lowest critics' score of any Morgan Freeman movie on Rotten Tomatoes, and the audience score isn't much better.

By Britta DeVore | Updated

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When you’ve had a decade-spanning Hollywood career that’s seen you star opposite some of the biggest names in the biz like Morgan Freeman has, you’re bound to have a dud or two along the way. For every The Shawshank Redemption, there’s a bust like 2017’s Just Getting Started, an action comedy that holds the title of the actor’s lowest critic’s rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With a 4 percent on the Tomatometer, the film didn’t hit much better with audiences, who gave it a brutal 12 percent.

Directed by Ron Shelton, Just Getting Started stars Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo, Elizabeth Ashley, Glenne Headly, and Joe Pantoliano. The film centers around a pair of old rivals; one an ex-FBI agent (Jones) and the other a former mafia lawyer (Freeman) who are now living out the rest of their lives in a retirement home. When the mob puts out a hit on both men, the duo needs to set their differences aside if they have any hopes of making it into their golden years. 

Not finding love with the critics, the box office numbers for the Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones-led feature were a major disappointment as well. The film poured somewhere around $22 million into its creation and only brought in $7 million in sales, making it one of the biggest blunders of the year. With all this in mind, it’s no shock how the film found its place at the very bottom of the Seven star’s Rotten Tomatoes list. 

Despite Just Getting Started being a major flop, that of course didn’t break Morgan Freeman’s stride who has, since the time the movie dropped, starred in plenty of other titles. From comedies to dramas and action-packed features, Freeman has proved that he can do it all. And the future is just as bright for the actor who has three more big-screen projects on the way.

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Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones in Just Getting Started (2017)

In 2023, the actor will star in Zach Braff’s comedy-drama A Good Person which will see Morgan Freeman opposite Florence Pugh in a movie about love, loss, and moving forward. He also has two films in the works with release dates yet to be set. In Muti, Morgan Freeman stars opposite Cole Hauser in a George Gallo-helmed action thriller about a detective tracking down a serial killer who bases his killings on a tribal ritual known as Muti. 

Finally, Morgan Freeman is working alongside Josh Hutcherson on a Rusty Cundieff-directed sci-fi thriller titled 57 Seconds. The film will focus on the story of a murder mystery in the tech industry involving a ring that allows its wearer to transport themselves back to 57 seconds in the past. And if you miss hearing the soothing voice of Morgan Freeman as a narrator, you can head over to Netflix now to check out Our Universe, a nature documentary set to the baritone tones of the critically acclaimed actor.

At 85 years old, Morgan Freeman has certainly pulled in his number of major Hollywood blockbusters, earning himself Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations. Even with flops like Just Getting Started, the actor hasn’t shied away from continuing his craft and making some of the most memorable films of all time, which should stand as a lesson to all of us to always get up and try again.