Top 10 Most Disappointing Movies by Good Directors


The Top Ten

1 Avatar - James Cameron

Am I the only one on this entire site who actually likes this movie.

I think Avatar is a great movie, I just don't think it deserves to be hyped that much. - Mumbizz01

The best thing to come from this movie was Pandora at Animal Kingdom. - MegaSoulhero

Cause it's just a ripoff pocahontas+ferngully. And cameron is a liar.

What,this movie is awesome

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2 Justice League - Joss Whedon

To be fair, Whedon was just kind of brought in as damage control after Snyder left the film - Jackamalio

Let's be honest here. Whedon was never a good filmmaker in the first place. - phillysports

I'm honestly just fine with this movie. I actually enjoyed watching it. I don't hate it, and I don't love it. - TheFourthWorld

Justice League sucks. It is the worst movie to ever come out of DC. And it had a high budget. Justice League was so bad it ev n lost Warner Bros. about 100 million dollars! The only good thing in this film is Wonder Woman. Props to Gal Gadot doing her best to not sink the ship. But the ship sunk down. DC needs to have improvements.

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3 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Steven Spielberg

This movie was really bad. The first two were awesome but this one was... - Manlypants

I actually like this. - TheFourthWorld

It was awesomely wonderful

I love Steven Spielberg’s movies. But this wasn’t good. The CGI was bad. The blue/green screen was terrible. The forest scene made no sense. Why fence? Just SHOOT HER! (get the reference? ). The movie had a lot of room for improvement.

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4 Spider Man 3 - Sam Raimi

For me, this should have been great but was not that good and I would consider it for to have been better. - iliekpiez

5 Iron Man 2 - Jon Favreau

This man is such a good director. But this was a dissapointment to the definition of the word. - iliekpiez

6 Planet of the Apes (2001) - Tim Burton

Wow. Tim Burton. Oh Timmy. How bad was that script? Worse than awful. - iliekpiez

7 A Wrinkle in Time - Ava DuVernay

It was hard to adapt, but was still not a good movie and also had a lot of potential. - iliekpiez

The fact that this isn't above Moonlight just goes to show how stupid most people on this website are.

Wait a wrinkle in time is a Disney movie? - Myuuu


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8 Moonlight - Barry Jenkins

This was ok. Nothing more, nothing less and also it was extremely overrated and was not that great. - iliekpiez

I’ll never understand why this won Best Picture - MegaSoulhero

9 Cars 2 - John Lasseter

Its Just the Worst Movie From Pixar Well Maybe good dinosaur looks awful Mostly Because Disney Make A Amazing Looking Dinosaur Movie 15 Years Before - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

But it's actually not that bad.


Meh, it was okie

10 Jackie Brown - Quentin Tarantino

This movie gets better with time...

This was meant to be good. This, considering good reviews, was a dissapointment to me. - iliekpiez

I honestly like this movie. By no means is it his best film but it’s a great representation of the ‘blacksplotation’ films of the 60s and 70s. It really gets better the more you watch it.


The Newcomers

? John Carter - Andrew Stanton

The Contenders

11 Ready, Player One? - Steven Spielberg

This movie is pretty good, though.

12 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Reminder to those saying praising it being so faithful to the book: Willy Wonka did not have a dentist father in the original book. That subplot ruined any "faithful".

To be honest, I find this more appealing and interesting than the original

To be honest it isn't as bad a people say it's just everyone unfairly compares it to the orginal while this reboot is a lot closer to the book. - egnomac

It would be good if they had the Oompa-Loompa song from the original. I'm sorry but that was the best scene in the original movie.

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13 Iron Man 3 - Shane Black
14 The Last Airbender - M. Night Shyamalan
15 Alice in Wonderland (2010) - Tim Burton

This was awful and a live action adapation should have been great, considering who was the director of the movie and the book itself. - iliekpiez

16 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace - George Lucas
17 Dune - David Lynch

Possibly the most disappointing movie of all time, really. First there was the problems with Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune adaptation, then Ridley Scott's soon after, all of which failed due to financial troubles. David Lynch, who had already made fantastic movies like The Elephant Man and Eraserhead at this point, took over the project and finally got the movie done after around a decade. The end result? It was fine, nothing higher than average and nowhere close to the quality of the original book. It isn't the worst movie or anything, but all of the build up that lasted an entire decade lead to something that most don't even remember. Here's hoping Denis Villeneuve's Dune turns out much better, or at least gets released. - nerffan8000

18 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

How?! If it is Rey of being a Mary sue get over it! - Kevinsidis

19 Solo: A Star Wars Story
20 Everybody Wants Some!! - Richard Linklater
21 Hulk - Ang Lee
22 Inland Empire - David Lynch

David Lynch is known for making bizarre movies that stand out from all the others, but this is the only movie of his that I never finished so far. It's presented like a companion piece to the fantastic Mulholland Drive, but I can't bring myself to put these two in the same league. Even though Mulholland Drive is a puzzle to put together, the fantastic cinematography, acting, etc. more than makes up for the slow, confusing pace. Inland Empire is three hours of terrible cinematography, music, and editing with almost no puzzle pieces in the box. There's nothing worth finding in this movie, and that's disappointment at its finest. Or worst, depending on how you see it. - nerffan8000

23 Rent - Chris Columbus
24 The Godfather Part III
25 The Emoji Movie - Tony Leondis
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Top Remixes

1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Steven Spielberg
2. Avatar - James Cameron
3. Justice League - Joss Whedon
1. Avatar - James Cameron
2. Iron Man 2 - Jon Favreau
3. Justice League - Joss Whedon


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