Top 10 Most Disappointing Theatrical Sequels or Prequels to Good Movies

There are a lot of movies that become big hits and end up receiving sequels. Unfortunately, sequels don’t usually tend to have the same amount of effort put into them as their predecessors. So let’s take a look at some of the most disappointing theatrical sequels/prequels to good movies. As disappointing as these sequels are, they’re nowhere near as disappointing as the Super Bowl LIII halftime show.

The Top Ten

1 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

I wouldn't call this movie disappointing, more of a why would they devote an entire movie on a young anakin instead of a teenage anakin. Episode 2 was much more disappointing, because that was where there were huge opportunities to make a wonderful movie exploring new planets and new big conflicts, this movie you knew was going to be a let down from the gecko which actually makes it enjoyable, because it is a good kind of kids space adventure story - germshep24

"from the gecko" is such an amazing error that I can't even get mad. - Cyri

The Star Wars prequels are over hated. Most of the flaws present in the prequels, and in the sequels for that matter, are also present in the original trilogy. I think people look at the original trilogy with rose colored glasses while complaining about how any Star Wars movies released later don't live up to their idealized view of the original trilogy.

None of the prequels have aged especially well, but I think this is the best of them. It isn't plagued by as many of the acting/dialogue issues of the next two. - truckturner

I actually like this film - Typical999

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2 Spider-Man 3

Movie is so over hated to the point where it's ridiculous, yeah it has it's flaws but there plenty of good things about this movie too. The action senses are incredible, some of the sequences are nicely shot and the interactions between characters are great! By the way there is also another Spider-Man sequel worst than this but I don't have to tell you what that one is.

If we are talking worst Sequel in spider-man series it would be the amazing Spiderman 2, the only fault with this one was it was too ambitious and the execs wouldn't allow the director to do what he wanted - germshep24

Who thought this was a good idea?
Yeah, sure. Lets get three villains at the same time, while balancing MJ and introducing Gwen Stacy. There's maybe one good scene in this, and that's the sandman transformation scene. Otherwise, a mess.
On the plus side, a good comedy of errors.

It took for Venom and Into the Spider-Verse for Sony to redeem Spider-Man - Typical999

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3 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Horrible movie - iliekpiez

Has its moments - germshep24

Not bad, but flawed. - RadioHead03

I like this film... I don't see anything wrong with this sequel. - Kevinsidis

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4 Ralph Breaks the Internet

This proves that Disney sequels should be straight to video.


Remember disappointing doesn't mean it is a bad movie, just that it didn't live up to the expection, Wreck-it Ralph was one of the best animated movies to come out in the past ten years, and this movie just is disappointing compared to it, they just tried too hard which ended up taken what could have been another great movie into an ok movie - germshep24

Huh? This was great. - PageEmperor

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5 Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Had its problems, but not has bad as people make it out to be, but DC is still trying to figure things out - germshep24

6 Shrek the Third

Actually the best in the series in my opinion. More dark and depressing than the first two and more enjoyable in my opinion. The fourth one's the weakest in my opinion - darthvadern

Jacksfilms said it best. - OnyxDash

Bo - Typical999

€The Best Shrek Yet” Lmao that quote kills me. - RadioHead03

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7 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

The bad acting is strong in this one, and the dialogue definitely the worst in any Star Wars movie.
Don't get me wrong I still enjoyed the movie, but it was definitely a disappointment - germshep24

Oh my god, the dialogue. "I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere." Who even makes up stuff like that? - vr46

8 The Amazing Spider-Man 2

He lied to me, he hates-a me. - nerffan8000

Messed up movie - darthvadern

This and the first one are WAAAY worse than Spider-Man 3. - OnyxDash


9 Iron Man 2

Definitely one of the most disappointing Marvel movies - germshep24

Even RDJ hated this film lol - codgtamk34

Sucks - iliekpiez

This is a very forgettable movie. I only watched it once and didn’t bother watching it again. I actually almost fell asleep. They introduce the villain Whiplash, but he’s not even the main villain. Which is sad because he was actually the best part of the movie. Instead, the villain we did get was so bland. I don’t even remember who it was. I don’t even remember the final battle. They also made Tony Stark an irredeemable jerk. Even more so than usual. He also somehow manages to get one of his suits taken away. What kind of genius is he? They don’t do anything with Black Widow in this movie. She’s just there. This was an absolute disappointment and the worst thing the MCU has come out with. People might argue that Iron Man 3 is worse, but I personally enjoyed seeing Tony Stark going through challenges without his suit. Iron Man 2 is just bad. - MegaSoulhero

10 The Incredibles 2

Loved it and enjoyed it just as much as the first film, this film however was forever ruined by allowing John Lasseter to get his way and make Toy Story 4 happen (while I do love the idea of Bo Peep returning after her absence from TS3, Toy Story 4 is going to end up as the most hated Pixar sequel ever made no matter whether or not it tops I2's worldwide gross at the box office).

This film should have never been pushed ahead a year to 2018 (by far the biggest mistake in Pixar's history), had that swap never happened at all, this film wouldn't be on the list at all and would have been regarded as one of the better if not one of the best sequel since Toy Story 3, now we have to pray and hope that Incredibles 3 fixes the mess that I2 started, and this can be done. - VioletParr89

WHAT? I loved this film, at least in my honest opinion. I thought it was better than the original - codgtamk34

I loved it, although the original is slightly more enjoyable - darthvadern

I wish it did something else like the kids being the main characters. - iliekpiez

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The Contenders

11 Cars 2

Really? I'd say the opposite - darthvadern

Were people really expecting the sequel to CARS (an average film at best) to be a masterpiece? - OnyxDash

Behold, the first rotten Pixar film - codgtamk34

AWFUL - bobthehallwayman

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12 Rocky V

Am I the only one who likes this film? - ToddHoward


13 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

This movie could of been good, but the movie was boring, and had forgettable characters in it. What a shame. - RadioHead03

I love this one. It's slow at times, yes, but it's still really good regardless. - Cyri

This movie's so boring - darthvadern

Boring enough for me to not be able to finish it. But

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14 Avengers: Age of Ultron

This was very underrated. At least in my opinion. Definitely better than some other Marvel movies - codgtamk34

"That's exactly what this movie is, it's a giant fracking CANDY bar! IT'S TOO MUCH! "
- RalphTheMovieMaker - xandermartin98

15 Thor: The Dark World

Ok I liked this one because Loki

Worst MCU movie ever - codgtamk34

You: What’s Thor the dark world
Me: believe me, you don’t want to meet my brother and say that! - oceanbreezetheawesomewarrior

16 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Can you guys stop spoiling the movies when it just came out?

I gave absolutely no specific details about the movie. So now just simply saying a movie is good or bad counts as a spoiler? - MegaSoulhero


I’m in Australia. This movie hasn’t been released here yet. I’m not sure about America, though - oceanbreezetheawesomewarrior

It recently came out in America. Although, I saw it two weeks early at a screening. - MegaSoulhero

I saw Lego Movie 2 a couple of weeks ago. While it isn’t bad, it’s nothing great. The jokes aren’t very funny, Emmet’s development from the first movie is gone, and the songs aren’t very good. There’s a new song that’s trying way too hard to be the next Everything is Awesome, but it’s just annoying. The thing that kept me from hating this movie was the third act. That’s when things started getting good. Funny jokes, a great message, and emotional moments. Unfortunately, the rest of the film wasn’t like that. It falls flat for the most part. Other people are saying they really like it. They’re clearly being paid but whatever. - MegaSoulhero

I thought it was good, just not as good as when the original first released (I've seen the Lego Movie over 30 times). - Synchronocity

17 Monsters University

This is actually a very underrated movie, this movie is surprisingly good, had a lot of the charm of the original, not close to as good but better than you would expect it to be - germshep24

I actually did love it a lot. Not as good as original but great - darthvadern

Kidding me?

That's really entertaining movie. And the ending! Great. - nonameforme

I used to like this movie, but after watching it again, I didn’t really like it. - RadioHead03

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18 Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Guys, just stop. Seriously, 2017 is long gone. Stop bullying this movie into submission already. Episodes I & II are still worse. (ROTS is the only prequel that's better.) And even with that said, Phantom Menace & Attack of the Clones aren't god awful, they're fine for what they are.

Again, seriously. Just stop it. In reality, I'm not even friends with my hardcore Star Wars fans anymore. They just bully me for liking the movie and don't respect my opinion. - OnyxDash

The first time I watched it, I was conflicted, but I just brushed it off as me being scared (not of the movie, though. Something else unimportant). When it came out on Netflix, I was much more calm and I decided to watch it. What a mistake. This movie is an absolute abomination.

If this movie is on there then the Force Awakens should be too, because you either liked this movie and hated the other one or liked the other one and hated this one - germshep24

I'm talking about the majority not the minority, the people that liked them both are in the minority, just like the people that hated them both are in the minority, most loved one and hated the other, although after the initial reaction the hate for the movie has gone down, just like the hate for this movie will probably go down - germshep24

Overhated - iliekpiez

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19 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Already explained why this film sucks, its mean spirited - codgtamk34

I thought it was good - GleamingShadow

This was great. - iliekpiez

Codgtamk34, it's supposed to be. That's how it was in the book.

20 Men in Black II

The first Men In Black is one of my favorite movies, this was disappointing for me. - RadioHead03

Oh dear
III was a lot better thankfully - iliekpiez

21 Finding Dory

Honestly, it was okay but the plot was a little bit repetitive. The only thing Dory remembers are her parents.. Okay..?

I like Finding Nemo and Finding Dory equally.

Who expected this to be as good as it was? - iliekpiez

Boring - Typical999

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22 The Godfather Part III

On its own it's a good movie, but as a successor to two of the greatest movies of all time, it fails.

Oh god - iliekpiez

23 Mission: Impossible II

This movie was just the most mediocre film in the MI franchise. I remember nothing about it. But if I had to, I would watch it again - codgtamk34

MI had a bad movie - iliekpiez

I actually liked this one. Although it’s the weakest in the franchise, it was a pretty good movie. - RadioHead03

I really didn’t like this movie. As cool as some of the stunts are, they were the only memorable aspects. Yeah, the franchise is known for its stunts and action, but you can have that with good writing as well. Not only that, but the acting was a little too over the top for my liking. There are good stunts in it, but it’s not enough to save the movie. - MegaSoulhero

24 Hotel Transylvania 2

This movie sucks. The first movie was bad, and the third one is terrible! I hate this movie franchise and all of the movies rely on gross, low brow humor to appeal to kids and are all lazily slopped together.

I loved this film - kaisietoo

Well said, this is possibly the only animated film I’ve seen I thought was straight out bad. Every joke seemed to only appeal to anybody whose age was in single digits, the plot was all over the place (there were MANY times I couldn’t tell what was going on) and there was no humour. It’s a shame, I remember back when this was advertised as the next great thing, and I decided to check it out to see why it was being advertised so much, only to be intensely dissappointed. - PageEmperor

25 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

All of the previous character development from the first movie is gone. They managed to make Flint an unlikable character.
Oh. And there's toilet humor. Gotta love that. - Drawbox

Disagree a lot here. This movie is among the best animations of all time in my opinion, and even better than the original - darthvadern

I liked this movie. - RadioHead03

26 Solo: A Star Wars Story

It didn't earn over $1,000,000,000 to cover the budget, but it's a near perfect Star Wars spinoff.

Not even close to a perfect Star Wars spinoff, but close to a near perfect space heist movie - germshep24

Easily the weakest live-action "Star Wars" since "Revenge of the Sith". Still OK, but very disappointing. - truckturner

It wasn’t that bad. - RadioHead03

27 Captain America: Civil War
28 Ghostbusters II

Despite being watchable compared to the 2016 remake, it was honestly a let down. I personally don’t consider Ghostbusters to be one of my favorite films or one that I grew up watching as a kid, but I still think it’s a lot of fun. I can’t say the same for this sorry excuse for a sequel. None of the jokes are funny, there aren’t any memorable scenes, and the talent of the actors is wasted. Very unsatisfying. Hopefully the next one will be better. - MegaSoulhero

29 How to Train Your Dragon 2

Don't even get me started on this one. It was a lazy blatant cash grab with poor character development, racism, and unnecessary character death. 1/10. - Synchronocity

30 Incredibles 2

Already on the list - darthvadern

31 Blade: Trinity

Seriously, how hard is it to NOT mess up a film franchise formula as ridiculously simple as "bad-arse Afro-American vampire hunter who also happens to be half-vampire himself runs around hacking, slashing, burning and shooting the living bejeezus out of every vampire-related thing in sight, sometimes excluding the ones that are on his side" - xandermartin98

32 Cars 3

It was a massive improvement over Cars 2, give it props for that - codgtamk34

33 Kick-Ass 2

If I were to ever make a list of "Top 10 Movie Sequels That Live Up To The Main Adjectives Of Their Titles WAY Less Than Their Predecessors Did", this would easily be RIGHT up there with "Incredibles" 2 - xandermartin98

34 Matrix Revolutions

Definitely a major disappointment compared to the first two, the first one was a martial arts masterpiece the second one didn't have a strong story but made up for it with over the top action sequences, the third one lacked both and just ended up being a mediocre movie - germshep24

35 Batman & Robin
36 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Wasn't needed and lacks the charm of the Potter universe - germshep24

The first one was not good either - kaisietoo

My expectations were up high for this one. Good enough movie I guess but I'm with Germshep. Also shouldn't be considered a sequel to Harry Potter. - ParasN2000

37 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

In my opinion it's the weakest of the franchise and kinda dissapointing. I love the first one, and while the second one is disappointing as well it was quite awesome as well. I loved Kingdom of the Crystal Skull honestly. I don't hate any of the movies but this was the weakest. Boring plot and lacks the adventuring feeling from the other three movies - darthvadern

Not really a disappointing movie, it has its flaws but it is still a classic - germshep24

Unpopular opinion alert: This is my favorite Indiana Jones movie. - RadioHead03

Not unpopular, a lot of people like either this or the first one the best. It's actually rather unpopular to say it's the worst - darthvadern

Best Indy movie - iliekpiez

38 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Reflection
39 Avengers: Infinity War

Plot lacked originality. Infinity War relied too much on special effects. Great acting. Good jokes from both the Avengers and Guardians.

The ridiculously overdramatic title is honestly among the LEAST of its problems
(actually watch it as the last movie of a full-fledged Marvel marathon, however, and hopefully you'll start to understand at least a little bit of why Marvel diehards hype this film up so bloody muuch) - xandermartin98

Eh. Not bad, but NOTHING compared to the original.

The original was WAY better. Not as many unnecessary character deaths and almost ZERO Thanos. - Synchronocity

WHAT? THIS WAS AMAZING! I CAN’T WAIT FOR ENDGAME. - oceanbreezetheawesomewarrior

40 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Whoever put this on here, has no idea what a classic Star Wars movie looks like, this is one of the best Star Wars movies made, it is probably my third favorite movie after Empire and Return.
The acting was good, there was an iconic lightsaber duel (probably the best shot one from any Star Wars movie), the story was good as well as the character development of the key characters, and Anakin's turn to Darth Vader was believable, there was also some amazing visuals. If this movie did remind you why you loved Star Wars then I don't think your a Star Wars fan to begin with - germshep24

Awesome lightsaber duel between Obi-Wan and Anakin. It's the best of the prequels - codgtamk34

This is the best Star Wars movie from the prequel trilogy. - RadioHead03

'best star wars prequel trilogy film' isn't really saying much.

41 Hotel Transylvania 3

This one is even worse than the second one.

42 Batman Forever
43 Iron Man 3
44 The Great Race The Great Race
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46 Return of the Jedi
47 The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride
48 Toy Story 3
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