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 love it. It's tied with The Empire Strikes Back in my opinion as the third best movie in the series. I think I enjoyed this one slightly more though - darthvadern

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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.

The worst part is when he dances, the rest of the movie is pretty decent. - The_Random_Content_Guy

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.

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3 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Most of the movie was fine with exception of a few minor characters, then we get to the ending... - NapoleonBonaparte

The movie was fine to be honest, I had no issues with the movie as a whole, it's just that the ending KILLED IT. - RyanSmith123014

Certainly the most lifeless of the franchise

Easily the worst of the series.

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4 Ralph Breaks the Internet

Can we get those "amazing" and "fantastic" comments if of here? Ralph and Vanellope weren't who they were in the original, the Disney Princesses were reduced to Tumblr stereotypes and given stupid new cheap outfits, the only game that really featured was this colorless violent uninspired thing with a stupid name that I don't see how anyone could "dream" of living in, and of course references to dead memes.

I don't like this movie at all. Ralph seemed out of character. - Misfire


I just saw the film and I can say without a doubt that this was an amazing film. - EvanWellens

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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

Batman vs Superman is perhaps a fight that fans wanted for decades. 'Disappointing' is a tremendously gross understatement.

6 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

So much worse than Phantom Menace and it wasn't exactly a masterpiece of film. It's like they made Umbridge the main character of the Harry Potter franchise, that's how bad Anakin is.

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

"I don't like sand"
Ugh the bad acting and dialogues - codgtamk34

Probably worse than The Phantom Menace. It hasn't aged well at all. - EvanWellens

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7 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 and Schaffrillas Productions said it best

Jacksfilms said it best. - OnyxDash

Ssh! We don't talk about this movie. - EvanWellens

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8 Cars 2

I don't get how this is bad this movie was fantastic in its year

You wer probably expecting another NASCAR movie with mcqueen just running around in circles, but no. We saw it all. We saw mcqueen at the prime of his career, competing AROUND THE WORLD, you saw secret agents with unexpected blows that nearly end the world grand prix. It was amazing

Eh, it's not nearly as bad as people make it out to be. But the first is definitely better. - RyanSmith123014

One of the worst Pixar films of all time. Why did we need an edgy cars film? - EvanWellens

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9 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


10 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.

Should be in the Top 5! It makes Ralph Breaks The Internet look good! Actually, on second thought, disappointing would be an understatement! This movie is flaming hot garbage both as a Star Wars film and as a stand-alone film!

Not really. I really liked it, although it never needed to be 3 hours though. - EvanWellens

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

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The Contenders

11 Iron Man 2

Definitely one of the most disappointing Marvel movies - germshep24

Sadly, this is my least favorite MCU movie. I liked it but...

Even RDJ hated this film lol - codgtamk34

Sucks - iliekpiez

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12 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

Already on the list - darthvadern

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

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13 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I personally think this movie was great. - Misfire

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

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14 Rocky V

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


15 Avengers: Age of Ultron

I wouldn't call this a bad movie, but considering that the first movie was and still is one of the best movies I've ever seen. I was very disappointed. - RyanSmith123014

Overhated. It's pretty good in my opinion. - Misfire

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

I really liked this movie. - EvanWellens

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16 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

17 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

But it was good - GleamingShadow


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

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18 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

Kidding me?

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

Not Pixar's strongest but it's still good - codgtamk34

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

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19 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

How is this not higher? The only thing I liked about this movie is the designs of the food animals. Everything else sucked - Spongehouse

I just did not like it

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

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20 Finding Dory

While it's pretty much a rehash of the first film, it was a very good film. - EvanWellens

I like Finding Nemo and Finding Dory equally.

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

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

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21 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Wasn't the best of the Harry Potter films, but still a good movie. - kaisietoo

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

This was great. - iliekpiez

I thought it was good - GleamingShadow

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22 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

A very meh experience. - EvanWellens

23 The Dark Knight

The Best Batman film ever. - EvanWellens

EvanWellens, damn straight.

Thanks! Seriously though, this film has it all. There's awesome action scenes, a great story, one of the best takes on Batman, and the best version of the Joker we'll probably ever get. - EvanWellens

Okay! Someone is trolling this list! - robertoiglesias271

24 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

Are you kidding me? - Spongehouse

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

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25 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.

This one is good in my opinion. The one I didn't like was the third one - Spongehouse

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

26 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This is an amazing film, that is beautiful to watch. It feels a little too familiar for its own good though. - EvanWellens

27 How to Train Your Dragon 2

Not really disappointing, but too many things happened in the movie. - Misfire

The third and first movie are much better than this one in my opinion - Spongehouse

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

28 Jurassic World

I loved this movie - Spongehouse

I thought this movie was really good - kaisietoo

Awesome film. - EvanWellens

29 The Lost World: Jurassic Park

The best Jurassic Park sequel - EvanWellens

This movie is so overhated - Spongehouse

I agree 100%. It's not as good as the original, but it does so anythings right, and has a great balance of action and horror. - EvanWellens

30 Solo: A Star Wars Story

Wasn't amazing, but wasn't unwatchable - kaisietoo

This movie was great. It probably gave us the best version of Lando period. - EvanWellens

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

Lando was ok, Han's actor also did ok, but the dialogue and writing was terrible. The plot was dumb and just didn't fit the series. Still, it was entertaining enough, but very disappointing. - NapoleonBonaparte

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31 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

32 Hannibal
33 Captain America: Civil War

I absoluetly hate this film so much! Why is it getting all the praise in the world? Its just so bland. Infinity War has a more interesting story


34 Spider-Man 2

Already up there

I loved this one. - Misfire

Isn't this the best Spider Man film though? - EvanWellens

I really liked this film - kaisietoo

35 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

36 Hotel Transylvania 3

This one is even worse than the second one.

37 Kill Bill, Volume 2

This film was great - EvanWellens

38 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

This is easily the best one, at least to mom. - EvanWellens

39 Cars 3

My least favorite cars movie to be honest. - myusernameisthis

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

Better than cars 2 but that ending was horrible. - EvanWellens

40 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

41 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
42 Mad Max: Fury Road

The only Mad Max film you need to see. - EvanWellens

43 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

44 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

45 Iron Man 3

I don't know there was just something wrong with it and it didn't feel right, like when I was watching xmen days of future past I got the same feeling.

46 The Great Race The Great Race

It was so awful, don't get me wrong I love Thomas but this one was a big mess. - myusernameisthis

Why is this even here? - EvanWellens

Yeah, but this list is filled with huge blockbuster films, seeing this straight to video movie is kinda surprising. - EvanWellens

47 Toy Story 4 Toy Story 4

Why is this movie on the list when it's not even out yet? - EvanWellens

It may not just be him. Other people can add entries as well so while it could be him, it could also be someone else. Like, Mad Max fury road is on here and that movie was awesome. - EvanWellens

It not even out yet - GleamingShadow

Not out yet

Nice meme - RyanSmith123014

48 Jurassic Park III
49 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

50 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

The only bad Indiana Jones movie is "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" - Spongehouse

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