The Most Disappointing Movies of All Time

They had the hype, they got your hopes up, they got you to fork over the money to buy a ticket, and then they dashed all expectations. This list is not a list of the worst movies of all time, just the ones that let you down the most. So don't put Double Team on this list because, face it, you should have known it was going to suck.

The Top Ten

1 Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace

I have to agree. People slept outside for days to see this "movie". What a total mess of a film that was. Did George Lucas really think that we were going to like that P. O. S? Jar Jar Binks?

There are so many brilliant people in the business (directors, graphics artists, editors, writers, etc) that could have made a brilliant fourth edition to the Star Wars films. It just goes to show that George Lucas should have listened to the talented people around him instead of doing it himself once again.

That film had the worst writing and dialog of any film before or since. Way to ruin a franchise George. - corebare32

This one was so disappointing in comparison to how much we all loved the original trilogy. The characters were so strong and those films held true emotion. This new one started a new trilogy that only focused on the special effects... Which if I am being honest, were just over-done and distracting. I'd take the old Muppet creatures of the older films over this cartoonish CGI any day. I hope that with the new Star Wars films (episode 7 coming 2015), they get back to the root of what made them great in the first place.

After all the years of great star wars movies they come out with this load of BS, now I didn't mind its lightsabre scene, just the whole story intented to tell you about how they met anakin is just so stupid, and not to metion the stupid characters they put in, like seriously Jar jar binks, first off what the hell is with the name second, he only is in that movie and magically dissaperes, good job lucas, you ruined star wars 4 me =(
- theTwister

Terrible trash of a movie, with horrible CGI, bad dialogue, borderline racist characterizations, stupid characters making dumb decisions, and Jar-Jar binks, maybe the most inane character to even be seen on screen that was suppose to be enjoyed. It took so long for this movie's taste to mostly wash out of my mouth...got excited about "The Force Awakens," and then "The Last Jedi" came out... I don't know which movie I hate more this or "TLJ? "

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2 Spider-Man 3

Yeah it was different from the other 2. But does anybody agree that spider man 3 was a masterpiece compared to the amazing spider-man 2?

Am I the only one who likes this film? It's problematic, but I found it to be a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. - Mrveteran

This movie didn't live up to the other 2. His new suit seems much less menacing, and Venom gets like 10 minutes of screen time. The whole dark version of Peter was really corny as well.

I like this movie! It has a great plot, and great villains aka venom and sandman.

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3 The Godfather, Part III

Yeah, I know that there was no way this could live up to the first two. But dammit! I wish I could just watch this as a decent crime film but it keeps reminding me about how inferior this is. Sure, its still a pretty good movie for what it is, but it's a Godfather movie! It needs to give me more!

Seriously, what did you expect? Rather silly to think the grand stories and productions of the first 2 could ever be approached again - Billyv

It wasn't disappointing, I liked the movie it was a real conflict to it.

Please see "Top 11 Worst Sequels" for proof.

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4 The Last Airbender

This destroyed the reputation of one of my most adored T.V. shows. Seriously, the movie is crap! I wanted to claw my eyes out! But please, don't hate on the show because of it. It may be from Nickelodeon, but it is absolutely fabulous. The movie should be erased from our memories forever.

The original cartoon was original, had a good plot and real characters, and good funny moments.
The movie had none of this. It was just scene after scene of random things that were seemingly copy pasted from the cartoon and stuck together, with way too much narration.

The double whammy of this disgrace and dragon ball evolution was absolutely unbelievable. I refuse to recognize the legitimacy of either of those movies. This never should've happened, and I'm going to pretend that it didn't.

This sucks

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5 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

After the mediocre Man of Steel, I was sure that Batman V Superman would be an improvement, especially with Affleck and Terrio coming on board. Never would I have guessed it could have been so much worse! I'd say it was the worst comic book film of the last decade, but Josh Trank's Fantastic Four is actually worse, as impossible as that seems.

I'd agree with this, it's a big dissapointment, the action was so short and lame. At least made the movie better when Batman won against Superman and Superman died, that make the movie better.

The two most iconic superheroes of all time and they still managed to mess it up

No one thought this was gonna be bad, but apparently it was. - Solarian

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6 Twilight

I enjoyed the books and I loved how Stephine Meyer changed the future for YA fantasy. So many writers have been discovered because she paved the way for the YA fantasy. But the movie sucked really badly. I liked the parody Vampires Sucks better. At least Vampires Sucks was suppose to be funny.

Nothing compared to the book.
And, I must add, the books only got worse from the first.

I expected Edward to be hotter. RP is not hot nor does he have any real talent other than the fact he was in the fourth Harry Potter movie. Good for him.
And, don't get me started on Kristen Stewart, talentless wonder...

I can't believe I let my friend convince me to see it with her. Worst waste of time ever. - frostwiire

The WORST movie ever made, destroying all of the typical and rich 'vampire' traits!

How is this not number one on the list?

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7 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I liked this new Indiana Jones movie, but with Shia Labeouf, No!

What the heck was with Lucas and Spielberg when they made this movie? I felt it was absolutely pointless comparing it to other movies in the series. I feel like I was ripped off.

I was so excited about this. Its not a bad movie, it just wasn't as good as I thought it would be. -

Great movie Harrison ford but old for jones now

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8 2012

Now we can officially put this one on the Comedy shelf

You wrote movie that could make people killed itself - mirzanissa

I love this movie, one of my favourite Natural Disaster movies ever next to Dante's Peak. Please take this brilliant movie off the list

What else can you say? By the end of the movie, sure the earth is incrediblely damaged, but it's still there, what the hell? You call that the end of the world? Who told Roland Emerick it was a good idea to give this movie a happy ending? If there's a movie that warrants a sad, tragic ending, its this one

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9 X-Men: The Last Stand

Stop playing people. This movie was trash.

Just by the title, I like this movie.

I liked this movie - Username123

Stop Arguing

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10 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

This movie was really stupid and tried to focus on explosions and childish humor than focus on Sam going to college. It's not really worth watch because the 2 robots are racist and annoying, the movie has nothing new to offer, the humans are annoying and stubborn, and the camera angles are so bad that they can give you motion sickness. The worst part of the movie is Sam's parents : they have no respect to others, they swear too much, their voices sound like nails on a chalkboard, and are useless. If you really want to watch this movie just wait till you can watch it for free.

Why Isn't This At Least Number 3

Here Are My Top 5 Most Disappointing Movies Ever

1.The Last Airbender
2.The Phantom Menace
3.Transformers Revenge Of The Fallen
4.Shrek The Third
5.Spiderman 3

This was the worst Transformers movie ever. To be honest, part 4 was not bad and way better than this. How come the critics say this was better than 4?

I know it was hard to live up to the first one, but come on! They could have done better than THIS!

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Eragon

Absolutely the WORST book to movie transition I have Ever seen in my entire life.

This was, and probably still is, my favorite book series I have ever read. I picked it up before it started getting popular. Honestly, this was hidden on some shelf in the back of Borders when I found it and I had never heard of it before (the first book had just barely been published at that point). When I finished the book, I remember telling someone that it would make the most awesome movie. Instead, years passed and this came out. This was the biggest movie disappointment of my lifetime thus far.

In this movie, people died who weren't supposed to. Things happened all out of order. Saphira wasn't even the right character, nor did she even have her growing up phase. It was as though the creators of the movie were trying to make something with the littlest imagination, and with apparently the lowest budget, required.

Not only did this ruin my experience with the movie, but also ...more

Quick summary:

Book: Simply one of my best reading experiences when I was a youth (and I read a crap ton of literature back then). The character growth of Eragon and Saphira in itself and towards each other was fleshed out, it felt real and organic, the world was mysterious yet vivid, the story deep. It was a damn joy to read, especially 1&2. I remember feeling grief when I realized the paper in my right hand getting thinner and thinner. Soon I would be out of pages to read, oh the humanity!

Movie:... wh a.. w h at? h ow...? are you serious? (*insert lengthy rant here*).
Literally my reaction after leaving the cinema. Barely had I ever anticipated a movie like Eragon, and today, a solid 10 years later, I can still claim it to be my biggest letdown of all time. Saphira was failed completely, both as an actual character and companion and a mighty dragon. The terrible CGI made her look like a blue rat wearing a cheap Halloween pair of wings on the back, when in the books ...more

Omg, I'm like a MAJOR inheritance trilogy fan and... *teary eyed*... *sniffles*
THEY KILLED MY HOPES AND DREAMS OF AN AWESOME MOVIE! *choking sobs*
*runs away crying her heart out* - raezrokin

So I bought the CD from a store and I knew nothing about the books until I read the back and I said OK it was based off of a book series and when I watched I couldn't even get pat the first 15 minute because that's how bad it was I was think DANG the book series must suck so I bought the books and when I was reading them I thought DANNGG this movie screwed up a perfectly fine book series - Thecyanryan

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12 Dragonball: Evolution

Why is this not on the very top of the list?! This was such a massive disgrace to the entirety of the Dragon Ball franchise, I hope to God this name never sees the light of box offices again.

Disgrace to Dragonball/DBZ series. Kind of like the cousin of Avatar: the Last Airbender (movie)

Worse than disappointing it's unwatchable.

trash

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13 The Matrix Revolutions

The first one was amazing and then they had to make this one - changing the mythology and adding completely ridiculous plot points that went nowhere.

Never understood the hate. Yeah it's dark but it's a perfect conclusion. The war in Zion is intense, the journey to the machine city is powerful and the final showdown is just epic.

All the build up...all the intense fighting...all to plunge down the drain with this. Not a good way to end such an anticipated trilogy. 5/10 - naFrovivuS

The first one is a masterpiece, the second depended directly of the third... but the third was a stinky garbage.

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14 Alexander

I expected to see a movie about the greatest general the world has ever seen managing the battlefield and using tactics that are studied to this day. No where in the trailers did it mention that I would be subjected to a shot of Alexander's package.

It's an insult to greek history. At least Oliver Stone did apologise for this disaster and stated that the movie wasn't so good after all... What a let-down! And considering the cast and the director, I sure expected something more. - funkymonkey

I'm Greek and very sad about how this movie turned out. It's an insult to our history.

This film was just a show-off for special effects. It doesn't treat however the skills of military tactics to show us how Alexander had managed to conquer his empire. On the other hand it tells the story of how he did get crazy in his head and therefor lost his empire.
History tells us that he did get crazy but that's not why the empire was doomed to finnish.
It's because the political stucture was not big enough to held this too big empire as a whole. So,yes I was dissapointed of this movie because it didn't tell us the real history and just based on the actors and special effects.

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15 Superman Returns

You can just rename this movie Superman Lifts Things

Boring boring boring boring

This should be number 1

I liked this movie - Username123

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16 The Secret Life of Pets

Plus Why Is Everyone So Damn Mean To This Movie Since November 2016?

I thought this film was going to be unique but when I watched it it was just a gereric toy story like movie - ikerevievs

I'm sorry
i was A Big Jerk On the other Comment

17 Terminator Salvation

Couldn't "salvage" the Terminator franchise.

Ha ha ha... - Knucklewood

I liked it, but for me it was so close to being bad - Username123

They should have stopped after T2.

T1/2: classics
T3: not terrible, but kind of disappointing
Salvation: ehh...
Genisys: what the fu... - Jackamalio

18 Shrek the Third

It wasnt horrible but I just expected more out of it. - jso11

Worst movie ever. There really is not much more to say, but I need more words. Mm, okay, I'm good now.

Does not hold up to the first two. Shrek 2 may be the greatest movie of all time.

I hate hate HATE this movie! - Solarian

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19 Dangerously Close
20 Alien 3

Killing off Newt and Ripley was just awful!

21 Cars 2

I liked this movie but Pixar, just stop, stop making sequels! The only sequel we actually want now is The Incredibles 2, besides that, just stop, why are you making Toy Story 4? I guess you could make Cars 3, but do NOT make Cars 4, leave it as a trilogy, you made a big mistake by making Toy Story 4, no one even wants it, I'm a tiny bit excited but the Toy Story trilogy is fine how it is, you're gonna ruin its reputation, I mean, look at what happened to Ice Age when Blue Sky decided it would be a good idea to make 4 and 5, the first 3 Ice Age movies were great, and I mean awesome! Just like Toy Story, all 3 of them are awesome, but then, when you decide to make the 4th one, everything is ruined. - PeeledBanana

Disney has been pushing Pixar to do sequels too much lately. There will be Finding Dory, Cars 3, Toy Story 4, and Incredibles 2. Like seriously, the only sequels that people want are the Incredibles and maybe Finding Dory, but that's it. The movies that get so many sequels are the ones that sell the most merchandise. Disney wants to make money off merchandise, while Pixar wants to sell their creativity and originality. Hopefully Inside Out, Wall-E, and other recent Pixar gems will be safe from sequels.

Terrible and a boring plot for a movie that didn't need a sequel from the start. When I saw the preview I thought that it could be pretty decent but man was I wrong. I almost left the theater in tears because of how crappy it was. definitely the worst Pixar movie out of the 15 or something like that.

I liked this movie, but it kinda went over the top and really jumped the shark. Also, there were violent moments and dirty jokes that didn't belong in a G-rated movie. But still, Mater was hilarious! - Solarian

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22 Rocky V

I loved Rocky 2,3, and 4 and when I was a kid I couldn't wait for the next one. Why bring back the director from the first one if people loved 2,3, and 4. Bad acting, bad plot, bad fight, everything was bad. And what Iron Man 2, the Harry Potters, Star Trek, Independence Day, and even classics like the the Vinci Code and Saving Private Ryan. - bilbro29

The Rocky movie we all like to pretend never happened

on swedish tv they said: now were gonna watch all the rocky movies except the fifth that one sucks! so stay up good folks - TopTen10

Rocky 1, 2, and 3 were good. The 4th was ok, but this one ruined the Rocky franchise. - Tacocheese

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23 Godzilla

I hope we're talking about the 1998 one.

it is.

1998 is terrible. It is the worst movie ever made. HOW CAN YOU SCREW UP THE MOST ICONIC MONSTER IN CINEMATIC HISTORY?! I hate you Roland Emmerich! - asantalo

24 Fifty Shades of Grey

The book was disappointing given the hype surrounding it. I don't think people really expected it to be great.

It wasn't exactly dissapointing. Nobody was expecting it to be good. - BeatlesFan1964

What the hell is wrong with you? Vote vote this up hello!

Nope its crap - ikerevievs

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25 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Take this off the list! I love this movie and then again I love all the Harry Potter movies and if I see one on the worst movie list I just feel so offended since the whole franchise is the best Book to Film adaptation I've ever seen, it doesn't matter that I've only read one book, I've seen the whole movie Franchise and now it is time for me to read the rest of the books

This is where it all went wrong for the film adaptations. Picked all the wrong things to emphasize. Awkward teen love stories, poorly cast secondary actors who didn't look or act the part, a steam-punk aura, Rita Skeeter (what relevance did that have to anything before or after? )--the list goes on. After Azkaban, biggest letdown I've ever watched.

This movie wasn't bad, but it wasn't my favorite. I still remember a ton more of it than half blood prince

I love this movie - Username123

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26 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

Why is this here? I thought it met expectations pretty well.

27 Iron Man 2

Not as bad as iron man 3. I don't know how it made a billion. Still this was pretty bad.

All marvel movies are the same lots of talk but nothing funny to make you want to see more only avengers had that feeling and you had to wait an hour to get to it

The movie was awesome

1 is one of the best 2 is the worst its bascally them putting 5 plots in one and with a generic villain whiplash and it was pretty boring - Dvafan2

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28 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World
29 X-Men 3

As a maniac fans of previous X-men movie, I was so dissapointed with this one!
damn, why Bryan Singer didn't direct it.. it just look all dark, without any escent like previously made.. Bret Ratner suck! - mesh13

They killed Cyclops, the best X-Man ever, so that pretty much ruined the movie - rorschach1011

I agree with rorschach1011. They shouldn't have killed cyclops - Heman

So disappointing it had to be added to this list twice.

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30 Watchmen

What! Totally disagree. This movie was a visual masterpiece. Veey intelligent, though it was exactly like the graphic novel. The graphic novel has won multiple awards and accolades. This shouldn't be here

This was a great movie

This movie was dumb and to dark it is super overrated and was dissapointing

31 Quantum of Solace

Very bad movie. Expected a lot after Casino Royale... And we got this...

Did you actually see this movie?

32 Fantasia

I went to that as a kid expecting to be swept away by Disney... Instead I slept in a movie threatre for two and a half hours...

I demand this off this list

I love this movie - Username123

33 The Da Vinci Code

What? Thy is this movie is in this list? This is my favorite movie

I almost fell asleep.. what a waste of time renting it.. yawn - Ak3nator

Boy was that a let down!

Too long.

34 Prometheus

One of the worst scripts in years. Terrible film. Pretty though.

It's a rip off of alien - thebounty

Amazing trailer and PR campaign. Really boring movie with a lot of bad acting.

35 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens should be number 1 because the phantom menace was better than this.

Not gonna lie, this was a good movie. The cast and special effects were great, but it was too similar to A New Hope. Heck, I'd even say Revenge of the Sith was better than this one.

The movie sucked so bad.

Most disappointing thing in this world.

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36 Sex Tape

Right, Because A Movie With The Word "Sex" In The Title Sounds Like A Great Movie, Correct? - VideoGamefan5

37 Batman & Robin

Worst batman movie ever

Too cartoonish.

To cartoonish.

Worst dc movie ever

38 Queen of the Damned

My heart broke. I was expecting to see the Ancient's reunion, and it never happened. Even worse, they made Armand into an ugly, blond fat-ball

39 Slumdog Millionaire

It's wonderful, said everyone. Yeah right... Wasn't bad, but wasn't worth all those Academy Awards it won. - ohright

How this one won best picture I will never know. I saw it in theaters and was disappointed when I left. It wasn't bad. But best picture? Really? - logblobo

40 Paranormal Activity

God this movie was aweful! I watched it five times hoping to not be able to sleep that night but I slept like a rock! This is THE worst, most un-scary, and at best kinda funny (e. g. Katie being "dragged" out of bed. - fireinside96

This movie was awful, I thought it would be insanely scary and guess what... I LAUGHED at how stupid and cheesy and how un-scary it was, hype x 1000. -

During the whole length of the movie, I was waiting for something to happen, it took AGES. I could have fell asleep

Wasn't dissapointing, but it was dreadful

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41 Jaws 2

This movie isn't that bad, 3 and The Revenge are ten times worse

This one is more ummm diffrent? I mean the first one will always rest in my heart I guess I like it because the shark ppears more but I kinda don't like it because my favorite character the sheriff appear as much as. He did in the first one

42 Sucker Punch
43 What to Expect When You're Expecting
44 Independence Day: Resurgence

First movie: Not bad

Resurgence: Boy this movie is as bad as hell!

45 The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
46 Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly

Why the hell is broly a pile of goo its just as bad as evolution - ikerevievs

Unnecessary, but it's not as bad as evolution dude, don't be so crazy please - Ale99

47 Pixels

I hoped that perhaps the more popular movie industry would display the classic gaming culture I'm so fond of. My hopes were not answered. Also, how did that one guy enter the cheat code scratched on his glasses into real life? I still wonder about that.

Fairly unrealistic and the plot doesn't make any sense.

48 Due Date

This one ain't that bad... The casting ain't bad either. Why the hell is this movie in this list?

49 The Amazing Spider-Man

It Wasn't That Bad, It Was Pretty Good

Awful, but the second one is even worse - Ale9991

This film just felt WAY too rushed.

Very bad. Felt like a SyFy T.V. version of Spider-Man. Cheap and corny.

50 The Revenant

This isn't bad.

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