Top Ten Most Unexpectedly Bad Movies of 2016

2016 threw us a lot of curve balls. While it ended up being a record year at the global box office, there were an unusually-high number of failures that made the summer movie season feel like a flop, because of both poor returns and poor reviews. I've already made a list about the unexpected financial failures of 2016, so here's a list compiling the most unexpected cinematic turkeys of 2016.
The Top Ten
1 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Product Image

Was looking forward to it. Highly disappointed and no amount of fanboys or fangirls telling me I'm wrong will change my mind. How can you have a movie about some of the greatest super heroes ever turn out to be a boring mess? I grew up watching DC and was looking forward to the cinematic universe. However, Man of Steel didn't do it for me and this especially didn't help. The fight between Batman VS Superman didn't even last that long and it ended with that whole Martha scene. Yes, I get it, your moms had the same name. Except it comes out of nowhere and Batman even said that if there's a one percent chance that he's our enemy, we have to take it as absolute certainty. But now that you figured out that he has a mom, you're cool with it? Then there's just so many questions I had that will either never be addressed or in sequels. Why were there dream sequences within dream sequences? Why did Doomsday hate Superman? He got his genes from Lex and Zod but genes don't create hatred for ...more

By most people's standards, the film was a major failure. I, personally, found my overall experience watching the film to be enjoyable (this may be because I made myself repress certain plot points from my memory). Nonetheless, it was a shaky second instalment to a franchise that seems more interested in catching up with the MCU than it did telling a good, self-contained story. And it's a shame, because the anticipation that preceded this film's release could have sent this film into a box office paradise (and into the hearts of superhero movie fans everywhere) had it been done properly.

Oh boy...where to begin? I only saw this movie because everyone was overhyping it and saying "OMG BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE EVER" but I was skeptical. I paid the extra money to see this in IMAX 3D since it was supposedly shot in IMAX. I was expecting it to be epic, but the story was just muddled, confusing, stupid, and went nowhere. It also destroys the iconic feud in the comics (which was based on Batman and Superman's views on the world) and turns it into a generic plot. On the upside, the visual effects were decent, and the Wonder Woman cameo was awesome. If you're looking for a movie with superheroes fighting each other, watch Civil War instead. I'm giving this one a 3/10.

It's an OKAY movie. It was just disappointing. It was going well and was awesome until Batman and Superman started fighting. The film was 2h 30m long and the fight scenes were only 15 minutes. After the fight it was also not THAT good. They ended the fight because both their parents names are Martha. Honestly that's not such a good reason to end a 15 minute fight. The fight should have a BIT more action and could have been better. Like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas except this was better than TBITSP. But hey. The first 2 hours were great.

My final score would be: 6/10 (yea it wasn't that bad)

2 Suicide Squad Suicide Squad Product Image

This film almost ended up at the top of my personal list with its older brother, 'BvS'. What stopped me from ranking it higher was the fact that, despite the hatred that critics and online reviewers have for this film, the general public loved this movie. The response was totally polarized. I won't go into any further detail with my comment, on why the movie was awful or terrific, since people are so divided on the subject. Instead, I will simply remind you that the record shows that this movie was a critical bomb and will be listed as such.

I can understand why so many people hated this movie, but in my opinion I absolutely LOVED IT. I mean the directing was a bit choppy, we didn't need so many character back stories, and the hole plot just could have been better. Anyways if you were disappointed I highly suggest watching Batman: Assault on Arkham. Good plot, amazing action scenes, and the JOKER is the MAIN VILLAIN.

I mean it had all the ingredients to make a great film but the way it was put together was awful. There seemed to be no character development and I just felt the plot was boring. Pretty poor overall.

Huh? This film is awesome. I don't know why so many people hate it. Well it was great. Nothing disappointing. No damn love story. Lots of action. This is the best film that isn't R-Rated of 2016

So yea you get a 9/10

3 Passengers Passengers Product Image

A movie that seemed to check off everything on its to-do list for success (which included: making it a fourth quarter science-fiction-romance film with an original story, casting today's two biggest movie stars, and bathing the film in impressive special effects) and yet, despite all its "hard" work, it ended up being a messy film. That "original story", that got everyone interested, ended up being labelled as "creepy" and was accused of advocating "stalking". Now, not even the box office drawing power of it's lead actors can save it from fading into a cinematic black hole of obscurity.

I enjoyed the film and all, but I can IH so much definitely understand the hate for it.

I understand that the way that the romance kicks off is very darn creepy. But, well. Sometimes. The way that Romantic relationships startbcan be very darn effed up in my opinion. Even in real life in my opinion.

The trailer was good but the film turned out to be just trash

So how bout a 2.5/10 or 3/10

Yea I know I already wrote something but I decided to change my rating

I knew this was going to be boring because there is like 3 characters on every movie spaceship ever.

4 The Angry Birds Movie The Angry Birds Movie Product Image

Many people don't like this but some people actually do like this movie.

Visitor, We Know!, stop saying it's the next minions, it's getting annoying and repetitive

Funny How A User added this and BKAllmighty didn't even mention it, and it's already 4th, the visitor is just voting for it everyday just to get it higher

I want this to be number one. Don't be mean.

5 Assassin's Creed Assassin's Creed Product Image

We all thought this one would end the video game-to-movie adaptation curse, once and for all. Well, we weren't so lucky. The Michael Fassbender-driven action fantasy film served us a hearty serving of impressive visuals and epic fight sequences, but forgot to add a side of brain to the main course. Instead, it gives us the tofu-made-to-resemble-meat alternative. So much of the film is filled with plot-moving chit chat that you won't understand or care about that you wish you could skip through it like you can with video game cut scenes.

Movies based on games never work. It happened to Mario, it happened to Ratchet and Clank, it can happen to a million other games and the dumbass directors will never notice.

What idiot at the studios decided to take a very popular M rated video game and adapt it to a PG-13 film it might have turned into the first good video game movie if it was rated R.

It actually seemed like it would be so awesome. Too bad it was not. It's better than the other video game movies though in my opinion. WAY Better.

6 X-Men: Apocalypse X-Men: Apocalypse Product Image

Everyone loved 'Days of Future Past'. It was the best film the 'X-Men' franchise had given us since 'X2' and gave us reason to hope for a promising future for the then-fourteen-year-old franchise. That hope mostly faded after its direct sequel, 'Apocalypse' hit theatres with a quiet thud. We were given a simpleton villain who wanted to take over the world and a distracting and unsuccessful subplot revolving around Magneto that I won't dive into for spoiler purposes. Ah well, at least we have 'Logan' and more 'Deadpool' sequels to look forward to.

Such a disappointment, especially after the amazing Days of Future Past. Fortunately, I went to a 10:30 am showing and the tickets were only $6 each. Not a bad movie, but a huge letdown. While it does have its moments, I was expecting a lot more from this. In short, it's not the worst X-Men movie (that dishonor goes to Dark Phoenix), but it's not the best either. I'm giving this one a 5/10.

I hate this movie, I really do. This could have been so good, but it was wasted and instead we get possibly the most offensive movie I've ever seen. It literally made me depressed for the rest of the month. Kill this 'movie' with fire.

Me (before watching movie) : Oh boy, a new X Men movie!

Me (after watching movie) : please grant me the sweet release of death

7 Inferno Inferno Product Image

Ron Howard's name in the business is one of respect. His works are, much more often than not, hailed and celebrated as welcomed additions to the cinematic community. Yet, the one franchise he seems the most set on continuing just keeps disappointing us. 2006's 'The the Vinci Code' sure made a lot of money, but was more convoluted than intelligent. Its 2009 sequel, 'Angels & Demons' seemed to slightly improve upon it's predecessor, but still didn't quite reach the mark it was aiming for. We were all hoping that after seven years Howard and his crew would be able to finally deliver the goods with 'Inferno', but, appropriately so, the title of the film more accurately described the doomed picture's eventual critical response. It's time to move on, Ron and Tom.

Not that bad. Way much better than " The the Vinci code ". This movie has suspense till the end without being boring. Okay, it's not the best movie of all time and Felicity Jones's acting saves more than Tom Hanks's acting in this movie but it's certainly not a awful movie to be on this list.

The post series looks like one of those late 90s disaster movies which flopped.

8 Warcraft Warcraft Product Image

The video game-to-movie curse lives on. Pity too, because the film's director, Duncan Jones (the son of David Bowie, and a brilliant new filmmaker) previously directed the sensational films, 'Moon' and 'Source Code'. It's hard to believe that the same man made this (I'm hoping studio interference had something to do with it).

Directors hate video games. That's why video game movies are so bad.

9 Ghostbusters Ghostbusters Product Image

Despite the backlash from the trailers, I still had hopes that this would be a good movie. I took my cousin and father, and paid $40 to see a 3D showing of this movie. I'll say that this is not as bad as the trailers and whiny Trump-supporting white males (who also hate black people, by the way) make it out to be. The actors have good chemistry, there are quite a few funny moments, and the 3D was phenomenal. Overall, I would give this a 6/10. It's not as great as the original, but it's still a fun time.

In my opinion this is one of the worst remakes ever and the worst remake made this year. Before you call me sexiest I am a female and I think that this film is terrible. Awful annoying comedy. It only had a 73 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes so that extreme feminists would not attack everybody. Terrible acting-the characters were extremely annoying and unlikable. The CGI in this film was bad as well. Do not like a movie just because it stars woman instead of men. Like a movie because of the quality of the film. Sadly lots of people seem to only like this movie because it stars woman which is hypocritical. It is sexiest to like a movie only because it has "A strong female lead." I am not saying I have anything against movies that do this but Ghostbusters was a terrible case of this. Please do everybody a favor and tell them to not watch this film

This should swap scores with Suicide Squad on Rotten Tomatoes. This deserves a 26 and SS a 73.

So bad that it obviously killed the Ghostbusters franchise.

10 Bad Santa 2 Bad Santa 2 Product Image

Oh, my god! Santa's evil!

Ho ho horrible movie.

The Contenders
11 Sing Sing Product Image

I honestly didn't know what to think about this movie at first. The trailers were absolutely and utterly BORING. The trailers show you exactly what the movie was about; cute little animated animals singing mediocre/awful/mildly good pop songs. Sure, it sent out nice messages, but that doesn't make up for the disappointment of this move.

The worst part was how boring this movie is. It's so generic and cliche. The characters, while being somewhat relatable, were nothing new and just stupid stereotypes; you've got your stay at home mom with an overworking husband who believes she is strong (and she truly is, but that's not the point). There's the rockstar porcupine who lost her boyfriend, went into depression for, like a minute, then forgot he existed. There's a bashful elephant who's secretly good at singing but too insecure to show it, but later shows everyone she has talent. How many fictional characters have had that same personality/problem? Too many.

And, adding on to ...more

I grew up loving Disney and Pixar, but I knew this was going to suck. The trailer looked awful, the songs (most of them at least) are mediocre, and the movie itself was one of the most generic and boring movies I've ever seen. It's just a bunch of animals singing, again, pretty mediocre one hit wonders.

This movie was made for kids for a porpuse. To show them not to give up in their dreams. With all my respect in the world, I think is stupid for people to crisised the person who took a long time to do this specially if it help kids stay with their dream.

A waste of respectable talent like Matthew Mcconaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, and John C Riley, crappy humor, very rushed, generic and painfully boring.

12 Zoolander 2 Zoolander 2 Product Image

This movie is actually not that bad ( better than the first one ). About the comment of the guests. Justin Bieber is there only for 2 minutes and gets killed, Ariana Grande is there for 1 minute without saying a word. It's not that 3 minutes of the film that makes the movie bad. Penelope Cruz is looking very hot in this movie ( and also proves that she's a very fine comedy actress ) and the rest of actors and actresses are playing in a convincing way their part ( it's a comedy, people! Not an intelectual or serious script! ).

Oh dear lord, this movie was absolutely unwatchable! The first was original and witty. The second was almost the exact same plot, with all of that humour taken away.

Three of the celebrity guests (that are Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande, all destroyed by Disney, Nickelodeon, Viacom and the music industry) are one major reason why.

13 Ratchet & Clank Ratchet & Clank Product Image
14 The 5th Wave The 5th Wave Product Image

I think the worst part was when Cassie took her phone with her and there's no power. I literally walked out of the theater after that. I know I saw the first 10 minutes and I hated it a lot automatically #1 worst movie of year.

I didn't think this was going to be bad but then I saw that Chloe Grace Moretz was in it and I didn't even watch it. Don't fight me here she can't act

The ending was the worst part.

15 Batman: The Killing Joke Batman: The Killing Joke Product Image

DC hasn't had the best run where their movies are concerned. Their animated projects, however, are often well-cast, well-written, and well-executed. Everyone expected this project to be no different. After all, they were adapting one of Batman's most celebrated stories. A story that, as I recall, wasn't misogynistic towards Batgirl. That was a very poor creative decision, people. Despite being mostly faithful to the comics, the film made a few major errors that are hard to excuse, and probably never will be.

They took the single greatest comic book ever and then overly sexualized Batman's Relationship with Batgirl. Wut.

This and X-Men: Apocalypse are the only items on this list that I actually wasn't EXPECTING to be bad. Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, The Angry Birds Movie, Ghostbusters... I didn't have high hopes for ANY OF THOSE.
But why is Captain America: Civil War on here!? That was actually GOOD.

16 Blair Witch Blair Witch Product Image

The marketing done on this film was brilliant. Originally, the film was being teased under the title of 'The Woods', which, while vague and unoriginal, still gave off the proper vibes needed for a horror film to attract an audience. And it was working, I'd say. I'll admit that I was interested. But once the film was unveiled to be a secret sequel to 'The Blair Witch Project', I was bought. Too bad that after the great trailer was released, and after the early sky-high reviews started to pop up, the movie was quickly dismissed as another missed opportunity. But hey, I still loved it (despite the hate that circles around it like buzzards around a dying animal).

One of the most boring movies I've had to sit through. Thought it may be quite scary at first but it's far from it.

A bad sequel to an ok movie.

17 Norm of the North Norm of the North Product Image

Did anyone really expect this one to be good?

How does a polar bear end up in New York City?

But this film was a masterpiece!

18 Jason Bourne Jason Bourne Product Image

Paul Greengrass' last picture, 'Captain Phillips' was an underrated film (in that, it received too few nominations from the guys with the golden statues). This film, however, may go down being known as an overrated film, simply due to its connection to the original 'Bourne' trilogy that received all but negative reviews. Too bad, since this film was on my list of "must see films" the second it was green-lit. I denied myself the "pleasure" of seeing it once the reviews started pouring in, mainly because I had already gone against my better judgement when I went to see 'The Bourne Legacy' in 2012 and was disappointed.

I didn't think this movie was bad at all. Plenty of action, solid acting, great storyline, and the return of my favourite song, but it was pretty much made out of the other four. I can certainly understand its criticisms, but it was still an excellent movie, if not entirely original.

"Jesus Christ, it's Jason Bourne! "

19 Independence Day: Resurgence Independence Day: Resurgence Product Image

When I went to the cinema to see this, I went to the bathroom 8 TIMES. That's how bored I was. I hadn't seen the original at the time, but I wanted to see this one being a teen and liking action movies. The climax is...wait for it...someone peeing on an alien ship and flipping the bird. THAT'S the level of original this movie is. When the movie ended, NONE of us liked it. I'm giving this one a 2/10.

Too cheesy with the dialogue.

20 Trolls Trolls Product Image
21 Bad Moms Bad Moms Product Image
22 The BFG (2016) The BFG (2016) Product Image

No way, this movie isn't bad at all. One of the best Disney productions of the last decade. Ruby Barnhill ( as Sophie ) was a very good choise for this apdation of Roald Dahl's book.

23 Hardcore Henry Hardcore Henry Product Image
24 The Brothers Grimsby The Brothers Grimsby Product Image
25 Captain America: Civil War Captain America: Civil War Product Image

This film was super overrated in my opinion. Worst film in the trilogy. It was boring overlong and was full of plot holes. Story sucked and was disappointing compared to the previous one. Even TFA was better than this one. I hated this movie.

This movies is not bad and is one of the best movies of 2016. People are probably putting it on the list just because it may be overrated. I hate you if you added this movie to the list.

This movie is great! Well, it's better than Batman vs Superman at least.

WOW why does everyone like this movie?

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