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

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 - RoseRedFlower

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. - BKAllmighty

I saw this because everyone was like "THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO BE SO COOL! " and stuff, so me and my family went to the movies to watch it. Well, my parents somehow liked It and prefer THIS over Captain America:Civil War, my brother likes this but likes Captain America:Civil War a lot better(like me, who liked Captain America:Civil War). While I myself disliked the movie and from the beginning to the half of the movie, I always wonder "When is this going to be good? ". Really disappointed. Sorry Batman V. Superman fans, but this movie is just a no for me. I hope there won't be a sequel to this. - MLPFan

Once I got in the cinemas I was very exited. Paid lots of money for good seats and delicious snacks but once I was in the middle in the movie I was like ''come on I spent all my money for this? ''. I trusted my mind and waited for the end to hope for something good to happen. Nope not happy and why on earth does wonder woman show up? I mean sure she is good and very powerful but totally off the subject of batman vs superman. And I did not expect this would be so boring to watch. I know I've already said that, but this is one of the worst movies I ever seen. I went through again and again to find some good spots in the movie but that was just a waste of 2 and a half hours. Seriously why is this movie so boring it looks amazing from the trailers but I absolutely find it boring in the cinemas it was such a disappointment to find that one of the movies I was looking most forward to turned out to be one of the worst movies I ever seen. (This is just my opinion by the way.)

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2 Suicide Squad

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.

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. - BKAllmighty

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. - Rumje


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3 The Angry Birds Movie

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 - VideoGamefan5

I actually like this movie, it is pretty funny, with good animation, but it also is a bit boring. - micahisthebest

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


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4 Passengers

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. - BKAllmighty

I watched this movie and thought it was going to Be a good one because of the 8.5 review. It turned out AWFUL. THIS GARBAGE don't DESERVE 8.5. This is more of a 5.8-no it's a 3.5. Yes out of 10 - AlphaQ

Ugh, Just Another Boring Romance Flick, this Film Was Boring - VideoGamefan5

So boring! It turned out to be another Life time movie!

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5 Assassin's Creed

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. - BKAllmighty

Mario, Street Fighter, Pokemon, Resident Evil, Doom, Max Payne, Ratchet & Clank, Assassin's Creed, Why Are These Films So Bad? These Are All Iconic Games, Why Are Their Film Adaptations So Bad? - VideoGamefan5

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. - TwilightKitsune

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. - logan34

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6 Inferno

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. - BKAllmighty

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. - DapperPickle

Why Tom Hanks, Why? - VideoGamefan5

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7 Ratchet & Clank

It was never good in the first place - TwilightKitsune

Again, the video game-to-movie curse lives on. - BKAllmighty

They made a film out of this? Well, let's hope they don't make a game based on the film... - SailorSedna

This film is ACTUALLY based on a game. (Ratchet & Clank for PS4)

It is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. While the film isn't as good as the games, it is still likable.

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8 Zoolander 2

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. - PositronWildhawk

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.

9 X-Men: Apocalypse

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. - BKAllmighty

How did they manage to screw up an XMEN MOVIE?! - HeavyDonkeyKong

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

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

10 Sing

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.

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This movie is very bad.! It felt rushed, and it's very overrated! This is why I hate illumination, making overrated stuff

Did they honestly sing Anaconda? Someone pass the bleach - AlphaQ

Too clich├ęd which screw it all up. 5/10 - AlphaQ

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The Contenders

11 Ghostbusters

This doesn't interest me. Now I have nothing against the Ghostbusters being females, as I've seen a lot of stuff with all female lead casts that I enjoy (Sailor Moon, and I'm getting interested in another show Bubblegum Crisis, with four women in armored suits), but because it doesn't look funny nor good at all (movie ratings seem screwed up now), and considering how the production crew and Sony are pricks to people who don't like it, I say boycott them, to quote AVGN, they're a bunch of dick-brained idiots! - SailorSedna


This is so mean...I actually like this movie... - TristGamer

I felt sorry for Fall Out Boy making a soundtrack for this stupid movie! >:( - Iamcool

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12 Warcraft

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

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). - BKAllmighty

I actually love this movie in every way - Hallowedbethyname

13 Trolls

Someone Who Only Saw The Awful Teaser Trailer Added This I Bet Because The Final Product Was Actually Pretty Good

This looks good. While I wasn't a fan of the teaser and the art style at first, I now think the style is quite cute and I'll try to give this a chance. - SailorSedna

Ariana grande ruined this movie - VideoGamefan5

14 Captain America: Civil War

WOW why does everyone like this movie? - NovaSupreme

Because it lead to what looks like a promising spider man reboot - germshep24

One of the worst movies ever made.

Complete trash

Ok movie. B+

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15 Max Steel

Great ending and good comedy but the movie was otherwise pretty slow and didn't fill the Max Steel movie - MarvelExpertJK

16 Batman: The Killing Joke

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. - BKAllmighty

I agree the killing joke sucked I found it painful to watch its gross its awful and it drove me teen titans go is better than the killing joke I enjoy teen titans go

This Was Decent In My Opinion - VideoGamefan5

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. - MrPapa

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17 Ratchet & Clank

Bruh don't add it twice - AlphaQ

18 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
19 The BFG (2016)

This film looks good, I'd want to watch it. - SailorSedna

Looks so bad! - logan34

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.

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