2018

The Most Disappointing Movies of 2018  

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It's always a bummer when a long anticipated movie turns out to be a flop and some of the most disappointing films of 2018 left audiences angry. There are a variety of reasons a movie may disappoint. Adaptations of beloved books may fail to stay loyal to their source material. Reboots of cinematic classics may not have the same stamina as their predecessors. And, sometimes, a movie has a great cast and director, but simply falls flat with audiences. 

This year, there were plenty of films that failed to live up to expectations. A Wrinkle in Time, despite the aid of two talented female directors, got lukewarm reviews and disappointed avid fans of the book. While Jennifer Lawrence's performance was praised in Red Sparrow, the adaptation of James Matthews's spy novel was criticized for being gratuitously violent while lacking emotional depth. Many fans of the popular video game franchise of the same name found Tomb Raider to be far too long with a tedious plot. These, and other films, were some of the biggest movie letdowns of 2018. 

Vote below for the biggest letdowns of 2018. Cast your vote for the movie that left you most disappointed and add anything you feel is missing. 

Looking for more? Check this list of 2019 disappointing movies.

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Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling
A Wrinkle in Time is a 2018 American science fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay. After learning that her astrophysicist father is being held captive on a distant planet, Meg Murry ...more
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Jaz Sinclair, Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles
Slender Man is a 2018 American horror film directed by Sylvain White, based on the myth created by Eric Knudsen. Terror strikes when unsuspecting victims cross paths with a tall, thin, ...more
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes o... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Disappointing Movies of 2018
kotbayun added Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a 2018 fantasy drama film directed by David Yates. After Gellert Grindelward (Johnny Depp) escapes imprisonment, his closest friend, Albus ...more
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Melissa McCarthy, Bill Barretta, Maya Rudolph
The Happytime Murders is a 2018 American puppet comedy thriller film directed by Brian Henson. In a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and ...more
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John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny
Pacific Rim Uprising is a 2018 American science fiction monster film directed by Steven S. DeKnight. Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori (Rinko ...more
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Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Eve Hewson
Robin Hood is a 2018 American action-adventure film directed by Otto Bathurst, based on the classic tale. A war-hardened Crusader (Taron Egerton) and his Moorish commander (Jamie Foxx) mount an ...more
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Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts
Red Sparrow is a 2018 American spy thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence, based on the book by Jason Matthews. A Russian spy (Jennifer Lawrence) falls for a CIA officer (Joel Edgerton) and ...more
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Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie
The Cloverfield Paradox is a 2018 American science fiction horror film directed by Julius Onah, and is the third installment in the Cloverfield franchise. After using a particle accelerator, a ...more
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Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film directed by J. A. Bayona. When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire ...more
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Keanu Reeves, Ana Ularu, Pasha D. Lychnikoff
Siberia is a 2018 romantic crime thriller directed by Matthew Ross. Upon traveling to Russia to sell rare blue diamonds of questionable origin, a diamond merchant (Keanu Reeves) falls into an ...more
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The Nun Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir, Charlotte Hope
The Nun is a 2018 American horror film directed by Corin Hardy, and the fifth installment in The Conjuring series. In 1952 at the Cârța Monastery in Romania, a nun (Charlotte Hope), a ...more
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ShawnReynolds added Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux
Mute is a 2018 British-German science fiction mystery film directed by Duncan Jones. A mute bartender (Alexander Skarsgård) goes up against his city's gangsters in an effort to find out ...more
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Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Whoopi Goldberg
Nobody’s Fool is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Tyler Perry. Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) is released from prison and reunites with her sister Danica (Tika Sumpter), only to learn she's in ...more
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Holmes and Watson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Disappointing Movies of 2018
Holmes and Watson Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Lauren Lapkus
Holmes and Watson is a 2018 American action-mystery comedy film directed by Etan Cohen. A humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes (Will Ferrell) and ...more
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Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Mandy Moore
The Darkest Minds is a 2018 American science fiction thriller film directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, based on the novel by Alexandra Bracken. After a disease takes out 98% of America's children, ...more
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Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison, Rhiannon Fish
Occupation is a 2018 Australian action film directed by Luke Sparke. After a devastating ground invasion, a small group of town residents have to band together to survive their attackers and ...more
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Olga Kurylenko, Craig Conway, Javier Botet
Mara is a 2018 supernatural horror film directed by Clive Tonge. Criminal psychologist Kate Fuller (Olga Kurylenko) investigates the murder of a man and is subsequently followed by an ancient ...more
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Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme
Super Troopers 2 is a 2018 American crime comedy mystery film directed by Jay Chandrasekhar. When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers are tasked with ...more
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Matt Smith, Natalie Dormer, Stanley Tucci
Patient Zero is a 2017 British-American action horror film directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. After a pandemic outbreak turned most humans into a new species known as "the Infected," a ...more
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Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone
The 15:17 to Paris is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, based on the 2015 Thalys train attack. Three Americans (Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek ...more
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Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan
Mile 22 is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Peter Berg. An elite American intelligence officer (Mark Wahlberg), aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a ...more
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Bruce Willis, Vincent D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue
Death Wish is a 2018 American vigilante action film directed by Eli Roth, a remake of the 1974 film, based on the 1972 novel. A mild-mannered father (Bruce Willis) is transformed into a killing ...more
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby, Jürgen Prochnow
Damascus Cover is a 2017 political thriller film directed by Daniel Zelik Berk, based on the 1977 novel by Howard Kaplan. A spy (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) navigates the precarious terrain of love ...more
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Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger
Fifty Shades Freed is a 2018 American erotic romantic drama film directed by James Foley, based on the novel by E. L. James. Now married, Ana (Dakota Johnson) and Christian (Jamie Dornan) face ...more
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Oscar Isaac, Olivia Cooke, Antonio Banderas
Life Itself is a 2018 American-Spanish drama film directed by Dan Fogelman. The lives of people from New York to Spain intersect over the course of different generations.