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The Most Disappointing Movies of 2018

Updated May 12, 2020 3.3k votes 371 voters 7.5k views45 items

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. 

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    A Wrinkle in Time
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    A Wrinkle in Time

    Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon

    Directed byAva DuVernay

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    Slender Man
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    21

    Slender Man

    Jaz Sinclair, Joey King

    Released2018

    Directed bySylvain White

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  • 3
    Red Sparrow
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    Red Sparrow

    Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    Red Sparrow is a 2018 American spy thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence, based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
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    57

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released2018

    Directed byJ. A. Bayona

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    Pacific Rim: Uprising
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    Pacific Rim: Uprising

    John Boyega, Scott Eastwood

    Released2017

    Directed bySteven S. DeKnight

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    How It Ends
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    25

    How It Ends

    Theo James, Forest Whitaker

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid M. Rosenthal

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  • 7
    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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    21

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    The Happytime Murders
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    The Happytime Murders

    Melissa McCarthy, Bill Barretta

    Released2018

    Directed byBrian Henson

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    The Cloverfield Paradox
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    The Cloverfield Paradox

    Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki

    Released2018

    Directed byJulius Onah

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  • 10
    Hot Summer Nights
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    17

    Hot Summer Nights

    Timothée Chalamet, Maika Monroe

    Released2018

    Directed byElijah Bynum

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    Patient Zero
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    Patient Zero

    Matt Smith, Natalie Dormer

    Directed byStefan Ruzowitzky

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  • 12
    Shock and Awe
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    15

    Shock and Awe

    Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2018

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • 13
    Mortal Engines
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    Mortal Engines

    Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan

    Released2018

    Directed byChristian Rivers

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    Peppermint
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    Peppermint

    Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr.

    Released2018

    Directed byPierre Morel

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  • 15
    Robin Hood
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    14

    Robin Hood

    Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx

    Released2018

    Directed byOtto Bathurst

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    The Equalizer 2
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    The Equalizer 2

    Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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  • 17
    The Nun
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    The Nun

    Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir

    Released2018

    Directed byCorin Hardy

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  • 18
    Siberia
    35
    17

    Siberia

    Keanu Reeves, Ana Ularu

    Released2018

    Directed byMatthew Ross

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    The Darkest Minds
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    The Darkest Minds

    Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson

    Released2018

    Directed byJennifer Yuh Nelson

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  • 20
    Nobody's Fool
    22
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    Nobody's Fool

    Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter

    Released2018

    Directed byTyler Perry

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    Holmes and Watson
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    6

    Holmes and Watson

    Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly

    Released2018

    Directed byEtan Cohen

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    Fifty Shades Freed
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    Fifty Shades Freed

    Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

    Released2018

    Directed byJames Foley

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    Death Wish
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    Death Wish

    Bruce Willis, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Directed byEli Roth

    Death Wish is a 2018 American vigilante action film directed by Eli Roth, a remake of the 1974... more on Wikipedia
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    Occupation
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    Occupation

    Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison

    Released2018

    Directed byLuke Sparke

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    Tomb Raider
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    Tomb Raider

    Alicia Vikander, Dominic West

    Directed byRoar Uthaug

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