The Most Disappointing Movies of 2018 

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Updated May 12, 2020 2.4k votes 370 voters 7.4k views 45 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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Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling

Directed by: Ava DuVernay

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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Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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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Pacific Rim: Uprising John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny

Released: 2017

Directed by: Steven S. DeKnight

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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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong

Released: 2018

Directed by: J. A. Bayona

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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Jaz Sinclair, Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles

Released: 2018

Directed by: Sylvain White

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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The Cloverfield Paradox Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie

Released: 2018

Directed by: Julius Onah

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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Released: 2018

Directed by: David Yates

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

Released: 2018

Directed by: Brian Henson

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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The Nun Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir, Charlotte Hope

Released: 2018

Directed by: Corin Hardy

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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Released: 2018

Directed by: Duncan Jones

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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Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Eve Hewson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Otto Bathurst

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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Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger

Released: 2018

Directed by: James Foley

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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Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme

Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar

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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Keanu Reeves, Ana Ularu, Pasha D. Lychnikoff

Released: 2018

Directed by: Matthew Ross

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 15:17 to Paris Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone

Released: 2018

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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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Death Wish Bruce Willis, Vincent D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue

Directed by: Eli Roth

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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The Darkest Minds Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Mandy Moore

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

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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Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins

Directed by: Roar Uthaug

Tomb Raider is a 2018 American action adventure film directed by Roar Uthaug. Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond ...more

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Released: 2018

Directed by: Luke Sparke

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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Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan

Released: 2018

Directed by: Peter Berg

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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Released: 2018

Directed by: Etan Cohen

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Released: 2018

Directed by: Tyler Perry

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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Rampage Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Åkerman

Directed by: Brad Peyton

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Released: 2018

Directed by: Clive Tonge

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Released: 2018

Directed by: Daniel Zelik Berk

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