10 Worst Movies of the 2010s

10 Worst Movies of the 2010s 10 The Emoji Movie In 2014, The Lego Movie became an instant hit, thanks to its whip-smart writing, innovative animation and a widespread familiarity with the subject material

However, this lead to a trend of producers ignoring the first two factors and just making films like Angry Birds and, most infamously, The Emoji Movie Somehow, the 86 minute animation is entirely based on the lives of the titular series of inanimate digital images, and surprisingly wasn’t that good Following the existential crisis of a ‘meh’ emoji who doesn’t want to accept his lot in life, the film was written off by audiences and critics alike for its template script It was also panned for its agonising emoji puns and a painfully middle-aged writer’s take on youth culture in the digital age But most of all, The Emoji Movie was criticised for its product placement, which if you hadn’t guessed from the title, was literally all of it

Dropbox, Spotify and Twitter all feature heavily in the hour and a half app advert, which cleared up at the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards with four wins including Worst Picture 9 After Earth Since emerging onscreen in Fresh Prince, Will Smith has solidified himself as a national treasure But he’s also the guy who turned down The Matrix for Wild Wild West, so when he describes a film as the ‘Most Painful Failure’ of his career, it’s cause for concern 2013’s After Earth was never too promising

It saw Smith pair with M Night Shyamalan, who had also impressed early in his film career, before a catastrophic down spiral Smith also roped son Jaden into the sci-fi, which he co-wrote with Shyamalan and Gary Whitta It follows the dubiously named Kitai Raige and his father Cypher as they crash land on Earth, a millennium – or Willennium – after humanity were forced to evacuate it However, the film was trashed for the poor performances of actors clearly reacting to special effects that would be added later

Jaden Smith was deemed unable to carry the film on his own, unfortunately, given that the plot centres around his character failing to escape his father’s shadow The film underperformed financially and critically, earning 3 Razzie Awards including Worst Screen Combo Especially damning seeing as the two are literally related 8 The Fanatic John Travolta’s days as a bankable star a long behind him, and it’s never been more obvious than in 2019’s The Fanatic

Brought to you by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, the film follows Travolta in a career-worst performance as Moose, a horribly offensive autistic stalker Always sporting a Hawaiian shirt, glasses and both straps of his backpack, Moose spends the film trying to meet his hero, an actor who consistently rejects his autograph requests This escalates into housemaid murder and a gory, frankly silly conclusion, none of which went over too well with audiences In his zero-star review, Brian Tallerico writes: “It hates you It thinks you’re an idiot

” This earned it a measly score of 17 on review aggregator Metacritic, only faring slightly better with fans, who gave it a 41 out of 10 However, despite being laughably misjudged, John Travolta’s performance was still the centre of a push by the filmmakers for The Fanatic to make an appearance at the Oscars The nominations aren’t out yet, but it’s probably a safe bet to say it won’t go too well The Razzies, however

7 50 Shades Freed One of the most defining cultural phenomenons of the decade was the release of EL James’ 50 Shades of Grey So naturally, Hollywood ignored near-unanimous criticisms and got dollar signs in their eyes

The movie trilogy that followed started off weak, but 50 Shades of Grey looks like Citizen Kane compared to the third entry in the franchise 50 Shades Freed starts with the joyous wedding and honeymoon of Anastasia Steele and her rich stalker Christian Grey But then things take a shocking and wholly unnecessary turn when Ana’s former boss returns to try and kidnap her because of his secret history with Christian If all this sounds like a strange place to take a story that started out as a failed attempt to show BDSM, it is, but James was clearly scraping the barrel at this point You’d hope some of the weirder narrative choices would be removed in development, but given that the script was penned by the author’s husband, that didn’t happen

The final product was a messy, nonsensical action/horror/sex flick that earned the trilogy’s lowest reviews yet 6 Grown Ups 2 A divisive figure in cinema, Adam Sandler could comfortably fill his own list of terrible movies over the last decade And despite impressing critics recently in films like Uncut Gems, we’re still spoilt for choice when picking a bad Adam Sandler movie to include But while he does have worse reviewed films, films he admitted he made just to go on holiday and films overshadowed with racist controversy, this place belongs to Grown Ups 2

That’s because the film was so avoidable The scathing response critics had to the first Grown Ups movie seemed to suggest that the franchise was dead in the water But a warmer audience reception and a worldwide gross of $270 dollars resulted in Sandler writing the first sequel of his career It’s also hard to watch because the film features great performers like Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Steve Buscemi and all of The Lonely Island But despite the talent on show, the film relies on gags like a deer peeing on Sandler, a sexy car wash BUT WITH MEN, and a lot of pratfalls

Lazy stuff, even by Sandler’s standards 5 Cats When a star-studded adaptation of a beloved musical that’s earned over $2 billion loses around $100 million, something clearly went very wrong Although this much was clear from the moment the trailer landed for Tom Hooper’s Cats Utterly haunting special effects transformed some of the world’s most beloved actors – and James Corden – into Lovecraftian monsters

The star-studded cast also saw feline features from Jason Derulo and Taylor Swift, the latter of whom was weirdly anatomically correct And shockingly, the trailer somehow managed to have included the film’s BEST bits The rest of the film was filled with lazy special effects errors that warranted a new edit to be issued and a generally nonsensical plot In the show, the plot’s peculiarities work in tandem with a likeable campy tone, stylised costumes and world-class dancers However, the film took itself far too seriously and attempted to use photorealistic graphics which meant the dancing looked completely fake

The film was near-universally panned by audiences and critics, who described it as the “best worst movie ever made” and even “the worst thing to happen to cats since dogs” Meow 4 The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) To be the worst entry in a trilogy as publicly reviled as Tom Six’s Human Centipede films is an impressive feat, for lack of a better word Given that there’s only so many places you can go with the Human Centipede concept, Final Sequence has to go meta

This meant kicking off the film with the “stars” of the previous instalments playing different people, watching Human Centipede 2, a film which somehow exists in this universe This duo, who run a prison in this instalment, get inspired by the film to use the surgical procedure as a punishment for their prisoners The result is a 500-person centipede, but despite the hike in numbers, the film doesn’t even deliver the same gross-out horror of its predecessors Instead, it tries to be more of a comedy, but fails, managing to alienate even those who were fans of the first two This earned Final Sequence the worst critical and audience reception of the entire unholy trinity

It had more people asking why it was even made than the disgust and anger that greeted the first two entries 3 Saving Christmas Kirk Cameron is best known for playing Mike Seaver on Growing Pains At least, he WAS until the late 1980s, at which point the 17-year-old Atheist became better known as a born again Christian This famously saw him demand script edits to the family-friendly show whenever something was too racy for his newfound Protestant beliefs

After his religious awakening, Cameron withdrew mostly from the limelight, although he hasn’t been completely silent In 2014, Kirk starred in ‘Saving Christmas’, where he stars as a fictional version of himself, attempting to ‘Put the Christ Back in Christmas’ He does this by trying to convince his fictional brother-in-law that Christmas is still a Christian holiday by using some dubious-at-best Christmas history lessons But historical and theological inaccuracy aside, the film is just bad It’s been described as “The Room of Christmas movies” and within a month of release sunk to the lowest spot on IMDb’s bottom 100 list

Cameron tried to hijack the reviews by telling fans to flood Rotten Tomatoes with positive reviews, but it backfired massively and landed it with a 30% user score 2 Death of a Nation No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, a bad film is a bad film So whether you wear a MAGA hat or whatever hat a democrat wears, we can probably agree that Metacritic’s worst film of all time belongs on this list That accolade was given to Dinesh D’Souza’s conservative think piece ‘Death of a Nation’, which came 11,819th in the ranks of the review aggregators 11,819 metascored films

The film attempts to draw parallels between Democratic opposition to President Trump and the opposition Republican President Abraham Lincoln’s election was faced with Given Lincoln’s significance as a slavery abolitionist, this comparison sees modern democrats faced with frequent comparisons to famous racists and fascists from history The cringeworthy re-enactments and questionable historical comparisons are frequently based on widely debunked theories and the film was panned by historians Despite a dedicated fanbase, the film was written off at large as propaganda, and D’Souza’s worst attempt to bolster the president who famously pardoned him This also earned the “documentary” 4 Razzie nominations and two wins at the 39th annual ceremony

1 Movie 43 The quality of Movie 43’s cast in comparison to the quality of the film itself was so at odds that it spurred rumours of blackmail and bribery required to gather such an ensemble Oscar winners, nominees and some of the biggest up-and-comers were packed into the supposed comedy portmanteau of sketches These hilarious skits involved setups like Hollywood treasure Hugh Jackman having testicles on his chin and real-life couple Anna Faris and Chris Pratt discussing pooping on each other These segments were helmed by directors such as Peter Farrelly, who would go on to win an Oscar for Green Book, and Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn

The film didn’t earn any of the acclaim or accolades that the cast and crew are used to from their films, with review aggregator Metacritic averaging its critic scores at a generous 18 Audiences were slightly more generous, giving it a score of 24% on Rotten Tomatoes which is still considerably more than it deserves But it wasn’t completely bereft of awards, picking up 3 Razzies including Worst Picture and 3 more nominations

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