The 21 Worst Movies Of 2020 According To Metacritic
2020 might have been a strange year for all of us, but there was one thing unchanged--there were lots of terrible movies released. Admittedly very few of them were in theaters, but streaming services and video on demand thrived, releasing a huge number of films. Some of these might have ended up in theaters had the year panned out differently, while others were always going to debut on home entertainment formats. The big difference was that with very little competition from big studio movies, there was a lot more attention on smaller releases. And man, some of those films were bad.
We've decided to comb through the worst movies of the year. However, this won't be the opinion of a few folks at GameSpot; we're using the review scores from GameSpot's sister site Metacritic--a site that collects critic reviews--to find out the 21 worst movies of the year.
If you want to know even more about these awful movies, you can click the Metacritic score to check out the reviews for yourself or watch the trailers. We highly recommend watching the trailers because they're often hilariously terrible, although you might want to skip the films themselves.
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21. The Last Thing He Wanted
Starring Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck, The Last Thing He Wanted follows the trials and tribulations of a veteran journalist from Washington, DC. Many audience members have complained that the story is too hard to follow. For the writers of the film, Dee Rees and Marco Villalobos, that's probably the last thing they wanted.
20. The Binge
Set in an alternate reality or near future where all drugs and alcohol are illegal, The Binge is like The Purge, as there is one day where you can do all the drugs you want with no consequence. I don't think you need to know anything more. This was a lame duck concept from the start.
19. A Fall from Grace
Written and directed by Tyler Perry, Crystal Fox stars as Grace Waters, a woman who finds new romance after her ex-husband cheated on her. However, secrets come out and she turns violent. So… Grace has a fall into an emotional well… A fall for Grace from grace. That's kinda the title of the movie.
18. The War with Grandpa
Robert De Niro portrays a grandfather who is the focus of a major skirmish in his household. He's being targeted by his grandson who is mad they have to share a room together. This movie should really be called "The War At Grandpa" because De Niro's character isn't a willing participant--because he's a loving caring grandfather with a real jerky grandson.
17. Secret Society of Second Born Royals
Launching on Disney+ this year was this adventure comedy. The title of the film is almost the entirety of the plot. The only way to make it clearer is to call it Secret Society of Second Born Royals Tasked With Saving The World. It's like Kingsman for kids, except you don't want to watch it.
16. Fatal Affair
Sometimes affairs can be real fatal--as opposed to mildly fatal where you only catch a slight case of death. Nia Long stars as a woman who has an affair with a guy that ends up being obsessive and dangerous. It joins the ranks of a long-list of other forgettable b-movies with "Fatal" in the title--with 1987's Fatal Attraction being the only standout.
15. The Wrong Missy
The Wrong Missy is a reminder that Netflix is not an infallible streaming service. Not everything it puts out is Mindhunter or Stranger Things. David Spade plays a man who is going on a retreat to Hawaii, so he texts a woman to come with him. However, he's texted the wrong person named Missy to join him. You wanted a fun retreat? I don't think so, Tim. Remember Home Improvement?
14. Like a Boss
It's another "Odd Couple" type story. Two friends start a beauty company together. One is conservative and the other wants to make money and show it off. Will these two learn to work together and dare to dream like a boss? Probably?
13. The Secret: Dare to Dream
Have you ever… wait for it… dared to dream? I bet you have. We all have. The Secret: Dare to Dream stars Katie Holmes as a widow trying to raise her kids and make ends meet. But in reality, this is just a movie trying to sell more copies of Rhonda Byrne's The Secret--that novel where you are supposed to make vision boards and be positive. This film did not yield positive results though. Maybe the movie didn't dare to dream?
12. The Kindness of Strangers
Featuring an ensemble cast which includes Jay Baruchel (How to Train Your Dragon), The Kindness of Strangers is another film featuring interweaving stories taking place in New York City, and after watching it, you'll probably say something like, "New York City was also a character in this movie!" It's everything you've seen before with nothing new added.
Rising star Lily Collins and cast-against-type Simon Pegg give strong performances in this otherwise ludicrous thriller that borrows elements from movies like Panic Room and Silence of the Lambs but does absolutely zero with them.
10. Artemis Fowl
Disney's rapid decision to dump this already very delayed adaptation of Eoin Colfer's novel onto Disney+ rather than delay it further didn't bode well for the studio's faith in the movie. And what do you know? It was absolutely terrible.
9. Half Brothers
This broad buddy movie focuses on a pair mismatched half-brothers--one Mexican, the other American--who end up on a road trip together. The movie tries to be a comedy about cultural differences, but for the most part the jokes are painfully obvious and not very funny.
8. Brahms: The Boy II
Even the most mediocre horror movie can get a sequel as long as it made a few bucks at the box office. The follow-up to 2016's The Boy features another family tormented by the spooky doll Brahms. It's rubbish, but no doubt The Boy III will be with us in a couple of years.
7. Force of Nature
Yet another formulaic action thriller dropped onto on demand services to bore us while we were all stuck at home this summer. Mel Gibson and Kate Bosworth must protect their apartments from bad guys during a hurricane. Yawn.
6. Jiu Jitsu
This plodding futuristic action movie is only worth watching for Nicolas Cage's typically eccentric turn as a crazy hermit. The rest is formulaic and predictable, and even Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa can't make the fight scenes interesting.
Post-Avengers Robert Downey Jr. starred as the doctor who can talk to animals in this adventure tale. It takes the well-known concept, which Eddie Murphy embodied during the '90s with a heavy-comedic slant, and gives the story more of an adventure feel. Dolittle came out pre-pandemic, but it was a critical failure, placing it in the top five of this list. You could really say this movie do little for critics. Get it? Do Little. Like his name. Yes, that’s grammatically correct, but don’t shame me.
Songbird is the movie that absolutey no one asked for in 2020: a dumb thriller made to exploit our biggest fears about global pandemics, produced by Michael Bay.
3. The Tax Collector
David Ayer's biggest movie is DC's Suicide Squad, but for much of his career he's specialized in writing and directing violent urban thrillers like Training Day and End of Watch. The Tax Collector is more of the same, which delivers cliché after tiresome cliché in its depiction of warring gangs in East LA.
2. Blumhouse's Fantasy Island
Blumhouse might have released one of the year's most acclaimed scary movies with The Invisible Man, but they also made one of the worst. The '70s TV show Fantasy Island is inexplicably remade as an unscary and forgettable horror thriller, with a cast of bland, interchangeable characters and an utterly ridiculous ending.
1. The Last Days of American Crime
The worst reviewed movie of the year is a dystopian heist movie directed by Taken 2 and 3's Olivier Megaton. Critics savaged the films interminable length, boring characters, terrible dialogue, idiotic plot, ham-fisted attempts at satire, and distinctly regressive portrayal of women. There isn't even that much action.