2020 was a strange time for the film industry, with movie theatres being closed down for the majority of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This tumultuous time may have been the reason for Hollywood producing some pretty awful films this year. Choosing between the few most awful movies of the year is no small feat, as there were quite a few duds to hit the big screen. And although these movies didn’t technically bomb at the box office seeing as though they were closed, there were still several films that just missed the mark — regardless of the genre. Ready to take a trip down this past year’s terrible movie memory lane? Here are the top 10 worst movies of 2020.
A reboot of the 1967 film entitled “Doctor Dolittle,” Dolittle was basically a flop from the start. After testing poorly during initial screenings, this film had an additional three weeks of shooting. Despite the patch job, Dolittle still performed terribly at the box office. It was also harshly criticized for several reasons. Critics deemed the film stale and boring, with poor scripts and visuals.
A reimagination of 1977 television show Fantasy Island, this film just missed the mark to really connect with its targeted audience. Critics said that it didn’t connect with fans of the previous television show because it was too loosely based on the original. It also wasn’t frightening enough to appeal to horror genre fans either.
This action film based on the character Bloodshot by Valiant Comics was in the red as far as the box office, with a budget of $45 million, and only grossing $30 million in sales. Critics hailed this film a flop because it was in essence a close copy of other superhero action films, so it ended up being flat and boring.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Critics did not warm up to this film, I’m Thinking of Ending Things. It was deemed too much of a warped puzzle, with pieces that never quite fit and a plot that never quite got resolved.
Force of Nature
A cross between both thriller and heist film, this film fell short of what it could’ve been with such a stellar cast. Critics gave way less than rave reviews, despite performances from Mel Gibson and Kate Bosworth in this film.
The Last Days of American Crime
So many great films are released as Netflix originals, but The Last Days of American Crime is definitely an exception to this rule. The futuristic thriller received a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, despite excellent performances from cast members like Sharlto Copley and Michael Pitt. This film is rated as one of the worst films of 2020 by Metacritic.
Brahms: The Boy II
This horror film was a sequel that ended up being worse than the prequel. The original didn’t do great, but Brahms: The Boy II was even worse for the wear, with very little appeal to critics or viewers alike — with very little about it to bring terror, or entertainment for that matter.
This Disney + film was primed to become another first of many in a series, like franchises Harry Potter, but the chances of that are definitely dismal. Critics felt that the lead character was unappealing and underdeveloped.
The Tax Collector
The only saving grace of The Tax Collector is the performance by Shia Labeouf. This film may end up being one of the worst films in the career of its director David Ayer, and is being described as one of the worst films of 2020.
Co-directed by Tomasz Mandesand Barbara Bialowas, this Polish erotic thriller actually did well at the box office and was popular in several countries and online through streaming platform Netflix. Critics had a different opinion of the film, though, in contrast to the general viewing public. 365 Days was mainly criticized for its romanticism of rape, violence against women, and kidnapping. It is critiqued one of the absolute worst films of 2020, with a rating of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.