In the vast world of streaming content, Netflix stands tall as one of the biggest players. It has offered us some amazing original movies like “Marriage Story” that tugged at our heartstrings and garnered critical acclaim.
However, not every film can be a masterpiece, and Netflix has its fair share of duds. Today, we’re diving deep into the world of streaming cinema to uncover the worst Netflix movies that left us cringing, sighing, and wishing we could get our time back.
1. The Outsider (2018): A Gangster Epic Gone Wrong
At first glance, “The Outsider” seemed promising. A gangster epic set in post-World War II Japan, starring Jared Leto, and directed by Martin Zandvliet, whose previous work received critical acclaim. But alas, it turned out to be a rehash of tired gangster tropes and an underutilization of its intriguing setting. Viewers were left disappointed as Leto’s potential as a badass samurai assassin fell flat.
2. The Do-Over (2016): Sandler and Spade Miss the Mark
When you think of Adam Sandler and David Spade, you might expect comedic brilliance. However, in “The Do-Over,” they disappointed fans with a mistaken identity comedy that lacked the charm of classics like “Dumb and Dumber.” Even the presence of talented supporting actors like Kathryn Hahn and Sean Astin couldn’t salvage this stale retread.
3. A Classic Horror Story (2021): A Missed Opportunity in Italian Horror
“A Classic Horror Story” attempted to captivate audiences with an Italian horror narrative, but it fell short. Five strangers on a road trip find themselves trapped in a remote forest after an accident, seeking refuge in a seemingly abandoned house with dark secrets. While the premise had potential, viewers criticized it for boring characters and a predictable plot.
4. Mute (2018): A Sci-Fi Thriller That Failed to Thrill
“Mute” garnered attention before its release, starring Alexander Skarsgård and Paul Rudd, directed by Duncan Jones of “Moon” fame. However, it received mostly negative reviews for its derivative plot. Viewers were left disappointed, with some even preferring the idea of “dying” over sitting through the rest of the film. A strong cast couldn’t save this one.
5. Game Over, Man! (2018): Comedy That Fell Flat
“Game Over, Man!” attempted to blend action and comedy, following three friends who work as housekeepers at a luxury hotel and become unlikely heroes during a hostage situation. However, it lacked genuine humor and relied on vulgarity, slapstick stunts, and pop culture references. Critics and audiences deemed it one of the worst films they’d seen.
6. How It Ends (2018): A Dull Post-Apocalyptic Journey
In “How It Ends,” a post-apocalyptic world plunges into chaos, and Will embarks on a journey to find his fiancée, Samantha. While the premise held promise, the execution felt like a B-movie version of similar post-apocalyptic tales. Viewers expressed their regret, wishing they didn’t know how it ended because the movie was “utter garbage.”
7. The Ridiculous 6 (2015): An Unbearable Comedy Western
Adam Sandler returned in “The Ridiculous 6,” a comedy Western that many consider one of the worst films ever. Tommy Stockburn, raised by Native Americans, embarks on a quest to rescue his kidnapped father. The film, packed with star power, disappointed viewers, with some preferring to “bang their heads against a wall” than watch it again.
8. Death Note (2017): An Inadequate Adaptation
“Death Note” attempted to adapt the legendary manga and anime series but deviated in ways that left fans unsatisfied. The film failed to explore the dark side of its protagonist and the moral complexity of his actions. Viewers and critics alike called it a “crime against humanity.”
9. Thunder Force (2021): Superhero Comedy That Missed the Mark
“Thunder Force” aimed to combine comedy and action with Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer as superheroes. Unfortunately, it lacked the humor and engagement needed for both genres. The script couldn’t match the talent of its leads, resulting in a “mindbogglingly bad” movie.
10. The Open House (2018): A Standard Horror Disappointment
“The Open House” followed a mother and son experiencing unsettling events in a secluded mountain home. It offered standard horror tropes but poorly executed them. Viewers found it boring, unoriginal, and badly written, with unlikable characters, making it one of their worst cinematic experiences.
Netflix has given us some cinematic gems, but it’s also produced its fair share of flops. These movies remind us that not every film can be a hit, and sometimes, even with star-studded casts and promising premises, things can go horribly wrong.
As we continue to explore the world of streaming content, we’ll undoubtedly encounter more surprises, both good and bad. In the end, the journey is what matters, and who knows what Netflix will offer next on its ever-expanding platform.