The Worst Movies of 2020
Jacob Richardson | 27/12/2020
In the wake of COVID, many studios used streaming services to drop new content. Some used them to dump content that wouldn't have done well in theatres, and others used cheap theatre prices to drop movies in cinema that shouldn't have ever been funded. Here, we round up our picks for the 10 worst movies of 2020.
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Fatman was such a weird and wild concept, and we expected so much. It’s a shame then that this movie takes a wrong turn whenever it is given the opportunity.
10 | FATMAN
9 | HONEST THIEF
Liam Neeson absolutely sleepwalks through this movie, whose only saving grace is, remarkably, Jai Courtenay. Honest Thief is as bog standard as crime dramas come, but it becomes a frustration when you realise how little Neeson is giving the picture.
From the very first trailer, Monster Hunter looked abysmal. Without a doubt, this is a picture presented as intended. It takes no big swings, and no risks, and in doing so it gets exactly what it deserves. There’s something refreshing about a film that honestly doesn’t care about being good - but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the worst movies of the year.
8 | MONSTER HUNTER
7 | MADE IN ITALY
Made In Italy is the second Neeson stinker on the list. While Neeson is admirably better in this picture, where he resurrects an almost Love Actually-esque persona, the movie can’t help but feel like a little bit of a vanity project for him and his son, the male lead.
This caused some controversy amongst the team, because quite a few actually really enjoyed this Will Ferrel and Rachael McAdams starring Netflix release. But this film was a disappointment - a lumbering and done before rehash of previous Ferrel bits, done fresher and better in other films.
6 | EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
5 | HUBIE HALLOWEEN
When he didn’t get nominated for an Oscar for Uncut Gems, Adam Sandler swore to deliver the worst movie possible for Netflix - and he didn’t disappoint. Hubie Halloween is straight up garbage, Sandler at his worst, and a horrible return to form for an incredible actor who is better known for his childish and bad movies.
Another Netflix release, during the height of COVID lockdowns, this was a stinker. With horrible acting, an unbelievable plot and an even more unbelievable central relationship, Love, Wedding, Repeat was an egregious waste of talent.
4 | LOVE, WEDDING, REPEAT
3 | FORCE OF NATURE
The second Mel Gibson picture on the list, Force of Nature is poorly made, poorly acted and just a bad, bad movie. This is barely a serviceable film, clearly shot on the cheap. More egregious is the wild tonal changes, and the ridiculously quick romantic intrigue between the nurse and the cop.
A beloved children’s book is mangled in the big screen adaptation that used COVID to mask its dumping onto Disney+. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Artemis Fowl strips all of the fun and joy of the novel, and replaces it with a frankly boring and disturbing take on the material. The movie clearly had a lot of challenges in development, with characters in the trailer entirely absent from the film, and the plot strung together with a weird Josh Gad interrogation room voiceover. All up, this is a jumbled mess.
2 | ARTEMIS FOWL
1 | A NEW YORK CHRISTMAS WEDDING
If you have had the utter misfortune to stumble on this dumpster fire of a Christmas film on Netflix this year, you’ve been through something even 2020 wasn’t prepared for. Funded by actor Chris Noth, and focused on a woman who views an alternate version of her life before her wedding at Christmas, the film is a confused and bewildering mess. Between a plot that has the main character seemingly choosing whether or not to be queer, a reincarnated angel of an miscarried foetus, and filmmaking quality that is worse than your baby nephew playing with your phone camera, this is a woeful and disastrous entry into the Christmas canon. Avoid this like the plague.