What Movie Ending Ruined the Whole Thing For You? The Internet Is Weighing in (Yes, Spoilers Included)

There's nothing worse than a movie that builds you up, only to knock you down. When a movie has a great set-up, but fails to stick the landing, you not only feel that you've wasted your time—like with any standard bad movie—but also that you've somehow been duped.

With people isolating, sheltering in place and undergoing self-quarantine, movies are a lifeline to a reality outside your door (without all the doom and gloom of social media). So avoid disappointment with the help of redditors on AskReddit, who have spent hours debating and discussing "What movie endings ruined the whole movie for you?"

Below are the movies they came up with.

The Circle

Emma Watson in 'The Circle.' STX Films

This was the top-voted response, with hundreds agreeing that the 2017 social media thriller blew it at the end. An adaptation of a Dave Eggers novel, The Circle follows Mae (Emma Watson) as she rises through the ranks of a fictional, Facebook-like company as it introduces a ubiquitous video surveillance app called SeeChange. Soon enough, people are going "transparent," wearing a tiny camera around their neck at all times, while CEO Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks) pushes SeeChange into every realm of life. Soon, camera drones are flying everywhere, felons are tracked instantly and even voting becomes dependent on having a SeeChange account.

The Complaints: Rather than a disappointing action scene or poor character resolution, respondents on AskReddit hated the end of The Circle philosophically.

"Seemed to be a film warning of the dangers of sharing too much online only to do A COMPLETE 180 on the message at the end!" one user said.

"It felt more like indoctrination from a government than a movie," another added.

The Ending: After Mae's friend is killed by intrusive surveillance, it looks like she'll abandon The Circle's philosophy of full societal transparency and the complete destruction of privacy. Instead, she embraces it, publishing all of Eamon's emails and exposing them to the world. Rather than rejecting SeeChange, Mae only exposes the hypocrisy of those who created it. She embraces omnipresent surveillance.


Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon in 'Downsizing.' Paramount Pictures

In Downsizing, scientists invent a way to shrink people down to five inches in height, then sell it as not only a solution to overpopulation and global warming, but an attractive option for those with middle class incomes hoping to stretch their net worth. But right after Paul (Matt Damon) undergoes the procedure, he learns his wife had cold feet and won't be joining him in the shrunken community. Soon, Paul becomes involved with political activists and the impoverished, shrunken lower class, who live in a slum outside the walls of "Leisureland."

The Complaints: While billed as a satirical comedy, many viewers objected to the harsh tonal change of the movie, which introduces more existential drama as it goes. Many commenters felt Downsizing abandoned a funny and promising premise for a wildly discordant second-half plot.

"I went expecting to laugh. I got some weird ass disaster movie with a flimsy 'we're running out of resources' message," one redditor said.

The Ending: When Paul and Ngoc Lan Tran (Hong Chau, playing a Vietnamese dissident shrunk against her will) visit the inventors of downsizing in Norway, Dr. Asbjørnsen (Rolf Lassgård) tells them that humanity is doomed to extinction, thanks to the release of Arctic methane. He invites them into an underground vault, where he hopes to preserve the shrunken remnants of humanity—essentially tacking a whole other extinction crisis plot onto the shrunken-society plot. In the end, Paul, who was tempted to hide in the vault, opts to stay outside and continue to help the impoverished alongside Ngoc Lan.

How It Ends

Theo James in 'How It Ends.' Netflix

In the Netflix original film How It Ends, Will (Theo James) drives across the country to get back to his pregnant girlfriend, Sam (Kat Graham), after massive earthquakes devastate the United States and knock out infrastructure.

The Complaints: Viewers hated the abrupt ending. "A movie titled 'How it Ends' which ironically doesn't have an end," one redditor quipped.

How It Ends: While Will makes it back to Sam in Seattle, they're attacked by Sam's paranoid neighbor. Then another massive earthquake hits, creating a river of lava that decimates the city. The movie ends with Will and Sam fleeing from the newly erupted volcano.

War of the Worlds

Bystanders are about to have a very bad day, thanks to this Martian tripod. Paramount Pictures

Steven Spielberg's version of H.G. Wells' 1897 alien invasion novel may be set in the modern day, but it's still a surprisingly faithful adaptation. Martian invaders quickly subjugate humanity, as Ray (Tom Cruise) tries to stay one step ahead of their walking "tripods" and rayguns.

The Complaints: Most complaints around War of the Worlds have to do with the fate of Ray's son Robbie (Justin Chatwin), who abandons his father and sister midway through the movie to join U.S. Marines in a desperate frontal assault on the aliens.

The Ending: While the Martians lose in War of the Worlds the same way they do in the novel—succumbing to Earth's diseases—Spielberg's otherwise dark vision of humanity's fortunes (we get wrecked) are undermined when Robbie survives without explanation, having beaten Ray to their Boston destination. When we last saw him, he went over a hill right before it exploded into flames. But there he is at the very end, healthy and still wearing the same clothes.

If you have other movies that were completely ruined by the ending, now would be the time to warn your friends and family, so they don't end up feeling they've wasted their time.

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