Ranked: The 30 Worst Movies of 2018

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As 2018 winds down, Oscars buzz heats up. Critics are falling over themselves to praise what has been a great year for interesting filmmaking, which saw the release of Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite and Bradley Cooper's A Star is Born.

But not every film can be a critical darling, and there will be quite a few films from this year that will be left empty-handed when it comes to award season. Looking back, 2018 produced some pretty putrid stinkers, which we would like to honor in this list of the year’s very worst.

It’s a shame when a small movie flops, but when a big studio-backed, $100m blockbuster manages it, it’s a far more impressive achievement. That was the fate of this year’s Robin Hood, starring Welshman Taron Egerton.

Read more: The best movies of 2018, according to critics

“In a shaky-cam massacre, the Iraq War parallels so obvious that you half expect Robin to complain that he was sent into battle without an exit strategy,” wrote IndieWire of the flop. “To that end, perhaps it’s appropriate that the special effects look like they’re from 2003."

Although Robin Hood lost money, it still did a lot better than the Martin Amis adaptation London Fields. The movie was beset by legal issues, with both director Mathew Cullen and lead Amber Heard suing the producers before the film was even released.

With even its stars trying to bring down the film, which was described by Rolling Stone as a “massive turd of a movie”, it’s not surprising that it suffered the second worst opening weekend for a wide release of all time.

Nicolas Cage, Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Garner proved to be repeat offenders, each with two movies on the list. Cage’s low point was the incompetent heist movie 211. He broke his ankle during the filming, and then was further savaged by critics: “The film’s IMDb trivia page says that ‘Nicolas Cage read the script in 2014,’” wrote IndieWire, “was that the only time?”

Read more: The 25 Highest Grossing Movies of 2018 at the U.S. Box Office

We’ve collected data from critical review aggregation websites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, as well as user-submitted reviews from IMDb, to find the 30 most-panned movies of the year.

01 The OUtsider
Netflix

30. The Outsider. Total score: 39%. Metacritic: 30. IMDb users: 6.3. Rotten Tomatoes: 3.6. 
Directed by: Martin Zandvliet. Starring: Jared Leto, Tadanobu Asano, Kippei Shîna.
Plot summary: An epic set in post-WWII Japan and centered on an American former G.I. who joins the yakuza.
What the critics said: "A clueless misfire, the cinematic equivalent of a study-abroad student showing off the kanji forearm tattoo whose meaning he never bothered to learn." Andrew Barker, Variety.

02 A Happening of Monumental Proportions
Great Point Media

29. A Happening of Monumental Proportions. Total score: 38.8%. Metacritic: 35. IMDb users: 4.6. Rotten Tomatoes: 3.9. 
Directed by: Judy Greer. Starring: Common, Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Garner, Lola Glaudini, Allison Janney, Katie Holmes, John Cho.
Plot summary: During the course of one day, a group of students at a school in Los Angeles find themselves caught up in a plot of sex, lies and dead bodies.
What the critics said: "Seldom has so much name talent been assembled in the service of a film as wan and misguided as A Happening of Monumental Proportions, a title that couldn't be less apt if it tried." Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

03 Robin Hood
Lionsgate

28. Robin Hood. Total score: 38.4%. Metacritic: 32. IMDb users: 5.4. Rotten Tomatoes: 3.7. 
Directed by: Otto Bathurst. Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Jamie Dornan, Tim Minchin, F. Murray Abraham.
Plot summary: A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance.
What the critics said: "In a just world, everyone involved in this mess would be required to perform some sort of public penance." Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

04 Siberia
Saban Films

27. Siberia. Total score: 38.2%. Metacritic: 34. IMDb users: 4.3. Rotten Tomatoes: 4. 
Directed by: Matthew Ross. Starring: Keanu Reeves, Boris Gulyarin, Ashley St. George, Molly Ringwald.
Plot summary: When an American diamond trader's Russian partner goes missing, he journeys to Siberia in search of him, but instead begins a love affair.
What the critics said: "It can never decide what kind of film it wants to be, drifting into drab formlessness when it needs to find moments of poetry, and reverting to dull clichés when it wants to indulge its thriller instincts." Andrew Barker, Variety

05 Winchester
CBS Films

26. Winchester. Total score: 38%. Metacritic: 28. IMDb users: 5.4. Rotten Tomatoes: 4. 
Directed by: The Spierig Brothers. Starring: Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook, Finn Scicluna-O'Prey.
Plot summary: Ensconced in her sprawling California mansion, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.
What the critics said: "Ho-hum apparitions appear and disappear without a trace. Ms. Mirren and her representatives are probably hoping the movie will do likewise." Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

06 Looking Glass
Momentum Pictures

25. Looking Glass. Total score: 37.8%. Metacritic: 33. IMDb users: 4.5. Rotten Tomatoes: 3.9. 
Directed by: Tim Hunter. Starring: Nicolas Cage, Robin Tunney, Marc Blucas.
Plot summary: A couple buy a desert motel where they find that strange, mysterious events occur.
What the critics said: "A hollow vehicle that Cage simply floats through on autopilot, and as he peers through a mirror at a more exciting world beyond his grasp, it's impossible not to relate." Eric Kohn, indieWire. 

07 Peppermint
STX Entertainment

24. Peppermint. Total score: 37.8%. Metacritic: 29. IMDb users: 6.5. Rotten Tomatoes: 3.3. 
Directed by: Pierre Morel. Starring: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz, Method Man.
Plot summary: Five years after her husband and daughter are killed in a senseless act of violence, a woman comes back from self-imposed exile to seek revenge against those responsible and the system that let them go free.
What the critics said: "Garner bulls her way through the film with determination and a minimum of facial expressions, like someone who's been told to clean up something awful and just wants to get it over with." Ty Burr, Boston Globe

08 Terminal
RLJE Films

23. Terminal. Total score: 37.8%. Metacritic: 27. IMDb users: 5.3. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.1. 
Directed by: Vaughn Stein. Starring: Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Dexter Fletcher, Mike Myers, Nick Moran, Jourdan Dunn.
Plot summary: The entwined tales of two assassins carrying out a sinister mission, a teacher battling a fatal illness, an enigmatic janitor and a curious waitress leading a dangerous double life. 
What the critics said: "What's Terminal about? It's about 90 minutes. That's a cheap shot, but since the film doesn't establish a baseline of reality, it's hard to pick out a premise."  David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture.

09 Game Over, Man
Netflix

22. Game Over, Man! Total score: 37.6%. Metacritic: 32. IMDb users: 5.4. Rotten Tomatoes: 3.5. 
Directed by: Kyle Newacheck. Starring: Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson, Shaggy.
Plot summary: Three friends are on the verge of getting their video game financed when their benefactor is taken hostage by terrorists.
What the critics said: "The downside to generating original content for Netflix is that there isn't any oversight whatsoever; no one to point out how many of the jokes aren't working" David Ehrlich, indieWire. 

10 Kings
The Orchard

21. Kings. Total score: 37%. Metacritic: 34. IMDb users: 4.9. Rotten Tomatoes: 3.4. 
Directed by: Deniz Gamze Ergüven. Starring: Halle Berry, Daniel Craig, Lamar Johnson.
Plot summary: The life of a foster family in South Central Los Angeles, a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial.
What the critics said: "This dud recreation of the 1992 L.A. riots traps Halle Berry and Daniel Craig and a piece of momentous, civil-rights history in a crazyquilt of random action, absurdist humor, bogus romance and questionable purpose." Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

11 Lies We Tell
Eagle Films

20. Lies We Tell. Total score: 36.6%. Metacritic: 33. IMDb users: 4.1. Rotten Tomatoes: 3.8. 
Directed by: Mitu Misra. Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Sibylla Deen, Mark Addy, Harvey Keitel.
Plot summary: A trusted driver must deal with his dead boss' Muslim mistress, her dark past pulling him into a life-and-death showdown with her notorious gangster cousin/ex-husband.
What the critics said: "Something's got to give, and unfortunately it's narrative coherence and character consistency, rather than any of the superfluous subplots, that get the chop." Jessica Kiang, Variety