Over the past decade, Netflix has emerged as a powerhouse in original content, making a substantial impact both commercially and critically. Notably, eight of their original films have earned nominations for the prestigious Best Picture Oscar. However, it’s essential to acknowledge that not every Netflix original is a gem; for every celebrated film like ‘Marriage Story,’ there’s a ‘Thunder Force’ (or even two).
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Reddit’s film community, notably r/movies, the largest film subreddit, has frequently convened to engage in discussions about Netflix’s less impressive cinematic offerings. These titles are ones that consistently crop up when users discuss Netflix’s least impressive films. Interestingly, it appears that the creative quality of Netflix’s original films took a bit of a hit in 2018, as fully half of the movies on this list were released during that year.
10. ‘The Outsider’ (2018)
The Outsider appeared to hold promise: a gangster epic unfolding in post-World War II Japan, featuring Jared Leto in the lead role. Leto portrayed Nick Lowell, a former American soldier incarcerated in a Japanese prison, where he finds himself entangled with the Yakuza. The film was helmed by Martin Zandvliet, known for his critically acclaimed war film ‘Land of Mine.’
However, the movie primarily retreads well-worn gangster clichés and fails to fully capitalize on its intriguing Japanese setting. One Reddit user, Itscommonsensebro, expressed their disappointment by noting, ‘The Outsider’s promotional materials gave the impression that Leto would be a formidable samurai assassin. I was left quite disappointed.’
9. ‘The Do-Over’ (2016)
In ‘The Do-Over,’ Adam Sandler and David Spade take center stage as Max and Charlie, two friends who stage their own deaths and embark on new lives, unwittingly triggering a series of perilous misadventures. It’s a mistaken identity comedy that falls short of the endearing qualities found in classics like ‘Dumb and Dumber’ or ‘Date Night.’
While Sandler and Spade are known for their comedic prowess, their performance in this film is, to put it mildly, lackluster. As one Redditor aptly put it, ‘It’s Adam Sandler at his worst.’ Not even the inclusion of talented supporting actors like Kathryn Hahn and Sean Astin can rescue this stale and uninspiring outing.
8. ‘A Classic Horror Story’ (2021)
In ‘A Classic Horror Story,’ an Italian horror film, we follow the harrowing journey of five strangers as they embark on a road trip through the countryside. Their adventure takes a chilling turn when they become entangled in a remote forest following a mysterious accident. Desperate for shelter, they stumble upon what appears to be an abandoned house, only to discover that it holds sinister secrets tied to a malevolent cult.
While the premise might not break new ground, it had the potential to deliver an engaging and spine-tingling experience. However, despite some visually striking moments and intriguing concepts, the film fell short for many viewers due to its lackluster characters and a plot that followed predictable patterns. In the words of one Reddit user, it was simply ‘truly terrible.
7. ‘Mute’ (2018)
Mute” generated quite a buzz before its release, boasting an impressive cast featuring Alexander Skarsgård and Paul Rudd, and being helmed by Duncan Jones, the visionary director behind the acclaimed “Moon.” Positioned as a sci-fi thriller, the film tells the story of a mute bartender, portrayed by Skarsgård, on a quest to find his missing partner, played by Seyneb Saleh. This search ultimately leads to a high-stakes confrontation with the criminal underworld.
Despite the initial excitement, “Mute” didn’t fare well with critics, receiving predominantly negative reviews. Many viewers expressed disappointment in the film’s unoriginal plot, with one Reddit user going so far as to say, “[I] couldn’t finish Mute. Dying is preferable to having to sit through the rest of that.” Another user, flifflif, shared their sentiments, saying, “I love Duncan Jones, but Mute was just awful. Hated it!
6. ‘Game Over, Man!’ (2018)
This action comedy unfolds around three close friends: Alexxx (Adam Devine), Darren (Anders Holm), and Joel (Blake Anderson), who find themselves working as housekeepers at a luxurious hotel. However, their mundane routine takes an unexpected turn when a terrorist group infiltrates the hotel during a high-profile event, taking hostages. In a twist of fate, these three unlikely heroes decide to step up and attempt to save the day.
Game Over, Man! may not be overflowing with traditional jokes, but it compensates with a heavy dose of vulgarity, slapstick stunts, and a barrage of pop culture references. Some viewers, like Redditor Fletch1975, have been less than impressed, describing it as “one of the worst films I’ve seen anywhere.” User olliedoodle chimed in, concurring that it “failed so hard.”
5. ‘How It Ends’ (2018)
“How It Ends” unfolds against the backdrop of a mysterious cataclysmic event that plunges society into a state of chaos and uncertainty. The story follows Will, portrayed by Theo James, as he embarks on a perilous cross-country journey with a singular purpose: to reunite with his pregnant fiancée, Samantha, played by Kat Graham. Joining him on this treacherous expedition is his future father-in-law, Tom, brought to life by the esteemed Forest Whitaker.
However, “How It Ends” has been met with mixed reviews. Some viewers found the film bleak and unexciting, describing it as a B-movie rendition of similar post-apocalyptic narratives like “The Rover.” While the concept of a disintegrating world filled with lawlessness is a familiar one, it seems that this particular execution fell short for some. As one Reddit user, SubstituteStarCaptain, put it succinctly, “I wish I didn’t know how it ended because that movie was utter garbage.”
4. ‘The Ridiculous 6’ (2015)
Adam Sandler makes a return, this time taking on the wild world of comedy Westerns. Meet Tommy “White Knife” Stockburn, a man of Caucasian descent raised by Native Americans, embarking on a daring mission to rescue his kidnapped father, portrayed by Nick Nolte. Along his adventurous journey, Tommy crosses paths with his five rather peculiar half-brothers, brought to life by the talents of Rob Schneider, Taylor Lautner, Jorge Garcia, Luke Wilson, and Terry Crews.
One Redditor, KangarooWearingThong, shared their thoughts, saying, “The Ridiculous 6 [was] the worst I’ve seen.” In fact, they even went as far as to suggest that banging their head against a wall might be preferable to watching it again. Furthermore, the movie boasts the unique distinction of holding a 0% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a rare accolade reserved for only a select few films.
3. ‘Death Note’ (2017)
Netflix ventured into adapting the beloved manga and anime series “Death Note,” which revolves around Light, a high school student who gains possession of a supernatural notebook capable of causing the death of anyone whose name is inscribed in its pages. While the anime has garnered immense acclaim, this live-action adaptation veers significantly away from its source material.
In this iteration, numerous departures from the anime can be noted, including the introduction of a romantic subplot for the main character. Unfortunately, these alterations aren’t necessarily for the better. Surprisingly, the movie delves into the darker aspects of Light’s character, probing the morally complex nature of his actions. One user, ShillBill49, went so far as to label Netflix’s “Death Note” as a ‘crime against humanity.’
2. ‘Thunder Force’ (2021)
Enter ‘Thunder Force,’ a superhero comedy featuring the dynamic duo of Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer. They play two friends who unexpectedly acquire superpowers and find themselves pitted against the dastardly ‘Miscreants,’ led by the menacing figure known as The King, played by Bobby Cannavale.
Regrettably, the film falls short of delivering the level of humor one might expect from a comedy and doesn’t quite hit the mark as an action-packed spectacle. Moreover, the screenplay fails to fully leverage the incredible talent of its leading actors. One disgruntled viewer, CaineBK, succinctly sums it up as ‘mindbogglingly bad.’
1. ‘The Open House’ (2018)
Picture this: Naomi, portrayed by Piercey Dalton, and her teenage son, Logan, played by Dylan Minnette, find themselves in a secluded mountain home after a family tragedy. This picturesque setting soon turns into a nightmare as unsettling occurrences unfold. Eerie noises echo through the house, objects take on a life of their own, and an enigmatic car lingers in their driveway.
In essence, it’s your run-of-the-mill horror flick, marred by lackluster execution and uninspiring acting. One viewer, TheConspiracyCat, minced no words, labeling ‘The Open House’ as ‘awful, boring, unoriginal, and badly written.’ They also lamented the lack of likable characters. Meanwhile, user melindajoyk went a step further, branding it ‘singularly the worst movie’ they’ve ever seen.