10 Movies That Failed To Live Up to Expectations And Left Us Incredibly Disappointed

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One of the best parts of going to watch a movie is anticipating how good it will be. When a movie you’ve looked forward to watching doesn’t live up to your expectations, that’s a huge letdown. When asked to name the movies that seriously disappointed them the most, commenters on an online question-and-answer forum didn’t hold back.

1. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2010)

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The animated TV series fans who greatly anticipated the film adaptation were sorely disappointed. One person laments, “They had the perfect source material and just decided to do their own thing.” This movie perfectly explains why you don’t mess with a winning formula. Stay with what works!

2. House of Gucci (2021)

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The film received mixed-to-good reviews, won numerous awards, and earned accolades for acting. However, at least one user from the online thread calls it “the worst movie I have ever seen.”

3. Jurassic World Dominion (2022)

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This film exemplifies what happens when too many sequels are produced. A moviegoer feels the plot was nonsensical, the original Jurassic Park cast was underutilized, and the new actors brought in seemed bored and disinterested. Jurassic World Dominion was the third highest-grossing movie of 2022 but received generally negative ratings from movie critics. Hopefully, the filmmakers learned to quit while they were ahead.

4. Percy Jackson Movie Series (2010 and 2013)

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According to one highly disappointed commenter, the books were written in such a way that made them perfectly adaptable to the screen. Instead, “They re-wrote it into a much worse version of itself,” they insist. Screen adaptations of books are hard to pull off, but this one was doomed to fail.

5. Midsommar (2019)

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Have you ever looked forward to seeing a movie because you heard so many great things about it, but it turned out to be an epic disappointment that doesn’t nearly live up to the hype? Midsommar is that movie. A viewer says they “heard many great things about it, but I think it was long for nothing and boring.”

6. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

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The highly anticipated revival of George Lucas’s franchise by Star Wars fans worldwide broke online ticket sales records. Theaters were packed with people eager to watch the newest Star Wars film in decades. Unfortunately, it failed to meet expectations. For one crestfallen fan of the film series, the pod racing scene was the only good part of the movie.

7. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

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The ending of the first Terminator movie ended on such a superb cliffhanger it was practically begging for a sequel. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite hit the mark. A contributor to the online thread adds, “They took a great, dark, action sci-fi movie and turned it into a cheesy, run-of-the-mill, over-the-top summer blockbuster garbage film.” This movie deserved a much better sequel.

8. The Dark Tower (2017)

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Yet another unsuccessful book-to-film adaptation, this was devastating for at least one person who explains that it not only broke their heart to watch, but they “can’t get more than two minutes into the movie because they’ve butchered my all-time favorite book series so badly it makes me cry.”

9. The Hangover Part III (2013)

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Viewers and critics who loved the first two Hangover movies didn’t feel the same about The Hangover Part III. Once again, it’s a case of knowing when to stop producing sequels and leaving well enough alone.

10. The Hobbit Trilogy (2012, 2013, and 2014)

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The J.R.R. Tolkien book The Hobbit is a famous fantasy novel for children. Someone on the question-and-answer forum wasn’t totally on board with the movie trilogy, mainly because “they didn’t follow the books at all. It just didn’t feel like a movie about The Hobbit.” Despite the deviation from the novel, The Hobbit series was one of the most popular at the box office.

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