In 2015, the level of anticipation for the 2016 film slate was at an all time high. Now that we’re living in 2016, films have been bombing, and getting critically panned left and right. It seems moviegoers are less-than-impressed with the quality of films releasing as of late. But, the big question is, what is causing this slump in box office sales? Rotten Tomatoes reviews? Negative word of mouth? Film critics have been particularly vocal this year about their thoughts on certain movies, as they seem to be harsh on all films that have not been to their liking. There is a 50/50 chance the total audience will agree with what a critic has to say, but do you agree on these choices for worst film of the year so far? Compare your thoughts with those from Rotten Tomatoes, The Playlist, and other film review sites.
[Image via Universal Pictures]If you’re a fan of the game, you’ll love this film. If not, you might hate it. And it looks like critics hate it, too. This is shocking, because Warcraft director Duncan Jones has amassed a good body of work with his films Moon and Source Code. However, this film will go down as a stain on his resume as critics aren’t buying the shtick. The film plays out like a low-budget Lord of the Rings, with a been there, done that vibe. Unfortunately, the film does nothing to revamp the video game-to-live-action film genre. Currently, Warcraft is sitting pretty at 29 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows (TMNT)
[Image via Paramount Pictures]TMNT 2 is very light on the action and heavy on the stupid. It’s an average film that presents nothing special and offers no consistency. It doesn’t even contain the fun, Michael Bay film signatures like loud explosions and/or endless bullets. Kids seem to love this film, but film critics do not agree. As a critical and financial failure, the movie wastes its mediocre on-screen talent with an even crappier storyline. Rotten Tomatoes rates it deservingly at 37 percent.
[Image via 20th Century Fox]Third time’s not a charm in this bloated, disjointed mess that is X-Men: Apocalypse. It seems the number three is bad luck in this franchise. Not only did the film make less than its predecessor, Days of Futures Past, but it offers nothing new visually or storywise. New characters are used as props, and don’t really offer anything to the story. Quite simply, the film isn’t as good as its predecessors. A Rotten Tomatoes rating of 49 percent shows that perhaps critics are split down the middle about this, but it certainly has hit below expectations.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
[Image via Warner Bros.]The critical reception for Batman v Superman has been heavy and harsh. Some say the critics hurt the film’s chances of reaching $1 billion at the box office. Rotten Tomatoes was not kidding with their disdain for the film with a 27 percent critic rating, and it is close to being rated one of the worst movies of the superhero genre.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War
[Image via Universal Pictures]The critics on Rotten Tomatoes really trashed this poor film. The Huntsman: Winter’s War is like watching a man beat a dead horse. It’s the same rehashed nonsense from the first film, this time with an A-list cast. Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, and Charlize Theron sleepwalk their way through an entire film. Ranked at a mere 16 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and with an audience score of 49 percent, that should tell you a lot about why this film flopped at the box office.
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