19 Hyped-Up Movies That Were Actually Terrible

So, you know how there’s always this buzz around those hyped-up movies, right? Like, the ones that everyone’s talking about, the trailers that give you goosebumps, and the anticipation that’s through the roof?

Yeah, those. But here’s the kicker- sometimes, they turn out to be total duds.

One Redditor asked, “What movie was so hyped but you hated when you watched it? Many users commented on this thread, and we have picked the top 19 movies for you!

1. Downsizing

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Here’s the hitch- the movie kind of loses its way. What starts as this cool sci-fi concept and a chance to explore some thought-provoking themes ends up feeling like it’s not sure what it wants to be.

A discerning Reddit user commented, “Downsizing. The trailer made it look like a comedy. In reality, it was just depressing.”

Another replied, “Good grief, I still tell people how awful this movie is like five years later. Didn’t finish the whole thing. The first half is decent, sets up an interesting premise, and then it just goes off on a tangent. How it got made/approved is beyond me!”

2. Pacific Rim Uprising

John Boyega in Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018).
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

A Reddit user wrote, “Pacific Rim Uprising. I should have known better, but I loved the first one and just wanted to go deeper into the world. Wish I hadn’t.”

Someone else added, “I wish I could give you a 1000 upvotes. The first movie is my favorite. I HATED the sequel for a lot of reasons, and I tried so hard to remove all my bias and be totally open-minded when rating the movie, but good gosh, it just sucked in comparison to the first.”

Sure, there are big robots duking it out with even bigger monsters, and that’s all well and good. The problem is the movie tries to ride on the coattails of the first one without really bringing anything fresh to the table.

3. Dark Tower

Dark Tower.
Image Credit: Sony Pictures.

So, we’re talking about a film adaptation of Stephen King’s epic book series- a series that has a massive and dedicated fanbase. People were hoping for a cinematic experience that would capture the dark and intricate universe that King had crafted over multiple novels.

The hype train was in full motion, fueled by promises of a grand and faithful adaptation. Enter the movie itself, and oh boy, did it miss the mark for many fans.

One said, “I can’t even with that movie. “Hey, let’s condense 7 books into 1 movie, it’ll be fine…””

Another added, “Read the series twice. Some of the best fiction out there IMO. Any rendering of this needs to be on a Game of Thrones level of production and length. 3800 or so pages condensed into a single film.”

4. The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass.
Image Credit: New Line Cinema.

Ah, “The Golden Compass,” a movie that definitely stirred up some buzz before its release but ultimately left many scratching their heads in disappointment.

Someone commented, “The first attempt at The Golden Compass. Loads of great talent and really well cast, just far too condensed and edited to do it justice.”

Another replied, “See, now I just found out that one of my favorite trilogies as a kid, which shaped my views on religion and critical thinking, has been redeemed from that awful adaptation, and I know what to do with my Saturday afternoon.”

5. Mulan (2020)

Mulan 2020.
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“Mulan” (2020), the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, certainly had its fair share of hype leading up to its release. But when the dust settled, and audiences had the chance to watch it, many were left wondering if all the anticipation was really worth it.

Someone shared, “The new Mulan. Such a letdown. Ya, I had high expectations, but the movie was just so bad. I loved the original and hated the new one.”

Someone else added, “The original Mulan empowered women by showing that they can do anything if they set their minds to it. The new version ruined it by giving Mulan magic and therefore telling women that only chosen ones can do anything they want, the rest should just “stick to their place”. I really don’t know how they managed to screw up that badly.”

6. Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad.
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A discerning Reddit user commented, “The 2016 suicide squad. That movie was marketed like it was the second coming of Christ, but my god, it was terrible.”

Another replied, “I remember thinking before watching that Jared Leto’s Joker may be cool, but now I cringe thinking about him as the Joker. He really did {do badly} n that movie: he sounded like he was drunk or on drugs the entire time, and I was too young to understand it, but the relationship he had with Harley was still very {messed} up even though the theatrical cut depicted him as “nicer”.”

One of the major criticisms was the film’s disjointed editing and pacing. It felt like the movie was trying to cram too much into its runtime, resulting in a confusing and hard-to-follow narrative.

7. Percy Jackson

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010).
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

One said, “Percy Jackson. Disgrace”

Another wrote, “It was like they didn’t even read the book. Disney is making a show where each season will be 1 book & Rick Riordan (the author) is an executive producer, so fingers crossed it will be much better.”

Someone shared, “Rick Riordan has publicly distanced themselves from the movie and made the point clear that once you sell the rights, you have NO SAY or INPUT in the adaptation unless you get it in the contract. They can bastardize it 6 ways to Sunday, and you can’t do anything to stop them. Look what they did to my boy!”

Fans of the books found that the movie’s portrayal of the characters didn’t capture their essence or depth, leading to a lack of emotional investment.

8. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Bangkok, Thailand - November 10, 2016: Beautiful Standee of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at the theater.
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Sometimes hype can be a double-edged sword, and when it comes to “Fantastic Beasts,” it might’ve been a little too wielded.

A Reddit user wrote, “Every Fantastic Beasts movie like c’mon man, a prequel to Harry Potter? should be good right? Wrong”

Another added, “Wizard Indiana Jones mixed with Pokemon. That’s literally all they had to do, and they completely messed up.”

9. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Image Credit: LucasFilms.

Star Wars is like the mother of all franchises, and the hype for this movie was off the charts.

One said, “Star Wars Episode 9. 60, no 42 years build-up and anticipation and then one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. Edit: I can’t do maths. That’s how much it rotted my brain.”

Someone else added, “The thing that killed it for me was the knife with the contours in the blade indicating the location of the macguffin. Ridiculous. And the worst was still to come.”

But, you know what they say- you can’t please every Sith Lord in the room. While some fans were embracing the Skywalker saga’s epic conclusion like Ewoks at a victory party, others might’ve felt like the Millennium Falcon hit a narrative asteroid field.

10. Avatar

Avatar: The Way of Water (2022).
Image Credit: Disney Plus.

One said, “Literally, the top answer any time someone asks about disappointing movies is Avatar.”

Someone shared, “That’s how I felt. It was so hyped, and I just felt like it was Ferngully in space, and I didn’t get it. I have no desire to see the new one.”

So yeah, Avatar had its moments, but let’s not kid ourselves- the hype was a bit overblown, and we all got caught up in it.

11. Bird Box

Bird Box.
Image Credit: Courtesy Netflix.

A discerning Reddit user commented, “The bird box. Lots of crazy theories behind it, sobre controversy, the whole suicide shenanigans aaaaand… The movie is just {bad} Nothing is really well explained; the ending feels almost like a loophole, and the theories have massive gaps. I could thrash over this film for hours.”

Another replied, “What’s crazy to me is they just made a sequel and are promoting it as “one of Netflix’s most popular movies of all time”. I know a lot of people watched it, but everyone thought {it was bad}.

Some viewers might’ve expected answers as mind-blowing as a Death Star explosion, but the big reveal was more like a Sith plot that didn’t quite stick the landing.

12. The Little Mermaid (2023)

The Little Mermaid (2023).
Image Credit: Disney.

We’re talking about a classic Disney tale that’s got so much nostalgia attached to it. So, when news hit that they’re giving it the live-action treatment, you bet your dinglehopper people were flipping their fins in excitement.

A Reddit user wrote, “I know I’m going to get severely downvoted, but The Little Mermaid (2023). The Little Mermaid was my absolute favorite movie as a kid, and I have the entire movie memorized at this point. I saw it opening weekend in the theater, and it was TERRIBLE.

Some of the best songs, like the Chef Louis song and Daughters of Triton were both cutout, which I was seriously disappointed about. Then they replaced those songs with the terrible Prince Eric song and the somehow even worse Skuttlebutt rap.

As I stated earlier, I have seen the original so many times that I have it memorized, but to me, the book scene with Ariel and Eric and the dance scene felt like it took aspects from other Disney movies like Beauty and The Beast and Aladdin. “

Another added, “The costumes were also quite disappointing, as I LOVED Ariel’s original blue dress from the movie. Somehow, I felt Under The Sea was even ruined and felt very underwhelming. IMO, the best part was Melissa McCarthy’s rendition of Poor Unfortunate Souls, and honestly, I think the movie steered too far away from the original storyline.”

13. Death Note (2022)

Death Note.
Image Credit: James Dittiger/Netflix.

First off, the anime and manga already had a massive cult following. Who wouldn’t be intrigued by a story where a bored high school kid named Light Yagami stumbles upon a notebook that lets him become a silent serial killer?

Someone commented, “The Netflix live-action Death Note. The opening credits weren’t even done, and I was already upset.”

Someone else added, “I sadly sat through the whole thing, mostly for Dafoe. Nothing about it worked; it was the essence of ALMOST Death Note. Such a bad product, I refuse to call it a movie.”

14. Ocean’s Eight

Ocean's Eight.
Image Credit: Warner Bros Entertainment.

Now, the hype train for this one was like a diamond-studded locomotive. People were talking about the all-female cast, the fashion-forward plot, and the promise of witty banter and sharp one-liners that’d put a couture runway to shame.

One said, “Just had a conversation about Oceans 8 last night with my partner. I thought it was lame, just hyped up because it was all well-known women.”

Another replied, “So overrated and hyped. Watched it and wasted my time ☹”

15. Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park (1993).
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

A Reddit user wrote, “I think they should stop making Jurassic Park sequels most of the time. But then again, the Saga continues.”

Someone shared, “Agree. This Chris Pratt and his hand gestures to a raptor? Noooooo. Looks like he has on a toupee. Riding horses to run a dino down, rope it, then stop it making it tame? Or what tha fk ever…S**KED!”

So, whether you walked out of the theater feeling like a kid who just saw a real-life dinosaur or feeling like you were chasing a mirage of movie magic, one thing’s for sure: “Jurassic Park” stomped onto the scene with a thunderous roar of excitement!

16. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.
Image Credit: Columbia Pictures.

When news dropped that they were making a movie based on the beloved “Final Fantasy” games, fans were ready to trade their potions for popcorn and dive into this fantasy realm.

A discerning Reddit user commented, “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. I was so hyped. The graphics were so amazing for the time and this was coming off of square soft and their nonstop hits + amazing cinematic work. I was literally bored about 20 min into the movie.”

Another replied, “Oh my god, what a letdown. If you made a list of all of the things you expect from Final Fantasy. Let’s say it’s a top ten list. Only if “there is a character named Cid,” is on your list, does this movie check any of those boxes. It was sooo boring. And I walked into it really really wanting to like it. I loved Final Fantasy. I can’t imagine how bad this was for someone who wasn’t giving it every possible chance to be good.”

17. Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

The hype for this one was like a meteor shower of curiosity. People were talking about the mind-bending visuals and the promise of a space odyssey that’d leave them questioning the very fabric of the universe.

A Reddit user wrote, “Jupiter Ascending. Previews looked great. Love the director. Wow, it was bad!”

Someone else added, “I couldn’t stand most of the characters. Jupiter Ascending goes on my list of movies that had great promises that they just couldn’t fulfill. You know, whoever wrote these had a deep lore bible that they worked hard on, but ultimately the story within that world, the characters, couldn’t live up to the promise.”

18. Morbius

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We’re talking about a movie that’s part of Sony’s Spider-Verse, where characters like Venom and Morbius get their solo spotlight. Vampires, dark alleyways, and Leto trying his best to channel his inner Dracula- it’s a blood-soaked fan fiction come to life.

One said, “Morbius. I really thought it was gonna be good.”

Someone shared, “The fact that it was put back in theaters because it was memed so hard was hilarious, though. Sometimes bad press really is bad press.”

Another added, “ahhhh Morbius is so bad. I hated watching it, idk why it was so hyped.”

19. The Twilight Saga

The Twilight Saga.
Image Credit: Summit Entertainment.


When you’ve got a fanbase as passionate as a werewolf on a full moon night, expectations can soar higher than a vampire trying to catch a bat. Some people might’ve been hoping for a more epic showdown between the undead and the shapeshifters, only to feel like they were watching a series that was more sparkly melodrama than epic saga!

Someone commented, “All the Twilight movies. It’s so bizarre and kinda bad.”

Another replied, “No way, man, they’re actually so bad they’re funny. I love watching them all tipsy and laughing with friends.”

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