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The Ten Worst Films Of 2016 (From ‘Dr. Strange’ to ‘Blair Witch’)

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From Doctor Strange to Blair Witch, here are the absolute worst films of 2016.

Honorable Mention- Dr. Strange and Suicide Squad

2016 was an important year for both Marvel Studios and DC as well. Marvel ventured into uncharted waters as it entered the spiritual realm with its release of Dr. StrangeDC attempted to introduce to a band of antiheroes known as ‘Suicide Squad.’

Strange

Instead of the usual well-balanced release that we’ve grown accustomed to from Marvel Studios, we were treated to a cookie cutter narrative that amounted to a huge disappointment. Dr. Strange just didn’t connect in the same way that many of the Marvel films have. Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed Stephen Strange as incredibly bland and lack the nuance the character needed. The villains were incredibly hoo-hum and didn’t cause any stir within the audience. To top it off, you made changes to mythology behind Dr. Strange that were so poor that it ultimately derailed a promising film (example: The Ancient One).

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Worst Films Of 2016

Suicide Squad ended up amounting to a disjointed two hours of boredom that left audiences wanting to exit the theater rather than wanting a sequel.

10. The Light Between Oceans

If you are interested in a melodramatic film that claims to tell a romantic tale but will only elicit boredom, then have I got the movie for you. What was baffling to me is the narrative is highly predictable, but is drawn out so much that you’ll be begging for the film to end after about an hour.

9. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Neighbors 2

Seth Rogen and all the executives at Universal must think we are morons. There was no need for this film to even see the light of day. Were we left with any burning unanswered questions after the initial film?

8. The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan was meant to be an exciting summer film that grabbed audiences attention and launched a potential franchise. What we got was a tepid tale that failed to turn a profit for Warner Brothers.

7.The Huntsman: Winter’s War

The Huntsman Winter's War

Why? would you take a terrible movie that wants everyone to think it’s similar to Game of Thrones and make a sequel? The answer is money.

6. Zoolander 2

Zoolander 2 is a really, ridiculously bad movie. This is the type of film that the members of Rifftrax would have a field day with. The only shocking part of this list is that this movie is only #6 (which should tell you how terrible 2016 was).

5. Keeping up With The Joneses’

Keeping Up With The Joneses

Oh, I have a splendid idea. Let’s take the weird guy from The Hangover and make him the male lead and take the better actor and make him a supporting actor. Also, let’s throw in action sequences that are reminiscent of a Disney channel original film as well. That’s sure to draw audiences right in.

4. Independence Day 2: Resurgence

It took all of 5 minutes to realize why 20th Century Fox didn’t screen this film for film critics before it’s release.  I imagine this to be Jeff Goldblum’s face shortly after seeing the final cut of the movie.

3. Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day was yet another example of Hollywood trying to shove down our throats more regurgitated garbage. There’s nothing in the film that can’t be figured by watching the trailer one time. To make matters worse, the narrative is flat and doesn’t nearly do enough to pay homage to Mother’s everywhere.

2. Warcraft

Warcraft

Take away the terrible narrative, the laughable special effects, the sound quality, and actors whose performances seem flat, and you have one of the best of movies of 2016. Video gamers everywhere should be insulted this film is meant to represent one of the most popular games in the world.

1. Blair Witch

Blair Witch

Blair Witch is so uninspired and ridiculous that I almost walked out of the screening. This movie is supposed to frighten audiences, but all it did was bring out moments of laughter in the theater. Also enough of the found footage horror films already!


What do you think the worst film of 2016 was? Comment below.

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Dewey Singleton - Film Critic
I'm a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and have been doing reviews for many years. My views on film are often heard in markets such as Atlanta, Houston, and satellite radio. My wife often tolerates my obsession for all things film related and two sons are at an age now where 'Trolls' is way cooler than dad. Follow me on twitter @mrsingleton.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t bullshit yourself, Dewey.You knew exactly what you were doing with this article. You replied to BOB saying this list is based off of the movies you’ve seen this year. So why didn’t you include Girl on the Train and Jason Bourne, 2 movies which you did review and scored lower than Doctor Strange in this list? That already tells me the criteria for your list is bullshit. And if you didn’t want to put those in your main list, why not an hounorable mention?

    Because you needed an excuse to include a well loved movie in the title of your article. You KNEW putting a controversial title would draw in clicks, and it’s a convenient way to make any criticism of it seem invalid — “”It’s just an hounorable mention, guys!” I mean, this article was on the first page of google when you searched for Doctor Strange, so you got exactly what you wanted. I’m just saying, you could pull stuff like this but atleast be fucking honest about it.

  2. Doctor Strange is among the few blockbuster highlights of the year. And you are telling me it is worse than X-Men Apocalypse,Alice through the looking glass, or the Jason Bourne or the new Ice Age movie?? You must be desperate for clicks huh… Last i checked, it is at a 91% positive score on Rotten tomatoes with an average of 7.3, the audience score is 90%. So i can agree with the plot being a cookie cutter for the first half, but the visuals and the 2nd half more than made up for it, it is not at all aggressively bad or boring like how you made it out to be. The funny thing is you did not even include it in your list but gave it an honorable mention, but on the headline, you wrote from Dr. Strange to ……….Funny people would go to such lengths for clicks.

    • I never reviewed the new X-Men film. As for the title, it’s part of the article so that’s why the title is framed that way and nothing more.

  3. Are you mentally challenged to put Doctor Strange there?? It’s one of the best movies of 2016. This is just a clickbait article!

    • That’s great ! I respectfully disagree with you. The list is based on the movies I’ve reviewed this year and nothing more.

  4. Nah doctor strange is one of the best superhero movies ever fool. The movie was obviously to smart for you to handle.

  5. I totally disagree with you for Doctor Strange.It has very good positive reviews..Have you ever seen a movie with that kind of mind bending visuals?And it wasn’t predictable at all.BvS should be in your “honorable mentions ” not Doctor Strange.

  6. I disagree with some choices here. Dr. Strange and Blair Witch, most notably. I am, also, a movie buff and I have seen all of the Marvel comic movies and enjoyed them very much. For Blair Witch, I must say that it was more entertaining than the first film, released seventeen years ago. Now, I haven’t seen Independence Day: Resurgence, but I would like to when it arrives on video when it hits the stores; this one, actually, looks interesting and I wish I had seen this, but I didn’t have the chance. I know this article is based on opinions, but we all know what they say about opinions and a certain area of the anatomy,

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