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

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.’



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).

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


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.

Dewey Singleton - Film Critic
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.