Best Disappointing Movies

  • The Golden Compass

    The Golden Compass (PG-13, 2007)

    Nicole Kidman, Dakota Blue Richards, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, Eva Green
    A young girl embarks on a perilous journey to rescue her best friend and fight the forces of darknes... read mores in director Chris Weitz's adaptation of the first installment of author Philip Pullman's best-selling fantasy trilogy. Screen newcomer Dakota Blue Richards stars as young heroine Lyra Belacqua, Casino Royale star Daniel Craig appears as Lyra's ruthless adventurer uncle, Lord Asriel, and Nicole Kidman assumes the glamorous guise of the villainous Mrs. Coulter. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • fb697057303
      fb697057303: Enjoyable but disappointing interpretation of the book.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • dougpasnak1
      dougpasnak1: Disappointing. Certainly not in the same league as Lord of the Rings. And since the anti-church the
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • iloveicq
      iloveicq: If you have never read the book, this movie would probably seem okay. If you have read the book, th
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Public Enemies

    Public Enemies (R, 2009)

    Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Channing Tatum, Giovanni Ribisi
    Based on author Bryan Burrough's ambitious tome Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and th... read moree Birth of the FBI, 1933-43, director Michael Mann's sprawling historical crime drama follows the efforts of top FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale ) in capturing notorious bank robber John Dillinger. A folk hero to the American public thanks to his penchant for robbing the banks that many people believed responsible for the Great Depression, charming bandit Dillinger (Johnny Depp) was virtually unstoppable at the height of his criminal career; no jail could hold him, and his exploits endeared him to the common people while making headlines across the country. J. Edgar Hoover's (Billy Crudup) FBI was just coming into formation, and what better way for the ambitious lawman to transform his fledgling Bureau of Investigation into a national police force than to capture the gang that always gets away? Determined to bust Dillinger and his crew, which also included sociopathic Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham) and Alvin Karpis (Giovanni Ribisi), Hoover christened Dillinger the country's very first Public Enemy Number One, and unleashed Purvis to take them down by whatever means necessary. But Purvis underestimated Dillinger's ingenuity as a master criminal, and after embarking on a frantic series of chases and shoot-outs, the dashing agent humbly surmised that he was in over his head. Outwitted and outgunned, Purvis knew that his only hope for busting Dillinger's gang was to baptize a crew of Western ex-lawmen as official agents, and orchestrate a series of betrayals so cunning that even America's criminal mastermind wouldn't know what hit him. Marion Cotillard, Channing Tatum, and Stephen Dorff co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • fb1146634647
      fb1146634647: Disappointing, though the clothes and Depp and Bale made up for it.
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
    • vismvism
      vismvism: I'm almost reluctant to say that I found the movie disappointing. I'm a big fan of Michael Mann but I feel this one missed the mark. It's not the set p
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • MisterTuttle
      MisterTuttle: . I wish I could say the same for the direction and story which are too disappointing sadly.
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

    The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (PG-13, 2008)

    Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Michelle Yeoh
    The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen continues the tale set into motion by director Stephen S... read moreommers with this globe-trotting adventure that finds explorer Rick O'Connell and son attempting to thwart a resurrected emperor's (Jet Li) plan to enslave the entire human race. It's been 2,000 years since China's merciless Emperor Han and his formidable army were entombed in terra cotta clay by a double-dealing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh), but now, after centuries in suspended animation, an ancient curse is about to be broken. Thanks to his childhood adventures alongside father Rick (Brendan Fraser) and mother Evelyn (Maria Bello), dashing young archeologist Alex O'Connell (Luke Ford) is more than familiar with the power of the supernatural. After he is tricked into awakening the dreaded emperor from his eternal slumber, however, the frightened young adventurer is forced to seek out the wisdom of his parents -- both of whom have had their fair share of experience battling the legions of the undead. Should the fierce monarch prove capable of awakening his powerful terra cotta army, his diabolical plan for world domination will finally be set into motion. Of course, the one factor that this emperor mummy failed to consider while solidifying his power-mad plans was the O'Connells, and before this battle is over, the monstrous monarch will be forced to contend with the one family that isn't frightened by a few rickety reanimated corpses. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • thmtsang
      thmtsang: . The fighting scenes are fab between Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh. The disappointing parts include Brendan Fraser's cheesy lines and the fact that he doesn't look old enou
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
    • fb616639107
      fb616639107: Disappointing, even after I went in with low expectations.
      Reviewed 12 months days ago
    • ca7l
      ca7l: not as good as the first two overall disappointing.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (PG, 1999)

    Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Pernilla August
    In 1977, George Lucas released Star Wars, the ultimate sci-fi popcorn flick-turned-pop-culture myth ... read moremachine. It quickly became the biggest money-making film of all time and changed the shape of the film industry. After two successful sequels (1980's The Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi) that extended the story of the first film, Lucas took some time off to produce movies for others, with mixed success. In 1999, Lucas returned to the Star Wars saga with a new approach -- instead of picking up where Return of the Jedi left off, Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace would be the first of a trilogy of stories to trace what happened in the intergalactic saga before the first film began. Here, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is a young apprentice Jedi knight under the tutelage of Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson); Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), who will later father Luke Skywalker and become known as Darth Vader, is just a nine-year-old boy. When the Trade Federation cuts off all routes to the planet Naboo, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are assigned to settle the matter, but when they arrive on Naboo they are brought to Amidala (Natalie Portman), the Naboo queen, by a friendly but opportunistic Gungan named Jar Jar. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan plan to escort Amidala to a meeting of Republic leaders in Coruscant, but trouble with their spacecraft strands them on the planet Tatooine, where Qui-Gon meets Anakin, the slave of a scrap dealer. Qui-Gon is soon convinced that the boy could be the leader the Jedis have been searching for, and he begins bargaining for his freedom and teaching the boy the lessons of the Force. The supporting cast includes Pernilla August as Anakin's mother, Terence Stamp as Chancellor Valorum, and Samuel L. Jackson as Jedi master Mace Windu. Jackson told a reporter before The Phantom Menace's release that the best part about doing the film was that he got to say "May the Force be with you" onscreen. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • ocsalevmot
      ocsalevmot: This, of course, should be the most disappointing movie of all time. We all waited fifteen years to see it. Some actually waited in line
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb16709066
      fb16709066: . Even with that said, it is simply almost impossible not find this movie disappointing. The movie relies heavy on CGI and graphics which although look incredible, the story,
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb193103014
      fb193103014: just as long), "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" will deservedly go down as one of the most disappointing films ever conceived, mostly based on the hype to resulting quality ratio. It was absu
      Reviewed 24 months days ago
  • Max Payne

    Max Payne (PG-13, 2008)

    Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Olga Kurylenko
    Max Payne is a maverick cop - a mythic anti-hero - determined to track down those responsible for th... read moree brutal murders of his family and partner. Hell-bent on revenge, his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmare journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal.
    • fb100000019926687
      fb100000019926687: Very disappointing. I love Wahlberg, but this was just poorly done...
      Reviewed 22 months days ago
    • krsnipe
      krsnipe: An average and disappointing video game adaptation that is just not worth watching. I watched this because I like t
      Reviewed 20 months days ago
    • TSHolzemer
      TSHolzemer: Very disappointing. I love Wahlberg, but this was just poorly done...
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • The Last Airbender

    The Last Airbender (PG, 2010)

    Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Toub
    Suspense auteur M. Night Shyamalan takes a break from crafting original screenplays to tell this tal... read moree of a 12-year-old boy (Noah Ringer) who provides the last hope for restoring harmony to a land consumed by chaos. In a world balanced on the four nations of Water, Earth, Fire, and Air, people known as the Waterbenders, Earthbenders, Firebenders, and Airbenders have mastered their native elements. Though the masters can each manipulate their native elements, the only one with the power to manipulate all four elements is a young boy known as the Avatar. When the Avatar subsequently appears to die while still mastering his powers, the Fire nation launches a global war with the ultimate goal of global domination. One hundred years later, two teens discover that the Avatar and his flying bison have in fact been locked in suspended animation. Upon being freed from his prison, the Avatar embarks on an arduous quest to restore harmony among the four war-ravaged nations. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • fb1113982735
      fb1113982735: Is there anything lower than half of a star? I am not exaggerating when I say it was the most disappointing movie experience of my life. It literally made my 10 year old sister cry.
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
    • fb711815675
      fb711815675: Amazing tv show, horribly disappointing film adaptation. I mean, you can't even get the names of the well-known and loved char
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
    • fb100002928099549
      fb100002928099549: . It was disappointing and did not whatsoever stick the plot line of the original show. It heavily disappoin
      Reviewed 13 months days ago
  • Angels & Demons

    Angels & Demons (PG-13, 2009)

    Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, Pierfrancesco Favino
    Angels and Demons re-teams director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks for the sequel to their internatio... read morenal blockbuster adaptation of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code. Although the book Angels and Demons was written before the novel The Da Vinci Code, the movie transpires after the events of the earlier movie. Hanks stars as professor Robert Langdon, the most respected symbologist in the United States, who uses his knowledge in order to decode a symbol on the skin of a murder victim. The clues put him on the trail of an international conspiracy involving the Catholic Church. Ewan McGregor and Ayelet Zurer also star in the Sony Pictures production. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
    • sralph59
      sralph59: Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's Angels and Demons was disappointing. While the acting was outstanding, the adaptation of the plot left out essential chara
      Reviewed 24 months days ago
    • fb747883914
      fb747883914: Not a disaster, but too much of the book's complexity has been removed and controversial elements h
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • weena
      weena: Disappointing. Vital sub-plots in the book were omitted or changed in the movie. Lukewarm acting fr
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

    The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (R, 2009)

    Denzel Washington, John Travolta, James Gandolfini, John Turturro, Luis Guzman
    The ordinary day of New York City subway dispatcher Walter Garber is thrown into chaos by an audacio... read moreus crime: the hijacking of a subway train. Ryder, the criminal mastermind who leads the highly-armed gang of four hijackers, threatens to execute the train's passengers, unless a large ransom is paid within one hour. As the tension mounts beneath his feet, Garber employs his vast knowledge of the subway system in a battle to outwit Ryder and save the hostages. But, there's one riddle Garber can't solve: even if the thieves get the money, how can they possibly escape?
    • fb639083035
      fb639083035: First 20 mins are good then it gets silly. Disappointing from Tony Scott - it's leagues below 'Man
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • fb1328260369
      fb1328260369: ... but I gotta ask what's the point of this hijack?? the ending was a bit disappointing..
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • fb1293930475
      fb1293930475: This was a pretty good movie! Not one I'd watch over and over but it wasn't disappointing at all.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Superman Returns

    Superman Returns (PG-13, 2006)

    Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Eva Marie Saint
    Following a mysterious absence of several years, Superman comes back to Earth -- but things have cha... read morenged. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, The Man of Steel faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman's bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.
    • p3cataquiz
      p3cataquiz: . Different values and different standards for film made film disappointing to a lot of people. I thought Brandon Routh did an amazing job being the Superman Sing
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
    • fb500012242
      fb500012242: Very disappointing. Clark Kent is no longer the boy scout we have always seen him as. Lex's scheme is abs
      Reviewed 4 days days ago
    • fb532278822
      fb532278822: Disappointing... It didn't turn out to be what I expected and ended in such a bad note! Is there go
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
  • War (Rogue Assassin)

    War (Rogue Assassin) (R, 2007)

    Jet Li, Jason Statham, John Lone, Devon Aoki, Luis Guzman
    An FBI agent whose partner and family were killed by a notorious assassin sets out for revenge as th... read moree elusive triggerman sparks a sprawling gang war between the triads and the yakuza in the feature debut from prolific music video director Phillip Atwell. FBI sgent Jack Crawford (Jason Statham) is a man driven by vengeance. After his partner, Tom Lone (Terry Chen), and his family fell to bullets fired by infamous hitman Rogue (Jet Li), Crawford makes it his life mission to ferret out the slippery killer. Complications arise when it begins to appear as if Rogue has a mission of his own to carry out, and as triad boss Chang (John Lone) prepares for all-out war against yakuza boss Shiro (Ryo Ishibashi), Crawford and Rogue also come face to face as the secrets of the past emerge in a hail of gunfire. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • EnigmaticHallucination
      EnigmaticHallucination: . I think the battle between Statham and Li was rather disappointing and could definitely have been better. It reminded me of a not as good version of "The
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • neptunesbeat
      neptunesbeat: 3 stars simply for the action everything else was just too generic quite disappointing.
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
    • thevivster
      thevivster: . It had its moments, but Jason Statham was disappointing mostly because of Jet Li's presence
      Reviewed 5 years days ago