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Year in review: worst movies of 2018

  • Year in review: worst movies of 2018

    With the recent release of the 2018 Golden Globe nominations and the world-famous awards show coming up on Jan. 6, the internet is abuzz with reviewers and movie buffs alike debating which films of the last year are the best — and therefore, most deserving of these coveted trophies.

    This is not that list.

    If you’re a fan of terrible rom-coms, horrendous horror movies, or silly sci-fi, consider this your slideshow of consequence: Stacker’s definitive compilation of the worst movies of 2018. Our research equally weighs IMDb and Metacritic scores of films with a minimum of 5,000 IMDb votes released in English in 2018. Any ties were broken by the number of IMDb votes.

    There’s something here for everyone, no matter what your unique or inexplicable penchant is for terrible movies.

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  • #55. The First Purge

    Stacker Score: 52.5
    IMDb rating: 5.1
    Metascore: 54
    Director: Gerard McMurray

    The fourth installment of the “Purge" series, “The First Purge" serves as a horrifically bad prequel. In it, a third political party called the New Founding Fathers of America has overthrown the government and comes up with a novel idea to push the crime rate below 1% for the rest of the year: Suspend all laws on Staten Island for 12 hours, pay the poor residents there $5,000 if they're willing to stay in their homes (more if they're willing to participate), and see what happens.

  • #54. The Meg

    Stacker Score: 52.0
    IMDb rating: 5.8
    Metascore: 46
    Director: Jon Turteltaub

    This action/horror/sci-fi movie follows the trials of an underwater crew (Jason Statham, Rainn Wilson, and Ruby Rose) trapped underwater with a massive shark (the Megalodon) previously thought to be extinct. The film, based on a book and filmed on location in New Zealand, was widely panned by audiences and critics alike for its anti-climactic climax and predictability.

  • #53. Venom

    Stacker Score: 52.0
    IMDb rating: 6.9
    Metascore: 35
    Director: Ruben Fleischer

    Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams star in this film from the Marvel franchise about an investigative journalist who crosses path with an alien symbiote and ends up as “Venom," a hybrid creature with a violent alter-ego. Audiences on Rotten Tomatoes loved it and gave it an 86% approval rating, despite critics' harsh reviews.

  • #52. The Predator

    Stacker Score: 52.0
    IMDb rating: 5.6
    Metascore: 48
    Director: Shane Black

    A deadly group of hunters returns to Earth in “The Predator," where planetary destruction can only be stopped by a handful of ex-soldiers, a little boy, and a scientist. Starring Olivia Munn and Jacob Tremblay, the sixth franchise installment was poorly received for its cheesy references to the 1987 original, lackluster performances, and for being “no longer scary in the least but hella loud and busy."

  • #51. Johnny English Strikes Again

    Stacker Score: 52.0
    IMDb rating: 6.5
    Metascore: 39
    Director: David Kerr

    Rowan Atkinson stars in the third installment of the Johnny English series, which was better received by audiences than by critics and scored 64% on Rotten Tomatoes in audience reviews. The eponymous accidental secret agent gets called out of retirement when a cyber attack releases information on every active, undercover agent in Britain. It's up to English to find the culprit.

  • #50. Midnight Sun

    Stacker Score: 52.0
    IMDb rating: 6.6
    Metascore: 38
    Director: Scott Speer

    Similar in plot to the teen romance “Everything, Everything," “Midnight Sun" is about a girl with such extreme sensitivity to UV light that she only dares leave her house at night. Of course, having a crush on a boy threatens to change all that. The film stars Patrick Schwarzenegger and Bella Thorne and received a mere 21% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • #49. I Can Only Imagine

    Stacker Score: 52.0
    IMDb rating: 7.4
    Metascore: 30
    Directors: Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin

    This flick is a music biopic about the origin of MercyMe's song “I Can Only Imagine," the best-selling Christian single of all time. The plot, which centers on the lead singer's relationship with his father, was sacked by critics and audiences in spite of the movie making $85 million worldwide on a shoestring production budget of $7 million—making it the fourth highest-grossing music biopic in the U.S. behind “Bohemian Rhapsody," “Straight Outta Compton," and “Walk the Line."

  • #48. The Girl in the Spider's Web

    Stacker Score: 52.0
    IMDb rating: 6.1
    Metascore: 43
    Director: Fede Alvarez

    Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) is recruited to steal FireWall, which can access codes for nuclear weapons worldwide. “The Girl in the Spider's Web" is the fifth movie based off the Millennium series of books (which includes “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo") by the late Stieg Larsson and his successor, David Lagercrantz. Critics of the movie panned it for oversimplifying Salander's persona into a “quirky Batgirl-like figure."

  • #47. Forever My Girl

    Stacker Score: 51.5
    IMDb rating: 6.7
    Metascore: 36
    Director: Bethany Ashton Wolf

    Only 26% of critics liked this film, according to Rotten Tomatoes. The part-musical, part-comedy follows the story of country music superstar Liam, who leaves his bride at the altar for fame and fortune. Of course, he never gets over his one true love and shows back up eight years later to mend the relationships he left behind.

  • #46. Super Troopers 2

    Stacker Score: 51.0
    IMDb rating: 6.1
    Metascore: 41
    Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

    In this sequel to the 2001 cult favorite “Super Troopers," audiences follow five Vermont state troopers tasked with establishing a highway patrol station between the U.S. and Canada. This movie was crowdfunded on Indiegogo within 24 hours of posting its $2 million goal, but that did little to endear it to critics.

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