15 Popular 2021 Movies That Were Actually Kinda Bad

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which popular movies from 2021 they actually hated. Here's what they said:

1.Black Widow

Yelena, Natasha, and Melina turn around at the dinner table to stare at the Red Guardian

"Black Widow was not good. It felt like so many scenes were unnecessary and the major fight scenes were lame. The best part was Florence Pugh."


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Chani and Paul look at something down below them

"Let's be real: Dune was a clusterfuck of a movie. It made no sense and we were TOTALLY Zendaya-baited."


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Ikaris and Sersi gazing into each others eyes

"I didn’t particularly like Eternals. It tried to squeeze a huge amount of plot into a small amount of time. Maybe if it had been a TV series it would have worked better. But mostly it was just meh."


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4.Home Sweet Home Alone

Buzz stands with a giant water gun

"I gave it a try, but I didn't like it. They gave the story a twist by having sympathetic 'bad' guys, and (I don't know if they did it on purpose) an unlikable main character. It totally defeats the purpose of the franchise."


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5.To All The Boys: Always and Forever

Lara Jean, Gen, and Chris sitting on a couch on the subway

"Everything felt forced and overacted, and I was honestly waiting for John Ambrose to show up."

Kayla Yandoli

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6.Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Venom leans over with his tongue out

"The film that disappointed me the most was Venom: Let There Be Carnage. All the best scenes from the movie were shown in the trailer. I expected more from it and it just felt rushed. It's a shame. The only saving grace from the film was the post-credit scene."


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7.No Time to Die

James Bond and Paloma sit at the bar together

"I waited over a year to see a movie in a theater and was beyond disappointed. Without spoilers, they tried to 'reinvent' James Bond and changed so many things about the character, even the supporting characters. The movie became unrecognizable as a Bond movie. If you're a fan of classic Bond movies, get ready for them to throw everything you liked about James Bond into the trash."


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<div><p>"The music and the animation were great, but the whole story about being stuck in the house really made it boring. I was also expecting way more out of Bruno, but he just ended up being used as comic relief."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/zoecatherinegrant" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:zoecatherinegrant" class="link ">zoecatherinegrant</a></p></div><span> Disney / Pixar</span>

"The music and the animation were great, but the whole story about being stuck in the house really made it boring. I was also expecting way more out of Bruno, but he just ended up being used as comic relief."


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Cruella stands outside with makeup running down her face

"I was pretty disappointed by Cruella. I love Emma Stone, the original 101 Dalmatians, as well as the Glenn Close version. In retrospect, I don't think Cruella is the kind of villain who can get a backstory without ruining the character."


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10.Halloween Kills

Lori and her daughter stand terrified in front of wood panels

"The plot was a mess."


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11.The Guilty

Jake Gyllenhaal stares at a computer screen

"I love Jake Gyllenhaal – I genuinely think he's an incredible actor and deserves a lot more credit – but The Guilty turned into an entirely different (and worse) movie than what was promoted in the trailer. Instead of a crime drama about a 911 operator's distressing call, the real plot was about a cop who killed someone while on the job and tried to cover it up. The ending ultimately treats the cop as a hero for finally wanting to come clean and reveal the truth about what really happened, which is super upsetting, and there was also a plotline about how people struggling with mental illness are 'dangerous,' so, yeah, pass.

Spencer Althouse


12.The Suicide Squad

Harley Quinn stands holding up two guns

"I didn't like The Suicide Squad. Sure it was different and better than the 2016 version, but I still believe it could have been better."


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13.Army of the Dead

Lilly holds a gun and stares at Martin who is also holding a gun

"I expected it to be a fun zombie action film...it somewhat was. There were quite a few plot holes that I couldn't ignore, which spoiled the fun. There were three characters, especially a certain 'feisty' member, that were so irritating that I rooted for zombies to kill them."




Finch is driving and talking to his dog

"I did not like Finch. The plot was endearing and interesting. I liked the robot named Jeff and the dog too. But I felt like Tom Hanks' character kept bullying Jeff and getting upset with him for things he clearly didn't understand — since he was brought to life, like, yesterday. He was somewhat childlike in his innocence and naivety. Yes, Jeff did make mistakes but watching Finch get upset with Jeff constantly made me feel unsympathetic towards Finch, even though he was Tom Hanks."


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15.And finally, Cinderella

Cinderella holding a tray of tea

"This movie was some of the dumbest trash I've ever seen. Even Billy Porter and Idina Menzel couldn't save it. And, as a feminist, I say with all sincerity that movies need to stop beating us over the head with #GirlBoss stuff. Stop patronizing us, assholes. Cinderella was way too over the top."


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Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.

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