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Top 10 Movies You're Glad You Missed This Summer

VO: Matthew Wende
Written by Thomas O' Connor The summer movie season is a time for epic blockbusters and a lot of fun at the movies, but these films turned out to be not worth your time at all! WatchMojo presents the top 10 Movies That You Should Be Happy You Missed! But what will take the top spot as the worst movie of Summer 2017? Will it be The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, The Emoji Movie, or Transformers: The Last Night? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: Big thanks to governmentfree for suggesting this idea, and to see how WatchMojo users voted, check out the suggest page here: WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Movies+You%27re+Glad+You+Skip+Out+This+Summer

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There were some great movies this summer, and then there were these. Welcome to, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Worst Movies of the Summer. For this list, we’ll be counting down ten movies that weren’t treated too kindly by audiences or critics. Here’s to hoping next summer will have fewer movies like these.

#10: “Death Note” (2017)

Adapting the hit anime and manga series into a feature-length film didn’t seem like an easy task, but we figured that director Adam Wingard might just have been able to pull it off. Unfortunately, the American version of the franchise runs into a number of the same roadblocks that often befall adaptations of longer properties, specifically a massively overcrowded script that tries to do too much in too little time. Attempting to cram multiple characters, concepts and plotlines into just a little over an hour and a half, the film just has too much going on, and fails to do justice to the source material.

#9: “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”

Guy Ritchie’s flashy, big-budget retelling of the legend of King Arthur certainly isn’t lacking in style, with glossy, eyecatching action movie visuals to spare. Unfortunately, the same level of polish isn’t present in the film’s storytelling and characters, which both fall disappointingly flat. It’s a shame, as the Arthur legend has all the ingredients for a fun, exciting action property: swordfights, epic battles, and depending on how you’re playing it, lots of interesting fantasy elements. Sadly, though, Ritchie isn’t able to strike the right notes, turning this age-old tale of chivalry and honor into a totally forgettable flash in the pan.

#8: “Wish Upon”

It’s the kind of story that dates back to some of our early myths: Be careful what you wish for. Despite the familiar nature of the story, the makers of this horror flick apparently felt we hadn’t learned this lesson yet, churning out a tired rehash of something that’s already been done better a number of times, and relying on way too many “teenage girl” cliches for comfort. Surely most teenagers would wish for something more original than popularity and a cute boyfriend. For starters, they could wish for a better movie.

#7: “The Book of Henry” (2017)
We can’t fault Colin Trevorrow’s film for lacking in ambition, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of other things we can fault it for. It’s not a terrible idea to use a fairly lighthearted comedy to tackle serious issues like abusive parents, but this film just can’t decide which lane it wants to be in, and veers back and forth between tones fast enough to give us whiplash. Even with a talented cast of actors led by Naomi Watts, this film just never manages to find the right tone. And when you also factor in the downer of a twist, it’s hard to imagine who this movie is even for.

#6: “Baywatch” (2017)

Movie revivals of old TV shows rarely work, and this action/comedy dud is no exception. Despite the all-star cast including Alexandra Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson and Dwayne Johnson’s oiled pecs, this big-screen reboot attempts to turn the popular 90s TV show into more of a comedy, planting its tongue firmly in its cheek with in-jokes and knowing winks a-plenty. This could have been a good strategy, but the writing just doesn’t click, and often comes across as too “nudge nudge wink wink” for its own good. Try as the cast might to resuscitate the franchise, this one is dead in the water.

#5: “The Dark Tower” (2017)

A movie adaptation of Stephen King’s decade-spanning fantasy epic has been something a lot of people have wanted to see hit movie screens, but given what audiences were met with when the film finally came out, maybe this adventure should have stayed on the page. With a rushed story that tries to throw far too much mythology and world-building at audiences, the film is a pacing nightmare even with the stellar cast of Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey working their hardest to make it watchable. There’s plenty more of Roland Deschain’s adventures waiting to be adapted, but they probably won’t be hitting cinemas anytime soon.

#4: “The Mummy” (2017)

This is the second time that Universal Studios have attempted to kick-start a cinematic universe starring their classic horror monsters, and the second time their efforts have been met with disaster. Not so much a movie as a series of overblown action set-pieces and grueling exposition dumps, this horror-action spectacle doesn’t exactly have us chomping at the bit for more of the “Dark Universe”, Russell Crowe’s amusingly hammy performance notwithstanding. The idea of a shared movie universe based around classic movie monsters still has legs, but maybe it’ll take another try to get the formula right.

#3: “Transformers: The Last Knight”

There’s a list of things that could make the live-action Transformers movies watchable. Medieval knights is not on that list. Michael Bay’s latest entry in the blockbuster franchise is the biggest, loudest and dumbest, further muddying the already confusing Transformers Movie-verse continuity and stretching the limits of our patience with its confused, addlebrained script. You’d think that the always classy Anthony Hopkins might have been able to save this franchise, but not even Hannibal Lecter himself can make this assault on the senses bearable. There might have been a time when this movie series could transform into something worthwhile, but that time has passed.

#2: “The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature” (2017)

Movies intended for kids don’t have to be Shakespeare, but most kids deserve better than this cash-in sequel. While the first film at least had a modicum of charm and wit, this sequel relies on too many tired jokes and worn-out story tropes to be anything other than a distraction for tired parents who just want to keep their kids quiet for a while. And for a supposedly major release, the animation on display is surprisingly shoddy, a far cry from what you’d see from other animated films that released this year. It just goes to show, not even children are safe from lazy sequels.

Before we reveal our top pick, why don’t you check out these honorable mentions.

“Birth of the Dragon”

“All Eyez on Me” (2017)

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (2017)

#1: “The Emoji Movie” (2017)

In theory, you can make a good movie out of just about anything, but this lame cash-grab doesn’t do much to support that theory. Movie fans scoffed when it was first announced that a feature film was in the works based entirely on the little icons you put in text messages, and while it would have been fun to see people eat those scoffs, their dismissal turned out to be well-founded. Barely justifying its own existence with lame joke after lame joke, this movie is nothing short of a disaster. But what could we have expected from a movie that cast Captain Picard himself, SIR Patrick Stewart, as a talking lump of poo.

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