Netflix New Releases: 10 of the Worst Movies Coming in January
Netflix is adding a slew of new releases to its streaming collection in January. Though there are plenty of great options to choose from (Bates Motel Season 4! It Follows! A bunch of new Netflix originals!), there are also some titles that you’ll want to avoid adding to your queue. Below, check out 10 of the worst movies coming to the streamer over the coming month:
1. Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016)
The fourth installment in SyFy’s disaster comedy series takes place five years after the last attack. Fin and his family have been blissfully sharknado-free in the years since, but now sharks and tornadoes are being whipped up in unexpected ways and places. But whereas previous installments managed to earn some goodwill by falling squarely into “it’s so bad, it’s good” territory, this flick loses all the charm of the rest of the franchise. Currently holding an 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (the lowest score of the entire franchise), critics panned the film for being weighed down by “clumsy social commentary and monotonous schtick that’s lost its bite.”
2. Ratchet & Clank (2016)
This animated feature tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop an alien named Chairman Drek from destroying the entire Solana Galaxy. Scoring an 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film, featuring the voices of Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, and Bella Thorne, has been heavily panned. With few jokes and generic storytelling, the movie will likely be enough to entertain the under 10 crowd, but those looking for features for the whole family might want to look elsewhere.
3. Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
The expensive Disney sequel was both a critical and commercial disappointment in its theatrical debut — and for good reason. Though visually stunning, the film doesn’t do justice to its iconic main characters, Alice, the Hatter, and the Red Queen. Instead, the story feels un-engaging and way too short on both whimsy and imagination. It’s no surprise that it currently holds a low 30% on Rotten Tomatoes.
4. License to Drive (1988)
The 1988 teen comedy film stars Corey Haim as a teen who decides to take his family’s prize luxury car for a night out on the town with his friends, despite recently flunking his driving test. The comedy has earned widely negative reviews for its weak script and widely predictable second half. The ’80s flick currently holds an 18% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
5. Collateral Damage (2002)
Arnold Schwarzenegger caught a lot of heat for this formulaic action thriller, in which he plays a firefighter who goes out in search of the people behind the terrorist act that killed his family. Despite Schwarzenegger’s best efforts, the movie earned overwhelmingly negative responses for its numbingly predictable plot and generic content. As The New York Observer put it at the time of its debut, Collateral Damage is “ugly, predictable and dumb as dirt.” The film has a 19% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
6. Good Kids (2016)
In this R-rated comedy, four teenagers decide to completely reinvent themselves before leaving for university, after realizing that they have missed out due to being the “good kids” at school. The movie, starring Zoey Deutch, Nicholas Braun, Israel Broussard, and Mateo Arias, has earned mostly negative reviews for its uneven, predictable storyline and lazy jokes. It has a 33% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
7. A Beautiful Now (2016)
Abigail Spencer stars as a woman on the verge of taking her own life, even as her group of friends reunite to try and save her. Written and directed by Daniela Amavia, the R-rated film failed to impress, with critics slamming it for being overly packed with “indie movie clichés” and morose characters. As The Hollywood Reporter put it, A Beautiful Now is a “stage play masquerading as a film.”
8. Dreamcatcher (2003)
Critics slammed this big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, which follows a group of friends who go on a camping trip only to discover that the town they’re visiting is being plagued by parasitic aliens. The Lawrence Kasdan directed film was widely panned for its sophomoric storytelling and cheesy elements. Labeled “an incoherent and overly long creature feature,” the sci-fi fantasy flick unsurprisingly scored just 30% on Rotten Tomatoes.
9. Nancy Drew (2007)
Emma Roberts stars as the titular young detective who sets out to investigate the long unsolved death of a beautiful movie star. The movie earned mixed reviews at the time of its debut, scoring a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. Though Roberts (in one of her early leading feature film roles) delivers a charming enough performance, she can’t save the lackluster adaptation, which fails to relive the excitement and surprise of the books it’s based on.
10. Cardboard Boxer (2016)
The Knate Lee-directed drama stars Thomas Haden Church as a homeless man living on Skid Row who tries to escape from a violent world where two teens pay him to fight others. Despite featuring two Academy Award nominees in Church and co-star Terrence Howard, the movie earned more negative than positive reviews in its debut. Though Church earned critical praise for his starring role, his performance was undermined by the cloying sentimentality that the film gets stuck in.
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