This has been a terrible year for myriad reasons. But among the various nightmares, I want to make sure nobody forgets that Netflix debuted multiple movies straight from hell, including one that obtained the rare achievement of earning a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Despite the fact we were all home for much of the year, Netflix released too many movies to keep up with in 2020. The streaming service provided subscribers with a deluge of mostly forgettable content as it averaged a rollout of multiple movies each week throughout the year.
But with so many movies, the chance of creating the hilariously bad became quite high. And now, in looking back at this year, you have a collection of cinematic curios of terribleness.
I’ve compiled the eight worst of the worst Netflix had to offer this year.
Each film is paired with a “critic burn” grabbed from the review aggregator Metacritic. These “burns” were either from the harshest or near-harshest reviews of the movies.
Read on for the list.
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Premise: In this drama directed by Ron Howard and based off the 2016 memoir of the same name, a Yale student returns to his home in Appalachia to find a community on the brink and reflects on his hard childhood.
Notable cast: Amy Adams and Glenn Close
Rotten Tomatoes score: 26%
Metacritic score: 39
Critic burn: Darren Franich for Entertainment Weekly:
Hillbilly Elegy is two movies, one laughably bad and one boringly bad.
Debut date (when the movie joined Netflix, not the limited run theatrical release Netflix did when it thought this movie might be a big Oscar contender): Nov. 24.
Runtime: 1 hour, 56 minutes