While Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker isn't receiving the best reviews, at least it didn't wind up on this list of IGN's worst-reviewed movies of 2019!It's an unfortunate list, because nobody sets out to make a bad movie (as far as we know), but sometimes a project just doesn't come together. Often you can see these films coming from a mile away, but then you get a Glass or a Hellboy remake and it's like, man, what went wrong?So let's have a look at the films released over the last year that were scored the worst of the worst by IGN's critics. But first, a few notes:IGN rates its movies on a scale of 0-10. All the films cited in this article were or will be released (theatrically or streaming) between January 1st and December 31st. The "worst reviewed" movies listed here all scored 5.9 ("mediocre") or below. The IGN review scale labels any film scored between 5.0-5.9 as "mediocre," 4.0-4.9 as "bad," 3.0-3.9 as "awful" and 2.0-2.9 as "painful." Luckily, we didn't have anything under a 2.0 this year!So read on for our full list…
Point Blank – 5.8
Read the full review by Matt Fowler: "Point Blank's production bones are solid and the action itself is clear and capable, but the story is woefully past its expiration date and the attempt to tether it back to the types of 'action movies we grew up with' falls flat."
6 Underground – 5.6
Read the full review by Matt Fowler: "6 Underground, with its unabashed use of indie-rock anthems that would be used in GoArmy ads and/or WWE pay-per-views and its sad lack of Peter Stormare, is skin-of-its-teeth saved by Ryan Reynolds, who's able to make the scenes between the set pieces exponentially more palatable, all while fully knowing this is the type of film Deadpool would make fun of."
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile – 5.5
Read the full review by Rafael Motamayor: "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile has some interesting ideas about how little we know the people we love, and about the power of a celebrity cult status. But no matter how good Zac Efron’s performance as Ted Bundy is, this is the tamest way to explore such a complex and interesting story. The storytellers’ approach is too soft to truly convey any greater idea or deeper truth hidden underneath the film and its subject’s superficial 'charm.'"
Glass – 5.5
Read the full review by Rosie Knight: "Despite a strong cast and an interesting concept Shyamalan never quite manages to pull together the two worlds of Unbreakable and Split into one cohesive film. Never sure whether it's a heroic superhero story or a psychological thriller, Glass feels more than a little scattered and with its uneven and disappointing third act, ultimately unsatisfying."
The Kitchen – 5.5
Read the full review by Jim Vejvoda: "Based on the DC Vertigo comic book series of the same name, The Kitchen is a hit-or-miss affair marked by good intentions but undermined by its uneven execution, muddied messaging, and litany of gangster movie tropes. Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss do what they can with the material, but the choppy script never fully realizes their characters beyond being symbols. The Kitchen also lacks the tension and menace a gangster movie requires, falling back on genre cliches rather than exploring any new territory its compelling premise might offer."
Mercy Black – 5.5
Read the full review by William Bibbiani: "Mercy Black boasts solid performances and a few good scares, but the film's limp direction and unremarkable story are too tedious to do the premise any justice."
Miss Bala – 5.3
Read the full review by Rosie Knight: "While Miss Bala has ambitions to create a new female action hero, it fails at its core conceit, making Gina Rodriguez more of a damsel in distress than a badass, falling into more than a few overdone and questionable tropes as it fights towards its less than satisfying conclusion. At best, it's a serviceable action flick with a standout performance from Ismael Cruz Córdova."
Bombshell – 5.0
Read the full review by Kristy Puchko: "In the end, it feels like Roach and Randolph made this film to preach to a choir that already have their minds made up, who'll revel at the mocking of Fox News as a propaganda machine for bigotry, cringe at the depictions of sexual harassment that's news to them, and go home smugly satisfied that it only took a few decades of abuse and a small army of women to bring down one serial sexual predator with a golden parachute. But as to the damage done to these women or the unnerving fact that this problem isn't limited to Fox News, Bombshell offers nothing. Instead, Roach cuts to the credits and a rousing 'you go girl' anthem as if sexism is solved forever. It's either patronizing or outrageously obtuse, but either way, it's a disservice to these women’s stories."
Dumbo – 5.0
Read the full review by Rosie Knight: "Maybe if Tim Burton had made Dumbo before his Alice In Wonderland phase it could have had something more interesting to say, or perhaps at least some more original visuals. Sadly, this routine remake doesn't manage to recapture the surreal strangeness of the original Disney classic or elevate the dated premise into something better."
Earthquake Bird – 5.0
Read the full review by Kristy Puchko: "Having raved over Westmoreland's previous films, I was stunned to find Earthquake Bird woefully underwhelming. Its premise promises a tale full of exhilarating shocks and spectacle either sexy, scandalous, vicious or all of the above! The elements are there, but the shocks fail to rattle. I admire his attempt to dig into the emotional depths of its protagonist's trauma. Perhaps the goal was to make a thriller that's more intellectual, less trashy fun. But in the digging, Westmoreland and Vikander have lost grip on entertaining. What remains is a film that is brooding, cerebral, empathetic, but not thrilling or fun."
Ma – 5.0
Read the full review by Matt Dougherty: "Ma is far from the smartest horror flick you’ll see this year, but Octavia Spencer absolutely rules in it with a strong mix of terror and blatant comedy. This is a B-movie through and through with zero pretentions."
Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution – 5.0
Read the full review by Miranda Sanchez: "Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution works best as a battle spectacle. The 3DCG retelling of the first Pokemon movie makes the world of Pokemon seem more vibrant and rich, and the battles between Pokemon are explosive. But flashy Pokemon moves and Team Rocket’s goofiness aren’t enough to liven up the slow second half that’s filled with silly decisions from the human trainers and their flat expressions."
The Silence – 5.0
Read the full review by Kristy Puchko: "The Silence is the poor man's A Quiet Place. Its plot is meandering. Its scares are cheap. Its tension is non-existent. And the script's disinterest in its characters seems to have spread to its typically terrific stars. Where A Quiet Place thrilled by presenting a fleshed out family under a precise and horrifying threat, The Silence is satisfied to just plop down barely sketched characters then throw them into The Birds but more violent. That doesn't make it satisfying. There's just nothing special to be found in The Silence."
Stuber – 5.0
Read the full review by Simon Thompson: "Stuber is an awkward, uneven action-comedy that never realizes its full potential. It squanders a good premise and an odd couple pairing with potential that could have delivered something special. Stuber reaches its destination, but the journey is far from memorable and mostly underwhelming."
Wrinkles the Clown – 5.0
Read the full review by Chris Tilly: "Wrinkles the Clown is an interesting documentary when focusing on the way in which a spot of online fun can have real-world consequences. The film is maybe most engaging when debating whether parents who phone Wrinkles’ clown-line are doing right by their kids, or torturing them psychologically. But when the film pulls the rug out from under the audience, all that good work is undone. A seemingly clever twist undermines the scenes that precede it, and spoils what comes after."