What were the biggest streaming flops of 2022?

Below, you’ll find 12 titles that earned a spot in our year-end streaming bombshell roundup, either because they received poor reviews or fell short. to connect with the public.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the worst of 2022. And you don’t have to take our word for it or the critics’ word for it. You can post them all yourself, with links to each one.

The streaming flops of 2022

The bubble

Iris Apatow as Krystal Kris, Karen Gillan as Carol Cobb, David Duchovny as Dustin Mulray, Keegan-Michael Key as Sean Knox, Leslie Mann as Lauren Van Chance acting in front of green screen in The Bubble

Let’s start with one of the biggest streaming flops of the start of the year. The Bubble can even be considered one of the worst movies on Netflix of any year. With a cool 21% off rotten tomatoes As of this writing, it’s been a pretty absolute disaster for the streamer, despite an all-star cast and Judd Apatow’s direction. The film is set during the early days of COVID-19, when the cast of a hit franchise film a sequel while quarantining in a hotel, largely using green screen and motion capture technology. movement. While that premise seems promising enough, the jokes fall flat and the pandemic gags just seem out of touch.

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me time

Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Hart wear a turtle in Me Time

Netflix takes up a lot of space on this list, which makes sense since it releases tons of titles every year. They can’t all be winners. A stay-at-home dad takes advantage of a weekend without a wife or kids to take some time off and reconnect with an old boyfriend. Together, the two engage in wild shenanigans that threaten to turn her life upside down. It is currently at 6% on rotten tomatoes. Ouch!

deep waters

Ben Affleck stands behind Ana de Armas at the piano in Deep Water

Deep Water may not have totally worked, but there’s a lot to enjoy. It’s one of those bombshells that’s actually a lot of fun to watch and possibly the best streaming flop of 2022, if such a title can be given to any film. This erotic thriller (from erotic thriller master Adrian Lyne) sees a man suspected of foul play when his wife’s lovers begin to disappear. Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas star. It’s dark and trashy in every way you want an erotic thriller to be, despite its poor showing among critics.



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Ana d'Armas as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde

The Marilyn Monroe semi-biopic was courting controversy long before it premiered on Netflix. Based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel of the same name, the film takes great liberties with the pop icon’s life. Many found the film exploitative, despite the praise for Ana de Armas’ starring performance. Whether the movie taking creative liberties was justified or actionable, it generally fell flat, aiming high while mostly missing its mark. While reviews were split and some loved it, most were unimpressed.

Fire starter

A little girl screams in Firestarter - best new movies to stream

Technically not a streaming original, Firestarter had a hybrid version, hitting Peacock the same day it hit theaters. Unfortunately, the remake of the ’80s classic, based on Stephen King’s novel, didn’t appeal to critics or audiences. The story of a young girl who develops the ability to start fires with her mind was one of the biggest streaming flops of 2022. Despite its initial streaming release on Peacock, Firestarter is now on Prime Video.

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Marmaduke - best new streaming movies

With 0% on rotten tomatoesNetflix’s Marmaduke may be the biggest streaming flop of 2022. Based on the comic book of the same name, the mischievous dog film was oddly lacking in humor, and many critics were quick to note that the animation had the looks just awful.

Chainsaw Massacre

Texas Chainsaw Massacre Netflix Trailer

2022 has been a big year for oldies like Top Gun: Maverick. The one that really didn’t land was Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Overwriting existing sequels, the film sees a new group of youngsters encroaching on Leatherface territory, with the chainsaw killer going into attack mode. With a boring central story wrapped in a convoluted moral message, the film failed to tap into the original’s brilliance.


Tom Hanks and Pinocchio - best new movies streaming

Not to be confused with Guillermo del Toro’s wonderful Netflix movie Pinocchio, one of the best movies of 2022, Disney Plus’ “live-action” Pinocchio was pretty much dead on arrival. Avoiding a theatrical release despite starring legendary Tom Hanks as Geppetto, the streaming original was a bland, reheated version of the Disney original. While the film was visually stunning, it was widely dismissed by critics as a pointless remake of a beloved classic.

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Halloween ends

Michael Meyers attacks Laurie Strode in Halloween Ends

Another theatrical release that got a same-day streaming release on Peacock, the final chapter in the new Halloween trilogy certainly had its defenders. Above all, it was a disappointment, failing to deliver on the promise of Halloween 2018. With a half-baked narrative and bizarre character beats, Halloween Ends was a weak ending to an uneven reboot of the franchise.

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The gray man

Ryan Gosling as Six in The Gray Man 1

The Russo Brothers seemed to have had a hit on their hands with this spy thriller. With a great cast and a fun premise, it should have been a sure thing. When a CIA covert ops agent is burned by the agency, he wages a lone war with his former employers. Instead of the high-octane popcorn flick the synopsis promises, we get a bland action flick with jerky sets and every shot recycled and stripped of all its fun. Reviews were mixed to negative. Even the good ones were a little disappointing. Bad reviews don’t always mean failure, however. Whatever metrics it uses, Netflix has seemingly declared The Gray Man a success, greenlighting an entire Gray Man streaming universe, with upcoming sequels and spinoffs already in the works.

The greatest beer race of all time

Zac Efron in a helicopter in The Greatest Beer Run Ever – best new streaming movies

After winning the Best Picture Oscar last year with CODA, Apple TV Plus may have hit a pinnacle of self-confidence in 2022. The Greatest Beer Run Ever, directed by the 2019 Best Picture winner , Peter Farrelly, failed to keep that promise. In 1967, a New York man takes his chance to help the Vietnam War effort in the only way he knows how. By buying a beer from his friends overseas. Flying through a war zone with cans of PBR, he gets to work tracking down the neighborhood guys. This light-hearted premise doesn’t hit any of the right notes in its treatment of the war and instead comes across as a tone-deaf sentimental snoozefest.

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The man from Toronto

Kevin Hart as Teddy and Woody Harrelson as The Man From Toronto in The Man From Toronto

Another Netflix dud, The Man from Toronto has come and gone quite quietly. What could have been a Hitchcockian misidentity comedy-thriller lacked both laughs and thrills despite a pretty stacked cast and a fun premise about a man accidentally teaming up with an assassin following an Airbnb mix-up.

These are some of the biggest streaming flops of 2022. Were you excited about any big titles that fell short of your expectations this year? Let us know in the comments!

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