The Top 10 Worst Movies I saw in 2019

Another year, another annual Top 10 article! In 2018, I published my list of The Top 10 Best Movies I Saw in 2018 first. This time around, I’ll be publishing my worst of the year list instead! For me, 2019 has been a better year for movies, as I saw far more good films than bad. But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t see any movies I wasn’t a fan of. Similar to last year’s post, this list will be based on movies that I personally saw, as well as my own opinion. Also, this list is not meant to be mean-spirited or negative toward anyone’s opinions/cinematic preferences. Now, let’s begin by bringing up the Dishonorable Mentions!

Our Christmas Love Song, My One and Only, Over the Moon in Love, Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Heart, A Very Country Wedding, Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows, Nightmare Best Friend, Last Vermont Christmas, Always and Forever Christmas (I only watched half of it before turning it off), and Christmas in Louisiana (I ended up watching less than half of it before changing the channel)

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10. After the Storm

Sadly, we start this list with an UP Network release. I was hoping any movie from this network didn’t have to end up on my list. But this movie is placed lower on the list than last year’s entry, Christmas on Holly Lane. So, I guess that’s a step in the right direction! Now, back to talking about After the Storm. What made me want to watch this movie is the discussion of natural disasters and their aftermath. In family-friendly, made-for-TV movies, this specific topic is rarely featured in the story. Unfortunately, this film’s narrative placed more emphasis on the romance than the titular storm and its aftermath. Another major issue I had with this movie was the questionable decisions the male and female protagonist make within the film. While these decisions were not necessarily bad, they were also given questionable explanations. I wasn’t able to stay invested in the protagonists and their relationship because of this creative decision.

9. A Feeling of Home

Texas is one of the states that isn’t always featured in a Hallmark movie. This part of the film made me want to give this project a chance. But, similar to After the Storm, the story placed more focus on the romance than in the conflict. There were some editing errors within this film that were painfully obvious. It also doesn’t help that the weakest acting performance came from the lead actress. Watching the female protagonist desperately trying to win over her father’s attention was, actually, quite sad. This made her appear weaker than the majority of female protagonists from Hallmark Channel. I have to ask: who greenlit this script when they knew it was this weak?

8. Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays

In 2018, I saw and really liked Christmas at Graceland. While I thought Wedding at Graceland was ok, it’s the third film in this trilogy that I find to be the worst out of the three. There were a number of plot points in this movie that didn’t make any sense. Why would the female protagonist give her nieces only one small snowglobe but the male protagonist’s children an elaborate and large advent calendar? Also, for a movie set in Graceland, the famous location ends up being a glorified extra by having less than three appearances on screen. Because of this, it makes the story feel like it didn’t need to take place in Graceland. The movie made me wish Christmas at Graceland had never received any sequels.

7. Christmas Scavenger Hunt

The idea of a Christmas themed scavenger hunt is something that had never been shown in a Hallmark production prior to 2019. So, I was somewhat optimistic about this particular movie. Sadly, the potential this film had was wasted on a poorly written script. All of the scavenger hunt clues were way too easy to solve. There was no sense of urgency throughout the film, as well as two separate moments where the male and female protagonist came across as selfish. Not only was the lead actress’s performance weak, but so was the on-screen chemistry between the lead actor and actress. Like other films on this list, questions arose within the story that distracted me from enjoying the movie. One of these questions was why the female protagonist didn’t make her boyfriend take off his expensive tie before baking. All of these missteps added up to a movie that was less entertaining that it could have been.

6. Christmas Camp

When I first heard of this movie, I was excited to see a Christmas themed camp brought to life for the first time in a Hallmark film. I had reviewed this movie for Drew’s Movie Review’s Christmas in July Blogathon. Upon my first and only viewing of the film, I learned that the camp itself was nothing more than an afterthought. What this movie excels at is having a pointless plot and tradition shaming characters whose Christmas doesn’t look or sound “traditional”. Despite the fact this a Hallmark film, these things don’t make it feel like a Hallmark film. If anything, it makes me wonder why the network would greenlight this movie at all? Hallmark has been known for creating a variety of Christmas products to celebrate a multitude of Christmas traditions. With Christmas Camp, it makes the network seem inconsistent with their message.

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5. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Back in October, I gave this film a second chance for The Second Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn Blogathon. Looking back on it, I realize that was probably a mistake. Unfunny humor is the movie’s biggest flaw. Yes, I know that comedy is a very subjective thing. But if a comedic film barely makes me laugh, then it hasn’t done its job well. Other problems in this movie include the run-time and a weak story. There were elements that could have enhanced the project, such as commentary about greed and the power of money. But these things were swept under the rug for the sake of hosting a popularity contest instead of a movie production.

4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This was the first movie I saw in 2019 and boy was it a disappointment. All of the humor was so forced, that I found myself not laughing at any of the jokes. The film’s plot was tedious, which made the movie itself feel longer than its run-time. I also found a few plot-holes within this film. One of them was so large and obvious, that it made me question the existence of the movie’s narrative. While I liked the acting performances and the special effects (both practical and CGI), there were more negatives to the film than positives. This could have been something quirky and fun. Unfortunately, the movie was missing those two important ingredients.

3. A Cheerful Christmas

This is not only the worst Christmas movie I saw in 2019, it’s also the worst Hallmark movie I saw in 2019. It doesn’t help when the lead actress ends up over-acting or when at least one of the actors clearly can’t carry a British accent. But it also doesn’t help when the story is poorly written. This movie made me ask more questions than I had planned to. One question was about the female protagonist’s ability to keep her job after all the business-related blunders she makes. I know that fictional stories require their audience to suspend a certain amount of disbelief. But this movie tried to make me suspend all my disbelief, making me feel uncheerful. While I appreciate the movie’s attempt to avoid a large number of “royal movie” clichés, it wasn’t enough to save the project. In my opinion, it felt like the film’s creative team put so much emphasis on making a pointless, family-friendly, Christmas remake of Pretty Woman, that they forgot how to make a good movie.

2. Ace of Hearts

I’m all for helping smaller, family-friendly films get the “standing ovation” they might deserve. However, for a movie to achieve a “standing ovation”, it needs to be good. Ace of Hearts, unfortunately, fails to meet that criteria. The majority of the acting performances are poor and the pacing is very slow. But the worst offense this movie commits is bad writing. This story had so many plot-holes and inconsistencies, that it was exhausting instead of enjoyable. When the protagonist’s daughter convinces her friend that the reason why her family’s dog is trying to get home is to get back at the film’s villain because it’s his “unfinished business” (she comes to this conclusion after seeing the title of a video game), that’s when you know you’ve come across a bad script. As if that weren’t bad enough, this movie is, apparently, based on a true story. If my true story were handled this poorly, I would be offended and embarrassed.

1. A Page of Madness

A Page of Madness is a silent film from Japan, for those of you who are not familiar with this title. I appreciate the director’s efforts to preserve this movie, especially since, according to Ben Mankiewicz from Turner Classic Movies, the majority of Japanese films created before 1945 are either partially or completely lost. I also understand what the director was trying to do with the project. But just because I’m a grateful and understanding movie blogger, that doesn’t mean I liked the final product. This movie has a plethora of problems that would make this list longer than it already is. So, I’ll share two reasons why A Page of Madness is the worst film I saw in 2019. The first is how it has no plot, narrative, or story. It just contains a premise that goes nowhere. The second is how, in reality, this movie is an artistic experiment masquerading as a film. Personally, I found this to be dishonest and manipulative. At two separate moments, I wanted to fall asleep and turn the movie off. This is one of those times where I wish I would have listened to my instincts.

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What are your thoughts on my list? Which is your worst film of 2019? Leave your thoughts in the comment section!

Have fun at the movies!

Sally Silverscreen

 

16 thoughts on “The Top 10 Worst Movies I saw in 2019

  1. That’s an interesting list. The only one I’ve seen was Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but that was years ago. I thought it was just okay and people who have read the books told me the movie didn’t go far enough with the storylines.

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    1. Thanks for checking out my list, Ospreyshire! I’ve haven’t read the book, so I can only judge ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ as a film. Maybe I’ll read the novel, as it seems to be shorter than other books. But, for now, I have no interest in re-watching the movie.

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      1. No problem! I’m not familiar with the book either except a few bits and pieces. I don’t blame you since I’m not itching to re-watch that film either. There are so many other films I want to watch again which I want to review on my blog.

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      2. Thanks. That’s pretty good. I don’t think I was aware of that about your blog. Rewatches can be good and can help reviews. Some can be better or worse the second time around or with the times if it still holds up.

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  2. Interesting list, but, and I understand that comedy is subjective, I have to disagree with you on It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. The director (or one of the writers/producers, I forget which) did make a big budget drama talking about the dangers of greed before this film, and it was a major flop. The lesson comes through better in Mad World because it’s subtext rather than text; we see the crazy lengths everyone goes to for the money and how they’re punished for their blinding avarice, and it’s far more potent than a 2-hour lecture. I see how the runtime might turn some people off and how the dozens of characters and cameos might be distracting, but most of the comedy is superb and I make it a point to watch it at least once a year.

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    1. Thanks for reading my list, UpOnTheShelf! I had no idea that a more dramatic version of this story exists. I might have it check that out and see what I think about it! I do agree with you about the characters facing consequences for their actions and choices. Because most of them want the money for themselves, it shows that a self-centered mindset won’t get someone as far as they think. Even though we have different opinions about this film, I appreciate hearing your thoughts on it.

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  3. Great list Sally, but I too have to disagree about Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.

    Its one of my all time favorite comedies and works so well. Just the sheer amount of cameos and famous actors in it makes it so enjoyable to watch. (but to each his/her own) 🙂

    I too am not a fan of Hitchhikers guide and I too haven’t read the book(s)

    Keep up the excellent work!

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    1. Thanks for checking out my article, Movierob! While we don’t agree on ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’, we can agree on ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. Keep up the great work as well and have a fantastic New Year!

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  4. I completely agree with you re: “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”. It’s a film that goes on and on – as suggested by the title – and the humour feels like it’s hitting you across the head. I find it exhausting, although I think Ethel Merman looks fabulous here. The cameos are fun, but cameos alone are not worth it.

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog, Silver Screenings! I do agree with you about the film’s run-time, as it makes the movie feel longer than it should. I also agree with you about the various celebrity appearances. While the cameos were interesting, they couldn’t save this film. By the way, I just published my list of the best movies of the year, so make sure to check that out!

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  5. Interesting list and I like the way you include some classics. MMMMW being listed brings back some memories. I remember seeing it a couple of times when I was a kid and watched it with my parents. I loved it, but I’m curious after reading this if I’ll like it as an adult. Going to have to watch it to see.

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    1. Thanks for checking out my list, Tony! When it comes to my best and worst of the year lists, any movie from any year is fair game. If you do rewatch ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’, I would be interested in reading your thoughts on it!

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