Many people have argued that 2016 is the worst year ever, and naturally that includes some of the movies released in theaters this year.
Several movies in 2016 has the unfortunate distinction of being labeled stinkers by top movie critics. From blockbusters like Batman v Superman to "comedies" like Fifty Shades of Black to indies like Yoga Hosers, no genre was immune from a few bad movies this year.
Let's take a look back on the five worst movies of the year, as determined by critics through aggregator Metacritic.
5. Max Steel
The film adaptation of Max Steel, based on the Matell toy line of the same name, was a flop both critically and financially. The movie centers on a teenager who pairs with his alien friend to create the superhero Max Steel, but the results were apparently anything but impressive. For example, RogerEbert.com said, "A movie based on a toy should be a whole lot more fun than this." Max Steel has an embarrassing 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes from 17 reviews.
4. Norm of the North
Critics bashed this computer-animated movie about a polar bear who tries to save his land from a rich man hoping to build houses there. The film was called "uninspired", "incoherent", and "blandly executed" by critics, and it went on to gross just $17 million domestically, a very low amount for an animated film.
3. Dirty Grandpa
Not even the talents of Robert De Niro and Zac Efron could save this turkey. Labeled "flat-out gross" by the New York Daily News, Dirty Grandpa centers on Efron's character driving his grandfather (De Niro) to spring break, and hijinks predictably ensue. The film was lambasted by Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times as the worst movie of 2016.
2. Mother's Day
The latest in the seemingly endless parade of fizzy holiday-themed movies starring A-list talent, Mother's Day, which made $32 million at the box office is almost the worst movie of the year. The film stars Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts and Jason Sudeikis as Atlanta residents dealing with the realities of Mother's Day. The Boston Globe claimed that the film is "like a nightmare."
1. Nine Lives
So what could possibly be worse than Mother's Day? As it turns out, Kevin Spacey played a cat, and it was made into a movie. Naturally, it has the lowest score on Metacritic of any major movie this year, with critics labeling it "dumb", "listless", "lazy", and "torturous." Maybe some day it could be enjoyed as one of those "so bad it's good" movies, but according to critics you should probably never, ever watch it regardless.