10 worst Netflix movies of 2021

HE'S ALL THAT (L to R) TANNER BUCHANAN as CAMERON KWELLER and ADDISON RAE as PADGETT SAWYER in HE'S ALL THAT. Cr. KEVIN ESTRADA/NETFLIX © 2021
HE'S ALL THAT (L to R) TANNER BUCHANAN as CAMERON KWELLER and ADDISON RAE as PADGETT SAWYER in HE'S ALL THAT. Cr. KEVIN ESTRADA/NETFLIX © 2021 /
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There have been some amazing new Netflix movies released in 2021. Some broke viewership records and became the latest Netflix blockbusters, while others are in serious contention for awards. However, there’s a handful that are just hands down the worst Netflix movies of the year.

From cheesy teen romantic comedies to misfires with real potential, not all of the Netflix movies released in 2021 were Oscar-worthy masterpieces. Likewise, some of these movies aren’t even worth a second watch.

Still, it’s worth noting that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you might have enjoyed some of the titles we deem the worst Netflix movies of the year. There’s nothing wrong with loving a “bad” movie, but we just had higher hopes for these Netflix originals.

Worst Netflix movies 2021

The team at Netflix Life looked back at all of the Netflix movies released in 2021 and singled out a few of the ones that missed the mark. Below we’re sharing 10 of the year’s biggest letdowns, beginning with Thunder Force.

Thunder Force

You would think that Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer starring opposite each other in a superhero comedy would be foolproof. On paper, it’s the perfect setup. But the execution of Thunder Force left much to be desired. The Netflix original movie has plenty of humor (it’s still Melissa McCarthy after all!), but it’s pretty much a half-baked idea that’s not paced as well as it should be or as funny as it could be. Also, why was Jason Bateman a crab?

—Reed Gaudens, Associate Editor

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Malcolm & Marie

For a film that is only an hour and 46 minutes, Malcolm & Marie manages to be both long and incredibly exhausting. While Zendaya does some of her best work as Marie, she cannot save this movie.

It’s nearly two hours of a couple fighting on and off about the toxicity in their relationship, all because Malcolm can’t bring himself to say thank you to Marie for her contributions to his work. He’d rather spend his time belittling her and trying to sleep with her than acknowledge that the success of his latest work was due, in part, to Marie.

Malcolm & Marie is beautifully shot, but it’s also an incredibly frustrating watch that you can skip outside of Zendaya’s iconic butcher knife scene. Those three minutes are well worth your time.

—Sabrina Reed, Staff Writer

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The Woman in the Window

First things first, we need to get the obvious out of the way: You can never go wrong with Amy Adams. Ever! In fact, we’re still waiting for her to get a retroactive Emmy win for Sharp Objects, but we digress.

Adams fans waited a long time for The Woman in the Window, and it’s eventual release on Netflix fell kind of flat. While a successful thriller, the film could have used some heightened suspense to add to the central mystery. It’s undoubtedly a must-watch for Amy Adams loyalists, but you probably won’t be giving this one a second watch.

—Reed Gaudens, Associate Editor

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Afterlife of the Party

Netflix released a fair amount of romantic comedies in 2021, and some were far better than others. Unfortunately, Afterlife of the Party was one of the year’s least memorable rom-coms. The dazzling duo of Victoria Justice and Midori Francis are the best part of this otherwise oddly dark comedy, but the movie’s tone is all over the place… too all over the place. At least we have another Victoria Justice rom-com on Netflix to look forward to!

—Reed Gaudens, Associate Editor

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He’s All That

Look, I love a good Netflix rom-com and truly enjoyed the film that inspired this 2021 reboot and am not ashamed to admit my love for the genre. However, I just could not get past the lackluster acting from the show’s entire cast — sans Rachael Leigh Cook who did the best she could with the material given to her and was the true standout of the film — or the random plotlines that seemed to make no sense at all. If only He’s All That could make like Addison Rae’s arm in that green screen beach scene and disappear.

—Cody Schultz, FanSided Entertainment and Lifestyle Director

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Hypnotic

Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t have the best track record for their original horror movies, and Hypnotic is no exception. While the Fear Street trilogy was a major success, just a few months later Hypnotic came around and reminded me not to get my hopes up with this genre on the streamer. Despite starring the wonderful Kate Siegel, Hypnotic is nothing you haven’t seen before. And it’s incredibly boring.

—Natalie Zamora, FanSided Entertainment Head of Content

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The Kissing Booth 3

What has way too many plotlines, one of the worst Netflix movie endings we’ve ever seen, a godawful time jump and had no right being nearly 2-hours long? I’ll give you a hint, it’s hands down one of the worst Netflix movies we’ve seen and could not have been a more disappointing way to bring an end to what was an otherwise amazing franchise. The Kissing Booth 3 had the makings to be another hit but tried to do too much resulting in a muddled storyline and a disappointing final chapter in The Kissing Booth franchise.

—Cody Schultz, FanSided Entertainment and Lifestyle Director

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There’s Someone Inside Your House

If you thought I was done talking about bad horror movies on Netflix, you’d be wrong! I was so excited for There’s Someone Inside Your House to come out, considering it was directed by Patrick Brice (Creep, Creep 2). However, the filmmaker played it safe with this one, getting in a few fun kills but presenting a super shallow story overall. And the big reveal in the end is just disappointing.

—Natalie Zamora, FanSided Entertainment Head of Content

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Beckett

Despite my high hopes for this Netflix movie, it’s just not good. Don’t watch it.

—Bryce Olin, Editor

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The Starling

I’m conflicted about adding this movie to the list because there were some worse movies that could have made the list. With that said, The Starling is a skip because it’s bad — I’m so sorry for saying so — and it’s sad. And, it’s not bad and sad in a good way. This movie was not an enjoyable experience, and for these reasons, The Starling has been chopped.

—Bryce Olin, Editor

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