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Circuit Q&A: What Was The Most Disappointing 2019 Release?

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**Circuit Q&A’s are our daily community question, posed to the readers of AwardsCircuit that cover various topics from film and television to general wonderings and for instances**

Whenever a new year begins, we spend some time looking back. Part of that is due to how bad most January releases are, to be sure. However, most like to fete the highest quality titles of the past year. Today, in a bit of a twist, we want to know about the 2019 flicks that you found disappointing. Not necessarily bad (though those qualify too), but the ones that ended up so far below where you had expected. In a very real way, these are the titles that hurt the most to think about, so apologies in advance.

There’s a clear answer here for many people, and that’s “Cats.” No other film in recent cinematic history has fallen on its face quite like this one (and I thought cats always land on their feet?). Once an Oscar player, even right up until release it was seen as an Academy Award contender in certain categories, if not Best Picture. Then, we all saw it. Especially if you were a fan of the hit Broadway show, seeing the material treated like this had to be rough and a major disappointment.

Maybe it was another potential awards contender like “Lucy in the Sky” that you found most disappointing? Perhaps you were unlike most of the awards season voters and found “Joker” to be a big letdown? This is just scratching the surface, too. There’s a ton of other movies that you can cite, and we’re expecting you to mention them in the comments section below.

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The choice is now yours. Which movie last year was the most disappointing to you? We may cringe at your selection, but we can’t wait to find out!

What was your most disappointing film in 2019? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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Peter Cho

I was obsessed with Hereditary and completely disappointed by Midsommar.

Austin Belzer

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker . It was just so crammed with a story that people have to read several of the old Legends books or games to understand why this person can do something. Fortunately, I know what JJ is talking about, but he also does himself a big disservice by introducing plotlines that absolutely go against that same lore. I could go into it, but I’m still trying to figure out exactly what happens in this movie.

Matt St.Clair

Probably Rise of Skywalker


Rise of Skywalker, but even after the trailer, I was still convincing myself that Cats might be good, so that was a disappointment as well


The Rise of Skywalker is probably the most disappointed I’ve been with any film ever, so I’ll say that. Honorable mention to Ford v. Ferrari.

Joey Magidson

I think I’m on The Rise of Skywalker train too…

Phill Milner

“Disappointing” is tough for me. There are movies this year that I don’t think are bad, but they didn’t live up to my expectations and left me disappointed. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood and 1917 both left me wanting more. They are both good movies. It’s my own fault for having insane expectations, but they disappointed those expectations nonetheless.


The Irishman. I know that won’t be a popular answer, but I did not like that movie. I never expected Cats to be good, so I don’t call that a disappointment. But I expected The Irishman to be great, and for me it definitely was not.



Wandel Luca Butz

Remember when The Goldfinch was rumored to be a major contender and possibly even Roger Deakin’s shot at a double nomination? Of course not, because nobody remembers The Goldfinch.


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