Warner Bros. Pictures
June 20, 2016 10:14 AM EDT

Movies can fail on a variety of levels. They can be brilliant works of art that fail to capture an audience. Obvious grabs for cash that fail to provoke, inspire or merely entertain. Tone-deaf monstrosities that botch their treatment of subjects like race and gender, if they consider them at all. Though the first half of 2016 has offered many films well worth seeing, it has also seen its fair share of duds, whether at the box office, in the words of critics or in the eyes of fans. Here are this year’s films (so far) from which we simply expected more—and those for which we expected little to begin with, but hoped against hope they might have exceeded the bar we’d set for them.

Write to Eliza Berman at eliza.berman@time.com.

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