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What Were the Worst Movies of 2012? 
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I think that we've spent enough time discussing the best films of 2012. Now let's discuss the worst movies released last year.

My least favorite film of 2012 was Battleship, followed by Red Dawn.


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Congratulations to the always-talented Adam Sandler for managing to not make it onto my top two this year. :D

The #3 list spot goes to John Carter, followed then by That's My Boy.


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Of films I've seen in their entirety in 2012, the two at the bottom would be:

Alex Cross: Tyler Perry does branch out some. But the movie as a whole is weakly scripted and ineptly directed not to mention horribly lit in the climactic showdown scene.

Sparkle: Forgettable remake of a mostly forgotten 1976 movie. Noted for being Whitney Houston's final role. She deserved a better note to end her screen career on. If you want to see a musical about a 60s Motown girl group skip this and watch Dreamgirls instead.

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Here are all the movies that got less than 2 stars from me and then the ultimate worst.

Taken 2
Detention
Man on a Ledge
Bachelorette
The Raven
Chernobyl Diaries
Underworld: Awakening
The Possession
Battleship

Bottom 10 of 2012
10. Think Like a Man
9. 100 Words
8. Lovely Molly
7. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
6. The Three Stooges
5. The Cold Light of Day
4. Resident Evil: Retribution
3. The Apparition
2. House at the End of the Street
1. The Devil Inside


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The reason that I was less enthusiastic about this year was simply because of the fact that it had so many disappointments and out-right godawful movies. When a critic judges a year in film, he/she isn't really judging the year as a whole, but rather the final few months. James himself admitted that November and December were 2012's highlights, but I can only think of a handful of movies from those months that I truly enjoyed. That being said, I believe that 2012 was an improvement over 2009, 2010, and even 2011, but I would still say that it was the fifth worst year for movies as a whole, including 2005 in that equation.

Saying that 2012 was a better year for film than 2009, 2010, or 2011 is like saying that a fever is preferrable to the swine flu.


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According to my own tier list, Cabin in the Woods and Magic Mike took the bottom spots. Neither of them are outright bad... just bad compared to everything else I saw.

After them come John Carter and Prometheus, neither of which I'd call bad at all, but they made some mistakes that prevented me from ranking them higher. I do think both have their merits, particularly John Carter, which I would like to see again.

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I enjoyed most of the films listed here and didn't outright hate anything I saw in theaters last year, but Prometheus was easily the biggest letdown for me. At least with the likes of Battleship, you know exactly what you're getting into, it was dumb yes, but also pretty fun and it didn't pretend to be anything else. Whereas Prometheus masqueraded as an "intelligent" blockbuster and ended up being dumber then any other film in 2012. It's easy for me to overlook the unlikeliness of North Korea invading the US, but it's a lot harder to overlook dozens up doznes of plot holes, scientific errors and asinine character actions. The total lack of suspense and thrills didn't help either, the acting was OK but the cast was fighting a losing battle with the poorly written and one-dimensional characters. It stands as being the worst film in the franchise for me, if this is the best Scott can do, maybe it's time to call it quits.


Cabin In The Woods gets my vote for most overrated film of the year, like Ken, I didn't think it was very clever or funny, just extremely forgettable.


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Only film from 2012 I saw to get under ** was

Rock of Ages

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Men in Black III.


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I haven't seen a lot of 2012 releases and thankfully I've dodged most of the usual bullets. The "worst" I saw was The Raven, but it wasn't downright awful, just mediocre.

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Ehhh, if I saw anything too horrible that was released this year, I've forgotten about it. I would say God Bless America was the most problematic for me, not truely awful, just wrong in so many ways.

Most disappointing would be The Hobbit. Not disappointing really, as I had braced myself for the bloated mess that it had become, but saddening to consider what could have been none-the-less.

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Ehhh, if I saw anything too horrible that was released this year, I've forgotten about it. I would say God Bless America was the most problematic for me, not truely awful, just wrong in so many ways.

Most disappointing would be The Hobbit. Not disappointing really, as I had braced myself for the bloated mess that it had become, but saddening to consider what could have been none-the-less.

That film was a dissapointment for me as well, it was basically a heavy-handed non-stop rant about how much this generation sucks, parts of it were sort of funny(the Glenn Beck expy getting shot), but other parts were very offputting(the bratty girl getting killed, and the theater shooting for obvious reasons) it quickly became tiresome and got way too ridiculous and over-the-top at the climax at the studio. I'm not sure if Goldwaithe wanted us to root for Frank and Roxy or not, but they come across as hypocrites and no better then they people they claim are so horrible, Roger Ebert's review summed it up pretty nicely.

Also if "We Need To Talk About Kevin" counts as a 2012 film, then i'll put that on my list as well, I largely agree with JJoshay on the film, it wasn't the least bit compelling and came across as very insulting and insincere about it's subject matter.


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Although I didn't see that many good movies until the last three months, I managed to avoid all the movies Prometheus listed. I didn't avoid "The Man with the Iron Fists" and "Rock of Ages," which would be the worst films I saw all year, the first being the worst of all. I really didn't like The Dark Knight Returns, which was an incredibly sloppily written film full of stupidities.

Mediocrities are Dr. Seuss the Lorax, Trouble with the Curve, Hope Springs and Hotel Transylvania.

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The Avengers, which pulls off the amazing feat of, despite having witty dialogue, taking itself way too damn seriously and literally.


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Last week I watched Freelancers. A terrible film for a number of reasons.

Firstly, it's just a baaad film in the old-fashioned sense. Virtually no plot at all. 50 Cent's Dad was a copper who was killed when 50 Cent was only a nipper, so 50 Cent decides to forgo his ghetto upbringing and himself enrol into the police force. Formula, but formula doesn't necessarily mean bad. However this is bad.

Ignoring the completely plotless plot (it really is plotless), the film's morality is in the gutter. I'm not for a minute suggesting all films should be biblical tales of redemption and the like, but f*cking hell this is baaaaad. 50 Cent, having become a copper, is offered by his Dad's old partner to join an essentially criminal sub-division of the police. Guys who basically drive around taking drugs and plundering what they can at will. The style this is filmed in briefly hints at a cheap knockoff of Training Day. It's perverse on every level. 50 Cent (positioned as some kind of moral core in the first 3 minutes of the film) ludely harrasses a barmaid and then later boasts of how he screws her; joins this criminal fraternity without a second's thought; grows a beard for about 20 minutes; acts with complete indifference when he causes the death of a civilian; and basically acts like 50 Cent - a total and utter c*nt.

You may ask why I give this film the time of day. Good question, if so. My issue is that it has 2, that's right, 2 Oscar winning actors in it. Robert De Nero and Forrest Whittaker on an apparent career suicide mission. Mercifully this film is not too well exposed.

I hope it, and the example it sets, die a horrible undignified death.

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I only saw a half dozen or so. Of those, I thought all were good to great except The Lorax and the latest Madegascar movie, which weren't bad - just mostly boring.


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NotHughGrant wrote:
Last week I watched Freelancers. A terrible film for a number of reasons.

Firstly, it's just a baaad film in the old-fashioned sense. Virtually no plot at all. 50 Cent's Dad was a copper who was killed when 50 Cent was only a nipper, so 50 Cent decides to forgo his ghetto upbringing and himself enrol into the police force. Formula, but formula doesn't necessarily mean bad. However this is bad.

Ignoring the completely plotless plot (it really is plotless), the film's morality is in the gutter. I'm not for a minute suggesting all films should be biblical tales of redemption and the like, but f*cking hell this is baaaaad. 50 Cent, having become a copper, is offered by his Dad's old partner to join an essentially criminal sub-division of the police. Guys who basically drive around taking drugs and plundering what they can at will. The style this is filmed in briefly hints at a cheap knockoff of Training Day. It's perverse on every level. 50 Cent (positioned as some kind of moral core in the first 3 minutes of the film) ludely harrasses a barmaid and then later boasts of how he screws her; joins this criminal fraternity without a second's thought; grows a beard for about 20 minutes; acts with complete indifference when he causes the death of a civilian; and basically acts like 50 Cent - a total and utter c*nt.

You may ask why I give this film the time of day. Good question, if so. My issue is that it has 2, that's right, 2 Oscar winning actors in it. Robert De Nero and Forrest Whittaker on an apparent career suicide mission. Mercifully this film is not too well exposed.

I hope it, and the example it sets, die a horrible undignified death.
Well I for one enjoyed that film, and I didn't mind that the protagonist had a skewed sense of moraility, I think %0 is a good actor and he worked well alongside De Niro.


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I thought Freelancers was OKAY. Not terrible, not great. I thought 50 Cent was okay in it. De Niro and Forest Whitaker were good as usual.

My Bottom 10:

1. God Bless America
2. The Pirates! Band of Misfits
3. Silent House
4. Resident Evil: Retribution
5. Total Recall
6. Red Tails
7. Killing Them Softly
8. Brave
9. The Lucky One
10. Savages


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NotHughGrant wrote:
Last week I watched Freelancers. A terrible film for a number of reasons.

Firstly, it's just a baaad film in the old-fashioned sense. Virtually no plot at all. 50 Cent's Dad was a copper who was killed when 50 Cent was only a nipper, so 50 Cent decides to forgo his ghetto upbringing and himself enrol into the police force. Formula, but formula doesn't necessarily mean bad. However this is bad.

Ignoring the completely plotless plot (it really is plotless), the film's morality is in the gutter. I'm not for a minute suggesting all films should be biblical tales of redemption and the like, but f*cking hell this is baaaaad. 50 Cent, having become a copper, is offered by his Dad's old partner to join an essentially criminal sub-division of the police. Guys who basically drive around taking drugs and plundering what they can at will. The style this is filmed in briefly hints at a cheap knockoff of Training Day. It's perverse on every level. 50 Cent (positioned as some kind of moral core in the first 3 minutes of the film) ludely harrasses a barmaid and then later boasts of how he screws her; joins this criminal fraternity without a second's thought; grows a beard for about 20 minutes; acts with complete indifference when he causes the death of a civilian; and basically acts like 50 Cent - a total and utter c*nt.

You may ask why I give this film the time of day. Good question, if so. My issue is that it has 2, that's right, 2 Oscar winning actors in it. Robert De Nero and Forrest Whittaker on an apparent career suicide mission. Mercifully this film is not too well exposed.

I hope it, and the example it sets, die a horrible undignified death.
Well I for one enjoyed that film, and I didn't mind that the protagonist had a skewed sense of moraility, I think %0 is a good actor and he worked well alongside De Niro.


He didn't have a "skewed sense of morality". He was a vacuum. This ignores the fundamentals of the anti-hero trope.

In The Big Lebowski, whilst referring to nihilsm, Walt says something along the lines of "say what you want about National Socialism, at least it has an ethos". A raw joke perhaps, but it at least in a wider sense grasps the point that a value...any value, is better than literally no values.

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NotHughGrant wrote:
Vexer wrote:
NotHughGrant wrote:
Last week I watched Freelancers. A terrible film for a number of reasons.

Firstly, it's just a baaad film in the old-fashioned sense. Virtually no plot at all. 50 Cent's Dad was a copper who was killed when 50 Cent was only a nipper, so 50 Cent decides to forgo his ghetto upbringing and himself enrol into the police force. Formula, but formula doesn't necessarily mean bad. However this is bad.

Ignoring the completely plotless plot (it really is plotless), the film's morality is in the gutter. I'm not for a minute suggesting all films should be biblical tales of redemption and the like, but f*cking hell this is baaaaad. 50 Cent, having become a copper, is offered by his Dad's old partner to join an essentially criminal sub-division of the police. Guys who basically drive around taking drugs and plundering what they can at will. The style this is filmed in briefly hints at a cheap knockoff of Training Day. It's perverse on every level. 50 Cent (positioned as some kind of moral core in the first 3 minutes of the film) ludely harrasses a barmaid and then later boasts of how he screws her; joins this criminal fraternity without a second's thought; grows a beard for about 20 minutes; acts with complete indifference when he causes the death of a civilian; and basically acts like 50 Cent - a total and utter c*nt.

You may ask why I give this film the time of day. Good question, if so. My issue is that it has 2, that's right, 2 Oscar winning actors in it. Robert De Nero and Forrest Whittaker on an apparent career suicide mission. Mercifully this film is not too well exposed.

I hope it, and the example it sets, die a horrible undignified death.
Well I for one enjoyed that film, and I didn't mind that the protagonist had a skewed sense of moraility, I think %0 is a good actor and he worked well alongside De Niro.


He didn't have a "skewed sense of morality". He was a vacuum. This ignores the fundamentals of the anti-hero trope.

In The Big Lebowski, whilst referring to nihilsm, Walt says something along the lines of "say what you want about National Socialism, at least it has an ethos". A raw joke perhaps, but it at least in a wider sense grasps the point that a value...any value, is better than literally no values.

Yeah whatever :roll: Lebowski wasn't that great of a film IMO. For me a film with no value is something like Twilight, Freelancers was infinitely more watchable then those awful films.


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