The Worst Films Of 2012

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by The Playlist Staff
December 18, 2012 1:34 PM
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We're not alone in thinking that 2012 was a pretty great year for film. Maybe not one for the ages like 1939, 1975 or 1999, but one that, after a slowish start, has seen something worth checking out hit theaters almost every week, with the last few months of the year becoming positively overstuffed with goodness. You'll already have seen various highlights in our year-end coverage to date, and we'll be rolling out individual staff Top 10s in the coming weeks. But it hasn't been all been sunshine and daisies on cinema screens this year.

Indeed, for every great film this year, it sometimes seems as if there were two terrible ones, stinking up multiplexes and arthouses alike to varying degrees. We didn't want to paint an entirely rosy picture of the cinematic landscape, so we've picked out a selection of the films the Playlist staff really and truly loathed in 2012. We can't say we saw every stinker of the year -- we were lucky enough to escape many, but these were the ones that we were unfortunate enough to point our eye-holes at, and the ones that really and truly stuck with us. Check it out below (each title links to the review) and let us know your own least favorites of the year in the comments section. And for all The Playlist's year-end coverage make sure to follow all our Best Of 2012 features.

"360"
What happens when you put together an Oscar-nominated director, an Oscar-nominated writer, multiple Oscar-nominated or Oscar-winning actors and the kind of wide-ranging, ensemble, issue-base drama that paid off for Oscar-winners "Traffic" and "Crash?" You get Fernando Meirelles' "360," a film that's about as much fun as, and has all the artistic value of, being beaten about the head with an Oscar. A loose version of Arthur Schnitzler's "La Ronde," the script by Peter Morgan ("Frost/Nixon," "The Queen") jettisons the play's structure in order to depict a loosely-connected tapestry of characters united by... sex? Love? Infidelity? We've seen the film, and we're still not entirely sure what Morgan was getting at, bar some glib platitudes about how, like, technology has brought us closer together, but also totally further apart, man. The international cast -- Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Jamel Debouzze, Gabriela Marcinkova, Maria Flor, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Moritz Bleibtreu and more  -- aren't bad, and Ben Foster gives rather a good performance as a sex offender trying to avoid temptation. But they've got such unbearably thin, shallow material to work with. You've seen almost of all of these stories before, done better, and the film lurches wildly in tone between dark material (Anthony Hopkins as a grieving father looking for his long-missing daughter), thriller (the closing section in Vienna) and quirky rom-com (Debouzze's section). Maybe there's a version of it that's bearable, but Morgan's script is so middlebrow and vacuous, and Meirelles' direction so turgid and anonymous, that it certainly isn't this one.

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"

Seth Grahame-Smith’s book, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is a cleverly put together fun little read that plays with history and form and inserts a bit of excitement into the narrative of one of America’s most staid presidents. That none of the nuance was preserved in the hands of Russian madman Timur Bekmambetov shouldn’t really come as a surprise, but Grahame-Smith wrote the screenplay too. What happened to those delightful framing devices and historical winks and nudges? Casually tossing aside major characters and plot points from the novel and replacing most of them with the convenient character of Abe’s childhood BFF, Will (Anthony Mackie, we are so, so sorry, how can we help?), the film basically uses only the title from the book as its source material. While newcomer Benjamin Walker certainly filled Lincoln’s britches well, there’s nothing for him to work with in order to showcase his acting, as Bekmambetov just has him twirl an axe for 90 plus minutes. Dominic Cooper and his selection of vintage steampunk sunglasses bring a bit of lift to the film (the drinking game for this movie is 'drink every time Lincoln twirls an axe, twirls around with an axe, or Cooper wears sunglasses' -- try not to die). Mary Elizabeth Winstead has never been as listless and dead-eyed as she is here as Mary Todd Lincoln, and pulls a real Sandy Bullock by giving both her best (“Smashed”) and worst performances in a single year. But the real sign of a bad movie is one that not only gives lines to a former Victoria’s Secret model, but features her as one of the most important supporting characters. Sorry ‘bout that, Erin Wasson. And of course, it all culminates in a poorly designed, teal and orange, muddy CGI fiery battle atop an out-of-control locomotive featuring a snarling Rufus Sewell. It takes a special kind of talent to make a movie with such an intriguing premise so boring and bad.

"Act of Valor"

There’s a discomforting grey area as far as discussing the storytelling in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” a film that, to some, endorses the CIA as a shadowy organization that openly skirts the law, as heroic. Not to compare or contrast, but how did some of these 'ZDT' critics hold their lunch when the propaganda-disguised-as-movie “Act of Valor” hit theaters this spring? Maybe we shouldn’t be so precious about our mass media colliding with the military-industrial complex -- there are ads in Times Square for a “Call of Duty” videogame espousing the excellence of using an unmanned military drone to do our “dirty work.” But that doesn’t make it any more noxious to see Relativity releasing this pro-military blockbuster that dares to tell a largely suspense-less action story about vanquishing the most improbably connected terrorists in the world. As they fight Al-Qaeda agents aligned with a Mexican drug cartel and the Russian mafia (a Matryoshka doll of terror!), the emphasis is on gun fetishism as character building, sloganeering masquerading as dialogue, and a proud emphasis on the idea that our soldiers are terrible at socializing. Using real soldiers instead of actors is more of a marketing hook than a point of pride, but it’s odious to involve the boys in these rah-rah shoot-’em’up exercises, and enlist their real-life wives to carry out their husbands’ mock-deaths for the sake of a feature-length recruitment commercial. But why gussy it up? The line has to be drawn somewhere, and all evidence suggests “Act Of Valor” simply isn’t cinema.

"Alex Cross"

Tyler Perry is best known for playing wisecracking grandma Madea in a series of barely watchable, highly profitable comedies that he writes, produces, directs and possibly caters. But in "Alex Cross," a sort-of prequel to "Kiss the Girls" and "Along Came a Spider" (both of which starred Morgan Freeman as James Patterson's detective) he was hired solely for his acting abilities, which aren't exactly expansive, and forced to play a tortured young "profiler" on the hunt for a vicious killer played by a gamey Matthew Fox. Most of the movie was a weird buddy cop movie with Perry and Ed Burns (saying stuff like "I'd rather take advice from a ham sandwich than listen to you" to each other), interrupted occasionally by gonzo, gaunt Fox, who shows you how evil he is by entering into an amateur mixed martial arts fight and killing the other fighter. Also: he lives in a boathouse. It's hard to remember what, exactly, happened in "Alex Cross" but it did involve a lot of boring procedural nonsense you can see on CBS any night of the week, except longer and more dull. If "Alex Cross" was meant to establish Perry's talent and bankability outside of his own creations, it failed miserably.

"ATM"
We suppose this slot could be filled by any number of shitty, low-rent horror movies that come out each year with no intention but to make a fast buck. The small distinction is this shitty little slasher film premiered at Sundance with three relatively talented leads at the head, in the shape of Brian Geraghty, Alice Eve and (and to a lesser degree because he’s not very good in this) Josh Peck and boasted a screenplay by single-setting "master" Chris Sparling who wrote "Buried." Well, let's say the screenwriting emperor has no clothes and he’ll need a whopper of a followup to recover from this script; it’s infuriating, lazy and pitiable. Hackneyed, banal and featuring the typically frustrating archetype of characters who make stupid decisions only in service of forwarding the plot, "ATM" is a blueprint of every bad horror film that's ever existed. About a trio of insipid hedgefund/stock broker assholes, the film has the "brilliant" conceit of trapping the group in a remote ATM cubby in a parking lot on a frozen evening while a killer outside prevents them from leaving for absolutely no particular reason. Often completely implausible and downright risible, it's way worse than it sounds. Sundance may have a Midnight Madness section to program, but how this embarrassing dreck slipped in there other than filling a quota is beyond us.
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68 Comments

  • SpliffClavin | January 6, 2013 11:43 AMReply

    Everything you wrote about That's My Boy is a lie.

  • Tom-Tom.. | January 2, 2013 10:57 PMReply

    I enjoyed a lot of movies in your WORST list especially This Means War...

  • Bluebird | December 28, 2012 3:56 AMReply

    ATM was implausible but entertaining for what it was. Abraham Lincoln was truly awful, but Battleship and John Carter are just easy targets and not as terrible as they're made out to be.

  • Keith Demko | December 26, 2012 11:14 AMReply

    Went through the whole entertaining list to make sure a) I hadn't seen any of these and b) you didn't try to slip in the mesmerizing Cloud Atlas at the end .. check and check .. bully

  • Hector Morales | December 26, 2012 7:29 AMReply

    Really don't know about the hate for John Carter. I found the movie quite entertaining. Probably not a masterpiece, but definitely not a bomb.

  • T. Thompson | December 22, 2012 5:05 PMReply

    The screenplay for ATM made the Black List. I read it - it works much better on paper, so the script wasn't the problem.

  • plumeofswirl | December 21, 2012 4:48 PMReply

    The number of these i've seen: zero. You know God had to add a stipulation to the job of getting paid to see movies.

  • Konstantin | December 20, 2012 11:58 PMReply

    **** ". . . the most improbably connected terrorists in the world. As they fight Al-Qaeda agents aligned with a Mexican drug cartel and the Russian mafia (a Matryoshka doll of terror!). . . " ****

    Uh, actually, there was recently a plot, in real life, in which Iranians hired the services of Mexican criminals to enter the United States and set off a bomb, allegedly to kill the Saudi Ambassador in Washington, DC.

    I don't have the energy to chastise you on printing something so naive regarding the feasibility of Russian involvement in arming & supporting terrorist players. Whoever reviewed Act of Valor here clearly doesn't know much about world affairs or geopolitical conflicts.

    So, yeah, your criticism is weak here. The plot of Act of Valor, while a fiction, really is not that far fetched, and certainly not deserving of extra scorn in this narrow-minded, judgmental hatchet job when literally almost every action movie ever made has plots that are far more ridiculous.

    **** "a feature-length recruitment commercial" ****

    Uh, this doesn't make much sense either.
    Did you happen to notice how many of the SEALs characters are killed & maimed in Act of Valor?
    Did you notice the pain their optempo causes for their families?
    Did you notice that a SEAL decides he has PID of a weapon & hostile intent and thus shoots a Mexican as the anonymous [bad?] guy lies in bed?
    The heroes of this movie struggle & suffer as much as they succeed, and they get blasted by bad guys throughout. What is appealing about this? How is this a recruitment commercial?

  • jack | December 20, 2012 7:38 PMReply

    Why were the comments from Lo deleted? You did contradict yourself. You said John Carter was underrated on your underrated list then it's "worst" on this list. You are contradicting yourselves making your lists bogus.

  • Christopher Bell | December 21, 2012 1:10 AM

    Guys, thanks so much for doing the work to make us look foolish. Thanks for fighting the good fight.

    The underrated/overrated article is very personal. You can see this by the way our names are above our individual picks. This "Worst of" list is a different beast. The "John Carter" write-ups were done by two different people.

    Also, this was all covered already.

  • Lo | December 20, 2012 7:25 PMReply

    Oh an Argo as "OVERRATED"? Yeah again your lists are full of it!

  • Lo | December 20, 2012 7:23 PMReply

    Breaking Dawn Part 2 was NOT one of the worst films in 2012! I mean seriously, your Twilight hate is beyond the pale. YOU ARE NOT CREDIBLE!! You contradicted yourself. You have 'John Carter' as a "WORST" and on your other list you have it as an "UNDERRATED!" If you don't believe me, check out your own blog here! http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/the-overrated-and-underrated-films-of-2012-20121217?page=3#blogPostHeaderPanel . WHICH IS IT?! WAS IT AN UNDERRATED MOVIE OR DID IT SUCK?!! YOU ARE NOT CREDIBLE! YOUR BLOG IS OVERRATED & IT'S THE WORST INDIE BLOG AROUND BECAUSE YOU ALL LET YOUR PERSONAL FEELINGS GET IN THE WAY. Then, you contradict yourselves. BURN YOUR LISTS!!! YOU'RE THE WORST!!!

  • Katie Walsh | December 22, 2012 9:33 AM

    Oh my god, chill out. Most of us hated John Carter and thought it was terrible (because it is, so is BD Part 2, by the way). Drew wanted to advocate for JC in his underrated piece. Is diversity of opinion among a group of writers something you can grasp?

    Also, this is John Carter we're talking about here. Please take some deep breaths and get some perspective on what is making you so upset.

  • rich | December 20, 2012 7:19 PMReply

    you left out "the master" as the most boring non interesting film of the year. way worse than "the raven" but yes, Battleship, john carter and taken 2 were awful. How did the bad guy not kill Famke at some point int he film?

  • rich | December 20, 2012 7:18 PMReply

    you left out "the master" as the most boring non interesting film of the year. way worse than "the raven" but yes, Battleship, john carter and taken 2 were awful. How did the bad guy not kill Famke at some point int he film?

  • burnsy113 | December 20, 2012 1:55 PMReply

    I saw 4 on the actual list, and 4 in the honourable mentions and I agree with all of them being bad except one. I actually liked Savages, even though i thought it could have been bettter.

  • ryjute | December 19, 2012 11:49 PMReply

    I also hated many of these films.

  • GERARD KENNELLY | December 19, 2012 11:21 PMReply

    i hate THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU

    i really hate it
    what a waste of a cast
    damon .. blunt .. mackie
    the dvd cover says it's Bourne meets Inception
    yeah right !!!

  • Union | December 19, 2012 4:22 PMReply

    Thank god that Hick made this list. I've never been in a theater where so many people walked out. I stayed for a Q&A and it was the most uncomfortable 10 minutes of my career. People hated the film but he had no clue.

    When talking to others , I quickly came to the conclusion that Martini & his family are the worst pieces of sh*t to be involved in this industry.

    He made a TV series for Jennifer Lopez's company. He got sued by his own father for forgery. And he is a rumored pedophile. (If you watch Hick , which hopefully you do for free , you'll understand)

    He makes money by selling Billboard space in NoHo and gets to do things like hire Martin Scorcesse to consult produce his films but advertises it like Marty is his best friend , mentor, and financier.

  • Union | December 19, 2012 4:16 PMReply

    Thank god that Hick made this list. I've never been in a theater where so many people walked out. I stayed for a Q&A and it was the most uncomfortable 10 minutes of my career. People hated the film but he had no clue.

    When talking to others , I quickly came to the conclusion that Martini & his family are the worst pieces of sh*t to be involved in this industry.

    He made a TV series for Jennifer Lopez's company. He got sued by his own father for forgery. And he is a rumored pedophile. (If you watch Hick , which hopefully you do for free , you'll understand)

    He makes money by selling Billboard space in NoHo and gets to do things like hire Martin Scorcesse to consult produce his films but advertises it like Marty is his best friend , mentor, and financier.

  • Union | December 19, 2012 4:16 PMReply

    Thank god that Hick made this list. I've never been in a theater where so many people walked out. I stayed for a Q&A and it was the most uncomfortable 10 minutes of my career. People hated the film but he had no clue.

    When talking to others , I quickly came to the conclusion that Martini & his family are the worst pieces of sh*t to be involved in this industry.

    He made a TV series for Jennifer Lopez's company. He got sued by his own father for forgery. And he is a rumored pedophile. (If you watch Hick , which hopefully you do for free , you'll understand)

    He makes money by selling Billboard space in NoHo and gets to do things like hire Martin Scorcesse to consult produce his films but advertises it like Marty is his best friend , mentor, and financier.

  • brad | December 19, 2012 12:12 PMReply

    Somebody agree with me about The Master. That movie sucked completely. Easily one of the worst.

  • josh | January 2, 2013 2:58 PM

    Shut the fuck up the Master is not on par with these crappy movies. You guys are just too retarded to understand it

  • JD | December 20, 2012 10:05 AM

    I somewhat agree with you about The Master. Very disappointing. Apart from 2 good scenes, the rest of it was quite boring. I found Jaoquin Pheonix hard to understand & found Amy Adams dull. I was really looking forward to it because I liked all of PTAs previous films but this nearly sent me to sleep

  • Alan | December 19, 2012 3:59 AMReply

    The way 'Alex Cross' is described, it kinda sounds like the greatest film ever. Fox as a nutty killer, Burns and Perry trying to out-dull one another, lame one-liners: what's not to love? That said, I would never actually pay to see it, though.

  • Jan Austin | December 19, 2012 1:31 AMReply

    John Carter "... pleased no one" Where have you been? Sorry, but John Carter 'pleased' thousands and thousands of fans. Which probably transfer in to millions all over the world who are less vocal and not on the internet. Unfortunately, it's critics like this who have disappointed thousands but thankfully viewed the video and wished they hadn't listened to critics. A brilliant film that has caused an entire fan base all over the world to come forth. Sorry again Playlist Staff...ya got it wrong on John Carter! Go Barsoom!

  • Christopher Bell | December 21, 2012 1:12 AM

    Holy shit Lo who do I talk to to have you rightfully rewarded for your courageous act of duty you truly are a good samaritan

  • Lo | December 20, 2012 7:27 PM

    Jan, I just caught them in their own contradiction. In their "Overrated/Underrated" list, they say John Carter is a good film that was underrated. Their lists are BULL CRAP and should be avoided. I will never look at Indiewire in the same light again. They know nothing. Just journalism school hacks!

  • Alan | December 20, 2012 1:35 AM

    Yeah, Katie, but this article asserted that the film ".. pleased no one." Isn't Drew a person?

  • Marko | December 19, 2012 4:03 PM

    I think the article should have actually been entitled "Proof that the rest of the Playlist staff think that Drew Taylor has terrible tastes in movies".

  • Katie Walsh | December 19, 2012 10:06 AM

    Alan, it was Drew Taylor's underrated pick, NOT The Playlist's.

  • Alan | December 19, 2012 3:31 AM

    Yeah, that's such an odd assertion, considering it JUST made The Playlist's Most Underrated Films of the Year list.

  • MSJ | December 18, 2012 11:06 PMReply

    Here's a great article about the movie Battleship.

    http://wagthemovie.net/2012/05/17/game-of-consequences-a-review-of-battleship/

  • Zack | December 18, 2012 7:09 PMReply

    I like this way, way better than the "Over/Underrated" piece, because it's beautifully mean rather than just hipsterishly smug about all its choices.

  • Anonymous Hater | December 18, 2012 6:45 PMReply

    Did Drew Taylor cry when "John Carter" made the cut?

  • fitzcarraldont | December 18, 2012 6:14 PMReply

    Proud as a stage mom that i saw none of these

  • gert | December 18, 2012 5:18 PMReply

    Granted all lame as hell films but John Carter was a masterpiece compared to others. I didnt care for it or anything but it wasnt as bad as other titles.

  • shark | December 18, 2012 4:15 PMReply

    I know that this is a bad worst list because I'm not pissed off at a single entry on it. Largely because I could see these coming as films not worth paying for, and thus didn't. Come on, where's your sense of adventure? This is a cowardly worst list.

  • AJ | December 18, 2012 4:10 PMReply

    Seven Psychopaths, In Another Country

  • JD | December 20, 2012 10:08 AM

    I saw this film last night & it was one strange film. Odd. It was neither terrible nor great. It wanted to be quirky like In Brugee but got repitetive after a while. Wouldnt agree though that it was one of the worst film of the year

  • Alan | December 19, 2012 3:55 AM

    I don't know about "worst", but 'Seven Psychopaths' has got to be the laziest film I have seen in ... about a month (hey, it's been a lazy year for major films in general, as 'Dark Shadows', 'The Dictator' and 'Rock of Ages' seem to be in competition for who could take the least amount of content and stretch it into a film). 'Each female role is terrible, so let's just say that each female role is terrible and hope that The Playlist think this is, like, a deep reflection on contemporary film.' 'Let's make the lead character a writer, because we all know how interesting and compelling writers are ...'. (They're not, that's probably why they write about other, interesting people). And - although I like Colin Farrell (even though it's often hard to remember why, exactly) - the idea of casting the guy as a writer is mind-boggling. It's just the worst bit of flawed logic I've seen in a while: "OK, guys, Farrell was excellent in my last film, a buddy film in which Brendan Gleeson carried a lot of the weight, so let's cast Farrell as the lead. Oh and let's make him a brilliant, but damaged wordsmith ..." The minute the producer didn't slap McDonagh for that casting suggestion was possibly when the film was doomed. That, and when McDonagh offered a rambling, incoherent script that had some (the operative word is 'some') interesting ideas, and the producer didn't tell him to do a page-one rewrite.

  • ANONYMOUS HATER | December 18, 2012 8:14 PM

    SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS plays like a liberal douche who read Raymond Carver and Elmore Leonard and thought he could make a flick. Granted all adaptation ofthose authors books are douche liberal rags by left leaning filmmakers like Tarantino and Altman. KILLSHOT and THE BIG BOUNCE are still the best Leonard adaptations for my NON-TAXABLE money. Only ones that understand cinema.

  • Christopher Bell | December 18, 2012 6:40 PM

    We will fight for the latter's honor.

  • Phil | December 18, 2012 3:48 PMReply

    You might actually be alone in thinking 2012 was a pretty great year for film.

  • Phil | December 18, 2012 3:47 PMReply

    You might actually be alone in thinking 2012 was a pretty great year for film.

  • JD | December 18, 2012 3:47 PMReply

    I will contend that both 1997 and 1998 were better years for 90s cinema then 1999.

  • JD | December 18, 2012 3:47 PMReply

    I will contend that both 1997 and 1998 were better years for 90s cinema then 1999.

  • Phil | December 18, 2012 3:46 PMReply

    You might actually be alone in thinking 2012 was a pretty great year for film.

  • Phil | December 18, 2012 3:46 PMReply

    You might actually be alone in thinking 2012 was a pretty great year for film.

  • Aron Campisano | December 18, 2012 3:21 PMReply

    Come on, my Mom could have picked these. This is just a steaming pile of "Hollywood" crap movies, most of which aren't exactly striving for cinematic transcendence. Can art films do no wrong at The Playlist?! The true horrors are found there: The Paperboy was a next-level embarrassment to all involved, and the absolutely horrendous The We and the I by Michel Gondry was actually called "racist" by Cinema Scope.

    Props on Act of Valor though. Just when you thought the propaganda film was dead, this movie dares ask how many Mexican peasants must be splattered against the wall to preserve the glory of blonde-haired blue-eyed San Diego babies. WOW.

  • Marko | December 18, 2012 3:18 PMReply

    But Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter got a B+ from this site!

  • Niko | December 18, 2012 2:56 PMReply

    The Paperboy!!!!! Also, To Rome with Love, Woody's most lifeless slog.

  • Brad | December 18, 2012 2:53 PMReply

    Battleship was a funny comedy that pretty much took Michael Bay's Transformers films, removed all their issues and added a human element, and made for one of the best blockbusters of the summer. It doesn't have the ironic detachment of The Avengers, nor the downtime where people do nothing but shoot "witty" quips at each other without actually furthering plot or character development.

    The "villains" are interesting because they don't actually instigate the fight between mankind, and they're shown to have empathy, when they spare a harmless child. It's a subversive parody of nationalist, black-and-white blockbusters like the Marvel movies and Transformers. For god's sake it ends with "Fortunate Son" playing. I'm going to take a line from someone I know and say that "if this exact movie came out in 1995 you fuckers would all be saying how they don't make 'em as fun as Battleship anymore."

  • Alan | December 19, 2012 3:40 AM

    'Battleship' may not be perfect, but I am astounded by the level of hate it receives. Any film that can take the most clichéd dialogue imaginable ("I didn't sign up for this"), and then offer a reply that perfectly articulates the audience's attitude to the line ("No shit") has to at least be operating on some (not a lot, but some) brainpower. It's curious that all critics who mentioned the line didn't quote the comeback. Or maybe it isn't curious, because it's easy to mock the cliché than engage in a discussion about the self-aware reversal. I think it gets real boring when the action finally hits in the third act, but there is some 'Con Air'-style absurdist humour operating in the early part of the film, and it's easily Berg's best work since 'The Rundown' (then again, I don't much care for Berg's work, as a whole).

  • joseph | December 18, 2012 2:35 PMReply

    john carter was awesome.. sincere and pure fun. alps was the worst movie of the year.

  • 4 | December 18, 2012 2:21 PMReply

    Yes, John Carter was garbage. Trite and conventional. A retread of Attack of the Clones, basically. Badly shot, designed, written and performed, so --- "Blame marketing. Blame development hell. Blame difficult source material. Blame Bryan Cranston’s yellow yarn wig. Blame whatever you want, anyway you slice the shit pie of a movie that is “John Carter,” it is still a pie made out of shit. "

  • Dee | December 18, 2012 2:05 PMReply

    Total Recall: so bad it's featured twice!

  • Juicebox | December 18, 2012 2:04 PMReply

    "The Possession" belongs nowhere near the worst of list!

    It's a bathwater entry at best because it sounds similar to "The Apparition" which is genuinely terrible.

  • The Truth | December 18, 2012 2:01 PMReply

    Where's The Dark Knight Rises or Django Unchained?

  • Jack | December 18, 2012 2:00 PMReply

    Still don't get the hate for That's My boy. If it was Ted, it'd be praised.

  • SpliffClavin | January 6, 2013 11:47 AM

    Ted is okay. A lot of it is boring. Just Watched That's My Boy a second time last night. Showed it to my roommates. They loved it. Non stop laugh out loud laughing. The same way it was in the theater. Ted produced several small bursts of laughter and occasional chuckling.

  • Liz | December 18, 2012 6:31 PM

    What a bizarre statement. "Why does everyone hate cyanide? If it were penicillin, people would love it."

  • Swell | December 18, 2012 2:05 PM

    If it was Ted, it'd be a better movie.

  • Mijo | December 18, 2012 1:52 PMReply

    So Ted is not on the list? WTF? That movie was soooooo bad. I think the only time i laughed was when Giovanni Ribisi was dancing to that Tiffany song, and that was only because I watched the Tiffany stalker doc.

  • TheoC | December 18, 2012 1:51 PMReply

    Great list, I'm delighted I only saw John Carter from this list. You've made my evening.

  • Chris | December 18, 2012 1:50 PMReply

    Any "worst of 2012" that doesn't highlight the complete incompetence of "The Paperboy" is null and void. OK, I kid, but still. "The Paperboy" is worse than every movie you listed.

  • ali | December 19, 2012 1:54 PM

    You didn't see Madea's Witness Protection Program.

  • Aron Campisano | December 18, 2012 2:41 PM

    AMEN to that.

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