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Time Magazine Names 'Cloud Atlas' The Worst Movie Of 2012; 'John Carter' Comes In Second Place

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by Kevin Jagernauth
December 4, 2012 5:28 PM
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Well, you can't have the best of the year without the worst, and while Cahiers Du Cinema got the ball rolling on the top films of the year, Time Magazine has dropped their rundown of the worst. And topping it all? The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas."

To be certain, the movie was divisive, and even among The Playlist there were wildly differing opinions. Meanwhile, a European distributor said last month that maybe the movie was too smart for American audiences. But the new-agey, we're-all-connected motif didn't jibe with Mary Pols, who wrote that the conceit of the film was so much like "bong-fueled conversations I had in college that I almost ordered a Domino’s pizza afterward." She also thought for all the razzle dazzle, it was a "bloated fantasia of special effects and makeup wizardry." Ouch.

Check out her best of the worst below, and as always, let us know what you think in the comments section.

Time Magazine's Worst Films Of 2012

10. One For The Money (review)
9. The Odd Life Of Timothy Green 
8. What To Expect When You're Expecting 
7. Alex Cross (review)
6. The Lorax (review)
5. This Means War (review)
4. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (review)
3. Hyde Park On Hudson (review)
2. John Carter (review)
1. Cloud Atlas (review)

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135 Comments

  • Zen Master | July 28, 2014 10:00 PMReply

    I definitely agree with Time Magazine! 2 years had passed already and I still couldn't exactly identify with the characters stories and plots.. It is so confusing and messed up, Wondering what had made me actually bothered watching this bs movie in my whole life. Up until now I am hugely disgraced, having wasted my money for such a crap that truly deserves a finger! If I can only travel in time I would have just purchase a non-linear story pc game in which I have a total control and satisfaction of whats going to happen from the beginning until the end of each and every of the characters.

  • Mark | June 12, 2014 10:09 PMReply

    Oh, yes- this movie is probably only for smart people, not everyone can catch the underlying message it gives.

  • Chuck S. | May 21, 2014 11:28 PMReply

    I thought Cloud Atlas was marvelous, vast and beautiful. And it doesn't surprise me at all that many people didn't like it. As I watched it it struck me that it was going to be one of those films people either love or hate.

    No I'm not going to resort to the modern day motif of "if you didn't like it you must be an idiot"--nothing sounds more idiotic than that. Tastes vary, and that's fine. I found the interwoven storyline of Cloud Atlas to be rather easy to follow, I believe I picked up on the symbols and links scattered throughout the film, and I would enjoy seeing it again sometime to see what I missed the first time.

    So some critic had outlandishly harsh words for it? Like I care about that. If Ms. Pols had a creative bone in her body she'd be making films instead of criticizing them. I think my favorite part of Cloud Atlas is when a critic was thrown off a balcony to his death.

  • Antirisk | April 10, 2014 7:33 AMReply

    I found the movie awful because it was so painfully obvious that almost all the scenarios that where played out where stolen from much greater works of fiction.
    My reactions for the most time was: where have I seen this before? Oh that's right, in a much more superior movie or book, or both.
    I don't understand what people mean when they say it's original. I understand works of fiction will have to lend a bit here and there, but this massively overrated picture steals so obviously it makes me cringe. Easy examples: Soylent Green, Blade Runner, 1984, Metropolis, Logan's Run. The low point of the movie with the elderly breaking out of the evil institution actually quoted Soylent Green, but it was unrelated to the obvious theft later on in the movie.

    It's a while since I saw it in theaters but I counted so many plot lines stolen from other works.
    My last questions go to those who thinks people who didn't like the movie aren't smart enough to get it, do you have a remotely basic knowledge of important works of fiction? Particularly science fiction?

  • Chuck S. | May 21, 2014 11:34 PM

    There really are no "new" plotlines. Most stories are built up out of plotlines who's roots can be traced to other works. I don't really see why one would count that as a stroke against any given story. As far as the Soylent Green quote, I thought it was a hilarious homage, and homage is also quite common in storytelling.

  • ben thin | March 19, 2014 5:06 AMReply

    Sorry, dumb movie watchers, this movie is only for the smart and awaken people.

  • Jacob | February 20, 2014 7:07 PMReply

    Cloud Atlas worst of 2012? It was easily up there with Silver Lining Playbook and Django Unchained!!!!!!!! Just like 2001:A Space Oddessy and Blade Runner, all of you will be proven wrong! Roger Ebert gave it four stars

  • Tom | January 30, 2014 12:35 PMReply

    I m so sorry for you guys, you just dont understan this original new type of story narative movie!
    Shame guys, but dont worry, check the Shrek series :)

  • Mike Chambers | January 13, 2014 8:13 PMReply

    Cloud Atlas was pretty awful. If you want an artsy flick that does stories through different time periods properly, check out The Fountain. It blows Atlas away.

  • Keh | March 4, 2014 8:15 PM

    The Fountain is a self aware pretentious piece of shit, that constantly pats itself on the back for how existential and clever it thinks it's being. Most importantly it isn't at all entertaining or engaging enough to be worth anyone's time. Cloud Atlas isn't great and has problems as a whole, but is greatly more entertaining and rewarding than The Fountain.

  • Alaska Screenwriter | January 5, 2014 3:44 AMReply

    Best movie I've ever seen and I write scripts. Those of you who liked and enjoy this film, check out Cloud Atlas Changed My Life: The Group, for people who want to discuss the themes and concepts in this film in depth. See you there.

  • Scotty | January 4, 2014 10:58 AMReply

    To be honest I started to watch Cloud Atlas then turned it off after about half an hour as so far all i'd see was someone die every few minuets, the next day i tried again and was blown away, as soon as you get past the first hour or so the plot begins to thicken, personally i found it easy to keep up with the story line and I more or less ignored he reincarnation thing and enjoyed the stories for what they were, the only part of the film i didn't enjoy was the meat factory scene as i found it kind of disturbing... but really people it wasn't that hard to follow and only a good film can get a 10 min standing ovation. thumbs up from me

  • Johnny Gold | January 4, 2014 4:19 AMReply

    Half the people who hate this movie admitted to watching Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. That immediately discredits their opinion. The real reason people don't like this movie is either they're too stupid or don't like anything that challenges their close minded view of reality. People say they don't like it because they don't feel a connection with the characters because it kept switching to different characters in different timelines. This proves that you don't understand the movie because they are the same characters in each timeline just born under different circumstances. I don't think I'm smart for understanding Cloud Atlas, but you should feel pretty stupid for not understanding it. Best movie I ever saw.

  • Haram Harry | December 30, 2013 6:02 PMReply

    I liked the film but my problem with it was the dialog was mostly uninteresting (my opinion) and I still struggle with UK accents. So without making any excuses, it turned on the subtitles.

  • Brian | December 8, 2013 5:19 PMReply

    Criminally underrated, this movie perhaps was too much for 85% of all americans who want instant satisfaction and don't want to think when they are at the movies, they want everything wrapped up and explained at the end, they don't see past what's on screen and take anything out.

  • Art R | December 6, 2013 4:06 PMReply

    Cloud Atlas was a brilliant film! Still think about this film even now!!!

  • Timmo | November 11, 2013 1:15 AMReply

    On reflection, this film was brilliant.

  • Cindy | October 12, 2013 3:30 AMReply

    I don't think this was the worst movie of 2012, but I came away without loving it. First of all, I didn't care enough about any of the characters because jumping between the storylines meant just when I was getting emotionally invested in a particular character's predicament, the scene abruptly ended. The only exception was the black slave who I wanted to escape the cruel life he left behind when he stowed away on the ship. Watching the credits, I see this movie was adapted from a book which probably explains why it would have worked in written form when you could absorb yourself in detailed descriptions of each of these worlds but it seemed to be lost on the silver screen. Nice try, but a thumbs down from me.

  • anon | September 20, 2013 1:59 AMReply

    I always find it amusing when people say that the reason you didn't enjoy the movie was because you're not smart enough. Someone's enjoyment or lack thereof of a movie makes for a pretty lousy IQ test, methinks.

    The theme of this movie is not complicated. We're all connected. Okay, we all know that, it's not exactly a new concept. So intelligence has nothing to do with it. Why then are people so polarized about this movie?

    The answer is simply that some people are turned off to movies with multiple storylines that quickly cut back and forth. Some people just tune out after a while and start thinking about the project they have to finish tomorrow and how they have to reschedule their dentist appointment. Some people need time to get to know the characters so that they can actually care about them.

    The reason I gave up on this movie is because I didn't care about any of the characters, and it simply became a waste of my valuable time. Art is subjective and all that, but there still has to be some structure, there are still some rules you can't break. The most important thing in any film is that you have to get the audience to understand and care about the characters first. If you don't do that, you'll end up with a polarizing film. Some will hang tough and grit through it for the payoff at the end. Others will throw in the towel and go do something else.

  • Just an ordinary guy | September 18, 2013 2:48 PMReply

    I don't get what's up with all those people? The movie was brilliant and it was really, REALLY EASY to follow. You've got to be really ignorant to not be able to follow the story. Beside it's one of the best movies ever made. Watch it again. You'll really see how deep the movie is.

  • Toonhut | December 4, 2013 11:46 AM

    Thank you, Just An Ordinary Guy. Cloud Atlas was brilliant, one of the best of the year hands-down. I loved it!

    By the way, I find it funny everyone is talking about Cloud Atlas without even mentioning its name, hence, that is the only disputed movie on the list.

  • Dan | September 7, 2013 3:15 AMReply

    I completed this movie today. I am an atheist. I do not believe in reincarnation. I felt moved watching this movie. I loved how the stories were interwoven. I want to know more about the world of Nea So Copros.

  • NewYorker | September 2, 2013 12:03 AMReply

    This is BY FAR the worst movie I've ever seen. I lost three hours of my life and about 50 i.q. points watching this trash. And let's not disparage the American population by saying we are not smart enough for it...I have a graduate degree and could not even follow it.

  • Jason | October 29, 2013 11:47 PM

    So that left you with about 25 i.q points then? I have a graduate degree too and could follow it.

  • Oh Really | October 16, 2013 12:25 PM

    Just because you have a degree doesn't make you smart, it just makes you a good learner.

  • Brandon | August 24, 2013 7:28 AMReply

    This was one of my favorite movies I have ever seen... I suppose people who didn't get it are pretty close minded.. The movie is about in a nutshell..... How your actions in one life make a ripple effect to your next lives.. If you don't believe is stuff like that then I would assume this is why you don't get it.. It's about reincarnation sometimes not the same person but a different body, and everyone is bound to a soul mate.

  • Dean | July 7, 2013 11:43 PMReply

    Here's cloud atlas for you, you sit back on a lazyboy, I'll open up a 1000 piece puzzle box and hurl the contents at you, there you go, cloud atlas.

  • Chris | June 18, 2013 4:32 PMReply

    anyone who thinks this blog is true....'

    can go **** himself/herself.

    cloud atlas is literally the best movie ever. I dont think it is to smart for america.... IM 12 YEARS OLD!

  • Dural | June 14, 2013 2:11 AMReply

    I invested the full lengths time of the movie watching it trying to like it and find what compels people to enjoy this movie. It must have went over my head because I do not understand anything in this movie and I do not know why these characters lives align with one another. I can not connect one dot to the next. Absolutely confusing, I believe that complex movies with smart twists are fine but this movie is just so painfully convoluted beyond reasonable and rational thought that I am capable of.

  • Tom | June 14, 2013 1:01 AMReply

    I just spent 2 1/2 hr watching this horrible movie. Everybody who said they liked it is trying to be so brilliant and say the understand it. The story line leaves you so disconnected . You are constantly trying to figure out what is going on that it leaves you tired by the time this mess is done. It's a bomb.

  • chris | June 18, 2013 4:34 PM

    trying to figure the movie out is one of the many joys of watching this. i know im not the smartest person ever... i'm 12! but it is amazing never-the-less

  • Jon | June 5, 2013 5:02 AMReply

    It's a sad day in American cinema when a movie like cloud atlas can flop but iron man 3 is a blockbuster.

  • Anonymous | August 10, 2013 1:31 AM

    I know right! I went to see Ironman 3 and I thought it was the worst of the three. I saw Cloud Atlas and thought it was great. I personally don't think the movie was too confusing. At first its kind of a shock but then you adapt to it. I thought that the interweaving of the stories was done well.

  • Anonymous | May 30, 2013 11:42 AMReply

    Just shows how the true essence of this great movie cannot be understood by our society. Seems like the stupid ones dominate the world soon. Sad.

  • Anonymous | May 21, 2013 11:26 PMReply

    Mary Pols needs to be thrown off a skyscraper.

  • NotMe | June 12, 2013 10:46 PM

    Now that is an ending that is flat and inane beyond belief.

  • Anonimous | May 19, 2013 5:41 PMReply

    Yeah, makes you wander who paid for that ranking. I would think Time would be over the today's sponsorship ass liking behaviour. Maybe, just maybe worst movies lists should be made by people knowing the film business, and not just by paid-per-piece grocery felietonists?
    BTW
    Have you not seen "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"

  • miclaf | May 18, 2013 11:28 PMReply

    What a horrible movie. There is no there there. I'm glad I only paid $5.00 thru on-demand to watch this crap and not the price of a theater ticket.

  • Shores | May 18, 2013 1:16 AMReply

    Hahaha. Cloud Atlas totally blows. One of the worst movies I've ever seen. Tom Hanks, you sir, should be ashamed of yourself.

  • Cornerman | May 9, 2013 6:56 AMReply

    Cloud Atlas cannot be on the list !!
    I can hate a movie, but I still can tell it's good or bad.

  • Antimari Pols | February 2, 2013 2:35 PMReply

    Well, seems like Mary Pols had too many bong-fueled conversations in college, as if it's even possible.

  • John | March 16, 2013 12:41 AM

    PretentiousCloudAtlasFan. Quite simply, shut the fuck up.

  • Kyle | March 4, 2013 2:08 AM

    Let's say we remove the disputed portion of Cloud Atlas which I suppose is the movie's message. Let's say we ignore everything about how we're all connected and whatnot. Everything that a critic might find objectionable let's just take out. Better yet, let's agree for the sake of argument that the movie has the worst message it could possibly have and is pretentious to the extreme. What are we left with? The spectacle, the cinematography, the acting, the makeup, the costumes, etc. All of which would preclude the possibility of Cloud Atlas being the worst movie of the year.

  • PretentiousCloudAtlasFan | February 23, 2013 10:30 AM

    I think the reactions from some of these fans is hilarious. Here are these boorish dorks who get off on thinking they are intelligent because they have an apreciation for this rediculus movie and are so jarred by negative critic responses that they reject any notion that these critics might actually be more intelligent than them and may have actually seen flaws that were not apparent to them. Every comment is "wow this critic is so stupid". Instead maybe these fans should realize that the reason a movie like this gets the number one spot is because of THEM. This mediocre film would have probably died quietly in a corner due to indifference if not for the hoardes of pretentious simpletons who's opinions on this movie are conflated to the point of being insufferable.

    I agree, obviously, there were worse movies this year. Abraham Lincoln: VH literally hurt the brains of my girlfriend and I. I guess what really irks me about this movie, though, is the false veneier of complexity. It reminds me a lot of how I felt about Avatar. At it's core it was really just a special effects extravaganza with a plot that was shamelessly lifted from a silly children's animated movie called Fern Gully. I really hate when things that are so one dimensional and banal are passed off as if they are masterpieces and Cloud Atlas is no exception. The Wachowskis are hacks. The only good movie they ever made was The Matrix 1.

  • Lily Underwood | January 24, 2013 3:32 PMReply

    Worst movie of the year? This from the magazine who named Hitler and Stalin as their "person of the year." Hahahahahaaaaa...

  • Chris | January 12, 2013 4:20 PMReply

    Mary Pols is a fucking idiot. How is someone this obtuse writing for TIME?

  • ryan | January 7, 2013 4:35 PMReply

    So you're telling me Cloud Atlas was worse than Battleship.... Are you fucking high?

  • Carlos Guimarães | January 6, 2013 8:06 PMReply

    Sorry guys, but just can't stop laughing. Cloud Atlas?! Really? Maybe not one of the best but still a really good film, taken from an outstanding novel almost impossible to translate to the big screen. And they did it. The simple fact of mixing it with the other movies on that list it's a sin, offensive and ingorant. Christ...

  • Marc | January 4, 2013 9:52 AMReply

    Do yourself a favor and read the book first or be prepared to leave the movie with much anger. This movie is a hodgepodge of back and forth that will leave the unprepared in want of a refund.

  • Sam | January 3, 2013 11:53 PMReply

    Time Magazine needs to redo this list. Cloud Atlas the worst movie than Adam Sandler "Thats My Boy", Eddie Murphy "A Thousand Words", Brad Pitt "Killing Me Softely", "The Dictator", that bs "Piranha in 3DD", and Spike Lee "Red Hook Summer". These movies should replace "The Lomax", "Alex Cross" "Hyde Park on Hudson" on the list. Someone must be drinking or smoking some bad stuff.

  • Dan | January 7, 2013 3:00 AM

    I agree. What a stupid list.

  • Cruella | January 3, 2013 7:34 AMReply

    Its a shame these lists put people off seeing these films because some are really not that bad at all. We've all enjoyed films at some point that had bad reviews. Its subjective. These lists usually target big films that had big expectations so theyre not really the worst films at all. Many low budget obscure films stank worse Im sure.

  • Brian | January 2, 2013 9:53 AMReply

    This is typical baiting to drives sales. Name a movie that has passion on both sides and watch fuel the fire. If they named a movie that everyone thought was bad, people would go oh yeah, that was pretty bad and then move on.

    I personally thought Cloud Atlas was pretty good. It was very ambitious and for the most part, pulled it off. The make-up was a bit distracting. But the story was very moving and epic.

  • Warren Bonesteel | January 1, 2013 8:22 PMReply

    This is one of the best movies of the year. The only problem it has is in asking people to think for themselves, instead of offering mindless entertainment.

    If people don't like this one, I have to sincerely wonder about their sanity, if not their IQ.

  • BOO | January 5, 2013 3:54 PM

    It does ask that, but critics always think for themselves and prefer mindful entertainment. It's also not fair to say that people who don't like the movie are dumb, because some people think the movie is flawed, even though they get it. And it's easier to understand than you think.

  • Arseniy | December 29, 2012 10:04 AMReply

    I don't really get it. Cloud Atlas is like best movie of 2012, but also it seems like another masterpiece that comes out only once a few or several years. Maybe it's the problem that critics too much compare to standards?

  • Cloud | December 21, 2012 10:18 AMReply

    Cloud Atlas is definitely one of the worst movies of 2012. Trying to make white people look Korean and the worse is trying to make the Asian girl look latina and white. The make up ws so obvious.

  • William | November 3, 2013 8:04 PM

    Don't mind Denise and her nonsense. You're absolutely right Cloud. The movie tried to change the characters, and that was the heart of the problem, a lack of respect of the original story. Thus ironically, while Denise accuses you of doing it, she is the one you "didn't get it (and probably never will)." It's not about the make-up, but the lack of respect for the true story.

  • Denise | January 8, 2013 12:06 PM

    Look at the story, not the makeup. Great movie! You just didn't get it (and probably never will).

  • Liliane | December 17, 2012 6:55 PMReply

    And where is Breaking down part2??

  • tmack | December 15, 2012 9:31 PMReply

    In terms of expectations, I can see why Cloud Atlas & John Carter would head her list of worst films. Cloud Atlas just wasn't about anything worthwhile that I could make out. And I couldn't understand the dialogue half of the time. It would have been better as a mural.

    Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. I'm sure the film appealed to pot smokers in Washington and Colorado states but if you saw it stone cold sober, like I did, you probably were behind me when I made a beeline for the door. I stuck it out as far as the train sequence then I got the heck out of Dodge.

  • Denis | December 15, 2012 12:34 AMReply

    I think "Cloud atlas" is the best movie I've ever seen.

  • Ali | January 12, 2013 11:44 PM

    Me too Denis. Check out the Anime film Metropolis (Based on the Manga by Osamu Tezuka) I think you'll like it. Or Bladerunner.

  • SloppyJ30 | December 14, 2012 8:26 PMReply

    Many truly ambitious, unique films generate effusive praise and derisive howls in equal measure, and that's the case here. I saw Cloud Atlas, and though I wouldn't call it "great," I was definitely interested and admire what they were trying to do. I think it's the kind of movie that will become more appreciated over time. It's an odd movie; one that must've been a bitch to market, but then that's not an insult. Certainly not a "crowd pleaser."

    That said, to put it on a "worst" list is unfathomable. The technical expertise and performances (Jim Broadbent in particular) alone should keep it off those lists. Putting it on this list says much more about the reviewer than the film itself.

  • Denise | January 8, 2013 12:07 PM

    I agree

  • Rick | December 14, 2012 9:19 AMReply

    I hated Cloud Atlas, but to rank worse than Lincoln Vampire Slayer and This Means War seems like a mistake. Apparently this guy didn't see The Cold Light of Day or Jack and Diane or Thin Ice or The Dictator

  • Sarah | January 26, 2013 9:30 AM

    The Dictator is a great great comedy, with really clever jokes and criticism among all the silly (yet hilarious) stuff Baron Cohen does and says. Some people just don't get it's different sense of humor.

  • BOO | January 5, 2013 3:56 PM

    Why do you think that just because The Dictator isn't on here that he didn't see it? Plenty of people liked it. Just cause you didn't doesn't mean he shouldn't

  • Anne | December 14, 2012 12:02 AMReply

    WHAT!!!! Cloud Atlas was one the of the best films of the year! This is the most idiotic list...boycotting Time. Complete idiots. Mary Pols...biggest freaking idiot.

  • Scarlet | December 9, 2012 3:28 PMReply

    Please fire Kevin Jagernauth. He wouldn't know a good film if it took him wildly in the night. What an idiotic list. This guy needs to be blacklisted and never be able to find work again. He should be collecting carts at Wal-Mart.

  • Meshach | January 8, 2013 5:40 AM

    Wow, thanks for that.

    I collect carts at Walmart, and I also disagree with this list. Granted he probably has finished college and has a career. I am still part time work and part time school. Still kinda gets me though.

  • Sean | December 9, 2012 3:52 PM

    Y fire Kevin Jagernauth...? He is reporting/writing the news. It wasnt his opinion it was Time Mag 's Mary Pols list.... Have no idea what u r talking about "SCARLET"... But talking reckless esp about a website & writer you visit is str8 up retarded lol.

  • Scarlet | December 9, 2012 3:30 PM

    Mary Pols too. Anybody to do with this idiotic travesty. Just plain disgusting.

  • Paul Allen | December 9, 2012 8:22 AMReply

    This Cloud Atlas? 93% rating from audiences on RT: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cloud_atlas_2012/
    8.2 / 10 on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1371111/

    This is just click-bait ,no? I'm basically never visiting this site again. And I'm going to seek out this movie.

  • Kyle | March 4, 2013 2:11 AM

    And Roger Ebert gave the movie four out of four stars, but apparently Mary Pols knows so much better than a Pulitzer prize winner who has dedicated his life to reviewing movies. My conclusion is that she is indeed a troll.

  • soytim | December 8, 2012 8:00 PMReply

    That's ridiculous. "Cloud Atlas" is obviously one of the best films of the year, not the worst.
    I haven't seen any of the others on this list, because they all looked like they would suck at first glance.

  • Jeff Rittenour | December 6, 2012 9:20 AMReply

    ARE YOU KIDDING!? Get John Carter and ESPECIALLY Abe Lincoln OFF this list. Bunch of 'tards. People are such sheep. Let's all hate on john carter cuz it lost money...oh yeah that definitely means the movie sucks. I saw WAY worse SHIT than John Carter this year...How about a little piece of crap starring BATMAN? Yeah THAT movie was a long boring pile of shite...not John Carter. baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • bob hawk | December 7, 2012 5:09 AM

    Hey, YOU'RE DUMB. Guess what? Although I agree with you on RISES being a a lot better than just better, YOU'RE DUMBER by responding to Jeff R's overwrought rant by suggesting that he "should probably jump off a cliff." Neither funny nor clever nor an appropriate response to anything that you may think is dumb or stupid or clueless. It's just not acceptable. Ever.

  • You're Dumb | December 6, 2012 6:23 PM

    If you thought Carter was good and Rises bad, then you should probably jump off a cliff

  • ESTELLA | December 6, 2012 3:13 AMReply

    no one will ever take time mag seriously ever again. buffoons.

  • Alan | December 5, 2012 11:46 PMReply

    Mary Pols to The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer: 'Yeah, take that for having ambition, bitches!' You can hate the film, sure, but to call a film that is at least trying for something the worst of the year is a cheap call. Olli and Aaron have both created good lists for films that are super-cynical and more deserving of scorn than a film that's very much aiming to create a dialogue with its audience. Can someone explain what 'Rock of Ages' was trying to do?

  • Denise | January 8, 2013 12:11 PM

    Loved the movie Cloud Atlas -- think less highly of Mary Pols

  • Jimmy K | December 5, 2012 11:09 PMReply

    What about 'Dark Shadows,' 'The Rum Diary' and 'The Hunger Games'? All dire and a waste of time, talent and money.

  • Ryan | December 5, 2012 7:32 PMReply

    Whoa, just a minute Time Magazine! The Lorax was a fantastic film and one of my favorites. I didn't even have to get to the bottom of this list to know it was bogus. This is just another example of film critics being completely out of touch with average movie goers. I'm not sure what they expect from a film, but obviously it isn't what the rest of us are looking for. I don't know how an intelligent and heart-warming children's movie made it as #6 on the worst films of the year list, but I can you that Time Magazine is now #1 on my shit list.

  • sen2860 | December 5, 2012 1:47 PMReply

    I will never read another Time Magazine movie review again. As a huge fan of the book I naturally loved the movie, but this is just stupid... So now I don't read the New York Times reviews because of their terrible reviews and Time Magazine.

  • Jawsphobia | December 5, 2012 10:22 AMReply

    This list begs the question -- how many movies did writer/reviewer Mary Pols and her team of half-wits actually sit through this year? I'm looking forward to Bill Murray in Hyde Park on Hudson (the very same film advertised before this page). Cloud Atlas was unusual, and is its own thing, but I never found it boring. I've heard only good things about The Lorax. And even John Carter despite its under-wealming box office and the moronic decision to drop "Mars" from the title tends to be liked by people who get around to seeing it. Putting the Vampire Hunter flick on this list suggests that those on Time's panel are clueless to the kind of movie it celebrates. But having Cloud Atlas on this list - let alone at number one - is a symptom of something wrong with your team. Clean house, Time.

  • Sean | December 5, 2012 4:53 AMReply

    Horrible just horrible choice. Yes obvi Cloud Atlas is flawed but THE SINGLE worst of the year? No fucking way!!!!! I wouldn't even put it in the top 10 w/ some of the films listed by other comments here, gimi a fuckin break wow. Ugh so pissed. Oh HEY TIME MAG, your writer/reviewer Mary Pols, u ma'am have LOST ALL YOUR CREDIBILITY. *shakes head* just ridiculous

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