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Critics Weigh in on Worst Movies of 2012

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood December 31, 2012 at 7:00AM

Critics let the fur fly when they unleash their scorn on the year's worst movies, the dregs at the bottom of the barrel, the flicks that really waste their time. For your reading pleasure we present an assortment of "Worst Movies of the Year" lists. Our own is right here.
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Critics let the fur fly when they unleash their scorn on the year's worst movies, the dregs at the bottom of the barrel, the flicks that really waste their time. For your reading pleasure we present an assortment of "Worst Movies of the Year" lists.  Our own is right here.

Also, if you want to get meta about it, watch the NextMovie clip at the bottom where the "worst movies of 2012" review themselves.  It's a treat.

Time | Time Staff
"One for the Money"
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green"
"What to Expect When You're Expecting"
"Alex Cross"
"The Lorax"
"This Means War"
"Hyde Park On Hudson"
"John Carter"
"Cloud Atlas"

The Playlist (listed alphabetically) | The Playlist Staff
"360"
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"
"Act of Valor"
"Alex Cross"
"ATM"
"Battleship"
"John Carter"
"Paranormal Activity 4"
"The Raven"
"Red Dawn"
"Resident Evil: Retribution"
"Rock of Ages"
"Taken 2"
"That's My Boy"

IndieWire | Matt Singer
"Taken 2"
"Twilight Saga; Breaking Dawn - Part 2"
"The Devil Inside"
"Alex Cross"
"Gone"

Hit Fix (they went for twenty, the top five are below) | Dave Lewis
"Gone"
"Dario Argento's Dracula 3D"
"Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance"
"Chernobyl Diaries"
"Piranha 3DD"
"This Means War"
"Total Recall"
"Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston"
"Wrath of Titans"

Slate | Dana Stevens
"Battleship"
"Darling Companion"
"Friends with Kids"
"Taken 2"
"The Words"

The Atlantic Wire | Richard Lawson
"Rock of Ages"
"Mirror Mirror"
"Wrath of the Titans"
"Dark Shadows"
"Damsels in Distress"

Village Voice | Critic Poll

"Cloud Atlas"
"God Bless America"
"Hitchcock"
"Hyde Park on Hudson"
"On the Road"
"What to Expect When You're Expecting"
"Battleship"
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"That's My Boy"
"Alex Cross"
 

This article is related to: Reviews, Hyde Park on Hudson, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Cloud Atlas, Friends With Kids, The Words, On The Road, Dark Shadows


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.