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Selena Gomez and Ethan Hawke's 'Getaway' Is Worst Reviewed Film of 2013; 'After Earth' and 'Grown Ups 2' Also Rank

The Week has rounded up the worst reviewed films of 2013, based on Rotten Tomatoes scores. As to be expected, some of these titles were more publicized critical and financial bombs (M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth," starring Jaden and Will Smith, for example), while others barely register in memory ("The Big Wedding" and "Getaway" -- huh?). Check out the list, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 10, 2013 2:44 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Falling 'Fast & Furious' and Sleeper 'Now You See Me' Trounce Shyamalan/Smith Combo 'After Earth'

With the help of an unexpected sleeper success ("Now You See Me") and a continued decent showing for "Fast and Furious 6," the combined weekend gross for the top 10 again rose above last year's ($150 million, up from $133) even with the disappointing initial numbers from "After Earth," which was expected to be #1 this weekend.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 2, 2013 1:02 PM
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'After Earth' Fails to Open at Number One, Lags Behind 'Now You See Me' As Top Newcomer

As Sony's "After Earth" opened Friday, an irresistible force (Will Smith, with a two-decade record of #1 openings) met an unmovable object (director M. Night Shyamalan's declining box office and critical appeal), and the latter won. "After Earth," top-heavy with Smith family involvement (Smith's co-star is his son Jaden) looks to end up in third place for the weekend with a below-expectations $9.8 million for Friday.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 1, 2013 2:37 PM
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Weekend Preview: Head to 'The East' and Must-See 'Hannah Arendt'; Critics Skewer Shyamalan's 'After Earth'

If you live in a "limited release" city, then you've got a fine array of moviegoing options for the weekend. Zal Batmanglij's "The East," starring co-writer Brit Marling, Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard, is a smart anti-establishment thriller gaining good reviews from critics. Same goes for Sundance comedy "The Kings of Summer," a small-town coming-of-age tale in the vein of "Stand by Me."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2013 3:07 PM
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Review Roundup: M. Night Shyamalan Makes a "Non-Happening" with 'After Earth,' Starring a Sparkless Jaden and Will Smith

Critics aren't impressed with either M. Night Shyamalan's directorial work or the Jaden and Will Smith pairing in new apocalyptic sci-fi entry "After Earth" (June 7). The venom towards Shyamalan is strong (Sony all but cut his name from the film's marketing), with Variety calling his film a "non-happening," and the Hollywood Reporter pointing out that the director does little to help 14-year-old Jaden Smith, obviously flailing in a role meant to carry the film. Roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2013 11:51 AM
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Whither M. Night Shyamalan's Name in New 'After Earth' Trailer?

One notable thing about the new trailer for "After Earth" (June 7), starring look-alike father-son duo Jaden and Will Smith, is the absence of director M. Night Shyamalan's name. Following the disastrously reviewed, 3-D retrofitted "The Last Airbender," not to mention "The Lady in the Water" and "The Happening," Sony is choosing not to remind audiences of Shyamalan's involvement in the movie. Does this mean that Shyamalan is an actual negative as a selling tool? On some level, Sony might as well make "After Earth" an Alan Smithee film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 8, 2013 2:11 PM
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