Top Ten Most Disappointing Movies of 2012

The Impossible

Naomi Watts and Tom Holland in The Impossible
Naomi Watts and Tom Holland in The Impossible
Photo: Summit Entertainment


Juan Antonio Bayona's The Orphanage was one of my top ten films of 2007. I loved it and consider it one of the best atmospheric horror films I have ever seen. Bayona shows so much promise in that film and with The Impossible he was tackling a massive effort centered on the 2004 tsunami that hit the coast of Thailand.

Like Flight, the opening is excellent, introducing us to the family that will soon become separated once the crushing waves land ashore and the realization of the destruction that took place. However, once the bodies are scattered and the search begins, the melodrama is poured on and poured on and poured on to the extent I could no longer respect the story I was watching and merely wished it would end.

SNIPPET FROM MY REVIEW: (read the full review here)

The most surprising thing is that it was written by Sergio G. Sanchez who wrote The Orphanage for Bayona, a film so subtle and delicate in narrative it practically hums its dramatic beats while The Impossible screams at the top of its lungs. The story consistently beats you over the head to the point you're numb to the characters' struggle and resorts to terribly dismissive dialogue in the latter moments that all you can do is begin to chuckle at the contrivances.

Anna Karenina

Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina
Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina
Photo: Focus Features


I love Joe Wright's work. Hanna, Pride and Prejudice and Atonement were all in my top ten in their respective years of release. In fact, all three were inside my top three for 2005, 2007 and 2011. Obviously my anticipation was going to be high for Anna Karenina as he once again teams with Keira Knightley in a period piece and boldly tackles Leo Tolstoy's story by setting it all largely on a single stage. It was a gamble guided by imagination, innovation and budget and it, unfortunately, doesn't pay off.

It's one thing to respect a director's decision to do something different and take a risk, it's another to assume that by doing so it somehow makes what we're watching better. Wright surely took a risk, but it most certainly didn't work. It's directorial masturbation. Wright did everything he could to let the audience know he was taking a risk and he did so to the detriment of his own film.

SNIPPET FROM MY REVIEW: (read the full review here)

Anna Karenina is an example of directorial masturbation at its most damaging. This film comes across as a self-indulgent "art" picture lacking heart, soul and any semblance of emotion. It, and it's characters, are empty vessels I'd prefer I never spend time with ever again. [...]

With Wright's talents as a filmmaker it would seem he either bit off more than he could chew with his decision for a stage set story or he depended on the manner in which he was telling the story more than the story itself. Either way, the result is a period-set soap opera with lavish production design and over-the-top and forced performances.

Again, I go into much more detail in my review.

Seven Psychopaths

Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell in Seven Psychopaths
Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell in Seven Psychopaths
Photo: CBS Films


My anticipation for Seven Psychopaths was similar to that of The Impossible. Like Bayona, I had only seen one of Martin McDonagh's films, but In Bruges was so unexpected and so spectacular I couldn't help but be excited for what he was going to offer next. Then came the casting... Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Olga Kurylenko, Tom Waits and Abbie Cornish. Now that's a line-up, especially given McDonagh's particular flair for witty dialogue and character.

Unfortunately, Seven Psychopaths is hardly a movie. In fact, it's entire narrative is detrimental to the overall goal of telling a story as it follows the narrative of a screenwriter (Farrell) stuck with perpetual writer's block. The film suffers along with Farrell.

On the positive side, this is one of Walken's best performances ever and there are some great moments such as Rockwell acting out what would make for the perfect shootout. But all the more disappointing is the fact I probably won't take the time to experience any of what's good again, because the movie itself is such a dud.

SNIPPET FROM MY REVIEW: (read the full review here)

The story feels like its on life support and needs a jump start every five minutes or so. And with a film that runs 11 minutes shy of two hours, that's a lot of ups and downs.

So that does it for me. I've listed, in order, my ten most disappointing movies from 2012 below.

  1. Seven Psychopaths
  2. Anna Karenina
  3. The Impossible
  4. Brave
  5. Ted
  6. The Bourne Legacy
  7. Flight
  8. Savages
  9. Damsels in Distress
  10. To Rome with Love

Previous Lists of Disappointments

I've only listed my disappointments in this fashion two times before and both are linked below.

Now how about you? What were your disappointments at the cinema this year? And remember, disappointing doesn't mean the film was bad (although it can mean that), but that it simply didn't live up to your expectations, wants and desires.

  • Andrew J.S.

    5. Brave - Wasn't hugely anticipating this one, but I always have high expectations for a Pixar movie. Instead of the original movie filled with heart and soul I always expect from Pixar, Brave was exactly the opposite.

    4. Lawless - Lawless isn't a bad movie, but coming from the director of The Road, one of my favorites of 2009, I was expecting a story much more powerful and heartfelt than the straightforward gangster tale it really is. It's not a terrible gangster film. The action is solid, Guy Pierce plays a great villian. Tom Hardy is very memorable in it. Yet, Lawless settles for being nothing more than an okay weekday rental.

    3. This Is 40 - I love Judd Apatow comedies, and even take away more from his movies than just laughs. But, This Is 40 offers nothing good to take away. For one, it's not really funny at all. Secondly, the story is hard to connect with. The characters aren't really likeable and do nothing as the story goes on to grab hold of our empathy.

    2. The Master - I envy those who were able to make a connection with the story, but personally I wasn't able to and was left unsatisfied. Technically speaking, it's breathtaking, especially the cinematography and score. Phillip Seymour-Hoffman gives a very intruiging performance. That said, it left me with too many questions and zero answers, and therefore finds itself on my most disappointing of the year list.

    1. The Dark Knight Rises - Entertaining? Yes. Epic? Yes. Everything you want from a summer blockbuster. Absolutely. However, I believe Bruce Wayne's story was complete at the end of The Dark Knight, and TDKR not only feels unnecessary, but in a way negates The Dark Knight. I was enormously excited for this film because I love the franchise and believed Chris Nolan had a worthwhile third chapter of the story to tell. Now I just hope it won't taint my love for TDK.

  • Rach

    My most disapointing films were
    1. The Hunger Games
    2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    3. The Avengers
    4. Brave
    5. The Vow
    6. People Like us

    • DavidG

      Perks is in my top 10. I thought it was a great adaptation and was a very tender and well-executed film. What exactly were you disappointed with?

  • Gannon

    I wonder how Laremy feels about Seven Psychopaths being number 1 on this list...?

  • adu

    Mine would be Moonrise Kingdom; a totally forgettable venture by Anderson. All its technical strenghts couldn't save a poor script and the annoying characters.

    Brad, when can we expect your Most Anticipated Movies of 2013?

    As for Seven Psychopaths,it will probably be in my top 3 of this year. Were you able to watch it a second time? I personally think it was the funniest movie of the year, and the performances were amazing.

    • DavidG

      I agree with you about Seven Psychopaths being hilarious, but Moonrise Kingdom is in my top 5 and I absolutely loved it.

  • rusty


    My only real disappointment this year was The Master, which was beautiful and very well crafted, but I didn't engage with the characters and, honestly, by the end did not care about any of them.

    The intro to this is a great read Brad, I don't want to turn the site into a massive list festival, but I'd love to know your surprises of the year. I have more of these each year than disappointments. I guess some of these are in your best of year, but I'd love to know which flicks flew under your radar and had a positive impact when you saw them.

  • The Moth

    "As a movie critic, maybe it's different for me. People tend to believe critics should walk into every movie without anticipation or excitement. Then, if that perception is held up, those that disagree with your opinion will either say "Yeah, but you didn't want to see it anyway!" or "You were always going to like that film." I do my best to let my opinion be known before seeing most films (running a blog of daily opinions helps). I do my best to avoid expectations (not watching trailers helps with this), but that's the nature of being human. All said, if I ever lose my ability to anticipate or dread seeing a movie then put a fork in me... I'm done."

    Simply wonderful.

  • Winchester

    I don't strictly have a lot in this category but I did rewatch The Dark Knight Rises today for the first time since it was in theaters and I may have to (at the very least) move it off my Best Of List (where I had it hesitantly) as a result and maybe this thread's category is where it belongs.

    It really did not even hold up on a second viewing in so many ways it's almost unbelievable the pass that Christopher Nolan seems to get with this film. I'm actually really starting to be impressed by the spell he casts over the flaws in his movies. Even acknowledging the visual scale, scope and ambition of what he tries to do the actual nuts and bolts execution is getting sloppier and sloppier.

    It's flaws, logic issues and plot holes have been debated so I'm not bringing them all up again but TDKR is a real mess at times. The Dark Knight was as well in places but Rises feels particularly fast and loose.

    • AS

      I find it ironic that despite the innumerable flaws inherent in TDKR, the only aspects that are ever criticized are "plot holes" and "logic" issues. If anything, those are the LEAST of the films problems.

      • Cory

        I simply find it amazing about these problems with the Dark Knight Rises and NOBODY actually ever lists them. The film just has these enormous problems.

        • AS


  • Aleonardis

    But...The Sambola...

  • Ian

    I disagree with Seven Psychopaths; I think it's the best comedy of the year (admittedly no great feat), but I'm on board with the rest. Well, the ones I've seen at least. Haven't seen Damsels in Distress and I'm skipping Anna Karenina and The Impossible based on your reviews...also the trailer for The Impossible literally reveals the entire movie, ending and all. No need to see it after that.

  • Yaz

    Hmm... Really surprised to see The Impossible up there. I thought it was just excellent and I didn't find it all that melodramatic... But to each their own...

    As much as it pains me to say it, TDKR was probably the film I was most disappointed in this year. I didn't even have high expectations going in (I knew topping TDK would be close to impossible), but man did I come out of it a bit underwhelmed. It still holds up in my opinion better than The Avengers, and it still has it's moments, but I'll always see it as a trilogy going out with a whimper as opposed to a bang.

  • Randall P McMurphy

    1.The Hobbit


    3.Beasts of the Southern Wild

    4.Life of Pi

    5.The Bourne Legacy


    7.Seven Psychopaths

  • Prowlerz1976

    Biggest disappointments

    1. Hitchcock- just terrible, given the talent involved. High expectations that were not even close to being matched.
    2. Seven Psychopaths- Second worst movie I saw this year next to Promised Land
    3. Ted- I don't know why everyone loves this film, its like a unfunny episode of family guy that is an hour and a half long. So much wrong with the film wouldn't know where to start.
    4. Dark Knight Rises- Given where it was coming from it was a letdown.
    5. The Sessions- Everyone loves this movie, I found it dull and obvious, not a bad movie but a big disapointment given what people have said about it.

    • G-Man

      The Sessions is a weird one for me. I can't find any flaws with it really and I think it's an excellent film, but i just felt so depressed the whole time I watched it (even afterwards) that's it's tough for me to say I really liked it.

  • Antonio A

    I liked Brave, it had some great moments and beautiful animation. I think the problem was that it felt like a first draft for something bigger, more detailed. Maybe it needed more time in production.

    I also liked Anna Karenina, to me the biggest problems with that film had to do with Stoppard's script and not with Wright's bold vision. I'm *almost* sure the film is going to grow in stature over the years.

    My most disappointing films of the year were Prometheus, which I actually enjoyed somewhat, and Flight, which wasn't in my most anticipated list or anything, until I bought into the hype. Big mistake. The Amazing Spider-Man and The Avengers were also disappointing, but I understand a lot of people love both, so who knows, maybe I should re-watch them someday.

  • G-Man

    My most disappointing are pretty much comprised of movies I didn't have much interest in seeing initially, but saw because many people were giving rave reviews:

    - Seven Psychopaths
    - Killing Them Softly
    - The Raid: Redemption
    - Goon
    - Chronicle
    - Life of Pi
    - Moonrise Kingdom

  • Owen

    I agree with you 100% on Flight, Brave, and Bourne. One of my biggest disappointments however (and I'm surprised no to see it here) was The Hobbit. It was such a bloated mess that I can't even imagine what was going through Jackson's head as he made the movie...other than dollar signs I guess.

    Also I'm confused why people (not just you) are calling Ted the highest grossing worldwide R-rated comedy of all time...The Hangover Part II made $80m more.

  • rod

    I really dont agree with you,The Impossible is a great movie,a lot of top critics from Time,EW,Los Angeles Times,Variety,The Hollywood Reporter,New York Observer,The Guardian.... gave excellent reviews about this movie.
    Naomi Watts gave the best actress performace of the year,she is much more better than Jennifer,Jessica or even great Emanuelle Riva,is a real tour de force, also Ewan and all the boys in the cast are great.The direction of Bayona is excellent too and the special effects are really stunning,not the typical Hollywood blockbuster fake special effects.
    The Impossible is Strong, Sad,Cruel,Human and Touching.

  • GothamCity151

    1. The Master - I love all of Paul Thomas Anderson's other films. I think they are rich with ideas and entertainment. This film did absolutely nothing for me. I could admire the technicality of the craftsmanship, but all of that does not mean anything if I do not care about what is happening.

    2. Magic Mike - I wondered if Soderbergh would be able to go 2/2 in 2012, as I loved Haywire. For me, he didn't. All I got out of this film was a story that should have filled 45 minutes stretched way too long. Nothing surprising ever happened to keep me invested in the story. I do not find Channing Tatum a charismatic lead, and Cody Horn and Alex Pettyfer are stonefaced the entire film, never allowing me to care about their sections of the story. Is Matt McConaughey fun? Sure. Do I care about that character? Not at all.

    3. Prometheus - I did not like this film. Interpret as to why. See you in the sequel.

    4. Flight - This film was a disaster. I was so into it through the place crash, as I think most were. Then, the rest of the movie happens. I do not need a 90 minute PSA on alcoholism, Robert Zemeckis.

    5. Wreck-It Ralph - I was very excited to see this one, given my adoration for arcade games and the huge positive buzz this was getting. This film was such a slog. As with Flight, at the beginning of the film I was really into it. Then, once Ralph enters the candy car racing game, the film totally loses me. The movie is no longer about Ralph and turns into the story of the most obnoxious little girl I've seen in quite sometime. Alan Tudyk occasionally came through with a few laughs, but this was just a nightmare.

    6. Argo - This was not necessarily a bad movie. It has an interesting story and some good performances. But, Affleck tries way too hard to make this movie suspenseful. He throws every trope he can think of into this movie in order to have the audience clutching their armrests. There comes a point where I go, "There is no way that would ever happen" only to find out that I was right. The situation in itself is tension filled enough. You do not need to get all Hollywood on me.

    7. Hyde Park On Hudson - Bill Murray as FDR? Why would I not go see it? Then, the film happened.

    8. Cosmopolis - Coming off of A Dangerous Method, a film I loved disproportionally more than everyone else, I was excited for more Cronenberg. Then, people started talking.

    9. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - With a premise as wacky as the title suggests, I was hoping for a fun B-movie that I could laugh with. This film took itself so seriously that it sucks all the enjoyment that could be had with that premise.

    10. ParaNorman - Based on the trailers and reviews, I had very high expectations going into this film. It was just dull. I don't know how else to put it. I didn't care about anything happening to anyone. Sure the stop motion animation looked great? But I still need to be invested.

    • Brittany Davis

      I agree with the people who are saying that "ParaNorman" was one of 2012's disappointments. I also had high hopes going into this movie (it came out on my DOB: August 17th, 1996, I am now 16) and all I got was disappointment leaving the theater. The only thing the movie had going for it was the animation. That's it. The characters are dull, as well as the plot, the anti-bullying message is shoved down our throats, the voice acting is mediocre, some of the characters are really bad stereotypes, and the movie should be rated PG-13 instead of PG. I mean, think about it. Some of it is too intense for younger viewers (examples: the little girl being hung to death by the neck for witchcraft), and there is swearing and a character admits he is gay towards the end of the film. Are you flipping kidding me? I would recommend not letting kids under the age of 13 to watch this movie or "Coraline" for that matter. I don't understand why people love this movie so much outside of the animation. I wasn't crazy about "Coraline" either. If there was one word to describe this movie, it would be "overrated" and it doesn't live up to the raves the critics are giving it. I recommend watching "Hotel Transylvania" instead. I had more fun with that movie than this garbage. This movie was just a waste of time.

  • clayj41

    1. The Master
    2. Prometheus
    3. The Dark Knight Rises
    4. Skyfall
    5. Moonrise Kingdom
    6. Brave
    7. ParaNorman
    8. Cloud Atlas
    9. Bernie
    10. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

  • jinjuriki187

    the dark knight rises, the raid, beasts of the southern wild, skyfall, cabin in the woods, seven psychopaths, flight, ted and the impossible were all amazing!!! not in the least bit disappointing, in fact i would say many of them were better than i expected. prometheus and cloud atlas were also amazing movies but yes they were a little bit disappointing. but to put these other films in your top ten and to even mention the rest is just stupid. seven psychopaths and flight were 2 of the best films of the year!!!

  • Elijah

    1. Cosmopolis: I love David Cronenberg's work but buying a ticket for this is probably one of my biggest regrets of the year. He set out to make a god awful film and succeeded, so for that I give him kudos, but its pretentiousness and deliberate pace killed it for me.

    2. ParaNorman: Beautiful animation and a nifty premise couldn't save this bland dud of a movie. It's strange seeing so many critics circles rewarding it...*sigh*

    3. The Hobbit: I knew there'd be some silliness involved but this was a flat out train wreck. Appreciate the 48fps attempt but that only made the image worse in my opinion.

    4. Django Unchained: It's not so much a bad movie as it didn't leave a strong impression on me like other Tarantino films. A pleasant watch but nothing I really care to revisit.

    5. Magic Mike: I just wasn't invested in the characters who all felt paper thin and I found myself aching for something interesting to happen. Respectable effort but not something I'd ever seek out again.

  • The Jackal

    Overall I was very pleased with the results from my most anticipated films list of 2012. Still, a few let me down.

    Solid film; however, it just didn't live up to my hype for the film. The dialogue, action scenes and acting just didn't sizzle like they could have based on the sordid nature of the goings on. Tom Hardy is still a force to be reckoned with.

    The studio that was 11 for 11 from 1995-2010 has managed to disappoint for the second time in a row. The visuals are glorious, the music heartfelt, but it just didn't lift me to the heights like Up or the wondrous Toy Story 3; Cars (2006) is a masterpiece compared to this lackluster affair. I want Pixar greatness, not 80s Disney mediocrity.

    This film initially disappointed me because I felt it could of have been a masterpiece; the holes in the plot also greatly disturbed. Why couldn't this have another fantastic frightfest like the original Alien (1979) or the relentless thrill ride that was James Cameron's Aliens (1986)? I deserved a legitimate, quality, new addition to the Alien franchise, dammit!

    However, once my anger subsided, I found myself given over to Sir Ridley's strange new creation. The awe-inspiring visuals, the haunting score, Michael Fassbenders fantastic job as the perverse android, David, the legitimately scary moments, the puzzling questions posed by the very existence of the engineers, and finally, the wonderful sense of wonderment and dread which haunted the entire film, all combine to elevate this work to its place as one of the most memorable of 2012.

    The Amazing Spider-Man:
    Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone almost managed to save this film; however, mediocre action scenes, and too much retreading of tired material brought this film down. Still, I'm optimistic for the sequel.

    Thems the facts

    • Newbourne

      I dont understand how someone can dislike Prometheus because of its plotholea and then fall head over heela for Looper which is completely illogical by any stretch of imagination. And yet critics have bashed Prometheus and adored Looper all year. It doesnt make any sense to me.

  • Gautam

    MAGIC MIKE. Expect for the dancing, film lacks any drama.

  • Alex Thomas

    Such a great idea for a list Brad. I think it really highlights how our expectations can have a big affect on a movie. As a critic and seeing most films so early, you get to largely avoid high expectations for movies that people have loved. I speak of Holy Motors primarily in your case, but also films such as Zero Dark Thirty in which you got a mostly blank canvas before seeing. Ted may be one of the few (perhaps Pitch Perfect too) that you didn't see straight away and thus had big expectations.

    One drawback is that non-critics get to read reviews or at least hear critics feelings towards films before seeing it. For this reason I was never anticipating Seven Psycopaths, The Impossible, Anna Karenina + Brave as I had no large expectations from what I had heard from critics. The Bourne Legacy is a great example, once I had heard all the terrible reviews it no longer became a big disappointment once I saw it (still a slight one though!)

    As for my 10 biggest disappointments, I feel those not in the US have the issue of hype around a movie months before it's released in their country. I speak of Oscar favourite Lincoln which I just saw yesterday and was underwhelmed. Here's my Top 10 :)

    #10 - Lincoln (B-) - Being Oscar favourite and in your top 10 meant it had huge expectations. I feel those outside the US won't appreciate is as much. I'm also not big on politics which would have affected it.
    #9 - Cosmopolis (C) - My first Croenberg film, I had no idea at all what the film was about. I will be better prepared for any future Croenberg films.
    #8 - Margaret (C-) - This was hyped up from a lot of people I know, I thought it was terrible.
    #7 - The Master (C+) - At the time it was tipped to be an Oscar contender. I'm not sure what I was expecting but the last hour was an eternity.
    #6 - Skyfall (B) - Solid enough but so, so overrated.
    #5 - Amour (C) - Did nothing for me, I am heartless clearly.
    #4 - Looper (B+) - I expected this to be my film of the year but found a lot of issues with it. This is my perfect example of trying to keep expectations in check before a film.
    #3 - Life of Pi (C+) - I knew the visuals were going to be amazing, and that's my main highlight of the film.
    #2 - Holy Motors (C) - Another film I knew NOTHING about going in except that many loved it. I simply can't like a film due to it's art. Such a disappointment.
    #1 - Wreck-It Ralph (B-) - It's actually my lowest rated animation of the year. The concept was so brilliant, I really thought it was going to be a film I loved but I was so disappointed. Oh well!

    • Elijah

      Aw that's a bummer Cosmopolis was your first Cronenberg, I'd highly recommend The Fly (1986), A History of Violence, and Spider if you wanna see some of his best work. He's one of my favorite directors but even I can admit when he directs some atrocity.

      • Alex Thomas

        Cheers Elijah! I know, was pretty unlucky really that Cosmopolis was my first Croenberg as it really hasn't inspired me to check out his others.

        The fly has been high on my watch-list for a while, will definitely check it out.

    • GregDinskisk

      I don't actually get why people didn't like Cosmopolis, I loved it, it's going to be in my top ten of the year.... I agree with about half of your other 9, though, especially Lincoln, Skyfall, and Wreck-it Ralph....

      • Alex Thomas

        To be honest I found it boring. A lot of people had issues with it being pretentious or whatever, but I just wasn't fascinated (I was fascinated by the things that were happening but the way they happened bored me, too much talking for me).

        Such a shame about the 3 you mentioned, I'm kind of cheering against Lincoln for Best Picture now!

  • Dale

    "To Rome with Love" would top my list, a real letdown after the charming "Midnight in Paris." I concur with "The Bourne Legacy" but I liked "Savages."


    I believe Brave should be in 1rst place as most disappointing.

  • Corbin

    Most disappointing movie for me: Brave

  • briggy

    Going into the year, I ranked my most anticipated movies like this:

    1) Seven Psychopaths
    2) The Master
    3) Django Unchained
    4) The Dark Knight Rises
    5) Moonrise Kingdom

    Out of those five, Django Unchained and Moonrise Kingdom are the only two that I think will leave any lasting impact on me and that I want to watch again. So that makes my three most disappointing Seven Psychopaths, The Master, and TDKR.

  • Jack

    1. Prometheus
    2. The Watch
    3. Lincoln
    4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    5. The Campaign
    6. Ted
    7. Jeff, who Lives at Home
    8. Life of Pi
    9. Lawless
    10. Moonrise Kingdom

    The Master and Dark Knight Rises are among my favorite. I was disappointed and exceeded with Django at the same time.

  • Brennan

    I'm sorry but Seven Psychopaths rocked! I had it in my top 5 best at the end of the year, hell it was my favorite comedy and the rough edge to it made it spectacular. I was crying during the shootout scene.

    I think the most disappointing movie of the year was The Master. The acting was great, but there wasn't really a narrative or any kind of story. It was simply a character study. Not a bad movie, but either than Joaquin Phoenix, I was not impressed.

  • Newbourne

    1. The Dark Knight Rises
    2. Prometheus
    3. Wreck-It-Ralph (similar to Looper, I just dont get it. Boring, cliche, childish and very senseless)
    4. Brave
    5. Looper (I still dont get what everyone is talking about...)
    6. The Avengers
    7. ParaNorman
    8. The Hunger Games
    9. Ted
    10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (it was as good as it could be considering the source material)

  • SeenSome

    To Rome With Love actually exceeded my expectations, so much so that I probably won't watch it again as I get that feeling that it was as much the mood I was in at the time as the film's quality that made for a nice experience with it and I don't want to ruin that.

    Prometheus was comfortably the biggest disappointment this year for me since it not only didn't live up to the hype but it was a genuinely bad film as well thanks to an awful screenplay.

    The Dark Knight Rises is in my top 20 of the year but still ranks as a slight disappointment considering just how much hype there was around it and how flawed it ended up being.

  • Jesse3232

    1. The Amazing Spider-Man
    2. Prometheus
    3. The Bourne Legacy
    4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Overrated may have been the reason, doesn't deserve all of the praise)
    5. Skyfall (I liked it but definitely not deserving of the 92% on RT and "Best Bond Movie Ever)

  • Chris138

    Margaret - It wasn't in theaters near me until earlier this year, but what a letdown. Considering all the hype at the end of last year for this, with some even claiming it to be a 'masterpiece', I have to say that I wholeheartedly disagree. In fact, I thought the film was a mess and I couldn't wait for it to be over. Anna Paquin was believable, but I grew very weary of her character by the end and lost interest in her story as it went along. The film also moves at a snail's pace and truly didn't need to go on for two and a half hours. I couldn't even begin to imagine what it is like sitting through the three hour director's cut. I'll pass on that one.

    Looper - I didn't necessarily have high expectations for this but it looked interesting. It was interesting for the first half hour or so, but then became a crashing (and at times laughable) bore once JGL's character gets to the barn with Emily Blunt. I still don't have a lot to say about the film other than it just completely dragged most of the time and Bruce Willis is still a dull actor even when somebody else is playing him. Sadly, I get a feeling this will be one of those wildcard choices the morning the Oscars nominations are announced. Sigh.

    Life of Pi - Another one that arrived with lots of hype and I was disappointed. It's not a bad film, and starts off really well, but then once Pi is stranded in the ocean it slows down and meanders off a bit. It's probably the best looking and well made disappointment I've seen all year. I guess I just expected more.

    Moonrise Kingdom - I'm not really sure why I consider this a disappointment since I have never responded to much of Wes Anderson's work. But I saw a lot of reviews from those who don't care for his stuff and they still loved it, so I raised my hopes a little bit. Alas, it ended up being another Wes Anderson film. I guess if you like that, then this is the movie for you. For the rest of us, it's just... another Wes Anderson film. Take that as you will.

  • Pedrosaurus

    Sadly Prometheus was just horrible, didn't find any of the acting to be very good (apart from Michael Fasbender, another brilliant performance from him), didn't find any character likable, to have any redeeming qualities, had fits of contradictory behaviour (the two idiots who are scared of a 2000 year old dead body but want to cuddle a rather nasty looking alien snake thingy, morons deserved their fate). Can't see myself bothering to see the sequel.

    Have been a big fan of John Carter of Mars for years (make that decades), enjoyed the film but felt they simply tried to pack in too much. Visually quite liked the interpretation of Burroughs world. Just not as good as it could have been.

    Battleship, well, what can you expect from a movie based on a board game, and another film starring Taylor Kitsch. He's making a name for himself in the wrong way.

  • Jeff

    A little late on this comment, but here's the place for this; I'd been keeping track of Brad's Most Anticipated 2012 titles with the grades he gave in review.
    1. A+ Django Unchained
    2. -- Gravity - PUSHED TO 2013
    3. B Prometheus
    4. C+ Seven Psychopaths
    5. -- Only God Forgives - PUSHED TO 2013
    6. C+ To Rome With Love
    7. B+ The Dark Knight Rises
    8. A Rust and Bone
    9. A Amour (Love)
    10. B Skyfall
    11. A Killing Them Softly
    12. C- The Bourne Legacy
    13. -- The Grandmasters - PUSHED TO 2013
    14. B The Place Beyond the Pines
    15. A- The Master
    16. D Anna Karenina
    17. -- The Gangster Squad - PUSHED TO 2013
    18. B+ Argo
    19. B+ Lawless
    20. -- Stoker - PUSHED TO 2013
    21. D+ Ted
    22. D+ Hyde Park on Hudson
    23. D+ The Impossible
    24. B+ Looper
    25. A- Moonrise Kingdom
    26. D Brave
    27. -- The Great Gatsby - PUSHED TO 2013
    28. A+ The Silver Linings Playbook
    29. -- Inside Llewyn Davis - PUSHED TO 2013
    30. D+ The Innkeepers
    31. D+ Savages
    32. A Zero Dark Thirty
    33. B Cosmopolis
    34. B The Hunger Games
    35. B+ Cloud Atlas
    36. C+ To The Wonder
    37. C+ The Company You Keep
    38. C+ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    39. B+ Lincoln
    40. C+ The Paperboy

  • Roger

    Looper was so overrated. Could not get past the plotholes.

    Prometheus too was disappointing to me.

  • Mr.Jim

    The hunger games was my biggest disappointment after all the positives and cash that it made in the box-office I thought Id give it a chance, no one really pointed on it was just a crappier version of battle royale. I hate watching two movies twice after the first one nails it and the second movie is just a copy, so I guess you can add skyfall to that list too. I think you should do a top 10 biggest suprises Brad my vote goes to the Avengers the blockbuster movie that everybody feared was going to suck but rocked

  • MrOn

    1-10.) The Dark Knight Rises. I could talk for hours about everything I dislike about this film, but it all comes down to how stupid it is, and how much it treats its audience as though we are all mentally handicapped. For shame Mr. Nolan. For Shame.

  • Lesley

    Moonrise Kingdom - Rushmore is in my top 50 list of all time. None of his other efforts came close, with the high imdb rating I was excited for a return to Rushmore, but could not even finish this one. His treatment of female characters is starting to concern me. This was Rushmore without the interesting characters, just sort of cardboard cut outs. And why kill Snoopy? Quite possibly my last Wes Anderson film.
    The Master - sometimes with great effort you are rewarded, but I don't feel I was and it was a great effort.
    Cloud Atlas - I disliked this on so many levels don't get me started.