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Top Ten Worst Movies of 2012 (That I Saw)

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Top Ten Worst Movies of 2012

I don't go see every movie. I do my best to see as many as I can, but there are some I just don't feel I need to see in order to do my job. Those I tend to skip are films I'm quite certain I will not enjoy because what need is there, really, for me to head into a movie in a foul mood, with little enthusiasm to review a movie? Especially if said movie is the reason my mood is so foul.

That said, sometimes the job takes you places you would prefer not to go and sometimes those movies you don't expect to be very good are movies you need to go see. Such films found their way onto this list.

Some of the other entries are simply films I wanted to be good, films that piqued my curiosity or just thought would be fun. They weren't.

When making my list of the top ten films of each year (see my Top Ten of 2012 by clicking here) I make the list with the first thought being, "Would I watch this movie again?" With my list of the Top Ten Worst Movies of 2012 that thought becomes, "Would I do most anything to never have to watch this movie again?" Looking over the list of ten films that made this particular top ten I can quite safely say I will never watch a single one of these movies again in my life (because one of them I already have). Yet, there are a few that were just as worthy that had to be left off.

Worst of 2012 : Dishonorable MentionIn the case of the best films of any year there is usually some form of honorable mention, the same goes for the worst films. This is where I get to tell you Oliver Stone's Savages nearly made this list, as did Peter Berg's Battleship and the awful Act of Valor.

The Amazing Spider-Man and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance were the two comic book movies up for consideration for this list. Yes, for those of you that read Ghost Rider and thought to yourself, "Did that come out this year?" Yes, it did, and it was terrible. Spider-Man was terrible in different ways and wasn't close to the top ten, but leaving off Ghost Rider was a chore.

On the so-called "comedy" side of the spectrum, The Five-Year Engagement, This is 40 and Ted quite nearly made this list. The funniest of those three is probably This is 40 and yet, it's probably the worst made of those three. Ted is a film I will never understand why so many people seemed to love it, but then again, I'm sure others will question my taste in comedy considering I enjoyed That's My Boy and The Watch. Comedy is the one genre that's nearly impossible to explain what makes us laugh and my taste is wildly different than everyone else it would seem.

The art house had its share of duds as well including Anna Karenina, Hyde Park on Hudson and a film I saw at the Cannes Film Festival last year, Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai. Being Flynn was a mess, Ruby Sparks I thought would never end and then there was Snow White and the Huntsman, which tried to make this list but was pardoned in the end.

The Bay was a terrible found footage movie, Mel Gibson's Get the Gringo belonged on Video On Demand and Sam Worthington's career took a couple of hits in 2012 and while it almost made this list, Man on a Ledge was a lesser offender.

EDIT: Some are already asking about Aftershock, which I saw at the Toronto Film Festival this year and hated. It looks like it will have a 2013 release date so it is already in line for a spot on next year's list, but if you would like to read my thoughts on that film you can find them here.

Every year a lot of movies are made and more often than not those movies are average at best and complete failures at worst. It's hard to make a great movie, but I'd argue many films aren't striving for greatness or even a general sense of "good". Most seem to be hoping for a shrug of the shoulders and a "It wasn't bad" before being forgotten with hopes sights are set elsewhere.

Well, the following ten films weren't able to even get that shrug of the shoulders. They got the eye-roll, pained expressions and saw me bolting out of the theater before the first credit could begin to roll.

I now offer my top ten worst films of 2012, may they rest in peace and hopefully never again be disturbed.

#10
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Steve Carell in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Steve Carell in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Photo: Focus Features

I will be making a list of my most disappointing films of the year as well and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World will be pulling double duty. I was intrigued by writer/director Lorene Scafaria's attempt to turn the idea of an asteroid coming to destroy the Earth into a romantic-comedy. It seemed a dry wit could have a lot of fun playing in that world, but boy did it flounder right out of the gate with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley playing two characters I couldn't care in the least if they lived or died. He's a cold fish, and she's got an oh-so-charming fondness for the history of the record player. Ugh.

REVIEW SNIPPET: (read the full review here)

None of the performances were particularly intriguing either. We've seen Carell mope before, feeling mistreated and lost, and I'd argue Knightley brought a maturity level closer to that of a high schooler than the adult with her character. No part of this film rung true to me as much as everyone seemed to be conjured out of thin air. Given the intensity of the circumstances I guess I was merely supposed to accept this is how these people would be acting. I couldn't do it.

This film just sort of sits there, going through the motions, hitting its minor plot points, hoping you're along for the ride, but it results in a missed opportunity.

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  • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

    Brad, you NEVER cross Alex Cross. Did those posters teach you nothing?!?!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JimmyDiamies/ Jimmy Diamies

    I thought Aftershock was going to be in your #1 spot for sure. Or does it already have that wrapped up for the 2013 list ?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      2013 for that one since it looks like it may actually have a release date.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheBioscopist/ TheBioscopist

    Looks like Brad did a good research.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    Yeah I was expecting Aftershock in there somewhere too!

    I've only seen two of your bottom 10 - Trouble with the Curve and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. I guess the thing with all movies is expectations - I went in expecting them to be really bad due to reviews (you can probably question why i watched them knowing they were bad movies!) and i thought they were both below average movies and i probably would have hated them as much as you if i went in expecting anything decent.

    My bottom 5 are as follows:

    1. Casa de mi Padre
    2. Seven Psychopaths
    3. Bacholerette
    4. Hope Springs
    5. Bel Ami

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    From my full list on the top ten yesterday, here are my worst 10 of 2012 from from bad to worse:

    * Indicates I had at least decent expectations going in

    10. Moonrise Kingdom*
    9. Chronicle*
    8. Woman in Black*
    7. Piranha 3DD
    6. Goon*
    5. The Raid Redemption*
    4. Killing Them Softly*
    3. Seven Psychopaths*
    2. A Christmas Story 2
    1. A Thousand Words

    Note that Piranha 3DD was the only one on Brad's list that I saw. I too watched the commentary.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

      NO!! NOT Chronicle & Moonrise Kingdom!! Damn it lol. Chronicle is one of my top 5 favorite movies of the year and Moonrise is in my top 15.

      • DavidG

        Ya, I have to agree. Moonrise is actually in my top 10. Chronicle isn't, but I enjoyed it. Seven Psychopaths was for me one of the funnier movies of the year.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

        Chronicle just bored the hell out of me. It was an interesting premise, but became really cheesy and ridiculous in the last 1/2 hour. While I would say that Moonrise is one of the best movies of the year from a cinematography / color perspective, the story was just so bland, filled with quirky, yet uninteresting characters. I don't see what people really love about the screenplay - nothing all that original or intriguing about a couple of kids that develop a romance and run away.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Andrew13/ Andrew13

    Having only seen 1 of your bottom 10, here are my top five worst films of the year:

    5. The Campaign
    4. Safe House
    3. Rock of Ages
    2. Premium Rush
    1. Casa de mi Padre

  • Jonas

    I really liked and enjoyed Seeking a Friend and Trouble with the Curve.

    My Ten Worst Movies:

    10. Silver Linings Playbook
    9. Looper
    8. The Hunger Games
    7. That's My Boy
    6. A Thousand Words
    5. The Sitter
    4. Wanderlust
    3. Project X
    2. Piranha 3DD
    1. Chronicle

    • Trent

      Silver Linings Playbook? Looper? The Hunger Games? Are you mad?

      • DavidG

        Ya, I am a bit disappointed with most of the "ten worst movies" in the comment section. "Silver Linings" would be in my top 3. Looper and Hunger Games wouldn't make my best movies list, but the former was pretty great, and the latter was at least palpable if not completely entertaining.

    • http://filmgeekcentral.com Rolocop

      THE SITTER was 2011.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Grissom/ Grissom

    10. One for the Money

    9. Chernobyl Diaries

    8. The Vow

    7. Alex Cross

    6. Playing for Keeps

    5. That`s My Boy

    4. The Lucky One

    3. Wanderlust

    2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

    1. Won`t Back Down

  • Jonas

    Trent,

    I expected a lot from Silver Linings and it disappointed me more than any other film since The Social Network. Such an infantile film.

    Looper insulted me with it's presentation as a clever and intelligent sci-fi then it actually seemed to be one of the dullest and least interesting in the genre.

    As for The Hunger Games, I would even call this mess a film.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    I'm happy to say I didn't see a single film in Brad's "bottom" ten.

  • Good Grief

    I was just happy to see "The Raid: Redemption" didn't make it onto Brad's list.

    My top ten worst...

    10. The Watch

    9. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    8. Chernobyl Diaries

    7. Safety Not Guaranteed

    6. Alex Cross

    5. Piranha 3DD

    4. Bachelorette

    3. Man on a Ledge

    2. The Man with the Iron Fists

    1. Wrath of the Titans

    Honorable mention - Dredd

    How "Bachelorette" isn't on more lists I do not know. That film was painful to sit through and had exactly zero laughs in its entire run time.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AndrewJ.S./ Andrew J.S.

    Silent House was the worst experience for me this year, followed by, in no particular order:

    Act of Valor
    Apart
    Jesus Henry Christ
    The Tall Man
    Virginia

    • JD

      In no particular order? It's in alphabetical order silly! =P

  • Winchester

    I found it much easier to do a worst list actually. And I actually have ten so I will list these in order.

    10. Kill List - It may be a 2011 film everywhere else but it was released in the US in 2012 so I'm counting it. Anyway, a pathetic hybrid of Wicker Man meets Ken Loach that neither scares nor leaves any impression other than how it got made.

    9. Haywire - Gina Carano was OK when not required to act but this was a lifeless and rote CIA agent spy jinks flick with no special flair or memorable moments. Plus some of the fights seemed like outtakes.

    8. Elles - Foreign arthouse can be duds too. What can I say apart from that.

    7. Chronicle - I actually liked this on first watch. I then made the mistake of trying to then rewach it. Should have kept it as a one time memory.

    6. Safe House - By the numbers doesn't even start to explain this generic dud. But the presence of Ryan Reynolds helps sink it further.

    5. John Carter - A lesson in how to get a blockbuster wrong. Well, this film and a couple more up ahead actually.

    4. Snow White and The Huntsman - Sure, I had fun trying to determine what part of the world Hemsworth's accent came from but when I realised even he didn't have any clue all that was left was K-Stew looking constipated for two hours. Pass.

    3. The Amazing Spider-Man - Leaving aside it featured maybe THE worst visual effects of the yeat for a tentpole this was sloppy in all areas. The Raimi films were not great but I still felt I had seen this film before. In 2002.

    2. Battleship - For everyone who knocks Emmerich and Bay please note that if it was that easy to make a film like theirs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in box office then Battleship should have been a slam dunk. Peter Berg spectacularly proved it is not that easy.

    1. The Cold Light of Day - Hilariously bad. I must assume a paid holiday was the reason the cast signed up for this absolutely awful thriller. Everyone puts in sterlingly bad work but what's funnier is the likes of Sigourney Weaver talking up the skill of the films director in the bonus features. Actually a better piece of acting than she does in the film.

    And thats about that.

    In looking at the rest of what I have seen this year the likes of: Ted, Total Recall, The Woman in Black, The Grey, The Cabin in The Woods, Lawless, The Raven, Silent House, Rampart, The Awakening, Iron Sky, The Innkeepers and The Inbetweeners Movie all variously fall in the middle zone where they would not make a best or worst of list.

    So many films of the year still to see though.

  • toro913

    10. 90 Minutes (TIFF film)
    9. The Expendables 2
    8. Here Comes the Devil (TIFF film)
    7. Wrath of the Titans
    6. Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
    5. The Lorax
    4. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
    3. Alex Cross
    2. Dead Europe (TIFF film)
    1. Rock of Ages

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/ashdurdin/ ashdurdin

    1. Project X
    1. Battleship
    1. The Tall Man

    These three are a tie. Project X left me feeling the worst, but Battleship was excruciating to sit all the way through and The Tall Man left me actually angry when it was over.

    4. One for the Money
    5. Chernobyl Diaries
    6. Contraband
    7. A Thousand Words
    8. Wrath of the Titans
    9. The Lorax
    10. The Lucky One

  • https://twitter.com/TooMuchHamza Hamza Zain

    I try my best to avoid movies that I know are going to be bad, but sometimes you need something bad to remind you how good the good ones are.

    1. Taken 2
    2. Wrath of the Titans
    3. Man With The Iron Fists
    4. Snow White and the Huntsman
    5. Wanderlust

  • briggy

    Happy to say I managed to avoid 9 out of 10 of your worst Brad, and I was inebriated enough to enjoy a few moments of Piranha 3DD. Still though, months later, one thing from that movie sticks in my mind.

    [Spoiler...as if it matters...] Why did David Koechner get beheaded by a clothesline? Not that I'm saying everything else in the movie made sense, or anything for that matter, but Koechner's death was probably the single most random and nonsensical thing I've ever seen in a movie.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    I try to avoid terrible movies, so nothing I saw this year stands out as awful, but the following we're definitely bad.
    This is 40
    Trouble With the Curve
    Savages

    Also I didn't enjoy The Grey, but I don't think it was bad enough to be included on this list.

  • Travis

    LOL, Brave, Rock of Ages. End of list

  • http://shloggshorrorblog.blogspot.com/ Shloggs

    I'll never understand all the hate toward Wrath of the Titans. It was a movie made for and aimed at 9 year old's and those who retain a sense of being a 9 year old at heart. It was silly, fast paced and featured some of the most impressive large scale CGI effects work I've ever witnessed. That Kronos stuff was phenomenal.

    But what do I know? My most hated movie of the year was Looper (I walked out an hour and 10 minutes in). I have never been so bewildered by a movies positive reception in my life. Shallow, drab, derivative garbage. The only exciting moment/interesting idea of the film came 20 minutes in and was a lift from Timecop, which also sucked.

    • Good Grief

      I felt that "Wrath..." was just an ugly mess. Even the large scale special effects did nothing to redeem the fact it was a plotless shambles of a film. Besides, I'd already seen that level of "God of War 3."

  • Jack

    1. Project X
    2. Dark Shadows
    3. Casa di mi Padre
    4. Tim and Eric's Billion dollar Movie
    5. Being Flynn
    6. People Like Us
    7. Ghost Rider
    8. Devil Inside
    9. Babymakers
    10. Lola Versus

  • Spokenlikeatruelimabean

    That was the whole point of the book The Lorax - environmentalist.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    Luckily, i was mostly able to avoid poor movies this year, so i'm just making a top 7

    7. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
    6. Trouble With the Curve
    5. Casa de mi Padre
    4. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
    3. Man on a Ledge
    2. Red Dawn
    1. Wrath of the Titans

    man, was Wrath of the Titans bad...

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fan/ Fan

    Oh, lord the worst and I mean absolutely worst for me is Resident Evil: Retribution... I haven't follow the series after the second installment... I only watched this because my friend had free passes and he ask me to tag along. Now, my major problem with this one is it is now a rip off of other zombie films most noteworthy is Zack Snyder Dawn of the Dawn... truly terrible... Paul W.S. Anderson is now ripping off other zombie films. There is far more awful shit in this film that is just stupid and cheesey. This film is my number worst film of the year and the Collection follows pretty close.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/GothamCity151/ GothamCity151

    1. Ted
    2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
    3. Mirror Mirror
    4. The Lorax
    5. Act Of Valor
    6. Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where The Baby Is)
    7. The Comedy
    8. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
    9. Wrath Of The Titans
    10. Cosmopolis

  • loxmang

    i was kind of pissed at your list until i read some of these others, when i realized this is only here to be fun and start a debate. I think act of valor needs to be number one on everyone's list, if not your only trying to prove your an american. i walked out of the movie and didnt know one characters name.

    Also, my issues were the following... i think Piranha 3dd was made to be a crappy film. The point was more for blood, stupid deaths, and tits. In my opinion, it succeeded in all areas. Me and my friends had a great time watching this movie. My biggest issue however, is with the Lorax being on this list. Especially since you never read the book, which you should (it will only take 4 minutes). The entire idea of the book is what is presented in the movie. The ideas in any Dr Seuss book being brought to the big screen would seem over done and over the top. It seems like you just dont like tree huggers. Which is acceptable.

  • Jack

    Brad, any estimation on when we will get to see your annual Rope of Silicon awards?

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    So glad Seeking made the list Brad! I haven't seen most of these (Thanks for saving me the trouble!)

    My Worst 10:
    10. This is 40
    9. Battleship
    8. Hick
    7. Rock of Ages
    6. Holy Motors
    5. Mental
    4. Cosmopolis
    3. Margaret
    2. Contraband
    1. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

  • http://cinemmaconfessions.blogspot.com Gautam

    Brad, hope you have seen the reaction of Jeff Wells at you calling Anna Karenina, a dud. It goes like this,
    "Rope of Silicon's Brad Brevet has called Joe Wright's Anna Karenina a "dud." No, it isn't. It's a brave and visionary film (in my view the bravest film of the year) that people with Brevet's sensibility have, to their profound shame and discredit, tried to characterize as some kind of dud embarassment with a litany of flip, snarky comments.

    There should be laws and prosecutions and penalties for this kind of thing, I swear to God."

    Ha ha, last sentence is just too much. :)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jinjuriki187/ jinjuriki187

    ok i have to say that i cannot respect your comment about ted, amazing spiderman, and get the gringo and how they were terrible movies. i can usually respect your opinions but in this case i can't. those were awsome movies. ted was the funniest movie ive see in a while, funniest of the year, get the gringo was awesome, reminded me of machete and those types of movies, which are great. amazing spider man was just that, amazing and BYFAR the best spider man film to date. also for the people in the comments who are saying that movies like seven psychopaths, moonrise kingdom and killing them softly sucked, your wrong. there are a few other movies that ppl are puting on here that are also great, sliver linings playbook, looper, the raid.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jinjuriki187/ jinjuriki187

    and yes i agree that all the films in your top ten are bad, however i feel as though some of them dont deserve to be in the top ten, not at least while there are others more deserving, the new resident evil movie or Chernobyl diaries which were probably the 2 worst films of the year.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

    WOLVERINES!

  • adu

    Here are my worst (that managed to complete)

    •This Means War: Why Brad? because it has a terrible script and is horribly executed; from the silly characters to the idiotic situations they create to get the girl.

    •Wrath of the Titans: Just plain bad.

    •Savages: That horrible ending (so called twist) just killed it for me, truly awful.

  • Badge

    1. The Man With the Iron Fists
    2. The Man With the Iron Fists
    3. The Man With the Iron Fists
    4. The Man With the Iron Fists
    5. The Man With the Iron Fists
    6. The Man With the Iron Fists
    7. The Man With the Iron Fists
    8. The Man With the Iron Fists
    9. The Man With the Iron Fists
    10. Anything with "2" in the title

  • Trent

    1. Total Recall
    2. Gone
    3. Here Comes the Boom
    4. Fun Size
    5. Won't Back Down
    6. What to Expect When You're Expecting
    7. Mirror, Mirror
    8. Red Tails
    9. The Avengers
    10. Joyful Noise

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Grissom/ Grissom

      No. 9, what is this? Explain yourself.

      • Trent

        I hate how the film is so full of itself and lead people to believe it's redefined the superhero genre. Bullshit. The Dark Knight did that. Avengers is merely a popcorn flick and a bad one at that. Scarlett Johansson was not at all believable as a deadly spy. She looked like a kid playing dress up.

  • Dale

    I see a movie based largely on its reviews, and as a result I didn't see any of the ten on your list. I'd normally have been interested in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," "Trouble with the Curve," and "The Raven," but the reviews put me off. I was happy to see "Cosmopolis" on a couple of the lists. It was the most stupifyingly boring movie I've seen in years, not helped by Robert Pattinson, who appeared to be sleepwalking through the entire film.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    Where is AS's list? Did he get tired from typing too many movies?

  • prowlerz1976

    Alot of pretty bad movies and really good movies, but the worst are
    1. Promised Land
    2. Seven Psyhcopaths
    3. Savages
    4. Casa de Mi Padre
    5. The Campaign
    6. Cosmopolis
    7. Hitchcock
    8. Wrath of the Titans
    9.Total Recall
    10. Thats My Boy

    Promised Land might be one of the worst films I have seen in years.

  • Shah Rukh Khan

    WTF Why You Have Added Ghost Rider 2 In Your F**king List........
    U Should Edit Your Page Right Now & Remove Ghost Rider From This Section

  • Andrew

    Brad I have to say I'm quite glad you have the outlook you do on seeing films.
    When reviewers see movies they don't wanna see we end up with ridiculously pompous and non sensical reviews. Though I'd personally like your opinion on every film, I myself don't even wanna sit through them all.

  • http://yahoo.com Aaliyah

    10. Piranha
    9. The Apparition
    8. Alex Cross
    7. Fun Size
    6. Here comes the boom
    5. Red Dawn
    4. The devil inside
    3. Gerald Butler & Jessica Biel Movie
    2. Man on a ledge
    1. Total Recall

  • Jake17

    I actually enjoyed Seeking A Friend, but I HATED The Lorax, it's one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time. I haven't seen the other ones, but I've heard terrible things about Taken 2 and Red Dawn, especially.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Rach/ Rach

    Here are my worst in descending order
    8. Brave
    7.Amazing Spider Man
    6. Hunger Games
    5. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
    4. The Vow
    3. Joyful Noise
    2. The Avengers
    1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • GClem

      Avengers was great, Rach. You must have meant The Dark Knight Rises.

  • Rachel

    I will admit that Red Dawn wasn't good. But the fact that you put that as #1 and didn't include One for the Money anywhere on your list has me a little weirded out.

    One for the Money made Red Dawn look like Titanic.

    Alex Cross and One for the Money should be near the top of everyone's top ten worst list.

    Add The Lucky One to my list as well. I will never understand how that made so much money.

  • http://filmgeekcentral.com Rolocop

    There were a lot of potentially bad movies I didn't see (PARENTAL GUIDANCE, APPARITION, and ALEX CROSS). But here is my list:

    10. LOCKOUT
    9. BREAKING DAWN PART 2
    8. THUNDERSTRUCK
    7. THIS IS 40
    6. PROJECT X
    5. ANY DAY NOW
    4. WRATH OF THE TITANS
    3. JOYFUL NOISE
    2. KEEP THE LIGHTS ON
    1. THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS

  • Thornsy

    I think it's fair to say Seeking a Friend for the End of the World was disappointing, but I certainly don't think it was one of the worst movies of the year.

  • Jason rowlands

    Cannot believe ghost rider 2 was better than any of these movies. I actually liked the first one but couldn't believe they could get away with this rubbish. Not only no 1 on my worst of 2012 but top 2-3 on my all time worst.

    Mirror mirror was rubbish as well and relly lost it with the crap ending. What was that song and dance to end a shitty movie all about.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    Worst movie for me: The Lorax. HATE that movie.

  • http://www.seensome.com SeenSome

    I know it's just your opinion and that's fair enough but a 'Worst of' discussion that includes good movies like Seeking a Friend..., Five Year Engagement, This is 40, Ted, Ruby Sparks and so on is pretty insane.

    Ghost Rider 2, The Darkest Hour, Project X, The Cold Light of Day, Rock of Ages, The Expendables 2 and The Sitter are just a few movies that were worse than most you mentioned. That's even ignoring movies I haven't seen that are most likely bad like the latest Resident Evil, Silent Hill and Underworld entries as well as This Means War, Playing for Keeps, Here Comes the Boom, Joyful Noise, What to Expect... etc. It seems like you've looked to avoid the obvious choices here.

    The worst movies I've seen this year would be...

    The Cold Light of Day
    Piranha 3DD
    Taken 2
    The Darkest Hour
    Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
    Project X
    The Raven
    Dark Shadows
    Rock of Ages
    The Expendables 2
    Total Recall
    The Watch
    The Sweeney
    The House at the End of the Street

  • C.J.

    Totally agree with you on Taken 2 but I wish you had put Battleship as well..and Lockout

  • Chris138

    I can't rank them because they each range from not very good to unbelievably shitty in different ways, but here are the movies that I did not enjoy (or borderline hated) watching in 2012:

    Margaret
    Man on a Ledge
    Parental Guidance
    Taken 2
    Rampart
    Dark Shadows

    Rampart and Margaret were technically released in 2011 but didn't get a wider release until the first half of 2012, which is when I saw them. I also haven't seen movies like Act of Valor or Battleship, but if they are as bad as I have been told then they will definitely be added to this list.

  • prowlerz1976

    Trouble with the curve isn't even top bottom of movies I saw this year much less bottom 10. I know its politically popular to bash Clint Eastwood and this movie, but its sort of pathetic to prove some political point to put this movie with the likes of Pirahana 3D as the worst movie of the year.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      To call it political is a bit silly, but do what you will...

  • Moe

    Thanks for giving us your list for the worst of 2012, Brad; it couldn’t have been easy. There are a few film fanatics that I work with at DISH, and we have a movie club that meets on Saturday nights for a marathon viewing session. Each person rents a film from the thousands of movies available to rent from DISH’s Blockbuster @Home service. Sadly, we saw most of the movies in your worst list, and I would swap Ghost Rider 2 for the Raven. I would also make room for A Christmas Story 2 simply for existing.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    I didn't see enought bad movies this year to make a top 10 worst list but my top 5 worst are:
    5. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
    4. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
    3. The Three Stooges
    2. Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Veangence
    1. The Grey

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    Actually, I'm going to swap Madagascar 3 for The Woman In black on my list and I'm going to put it at number 4 and Journey 2 at number 5.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    My revised bottom five is:
    5. Act Of Valor
    4. The Woman In Black
    3. The Three Stooges
    2. Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance
    1. The Grey