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The Worst Movies of 2013 So Far - October Edition

I've got a list of 31 for you and we still have 2.5 months to go

Worst Movies of 2013 So Far
Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl in The Fifth Estate
Photo: DreamWorks Pictures

On today's podcast one of our listeners wondered if The Fifth Estate may end up making my list of the top ten worst films of the year and while I'm not a fan at all I was having a hard time remembering all the awful films I've seen this year. In large part because there are so many, but at the same time, I have found a lot to love as my list of Best Movies of the Year (So Far) indicates.

While I hate boiling movies down to grades alone, here's the grade breakdown for the 138 reviews I've posted so far this year:

  • 4 "A+" grades
  • 4 "A" grades
  • 5 "A-" grades
  • 12 "B+" grades
  • 13 "B" grades
  • 18 "B-" grades
  • 22 "C+" grades
  • 7 "C" grades
  • 13 "C-" grades
  • 13 "D+" grades
  • 16 "D" grades
  • 7 "D-" grades
  • 4 "F" grades

One of those "F" grades is for Aftershock, which I saw last year but was released this year, so count that as you will as I also include a couple other titles here and there that I saw at film festivals last year. Taking that into consideration, last year I had three films I graded with an "A+" and (including Aftershock) three films I gave an "F". But the crazy thing is that this year I have given out 40 grades of "D+" or lower compared to 32 for all of last year and we still have two-and-a-half-months to go. To go along with that, I've already reviewed as many films this year as I did all of last year.

Putting the bad aside for just a second, you look at those numbers above and I have to say, seeing 78 movies that I've decided to grade as "above average" isn't too bad. In fact, I'd say that's a pretty strong year for movies and we still have titles to look forward to such as American Hustle (12/13), Anchorman: The Legend Continues (12/20), The Counselor (11/25), Her (12/18), Lone Survivor (12/27), The Monuments Men (12/18), Oldboy (11/27), Out of the Furnace (12/6), Saving Mr. Banks (12/13), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (12/25) and The Wolf of Wall Street (11/15).

All that said, here are the 31 movies that I've seen this year that I would say will be competing for my list of Top Ten Worst Films of 2013. No, not all the films I gave a D or D+ are on this list, which is why I hate boiling any year down to the grades alone, but we work with whatever shorthand we have.

Here's the list, in alphabetical order, I'd love to see your lists in the comments below.

  • After Earth (read my review here)
  • Aftershock (read my review here)
  • Baggage Claim (read my review here)
  • The Bastards (read my Cannes review here)
  • Bullet to the Head (read my review here)
  • Devil's Knot (read my Toronto review here)
  • The Fifth Estate (read my review here)
  • Gangster Squad (read my review here)
  • Getaway (read my review here)
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (read my review here)
  • Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (read my review here)
  • The Host (read my review here)
  • Identity Thief (read my review here)
  • The Immigrant (read my Cannes review here)
  • The Internship (read my review here)
  • Labor Day (read my Toronto review here)
  • The Last Stand (read my review here)
  • The Lone Ranger (read my review here)
  • Maniac (read my review here)
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (read my review here)
  • Oz the Great and Powerful (read my review here)
  • Pacific Rim (read my review here)
  • Pain & Gain (read my review here)
  • Passion (read my review here)
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (read my review here)
  • R.I.P.D. (read my review here)
  • Safe Haven (read my review here)
  • Shield of Straw (read my Cannes review here)
  • Stoker (read my review here)
  • White House Down (read my review here)
  • The Wolverine (read my review here)

I don't know about you, but for me it's almost impossible to believe some of these films were released this year.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/brendan.myers.10 Brendan Myers

    Stoker being on this list, i can only assume you're an idiot

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

      You know, we're living in a society!

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

      You bring up a lot of good points so I don't know where to start. Perhaps you tell me what exactly you disagreed with when you read my full review and we can have an adult conversation about it.

    • YouJust Cant

      I just registered because I saw Stoker on that list. I am reading for while here, but this is his worst Review BY FAR! Really, I mean, common! This
      film is just amazing. It has so much in it…

      Brad,
      sorry, but this Review is a big downfall for you. Most of the time I am with
      you, but Stoker a D+…

      (Sorry 4 my englisch, I am not a native!)

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

        I can't respond unless I know what you're talking about and what you disagree with. So.... okay

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

          Personally I enjoyed Stoker and I felt the sense of detachment worked well in the context of the film. Some of the side characters were pretty flat but the main 3 actors were fun to watch chew up the scenery. Otherwise I'm all for style over substance so go figure some flashy photography won me over. :-)

      • robotsrule

        good comment! good comment! You need to do a good research Brad!

    • Juan Miguel Lsc

      STOKER? You really shouldnt talk about movies. Go try writing about kpop or something.

    • michaeldal65

      nah, he just saw it for what it was. A sloppy remake of Shadow Of A Doubt.

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

    So far I've only seen 6 movies that I consider bad this year. Here's my ranking of them-

    1. Sharknado
    2. Movie 43
    3. Safe Haven
    4. Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters
    5. Escape From Planet Earth
    6. The Host

    • michaeldal65

      Sharknado was meant to be awful.

  • Gambriel β Carrizo

    Pacific Rim & Pain & Gain are in my best of top ten.

    • http://captainklerk.wordpress.com captainklerk

      I'm with you on Pacific Rim, but Pain and Gain made my head hurt.

    • Gambriel β Carrizo

      For the record: I loathe Michael Bay.

    • MutinyofSense

      If After Earth is a 1 out of 10, and the Avengers is a 10, where would Pacific Rim be rated in your opinion? I haven't seen it yet

      • Leo Calabrano

        11?? I loved Pacific Rim (9.2), liked it a lot The Avengers (8.0), and was terrible underwhelmed by After Earth (3.5)

  • http://www.digitalkebab.com Shaun Heenan

    The worst movie I've seen so far this year is The ABCs of Death. 26 segments, and I hated 25 of them.

  • gp1086

    My worst currently consists of:

    Only God Forgives (by far the most miserable movie-going experience all year)
    A Haunted House
    Pain & Gain

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

    I generally avoid the movies I expect to dislike. Here are the worst I've actually seen:

    1) The Kings of Summer
    2) Evil Dead (remake)
    3) The Bling Ring
    4) Jack the Giant Slayer

    • http://imqwerty.wordpress.com/ Jordan B.

      You and I are on the same page. Of the films I've seen released in 2013, I've not given out a grade below 2.5 or 3 out of 5. Perhaps it's just my not wanting to waste my time, but I really filter out movies I expect I won't like.

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

        Exactly, especially when I'm paying money for almost all the movies I see. Free screenings/screeners would be different, but when I feel my chances of liking a movie are low I'm not going to waste the money.

        Jack the Giant Slayer was shown for free on a delayed flight, otherwise I'd have never paid for that haha

        • http://imqwerty.wordpress.com/ Jordan B.

          Yeah few to no free screenings over here, save for The Way Way Back earlier this summer (though I did check it out again a couple weeks later, and paid to see it). I've had opportunities for a couple others, but they rarely seem to fit into my schedule.

    • cmoser

      Have to agree with you on Kings of Summer. I had high hopes for that one going in, but wow was it bad. I felt like it couldn't figure out if it wanted to be a comedy or drama, and it wasn't any good at being either of them.

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

        I'm glad I'm not the only one! I really liked The Way, Way Back and was hoping the Kings of Summer would be enjoyable in a similar way. Instead it felt extremely awkward, with forced dialogue and characters, and it had a serious mean streak to boot.

        • Cassidee

          Yeah, it was a disappointment for sure.

    • eduardo narvaez

      wow, I loved the kings of summer but I'm a sucker for coming of age films. That's why I can't wait for my independent theater to show the spectacular now, just two weeks away.

  • Ganon

    I personally hated The Purge ... Did anybody else find it to be a silly attempt at horror?

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

      I was disappointed in The Purge, though not enough to say it's one of my worst of the year.

  • http://reelprojection.com/ GothamCity151

    My worst:
    1. The Host
    2. Movie 43
    3. Grown Ups 2
    4. The Smurfs 2
    5. After Earth
    6. A Good Day To Die Hard
    7. Pain & Gain
    8. To The Wonder
    9. Gangster Squad
    10. The Heat

    Other terrible films: The Hangover Part III, Red 2, Machete Kills, This Is The End, Only God Forgives, The Lone Ranger, The Big Wedding, R.I.P.D.

    • Chrissy Markley Sorace

      Seriously how the hell does Grown Ups 2 belong on the worst list?

  • Gambriel β Carrizo

    This is the end, To The Wonder, and The Purge should be on this list, hands down.

  • http://www.silverscreenriot.com SmartFilm

    All the D's and lower for me:

    Despicable Me 2 (D+)
    Spring Breakers (D+)
    Lords of Salem (D+)
    The Heat (D+)
    Riddick (D+)
    Mama (D+)
    Pacific Rim (D+)
    42 (D+)
    Insidious: Chapter 2 (D+)
    Now You See Me (D+)
    Closed Circuit (D+)

    Last I Heard (D)
    Parkland (D)
    V/H/S 2 (D)
    Movie 43 (D)
    The Hangover Part 3 (D)
    The Lone Ranger (D)

    Getaway (D-)
    Oz: The Great and Powerful (D-)

    The Last Exorcism: Part 2 (F)
    Prince Avalanche (F)
    All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (F)
    The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (F)
    The Fifth Estate (F)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Truman_Leonard/ Truman Leonard

    Brad, I was just curious, in your grading scale what is considered good and bad. Obviously A-B are positive and D-F is negative, but is a C+ positive or negative, or does it depend on the film?

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

      C+ films are typically decent, most often good for at home rentals I'd say, even a C can be fun in theaters, like Escape Plan.

      • Truman Leonard

        OK, I wasn't really sure. So C+ is like 3/5 or a 2.5/5?

  • http://captainklerk.wordpress.com captainklerk

    Of the list, the only ones I would actively disagree with are The Last Stand, Stoker, and Pacific Rim. These may not be great films, but they don't deserve to be lumped in with the likes of this other dreck. I'm glad to see some others that thought Oz was awful, but my vote for worst movie has to be Mortal Instruments. That was beyond awful.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/blog/andre_rivas/ Andre Rivas

      You and I park our cars in the same garage. Those are the same 3 movies that stand out for me too. Understand why Brad didn't like them, just disagree.

  • Mike Branson

    Actually I liked a lot of those movies on your worst list. It's amazing how critics don't seem to like entertaining movies, but praise trash like Gravity.

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

      It's also amazing how people have different tastes and don't all think alike. Strange how that works, can make for fun dialogue though when people take the time.

      • michaeldal65

        Exactly Brad. WHEN they take the time.

    • Pop Ninjas

      And this is why Adam Sandler is still allowed to make movies.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

    My worst 7 of the year thus far:

    7. The Lone Ranger

    6. Iron Man 3

    5. The Fifth Estate

    4. Big Sur

    3. Star Trek Into Darkness

    2. Aftershock

    1. 21 and Over

    • IngmarTheBergman

      Good call on Into Darkness.

      • Greg dinskisk

        It really, really pissed me off. I thoroughly enjoyed the 2009 Star Trek, specifically the first half hour, and I really like some of the earlier Star Treks, specifically Wrath of Khan, which this seemed to take a shit on.

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

    Lots of bad films this year:

    3/10

    Zaytoun (Eran Riklis)
    Runner Runner (Brad Furman)
    The Big Wedding (Justin Zackham)
    Snitch (Ric Roman Waugh)
    Vanishing Waves (Kristina Buozyte)

    2/10

    Killing Season (Mark Steven Johnson)
    After Earth (M. Night Shyamalan)
    Devil's Pass a.k.a. The Dyatlov Pass Incident (Renny Harlin)
    The Call (Brad Anderson)
    The Heat (Paul Feig)
    A Gun in Each Hand (Cesc Gay)
    Identity Thief (Seth Gordon)
    A Haunted House (Michael Tiddes)
    The Host (Andrew Niccol)
    The Frozen Ground (Scott Walker)
    Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas)
    Single Valentine (Donatas Ulvydas)
    Evil Dead (Fede Alvarez)
    The Purge (James DeMonaco)

    1/10

    A Good Day to Die Hard (John Moore)
    Scary Movie 5 (Malcolm D. Lee)
    The Barrens (Darren Lynn Bousman)

    • http://www.digitalkebab.com Shaun Heenan

      Glad someone agrees with me on A Gun in Each Hand. What a nightmare.

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

        Indeed, a nightmare. It was one of my most anticipated films at Vilnius International Film Festival. And I didn't even had a chance to catch it then as all screenings were sold out. Later on it was picked for wide release and what a disappointment it was.

  • Will Giminaro

    I'm not sure if you saw Only God Forgives or The Canyons this year, but they are quite terrible. James Deen is a better actor than Lohan and he is a porn star. It's almost funny watching how bad it is, only to have Gus Van Sant show up for like a minute of screen time.

    • sweet4rob

      I saw Only God Forgives it just was heartbreaking to watch, and yes i disliked OZ also!

  • komisch87

    I enjoyed "Stoker" a lot and had some fun with "Identity Thief". But most of the movies on your list are trashy. I haven't seen them all but here are a view I really disliked: Oz the great and powerfull,the lone ranger, after earth, the internship, scary movie 5, movie 43, the big wedding

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

      I can't tell you how happy I am to have never seen Scary Movie 5, Movie 43 or The Big Wedding.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Roger/ Roger Judd

    I quite enjoyed The Internship..
    A Good Day to Die Hard, I couldn't even finish it. Identity Thief was very overrated as well.

  • http://couchpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt Taylor

    My least favorites of the year so far:

    -Texas Chainsaw 3D
    -The Canyons
    -Gangster Squad
    -Stoker
    -Now You See Me

    This year has had more "meh" movies than bad ones, but "Texas Chainsaw" and "The Canyons" were flat-out awful.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hrtn4Sqrtn/ Hrtn4Sqrtn

    Thanks to RoS I have avoided most of these films. I will take umbrage with The Wolverine though. I thought the beginning of the film was excellent and the setting was refreshing. The end was silly, but unlike X-Men Origins I could see myself watching The Wolverine again.

    Expectations are the biggest factor in determining "worst" for me, having said that, Iron Man 3 has been my worst movie of the year.

    It's taking a lot for me not to see, The Fifth Estate, I'm a Cumberbitch and the topic is fresh and intriguing to me. I know BnL have railed against it, but I have heard Laremey is a "tosser" so I don't know if I can take his opinion credibly....

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

      You've "heard" that Laremey (sic) is a "tosser"...not sure if you're joking or if that's just a highly passive-aggressive insult.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hrtn4Sqrtn/ Hrtn4Sqrtn

        Check the podcast yo. And I always fuck up Laremy's name. Every time I write it gets a squiggly line under it. It's the main reason I like Brad more. NO SQUIGGLES.

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

          Haha okay, I removed my downvote. About to listen to the pod in a few minutes.

          I'll probably rent The Wolverine when it comes out. I got the impression from reviews and discussion that it began life as something interesting and ambitious, but "story gravity" (Damon Lindelof's term) got ahold of it and injected it with a heavy dose of generic.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hrtn4Sqrtn/ Hrtn4Sqrtn

            I would agree with that summary. The last third of the movie is regrettable but I didn't dislike the film as a whole. Definetly worth a rental if you have a passing interest in a ripped man with sideburns stabbing peeps with his murder claws.

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

        Ha, yeah, that's from today's podcast.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Randommovies/ Jake Hubbard

    Brad, it's amazing to me how much crap you get posting a list like this. I can't help but laugh at some of the comments. Some people huh?
    Keep up the good work dude.

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

    The worst ones I saw were Oz the Great and Powerful and Pacific Rim. I think Pacific Rim takes the cake. I also saw Safe Haven, Iron Man 3, Stoker, White House Down and Hansel & Gretel, and they were all bad in their own way, but when we're talking about THE WORST, only those two films can compete.

    I haven't seen any of the others thanks to you Brad, but I'm sure I'll find some more films throughout the year to puff this list.

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

      By the way, I can't believe you kept Iron Man 3 off your contenders for Worst Film. It's probably my #3 this year.

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

        Correct.

    • http://captainklerk.wordpress.com captainklerk

      I disagree with Pacific Rim. I completely understand not liking the film, but it was competantly made and was created with a singular vision. I get confused with the hatred for Pacific Rim. Not liking the movie, or giving it a substandard grade I get. Putting it up for worst movie of the year I don't get.

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

        The least entertaining film is the worst of the year. That's Pacific Rim. It was total dribble. Horrible story, horrible dialogue, horrible acting, ridiculous plot turns, and boring action scenes. Not one redeemable quality.

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

    Oh please don't put Maniac or Pacific Rim on your bottom 10, I'm in the minority here but I felt both made some bold artistic choices and deserve a little more credit in places (I'm also a sucker for scalping and CGI robots so I'll understand). So far I've caught 60 films from 2013 and oi I'm in need of a Oscar-bait injection. Side note Safe Haven should get a special badge of honor for best-worst movie of the year.

    Worst:
    1. Texas Chainsaw 3D
    2. Sharknado
    3. A Good Day to Die Hard
    4. The Canyons
    5. Movie 43
    6. The Host
    7. Save Haven
    8. Riddick
    9. After Earth
    10. The Purge
    11. Now You See Me
    12. The Lone Ranger
    13. Jack the Giant Slayer
    14. Oz the Great and Powerful
    15. Bling Ring, Hansel and Gretel, Monsters University, Bullet to the Head, etc...

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

      I can give you Maniac, but I really don't think Pacific Rim delivers anything artistically that I'd consider fresh or new.

      • Eli Sickel

        Pacific Rim pretty much embodied everything that was awesome about Saturday morning cartoons. Yeah everything was predictable but I gotta admit most movies nowadays run down the same plotlines over and over.

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

    For me, the really bad movies that I've seen this year are Pacific Rim and Safe Haven.

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

    I've managed to avoid most of the terrible movies this year, but I would say all of the films on my list are at least below average:

    1) The Internship
    2) Clear History
    3) Venus and Serena
    4) The Hangover: Part III
    5) What Maisie Knew
    6) You're Next
    7) Jack the Giant Slayer
    8) Man of Steel
    9) Monsters University
    10) The Great Gatsby

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hrtn4Sqrtn/ Hrtn4Sqrtn

      I'm with you on Great Gatsby. I took my ex to see it hoping it would win me some brownie points. Did I tell you she's my ex?

    • IngmarTheBergman

      Clear History is the greatest film evaaaa.

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

        And AS completely agrees with that.

        • IngmarTheBergman

          How could he not? Nobody can deny its brilliance.

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

            Nobody dislikes that film. It is perfect.

  • swannerandjudd.com

    The Host
    Pain and Gain
    The Hangover 3
    The Big Wedding
    Spring Breakers
    Fifth Estate
    Runner Runner
    The Haunted House
    Rush
    The To Do List
    Gatsby

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

      The To Do List was pretty bad. It's one I saw and actually never ended up reviewing. I don't know about worst of the year bad in my case, but I wouldn't recommend it.

  • http://cineenuruguay.com/ Driver

    STOKER!!!?? No, just kidding...

    I can't number them yet, but this are my unwatchable candidates:

    Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
    A Good Day to Die Hard
    Scary Movie 5
    The Host
    Movie 43
    I'm so Excited
    A Hunted House
    Safe Haven
    The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
    Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
    Diana

  • IngmarTheBergman

    "The Canyons" is easily the year's worst film that I have seen.

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

      So you've not seen Fast 6.

      • IngmarTheBergman

        Why would I subject myself to such torture?

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

        Not a fan of airport runways wider than the Pacific Ocean?

  • disqus_eClptFS30L

    The one movie I enjoyed on the list was Pacific Rim. I seem to always have to defend the movie, here and with friends. Others like Identity Thief, Last Stand, White House Down where OK. The only two bad movies I saw on the list was Gangster Squad and Lone Ranger.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Chris138/ Chris138

    Worst: Only God Forgives, Iron Man 3, To the Wonder
    Most disappointing: Man of Steel (I'd count To the Wonder on here as well, but it's also just a bad movie)

  • code code

    I didn't watch some movies from your list but only movies I found to actually quite good are Pacific Rim and Wolverine. Both have some flaws - PR has issues with main story which is servicable at best and IMO some too cartonish characters that made already an over-the-top concept even sillier - but in context of overall tone, Del Toro's intentions, influences and beatiful, imaginative visuals, movie delivers what's promised (in a good way). IMO, that's not worst movie list material.
    Wolveriene with all its flaws is one refreshing comic-book flick with great new settings and decent story.

  • ashdurdin

    Mine in no particular order are
    Gangster Squad
    Safe Haven
    Tyler Perry's Temptation
    Escape From Planet Earth
    Parker
    Scary Movie 5
    Identity Thief
    A Good Day to Die Hard

    Escape From Planet Earth is probably the worst, even when viewing it as a kid's movie.

  • http://thebioscopist.com TheBioscopist

    Brad, thanks for taking those bullets, so we don't have to. You are a scholar and a gentlemen, but mostly a wookie.

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

    I have said this before, but I disagree with Stoker, which I think is a masterpiece. It reminds me of Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian", because it is extremely poetic and yet very disturbing, and it is an indictment of humankind, a deeply misanthropic work. Its decoupage is simply stunning. With an artful form, it can leave the watcher feel hollow. And the performances are magical.

    My problem with your review is that it's simply subjective. "There was no humanity in it" simply indicates that you didn't like the content, "I didn't relate to characters" is immaterial and somehow the very point of the film. The film is ABOUT the lack of humanity and the death of empathy. Not every film is a "Schindler's List", I want films that portray the mentality of the Nazis too, and how there is a Nazi in every one of us, simply because we need to face our dark aspects too. That film won't be relatable, inspiring, or full of humanity. Also, I think you're very wrong in looking for mystery in this film. You mention yourself that the "Cat is out", so clearly that wasn't the point.

    What I mean is, I would understand that if a normal watcher would react to film that way (that's exactly the reaction film seeks to elicit). But I'd expect you could see around this and understand. And again, I would understand if you said "this is not my kind of film, I hated it", but to actually go ahead and lump the film with that trash you listed above? That's simply subjective and an emotional reaction.

    Of course, every great critic makes some mistakes. I'm still a fan. :)

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

      I would argue all of my reviews are subjective, but I do appreciate you taking the time to post your thoughts and where you disagree with my take.

      I do disagree, however, on your take regarding relatable characters and I think other movies this year have followed a similar course to what you're describing and those too I found lacking. I even said as much in my review of Kill Your Darlings writing: "Some will probably argue the film itself is then a metaphor for said characters, but I have a hard time subscribing to that theory just as much as I wasn't able to buy it with Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring earlier this year. If that's the case, so be it, but it doesn't take away from the hollowness I was left with once the credits started to
      roll."

      Thanks for the comment, and out of curiosity, have you seen The Bling Ring or Kill Your Darlings? Would you agree with what I wrote above?

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

        Thanks for your generous reply. I have not watched either of those films. And I want to point out that I understand when you say all of your reviews are subjective, and I don't mean to imply that there is no value in learning about a critic's subjective journey. Although I haven't watched the movies, simply based on the sentence I can say that I just don't mind feeling hollow myself after a film, so maybe my counterpoint to your point is equally subjective.

        Anyway, I think it is healthy for readers like me to learn the difference of taste with their favorite critics.

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

        Quote of the year: "I would argue all of my reviews are subjective"

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/blog/andre_rivas/ Andre Rivas

    My only major disagreement is Stoker which I thought was creepy fun. I liked that although it is set up almost like a prequel, there's still a very defined journey that takes place. The music, cinematography are excellent. Other than that, I had fun with The Last Stand and Pacific Rim. Most of these are complete garbage.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/dlhartzog/ david hartzog

    Nice job on the list, i cannot disagree with you about any of them. But wait, there are more to come, like Deniro/Stallone flick that should have been strangled at birth.

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

    Worst of the year I've watched so far in no particular order

    After Earth
    Identity Thief
    The Purge
    Good Day to Die Hard
    Escape from Tomorrow
    Mortal Instruments
    The Call

    Terrible movies in no particular order

    Parkland
    This Is The End
    The Bling Ring
    We're The Millers
    Pacific Rim
    Kick-Ass 2

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

    I haven't really gotten as far as Top Ten worst but at the moment Elysium is my worst film of the year to date and G.I Joe: Retaliation will be in there as well. The Great Gatsby could also end up listed.

    Though of that list I've only seen Pacific Rim, The Lone Ranger, The Wolverine (which I did not at all think were as bad as made out to be) and Oz and White House Down, which were not great but I'm not sure yet if they would be listed come the end of the year.

    Although that overlapping glitch I was having seems to have fixed itself.

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

    I've seen my fair share of bad films this year.

    After Earth - 1/5
    The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - 1/5
    Maniac - 1/5
    Safe Haven - 1.5/5
    Identity Thief - 1.5/5
    Getaway - 1.5/5
    The Call - 2/5
    Evil Dead - 2/5
    Pacific Rim - 2/5
    The Heat - 2/5
    Elysium - 2/5
    Now You See Me - 2.5/5
    Fast & Furious 6 - 2.5/5
    Closed Circuit - 2.5/5
    G.I. Joe: Retaliation - 2.5/5
    World War Z - 2.5/5
    The Way, Way Back - 2.5/5
    Escape From Tomorrow - 2.5/5
    Stoker - 2.5/5
    Iron Man 3 - 2.5/5

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

    The Purge is one of the worst movies I've seen on my life. It's the most irritating and stupid 90 minutes ever. I wanted to literally strangle that kid for his behavior and the reaction of the parents after he let the stranger in was the fakest thing ever. Hated it to death.

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

    Kick Ass 2 is my worst of the year, vile,unfunny and vile. If you think this is a good film, you're wrong.

  • literatebrit

    I haven't seen a lot of movies, I've been going by critics reviews and also other people (to be honest quite a few of these movies got poor reviews from my friends as well). I did see "The Wolverine" and I really liked the beginning as well as the ending teaser, the rest was "meh".

  • http://timeforafilm.com/ Alex Thomas

    I've been a bit more selective as the year has gone on but my worst have been:

    6. The World's End
    5. For Those In Peril
    4. 21 & Over
    3. Pain and Gain
    2. The Daughter
    1. G.I. Joe Retaliation

    Not sure how people enjoyed The World's End of Pain and Gain!

  • zeroapostle4ever

    My worst.
    1. Tyler Perry's Temptation
    2. The Last Exorcism Part 2
    3. Movie 43
    4. Admission
    5. Baggage Claim
    6. The Smurfs 2
    7. The Haunting in Connecticut 2
    8. Insidious 2
    9. Paranoia
    10. Spring Breakers.

    In general, I'm just not a fan of the horror movies this year.

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

    I haven't seen a lot of movies I knew I wouldn't like. of the the ones I have seen I didn't like:
    1. Man of Steel (total disappointment)

    2. Ain't Them bodies Saints (sorry, but cinematography and music was not enough for me to like the movie)

    3. Lovelace (too lifetime tv quality)

    4. The Canyons (looks more like a work of a debutant than a veteran)

    5. The Great Gatsby ( and this is the one is not that bad at all)

  • robotsrule

    I guess the one upside of trailers giving away almost an entire movie is that it saves people like me who are not paid critics from having to see terrible movies. We only have so much time on this earth and damned if I'm going to waste one second on something like Movie 43. I'm pretty adept at spotting a bad film ahead of time but sometimes a movie can look good in a trailer but it's total garbage. So thank you Brad for reporting on these bad films. It seems like there's a lot of contention about Stoker, a movie I know nothing about but might consider watching since some people seem to like it. I understand the harsh critique of Pacific Rim but I had a moderately good time watching the robots and monsters. After Earth was a bad time. GIJOE2 was mostly torture. Die Hard was the biggest disappointment of the year given the quality of some of the previous installments. I actually can't believe the film was released at all it was so terrible.

  • merwanor

    I have not seen most of these movies, but Pacific Rim is my favorite movie this year, but I am still waiting on the next Hobbit movie, I truly loved the first one, so it will probably be my movie of the year.

    Other movies I like from this list are The Wolverine, Oz, The Lone Ranger and After Earth. Hansel and Gretel was stupid sure, but still an enjoyable popcorn movie. I actually have not seen any of the other movies on the list.

    People these days are so nitpicky and critical of everything in movies, it is a wonder why they even bother watching movies at all.

  • sweet4rob

    I was so tired of some of these movies i am looking at hallmark movies these days! the after earth, gangster squad, purge, baggage claim, host, i could go on they are all crap, Wow lone ranger, heavens!! i never like pirates of the carribean at all but you know what i like that wallflower movie with emma watson i enjoyed it! we are in october looking forward on seeing what's next!

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

    I'm a little late to the party but here is my bottom ten of the year so far:

    1. Identity Thief
    2. Warm Bodies
    3. We're The Millers
    4. Redemption aka Hummingbird (Brad I'm a little surprised this didn't make your list!)
    5. Oz the Great & Powerful
    6. 21 & Over
    7. Pacific Rim
    8. The Last Stand
    9. The Purge
    10. Kick Ass 2

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

      I'd pretty much agree with you on Warm Bodies. I didn't list it in my worst list since it's not actively terrible. It's harmless, but it isn't a good movie.

  • Dennis

    These are the films I have given an F grade to this year, listed from "best" to worst
    Empire State
    No One Lives
    The Rambler
    Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters
    Side Effects
    The Numbers Station
    John Dies at the End
    The Power of Few
    Sharknado
    Planes
    The Call
    Family Weekend
    Abandoned Mine
    The Lost Medallion
    White T
    Mama
    Parkland
    Hell Baby
    The Heat
    Haunted House
    Scary Movie 5
    The Hot Flashes
    Apartment 1303
    Divorce Invitation
    6 Souls (aka Shelter)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JohnDoeSnow/ John Doe Snow

    My worst list:

    - Fast & Furious 6
    - Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

    - Man of Steel
    - Safe Haven

    - Stoker
    - The Great Beauty

    Though I will also add a few movies that I found extremely disappointing:
    - Side Effects
    - Spring Breakers

    - This Is The End

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

    I despise this new commenting system, but anyway...

    Fast & Furious 6
    A Good Day to Die Hard
    Clear History
    Adore (aka Mother Fuckers)
    Iron Man 3
    Man of Steel
    Gangster Squad
    Parker
    The Canyons
    The Way Way Back
    Elysium

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

      It seems to be attracting a particular nasty type of mutant.

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

      I'm curious what you didn't like about The Way, Way Back? It's my personal favorite film of the year so far (not that that's hard, considering how bad this year has been).
      On a different note, agreed that Elysium should be on this list, and I didn't even bother with Iron Man 3 (for different reasons than you, however)

    • IngmarTheBergman

      One day the whole world will embrace the beauty of Clear History .

  • MutinyofSense

    After Earth should make the top 10, if not the top spot overall.

    I watched this for the 1st time recently, thinking that it might be a decent sci-fi flick. I figured that since I'm usually in the group of people that will let poor writing slip for decent eye candy, I'll probably like this movie.
    I was dead wrong.
    That was the most poorly written turd I have ever managed to sit through start to finish.
    I can't believe this was from the same guy that did the 6th Sense, Signs, and Unbreakable.

    Only other movie I'd comment on is Identity Thief. It wasn't great by any means, but I think it should stay off the top 10 worst.

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

      I'm one of the dozen or so people in the world that actually liked Shyamalan's The Last Airbender. Would you say After Earth is worse than TLA?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/chewbaca38/ Baca

    I enjoyed Pain & Gain, as well as Last Stand, but I full understand why someone wouldn't, as well as Stoker. I also read all these reviews so I have even more of a rounded perspective. Here's looking at you Brendan Myers.

    Anyways, I did want to make one point of disagreement with Stoker. I personally found the film satisfying on all fronts, as I was able to buy into the narrative and I guess just really felt what the film was going for. That being said, that is my perspective and I understand it is not shared by everyone. One thing I will say though is that I do think the filmmaking on display from Park is much better than many of the films that we get, and I could make an argument that it is strong enough to keep it off a ''worst of list'. Some of the filmic techniques used in the film are very unique, and I found them to be of a level of quality that most people who care about film should at least experience, and on that merit alone I think elevates the film to a level that is not even comparable to something like R.I.P.D. Again, this is just my personal perspective, but I think including a film of that quality to many of the other films on this list is a bit of a miscalculation.

    One last point, I was reading your 12 Years a Slave review this morning, and while I have not yet seen the film, one quote I noticed in the review was

    "Such flawless filmmaking deserves every bit of praise we can dote on it, but at the same time it's not pleasant to watch."

    Now again, I can't compare the two as I have not seen 12 Years, but I do feel that quality filmmaking deserves a watch even if the narrative may not resonate with everyone.

    • robotsrule

      Yeah i thought The Last Stand was reasonably well constructed for what it was but what it was was obviously a B movie with a preposterous premise. Still the action beats were at least edited in a way where I understood what was going on. The dialogue was not particularly good and neither were the performances. But I enjoyed the "last stand" shoot out towards the end of the film. It reminded me of the end of Saving Private Ryan with considerably smaller stakes.

  • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

    This list is lacking some "Hangover Part III." Shame you haven't seen it yet. I dare you to watch it.

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

    I try to avoid as many bad movies as I can, but here are the worst movies I've seen so far this year:

    Identity Thief
    A Good Day to Die Hard
    Evil Dead
    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
    Gangster Squad

  • Terence

    I am shocked to see that 'You're Next' is not on this list unless you are yet to see how bad it is?

    I was so hyped up for that movie based off some decent reviews and the trailer (which seemed to advertise a movie unlike the actual one i seen) but I left the cinema laughing so hard at the awful acting and the weak plot.

    Also, I agree with the comments regarding 'Stoker', that movie was a plus for me as far as this year has gone for film.

    Personally I disliked:

    Iron Man 3 (minus Sir Ben) - i'm sure plenty disagree

    Evil Dead

    You're Next

    This Is The End

    Spring Breakers

    Oz

    Hansel and Gretel

    The Purge

    Top for me so far (in no order):

    Django

    Gatsby

    Prisoners

    Filth

    The Conjuring

    Stoker

    But hey, we're all entitled to our opinion and thats what makes these posts interesting.

    Stay sexy

  • conbug

    I seen 18 of those listed and you are right on as far as the films being so so.

  • PJ Edwards

    I really try to avoid bad films but seeing so many there are bound to be some clunkers...here are some highlights:

    The Canyons
    Movie 43
    Kick Ass 2
    After Earth
    Oblivion
    Pacific RIm
    Gravity

  • G Clem

    What about Late night Quartet which basically went nowhere. The only good part was Christopher Walken.

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

      I saw that in Toronto last year and I'll agree with you, wasn't very good. You can read my review right here.

  • Cb

    Did you see Now You See Me, Brad? Personally, I thought it was an embarrassment of a film. Another movie I hated that I didn't see on this list is Broken City. Did you see those two, and if so what did you think of them?

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

      Yeah, didn't mind it (click here for my review). I saw Broken City on a plane, completely forgot about it and while I didn't hate it, it definitely wasn't any good.

      • Cb

        Fair enough. Another movie I hated was The Great Gatsby. What were your thoughts on that, Brad?

  • jcamachott

    Pacific Rim, Stoker, The Wolverine...three movies I enjoyed and yes, this is your list and there's nothing wrong with your opinion (even when the general public likes those movies). It just means you are more of an Armond White kinda guy. And nothing's wrong with that....(I think)

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

      I think Brad said he "agrees with the Tomatometer" about 60% of the time. For Armond White it has to be more like 10% I'd think.

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one who liked Iron Man 3 more than Star Trek Into Darkness? Sorry guys, As much as I liked Star Trek 2009, however the second film sucked in my opinion. (Don't judge me people, It's just my perspective.)

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

      Star Trek Into Darkness was underwhelming for sure, but Iron Man 3 was trash.

  • don57

    Pacific Rim is on this list but Jack the Giant Slayer is not? Sorry, all credibility gone.

  • http://www.seensome.com SeenSome

    A lot of these I haven't seen (thankfully) though some of the ones you've listed I didn't think were all that bad. I'd probably put a number of these under the 'forgettable' or 'average' tab rather than outright terrible, like Movie 43, Scary Movie and so on.

    All of the Google stuff in The Internship made it a pretty strange and sometimes uncomfortable watch but I did laugh enough throughout for it to not be a complete write off.

    The Last Stand I thought was a lot of fun. It wasn't particularly sophisticated but the madcap action and cheesy one liners made it a fun watch, if not all that memorable. It was a 3/5 for me.

    White House Down, The Wolverine and Oz were all decent watches for me too, though all have their problems. I didn't like Stoker all that much but the direction and style, visuals and tone were enough to keep it relatively interesting, which is actually how I feel about two-thirds of the vengeance trilogy.

    The worst ones I've seen this year are...

    A Good Day to Die Hard
    Not Another Happy Ending
    The Big Wedding
    The Hangover Part III
    Evil Dead
    G.I. Joe Retaliation
    Beautiful Creatures
    Pain & Gain
    Jack the Giant Slayer

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

    I can't remember my list, but I don't have ten bad ones, so my list would include the following as "bad":
    Elysium
    The Lone Ranger (I cannot express my hatred enough, and the fact that that train sequence near the end is so beautifully done just fuels my hatred, as it almost mocks the audience)
    Movie 43
    Identity Thief
    I also thought Star Trek Into Darkness and Monsters University were disappointing, but not the worst I've seen

    I saw a pretty crappy student film that I rank my worst, but that's completely separate and does not count

  • MadMike R5D4

    Pacific Rim totally fucking rocked!!!!!!!!!! It was a fun homage to Japanese anime and kaiju flicks with a well-developed mythology. Anyone who hated this movie is seriously lacking a sense of wonder and an inner child.

  • SuperGops

    Most of the movies listed above were n't meant to satisfy critics. The Internship, Pacific Rim, White House Down, Identity Thief for examples were just pass time movies. Would anyone seriously go into the technical aspects of those?even if anyone does, not very deeply.

    Waiting for the day when movie reviewers do their review thingy by first understanding the movie's purpose.

    • SuperGops

      And how on earth Pain and Gain is on the list is beyond me. Disturbing yeah, but in all means well made movie, didnt expect that coming from Noisy M Bay

  • spurgeonryan

    I agree most, but some you are just going over board.

  • Matt Cascone

    Wow you put Wolverine on this list, you should have stopped at White House Down. Seriously Jackman's baby was surprisingly decent, with some highly enjoyable action sequences. Wolverine was finally able to do what he does best in a PG-13 movie which I thought was impossible. Plus you have a list of 31 it's clear which one should be removed to make it an even 30. Enjoy your last 2.5 months.

  • Buncheman

    This list is wholly invalid without Movie 43 being included. Hands down, one of the worst films ever made.

  • G L

    Sorry, but I enjoyed The Wolverine thoroughly. Your review suggests you just aren't much of a fan of the particular storyline. But there's a reason that x-men, and, in particular, Wolverine were immensely popular before they were put on film. It doesn't really connect with you? Fine. But the film also made $414 million at the world box office, suggesting I'm not alone in having enjoyed it.

  • michaeldal65

    Why has no one mentioned The Great Gatsby? Ugh!!!!!

  • Rev. George R. West

    Stoker and Pacific Rim are both wonderful films! And, Oz and The Wolverine, weren't terrible. I'm right there with you on Hansel & Gretel and The Lone Ranger. They were by far the most disappointing films of the year!