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My Top 10 Least Favourite Movies of 2011

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People who added this item 1768 Average listal rating (1130 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.1
It was a toss-up between this and Red Riding Hood for the number ten spot, but I decided to go with this just because it annoyed me more. It's a movie that could easily have been a mindless romp, an indulgent fantasy. But it fails miserably because the action is so lacklustre, and so much of it is CG that there's just no charm or grandeur to it; everything seems uncomfortably artificial. It's an unpleasant movie on top of that, with one of the cruellest openings and endings I've ever seen. Definitely left a bad impression on me, this one.
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People who added this item 759 Average listal rating (489 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.4
Now, even though it didn't leave as much of an impression on me as Sucker Punch, I'd probably still have to say this is technically a worse movie. Its two biggest constant letdowns are a certain character's useless attempts to elicit sympathy, and so many of the action scenes taking place in near total darkness. The performances are uninspired and uninteresting, the effects are crap, and worse than all of that, it's just not entertaining. For a movie to be boring and underwhelming could be viewed as a bigger offence than if it were straight-up annoying.
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People who added this item 1934 Average listal rating (1221 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
I'm probably gonna get a lot of shit for this pick, but this is another one that just annoyed the hell out of me. It's commendable for trying to make a western for kids, but the whole thing is just so needlessly dark and cruel that it really makes you feel uncomfortable while watching it. Not to mention, the main character is the most unfunny kind of screw-up, and a good chunk of the jokes are just unbearable. It's just an all-around unpleasant film. Gore Verbinski should not be allowed to make kids' movies!
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People who added this item 578 Average listal rating (327 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.7
This is a movie like Valentine's Day that's so obviously trying to be Love Actually. Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I really do like Love Actually. But this movie, even though it makes it clear towards the end that it's trying to tug on your heartstrings, is simply not in the same league. Maybe it's because I don't feel the same way these characters do about New Year's, or maybe because I simply don't like any of the characters themselves or their situations. In any case, this is an ill-conceived, unfunny and joyless movie.
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People who added this item 759 Average listal rating (530 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.8
Much like Season of the Witch, the key word here is "boring". Oh, God is this movie boring! It's pretty much just wall-to-wall military combat, which gets old really fucking fast! The fact that so much of the action is shot in shaky cam certainly doesn't help, because it means you can't even see what's happening. And even though it takes the time to introduce all its characters, it's pointless because they're thrown into the action so fast that you're not given any time to take them in, which just strips you of your final reason to care.
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People who added this item 1443 Average listal rating (944 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
Bridesmaids (2011)
Probably the most unpopular pick on my list. I honestly don't understand why this movie's garnered so much acclaim among critics and audiences alike. My issues with it all stem from one simple problem: every single character is a complete asshole. What's the point of telling a story of rivalry if you can't root for either side? And on top of that, it's just not funny. The rivalry in the story just comes off as immature bickering, which makes the characters even less likable than they already are. I really just don't get the appeal of this flick.
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People who added this item 1570 Average listal rating (1094 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.9
This movie can kiss my ass! I really thought I was gonna like this flick, but it turned out to be one of the most unfunny so-called "comedies" I've seen in a long time! As far as making me laugh, it has all the no-nos. Clowning and screaming just for the sake of clowning and screaming, completely moronic characters who don't know when to shut up, thinking it's being cute by arbitrarily referencing other, better movies… It was just an all-around obnoxious experience, and the first time I've ever emerged from a cinema legitimately angry!
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 2.4 IMDB Rating 3.2
Auschwitz (2011)
I guess I really should have expected no better from Uwe Boll, but there really is no excuse for fucking up a subject matter as serious as Auschwitz. The middle section of the film is not believable as a drama because the actors never convince you of the torture they're supposed to be going through, and the documentary side of it is laughable because of the absurd stupidity of the teenagers being interviewed. You can get a bit of fun out of spotting typos in the subtitles, but for the most part it's just a mind-numbing, festering ball of nothingness.
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People who added this item 799 Average listal rating (502 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.7
Priest (2011)
I haven't read the original comic books, but they surely can't be this bad! This movie really is a nightmare of taking scissors to a film heavily. The whole narrative is kind of like a runaway train. It all rushes along at breakneck speed without ever bothering to set up its characters, and the action scenes seem so rushed that they never have a chance to excite. Even though it didn't leave that much of a lasting impression on me, the sheer level of frustration I felt while watching this movie is really what puts it at the number two spot.
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People who added this item 1529 Average listal rating (964 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
But, there was really never any doubt what number one was going to be. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is seriously one of the most boring, worthless movies I've ever seen in my life. It's certainly not as bad as the second one, but that would be one hell of an accomplishment! It still has many of the same problems, though, like the practically nonexistent story, the unrelenting, tiresome action scenes, and the special effects that look like they belong in a PS2 game. It's just such a nothing movie that it was, hands down, the most miserable movie-watching experience I've had all year.
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Well, the end of the year is approaching, and I know many people will be taking this time to look back at the year and pick out their favourite and least favourite movies. So, why not? I shall too. This is the first of a pair of lists, dedicated to my least favourite movies of the year.
And keep in mind that I didn't see everything that came out this year, so there might be some glaring omissions on these lists, particularly for the worst-of one here. There are quite a few films that I'm sure would have been in the running if I'd seen them, though. So, as a sort of honourable mentions section, I'm gonna list below a few movies that I haven't seen, but that I'm guessing would be bad enough to be contenders.

• The first movie I'll mention is The Fast and the Furious 5, which I avoided for the simple reason that I haven't seen any of the first four. But from what I've heard, there is absolutely no reason for this movie to exist! The original film was about street racing, but they've long since abandoned that idea to make the series about whatever the hell they want. To quote Film Brain, the original was about people with cars, but by now the series is just about people who happen to have cars, which is a huge difference.
• In fact, there are several shameful-sounding sequels that I was able to get out of just because I haven't seen their predecessors, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2, Spy Kids 4 and Big Momma's House 3 – which, honestly, just hurts me to even know that it exists!
• Neither did I see the remake of Footloose, again because I haven't seen the original yet. But I've heard that the remake is a complete carbon copy, which of course is never a good thing.
Johnny English Reborn looks excruciatingly painful! I like the original enough, but I still don't think it warranted a sequel. Besides, there was only one part in any of the trailers that made me laugh; all the rest just had me facepalming.
Abduction – you know, that one with Taylor Lautner – got some of the worst reviews of the entire year, so it might well have been in the running too.
• And finally, a movie that probably would have been in the top three had I gone to see it (but I didn't because I still have some shred of dignity left) is, as you can probably guess, Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Now, the trailer for this popped up a few times in the cinema, and I felt dirty just having to sit there and watch that! I guess it still gives its target audience exactly what they want, but I'm sure I'd find it just as dull, overlong and vapid as any of its predecessors.

And now let's get on to the actual list.

Runners-up: The Dilemma, Mars Needs Moms, Red Riding Hood (which I mention in the list itself) and Retreat

UPDATE: I'd like to stress that this was compiled right at the end of the year. As you can tell from its rating, I now think even less of Sucker Punch.

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Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at May 26 16:15
Take my word for it: 2011 was generally not a good year for movies.
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Posted: 4 months, 2 weeks ago at May 5 21:12
Well, I definitely disagree with Bridesmaids and Horrible Bosses. I think those were both great comedies. Bridesmaids, especially.

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