Last year was a big one for movies and, in some cases, a bad one. Among the likes of blockbusters like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the less glitzy but equally acclaimed Her and 12 Years a Slave, there were a few duds best forgotten in the new year.
The staff over at Vulture set about polling some of the country’s top film critics to get their takes on films we’re all better off fast-forwarding through. They’ve compiled a list of the top ten worst with a heavy dose of strongly worded feedback from the judges themselves. Give 'em a gander below and weigh in with your own reviews in the comments.
10. The Internship
These interns would never have been hired on with Vulture ranking The Internship starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson the tenth worst film of 2013.
9. The Counselor
Starring Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, and Brad Pitt, this film looked to have all the stars it needed to succeed. Plus, it was directed by hitsmaker Ridley Scott and written by the highly acclaimed Cormac McCarthy. But even that kind of A-list talent couldn’t save The Counselor from a berth on the worst movies list with People using words like “vomit,” “brutal,” and “inhumane” to describe the final product.
8. Oz the Great and Powerful
James Franco in a top hat failed to impress Vulture and its roundup of critics even with this film’s “tricked out, CG-heavy fantasy.” Well, at least it was pretty to look at.
7. Only God Forgives
It would seem Ryan Gosling breaking the law in Thailand doesn’t have the same appeal as Ryan Gosling breaking the law in the U.S. The Drive actor hit a speedbump with Only God Forgives perhaps because he only has 17 lines in the whole movie.
6. The Lone Ranger
This is perhaps 2013’s most disappointing film of the year despite its sixth place spot on Vulture’s list. After much hype, in no small part because of Johnny Depp, The Lone Ranger seemed to offend more people than it pleased. Vulture’s own David Edelstein refers to it as “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: The Disney Ride.” Yikes.
5. After Earth
What do you get when you cast two Smiths in a sci-fi film? Nothing good, according to Vulture. “The metaphors in this film had a denser atomic weight than uranium,” writes Nell Minow of Movie Mom. Heavy, man.
4. The Big Wedding
Once again a star-studded film — this one starring Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, and Diane Keaton, to name just a few A-listers — fell short. Maybe an elopement would have been better.
3. Movie 43
An almost universal choice from all of the surveyed reviewers, this Farrelly brothers production “wasn’t aiming for greatness,” which is good since critics say it wasn’t even close. “The aggressively awful all-star sketch comedy was the first movie to get minus four stars from me,” vented Lou Lumenick of the New York Post. L:ou also references Hugh Jackman’s “neck balls,” which we really didn’t need to know about.
2. Grown Ups 2
Adam Sandler’s reboot of Grown Ups got a seat at the kid’s table with the majority of critics giving it a spot on their “just don’t watch this” lists. Better luck next year, Adam.
1. A Good Day to Die Hard
Bruce Willis seriously failed to impress the critics in his fifth installment of the Die Hard series with Vulture calling it “much worse than a mere pale imitation.” They reference The Post reviewer Kyle Smith, who called the film “boring, blaring, and as ugly as Chernobyl.” So yeah, not good.
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