The 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2011

Many critics and bloggers assemble top ten movie lists (like the best movies of 2011) this time of year. Many put together ‘worst of’ lists, too. I purposely avoided movies like Jack and Jill and Zookeeper this year, however. Those stinkers were clearly avoidable from the onset.

Unavoidable, however, were the movies I was really looking forward to. You know, the ones with awesome trailers and great potential. The ones that promise to be the next best thing. The movies that don’t live up to those lofty expectations. They may not be the worst movies of the year – in fact, some may be halfway decent – but they commit a greater sin: they break our hearts.

These are the ten most disappointing movies of 2011.

No. 10. X-Men: First Class

One of the better reviewed action movies of the year, X-Men: First Class helped restore faith in a franchise that had been destroyed by an underwhelming third entry and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which made me want to shove Wolverine’s claws up my ass.

But people have praised this movie, which I just don’t get. It’s fun, it’s entertaining, but it still feels rushed, many of the character arcs incomplete or hurried. It could, and should have been, a lot better.

No. 9. I Am Number Four

The first semi-big action movie of the year, no one was expecting great things of this potential franchise starter. But its emphasis on cheesy and unbelievable teen romance over action and excitement proved it wanted to be more like Twilight than… well, a good movie.

I Am Number Four has its moments and by large is moderately entertaining, but it feels more like a science fiction version of “One Tree Hill” than a legitimate thriller.

No. 8. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

If a tree falls in a forest and no one’s around, does it make a sound? If Captain Jack Sparrow returns in a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, does anyone care? And most importantly, with most of the original cast gone and a new director, is it any good?

The answer to the latter is ‘not very’, as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides looks nice but lacks the energy of the previous entries.

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By Erik Samdahl
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