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The 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2011

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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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  • gabriel

    I only saw three movies on this list: Xmen, Green Lantern, and Hugo. After the stupid Xmen Wolverine, I really wasn’t expecting a lot from this one (I would’ve actually had high expectations thans to Matthew Vaughn, but I stupidly didn’t know about his directing this movie until the end credits…silly me). I was pleasantly surprised and thought it was good, campy fun. I think people are taking it too seriously and consider it a disappointment, but I didn’t think so. I didn’t think Green Lantern was going to be good, but it was worse than my initial prediction. And Hugo was not only one of the best movies of 2011 (Behind Drive and Midnight in Paris), it was also one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Then again, you did admit you’re the minority so no hard feelings.

  • Nick

    Wow this is my first and last visit to this site. Everyone is entitled to their opinions but I would expect for a website dedicated to the critiquing of movies to have some sense of when a movie delivers to the viewer that which they pay for… a good time.
    I agree with many of the movies listed except the first and the last.
    X-men first class was simply awesome. It completely made up for the last two X-men movies. Cowboys and Aliens was also kick a$$… with a title like that I was not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised! Both had plenty of action and made me laugh with a coherent plot, I can’t remember any plot holes. Anyways obviously we judge movies by a completely different set of criteria and therefor I must avoid this site in the future, good day to you.

  • http://www.filmjabber.com Erik Samdahl

    @gabriel – Thanks for the comment!

    @Nick – so you agree with eight of the 10 movies on the list, but because you disagree with two you’ll never visit FilmJabber again?

    I understand X-Men: First Class – lots of people found it truly entertaining – but not so much Cowboys & Aliens. It should have been so much better than it was.

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