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The 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2011

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No. 7. Hugo

Hugo has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I am the 6%.

Martin Scorsese is responsible for several of modern cinema’s greatest masterpieces. He’s an exquisite filmmaker, one with an uncanny eye for drama, suspense and unearthing raw emotion. Inexplicably, he’s also responsible for the children’s movie Hugo, one of the most boring and pointless movies of the year.

No. 6. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

After spending weeks disappointing friends by informing them that the creepy looking horror movie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark isn’t actually directed by Guillermo del Toro, I finally went to go see the movie so I could be disappointed myself.

Karma’s a bitch.

The only reason the movie doesn’t rank higher on this list is that expectations were so low to begin with. The fact that it actually made the list speaks to just how bad Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark really is.

No. 5. Paul

The last time Simon Pegg and Nick Frost teamed up, it was for Hot Fuzz. And before that, Shaun of the Dead. The two inspire hope every time they initiate the unholy union.

Unfortunately, Paul is astounding because of just how well it manages to completely waste the comedic talent involved. It is consistently unfunny from beginning to end. Then again, it’s about an alien who tells fart jokes. Should have seen it coming.

No. 4. Sucker Punch

There is no denying that Zack Snyder is a visionary director. At the very least, he’s a visual director. Though not a rewarding movie, Watchmen was perfectly done. 300 was awesome. Dawn of the Dead was excellent.

And then someone let him work from original source material, and all hell broke lose. And hell looks a lot like Sucker Punch, a movie where everything that could go wrong does go wrong.

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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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