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The 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2011

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No. 3. Green Lantern

Growing up, one of my favorite comic book characters was Green Lantern. When it was announced that they were finally making a big-budget action movie, I was excited. Worried, but excited. After all, the movie is about a bunch of aliens who make shapes with their mind.

The involvement of Martin Campbell, who directed Casino Royale and Goldeneye, inspired hope.

But hope was lost. While not the disaster some critics made it out to be, it’s a jumbled mess, and features a villain that is a gigantic cloud. A gigantic f**king cloud. Didn’t Fantastic Four 2 teach us anything?

No. 2. J. Edgar

Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar is almost like Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator (which also starred Leonardo DiCaprio), except it is much, much worse in every way. Even DiCaprio pales in comparison to himself.

It’s the story, the editing and the direction that destroy the potential J. Edgar had at its disposal. In his attempt to cover so much of the FBI director’s life, Eastwood manages to cover none of it, delivering nothing more than a shallow glance at the man. So many aspects of Hoover’s life are movie-worthy, it’s stunning that Eastwood misses the mark so significantly.

No. 1. Cowboys & Aliens

What happens when you combine James Bond, Indiana Jones, the director of Iron Man, cowboys and aliens – oh, and Olivia Wilde – stir them all up in a $160-million-budgeted pot and launch the resulting sci-fi western to the big screen? Not what you’d think.

I was as excited for this movie as any this year. It was ranked #2 on FilmJabber’s 20 Must-See Movies in 2011 list. Mildly enjoyable but ultimately extremely disappointing,Cowboys & Aliens has the elements of success, except director Jon Favreau forgot to make it fun. It is the most disappointing movie of 2011.

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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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