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The 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2012

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There are always bad movies, but you can often see them coming. There is something much worse, something much more sacrilegious, in the movie industry: the disappointing movie. Disappointing movies may not be terrible – in fact, they may not even be bad movies – but they failed to meet lofty expectations. To achieve their full potential. To reward the moviegoers who paid good money to see a good movie. To meet the anticipation set forth by marketing, buzz and high hopes. To keep children from crying.

Here are the top ten most disappointing movies of 2012:

No. 10. Battleship / John Carter

I didn’t have high expectation for either of these massive box office failures, and yet they still failed to live up to the low bar I had placed for them. Directors Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo) and Peter Berg (Hancock, Friday Night Lights) brought with them respectable pedigrees, so it’s actually quite stunning that they both made such bloated, misguided and aimless movies that, devoid of intelligence, weren’t even entertaining. Unfortunately for Taylor Kitsch, he starred in both of them.

No. 9. The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games isn’t a terrible movie by any means, but I made the mistake of reading the book a week before seeing the movie. While moderately entertaining, the movie not only dumbs down the subtle nuance that made the book so good in the first place, but thanks to a play-it-safe approach from director Gary Ross (who had no previous action or suspense experience to his credit), the movie missed an opportunity to be one of the most explosive, heart-pounding action films of the year.

No. 8. Brave

I originally gave the latest Pixar film a B+ when I reviewed it over the summer, but the more I think about it, the more disappointing Brave is. While an expected step up from Pixar’s Cars 2 – their first critically reviled film – Brave felt merely ordinary. Yes, Pixar is a victim of their own success, but a straightforward plot, charming but unimaginative characters and slow pacing make Brave an adequate but hardly Pixar-esque Pixar film.

No. 7. Taken 2

I originally liked Taken 2, even though I acknowledged it was pretty stupid. But then I watched the original again and was reminded how much better that one was. The more I think about it, the more I realize just how idiotic much of the movie is – and how poor of an action director Oliver Megaton is. Taken 2 had promise, but with a few grenade tosses Megaton destroys what could have been a lucrative franchise.

No. 6. Trouble with the Curve

Baseball? Clint Eastwood? Amy Adams? Sold. Unfortunately, Trouble with the Curve acts like Gran Torino without the physical threat, Eastwood once again playing a crotchety old asshole who won’t listen to anyone but himself. Trouble with the Curve is slow, predictable and often irrational, and one of the biggest disappointments of the year.

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By Erik Samdahl
Related categories: Action Movies, Animated Movies, Drama Movies, Movies, Science Fiction Movies, Sports Movies
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