The 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2012

No. 5. The Master

The Master is much like Paul Thomas Anderson’s previous film, the Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood. Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman deliver terrific performances. The movie looks great. Anderson tackles his subject with detail and passion. There’s just one big difference: The Master is boring, and it drags more and more as time progresses.

No. 4. Anna Karenina

After Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, I joined the Joe Wright fan club. Sadly, his third venture with Keira Knightley isn’t nearly as impressive. Though he tries his hardest to modernize this Tolstoy adaptation, he ultimately fails. Anna Karenina quickly devolves into a forgettable costume drama where the romance at the core of the story fails to spark.

No. 3. The Grey

Many people loved this movie. I don’t get it. I really don’t. The main threat in The Grey is not the elements, as it should have been; instead, the threat is a pack of cheesy mutated wolves who defy all realms of believability in their unwavering pursuit of tough guy Liam Neeson and his pals. The Grey had potential to be fantastic, but instead it’s a silly, annoyingly bad “horror” movie. Oh, the ending sucks, too.

No. 2. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

For whatever reason, I was really looking forward to Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, a romantic comedy starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley set against… the end of the world. Unfortunately, the comedy falls flat, the chemistry between the leads is non-existent and writer/director Lorena Scafaria fails to take advantage of an interesting premise.

No. 1. The Bourne Legacy

What oh what were they thinking? If your star leaves, hire a new actor to take his place. Don’t do what was done here. The Bourne Legacy may have worked with a different title and no connection to the Bourne franchise – it’s an effective action-thriller – but compared to the other movies, it pales in comparison. The Bourne franchise is one of my favorite action franchises of all time, and Universal effectively killed it with one bad decision. That is why The Bourne Legacy is the most disappointing movie of 2012.

Want to see what else we liked, and didn’t? See our full list of the best and worst movies of 2012.

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By Erik Samdahl
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