The 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2013

This time of year, you’ve probably seen at least a few “worst movies of 2013” lists. I may or may not write one, but that isn’t what this list is. The worst movies of the year included R.I.P.D. and Movie 43, but neither of those examples hit me in the gut. I knew they were going to be bad, or I didn’t care about them in the first place. Those movies don’t matter.

The most painful movies you watch are the ones you were looking forward to that failed to live up to your lofty expectations. You may not agree with the list below, but you know exactly what I mean: whether it was Star Trek or Man of Steel, or even Gravity, you have at least a couple movies in mind that left you disappointed.

Here are the top ten most disappointing movies of 2013, according to me:

10. Star Trek Into Darkness

I face-palmed myself. I literally face-palmed myself. And my friend swore out loud in a packed theater. We did that as J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated sequel, after an hour and a half of entertaining action pieces, imploded with a cheap turn that unnecessarily retreads on material from The Wrath of Khan. A second viewing lessened the pain, but there is no denying that Star Trek Into Darkness fails to surpass its predecessor (oh, and The Wrath of Khan).

9. Gangster Squad

In the summer of 2012, the star-studded Gangster Squad was scheduled to be released that fall. Buzz was… buzzing. But after the Dark Knight theater massacre, the film, which featured a climax where a shootout occurs in a movie theater, was delayed for a massive reshoot. When the Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone-starring thriller finally hit theaters, we found out that the reshoots didn’t matter – the Untouchables wannabe is just that–a loud, violent and hollow mess of a gangster film.

Pacific Rim

8. Pacific Rim

There was a time that I was extremely excited to see what Guillermo del Toro would dish up with his robots vs. monsters extravaganza. Then the marketing kicked into high gear, and that enthusiasm waned. Still, it was only until the movie actually hit theaters was it revealed that Pacific Rim was nothing more than a movie about robots fighting monsters. That’s more than enough for some – and they are a passionate bunch – but the movie fails to take advantage of its premise or ideas. The movie is moderately entertaining but more often obnoxious, and the more I think about it, the more I realize just how stupid Pacific Rim really is.

7. Now You See Me

This thriller about magicians-turned-thieves was not high on my radar list until it began to outperform in theaters to glowing audience reviews. Needless to say, I was intrigued. But Now You See Me is not a good movie. In fact, it’s a very bad movie. Because it makes no f**king sense. Literally. The filmmakers gloss over major plot holes with special effects and incoherent explanations, using “magic” as a scapegoat for the film’s poor writing.

6. Oz, the Great and Powerful

Walt Disney Pictures went all in to start a new franchise under the Wizard of Oz brand, and their efforts (and $280 million of their money) succeeded: Oz: The Great and Powerful earned nearly half a billion dollars worldwide. And yet the Sam Raimi-directed prequel is a bloated, boring and unimaginative mess that lacks the wonder and charm that still exist within the original.

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By Erik Samdahl
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