The 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2013

Identity Thief

5. Identity Thief

One of the biggest letdowns of 2013 is Identity Thief, a comedy that looked pretty damn hilarious in the trailers—primarily thanks to the genius pairing of Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, two of the funniest actors working today. Unfortunately, the movie itself is one of the least funniest comedies ever made. Literally, I didn’t laugh once in the entire movie – and I wasn’t alone.

4. Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Lee Daniels’ The Butler was a surprise box office and critical hit and continues to garner talk of awards and other recognition. Why? How? The movie is more fiction than the fact it suggests (going so far as to fabricate the murder of the main character’s father and creating a second son to actually have enough material to make a full-length movie), and the fiction plays out like a boring version of Forrest Gump.

3. Elysium

Neill Blomkamp’s highly anticipated follow-up to his hit film District 9 was a mild critical and box office disappointment, and for good reason. While built upon an intriguing premise, Elysium features a heavy-handed political message and takes a long time to get going. And when things do get going, Blomkamp goes the least interesting route possible with his story.

Iron Man 3

2. Iron Man 3

This follow-up to last year’s The Avengers was one of the biggest movies of the year and also received plenty of praise. After watching the movie twice, I still find it to be sloppy filmmaking; the movie relies too heavily on slapstick humor and the third and most critical act doesn’t make much sense. Many disagree with me on this (and even more with the fact that, conversely, I was one of the few who didn’t find Man of Steel to be disappointing), so we’ll have to agree to disagree.

1. A Good Day to Die Hard

One thing that most people agree on is that A Good Day to Die Hard is a terrible, terrible movie. John McClane is one of the best action heroes ever created, but it appears that the people responsible for this monstrosity had never watched a Die Hard movie before – or understood what makes the Die Hard movies so good. As a huge Die Hard fan and thanks to some highly entertaining trailers, I was looking forward to this movie more than any other in 2013 – and for it to be one of the worst movies of the year was just soul crushing. Soul crushing, I tell you!

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By Erik Samdahl
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