The 10 Worst Movies Of 2010

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Did you regret spending money on an awful movie this year? Are you aching to share your thoughts on the head-shaking, face-slapping, run-for-the-door flops of 2010? This is your chance – but not until we give you our choices of the 10 worst movies of 2010.

The box office had its fair share of behemoths this year, but not all were well-received by fans and critics. Poor movies come in all different styles – some are filled with explosions and fancy CGI meant to distract you from the weak plot, while others beg for laughs with humorless jokes. Those two types of theatrical failures, and more, are accounted for in our list.

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10. Grown Ups

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A handful of the best comedians of the 90s finally made their passion project. Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade are apparently a close-knit group of comics whose main goal over the past few years has been to join up for an ensemble comedy. Unfortunately, the result of that effort was Grown Ups – a sloppy mess designed for the wrong audience.

Grown Ups would have a chance if the comedians took a look at what made them famously hilarious in the first place – raunchy humor. Just about all of the big careers in this film were made by pushing the limits – even co-star Salma Hayek. Instead of producing a family-friendly camping adventure comedy in the same vein as Dr. Doolittle 2, a touch of the old school would have been the smart move for Grown Ups.

Adam Sandler has been a part of some comedy misfires in his time, but there is always that faint hope of a resurgence to his old form. The same goes for most of the cast of Grown Ups. The movie was just another nail in the coffin of careers nobody wants to see dwindle.

Read on for #9 and the rest of the list…

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9. Repo Men

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In our 2-star review of Repo Men, Kofi Outlaw called it “as mangled and messy as the unfortunate victims it portrays.” Stereotypical plot developments run amok in this action film that doesn’t even deliver enough to keep you interested. The concept of the film is the only thread holding it together (barely).

The problem is that a great concept can be easily corrupted. Somewhere along pre-production, the point of Repo Men was tossed aside for specific scenes that just don’t fit with the overall mold. It tries so hard to be different that it ends up a conglomeration of bad decisions.

There is a huge difference between thought-provoking or mind-bending and downright confusing. The forced twists and disastrous storytelling strategies created a complicated clutter of calamity.

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8. Jonah Hex

In our 2-star review of Jonah Hex, Paul Young stated the movie has “lots of ridiculous action, bad dialog, cool weapons, rock music and poor acting.” None of these descriptions are synonymous with a proper Western. While Jonah Hex is anything but a classic Western film, its connection to the genre was bastardized to capitalize on Hollywood’s comic book movie boom.

It wouldn’t have been that difficult to make an exciting adaptation of the Jonah Hex comic. The DC Comic character isn’t one of the more well-known, but it packs a punch of Old West drama and serious action. Even better is its supernatural twist. All of these great aspects are twisted around so far that it becomes lost in an attempt to show Megan Fox’s sexiness and Josh Brolin’s scowl.

Even the actors knew they were part of a flop. You can see it in their lackadaisical performances. The only worthy moments on screen were Michale Fassbender’s sarcastic quips as John Malkovich’s hired hand. Overall, Jonah Hex is overloaded with one-liners and short-handed jokes about facial scarring. If the minds behind the film tried a little harder, it might have been left off this list.

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7. Gulliver’s Travels

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Jack Black is still a funny guy despite a few missteps along the way. Gulliver’s Travels is another bump in the road that continues to force us to question his sense of humor (or his choice in scripts). This movie may be geared for children and families, but even those childish jokes don’t seem to be mustering many laughs from the target demographics.

Gulliver’s Travels is bad, but it isn’t disgustingly bad. It simply lacks any kind of effort to be truly funny. The least that director Rob Letterman could have done was to give Jonathan Swift’s original book a proper portrayal. Instead, the movie is a studio cop out in search of big bucks at the expense of cheap 3D tricks. In fact, little remains from the original work that isn’t exploited for modern audiences.

Frankly, Jack Black was just the wrong person for this movie. He plays pieces of his former characters instead of creating a fully formed human being as Lemeul Gulliver. It isn’t the worst display, but it is disappointing when Hollywood bruises great literature in an effort to jump on a trend.

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6. Every Lame Rom-Com

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Every year presents audiences with countless romantic comedies – some of them surprise us (Going the Distance), but most disappoint. Then again, disappointment suggests an expectation for greatness and few actually predict an enjoyable theatrical experience with films like Leap Year or When In Rome. Even The Last Song proved Nicholas Sparks’ work is not a guaranteed success – and hopefully Hollywood remembers this in the future.

The rom-com genre used to be something to get excited about… somehow we still watch 80s movies to remain hopeful of the future. The problem may come out of a misguided sense that every romantic comedy is an easy buck. Sure, certain crowds flock to the genre, but there is no reason to spend anywhere near $100 million on one like How Do You Know.

Another lesson we all hope Hollywood learned in 2010 is to stop obsessing over Katherine Heigl. Her two rom-coms of this year, Life As We Know It and Killers, combined for a $100 million domestic box office gross. Her three films prior averaged that much. Ultimately, it comes down to the filmmakers who help produce the annual rom-coms to make a difference in the products that are delivered and there is no sign of change on the horizon.

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5. Skyline

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In our 2-star review of Skyline, Ben Kendrick argues the film did not live up to the lofty expectations associated with its comparisons to District 9 and Independence Day. Instead, we got something that felt more like a glorified SyFy channel movie. But we knew the potential pitfalls with the Strause Brothers’ previous foray – they directed Alien vs. Predator: Requiem.

Skyline wasn’t all bad. The filmmakers didn’t hold back any punches on the city of Los Angeles like some alien invasion blockbusters. Unfortunately, the focus on effects and action proved costly with some of the weakest acting and plot development in 2010.

Just days after Skyline was released in theaters, the producers stepped up to the plate and defended their film against a barrage of negative reviews. While some critics did overreact by calling it the worst film of the year, it certainly won’t be shunned by the Razzies.

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4. The Last Airbender

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My sixth sense is tingling and all signs point to M. Night Shyamalan’s destruction of what many saw as an unbreakable television franchise. The anticipation was palpable for the theatrical adaptation of one of the most heralded animated series on television. $318 million in worldwide box office didn’t stop movie fans from turning Shyamalan into the laughing stock of Hollywood.

In our 1.5-star review of The Last Airbender, Rob Keyes criticizes the movie for “fail[ing] miserably at doing justice to the hit cartoon series it’s based on.” He goes on to say it is “a poorly constructed film with no sense of plot, character or emotion – and aside from the visuals, there are little to no redeeming qualities in this wasted opportunity of a fantastic property, which was ripe for a film adaptation.” Considering the visual effects were the best part of the movie, it also created mass confusion by distracting the audience from a plot that was already confusing enough.

Few films prompted such a flurry of editorials as The Last Airbender. We couldn’t help but wonder what happened to M. Night Shyamalan and whether or not the film would be the next Transformers 2. This won’t be the end of Shyamalan’s career as he still rakes in big box office results, but maybe audiences are finally catching on to his major faults as a filmmaker.

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3. Little Fockers

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In my 1-star review of Little Fockers, I say that the all-star cast not only sucks the last bit of life out of the tired Meet the Parents franchise, but manages to besmirch their own careers in the process. It wouldn’t have been nearly as bad (though still Bottom 10-worthy) if the movie didn’t just throw the legendary actors’ careers under the bus to make a buck.

Some roles embarrass great actors, but are quickly forgotten. We can only hope Little Fockers is quickly forgotten for its general lack of humor and failure to promote any kind of laughs. Like the others on this list, Little Fockers is a mess. The interesting thing is that Little Fockers thinks it’s a real movie, but actually ends up a parody of itself and the actors within it.

Aside from a weak script, Little Fockers may be proof (along with Grown Ups) that all-star casts don’t equal classic comedy. There are almost 20 Academy Awards nominations between the cast and 16 MTV Movie Awards nominations for Ben Stiller. That’s quite a lot of nominations for a movie where every ounce of talent is siphoned into a paycheck.

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2. Vampires Suck

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In some ways, Vampires Suck may not belong on this list. It is a part of a genre that is hardly welcome at the Hollywood lunch table. If it is Forrest Gump looking for a seat on the bus, the people who actually watch this trash are Jenny Curran – “You can make your movie here if you wawnt.”

The problem here is that parody films didn’t always get pushed to the bottom of the barrel. Not Another Teen Movie and the first couple of Scary Movie films were actually hilarious. Unfortunately, some producers got dollar signs in their eyes and jumped into the profitable genre. Now, we are getting sloppy, recycled comedy. It’s hard to even call Vampires Suck comedy, because it lacks any form of originality. If anything, the movie is a concoction of well-financed recreations of the generic vampire movies without any forethought put into what makes them funny.

When you look a little closer at parody films, the most misguided sense of humor is the focus on pop culture. Instead of focusing on the humorous side of vampire movies, Vampires Suck basically puts actors in the attire of famous movie characters and prompts them to attack pop culture for the MTV crowd. At the end of the day, Vampires Suck is a product of the MTV culture that has forced music videos out of the station and replaced it with insanely awful reality television.

And what was the absolute worst film of 2010…?

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1. Furry Vengeance

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Furry Vengeance falls under the family comedy genre. The only person in any family that might find this movie funny is the uncle that still uses his noisy farts as a source for laughs. The first sign of this movie’s inevitable failure was the decision to cast Brendan Fraser in the leading role. While they most likely went after Jerry O’Connell as well, Fraser has been in his fair share of flops – Dudley Do-Right, George of the Jungle – but Furry Vengeance is the worst one yet.

Summit Entertainment continues to “impress” audiences by providing poor entertainment every year. Aside from The Twilight Saga, the studio has not made a movie that grossed over $100 million. It doesn’t help when they continue to produce movies like Furry Vengeance, which almost feels like a slap in the face to anybody else who works hard to make a feature film. More importantly, it seems like the minds behind Furry Vengeance have some kind of vendetta against quality cinema.

It’s hard to believe the hundreds of hands that helped develop Furry Vengenace had nothing better to do than make the worst movie of the year. Is it possible they knew it was a flop and just thought it would be funny to see how bad it could get? I have yet to encounter a single person who enjoyed the movie at all, which is grounds for the number one spot on our list of the worst movies of 2010.

The ten worst films of the year are about as entertaining as a dying palm tree. Some of them are so frustratingly bad, it takes a 24-hour Best Picture marathon to wash the memory out of your mind. But every year brings us bad movies – and 2010 was no different.

What movies do you think were the worst of 2010?

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  1. Proud to say I have not seen a single film on this list.

  2. I don’t like Adam Sandler films on the whole and saw Grownups in the theater because I love reunion movies. I left feeling underwhelmed. Yet, I bought the DVD to round out a Blockbuster 3 for $20 pre-viewed DVD deal and found myself not wincing as much as I did in the theater. Don’t know why. What I did appreciate was that its heart was in the right spot. It is still a 2 star movie in my book but it is a genial 2 stars. Its pure formula but watchable. Go figure why I would have two seperate reactions to the same movie.

    I do humbly submit that latest Jackie Chan family movie as an also-ran for worst movie of the year (Undercover Spy?). Now that I can associate director Brian Levant to other bad movies, I will stay away from his films like the plague. I collect Jackie Chan movies on DVD and this movie will NEVER be in that collection. Cartoon-depth characters doing stupid things to just advance the plot (like being a great spy and leaving two subdued bad guys to return to menace him). And please, will someone inject emotion in Billy Ray Cyrus’s eyes. He may say the lines correctly but he is dead from the bridge of his nose upwards.

    Sorry for ranting, but I really disliked that movie.

  3. its funny you said that about Resident Evil: Afterlife…I’m watching it right now on Blu-Ray. I loved it. And for the most part i have to agree, but considering box office, Little Fockers mustn’t be that bad. And I do know how to enjoy a movie. But I can also distinguish between like and dislike and good film and bad film…For instance, I enjoyed The Last Airbender – a lot! But I never watched the tv show. From a production standpoint, the movie is terrible. One of the worst movies ever, but I like it. I really got attached to Aang and I can’t wait to see if a sequel comes out…I still think Repo Men is the worst film of this year, but…oh well.

  4. uh, George of the Jungle was actually a mild success, and a pretty funny movie. The others however..

    • George of the Jungle actually made over $100 million at the U.S. box office.

  5. SKYLINE FYI –

    Here in the Dallas area SKYLINE was still at the Box Office (at the large multiplex locations) up thru last week and it was running between 2-4 times daily so apparently it was still doing enough bussiness long after its bad press and receoption, to stay at theatre for almost 2 months. Not bad for a film so highly raked over the coals but critics.

    As noted in the SKYLINE article at screenrant referenced in this one, the STrauss Brothers deserve credit for trying and do NOT desreve the “Just trying to cash in” line of bull. These guys as well as everyone involved worked for less then probably any other movie producing associated employee in teh past decade and so I doubt they did it for the money. They took a big risk that at least is paying off financially if not critically.

    A sequel? You can bet someone will push for a sequel if the borthers themselves don’t. I just prey its not headed by the SyFy channel because if it is all those who compared SKYLINE to a SyFy movie of the week feature will see just how far off they were when a truly SyFy helmed film is done. They’ll make you beg to watch THE LAST AIRBENDER over and over just to avoid having to watch anything the SyFy channel produces.

  6. Nice list, but it is clear that the folks at Screenrant don’t watch horror films (and Repo Men is merely a hybrid horror/action at most). Otherwise, they would have known enough to have added Platinum Dunes’ horrendous remake/butchering of Nightmare on Elm Street to the list. Not only was that the worst of this year, but perhaps, one of the worst of all time.

    • We talked about that, but thought these others were worse, lol.

  7. why wasn’t the other guys on this list????? That was one of the worst pieces of garbage i have ever screen.

  8. I don’t know which one of these movies was my worst of the year because I am proud (or actually even more so relieved) to say that I haven’t seen any of these movies this year.

  9. hey grown ups was a great movie

    • I know right! what the hell!

  10. I will give Repo Men props for 1 thing: I honestly did not see that “twist” coming. Granted, it was awfully cheap and infuriating (watching the credits roll and slowly coming to grips with the fact that the last 40 minutes didn’t happen elicits a very singular sensation), but I have to marvel at the balls of the filmmakers to waste my time like that.

    I am extremely proud to say that the above-mentioned film was the only one out of the list that I have seen. And I only watched it because I had lots of beer and nothing to do. And I downloaded it.

    • “I have to marvel at the balls of the filmmakers to waste my time like that.”

      Well done. :)

  11. Point of information about “the first couple of Scary Movies” — #3 and #4 were much better than #2 (especially #3).

    • I agree with this. Although I’m usually more into the quality stuff, like Godfather or Empire Strikes Back, Scary Movie 3 is one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen in the theater and I don’t remember laughing that hard in my life.

  12. Gotta say I like Heigl and rom coms. Killers is an awesome movie, atleast to me. Happy to own the DVD. The drama she did later I did skip but the three movies she did before killers I liked.

    Yeah I know it gets my man card violently taken away but you like what you like.

  13. George Of The Jungle, and Dudley Do Right were quite funny, I liked them, but it’s all very subjective. Some very good films flop at the box office, but trashy films can make a fortune. Twilight Saga was rubish as far as I am concerned.
    Little Fockers, it got down to to the bottom of the heap, but it was done and finished as a franchise after the second one, it comes under the heading of, why did they ever make that film anyway?. Well, I loved The Phantom Menace, so what would I know?

  14. Do you like twightlight cause vampires suck was hilariously funny as hell you perky little…im sorry its just that you ruined the movie the made twighthearts open there eys now i have to stand the obnocios `fainting` of twightlight or f*gs on blood.

  15. How about Inception? By far my worst movie of 2010. Nolan is a fraud

    • you have got to be kidding me. inception was finally the only movie of 2010 to actually challenge people intellectually. it wasn’t another lame movie with a bubbly trailer that ends up disappointing. this movie, all in all, its one of the few original story lines to come by in a long time! i agree with this list of movies. they are all recycled ideas that have been manipulated to be “different” in its own sense. inception = five stars.

  16. While many of the movies you listed belong I thought Grown Ups and Little Fockers were actually kind of funny…great? no not at all, but funny enough.

  17. Grown-Ups was good, u need to change this, take Grown-Ups out and put Paranas in here. That movie should of never went to theaters.

  18. Notice how many of them are comedys proving that modern hollywood has forgoten how to do slap stick anymore

  19. There are several movies remalas only need to see the movies category.

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