Screen Rant’s Worst Movies of 2013

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Screen Rant's Worst Movies of 2013

Worst Movies of 2013 RIPD We've celebrated our Top 5 Favorite movies of 2013 and are looking forward to our 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014 but we haven't forgotten the films that fell to the opposite end of the spectrum. Film is a subjective medium, so picking the worst movies of the year is never an easy task. Some writers base their "Worst of the Year" lists on highly anticipated films that were especially disappointing or failed to make use of sizable budgets, talented actors, and intriguing scripts. However, at Screen Rant, we focus our list on movies that we genuinely believe were the worst of the year - theatrical releases that were intolerable bores, failing to deliver on even their most basic ambitions. These are the unfunny comedies, the not-very-scary horror movies, the superficial dramas, and the snooze-inducing actioners. Of course, our list is not all-inclusive, so once you've read our picks, share your own choices in the comments. Read on for our list of the Worst Movies of 2013 (in order of release).

Broken City

Worst of 2013 Broken City Director: Allen Hughes Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta- Jones, and Jeffrey Wright Hopes were high for Broken City (read our review), marking the solo directorial debut of Allen Hughes - one-half of the Hughes Brothers (along with Albert Hughes). Known for his contributions as co-director on Dead Presidents, Menace II Society, and The Book of Eli, moviegoers were enthusiastic about another gritty crime-drama from the accomplished filmmaker. Unfortunately, the final film suffered from a scattered narrative that featured a host of uninteresting, and worse yet, unlikable characters. Marketed as a straightforward crime-thriller the actual movie was bogged down by unrealized ideas and clumsy directorial execution - without offering a cathartic (or particularly interesting) payoff.

Movie 43

Worst Movies of 2013 Movie 43 Release Date: January 25, 2013 Director(s): James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Peter Farrelly, Brett Ratner, James Duffy, and more! Cast: Emma Stone, Stephen Merchant, Richard Gere, Liev Schreiber, and more! The first trailers for Movie 43 (read our review) hinted at an over the top comedy experience that, thanks to a handful of outrageous cameos (for example: Gerard Butler as a Leprechaun), could deliver guilty low brow fun - if the numerous directors and cast members each delivered. Yet, the final film is little more than a hodgepodge of bizarre sketches that, even without the pressure of a functional overarching storyline, failed to present fresh laughs. At times, the absurdity of certain onscreen hijinks allowed a few guilty giggles but the majority of Movie 43 relies on lackluster appearances from the star-studded cast as they each attempt to squeeze humor out of one raunchy gag after another. Few succeed.

Escape from Planet Earth

Worst Movies of 2013 Escape from Planet Earth Release Date: February 15, 2013 Director: Callan Brunker Cast: Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, and Rob Corddry We try not to hammer kid movies too hard, since they primarily seek to entertain a target demographic with fun adventures, quirky characters, and relatively straightforward humor, but Escape from Planet Earth (read our review) earned its place on our list. While some animated films manage to pull-double duty and wow adults as well, there's also the other end of the spectrum - kid movies that can't even keep their core juice-box crowd entertained. Despite lovable aliens, futuristic spaceships, and colorful monsters, Escape from Planet Earth is a scattered, and ultimately boring, children's movie that underserves both its characters and story - with little fun to offer. The result isn't entirely surprising, given that seven different writers contributed to the script for a total of seventeen different rewrites.

The Last Exorcism Part II

Worst Movies of 2013 Last Exorcism Part 2 Release Date: March 1, 2013 Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly Cast: Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, and Spencer Treat Clark After a mixed reaction to its predecessor, horror fans weren't exactly enthusiastic about a Last Exorcism Part II (read our review). Still, given the original film's WTF cliffhanger, a sequel (though admittedly unnecessary) had the potential to flesh out the overarching series mythology - while also delivering the same brand of body contorting terrors that kept viewers squirming during Part I. Instead, writer/director Ed Gass-Donnelly (replacing Daniel Stamm from the first movie), delivered a paint-by-numbers sequel that fell short in every single way imaginable: convoluting the established narrative, lacking in Part I's more innovative ideas, and worse yet, offering few successful scares. The film proved Ashley Bell has more to offer than creepy contortions but most viewers still felt this is one Last Exorcism too many.

Scary Movie 5

Worst Movies of 2013 Scary Movie 5 Release Date: April 11, 2013 Director: Malcolm D. Lee Cast: Simon Rex, Ashley Tisdale, Charlie Sheen, and Lindsay Lohan The Scary Movie series was never the most subtle parody franchise on the market; yet, for a couple of installments, the movies delivered - even if most of the laughs came from combining raunchy sex jokes with spoofs of iconic supernatural film scenes. However, by the time Scary Movie 5 (read our review) was released, nearly all of the original filmmakers and actors, Keenen Ivory Wayans, David Zucker, Anna Faris, Regina Hall, as well as Marlon and Shawn Wayans, had all jumped ship. Instead of refreshing its approach, Scary Movie 5 simply embraced lowest common-denominator humor at every turn - exemplified best by an awkward (and unfunny) supernatural/sexual encounter featuring Hollywood troublemakers Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan.

6 Souls

Worst Movies of 2013 6 Souls Release Date: April 5, 2013 Directors: Björn Stein and Måns Mårlind Cast: Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Jeffrey DeMunn Despite a solid roster of acting talent, 6 Souls was so underwhelming that we didn't even bother to write-up a review. It never comes together fully - on a narrative level, directorial level, take your pick. Ultimately, the film is so wrapped up in its own "mystery," and attempts at psychological horror, that story, logic, and tonal consistency go out the window. As a result, 6 Souls only provides a pastiche of poorly-directed scenes which are randomly assembled in the hopes of a passing for a defined movie experience. There's a reason this flick sat on the shelf for three years before finally being dumped into theaters.

R.I.P.D.

Worst Movies of 2013 RIPD Release Date: July 19, 2013 Director: Robert Schwentke Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Mary-Louise Parker, and Kevin Bacon R.I.P.D. (read our review) wasn't just one of the worst movies of 2013, it was also one of the biggest box office bombs. Costing an estimated $130 million to produce, including a 3D post-conversion, the film only recouped half of its budget globally. R.I.P.D. had a lot going for it, a palatable Men in Black-like story (with a supernatural as opposed to extraterrestrial angle) as well as a pair of likable stars. Yet, nearly everything about the movie underwhelmed - from plasticky and pasty-looking CGI creatures, a hammy performance from Jeff Bridges, to downright distracting technical shortcomings (awkward editing cuts, ugly cinematography, and a predictable story progression). Say R.I.P. to Univeral Pictures' plans for a R.I.P.D. franchise.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Worst Movies of 2013 Mortal Instruments Release Date: August 21, 2013 Director: Harald Zwart Cast: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Robert Sheehan The young adult novel adaptation craze has resulted in more than its fair share of underwhelming movie experiences. However, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (read our review) managed to be worse than the rest for one key reason - wasted potential. Some readers automatically roll their eyes at YA book-turned-movie properties, but there are some interesting ideas at play in The Mortal Instruments property (i.e. shadow hunters and demonic forces) - ideas that could have made for entertaining, albeit cheesy and guilty, viewing. Yet, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is a bland mess muddled by awkward performances, clunky direction, and ridiculous twists that squander any of the story's potential. Limited payoff and unresolved plot threads didn't help - as the movie fails to present a complete story (even if it is only the first installment in a larger series).

Getaway

Worst Movies of 2013 Getaway Release Date: August 30, 2013 Director: Courtney Solomon Cast: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, and Jon Voight It's been a solid couple years for Ethan Hawke with starring performances in fan-favorites Sinister and Before Midnight, among others. Unfortunately, Getaway (read our review) proved that even though the actor is making a solid comeback, he's not a guaranteed marker for success. Despite an adequate thriller setup (albeit one that spirals into absurdity), the film is riddled with one-note characters, cliche vehicular action, and laughable dialogue - all played with a completely straight face. Movie fans balked at the inclusion of former child-star/singer Selena Gomez, but the real blame falls on director Courtney Solomon for making both the life-or-death plot and 94 minutes of car-racing "action" incredibly bland and outright boring.

Battle of the Year

Worst Movies of 2013 Battle of the Year Release Date: September 20, 2013 Director: Benson Lee Cast: Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Josh Peck, and Caity Lotz They're not for everyone, but certain dance movies have delivered a likable mixture of character drama and stylized moves - capable of entertaining a wide variety of filmgoers (even those with two left feet). Unfortunately, Battle of the Year (read our review) is neither a thoughtful character piece or a particularly jaw-dropping dance showcase. Instead of celebrating the unifying power of B-Boy heritage, through individual expression and varied cultural influences, the film relies heavily on xenophobia and ethnic stereotypes to fuel its drama - with little cathartic payoff. Of course, our distaste for Battle of the Year wasn't helped by watching fan-favorite LOST star Josh Holloway scrape the bottom of the Hollywood barrel.

(Dis)honorable Mentions

Worst Movies of 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D Plus, here are five films that barely missed the (dis)honor of our list: - Texas Chainsaw 3D (read our review) - A Haunted House (read our review) - Grown-Ups 2 (no review available) - Only God Forgives (read our review) - Parkland (read our review) We're interested to hear what films were on your "worst of the year" lists, so make sure to share your own choices in the comment section! ___ Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for future feature articles as well as movie, TV, and gaming news.

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  1. Why is Die Hard 5 not on this list? It is by far the worst film of this year, i saw it when it came out and am still furious at how bad it was. Even having read the reviews, every one of which HATED it, i was still unprepared for how disgustingly lowest-common-denominator it is. Awful, awful film, Bruce obviously couldn’t be bothered, the script was rubbish (courtesy of Skip Woods, who has never written anything good), the direction was terrible (John Moore, also someone who’s never made anything good), everything about it is just appalling. Die Hard’s probably my favourite action film ever, but i wish i could somehow unsee Die Hard 5.

    Also, if i could add my 2 cents to this Man of Steel vs Iron Man 3 debate: they were both an absolute waste of time, i hated them both. And Star Trek Into Darkness was an abomination that just bored me to tears. How dare they lift the emotional scene from the end of Star Trek 2 and just shamelessly try to manipulate the audience? Absolute balls, i think this has been one of the worst years for big budget entertainment for me. Maybe i’m just getting pickier. I normally am not overly critical of films that just try to be entertaining and nothing deeper, but for me all the films i mentioned, especially Die Hard 5, were a total insult.

    • “Maybe i’m just getting pickier.”

      Sounds like it. ;) I liked Die Hard 5 and even bought it on Blu-ray. it doesn’t hold a candle to the original Die Hard, not by a long shot, but it’s still a good action movie with great set pieces (loved the car chase and the Chernobly showdown). The story isn’t any dumber than that of the original Die Hard, by the way. The first Die Hard was just classier in it’s execution.

      I think these days we just put to many expectations in front of the actual experience. We all have already planned out the perfect movie in our minds and everytime the actual product deviates from that expectation we detract some points. Is the movie completely different from what we wanted/expected we suddenly start spouting lines like “worst movie ever”, in the meantime failing to see and appreciate the movie in question for what it actually is.

      For a while now I tend to go with Alfred’s advice in The Dark Knight: “You start pretending to have fun, you might even have a little by accident.” Works for me and I have more fun with movies in the process, instead of nitpicking them to death. That’s probably why I liked Star Trek Into Darkness and Iron Man 3 a lot as well, despite their glaring story shortcomings. The old saying “Everybody is a critic” is very true, but we have cut loose from that mindset and watch movies as pure consumer instead of critics to really enjoy them. Watch ‘em like a kid would and you are fine. ;)

      • p.s.: I thing that Alfred quote is actually from Batman Begins. But it works regardless. :D

        • goshdarnit! Think! Not thing! and some other typos up there, too…

      • Haha, you’re probably right. I watched a film yesterday that was much worse than the ones i mentioned (apart from Die Hard 5, which i genuinely was appalled by), the new Luc Besson film “The Family”. Oh my God, truly terrible!!

      • Agreed, but the theatrical cut is FAR better than the “director’s cut”.

    • Totally agree with you about Die Hard 5 being really bad. The Die Hard franchise is one of my favorite movie franchises and to see that pile of crap added to the Die Hard movies doesn’t sit well with me.

      Wish they would have kept things in the states and on a smaller scale.

      I was really hoping for a plot based on him being retired and vacationing somewhere
      FOR EXAMPLE:

      -Hawaii (could have had cool ocean scenes, volcano scene, etc.,
      -Mardi Gras/New Orleans,
      -Florida (could have had a plot about NASA with cool scenes around everglades, Disney World, etc.)
      -theme park based movie (Disneyland, 6 Flags, Universal Studios)

      • Would have been awesome and funny to seem McClane do some some speed dating until a terrorist plot unfolds or on a blind date. The girl he is dating ends up being in on the terrorism.

    • @wabalicious

      I agree that DH5 was pretty bad if you compare it to the rest of the Die Hard movies, but in 2013? There were plenty of movies much worse than Die Hard 5… I kind of regretted paying $10+ to see it, but if it was a redbox rental, it would have been a decent way to kill 2 hours…

      • Saw Die Hard 5 finally last weekend. 97 minutes flew by and the only thing I remembered was a helicopter exploding and an attractive female villain. The rest was as forgettable as the 2nd and 4th movies were.

  2. ‘Only God Forgives’ was kaleidoscopic view into the art of violence as tradition VS the Americanized fast-food version. Your inclusion of it as a ‘Dis-Honorable Mention’ does not allow me to take either the article or the writer(s) seriously. Whilst I feel a tirade curdling, I shall simply bid you “Happy nudie magazine day Billy Madison”. :P

    • “‘Only God Forgives’ was kaleidoscopic view into the art of violence as tradition VS the Americanized fast-food version”. You’re quoting this from a review from a hipster website, aren’t you? That had to be the most pretentious thing I’ve ever read on this site.

      Well done sir, well done indeed.

      • Only God Forgives is the stupidest thing to hit the big screen since… Gangster Squad, also starring the Goose Link. Only God Forgives is so stupid they stopped using their own script on the first day of production.

        How soon before Goose Link goes away? He’s good at playing crazy because he’s clearly insane in real life, but this phony bada** act is just not working at all.

  3. What happened to the Adam Sandler movies? Those are terrible and I am sure one of them was released in 2013.

  4. Hmmm…People could say the same about Marvel fanboys.

    HOWEVER, I will simply point out that BOTH groups (or, more accurately, the ONE group made up of fanboys, as opposed to actual FANS) are embarassments.

    Which group do YOU fall into, Drew?

    • Both groups are just two sides of the same ridiulous partisan coin. I enjoy Marvel AND DC stuff and don’t have any problems. ;)

      • Yes…exactly.

  5. Funny thing… What I like about this list (including the “(Dis)honorable Mentions”) is that when I first saw trailers for them all I rolled my eyes and thought “that looks stupid” for each one.

  6. I found nothing wrong with Escape from Planet Earth or Mortal Instruments. BOTY I agree with. Even though Caity is kind of hot, on ‘Arrow’ she looks like she is doing the duck face.

  7. Of the films listed, I saw only three: Broken City, Escape from Planet Earth and Movie 43. I thought Broken City and Escape from Planet Earth were okay, but Movie 43 was indeed horrible!

  8. Where oh WHERE is “The Bling Ring” on this list……….?

  9. The Top 10 Worst Movies of 2013

    10. Movie 43
    9. Scary Movie 5
    8. The Last Exorcism Part 2
    7. Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
    6. A Haunted House
    5. The Smurfs 2
    4. After Earth
    3. R.I.P.D.
    2. Battle of the Year
    1. Grown Ups 2

    (Dis)Honorable Mentions
    Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Broken City, Gangster Squad, Only God Forgives, The Purge, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Escape From Planet Earth, Home Run, Jack the Giant Slayer, The Host, Peeples

    Almost A DisHonorable Mention if it Wasn’t for the Other Horrible Movies
    Now You See Me, The Internship, The Delivery Man, Turbo, Olympus Has Fallen, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Lone Ranger

    • Here’s mine – real winners all in all:
      10. You’re Next
      9. Grudge Match
      8. Place beyond the Pines
      7. The Big Wedding
      6. Promised Land
      5. Grown Ups 2
      4. Blue Jasmine
      3. Admission
      2. Identity Thief
      1. Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

      I think someone mentioned that Adam Sandler should be on this list – sadly, he made it to mine and seems to do so every year.

  10. I know peopls are going to groan and freak but the worst movie I saw this year was “Grav1ty”. The best part of it was George Clooney dying early. This movie was boring and predictable but I will give it an “A” for effort in the digital department.

    • I’m glad someone else thought so. I was bored to tears. The only reason I watched the whole thing is I was watching it on my new Blu-ray player and the picture was phenomenal.

  11. MI: COB was doomed from the moment the full cast was finished, add to that a very badly adapted script and I was unfortunately not surprised, best thing for the books to be adapted, reboot.
    And I actually liked RIPD.

    • More than anything though probably most dissapointing film for me would have to go to This Is The End.

  12. 6 Souls, or Shelter as I’ve seen it called was released in 2010. How did it make the 2013 list?

  13. Why is Tron: Legacy not on this list? Almost everything in this Disney juggernaut is degrading to me from my point of view considering how much time and money was spent making this film.
    As actors seem to have completely forgotten how to act, the problem of the movie is not the strangely incompatible cast but everything after the scene where the protagonist gets sucked into “The Grid” (which is quite early in the story). From there on its nothing but mindless and emotionless cgi, a story that is two dimensional – unmatched by any production of 2013 – and the seemingly confused Jeff Bridges (!) mistakes his role for an audition in the upcoming Star Wars trilogy as a Jedi-Master.
    Although I must admit that the cgi is nothing short of a masterpiece on its own if you would freeze at random after before said scene “The Grid” for the entire movie it felt to me that the cgi and the actors never seemed to merge together as in other 3d-giants like James Cameron’s “Avatar” or Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” (another flawed movie but for the 2010 list I guess).
    After seeing Tron I can only conclude (respectfully to the creators and in my humble opinion) that this was the WORST movie of 2013 and dare I say the worst movie of the decade yet that sadly could not even be saved by the extraordinary and epic soundtrack provided by Daft Punk.
    Please give me back two hours of my life Disney!

    • Torn Legacy should not being the list because it was released in 2010. Of course 6 Souls should not be on the list for the same reason, but it is.

      • Rip Torn has a legacy?

        I keed, I keed. TRON Legacy was far from horrible. My only gripe was that it leaves too many unanswered questions in the air, dependent on a sequel that’s taking its sweet time getting made. Otherwsie, “I fight for the users!”.

  14. Only God Forgives!? Only God Forgives is a brilliantly crafted film, its not for everyone, I agree….. but calling it bad film in general, is pretty outrageous.

  15. I actually loved Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

  16. I gotta say, RIPD was not that bad. Better than MIBII at least.

  17. I saw none of the movies on the author’s list. . .either because I simply wasn’t interested, or I somehow never got around to them. And now I take comfort in knowing that I apparently missed nothing.

  18. “There’s a reason this flick sat on the shelf for three years before finally being dumped into theaters.”

    Here’s what I don’t get: movies are dumped into home video all the time, some even star studded, so why was this one “dumped into theaters”?

  19. I enjoy RIPD, the movie may me want to look up the comics excuse “graphic novels”.

  20. Why was getaway and escape from planet earth on there? I like those movies. There good. Not too bad. I Just don’t understand why they were on there. I liked them.

  21. I am a massive fan of the books of The Mortal Instruments, and I feel the film of City Of Bones did it justice. Lily Collins did an excellent job of portraying Clary Fray, and I was impressed with her acting, for example in the scene where she sees Jace kill the demon, Collins does an outstanding job of showing fear, firstly, and then confusion when her friend Simon can’t see it. As for the rest of the casting, Kevin Zegers, Jenima West and the other actors were all outstanding. I must admit I had my doubts about Jamie Campell-Bower as Jace, he was not the stereotypical handsome arrogant teenager I was expecting, but after watching the film I must say it worked. I loved the lines taken straight from the book “Your mums missing and your hanging around with some wannabe died blonde goth weirdo” “For the record my hairs naturally blonde” “Jesus!” “No just me”, and I feel they worked, not out of place at all. Robert Sheehans acting is another notable mention, perfectly portraying the love struck then heartbroken teen. I am a member of the Mortal Instruments Fandom, which you may not of heard of (basically a group of fans discuss the books and post fanart and write fanfiction) and I must say I haven’t met anyone, who has read the book, that dislikes the film. One problem I did have was the lack of female werewolves, which will be key, as a new main character “Maia” is introduced in the second book, a female werewolf. However I am confident that this will be fixed in the second film, and I can only hope that it’s as good as the first,

    • I’m also a huge fan of the books but I really didn’t enjoy the movie as much as I had hoped too. They ruined it by giving away the biggest plot twist. Actors were great but seriously the movie could have been WAY better. I’d like for there to be another movie but not if it’s going to be as poorly done as the first one.

  22. A. whole. lotta. hate.
    The opinion of a few do not reflect all.

  23. The only reason The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones had a ” Limited payoff and unresolved plot threads didn’t help – as the movie fails to present a complete story (even if it is only the first installment in a larger series).”, is because the whole point is that the plot threads aren’t resolved until later books and therefore would be pointless (and would also defeat the point of making the later books into movies).

  24. Actually liked R.I.P.D, wasn’t 10/10 but it was enjoyable enough, liked Bridges hamming it up.

  25. I totally disagree with Mortal Instruments being on here. I absolutely loved it. the only reason it didn’t go great at the box office is because it was so different than the book. I watched the movie first then read the book and actually think the movie is better albeit different. If you don’t like the genre I get it but it’s one of my favorites. Jamie Campbell Bower was awesome as Jace.

  26. The legend of Hercules….YAWN. Could have been great but unfortunatly it was way to slow and not enough action for a movie like that

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