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The Top 10 Worst Films of 2011 ... So Far

  • Aug 1, 2011
Alas, not every movie can be a masterpiece, least of all during the first half of a year. Here now are my picks for the worst films released during the first six months of 2011. Note: As was the case with my best of selections, some of my picks will likely wind up on my year-end list.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
It's astounding to me that these movies are still being made. It's even more astounding that they started making them in the first place.

See the full review, "The Latest Entry in Bay's Awful Franchise".
Bad Teacher
It isn't often I come across a character so reprehensible that I actually wish him or her dead. Cameron Diaz plays someone very much like that.

See the full review, "She Deserves an F, and so Do the Filmmakers".
Your Highness
I cannot think of a comedy this year that made less of an effort to be funny. James Franco, usually a reliable actor, gives one of the year's worst performances.

See the full review, "I Will Not Bow to You".
Serbian film
I refuse to be part of a world where pornographic necrophilia and the raping of newborns qualify as "symbolism."

See the full review, "From What Dark, Evil Recesses of the Soul Did This Movie Emerge?".
The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman
One of the most incompetent martial arts films I've ever seen. I'm not sure anyone knew what they were doing when making this one.

See the full review, "A Morass of Martial Arts Madness".
Just Go with It
Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston have made their share of bad movies, but the real kicker is Nicole Kidman, who's usually capable of much better choices.

See the full review, "A Movie as Phony as the Marriage it Depicts".
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
Martin Lawrence once again dons a fat suit and an old lady's dress in a comedy so contrived that's not just unfunny, it's painful.

See the full review, "It's a Drag".
Atlas Shrugged: Part I
A movie made with just about no audience in mind, not even believers of Ayn Rand's original novel. I can't remember the last time a movie has been this unendurably boring.

See the full review, "We'll Probably Never Know Who John Galt Is".
Black Death
Some movies go too far in their efforts to push an agenda on audiences. By espousing hatred and violence on both ends of the religious spectrum, this one does exactly that.

See the full review, "There is a Pestilence Upon This Film".
Burning Palms
An anthology film made up of five separate stories, each so venomous and depressing that it suggests anger and hatred on the part of writer/director Christopher Landon.

See the full review, "Misery in the City of Angels".

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August 05, 2011
No warning need be posted for most of these (save Black Death - I hoped that its cast might elevate it beyond those inherently tired themes), but it's appreciated, nonetheless!

Why Atlas Shrugged in 2011? Never mind that the tedium of Rand's fiction renders it nigh-unreadable; the popularity of Objectivism is hardly at a zenith. Idiomatic fallacies central to that worst variant of classical liberalism have been debunked nearly so soundly as those of its Marxist opposition.

Despite so many admonitory reviews, I'd actually like to see Burning Palms. A dear friend labeled it "Solondz for retards," and between its abysmal cast and preposterous scenarios, I can't imagine that something so bad could possibly be boring.
August 06, 2011
Thanks for the comment. After the financial crisis of 2008, conservative commentators cited Atlas Shrugged as a cautionary tale about a socialistic reaction to an economic downturn. Since then, the book's popularity has surged, especially amongst members of the Tea Party. In all likelihood, that's why it was made at this point in time. As for Burning Palms, you're correct to assume that it isn't boring. Sadly, that doesn't make it any better.
August 05, 2011
Why are the Transformers movies still being made, cause the third one as of now just topped a BILLION with a B, dollars in ticket sales world wide. Now, call that a justicifcation for why they get made OR a sign of the times in what people will pay to see at the cinema, and for what it's worth, 1 I liked Transformers 3, but I wouldn't call it art and 2 that new Twilight movie has yet to come out, so I hope it tops the revised list. I did want to see Bad Teacher, just passed on it and decided to wait for a rental. The only good thing about Your Highness that i've heard is Natalie Portman half naked at the lake, and a movie still will suffice for most. I also completely forgot about Fat Momma 3 so yeah I believe it for being on here.
August 01, 2011
heh. I saw half the movies in this list. :)
August 01, 2011
That you even saw half of them is bad enough.
August 01, 2011
I actually also fell asleep on Bad Teacher so technically I didn't see it LOL!!
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