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Worst movies from the last decade, according to critics

  • Worst movies from the last decade, according to critics

    Some film critics aren’t content if they’re not roasting a perfectly good movie, finding faults where none exist, and extinguishing someone else’s artistic flame. Sometimes, however, movies seem to go out of their way to earn critical scorn. Art is subjective, but only to a degree. Some movies are so disjointed, so clumsy, so impossibly bad, that it’s hard to imagine that a reasonable person who isn’t related to a cast member could possibly make an argument in their favor.

    To help readers avoid sacrificing two hours of their lives to a regrettable cinematic endeavor, Stacker developed a list of the 100 movies that earned the poorest reviews from movie-review site Metacritic over the past 10 years. To make the list, the film had to be released in U.S. theaters or on streaming services between Jan. 1, 2010, and today. Only films with at least four reviews from critics writing for significant publications were considered. Films are ranked by their 1 to 100 Metascores, with 1 being the worst. IMDb user ratings were used to break initial ties—they run on a scale from 1 to 10—and secondary ties were broken by Letterboxd user ratings.

    In some cases, movies suffer from a simple lack of talent, maybe because of a low budget or difficult subject matter—but that’s not always the case. In fact, more than a few movies on this list have casts that include veteran Hollywood stars who came into the films as A-list leading men and women in their primes. Other times, audiences and critics felt robbed by a movie whose creators seemed to take them for granted and cheat them of substance in favor of thin plotlines or cheap thrills. In other cases, filmgoers left the theater feeling downright confused about what they actually had just viewed.

    The 2010s delivered a long line of commercial and critical successes that thrilled audiences and made stars—none of which are on this list. Here’s a look at the most regrettable, most forgettable movies of the past decade. Stream at your own risk.

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  • #100. A Love Affair of Sorts (2011)

    - Director: David Guy Levy
    - Metascore: 22
    - IMDb user rating: 5.0
    - Runtime: 91 min

    “‘A Love Affair of Sorts’ answers the question of whether you can make a feature film with a Flip camera and leaves open the question of whether you can make a good one,” according to Roger Ebert. Long at 91 minutes, many critics panned the drama as an exercise in narcissistic naval-gazing based on meandering relationships—all filmed in a frustrating shaky-cam style.

  • #99. The Moment (2013)

    - Director: Jane Weinstock
    - Metascore: 22
    - IMDb user rating: 4.9
    - Runtime: 90 min

    Many reviews, including one in Variety, commend Jennifer Jason Leigh for her effort in “The Moment,” but even the capable Hollywood veteran couldn’t carry this clumsy attempt at a psychological thriller. A common theme among critics is the sheer amount of work required to keep up with the muddled, disjointed, and convoluted plot.

  • #98. The Cold Light of Day (2012)

    - Director: Mabrouk El Mechri
    - Metascore: 22
    - IMDb user rating: 4.9
    - Runtime: 93 min

    The massive star power of Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver wasn’t put to good use in “The Cold Day of Light.” While director Mabrouk El Mechri seems to have been going for a Bourne-esque multinational espionage thriller, critics derided its frenetic pace used to conceal a lack of substance.

  • #97. Dark House (2014)

    - Director: Victor Salva
    - Metascore: 22
    - IMDb user rating: 4.7
    - Runtime: 102 min

    “Dark House” cobbles together scattered horror tropes into the same house-with-a-dark-past supernatural thriller that audiences had already seen countless times. Critics enshrined “Dark Horse” as among the worst movies of the decade for its easy scares and unimaginative narrative.

  • #96. Passion Play (2011)

    - Director: Mitch Glazer
    - Metascore: 22
    - IMDb user rating: 4.6
    - Runtime: 94 min

    It’s hard to imagine that a movie with Bill Murray, Mickey Rourke, and “Megan Fox stripped down to her tattoos,” to quote a New York Post critic, could possibly be bad, but “Passion Play” found a way. An underworld fairy tale gone awry, critics expected better from a veteran screenwriter like Mitch Glazer.

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  • #95. Max Steel (2016)

    - Director: Stewart Hendler
    - Metascore: 22
    - IMDb user rating: 4.6
    - Runtime: 92 min

    Stars Andy Garcia and Maria Bello surely knew they were overqualified for “Max Steel,” a boy-meets-alien movie based on a toy. Critics panned it for a lack of positive messaging that’s common to the genre and several whiffs on weak attempts at humor. All in all, it’s little more than stilted 1990s nostalgia.

  • #94. $upercapitalist (2012)

    - Director: Simon Yin
    - Metascore: 22
    - IMDb user rating: 4.6
    - Runtime: 102 min

    “$upercapitalist” attempts to chronicle the fast-paced, high-stakes world of international finance, but misses the mark despite good intentions. Critics panned it as a collection of frat-bro Wall Street clichés that have been seen before in countless corporate-excess cautionary tales.

  • #93. Brother's Justice (2010)

    - Directors: David Palmer, Dax Shepard
    - Metascore: 22
    - IMDb user rating: 4.5
    - Runtime: 80 min

    Falling short of an hour and 20 minutes and void of any recognizable, name-brand talent, “Brother’s Justice” is a dramedy that oozes ultra-low-budget incompetence. Critics called it out as a stumbling mockumentary that comes up short of genuine satire.

  • #92. Beneath the Darkness (2012)

    - Director: Martin Guigui
    - Metascore: 22
    - IMDb user rating: 4.5
    - Runtime: 96 min

    Of “Beneath the Darkness,” Rex Reed quipped, “You anticipate every scene before it happens and figure out every secret before it’s revealed.” Other critics were equally unkind. Reminiscent of a late-night cable TV horror movie, the film delivers little more than predictable jolts set in a contrived Texas backdrop—and that’s no place for a talent like Dennis Quaid to spend his time.

  • #91. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011)

    - Director: John Whitesell
    - Metascore: 22
    - IMDb user rating: 4.4
    - Runtime: 107 min

    By the time it limped into the third installment, the “Big Momma” franchise had long run out of steam, out of jokes, and out of excuses. The Martin Lawrence fat-suit crossdressing theme had already been so exhausted by the time this threequel hit theaters that it makes the original—which barely kept its head above water based on Lawrence’s talent alone—feel like a blockbuster comedy.

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