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The Worst Movies of 2012

Peter Travers puts the year’s on-screen abominations in the Scum Bucket

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This is the time of year you all long for: the worst, scummiest movies of 2012. But first, some awards: The Hobbit had the worst technical advance with 48 frames per second; Katy Perry: A Part of Me managed to be worse than Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, thanks to horrendous retrofit 3D and Silver Linings Playbook was one of my favorite movies of 2012, but it cast a curse on its actors: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro all had movies go straight into the Scum Bucket. Taylor Kitsch appeared in three bombs (John Carter, Savages and Battleship) and Quentin Tarantino was the worst actor in a great movie – his own Django Unchained. When it comes to single performances, Taylor Lautner's acting in the Twilight finale was bad enough to win him worst male actor for the second year in a row, while Rihanna earned worst female actor for her on-screen debut in Battleship.

By Peter Travers


Universal Pictures



Confession: I'm usually in Peter Berg's corner. Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom and Hancock all show a director with a wild streak Hollywood can't totally tame. But Battleship, based on Hasbro's naval-combat game, shows Berg trying to transform into demon box-office machine Michael Bay. Can you aim lower? Battleship is all noise and crashing metal, sinking to the shallows of Bay's Armageddon and then digging to the brain-extinction level of the Transformers trilogy.