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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

Cloud Atlas

Jay Maidment

3

‘Cloud Atlas’

This is the biggest disappointment that I had this year, and I saw it twice. David Mitchell's 2004 novel is an uphill battle incarnate. And nobody makes it to the top. Like Mitchell's book, the laudable attempt by Matrix directors Andy and Lana Wachowski and their Run Lola Run buddy Tom Tykwer is to show we're all connected. But audiences may only unite in their confusion.

Twilight – Breaking Dawn Pt 2

Andrew Cooper

2

‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’

Five movies were squeezed out of four Stephenie Meyer Twilight books. All of them redefining cinematic tedium for a new century. And now, It's Over! It's Over! The final chapter of Twilight could have been Number One on this list – it's almost completely bad. There was a lot said about Breaking Dawn Part 2 being the best of the Twilight movies. That's like saying a simple head cold is preferable to swine flu. They'll all make you sick.

Battleship

Universal Pictures

1

‘Battleship’

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.