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Worst film of 2012

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Since December 17 we've been counting down our genre favorites for 2012, leading up to our Year in Review issue. Now it's time for the year's worst films, and may God have mercy on their souls.

The Avengers
  • The Avengers
The Avengers In his capsule review for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Jonathan Rosenbaum began by saying, "Not bad for a toy commercial," a pithy but no less apt assertion regarding a film driven by marketing dollars and brand recognition. A little over a decade later, The Avengers represents the pinnacle of commercialized Hollywood. Its lack of imagination is one thing, but I'm left most uneasy by its disconcerting depiction of a nuclear weapon as a force for good. The fact that Joss Whedon directed it seems almost illogical, considering his previous work (Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is often critical of the same things The Avengers promotes, namely the marginalization of females in popular culture and the glorification of militarism. —Drew Hunt

Diane Keaton and friend in Darling Companion
  • Diane Keaton and friend in Darling Companion
Darling Companion This is the sort of movie we're supposed to want more of—a thoughtful, articulate, liberal story of grown-ups working out their problems. But the characters in this feature by Lawrence Kasdan (The Big Chill, Grand Canyon) are so complacent and entitled that I could barely stand their company. Diane Keaton, 40 years into the movies' longest snit, is the wife of successful surgeon Kevin Kline, who commits the unpardonable sin of losing her dog during a walk in the woods; they're at their second home in the Rockies, where they've just married off their daughter, so there are lots of friends around to pair off and talk as they search for the pooch. Their problems don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday they'll understand that. —J.R. Jones

The Lorax Writing about this cynical, condescending, and painfully unfunny computer-animated feature in March, I asked, "Who would have thought that hundreds of nominal adults could misinterpret a book written for grade-school children?" Nine months have passed, and I'm still surprised. Rest in peace, Dr. Seuss; I'm sorry this had to happen. —Ben Sachs

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