Best Movies of 2012 In Order from Best to Worstby butterflywars | created - 09 May 2012 | updated - 09 Feb 2013 | Public
In order from best to worst with updates with each movie I see with every movie I've seen so far in 2012 included.
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1. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
R | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror
5 friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
Votes: 310,343 | Gross: $42.07M
4/13/2012 release. This movie had it all, comedy, gore, scare tactics and most importantly, an original story that kept you on the edge of your seat throughout its duration. (9.5/10)
2. The Avengers (2012)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.
Votes: 1,081,208 | Gross: $623.36M
This might be the best superhero movie ever. Better than TDKR and Spider-Man. (9.5/10)
3. Hick (2011)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama
A Nebraska teen gets more than she bargained for when she sets out for the bright lights of Las Vegas.
5/11/2012 release. I don't understand all the negative reviews. The acting from all involved was Oscar worthy especially by Chloë Grace Moretz and Eddie Redmayne. (9.25/10)
4. Contraband (2012)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.
Votes: 107,116 | Gross: $66.53M
Funny how Giovanni Ribisi was the dumb ass kid who screwed up in Gone in 60 Seconds and now he's punishing a new dumb ass kid in Contraband. Great Fun (9/10)
5. 21 Jump Street (2012)
R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.
Votes: 448,763 | Gross: $138.45M
Early favorite for comedy of the year. (9/10)
6. Battleship (2012)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.
Votes: 215,753 | Gross: $65.42M
Tons of fun which had me entertained for the duration of the movie. It's basically 'The Avengers' without the superheros. (8.5/10)
7. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
PG | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Sean Anderson partners with his mom's husband on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island.
Votes: 75,331 | Gross: $103.86M
Great family fun. (8/10)
8. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.
Votes: 1,277,463 | Gross: $448.14M
I enjoyed the movie even though some scenes and events were absolutely ludicrous, especially the final 10 minutes. Could only make out approx half of what Bane said. (7.5/10)
9. Underworld Awakening (2012)
R | 88 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrior Selene leads the battle against humankind.
Votes: 131,588 | Gross: $62.32M
Kate Beckensale is hotter than ever. Might be the best Underworld to date. (7.5/10)
10. Seeking Justice (2011)
R | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score. Then he discovers they want a 'favor' from him in return.
Votes: 41,246 | Gross: $0.04M
3/26/2012 release. Nic Cage may finally be back after all the s*** movies he's been giving us lately. (7.5/10)
11. Men in Black 3 (2012)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.
Votes: 287,127 | Gross: $179.02M
Josh Brolin was the star of this movie with his portrayal of Agent K. I find time-travel movies to be lame but this one is better than most and it has a terrific ending. I just didn't laugh enough. (7/10)
12. Rampart (2011)
R | 108 min | Crime, Drama
Set in 1999 Los Angeles, veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, works to take care of his family, and struggles for his own survival.
Votes: 21,110 | Gross: $0.97M
2/12/2012 release. Unnecessary scenes and abrupt ending hamper 'Rampart' from receiving a perfect score. (7/10)
13. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death.
Votes: 491,911 | Gross: $262.03M
I expected much more from this movie but it was still good. (7/10)
14. Iron Sky (2012)
R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
The Nazis set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon in 1945 where they hide out and plan to return to power in 2018.
Surprise of the year so far for me. If you hate jokes about America or are a Neo Nazi give this one a miss. Otherwise, it's enjoyable and entertaining throughout it's duration. (7/10)
15. The Aggression Scale (2012)
R | 85 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Four heavily armed hitmen and two unusual teenagers go to war over $500,000 of stolen cash.
Home Alone meets Friday the 13th. (7/10)
16. Man on a Ledge (2012)
PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion.
Votes: 132,167 | Gross: $18.62M
Look past some plot holes to get some great entertainment. (6.5/10)
17. The Hunger Games (2012)
PG-13 | 142 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.
Votes: 757,851 | Gross: $408.01M
My teenage niece liked it a lot more than I did. Once the actual 'hunger games' started, the movie started to unravel. (6/10)
18. Chronicle (2012)
PG-13 | 84 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.
Votes: 219,037 | Gross: $64.58M
Surprisingly good because of great acting with no-name newcomers and a low budget. (6/10)
19. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.
Votes: 246,280 | Gross: $155.33M
Kristen Stewart is a terrible actress and was miscast horribly here. Still watchable but could have been much better. (5/10)
20. That's My Boy (2012)
R | 116 min | Comedy
While in his teens, Donny fathered a son, Todd, and raised him as a single parent up until Todd's eighteenth birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd's world comes crashing down when Donny resurfaces just before Todd's wedding.
Votes: 77,148 | Gross: $36.93M
If you liked Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 40 Year Old Virgin and other similar comedies, you'll like this. It's just not as good as those movies but enjoyable nonetheless. (5/10)
21. TalhotBlond (2012 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 87 min | Drama
Thomas Montgomery, a married father of two young daughters, gets seduced by the world of online gambling and chat rooms where a virtual romance and sexual obsession ultimately leads to the murder of an innocent man.
If you're a constant on-line chatter with random people, watch this. Courtney Cox did a great job directing as well. (5/10)
22. Piranha 3DD (2012)
R | 83 min | Comedy, Horror
After the events at Lake Victoria, the pre-historic school of blood-thirsty piranhas make their way into a newly opened waterpark.
Votes: 34,552 | Gross: $0.38M
Miles better than its predecessor but that was one of the worst movies ever. It was decent with some funny lines. (5/10)
23. Gone (I) (2012)
PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A woman is convinced her kidnapper has returned when her sister goes missing.
Votes: 37,174 | Gross: $11.65M
'Taken' is far superior and without Seyfried, this would have been straight to DVD because of it's boring plot and anti-climax. (5/10)
24. The Vow (2012)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Romance
A car accident puts Paige in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo works to win her heart again.
Votes: 162,459 | Gross: $125.01M
This 'chick flick' was actually watchable but the cliche ending was a letdown. (5/10)
25. Lockout (2012)
PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.
Votes: 86,415 | Gross: $14.33M
Original idea spoiled by incoherent plot and a main character you wanted to fail. (4.5/10)
26. Project X (2012)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama
3 high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads.
Votes: 168,989 | Gross: $54.73M
I was at a party like this once but the house never burned down. (4.5/10)
27. Soldiers of Fortune (2012)
R | 94 min | Action, Thriller
Wealthy thrill-seekers pay huge premiums to have themselves inserted into military adventures, only this time things don't go exactly to plan.
Votes: 6,536 | Gross: $0.04M
Cool idea ruined by terrible graphics, miscast actors, (especially Christian Slater) and horrendous dialog. The opening scene will tell you all you need to know about this movie. (4/10).
28. The Trouble with Bliss (2011)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
A guy in his mid-thirties watches as his life comically unravels after he enters into a relationship with the daughter of a former high school classmate.
Votes: 2,190 | Gross: $0.01M
3/21/2012 release. It's more drama than comedy and it has no real climax. (4/10)
29. Rock of Ages (2012)
PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.
Votes: 66,262 | Gross: $38.52M
Without Tom Cruise, this gets a 0. (4/10)
30. American Reunion (2012)
R | 113 min | Comedy
Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion.
Votes: 183,009 | Gross: $57.01M
It's a cash grab that worked since it made almost 100 mil profit. Hopefully we're all done watching these crappy American Pie movies now. (3.5/10)
31. Bad Ass (2012)
R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A Vietnam veteran who becomes a local hero after saving a man from attackers on a city bus decides to take action when his best friend is murdered and the police show little interest in solving the crime.
Was good through the first half but then faded into unbelievable and just plain stupid as it fluttered to its end. (3/10)
32. Extraterrestre (2011)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Everyone knows what to do if one morning the sky would be absolutely full of UFOs: run as fast as you can. However, what would happen if the invasion started while you are in the flat of the girl of your dreams, the one you have just met?
March 12' release. Boring, bland, and predictable. (3/10)
33. The Dictator (2012)
R | 83 min | Comedy
The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.
Votes: 233,496 | Gross: $59.65M
Jokes that would make Adolf Hitler cringe make me vomit in my mouth as I look for a puke bag. (3/10)
34. Mirror Mirror (I) (2012)
PG | 106 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.
Votes: 75,681 | Gross: $64.94M
Way to corny for my liking. Lily Collins is the only bright spot for this movie. The only laugh I got was the ridiculous Bollywood song at the end. (3/10)
35. Friends with Kids (2011)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships.
Votes: 38,057 | Gross: $7.25M
March 2012 release. I'm really starting to get sick of these marriage makes you miserable movies with the added fact that this was unfunny and a total waste of a good cast. (3/10)
36. Safe House (2012)
R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.
Votes: 180,002 | Gross: $126.37M
Preposterous plot, a camera being held by Michael J. Fox, and terrible acting from Ryan Reynolds makes this one hell of a bad movie. (3/10)
37. The Woman in Black (2012)
PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.
Votes: 156,257 | Gross: $54.33M
Radcliffe was miscast as an unbelievable lawyer struggling with the loss of his wife with a son. He must have had the child when he was 12 years old. (3/10)
38. The Grey (2011)
R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.
Votes: 217,430 | Gross: $51.58M
Jan 21, 2012 release. Liam Neeson was as great as usual but the ridiculous plot, lack of action, and sub-par acting from the rest of the crew make this one of the years worst but Neeson's acting is superb.. (2.5/10)
39. Arachnoquake (2012 TV Movie)
86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
An earthquake triggers a brood of giant fire-breathing spiders to attack the city of New Orleans.
Why did I watch this knowing it would suck? (2/10)
40. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller
As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.
Votes: 96,314 | Gross: $51.77M
Feb 19th, 2012 release. WTF happened here? I knew this would be a bad movie but I didn't think it would be as bad as it was. I've had more fun getting punched in the face. (2/10)
41. Ted (2012)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy
John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori.
Votes: 510,184 | Gross: $218.82M
Jokes about crippling diseases make me sick, especially regarding ALS. This movie is offensive and unfunny. (2/10)
42. Haywire (2011)
R | 93 min | Action, Thriller
A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.
Votes: 76,107 | Gross: $18.94M
Released on Jan, 20th 2012. Good fight scenes but horrible storyline with a movie soundtrack so repulsive I wanted to pierce my eardrums with scissors so the pain in my head would stop. The ending is a WTF moment as well. (2/10)
43. ATM (I) (2012)
R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller
On a late night visit to an ATM, three co-workers end up in a desperate fight for their lives when they become trapped by an unknown man.
Votes: 20,454 | Gross: $0.00M
Terrible acting and dialog with some of the stupidest characters I've seen in recent memory make 'ATM' almost unwatchable. The only saving grace is the sexy Alice Eve. (1/10)
44. Chernobyl Diaries (2012)
R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone.
Votes: 56,303 | Gross: $18.12M
Pure torture...to sit through entirely. (1/10)
45. 1313: Frankenqueen (2012 Video)
Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
A group of five young men agree to act as "test subjects" for plastic surgeon Victoria Franks. But their getaway at Victoria's lavish Malibu mansion turns deadly, as their mad scientist hostess implements a nefarious and homicidal agenda.
An abomination that should never have been made. (0/10)
46. The Devil Inside (2012)
R | 83 min | Horror
In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.
Votes: 32,151 | Gross: $53.26M
A movie is really gotta suck hard to get put lower than this turd. One of the all-time worst movies. It should have been called 'The Suffering' since that's what the entire audience was enduring throughout the duration of this tripe. (0/10)
47. The Three Stooges (2012)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Family
While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry and Curly inadvertently stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality television show.
Votes: 27,112 | Gross: $44.34M
Wow, I thought 'The Devil Inside' was the safe pick for worst movie but I was wrong. This was painful to watch and I couldn't even finish watching the whole thing, the first two acts were painful enough. Just say Mo, more like just say no. (0/10)