Lisa Schwarzbaum's 5 least favorite films of 2011by Happy_Evil_Dude | created - 23 Dec 2011 | updated - 23 Dec 2011 | Public
Here are the worst films of 2011 according to Entertainment Weekly film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum, with comments. To check out the films she liked the most click here.
Here are some more 2011 lists:
Notable movie tops:
Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun Times critic) Owen Gleiberman (Entertainment Weekly critic) favorite & most hated Jordan Hoffman (filmmaker) Drew McWeeny (HitFix critic) John Waters (filmmaker)
And more 2011 tops:
Best TV shows Most overlooked movies Sexiest Female Celebrities (according to French males)
For my personal overview of the year, see here.
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1. I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)
PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Romance
A comedy centered on the life of Kate Reddy, a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids.
Votes: 17,589 | Gross: $9.66M
Stay-at-home mothers get mocked in this bogus chick-flick, which is crappy. Men—particularly male co-workers—get dismissed as oblivious and insensitive, which is a cheap shot. And fortysomething working mothers trying to juggle home and workplace get Sarah Jessica Parker as their coy mascot, dithering girlishly like Sex and the City’s perpetually thirtysomething Carrie Bradshaw, complete with voice-over soliloquies in front of a laptop computer. Which is a deal breaker.
2. Sucker Punch (2011)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Fantasy
A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather, retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, envisioning a plan to help her escape.
Votes: 209,329 | Gross: $36.39M
This is what happens when videogame aesthetics infect moviemaking like a virus: We get a repellent action-fantasy that glories in dull, pounding, monotonous violence; screeching music; fetishistic, soulless visuals; and oppressed, psycho-slut female characters who have been ''empowered'' to avenge their sexual degradation by fighting in their underwear. We suckers have been punched. Game over.
3. Jack and Jill (I) (2011)
PG | 91 min | Comedy
Family guy Jack Sadelstein prepares for the annual event he dreads: the Thanksgiving visit of his twin sister, the needy and passive-aggressive Jill, who then refuses to leave.
Votes: 65,656 | Gross: $74.16M
You say it's not fair to pick on Adam Sandler for this one awful comedy about obnoxious adult twins when Sandler is merely doing the kind of broad shtick he does so often in Sandler movies? You're right: I also want to pick on the awful 2011 Adam Sandler comedy Just Go With It.
4. Larry Crowne (2011)
PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.
Votes: 54,181 | Gross: $35.61M
Sometimes niceness is a slippery slope to worst-list-worthy phoniness. Exhibit A, 2011 edition: this fake- cute, fake-inspirational, truly out-of-touch comedy about real, unfunny middle-aged unemployment, with a fake-adorable subplot about second-chance romance between fake-average folks, played with unseemly ingratiation by un-average Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.
PG-13 | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
The Quileutes close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses a threat to the Wolf Pack and the towns people of Forks.
Votes: 194,671 | Gross: $281.29M
That does it. I am so over Bella Swan, especially with Kristen Stewart drooping through the role—the dullest girl ever to be loved by a vampire. (She looks pained on an average day; here, during marriage, honeymoon, and the world’s most hideous birth experience, she looks tortured.) And while I'm at it, I'm over this credulous, dutifully reverent, drawn-out movie adaptation of such an insipid fantasy. I said it before and I'll say it again: You who love The Twilight Saga deserve a much better saga to love!