Lisa Schwarzbaum's 5 least favorite films of 2011

by 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

4.9
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38 Metascore

A comedy centered on the life of Kate Reddy, a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids.

Director: Douglas McGrath | Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, Kelsey Grammer, Greg Kinnear

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

6.1
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33 Metascore

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.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone

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

3.4
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23 Metascore

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.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, Elodie Tougne

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

6.1
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41 Metascore

After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.

Director: Tom Hanks | Stars: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Sarah Mahoney, Roxana Ortega

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.

5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)

PG-13 | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

4.9
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45 Metascore

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.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Gil Birmingham

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!