Movie's That Were Only Good In Theory

by wunderdunder | created - 12 Apr 2011 | updated - 12 Apr 2011 | Public

Movies that had potential, but turned out to be disappointments.

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1. The Box (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

47 Metascore

A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a married couple, who know that opening it will grant them a million dollars and kill someone they don't know.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, James Rebhorn

Votes: 82,129 | Gross: $15.05M

The moral lesson was a great topic that sparked interest, but the story wasn't told very well.

2. The Invention of Lying (2009)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

58 Metascore

A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K.

Votes: 102,055 | Gross: $18.44M

The first few times you hear everyone being so honest it's pretty funny, but it gets old after a while.

3. The Happening (2008)

R | 91 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

34 Metascore

A science teacher, his wife, and a young girl struggle to survive a plague that causes those infected to commit suicide.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Ashlyn Sanchez

Votes: 177,764 | Gross: $64.51M

The first 30 minutes really have you going and then when you realize what's REALLY "happening" it loses you.

4. 2012 (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet

Votes: 312,192 | Gross: $166.11M

Who wouldn't love a movie about the end of the world with all of it's landmarks being destroyed done with great special effects? Those more concerned with reality, good acting, and good story telling.

5. Killers (2010)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

21 Metascore

A vacationing woman meets her ideal man, leading to a swift marriage. Back at home, however, their idyllic life is upset when they discover their neighbors could be assassins who have been contracted to kill the couple..

Director: Robert Luketic | Stars: Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Tom Selleck, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 78,666 | Gross: $47.06M

It just tried to hard to be the perfect "date" movie by balancing romance, action, and a "twist" ending, and in doing so failed.

6. American Outlaws (2001)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Western

25 Metascore

When a Midwest town learns that a corrupt railroad baron has captured the deeds to their homesteads without their knowledge, a group of young ranchers join forces to take back what is ... See full summary »

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Colin Farrell, Scott Caan, Ali Larter, Gabriel Macht

Votes: 12,825 | Gross: $13.26M

Any story about the most famous outlaw ever is going to spark interest, but when it's no where close to true that spark is exstinguished pretty quickly.

7. Youth in Revolt (2009)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

While his trailer trash parents teeter on the edge of divorce, Nick Twisp sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she'll be the one to take away his virginity.

Director: Miguel Arteta | Stars: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Ray Liotta, Jean Smart

Votes: 68,772 | Gross: $15.28M

Not a bad movie overall I just personally thought I would get more laughs out of it.

8. Year One (2009)

PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy

34 Metascore

After being banished from their tribe, two hunter-gatherers encounter Biblical characters and eventually wind up in the city of Sodom.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Olivia Wilde, Oliver Platt

Votes: 81,858 | Gross: $43.34M

9. 10,000 BC (2008)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

34 Metascore

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Camilla Belle, Steven Strait, Marco Khan, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 116,241 | Gross: $94.78M

Seemed like a pretty interesting movie about prehistoric times, but failed to tell a good story or come up with a good cast.

10. Bedtime Stories (2008)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

33 Metascore

A hotel handyman's life changes when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Courteney Cox, Guy Pearce

Votes: 78,578 | Gross: $110.10M

Pretty original idea, but the movie just didn't keep me interested and got very boring.

11. Navy Seals (1990)

R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

An elite Navy Seals unit must set out to destroy a shipment of US-built Stinger missiles that have fallen into terrorist hands.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Biehn, Joanne Whalley, Rick Rossovich

Votes: 14,045 | Gross: $25.07M

Any movie about Navy SEALS has the potential to be good, but this one failed.

12. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

33 Metascore

Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor

Votes: 175,443 | Gross: $131.14M

I think a lot of people were interested in seeing a hot female Indiana Jones with guns, however that was pretty much the only thing to keep you interested and it was way overdone at that.

13. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

32 Metascore

An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Votes: 185,742 | Gross: $152.27M

When you play with GI Joes from the time you are little it made you want to come to the theatre to see them come to life, however I made up better stories when I was playing with them.

14. The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

47 Metascore

A Chicago librarian has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston, Michelle Nolden

Votes: 126,399 | Gross: $63.41M

I don't know what it is really, this movie just didn't work for me.

15. The Bounty Hunter (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

22 Metascore

A bounty hunter learns that his next target is his ex-wife, a reporter working on a murder cover-up. Soon after their reunion, the always-at-odds duo find themselves on a run-for-their-lives adventure.

Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Gio Perez, Joel Marsh Garland

Votes: 106,793 | Gross: $67.06M

A guy paid to arrest his wife, doesn't get much funnier than that does it? Well that's about as funny as it gets.

16. Funny People (2009)

R | 146 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship causes him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana

Votes: 106,131 | Gross: $51.86M

When a movie is titled "Funny People" you would expect it to be funny. So much for expectations.

17. The Tourist (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

37 Metascore

Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton

Votes: 195,975 | Gross: $67.63M

See no. 5, not to mention it was very boring.

18. Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy

56 Metascore

When he finds out that his work superiors host a dinner celebrating the idiocy of their guests, a rising executive questions it when he's invited, just as he befriends a man who would be the perfect guest.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Stephanie Szostak, Zach Galifianakis

Votes: 86,662 | Gross: $73.03M

19. A Perfect Getaway (2009)

R | 98 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

Two pairs of lovers on a Hawaiian vacation discover that psychopaths are stalking and murdering tourists on the islands.

Director: David Twohy | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant, Kiele Sanchez

Votes: 61,056 | Gross: $15.48M