The 10 Worst Films Of 2012

Earlier this week, I published my countdown of the Top 10 Films of 2012. As I said then, this has been a really great year for film, filled top to bottom with creative and memorable cinematic efforts. But that does not mean there weren’t plenty of stinkers in the mix as well, and I am sad to say I saw many if not most of them. Like its Top 10 counterpart, this Worst 10 Films of 2012 list was made from a competitive field; I hated more than enough movies this year to make a thoroughly bitter and resentful retrospective on the year in crap, one without room to spare for perennial Worst 10 favorites like Twilight.

Keep in mind, as always, that these choices reflect only my tastes and opinions. I say that in the hopes that it will prevent at least a few of the pieces of hate mail I expect to receive for my number 5 choice.

In any case, the countdown to the worst of the worst begins on the next page, and clicking on the title of each movie will take you to my original review (or pertinent feature article) of the film. Several links will take you away from We Got This Covered to my personal blog, where my work was published before I joined the staff of this website.

Enjoy, and here’s hoping there is less garbage to suffer through in 2013.

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  1. Alex Lowesays:

    The Letter would have to be tops on my list. It wasn’t only the worst film I saw this year, but maybe the worst I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t believe it was supposed to be a mystery & suspense movie, considering there was nothing remotely suspenseful about it. I’m a big James Franco fan, but that was the first movie in a long time that I almost couldn’t finish.

  2. Chadsays:

    I second The Lorax. What a bland movie.

    The only other one I’ve seen is Prometheus, which is actually the last film I saw in theatres. I enjoyed it, so I wouldn’t put it on a worst of list myself. To each their own, though.

    I’m slightly interested in House at the End of the Street, but it’s only something I’d watch for free on TMN at 2am in the morning.

  3. Is there still a link to the podcasts on this site? I see the links to the prometheus podcasts but are there still links to the other shows? 🙂

    1. Mattsays:

      Should be up on the menu now

  4. The Perfect Punsays:

    jesus, grow a pair and get off your high horse
    Let’s imagine a hypothetic scenario, the theme of the the movie is meant to be exactly what your complaining about.

    Acting something out that you’re complaining about as an act of criticism. Well gee that sounds an awful lot like sarcasm. Well shit.

  5. Aoisays:

    Looper’s overated. Almost an hour of boring cliche story about a single mom a n a hole boy in a farm setting going nowhere.

    1. Let’s not call it overrated it’s better than most scifi lol there’s a difference between something being overrated and just not liking it or it being not for you

      1. Pintosays:

        Unfortunately better than most scifi doesn’t mean much considering the quality of most scifis…

      2. Pintosays:

        Unfortunately better than most scifi doesn’t mean much considering the quality of most scifis…

      3. Pintosays:

        Unfortunately better than most scifi doesn’t mean much considering the quality of most scifis…

      4. Well you’re talking about American cinema there is excellent foreign scifi but regardless of comparisons to other movies, it’s pretty damn good, and at the worst it’s solid. I appreciate the fact that the sci fi takes a back seat to the characters

  6. Was I the only one who thought Continental Drift was awesome? But in all seriousness, I knew The Watch was going to be unspeakably awful, and I second your opinion.

  7. although i agree with most of your selections ,i dont think prometheus belongs here.

  8. austinsays:

    I have only seen Prometheus on this list and I agree that it Definitely belongs here, it’s one of the worst science fiction movies I have ever seen. I had high hopes before watching it and after I did I was pretty pissed…

  9. Samsays:

    Lola Versus was so terrible. After seeing the trailer, I was so excited to see it! Then it sucked.

  10. Is that your job, seriously?says:

    Ok so out of all the crap movies with budgets of less then £100000 he has chosen these. Are you sure these are the worst movies, or are they the most disappointing to you. You sound like a you should get of your high horse, stop being such a dick.

  11. No way does Prometheus belong on this list. I thought it was pretty good. It actually has a fairly high rating of 72% positive reviews on rotten tomatoes.

    1. Most of those people haven’t watched it twice. Just a guess. Gets much, much, much worse the more you watch it.

  12. #1 should be The Devil Inside.

  13. Joshsays:

    Jesus Christ, man. Get off your damn high horse. This shouldn’t be ‘The 10 Worst Films of 2012’. It should be ‘My 10 Least Favorite Films of 2012.’

    Some of these movies were good. The Watch was one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a while. It wasn’t the fact that you put the movies on your list, it was that you spoke so poorly about them.

    “Even now, months after seeing the film, I so detest this wretched, callous act of unrepentant commercialism that when thoughts of things I love – like friends, or family, or pleasant midday strolls, or small adorable kittens – cross paths with memories of The Watch, those happy thoughts are deeply tainted, perhaps forever, stained with the aching remnants of darkness this so-called ‘comedy’ has wrought upon my now-fractured psyche.”

    You gotta be kidding me…
    I’d like to see you make a movie, and then say that ANY of these movies belong on this list.

    1. Seriously an opinion piece needs to highlight it’s an opinion piece?

  14. someone with tastesays:

    Prometheus, the lorax, the watch, my boy, all excellent fucking movies, you’re a fucking dickhead with no sense to speak of so why don’t you go back under that rock you’ve been living under and spare the world the drivel that spills out your fucking mouth.

  15. “Prometheus” was, indeed, a horrible film. The movie had poor writing, inept directing and acting that was phoned in (probably from a bar). It was a waste of film.

  16. This list can be replenished

  17. wee nat natsays:

    aww for gods sakes! you cant say a movie is the worst because everyone has their own taste in movies, some like sci-fi while others don’t… some prefer comedy to horror! you get the idea? although i didn’t like the lorax, thats not to say its the worst film… thats because its not my kind of film, kapeesh?! >:(

  18. Chazzsays:

    These are all big budget movies. Tone it down a little and pick some movies that suck and you don’t seem to have personal vendettas against. How about some actual terrible films from 2012, like Stolen? This list sucks,

  19. I thought The Words was not so bad!

  20. Look at all these douchelords getting so mad. Keep going guys, you’re funnier than That’s My Boy.

  21. Prometheus made the list and not Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2? Really?….No, seriously, that baffles me.

  22. gumgum619says:

    yupp I saw house at the end of the street with some of my friends, it sucked soo bad

  23. shannonsays:

    Thats my boy wasn’t the best movie I’ve seen but i thought it was pretty good wouldn’t have been on my list I also liked the lorax I went with my brother and i thought it was a good kids movie but it was nothing like dr. suess which made me a bit upset

  24. Forrest_Bondurantsays:

    Prometheus doesn’t belong here, period.
    You probably already hated it, before you even saw it….

    Too bad Critics like you always seem to think they’re the only ones with the right opinion.

    1. The job of a critic is to share their opinion with the world. That’s the point.

    2. The job of a critic is to share their opinion with the world. That’s the point.

  25. Poopsy Poopingtonsays:

    LOL should have been on here.

  26. Mars Rsays:

    I LOVE that people are so stupid that they demand the author apologize for what he clearly states is an OPINION piece in a big disclaimer description. There is something very very wrong with people who get so violently angry about another person having a differing opinion on a movie. I liked Ice Age but am i red faced and ranting and flinging insults because he thought it was subpar? No. Big movies will make a ridiculous amount of money despite people not loving them and the actors will continue to make millions. One review doesn’t change that. Grow up. Also…thanks for including Prometheus. One of the worst movies ever and made zero sense. I couldnt even finish it.

  27. Of course prometheus should not be here…. It leaves you with the intrigue of what could happen next, and make you imagine if that could be the reality, by the way it has some good effects…

  28. Wow, I’ve seen two of your “lists” now and they both are very short-sighted. Prometheus was a mess and many fans felt let down, but was it completely unforgivable? Not really if you consider how spectacular the production design was. But, apparently, you don’t think about the separate parts of a film offering redeeming qualities to the project. Salmon Fishing was a chore to sit through, but Kristin Scott Thomas brought the movie to life every time she stepped on screen. And, yeah, Lola Versus didn’t have a lot of fans, but Greta Gerwig is still enjoyable to watch. You might want to put down your phone that’s distracting you and actually watch a movie before you judge it.

  29. Dumb Articlesays:

    This is the worst ‘worst of’ list i have ever seen in my life. Hope the writer didnt get any money for this.

    1. After reading it again i think the title of this article should be. Movies I had unrealistic expectations for in 2012.

  30. Maria Paramythatzousays:

    If you love films, you go watch them and you take with you that which you enjoyed. Yes, Prometheus had many scenes that could not possibly be realistic for its genre and most of the aforementioned movies have only been generated for the sake of money making underestimating at multiple points the viewer’s intelligence, but still, most were fun.
    If you are in a bad mood, all movies are bad. It is all a matter of expectation.
    It is time you started watching non-Hollywood productions to open your movie-horizon and be shocked at the vast range of movie-quality out there.
    Just saying 🙂

  31. the mansays:

    are you kidding with me the watch really i saw the movie and i say it`s one of the top ten movies of 2012

  32. the mansays:

    are you kidding with me the watch really i saw the movie and i say it`s one of the top ten movies of 2012

  33. Scoobsays:

    The Watch and That’s My Boy are hilarious movies, these are just your crappy opinions on movies

  34. susielynsays:

    Since I have only heard of one of the movies you speak of, (that being “That’s My Boy) you probably aren’t the only one with these movies on a “crap” list. And since I don’t find anything funny about Adam Sandler, I will have to agree with your list. And since Sandler isn’t seen much anymore, I assume that a lot of people don’t find him funny either.

  35. susielynsays:

    Since I have only heard of one of the movies you speak of, (that being “That’s My Boy) you probably aren’t the only one with these movies on a “crap” list. And since I don’t find anything funny about Adam Sandler, I will have to agree with your list. And since Sandler isn’t seen much anymore, I assume that a lot of people don’t find him funny either.

  36. David Fullamsays:

    I would switch one and two, but all top 3 are dead to rights.

  37. FayYaniquesays:

    You are allowed to have an opinion and to express it, but to me it feels like you wrote this article to piss people off and get a lot of comments. Your intention is to get people’s blood boiling. Why else would you write that last paragrahp? It’s a little bit negative… Hey, if that is what get’s you going, who are we to judge right? You have to right to do it, as you would probably point out? The good thing is, hopefully you are starting a conversation about the quality of movies and people come bearing arguments, which is always a good thing..

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