Invasion of the Year-End Lists: The Worst Movies and the Most Overpaid Actors of 2012

Invasion of the Year-End Lists: The Worst Movies and the Most Overpaid Actors of 2012

Dec 05, 2012


The end of the year is a time for lists, more lists and endless lists. Movie critics, press and geeks across the globe are counting down the best and worst films their eyeballs were privy to. Although we'd like to think of ourselves as the opposite of the elitist movie snob stereotype, some lists do matter more than others. Sorry. Cahiers Du Cinema kicked off the listocalypse recently and gave Leos Carax's wonderfully weird Holy Motors top spot, which wasn't a shocker, but made us thrilled nonetheless. Now Time has dished up its survey of the worst films, and some of you may not be happy with those in the bottom spots. 
Praise was heaped upon the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's Cloud Atlas, but Time's Mary Pols disagreed strongly and gave it a number one ranking for the worst movie of 2012. "Cloud Atlas is so much like the bong-fueled conversations I had in college that I almost ordered a Domino’s pizza afterward," Pols stated. "The problem is there’s no emotional hook in this bloated fantasia of special effects and makeup wizardry… " John Carter didn't pass the test either and ranked at number two, while Roger Michell's Hyde Park on Hudson starring Bill Murray as President FDR came in at number three. Many of the picks are no surprise — like the soulless, animated Lorax and comedic monstrosity What to Expect When You're Expecting. See the full top 10 at Time.
In other list-centric news, Forbes has its roundup of Hollywood's most overpaid actors. Again, it's no shocker to see the disgruntled Eddie Murphy topping things off. He hasn't had a great run since the 1980s. "Forbes estimates that for every dollar Murphy was paid for his last three films, he returned $2.30 at the box office." Ouch. Looks like Murphy's vocal contributions to films Shrek and Mulan just isn't paying off. Katherine Heigl followed Murphy on the list (One for the Money earned $37 million on a $40 million budget), and there are even a few Oscar winners like Sandra Bullock (All About Steve and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close didn't win her any dollars) populating the names. Head to Forbes to check out the rest, and weigh in with your opinions below.

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