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Year in Review: The 12 Worst Films of 2012

One for the Money

One for the Money

Remember when Katherine Heigl was a hot property? Remember when most of the movie-going audience actually liked her? Well, her tenure as a headliner came to a close this year with the painfully trite paint-by-numbers crime rom com One for the Money. Based on Janet Evanovich’s best-selling book about a smart-talking female bounty hunter, it was a film adaptation that the fans, critics, and audiences rejected en masse. Sure, Tyler Perry may have been a turrible choice for this year’s Alex Cross, but Heigl’s arrogant delivery and community-theater-level New Jersey accent gave us a special kind of awfulness. -Kevin Carr

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Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

For a project that had decent promise (a popular stage production about rock n’ roll’s hairiest and most cosmetic era starring a self-deprecating Tom Cruise directed by the guy who did a swell job with the Hairspray remake) the final product was incredibly bland, unfun, and at least 6 songs too long. It’s very Non-Jovi. Tom Cruise’s role was not a role for Tom Cruise and everyone else does little more than perform bad to mediocre renditions of cherished hair band classics. I can’t even imagine a retired WWE wrestler approving of this movie. -Adam Charles

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Rarely does a movie come along that fails on every level as thoroughly and profoundly as The Odd Life of Timothy Green does. The characters Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner play are too uptight and geeky to be likable, their plight of raising a little plant boy who sprouted from their garden is too strange to be relatable, and all of the tear-jerking sentimentality that the movie goes for is too clumsily written to feel like anything other than pathetic attempts at manipulation. Too silly for adults, too depressing for children…who exactly was this ridiculous movie supposed to be for again? -Nathan Adams 

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