Best to Worst Films of 2012

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1. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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55 Metascore

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 309,233 | Gross: $27.11M

At first, it seems completely unrelated between an American lawyer from 1849 and a genetically-engineered clone from 2144, but as Cloud Atlas keeps going, its theme keeps growing. With memorable performances from a cast participating in six different stories, Cloud Atlas is 2012's Tree of Life, a grand scale pièce de résistance where it can only touch you if you are visionary and forgiving enough to put everything aside and let its magical narrative and themes take you

2. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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81 Metascore

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 584,587 | Gross: $132.09M

Engaging, touching, and inspiring at the same time, Silver Linings Playbook may just be one of the most ingeniously made movies in recent years. Amazingly performed by Cooper, Lawrence, and de Niro, David O. Russell's modern masterpiece is tender, entertaining, stirring, and most of all, moving

3. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 492,553 | Gross: $124.99M

Demanding of a win on Best Director, Life of Pi is an experience that will sparkle the minds, please the eyes, and touch the hearts. It is an amazing spectacle to behold, that surprisingly can only be truly fulfilled if viewed in 3D

4. Lincoln (2012)

PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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86 Metascore

As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 214,529 | Gross: $182.21M

If you ever wondered what it would have been like to be in Abraham Lincoln's presence, Daniel Day-Lewis has truly brought him to life on the screen. As for Spielberg's part, Lincoln goes back to classic good ol' filmmaking, with skillful art direction, makeup, cinematography, and set pieces, proving that cinematic masterpieces of the people, by the people, for the people, will never perish from the earth

5. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

8.4
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81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,095,750 | Gross: $162.81M

Overwhelming us with brilliant writing, amazing acting, and stylistic filmmaking, you'd think that finishing off Django Unchained with bloody violence is a little forced. Instead, it is one of the most rewarding things ever. To quote Dr. Schultz, "I couldn't resist."

6. Compliance (2012)

R | 90 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.4
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68 Metascore

A normal Friday service at a fast food restaurant becomes interrupted by a police officer who claims an employee stole from a customer, but something more sinister is going on.

Director: Craig Zobel | Stars: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Bill Camp

Votes: 27,007 | Gross: $0.32M

Disturbing beyond belief, and all the dialogue and compelling performances make Compliance an even more shocking yet important film to watch

7. Argo (2012)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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86 Metascore

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Votes: 500,234 | Gross: $136.03M

It might be slowly paced in the middle, but Argo's attention to historical detail, narrative, and tense moments make up nearly all its flaws

8. Flight (I) (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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76 Metascore

An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez, Don Cheadle, John Goodman

Votes: 284,716 | Gross: $93.77M

It begins with a bang in its first act, begins to slowly lose its grip in the mediocre second act, then redeems itself greatly in the third act thanks to a unique and memorable performance by Denzel Washington, along with great performances in the supporting cast

9. The Impossible (2012)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Thriller

7.6
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73 Metascore

The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Oaklee Pendergast

Votes: 163,744 | Gross: $19.02M

Beautifully directed, visually realistic, and very powerfully acted, The Impossible takes one of world history's most tragic disasters and brings it to life on screen

10. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.0
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72 Metascore

5 friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

Director: Drew Goddard | Stars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz

Votes: 310,177 | Gross: $42.07M

This has gotta be one of the weirdest yet most original movies I have seen ever, and I mean that in a fantastic way. The Cabin in the Woods is hilarious yet intense, bloody yet entertaining. It is the hybrid of everything we used to know about horror movies. In a good way, the initial reaction of The Cabin in the Woods boils down to seven words "What the *beep* did I just watch?"

11. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R | 157 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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95 Metascore

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Votes: 234,829 | Gross: $95.72M

Though inferior to her previous The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow manages to bring the greatest manhunt in history onto the big screen. With an exquisitely crafted script, a terrific final act, and a compelling performance by Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty is filmmaking at its grittiest and most brilliant

12. Skyfall (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.8
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81 Metascore

Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench

Votes: 562,960 | Gross: $304.36M

It's fast-paced. It's sexy. It's loaded with beautiful use of locations and camerawork. It's driven by emotion for the characters, making it far more compelling to follow, as the film takes a turn that will blow away minds. Skyfall is the greatest gift Bond fans will ever ask for

13. The Avengers (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.1
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69 Metascore

Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner

Votes: 1,080,844 | Gross: $623.36M

The greatest achievement Marvel Studios has ever made. The script never let down its heroes from beginning to end, the visual effects are spectacular, the fight scenes are compelling, and the overall tone humorous and entertaining. Truly, The Avengers deserves every bit of the hype it has received ever since the implication of its release 4 years ago

14. End of Watch (2012)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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68 Metascore

Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera

Votes: 199,870 | Gross: $41.00M

With another admirable performance by Jake Gyllenhaal and an overwhelming performance by Pena, End of Watch grabs hold of you, takes you to comedic moments, intense peaks, emotional spans, and never lets go

15. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

PG | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.7
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72 Metascore

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

Director: Rich Moore | Stars: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 304,077 | Gross: $189.42M

Just like the inventiveness of Monsters Inc., Wreck-it Ralph creates a nostalgic and clever universe through videogames, while providing a story that is surely solid enough to touch hearts. Wreck-it Ralph is colorful, stylistically animated, and one of the most fun I've had in an animated film

16. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

8.4
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78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,276,807 | Gross: $448.14M

Without thinking, The Dark Knight Rises is inferior to its predecessor, but as a movie itself, it still strives with great direction, acting, political agenda, and a cinematic scale of being grand and intriguing as the conclusion to the Batman trilogy

17. The Grey (2011)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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64 Metascore

After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts

Votes: 217,325 | Gross: $51.58M

Thrilling from beginning to end, The Grey is backed up with great performances, good editing, and a philosophical touch

18. Looper (2012)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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84 Metascore

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano

Votes: 469,504 | Gross: $66.49M

Very original, well-paced, and mind-boggling, Looper is the sharpest of its kind, a terrific time-traveling sci-fi

19. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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84 Metascore

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

Votes: 266,798 | Gross: $45.51M

Weird and mischievous but innocent and sincere, Moonrise Kingdom flourishes with rhythm, crafty cinematography, and storytelling

20. The Hunger Games (2012)

PG-13 | 142 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.2
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68 Metascore

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 757,620 | Gross: $408.01M

A heart-stopping film that bears superb performances and masterful directing. Hunger Games strives with visionary galore and filmmaking precision

21. 21 Jump Street (2012)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.2
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69 Metascore

A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Brie Larson

Votes: 448,562 | Gross: $138.45M

With a great chemistry duo, acting, and cleverness to its humor, 21 Jump Street delivers as an efficient comedy with surprising depth, hilarious and engaging from beginning to end

22. The Raid: Redemption (2011)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.6
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73 Metascore

A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy, Donny Alamsyah

Votes: 163,276 | Gross: $4.11M

So what if the plot is thin and the substance is nonexistent? The Raid features the best action choreography in decades, along with swift direction and fantastic camerawork

23. Chronicle (2012)

PG-13 | 84 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.1
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69 Metascore

Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

Director: Josh Trank | Stars: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly

Votes: 218,976 | Gross: $64.58M

The script is tightly written, the visuals are undeniably impressive, and the acting is phenomenal. Near-perfect, Chronicle is the prime example of a good super-powers movie as well as a good found-footage movie

24. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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67 Metascore

An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Director: Stephen Chbosky | Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd

Votes: 394,131 | Gross: $17.74M

Though it may first seem like a simplistic well-made high school movie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the work of an experienced director, who guides us through adult themes along with terrific acting

25. Seven Psychopaths (2012)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

7.2
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66 Metascore

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken

Votes: 205,003 | Gross: $15.02M

With clever Quentin Tarantino-like dialogue, Seven Psychopaths is the perfect combination in terms of cast, mixing Walken with Harrelson along with showing Farrell under new light, all packed together in one outrageous yet fun roller coaster ride

26. Prometheus (I) (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.0
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65 Metascore

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Votes: 510,632 | Gross: $126.48M

It provided countless questions that we desire to be answered, but never explained any of its mysteries. However, in a way, it makes Prometheus more haunting and compelling than your average sci-fi flick. Add in some terrific acting, set designs, and art direction, and Prometheus stands as another grand science fiction horror

27. Rust and Bone (2012)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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73 Metascore

Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Céline Sallette

Votes: 54,812 | Gross: $2.06M

Though it wanders on and off in its storytelling and does not quite feel complete, Rust and Bone thrives with Cotillard's performance and a few powerful scenes

28. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical

7.6
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63 Metascore

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 266,694 | Gross: $148.81M

The acting is phenomenal, set pieces grand, and cinematography sometimes appealing, but its substance and lack of directing power may detract critics from fully enjoying this piece. For me, Les Miserables is a grand musical-turned film, but it is not my most satisfying cup of tea

29. Sinister (I) (2012)

R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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53 Metascore

Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson

Votes: 181,497 | Gross: $48.09M

It's not scary enough, but it is diabolically creepy, if that makes sense. Sinister provides an engaging storyline, whose narrative rings about the mystery genre more than the horror genre, along with an ending that does not disappoint and a lead performance that does not wear off in time

30. Premium Rush (2012)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.5
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66 Metascore

In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Sean Kennedy

Votes: 101,340 | Gross: $20.28M

Visually stylish, well directed, and very well shot, Premium Rush is formulaic adrenaline entertainment at its very best

31. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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66 Metascore

After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan

Votes: 491,711 | Gross: $262.03M

It may be an old-fashioned superhero film, but the Amazing Spider-Man manages to spin a new web with impressive visuals, skilled directing, and amazing performances from all around

32. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

R | 105 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

5.9
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42 Metascore

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie

Votes: 136,626 | Gross: $37.52M

Visually stylish, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter manages to combine a fictional vampire story with real American history, creating a combination that makes logical sense, as if vampires do exist and our most renowned president is truly a hunter of the undead. Far more entertaining than I expected and surpassed my standards of a film with such a ridiculous title

33. Brave (2012)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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69 Metascore

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell | Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters

Votes: 308,417 | Gross: $237.28M

Although it explores probably the deepest theme out of all Pixar films, Brave is dragged down by a whole army of comic relief just for the children. Entertaining nonetheless, it stands as a well-made animated film

34. Dredd (2012)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

7.1
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59 Metascore

In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Rachel Wood

Votes: 221,357 | Gross: $13.41M

As violent as it is gritty, Dredd is sharp in its execution and simplistic in its storytelling

35. Pitch Perfect (2012)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

7.2
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66 Metascore

Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

Director: Jason Moore | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp

Votes: 237,353 | Gross: $65.00M

With enough catchy remixes and strangely funny characters, Pitch Perfect can loudly entertain even with a predictable plot

36. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.9
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58 Metascore

A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis

Votes: 688,050 | Gross: $303.00M

The visuals, costumes, and art direction are all grand, and cinematically there is nothing wrong with The Hobbit, but An Unexpected Journey feels stretched at times and lacks a majestic power that can truly last three hours

37. Ted (2012)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.0
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62 Metascore

John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori.

Director: Seth MacFarlane | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale

Votes: 509,971 | Gross: $218.82M

It hits and misses on its vulgar jokes, and the elementary/high school chemistry between the pair could have been fleshed out more to make us care, but Ted works as a comedy due to a very funny concept being taken to thoughtful peaks

38. Men in Black 3 (2012)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.8
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58 Metascore

Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement

Votes: 287,017 | Gross: $179.02M

After suffering a messy and unorganized first act, Men in Black III manages to pull itself together and deliver a film better than its predecessor, thanks to more creativity, fine performances by Smith and Brolin, and still a little sense of intelligence

39. Mirror Mirror (I) (2012)

PG | 106 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

5.6
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46 Metascore

An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane

Votes: 75,657 | Gross: $64.94M

It may lack depth as well as creativity, but Mirror Mirror is beautiful to look at, a light-hearted film that is both entertaining and sweet

40. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.1
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47 Metascore

Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teenaged daughter.

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky | Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez

Votes: 184,562 | Gross: $148.31M

It's loud, nonsensical, and all over the place, and yet I'd still recommend Hotel Transylvania for its interesting ideas, thoughtful moments, and surprisingly funny gags flying left and right

41. The Woman in Black (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.4
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62 Metascore

A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds, Emma Shorey

Votes: 156,188 | Gross: $54.33M

Although Daniel Radcliffe pulled off a terrific performance and the piece as a whole is backed up with brilliant sets and cinematography, Woman in Black suffers from a middling irrational plot and using cheap boo moments to scare the audience

42. The Innkeepers (2011)

R | 101 min | Horror

5.5
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64 Metascore

During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.

Director: Ti West | Stars: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, Alison Bartlett

Votes: 29,442 | Gross: $0.08M

The acting is there and the spookiness is there, but The Innkeepers does take a bit too long to build up to its suspenseful moments. That being said, it is still consistent in its mood

43. Total Recall (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

6.3
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43 Metascore

A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale

Votes: 217,199 | Gross: $58.88M

Despite having a series of similar chase scenes and noisy sci-fi action, Total Recall still works on some level with impressive visual effects and set pieces

44. The Bay (II) (2012)

R | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.6
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65 Metascore

Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Kether Donohue, Frank Deal

Votes: 21,925 | Gross: $0.03M

If you're grading The Bay on a curve, it is one of the superior found footage films, where it combines amateur camerawork with Skype calls, texts, emails, and surveillance cameras. However, even when it's disturbing, it does not present any message whatsoever and has no lasting factor

45. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)

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

5.5
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52 Metascore

After the birth of Renesmee/Nessie, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli

Votes: 200,322 | Gross: $292.30M

It may get tripped once in a while by cheesy dialogue or editing that needed tweaking, but Breaking Dawn Part 2 actually attempted the true cinematic approach, pulling off a conclusion that legitimately had me satisfied, making this undoubtedly the best film in the saga

46. Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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49 Metascore

Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.

Directors: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier | Stars: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Aziz Ansari

Votes: 161,353 | Gross: $161.32M

Although it has fluent animation and some funny moments, Continental Drift is flooded with familiar elements and a sea of unfavorable new characters

47. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.1
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57 Metascore

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Director: Rupert Sanders | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin

Votes: 246,196 | Gross: $155.33M

With a flat-lined narrative that never escalates and performances troubled by a weak script and unskillful direction, Snow White and the Huntsman still manages to impress the eye with its "Guillermo del Toro" fashioned creativity

48. Wrath of the Titans (2012)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.8
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37 Metascore

Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman | Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 163,745 | Gross: $83.67M

Although Wrath of the Titans suffers from the same flaws that its predecessor contained, it is a far more tolerable version, with impressive visuals, art direction, and just pure entertainment factor

49. Battleship (2012)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.8
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41 Metascore

A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Rihanna

Votes: 215,699 | Gross: $65.42M

Trying to get a story through, Battleship is too poorly written and made to convince. Thus, the film takes forever to get going. The action is mediocre and Rihanna did a decent job. To sum things up, Battleship is Battle: LA on the ocean

50. Alex Cross (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

5.1
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30 Metascore

A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled hired killer who specializes in torture and pain.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols, Edward Burns

Votes: 29,869 | Gross: $25.89M

Alex Cross is the perfect example for an action film that is formulaic and cliche, with bland direction and a horribly written screenplay, and squanders the skill and efforts made by the potential actors

51. Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

R | 88 min | Horror

4.6
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40 Metascore

It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman | Stars: Stephen Dunham, Katie Featherston, Matt Shively, Brendon Eggertsen

Votes: 55,102 | Gross: $53.92M

Barely anything happens, none of the characters are worth caring about, there is no true storytelling, and the scares cannot make up the amount of boring inactivity

52. This Means War (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

6.3
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31 Metascore

A pair of CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another when they discover they are dating the same woman.

Director: McG | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Til Schweiger

Votes: 159,233 | Gross: $54.76M

Stupid, creepy, and never convincing, This Means War wastes all three likable stars with a ridiculous storyline that demonstrates no skill in comedy or plain filmmaking

53. The Apparition (2012)

PG-13 | 82 min | Horror, Thriller

4.1
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18 Metascore

A couple is haunted by a supernatural presence that is unleashed during a college experiment.

Director: Todd Lincoln | Stars: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill

Votes: 17,339 | Gross: $4.93M

The story could have been somewhat interesting, but The Apparition doesn't even try to be a work of horror filmmaking. Instead, it pummels us with flat (not always bad) acting, mediocre dialogue, a lot of blackness, a lot of cliches, and has no point at the end of the day. If you've seen the trailer, you've seen it all, and I mean that literally.

54. Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.0
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Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone.

Director: Bradley Parker | Stars: Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips

Votes: 56,289 | Gross: $18.12M

Never before has a movie pissed me off so much to the brink of insanity. Even with a good use of location, an interesting concept, and a tense atmosphere that is sometimes handled well, Chernobyl Diaries is undone by idiotic characters, bad dialogue, and irritating camerawork

55. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

4.3
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34 Metascore

As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.

Directors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds, Idris Elba, Violante Placido

Votes: 96,264 | Gross: $51.77M

Dragging Nicolas Cage down to Hell with shaky camerawork, mediocre effects, and a wretchedly horrible script, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is undoubtedly the worst film this year and deserves to be burned