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The 2012 Crankies: And The Losers Are…

December 28, 2012

Before I move on to my celebration of 2012’s best films, directors and performers, let’s dispense with the worst. I’ve already named my bottom 12 movies, so here are my second annual Crankies, named in honor of my semi-defunct blog with Bret Watson, Two Cranky Guys. (Click on the highlighted titles for full reviews.) Bronx cheers, please!


Joe Wright, Anna Karenina

Tarsem, Mirror, Mirror

Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master

Lawrence Kasdan, Darling Companion

Tim Burton, Dark Shadows


David Duchovny, Goats

Will Sasso, Sean Hayes and Chris Diamantopolous, Three Stooges

Adrien Brody, Detachment

John Cusack, The Raven

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Premium Rush

medium_screen_shot_2011-01-13_at_11.47.23_amWORST ACTRESS

Kate Hudson, A Little Bit of Heaven

Katherine Heigl, One for the Money

Keira Knightley, Anna Karenina

Lizzy Caplan, Bachelorette and Save the Date

Julia Roberts, Mirror, Mirror


Chuck Norris, The Expendables 2

CJ Adams, The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Luke Evans, The Raven

Seth Rogen, Take This Waltz

Jesse Eisenberg, Why Stop Now? and To Rome, With Love


Sherri Shepherd, One for the Money

Anna Faris, The Dictator

Maggie Grace, Lockout and Taken 2

Lucy Punch, Stand-Up Guys, The Giant Mechanical Man and A Little Bit of Heaven

Amy Adams, The Master

What filmmakers and performers irked you in 2012? Post a comment!

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  1. J.D. Stutts permalink

    What, only FIVE nominees this time? Also, in what bizarro world are Anna Faris and Amy Adams(!) WORSE than Chelsea Handler (This Means War, Fun Size), Catherine Zeta Jones (Rock of Ages), and esp. Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy), to name just three?

  2. Dirty Vicar permalink

    Good call on Keira Knightley, but she was even more dreadful in Seeking a Friend For the End of the World!

  3. KXB permalink

    No one had a worse year acting-wise than Tyler Perry- he fizzled in comedy (Madea’s Witless Protection), drama (Good Deeds), AND action (Alex Cross); it’s quite probable no one has stunk so much in so many genres in one calendar year…

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