30 Worst Remakes

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    • jamiecfc1

      Apr 20th 2011, 13:57

      Is it wrong that I think Steve Carrell's best work is as Gru in "Despicable Me"? Dinner for Schmucks was, frankly, schite.

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    • jamiecfc1

      Apr 20th 2011, 13:58

      Is it wrong that I think Steve Carrell's best work is as Gru in "Despicable Me"? Dinner for Schmucks was, frankly, schite.

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    • izzysuk

      Apr 20th 2011, 16:02

      Didn't actually think the new charlie and choc factory was that bad at all! but wickerman was probably one of the best/worse remakes ever made!

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 20th 2011, 16:17

      Meet Joe Black was one of the most boring boring movies ever to scrape itself out of a screenplay, it makes Derek Jarmans 'Blue' look like Hard Boiled. At one point Claire Forlaini stares at Brad Pitt for 4 minutes, FOUR MINUTES, , too quiet and ponderous bolloques..from the guy that brought you Midnight Run!

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    • moots78

      Apr 20th 2011, 18:59

      Hang on. I remember your review for the Alfie remake and you gave it 4 stars out of 5 and said Law put in a great and charming performance. Something along the lines of 'by George they've done it'. Another in a long line of back tracking reviews for TF.

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    • DravenCage

      Apr 20th 2011, 21:54

      @ moots78 - Most likely the review of Alfie was written by someone other than George Wales, meaning it's possible for it to receiv a high review score in the magazine and still have an article written saying the film was guff on the same magazine's website. Remember, the review is the opinion of one person (it may be shared by many, but the review itself is just one person's opinion), so the magazine isn't contradicting itself. Some people just want to be cynical and see the negative side to every situation.

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    • DravenCage

      Apr 20th 2011, 22:01

      After reading the whole article, some of the choices seem to have been made simply because they're remakes. The Omen, City of Angels, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, The Italian Job, The Assassin, Gone in 60 Seconds and Vanilla Sky are all good films in their own right.

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    • jceaser

      Apr 22nd 2011, 2:32

      I still wake in the night in a cold sweat over Steve Martins remake of The Pink Panther. Nooooooooo

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    • aphexbr

      Apr 22nd 2011, 11:28

      Nice list, though it's worth mentioning that the "original" House Of Wax was itself a remake of Michael Curtiz's 1933 film Mystery Of The Wax Museum...

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    • therealeverton

      Apr 22nd 2011, 12:37

      You're a film magazine and as such it is inexcusable that you call a list "30 worst REMAKES" and have films on there that are NOT REMAKES. CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY IS NOT a ******* remake! It's a different adaptation of a BOOK! Romeo & Juliet NOT a REMAKE; A Christmas Carol is NOT a remake of Muppet Christmas Carol is it? So what makes you think this is?! The argument over which is better is almost irrelevant and the fact that you say, "it's called Willy Wonka for a reason..", PROVES THAT THIS ISN'T AREMAKE. THEY CHANGED THE NAME OF THE BOOK IN THE FIRST MOVIE BECAUSE THEY DUMPED THE WHOLE POINT OF IT Charlie, IN FAVOUR OF GIVING WILDER MORE TO DO! THAT'S WHY DAHL AND HIS ESTATE DIDN'T LET THEM FILM THE SEQUEL "Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator", BECAUSE HE HATED THAT THEY RIPPED HIS STORY TO SHREDS. Now you may prefer the Wilder versions story to the book (Audiences at the time didn't it was merely a moderate success, hence when sequel rights were denied they didn't break the bank to try and convince the author otherwise) you may not like the FAITHFUL adaptation that Burton made but it doesn't change the fact that the AUTHOR did not like the movie as a version of his story, and the Dahl estate had complete creative control over Charlie, choose Burton becuse of his hand in James & The Giant Peach AND legally you couldn't remake Willy Wonka if you wanted to because the DAHL ESTATE WON'T ALLOW IT! Shame on you Total Film, perpetuation ignorance is never a good thing.

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    • therealeverton

      Apr 22nd 2011, 12:43

      Also as a film magazine you should be aware that it was the adherence to an insanely short reslease window, lowering of budget and other Studio interference BS that led to Burto calling this movie the worst experience of his life and basically an effort to salvage something watchable that would do well enough to allow whoever they suckered into a sequel to have something to build on. You should also know that the film's ending is essentially the books first ending, and it's pretty good there and here. Of course seeing as you believe Charlie and The Chocolate factory is a rermake maybe Total Film doesn't believe in books?

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    • therealeverton

      Apr 22nd 2011, 12:44

      Also as a film magazine you should be aware that it was the adherence to an insanely short reslease window, lowering of budget and other Studio interference BS that led to Burto calling this movie the worst experience of his life and basically an effort to salvage something watchable that would do well enough to allow whoever they suckered into a sequel to have something to build on. You should also know that the film's ending is essentially the books first ending, and it's pretty good there and here. Of course seeing as you believe Charlie and The Chocolate factory is a rermake maybe Total Film doesn't believe in books?

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    • timbot

      Apr 22nd 2011, 17:41

      I know you do these lists at least half to p**s people off and create debate which is in no way a a bad thing but at least try to be consistent; Not only is "vannila sky" not a bad film at all, critically is was highly acclaimed, even uber critics like ebert gave it good ratings, but more importantly with respects to its place on your list named 30 worst remakes you yourselves gave it four stars implying that you didn't think it was bad either. The only people I can remember who disliked the film were people who did so purely on the basis that it had tom cruise in it and he got to have sex with both cammeron diaz and penolpe cruz ie people who are under the delusion that films are real. Im not the biggest fan of that eccentric midget myself but I would say that hating a film simply on the basis that hes in it is a bit small minded. Ps you also gave "lady killers" 3 stars- no way is a great film but it was blatantly only treated so badly because it was a remake of a great film and it was by the coen brothers who have done far better

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    • timbot

      Apr 22nd 2011, 18:04

      again seriously vannila sky- I mean hes supposed to be smug and conceited at the start of the film ,who the f**k wouldnt be if they were minted and had all that they wanted. its the character s belief that he can have everything which leads him to have the horrifc accident.The rest of the film is genuinely disturbing and thought provoking and the midget gives a empathic performance of someone whos had their life torn to shredds. Also how can you comlain about cameron crowe not making his film close enough to the the orgionional-the whole point of a remake is to move on from it.

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    • timbot

      Apr 22nd 2011, 18:04

      again seriously vannila sky- I mean hes supposed to be smug and conceited at the start of the film ,who the f**k wouldnt be if they were minted and had all that they wanted. its the character s belief that he can have everything which leads him to have the horrifc accident.The rest of the film is genuinely disturbing and thought provoking and the midget gives a empathic performance of someone whos had their life torn to shredds. Also how can you comlain about cameron crowe not making his film close enough to the the orgionional-the whole point of a remake is to move on from it.

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Apr 24th 2011, 0:07

      wow..... rant much? Oh, and by the by, a high-and-mighty rant loses much of its credibility when you can't spell properly. One tends to go from looking like a legitimate critic to a whining, obsessive s****e.

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    • hago1

      Apr 24th 2011, 1:01

      Why isn't TRUE GRIT on the list? Oh yeah, you gave it 5 stars whereas INCEPTION only got 4???? I still can't get over that one! You obviously prefer long drawn-out boring films where you can't make out the dialogue to exciting innovative original well-acted mind-blowing movies. I think one critic's opinion is not good enough anymore-TF should combine the scores from at least 5 TF critics when rating the film(as was the case in the magazine PHOTOPLAY MOVIES AND VIDEO

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    • therealeverton

      Apr 27th 2011, 7:25

      You have a legitimate point about taking time to check for mistakes, but you should be aware of the difference between an inability to spell and typos. Also it's meant to be a rant (much) hence all the caps. Read it again and come back with the points that are incorrect rude boy.

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    • therealeverton

      Apr 27th 2011, 7:31

      Not that it matters to the list maker, but True Grit isn't a remake so has no place on the list, even if not liked. It's another film that's more faithful to it's source (doesn't auotmaticaly = better) and you could have a consensus of 500 reviewers and still get an outstanding review; the film is about as close to Universally praised as you get.

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    • dazluss

      May 5th 2011, 16:54

      Avatar should be on here as a bad remake of Fern Gully or Dances with Wolver.

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    • dazluss

      May 5th 2011, 16:55

      Avatar should be on here as a bad remake of Fern Gully or Dances with Wolves.

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    • TinEar85

      Jun 26th 2011, 10:33

      I tried to pick one movie to make a sarcastic remark about, but they are all just so irredeemably bad it's impossible to single only one out.

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    • choppedliver

      Jul 22nd 2011, 18:30

      When will people figure out that Steve Carell has absolutely no talent?

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    • TheCandySniper

      Aug 23rd 2012, 7:49

      I really hate to burst everyone's bubbles but the remake of Willy Wonka was a lot closer to the book than the first. The first is a much better movie but the drastic and kind of crappy changes can be linked to Burton actually honoring the source material. I stiill enjoy the first much better but I can't really call it a horrible remake since it did do what should have been done in the first place

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