50 Flop Movies That Deserved Better

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    • beckybooth

      Sep 23rd 2013, 11:37

      Good list but missing Cloud Atlas, which is a fantastic yet underrated film in my opinion.

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    • tomp1000

      Sep 23rd 2013, 11:52

      I love Highlander but Christopher Lambert was a poor casting choice. His 'Scottish' accent is cringeworthy at best

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    • Reveller

      Sep 23rd 2013, 12:13

      I wouldn't have been pleased if Tron: Legacy weren't on this list. It's a flop, however, I don't agree with Scott Pilgrim or The Shawshank Redemption, I think they're at their best. Prometheus, Catwoman and The Last Airbender should've been here. lights-camera-notions on blogspot.

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    • Jareth64

      Sep 23rd 2013, 12:31

      1999's excellent Ravenous deserves a mention, I think. The first half is classic stuff. And Brazil remains Gilliam's finest moment.

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    • vinnym1980

      Sep 23rd 2013, 13:19

      john carter was boring, Assassination Of Jesse James was even more boring and scott pilgrim was one of the worst films i've seen i cant believe people like it. them 3 deserved to make zero $. Children of men, dredd and shawshank should of made a lot more they are seriously good films.

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    • Indianabones

      Sep 23rd 2013, 14:31

      @Reveller, I think the list was meant to show good films that actually flopped at the box office rather than films that are just plain rubbish

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    • charleydeppner

      Sep 23rd 2013, 14:37

      Where is Idiocracy? Was it not an un-promoted-by-Fox 'flop'? #BrilliantAndRelevantJustTheSame

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    • edwardcooke

      Sep 23rd 2013, 15:19

      Completely agree. Cloud Atlas was my favourite film of 2012 and has a cult-like following amongst my friends. Very disappointed people didn't like it.

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    • adamhawker

      Sep 23rd 2013, 15:38

      This list proves just how irrelevent box office is to quality. Be interested to see a list of films that did really well at the box office but that are actually rubbish, the Pirates Of the Carribean franchise would feature heavily.

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    • FBIBarba

      Sep 23rd 2013, 16:16

      Your reasons for giving this movies a second chance are pretty stupid...

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    • ashleybeeching

      Sep 23rd 2013, 17:32

      Dredd is an absolute classic and I've still got my fingers crossed for a sequel! :-)

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    • tonybareham

      Sep 23rd 2013, 18:50

      @adamhawker, yep that has to be done.... 50 most financially successful movies that were a load of s**te... Crystal Skull, Spiderman 3 and any of Bay's Transformer movies have surely got to be in there!! Also liking the Cloud Atlas love going around....

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    • SiMan

      Sep 23rd 2013, 22:09

      @tonybareham, to be fair, the first Transformers film isn't actually too bad when compared to the sequels. I think it gets unfairly tarnished by them. As for this list, cannot believe the Insider was a flop on release. Its one of my favourite Michael Mann films.

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    • justincurtis

      Sep 24th 2013, 13:37

      Cutthroat Island deserves neither a spot on this list nor to be given any whirls. forget killing Carolco (which was lamentable)—it murdered the Arnold Scharzenegger-Paul Verhoeven Crusades picture that would have been epic before everyone started overusing that particular word.

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    • jessicakrucek

      Sep 24th 2013, 21:37

      As for Tron flicks? Well, I'd put the first one here over the second. The 1982 barely made its budget; hell, the **arcade game** made more than the film! Like Blade Runner, it got steamrolled in the sci-fi saturated 1982, and was made when Disney was really on the ropes and had no idea what in hell they were doing. Heck, most of the *cast* didn't even know what they were doing! (The only one of the lot with any sci-fi experience at that point was Warner, playing a trifecta of villains. You'd have to wait a year for Bridges to do Starman, and 15 years for three of the film's cast to show up on Babylon 5) The Academy Awards then had the gall to disqualify it from the special effects category because they "cheated" by using (primitive) CGI. (Let that one sink in) Top it off with being something of a "coming out" album for Wendy Carlos (who had her previous work credited as "Walter") But the more you liked the first film, the more painful Legacy is. The world is joyless, brutal, and bitter. No one comes out ahead, everyone loses. The protagonist of Legacy is condemned to spend the rest of his life atoning for mistakes he never made. Flynn Sr.'s friends will never get answers, and Quorra has no analog-world skills or identity. The director loves the look of technology; all that plastic and metal and inorganic curves. But he HATES and FEARS technology big time. (His movie Oblivion proved that "AIs are Always Chaotic Evil, computers are not to be trusted" is his default setting) . You also had the writers from LOST (who are now working on Once Upon a Time) constrained by a 2 hour format when their style really needs two SEASONS to explain half of what's going on. I'd rather play the first-person shooter sequel that Disney chose to disregard. It's downright optimistic by comparison.

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    • jessicakrucek

      Sep 24th 2013, 21:42

      Treasure Planet? It's GORGEOUS! Don Bluth levels of care and attention to detail. (Bluth quit Disney because their standards were *too low*) It ran into a lot of Bluth's problems, though. Disney didn't know how to advertise the film. It's a wee too dark for the younglings, and animation still has the "kiddie" label to overcome in the States. The voice casting is first-rate (and not just Gordon-Levitt. Emma Thompson's Captain Amelia is a wonder to behold), the CGI and cel blend perfectly, and the steampunk look wasn't popular in that era, but certainly would sell now.

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    • jessicakrucek

      Sep 24th 2013, 21:47

      Rather surprised wizard of Oz wasn't a big box office hit, but its production was a big mess from what I gather. When one of your star actors ends up in an iron lung and has to be replaced, your lead actress is doped up by her handlers, and your adaptation just *guts* the original Baum, leaving several messy plot holes...Yeah, you have issues. This one was more or less vindicated by cable. Broadcast TV stations would show it once a year, and got the kids hooked. It really is a very pretty movie, with excellent songs and Bolger's Scarecrow completely altered how we see the character, but actually in a great way.

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    • jessicakrucek

      Sep 24th 2013, 21:53

      Serenity? Well, when you're following up on a 13-episode Cult Classic screwed by FOX, you already have a challenge. But the Browncoats came with cash in hand...until a certain notorious scene where Whedon proves he is pretty much unable to tie his shoes without killing off characters. (Hey, we understood one of the deaths; the actor was dying of cancer and wanted to go out with a bang. The other one was just pulled as a dick move on Whedon's part) The Browncoats took a pass on subsequent viewings.

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    • jessicakrucek

      Sep 24th 2013, 22:02

      Scott Pilgrim? That film was bizarre, and kinda suffered from a unlikeable protagonist. I wanted to tell both his love interests to dump his sorry a**e, really. He's a loser with no job, no ambition, mooching off his band and his roomie. The visual style was great, and the script was witty, but Scott was the weakest link. Labyrinth? AMAZING performance out of Bowie. (Forget Ziggy Stardust, Long Live the Goblin King!) The puppetry was *astonishing* (Henson Studios had to wait until Farscape to get a chance at topping it). But it did have an issue with being a little too kiddie for the teenagers and a little too scary/adult themed for the kiddies. Big Trouble? Riotously funny. Carpenter clearly loved wuxia and did enough homework on the genre to hit the notes, but American audiences were clearly as lost as Jack. Iron Giant? Mr. Bird summed it up better than I could. WB really didn't know what it had and had no idea how to market it.

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    • Toursiveu

      Sep 25th 2013, 1:42

      The 13th Warrior is a masterpiece and it's a film so gorgeous that I'll never understand why it flopped!

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    • Seedorf

      Sep 25th 2013, 12:14

      Some very good films in this list. Sadly, the general public don't want to see good films, they want trashy throwaway nonsense. Pirates 5, being a prime example. Panned not only by critics, but also by paying punters; yet it makes $1bn. WTF? Somebody must love this ****.

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    • DarthTwitch

      Sep 25th 2013, 18:09

      I've seen every one of these movies, and loved them all. And Big Trouble In Little China is just f*****g fantastic.

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    • Ashory

      Sep 25th 2013, 19:12

      I think that people commenting in the vein of "why wasn't on this list" are missing the point of the article. These aren't necessarily movies that were horrible to watch. They're movies that flopped financially, for one reason or another.

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    • robertcoplin

      Sep 28th 2013, 22:18

      The 3 best movies on this list are Serenity,Dredd and John Carter and all 3 deserve a sequel.

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    • Filmsrock

      Oct 1st 2013, 16:47

      True on Serenity, False on Hugo. Good list, but where was Warm Bodies? Amazing film, plus it would have done better, if not for torturefest Wreck It Ralph, which lured gamers to thier doom.

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    • Igrayne

      Oct 25th 2013, 20:14

      Cloud Atlas was a steaming pile.

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    • FBYBrown

      Jan 18th 2014, 4:20

      I loved Strange Days the moment I first saw it working in a movie theater in Vallejo. Have been a huge fan ever since.

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