Posted by: ckckred | October 7, 2012

What is the worst experience you’ve had in a movie theater?

Earlier, I looked at my review at Amour, which I described as the best time I’ve had all year in a movie theater.  So for today’s question I’m going to talk about the opposite: what is the worst experience you’ve ever had in a movie theater?

Michael Bay’s excruciatingly painful film gives movies a bad name

My answer would be Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  And no, I did not want to see it, a few friends took me to see it in 3-D nonetheless (which was awful).  It was even worse than the first two, with Shia LaBeouf screaming every five seconds, his girlfriend just standing there, and giant robots fighting.  It was just so awful that at one point I grew so bored of watching the film.  It’s not the worst film I’ve ever seen but undoubtedly the most painful.  I’m still not sure why John Malkovich and John Turturo, two very talented actors, were in it, though I do think it was just for the money.

But what’s your least favorite?



  1. Worst experience in a movie theater? The Last Song. Definitely. I saw that when Miley Cyrus was still an unfortunate staple to pop culture, and none of my excuses could absolve me from going to see it with my then-eight-year-old sister and her friend. I think that was the last time I ever cried in a movie theater, as well. I don’t remember if it was because of the utterly predictable Nicholas Sparks ending, or because I felt bad that humanity would waste time producing/watching that kind of crap…I’d like to claim it was the latter just to be safe. Anyway, my sister got it for her birthday that year, and I had to go through the pain of watching it not once more, but TWICE more! Gets worse every time, but nothing is worse than being in the theater seeing it, knowing the reason the theater is so deserted is because everyone else knows how to better value a ten dollar bill.

    A close runner up would be Breaking Dawn – Part 1…but I won’t go in depth with that one.

    • I once was flipping through the TV channels and saw a bit of The Last Song. After 30 seconds I immediately turned it off. It was really, really bad. I don’t know why people watch such utter trash.

      As for Breaking Dawn, I have never seen any of the Twilight movies or even part of them but if they’re as bad as they look, well, I won’t get into any depth in there either. Thanks for commenting.

      • You’re very welcome. I have a lot of fun commenting on these kinds of posts, so your blog is, in my opinion, one of the best I’ve come across.

        I’m most likely going to see Breaking Dawn – Part 2 a little after it comes out, but just so I can say I saw it and so I can have fun writing up a rant. I also write for the school newspaper, so it’d be a good chance to piss off about half my high school’s population. 😉 The saga is pretty terrible. I’ve seen them all, and in theaters since the second entry was released. Though I must say I have some sort of pleasure watching Eclipse.

  2. I can’t say what was the worst ever, I just don’t have one which stands out as particularly bad. But the most disappointing in recent memory was Anna Karenina which I was really hoping would be much better than it ended up being. It wasn’t terrible though just pretty disappointing.
    Good question – even though I haven’t really managed to answer it !

    • I haven’t seen Anna Karenina before but I’ve been in plenty of theaters and have walked out disappointed. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Solomon Kane, never been to a film that i thought would be okay turn into a boring Nonsense film. But that did. just started looking around the room for something more interesting. You no that feeling when your really bored sitting in a seat and your butt goes to sleep, my butt was sleeping for days!

    • I didn’t see that one, but I know what it feels like when you’re sitting in a theater bored to death. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Possibly the 4th Indiana Jones film. So painful.

    • Yeah, that was painful

  5. My worst experience in every movie–humans telling us aliens to sit in a certain section so our heads don’t block their view. I know we’re tall and have huge heads but that doesn’t mean we should be segregated!

  6. When it comes to movies this year it probably was Snow White and the Huntsman, I was the first one to walk out of it when the credits started rolling.

    • I’d walk out of any movie with Kirsten Stewart in it. Thanks for commenting.

  7. When I watched What About Bob? many years ago in theaters it wasn’t very crowded and yet a guy sat literally right next to me and REEKED of body odor. I was like 10 at the time and it ruined the whole thing for me. It was years before I could watch that one again.

    • I hate when that stuff happens. Once I went to a movie where the guy next to me would not be quiet the entire film. Another time there was someone who stood up during half of the movie right in front of me. I’ve never sat down to a guy like that but I do feel your pain. Thanks for commenting.

  8. So what I have gotten out of this, is what is the worst movie you have ever seen in theater? I’ll tell you, but first I want to point things out. Transformers 3, better than 2 (2 sucked, 3 was better, 1 was best). I also saw Last Song, to which I must say meh, being a critic I have seen seriously terrible movies (you know, the stuff no one has ever heard about before). I have also seen all of the Twilight movies, I see where the hate comes from, but they also haven’t subjected themselves to what I have, so in respect to that, Twilight is “amazing”. So worst movie I have seen in theater:

    “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.” Why, might you ask? Well it was summer and the air conditioner was broken, guess the one place we thought of that had guaranteed cool air? The movies, except no planning means getting there in time for only one movie for the next two hours, Pirates. Staring at a wall would have been better

    • I didn’t see “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” but it didn’t look particularly good. While the second Transformers movie might have been executed worse, I found the third to be boring (the action scenes grew way too repetitive). I’d rather watch paint dry on the street then see it again. Thanks for commenting.

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