Sure, it's an accomplishment (if not necessarily an honor) to be called the
worst-reviewed movie of your respective release year. And nearly all the
movies on this list are at least celebrated and for their sheer badness,
passed around amongst hip moviegoers for ironic viewing accompanied with shot
glasses. 2004's worst movie, Twisted, runs the gamut of reasons why critics
hate a bad thriller: the "screenplay is a compendium of by-the-book clichés,"
the "direction leaves the material stranded in a limbo between po-faced and
trashy," and the main actor's (in this case, Ashley Judd) "approximation of
drunkenness is worrying to behold," writes Time Out. But here's the (har har)
twist: not only is Twisted the worst-reviewed of its year, it harbors the
extra-dubious distinction of having been completely forgotten. Seriously, have
you thought about Twisted since the Friday it opened and you decided to avoid
it at all costs?
Christmas with the Kranks,
The Whole Ten Yards