Most-Rented Redbox Films in 2011 Shows We Love Crappy Movies

When I look back on the movies of 2011, it seems like it wasn't exactly a stellar year for filmmaking. There were a few standouts, of course, but I think the reason the Oscars race seems so wide open at this point is because there were very few amazing, groundbreaking movies in 2011.

On the other hand, if you go by Redbox's list of top rentals for 2011, that's not what moviegoers wanted this year. The people have spoken, and what they're looking for is critically-panned entertainment that doesn't have a shot in hell of earning any kind of industry award.

Don't believe me? Check out this list:

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Most-rented Redbox movie in 2011 (also the most-rented comedy): Just Go With It

Scoring an impressive 19% on the Rotten Tomatometer,
Just Go With It stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. I hardly think I need to say anything more about it than that, but in case you need more convincing, here are a sampling of its reviews:

An egregiously unfunny enterprise that seem less crafted than extruded through the great product-mill that is Hollywood at its most homogenized and soulless. — Washington Post

Everyone should be offended by the time-annihilating suckage of this mirth void.
— New York Post

An early contender for worst movie of the year. If they were showing this on an airplane, I'd ask for a parachute.
— Richard Roeper

Of course, who cares what critics have to say?
Just Go With It bested Justin Bieber's movie on opening weekend, so clearly Aniston and Sandler are crying all the way to the bank.

Most-Rented Action Movie: The Green Hornet


3D action comedy
The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen, scores higher on the Tomatometer with 44%—but it still got widely dissed by reviewers:

Part origin story, part spoof, part bromance -- the movie can't decide. It winks at itself constantly, but only to hide its cluelessness.
— Newsday

An anemic, 97-pound weakling of the action comedy persuasion, Hornet is a boring bromedy that features mumblecore heroics instead of the real thing.
— LA Times

A big, sloppy, loud, grating mess of a movie.
— Detroit News

Still, the movie's pulled in over $227 million in worldwide sales to date. Not bad for a sloppy, boring bromedy.


Most-Rented Drama Movie: The Tourist


Despite the seemingly bulletproof combination of Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie,
The Tourist scored a painful 20% from critics. My favorite review:

In a year of craptaculars, The Tourist deserves burial at the bottom of the 2010 dung heap.
— Rolling Stone

Also, anyone remember Ricky Gervais's joke during the Golden Globes?

It was a big year for 3D movies. Toy Story, Despicable Me, Tron. It seemed like everything this year was three-dimensional. Except the characters in The Tourist. I tell you what, I'm jumping on the bandwagon, because I haven't even seen The Tourist. Who has?

Apparently the answer is "a shitload of Redbox customers," Ricky.

Most-Rented Family Movie: Rango


This animated movie was a oddball -- it actually resonated with critics more than audiences (88% vs 69%). The reviews are … kind of all over the place.


With his first animated feature, Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski shows ambitions considerably beyond producing the usual standard of most children's fare. To put it plainly, Rango is one weird movie
. — Globe and Mail

Rango is Disney by way of Hunter S. Thompson, Chinatown recast with a lizard, Blazing Saddles with existential angst, Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns romantically spoofed. Rango is both weird and wonderful.
— Movie Metropolis

I'm guessing most of those Redbox rentals weren't entirely happy customers, especially if they brought it home for little kids.


Lastly, the
Most-Rented Horror Movie: Insidious

I hadn't even heard of this movie, but ugh, you lost me at "created by
Saw franchise veterans." Still, it pulled in a 67% from the critics, with some mixed reviews:

Insidious establishes that these folks can make a film that operates on an entirely different level, sans gore, or obvious gimmicks. And make flesh crawl.
— Wall Street Journal

Insidious isn't scary. It's laughable. And kind of sad.
— Detroit News

Is this reminding you of anything? Like, say 77.2% of any horror movies ever made?
— Movies.com

It seems
movie rental customers didn't really care that 2011 wasn't filled with Oscar contenders. Hell, sometimes you just want to sit down with a bowl of popcorn and turn off your brain, right? Which is the only explanation I can come up with for the otherwise inexplicable popularity of Just Go With It.

Are you surprised by this list?


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