Rex Reed: The Worst Films of 2014

1. THE CONGRESS
Directed by:
Ari Folman

congress

The Congress, half of which is animated, stars Robin Wright.

2. FRANK
Directed by: 
Lenny Abrahamson

Michael Fassbender as Frank.

Michael Fassbender as Frank.

3. UNDER THE SKIN
Directed by: 
Jonathan Glazer

Dream girl Scarlett Johansson digs for oil and hits a dry hole in Under the Skin. As always, she has stunning sex appeal, stunning skin, a stunning smile and a stunning ignorance about how to choose the right roles. Her beauty and talent are not enough to save a movie this bad from the slag heap.

Scarlett Johansson as an erotic alien in Under the Skin.

Scarlett Johansson as an erotic alien in Under the Skin.

4. BIRDMAN
Directed by: 
Alejandro González Iñárritu

An unrecognizable Michael Keaton seems to have aged 40 years since the last time he appeared on the screen, but he’s still the best (i.e., only) reason to suffer through a miserable load of deranged, deluded crap masquerading as a black comedy called Birdman.

Michael Keaton stars in Birdman.

Michael Keaton stars in Birdman.

5. TAMMY
Directed by:
Ben Falcone

The good news is that Tammy is not a crappy remake of the 1957 Tammy movie with Debbie Reynolds that spawned three sequels and a TV comedy series. The bad news is that this one is much worse. It’s a desperate and brainless vehicle for Melissa McCarthy, which she wrote herself, with her husband, Ben Falcone, who also directed, with all the efficiency and verve of an abandoned Volkswagen on the Jersey Turnpike.

Susan Sarandon, left, and Melissa McCarthy in Tammy.

Susan Sarandon, left, and Melissa McCarthy in Tammy.

6. HORNS
Directed by: 
Alexandre Aja

In his desperate attempts to prove there is life (and a career) after Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe has had diverse success on the stage, but he’s accepted so many bad movie roles that patience is lagging. Following on the heels of the disastrous romantic comedy What If (a.k.a. The F Word) comes a load of silly supernatural corn called Horns that was unveiled at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and shelved for more than a year for obvious reasons. It is borderline unwatchable.

Daniel Radcliffe in Horns.

Daniel Radcliffe in Horns.

7. EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
Directed by: 
Ridley Scott

Christian Bale in Exodus.

Christian Bale in Exodus.

8. INTERSTELLAR
Directed by: 
Christopher Nolan

Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar.

Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar.

9. GONE GIRL
Directed by:
David Fincher

Preposterous, illogical, senselessly over-plotted and artificial as a ceramic artichoke, David Fincher’s Gone Girl is another splatterfest disguised as a psychological thriller about the disintegration of a murderous marriage that I find one of the year’s grossest disappointments.

Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s Gone Girl.

Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s Gone Girl.

10. INHERENT VICE
Directed by:
Paul Thomas Anderson

Joaquin Phoenix stars in Inherent Vice, based on the Thomas Pynchon novel.

Joaquin Phoenix stars in Inherent Vice, based on the Thomas Pynchon novel.

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