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Is This Really The Worst Film Of The Year?

Tuesday 3 December 2013, 15:29

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

Forbes magazine recently announced The Fifth Estate to be the biggest financial flop of the year. But is this really the worst film of 2013?

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    Comment number 1.

    I enjoyed the 5th Estate, felt like it wanted to be a Jason Bourne film a bit too much though. Was refreshing to see a film take on a contemporary issue at my local multiplex.

    It was better than Superman IV: The Quest for Peace which made me accidentally throw my mother in law out of a window.

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    Comment number 2.

    What I keep thinking about is, should a filmmaker wait a certain amount of time before tackling a current subject ? I mean for crying out loud we don't even know the end of Julian Assange's story yet.

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    Comment number 3.

    If we're judging films based entirely on money taken, then Scott Pilgrim is one of the worst films of recent times. And I don't want to live in a world where Scott Pilgrim is one of the worst films in years.

    In other words, no, the Fifth Estate isn't the worst film of the year. It made little money and was one of the least successful films of the year, but we have to judge films pretty much entirely on content, and there have been many worse films this year.

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    Comment number 4.

    After Earth - Ripd - The Lone Ranger - not that i've seen them

    zero care about box office - haven't seen the fifth estate - dont plan to either

    i tend to only watch bad trailers rarely bad films

    so to me Elysium was the failure of 2013 just because it SHOULD of been so much better

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    Comment number 5.

    I haven't seen the Fifth Estate (and to be frank, I'm not intending to).

    How much a film loses depends on how much was spent on a film. Like with box office successes, flops do not show the mirits of a film. If it did, Avatar and Titanic would be the best films ever. The box office gross shows how many people went to see a film but not how many people liked it. Whether you liked it or not, you still paid to see it. Also, it doesn't take into account what was out at the same time. I suppose the box office gross shows how appealing a film is to the public rather than the end result.


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