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15 Terrible Movie Scenes That Should Have Been Deleted

05 December 2013 | Features, Other Lists | by David Zou

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Sometimes we see deleted scenes that would have been awesome to be kept in a film, sometimes we get the exact opposite, terrible scenes that should have never escaped from the cutting room. No matter what, the mistakes editors or directors made during the editing process will stay with them for their whole careers. Some mistakes have been ignored by the fans, some haven’t, the 15 scenes below are the ones we are probably still angry about.


15. Aperaham Lincoln


The Movie: Planet Of The Apes

Why It’s Terrible: Desperate for a new and updated twist with a surprising factor big enough to match the Statue Of Liberty jaw-dropping ending from the original movie, Tim Burton’s lousy Apes remake rolls the dice with this time-shifting twist. And rolls an ice-cold snake-eyes instead.


14. Hockey scene from hell


The Movie: Batman & Robin

Why It’s Terrible: The exact moment in the franchise-ruining bat film. Arnold’s glittering Mr Freeze robs a huge diamond with his gang wearing ice hockey gear, in one of the absolute worst scenes ever committed to celluloid.


13. Giving it large in Zion


The Movie: The Matrix Revolutions

Why It’s Terrible: Apparently the best way the Wachowskis could think of  to express human’s lasting struggle in the face of machine dominance is for them all to have a big dance.

Why couldn’t we just skip straight to the scenes with men fly and kick each other please?



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  • Carlos Eduardo De Souza

    ”Aliens! Or maybe evolved humans.” actually they are evolved robots….

    • flashfast2000

      Seriously….! How did he miss that?!?!

      • Gil Kenel

        Maybe because he is a big asshole. It’s not a happy end in fact.

        • Brian James

          Yeah, pretty silly. If there is a sequence in AI to be rid of, it sure isn’t that. The entire 2nd act could go, though.

      • Underground Anthem TX

        The writer apparently also missed the memo that the “tacked on” ending with the mother (before David is shut down permanently) was all Kubrick’s idea, not Spielberg as many believe.

        • Daniel B

          Exactly. Spielberg only did the movie in the first place because it was Kubrick’s last dream project before his death. I think that movie’s summed up best as Kubrick trying to make a Spielberg movie and Spielberg trying his best to make the movie the way Kubrick would have.

          • Straker

            Big fan of the Nostalgia Critic are we?

          • Daniel B

            when he’s right he’s right.

        • Chad

          Just because it was Kubrick’s ending doesn’t mean that it’s great, or even works very well. I think if he had more faith in the story, he would’ve made it himself.

          • Underground Anthem TX

            My point being that the writer of this article is incorrect on 3 important points: The ending was Kubrick’s original idea, not Spielberg’s, the robots are not advanced humans or aliens, & the ending certainly isn’t happy. When arguing why a scene shouldn’t be in a movie, it helps the argument if you actually fully understand the scene.

          • Hunter Daniels

            Exactly. The writer completely missed the point. Once they understand the ending they will see how perfect it is. There’s nothing happy or sappy about it at all.

          • John Capestro

            He couldn’t make it. Since he died before production began.

    • aEffinPrawnMan

      To me, when people say they hated A.I., and follow that with mentioning “the aliens,” it throws all their credibility out the window. On top of that, I think it’s actually a very depressing ending, in disguise.

  • merwanor

    The birth of Darth Vader is one of my favorite scenes in the entire Star Wars series. The moment when they lower the mask on his face and everything goes silent… Then the breathing starts. It is one of the most atmospheric and goosebump inducing scenes I have ever seen in a movie.

    I also never had an issue with the Midiclorians thing from SW Episode 1, it does not make the Force any less mystical, it just gives us a reason why they can feel the force that is around them. The Galadriel scene from LOTR was awesome and should not be removed, it gave that character some depth.

    I will never understand why so many people bash Indy 4, since it is no different from the previous movies. Especially when it comes to unrealistic silly but awesome moments. Surviving a nuclear blast in a fridge is unrealistic of course, but so is the scene in Indy 2 where Indy survives a fall out of a plane, drops of a cliff and a water fall. With the use of a rubber raft…. And I still love those scenes.

    But I guess people just love to hate and nitpick on new movies….

    • Douglas Kolacki

      Well said about Indy 4. And that scary Galadriel scene has always stood out in my memory.

    • Dacey Booker

      They love to hate and nitpick on new movies because on the internet it’s “cool” to do so. Nothing gives you more “likes,” sadly. 🙁

      • TheOct8pus

        No…they love to nitpick the new Star Wars movies because they’re terrible compared to the original ones.

        • TheKillingWords

          But how much of that is nostalgia vs actual bad movie? I love star wars but lets face it, the dialogue and acting for both movies were shit. In eps 3-6, they were amazing because no one had seen anything like it. In eps 1-3, it was also good because we had never seen CGI done in that capacity. (The opening of ep2 is still my favorite scene of the trilogy, just an absolutely massive space battle filled with amazing looking ships and effects). When it comes down to it, nostalgia is all that makes one part of the story “better” than the other. My brothers grew up with 4-6, so that trilogy is their favorite. I grew up experiencing both so I love them both. My kids are growing up with both but have taken a liking to 1-3. So again, nostalgia is all that makes the difference when it comes to star wars.

          • TheOct8pus

            No way. It’s not just nostalgia. The original trilogy had characters we could all relate to, whether it be Luke Skywalker, the eternal underdog, or Han Solo, the smartass risk taker. The characters from the original trilogy could have easily lived on Earth in the 20th-21st century. The new trilogy has NO characters we can relate to. The most normal character in eps 1-3 is Obi Wan, and he’s as stiff as a board.

            Also, “Empire” contains one of the biggest twists in film history, but it’s completely spoiled with episodes 1-3, because we already know that Vader is Luke’s father, so by the time he “reveals it” 5 movies later, we’re all like, “Yeah, whatever, we know…”

            Finally, the effects in the original trilogy were dark and gritty. The space ships and droids were all beat up, dirty and dented, giving the universe a lived-in, “real” feel. Even the cheesy costumed characters playing aliens had something very palpable about them (Admiral Akbar, Jabba the Hutt), but the CG aliens (the gungans, Dexter) and the CG droids and ships all look too clean and unreal.

            These are only a couple things that come immediately to mind….

          • Neil08

            It is nostalgia. You saw the first ones when you were younger than the second lot. That you cannot relate to the characters says more about what you grew up to become (stiff as a board, perhaps) than what was portrayed. The acting, however, is better in the first ones and this is why the characters appear more relate-able.

            As for that twist in Empire, you only experience it once. The point is not that you didn’t know, it’s that Luke didn’t know. The audience knowing a secret the hero does not is actually an ingredient of a well-written script (for those of us who have studied writing).

            As for the dark and gritty effects of the original trilogy, those are right in there with the prequels… if you care to look. Have a look at that floor in the Jedi Council room, episode III. Look at the clones’ armor. Look at Yoda’s robe.

            You see what you want to see, and ignore what you want to ignore. The quality is there even if the scripts are lacking something and rushed.

          • TheOct8pus

            You clearly really love those shitty films.

            Perhaps this short 7 part, 60 minute video review will enlighten you:


          • lagin

            Who cares what some jaded dickwad thinks about the new trilogy. It’s one fags opinion

          • Charlotte Morris

            Yeah, someone else’s review (probably finding endless things to complain about, I can’t be bothered to watch) will totally change his mind. Are you really that bothered about someone liking a movie?

          • Tyler Tiberius McQuarrie


          • jim

            Are you kidding me? If you don’t see a complete and total difference between the first and second trilogies you’re either delusional or have the artistic taste of a monkey. Empire Strikes Back has great dialogue and chemistry between Han and Leia. Plus, there’s actual wit and humor in the dialogue. Name anything witty about the last few films. Give me once piece of dialogue that was witty or clever. Anything that might compare to the back and forth between Han and Leia.. Star Wars feels like a FILM, not a cartoon. All the ships are miniatures so they look and feel real, because they ARE real. The pacing of A New Hope and Empire are perfect. They aren’t just special effects and CGI crammed into a movie for the sake of showing it can be done. The light saber fights in the early movies contain dialogue and advance the story. The first gives us the introduction of the back story of Obi Wan and Darth Vader, the next is the revelation that Vader is Luke’s father. The third gives us the temptation of Luke and the death and redemption of Vader. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I could write pages on the subject. I’m fine if you like the recent trilogy, but to say it’s about nostalgia is just ridiculous. Give me a break.

          • TheOct8pus

            According to JJ Abrams, he will be focusing on the feel and characters of the original trilogy. That is because the original trilogy will stand the test of time, while the newer crap will be reduced to a footnote in film history.

          • Norman Dostal

            no one agrees with you-and there is a really good reason for that-your wrong

          • Charlotte Morris

            I’ll take a guess that if Jabba the Hutt had been introduced in the prequels you would have hated him.

          • TheOct8pus

            Jabba the Hutt is in Epidose I (and he was introduced into the “Special Edition” version of Episode IV) and he sucked!! He served no purpose and he looked stupid as hell. It wasn’t until we saw him in Return of the Jedi that we actually see how huge and gross and evil and rubbery he really is. So, yeah, not sure what your point was, but CGI Jabba is stupid and giant puppet Jabba looks awesome.

          • Charlotte Morris

            That wasn’t to do with my point at all though. I’m saying that I think your opinion is skewed by the fact that he was introduced in the originals. I’d also wager that the Ewoks would be put on the same level as Jar Jar Binks if they’d been in the prequels instead. On a separate note I entirely agree that the “rubbery” Jabba looked much better because he did just look disgusting. His cameo in episode 1 doesn’t serve much purpose but it doesn’t bother me.

          • Jesse

            It all looks gritty and lived in because it was lived in… in Episodes 1-3. Everything went to shit after the birth of the Empire. I love all the Star Wars movies but lets face it, some of the dialogue in all of them is totally unrealistic and over the top. As far as the Ending of Revenge of the Sith and Vader’s “Nooooo” was Luke’s reaction to Vader telling him the big secret any better? Hell no it wasn’t, it was terrible. And, saying that the prequels ruin The Big Secret… Not true at all. There isn’t a person alive that doesn’t know that Vader is Luke’s father.

          • Norman Dostal

            no, dummy-Hamill’s reaction was very well done

          • Hunter Daniels

            It’s nostalgia AND the fact that the movies are for children.
            So many people so the OT when they were kids. Now they hate the prequels.
            We’ll guess what? Ask a 10 year old if they like the prequels. Trust me, they LOVE them! Because they are meant for kids. so were the originals films. ALL Star Wars films are meant for kids. Not 40 year olds with warm fuzzy feelings from their youth.

          • Norman Dostal

            nope-the first two SW movies were not for children-they were for everyone. When Lucas spawned fat kids, he added kiddie things, starting with Ewoks…

          • John Capestro

            Of course the ships and droids are beat up. Episode 4 takes place 16 years after episode 3.

          • Julie Conrad

            @johncapestro:disqus actually episode IV was in 1977 “the original”. Part V is Empire(’81), VI Jedi(’83).. (then prequels started.99). I think you meant the 4th film.

          • John Capestro

            I know when Star Wars episode IV came out. I saw it opening night. As well as the next 5. The first (episode IV) is my favorite. However, I think you have your movies mixed up. The rebellion started at the end if episode III, with the formation of the empire. Luke and Leia are born at the end at the same time as Darth Vader gets his suit. Episode 4 starts with Luke being between 16 and 18 years old. That is how long the rebellion was going on. Also, the last shi0 shown in III is the first shown in IV. With that many years of combat they would be beat up.

          • Norman Dostal

            no-twenty years is canon (used to be 30)

          • batmanfanatic

            I agree with you and would like to add another theory as to why I don’t feel it’s just nostalgia. The original trilogy, 4-6, were, in a sense, sci-fi fairy tales. Easy to comprehend, especially for an impressionable 7yr old, with a clear and concise story line, like most, if not all classic fairy tales. Let me try to explain in case I’M not being clear and concise lol:
            Episode 1 starts out with the young man yearning to leave his home to find adventure in far off lands. What we, the audience, don’t know, as well as the young man, that he is in fact, a prince. He has been told his father is dead and that he had been a warrior.
            He meets a man purported to be crazy in the wilds. Turns out this particular “crazy old man” is also a warrior knight with magical powers. Together, along with two friends, they meet a smuggler/warrior who helps them rescue a princess who is being held captive in the scary castle. After a daring rescue they escape and manage to destroy the castle.
            Eventually, it’s discovered that the young man is a prince, that his father is still alive and is, in fact, the evil lord of the lands, himself governed by an evil emperor. The young man is being trained as a warrior and also being trained to use his magical talents passed on to him from birth. There are prophecies detailing that he is the only hope for the land.
            Along with the help of his friends and other warriors, the young man defeats his father in battle, manages to bring him around to the good side AND defeats the evil emperor. Oh, and also discovers that the princess is his long lost twin sister.
            See? A fairy tale.
            In my opinion, like all classic fairy tales, THIS is why the original trilogy is so beloved. It appealed to the child in all of us, again, was easy to follow, had a beginning, middle and end.
            But then, everyone wanted to know how the father became evil and so the author gives us the backstory of what led up to all of this. Only, this time, it’s filled with a ton of confusing betrayals amongst betrayals, politically filled mish-mash, moronic supporting characters, ect. The story isn’t clear and concise, when it very easily could’ve been. A child is born with mystical/magical powers, becomes a great knight trained by other knights with less powerful magic than he, grows up to marry a former queen and has a child with her. But, the tragedy of this particular part of the fairy tale being that an evil sorcerer, who has his eye on being emperor of all the land, sets his sights on this extremely gifted knight. And so begins the fall of this trouble knight, who left his only remaining family member behind, his mother, and due to lies told to him by the sorcerer, believes he is going to lose the only one left to him that he loves and who loves him. His wife, who is now pregnant with twins (the future prince/princess). In the end, due to the knight’s obsession with losing his wife, he not only inadvertently kills her, but, after he turns on his friends, he becomes grievously wounded, therefore he has to wear a hideous series of life-support equipment rendering him terrifying to look at. In his despair, he joins with the one person who HE feels he can trust, the evil sorcerer, now Emperor.
            Sorry for all of that…I’m drunk 😀

          • John Capestro

            The space battle you refer to is from episode 3, not 2. 2 starts with the attempted assassination of Senator Padre.but I agree with liking 1-3 & 4-6.

          • TheKillingWords

            Ty, it’s been corrected 🙂

          • Norman Dostal

            wrong-the acting and writing for the original star Wars trilogy (Jedi has flaws admittedly) are brilliant.

    • arrington_jay

      Really I understand nitpickers. There those that hat that Superman in the new Man of Still kills Zod at the end. He even killed Zod at the end of Superman 2 and Zod was a human without powers in that one.

      • JokersNuts

        There was a deleted scene in Superman 2 where you see a depowered Zod being taken away in handcuffs after the fight at the Fortress.

        • Underground Anthem TX

          …So a deleted scene from a movie that had 2 different directors during production makes it canon? Try again.

    • Joe Fiore

      Well said on Indy 4.

      There are three good Indiana jones films and only one bad one. The bad one is Temple of Doom

      • William Shakespeare

        *BUZZZZ* Wrong. Indy IV is a very fun movie. Morons who can’t enjoy a fun yarn aren’t worth listening to.

    • Dave Brown

      Agreed. I think the Indy 4 hates comes mostly from bandwagon hopping after the great South Park episode. Which is ironic because that episode was more of a criticism of people over-reacting to the movie as opposed to the movie itself.
      I have issues with Indy, but the outlandish plot, impossible feats performed by the characters are not ANY of them. You can find all that stuff in the other three movies, but they get a pass for some reason.
      The real problems with Indy 4, and I like the movie and think it works despite it’s problems, come from shoe-horning Marion into the movie and not giving her anything to do. Following the whole ‘lets make Indy a human and not a cartoon character’ that started in Last Crusade by giving him daddy issues, in Skulls it was a son. And finally, the exposition in this movie is propelled with leaden dialogue that goes on forever and never makes what the skulls are or do very clear. Not needed. The artifacts Indy hunts are beyond besides the point in all these movies.

      • jim

        You think the hate for Indy 4 comes from South Park? Are you kidding me? It was horrible. Go back and watch Raiders again. It looks like a movie shot on location. There are no CGI monkeys. There is nothing, nothing as ridiculous as that sword fight through the jungle. Marion is cool, and real, not reading lines and looking like she’s just thrilled to be there. Like Indy 4 if you want, but it blows, Blows.

      • Goregeous

        The nuke fridge alone is ridiculous enough to make it horrible.

    • Norman Dostal

      When Darth screams Noooo, the scene is ruined-no one thinks otherwise. You obviously dont get it if you think “explaining” the force as a Jesus metaphor is cool…sigh

      • merwanor

        A reply after 7 months, can never go wrong with being against popular opinion. I always find it funny when someone says stuff like “no one thinks otherwise” or “everyone think so”….

        There is always someone who has a different opinion on something than you do.

        Heck, most of the people I know enjoy all the SW movies, my Father even likes Episode 1 better than all the other movies, and he even grew up with the old trilogy. It is mostly on the Internet that haters complain and complain to no end.

        You obviously don’t get that people have different tastes in how things should be… sigh

        • Goregeous

          Humans gossip. This has happened since the dawn of man. The only thing the internet has done is added distance, convenience, speed, and anonymity into that age-old byproduct of survival and evolution.

  • McGygas

    Vader`s Noooo?, Its a cool scene, its one of the few moments on the SAGA, when Vader (with the suit) feels more “Human”

    • Norman Dostal

      no, sorry, its terrible

  • Eduard Korhonen

    8. Midiclorians

    You, like everyone else, seem to miss the point. The Force is still this mysterious mystical energy, but it’s the midichlorians that allow people to connect to it. Still a shit idea though

    • TheOct8pus

      Yes. $#% midiclorians

    • TheRentschmeister

      It’s also done to create a link between those characters and humanity since “midichlorians” are merely mitochondria.

    • Tyler Tiberius McQuarrie

      “I hate midiclorians because everybody else hates midiclorians.”

  • Mike Garcia

    Star Wars episode 3 is a perfect film, best of the whole saga

    • Some Guy

      The second half of Episode 3 was the best of the Prequels.


      Surely you jest.

    • Norman Dostal

      absurd-it still has the bad acting or Portman and Hayden…

  • Russ Whitfield

    Aperham Lincoln is actually riffing on the end on the Pierre Boulle novel “Monkey Planet.”

  • Dris

    I enjoyed the Apelaham Lincoln, The ending of A.I. and especially, Vader’s birth.
    Fuck me, right?

    • Norman Dostal

      yes, I’m afraid so…raise the bar please-youre ruining movies for the 99.9999999% rest of us

  • Rufus William Offor

    To be honest, it seems that the movies themselves should be erased, not just the individual scenes.

  • Shawn Hudson

    The scene at the end of A.I. used to be one of my most hated scenes, but in 2008, I remember having a conversation with someone who changed my mind on it forever. Ultimately, it’s one of the most sad and terrible endings in history.

    Evolved robots find the first robot and a piece of human hair. They go on to resurrect a person only to keep her in a illusionary cage. He knows she’s going to die at the end of the day, but says, “Sure, why not!” anyway. And then Mom says, “Oh, I’m so tired. I don’t know why.” Etc. No one clues her in, not even her “loving” robot son. “Hey Ma! You’re gunna die … again!” They all just watch, right there on screen, and half the audience is just like, “D’awwwww.”

    And she wasn’t the first person to experience 24 hours of Frankenstein’s Monstering … no, they’ve been resurrecting humans for one-day-sessions for years at that point, according to their earlier talk.

    Seems pretty f’in terrible to me, like the ramblings of a deranged … oh, it was Kubrick. My bad.

  • Douglas Kolacki

    I thought for sure you’d include Peter Jackson’s way-overblown King Kong. A third of it should have been edited out, most notably the never-ending fight between the ape and the three T-Rexes. On, and on, and on, they’re falling down a cliff, they get caught by vines, who cares, can we get on with the story now???

    • TheOct8pus

      I agree. Most of Peter Jackson’s action scenes (dare I say the Tolkien films too?) are WAY too long!! The bronto stampede, the giant bugs, the T-rex battle go on forever. We get it!!

      • Joshua Thirteen

        doesn’t anyone just enjoy the visuals? It’s not about getting anything. it’s about seeing.

  • Who wrote this article? The writing is pretty bad, calling the end of the movie balls? really? The A.I ending was great and if they saw the whole film they’d have no doubt that it was obviously evolve robots. Also the Darth Vadar birth was pretty cool, not sure why you hated it so much since you just put nooooooooooooo instead of giving a good explanation. lol

    • Eric Lund

      Good that someone posted about the A.I. Ending beings were robots. I mean it is actually the only logical thing considering humans are done with the major evolution due to being able to manufacture anything we need so what continues the human legacy? The things we created. Once we develop A.I. robots will take over the earth … Not necessarily a bad thing but it will be our legacy.

      • lagin

        AI is sci fiction fantasy, as is your religion of evolution.

        • MrMidstream

          Evolution is a theory, just like the theory of Islam or Christianity. They’re all simply theories. Or let me guess, Christianity is the one true religion and theory? smh

          • Goregeous

            No, they aren’t. Evolution, a theory involves evidence, of which religion involves none.

    • Connor

      You lost all credibility when you called the Darth Vader scene cool.

      • thecountofincognito

        It WAS kind of cool, right up until he started asking about Padme and they forgot to put the reverb on his voice and then that Godawful “Noooooooooo.” There was nothing wrong with just showing Vader, and having him say “Yes, master.”

        • Connor

          That’s fine, I don’t think anyone had a problem with that part.

    • Norman Dostal

      Its universally known that when Darth Vader screams Nooooo, everyone laughs at how absurd it is-no explanation necessary. The actual “birth” was pretty cool.

  • Mike White

    Another bad surfing scene… Shooting the curl in Escape from L.A.

    • Carlos Cuevas

      Agreed! God, that was terrible. And I’m a John Carpenter fan!

  • Earych

    He is so right! Let’s just toss the ending we waited six movies to see in favor of some Sopranos type ending where we go straight to the credits,

  • custard ganet

    Spielberg insists that Kubrick intended the exact same ending to AI when we was trying to get it made,its a very bittersweet ending and i have no problems with it.

    • ChowYunPhat

      Exactly. If you think that’s supposed to be a happy ending, you aren’t getting it at all.

  • Joshua Clark

    Difference between me and the Star Wars fans of today… I believe whole heartedly that The prequel movies should NEVER have been made. Having seen the original at the age of 4, long before it was “a new hope”

    • Joshua Clark

      Sorry.. Phone issues. Anyways… Instead of filling a void or completing a story, all the prequels did was leave an empty, wanting feeling.

    • Ryan M. Kealy

      The thing that’s sad about the prequels is that there are a couple of good movies in there, wanting to get out. A few simple choices in the story dept and we’d be celebrating them (or at least tolerating them).

      • Joshua Clark

        You sir have hit the nail square on the head. Better actor/actresses choices, a different story direction here and there… These would be amazing films, as would Prometheus, and The Thing prequel. Alas, all we are left with is what might have been. And Jar Jar.

    • Richard Harney

      Star Wars was always “A New Hope”. They just never listed it as a subtitle because you don’t know if your movie is going to take off or not. Star Wars actually got bad reviews when it came out. The only thing that Lucas changed from the originals that is very hard to find anymore is the song that the Ewoks sand at the end of Return of the Jedi. I’m sure it’s probably on YouTube somewhere.

      • Rob Lambe

        Off the top of my head I can correct you twice in A New Hope. Han shot first ( which should have been obvious) and the scene with Jabba in Mos Eisley. Jabba didn’t originally appear in the series until Return. Also, Return had that CGI musical act tacked on.

        The only movie to go untouched was Empire, the film George had the least involvement in.

        • TheRentschmeister

          Sorry, going to have to correct you in regards to Jabba’s first appearance. When “Star Wars” was originally filmed, Lucas did indeed film the scene with Jabba and Han. However, in the scene Jabba was merely a fat human male. Lucas wasn’t happy with the end look of the scene, he wanted more for Jabba, so he cut the bit from the film. It wasn’t until years later that technology had advanced enough to allow him to make the scene look like he had originally envisioned it, so he did.
          People like to put their own views on the Star Wars films, but at the end of the day, it’s George Lucas’s baby. It’s his stories, his ideas, his vision. Hence he’s free to make it whatever he wants to be. If he wants to do stupid stuff like make Han shoot second, it’s his right to do so. Now that he’s handed the reins over to Disney, he won’t have that ability any longer.

          • thecountofincognito

            It’s too bad his “original vision” as far as the digitally inserted Jabba in A New Hope goes, was so far away from what Jabba ended up looking like in Return of the Jedi. That may be because it looks like it was done by a first year computer graphics student…

          • Connor

            It is his right to do so, but not to wipe all original copies from existence.

        • William Shakespeare

          Empire had plenty of changes, they were just more subtle. Because it was the closest to what *George* wanted in the first place.

        • Norman Dostal

          wrong-empire has a few changes-the Wampa scene was extended by minutes, some of the effects were tweaked…try googling! haha-Lucas was on set every day of Empire

      • Norman Dostal

        wow-come on, dummy-you cant lie on line and not expect people to correct you! The 1977 Star Wars had STELLAR reviews-almost every single of them. (Hint-the ewoks didnt sing anything-the excised song did have lyrics, but ewoks were not singing…so dumb). There are numerous changes to all three originals

        • Richard Harney

          Ebert is famous for giving it a thumbs down for one. I guess you have original movie review links to back up your claim? The voices singing at the end are CLEARLY Ewoks. I understand Lucas changed more than that, but apparently your small mind can’t grasp prepositional phrases.

    • William Shakespeare

      The difference between you and Star Wars fans of today is that they aren’t hopelessly lost in their childhood and are actually fans of what Star Wars *is*, not what we wish it would be.

  • WhoCares

    You were completely wrong including the Straw Dogs rape scene. The movie may be too intense for you. That scene is critical to establishing the complicated situation. The guy who rapes her is her old boyfriend, and the scene demonstrates that things are not black and white regarding how she feels. That is not to say she wants the rape. Assuming that is a serious underestimation of what the movie is trying to convey. It’s a story of a beta male with a beautiful woman who is lusted after and surrounded by alpha males. Eventually, the beta is forced to become an alpha to protect his beliefs, property, and safety. The wife’s behavior during the rape demonstrates the conflict that can occur as a result of being with a beta male.

  • Aroreiel

    Terrible list. The majority of the films on this list should’ve been deleted, not just picking on one scene from each of them. The only great movie there, Fellowship of the Ring, and you pick a scene that needed to be in the film and, therefore, didn’t need to be deleted.

  • Dacey Booker

    So sick of people “complaining” about “Spielberg’s” ending for A.I. However one feels about it, it was Stanley Kubrick’s ending before he passed away. Not Spielberg’s. Also, will people stop b*tching about The Phantom Menace already?

  • Karl Hungus

    Completely wrong about Straw Dogs. The subtext during the (pivotal) rape scene informs the rest of the movie.

  • Doug

    I have to disagree with the LOTR scene… it was my favorite scene of the entire movie.

    • Brett McCoy

      It’s actually an extremely important scene for the storyline, leaving it out would have been worse than some of the changes made in TTT. I agree, they could have done it a bit better, though, but Jackson doesn’t do well with subtlety…

    • Brett Lamb

      Not to mention exactly as described in the book.

      • Dan Mack

        And it’s done brilliantly, effects-wise! They take one of the most beautiful women on earth and render her as a woman-child half her apparent age, with monstrous black eyes, and all without robbing her of a scintilla of her expressiveness as an actor! It makes the fade back to the real Galadriel that much more shattering and heartbreaking!

    • MrStasmosis

      That Galadriel scene was epic! One of my favourites… True, Peter Jackson isn’t great with subtlety, particularly with the Hobbit movies, but I thought that scene hit the right note.

      • Dave Brown

        Pfffft…Jackson isn’t subtle on ANY movie, with Heavenly Creatures being the exception. He’s not a subtle director. He’s bombastic and excessive and he’s fucking amazing at it too! Being subtle is overrated. It’s just a buzz-word people like to use to make them sound like they know what they’re talking about when critiquing a movie

    • lagin

      Yep they are dead wrong about the Galadriel scene. Loved it.

    • Stacie

      I agree 100% it is the one scene that shows that the Ring is so evil that even someone as holy as Galadriel can be tempted and corrupted by it!

      • Bahamut5098

        It was a bit ridiculous, though. They could have toned it down some and it would have worked to effect much better. She just looks ridiculous as it is now.

    • James M

      PJ fluffed it. He made Galadriel look as if she had been hit by Force Lightning, when the point of the scene is that she is meant to be very beautiful when “set…up as Queen” as a result of taking the Ring.

      And she is far too thin in that scene – “thin and stretched”, in fact. The scene just before, that represented what Frodo saw in the Mirror, could have been far closer to the book.

      Still, that film was good as a reasonably accurate impression of the first two books of TLOTR. Did we really need Lurtz though ? Or the butterfly ?

    • Kitty Cat

      I disagree as well, Galadriel losing her shit is awesome and one of my favorite scenes in that movie. I use the line “all shall love me and despair” whenever I get the opportunity. It’s badass.

    • Precious Gumb

      I like the creative direction PJ took with Galadriel’s transformation. For years, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it (reminded me of something from 30’s cinema) Now it seems to me a form of German Expressionism. Google The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and see if I’m on to something.

  • Robert Zielinski

    I agree with most of your critiques, however, I liked the James Bond scene. How come people are still ragging on the invisible car concept. About 2 weeks after Die Another Day came out, after the invisible car thing was criticized, it came out in the New York times that the US military is attempting to develop the same technology in that movie that made the Aston Martin Disappear.

    • TheOct8pus

      I have an invisible car. It’s a Lamborghini.

      Only I can see it.

  • Dart Vade


    • A.More

      I am very afraid for whatever country’s education system spawned you.

      • Dayakar Padayachee

        what he means is that mitochondria exists, which midiclorians are based on. It is the biology of Humans, that particles make up our system and that these particles work in the way of the force. In my opinion, Star Wars is a very spiritual journey, that touches on the evolution of human beings from particles and atoms and nature to people who believe in a cosmic force..

        • A.More

          I know what Mitochondria are, and i also know that Lucas based his nonsense on that. I am also very sure that he did NOT mean that, or else he should have said so. Confusing fantasy terms with real biology is not exactly a way to show your education, and so my comment above stands.

          • lagin

            Well all you’re doing is brainwashing yourself with junk lies and evolutionary garbage at school, that you had no alternative given.

          • A.More

            Right, proven fact is “junk”. Unlike “invisible sky daddy” myth, which of course is the one truth. Got it.

  • TheOct8pus

    One thing I always found ridiculous about the Darth Vader “birth” scene is that the surgical droids perform this complicated prosthetic attachment operation without any anesthesia and without even taking off his burnt clothes!! Where did these guys go to medical school??

    • Rorshach Sridhar

      Sidious purposefully had no painkillers used to increase Vader’s force power.

      • Daniel B

        I’d honestly be interested in seeing a source on that. I’ve never heard that before. I do know that the suit itself does provide a nearly constant flow of painkillers though.

        • Rorshach Sridhar

          I don’t think it’s been confirmed, but that’s what the fan community says so we gotta go with it.

  • Tom Khan

    FUCK!! NOT AGAIN!! THIS BITCHING ABOUT MIDI-CHLORIANS HAS REALLY GONE WAY TOO OVERBOARD!! WHY DON’T YOU JUST REPLACE THAT WITH ALL OF JAR JAR BINKS’ FUCKIN’ SCENES COMBINED!! JAR JAR HAS NO PLACE IN THE STAR WARS CANON WHATSOVER! Midi-chlorians could have gone either way if the movie actually had a decent writer. The problem is George Lucas is not a decent writer, he never was, nor was he a decent director (Irvin Kirshner and even Richard Marquand WERE). But NO FUCKING WAY DOES THAT BELONG ON THIS LIST!! YOU PEOPLE ARE ACTING LIKE THE EPISODE 2 ANAKIN!!

    On a side note, I agree that both Anakin actors sucked. Jake Lloyd was obviously incompetent, and Hayden Christensen is a limited actor. Just because he supposedly did well in Shattered Glass doesn’t mean he can do well as Anakin Skywalker and especially Darth Vader. I bet there were a lot of decent actors that would have been much better than Lloyd and Christensen. Lucas was stupid enough to think that Christensen had chemistry with Natalie Portman, but he really didn’t.

  • Tom Khan

    Also, the “NOOOOO!” in Revenge of the Sith does actually suck, despite that being the only good prequel film. But maybe it’s too high.

  • Nicole Antonia Carson

    Nuking the Fridge was the best part of Crystal Skull!

  • Richard Harney

    Star Wars Episode I. Any scene with Jar Jar Binks should have been cut, or maybe every scene for that matter.

    • Tom Khan

      Not necessarily every scene. There are some positive aspects, although they do not make it a good movie and it isn’t. For one thing, the Podracing scene might be a breath of fresh air between all the godawful dialogue (despite having some dialogue and Jar Jar in between). The lightsaber battle of Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan vs. Darth Maul might be a breath of fresh air too, as the only dialogue there are Obi-Wan’s “NOOO!!!” and Qui-Gon dying in Obi-Wan’s arms and making him promise to train Anakin, though it’s no better dialogue than elsewhere. The scenes segued in between, like Anakin in space ending up in the Droid control ship and accidentally destroying it and Padme, Panaka, etc. going to capture Viceroy Gunray, not so much. Since Jar Jar Binks shouldn’t have been created in the first place, the battle between the Gungans and the Battle Droids shouldn’t be there either.

      I wonder what would have happened if the movie had actual good script, a good director, and not having Jar Jar even thought of and actually finding a decent child actor to play Anakin instead of the borderline incompetent Jake Lloyd.

    • William Shakespeare

      How clever of you. You’re on the internet making nasty comments

      about The Phantom Menace. A true pioneer…

      • Richard Harney

        You need to work on your iambic pentameter Mr. Shakespeare.

        • Tyler Tiberius McQuarrie

          You need to develop an opinion that isn’t what the internet has told you to have.

          • Richard Harney

            The internet didn’t tell me shit. Jar Jar Binks’ retarded antics and stupid voice and stupid me-sa language killed the movie. He added absolutely nothing to the story.

  • Ari Gleaves

    Galadriel: If this wasn’t done, it would be missing the whole ‘even elves can be tempted’ aspect. And she could have taken the ring, in the book and the movie, but ended up refusing to.

    • Daniel B

      It also reinforces Gandalf’s reaction about not taking the ring at the beginning. It’s placement directly after Gandalf’s death and with a leader of this immortal pure people was not an accident.

      It’s an important scene to repeat that message to the audience and in greater context to Tolkien’s work Gandalf and Sauron are essentially of the same race of beings the Maiar. Although Gandalf is less powerful in general he could easily become just as evil in time. “I would use this Ring from the desire to do good. But through me, it would wield a power too great and terrible to imagine.”-[Gandalf to Frodo]

  • Andre Breville

    Batman and Robin was a terrible movie anyway. I like to pretend Joe Schumackers’ terrible batman movies never existed.

  • Laszlo Molnar

    Maybe I’m a bit too forgiving. Or maybe I just like to enjoy my movies instead of nitpicking and looking for how to find something to hate in them.

    Planet of the Apes – is probably the weakest Tim Burton movie I have ever seen but it’s not “bad”. The ending just fits this mild level of entertainment.

    Batman & Robin – well, it was terrible from beginning to end, so why pick one scene? Actually I laughed a lot during Batman & Robin, on how intentionally bad it was, but I just didn’t find any scene a lot worse than the others.

    Matrix Revolutions – the ZIon party is one of the few memorable scenes in the largely inhuman and overblown (still acceptable) sequel.

    Galadriel in LotR – well, not the best scene I agree; however, it’s pure Peter Jackson (from the pre-LotR times).

    Alien 4 – I know it was not scary, more like disturbing and strange. But hey, what did anyone expect from Jean-Pierre Jeunet?

    Midiclorians – are not the best approach to explaining the force I agree. But it wasn’t the worst scene (the movie didn’t have bad scenes per se, it had some bad directing and bad screenplay problems).

    Ocean’s Twelve – wasn’t to be taken too seriously. So this outrageous wink-wink moment of Julia Roberts pretending to be Julia Roberts was just… pure fun.

    Lost World: Jurassic Park – was bigger, louder, darker than the (overpraised) original) – and, yes, dumber. So the ending just fit the movie and at least it was fun.

    Die Another Day – just like Batman and Robin, it went too far to irony and fantasy action territory, and just like in case of the Batman series, it resulted in a great follow-up that tried to take itself very seriously. So, first of all, we can say thank you to these stupid movies, and second, I still enjoyed them as some spectacular, silly fun. Including this scene, which, of course, could have had a better CGI.

    Nuking the Fridge – well, did you accept all the actions in the previous Indiana Jones movies? Maybe you were a kid then? Nuking the fridge was something grown-up audiences detested. I found it to be fun. Also a nice forwshadowing of the very same look of the ending and the morals about the destroying wish of humanity of knowing more. By the way, the silliest moment of the movie is the monkey scene. I laughed hard and found it to be pure old Indy fun.

    Revenge of the Sith – I agree the scene could have been more effective without the “noo” screaming, but it still wasn’t bad if you cared about the drama of Anakin.

    And… A.I. – Artificial Intelligence. A movie that had a lot more depth than most of the viewers could see. Yes, those are evolved robots in the end, and it makes perfect sense. During the movie Gigolo Joe explains David that humans are afraid of them because they know the robots are the future. In the beginning of this end scene the robots say they have found some “originals”.
    and this ending… is just what the movie is about. The journey of humanity and the journey of the human. Leaving your parents, you are looking for someone to replace them. It can be God you are looking for (lots of images show this thread)… or someone resembling your parent of the opposite genre. In the end, God is abandoned (the statue of Mary is broken into pieces, faith is lost) but David gets an artificial recreation of his mother – a copy of his mother. The movie ends in a bed with her, with half a sentence from Spielberg’s beloved Peter Pan – David went to “a place where dreams are born”. As Neverland in Peter Pan is a metaphor of death (this is the place where lost boys are, never growing up), this is a rather bittersweet ending – but just the ending the whole movie’s story was built on.

  • John Taylor

    Most are scenes that don’t deserve the attention you’ve given them in this article.

  • Mikey Wood

    The beings in A.I. weren’t aliens OR more evolved humans. They were more evolved robots. They are studying the now-extinct human race the way we would dinosaurs or ancient Egypt. To them, finding David is akin to finding the missing link.

  • David MacDowell Blue

    Honestly? This whole article comes across as an exercise in “snark for the hell of it.” I’m not impressed with any of the arguments given, which for the most part aren’t arguments. Rather they are off-the-cuff attempts at wit that fail. Hell, I don’t even like half these movies but can see no reason to delete over most scenes listed here. And the writer doesn’t even TRY to give a reason most of the time. Just says “drop it” or some such. Technically this is an “argument from authority” with the added bonus of said authority having none. I suppose now I at least have a basis about whether or not to read anything by David Zhou. Based on this article–no, Don’t. There’s no content.

  • Melissa Hamari

    The whole movie of Batman & Robin should have been deleted.

  • Baccar Wozat

    The Julia Roberts thing was the best part of a great movie! And “Mega-Galadriel” works even though you can tell it’s all CG and paintbox shading.

  • JasonShankel

    The ending of AI is in Kubrick’s script. And the “happy ending” quality is ironic. It’s actually morally terrifying. David’s image of love is to use technology to revive his lost mother and not tell her what’s going on. It’s the same thing she did to him.

  • Jojo Phoenix

    i personally loved Julia beeing Julia

  • Bill Murphy

    I’ve come to the conclusion after all these years that the ending to AI is actually brilliantly bittersweet, it’s far from a happy ending, it’s in fact incredibly bleak, if you were paying actual attention. Also those are not aliens they are in fact highly evolved robots. Just like Gigolo Joe said, “when the end come all that will be left, is us”. That the ending to AI is a bad one is mere misconception, much like how people think The Lone Ranger or John Carter, perfectly entertaining, even soaring films are bad simply because they were flops.

  • Lane Meyer

    This article sucks. The writer sucks. His opinions and conclusions are obvious. He should probably go home and do some lines of draino.

  • JW42

    I liked the birth of Vader AND the Artificial Intelligence ending… AI is clearly a movie that many many struggle with, but its one of my favorites of all time… very sad movie.

  • kingjulian83

    #13 was in the Matrix Reloaded…

  • Hull Kogan

    The Ape lincoln was very good. Should not be on this list.

  • Hegemon875

    A.I. wanted to show that the earth would be inherited by machines eventually which is why it had to end in the far future. Doesn’t justify the exact ending that we got but does justify why it went beyond the scene with David underwater. Also, my memory is a little foggy, but Kubrick either originally penned the “schmaltzy” ending or approved it.

  • Jeremy Martin M

    What?! The evil Galadriel bit was awesome! Prometheus was great too, what plot holes? Name one!

  • Dresden

    The “dance party” in Zion was actually an orgy. They kept it pretty PG13 but still. It’s an homage to the public orgies of ancient Rome.

    You should probably watch the documentary Return to Source, it goes into the mythology and philosophy that plays heavily into the story of The Matrix.

    • Forrealz

      Yeah we’re about to be invaded, let us all have an orgy. MORONS!

  • gerrig72

    Mostly agree except two things. The elfqueen. One of the few good scenes which included Frodo. As far as I am concerned, what should have been cut is Frodo from th entire trilogy… And the Darth Vader scene. I thought it was one of the few entertaining moments in the entire new trilogy.

    • Eric Scoles

      Frodo is just about the weakest part of the entire book. Bilbo is just so much more FUN, as a character.

      All the other complaints about The Hobbit aside, the casting on that (Freeman) was brilliant.

  • Joe Fiore

    Two of these are awesome scenes that do NOT belong on this list: the T Rex in San Diego in Lost World was awesome. It was the best scene in the film, in fact. And the nuking of the fridge was also incredibly awesome.

  • Are you kidding? “Galadriel’s Temptation?” That was one of of my favorite scenes in LOTR!

    “In place of a dark lord you will have a QUEEEEEN, beautiful and terrible as the dawn! Treacherous as the sea! Stronger than the roots of the Earth! All shall love me and DESPAIR!”

    • Eric Scoles

      Agreed that it’s an important scene — not cuttable, not at all, because it both drives home the wisdom and strength of will of the high elves, and the corrupting power of the Ring.

      The SFX did leave a bit to be desired, though.

  • krone888

    THE PHINOCHIO ENDING WAS KUBRICK’S IDEA, not Speilbergs. Speilberg was just keeping with his wishes.

    • Eric Scoles

      Yup, it sure was. It’s also why Aldiss bowed out of working on the script with Kubrick.

      As a visionary, I’ll take Aldiss over Kubrick any day of the week.

  • OhDawg

    If you think there are aliens in A.I. then you didn’t really understand the film. Also “evolved humans” is another incorrect answer to the question of who the beings are who find robot David at the bottom of the ocean.

    Lord knows you don’t have to like that ending, lots of people understand that it’s not about aliens but still find it sappy and on-the-nose. But if you are to include it on a list like this at least you need to have grasped what is actually going on in the scene. Otherwise your critique of it easily becomes not only invalid, but outright inane

    I find it beautiful and bittersweet and I cry like a baby at the image of the bear trying to crawl onto the bed with his dead friend, who has been granted one final moment of peace before death. But hey, that’s me.

    • Eric Scoles

      The fact that it’s so easy to mis-apprehend what’s going on there is a good reason to criticize the ending. (Also, I’m pretty sure the article author was being facetious in his ‘misunderstanding.’)

      • OhDawg

        Well, sarcasm is a difficult thing to communicate in text. I miss it sometimes, and may well have done so here.

        And the “Aliens -WTF?” reaction to A.I. is common enough that I guess it’s appropriate to criticize the movie for it – unless you want to laud it for not talking down to its audience and over-explaining things.

    • InvisibleZombie

      I want a Teddy.

  • Eric Scoles

    The weirdest part about AI is that according to Brian Aldiss (who worked on the original script treatments based on his short stories, ‘Super Toys Last All Summer Long’ and ‘Super Toys When Winter Comes’), the sappy tacked-on ending was very likely what Kubrick wanted. Aldiss said that one of the reasons he stopped working on the script was that Kubrick was obsessed with the parental relationship, which in Aldiss’s mind wasn’t what the story was about at all. (He was more concerned with the responsibility toward the thing we’d created.)


    What are the words I am looking for? Hmmm. Yes, FUCK YOU! AI needs that ending, the end of Revenge is fine, and the fridge is a bit of business from legend. Get over yourselves and fuck this ugly ass website. Fuck you and fuck off.

  • Tom Whaley

    I think The Lost World’s San Diego scene is one of the best scenes in the entire trilogy. It’s what the entire movie was building up to… Transporting dinosaurs to the city and recreating Jurassic Park. However, we knew that this was a bad move, which is why the humans on the island were split in two factions. Should the movie have ended before this scene? Should they have transported the T-Rex to San Diego, have Jeff Goldblum say “Eh, bad move” and shrug his shoulders, and then talk about it in Jurassic Park III? No. The San Diego scene is the climax of the movie! Not a throwaway scene by any means.

    While I thought the Indiana Jones fridge scene was goofy, people are entirely too hard on this movie. Are we really complaining about realism in a quadrilogy involving The Holy Grail, The Ark of the Covenant, Indy free falling out of a place and down a mountain/waterfall on a raft, etc… Yeah, the Crystal Skull wasn’t the finest movie, but lighten up a little. The entire series is ridiculous and over-the-top, which is all the fun!

    • Pizza the Hutt

      Agreed the San DIego scene was the best scene in the film

  • I don’t get why people find the Inviso-car so hard to believe compared all the other outlandish gadgets in the Bond series, especially since unlike the others, the car was actually based on real life technology.

  • J S

    It wasn’t the birth of Darth Vader, Vader began when Anakin joined the dark side officially.

  • Mark Penrice

    #6… wrong. We never thought at any point that Bay had got the hang of making a film about big metal-plate robots fighting each other. The robo-balls, along with the ghettobots, are just two (four?) small awful parts of a much larger, terrible (w)hole.

  • christomlin

    Nuking the fridge? That scene was fantastic!
    How many different medieval or ancient labyrinths can Indiana Jones zoom through? Bringing in a totally new kind of environment, first Area 51, then the atom bomb was brilliant! Better than most of the rest of the movie. Ridiculous and far fetched that he survived? Of course. But seriously, what harum-scarum escape in ANY of the Indiana Jones movies wasn’t ridiculous and far fetched.
    Fail dudes. That sequence was great.
    Darth Vader in the suit… sigh. Only one more in a series of pat and contrived steps in the last 20 minutes of the movie. It was as if George Lucas were just ticking off items on a shopping list. “Hmmm… where were we? oh yeah 23) Vader’s arms and legs get cut off 24) he gets set on fire 25) Luke and Leah are born 26) Luke and Leah are separated 27) Vader gets rigged up in the suit…” and so on.
    Totally agree on “AI”
    The part about “okay-fast-forward-to-when-all-of-humanity-is-extinct-and-there’s-nothing-left-but-aliens-or-super-duper-robots” left me saying “huh?”
    Hey what about the middle part, the party about all of humanity has gone extinct!” Ridiculous. Sort of a weird deus ex machina in which all of the universe and time come through to give us a happy ending.

  • anonim

    You dont like midiclorians,… shh just go and die in peace!

  • ok heh

    Even when I saw FotR in the theater, I thought to myself why Galadriel suddenly turned into Jennifer Lopez.

    Its not the scene, but the effect.

  • Aaron Stites

    All of those are terrible movies except LOTR and that scene was fine anyway. The person who made this list obviously doesn’t know good cinema because they just chose crappy moment of even crappier movies. It’s a redundant move really.

  • Chris Bredehoft

    The dumb writer of this article obviously does not understand the importance of the LOTR scene, and the complete humility Galadriel displays by rejecting the ring. Jackson brilliantly captured the essence of her potential power versus her willingness to let a lesser being such as Frodo determine the course of events. You truly are ignorant, because that is one of the most teachable moments in that movie.

    • DaveGinOly

      Very, very well said!

  • Jonathan Osborne

    Actually, AI had two good stopping points.
    If you stopped it with him the car, it would have been a dark tragedy and an excellent movie with a gloomy ending.

    If you stopped it with the aliens all touching the robot and learning about mankind’s history through his experiences, you would have also had a very good ending… this one would give more power to Jude Law’s line that was something to the effect of “they hate us because we’ll be here long after they’re gone”. It is a good big-headed science-fiction ending.

    However, as you so rightly said… AI chose the crappy ending.

    • ThatPersonWithTheName

      It’s because Spielberg went with Kubrick’s ending, and Kubrick doesn’t do warm and fuzzy well, though he tried.

    • Almighty_Zeus

      They were highly advanced mecha, not aliens.

  • Nate Blank

    You are so wrong! That scene in LOTR was epic and so is classic!

  • Dave Brown

    Okay, “Just wanted to see Dustin Hoffman crack some heads”???? Again, supposed ‘fans’ of Straw Dogs who didn’t really understand what the movie was about. Her reaction in the rape scene is WHY this is classic. It’s ambiguous and challenging. Hoffman wasn’t a hero at the end. He failed. He let a rage out that he was repressing. HE was the ultimate villain.
    A.I.-not aliens. They were robots(which from the visual I thought was pretty obvious), and without the ending showing the fate of humanity the story has NO POINT. If it would’ve ended where EVERYONE who detracts from this movie says, the movie would have had a pointless arc and a total anti-climax. Btw, the ending of A.I. is Kubrick’s fault, not Spielberg’s as it was always the ending to this particular tale.
    Can I get a job here? I seem to know more about movies…..

  • Post

    The tree rape scene from Evil Dead should be number one.

  • Isaac

    I don’t think AI: Artificial Intelligence was that bad. Is it 2001? NO!!
    But most people blame the ending for making it terrible, but that sappy
    ending was the great Stanley Kubrick’s idea. He wanted to make a
    Spielberg film he never got to make, and Spielberg wanted to make the
    Kubrick film he always wanted to make. And Spielberg’s retention of
    Kubrick’s original ending shows how he respects him and wanted to keep
    it as an homage to the great director.

    • calciferboheme

      You said it better than I would have. 🙂

  • Pizza the Hutt

    Sorry that JP2 scene with the TREX was an homage and was funny as hell.

    The AI ending was dark because David died at the end in my opinion

  • The Great King Beleth

    schmaltzy? I know you mean overly sentimental. I was just thinking Schmaltz is rendered chicken fat. So it’s covered in chicken fat? Alrighty then… 😛

  • sanch

    Really “THE GREAT SCENE OF FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING” which is the turning point of the story should have been deleted? Are you being out of your f****** mind ? You guys really need to understand significance of a great scene in a movie which is probably one of the best crafted movie in the history of the cinema

    • DaveGinOly

      It’s probably my favorite scene, in a series of movies that I found ultimately disappointing. The scene is essential to the story arc of Galadriel, something known to any fans of the book (and The Silmarillion), but obviously not known to the author of this article.

      • sanch

        I am not even taking Silmarillion or anything into account.. Just the gravity of that scene was one of the most memorable

  • Rusa

    I just wish on the birth of vader they left it at “lord vader” yes my master” “rise” or however that line went. For me vader yelling noo was just horrible

  • Thors Man

    The Galadriel scene was directly from the books and was perfect. Perhaps familiarity with the source material is in order here. Also not sure about the birth of Vader. Of ALL the things that can be criticized in those films (and I’ll admit, there are many), I truly don’t understand why THAT particular scene was singled out. It was necessary and, as the first trilogy goes, not horribly executed.

    • DaveGinOly

      The scene was nearly word-for-word from the book. Jackson departed from the book by having Galadriel reveal herself as a magically powerful Noldorin elf. I ended up disliking LOTR for the changes that Jackson made, but this scene raises the hair on the back of my neck every time I see it.

  • corvus1970

    On the matter of not-including the “Dark Queen” scene with Galadriel in FOTR:

    If you are trolling, well-done.

    If you are serious, then I don’t know what you’re smoking, and suggest you stop. Immediately.

  • MrBeale

    I really don’t get the hate for Midichlorians.

    • InvisibleZombie

      Maybe it shouldn’t have sound like chlorine… bleach.
      Maybe it was the blood test.
      We can’t imagine Old Ben every asking Luke to roll up his sleeve.

  • Beth Baxter

    In A.I. I thought “they” were evolved androids and the humans were extinct.

  • Damien

    Wait!! Batman & Robin?! I think that whole movie should’ve been one big deleted scene…

  • Biizzarro

    Hey… idiot… on A.I. ISNT aliens, or humans. They are ROBOTS. Can you get it now? The “motorboy” is the “missing link” with the past of this new kind of robot.

  • vischimp

    Mega Galadrial was awesome..You guys blow..Also, why did I have to click through 3 windows to get to this story??? Definitely NOT liking tasteofcinema on fb…

  • meonthissite

    Whoever wrote this has 0 taste because of what they said about the LOTR scene, they’ve obviously never read the books nor can they appreciate what that scene means for the entire storyline. Seriously, they should get some taste. The same goes for A.I. Seriously if you can’t figure out what’s going on in these movies you shouldn’t be commenting on them. Evolved humans? Did you not watch the thing?

    • InvisibleZombie

      (They were future mechas, right?)

  • djeec

    It frustrates me to see how so many people continue to get that detail of the Phantom Menace wrong. Was it a good movie? No. But Liam Neeson’s character never says that ‘midichlorians ARE the force’, he says ‘they help people to communicate with the force’. People need to start paying attention to the details before criticizing George Lucas for ruining the mythology.

    • Norman Dostal

      doenst matter

    • KirklesWorth

      There is no question that “midichlorians” squashed the magnificence of the force in order to solve a simple plot issue of “measuring” the power of the force. Why couldn’t Qui-Gon Jinn just sense how powerful the boy was without taking his blood? Vader sensed Luke’s power through the vacuum of space while chasing him over the Death Star.

      Obi-Wan Kenobi: “Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.”

      Yoda: “For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it,
      makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are
      we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here,
      between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the
      land and the ship.”

      Qui-Gon Jinn: “Space herpes.”

  • AlessaRises

    7. Julia and Julia

    worst scene of all time…

  • Andrew

    LOTR worst scene was the gay laughing in the 3rd movie and Frodo woke in bed. Also in A.Is defence the advanced beings read the boys mind and so they created the ending with the Fiery as it was what he wanted. But could have been a cooler ending.

  • Dyer Streets

    The scene w/ Galadriel would’ve been more acceptable if Jackson spent more time showing her to be less frightening. She was wise and friendly and blessed Gimli (dwarves being gold crazy and all) who learned to like Elves (animosities between the peoples mentioned in Silmarillion) only asked for three strands of hair. And he didn’t bother to mention she possessed one of the three rings of power.

  • Hunter Daniels

    What a dope the author is!
    I really don’t have the time or patience to explain to you the end of A.I. But just do a google search and you’ll realize how WRONG you are. In fact critics have literally recalled their negative reviews of A.I. admitting they got it wrong, and didn’t understand the film. Because the so called happy ending is in fact sad and tragic.
    Watch it again.

  • marco

    the apeberham lincoln at the end of the Wahlberg Apes remake wasn’t consistent with the second Apes film with James Franco since that one took place in present day when the Apes started to take over (a couple hundred years after Lincoln lived.

  • Steve

    A.I. — THEY WEREN’T ALIENS… They were the evolution of the Mecha. If you don’t get that then the ending doesn’t make sense. Once you get that everything comes together. They were looking for their “Jesus”, their link to “the creator” (humans). It’s what the whole movie is about.

    • go_fuk_yourself

      exactly! they’re freaking robots from the future, why does everyone keep thinking they’re aliens?

  • farouk

    For a second I thought they were saying just delete the entire phantom menace. I was like OK can’t argue that.

  • Tommy Karlsson

    “Except Spielberg doesn’t stop, he gives us another tacked-on conclusion, this time with a schmaltzy happy ending and sodding aliens. Aliens! Or maybe evolved humans. Either way: balls.”

    0 for 2, they were robots…

  • vincent

    it was Matrix Reloaded, not Revolutions…

    and i dun even remember much about phantom menace. midiclorians? this is news to me LOL.

    i disagree with the LOTR, jurassic park, Die Another Day ones. and i actually had no problem with nuking the fridge. its an adventure movie, unrealistic things can happen for entertainment.

    the only one (of the movies i know) i agree with u (partly? cuz i dont know if you’re opposed to the entire scene) is darth vader scene, no to just the “noooooooo!”.

  • SilentXero

    Regarding the Galadriel/ring temptation scene; I didn’t care for how EXTREME it looked. I know the books and that it was essentially word for word, but for me it was done better in the animated “The Lord of the Rings” film by Ralph Bakshi. Yes, I know that the animated film was terrible in many parts, but I liked the way Galadriel speaks the same words, yet in a ironic sense. I still absolutely LOVE the trilogy and am enjoying the Hobbit trilogy as well.

  • Rich71

    Yeah, the Matrix dance party is pretty dumb but it is my friends only scene.

  • TronSheridan

    Nothing wrong with the Galadriel scene, it was just shitty execution.

    • dylan

      am i the only one who could barely understand her lines because of how overboard the vocals effects were?

  • John

    Wait, I loved the Lost World T-Rex scene! What was wrong with it? Oh, we don’t know because all he said was it was terrible. The same with the Darth Vader one. Do we get an explanation? NO! The moron just says it’s terrible like we automatically agree or something. Now I want to know what exactly was wrong with these scenes!

  • Albert Macias

    The tribal bs in Matrix is lame. Ya right blacks rule everyone, are smarter, and are the leaders! And the token white guy saves the day! LAME!

  • Neroon

    Sorry but AI was bad, bad, bad, depressing and even Spielberg has admitted that it was his worst movie exactly because the ending is so without hope.

  • Kat

    Did the writer of this article ever read LOTR? (Not saying you had to be a fan of the movies, but that’s a major scene in the books!) It was absolutely perfect!

  • Jerkin Jared

    It’s not like that was the part in Straw Dogs that made the move revolutionary or notable in the first place or anything, let’s put it on our list because it’s yucky….

  • Matt Carpenter

    Regarding #8, gotta love how people are so in denial that they are offended by a character being turned into a Messianic figure.

  • Bahamut5098

    The baby alien in Resurrection fucked me up when it was sucked into space. That scream and scene was absolutely terrifying and affecting.

  • Moseaphus

    Pinocchio ending notwithstanding, the ending to A.I. wasn’t an alien. It was self-evolved A.I. that no longer needed to look human two thousand years into the future.

  • Ana Cristina

    Who writes these articles? Aghh

  • Hunter Daniels

    I haven’t even read the comments but I’m sure I won’t new the person telling the author of this post how utterly clueless they are when it comes to their understanding of the ending of A.I.
    Gage ending isn’t “happy” it’s sad and tragic
    So many critics got this wrong too and many have even redacted their original reviews.
    I don’t have time to explain it here but just look it up online. Or watch the many interviews with Spielberg. When you understand the ending you’ll realize how perfect it is. And how wrong you are.

  • michael

    Since this writer has his own little vanity platform he can pick what he wishes, however weak many of these choices may be. But many people might select several scenes from “Return of the Jedi,” including the ludicrous unmasking of Darth Vader that reveals a goofy little old man, and the horrendous final scene (since re-edited, to be fair) with the main cast members waving to the camera.

  • Shorty

    The two-jeep sword duel was worse than the fridge.

  • 211of211

    Was this article even proofread before it was posted? I usually don’t make a fuss when it comes to grammar (at least not when it pertains to the comments section), but when it’s an article, you expect it to be at the very least legible. I had to re-read a few of these just to get the gist of what the author was trying to convey.

  • Prof. Bananas Goldsteinberg

    Those aren’t aliens at the end of A.I. They’re highly advanced mecha that outlived their human creators.

  • OZ_in_TX

    Okay, my opinion about the Galadriel scene… if I was to ever have a quibble concerning Tolkien’s masterpiece-in-three-parts, it was just how understated (imo) the threat of the One Ring was in the books. The Galadriel scene in the movie, however you feel about it, truly – TRULY – made the audience realize just how absolutely terrifyingly evil the One Ring was. ‘All shall love me and despair!’ When she said that in the book, it was ‘meh’. When she said it in the movie, I was absolutely terrified.

  • IR5

    They forgot to mention all scenes in all movies involving Adam Sandler need to be deleted.

  • Norman Dostal

    Most of these are spot on, but a couple are wrong. T Rex in SD is brilliant. Alien baby was actually done very well and was very moving when it dies.

  • Hickeroar

    The scene at the end of AI was not aliens. That was a flash-forward to the future of earth, and those were future-robots. It was a movie about robots, after all.

    Also, that was a fantastic scene.

  • This Person

    The Darth Vader scene wasn’t that bad.
    I mean, with the way the voice is edited, was there really any other way it could’ve turned out?
    And believe it or not, no one laughed in my theater any time I watched it.

  • Derk73

    I remember the entire audience stifling giggles during the finale of Revenge of the Sith. Scenes that COULD have had the audience in tears if directed competently.

  • Steven Burgas

    …except, you dimwit, the ending to “A.I.” is not in any way happy, and was there from Kubrick’s version of the story, and they were NOT aliens.

  • James Regusters

    This guys take on these movies is laughable. Come on! most of these were decent scenes..

  • Patrick Chapparo

    This was poorly written. I don’t know what I was expecting from some internet blogger.

  • Jenn

    Did the writer’s computer not have spell check?

  • Nameless Paladin

    A.I. is Spielberg’s masterpiece. It’s his most thought-provoking and philosophically ambitious film to date. You lost all credibility when you said “the typical Hollywood happy ending with alien”. Those weren’t aliens, they’re advanced robots.

    The primary question of the Pinocchio fable is “What does it mean to be human”. A.I. dark and sobering answers and David’s arc is incomplete without that gorgeous ending. David is wishing and dreaming of things he can not see. Kubrick’s point is that David’s ability to blindly love makes him more flawed and makes him more human. And the ending is nightmarishly somber. Not even A Clockwork Orange reaches such pessimism. The entire bedroom is full of unreality (just as Hobby created a fake boy for wanting parents, the advanced robots create a fake Monica for the empty David. It is a Monica guaranteed to love him exclusively and unconditionally, a Monica thoroughly unlike the real one.), yet it makes David happy. This, sadly, is humanity, Kubrick says. But David choses to remain deluded. He closes his eyes and refuses to believe that she fades away. He enters that place, as the narrator says, where dreams are born; he embraces death.

    If you didn’t get the ending of A.I., you didn’t get the ending to 2001: A Space Odyssey because Spielberg and Kubrick are simply reaffirming the bed room sequence from 2001 and in doing so they locate the greatest moral of all fairy tales. To be real is to be mortal; to be human is to love, to dream and to perish.

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