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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 twist with a wow factor big enough to match the Statue Of Liberty jaw-dropper from the original, Tim Burton’s so-so Apes remake rolls the dice with this time-shifting twist. And rolls an ice-cold snake-eyes.


14. Hockey scene from hell


The Movie: Batman & Robin

Why It’s Terrible: The exact moment at which the arse properly fell out of Warners’ stuttering Batman franchise. Arnie’s glittering Mr Freeze robs a giant diamond (or something) with a gang of goons wearing ice hockey gear, in one of the worst set pieces ever committed to film.


13. Giving it large in Zion


The Movie: The Matrix Revolutions

Why It’s Terrible: The best way the Wachowskis could come up with to convey humanity’s continued struggle in the face of machine persecution is apparently for them all to have a sweaty dance like in some late-’90s Channel 4 documentary about Ibiza package holidays.

For future reference could we skip straight to the bits with men fly-kicking each other in the face 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.

      • 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.

    • 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

    • 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

  • 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”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Janiera Eldridge

    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.

    • 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.

  • Mike White

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • lagin

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PolishBear

    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.

  • 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!

  • Michael Prymula

    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.