Putting together last week’s countdown of The 25 Best Movies Of 2011 was a lot tougher than we anticipated. Though the inclusions and their respective rankings are totally agreeable, trimming down the year’s catalog of films unavoidably left several great ones out to dry, including the indie horror gem Stake Land (the best vampire movie in years), Win Win (the poignant dramedy starring Paul Giamatti), and Pariah (a powerful coming-of-age drama from first-time writer-director Dee Rees). It’s always a drag to rob such deserving films of their rightful praise, but that’s just how it goes.

On the flipside, calling out the bottom of the cinematic barrel is much easier, if not equally as painful (for different reasons). Instead of deliberating long and hard on a final list, the process of compiling The 25 Worst Movies Of 2011 was a breeze, thanks to the irredeemable direness of the directors, producers, screenwriters, and actors responsible for the following stinkers.

Note: The only letdown that we wish had made the cut here: Cars 2. But giving our little brothers, nephews, and sons those Lightning McQueen toys for Christmas made the notion of incorporating Pixar’s worst effort to date feel uncomfortably hypocritical. What can we say—we’re sensitive cynics.

Written by Matt Barone (@MBarone)

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