Live Poll: Movies Which Were Hard to Finish

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Can you name a movie that you tried to watch, but you turned it off (or walked out) because you did not like it? One or two per person.

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls022895606/
Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/sHGMEmQ_KN4/
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I don't think I can remember the name of any of the movies I've declined to watch to the end. It is as if they were meant to be forgotten by me. Ha.
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Pibby, if I don't like a film that I am watching, I start fast forwarding it but never left a film.

Can I suggest two names that I found too much irritating?
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Yes, I guess I can include them.
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My 2 nominations:

Festen 
Stalker

There are many films that I didn't enjoyed, but I am suggesting particularly these two because these two are critically acclaimed.
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When I tried to watch 'Stalker' for the first time about a year ago, I couldn't watch it for at least 20 minutes. But I watched it again last month. And have rewatched 3 times since. :D
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There are only two films I was unable to finish as I always get to the end of what I watch even if I'm not loving it.

One of them was Scary Movie, which I find totally distasteful and after seeing it was not funny at all after five minutes it just went worst and worst and I just stopped.

The other was Pulp Fiction, I couldn't stand the way it showed violence to be something funny, I totally dislike Tarantino for that, and this was my first experience with him, I have finished other of his movies now that I know what to expect, but I have never liked any and 5 is the highest I have rated one of his films.

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I love the way he does violence be comic, I think that's what makes it so exciting to watch his movies. 
But I understand who doesn't like, it's about tastes and we need to respect that.
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I loved both of these movies. Loved scary movie because of the way it parodies horror movies. (horror is my least favourite movie type)
And QT's movies. That's another story. :)
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Yeah, it's another story... :D
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Agree with DC, not sure I've ever stopped watching but would definitely fast forward or go on my phone or something. My most excruciating film experience has to be Les Misérables (2012).

I could NOT get through that.. didn't expect near 3 hours of singing from people who could not sing. Totally took me out of the story like 10 minutes in and when I realized it was entirely singing.. jesus.
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Peter,

I make a point of watching any film I start watching until the end, even when I determine that it is not watching. On occasion I stop watching a film when the film is broadcast or on cable and I have a prior time commitment.

For your consideration:
Leonard Part 6 (1987)
I determined that this film was awful after seeing an extremely annoying ad campaign. I watched the film on cable while on a business trip. I probably would have been unable to watch all of the film if it were not for the commercials the mercifully interrupted a film much worse than the ads led me to believe. (I rated this 1/10)

C.H.U.D. (1984)
I saw this on broadcast television. I only continued to watch it because I thought to myself that it couldn't possibly get worse. It did. Commercial breaks made it possible for me to continue to watch this film. (I rated this 1/10)
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I never walked out of cinema but sometimes fast forwarding its the best option if I watch movies on my laptop, but I can really remember all of them.
1. The Legend of Hercules (2014) I gave 1 rating for the movie
2. Piranha 3DD (2012)
3. Fifty Shades Darker (2017)
4. Chappie (2015)

Are you going to make a list for TV too? Because I have some of series that I stop in the middle of season or the first few episodes...
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Chappie was pretty annoying to watch but i finished.

by the way, how can i link the titles of the movies?
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I’m not planning a TV version.
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Seventh, when you write a post here there is link icon in the text formatting options, but only if you use a desktop computer. You can also copy-paste a link from IMDb or another site.
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Oh, Thanks now i know how to do it.
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I have very very rarely done this. The only one I can think of is Nashville, which I'm sure no one else will agree with...
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Jen, I didn't get the hype of Nashville; maybe because it was an era I wasn't born into but I've liked countless period films that were just better. Wasn't into it either.
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I've liked several other Altman movies and tons of films from the '70s, so I'm not sure where the problem is. I even like the Keith Carradine song!
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If you missed the ending, you missed everything, the last 10 minutes are incredible, just give it a second chance, I had a hard time watching it the first time, the second went much easier and when I was done, I decided to watch it a third time.

Speaking of generations, Kyle, it's not a matter of age or anything but it's funny you say that, I was referring to that in my review (no spoilers)

When Baby-Boomers were Millennials...
My rendezvous with "Nashville" goes back to seven years ago, I could get any movie I wanted but "Nashville" resisted. I needed to see the fifth Best Picture nominee of 1975, this very movie Roger Ebert and Pauline Kael raved about, that topped both Ebert and Siskel's annual top ten, this American Film Institute's Top 100 entry that was a total mystery to me.
It took seven years but better late than never… At first, I didn't get what was so brilliant about it but so many story lines and only one viewing? I saw it again. And then, I went like "oh, what the heck", a third time won't hurt. Three times in less than four days, could have been four or five times, as many as the stars in the American flag, that's how good it is. This is one flew over a cuckoo's nest you don't recover from, and the more ordinary people and situations are, the more extraordinary the journey is. Altman should be damned… if he wasn't such a genius.
The film spans a period of five days during a country-music festival, coinciding with some populist politician's party rally, this is enough to have a panoramic view across the lives of dozens of characters who, through their considerable differences, reach ever possible dimension of the American spirit of 1975, and in such a way that I guess even a non-American can enjoy it. Well, there's me at least.
So, what is "Nashville"? Simply, the Mecca of country music, the reason why everybody came in the first place and were reunited by the end.There are dozens of them but there's no small part in the sense that they're all equally small in the scale of the significance of music, the common thread, the real star. Some sing, some wish they could, some manage or look for singers, some screw or get screwed by them… or just pop up and aimlessly wander, like in real life, no one crosses your path who should necessarily has a significance.
I wonder to which extent these fascinating hazards were part of Joan Tewkesbury's script or improvised by the actors… the same way they wrote their own songs.
And not any songs, country songs… this is crucial because country music isn't just deeply rooted in American tradition, it is also the most cinematic of all forms of music: it tells stories.
I can perhaps tell you the name of four or five country singers but I know a great deal about the way country music affects me, because any song I hear finds a powerful echo in my own memories. It is like this scene from "The Simpsons" where Homer leaves the house after an argument and hears Lurleen Lumpkin singing "Your wife doesn't understand you but I do". You listen to country music because you feel like 'it' has listened to you in the first place.
Just compare the upbeat patriotic starting song from Haven Hamilton (Henry Gibson) "we must have done something right to last 200 years" with the neutral political slogans the loudspeaker keep on hammering all day, which one will reach the hearts first? Compare the obnoxiousness of the character played by Keith Carradine who seemed to have gotten half the female cast on his bed with the melancholic tune of his "I'm Easy" you can't even tell whether he has pride or contempt toward himself, but the gaze of Lilly Tomlin while listening to him says everything.
Music is like the only way to arouse genuine emotions, in another powerful scene, a wannabe singer (Glew Welels) of mediocre talent gets booed, she can only indulge to a striptease to provoke the cheers. In another scene, a father doesn't even have the patience to listen to his deaf son's story as if silence was the antithesis of communication, and music its apotheosis.
Many people communicate, others don't… some meet, others don't… I remember a girl in high school, we never talked together, never went in the same class, but for some reason, we always met in some place or another. When it became obviously repetitive, we smiled at each other; like a private joke. Just like in "Nashville", the more we meet these people, the more we care for them, as we care for ourselves.
Only the New Hollywood period could have made this gem possible, a time where America was still mourning an innocence and where the baby-boomers like today's millennials (count me among them) were cherishing their childhood, a time without the Vietnam War, incarnated by a Wizard-of-Oz-like childhood, Kennedy's dashing smile, the very American Pie Don McLean said bye-bye to.
And this end-of-an-era is magnificently captured by the performance of Roney Blakely (Oscar-nominated along with Tolmin) as a fragile and emotionally vulnerable country singer named Barbara Jean. She's a sweet and delicate flower with a ticking bomb of a heart, she faints at her arrival, in her first representation, she interrupts her songs to mumble about her childhood until her husband (Allen Garfield) takes her away, simply overwhelmed, and easily upset like a part of America is.
But there's room for every possible identification: capitalists, disillusioned soldiers, drifters, lunatic, has-beens, romantics and losers, this is a microcosm of America, all in characters and emotions, for the sake of laughs, anger, tears, frustration, the spirit of a country in a nutshell and its heart is Barbara Jean, whose "Idaho Home" song awakened again that symptomatic feeling of millennials: being nostalgic over eras we didn't live.
And if I could keep one image from these 240 minutes, I'd keep the sight of the American flag gently rippling under the wind while Barbara Jean sings "we were young then, we were together. We could bear floods and fire and bad weather", hell, how can I seriously write a thousand-word review when this image alone speaks for a thousand words.
I don't know why the three dots disappeared in the new IMDb format, these blank spaces look awful.
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What?
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Old IMDb format: Blahblahblah... blah.
New IMDb format: Blahblahblah   blah.
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I've never walked out of a theater but just last night I stopped watching a film at home when it was only about thirty minutes in: Baby Driver. I know it got good reviews and was very popular but it just seemed like a mix between a bad Tarantinto rip-off and a mediocre, all-too-slick music video. I may have just been in a bad mood so I might give it another chance but, as of now, that's the only feature film I can remember not seeing through. 
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I liked it very much. Perhaps you'll try again in a few years and make it through. :)
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I plan on trying it again soon, actually. I suspect it may have been that I was just not in the mood for it that night.
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Dragonball: Evolution: fills me with rage every time I think about it. There is no coherent story what so ever. I would try to say more but after 4 attempts I have yet to get past the 45 min mark and there was no redeemable qualities up to that point.

Napoleon Dynamite: Just couldn't never find the interest in the style; I found it dull and the overall comedy a miss.
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*could never 
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Yes, sometimes a little “n’t” can be significant.
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I can give you a list of a 100 movies, at least :D

Only thing is, I like to forget about movies that boring. :/

But I've walked out only twiceIndependence Day: Resurgence (2016) and at a screening of 
Manhattan (1979)
 (It was the moment I realized I don't like Woody Allen's movies)
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Normally even if i don't like a movie i do an effort to finish the movie but in this case i couldn't.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1340138/?ref_=rt_li_tt . So disappointing to watch this movie, totally a disaster for an incredible saga.
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I agree with you SeventhAr7. But I did finish this one. :/
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For me it was so annoying and I think it was kind of disrespectful to the lovers of the saga
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Terminator Genisys was better than I expected, but I could tell from the trailers that the studio was reaching.
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For me, it seems that they mix some parts of the other films and tried to put together in one film and i didn't like.
...also they made John Connor a villain and i didn't like, when they made T-800, like the protector hero on Terminator 2, I really liked but in this case not.

For me, John Connor can never be bad, he is the leader of the rebellion and the hope of the human race
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I've never seen The Tree of Life, but I've heard reports that a higher percentage of people who went to see it at the cinemas walked out on it than people have for other movies. Something about the content of the movie is supposedly like a jarring attack upon the psyche. I don't know.
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Yeah, I couldn't finish on that one. 30 minutes seeing nothing, I walked out but it was a long time ago, I need to try again
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You will be thrilled to know that THE TREE OF LIFE: EXTENDED EDITION is coming to the Venice Film Festival.
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LOL. I want it to come to Netlfix or the like.
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Peter, just saw the list with your choice. I had no idea the director of The Tin Drum (which I absolutely hated) also made The Handmaid's Tale.
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I literally only watched two minutes of that film. I couldn’t get past the first scene.
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Walkn off a theatre TREE OF LIFE
Stoppin the DVD : SYRIANA & CONSTANT GARDENER (syriana was the worst)
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I really liked the "CONSTANT GARDENER"
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I think I wasn't in the right mood and didn't watch more than 15 minutes, Syriana, I struggled a loooong hour before I gave a simple look to my friend, he nodded and the telepathy worked, we just stopped the DVD and it took us a few minutes to "recover" from it.
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yes, sometimes it's about on the mood ... sometimes there are movies that I didn't like the first, but that the second time I liked it.

...but also can be, that you just don't like and it's normal. Syriana i never saw, so i can't judge ;)
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Didn't get Syriana either! Terrible watch in deed.
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I know of a subtly-intense movie that I respected (perhaps liked) and watched from beginning to end, but suspect most people would fall asleep on: Eternity and a Day, starring Bruno Ganz. It has disturbing lack of any kind of leit motif or quite frankly music at all besides during the credits.
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The Ring 3... It was ridiculously stupid. 
It was supposed to be "scary", but there weren't even jump scares -often the most easy way to fill a horror movie- . The characters were boring and not reliable. The plot was horrible and didn't even feel like a sequel to the other 2 movies. 
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There are movies I did finish but that I only watched with one eye, I just couldn't get into them... like The Trial and Wings of Desire.
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Since the first one that I suggested is, by all other accounts, a good film and one that I do want to try to watch again, and because I was only considering so-called "serious" films, the other one that I definitely remember not watching all the way through is Sharknado, lol. It was rather funny for a short time but it got boring and tedious quickly. 
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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097576/


So annoying, too many cliché.



The first one of this saga was better, yes it had some cliches but it was fewer and it's normal, specially on this type of action/adventure movies.
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Added.

Quite a list.
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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455857/?ref_=nv_sr_1

When A Stranger Calls (remake).. Over an hour of her getting phone calls and walking around, then 15 minutes from the end the cop tells her "the calls are coming from inside the house".... like okay what a shock, this was the entire point of the movie and it was even in the trailer, and you make me wait that long to find out something I already know???? Boring as shit

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1273235/?ref_=nv_sr_1
A Serbian Film (2010)... It was just way too messed up, 'newborn porn' and bestiality. I turned it off after they drugged the guy and made him chop up a girl he was having sex with using a machete. I could handle Cannibal Holocaust at the age of 12, but at 21 this movie was too much for me.


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I knew it was only a matter of time before "mondo" films started being brought up.
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Added, thanks.
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Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
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I would suggest 'Pompeii".
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1921064/
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Breumaster, between you and me, this is where I know the movie from: https://mobile.twitter.com/Kinomensch...
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Tank you Albstein, this saved my day. :D
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