Ask Movie Irv: Have You Ever Walked Out on a Movie?

Taking offense; an unexpected emergency; sheer boredom…all reasons someone might give for walking out on a movie. It’s safe to say we’ve probably all done it at one time or another. When the exodus is not forced upon you—that is to say, when it’s a matter of you making the choice to abandon the film you just plunked down some hard-earned cash to see—that’s when it becomes an interesting story about the relationship between you and the cinema.

Movie Irv has seen many, many, many movies. Has he ever walked out on one? If so, why? Was he overwhelmed by the sugary content of The Sound of Music? Did he feel the shame of a city in the midst of the murky 3-D of The Last Airbender? Perhaps A Serbian Film sent him into the men’s room as he lost his lunch? It’s time to Ask Movie Irv:

UPDATE, 7/11/13: This topic just became highly, well, topical again, thanks to Rex Reed’s controversial review of a new horror movie  and the explosion of disapproval heard ’round the ‘net from rivals pretty much everywhere.

Let’s hear from you now: Ever walked out of a movie? Why? Should critics be held to a different standard than audience members when they feel the urge to flee?

  • marshall

    I wish I had walked out of “Avatar.” That’s one really awful film! But I was with my wife and I didn’t think that I should leave her alone in the theatre!

  • goarmy

    Twice : Marlon Brando singing in Guys and Dolls and Clint Eastwood singing in Paint Your Wagon. Both beyond human endurance.

    • Thomas Leek

      you are crazy those are both classic films.

    • Bruce Reber

      I totally agree with you on Brando in GAD. I never saw Eastwood in PYW.

  • John George

    The only reason I didn’t walk out on the insipid and anachronistic story of “Titanic” was that I wanted to see the ship sink and the sensational special effects that were used to create it.

  • frankiedc

    I wanted desperately to walk out of the original “Alien” because the tension in it was almost unbearable. I saw it the first weekend it was released and people were leaving in droves because of the atmosphere of genuine terror the film engendered while the astronauts were searching the ship for the alien. My companion insisted on staying, so I had to sweat it out.I was a nervous wreck, but I survived. I can now watch it on tv or dvd without any apprehension because I know the outcome, but back then I was in a cold sweat all the way through.

  • JSG

    I walked out of “Reservoir Dogs”. I just don’t want that kind of feeling in me. The film maker did his work well.

  • DIRK

    This is one of those questions that make you confess you walked out on a great film: mine was A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, during the prison torture scenes, however on my behalf it wasn’t because of anything objectionable, but because I was at a Film Festival Weekend and Otto Preminger’s LAURA was about to start in the next auditorium. I Love LAURA to this day and alas, have never seen the end of Stanley Kubricks movie.

  • mickey

    My wife and I walked out of “Urban Cowboy”. After sitting through at least an hour of it, maybe more. We couldn’t understand why that movie was made. We saw it was on TV the other night and started laughing.
    I would have walked out on the first “Twilight” movie. I tried it on DVD and gave up after 45 minutes of boredom. I’ll take “30 Days of Night” instead, or better yet “Let Me In”. Now those are vampire movies!

    • Bruce Reber

      IMO “Urban Cowboy” was nothing but “Satruday Night Fever” transferred from a NYC disco to a Houston bar. In UC John Travolta woos the ladies riding a mechanical bull instead of his SNF dance moves. BTW, is there any bar or saloon in America that still has a mechanical bull – or was that just another one of those crazy 80′s fads? As we all know, Disco died in the early 80′s. If either one ever makes a comeback I just hope it’s way after I’m dead.

  • Nick

    I would have walked out on Avatar but after spending $15 of my hard earned cash, I managed to stick it out until the credits. What a crappy movie!

  • Kai Ferano

    I don’t remember ever walking out on a movie, but there were two movies that I did witness a few people walk out on: “The Exorcist,” probably because of its diabolical theme and — oh, I forgot the name — the blockbuster movie about Vietnam, the one that Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep were in. I saw two African-American men leave in a hurry when that scene in the middle of the movie where a young Black soldier was sitting by a window, crying, was shown. I think I got that right.

  • pianodoc

    I never do well in crowds, but the effect the movie “Woodstock” had on me was unexpected. It triggered a full-fledged claustrophobic attack. I sat in the lobby until my friend came out to tell me I could watch the rest of the movie in relative safety. That was in 1970 and I don’t remember walking out of any other theater film.

  • George D. Allen

    Kai, the ‘Nam movie to which you refer is “The Deer Hunter.” As for “The Exorcist,” I was just waiting for that one to be mentioned. I am poring over the book “Shock Value” by Jason Zinoman (a most welcome Christmas present this year!), which details the visceral reactions viewers had upon the movie’s release.

  • Daver

    i dont go to the theater..i know..shame on me..but im glad i dont…id walk out often…after all the hype over avitar..i bought it on bluray…sat down with popcorn and a soda,,cat on my lap…..and was bored sensless in a very short time,sure its “pretty”,,great CGI and all..but its a terrible my opinion..avitar is a good example of “hollywood” at its best when it comes to “whos who”…i believe it won all the awards and got all the hype not because of what it was..but because of who made it..the new movie warhorse is going to be the same….stupid premise..follow a horse as it takes part in a war cause he “loves a horse’?..but it will win big for all its pretty color and “acting” because its spielburg…..but the new tom hanks movie looks better

  • Brian Lilly

    I love the old classic horror movies and went to “The Exorcist” with an open mind. My mind was fine but my stomach wasn’t prepared for the pea soup vomit scene. Yes, I left the theatre. Now I can’t believe I ever reacted that way as I have watched the movie several times since.

  • dave castellarin

    they call this movie a classic . EASY RIDER, what a most boring piece of garbage. many times i wanted to leave but since i paid my money thought better of it. sorry people, but that really was a stupid movie

  • Gord

    I’ve walked out on a number of films but two stand out in my mind. The first one, “The Wizard of Oz” I was thoroughly enjoying, but my younger brother definitely was not. Halfway in he was wanting to leave, and by the time we got to Dorothy and the tumbling sands in the hourglass, there was no pacifying him. I was not amused but, happily, I was able to go and re-see it on my own. “I’m not taking him with me,” I defiantly told all and sundry, which was fine with my brother because he wasn’t interested anyway.

    The other film, and I only lasted fifteen minutes, was Anthony Mann’s “El Cid” with Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren. (Mann’s film noirs and adult westerns with James Stewart, on the other hand have always commanded my undivided attention.) Right from the beginning I was bored out of my mind, the prescence of Charlton Heston being the main reason. For me, he was always an actor of very limited range whose only notable performances are “Will Penny”, “Number One” and Khartoum.”

    There are other films I would love to have left behind (like Samuel Bronston’s lugubrious monstrosity, “55 Days at Peking”) but I was with at least one other person so I somehow stuck them out.

  • John Small

    I’ve never actually walked out of a movie. I did, however, fall asleep about 10 minutes into “The Neverending Story” and missed the rest of it. To this day I’ve never even tried to see the rest of the film, because I figure any movie that bores me that much is best left alone.

  • Susan Johnston

    I pretty much watch everything and I can usually find redeeming and/or artistic value in even the most bleak of films. Modern comedies are far too puerile (Potty humor I haven’t appreciated since I was 5. Grow up, already!) and the old romantic comedies are often way too sappy for me, so let’s not go there. However, years ago when my husband and I were dating he took me to a double feature of Peckinpaugh’s “The Wild Bunch” followed by Clint Eastwood in Leone’s “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” We were dating and the point was being together, but by the time this holocaust was over, I was ready for two or four extra-strength Excedrin and bed. I never was able to appreciate Peckinpaugh with the extreme violence, gratuitous or not, it is literally overkill; and the intensity of the soundtrack was overpowering. I later on tried again on “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” and the masterful music of Ennio Morricone won me over and saved the day! I still enjoy that film greatly even today. Too bad it was not the first feature! The only other film (rented) that I have been too disgusted with to see to the end was Scorcese’s “Gangs of New York.” Mind you, Scorcese is a very skilled filmmaker (I really liked “The Last Temptation of Christ,” for example) but I couldn’t do “gangs” or the same moral “nausee” portrayed in Wild Bunch. People need work, to be sure, but, as bad as they can be, I have always thought that redemption was possible and that people at some level have a spark of good even though they may choose to be violent and that the violence is a lapse or response to threat, not a way of life.

  • Geneva P

    I love mostly all of the Titanic movies, my favorite being Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck. However, after all of the hype I went to see Titanic with Kate Winslet and Leonardo DeCaprio. Everyone came to work telling about how they cried and how the movie was beautiful and sad. However the C.Webb Titanic makes me cry EVERY TIME I see it. However, the recent Titanic movie did not move me. I loved the fashions, beautiful ship, etc, but did not like the “love story” or the OVERDONE special effects. The older movie left much to the imagination which evoked much emotion. However, in the new Titanic we did not need to see all of those people bouncing around off the furniture, etc, and Leonardo DiCaprio being chased by someone with a gun on a sinking ship was almost comedic. No one leaves anything to the imagination anymore. That is what I regret most.

    • Bruce Reber

      James Cameron’s 1997 disaster (literally) of “Titanic” proportions!

  • ed

    not only have i walked out on a movie but been thrown out of a few too

  • George D. Allen

    Susan J, glad to read about how you were won over by the greatness of the Leone; similarly happy to learn of your apppreciation for the Scorsese Jesus picture, which just happens to be my favorite

    That makes me all the more surprised you were not a fan of “Gangs of New York.” But I have had more than one involved debate about that one.

    ed– that second part of your comment rather begs for some elaboration. :)

  • richard finn

    The crowd reaction I recall as most memorable was in the movie “Star Wars VI”. When Darth Vader grabbed the emperor (who was in the process of killing Luke slowly and painfully) and threw him into the ship’s reactor, the entire theater reacted with a cheer. Everyone else with whom I spoke about the film said the same reaction occurred when they had attanded the film. I have never walked out of a movie, but I did rent “Scary Movie” and after about 20 minutes stopped it and took it back to the video rental store. And years ago, while watching “Dr. Zhivago” I fell sound asleeep beside my then fiancee`, now my wife. I have tried to watch it since with the same result. Lastly as far as theater incidents, when I went to see “The Thing From Another World” in 1951 (I was around 13) my pal Chuck went up behind another boy about our same age and put his hands in front of the boy’s face and gave a growling sound. Immediately the kid got up and left the theater. We couldn’t figure it out, but concluded that this kid must have done something in his pants. As bad a movie as “The Thing” was by today’s standards, it is still one of my favorites!

  • cbedell3

    The only movie I ever walked out from was Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein. That was the most disgusting excuse for a movie I have ever seen.

  • Bill

    I have walked out on a couple of flicks, or have stopped them and sent the DVD back before the ending. The one I remember most was “Weekend At Beries.” IT JUST WAS NOT FUNNY, PERIOD!

  • Barry Baxter

    I walked out of “Descendants” last week. I don’t go to movies to get depressed. I walked out of “A Room with a View””, Boring, I walked out on a Hobbit movie, Asinine.

  • Tom K.

    I did not walk out on “The Exorcist” but there were some that RAN out, some through the emergency fire exits. The 17 year old kid that was with us did not say one word during the 100 mile drive home; not that’s scarey. ( Bad Joke: What happens if you do not pay your exorcist ? You get Repossessed ! )

    • Bruce Reber

      If I had driven 100 miles to see a movie I don’t think that I would walk out either!

  • Gord

    Geneva P., if you haven’t seen the British version of the Titanic disaster, “A Night to Remember”, I would highly recommend it. I have seen them all, have “Night” in my collection, definitely considering it the best of the three films on the subject.

  • Groover

    Movies are generally so awful that I haven’t gone to a theater in many years. I’ve turned off numerous films that were overly gross in an attempt to be funny, utterly joyless, or those which were bereft of likable characters however. The most recent Hollywood bomb I happily zilched was 2011′s “Mechanic.” Switching off tiresomely bad movies in the privacy of my own home is much more comfortable than walking out of a theater.

  • C. B. umphlette

    A small twist on the subject, ever have a date walk out of a movie? I was seeing the 81 Mephisto with a date, a woman I had been seeing for a few months, and she walked out. ( at least a good character flaw detector I might not have found till much later) and a new date walked out while we were watching Bladerunner, I saw the movie again later and still love it but was never sure why the date left. We never dated again. Maybe that was a time saver too.

  • George D. Allen

    Love the twist. My date didn’t walk about, but closed her eyes for a very long time during “Barton Fink”—a story I recount whilst playing The Movie IFs Game

    As I recall, the same thing happened when we attended a screening of Tetsuo: The Iron Man. We went our separate ways too, but I can’t blame the movies. :)

  • KarenG

    I walked out on Mighty Aphrodite. I usually love Woody Allen films, but I just couldn’t take Mira Sorvino’s voice, plus the subject matter wasn’t to my taste.

    I also walked out on the Avengers film with Uma Thurman & I believe Ralph Fiennes. I just didn’t like it.

  • Paul M. Boos

    Around 1969, I walked out on a film called “Husbands” by the worst filmaker of all time, John Cassavetes! It supposedly showed four men’s reactions to the death of a friend. The men were in the late 30′s to early 40′s age bracket as I remember and went around whining and partying like a bunch of lost teenagers…totally non-realistic and an awful waste of time….

  • Alexander M. Foundoukis

    I didn;t walk out but fell asleep during the most boring film, 2001 by Kubrick. I have since tried seeing it several times and find it increasingly BORING!

  • Jack Jones

    ed, tell us more.

  • Dana Rich

    I generally love Godzilla films. I was very excited to find that Godzilla Vs. King Kong was playing at my local theatre. It was a small town, single-screen theatre and evidently they were breaking in a new projectionist. The second reel of the flim started and it was running backwards. After about 5 minutes of this the management refunded everyone’s money, apologized as asked us all to leave. So I guess that EVERYONE walked out in the middle of the film.

  • Randy

    I walked out and a few. LET IT BE 1970 because I thought it was gonna be like the other Beatles films. And THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL. Sat thru almost two hours of that junk and finally said to heck with it and left.

  • Publius

    I susally never walk out on a movie; the only time I wanted to, was when I went with a group of freinds to see “Rubie” with Stockard Channing. the cast was so lame, the story so stupid, the camera shots so awful, that the movie was booed by the audience, and we laughed all the way through it. I kept closing my eyes through boredom, but I couldn’t leave because my friend had the car. At the end of the whole picture, the whole audience went “ohhhhhh.” As in, “HOw Terrible!” IN ’79 when I went to see “Breaking Away” I noticed that there were lines and lines of people waiting to see a horror film about the “possessed house.” As the people had just seen the picture coming out the side entrance they were yelling to us, “It stinks!” “Don’t waste your money!” I think it starred Charles Bronson and Rod Steiger. Later when I saw it on TV I laughed through the whole first 30 minutes and turned it off. “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” I could only stomach 10 minutes and switched to Laurel and Hardy again.

    • Bruce Reber

      Would that movie about “the possessed house” by any chance have been “The Amityville Horror?

  • Phyllis Sanborn

    I walked out of Monty Python and the Holy Grail after 7 minutes. I found it less than one percent funny and the rest just gory and cruel.

  • Richard

    The only picture I ever remember walking out on was a movie called “Defcon 4″ there was an almost non existant plot and too much gratuitous violence. I was there with a friend who swore he would never walk out of a movie, but he did.

  • Bill Ameen

    It’s amazing how different people’s tastes are. (I’ve seen THE HOLY GRAIL dozens of times.) However, I left Oliver Stone’s NATURAL BORN KILLERS to take a leak near the end and, realizing what a piece of junk the movie was, kept on going.

  • Ray

    Harem Scarem – worst movie in history.

    • Bruce Reber

      IMO Elvis’ absolute worst movie is “Stay Away Joe”! “Harum Scarum” certainly isn’t a masterpeice, but I don’t think it’s Elvis’ worst movie, and certainly not the worst movie ever – that distinction goes to Ed Wood’s sci-fi stinker “Plan Nine From Outer Space”. I also don’t get why you walked out on “The Misfits”, IMO one of the best films by either Gable or Monroe, and also the last screen appearance of both. As for the Cassavetes movie, I never heard of it, and from what you said about it I guess it’s just as well.

  • P.J.-The Movie Guy

    I used to review movies for Base Newspapers while serving in the USAF. I have walked out on Three Movie 1, Harum Scarm”Elvis Presley’s Worst ever Movie, 2. The Misfits Monroe & Gable….Terrible waste of talent , Film & Time. 3. Do not even recall the name of the film that John Cassavetes made where he trys to return to the Womb of a 400LB Women….Just Horrible.

  • Michelle Malkin

    I wish I had walked out on “Apocolypse Now” When I
    left the theater, I was literally in shock. When
    I’m on a train, I usually read a book. This time I
    didn’t want to remember anything about this movie.
    I just stared into space, keeping my mind blank and unable to even concentrate on my book. I never
    watched that movie again, but it certainly got its point across.

  • David R.

    Home Alone. Absolutely hated it! Too violent to be funny. It made me nauseous – I just had to leave.

  • rogerzdodger

    I was ready to walk out of Dream Girls when Jennifer Hudson started screaming instead of singing. I completely lost any sympathy for her character and couldn’t have cared less what happened after that. Only stayed because my wife wanted to. Haven’t been able to listen to Jennifer Hudson since.

  • Alfie

    Once I walked – out of a movie called “Labyrinth.” Boring. Cold theater didn’t help.

    About Avatar comments: No one saw Avatar for its great plot, and those who saw it on anything other than the giant screen, missed the awesome special effects – those were outstanding and the point of going to see it. My son warned me not to see it on anything other than the huge screen. Turns out it was terrific advice. Everyone who saw it on smaller screens missed out.

  • John Thomas

    I’m glad to hear that people walked out of big time movies like Avatar and Alien. I walked out of The Deer Hunter. I was 19 years old and it was just too much for me. Thats the only one. I was with some friends and we saw Excalibur and everybody wanted to leave. I kept telling everybody it would get better. It never did.

  • Barry Monush

    Only when they were free (screenings, sneak-ins): JEKYLL & HYDE … TOGETHER AGAIN, HONKYTONK MAN, BAD BOYS (Will Smith), THE CHANGE-UP. Something compels me to stay to the bitter end otherwise, even for the stiffs.

  • Dan

    “Reds” with Warren Beatty was probably the worst and most boring movie I ever saw. I wanted to walk out, but my girlfriend at the time wanted to see it.

    • Bruce Reber

      Speaking of boring Warren Beatty movies, I guess you didn’t see “The Only Game In Town” and “The Fortune”? Two pieces of true WB crapola!

  • Rachel

    I walked out on Count Yorga, Vampire. The scene where the vampire ate a live squealing rat cured me of ever wanting to see another horror movie! It left nothing to the imagination and fed my nightmares for weeks

    • Bruce Reber

      Maybe if a gang of rats ate a live, squealing vampire – now I’d pay to see THAT!

  • Frederick

    The only movie I, ever walked out of (or on) was “The Birdcage” my Wife to be and I, went on a movie rampage from 10 am till midnight and theought that would be the highlight movie of the day. How could it go wrong? Gene Hackman and Robin Williams together, WOW….That movie sucked and halfway thru we couldn’t take it anymore. I, love Gene Hackman and Robin Williams and have never seen anything else they performed that I, didn’t like but, that movie was just too much.
    In 51 years of life thats the only movie I, ever remember walking out of and didn’t even try to get a refund for either of us.

  • George D. Allen

    This is quite the cinematic smorgasbord of titles that people have walked out on. And the additional fun is that many of you have named some of my favorite movies in the process :)

    The only time I ever remember actually leaving a theater was during “Very Bad Things” while on a friendly date. At the moment I can’t recall if it was because of projection problems or that the content was objectionable to the girl with me.

    Came close two other times: during Alex Cox’s “Straight to Hell,” with two friends who were as stupefied by it as I was; and very recently, during a “Movie Tavern” screening of “Captain America” — because the experience of the “Movie Tavern” itself, which we had never tried, was so obnoxiously intrusive it made focusing on the movie a near-impossibility.

    I suspect Publius is referring to “The Amityville Horror” when he mentions the film about the “possessed house.” Steiger is in the film, but it lacks the great Bronson (perhaps you are confusing him with James Brolin). Now, an Amityville movie with Charles Bronson? THAT I would like to have seen.

    Meanwhile, I suspect many of us are hoping ed returns to explain how and why he was booted out of movies in the past. What a tease! :)

  • John Thomas

    I walked out on Warren Beatty’s “McCabe and Mrs. Miller.” Westerns are my favorite genre, but this
    thing was boring me beyond hope.

  • Mark Ridge

    I can remember walking out on two films : Three Men and a Baby suddenly became a film about drugs, so I left. Boogie Nights became a film about a man with a large ________, so I left.

  • Kathy

    If I’d seen it alone, I would have walked out on “Looking For Mr. Goodbar”, and I did walk out on “Pulp Fiction”.

  • Blanche

    I stopped walking out, and opted to just stay home. Movies aren’t made very well today in my opinion. Just as the first page of a really great book will draw me in, capture all my attention as the story progresses, or the plot thickens. The leaves me laughing or crying out loud at the end. Movies today don’t do this IMHO. In the first five minutes you know all there is to the movies is Tit’s, Ass, Drugs, Blow up……and then it’s over. No real movie star’s either, just stupid no talent celebrities & unknowns.

    • Bruce Reber

      My sentiments exactly! Amen, Blanche!

  • Barbara

    This is fun!
    I haven’t actually walked out, but I remember curling up in the seat, yearning for sleep, during “The Go-Between”, which told about some folks’ boring life in what felt like real time (I stayed,waiting for the promised “hot lovin’” scenes), and also during the already-mentioned DiCaprio “Titanic”, where I stayed waiting to be made to cry (never happened).
    Re: dating: this makes me remember one strange date, where the guy I was dating surprised me by bringing along his male friend, and then my date fell asleep and fell out of his seat into the aisle. Can’t remember what movie it was, though…

  • Pat

    “The English Patient”. I was never so bored by a movie in my life. I can remember checking my watch thinking it was almost over only to discover there was stil an hour left. The worst popular movie of all time. As Elaine Benis said, “.Just die already!”

  • Susan

    2001. I’ve always regretted that I couldn’t follow it. It seems that every person on the planet loved it but me. I stayed longer than might have because the space photography was spectacular, but I slinked out a side door and let all the “cool” people enjoy. Most titles & bad trailers are fair warnings. My husband sits through a lot of chick flicks for me. My hero.

    • Antone

      You’re not the only one who hates this pretentious, endless flick.

  • Harry Lyme

    Wife and I took in 20 minutes of Dreamgirls on DVD (a gift from stepson) before turning it off. Back when people smoked, my late first wife would get up and have a smoke no matter where in the film, and sometimes would not return because she was bored……then she watched LA Confidential and never moved, shouting at the end, ‘Kill ‘em, shoot ‘em.’

    • Bruce Reber

      Hot news flash for you Harry – people still DO smoke, especially young people – apparently you haven’t been out and around lately!

  • Johnny Sherman

    I walked out of the screen debut of “Birth of a Nation”; my grandson was enjoying it, but de Mille was never one of my favorites.

  • Patrick

    Only film I can remember actually walking out on was Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, and that was after sitting through about two-thirds of the movie. The huffing and puffing of the actors as they try to game up this dreadful story was painful to watch. And I don’t like films that strike a hip and ironic pose toward their subject matter while still feeding us the same old tired crap they allege to be mocking. Ugh!

  • Ranny Nella

    My family walked out on ‘Flower Drum Song’ due to a masher who sat down next to my mom and put his hand on her leg. She stood up and screamed and we all piled out to the lobby in haste. My dad informed the manager who made an attempt to find the creep but he fled the theatre. Our money was refunded and we were given complimentary free passes to a future feature of our choosing. I forget which movie we used them for.

    Years later I went to a matinee of a Hammer Film production called ‘The Vampire Lovers’. A young mother brought her two young sons to the same showing and they sat in front of me. At one point in the film the vampire woman stood up in a small bathtub and revealed her bare rump. Instantly, the young mother stood up, grabbed her two boys and announced they were leaving. I heard the older boy say ‘Oh man, we never get to do anything’ and away they went.

    • Bruce Reber

      What was she thinking, taking her kids to see that kind of movie! With a title like that what was she expecting to see? I guess she was too cheap to hire a babysitter!

  • Lenore Salinger

    ‘KING KONG’ Dino De Laurentis’s remake fiasco

    ‘DRACULA’ Universal Pictures’ insipid vampire remake with Frank Langella

    ‘THERE WILL BE BLOOD’ a depressing mess of a film

    ‘THE TWILIGHT SAGA’ films – non-scary monsters and stupid plots

    ‘FLASH GORDON’ another De Laurentis fiasco – an idiot’s version of a beloved SF hero

    They’re all stinkers and ‘walk-out worthy’

  • Bob

    While stationed with the USASA in Northern Japan in the early 60′s, I saw (and left) a movie (title and “stars” unremembered) in which the principal character kept appologizing (“I’m so sorry”, etc) over and over. The whole thing quickly got to be rediculous. I long ago stopped going to the movie theaters. As a rule, it’s too much for too little.

  • Helen

    I walked out on Sorcerer, a 1977 movie with Roy Scheider. It was just too violent.

  • Ted Chihara

    I walked out of a movie about spies or espionage or something similar which starred George Clooney and, I thini, J Lo. The acting, especially by Clooney, was pathetic. Clooney has probably improved since then.

  • Barbara

    I now remember a couple more stinkers: “Short Circuit” and “Beetlejuice”. These were recommended and loaned to me by friends, so I sort of had to watch them, so I just let them run while I did some housework in/around that room, and tried really hard to find something positive to say when I returned the videos.

  • Gord

    “The English Patient” – One loooonnnngggg slog with which I could not be patient.

    “Pulp Fiction” – Too predictable and boring. Walkoutsville!

    “”Bladerunner” – had to sit through that one (had tried many times on vhs/dvd but always shut it off) because of a film course I was taking. The fx, set and art direction were brilliant, but I found Ford his usual boring self and Sean Young incredibly irritating.

    “Holy Grail” – an unholy, gory mess. We flew out of this one.

    All of the above said, when I first started in the business, managers, assistant managers and trainees were encouraged, if you were working close by, to see pre-release showings in the company screening room. Being the film lover I am, I naturally attended every opportunity I got. However, my tastes can be decidedly different than many, it reaching the point that one of the film bookers got to commenting every time I left, “well, there goes Gord. I guess we have a hit on our hands.” Of course, if Gord stayed (as in a pre-screening of “The Swimmer” to identify but one title) then chances were good that commercially, we were in trouble. But it was fun to go except (a) if one of our upper management types was there and we were screening one of HIS favourites. That happened twice that I can remember, both times in the early seventies. The first film, “Face Off” was a quintessentially Canadian love-of-hockey/love-of-girl story, and the second, “The Secret of Santa Vittoria” with Anthony Quinn and Anna Magnani, a charming comedy about a small Italian town hiding its fine wine during the Nazi occupation of WWII. The first one was a monontinous, stulifyingly boring opus that went on to crash at the boxoffice, the second a fine film that I sensed was being sold as another “Zorba the Greek”, which it wasn’t. Still, when your company general manager has a bee in his bonnet about a movie and starts soliciting ideas immediately upon the lights coming on, you know you are in trouble when you view one as a stinker and the other as a potential commercial misfire due to a poorly thought-out ad campaign which more than hints at a lack of support for a film from the distributing company. Still, there is that general manager and his notions of our breathlessly panting public!

    Ah, the joys of ‘officially’ seeing movies. Reminds one, doesn’t it of the insecure but ego-driven Samuel Goldwyn’s immortal question to all and sundry at a post-screening premiere party – “Tell me, how much did you love my picture?”

  • Bruce

    While in high school my friend and I walked out on the “Killing of Sister George.” Two women kissing, yuck!

    • demonchild

      And now they get married to each other.

  • BDavis Fan

    “Glengarry Glenross” – the extreme profanity constantly pelting the audience would make a longshoreman blush! Blot out the cursing and the script would resemble a game of charades!

  • Harry Lyme

    My late brother-in-law would hold movie nights after we would have dinner. He was wonderful at finding films for ‘walking out.’ The Coen’s The Ladykillers sent us fleeing to our cars. Tom Hanks talked into his lapel making his words unintelligible, Irma Hall did a Saphire Steven impersonation and one of the Wayans played Marine, with his every other word being four syllables and beginning with ‘mother.’ Being a fan of the original, I wanted to cry.

  • Randy Dannenfelser

    I’ve never walked out on a movie I had to pay to get in to see; but I did fall asleep on two (as a self-protective mechanism, I guess): Far from the Madding Crowd and Boom!.

  • Dennis

    I walked out of “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, “Diary of a Mad Housewife”…the theater had a very lax “R” restricted film policy…and I was just too young to understand these films. Glenda Jackson is one of my favorite actors. I walked out of “Megaforce” (1982) a stinker with Barry Bostwick. I ran out of “Popeye” (1980) with Robin Williams. I love Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall was perfectly cast as Olive Oil…but I just couldn’t take it anymore. I love movies and even managed a few movie theaters…I’ve seen alot of crappy movies but the above are the only ones I walked/ran out of. I can usually find at least one redeeming quality about a film.

  • Lorraine

    I couldn’t take “Cruising” on any level. Like we weren’t starting to have enough problems already.

  • Wayne

    Walked out on:

    Magnolia – completely boring
    Knocked Up – To say this was a juvenile movie is insulting all other juvenile movies. I should have sued the studio for completely wasting my time.

  • Geneva P

    Dear Gord.

    I never knew “A Night to Remember” existed until a few years ago. I did see it and I agree with you. It was a great movie I rate it right up there with my #1 favorite. Both movies were older black and white versions and were made at a time when they were still making REAL movies and did not need all of these over-the-top special effects. Thank you for commenting.

  • Jay

    Movie Irv, what about THE LORDS OF FLATBUSH?

  • Irv Slifkin

    You are absoltutely correct. I forgot about that slog through Nostalgiaville with Sly Stallone that was double billed with the concert film “Let the Good Times Roll.” I also recall walking out on the Charles Bronson film “The Evil That Men Do” (nasty torture scene) and “A Fine Mess” (not funny desecration of Laurel & Hardy from Blake Edwards). thnaks–or no thanks–for jarring my memory.

  • Amy Austin

    i walked out of chariots of fire. yawn.

  • chris

    Harlem Nights, I liked everything about the movie, wardrobe, sets, actors and story. But! toooooo much bad language, even for Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. The language was unnecessary and overdone. I wasn’t the only one who walked out. I enjoy the movie when shown on tv and 90% of the cuss’n is taken out.

  • Watt Hyer

    I, too, am surprised at some of the titles I am reading here, although some of the walkouts are understandable. Some of these films are among my favorites. Since I spent so much time in the movie theatre business, I’ve quit watching many, many films before I got through the whole thing, but they weren’t films I would have gone to see anyway. However, I do want to add the one film that I walked out on that is probably on many peoples’ all-time favorite list: Beverly Hills Cop.
    I found the very premise on which the whole film is based to be absurdly preposterous: that insipid white couple who were murdered were really Eddie Murphy’s Best Friends??? REALLY?? On top of that, the juxtaposition of “comedy” and violent murdering throughout the film left me very offended.
    No one should wonder why our society is so violent, and we seem so inured to it, when one considers how popular this piece of “entertainment” is. I could go on and on about how much I hate this movie. I’ve only met one other person who hated it as much as I, and he was from South America. I do remember Rex Reed hating it, too.
    The gal I took to Ken Russell’s The Devils had to wait for me in the lobby. (When, when, when is that movie going to come out on DVD???)
    Other “great” films I’ve fallen asleep in:
    Kramer vs Kramer
    Chariots of Fire
    All That Jazz
    Ordinary People
    Horse Whisperer
    Another “great film” I would have walked out of if the climax had come any earlier: Silence Of The Lambs!
    When the bad guy got killed using one of the oldest cliched gimmicks of film, I was immediately insulted and offended that I had taken the movie so seriously up to that point. And we are really supposed to believe that this perverted criminal mastermind who has eluded the top agents of the country for, like, forever, forgets to cock his gun before his prey enters his trap?? Really? And why is he using a single action pistol anyway? But, I don’t hate SOTL, I just don’t think its Best Picture caliber. Its a fun Horror Show, and Hannibal is even better.
    I do believe in second chances, however since there are two films I walked out of that I subsequently returned to enjoy: To Live And Die In L.A. and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
    I thought the former was digressing into a standard Good Cop, Bad Guy cliche so I walked. Then someone told me the cop gets killed! I immediately re-watched the whole film and really enjoyed it. I thought the latter was digressing to another mindless Gorefest (I confess to sitting through a couple of those!) almost immediately, but later, a friend urged me to give it another try. Once I realized its actually a comedy, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and now consider it a masterpiece. The second one is funny as hell, too.
    Writing this must jog the memory; I just remembered I didn’t make it through Rambo I. Had to leave after he jumped off the cliff into the tree and only got a bad cut… really. Too bad it isn’t a comedy.

  • George D. Allen

    Rambo isn’t a comedy? :)

    Rex Reed’s disapproval of any movie automatically makes me more certain I will enjoy it. But I wholly admit to enjoying his overly catty dismissals of films he despises.

    “The Devils” on DVD remains one of those most-asked-for titles, and the answer also remains: Who the &^@%$! knows? I regret not downloading it instantly when it was mistakenly made available online by Warners a while back and then hastily withdrawn. I guess if I get in the mood for blasphemy I’m gonna have to go the Jodorowsky route for now…

  • Barbara

    I remember that my mother walked out on “Chariots of Fire”. She told me about it, shaking her head in amazement that other people did NOT walk out: “It was just a bunch of guys running!”

  • Gil

    “The Fly” with Jeff Goldblum. I don’t know where my head was at that time (1986) but all I know is that I could not stomach that movie. I’ve never tried to watch it again since then – I can’t get past the nausea that still comes over me when that movie is mentioned. I love Jeff Goldblum but not as a fly.

    • Bruce Reber

      The SFX of the ’86 remake w/Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis may be superior to the ’58 version, but I’ll take the original “Fly” starring Vincent Price and David Hedison any time.

  • Fred Wedel

    Back during my collegiate days a group of us decided to go see Deep Throat. None of us had ever seen an X-rated film before, much less in a theater, such as it turned out to be. After about eight or 9 min., we looked at each other and read each other’s faces, most of which said , “Boy, what a waste of money. This is a complete turkey!” In a few more minutes , most of us finally got up and left, although a couple of our group wanted to stay and see the climax. We weren’t offended by the film-it was just so bad I couldn’t handle any more. However, in fairness to the director, we agreed we would go see the sequel when it came out. The name? Why, Shallow Tonsil, of course!

  • George D. Allen

    When you say some members of your group wanted to “stay to see the climax,” does that mean…oh, never mind. :) Thanks for sharing a fine story.

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  • Jerry Semro

    Walked out on this piece of trash. CRUISING

  • ChasMichaelP

    “Forrest Gump.” It only took 15 minutes to figure out where this box of chocolate coated Horse Sh_t was going, so I was able to successfully confronted the theater manager for a full refund.

  • Michele

    I have never walked out on a movie because I can’t judge a movie unless I sit through the whole thing. I do have two instances where I saw people walk out though. One was DAWN OF THE DEAD
    John Waters’ A DIRTY SHAME during the Hokey Pokey scene.

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  • Norma

    “Funny People”, is the worst movie ever. Six of us walked out. I thought it would be “funny”, but instead it was just filth. Can’t imagine why anyone would enjoy it. Not even obscene, but not even funny.

  • demonchild

    I’ve walked out of one movie but it was so bad an disgusting I do not remember it. Does that count???

  • jknows

    I walked out on the first Blade movie-after tickets for 2 and snack and asked for my money back and got it and 2 free passes! AS for av shold be tar-I fell a sleep 4 times on a plance with it becasue I couldn’t walk out

  • Jeffrey Lawrence

    Director Andy Davis directed a string of violent action movies with Norris, Seagal, etc. and then decided to make a movie completely devoid of violence or action called ‘Steal Big Steal Little’ starring Andy Garcia. I don’t know why I bought a ticket to this turkey.

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  • Rick

    You bet I have, it was ‘ STAND BY ME ‘
    Watching as much as I could take, explains why the young have no respect.     

  • Ken Roche

    ….Sure did “Caligula”  ’80 (Penthouse trash)  along with all of Steve Seagal’s ugly, brain dead hokum.
    Many more I should have walked out on, but like Michele, I tend to suffer through most, just to see how much worse they can get ~ these would fill the page unfortunatly.

    • griffinmill27516

      I saw “Caligula” in its original Times Square opening, and couldn’t endure watching the talented cast embarrass themselves on screen. Leaving the cinema about 45 minutes into the film I started downstairs for the men’s room, but found that someone had vomited on the stairs. Perfect.

  • Katherineferg

    The only movie I walked out on was called “Cry Uncle” starring Allen Garfield.  It was the second flim in a double feature and was so low budget and bad that my husband and I left about 15 minutes in and never looked back.

  • Pbody27

    Worst movie EVER…I Heart Huckabee….WTF???? What a Piece of CRAP!!!! DID not make any sense at ALL!!!!!!

  • Tom

    “Zardoz”, with Sean Connery.
    Boy!  He must have been in real financial straits to make this turkey!
    A complete “stinker”!

  • Mountrath

    Forrest Gump, It’s A Wonderful Life & West Side Story

    • Ken Roche

      I do feel sorry for you Mountrath, what you must miss out on!
      (sounds like you may not have learnt how to ‘read’ a film)
      Still, it takes all kinds….

      I’ll add ‘Harlem Nights’ and a few other trashy, completly unmemorable,
      Murphy stinkers 

    • Sandy C

      I agree with It’s A Wonderful Life & West Side Story. Add me to the growing list of people who appreciate the film direction, acting, sets, etc., of Gone with the Wind, but still think it’s sappy.

  • Devaultmc

    I walked out of “The Last Time I Saw Paris” because I just could not take one more instant of Van Johnson’s pain-filled countenance. 
    I went to sleep in “The Sword and the Stone” although I generally like Arthurian legend stories.
    I had enough sense to avoid Forrest Gump because I had heard what the general point was.

  • Elizabeth J. Y.

    Barbarella (seemed inane), American Werewolf in London (too graphically frightening), Cape Fear (Scorsese version–disgusting gratuitous violence), and Time Bandits (unbearably boring). 

    • KenR

      Good selection to walk out on Elizabeth.
      And I agree with you, Scorsese (as usual) turned Cape Fear into yet another of  his overindulged films for morons.  

  • Elizabeth J. Y.

    And one I should have walked out on:  Rachel Getting Married.  The handheld camera made me nauseous throughout the movie, and most of it was pretentious garbage, except for about 30 minutes of very compelling stuff.  Weird.

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  • Tallman2055 Ray Holeman

    My date and me couldn’t stand the movie (Killers) w/woody hairelson The movie was just too cross with way to much unessary  cursing and nudity. 

    • KenR

      Ray (Tallman) well chosen, this one (Nat. Killers) was so bad I forgot to even mention it.
      Easilly one of the industries worst of all time. Sick. Good to see there are thinking people, capable of seeing through the veneer of feeble minded filmakers.

  • Mike Sanders

    I’ve only walked out of one movie in my time and that was Kevin Costner’s Open Range. It was just too boring. I’ve fallen asleep in only one movie and that was the last Austin Powers movie. Beyonce may be a multi-platinum diva but her acting is the absolute pits. Dream Girls? Nope. Jennifer Hudson stole the show there.

  • Joseph23006

    I paid my money, I took my chance. I stiffled it and hoped it got better which was usually “The End”, today they run unending credits including the second unit’s director’s assisiant’s cat name, that’s when I think it’s time to leave!

  • Glenn Crespo

    Only twice The original “Last House On The Left”. It was the second part of a twin bill with “Don’t Look In The Basement”. About 30 minutes into “House” I got up and left. The second time was the Robert Blake film “Hog Wild”…walked out after 20-minutes it was so bad.

  • Jean-Pierre

    I walked out of Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo di Caprio, The Wild Wild West, and Castaway, with Tom Hanks yelling at that football. Also I have never been able to stay awake during any of the Lord of the Rings films.

  • Jerry Bash

    I walked out on Brubaker and The Way We Were.

    • Bruce Reber

      How many other movies with Robert Redford have you walked out on?

  • C.J. Gelfand

    Titanic. After a solid hour of watching the water creep up inch by inch on the ship, I’d had it.

    • kp22kc

      The Titanic doesn’t even hit the iceberg until the last hour and a half.

  • Stephen Hafner

    I walked out of a special showing of Andy Warhol’s Chelsea Girls. It just seemed to go on and on, and they said it would go on for several more hours, plus I was getting hungry.

  • Joe Gage

    Ben Hur. I was sixteen and bored out of my skull. When the chariot race was over, I was outta there like a shot.

  • George L Miller

    “The League of Exceptional Men” – so mindless I couldn’t make any sense out of it. And “Sweeney Todd” – a masterpiece of musical theater turned into a turd!

  • Sandy Pister

    Cheyanne Autumn. The killing of the ponies made me physically ill.


    Herbie Goes Italian…in Italian with English subtitles in an American movie theater! I not only walked out on it, but met with the manager and got my money back.

  • Gordon Sroufe

    Natural Born Killers

    • KenR

      …Good on you Gordon, picked one of theose perfect movies to walk out on, some educated morons still try to find meaning in the juvinile treatment of it’s sick theme.

  • griffinmill27516

    This year alone, “…Gatsby” and “Man of Steel” were insufferable.

  • linsai

    I would have walked out on The American (George Clooney, a few years ago) but I didn’t want to wake up my husband!

  • Joe

    I’ve never walked out of a movie, but my wife walked out of THE DEER HUNTER, when the bones popped through John Savage’s legs.

  • jo

    Bridget Jones’ Diary. What was all the fuss? I don’t know because I left halfway through.

  • Brigz

    “Tommy”… I love The Who and love the music, but the movie was so bad I just couldn’t take it. You’d have to be “deaf, dumb and blind” to sit through that movie. “Tilt!”

  • Terry Schallert

    The Postman, Dances with Wolves, and Avatar – Politically inspired pandering in the last two, and the first just bored the daylights ot of me in the first 20 minutes. I made it to about 40 minutes and that was it. Stayed until the end of The Patriot but only because my so was really into the movie. I just plugged into the MP3′s on my phone and closed my eyes until the flick was done.

    • Sheldon Robidoux

      Try cutting the Prozac’s in half.

    • Tom K.

      I like ” Dances with Wolves ” so much that I bought the Director’s cut, which adds another 40 minutes to the movie. I try to watch it once a year.

  • aldanoli

    I would have stayed (just because I don’t like to walk out after I’ve paid), but based on quality, my wife did insist that we walk out on “The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her Lover,” the Peter Greenaway movie that begins with a man being force-fed dog excrement — and goes downhill from there. (Other “highlights” included a man sticking a fork into a woman’s cheek.) I *did* walk out on the Jamie Foxx movie “The Kingdom,” which I actually liked — the plot was an interesting action-adventure movie — but the director decided to shoot it “jiggle-cam” style, and after about 15 minutes of nothing but handheld shots, I became violently motion-sick. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the theater gave me a chit to come back to see a different movie, so at least I didn’t lose the price of admission.

    To respond to the other part of the question, no, I don’t think critics should walk out — watching movies and reporting on them, after all, is their job. I believe that Roger Ebert once commented that while watching movies and reviewing them is a dream job (and it would be, at least from my point of view), you do end up watching a lot of stuff that you wouldn’t have paid to see . . . but that’s the “dark side” of the critic’s job.

  • maq

    I walked out on “Clockwork Orange.” I even read it for a paper in college but the movie was too strange and too violent. After the book, I should have known it was strange.

  • tcvajv

    Hot Shots and Making Love.

  • Hildegard Brosseau

    Yes, “8 and a half” and “Last year at Marienbad”. Also Ingmar Bergman’s “The Silence”.

  • Eric Nilsson

    Yes, the movie Coma. Having read the book, the ending strayed too far from the novel and, moments before the credits rolled, I walked out. I did turn back to find my wife as everyone files out; she stayed to see it all, poor girl. I almost felt sorry for Michael Douglas and Genevieve Bujold, but they too were as irksome as the film.

  • T. Edwin Cheater

    I have never walked out on a movie but an entire row of people near me walked out of “The Aristocrats”. I almost walked out on “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover” but didn’t because there were only eight other people in the theatre and I didn’t want them to think I was too easily offended. It is now one of my favourite films.

  • Flimfilmman

    I don’t remember ever walking out on a movie but I should have walked out on The Wild Wild West and The Constant Gardner. I slept thru The Dark Crystal the first time I watched it, then sat thru the next showing and almost went to sleep again – beautiful Jim Henson puppets and scenery but dull! dull! dull!

  • Ken Burke

    I walked out of Robert Altman’s Beyond Therapy right at the moment when Jeff Goldblum began sucking on a woman’s toes in a crowded restaurant. Normally I can tolerate Altman’s films long enough to get intersted, but my friends and I quickly discerned that no plot was to be had, just over-indulged actors and undisciplined film-making. We didn’t ask for our money back and we probably should have. However, I did learn a valuable lesson from that experience: Never trust a movie with a too-good-to-be-true cast.

  • lg

    Last Tango in Paris.

  • Bad one

    Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein in REALLY BAD 3D

  • Debbie

    Night and Fog. I found it so horrifying, so shocking that I had too leave before I threw-up. That was 30 years ago and it still gives me nightmares.

  • Jerry

    I too walked out on “Vacation”. Too stupid! It is very irritating to me to see spoiled rotten kids being taken to Europe with their parents and they are depicted as being bored by it all. I know, it’s supposed to be funny, but I couldn’t take it, so I left the theatre. I never saw “Avatar” in the theatre but I bought the DVD because it looked like it might be a classic. I believe I was wrong in my thinking. I have tried to watch it twice and I can’t sit through the whole thing because it is too great a reach for me to believe the story, and also it is s-o-o-o predictable. Yes, I know it’s just a movie, but I still stop the DVD and put in something else.

    • kp22kc

      That is European Vacation, not Vacation.

  • Brian Hayes

    It was The Tale Of Despereaux. It was so bad I just could not sit through it. Its actually only film that I have ever walked out on.

  • nicolas

    I was curious about a French film by one of those New Wave directors named Jaque Rivette called Celine and Julie Go Boating. I can only think that he got money from the French government for htis nonsense, and I think it was over three hours long. Also, during the time you could see double headers, before the video age, Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother. After having seen one of the Pink Panther movies, and lauging at the time out loud, found this film boring, and just not pleasant to look at, the second with a friend of mine. I enjoyed Murder By Death when I saw that movie.

  • Phil

    I hate to say this…but “The God Father…part 1 …it was so boring (IMO) I never walked out , but lost Interest and fell asleep! And the other was “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes”

  • DMS

    Dancer in the Dark, I had to walk out on that one. The camera made me dizzy.

  • Christine

    Santa Clause. The Movie with Dudley Moore and John Lithgow.
    It was HORRIBLE and bored me to tears!

  • Frosty

    “Nashville” – I kept waiting for something to happen.
    “Chariots of Fire” – A good cure for insomnia; the music alone puts you to sleep.

  • Fred55110

    The Bird Cage I, saw that with my wife when we were still dating wow what a turkey I, couldn’t stand it!! And yet everytime I, looked at my soon to be wife she seemed so intent and involved with with it……….she was asleep and we finally left when I, got her to wake up long enough to leave. I, love Gene Hackman and Robin Williams but that movie did nothing for me.

  • Phil

    Postcards from the edge, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, I was bored beyond belief in all of them, had to stay for the second two as I had the kids with me.

  • Calabogie Mike

    Yes, The Bridges of Madison County – Chick Flick -

  • Jan

    Yellow Submarine – I was so excited to go see it when it came out because I was such a big Beatles fan. Sat through about 15 minutes of it and it was so awful my then boyfriend, now husband, and I got up and left. There are a lot of others I would probably have walked out on, but I just decided not to go see them at all.

  • KarenG958

    The Avengers with Uma Thurman & Ralph Fiennes – out of boredom.
    Mighty Aphrodite – just could not stand Mira Sorvino’s voice one moment longer, and just didn’t like it.

  • William

    Almost walked out of sister act but for some reason we stayed. Maybe it had to do with the ticket prices we paid.

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  • Ken

    We walked out on Robin Hood Men In Tights. It was HORRIBLE. Also Pulp Fiction was sickening. But I sat through Plan 9 From Outer Space when I was 9 years old. Who can figure.

  • Movie Fan

    I’ve walked out on movies several times. I walked out of the remake of The Thing during the scene with the dogs. I love dogs. I knew it wasn’t real, but I couldn’t take hearing them scream. I walked out of The Exorcist the first time I tried to see it. A girl sitting in front of me kept crying, then she threw up when Linda Blair’s character started spewing green stuff. The first time I saw Clockwork Orange, my sister and I were at a local drive-in. It started raining so hard that people couldn’t see the screen. The manager got on the speaker system and said he wanted to stop the film until the rain stopped. He said if customers were willing to wait it out, please honk your horn. The noise was deafening! Everybody waited, but then the power went out. We had to leave anyway.

    • Tom K.

      After reading the book, I went to the premier of ” The Exorcist ” and people were running out of the theater screaming. One woman ran out of the Fire Exit by the screen shouting ” I can’t take – I can’t take it ” ! THAT’s when we decided to stay for the whole film. When we got home I burned the OUIJI Board !

  • Wes

    I cannot remember the name of the movie, but I do remember that it was a movie with Hip Hop or whatever they call music. The story appeared to be very interesting, The music seem to be excessively loud, and the words to the music promoting mistreatment of women, gang life, was too much for me. I am a movieholic and that was too much for me.

  • Tony Coulter

    El Topo !

    • GeorgeDAllen

      How funny you should mention “El Topo”; I’m in the middle of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s book “Psychomagic”…which I’m almost ready to walk out on! (I won’t, though.)

  • captrr

    Jerry Lewis’s “The Bellhop.” It was a 1960 movie that made it to Olive Hill, Kentucky, in the fall of 1965. I was in Explorers (senior Boy Scouts), the weather was terrible, and we left our campsite and went “in to town” to see a movie. It was bad…we thought so…and so did the local clientele who started throwing their drinks and popcorn buckets at the screen. Then the projectionist stopped the film because she also worked for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway and the eastbound “George Washington” (from Louisville bound for DC and Newport News) was due in, and she had mail and express to load. The “George” left on time, and she came back into the movie house. The screen was so covered with food and drink that she yelled at the audience…and refused to resume running the movie. We Explorers, being “innocent,” got our $$ back. No one else did, and after a few mutterings of eastern Kentucky coal country humor, everyone left.

  • kp22kc

    I’ve never walked out on a movie. I remember in the 80′s a couple of girls went to see Little Shop of Horrors and said they walked out. That is one of my favorite movies of all time and in some corners is considered a classic musical. There have been movies I’ve been bored with, but if I’ve paid my money I’m getting the whole movie in. I have stopped watching movies on TV or DVD before, but usually I fast forward just in case something interesting does happen.

  • footcenter

    I agree with Irv’s comments , but didn’t walk out on either of his walk outs (but indeed enjoyed Christmas vacation a lot more than vacation) . Also not a fan of something about Mary, but did sit through the whole thing. This may surprise many, & I am big fan of horror movies, but didn’t want to sit through original Last house on the left, as it was just pure abuse for sake of abuse & similarly stopped part way through hostel for same reason. I’m not squeamish, I loved a lot of very graphic horror flicks, but don’t enjoy pure torture & abuse .

  • patmac20

    Battlefield Earth,Pulp fiction,Sweeny Todd the musical all bad even the American,burn before reading these movies either did not make sense or were to stupid,

    • jbourne5181

      Pulp Fiction?????????!!!!!!!!!! …

  • Tom

    “The reincarnation of Peter Proud.” God, that was AWFUL!

  • 4marxes

    I am very picky about what I choose to PAY to see. As a result I have only walked out on two films. One was Darkman. I had been outvoted by my family and had to sit in the lobby and wait for them. The other was Where the Wild Things Are. I just found it very dull and I didn’t feel the kid was very deserving of my sympathy. I’ve never been a Sendak fan. I have lasted to the end of some films that just went nowhere and left me wanting the time I just wasted back, but that’s when I got much luckier about what I see. There are some films I wouldn’t even rent for a buck.

    • nicolas

      Wow, two films I liked, though I have to admit, WHere the Wild Things Are bothered me for reasons I won’t get into.

  • madmax99

    I walked out on Inside Man, (2006, Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster) and Legend (1985, Tom Cruise).


    I recently walked out on Les Miserables (loved Anne Hathaway but otherwise a bomb) and World War Z (like Brad Pitt but just seeing him in a bunch of closeups with a silly story doesn’t cut it).

  • John Rivera

    It has happened only once. (would have happened twice had I not been with a very good looking date) The occassion was just a few years ago, and the movie was the very popular ” SIN CITY” i was not impressed with it. The movie that I almost walked out on, and would have, had I not been with a date and it was her choice, was “THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN” (circa 1986) probably the worst movie I’ve ever seen ! (AND I’ve seen the terrible and forgettable “forbidden Dance” with former Ms. USA winner Laura Harring. ) All three of those movies, if rented in succession and viewed on the same evening could short circuit your DVD players and BIG SCREEN TV’s. Just crap and a complete waste !!!

  • KRS

    My wife said Bridesmaids was hilarious and recommended it to me. I went, by myself, and maybe cracked a slight smile once. I would have walked out, but I had paid my money, and I wanted to see if there were any funny moments. (There aren’t.)

    There might have been a few others, but they’re rare. I recently purchased the 1981 Flash Gordon DVD (with Queen’s soundtrack), but can’t get past the first fight scene.

  • Richy

    I should have walked out on Man of Steel. The ending, involving mass destruction of big buildings–sort of 9/11 porno–left me with a headache to go along with my confusion

  • Smoky

    Two bombs come to mind; “The Flintstones” and “The Book of Eli.” Neither worth my time…I could be watching grass grow.

  • Flick

    A River Runs Through It. I can’t remember what I so disliked about the movie, but I do remember thinking I couldn’t take any more of it and leaving. The trouble was, it was the Gala premiere at TIFF and I had to squeeze past Robert Redford who was in the aisle seat. I suspect he has recovered by now.

  • ghosty191

    We “walked” out on the movie M.A.S.H. when it came to our local drive-in movie. We thought it was so disgusting to try and make war seem so funny. Since then I have tried to watch it again, several times, and still dislike the movie. We loved the TV show though.

    • Bruce Reber

      Why not try to make war funny? In 1970 America was being clobbered on all sides by the Vietnam war, both by our participation in it and the anti-war demonstrations all across the nation. M*A*S*H* was the right movie at the right time. Actually, it’s a dark satire of war, and while it’s mostly a comedy there are some dramatic scenes as well. My parents went to see it when it first came out (it had an R rating and I was only 12 at the time, and even though I could have gone with them they thought it was not the type of movie I should see). When they came back from seeing it they remarked about the OR scenes and the blood, but they didn’t walk out on it. I saw M*A*S*H* years later on TV and think it’s one of the best comic satires ever.

    • Bruce Reber

      You mean you “drove” out, don’t you?! I don’t get why you hated the movie but loved the TV series.

      • ghosty191

        We were hit with the beginning of the movie, by the comedic dialogue during surgery, going on while war was all around, as a tasteless way of displaying an anti-war statement while our youth were dying on the tables, in real life, in Viet Nam. I guess the TV version was more explanatory and we learned the true meaning of the comedy. Still, I have watched the movie and still don’t like it, mainly because of the total disregard of the tragedy of suicide. The whole movie centers on that premise. Even the song associated with the movie includes it. The same tune is used in the TV show, but the words have been omitted. It was, totally, better than the movie, in MHO,

        • KenR

          ….Well said Ghosty! I totally agree.

        • Bruce Reber

          The M*A*S*H theme “Suicide Is Painless” refers to the name of the dentist in the movie, who after witnessing the horrors of war, senseless violence and the tragic waste of human life decides he’d be better off dead than continue living in a world where these things are allowed to happen. I saw most of the episodes of the TV series (1972-1983), and while it was a very good show, the movie was much better.

    • jbourne5181

      the movie is a classic, ’nuff said

  • Chibi

    The Bridge of Madison County!!!! I went with a friend and her mother and unfortunately her mother should have been sitting in the middle. Her comments (made the movie tolerable) and we laughed though the whole thing. Am a big fan of Streep, but this was bad!!!!

    • KenR

      …Have to agree Chibi, how pretensious was Eastwood trying hard to be! Pity Streep could not see through the overstretched believability of her character – but then, she was getting paid at least! – it was a tad laughable, far tooo long, and dimly lit.

  • Lucius

    I know I’ll get flamed, trashed, even worse perhaps, but although I’ve never waked out of a theatre, I have switched the TV channel several times when I decided to watch a film…..the one I remember I found the most disappointing and boring was…….citizen Kane…….and soon….very soon….switched channels…..

    • KenR


      Consider yourself flamed.
      Maybe in a few years, you’ll cool down enough to appreciate this gem.

      • Antone

        I am a month shy of 74. If I “cool down” any more, I’ll be dead. There is nothing this side of total senility that would make me love these three cinema zircons.

    • Antone

      I’ll see your one bloated sacred cow about a poor zillionaire who never got to sled with the riff-raff and raise you two bloated self-pitying sacred cows about useless wealthy slave owners who would henceforth be forced to wipe their own bottoms [Gone With the Wind]; and a well-to-do banker who got away with mishandling funds—unlike the poor out-of-work people whose homes he repossessed [It's a Wonderful Life].

  • maureengp

    A Clockwork Orange. Apocalypse Now. Air Force One. Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves.
    Should have walked out on many more.

  • Jeff D

    I walked out of a terrible scifi movie called ‘Event Horizon’, mainly because I don’t consider torture porn to be entertaining. And because I was disgusted that that was the only path the director could think of to take his premise.

  • Quiggy

    I have never walked out of a movie in the theater. But I came close once. The Postman with Kevin Costner. I kept looking at my watch wondering how much longer this damn movie was going to go on. (Answer: Almost 3 hours, which brings up a question: Why can’t Costner make a movie that runs only an hour, which is about as long as I can put up with him? Silverado not included…)

    • Movie Mankiewicz

      Question: If you know you can put up with him for only an hour, why do you go see his movies? Just askin’…

      • Quiggy

        I don’t. That’s the point. The Postman was the last time I went to a Kevin Costner movie. THe only way I’ll go see a movie with Costner in it is if I know he’ll be blown up in the first 5 minutes.

  • mplo

    When a friend of mine and I went to see a screening of “1776″ at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, we were both so bored that we just walked out in the middle of this film.

    Another movie that I walked out of was a screening of “Casinos”, which played as part of a double feature, which also featured “Goodfellas” (the latter of which I liked.), in a movie theatre not far from where I presently reside. “Casinos”, on the other hand, was so boring that I walked out of this movie after about ten minutes or so.

    One movie that I actually CAME close to walking out of (but didn’t, because we were all going out to dinner afterwards.) was S. O. B (Standard Operational Bulls**t). That movie was so stupid and so boring that I was frustrated and practically in tears, but I managed to stick it out until the end, and had dinner out with my family.

  • Roger Womack

    The Crow 2 nothing like the original !

  • buzz daly

    in westside story, maria stops fist fight…the result is a fight with weapons that result in a death…..but that irony is never mentioned

  • Cynthia LaRochelle

    Academy Award movie “Marty”, depressing and boring half way through was enough for me and my date.

  • Movie Mankiewicz

    1991: “Prospero’s Books” with John Gielgud. A TOTAL waste of MY time. It was a dumbed-down, soft porn version of Shakespeare that kept me wishing I had that hour of my life back and my $7 too! It also had me going, “What is Sir Gielgud doing in this?!” I left after the bestiality scene.

    • KenR

      …I’m with you on this one Mankiewicz, and to think there are some deluded fools who look for “art” hidden in this weirdo’s work. Hidden is right!

      Send him back to the detox tank, right beside Ken Russel, but this time think of leaving him and his ‘attempts’ there.

  • Frank DeCavalcante

    I usually enjoy the movies of Ken Russell, and I am accustomed to his over the top films. However, his version of “The Devils” was far too much for me. Those scenes of cloistered nuns masturbating with crucifixes and having sex with priests was just too much for me to handle.Vanessa Redgrave is one of my favorite actresses but I felt she was demeaning herself in this work. I just could not sit through it all.

    Everyone was praising David Lynch’s “Eraserhead” so I decided I had to see it. It was absolutely horrible, the most boring and pretentious movies I have ever seen. I only lasted half an hour before walking out.

    Another movie which received universal praise was “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. It was supposed to be brilliantly creative. I have to admit the movie was creative, but it was as dull as watching ice cubes form. I even lasted for almost the whole bizarre film, but just could not take it any more and walked out fifteen minutes before the end.

  • kathleen

    The Jerk, The Man with Two Heads, Dean Men Don’t Wear Plaid…all truly awful but my boyfriend loved Steve Martin so I kept trying to like him. Married the guy and Steve Martin later starred in one of our favorites Parenthood…but totally different type of movie.
    Many years ago also walked out on The Out of Towners, as New Yorkers we were offended and bored with all the whining.

  • kathleen

    Sorry for typo, that’s Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid…truly awful

  • kathleen

    Oh and Alien…terrifying. But watched again years later. Ms Weaver you rock!

  • Marilyn

    I walked out on The Exorcist after waiting in line for an hour to get in..Too scary. Took years to finally watch it! Worth the wait.

  • Denturedude67

    Drop Dead Fred. It was so lame and boring that I could not stand to watch anymore of it. We left after about 45 minutes. I have never regretted it and never attempted to watch it on video. I have better things to do with my time. Phoebe Cates made some “stinkers” but this is the worst!

  • Vann Morrison

    Vanilla Sky! My wife and I had just had our second child and hadn’t been to a movie in a couple of years. One of my friends told me; “Dude, you gotta go see Vanilla Sky! It’s Cruise’s finest performance to date. It’s the greatest movie he’s ever made.” I told my wife what Mark had said about VS. So we got my parents to come down and babysit so we could go out to dinner and see a movie. The first movie we had seen in about two years. About half way through my wife leans over and asks; “Are you ready to leave?” I stupidly replied; “No, it might get better.”
    We made it to the scene where Cruise is screaming for Tech Support and we got up and left.
    On the way out of the theatre my wife asks my who it was again that recommended Vanilla Sky?
    I told her it was Mark. She told me to tell Mark that the next time she saw him that she was going to give him a swift kick to the crotch for recommending that movie. To this day it’s still a big joke with them when he comes over. My wife will mention it and Mark will immediately turn sideways and
    cover his crotch with both hands

    • jbourne5181

      could’nt agree with you more, what a piece of crap!!

  • kubby661

    Didn’t walk out because we were with another couple and it was a big night out in Hollywood but that stupid movie was Body Double. A stupid, stupid movie!!!!!!!!!!! Turns out afterwards they felt the same way. Two hours( whatever it was) and $30( again whatever it was!) we’ll never get back.

  • kubby661

    Didn’t see it in the theater but I can’t agree about Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid!!!!!! As an old movie and true movie star fan it was fantastic the way they seamed in the old stars. Truly an enjoyable movie! Watch it regularly! Very few stars of today can measure up!

  • John Fraraccio

    Carrie. By the time all he[ck] broke loose in the gym a friend and I looked at each other and decided we’d had enough. Our other friends stayed inside as we stood outside the theater on an icy-cold Pittsburgh winter’s night and just talked. They later told us how the film ended. We decided we hadn’t missed a thing…

    • KenR

      …You’re not wrong John, these were desperate times in movie making. Movies for despots by despots.