4 Movies I Walked Out On

Posted by Brandy Dean January 29, 2013 41 Comments 26005 views

I’m not in the habit of walking out of movies, or even of turning them off when I’m streaming Netflix. In for a penny, in for a pound, I say. This is especially painfully true when you’ve ventured out to a movie theater and slapped down cold hard cash for a ticket. But occasionally you sit down for a movie and you just have to stand right back up. These are the only four movies I have ever walked out on.

Before I get to my list, I should mention two facts. One, I didn’t see too many movies before I was 20 years old, so excuse the bad foundational decisions you’ll see in evidence below. Two, when I was in high school, the next town over had a movie theater that cost $1 and there wasn’t much else to do. That said, let’s get to…

Movies I Walked Out On…

Benny and Joon

Still image from "Benny and Joon"
Okay, I know what you’re thinking – “But Pretty Clever Film Gal, Johnny Depp based his performance as Sam on great silent comedians including your personal favorite, Buster Keaton!” Yeah well, I didn’t know from Buster Keaton at the time, and I found this movie irritating and grating at the time of its release. So much so, in fact, that I got up and walked out.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Still image from "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

Look, I love Tim Burton as much as the next film gal, but something about this movie was unbearable. Again, I got up and walked right out, never looking back. It occurs to me from time to time, that maybe I should try watching this movie again. But… meh.

The Naked Gun 33 ⅓

Still image from "The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult"

See, I know what you’re thinking again – “What the hell were you doing there in the first place, Pretty Clever Film Gal?” Did I mention this theater cost $1? Look, Airplane is hilarious, The Naked Gun is pretty funny (I skipped The Naked Gun 2 ½) so why not this one. Did I mention this cost $1? It was not funny at all and I was Seacrest Out. At least there’s some truth in titling with this flick, the full title being The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.


Still image from "Alive"

Do you remember this movie about a Uruguayan rugby team’s plane crashing into  the Andres and then they get down to eating one another to survive? I do, in painful detail. Why? Because I saw it 5 times, well four and a quarter times, in the theatre!  (Did I mention that the damn theatre cost 1 whole dollar?!) And a young Ethan Hawke, a teenage dreamboat if ever there was, figures pretty heavily in this movie. Still, there comes a point.

What movies have you walked out on?  Lay it on me in the comments!

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  1. Maureen Nolan
    - January 29, 2013
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    I have yet to walk out on a film, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t wanted to. The 4 that spring to mind were all viewed with friends, so rather awkward to have a “this stinks, let’s leave” chat.
    My horrid 4 were “Goodbye” (Iranian film at TIFF 2011), “Horrible Bosses”, “Hot Spa Time Travel John Cusak bomb” and “The Master”. Yes, “The Master” with all those acting Oscar noms. I likes what I likes.

  2. - January 29, 2013
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    I’ve never walked out on a movie (I feel too guilty!) but I came THISCLOSE during “The Shadow”. Just awful!

  3. - January 29, 2013
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    I used to go see everything, and on rare occasion would walk out, especially when I was a teenager — I remember walking out on Buffalo Bill and the Indians, Hair, Oliver’s Story (I mean, seriously, I saw everything).

    Skipped out of work one day to see an afternoon matinee of Home Alone and found it so unappealing, I wound up going back to the office. Katie-Bar-The-Door and I walked out on Darkman that same summer. Can’t think of any since then, but I’m more likely to have vetted a movie ahead of time. Did walk out of the room when we were watching Crash after I bought the dvd out of the bargain bin. Hated that one. Ditto The Family Stone. Maybe it was the contrived unfriendliness of it all.

  4. Pretty Clever Film Gal
    - January 29, 2013
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    I would have waked out on Crash too, except I was on my couch so there was really no where to go and the remote was just out of easy reach. But really, what was all the hoopla bout regarding that movie?

    I think Crank 2 should get a (dis)honorable mention from me. I watch Crank and it was really, really dumb but also stupidly entertaining. I expected the same from Crank 2 and it was NOT the same. It was disgusting and obnoxious and I turned it off after 15 minutes, even though I had to get up and get the remote.

  5. geoforn
    - January 30, 2013
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    The first film I walked out on was Wayne’s World. Well, I had to, since the lightbulb of the projector broke; but I was quite happy about being able to use the free ticket they gave us for some other film. Then there was African Samurai, where I mentally walked out as I fell asleep in the cinema. The only film I remember taking the decision to walk out on was Spider Man 3. Already I had found McGuire rather ridiculous as “Bad Spidey”, but when he appeared on a rooftop next to the American flag to fight two oil and sand villains I had enough. I’m not American, so I thought better leave their patriotism and desert wars to them. The fourth film would be The Cat’s Meow. I got the DVD for a few Euros and never finished watching it. It’s still lying around here somewhere.

  6. - January 31, 2013
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    I walked out on “Gone With the Wind” – When they re-released it in digitalized form, but no matter, I would’ve walked out on the original. I see why in it’s day it was a blockbuster, but I could never figure out why I was supposed to care about either of the 2 main characters. Scarlett was an awful person & Rhett was a S.O.B. See “Lawrence of Arabia” instead.

    • Pretty Clever Film Gal
      - January 31, 2013
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      My mother, for some god forsaken reasons, just loves “Gone With the Wind.” Every holiday season, some cable channel somewhere shows it, sometimes 4 times in a row. I have seen this bloated beast more times than I care to count. I liked it okay the first time, but the tenth time is way too much. I’m with you, Scarlett is a brat, Rhett is a slime ball, Ashley is a wuss, and Melanie is a door mat.

  7. Richard
    - February 11, 2013
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    Life is Beautiful: Roberto Benigni is way too twee for me.
    Requiem for a Dream: yet a few years later, gave the film another shot, and loved it.
    The Nightmare Before Christmas: I agree this film is unwatchable, at least on a small, non-HD TV screen. The nightmare is the induced terminal boredom.

  8. Victoria
    - April 14, 2013
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    I walked out on “The Nightmare Before Christmas” as well. And I remember the people sitting in front of me were snoring. I also walked out on “The Thin Red Line”. Horribly boring, in my opinion.

  9. nilbog
    - April 14, 2013
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    I walked out of “The Fan” and “Blair Witch 2”

  10. Fussy
    - April 21, 2013
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    I walked out of The Royal Tenenbaums (thought it was going to be funny, but when Luke Wilson started carving himself up with razor blades—I was out of there!), and the first Toy Story (my daughter was scared—you’ve got to admit that boy menacing the toys is pretty scary).

  11. Blessingx
    - April 21, 2013
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    At likely my ‘critical peak’ I was walking out of about 1/3 of all films. Was devouring a ton of titles at the time and that ratio still seems about right to me. Have backed off since, back too many films past and present to trust every director for the entire film.

  12. Nate
    - May 20, 2013
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    I walked out on “the truth about Charlie.” “Boat trip,” and “wedding crashers.” If I remember correctly there was a Steve zahn movie where they were tracking big foot that I walked out on (I was the only one in the theater) but I can’t remember the title.

  13. Laura Grande
    - June 15, 2013
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    Ugh. I caught Alive! on TV a couple of years ago. I only got about 20 minutes in before I changed the channel. Horrible performances and dialogue. No thanks.’

    I have a soft spot for Benny & Joon. One of my guilty pleasures.

    I’ve walked out on the second Matrix movie and Sin City.

  14. - June 21, 2013
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    Pretty much every M. Night movie I had the misfortune of being forced into seeing. Unbreakable was good, but I left during The Village, The Happening, and Lady in the Water. I also walked out of Sideways. That movie was the wine shits! I never made it past the first 5 minutes of Date Movie nor Scary Movie 2.

  15. Michael Josko
    - June 29, 2013
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    Iron Man 3. Just awful. I was so amped for this film and was really let down.

  16. movie buff
    - July 12, 2013
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    I’ve debated walking out of a number of Nicole Kidman movies but only actually walked out of two. Eyes Wide Shut and To Die For. Horribly boring and pointless movies.

  17. Scott McGee
    - July 20, 2013
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    Leonard Part 6

    I wanted to leave Batman & Robin, my vote for Worst Movie Ever Made (and Not in an Ironical Sense), but was stuck in the middle of the aisle.

  18. - July 29, 2013
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    Never walked out, but came damn close during “Blair Witch 2”, “U571” and “Tropic Thunder”. Just a horrible, horrible trilogy of utter shite.

  19. Zackary Bratton
    - July 29, 2013
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    I walked out on Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows. 45 minutes felt like 4 hours and it was the worst representation of Sherlock I’ve seen.

  20. cd
    - August 26, 2013
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    The only movie I ever walked out on is Sin City. I thought it was digusting

  21. - September 7, 2013
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    Final Destination. I just couldn’t sit there and watch one more person die a horrible, prolonged, death. I sat out in the theater lobby and waiting for my friends to finish watching it so we could head to dinner. I just had the “I can’t” reaction to it.

  22. Mary
    - September 7, 2013
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    Two come to mind.
    The Hangover: Friends told me it was the funniest movie they had ever seen. I thought it was just plain stupid. There’s an hour of my life I’ll never get back.
    Alien: Yes, I know it’s classic but it had no appeal for me. Sigorney Weaver is a great actress and why she wasted her time is beyond me.

  23. Tom
    - September 18, 2013
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    “This is The End”
    “Identity Theft”
    Ugh, I’d list more but I feel ashamed I went to them in the first place. (I live really close to three theaters.)

  24. Thea
    - September 18, 2013
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    I really hated the Doors by Oliver Stone…..so I left midway.
    I couldn’t stand Young Einstein..what a stupid movie…left after about 30 minutes. Same thing happened with Ace Ventura pet-detective..Jim Carey at his most unbearable….And I left during Paul Verhoeven’s black book…not because I didn’t like it but the person I was with literally couldn’t take the 2nd half.

  25. - September 18, 2013
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    First movie I ever walked out on was Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, a 1983 3D film that had such bad 3D effects and was projected wrong anyway that it was completely unwatchable. Also, I couldn’t get through The Perfect Storm because I was had just started a round of antibiotics and was literally getting seasick, and I didn’t make it through 15 minutes of Cloverfield before I got motion sickness from that stupid ShakyCam technique.

  26. - September 20, 2013
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    Some interesting choices. I walked out of the dogma film ‘the idiots’ mainly because the lack of tripod gave me motion sickness.

    I think I considered walking out of ‘dances with wolves’. Boring, pretentious nonsense, if beautifully shot. I don’t remember the end, so I might have.

    Agreed with Nicole Kidman films… Just awful, mostly. Also agreed with life is beautiful.

    Here will come the flames… I think I walked out of clockwork orange. Long, boring, stupid.

  27. Presty
    - September 26, 2013
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    • Brandy Dean
      - September 26, 2013
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      I enjoyed Titanic in the moment. Post fact however, I became quite disgusted with the phenomena.

  28. Carlo Simon
    - October 20, 2013
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    I walked out of Georgia with Jennifer Jason Leigh. Bored the piss out of me. Should have walked out on “Ray”. It just wouldn’t end.

    Fell asleep instantly through “tinker tailor soldier spy. It was just to conducive to sleeping.

  29. - November 7, 2013
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    Pasolini’s film “Salo,” because it was successful at what it at attempted. One other film, but that was just forgettable trash and I don’t remember the title.

  30. Mitchell
    - December 2, 2013
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    I had to leave No Country For Old Men because my grandmother didn’t know it was a violent movie. After that, I watched it with my Dad and we both loved it!

  31. - January 8, 2014
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    I’ve never walked out in the cinema, it’s way too costly! But I’ve turned off both The Hulk (Ang Lee’s interminable version) and Captain America: the WORST avenger.

  32. Jeff
    - March 17, 2014
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    I walked out on the last few minutes of Rob Roy and almost walked out of the Newton boys.

  33. Hannah
    - April 14, 2014
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    Never left before the end but the closest incident I got to was thus – in my younger naive days when I didn’t know the dangers of Nicolas Cage I went to see the remake of the Wicker Man. I love the original so I was curious to see what it was like. I dearly wish I could get those minutes back. One movie I wish I did walk out on was Savages as it’s an enjoyable movie except the very end, if I had missed the last ten minutes I would probably think it was good!

  34. - April 14, 2014
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    I mentally walked out of : Django Unchained, The Lone Ranger, The Great Gatsby, and every movie featuring Jason Biggs.

  35. James
    - April 16, 2014
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    I am usually able to sit through any movie, but…

    Walked out on “Little Shop of Horrors”. Wasn’t doing anything for me, and the group I was with were all leaving, so I had to go anyway.

    Turned off: “Identity Thief” and “Wanderlust”. Awful. Unfunny. Ugh.

  36. Ray
    - April 16, 2014
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    I think I only have 3, I usally stay put. 40 Days and 40 Nights, unbearable, even Shannyn Sossamon couldn’t keep me there, I find it very hard to watch anything with Josh Hartnett in it since, left after 15 minutes, much to the annoyance of my then girlfriend. The Relic, I thought it was awful. I had sneaked in after a different film, so I wasn’t too concerned about what I spent on the ticket, I left, and snuck into something else instead, I watched it much later on tv and thought it was ok. Epic Movie! what I was doing there in the first place I don’t know, a friend had free tickets to any film, but he got delayed, and we were left with no other option, we managed five minutes.

  37. Alana Dill
    - April 17, 2014
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    In theaters (have given up on many DVDS)
    “Mother & Son” beautifully shot Russian movie, went on and on anndddd onnnnn but nothing happened.

    “Lone Survivor” was an excellent movie but the violence was too intense. I only see about one real war movie per year. I cried most of the way through Saving Private Ryan and Das Boot.

    I used to see movies based only on special effects but Lawnmower Man cured me of that. It might have been the worst movie I’ve ever seen.

  38. Michael Fulmer
    - June 25, 2014
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    It’s been a while, but if memory serves I walked out on Kicking & Screaming. Annoying and Not Funny would be a better title for it. I wanted to walk out on The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, but suffered through it only to find out my movie date also wanted to walk out, but figured I wanted to stay.

  39. - July 16, 2014
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    I’ve walked out on several movies (and have asked for my money back as well!) A few I can recall offhand were Regarding Henry (I found the dialogue ludicrous), Twice in a Lifetime, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (it just seemed to start with no explanation about anything) and American Beauty (didn’t get it at the time, enjoyed seeing it later.) Wish I had walked out on Wild, Wild West and Titanic.

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