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Mindy / July 7, 2007 8:49 PM

eh, im a bit too frugal for that.

Carlotta / July 7, 2007 10:44 PM

Fassbinder's "Beware of A Holy Whore" because I got tired of seeing women slapped around.

But that's the only one -- ever.

bean / July 7, 2007 10:55 PM

I sat through "Trains, Plains, etc." initially thinking, then hoping it was the trailer. After about forty five minutes of torture I realized I was in the wrong theater.
I stayed because I'm stubborn, raised Catholic and, therefore, enjoy suffering.
I can't remember the name of the movie I paid to see.

Chloe / July 7, 2007 11:42 PM

'Black Hawk Down' because the editing was awful
and 'Scarface' with Pacino because it was so long and so silly and his accent was so bad.

Nick / July 8, 2007 1:06 AM

Even though I had heard there was a really good ending, I walked out of Hannibal because the plot was so stupid and we were watching it at a second run theater.

freepy shwirtel / July 8, 2007 1:31 AM

Oh, free student screenings of Reality Bites and Kidz, perhaps because the movies were bad, perhaps because the audiences were bad. Most likely both.
Also Together, though I paid for that one.
I usually get tempted to ditch during the Dogma 6000 crap that gets reviewed so interestingly and then turns out so spitefully boring.
Oh also American Splendor, though maybe that was a rental.

freepy shwirtel / July 8, 2007 1:31 AM

Oh, free student screenings of Reality Bites and Kidz, perhaps because the movies were bad, perhaps because the audiences were bad. Most likely both.
Also Together, though I paid for that one.
I usually get tempted to ditch during the Dogma 6000 crap that gets reviewed so interestingly and then turns out so spitefully boring.
Oh also American Splendor, though maybe that was a rental.

freepy shwirtel / July 8, 2007 1:31 AM

Oh, free student screenings of Reality Bites and Kidz, perhaps because the movies were bad, perhaps because the audiences were bad. Most likely both.
Also Together, though I paid for that one.
I usually get tempted to ditch during the Dogma 6000 crap that gets reviewed so interestingly and then turns out so spitefully boring.
Oh also American Splendor, though maybe that was a rental.

carrie / July 8, 2007 1:49 AM

I didn't walk out, but was thisclose to walking out of "A History of Violence". I should've walked out, it never got good for me. Kind of, I hated it.

JD / July 8, 2007 6:57 AM

Days Of Thunder and Mystery Men. I still cant belive how bad Mystery Men was. And although it's grown on me now, Natural Born Killers was a huge theatrical dissapointment.

Patrice / July 8, 2007 9:13 AM

We walked out of "Mr. Brooks". What was Kevin Costner thinking? And what happened to William Hurt? Surely he was not the same guy that starred in "Body Heat"? Yikes. The movie was stupid, gratuitous, vulgar and silly, all at the same time. Maybe Demi Moore, though, can get a spin-off arranged just based on her homicide detective role, which was actually kinda intriguing. That's all for now.

pat / July 8, 2007 10:18 AM

Remarkably I'll watch a lot of crap by osmosis. i.e. someone has a tv show on, i'll sit down, start watching, and they'll walk away, to leave me watching whatever crap was on. Somehow I'm powerless to move.

So,this wasn't in the theatre, but my family was watching Jerry Maguire; which i found incredibly grating and annoying. I don't think there was a single character that I could relate to. So I ended up in another room reading. I think the same thing happened for Titanic.

laprof / July 8, 2007 10:47 AM

Minority Report. I had just returned from a European trip and had jet lag. But I think if the movie had been more interesting I would have been able to stay awake. My friend noticed me nodding off and suggested we leave, which we did.

moody / July 8, 2007 11:51 AM

Die Hard 2
The Producers

maardvark / July 8, 2007 12:41 PM

I guess I walked out of "Trainspotting," but that wasn't really the movie's fault--I got sick halfway through, and had to go outside and spend the rest of the movie alternating between the bathroom and the bench outside the theater, while I waited for everyone else to come out.

There have been dozens of occasions when I've rented a film that I haven't finished because I hated it, but that's never happened in the theater. I think this is because, before I plunk down the cash to see a film in the theater, I need to have read at least one or two really glowing reviews.

snuh / July 8, 2007 1:16 PM

What a manipulative & overwrought piece of CRAP! I'll still never understand how "Brokeback Mountain" lost to it...

amyc / July 8, 2007 1:33 PM

Cape Fear. I walked out when Jessica Lange was describing how the dog was poisoned, but my date persuaded me to come back in. I walked out again when De Niro started planning to rape Juliette Lewis in front of her parents, and just stayed in the lobby until the movie was over. I have an extremely low tolerance for sadism/torture. I have no idea why anyone finds such things entertaining, even if the "bad guy" gets punished in the end.

Jason / July 8, 2007 1:50 PM

Several. Off the top of my head:

Mars Attacks
The 2nd Lord of the Rings
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

Now if I had a dollar for every movie rental I shut off prematurely...

Emerson Dameron / July 8, 2007 2:35 PM

@Pat: I'm with you. I'll usually sit through anything. A bad movie is like a bad day fishing.

I did walk out of Super Troopers. And into the Count of Monte Christo, just because I didn't want to eat the $10.

Sara / July 8, 2007 3:35 PM

I walked out of The Good Son. I was probably 13, and I just hated Macaulay Culkin's character so much, I couldn't take it anymore.

I should have walked out of Casino. I was 15, with my boyfriend AND his parents. I should have walked out, but instead I closed my eyes and cried on the inside.

Steve / July 8, 2007 4:29 PM

Ones I remember....

A long time ago: The French Lieutenant's Woman.

In college: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover -- but mainly because I'd imbibed much too much weed and drink, then overreacted to a particularly painful line after a most grotesque scene, which led to me fainting in the bathroom, picking myself up off the floor and heading outside to wait for my friends.

About five years ago: that second Matrix movie.

Should've recently: the most recent Pirates movie. Pure ass.

peta / July 8, 2007 6:09 PM

Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Watching him dig all that dirt reminded me of some chores I had to do.

The Blair Witch Project - Forgot my seasick bands. Projectile vomit at 45 minute mark.

Thurston / July 8, 2007 6:16 PM

I have walked out of:
1) King Ralph ('nuff said)
2) Rudy (I have since seen the ending, and don't see it as inspirational but rather a pathetic, as everyone takes pity on that obsessesed little loser by leting him play but once, and when it was inconsequential)
3) Magnolia (precisely when all the protagonists were lip-synching to that sentimental Tori Amos-like song).
Horrendous, all of them.

Also, I agree that Crash was a terrible movie even if it meant well. It is a total rip off of Amores Perros, simply replacing problems of class and love with class and race.

SR / July 8, 2007 6:20 PM

I don't go to too many movies, so usually pick things I'll generally like. Can't recall leaving a movie midway through...

That said, I'm with whoever wanted a dollar for every rental that''s been turned off midway through!

michellemybelle / July 8, 2007 6:28 PM

Never walked out of movie in the theater and don't usually turn off rentals, but I could not make it through "Rules of Attraction" at all. I wouldn't even say I got through 20 minutes, it was that bad.

Leelah / July 8, 2007 9:43 PM

The Royal Tennenbaums.
I got physically ill at the part where Luke Wilson's character attempts suicide. In fact, even writing about it is creeping me out...
I did come back in later, though.

jane / July 8, 2007 10:28 PM

Who Framed Roger Rabbit for obvious reasons

melissa / July 8, 2007 11:13 PM

the 3rd matrix, right at the end. I really had to pee and it was kind of boring.

Brian / July 8, 2007 11:28 PM

I can’t say that I’ve walked out of movie at the theater. I’m far too picky to pick a bad movie.

That being said, I’ve turned off many a rental, PPV and movie on HBO due to its horrendousness. I can’t even think of anything notable, as they were, obviously, pretty bad.

mike / July 9, 2007 7:58 AM

Lone Star

Clint / July 9, 2007 8:02 AM

Two movies:

1. Dodge Ball. It was supposed to be funny, but was just horribly boring. I walked out after 30 minutes.

2. Minority Report. I actually was enjoying it, but my girlfriend has a history of eye problems and got really freaked out by the back-alley eye transplant.

Tobermory / July 9, 2007 8:58 AM

I walked out of Six Degrees of Separation - I was with two friends and we were all getting fidget-y and were obviously bored. I also walked out of Short Cuts -despite all the critical acclaim it was just a totaly yawner for me.

Bill V / July 9, 2007 9:02 AM

I can't remember ever walking out except maybe stumbling out of a Brew & View show.

You can't walk out of History of Violence, two of the best sex scenes ever with clothes on!

Hal / July 9, 2007 9:23 AM

I walked out of the remake of "Cat People" back in 1982 after the arm-getting-ripped-off scene as I found I totally wasn't in the mood of gross suspense stuff that night. I rented it a few years later and decided it wasn't that bad. Not great, but okay. The Simone Simon original is as good as everyone says.

Jon / July 9, 2007 9:45 AM

Summer of Sam, a Spike Lee joint. I only lasted through the first hour.

Mikey / July 9, 2007 9:49 AM

Like some others here, I'm too cheap to walk out of a movie as well...

Although years ago, some friends and I nearly walked out of The Crying Game, which had been out for some time and was showing at the bargain theater. Apparently, we were the only ones in the theater completely surprised by the signature scene (you know the one I mean), as was evidenced by our quite audible gasps and at least one shriek...

joshua / July 9, 2007 9:58 AM

Final Destination - the gf was wigging out

I would have walked out of Magnolia but Aimee Mann's music kept me in - still one of the best soundtracks out there

Species 2 - my own fault for going

Mystery Men - it was a friend's birthday outing, they were loving it, i left early and went to the bar

The Crow 2 - see "Species 2"

Tom / July 9, 2007 10:10 AM

History of the World by Mel Brooks.... and also some movie with John Travolta and Lily Tomlin... other than dropping Engineering Calc my freshman year, best drop decisions I've made.

Brandy / July 9, 2007 10:14 AM

I barely made it through Dogville on DVD. I'm pretty pro-Dogme 95, but that was just so brutal.

I went to see a matinee on Myserty Men with a team of coworkers after a really long, tiring workshop was done. I nodded off, and when I woke up and looked around, I realized that all ten of us had zonked out.

Nuxrs / July 9, 2007 10:33 AM

I almost walked out of "Death Proof" during much pointless yammering.

Erica / July 9, 2007 11:18 AM

Glad I'm not the only one who wanted to walk out of Natural Born Killers.

There are SO many I should have walked out of. I try to be careful about what I pay to see on the big screen, but sometimes I just make bad choices. I should have walked out of "Knocked Up" on Friday night. Such an unrefreshing, pointless film. I liked everything about it but the main characters and plot. That pretty much left the stoners and bitchy big sister.

Audience behavior that makes me wanna leave films:
-People with bluetooths flashing in their ears.
-Babies (they DON'T belong at ANY movies.
-Texting during movies (mostly teenagers do this).
-People who talk during the movie. Duh!

steven / July 9, 2007 11:53 AM

I have never walked out of a movie, but my wife and I walked out on Wicked. God awful, in every way. Except for the good witch, she was so damn snarky.

Quince / July 9, 2007 11:58 AM

Followed my sister out of "Pulp Fiction" after she regained consciousness. She passed out during the overdose, syringe-full-of-adrenaline-into-the-sternum scene. Heard the same thing happened to others.

Quince / July 9, 2007 11:58 AM

Followed my sister out of "Pulp Fiction" after she regained consciousness. She passed out during the overdose, syringe-full-of-adrenaline-into-the-sternum scene. Heard the same thing happened to others.

Mikey / July 9, 2007 12:04 PM

Come to think of it, had I seen Oceans 12 in the theater and not on DVD, surely I would have walked out. I sat at home watching it just getting more and more pissed off. I enjoyed the first one, but that sequel is an insult to just about anybody's intelligence...

skafiend / July 9, 2007 12:21 PM

Chuck Norris' "Missing in Action II". I was only a kid but I pat myself on the back now for having the dignity to walk out of that crap after about about 30 minutes, regardless of the fact that I didn't have money to throw away even in those $6-movie-ticket days.

I also walked INTO a movie once. Went to see something at the Music Box and realized about 10 minutes in that it wasn't the reggae movie I thought it was. It was "Baraka" and it turned out to be a great movie.

But thank God for Netflix. Now I just turn the crap off and send it back. I know some movies deserve the big screen viewing (300, etc.), but I can't stomach some of the crappy behaviour of my fellow moviegoers, a la Erica, so I'd rather stay home.

Mo / July 9, 2007 12:29 PM

I have never walked out of a movie, at least not that I remember. Like lots of other posters, I'm too cheap to throw the ticket away, plus, generally, I love all movies and the movie theater experience. If it's that bad, I'll take a little nap.

Even at home, I usually make it through rentals, and if I purposefully start a movie On Demand, I'll usually watch it.

That being said, I have almost never made it through a whole movie from, which is weird and sad and telling because I love love love horror movies and eat up even the "bad" ones. But those are just unwatchable. :(

ahn / July 9, 2007 12:40 PM

i walked out of "waterworld." i was an ornery teenager and just couldn't stand it. i think my dad, who felt the need to stay because he didn't want my mom pissed at both of us, was jealous.

John / July 9, 2007 12:59 PM

Police Academy 3 and then the next year, Police Academy 4. Didn't learn my lesson.

mcm / July 9, 2007 1:00 PM

I walked out of Sin City. I suspected I was going to be bothered by the misogyny, but was informed that it was effectively countered by how powerful and independent the women are in the second segment (the community of sex workers, including Rosario Dawson and Alexis Bledel). Sure, they're a self-sufficient community... until something goes wrong and Clive Owen has to come save the day. It was disappointing, because stylistically, the movie was a triumph, but I just couldn't handle the sexism, and left before I had to watch Jessica Alba as a stripper with a heart of gold....

Jill / July 9, 2007 1:20 PM

I'm not sure if I've had the guts to walk out of something--like many others, I've paid too much for the ticket--but I really wanted to walk out of "Amores Perros" because I couldn't stand the dog fighting.

I should've walked out of "Gangs of New York." What a pile of crap. Long, obnoxious, Cameron Diaz couldn't hold an Irish accent. That movie put me off going to movies for a long time. I've never regained my old habit either.

k / July 9, 2007 1:21 PM

Bebe's Kids - I know, you don't even remember this movie. The only reason I do is because I had the misfourtune of sitting through about 15 minutes of it as the second movie in a double feature. As this wasn't the movie I went to see I had no problem walking out. Otherwise I'm normally way too cheap to leave.

Should have walked out of The Island...should have known better than to pay for it in the first place but there was some serious eyeball melting heat that day and air conditioning sounded good.

And although I needed to stay to fully form my argument for why it was a total piece of crap, David Lynch still has a punch in the balls coming to him for the three hours I lost to Mulholland Drive.

Your Mom / July 9, 2007 1:39 PM

I don't know why everyone liked "300"!? It was nice for the first 10 minutes, then it got old, real quick.

printdude / July 9, 2007 1:56 PM

Nope. Can't recall walking out on a movie at all. But then, I am usually extree-careful before I decide which movie to lay my hard-earned cash down on. I won't even see a crappy $2 movie.

Quince: That was the scene in the movie where everyone in the theatre turned to look at me and my movie-going partner - we were rolling around with laughter! Hoooo. Good Times.

editorkid / July 9, 2007 1:58 PM

I don't go see movies in theaters much. Although I thought "The Ex" this year was sorely underrated. I think that's the only movie I've seen in a theater this year.

I also don't have a video store rental account or Netflix account.

So metaphorically I've pretty much walked out on movies as a medium. The idea that herds that large can create art is pretty amusing to me.

I occasionally Tivo a movie on a premium channel but most of them get deleted without my watching it. Most recently I've recorded "V for Vendetta" twice, but we'll see if I watch it the third time.

Warmonger / July 9, 2007 2:17 PM

Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam. What a dismal attempt at moviemaking.

marge / July 9, 2007 3:02 PM

I walked out of Ghostbusters when I was young. I would have stayed but my friend was completely annoyed but it. I wanted to walk out of The Piano but was with several people that I didn't know very well so I stayed. I remember thinking that we were sitting there watching the woman get raped slowly for what seemed to be hours. What the hell?

Sarah / July 9, 2007 3:55 PM

I walked out of Schindler's List when I was 13 because I couldn't deal with watching someone get shot at close range. I've gotten a little better over time but am still not a big fan of graphic violence, especially when it's in a realistic context (like a war movie).

Movie I should have walked out: the Ethan Hawke version of Hamlet. There was something about it that was just outrageously bad--they shot the "to be or not to be" speech in the action section of a Blockbuster video, and Ophelia drowned in like two inches of water. I was howling with laughter by the end--

"That was the worst movie I've ever seen" I said, wiping the tears from my eyes.

"We know!" shouted several fellow audience members.

adam / July 9, 2007 4:23 PM

I should have walked out of Humanité about 8 years ago at the Chicago Film Fest, but didn't. What a total waste of 3+ hours. Nothing at all happened, and I didn't care about anyone in the movie, and the only reason I didn't leave is because one of my friends didn't want to. Mistake; we should have told him to meet us at a bar later.

Sue / July 9, 2007 4:34 PM

"Sleepwalkers" a REALLLLLLY bad Stephen King short story turned movie.
"Jurassic park 2"
Yeah right! Like I'm gonna believe a T-REX invades a huge city?? Everyone knows that KING KONG already did that!!
Almost walked out of "Se7en". I know, I'm a whimp, I just thought it was too heavy and dark!!

Leelah / July 9, 2007 7:01 PM

I should have walked out of "The End of the Affair"... one of my favorite books, and the filmmakers altered it so drastically so as to lose the entire meaning.

By the way, am I the only person on here that thought The Kite Runner was absurdly predictable and stupid?

JT / July 9, 2007 8:38 PM

The only movie I've ever walked out on:

Coyote Ugly

Because they didn't show any... uhm... character development.

JT / July 9, 2007 8:38 PM

The only movie I've ever walked out on:

Coyote Ugly

Because they didn't show any... uhm... character development.

Jason / July 10, 2007 12:37 AM

One more:

Ditto on "The Blair Witch Project".

I regret leaving, but the camera-work was too much to handle without a heavy dosage of dramamine.

Same went for the rental, on my then 27" TV.

Pity... I heard it was a good flick.

Joe / July 10, 2007 8:28 AM

I wish I had walked out on the Blair Witch Project. Other than the motion-sickness inducing camera work, it was little more than three horrible people stuck in the woods yelling "fuck" at each other every third word. They had the same argument about getting lost forty times, and then they were killed. By sticks, I think.

Nick / July 10, 2007 9:23 AM


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