Worst Films of 2023: Why You Won’t Find Them Here

Taylor Swift as Bombalurina in "Cats," co-written and directed by Tom Hooper.

Solzy at the Movies has not published a list of worst films since 2020 and do not expect to find such a list going into the future.

The reason for not doing so in both 2020 and 2021 is because those years, for the most part, were dumpster fire years. Not so much because of the offerings at movie theater or streaming services but because of the pandemic. But anyway, the way I see it is: why do I need to kick someone while they’re down? I mean, they already had to read the negative reviews, if they read any reviews of their film at all. At the end of the day, I know what films are on my list but I’m going to write said list in public and certainly not on my site.

I’m going to be honest–there were some films this year that didn’t work for me at all. So much so that I opted against reviewing them–formally at the least. Without naming them, there was one film where I was running late because of public transit and arrived at least 10 minutes into the film. If it weren’t enough, pacing was so slow to the point where I excused myself to the restroom at a decent point into the film. Believe me, it’s going too slow when I’m already looking at my watch every 5 minutes, if not less. If watching at home, I would be turning off the boring movies within the first 20 minutes. If I feel that I could be making better use of my time, I will.

I would rather discuss the films that are good. Why Rachel McAdams should be in the running for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Are You There G-d? It’s Me, Margaret. Or the one-two punch in animation that is Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. And of course, there’s Oppenheimer and Barbie. The two films will forever be mentioned in the same sentence. I can honestly go on and on but you’re better off just heading over to the Solzy Awards for Film in 2023.

Or how The Boys in the Boat is just classically old-fashioned filmmaking. The film might not draw much awards love this season but it’s still an inspirational piece of filmmaking. It’s the sort of film that we need–not to sound like a cliché–right now.

My apologies for burning your eyes with the crime against humanity that is Cats. However, my last worst films list ran in 2019 so it’s the last such still that I’ll be using. Taylor Swift and the entire cast deserved so much better than that monstrosity.

But yeah, if you’re looking for the worst films of 2023, you won’t find them here because I no longer want any part in that negativity. Move along, move along.

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Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.