Which sci-fi film beat John Carter as Time's WORST of the year?

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

Time magazine has revealed its 10 worst films of the year—and someone beat out box-office bomb John Carter for the top spot. So which film ranked as the worst of the worst?

The Wachowskis' latest epic, Cloud Atlas, which has been called everything from film of the year to a genre-twisting mess, just edged out the Mars-set tale John Carter for the top of the 2012 list.

Considering the bashing that John Carter has taken as one of the biggest flops of the year, it's a little surprising that Time opted to move the recently released Cloud Atlas up. Opinions have been split, sure, but it's a bit of a reach to call it the worst film of the year.

Here's an excerpt from Time's explanation:

"Cloud Atlas is so much like the bong-fueled conversations I had in college that I almost ordered a Domino's pizza afterward. The problem is there's no emotional hook in this bloated fantasia of special effects and makeup wizardry; the passion is all in the brute labor of adapting David Mitchell's novel for the screen. Co-directors Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer flit across centuries and genres in a whirlwind of bloody violence and cross-dressing, ethnicity-shifting performances, but there's as much opportunity to get attached to characters as there would be watching people go by on a roller coaster."
But what about John Carter? He came in at No. 2, with fellow genre pic Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter sitting nearby at No. 4.

What do you think? Are Time's genre picks way off base, or is Cloud Atlas really that bad?

(Indie Wire via Time)