The Worst January Movie Releases 

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Updated September 23, 2019 52.1k votes 5.5k voters 181.8k views 94 items

If you're an actor, director or producer, the last thing you want is your movie to be released in the January dumping ground. Over the years, January is known in the movie world to be the time when studios put out their less than stellar releases. If you've got a movie scheduled for a January release, close your eyes and run for the hills. 

That said, only one of these movies can take home the dishonorable title of the worst January release. Until a fantastic grossing movie or a critically acclaimed flick can defy the odds at the box office, January will forever be known as a time when really poor movies get released. The movies here have won awards, but its usually of the Razzie variety. Until that changes, then January will continue to get its bad rap as a pretty bad time to release new movies. 

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Carmen Electra, Method Man, Kevin Sorbo

Released: 2008

Directed by: Aaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg

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Carmen Electra, Jennifer Coolidge, Lauren Conrad

Released: 2007

Directed by: Aaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg

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Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Affion Crockett

Released: 2016

Directed by: Michael Tiddes

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Released: 2013

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Rob Bowman

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Uwe Boll

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Directed by: J Blakeson

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Uwe Boll

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Released: 2011

Directed by: Brett Ratner, Dominic Sena

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Released: 2007

Directed by: Les Mayfield

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Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans

Directed by: William Brent Bell

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Released: 2012

Directed by: William Brent Bell

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Roberto Benigni, Kim Rossi Stuart, Nicoletta Braschi

Released: 2002

Directed by: Roberto Benigni

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Released: 2008

Directed by: Eric Valette

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Directed by: David Koepp

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Directed by: Anthony Bell

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Released: 2002

Directed by: Leonel Vieira

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Released: 2017

Directed by: Chris Wedge

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Released: 2000

Directed by: Kris Isacsson

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Released: 2009

Directed by: Gary Winick

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