ess than 24 hours before it hit theaters last Friday, The Smurfs — a live-action update of the classic cartoon — was branded with a pitiful 0 percent score by the film-review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. In other words, not one critic recommended the film. (Since then, the film has clawed its way to a still-embarrassing 19 percent). Understandably, some of The Smurfs' scathing reviews label it the "worst film of the year." But it's not the first time that title's been handed to a 2011 flick. Here's a look at previous holders of the not-so-prestigious distinction:
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