Movie posters hang in a delicate balance between advertising and art. While one should never judge a movie by its poster, some are obviously more effective than others. We've put together a gallery of our picks for the best and worst movie posters of 2010.
This bold, Vertigo-esque image is a nice tip of the hat to designer Saul Bass, invoking some of the best of Hitchcock's thrillers
SEX AND THE CITY 2
Kim Cattrall -- is that you?
Sure, it looks like it belongs on the back of an Ed Hardy shirt, but it communicates everything you need to know -- and no old-school action movie fan could resist a lineup of stars like that
The finest gathering of copy-and-pasted heads ever assembled on one poster.
I'M STILL HERE
The wiped-out type over Joaquin Phoenix's enigmatic (and slightly disturbing) portrait is a classy breath of fresh air.
Any poster that directs this much attention to Jack Black's crotch should be considered a design failure
Before you call this poster boring, take note that Harrison Ford appears to be playing a ghost
The gang's all here! A vibrant, fun teaser for Pixar's third and final Toy Story adventure. Note even the Pixar ball in the top right corner
Any tagline with a pun that bad deserves a place on this list.
FOR COLORED GIRLS
This striking poster for Tyler Perry's latest drama is a gorgeous contrast of watercolor on white.
THE KING'S SPEECH
This drama has been touted as one of the best films of year. So why does it look like the poster art was lifted from a faded VHS box, circa 1987?
Retro-styled designs can be hard to pull off, but this 1970s-era poster art for Olivier Assayas' Carlos The Jackal epic is pitch perfect
It's even worse when you realize what goes in the cup.
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
The blue browser bar is tacky, unnecessary and inexplicably sideways, but the poster for David Fincher's "Facebook movie" arguably has the best tagline of the year.
At least you know exactly what you're getting into
FROM PARIS WITH LOVE
The teaser poster for this forgettable action thriller is surprising elegant and restrained. Of course, the subsequent theatrical poster featured John Travolta firing a giant rocket launcher, so it all evens out.
I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE
You've got problems when the most noteworthy thing about your poster is a wedgie
This poster simply depicts one the most memorable, visually arresting sequences from Christopher Nolan's sci-fi heist thriller, and it works.
RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE
This poster really wants you to know that THIS MOVIE IS IN 3D!