Best and Worst Movie Posters of 2010

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.



The Best:
BURIED

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




The Worst:
SEX AND THE CITY 2

Kim Cattrall -- is that you?



The Best:
THE EXPENDABLES

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 Worst
:
TAKERS

The finest gathering of copy-and-pasted heads ever assembled on one poster.



The Best:
I'M STILL HERE

The wiped-out type over Joaquin Phoenix's enigmatic (and slightly disturbing) portrait is a classy breath of fresh air.



The Worst:
GULLIVER'S TRAVELS

Any poster that directs this much attention to Jack Black's crotch should be considered a design failure





The Worst:
EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES

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



The Worst:
TOOTH FAIRY

Any tagline with a pun that bad deserves a place on this list.


The Best:
FOR COLORED GIRLS

This striking poster for Tyler Perry's latest drama is a gorgeous contrast of watercolor on white.



The Worst:
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?




The Best:
CARLOS

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



The Worst:
THE SWITCH

It's even worse when you realize what goes in the cup.



The Best:
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.



The Worst:
JACKASS 3D

At least you know exactly what you're getting into



The Best:
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.




The Worst:
I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE

You've got problems when the most noteworthy thing about your poster is a wedgie




The Best:
INCEPTION

This poster simply depicts one the most memorable, visually arresting sequences from Christopher Nolan's sci-fi heist thriller, and it works.




The Worst:
RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE

This poster really wants you to know that THIS MOVIE IS IN 3D!

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