Top 12 Movies That Should Have Quit While They Were Ahead

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Some movies have embedded storylines within. While they may feel dragged out occasionally, they can be exceptional structural tools in other cases. Online cinephiles share 12 movies that ended more than once.

1. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
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“Man, that movie just kept ending forever,” says one viewer. Another member shares their unique perspective: “I’ve come to think of this as the point; it examines what it would be like to be immortal.” Meanwhile, one person jokingly comments how if his wife played Monica Swinton, the film would have ended much quicker because she would’ve just dropped David off at a factory.

2. The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
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This film has more than one set of endings and epilogues. A user feels that it’s a bit of a three-part paternal tragedy where the effects of fatherhood play into each protagonist’s rise and demise in their separate stories. These multiple endings are why some love the movie and its examination of fatherhood and nature versus nurture.

3. Room (2015)

Room (2015)
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A viewer is left wondering, “What is the main conflict of the movie? Joy and Jack needing to escape from the Room? Or Joy needing to forgive herself, to figure out how in the world to move forward and find her way back in the ‘real world’ after everything she has been through?” Both conflicts are distinct but crucial, so many are glad the film has two climaxes.

4. Happy Feet (2006)

Happy Feet (2006)
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“That movie feels like three shorts in a row,” comments one viewer. Not only are there separate stories, but many also feel like the film has too many themes. “I’m not sure whether it’s an environmentalist movie, an anti-religion movie, or just a CGI test. But it’s definitely a fever dream.”

5. Django Unchained (2012)

Django Unchained (2012)
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Even after the main character kills all the antagonists, the movie still has another thirty or so minutes to go. The film could’ve ended well at that point, but as a user mentions, “It’s not a Tarantino movie if we’re not gonna chase this weird Mandingo storyline to maximum carnage.”

6. Blow (2001)

Blow (2001)
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When talking about both Blow and Scarface, a member admits only watching two-thirds of the way through so they can witness an inspiring rags to riches story. Going any further is a recipe for destruction and disappointment.

7. Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale (2006)
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One viewer likes to pretend the last 20 minutes of the movie don’t exist and that James and Vesper are on vacation. This movie is full of climaxes as one comments, “The movie ends, then starts again, then ends just there.” However, the actual ending makes it all worthwhile when Bond introduces himself to Mr. White, and the theme song kicks in for the first time in full.

8. Quantum of Solace (2008)

Quantum of Solace (2008)
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The arcs in this one are well-loved by audiences. Many are fond of the revenge story for Vesper. While the film could have been better, viewers find it was a necessary chapter in Bond’s arc and a beautiful exploration of grief and loss.

9. Chef (2014)

Chef (2014)
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“Conflict in the beginning followed by an hour of feel-good” is how one viewer describes the film. Another member comments that the film’s structure reflects the character’s journey reconnecting with food, his son, and ex, and overall, “the reorientation of his life, borne out in the running time.”

10. Aliens (1986)

Aliens (1986)
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One commenter’s favorite early ending is Aliens. “The movie has a very satisfying ending that literally sees a nuclear bomb taking out all the Xenomorphs, resolving the main conflict as the protagonists fly to safety.” However, the false sense of security is soon destroyed as viewers get “an even better ending with the epic Powerloader fight.”

11. The Batman (2022)

The Batman (2022)
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“I thought it ended like three times,” says one member who thought the movie was about to end with the conversation in Arkham, but then there was a whole other sequence. “The big bad guy was gone, and then Batman has to take on his henchmen?” By the time the third ending happened, many were praying for the whole thing to end.

12. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

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Many describe this film as having 30 minutes of epilogue and three or four “fade to black” moments. “I remember half the theater starting to stand up on the first one. Then again on the second, and then when the real ending came, everyone just stayed seated until they saw credits,” shares a viewer.


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