18 Amazing Movies We'll Never Watch Again

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The best movies make you feel things. As Susan Sarandon once said in the 1995 documentary Celluloid Closet: "You go into a little dark room and become incredibly vulnerable. On one hand, all your perspectives can be challenged — you could feel something you couldn't feel normally. It can encourage you to be the protagonist in your own life. On the other hand, it can completely misshape you."
But, sometimes those feelings are intense. Perhaps you bawled your way through the second half of Titanic. Or, maybe you challenged yourself to watch Enter The Void just to say you made it through. But, for whatever reason, a one-time viewing was enough — no matter how many critics praised the film or how many awards it garnered.
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It's nothing to be ashamed about. We all have at least one movie we love but can't bring ourselves to watch again. To harp back to Sarandon, it misshaped us.
Ahead, 18 otherwise fantastic movies that we will never, ever watch again.
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

"I was so emotionally distraught by the tragedy of this love story, I cried hysterically through the last 30 minutes of the movie plus the entire drive home from the theater. There's a scene where Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett are exactly the same age, lying in bed, and acknowledge that while everything is perfect in that moment, their love story will soon come to an inevitable and tragic end. I'm happy to have watched it, but I will never put myself through that emotional distress again."
— Julia Finch, photo editor
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Day Night Day Night

"Day Night Day Night is a film about a suicide bomber in New York City. It is one of the most well-crafted, utterly transfixing, subtly earth-shattering films I have ever had the chance to see. Watching it is like having a knife slowly twisting inside you — and I'd rather not have a second helping of that, thank you very much."
— Christopher Michael Beer, senior video editor
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Dallas Buyer's Club

"Incredible cast. Incredible story. But, watching it again will never live up to the powerful feelings I had when I first watched it. Better to just leave it perfectly in my memory than to allow any fresh thoughts to surface. Kind of like how it's better to just admire your crush from a distance and believe them to be a perfect creature than date them and find out they're not as wonderful as you imagined. Or, something."
— Vanessa Golembewski, associate entertainment editor
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Gravity

"I loved Gravity. It was beautiful and intense, but I don't ever need to go through those emotions — let alone sit through the weak dialogue — again."
— Michael Brown, community manager
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10 Things I Hate About You

"This is totally nutty, but since Heath Ledger died, I haven't been able to sit through 10 Things I Hate About You. Literally, any other movie that he stars in, I'm fine with. But, that movie was the beginning of my Heath love, and I know seeing him sing 'I Love You Baby' to Julia Stiles one more time would just send me into a complete tailspin."
— Maria Del Russo, beauty writer
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Beaches

"I sobbed — like snotty, mascara-dripping, ugly cry-face sobbing — when I watched Beaches at the age of 11 and again in my 20s. So sorry Bette, but I won't ever do that to myself again."
— Erin Donnelly, entertainment writer
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale

"This story, about a man (Richard Gere) who takes in an abandoned dog, is a beautiful, heartwarming story about the bond between man and animal. It also made me sob uncontrollably as I watched that dog sit outside the train station, waiting for the master who would never return. My husband had to stop the movie because he got so worried about my emotional outpouring. I believe my face was scrunched up into the ugly cry to rival all ugly cries. At one point, I was just oscillating between uncontrollable panting, semi-coherent rambling on the sadness of the story, unintelligible feral wailings, and clutching at my own dog's fur in an effort to comfort myself. I refused to let her out of my sight for days, opting instead to carry her around in my arms like some sort of whacked-out marsupial. She still might have some PTSD from my clinginess after that particular episode. So, for that, I say, great movie, thumbs up, wonderful story — but screw you, Richard Gere, for making me feel all of the feels."
— Megan McIntyre, beauty director
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We Need to Talk About Kevin

"I loved this movie and truly appreciated everything about it. I'm a massive fan of Lynne Ramsay, and I love Tilda, of course. I thought Ezra Miller was brilliant at playing such a dark and complicated role, and I loved how the story was told and shot. All that being said...I'm not sure I'd ever volunteer to sit through it again."
— Natasha Kaser, photo researcher
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Kids

"Love a young Chloë Sevigny; rape scenes, not so much."
— Zooey Purdy, product manager, publishing platform
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Les Misérables

"I heard the people sing, and as much as the musical-theater and Eddie Redmayne fan in me enjoyed it, I never need to hear them sing again. But, kudos to Tom Hooper, on getting all of America to watch a fairly antiquated musical with Russell Crowe garbling through 'Stars.'"
— Lauren Le Vine, entertainment writer
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Summer with Monika

"Summer with Monika affected me in a pretty-pretty-pretty big way. I loved it a lot, but the intensity of the central character's relationship with herself was too close for comfort. As an art film, it did was it was told (i.e., I was thinking all the way through it and long afterward), but it's not the kind of movie I thought I needed to go out and buy after it ended."
— Anne Cassard, design project manager
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

"Hedwig and the Angry Inch was cinematically brilliant, but emotionally traumatizing. I left the screening feeling physically pained and heartbroken. And, also confused? Won't ever, ever watch it ever again. "
— Julie Bogen, assistant social media editor
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There Will Be Blood

"Okay, so unlike the majority of my fellow cohorts, I love intense movies. I'll casually watch Requiem for a Dream on a Wednesday night for fun. But, there's just something about the inherent evil in Paul Thomas Anderson's character study that makes me cringe. I know the world is a messy place, but Daniel Day Lewis' Daniel Plainview is one character I don't ever want to sit with again — milkshake or not."
— Hayden Manders, assistant entertainment editor
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

"This movie is an emotional roller coaster of sorts and reminds me of Jack with Robin Williams."
— Larissa Green, social media editor
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Frances Ha

"So, I'm cheating. I actually saw this movie twice in theaters. That's how much I love it. But, it's been on Netflix Instant for a while now, and I haven't been able to bring myself to watch it again, and I don't know why. I almost never ever cry in movies but I straight bawled through half of this one. I guess maybe it hit too close to home sometimes, or maybe I just liked it so much that it was actually, physically painful."
— Lexi Nisita, social media editor
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Funny Games

"Michael Haneke's Funny Games is brilliant; a nail-biter, and absolutely, totally excruciating. He understands what an audience comes to expect out of a movie — the natural ebbs and flows of character development, the bogeymen around the corner, the triumphant absolution in the final act — and totally effs with the viewer, literally saying to the audience, 'You want to see this? Well, you can't.' Gruesome. I happen to like both the US version and the German version, but most stick with the latter."
— Leila Brillson, entertainment director
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Requiem for a Dream

"Requiem for a Dream completely blew me away the first (and only) time I saw it. The movie was so completely engrossing, when the lights came up in the theater, everyone just sat there in stunned silence. It was so well done — Darren Aronofsky's direction is thrilling, the performances are Oscar worthy, and the topic was downright depressing. I still think about that end scene with Ellen Burstyn, sitting on the subway, a scary homeless woman muttering how she just wanted to look good for her upcoming game-show appearance, completely out of her mind. Between seeing that and Jesse Spano's breakdown on Save By The Bell, I will never ever try diet pills. Maybe this is the movie they should show to kids in middle school to convince them not to do drugs? Because it's way more effective than any after-school special."
— Lindsey Stanberry, content editor
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Precious

"This movie is so amazing. Gabby Sidibe is amazing, and Mariah Carey's like whaaaaaa. It's full of hope, but that only makes the despair that harder to bear. I tried watching the trailer again to write this, and even that was almost too much: I felt afraid of what I was going to see. My heart could not handle the whole thing again."
— Colleen Barrett, senior editor
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