30 worst movies of the ‘80s, ‘90s, and 2000s

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The Postman (1997)

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The Postman stars Kevin Costner as a nomadic drifter who stumbles across the uniform of an old United States Postal Service mail carrier and unwittingly inspires hope to his fellow survivors living in post-apocalyptic America. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called the film “good-hearted” but also “goofy… and pretentious.” The movie’s dragging pace and almost three-hour runtime were also an issue, as many viewers lost their interest in the film halfway through it. “The dragging pace is one of several agonizing defects in this bloated sci-fi action drama,” wrote Peter Stack in his review of the film for San Francisco Chronicle.  Chuck O’Leary had similar concerns, admitting that “the first half of Costner’s The Postman is actually quite interesting, but it falters badly in the second half with a few unintentional howlers.”