The best bets for 3-D movies? Go for scary, kid-friendly or downright silly. "Toy Story 3" was one of the most enjoyable movies of the summer season. "Shrek Forever After" was called by many the best in the franchise. And, remarkably, many thought that "Step Up 3D" made pretty good use of the technology. Not to mention the in-your-face gross-out of "Jackass 3D" and gore of "Saw 3D."
Sure, there are others that didn't fare as well. "Despicable Me" was mildly entertaining. "The Last Airbender" may have had more protesters than ticket buyers. Add to that "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" and "Piranha 3D," and it's easy to argue that just because a movie can be in 3-D doesn't mean it should.
-- Jevon Phillips and Whitney Friedlander
Photos, from left: Johnny Knoxville in "Jackass 3D" by Sean Cliver / Paramount Digital Entertainment; "Shrek Forever After" by DreamWorks Animation; Sharni Vinson in "Step Up 3D" by K.C. Bailey / Summit Entertainment; Naomi Snieckus in "Saw 3D" by Brooke Palmer / Lionsgate; "Toy Story 3" by Disney / Pixar