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Whether you go to the movies all the time or just once in a blue moon, chances are you’ve probably seen at least one movie that was bad enough that you debated walking out. But sometimes, you don’t have a choice in walking out of a movie.

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And a redditor (who has since deleted their account) was interested in just that when they asked this question years ago on AskReddit: “Have you ever walked out of a movie? What movie? Why’d you leave?”

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Ghislain & Marie David De Lossy / Getty Images

Thousands of people chimed in to share the movies they walked out of and, more importantly, why. Here are some of the top and best comments:

1.“I went with my friend and her uncle to see Brokeback Mountain. He was an older, conservative fellow thinking he was seeing some western movie about cattle ranchers. When Jake and Heath started eye f**king each other he slowly began to realize this movie wasn’t what he thought it would be. The tipping point was when Heath bent Jake over and penetrated him, solidifying their hot and lusty cowboy love. He immediately got up and walked out. My friend and I stayed for 20 more minutes then left.”

—wonderfulstoryteller
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2.“When I was 12, I walked out of The Ring when they showed that girl’s face in the closet or whatever. Since I was crying like a bitch, the theater manager let me and my friends see Rush Hour 2. 🫤”

—jlsmith330

3.“I haven’t, but during the surgery scene in Prometheus, the guy sitting next to me was bent over, looking real queasy, and about to vomit all over my shoes. The movie cut away to something different, and he sat back up in his chair, looking better. Then it cuts back to all the blood, and he stumbles out of the cinema, trying not to puke into his hands over his mouth, and not really succeeding. He didn’t come back.”

—RunDNA

4.“Roald Dahl’s The Witches. I was 3 years old and I was scared.”

—_Whambam

5.“I walked out of the second LOTR movie. Went to see it on a Saturday with a friend and the place was packed. Got in early and some guy that had to have not taken a shower in a month sat next to me right before the show started. My nose was literally burning. I lasted five minutes into the movie then left. I watched it later and liked it — but DAMN, I’ve never smelled someone so bad in my life.”

—[deleted]

6.Jurassic Park. Little 7-year-old me couldn’t handle the scene in the kitchen with the raptors.”

—r_john_batman

7.Cloverfield. It gave me motion sickness.”

—pinkiering

8.Hocus Pocus. I was 4 years old and when the guy came out of the ground, it scared the crap out of me. I cried, grabbed my mom’s hand, and ran out of the theater!”

—glaigas
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9.“I walked out of Paranormal Activity 2 and got a refund. 1.) because the movie was fucking awful. And 2.) there were a group of teenagers shrieking like banshees when anything on the screen remotely moved, despite being told to calm down by staff, my friends and myself. I don’t understand how that film series is so popular.”

—YipWreck

10.“I went to see Inglourious Basterds. My friend and I sat in the top row and some guy five seats to our right kept taking calls on his phone. He spoke quietly enough to where some people didn’t care, but trying to read subtitles as well as someone discussing utter nonsense was enough to make us leave. As we approached the counter to ask for a refund, the employee told us that we should have told someone sooner and had the guy ejected. I explained how having someone talk during the film and then having to exit the theater briefly to get someone kicked out ruined the experience for me. I didn’t want to miss out on anything and I had already lost out on a lot of subtitled plot.”

—dndrews

11.Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In my ignorance I didn’t know it was a musical, and 15-year-old me was not ready for a musical.”

—Russell_Crowe_Show

12.“My friend and I walked out during Cabin in the Woods. She didn’t ‘get’ it and she gets scared really easily.”

—eljip

13.Saw III, I had finished my Big Mac combo five minutes before the movie started. It was just too gross for my full stomach.

—Habbekratz

14.“Walked out of Ted. Not because of the movie, but we went to a afternoon showing. Me and wife had the place to ourselves and these dudes walk in with their girlfriends and sit right in front of us when they could have sat anywhere. They then would not shut the f’ up.”

<div><p>"Ruined the trailers (best part of going to the movies, IMO) and I couldn't make it through 10 minutes of the movie. I told them to be quiet or sit somewhere else and got the response: 'What you gonna do bro? More of us than you, what?!' Instantly trying to start a fight. His buddy piped up, 'You seriously wanna go to the hospital, bro?' I just said, 'Yeah, but you two motherf**ckers are coming with me.'</p><p>They just stood there for a second and I just walked out with my wife. They started yelling shit as I walked out. I told the manager, he gave us a couple free tickets for another showing."</p><p>—<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fbriangalindo%2Fmovies-people-walked-out-of-but-not-because-bad&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2Faj_ramone%2F&xcust=7479072%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:aj_ramone;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">aj_ramone</a></p></div><span> Universal Pictures</span>

“Ruined the trailers (best part of going to the movies, IMO) and I couldn’t make it through 10 minutes of the movie. I told them to be quiet or sit somewhere else and got the response: ‘What you gonna do bro? More of us than you, what?!’ Instantly trying to start a fight. His buddy piped up, ‘You seriously wanna go to the hospital, bro?’ I just said, ‘Yeah, but you two motherf**ckers are coming with me.’

They just stood there for a second and I just walked out with my wife. They started yelling shit as I walked out. I told the manager, he gave us a couple free tickets for another showing.”

aj_ramone

Universal Pictures

15.“James Cameron’s Avatar. It was my first ever new-style 3D glasses movie experience. Put them on, looked at the screen for a few minutes, felt queasy. Took them off, felt better, but the movie looked all messed up. Put them back on. Fighting back nausea…but nope, I couldn’t do it.

<div><p>"Told my little group I was done. To their credit, they left with me and we all went to eat food. A few weeks later we came back and watched the 2D version and we all enjoyed it."</p><p>—<a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fbriangalindo%2Fmovies-people-walked-out-of-but-not-because-bad&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fuser%2FCitizenTed%2F&xcust=7479072%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:CitizenTed;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">CitizenTed</a></p></div><span> 20th Century Fox</span>

“Told my little group I was done. To their credit, they left with me and we all went to eat food. A few weeks later we came back and watched the 2D version and we all enjoyed it.”

CitizenTed

20th Century Fox

16.The Artist. I ate some food that didn’t sit right with me and gave me the bubble guts. I was on a first date with a girl and my stomach was making all kinds of grumbling noises trying to hold in an F-5 butt tornado during a silent film.”

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17.“I had to walk out on Shrek. The projector burst into flame. My kid was bummed.”

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18.And lastly: “Wolf of Wall Street…with my mom…we’ve never spoken of it again.”

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You can read the full thread of responses on Reddit.

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.