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The most ourageously withering and hilariously bad film, restaurant and book reviews ever written

Whoever said there's no such thing as bad publicity clearly hadn't been on the receiving end of a bad review.

The internet is suffuse with scathing write-ups (just one reason why this genuinely enthusiast Pizza Express piece went viral), but the ones that really stand out are both ingenious and laugh-out-loud funny.

Truly brilliant bad reviews don't just moan for the sake of it. They radiate a sense of authentic outrage, contained within a series of keenly observed and devastatingly acute insults (restaurant critic Fay Maschler once compared a lacklustre carrot cannelloni to "a vegetable-filled condom").  

The following write-ups aren't always justified; in fact they can be completely off the mark - an early review of Wuthering Heights suggests burning what would become a literary masterpiece. But they are brought together by virtue of the fact that they all make us chuckle through the brilliance of language used to evoke the reviewer's sense of boredom, anger, bafflement or disgust.

Come take a look at quotes from the most hilariously withering film, restaurant and book reviews ever written and raise a toast to the time-honoured art of caustic prose.



Alternative party wear: non-dress style ideas for the festive season


Why being alone is good for you, and how to retreat without being rude


The big idea: authors reveal the secrets of their bestselling books



“How beauty rituals help me manage my depression”

One writer found comfort in an unexpected place

21 Oct 2016

Stress is genuinely good for you, experts reveal

Forget everything you thought you knew about stress…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

Must-watch Christmas TV: tune in for Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes

Just in time for Christmas

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Oct 2016

Bake Off fans, the BBC has already found a replacement show for GBBO

And it's set to hit our televisions very soon...

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

Costa’s fancy new menu includes avocado toast and Prosecco

You may want to dress up for the world’s poshest Costa…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

Real-life victims of revenge porn share their stories

“Within a week, everyone had seen them… I tried to kill myself shortly after”

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

People diagnosed with a terminal illness share powerful life lessons

“You only get one life – and we need to live it”

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

This gin is officially the best in Europe – and it's from the UK

Gin drinkers, take note…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Oct 2016

Amazing tasting menus from top UK restaurants for under £50

Total steals from Michelin-starred spots

by Amy Swales
20 Oct 2016

9 hilarious tips for making it in a male-dominated workplace

"Never say anything that sounds like a question, even questions."

by Harriet Hall
20 Oct 2016