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These days, everyone’s a critic. Any amateur satirist with an internet connection can throw mud at a best-seller.

Just take a look at how many 1 star reviews there are for The Bible on Amazon – it gets crucified! (Though, in fairness, that’s one book that really does take a while to get going. And the ending! Christ.)

But what about in olden times, when the serious literary review carried serious clout? When considered literary opinion still mattered? Surely those guys were never flippant or wide of the mark with their critical analyses?

You’d be surprised. Here’s a round-up of the best bad reviews of literary classics…




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Stephen King teased a Donald Trump horror story and Twitter reacted wo

We can't think of many scarier things than this man as President

by Tom Fordy
24 Oct 2016

This American listed everything we Brits do better than our US cousins

Including cheese, sarcasm and knowing which bit of your body to hit a ball with

by Tom Fordy
24 Oct 2016

The Walking Dead is back and shit just hit the fan

Spoiler alert: who Negan killed is revealed

by Jamie Carson
24 Oct 2016

The world's top male escort answered a bunch of insightful questions

Everything you've ever wanted to ask, answered in explicit detail. NSFW

24 Oct 2016

Deadpool director quits over 'creative differences' with Ryan Reynolds

Has the 'merc with the mouth' just mouthed off one too many times?

by Tom Fordy
24 Oct 2016

Obama just danced to Hotline Bling with Usher

Still officially the coolest President of all time

24 Oct 2016

This beloved Game of Thrones character makes a return in season 7

He's not been seen for ages, but he's making a welcome return

by David Cornish
24 Oct 2016

Charlie Brooker reveals his favourite video games

A life in thumb damage

24 Oct 2016

There's a secret one-handed keyboard hiding in your iPhone

For some reason, Apple isn't making it more widely available

by David Cornish
24 Oct 2016

Watch this huntsman spider kill a mouse and never sleep again

Of course it happened in Australia

by David Cornish
24 Oct 2016