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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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by Alex Finnis
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Money money money, it must be funny

by Dave Fawbert
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Fridge, cupboard, or under your pillow?

by Gary Ogden
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Take that, Vader! Or something

by Gary Ogden
27 Mar 2017

Man doing handstand on 18 dumbbells upstaged by old basketballer

Step forward, old bloke in the background

by Alex Finnis
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The future is in your lap

by Gary Ogden
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Manchester United fans are desperately hoping this new kit isn't real

This is absolutely terrible

by Dave Fawbert
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These GIFs show you what would happen to your food if all the bees die

#savethebees

by Gary Ogden
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Val Kilmer is being really weird about Cate Blanchett on Twitter

Chill out, mate

by Emily Reynolds
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Apple has patented a new laptop chassis which is powered by your phone

Is this the future of laptops?

by Dave Fawbert
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