The Worst Reviews For The ‘Best Picture’ Nominees

Some people constantly criticize everything because they’re jerks and others, like film critics, do it for a living. None of the 10 films nominated for this year’s Best Picture Oscar scored lower than an 86 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics (“Inception” was the lowest), and none achieved higher than 99 percent approval (“Toy Story 3” the highest). That means that even though the Best Picture candidates have been widely praised, some professional movie watchers gave the films major beatdowns. My favorite critic had nothing to say.

So before the E! glam cam spins off its axis while Ryan Seacrest looks on with confusion, let’s take a look at the voices who weren’t so fond of the Best Picture nominees. The movies are ranked from 10 to 1 based on the severity of the most disapproving review.

10. “True Grit”

Tomato rating: 95%

Worst review: “If there’s one thing I don’t need in my Christmas stocking this year, it’s a sorry, lumbering and unasked-for remake of the 1969 sagebrush saga ‘True Grit.’ Stick it into the one reserved for thorns and thistles.” –Rex Reed, New York Observer

9. “The Social Network”

Tomato rating: 97%

Worst review: “Like one of those fake-smart, middlebrow TV shows, the speciousness of ‘The Social Network’ is disguised by topicality. It’s really a movie excusing Hollywood ruthlessness.” –Armond White, New York Press

8. “The Kids Are All Right”

Tomato rating: 95%

Worst review: “Somewhere around the halfway mark, the realization arrives with a dull thud: Turns out that unconventional families can be just as tedious in their melodramatic dysfunctions as any traditional clan.” –Rick Groen, The Globe And Mail

7. “The Fighter”

Tomato rating: 90%

Worst review: “Because we aren’t deeply invested in Micky, we don’t care as much as we should, and the film ends on a note that should be triumph but feels more like simple conclusion.” –Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

6. “Winter’s Bone”

Tomato rating: 95%

Worst review: “Like a Botoxed face, the movie never shows an interesting wrinkle or passion-attesting lifeline.” –Nigel Andrews, Financial Times

5. “The King’s Speech”

Tomato rating: 95%

Worst review: “A scantly used Rorschach device typifies the wasted potential here; instead of a legitimate psychological inquiry, we’re given a lavish movie of the week with lip service, and for every idiosyncrasy there are a half dozen lame concessions to sutured, unimaginative screenwriting–it isn’t long before the film feels thoroughly ‘safe’ and insignificant.” –Rob Humanick, The Projection Booth

4. “Toy Story 3″

Tomato rating: 99%

Worst review: “None of these digital-cartoon characters reflect human experience; it’s essentially a bored game that only the brainwashed will buy into. Besides, ‘Transformers 2′ already explored the same plot to greater thrill and opulence.” –Armond White, New York Press

3. “127 Hours”

Tomato rating: 93%

Worst review: “’127 Hours,’ about an unimaginably unbearable experience, is pretty much an unbearable experience of its own.” –Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

2. “Inception”

Tomato rating: 86%

Worst review: “Mission Incomprehensible…One way to salvage some fun with this blunderbuss would be to fall asleep while watching and dream up a better movie yourself. Try it. You’ll avoid a headache.” –Kelly Vance, East Bay Express

1. “Black Swan”

Tomato rating: 88%

Worst review: This tale of feathered ambition starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as dueling ballerinas is not just any kind of trash, it’s high-art trash, a kind of ‘When Tutu Goes Psycho’ that so prizes hysteria over sanity that it’s worth your life to tell when its characters are hallucinating and when they’re not.” –Kenneth Turan, LA Times