Variety critics Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge have caused quite a stir with their list of the worst films of the year, which has been met with criticism from movie fans and industry insiders alike, including actor Elijah Wood, who has described it as an "unnecessary and crude practice." In order to compile their list, each critic selected five movies that they believed to be the most poorly made or poorly received.
Gleiberman's list of the worst films of the year includes:
"Amsterdam" - Gleiberman calls this movie a "bizarre fiasco" that is "boring, paralyzing, and incoherent" all at the same time. "Minions: The Rise of Gru" - Gleiberman says this animated sequel feels like it is simply being milked dry, resulting in a "strangely lifeless affair." "Bones and All" - Gleiberman claims that this film has almost nothing happening in its two hours and ten minutes of runtime.
"Firestarter" - The remake of Stephen King's 1980s film is considered by Gleiberman to be the worst of King's works. "Three Thousand Years of Longing" - Rounding out Gleiberman's list is this movie, which he believes to be one of the worst films of the year.
Debruge's list is topped by:
"Blonde" - A film about Marilyn Monroe that Debruge says reduces the complex and enigmatic woman to a one-dimensional victim. "Bigbug" - Debruge claims that this movie suffers from a short circuit that causes it to be filled with noise and chatter.
"Bubble" - This Netflix original film takes the third spot on Debruge's list of the worst films of the year. "Spiderhead" - Debruge accuses this film of misrepresenting Chris Hemsworth as a mad scientist. "355" - In last place on Debruge's list is this film, which he blames on director Simon Kinberg, whom he accuses of ruining the latest "X-Men" movie with his inability to choreograph action and creating a phony, laughably unrealistic final product.
Overall, both Gleiberman and Debruge have drawn criticism for their list of the worst films of the year, with some arguing that it is unfair to single out specific movies and that it is ultimately a matter of personal taste.
However, these two critics stand by their selections and believe that they have identified the most poorly made or poorly received films of the year.