Everybody’s A Critic – The Best Of The Worst Funny One-Star Reviews On Goodreads

I spend way too much time on Goodreads. Frankly, it’s a wonderful place to brag about what you’re currently reading so that strangers know you are smart and like all the right books.

Also, Goodreads is a great place to find insane one-star reviews for classic works of literature. Honestly, if the entire site were devoted to bashing Tolstoy and Austen in creative ways, I’d like it more. Unfortunately, there are people who “sincerely” “enjoy” good books who ruin the site with positive reviews.


Today, though, let’s bask in the glory that is r/badreads, a subreddit that only exists because Goodreads gave a platform for anyone to share their opinions about a book. Sometimes, in fact, someone who never even picked up said book in the first place.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: democracy was a mistake.

Here are the funniest one-star reviews people found on Goodreads:


1. A great review of David Foster Wallace, honestly.

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2. Thanks, Obama.

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3. Accurate.

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4. Nailed it!

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5. I read so I can’t stop listening to the voices in my head. This checks out though.

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6. MAJOR ERROR by non-psychic writer.

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7. Well, OK then.

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8. It’s technically 3 stars, but it’s so good. Flowers For Algernon.

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9. I mean, I guess that’s good news?

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10. Murakami is an acquired taste.

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11. Yeah, ease up on the racial stuff, book about racism!

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12. I’m rethinking my education now.

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13. Jane Austen slammed again.

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14. Not sure what book, but am sure 676 people are wrong.

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15. My brain is too smart for enjoying fiction.

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16. I did that while reading it!

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17. Another one for this classic.

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18. Truth.

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19. A review of Dante’s Diving Comedy.

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20. When the book is too loud.

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21. A tale as old as time.

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22. Problem solved.

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23. Dante’s Inferno

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24.

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25.

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26. Verified purchase.

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27. Sounds like a lot of people on this list.

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h/t Reddit: r/badreads

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