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‘Nymphomaniac’ Is the Worst Film of 2014, Says Entertainment Weekly

'Nymphomaniac' Is the Worst Film of 2014, Says Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty has unveiled his, for the most part, fairly by-the-numbers top ten films of 2014, with usual suspects “Whiplash,” “Boyhood” and “Grand Budapest” in the top three slots.

But he’s also unveiled his five least favorite films, citing “Nymphomaniac” as the worst of the year, worse than even “Transformers” and “Let’s Be Cops”: “I don’t know what’s more depressing: the tepidly transgressive, petulant-child posturing of enfant terrible Lars von Trier in his two-part slog, or the critics who bent themselves into knots looking for a non-existent feminist subtext in the Danish auteur’s art-house provocation. Then again, maybe it’s just Shia LaBeouf’s dodgy British accent. What I’m certain of is this: ‘Nymphomaniac’ is, was, and shall always be pretentious hooey and hackwork.”

Well somebody doesn’t like Lars von Trier. It’s not hard to think of a hundred films this year far worse than “Nymphomaniac,” a bold and brazen and risky, though wildly flawed, attempt at a masterpiece. (Spoiler alert: It’s going to be on more than one TOH! ten best list.)

Von Trier is once again courting controversy after revealing in a Danish publication that he has undergone treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, and that “Nymphomaniac” was the first film he wrote fully sober — and it took him a year and a half. (More on that here.)

Here’s EW’s full list of the best of the year:

1. “Whiplash”

2. “Boyhood”

3. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

4. “Life Itself”

5. “Selma”

6. “Guardians of the Galaxy”

7. “Gone Girl”

8. “Snowpiercer”

9. “Birdman”

10. “Jodorowsky’s Dune”

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