Critics' Picks: The Worst of Film in 2016

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

It hasn’t even been released yet (though Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights), but nothing seemed as worthy of the number-one spot as Sean Penn’s film, which, infuriatingly, premiered in competition at Cannes in May. A stunningly self-important but numbingly empty cocktail of romance and insulting refugee porn, The Last Face uses a backdrop of Third World atrocity, suffering and merciless human-rights violations as the canvas for a faux-profound Hollywood love story.

Beautiful movie stars — Javier Bardem, sporting flawless, bedroom-chic stubble, and Charlize Theron, wearing dewy no-makeup makeup and an excellent moisturizer — battle for 130 stultifying minutes to listen to their hearts while their souls take a hammering. Audiences are more likely to check out and just leave them to it. The movie also has the dubious distinction of featuring the following line of dialogue: “She leaks urine, but she keeps on dancing.” ‘Nuff said. — D.R.

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