They say all good things must come to an end and in that vein, Paddington 2‘s brief but memorable run as the best movie of all time has been derailed by a negative review of the beloved sequel.
In April, Paddington 2 earned a spot on the list of Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed films, taking the spot of Citizen Kane after a negative review by The Chicago Tribune from 80 years ago was discovered, dropping Orson Wells’ masterpiece to an embarrassing 99 percent. The internet celebrated the Paddington sequel taking Kane‘s spot and officially being named the best film ever made.
But heavy is the head that wears the crown and Paddington 2‘s reign ultimately proved to be short-lived after film-authority’s Jeremy Harrison ripped into the film in his review, giving it 2 out of 5 stars while calling the titular marmalade-loving bear “snide and sullen.”
“This is not my Paddington Bear, but a sinister, malevolent imposter who should be shot into space, or nuked from space at the first opportunity,” Harrison wrote in his review. “Over-confident, snide and sullen, this manky-looking bear bears little relation to the classic character, and viewers should be warned; this ain’t yo mamma’s Paddington bear, and it won’t be yours either.”
The review knocked Paddington 2 down to 99 percent, making 2018’s Leave No Trace the new greatest movie ever made, at least according to Rotten Tomatoes. But should Harrison’s review count? It surfaced online four days ago despite the film coming out four years ago. And while he claims to have expressed the same negative opinions for BBC back in 2017, Deadline says that review has not yet been found.
Whether or not Harrison created this review to intentionally torpedo Paddington 2‘s impeccable reputation, the film will always hold a 100 percent approval rating in the hearts of fans all around the world.