2012 was the year that the art of the bad restaurant review reached epic, viral proportions. Jay Rayner published a book compiling his worst reviews. Chefs publicly took to the media to fight back against their critics. And of course, there was that review from Pete Wells — and when reviews start getting their own Saturday Night Life sketches, it’s clear that everyone pays attention when a prominent restaurant gets slammed.
Here are the best of the best from the past year, wherein the nation’s most prominent critics awarded some very high profile restaurants no points. May God have mercy on their souls.