"Leave Britney Alone" YouTuber Chris Crocker might need to make an equally impassioned plea on Ryan Gosling's behalf — considering all the shade being thrown at Lost River, the first movie directed by the 33-year-old actor.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the film made such a bad impression at the Cannes Film Festival that audience members actually booed.
Ryan pulled double duty behind the camera, writing the script for the film, as well. Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith, and Iain De Caestecker lead the cast.
"A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town," the synopsis for the film teases.
Many critics seem to agree that Ryan is either emulating — or ripping off — visually-driven directors like David Lynch and Nicolas Winding Refn, the latter of whom directed Ryan in Drive and Only God Forgives.
And reviews coming out of the seaside French town are harsh. The Telegraph calls it "mouth-dryingly lousy." The Guardian says: "It is colossally indulgent, shapeless, often fantastically and unthinkingly offensive, and at all times insufferably conceited."
Hey guys, directing a movie is, like, really hard, OK?
Sources: The Telegraph, The Guardian, Entertainment Weekly