2013's most memorable onscreen villains

Categories: Film and TV

2013 was a good year to be bad. This year's best villains weren't just goons with guns -- although there were a few great examples of those. (Here's looking at you, Sean Penn.) We also hissed at slave-owners, inventors, seducers, producers, and a couple amazing women who left an impression without barely speaking a women -- plus another mom who couldn't stop talking and never said anything nice. With less than a month left in 2013, Voice film critics present these twenty memorably nasty characters who made us want to throw popcorn at the screen.

13. Olga Kurkulina as Mother Russia in Kick-Ass 2.

From the review: "The Mother Fucker hires assassins and MMA types to serve as his own supervillain crew, the Toxic Mega Cunts, including former KGB killer Mother Russia, a giantess whose one-on-one with Hit-Girl does not disappoint."

19. Matthew Goode as Charlie Stoker in Stoker.

From the review: "For all that, the film is beautifully acted. Goode is saddled with the most obviously whacked character, yet he wields his pretty-boy features and prim-and-proper accent to chilling effect, at least until revelations about his true nature drag Charlie into even more silly territory."

18. Barkhad Abdi as Abduwali Muse in Captain Phillips.

From the review: "Explanation doesn't necessarily equal justification, but these are some rough, nasty (if confused) guys. [Director Paul Greengrass] of course needs to humanize them, and the actors he's chosen to portray them -- particularly Barkhad Abdi as the leader, Muse, and Barkhad Abdirahman as addled teenager Bilal -- are superb."

See also: 20 Baddest Movie Villains of 2012

Photo by Frank Masi, SMPSP - © 2012 - Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Bruce Willis and John Moore in A Good Day to Die Hard
17. The villains of A Good Day to Die Hard are the producers, writers and director.

From the review: "Late in the film, as their brains jigsaw director John Moore's shots into their own individual narratives, audiences might discern that the heroes have once again leapt from a building without first looking down."

16. Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen in Gangster Squad.

From the review: "As Gangster Squad opens, boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), well on his way to establishing an empire of vice, is the snake in the West Coast Eden of prosperous Los Angeles circa 1949."

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