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Poor Performaces in Otherwise Good Films 
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Orlando Bloom in Kingdom of Heaven. Ok, the film got mixed reviews but I wager most of the poorer ones were because of him.

Reeves in Dracula. Need I say more?

Anymore stand out for people?

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Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:04 am
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I liked Gran Torino, but most of the performances in the film were terrible. Even Ahney Her's performance, which was really good in parts, was grating on me occasionally.


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They all very much a supporting cast weren't they. It was an Eastwood-centric flick for sure.

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Ryan Reynolds in Buried. I know he received a lot of praise for that role but most of my dislikes are because of him and his performance.


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Ryan Reynolds in Buried. I know he received a lot of praise for that role but most of my dislikes are because of him and his performance.


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An all-time favorite of mine is Jean Harlow in The Public Enemy, which is otherwise a great film. This was before Harlow took acting lessons (and it was discovered she was talented at comedy), and I have the theory that she was instructed to act like a woman who had undergone a lobotomy. She's also pretty bad in Hell's Angel's, which is a pretty good film much of the time.

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ed_metal_head wrote:
Ryan Reynolds in Buried. I know he received a lot of praise for that role but most of my dislikes are because of him and his performance.


Interesting that you say that today. None of than Bill Simmons just devoted half of an entire column to the guy: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6716942/the-movie-star


Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:36 pm
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I really like the movie a lot more than other people seem to but Kate Capshaw in Temple of Doom is grating still.

Paul Dano - There Will Be Blood


Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:48 pm
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I really like the movie a lot more than other people seem to but Kate Capshaw in Temple of Doom is grating still.

Paul Dano - There Will Be Blood


Capshaw was one of the first ones I thought of.

I'll add the often cited Sofia Coppola in Godfather III.


Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:02 pm
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While not awful I don't think I would call Godfather III a good film.


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Cloris Leachman's squawk in "Castle in the Sky"
Robert Pine (Chris's Dad) in "Confession"

I'm sure I'll think of more later, but it's 3am here.

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An all-time favorite of mine is Jean Harlow in The Public Enemy, which is otherwise a great film. This was before Harlow took acting lessons (and it was discovered she was talented at comedy), and I have the theory that she was instructed to act like a woman who had undergone a lobotomy. She's also pretty bad in Hell's Angel's, which is a pretty good film much of the time.


How do you feel about Marilyn? She was clearly never a great actress, but I've found her performances to range anywhere from acceptable to good. Of course, I could have been distracted.

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ed_metal_head wrote:
Ryan Reynolds in Buried. I know he received a lot of praise for that role but most of my dislikes are because of him and his performance.


Interesting that you say that today. None of than Bill Simmons just devoted half of an entire column to the guy: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6716942/the-movie-star


I'll get on that shortly, thanks much for the link. I'll have to check in to Grantland more often. Simmons has suddenly gotten prolific since launch.


Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:06 pm
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Reeves in Dracula. Need I say more?
I'd say you do. While I could probably guess what you're going to say, I'd rather not see Reelviewers joining the groupthink crowd in taking for granted that so-and-so is a bad actor or that such-and-such is a bad movie.

And on that note...

Nick wrote:
While not awful I don't think I would call Godfather III a good film.

I would. Compared to the vast majority of movies, it is at the very least a good movie. No, it isn't as good as the other two, but very few movies are.

Here's a fun thought experiment: compare The Godfather, Part III to any movie released this year.

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Getting back on topic, I found Peter Sellers tremendously distracting in Lolita. While there are many movies that make good use of his style, he stuck out like a sore thumb among the relatively subdued performers in this one.


Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:42 pm
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Sue me, kill me, torture me, send me to hell:

Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now (any version),

Keir Dullea in 2001: A Space Oddyssey

Jack Black in King Kong (2005)

Crispin Glover in Back To The Future

John Gavin in Psycho


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Penelope Cruz in Blow

I almost put Julia Roberts in The Mexican before I remembered that The Mexican is not exactly a good movie.

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Syd Henderson wrote:
An all-time favorite of mine is Jean Harlow in The Public Enemy, which is otherwise a great film. This was before Harlow took acting lessons (and it was discovered she was talented at comedy), and I have the theory that she was instructed to act like a woman who had undergone a lobotomy. She's also pretty bad in Hell's Angel's, which is a pretty good film much of the time.


How do you feel about Marilyn? She was clearly never a great actress, but I've found her performances to range anywhere from acceptable to good. Of course, I could have been distracted.


I thought she was best in Bus Stop and good in Some Like it Hot and her little bit in All About Eve. She never was as bad as Harlow was around 1929 -31, but after that (Red Dust, Bombshell, Libeled Lady for Dinner at Eight, for instance), I like Harlow better. I'm sure Monroe had her bad days, but I've missed them.

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Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:32 pm
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Most of the cast of Starship Troopers - though I suspect that was intentional.
Ingrid Boulting in The Last Tycoon
Craig Wasson in Body Double

I agree with the mention of Sofia Coppola in The Godfather Part III. I think the movie itself is good - it's not the equal of parts I and II, but it's far better than its bad rep would suggest. Sofia made the right choice by switching to directing, though.


Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:21 pm
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Most of the cast of Starship Troopers - though I suspect that was intentional.
Ingrid Boulting in The Last Tycoon
Craig Wasson in Body Double

I agree with the mention of Sofia Coppola in The Godfather Part III. I think the movie itself is good - it's not the equal of parts I and II, but it's far better than its bad rep would suggest. Sofia made the right choice by switching to directing, though.

In all fairness to Sofia, she was a last minute replacement.


Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:22 pm
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Vexer wrote:
In all fairness to Sofia, she was a last minute replacement.

True, she did get thrown in at the deep end. I wonder how the movie would have turned out if Winona Ryder had been able to play Mary Corleone.


Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:28 pm
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Sue me, kill me, torture me, send me to hell:
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Keir Dullea in 2001: A Space Oddyssey

What bothers you about it?


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