50 Performances That Ruined Movies

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    • Hadouken76

      Nov 2nd 2011, 9:13

      Shia la Boeuf in almost everything. Transformers 3 was not just hampered by Huntington-Whitelys blowup doll impersonation, but LaBoeuf going "ARGHH! ARGHH" ARGHH!" in every scene, no doubt reflecting the audiences inner voice. I say 'almost' because he was very good in 'A guide to recognizing your saints' and Holes. What a waste...

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Nov 2nd 2011, 9:42

      Was Madonna's performance so bad that you counted her as 5 people?

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    • piffle

      Nov 2nd 2011, 10:26

      In a lot of cases I think its pretty unfair to blame the individual actors here rather than the directors... Ahmed Best was not the problem with Jar Jar Binks - Lucas was and Best was only playing the hand he'd been dealt. That said, while you kindly included Halle Berry in Catwoman, you somehow forgot to include Halle Berry in just about every movie she's ever been in.

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    • MikeyRix

      Nov 2nd 2011, 12:33

      I object to the Freeman inclusion. If the film itself was bad rather than his performance (as the title of the feature specifically states), then why is he in there? :/ Also, Eli Roth in "Inglourious Basterds". That was cringeworthy and painful to watch and whilst it didn't ruin the film for me, it certainly knocked it down on the quality scale for me.

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    • Toursiveu

      Nov 2nd 2011, 13:43

      I actually LOVE Jon Voight in Anaconda. He's obviously hamming it on purpose and I think he's incredibly funny in this film. I actually watch Anaconda for Voight, not the big snake or Jennifer Lopez in a transparent nightie... Other examples : -Nicolas Cage in Deadfall -Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's -Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah in Interview with the Vampire sequel Queen of the Damned -Rutger Hauer as Dracula in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the film) -Tara Reid in Alone in the Dark -Tom Hanks and his mullet in The DaVinci Code (+ Audrey Tautou learning her lines phonetically) -Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman in Batman & Robin -Julia Roberts and her smug smile in Eat, Pray Love -Diane Keaton in everything post 1995 -Demi Moore in G.I. Jane -Adrien Brody in Giallo -Sarah Jessica Parker in I Don't Know How She Does It (you'll just want to slap her!) -Casper Van Dien in Sleepy Hollow -Dev Patel in The Last Airbender -John Leguizamo in Spawn -Cameron Diaz in The Sweetest Thing / What Happens In Vegas / Bad Teacher -Russell Crowe in Virtuosity -Keanu Reeves in The Watcher -Antonio Banderas in Never Talk To Strangers -Whoever played Dracula + Parker Posey in Blade : Trinity -Jane March in Color of Night -Anything involving Martin Lawrence

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    • Toursiveu

      Nov 2nd 2011, 13:43

      I actually LOVE Jon Voight in Anaconda. He's obviously hamming it on purpose and I think he's incredibly funny in this film. I actually watch Anaconda for Voight, not the big snake or Jennifer Lopez in a transparent nightie... Other examples : -Nicolas Cage in Deadfall -Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's -Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah in Interview with the Vampire sequel Queen of the Damned -Rutger Hauer as Dracula in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the film) -Tara Reid in Alone in the Dark -Tom Hanks and his mullet in The DaVinci Code (+ Audrey Tautou learning her lines phonetically) -Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman in Batman & Robin -Julia Roberts and her smug smile in Eat, Pray Love -Diane Keaton in everything post 1995 -Demi Moore in G.I. Jane -Adrien Brody in Giallo -Sarah Jessica Parker in I Don't Know How She Does It (you'll just want to slap her!) -Casper Van Dien in Sleepy Hollow -Dev Patel in The Last Airbender -John Leguizamo in Spawn -Cameron Diaz in The Sweetest Thing / What Happens In Vegas / Bad Teacher -Russell Crowe in Virtuosity -Keanu Reeves in The Watcher -Antonio Banderas in Never Talk To Strangers -Whoever played Dracula + Parker Posey in Blade : Trinity -Jane March in Color of Night -Anything involving Martin Lawrence

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    • nkutzler

      Nov 2nd 2011, 14:04

      The fact that Ben Affleck isn't on this list is criminal. Take off Bloom for POTC (because I do think that was his character and his story helps the films) and add in, I don't know, every Affleck film. Couldn't stand The Town, trying to believe that he was a love interest as he read scripts off the wall. Just not Smoking Aces- I liked his dead scene in that one. Thank you for Wanted, with Morgan Freeman being half the menacing underworld leader that he is in Lucky Number Slevin. And right after that, Tommy Lee Jones. I guess with enough movies, it is inevitable to get in bad ones. At least they both still kept their reputation as great character actors.

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    • Heisenberg

      Nov 2nd 2011, 14:26

      @toursiveu, are you dalidab in disguise? :-P

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    • FBJMarshal12

      Nov 2nd 2011, 16:26

      Actually, they DID explain that "Hitman" was groomed since birth to be a cold, lifeless killer with no real "human" emotions. Too bad Garret Dillahunt in "TSCC" TV show was the only one to successfully pull off such a robot - like character (with the added benefit of Cromartie BEING a robot) with some semblance of what we humans call "acting".

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    • emotionalpedant

      Nov 2nd 2011, 17:32

      I take issue with 29) as Lowe seemed to play the dumb ice hockey twink role as it was written, but yeah I'd have to say Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's is the omission that stands out. Great list, fun to read, thanks.

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Nov 2nd 2011, 18:32

      Aha. The missing 5 have arrived

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    • McSerious

      Nov 2nd 2011, 19:47

      Jamie Campbell Bower in Sweeny Todd! Disgusting human! Bradley Cooper in The A-Team, I'm actually a big fan of him overall but he played it far too smug in that, was unwatchable. Jon Lithgow in Cliffhanger! Couldn't quite suspend my disbelief that he could stand up to Stallone in a fight! Hilariously misscast! Tom Hardy in... Nah just kidding, he's perfect!

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    • DAO999

      Nov 2nd 2011, 19:52

      What about Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Phantom Menace? He is just as bad a Jar-Jar Binks, if not worse. His acting is so horrible in Phantom Menace he ruins the movie as much as Binks. Lucas could have had an established child star.

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    • Agent69

      Nov 2nd 2011, 20:07

      c**p list.

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    • writerdave87

      Nov 2nd 2011, 20:10

      Seriously, you completely missed the point of Hitman- he's actually supposed to be like that. How about another list- 'Josh Winning's worst movie lists ever.' He'd be spoilt for choice.

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    • writerdave87

      Nov 2nd 2011, 20:10

      Seriously, you completely missed the point of Hitman- he's actually supposed to be like that. How about another list- 'Josh Winning's worst movie lists ever.' He'd be spoilt for choice.

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    • writerdave87

      Nov 2nd 2011, 20:10

      Seriously, you completely missed the point of Hitman- he's actually supposed to be like that. How about another list- 'Josh Winning's worst movie lists ever.' He'd be spoilt for choice.

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    • ShosannaD

      Nov 2nd 2011, 21:55

      OR Kevin Costner in any movie he has every been in.

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    • Igrayne

      Nov 2nd 2011, 22:29

      Keira Knightely is awful in everything, people have a go at Costner for his accent in Robin Hood, at least Costner was disappointed he could not do it properly, Knightely bloody kept her put on over the top cheesy posh English accent for King Arthur. POSH ENGLISH FOR SOMEONE WHO IS MEANT TO BE FROM THE SCOTTISH BORDERS FOR F**** SAKE? She was ten times worse than Orlando Bloom. Julia Roberts is absolutely terrible and so overatted it is disgusting, Eric Roberts is actually better because he has been identified with a cult following she never will. Mega Fox and Shia Leboeuf are both cack, Madonna acts only worse than her singing, Sofia Coppola is c**p at directing and acting and Quenton Tarantino is so bloody rubbish I do not understand it, I feel I am taking crazy pills the guy is bloody rubbish he has not made one five star film, Kill Bill was not a homage it was a rip off so was Jackie Brown and Death Proof. Amber Heard ruined Drive Angry and as for that little s**t in The Phantom Menace, grrr.

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    • piffle

      Nov 2nd 2011, 22:58

      Okay, after lgrayne... is dalidab infectious?

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    • mikey

      Nov 3rd 2011, 1:09

      Austin Pendleton as Max in The Muppet Movie. It's hard to (Fozzie the) bare this movie through his shouting and lack of inflection.

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    • Vampyre

      Nov 3rd 2011, 11:55

      Failry run of the mill list. Things that caught my eye , some alreay mentioned. 1 - anaconda - john voight is what saves anaconda, look you have a film here where eric stoltz is collecting a paycheck for sleeping, the long awaited death of owen wilson and jennifer lopez getting slapped about. John voight is the cherry on this c**p sundae 2 - wicker man - i do not know what nicholas cage thought he was doing, in this film or bad lt. however i cant get enough of him sucker punching those women. 3 - could we have every film sam worthington has been in , why people keep employing this gimp confuses me, he's like a bad action figure of himself. 4 - try keanu reeves in dangerous liasons , you know when he runs through john malchovich(which i dont think would ever happen in reality) he is so on the cusp of sayin "dude, i totally killed you"

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    • Toursiveu

      Nov 3rd 2011, 16:48

      @Heisenberg : Nope, I'm just me... I don't know this dalidab fellow, I'm not on these forums very often. You gotta admit that Anaconda and The Wicker Man remake are both extremely entertaining movies. I can't get enough of Anaconda and I think Jon Voight is hilarious! I know The Wicker Man is c**p but at least they tried to do something else, something outrageous... at least they admitted that the original Wicker Man was a black-humored comedy in disguise, something Marcus Nispel did not understand when he remade The Texas Chainsaw Massacre...

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    • writerdave87

      Nov 3rd 2011, 18:31

      There's a youtube comedy reel of Wicker Man that's got the best bits taken totally out of context- it's one of the funniest things on the site.

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    • MikeyRix

      Nov 3rd 2011, 19:29

      @writerdave There are so many of them! xD I guess that's the ONE good thing about the film...

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    • JoseyWales

      Nov 3rd 2011, 20:24

      I object to Timothy Olphant being in that list ... he's great in everything. Shia la Beouf should be there for sure, can't watch Transformers without feeling the urge to slap him silly. Also Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code and sequel, he was most yawn worthy. Will Smith in I am Legend, didn't have the right gravitas for the role. Will someone give Nathan Fillion a chance with a major role .... love him.

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    • Seedorf

      Nov 3rd 2011, 22:34

      I was getting worried, until I got to number 50. Then everything was well once more.

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    • dharmab

      Nov 4th 2011, 14:57

      This is an awful feature. Nicholas Cages performance in The Wicker Man makes awful material a cult classic. If that was played straight that film would be stunningly horrid. Same goes for Tommy Wiseau and Darren Ewing. They made those movies what they are! They in no way ruined them, you know good and well that the film would have been just as (if not probably more) s**t without them. Also, saying Morgan Freeman ruined Wanted is just blood boilingly frustrating.

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    • Siban1982

      Nov 4th 2011, 16:45

      TF thinks that the performances "ruined" these movies? So it wasn't the make-up or shoddy footwear in Battlefield Earth; that was all perfectly acceptable... Idiots.

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    • moviemaniac2011

      Nov 4th 2011, 22:56

      Normally these list are pretty acurate but this time its a no go.

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    • FBTDePauw

      Nov 5th 2011, 2:14

      What? You didn't know that the Wicker Man remake was a comedy? I thought punching the lady while dressed as a bear gave it away.

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    • Reader

      Nov 5th 2011, 13:21

      WHAT?! Orlando Bloom is the BEST in Pirates! Pirates stopped being Pirates without him! What ignorant hater wrote this anyway? Ever read ANYTHING on REAL acting? Thought I wouldn't be surprised since the person who wrote it is suggesting Depp for the both roles. ROTFLROTFL! Depp barely pulled Sparrow and he couldn't pull the role of Will Turner if his own life would be threatened. The REAL actor was needed to play Will and that's why Bloom was invited. He gave a truly great performance that was soulful and very moving. Bashing him and Keria is ignorant and low. But you gave me the idea: If Bloom played Will And Sparrow the movie would be much better! Depp's unpleasant personage became too boring, annoying and very predictable. Alot of makeup and makign faces doesn't really count like acting that deserves to be praised. But that's for the people who have at least some knowledge ont he field. The author of the "list" obviously doesn't fall into this cathegory. Depp is totally helpless without Bloom in On Stranger Tides and he showed once again that he can't carry the movie on his own. Why he is not on the list? Are you afraid of not praising the overlyPR-ed actor? How brave! Not.

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    • Psybolt

      Nov 6th 2011, 15:24

      I loved Chris Tucker in The Fifth Element. He was a hoot. And if you are including Bat-villains... admittedly Tommy Lee Jones was horrendous as Two-Face, how can you not include Arnold as Mr. Freeze in the worst movie ever made (Batman & Robin). In fact, there is a lack of Ah-nold on your list. What's up with that? Otherwise, not too much to argue with... Orlando Bloom is someone I personally would have left off the list, but to each its own.

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    • FBPRubin

      Nov 6th 2011, 18:30

      I always liked Jar Jar Binks...

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    • aragorn01

      Nov 8th 2011, 0:13

      agree on Reeves in Dracula, Christensen in the Star Wars prequel, Sofia in the third Godfather and Tommy Lee Jones in Batman Forever. they're just what ruin what could've and would've been awesome movies, otherwise. bloom's lack of screen charisma shows just how NOT ready he is for a lead role in ANY movie. jar jar's fault lies with the stereo typical/racist design and accent he has. it was all Lucas' call.

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    • FBTJacobs

      Nov 12th 2011, 1:26

      I'm sorry, but there is NO WAY you could have actually watched Troll 2 and thought Darren Ewing's performance ruined it. The whole movie is so cosmically bad. If you were seriously enjoying the film on its merits and thought it was "good" before Ewing's scene, then you're just nuts. That's the whole selling point of it now -- it's so bad, it's fun to watch.

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    • FBSMeans

      May 18th 2012, 3:28

      The point of saying Darren Ewing "ruined" "Troll 2" is that there was this unrelievedly awful movie going past, and he came along and made the audience smile for a moment. By not sucking in a sucky movie, he ruined the movie's perfect suckitude.

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    • keliandrews

      Oct 12th 2012, 17:27

      I'm sorry but you could not be more wrong about Chris Tucker's character Ruby Rhod. He made that movie!

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    • mikeycarlisle

      Dec 1st 2012, 9:31

      You guys seem to think a movie is either "bad" or "good" simply based on the acting. You ignore every other problem. Even if the majority of these films had amazing acting performances it still wouldn't save the films. I completely disagree on Tommy Lee Jones in Batman forever. He had amazing chemistry with Jim Carrey's character. Aaron Eckhart wouldn't have fit in the film, those batman films had a completely different tone compared to Nolan's Trilogy

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    • sinemaestro

      Dec 1st 2012, 12:53

      Good list. Keanu@Dracula at the top I guaranteed.

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    • sinemaestro

      Dec 1st 2012, 12:56

      and William Baldwin in Backdraft. Excellent movie, terrible choice.

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    • TheLastRide

      Dec 1st 2012, 12:58

      First of all, Orlando Bloom, Ahmed Best, Kevin Costner, Timothy Oliphant, Chris Tucker, Denise Richards, Vinnie Jones, Tommy Lee and Morgan Freeman did not ruin the movies... Giving them the blame for all those movies were not theirs fault. There are other movies out there with FAR worse performances

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    • FBMMoore

      Dec 1st 2012, 13:31

      Personally I think Jim Carey's riddler was brilliant, although not on the list you did seem to insinuate he was partly to blame for Joel Schumacher's abortion. Secondly, HOW in all that is holy was Jennifer Garner in Daredevil not in this. I recently started to watch the directors cut of the film and was actually quite enjoying it right until the point she opened her mouth (her entrance was just fine :p) it then all went downhill and was done just after Colin Farrell entered as Bullsh*t...shame

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    • Hadouken76

      Dec 1st 2012, 14:17

      You can't blame the actors. You ask for John Wayne to play Genghis Kahn, what are you going to get? JOHN WAYNE PLAYING GENGHIS KAHN. Its the director and casting agents. Interesting enough, Chris Tucker has received some rave reviews about his performance in his latest film. Good for him.

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    • rasmusericson

      Dec 1st 2012, 16:35

      If you take the games explination to Hitman #47 in account, Timothy plays the role exactly corresct. Who does these lists?

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    • FBDHam

      Dec 1st 2012, 17:05

      I agree with @rasmusericson, Agent #47 is a wooden emotionless killer. Olyphant played it really well. Would be an extreme disappointment to fans if he was a whining little b*tch

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    • FBJSchjelderu

      Dec 1st 2012, 18:28

      So both Ahmed Best's performance as Jar-Jar and Hayden Christensen is on the list, but no Jake Lloyd? Personally, I find him way more annoying than Jar-Jar. Actually, come to think about it, Christensen is a good choice to play the older Anakin, he's about a good an actor as Lloyd, they both have the charisma (and acting talent) of a wooden plank.

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    • FBSChandler

      Dec 1st 2012, 23:09

      ...and another list which doesn't 50 slots. The vast majority of your selections aren't in any way "performances that ruined movies." Do you guys really think the thing which ruined Troll 2 was "Darren Ewing?" Showgirls would have been great with a different lead? You really think Jar Jar would have been a great character with the right actor? Exit Wounds on track to be classic action film until they cast Steven Seagal? Striptease was going to be great, but Demi Moore botched the role? Battlefield Earth was really going to be great sci-fi epic by Travolta's performance ruined it? Most of these are either bad movies and you singled out a random character or badly written characters and you blame the performer. Why don't you just make a list of ten, but which actually meet the criteria of the article?

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    • Hadouken76

      Dec 2nd 2012, 9:55

      Don't blame Timothy Olyphant for Hitman, he is ace in Deadwood and Justified. The writers and producers of the Hitman film had obviously never played the game. Completely clueless.

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    • Senver

      Dec 2nd 2012, 9:59

      Yes, getting a 27 year old Aaron Eckhart who hadn't even been in a film at that point would have been better than established actor Tommy Lee Jones. I guess this is why you are making s*** lists for a living and not producing films. You are a film magazine right? How can this Winning guy be allowed to publish such tripe and remain employed? Every single article, feature or review on this website references Nolan or the bloody dark knight trilogy like he and the film are the greatest things to have ever happened to cinema. You sound like silly fan boys when you are supposed to be one of the most respected film publications in the land. Yes the dark knight trilogy was an excellent achievement (although considering what went before, how bad could it really have been?) and yes inception was a great film but give it a rest and perhaps give some column space to some home grown younger talent instead of exhibiting your gushing love for all things Nolan ALL THE TIME!

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    • SaveFerris

      Dec 2nd 2012, 15:26

      Morgan Freeman in Wanted? That's stupid, great actor and a pretty good movie. Plus Mike Myers in Inglorious Basterds was terrible. Like Austin Powers had just walked into the movie.

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    • jayfkay

      Dec 3rd 2012, 12:22

      hitman is supposed to be lacking emotions and depth, after all he was created in a lab for exactly that purpose.

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    • JoseyWales

      Dec 3rd 2012, 13:28

      Do not agree with Timothy Olyphant, Kevin Costner or Chris Tucker being on this list. Those movies were enjoyable and were definitely not ruined. Timothy Olyphant is great in everything he's in. Who cares that Kevin Costner didn't put on the correct accent, it was still an enjoyable film. As for Chris Tucker, yes his voice could have been slightly less high pitched but the movie was not ruined because of this.

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    • Mwakin21

      Dec 6th 2012, 22:12

      I would certainly have included Keanu Reeves in Much Ado About Nothing or Shelley Duvall in The Shining. Also, I didn't really like the inclusion of movies that were terrible with or without the actors, like Troll 2 or Battlefield Earth. Other than that, nice list.

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    • robwhite

      Mar 1st 2013, 22:56

      The absolute worst acting I have ever seen Catherine Hicks - Star Trek IV. She's either tearfully lamenting about whales Or shouting at someone to help the whales. It is just the worst, absolutely the worst acting I have ever seen in a movie.

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    • bradleyreeves

      Dec 18th 2013, 0:35

      Most of these movies just plain sucked and not because of the one performance you note. I've liked exactly one M. Night Shymalan movie, and he basically plagarised it ('Sixth Sense'). However, Richard Pryor in 'Superman III' leaps to mind. Hayden Christiansen's c**p acting detracted from the prequels more than Jar Jar's goofery ever did. Carrie Fisher almost ruins Episode IV with her abortive faux-British accent. Sam Worthington sucked in Avatar but he kinda sucks in everything. All these flicks were badly written which, of course, helps underscore any individual suckitude. January Jones stood out as un-ironically dull, robotic, and affect-free in 'X-Men: First Class'.

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