Even when big Hollywood films have a lot of production value, it doesn’t mean they always have everything perfect. A few things can ruin a movie for its audiences, and sometimes it’s just down to something as plain and simple as bad acting.
Bad acting can even destroy a franchise if it’s a leading role. Here are some of the worst examples of bad acting in otherwise high production films.
“Son of the Mask” has many problems other than the acting. But an example that didn’t help Jamie Kennedy is the script. The comedy had a lot to live up to, being a sequel to 1994’s The Mask with Jim Carrey.
Jamie Kennedy gained the reputation of being one of Hollywood’s worst actors after starring in the movie. A reputation that is hard to shake.
Star Wars The Force Awakens received good reviews from critics but mixed reactions from die-hard fans of the franchise. Daisy Ridley seems to be a scapegoat for much of their frustration, as she feels like she’s been written into a progressive role for the sake of ticking boxes.
Whether or not Ridley is a bad actress is up for debate, but with the act she had to follow from the original films, she was destined to receive ridicule.
Men In Black International suffers from a lot of the same issues as other films on this list; it has a lot to live up to. The first Men in Black film has developed a cult following, with the likes of Will Smith and Tommy Lee playing unforgettable roles.
But Tessa Thompson plays a very forgettable part in a very forgettable movie. Her acting has been called bland, but was it her fault or the writing?
Star Trek Discovery has great reviews from critics but mediocre reactions from audiences. The reason why? It might be the bias of Star Trek fans’ expectations for the franchise.
Whether that’s the real reason or not, Sonequa Martin-Green is taking most of the flak. Many reviewers have called her performance bland and not “believable.”
Johnny Depp has been a Hollywood heavyweight for decades, but recently he’s been starring in roles that have his reputation in question. The latest of these movies is Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald.
He plays an odd villain that is barely on screen in the first movie of the series – Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
Jupiter Ascending was received poorly by audiences and critics alike. But Eddie Redmayne won an award, although “award” might not be the greatest term.
“I won a prize for it for the worst performance of the year,” Redmayne confessed to GQ. “So yeah, it was a pretty bad performance by all accounts.”
Snow White and The Huntsman had big names like Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart, the latter of which received a complaint about her acting. To make matters even more interesting, the complaint wasn’t from the audience but the production manager.
Scott Foundas said Kristen Stewart “pouts her lips, bats her bedroom eyes, and scarcely seems to have more on her mind than who might take her to the senior prom—let alone the destiny of an entire kingdom.”
Sometimes it’s the actor or actress’s fault for a movie not doing well. Sometimes it’s the production or the writing. But on a rare occasion, it’s everything about the movie that’s just bad.
Jack and Jill is a terrible movie for many reasons; Adam Sandler is one of them. He won a Razzie for his performance as Jack.
“Jack and Jill” is so bad that there has to be a second entry for it. We don’t think an actor has ever gotten to Razzies for both starring roles before, but Sandler somehow managed to land it.
Sandler played both Jack and his twin sister, Jill. This means he got a Razzie for both roles, a first!
“Cats” has been an award-winning stage performance, so Hollywood decided to try their hand at a film adaptation. That was a mistake. The 1998 musical was stood its own ground and never needed a film to follow it up.
Daniela Norman and many of the other cast members were doomed to feel the harsh criticism as the movie got poor reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Sam Raimi’s third installment of the Spider-man franchise was a success, with Toby Maguire playing his most famous role – Peter Parker.
But there was one glaring issue with one of the film’s villains – Eddie Brock. This was the first film portrayal of the man from Venom. The problem is that Topher Grace didn’t really play a stellar role as Spiderman’s adversary.
Ocean’s Twelve is a sequel to Ocean’s Eleven, a well-received action-comedy film. The movie had an amazing cast like George Clooney and Brad Pitt. But there was a surprise cameo that had audiences scratching their heads on why it was so necessary.
Bruce Willis made an appearance as himself, which was strange given that his portrayal of himself rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula was a huge success, but not all actors were equal. Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins had been in the business for much longer than Keanu Reeves. Reeves’ performance felt a little lackluster compared to the two veterans.
His lack of experience was apparent when he tried playing the British lawyer and put on a bad accent.
The Harry Potter movie franchise needs no introduction. Daniel Radcliffe has won over the hearts of many fans as he grew with the franchise along with them. But funnily enough, it’s his own criticism of his acting that lands him on this list.
“It’s hard to separate my relationship with Harry from my relationship with the films as a whole. I’m incredibly grateful for the experience. It showed me what I want to do with the rest of my life. To find out early on what you love is really lucky. I’m intensely embarrassed by some of my actings, obviously [acting], but yeah, it’s like asking, “how do you feel about your teenage years?” There’s so much in there that it’s almost impossible to single out one feeling.”