The Worst Performance in an Otherwise Good Movie

Keanu Reeves in Much Ado About Nothing and Dangerous Liasons

Winona Ryder in The Age of Innocence

Clancy Brown in The Shawshank Redemption

Penelope Ann Miller in Carlito’s Way

Steven Seagal in Executive Decision

Charlize Theron in The Italian Job

William Devane in McCabe and Mrs. Miller

Solveig Dommartin in Until the End of the World

Judd Nelson in New Jack City

Sharon Stone in Casino

Halle Berry in X Men 2

Jack Lemmon in Hamlet (1994)

Robert Vaughn in Bullitt and The Magnificent Seven

Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo in Rebel Without a Cause

Eli Wallach in The Magnificent Seven

Michael Gough in The Horse’s Mouth

Rita Rudner in Peter’s Friends

Kate Capshaw in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

George Lazenby in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Bryce Dallas Howard in As You Like It (the third Kenneth Branagh-directed Shakespeare movie on the list…big Ken should hire a casting advisor)

Simon Oakland (the shrink at the end) in Psycho (the original)

Rebecca Pidgeon in The Spanish Prisoner

Cybill Shepherd in Taxi Driver

Edward Burns in Saving Private Ryan

Mary Astor in The Maltese Falcon

Charlton Heston in Touch of Evil

Lorraine Gary in Jaws

Charlie Sheen in Platoon

Vivian Pickles in Harold and Maude

Are we wrong? Insane? On your ‘s**t list’? Comment away…


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Published in: on June 17, 2009 at 11:58 pm  Comments (9)  

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  1. Adding Winona Ryder in ‘Dracula’ as well. Oh wait, you said a good movie… After seeing ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ I was certain Natalie Wood’s only direction was where to point her breasts.

  2. Those things went their own way. Hmmm, maybe that’s how she drowned…

  3. Has Rebecca Pidgeon ever been good in anything?

  4. Ummm…checking IMDB…yeah, nope. Nothing at all. Marry David Mamet some more, why don’t you…

  5. I think we can probably add Eli Roth in “Ingloryuzz Basszzzteurds” now. Actually, does VJ have an official opinion on said film? I realize now that I’m incapable of predicting what you might think of it.

    • I haven’t seen it yet. Because of being so lame and awful. To be continued…

  6. Interesting list. Totally agree about Halle Berry, her lines were terrible! I thought Winona was ok in Age of Innocence. But compared to Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer, she’s obviously the weakest one.

  7. how can two people give the “worst” performance in the same movie?

    And, with that specific movie (‘The Magnificent Seven’), how can neither of them be Horst Buchholz ?

    • I love the Magnificent Seven, but, yeah, between Wallach’s ludicrous accent (so bad, he’d make a lucrative career of it for a while), and Vaughn’s schizo hammy/stilted act, I give them a tie. As for Horst, well, I guess I just feel kind of sorry for him…

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