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People who added this item 1549 Average listal rating (861 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3

Tobey Maguire




From the moment his narration begins to the excruciating end Maguire manages to make a flashy, stylish, beautiful well-acted film into a disappointing one.
Of course, he is acting along side DiCaprio; but that's no excuse. DiCaprio usually makes other actors better.
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Julianne Moore



Like many of these selections, there could be an argument for the writing; but what I got from this performance was awful timing, forced wittiness, melodrama at the wrong times, and a grating voice.

The film had potential to be a grand sequel, but it failed and this was due in large part to Moore.
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People who added this item 313 Average listal rating (200 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.8
The Ringer (2005)

Johnny Knoxville



I blame this disappointing movie completely on him, because every Farrelly Brother film beforehand was pure hilarious fun. He made it so uncomfortable to watch, and I never knew if he was trying to be funny or just trying to act enough to make it microscopically believable.
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People who added this item 1045 Average listal rating (638 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.3

Mila Kunis



James Franco was a poor choice; but Mila Kunis as the wicked witch? I didn't turn off the movie after she turned green but I quickly found a way to multitask for the rest of the show, which just went downhill from there.
Now Rachel Weisz as a wicked witch? Perfect!
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People who added this item 480 Average listal rating (320 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8

Renee Zellwegger




This could have been one of the best westerns in the last 30 years, seriously. There was one problem: The horrid, unbearably annoying Zellwegger made me cringe and want to fast forward through every one of her scenes, which to the film's demise, covered a rather large portion of screen time.
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People who added this item 2577 Average listal rating (1498 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7

Micky Rooney



An extremely distasteful portrayal of a Japanese landlord in what is otherwise a very tasteful film. It's mind boggling how out-of-place this role was.
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People who added this item 1069 Average listal rating (726 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8

Jennifer Garner


This actress has no range. There are so many missed opportunities in this role. Cringeworthy performance.
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People who added this item 4296 Average listal rating (2911 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
Transformers (2007)

Anthony Anderson
Julie White
John Turturro



This film had fantastic potential, but it only left me agitated. Not because of Megan Fox's acting, but because of the three listed above. I like Turturro when he's with the Coen Brothers or Spike Lee, otherwise he makes terrible decisions and is not funny. Who's less funny? Anderson, who's horrible dumb-guy computer geek portrayal displaced any remaining interest I had in the film, and Julie White (the mom) succeeded in forcing me to walk out of the theatre for a few moments because I was so annoyed with her and the 3-story robots playing hide-and-seek with her in their neighborhood.
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People who added this item 7072 Average listal rating (4783 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
Batman Begins (2005)

Katie Holmes



In one of the most believable superhero films ever, Holmes managed to be the opposite, with every moment she's one screen. I felt embarrassment for Liam Neeson, being in the same film as she.

Casting-decision redemption: Maggie Gyllenhaal in "The Dark Knight" - Thank God!
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People who added this item 719 Average listal rating (465 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8

Brendan Gleeson



He was very out of place in this role. He looked like he was trying so hard to feel comfortable; but he looked more out of place than Damon did in the Green Zone among Middle Easterns.
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Jake Lloyd




It's hard to say who ruined this disappointing prequel more, the kid or Jar-Jar Binks. Since the latter isn't an actor, we'll choose the kid. With the thousands of kids trying out for this most-prestigious role (for a kid) how on earth (or Tatooine) did they think Jake Lloyd could play the role correctly? I was embarrassed for Liam Neeson, being in the same film as he.
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Hayden Christensen




Maybe since they made such a horrible decision with the first one, they needed to top it off with a winy, chalk-board-scratching, abundantly untalented actor like Christiansen.
Now I know why Liam Neeson wasn't in this one.
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Hayden Christensen




The only good thing about this guy is the fact that he's so horrible to watch we really do want to hate Darth Vader and want him to die, unfortunately it's for unintended reasons.
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People who added this item 1221 Average listal rating (794 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.3

Jon Heder




Maybe it's Will Ferrell's, Amy Poehler's, and everyone else who's hilarious in this movie's fault, because Jon Heder was completely out of place and managed to stay away from uttering a single comedic line as the co-lead in a comedy film. Imagine how much funnier this film would have been with Ben Stiller or Owen Wilson, or even someone who's never done a comedy in his life, like Russell Crowe - he probably could have been funnier!
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People who added this item 687 Average listal rating (390 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
The Producers (2005)

Matt Broderick




He's basically ruined any film he's done in the 90's and 00's (with the exception of 'The Lion King' and he nearly did there, too. But that's probably because he went up against one of the greatest voices in cinema - Jeremy Irons)
This one could top all of them, because not only does he ruin every scene he's in, he ruins other people's performances while they're on-screen with him. I saw absolutely no chemistry with any of the actors and felt uncomfortable throughout.

Should have stopped with 'WarGames', buddy.
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David Keith




I realize he was supposed to be unfit for the Army, in the end. But he was truly unfit for this film. I felt like Gere probably yelled, "What the FUCK are you doing to this movie!" after every cut.
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Mark Wahlberg



I could probably say this about every one of his films up until The Departed (he's been decent since), but most of them would probably have been average even without him (except for the brilliant "Boogie Nights", not even he could harm that film). I just felt like he was struggling with his lines in every scene and his poor acting really jumped out of the screen when going up against such a quality ensemble.
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People who added this item 3061 Average listal rating (2000 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5

Keanu Reeves



Who's worse than Wahlberg at getting hooked up with awesome roles in movies they don't deserve to be in? Keanu!! What the hell were the producers thinking with this?? This film had everything going for it, and then Keanu showed up.
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People who added this item 3359 Average listal rating (2175 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.1
Pearl Harbor (2001)

Josh Hartnet




I may be in the minority when I discuss how I like this film. It's when I first fell in love with Beckinsale and it covers one of the more intriguing WWII stories. I also really enjoy sweeping epics. What I don't enjoy is having to sit and watch a mumbling, pretty-faced, mimbo, try and make us believe a word of what he's saying and actually care at all about his character. He was so bad that for the only time in my life I actually felt sorry for Affleck.
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People who added this item 560 Average listal rating (344 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5

Joaquin Phoenix



I really enjoy firefighting films and TV shows (Rescue Me) so I was pretty excited about this one, but then... the Phoenix dropped by and left a disgustingly putrid bag of worthless overwrought shit that will be undoubtably impossible to ever replicate such a dubious achievement. I almost went bald after watching this film, from pulling my hair out in every disheartening scene he was in. He brought it down from a potential 4/5 to a 1/5 stars.
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People who added this item 1644 Average listal rating (980 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6

Johnny Depp



Basically he is too good for the role. The chemistry was off and the script was bad. Perhaps he did the best he could; but it looks like he just wanted to get this project over with from day one.
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People who added this item 406 Average listal rating (276 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Bull Durham (1988)

Susan Surandon



I have a very hard time believing anyone could possibly find Susan Surandon sexy in the very least. I would rather hook-up with Charlize Theron in 'Monster'.
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People who added this item 3121 Average listal rating (2023 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8

Forest Whitaker




How he won a Best Actor Oscar will remain one of the greatest mysteries of film. He looks completely lost in every one of his roles, but I choose this one because most of his films have no potential to begin with. I was hoping his character would get shot or get truly lost, anything really, throughout the entire film.
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People who added this item 1854 Average listal rating (1088 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2

Renee Zellwegger





Great movie turned sour because of one overacting woman who tries so desperately to steal every scene she's in; but manages only to annoy and force me to push the FF button when she's on screen.
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Jason Biggs




I couldn't figure out what to think of his character. He was an enormous hole in a comedy with such great talents surrounding him.
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Denise Richards



There has never been and hopefully never will be a worse 'Bond Girl' in the franchise's history.
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People who added this item 4884 Average listal rating (3329 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Iron Man (2008)

Terrence Howard




Reportedly the highest paid actor in this film, was easily the worst (ok, only bad) thing about it.

Casting-Decision Redemption: Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2!
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People who added this item 1608 Average listal rating (1010 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5

Sandra Oh




I find it hard to believe any man would cheat on his fiance with Sandra Oh. That's all.
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People who added this item 2268 Average listal rating (1485 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.1

Hayden Christiansen




This guy should really go in the Hall of Fame of the wrongly-cast, if there were one. And if there were, maybe that would mean, to the delight of most of us, that actor is forever banned from the silver screen.

You could make the case that the acting in this film is quite poor all around, but he's at the heart of this film that had such potential before hiring one of the most gag-inducing actors of his generation.
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Jason Biggs




Did the hiring director for this film owe Biggs a favor, because that is honestly the only reason why he could have possibly been chosen to play this part. What an absolute waste.
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People who added this item 1781 Average listal rating (1089 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.7

Keanu Reeves




"Uh, yeah I'm a doctor, dude."

There isn't one ounce of believability in his performance.

"Keanu, read this line"
"This line"
"Fuck it, pefrect!"
(a likely example of one of the many unsuccessful takes during the making of this film)
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Amy Adams



I love Amy Adams, but I have absolutely no idea what she's doing in this film! She was a big part in the severe falling-apart of this film's second-half.
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People who added this item 2132 Average listal rating (1389 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.1

Matt Broderick




I have never wanted to punch someone in the face so much, not even Mark Wahlberg in "The Happening"... ok, I take that back; but at least that was a disaster with or without Wahlberg.
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People who added this item 1701 Average listal rating (1091 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.4
Evan Almighty (2007)

Wanda Sykes



A dull comedy with a terribly annoying supporting actress. Words cannot describe her pure annoyance she brings to the screen.
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People who added this item 2189 Average listal rating (1393 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6

Katie Holmes




2005 was her year to ruin awesome films (see "Batman Begins" above). At no point did I even slightly enjoy her performance in this.
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Renee Zellwegger




What in the heeeeeell did the Farrelly Brothers and Jim Carrey see in this retched haggard impossibly annoying woman? I love this film, and can only bare watching it multiple times because Carrey is awesome and I just imagine deep into my mind that's Sienna Miller on screen instead.
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People who added this item 2383 Average listal rating (1582 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2

Tim Olyphant




I'm pretty sure we weren't supposed to laugh at every one of his lines in this film, but I did. Just plain horrible.
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People who added this item 3917 Average listal rating (2476 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6

Rodrigo Santoro




In one of the greatest ensemble casts in cinema history, Santoro stands out as the most inane, unlikable, annoying without trying to be, character.
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People who added this item 469 Average listal rating (254 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7

Demi Moore
Laurence Fishbourne
Nick Cannnon




Another ensemble cast, but they missed more marks in this one. Cannon's unbelievably over-dramatic-and-not-an-ounce-of-believability performance at the end, Fishbourne's horrible version of a mentor/chef, and Moore's lazy effort to portray a woman with feeling, are the dubious stand outs.

Redeeming character in this ensemble cast: Surprisingly, Ashton Kutchar.
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Orlando Bloom




Does Liam Neeson have a clause in his contract that he must work with at least one terrible miscast talent? He must be aglutton for acting ineptitude, because Bloom is nothing but bad in this.

I'm sorry, Liam.
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Carol Channing



This film wasn't ever great, but at least it had Mary Tyler Moore and Julie Andrews, who are always a delight. Halfway through this movie, the entertainment value took a dive when Carol Channing showed up and proceeded to irritate every nerve in my body. "Raspberries!"
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People who added this item 4218 Average listal rating (2797 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1

Mike White




Is this guy a nerdy stoner/doofus? I wanted to punch him as much as Sarah Silverman; while still being on Black's side. It tugged at my emotions but all in the wrong way.
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People who added this item 874 Average listal rating (569 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6

Matt Fox
Dennis Quaid
Forrest Whitaker




The producers had a great idea for this film, then they decided to ruin the shit out of it when it came to casting. Whitaker looking lost as usual, with his hand-held camera, Fox trying desperately, and Quaid showing up for the paycheck and putting in minimal effort.
Never again, please.
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People who added this item 3192 Average listal rating (2075 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8

Matt Dillon
Brendan Fraser





Another ensemble cast and another couple of duds. In this dynamic film that easily moved me in many ways, I found it unbearably hard to feel anything for their two characters. They seemed out of place and forced into any emotion.
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Anna Faris



She is usually very likable but not in this film. Maybe she played the roll how she was supposed to; but either way I had no interest in her character and it lowered my interest in the film.
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People who added this item 1089 Average listal rating (647 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1

Paul Walker




I had to stick Walker on this list because he's one of my favorite horrible actors. The thing is, he's only in bad movies, and I didn't include him in his only other good movie, "Varsity Blues", because it was the first movie I had seen him in and it was a high school movie, he wasn't exactly acting in a field of high-brow actors.

While this is a small role, he still managed to stick out like a birch branch. It was like he got time warped from the 90's to the 40's.
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People who added this item 6221 Average listal rating (4149 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.9

Amy Yasbeck




She made me hate her before we were supposed to hate her. She represents the a group of actors who have absolutely no talent, and online Cameron Diaz (at the time), her looks don't make up for it.
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People who added this item 4677 Average listal rating (3169 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5

Shawn Ashmore




He seemed more appropriate for a lesser film like, "Fantastic Four"
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People who added this item 1089 Average listal rating (604 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7

Angelina Jolie





I stopped finding Jolie attractive for several years now, so with her relying on her looks caused her performance to be about as dull as shit, and even shit at a molecular level would boast more exciting energy.
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People who added this item 2766 Average listal rating (1849 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.1

Forest Whitaker



The film was slowly getting interesting and then the cinematic destroyer came along and did his job.
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UPDATED July 2013

Maybe it was the writing or the director, but I have many reasons to believe the following actors were wrongly put into roles that eventually ruined a potentially great film.

Luckily some of these films are so good they still didn't matter.

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

Suggestions welcome, enjoy!

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Posted: 8 years, 4 months ago at Mar 27 18:08
You've really done your research, great work! I thought the Jurassic Park sequel was actually scarier than the original. One more you might want to look at: Adrien Brody in Cadillac Records. He seems so out of place and gets out-acted by everyone in the movie, especially by all the black musician actors and even Beyonce.
Posted: 8 years, 4 months ago at Apr 16 0:13
There was nothing wrong with the casting of Sand Man. You say he's underused... but why hold that against him?
Posted: 8 years, 3 months ago at May 8 18:23
Nice list though I don't understand how anyone can think that Forest Whitaker is a bad actor.

By the way, it's Forest (only one R) and Hayden ChrisTENSEN.
Posted: 8 years, 2 months ago at Jun 22 5:43
It's nice to see when people share my hatred for Katie Holmes!
Posted: 8 years, 2 months ago at Jun 22 6:08
so can an actor/actresss be wrongly cast but still give a good performance(zellweger in cold mountain and moore in the hours)??
Posted: 8 years, 2 months ago at Jun 22 16:41
i thought renee zellweger gave an impressive performance in cold mountain--just think of her varied roles--bridget jones-- nurse betty---miss potter---novalene price in 'the whole wide world'--- she is an excellent actress
Posted: 7 years, 11 months ago at Sep 16 13:45
nice work but forest is a very good actor
Posted: 7 years, 11 months ago at Sep 16 13:45
nice work but forest is a very good actor
and renee too
Posted: 7 years, 4 months ago at Apr 9 9:51
You made some interesting points...but I can't agree with you on Susan Sarandon in Bull Durham...I found her extremely sexy in that film...in fact it was that performance that made me take notice of her
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at May 25 10:51
Hey, Matt Dillon made the movie... Without him Crash would not have been possible but anyways, a great list!
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Jul 12 8:25
wow, this list is spot on, pretty cool
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Dec 16 0:45
You'll be surprised that Zellweger won an Oscar for Cold Mountain
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Nov 15 22:18
This was very well done , everyone is entitled to their opinion of course and I have to agree that Keanu is a mystery in any film , likewise Katie Holmes and Jon Heder and Matt Dillon , but I love Julianne , Angelina , Forest , and of course the Duke. Also Sarandon is very sexy and how can you possibly find Anna Faris disinteresting
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Nov 15 22:54
Are you sure Angelina Jolie was the only bad decision for #48? Because Matt Damon SHOULDN'T be used for a role that would fit Tom Cruise, and I shouldn't hate Damon for anything even though he's kinda bland.
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Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Nov 15 22:54
dont agree on some but overall good list
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Nov 16 0:03
I'm not sure why you think Forest Whitaker is a bad actor; but you can't say you're sorry for Affleck because he worked with Josh Hartnett. Ben Aflleck is way worse.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Nov 16 17:20
Forest Whitaker looks lost and out of place with every role he takes on. "Crying Game" is another terrible attempt at acting. His Irish accent is laughable.
The only role I felt he was good in was "Smoke". Even "Last King of Scotland" wasn't that great. I closer look at his performance might change some people's minds.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Nov 17 9:36
Nice, but for me is worster Maggie Gillenhal (and hugliest)
than Katie Holmes on Batman!

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