10 of the Genuinely Best Performances in the Worst Movies Ever

Written By CJ Ervin

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Have you watched a film that was terrible, but there was a star shining brighter than the rest? Someone polled a popular online community. Here are the best suggestions.

1. Michael Fassbender, Prometheus

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“Michael Fassbender is phenomenal as David in Prometheus. He almost makes me want to finish the movie.” one said. Another replied, “I saw this movie in a dollar theater and still asked for a refund.”

2. Florence Pugh, Don’t Worry Darling

Don't Worry Darling
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Several filmaholics agreed, “Florence Pugh in Don’t Worry Darling. I actually didn’t hate the movie entirely, but it’s a mess, and many characters are horribly miscast. But she shines as always.”

3. Meshach Taylor, Mannequin

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An individual lamented, “Dear god, I thought Mannequin was a figment of my childhood imagination. I’ve gotta find it now. Meshach is always a joy to watch.”

4. Paul Giamatti, Shoot Em Up

Shoot Em Up
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“Everybody’s having a blast, but Giamatti is just absolutely crushing it in every scene and really stood out to me.” someone mentioned.

5. Delroy Lindo, The Core

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“Delroy Lindo in The Core, additionally funny because everyone else hams it up, but he really wants to perform like he’s in an actual film,” one Moviegoer shared.

6. Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York

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Someone else mentioned, “One of the finest acting performances ever caught on film, and the only reason to watch the movie. Rare for me to enjoy a film that is as flawed as GONY (the script is awful), but he’s mesmerizing to watch.”

7. Christian Bale, Thor: Love and Thunder

Love and Thunder
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Some commentators express, “Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher. Love and Thunder was bad, but Bale gave it his all in that.” Another film fanatic replied, “He’s one of those guys I’ll watch pretty much anything he’s in, even if it’s just for him. The dude never disappoints. I recently re-watched a few of his films. Man, is he good.”

8. Val Kilmer, Tombstone

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A cinephile admitted their unpopular opinion, “I’d say Val Kilmer’s performance was so spectacular it tricked us all into thinking Tombstone was a great movie. After multiple re-watches, it simply doesn’t hold up. It drips with corny melodrama, B actors like Powers Booth, and generic dialogue.”

9. Austin Butler, Elvis

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According to a film buff, “That movie is straight trash, but I watched the whole thing because he was so mesmerizing.” Numerous respondents quipped, “Yeah, for all the weirdness of him keeping the accent or whatever, he was pretty much perfect. I’m mad that he won’t be in a better Elvis movie.”

10. Adam Sandler,

Men, Women & Children
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A final reviewer voiced, “Wow, I forgot a) that this movie existed and b) how much I hated it. The whole plot line about the kid addicted to Warcraft was ridiculous. The whole movie played like an after-school special made by someone who is terrified of the internet and just happened to get an A-List cast.”

This thread inspired this post.

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The Master of Disguise
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