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An A to Z of the World's Deadliest Movie Reviews From Affleck
to Zeta Jones
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Jodie Foster
Actress, Taxi Driver (1976)
Jodie Foster as the twelve year-old is only minimally effective.
(Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic)
Actress, The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Her spare, peck-mouthed face is not a highly expressive actorís mask. Her acting choices, from moment to moment, always seem to come from an available stock. Foster seems to have not much more than industrious application. She fills in the spaces allotted to her by the script, but she never provides more than the expected.
(Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic)
Actress, Nell (1995)
Ms Foster - one of Hollywood's most transparently smart, urban actresses - is absurdly miscast. Her attempts to look wild and free are constantly undermined by the fact that she looks clean and carefully manicured throughout, and appears to have been coached in modern dance techniques by Martha Graham. Jodie Foster is a fine actress, but as first Maverick and now Nell demonstrate, she has her limitations. Let's hope that this is not a death knell for her career; but it certainly marks her least convincing performance yet. This is, in the worst sense of the phrase, a vanity production.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
As Nell, Foster does no worse than most other actresses might who have her limitations of feature, voice and movement. What she lacks, however, to use a term appropriate to this contrived venture, is star quality.
(Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic)
Actress, Nimís Island (2008)
A headache-inducing film that grows more obnoxious as it plays, but the most piercing element of the movie is Foster. Itís not that sheís terrible in the frantic role of Alex, but the actress is trying with every fiber of her being to be funny, and bless the multifaceted Foster, but clowning around just isnít in her DNA. Alex is supposed to be a complete pill, but the squeaky way Foster plays the anxiety is difficult to watch. Flailing about like a puppet, Alex spends the entire picture confronting her fears (a major theme of the picture), but the situations provided by the screenplay consist primarily of Alex horsing around or plugging Progresso Soup and Purell, not really making inroads on her list of uncertainties.
(Brian Orndorf, Filmjerk)
A truly ghastly family comedy... Nervy wordsmith Alexandra Rover is played by Jodie Foster in what is her first and, I very much hope, last comedy role as an adult. Foster has squirrelish, twitchy facial expressions and darting angular movements, which she has clearly been encouraged to think are funny. They are in fact very disconcerting.
(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
Jodie Foster, giving an even more excruciatingly hammy performance than she did in Nell... A nervy, agoraphobic authoress who keeps falling over things, under the mistaken impression that she is being funny. Thatís Ms Foster, in one performance that definitely wonít win her an Oscar... Long before the end I was hoping for a public-spirited shark to put Ms Foster and the grownups in the audience out of our collective misery.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
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