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An A to Z of the World's Deadliest Movie Reviews From Affleck
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Richard Gere
Actor, King David (1985)
Playing King David - charitably we'll call it a goalless draw - erstwhile American Gigolo Richard Gere strains every histrionic sinew and manages to look not at all well.
(Shaun Usher, Daily Mail)
Actor, Pretty Woman (1990)
Richard Gere, who appears to have been novocained shortly before shooting.
(Harlan Kennedy, Film Yearbook)
Richard Gere has become the Sonny Tufts of his day. His every line is spoken in a flat monotone. He has no timing, and he never, never focuses his beady little eyes on another actor.
(Gary Giddnins, Village Voice)
Actor, Red Corner (1998)
Richard Gere acts on auto-pilot, and shows once again that heís far more comfortable playing characters who are either downright evil (as in Internal Affairs) or have a touch of the smarmy creep about them (as in Primal Fear, Pretty Woman and American Gigolo). Here heís so bland and ingratiating that you may find yourself wishing the Chinese would just shoot him, and put us all out of our misery.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Actor, The Runaway Bride (1999)
An efficiently crafted date movie. The problem is Mr Gere. Just as in Pretty Woman, that pert face under the pewtery hair goes blank halfway through the picture when he has to fall in love. He canít do Love; he canít do Emotion: it is as if a metric tonne of cement has been injected into his cheeks. And there are a couple of terrible moments when he is given emotional depth by handling a copy of W.B. Yeatsís Collected Poems. Was there originally a scene in the film where Richard got to read a poem aloud? God help us; what a narrow escape.
(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
Gereís performance is perfunctory and his once handsome looks have faded.
(Cosmo Landesman, Sunday Times)
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