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An A to Z of the World's Deadliest Movie Reviews From Affleck
to Zeta Jones
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Mel Gibson
Actor, Lethal Weapon (1987)
Gibson's performance should make him a shoo-in for an honorary degree from the Rodney Dangerfield school of eye-bulging, nose-twitching histrionics. Trouble is, he didn't mean to be funny.
(Johanna Steinmetz, Chicago Tribune)
Actor, Producer, Paparazzi (2004)
This howlingly, gob-smackingly awful mess bears only too closely the imprint of its co-producer Mel Gibson, who makes a smirking cameo appearance. Itís a shrill, macho, fatuously self-righteous action movie about a wholesome superstar called Bo persecuted by the paparazzi. They start hassling his family, man! They cross the freakiní line!
(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
Director, Apocalypto (2006)
It's Braveheart without historical significance and Passion without spirituality, though it dabbles in both, and it represents as brazen an act of career suicide as I can recall from a star director. If he were a first-timer, he'd never work again.
(Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer)
As Jaguar Paw picks off his pursuers, Gibson - a proven sadist as demonstrated by his bone-crunching body of work - celebrates each kill with glee.Apocalypto will only please audiences who pay to see characters they know nothing about be speared, clubbed, impaled, beheaded, hung, raped, pushed off cliffs, and bitten through the face by a jaguar. Gibson has a bright future making illegal snuff films. That's not a compliment. The director precedes Apocalypto with a cryptic quote by philosopher Will Durant: "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within." Since the quote has nothing, in context, to do with the film, Iíll assume it refers to Gibson himself. If the press, by pouncing on the celebrity's recent publicized statements of hatred, are attempting to conquer Mel's career from without, then Apocalypto shows he already has successfully destroyed it from within.
(Sean O'Connell, filmcritic.com)
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