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Woody Harrelson
Actor, Indecent Proposal (1992)
The whole thing needed a leading man with snap and vim, instead of which it gets Woody Harrelson. Admittedly, it’s an awful part, which calls for little more than unfocussed emoting, but then Woody trying to emote looks like anyone else trying to go to sleep. Harrelson has long been crucial to Cheers, which both mocks and somehow dignifies the dumb hick in him; this movie does the exact opposite, solemnly turning him into a total idiot, and could subtly dent your pleasure in the TV show from now on.
(Anthony Lane, New Yorker)
Actor, After the Sunset (2004)
... of Woody Harrelson’s career would appear to be words missed off the end of the title.
(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
Harrelson is woefully deficient in that vital commodity, charm. A film that would love to be stylish – there are references galore to the Cary Grant caper To Catch a Thief – comes across, mainly because of Harrelson, as sleazy and a bit too pleased with itself.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Actor, The Walker (2007)
The Walker stars the thuggish Woody Harrelson as a flamboyant, upper-class homosexual, which is about as brilliant a casting idea as hiring Vinnie Jones to play the lead in The John Inman Story. Someone like Rupert Everett might have carried off the role with panache and plausibility. He might even have made something out of the less than Wildean bon mots (sample: “I’m not naïve – I’m superficial”). Harrelson lumbers through the movie with the clumsy over-confidence of an actor who thinks he’s extending his range, when really he’s just showing off his limitations.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
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