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An A to Z of the World's Deadliest Movie Reviews From Affleck
to Zeta Jones
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Dustin Hoffman
Id never work again for an Oscar-winner who is shorter than the statue.
(Larry Gelbart)
Actor, The Graduate (1967)
A genuinely funny comedy which succeeds in being so despite an uninteresting and untalented actor in the title role.
(Adelaide Comerford, Films in Review)
Actor, Rain Man (1988)
Rain Man is Dustin Hoffman humping one note on a piano for two hours and eleven minutes. It's his dream role. Autistic means self-involved, and Raymond is withdrawn in his world of obsessive rituals. So Hoffman doesn't have to play off anybody; he gets to act all by himself. This whole picture is Hoffman's stunt. It's an acting exercise - working out minuscule variations on his one note. It's no more than an exercise, because Hoffman doesn't challenge us: we're given no reason to change our attitude toward Raymond; we have the same view of him from the beginning of the movie to the end.
(Pauline Kael, New Yorker)
He certainly gets points for weirdness, but watching Hoffman bleat and stare into the void and gesture like R2D2, you might wish his stunt had come to more.
(David Edelstein, New York Post)
Actor, Billy Bathgate (1991)
Dustin Hoffman seems to have taken a correspondence course in playing gangsters from Al Pacino.
(Chris Tookey, Sunday Telegraph)
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