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Anthony Hopkins
Actor, The Desperate Hours (1987)
Anthony Hopkins, playing the father of the family held prisoner, gives easily the most embarrassing performance of his career. One problem is that Hopkins seems fantastically unaware of what nationality he is: though clearly Welsh, he keeps trying to pretend he is American and served in Vietnam. Another is that, from the first moment we see him, he is quite obviously more psychotic than the character played by Mr Rourke. Even Anthony Perkins in Psycho would think twice about booking this guy into his motel.
(Chris Tookey, Sunday Telegraph)
In a competitive Bad Actor act-off, Hopkins does his customary Richard Burton imitation while Rourke does his customary Marlon Brando imitation.
(Edward Margulies & Stephen Rebello, Bad Movies We Love)
Actor, Amistad (1997)
Hopkins, resembling Scrooge crossed with Mr Pickwick, produces enough embarrassing ham to turn his cameo into a “hameo”. And (as he proved when he overplayed Nixon) he can't do an American accent either, ranging unconvincingly through Welsh, Irish, English and mid-Atlantic in his big speech. I can't figure which is more laughable - his performance or his Oscar nomination.
(Alan Frank, Video Home Entertainment)
Actor, Alexander (2004)
Last but not least reprehensible is Anthony Hopkins, delivering the kind of interminable voice-over narration that suggests severe panic in post-production. Hopkins spends the picture telling us things that we should already know, ordering us to feel emotions that we most certainly don’t, and filling us in on important narrative events that Stone has forgotten to shoot. His Ptolemy is inptolerable.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
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