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Sean Penn
Actor, Weíre No Angels (1989)
De Niro's co-star, Sean Penn, succeeds in being even less impressive, method-acting his way through the proceedings with an anguished expression as though wishing he were somewhere else: a sentiment which will be shared by anyone foolhardy enough to sit through the entire fiasco.
(Chris Tookey, Sunday Telegraph)
In another performance in which he is over-indulged by his director, Sean Penn Ė whose Oscar for Mystic River seems to have gone straight to his head - goes horribly over the top as Sam Bicke, a 44 year-old loser who thinks the world is against him and decides the answer to his problems is to hi-jack a plane and crash it into the White House.Penn acts as if Sam (who in real life had a history of psychiatric problems that this film simply ignores) has something really important to say about the state of the world, the USA and those beastly Republicans who have the effrontery to get elected to the Oval Office, not once but twice. He hasnít. The film has all the pretensions of Death of a Salesman and Taxi Driver without, unfortunately, any of the talent.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Actor, The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
There is (as so often with this actor) a lot of wearisome huffing and puffing.
(Edward Porter, Sunday Times)
Actor, All The Kingís Men (2006)
Penn spits fire and brimstone in one of the most laughably over-the-top portrayals of his career. With the exception of I Am Sam, I have never been embarrassed by one of the actor's performances until now. Penn's work is so one-dimensional and cartoonish that there's no hope of Stark becoming more than a blustering caricature.
(James Berardinelli, Reelviews)
Sean Penn (pictured) is borderline-incomprehensible as the corrupt politician, thanks to a thick accent and atrocious diction.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Penn comes across like a grotesque, battery-driven íSean Penní merchandising doll, grinning and gesticulating, flailing and fist-pumping, a twerrible mix of the friendly autistic he played in I Am Sam (2001) and his hollering vigilante in Mystic River (2004). Heís playing Willie Stark, a God-fearing New Orleans local politician who turns into a raving despot the minute heís made Governor. A good part, then. But this is a performance of such hopping hamminess that Willie seems not just inhuman but positively plastic, like the sort of awful novelty figurine you might see bobbing up and down on someoneís dashboard. The way he looks doesnít help. Pennís hair is swept skywards in the style as worn by those little rubber trolls that still seem so popular. Nor does his voice - a caterwaul so effortlessly colourful half his lines are incomprehensible. But what makes Pennís performance most excruciating is its misplaced confidence.
(Catherine Shoard, Sunday Telegraph)
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