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Elvis Presley
Actor, Love Me Tender (1956)
Appraising Presley as an actor, he ain't.
(Variety)
The role he is asked to play ranges from the nit-witted to the imbecile. He does not make the character attractive, and there are moments when the attempt to assume a grimace of manly rage is faintly risible.
(Dilys Powell, Sunday Times)
Presley is a young man of hulk and probably flabby muscle, with a degenerate face, who sings emasculated innuendoes in a southern drawl as he strums a guitar. The weak mouth seems to sneer, even in repose, and the large, heavy-lidded eyes, seem open only to be on the look-out for opportunities for self-indulgence. The long hair is one of today's badges of the psychologically feminized male. How a society as dynamic as our own throws up such a monstrosity is beyond the scope of this review. Love Me Tender will have no place in motion picture history, but it may very well have a place in the history of American morals and mores, for Presley is a pied piper who could lead his followers to an end more socially deleterious than their permanent disappearance in a cave.
(Henry Hart, Films in Review)
Actor, Spinout (1966)
Apart from any other considerations, Elvis is now getting decidedly tubby. To be brutally frank he is becoming too old for such goings-on.
(Richard Davis, Films and Filming)
For Presley, immobility may signify maturity. He is pitching his act at some sort of adult audience - possibly adult chimpanzee About all he does on the screen is waggle an aggressive guitar and, in an electronically reconstituted baritone, belt out a series of steamy lyrics.
Actor, Change of Habit (1969)
Three novitiates try to learn more about the world before they become nuns. One (Mary Tyler Moore) falls for a handsome doctor who treats the poor (Elvis Presley)! Presley's last feature film, and no wonder. He's thoroughly miscast, and the would-be dramatic script is as turgid as it is embarrassing.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
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