What are the most overrated performances of all time? Before we list that out, do me a favor, indulge me for a moment. Sit on a chair. Tilt your head, rock gently back and forth, your hands on your lap. Stare off into space, not connecting eyes with anybody that speaks to you. Speak when you need to in a nasal tone, punctuated with yeahs and uh-ohs. You just won an Academy Award, because you have equaled what Dustin Hoffman did in ‘Rain Man’ (1988). Hoffman, a genuinely great actor humped the same note for two hours while co-star Tom Cruise busted his butt to give a performance with an actor giving him nothing. A hugely over praised performance that tops my list of crazy overrated performances through film history.
Perhaps the actor was cast in something against type and surprised critics, perhaps they were won over by the subject matter, but in hindsight the twenty performances here are indeed the most wildly over praised performances in movie history. And sadly every single performance is an Academy Award winner! How terribly sad. Here is the list of most overrated movie performances of all time.
20. Marlee Matlin – Children of a Lesser God
Without being unkind, deaf actress Matlin is not the great performance in the film, her co-star William Hurt says all of his lines and hers and brings greater emotion to it all.
19. George Burns – The Sunshine Boys
An old show business veteran gets cast as an old show business veteran; yeah, that’s a stretch. Oh, and he is old, did I mention that?