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29 Actors Who Spoke Out Against Their Own Performances

From Jim Carrey to Jake Gyllenhaal and Nicole Kidman, these actors got brutally honest about the acting they dislike most.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, and more actors who criticized their own work.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, and more actors who criticized their own work.

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Name a beloved actor, and a cinephile will instantly be able to tell you about their best and worst performances. While we idolize movie stars for the high points of their careers, there is something endlessly fascinating about seeing talented people fail. Movie lovers watch the careers of their favorite stars closely, and can usually tell when someone gives a bad performance. And oftentimes, the actor who gave that performance knows it was bad too.

Whether it was an ill-advised role they took for a paycheck, a passion project that didn’t turn out as expected, or simply a bad performance in a good movie, even Hollywood’s biggest stars are susceptible to failure. And when it happens, they usually know it. It’s good business to heap praise on your latest movie during its promotional cycle, but as years go by, it’s common for stars to let their real feelings about a movie be known. That often leads to some very memorable quotes, as actors don’t mince words when talking about their worst movies.

Check out a brief history of actors condemning their work in the list of performances below.

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