10+ Movie Stars Who Are Hugely Overrated

Jennifer Lawrence

In the 2010s, you couldn't open a magazine, head to the movie theater or tune in to any award show coverage without seeing Jennifer Lawrence front and center.

However, the charm of Lawrence's quirky, relatable schtick quickly wore off, and audiences quickly began to realize her acting skills aren't actually all that impressive.

Tom Cruise

There's no denying that Tom Cruise is the face of Hollywood; the man's love of the medium alone makes him one of film's most legendary stars.

Be honest with yourself though: is he actually any good? Or do we as a society just associate him so much with acting that we assume he's doing a good job?

Gal Gadot

Just why exactly Gal Gadot keeps getting cast in huge blockbusters is a mystery to anybody who's ever seen her act for more than five minutes.

Her performances are consistently wooden, forced and unnatural, with 2022's Death on the Nile perhaps being the worst offender of the bunch - after that Imagine video, of course.

Timothée Chalamet

Hollywood's new golden boy Timothée Chalamet is everywhere at the moment, starring in everything from indie flicks to record-breaking blockbusters - but his acting range doesn't always match the opportunities.

The backlash first began after Chalamet starred in Wonka, with many noting the young actor lacked the charisma for the role and was simply cast because of his current standing in Hollywood.

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway seems to be the target of a lot of undeserved vitriol, but she is without a doubt one of Hollywood's most overrated working actresses.

Since her admittedly impressive turn as Fantine in Les Misérables all the way back in 2012, Hathaway has failed to give a truly mindblowing performance in any of her roles.

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds has a huge repertoire of character he's able to play. There's snarky, quipping guy who pokes fun at the audience and... uh... Deadpool.

Over the last few years, Reynold's lack of real acting skill has become painfully obvious, and it's clear he can really only excel in the one character type.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis is one of those actresses who believe hamming up every emotion to the extreme makes for good acting - and the Academy seems to agree, at least.

But her melodramatic approach of constant crying and anguished yelling turns many fans away. We know you can cry on cue Viola - give us something else!

Ben Affleck

Be honest - off the top of your head, can you think of five really great Ben Affleck roles? Probably not. So why does he keep getting cast in huge movies?

Like many actors who realize their star has started to dull, Affleck has recently moved into directing and producing - a wise choice, as his brother Casey outacts him at every turn.

Kristen Stewart

Admittedly, Kristen Stewart's range has improved greatly since her monotonous turn as Bella Swan in Twilight, in which she could've been replaced by a wax figure to no difference.

But her overly twitchy characterizations (and reliance on biting her lip and messing with her hair) leave many viewers unable to distinguish between any of her characters.

Adam Driver

Adam Driver has successfully made the jump from working in blockbusters like the Star Wars prequels to working with auteurs like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. But... why?

Driver's approach to acting is as serious as his personality, and he frequently overacts to the point of ridicule. Not to mention his awful 'Italian' accent in Ferrari.

Angelina Jolie

Over the past few years, Angelina Jolie has moved out of acting and focused more on her humanitarian work - a choice that's not only admirable, but also very wise.

Jolie's filmography is full of stinkers, which isn't always her fault, but none of her acting performances really stand out as particularly memorable or impressive.

Bradley Cooper

As anyone who saw Maestro (and the subsequent Oscar campaign) can attest, Bradley Cooper is desperate to shed his image from The Hangover and be taken seriously as an actor.

The problem is, Cooper just isn't a very impressive actor, and his attempts to become one feel hammy, over the top and insincere. Why he keeps getting cast is a mystery.

Zendaya

Admittedly, Zendaya is definitely one of the more talented former Disney kids out there. But she's definitely not as outstanding as everyone makes her out to be.

While Euphoria showed that she can certainly do better than bubbly, teeny-bopper typecasting, she's struggled to hold her own against stronger actors in films like Dune and Challengers.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch's fancy name and classy accent have tricked many into believing he's a great actor of Shakespearean talent. But the truth is, he's pretty average.

Since Sherlock, the British actor has almost exclusively played only dry, quippy characters with arrogant tendencies - Doctor Strange, Smaug, Khan... need we go on?

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts' beauty and dazzling smile has tricked the world into believing she was ever a really impressive actress. She's hugely charismatic, sure, but that alone doesn't make a good actor.

When rom-coms were big business, nobody minded that she lacked serious skill. But the rom-com glory days are long past, and Roberts is no longer considered one of the greats.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp's career has been full of high and lows, and during what is currently an extended low point, many of us are asking whether he was ever deserving of the hype.

While some of his earlier films like Edward Scissorhands and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas are good, his post-Jack Sparrow roles are just an unintelligible mush of samey performances.

Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy is everywhere at the moment, from action thrill-rides like Furiosa to family friendly flicks like The Super Mario Bros. Movie. But many film fans are already sick of her style.

Nobody could ever say Joy is a bad actress, but more that she's just pretty mediocre, and perhaps benefiting from her current rising star status more than her talent.

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. is an actor who often faces criticism that he is just playing himself over and over again. This is certainly true for his role as Iron Man.

While he has made recent attempts to break the mould with Oppenheimer (for which he won an arguably undeserved Oscar), it's hard not to watch a Downey Jr. role and just see Downey Jr.

Meryl Streep

Yep, you read that right. Meryl Streep is overrated. Her name may be synonymous with pure acting talent, but when was the last time you saw her in anything really impressive?

Streep consistently plays in her safe zone, choosing roles that are nothing but obvious Oscar-bait. Some call it wise, others call it boring.

Henry Cavill

From Superman to Geralt of Rivia, Henry Cavill has proven himself to be entirely one-dimensional, playing it safe with macho roles that require very little emotional exploration.

Seriously, try and think of one individual acting quirk that makes Cavill stand out from the crowd. There's really not a whole lot there.

Emma Stone

With her second Oscar under her belt and a proclivity for working with arty filmmakers like Yorgos Lanthimos, Emma Stone's star is only on the up and up.

However, it's hard to ever really see her as anyone other than Emma Stone. From Cruella to Poor Things, Stone always showcases the same quirky set of skills, just in different costumes.

George Clooney

Once the hottest man in Hollywood, George Clooney's meatier roles have significantly decreased since people started to realize he really doesn't have a whole lot of range.

Despite a decent run in the early 2000s, these days Clooney seems to be stuck in a cycle of forgettable sci-fi and uneventful action thrillers, seemingly only there for the paycheck.

Scarlett Johansson

It's no coincidence that Scarlett Johansson's best roles - like Under the Skin or Lost in Translation - are the ones where she doesn't have a ton of dialogue.

Her monotonous voice and lack of emotional expression make for dull, stilted performances, and make her a pretty boring actress to watch onscreen.

Chris Evans

Chris Evans' attempts to break away from the monotonous role of Captain America haven't gone so well, with forgettable action thrillers like The Gray Man and Ghosted doing nothing to prove he has more range.

The reality is probably simply that he doesn't actually have more range; Evans might play meaty leading men pretty well, but give him a role of substance and he'd crumble.

Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson is pretty much the poster child for nepo babies who are cast for their name rather than their acting skill, and anyone who's seen Madame Web will attest.

Johnson's ability to emote is pretty much non-existent, and she plays every role as if she would rather be anywhere else on earth than on this current set.

Joaquin Phoenix

Remember that movie where Joaquin Phoenix played an intense, mentally troubled loner? No, not Her. Not Beau is Afraid. Not Joker. Not The Master. The other, other one?

Truth be told, Phoenix always opts for the same roles, demonstrating a severe lack of range. Can you imagine the uptight actor in a rom-com or slapstick comedy? No, us neither.

Ana de Armas

It's hard to think of a single Ana de Armas role where the actress wasn't playing a beautiful, troubled woman or a beautiful, bubbly woman or a beautiful... you get the picture.

Her lack of range and unremarkable performances have led many to believe that it's her beauty that sees her cast in big roles, rather than any discernible talent.

Eddie Redmayne

Alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne benefited hugely from Hollywood's obsession with whimsical, charming British men. But his acting chops leave a lot to be desired.

Like many actors on this list, Redmayne seems to find it hard to perform outside of his comfort zone, making him an incredibly bland actor to watch on screen.

Jamie Lee Curtis

When Jamie Lee Curtis won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2023, film fans were shocked. Her performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once was fun, sure, but Oscar-worthy?

The backlash led to many cinephiles expressing just how overrated they thought Curtis to be, noting that her nepo baby status had perhaps granted her opportunities she might otherwise not have earned.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leo is one of the most recognizable, bankable and internationally well-renowned movie stars of modern history, and when he finally won an Oscar most believed it was a long time coming.

But was it really? Leo's performances always seem to culminate in a melodramatic display of screaming or crying, with many pointing out his lack of subtletly as an actor.

Sydney Sweeney

Since Euphoria, Sydney Sweeney has made the impressive jump into leading full movies, from rom-coms like Anyone But You to horrors like Immaculate. But her skill leaves a lot to be desired.

Sweeney is a bonafide member of the "Overacting = Good Acting" club, and if she's not hysterically crying, she's glazed over and monotonous.

Christian Bale

While Christian Bale is known for his dramatic physical transformations for roles in The Machinist or Vice, the same cannot be said for the versatility of his acting style.

Bale always seems to find himself in roles that conveniently see him play a stoic or enigmatic figure, with the occasional angry outburst to showcase his shouting skills.

Elizabeth Olsen

While her sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, wisely stepped away from the acting world, Elizabeth Olsen made a name for herself starring in psychological horrors and indie dramas.

Her overdramatic flair wasn't good then, and it isn't good now that she's starring in Marvel blockbusters. Olsen's success seems to be - as in many instances - due to her name.

Ryan Gosling

While his turn as Ken proved he has some comedic ability, Ryan Gosling is mostly a profoundly boring actor with very little range.

Between his roles in Drive, The Place Beyond the Pines, Blade Runner 2049 and Only God Forgives, Gosling has quickly become associated with stoic, reserved characters - because that's really all he can play.

Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown is still young, and still has plenty of time for her to improve her acting skill - because right now, it's not looking great.

Eleven in Stranger Things is considered her best role because she barely speaks. With dialogue heavy roles, her over-reliance on fake crying and screaming quickly becomes tiresome.

Bill Murray

Bill Murray may be the star of some of the most popular movies from the 80s and 90s, but he's never really expanded his repertoire outside of playing grumpy characters with deadpan humor.

Sure, that's what makes him beloved to many, but it's pretty clear that the reason he relies on the schtick is because he doesn't possess the talent for anything more challenging.

Reese Witherspoon

Can you imagine Reese Witherspoon as the villain in a terrifying psychological horror movie? How about leading a gritty action thriller? Probably not, right?

That's because Witherspoon's range is fairly limited to rom-coms and weepy dramas, which could explain why she's no longer one of Hollywood's most bankable stars.

Will Smith

Will Smith's storied filmography show that he's an actor unafraid to dabble in a number of genres. It's just a shame his acting ability doesn't match this level of variety.

Throughout his career, Smith has either played cocky comedic leads, troubled biopic subjects or aggrieved sci-fi action heroes - and none of them display much emotional range.

Natalie Portman

When she was a child, Natalie Portman's hyper-emotional performances were praised for their authenticity, but as her career progressed, she seems to have forgotten how to emote as much.

Her later roles are almost all exceedingly bland, seeing Portman play a variety of troubled women or sad women all of whom seem to lack any real substance.

Tom Holland

Tom Holland's boyish, awkward charm was fine for Spider-Man but now he's outgrown the role of Peter Parker, his options are limited.

It's difficult to imagine Holland tackling a more complex or challenging role, but for some reason he keeps getting cast at the top.