In her New York Times review of Bodies Bodies Bodies, film critic Lena Wilson called the movie an “advertisement for cleavage.”
The whole thing has sparked a conversation around film criticism with some people arguing that Wilson shouldn’t have commented on the actors’ appearances, while others think Stenberg overreacted to the negative review.
This isn’t the first time an actor has responded to a critic. Here are 14 actors who have spoken about or called out a negative review:
Carey Mulligan — Promising Young Woman
Maisie Williams — The New Mutants
Melissa McCarthy — Identity Thief
When McCarthy was eventually asked about it in an interview with the New York Times, she responded, “I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot.”
Melissa McCarthy — Tammy
Shortly after, McCarthy saw the critic at the Toronto Film Festival. After he came up to her and complimented her performance in St. Vincent, the movie she was there to promote, she asked, “Are you the one who wrote I was only a good actor when I looked more attractive and that my husband should never be allowed to direct me because he allowed me to look so homely?”
Jamie Dornan — Fifty Shades of Grey
John Krasinski — A Quiet Place
Rosalie Chiang and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan — Turning Red
In response to O’Connell’s review, Rosalie Chiang, who voices Mei, stated, “This is a coming of age film, everyone goes through this change. … I think different people of different cultures are going to go through it differently, but at the end of the day, the core messiness and change is something everyone can relate to.”
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who plays Priya, also chimed in, saying that the story in Turning Red is “universal” and relatable, “regardless of whether you are a young Chinese girl from Canada or not.”
Samuel L. Jackson — The Avengers
Amy Schumer — Trainwreck
Along with a now-deleted tweet about how happy she is with her size-6 body, Amy Schumer posted pictures to Instagram in response to Wells’ unwarranted review of her appearance with the captions: “Loving your feedback on my appearance. Am I ok now?” and “Hollywood here I come #pretty enough.”
Daniel Kaluuya — Nope
Paul also tweeted that Daniel Kaluuya’s character, OJ, was “possibly the most mundane, vanilla character [he’s] ever seen.”
When asked about the tweets on Capital FM, Kaluuya jokingly responded, “Logan Paul, God, we’re going to talk about this?”
Rose McGowan — Bridget Jones’s Baby
In response, actor Rose McGowan, who is not in the movie, but refers to herself as someone “who was abused by Hollywood by people like [Gleiberman],” wrote an article for the Hollywood Reporter directly addressed to the film critic.
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman — Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon responded, sharing a time a “critic who probably didn’t watch more than one episode [of Big Little Lies] said it was a ‘chick show’ or something, and really tore the show apart. I remember Nic and I talked about it.”
Nicole Kidman added that in the same review, her character’s abusive relationship with her husband was compared to Fifty Shades of Grey.
Alysha Umphress — Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Collins-Hughes responded to Umphress tweeting that she was critiquing the costuming, not anyone’s body.
And finally, James Corden’s dad — Peter Rabbit
Do you usually side with the critic or the actor? Sound off in the comments!