14 Actors Who Have Responded To Negative Reviews


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.”

We failed to properly edit this review, and it never should have gone up. We have unpublished it and assigned to someone else. We have also added new levels of editorial oversight. Thank you to everyone who spoke up. – Mack Rawden, Editor-In-Chief https://t.co/kfkfwlf4q8

Twitter: @CinemaBlend


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.”

9.) Way to strip all the life from a phenomenal actor, Daniel Kaluuya, by casting him as possibly the most mundane, vanilla character I’ve ever seen. Not a question I’m just pissed

Twitter: @LoganPaul

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.

@MatthewRisch_ @nytimestheater It is in no way shameful to be big, let alone bigger than the other women onstage. My remark about the costuming reflects on the designer. This is not the first time I’ve noticed a designer seemingly at a loss about how to dress a larger woman well.

Twitter: @collinshughes


And finally, James Corden’s dad — Peter Rabbit

Do you usually side with the critic or the actor? Sound off in the comments!

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