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10 Popular Actors That Critics Can't Stand

Acting is a discipline that is certainly harder than it looks, and though some have a natural flair for it, many spend years working and developing their craft. In some cases, however, many on-screen actors have had little formal training and have instead been thrust into the limelight after success in other fields, with modeling, music, and comedy proving popular backgrounds.

With that in mind, we've decided to take a look at 10 famous actors who came from similar backgrounds and explain why the critics can't stand them. 


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1. Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba may have taken an extended break from acting to become one of America's richest women thanks to her baby care products, but she initially made her fortune in acting, which left critics perplexed. 


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No doubt a beautiful face, Alba's roles haven't exactly been noteworthy, and because of this, she has achieved critical recognition of a different kind, with 3 Razzie nominations to her name. 


2. Madonna

Plying her trade as one of the most recognizable singers on Earth, Madonna needn't have proved herself as an actress as well as a pop star, but having a superstar ego, she probably felt compelled to anyway.


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Needless to say, her performances didn't go down well with critics, and so far Madonna's roles in films like Who's That Girl?  have garnered her six Razzie nominations.


3. Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan has all but thrown away a once promising career in La La Land following years of hedonistic parties and ill-advised career choices, though if we're honest, her loss to the industry won't have exactly upset critics.


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Granted, everyone is probably delighted to see Lindsay on the right path after years in jail and rehab facilities, but promising performances as a child actress never translated to success in the preceding years, with terrible starring roles in films like The Canyons contributing to one of four Razzie nominations. 


4. Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck appears to have had more luck with writing and directing over the years as soon after the transition he won an Academy Award for his work on Argo. 


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As for his acting? Well, it's improved over the years, but it's never been on the level of best friend and collaborator Matt Damon's, and while Damon continues to mesmerize critics and fans alike, Affleck has suffered the indignity of four Razzie nominations for his performances in Daredevil, Gigli, and Paycheck.


5. John Travolta

Anyone who's ever seen Grease knows the man has some serious moves but is his acting anything special? Hell no.


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Travolta, whose one decent performance came in Tarantino's classic Pulp Fiction, rightly has five Razzie nominations and one win to his name. And yes, the picture above is a still from the sci-fi howler, Battlefield Earth, based on a book by Scientologist founder, L. Ron Hubbard.


6. Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler knows that the genre of frat humor; if ever there was one, belongs to him and him alone. He's made millions, after all, pandering to an audience that couldn't give a rat's ass about acting as an art form and instead, merely want to be entertained.


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But even by Sandler's standards, having 11 Razzie nominations and 3 wins is monumentally bad, while his recent homophobic offering, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, no doubt pushed him further down the pecking order of the liberal Hollywood intelligentsia.


7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

There's no doubting Arnie's determination. Not only did he successfully set out to become a champion bodybuilder in America, but he also made the unheard of transition into acting. Better still, the Austrian immigrant became the highest paid Hollywood actor at one point, and his Terminator phrase, "I'll be back" has no doubt given millions around the world ample pleasure.


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But here's the thing: he's a terrible actor. Sure, he has comic wit, and he's certainly an intelligent man, with his much-publicised stint as California's governor widely praised, but his four Razzie nominations are proof that he should take his millions and leave the more serious acting to the pros. 


8. Ashton Kutcher

Models should never be allowed to fall into acting if they, erm, can't act, and this beautiful face has proven time and time again that not all models can act, and his 3 Razzie nominations and single win reflect that. 


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Outside Hollywood, however, Kutcher has put his wealth and celebrity to good use. In recent years, for instance, the Iowa native has built up an impressive investment portfolio of various tech companies operating in the Silicon Valley region and is thought to have provided seed money for apps like Uber and Airbnb.


9. Sarah Jessica Parker

Sadly, many people loved Sex and the City and Sarah Jessica Parker's portrayal of the show's main character, Carrie, left husbands and boyfriends dying inside whenever they were asked by their loved ones to watch such drivel.


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Unsurprisingly, Parker has been nominated three times for a Razzie, winning once for her performance in, yep, you guessed it, the second installment of the show's movie spin-off. 


10. Jennifer Lopez

Jenny from the Block is a fantastic tune, and if you don't agree, then you're clearly a Lopez-hater. That said, her acting abilities are no match for her skills as a hitmaker and entertainer.


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Turning her hand to acting on many occasions, Lopez's performances in films such as Maid in Manhattan and Gigli have spawned 5 Razzie nominations over the years, the latter of which handed her a Golden Raspberry to complement co-star Ben Affleck's award in the Worst Actor Category.

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