Et Tu, Robert Downey Jr.? Five Other Stars Who Dissed Their Own Movies

Iron Man hero follows in fine critical tradition of Katherine Heigl, Halle Berry and everybody who's ever worked on a Transformers movie

By Joal Ryan Oct 18, 2011 2:10 PMTags
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Robert Downey Jr. is just like you, maybe: He thinks Iron Man 2 was "dissatisfying and disappointing."

In the same interview in the Los Angeles Times, the reflective star says Air America "got watered down," and calls Less Than Zero a "midlevel, sensationlist" studio movie. In fairness, he praises far more than he pans, and credits Iron Man 2 (and its more-popular predecessor) with changing his life.

But, no matter. Downey's one of you now: He's a movie critic. Even better, he's one of them now: Movie stars who've reviewed their own movies—harshly.

1. Katherine Heigl: Knocked Up won over critics and audiences, but not necessarily its leading lady. Months after the movie hit, Heigl told Vanity Fair "it was hard for her to love [the comedy] because it's a little sexist." Costar Seth Rogen understood—not. "I gotta say, it's not like we're the only people she said some bats--t crazy things about," he said to Howard Stern a couple years later. "That's kind of her bag now."


2. Everybody Who's Ever Worked on a Transformers Movie: Megan Fox said she didn't know how anyone watched Revenge of the Fallen in Imax "without having a brain aneurysm or at least a migraine headache." Noted Indiana Jones critic Shia LaBeouf wasn't "impressed" with the sequel, either. Director Michael Bay had the final word, calling the movie "crap." If Fox hadn't gone Hank Williams Jr., and compared Bay to Hitler, maybe this like-minded trio could've griped their way together to the Dark of the Moon.  

3. Halle Berry: Three years after her Best Actress triumph for Monster's Ball, Berry accepted the Razzie's Worst Actress dis-honor for Catwoman. Her acceptance speech was just as memorable as her Oscar night one. Said Berry: "I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece of sh-t."

4. Matthew Goode: You know how sometimes you suspect an actor took a role because the paycheck was nice, the catering table was outstanding and/or the set was close to his house? Sometimes you're not wrong. After Leap Year flopped last year, the U.K.-hailing Goode admitted to signing up for the U.K.-set romantic comedy "so that I could come home at the weekends. It wasn't because of the script, trust me." 

5. Mark Wahlberg: What is it with Amy Adams? While doing press last year for The Fighter, Wahlberg admitted that The Happening, which also starred him and Adams, who, by the way, starred in the "turgid" Leap Year with Goode, was a "bad movie." "F--king trees, man. The plants," Wahlberg continued in his rant about the M. Night Shyamalan, um, thriller. "F--k it." (Well, at least both Wahlberg and Goode had nice things to say about Adams herself…)