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Keanu Reeves: Love Him or Avoid His Movies Like the Plague?

Next Friday a film called Street Kings hits theaters nationwide. It stars some great people, like Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, John Corbett and the ever-delicious Common. It also stars Keanu Reeves.

Reeves' presence in a movie is almost a deal breaker for me (though, of course I'm still going to see Street Kings). When I recently voiced this opinion at the office, however, there were a few dissenting voices (though I won't name names). So, I'm curious: what say you about Keanu?

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javsmav javsmav 8 years
not only do I hate him as an actor, but i lose all respect for actors who agree to do movies with him.
pargie pargie 8 years
The Devil's Advocate, Sweet November, Bill & Ted (both), The Lake House, Speed...I like him in everything I've seen him in How can you not like Keanu? There is just something about him.
lily8206 lily8206 8 years
He doesn't evoke any particular reaction for me... He's not a deal maker or breaker.
Lizzard214 Lizzard214 8 years
Oh, he is a definite guilty pleasure of mine. Parenthood, Speed, Something's Gotta Give... and, of course, all those other major roles... sigh
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 8 years
must... watch.. NEO.. ALWAYS!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
horrible actor....might catch his stuff when it comes on tv, but only to make fun of him. has anyone watched the matrix lately? oooo doesnt hold up well does it?
ForeverTaylor ForeverTaylor 8 years
I won't not go see a movie because he is in it but I also won't go see a movie just because he's in it. Overall I think he's kind of weird
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I think we all can agree that his first huge break was Speed and then of course the Matrix trilogy. He wasn't half bad in a walk in the clouds either. I don't find Keanu to be a particularly great actor and more often than not he's simple satisfactory. One of the demons that accompanied the explosion of MTV in the early eighties is our obsession with image and the seeming need to cast more and more men and woman with model looks and gym toned bodies in TV and Music. Keanu fit that bill very nicely. Think about it the actors on TV during the 60's, 70's and singers and groups in the music industry looked like everyday people. Skinny, fat, not everyone had to have perfect blinding white straight smile, or have looks that turn heads. It was easy to get work if you were a genuine great talent even if you looked like the average Joe. Today it’s sad. We've aloud the industry to prop up all of these pretty faces warp our perception of what is talent and who is attractive. Now after years of this Barbie & Ken puppet fest we're beginning to realize that these people look great but a lot of them are not particularly talented. Now I will give props to some of them because they have learned they're craft as they've come along, but again it's just sad to me when I can hear I homeless guy sing so well in the subway that his angelic voice brings a tear to my eye and then have to listen to the crap we get on the radio and the industry telling us it's talent. I think real actors are beginning to make a come back, but the music industry is still so controlled by image it's a joke.
calliope calliope 8 years
Love him, he's not the best actor who ever lived, but he's damn sexy.
Lynn1 Lynn1 8 years
Love him and most of his movies. Really tired of all the Keanu- bashing that goes on.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
Hmm. I've always been kind of indifferent toward him.
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 8 years
I love Bill & Ted, Devil's Advocate, Point Break, and A Scanner Darkly. I don't think he's the greatest actor ever, but he can definitely be entertaining.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 8 years
Depends on what the movie calls for. He plays stoic and angry very well (The Gift and Much Ado About Nothing). But, there are times when I think God, that kids terrible. But, will always love Keanu, so I'll keep watching.
Ultress Ultress 8 years
you're totally right. he picks good flicks. and the key with him is to use him for what he's worth--mostly action with minimal dialogue, surrounded by a strong supporting cast. (i was surprised by much ado about nothing. good flick, but not in keeping with the formula.) i'm not gonna lie, i enjoyed constantine and can't turn it off if i catch it on tv. he is actually #1 at the top of my list but i have no illusions as to his acting abilities (which granted, have improved over the years).
remedios remedios 8 years
I want to avoid his movies because I don't think he's very good, but he does select some good movies, so I end up watching them. I liked Matrix, The Devil's Advocate, Much Ado About Nothing, My Own Private Idaho, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (but come on... how much acting was really involved there?), and probably a few others. He's just too wooden on screen, but sometimes that's tolerable if there's a good movie otherwise.
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 8 years
I like him & his movies.
Brandi13jrm Brandi13jrm 8 years
I think he's been in GOOD movies, BUT they weren't good because of him... usually a supporting actor has to make up for where he lacks. Like Devil's Advocate is great... but not because of Keanu... it's great because of Al Pacino. I love Bill and Ted and I totally forgot he was in Parenthood... I love that movie but haven't watched it in years... I'll have to re watch it.
Ultress Ultress 8 years
he gets a bad rap for no good reason? i wouldn't go that far. most of his performances are unintentionally comedic. but i love him anyway.
LOVE-ANGELINA LOVE-ANGELINA 8 years
Love love love love love love Keanu Reeves and he gets a bad rap. He is a great actor and oh sooooooo cute.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
Other: I'll wait until they come out on video.
voxsentia voxsentia 8 years
Are you freaking serious? Some of you who think he's the worst actor? Is he *really* the worst you ever saw? Give me a break. You're just jumping on the bandwagon with all the wannabe cool kids in Keanu bashing. He definitely suffered some unfair criticism over the years. When people say things like "he can't act, he can't act out of a paper bag, he's wooden, and the like", it makes me think that person doesn't think for themselves and just regurgitating the stupid things people say who really haven't seen any of his films. He wouldn't have 20+ years of a career if he was that bad. He isn't the best actor in Hollywood, but he's up there with other A-list actors. And he's getting better too. He's been great in "River's Edge, The Gift, Matrix, Devil's Advocate, Something's Gotta Give, Constantine and few other obscure ones. I'm sick of this unwarranted Keanu bashing for no real good reason. He's also very generous giving each of his stunt men a Harley and $1 million each to the special effects people for the movie Matrix.
sauterhead sauterhead 8 years
I don't think he's very versatile - when he wants to be serious, he loses a lot of the finer points of emotion. Which is weird if you've ever seen him interviewed or on commentary on a DVD. He's very animated and energetic as himself. Nonetheless - A Scanner Darkly and Thumbsucker made me give him a second chance in my head.
Tink-Again Tink-Again 8 years
I have to admit I'm a bit of a Keanu fan. I try to go and see every movie he is in. He can be really bad and play in really bad movies, but still he is Johnny Utah, and I will always give him credit for that. And I also really like 'Speed', 'Matrix' (only the first one), 'Constantine', 'My Own Private Idaho', 'Little Budha', 'Dracula', 'A scanner darkly'. Not so much - not to say not at all - 'Sweet November', 'Something's gotta give', 'Hard Ball', 'The lake house' though.
Tech Tech 8 years
Bil and Ted, Bill and Ted . . . God, I love that movie. In Keanu's defense, bad material can make an actor suck — all I need to do is invoke Natalie Portman (and everyone else) in Star Wars, Episodes 1-3.
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