30 worst movies of the ‘80s, ‘90s, and 2000s

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Swept Away (2002)

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A remake of Lina Wertmüller’s 1974 Italian film of the same name, Swept Away was written and directed by Guy Ritchie, starring his then-wife and musical legend Madonna. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote that the original movie was “incomparably superior” to the remake, which was “utterly missing” vitality or emotional resonance of the main characters. A.O. Scott of the New York Times particularly criticized Madonna’s performance. “In her concerts, music videos and recordings, Madonna has often been a mesmerizing performer, but she is still not much of an actress,” Scott wrote. “Striking a pose is not the same as embodying a person, and a role like this one requires the surrender of emotional control, something Madonna seems constitutionally unable to achieve.”