BOP (US), February 1997

A Reel Review of Keanu

Sometimes it's a wonder that Keanu Reeves even reads what people write about him instead of just throwing the newspapers straight into the recycling bin. You see, there's a certain segment of the media that routinely bashes the 32-year-old star of this fall's Feeling Minnesota every time he takes a serious dramatic role.

It all started in 1993 with Bram Stoker's Dracula and Much Ado About Nothing and it got particularly ugly with 1995s A Walk in the Clouds. "The critics killed me in A Walk in The Clouds," Keanu, who will appear in next year's Devil's Advocate, has said. "I got slaughtered."

Although Keanu's admitted that he didn't like his work in Dracula, he's said of his A Walk in the Clouds performance, "I don't think I was that bad." Besides, criticizing yourself is one thing. Hearing it from total strangers in newspapers or on television is a different matter. Fortunately, however, Keanu's learned to laugh at negative reviews on occasion.

Still, with every new movie, Keanu wonders what his critics have in store for him - which, he's said, can be a very uncomfortable feeling. "It's the powerlessness you go through when the media focuses on you that really bothers me sometimes," he's said. "It's like getting punched in the face and not being able to punch back."


Feeling Minnesota , Bram Stoker's Dracula , Much Ado About Nothing , A Walk in the Clouds , Devil's Advocate, The

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