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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Julia Roberts!

Jan. 15, 2013by: Johnny Moreno

Welcome to Movie Jail, a facility like any other, only its inmates are Hollywood writers, directors, actors and producers. This column will serve as a Movie Jail trial. We will put one defendant on trial; lay out arguments for the Prosecution and Defense. And we leave it up to YOU, the reader, to decide whether the defendant is guilty of his or her crime. What crime? The crime of consistently being a stinking shithouse.

The Defendant


Julia Roberts

The Case

The Prosecution: Larry Crowne, Valentine's Day, Oceans 11 and 12, America's Sweethearts, The Mexican, Full Frontal*

Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, we haven't featured an actress in this new year, so what better time to introduce our newest defendant than now. She's been mentioned in the Strike Backs time and time again, and after going over her case, we're hoping the jury will convict Academy Award winner Julia Roberts. Yes, Academy Award winner. Remember that? Because we barely do. Let's just pick up this case from 2000, when she won the coveted Oscar for Erin Brockovich and followed that up with the lackluster The Mexican. The next few years were hit and miss with bombs like Full Frontal and American Sweethearts, and while the Oceans movies may look fun, Ms. Roberts is basically relegated to the "girl" role, which she plays with all the energy of a broken toe nail. She hasn't had a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes since 2009's Duplicity which we also found her to be incredibly flat in, even if the movie wasn't terrible. It's time we lock up Madame Roberts for inconsistency in choosing quality roles over the last few years, maybe that will light a fire under her ass and get her into gear.

The Defense: Charlie Wilson's War, Closer, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Mona Lisa Smile, Erin Brockovich*

Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, there's only been ONE Academy Award winner, male or female, that's been brought to trial that you've found guilty: Halle Berry. Are we saying that Ms. Roberts is on the same level as Ms. Berry? It's not even close. Have the past few years not been kind to Ms. Roberts? Possibly, but if we're going by the movies she's made since 2000, the defense doesn't see it as lopsided as the prosecution is making it out to be. She absolutely deserved the Oscar for Erin Brockovich and she was solid in Closer, a movie that wouldn't typically be in her wheelhouse with all its lurid sexual content. And was she really that bad in the Oceans movies? What other actress could play opposite George Clooney and make it believable? And Brad Pitt's not an answer. We don't need to throw Ms. Roberts in Movie Jail, but we will agree she's teetering on that fine line. Let's give her another couple of movies before convicting and sentencing her.

Also, full disclosure, Mona Lisa Smile totally got me laid. So that's why it's on the defense.


IN CLOSING...

So, what’s to be done with Julia Roberts? Is it time we put her on notice for having a few bad years? Has she squandered whatever good mojo she received after receiving the Academy Award? And the most important question to be asked, once all evidence is taken into consideration, we ask you The Jury, is Julia Roberts GUILTY or NOT GUILTY? Let’s hear YOUR arguments, either side, by STRIKING BACK BELOW.

*The court recognizes that all movies are subjective, so relax.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?


LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

It is the jury's decision that after reviewing last week's evidence, the court finds Marlon Wayans GUILTY of all charges. Like really, really guilty. With the exception of a handful of jurors, it was an across the board guilty verdict for Mr. Wayans. Sentencing ranged from The Hole to the electric chair, but we're going to go with a stiff life sentence with a possibility of parole when Mr. Wayans can no longer speak or write.

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7:12PM on 01/20/2013

Not Guilty.

I liked Larry Crowne.
I liked Larry Crowne.
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11:00PM on 01/16/2013

Not Guilty

She's been in too many great films. Last great film she was in was "Closer", love that movie. Shocked you have "Ocean's 11" and "The Mexican" listed under prosecution.
She's been in too many great films. Last great film she was in was "Closer", love that movie. Shocked you have "Ocean's 11" and "The Mexican" listed under prosecution.
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10:51PM on 01/16/2013

Not Guilty

She's been in too many great films. Last great film she was in was "Closer", love that movie. Shocked you have "Ocean's 11" and "The Mexican" listed under prosecution.
She's been in too many great films. Last great film she was in was "Closer", love that movie. Shocked you have "Ocean's 11" and "The Mexican" listed under prosecution.
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2:42PM on 01/16/2013

Guilty as hell

Throw away the key.
Throw away the key.
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1:32PM on 01/16/2013
Not guilty
Not guilty
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12:28PM on 01/16/2013

guilty

guilty for the sole reason of being the supposed "best part to matt damon's day" in oceans 11. No... Just no.
guilty for the sole reason of being the supposed "best part to matt damon's day" in oceans 11. No... Just no.
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2:12AM on 01/16/2013

Double post

Sorry.
Sorry.
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2:10AM on 01/16/2013

How old are you guys...

that you never fapped to Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman?
Not guilty.
that you never fapped to Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman?
Not guilty.
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12:21PM on 01/16/2013
nope, some guys have better standards.
nope, some guys have better standards.
12:36AM on 01/16/2013
lock her up
lock her up
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12:13AM on 01/16/2013

Not Guilty

I think a lot of people say guilty b/c she's in a lot of films that don't appeal to most joblo readers (young males). When compared to other actresses around her age (Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan, Jen Aniston, etc), her track record isn't too bad. I think she's a bit over-rated, but I don't she deserves a guilty sentence.
I think a lot of people say guilty b/c she's in a lot of films that don't appeal to most joblo readers (young males). When compared to other actresses around her age (Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan, Jen Aniston, etc), her track record isn't too bad. I think she's a bit over-rated, but I don't she deserves a guilty sentence.
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10:14PM on 01/15/2013

GUILTY

She is such a boring and bland actress.
Tidbit: still throwing Schwarzenegger's name out there, or Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
She is such a boring and bland actress.
Tidbit: still throwing Schwarzenegger's name out there, or Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
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2:12AM on 01/16/2013
Well, that's true. She's a terrible actress.
Well, that's true. She's a terrible actress.
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10:02PM on 01/15/2013

Guilty...

But I will say this in her favor, she's an inspiration to actors with too many teeth everywhere.
But I will say this in her favor, she's an inspiration to actors with too many teeth everywhere.
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9:57PM on 01/15/2013

GUILTY!

Even when she's in a good film she drags down every scene she's in.
Even when she's in a good film she drags down every scene she's in.
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9:33PM on 01/15/2013

Not Guilty

Not a fan, but nothing against her, either
Not a fan, but nothing against her, either
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6:17PM on 01/15/2013

GUILTY

Roberts is grating in the movies that you mention. She is an arrogant and irritating interviewee. She acts like an ass when answering phones on telethons. You forgot her Eat, Pray, Love movie and her Friends appearances. Yeah, throw her away.
She was irritating, like Streisand irritating, way before Erin Brokovich. Pretty Woman was great. Steel Magnolias was tolerable to good. After that, Roberts became more of a diva than an actress. In every goddam film, she plays Julia Roberts rather than
Roberts is grating in the movies that you mention. She is an arrogant and irritating interviewee. She acts like an ass when answering phones on telethons. You forgot her Eat, Pray, Love movie and her Friends appearances. Yeah, throw her away.
She was irritating, like Streisand irritating, way before Erin Brokovich. Pretty Woman was great. Steel Magnolias was tolerable to good. After that, Roberts became more of a diva than an actress. In every goddam film, she plays Julia Roberts rather than her character.
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6:08PM on 01/15/2013

Guilty

I can't stand her.
I can't stand her.
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5:25PM on 01/15/2013

GUILTY

You forgot one: Mirror, Mirror - horrible movie
You forgot one: Mirror, Mirror - horrible movie
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5:13PM on 01/15/2013

Not Guilty

I was never a HUGE Julia Roberts fan, but I feel this is a lot like when they put Robert De Niro on the stand. Now, I said guilty on him for his past decade of mostly bad movies. But a majority felt he had done enough good not to sentence him. Most of what I remember her from was in the '90s (I also liked The Mexican and she wasn't bad in Ocean's 11, really), so maybe I don't feel such a personal affront to her now. Besides, she took a lot of time off to take care of her kids, and that didn't
I was never a HUGE Julia Roberts fan, but I feel this is a lot like when they put Robert De Niro on the stand. Now, I said guilty on him for his past decade of mostly bad movies. But a majority felt he had done enough good not to sentence him. Most of what I remember her from was in the '90s (I also liked The Mexican and she wasn't bad in Ocean's 11, really), so maybe I don't feel such a personal affront to her now. Besides, she took a lot of time off to take care of her kids, and that didn't make it easy to retain her spot as one of the last true female movie icons (A-list talent whose presence increases a movie's potential to make money, but that probably has something to do with the industry, too). Anyway, I just don't see anything she's doing as too destructive.
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5:06PM on 01/15/2013
I can not believe it....just check http://2.gp/qmqA
I can not believe it....just check http://2.gp/qmqA
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4:15PM on 01/15/2013

Guilty

finally she shows up on movie jail, I have been suggesting her for weeks now. I used to have the biggest crush on her. I was deeply depressed seeing her reduced to that mirror mirror role lol.
finally she shows up on movie jail, I have been suggesting her for weeks now. I used to have the biggest crush on her. I was deeply depressed seeing her reduced to that mirror mirror role lol.
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3:57PM on 01/15/2013

Guilty as charged

I've never understood her appeal; I just find her annoying. Her Erin Brockovich Oscar win was purely because she's been such a box-office star for so long; Ellen Burstyn was robbed in that category.

Next Up: M. Night Shyamalan
I've never understood her appeal; I just find her annoying. Her Erin Brockovich Oscar win was purely because she's been such a box-office star for so long; Ellen Burstyn was robbed in that category.

Next Up: M. Night Shyamalan
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3:29PM on 01/15/2013

Probation But Not 100% Guilty

Yes, her work is very varied in terms of quality, but she (almost) always has good chemistry with her costars and never feels she is just coasting, which counts for a lot in my book. So not entirely innocent but should be let off very light.
Yes, her work is very varied in terms of quality, but she (almost) always has good chemistry with her costars and never feels she is just coasting, which counts for a lot in my book. So not entirely innocent but should be let off very light.
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3:28PM on 01/15/2013

Not Guilty

Not Guilty
Not Guilty
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3:26PM on 01/15/2013

So, so, so, so, so guilty

Get 'er outta here! Only time she's been worth anything was in Erin Brokovich, and beyond that even her supporting roles in otherwise good films just get worse and worse, and more and more annnnnnoying. Eat Pray Love is one of the most abominable things I've ever seen (no unwarranted hyperbole) and marked my final straw with Roberts. Admittedly I did check out Mirror Mirror just for the Singh factor but walked out after 20 minutes. Blech.
Get 'er outta here! Only time she's been worth anything was in Erin Brokovich, and beyond that even her supporting roles in otherwise good films just get worse and worse, and more and more annnnnnoying. Eat Pray Love is one of the most abominable things I've ever seen (no unwarranted hyperbole) and marked my final straw with Roberts. Admittedly I did check out Mirror Mirror just for the Singh factor but walked out after 20 minutes. Blech.
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3:11PM on 01/15/2013

Not Guilty

She was in Hook and that is my favorite Spielberg film so I have to go with not guilty. And Will Ferrell should go on trial next.
She was in Hook and that is my favorite Spielberg film so I have to go with not guilty. And Will Ferrell should go on trial next.
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3:03PM on 01/15/2013
Guilty, never liked her
Guilty, never liked her
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2:54PM on 01/15/2013

Guilty

only because she hasnt been in anything i much liked. But i'm never in the target audience of her films, so what do i care.

Next Defendant: Ivan Reitman
only because she hasnt been in anything i much liked. But i'm never in the target audience of her films, so what do i care.

Next Defendant: Ivan Reitman
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2:35PM on 01/15/2013

Not perfect doesn't = jail.

I lean towards movies that are opposite of Julia Roberts style of film but I refuse to condemn her because of that. Let's be honest, are the movies on the prosecution list really that bad. (Oceans 11)? good. (Larry Crown)? Not bad. (Valentin's day)? Well you would have to throw half of Hollywood in jail for that one. If Kristen Stewart can be acquitted because of (Adventure land) and (Into the wild) then Julia Roberts should be acquitted for never making 5 movies as horrible as (Twilight). All
I lean towards movies that are opposite of Julia Roberts style of film but I refuse to condemn her because of that. Let's be honest, are the movies on the prosecution list really that bad. (Oceans 11)? good. (Larry Crown)? Not bad. (Valentin's day)? Well you would have to throw half of Hollywood in jail for that one. If Kristen Stewart can be acquitted because of (Adventure land) and (Into the wild) then Julia Roberts should be acquitted for never making 5 movies as horrible as (Twilight). All that being said, I just IMDB her and she really never has made 1 out of this world movie. Oh well...still not guilty.
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3:20PM on 01/15/2013
Now if this survey came out right after Sleeping with the enemy was released I would have thrown her in solitary for the rest of her life.
Now if this survey came out right after Sleeping with the enemy was released I would have thrown her in solitary for the rest of her life.
2:10PM on 01/15/2013

GUILTY

While I loved her in Erin Brockovitch, she gets the slammer for Mirror Mirror. That was so bad, she was playing pretty much herself and her performance was such a bad joke. She has decided to mail in the rest of her career.
I used to like Julia Roberts but now she has lost me.
While I loved her in Erin Brockovitch, she gets the slammer for Mirror Mirror. That was so bad, she was playing pretty much herself and her performance was such a bad joke. She has decided to mail in the rest of her career.
I used to like Julia Roberts but now she has lost me.
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2:02PM on 01/15/2013
Neither... just irrelevant.
Neither... just irrelevant.
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4:17PM on 01/15/2013
when are people going to realize there is no such word as irrelevant?
when are people going to realize there is no such word as irrelevant?
5:02PM on 01/15/2013
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@philalva77 What? [link]
1:50PM on 01/15/2013

Guilty

But it's a case of too little too late. Her film roles will continue to dwindle from here on out, so she's hardly worth locking up.
But it's a case of too little too late. Her film roles will continue to dwindle from here on out, so she's hardly worth locking up.
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1:46PM on 01/15/2013
Not guilty
Not guilty
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1:41PM on 01/15/2013
Guilty.

But i biasedly cannot stand her.
Guilty.

But i biasedly cannot stand her.
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1:35PM on 01/15/2013

Guilty

Extra Tidbit: Cuba Gooding Jr.
Extra Tidbit: Cuba Gooding Jr.
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1:32PM on 01/15/2013

Guilty

Pretty Woman is one of the worst movie experiences of my life...Long Story lol


Extra Tid: Can we put a whole movie studio on trial how about Dreamworks Animation
Pretty Woman is one of the worst movie experiences of my life...Long Story lol


Extra Tid: Can we put a whole movie studio on trial how about Dreamworks Animation
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1:22PM on 01/15/2013

Guilty.

Throw the book at her, or better yet a decent script for a change.
Throw the book at her, or better yet a decent script for a change.
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1:11PM on 01/15/2013
Not guilty

Extra Tidbit: Cuba Gooding Jr.
Not guilty

Extra Tidbit: Cuba Gooding Jr.
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3:25PM on 01/15/2013
Does the Joblo Attorney go after low level direct to video criminals like Cuba Gooding JR.?
Does the Joblo Attorney go after low level direct to video criminals like Cuba Gooding JR.?
1:11PM on 01/15/2013

Guilty.

Roberts absolutely did not deserve an Oscar for "Erin Brockovich"--Ellen Burstyn did for her wrenching work in "Requiem For A Dream"...watch the two performances, and it's obvious.
Roberts absolutely did not deserve an Oscar for "Erin Brockovich"--Ellen Burstyn did for her wrenching work in "Requiem For A Dream"...watch the two performances, and it's obvious.
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1:09PM on 01/15/2013
Guilty!! Erin Brockovich was the only movie I can remember her in being worthwhile. I love the Ocean's movies but she's barely in it, so they dont count for or against her.
Guilty!! Erin Brockovich was the only movie I can remember her in being worthwhile. I love the Ocean's movies but she's barely in it, so they dont count for or against her.
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1:09PM on 01/15/2013

Batman264

I've seen your posts in other articles and I appreciate your feedback week to week (mostly your avatar).

You don't want to be "that guy". Well, you're "that guy." Don't come on here trying to fish for something racially offensive. It's not there.

"Except Robert Rodriguez which doesn't even count." LOLZWUTT

As an "ethnic" person, reading your comment makes me sad, confused and hungry.

Mostly hungry, cuz its lunch time.
I've seen your posts in other articles and I appreciate your feedback week to week (mostly your avatar).

You don't want to be "that guy". Well, you're "that guy." Don't come on here trying to fish for something racially offensive. It's not there.

"Except Robert Rodriguez which doesn't even count." LOLZWUTT

As an "ethnic" person, reading your comment makes me sad, confused and hungry.

Mostly hungry, cuz its lunch time.
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1:02PM on 01/15/2013

Not guilty

I think that she has fallen flat in some choices over the years, but she has been in some iconic romantic comedy movies that weren't even mentioned in the article: "Pretty Woman," "Steel Magnolias," "Notting Hill." The movies that she has been in may not be "The Shawshank Redemption" (though that would be interesting if she were in it lol), but they were well done enough (and she performed well enough) that her verdict should be not guilty. Her good outweighs the bad.
I think that she has fallen flat in some choices over the years, but she has been in some iconic romantic comedy movies that weren't even mentioned in the article: "Pretty Woman," "Steel Magnolias," "Notting Hill." The movies that she has been in may not be "The Shawshank Redemption" (though that would be interesting if she were in it lol), but they were well done enough (and she performed well enough) that her verdict should be not guilty. Her good outweighs the bad.
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12:59PM on 01/15/2013
Julia Roberts is fucking guilty if only for her stupid role on Ocean's Twelve. She's Julia Roberts playing Tess Ocean, but she's also Julia Roberts as Tess Ocean going undercover as the REAL Julia Roberts to sneak in to a hotel! It's genius! Ugh.
Julia Roberts is fucking guilty if only for her stupid role on Ocean's Twelve. She's Julia Roberts playing Tess Ocean, but she's also Julia Roberts as Tess Ocean going undercover as the REAL Julia Roberts to sneak in to a hotel! It's genius! Ugh.
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12:50PM on 01/15/2013
Not guilty.
Not guilty.
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12:46PM on 01/15/2013

GUILTY

This is no question for me, outside of Brokovich she hasn't tackled anything with substance since the 90s.

Extra Tidbit: Paul Rudd
This is no question for me, outside of Brokovich she hasn't tackled anything with substance since the 90s.

Extra Tidbit: Paul Rudd
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12:44PM on 01/15/2013

Guilty

I honestly think she is very overrated, her range isn't that great. Is it just me or is all the ethnic defendants guilty? I think there is some biased opinions on this page, but I don't want to be "that guy" but I couldn't be the only one who sees that
I honestly think she is very overrated, her range isn't that great. Is it just me or is all the ethnic defendants guilty? I think there is some biased opinions on this page, but I don't want to be "that guy" but I couldn't be the only one who sees that
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12:45PM on 01/15/2013
Except Robert Rodriguez which doesn't even count
Except Robert Rodriguez which doesn't even count
12:30PM on 01/15/2013

Not Guilty

She's still done more good than bad....
She's still done more good than bad....
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12:30PM on 01/15/2013

Not Guilty

While the movies she's put out recently have been subpar, they haven't been Sandler-level.

Side note: How was Nicolas Cage not guilty?
While the movies she's put out recently have been subpar, they haven't been Sandler-level.

Side note: How was Nicolas Cage not guilty?
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12:29PM on 01/15/2013

Not Guilty

She's still done more good than bad....
She's still done more good than bad....
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12:28PM on 01/15/2013

Not Guilty

She's still done more good than bad....
She's still done more good than bad....
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12:24PM on 01/15/2013

Not Guilty

She's still done more good than bad....
She's still done more good than bad....
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12:23PM on 01/15/2013

Guilty of being hugely overrated...

Never could stand her and never will no matter what role she takes on except for "Closer".
Never could stand her and never will no matter what role she takes on except for "Closer".
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12:16PM on 01/15/2013

GUILTY

She's had a handful of good roles, but is tremendously overrated. The fact that she beat Ellen Burstyn for the Best Actress Oscar in 2001 is enough to send her to solitary confinement for life.
She's had a handful of good roles, but is tremendously overrated. The fact that she beat Ellen Burstyn for the Best Actress Oscar in 2001 is enough to send her to solitary confinement for life.
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12:13PM on 01/15/2013

Not guilty

Julia is totally the opposite to Halle Berry.
She is not doing blockbusters anymore but only because clearly she doesn´t care anymore about her status in Hollywood. When she tries to do her stuff she is still successful (Eat, pray, love, 80M domestic, more than 200M WW) but she has worked with some of the best, Soderbergh, Hanks, Nichols... Right now she is cooking a good one with Meryl Streep.
Julia Roberts is for sure a divisive person and actress but is undeniable that she is one of the
Julia is totally the opposite to Halle Berry.
She is not doing blockbusters anymore but only because clearly she doesn´t care anymore about her status in Hollywood. When she tries to do her stuff she is still successful (Eat, pray, love, 80M domestic, more than 200M WW) but she has worked with some of the best, Soderbergh, Hanks, Nichols... Right now she is cooking a good one with Meryl Streep.
Julia Roberts is for sure a divisive person and actress but is undeniable that she is one of the greatest stars of all time, magnetic and impossible to ignore.
I´m always ready for more Julia.

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12:12PM on 01/15/2013

Not guilty

Julia is totally the opposite to Halle Berry.
She is not doing blockbusters anymore but only because clearly she doesn´t care anymore about her status in Hollywood. When she tries to do her stuff she is still successful (Eat, pray, love, 80M domestic, more than 200M WW) but she has worked with some of the best, Soderbergh, Hanks, Nichols... Right now she is cooking a good one with Meryl Streep.
Julia Roberts is for sure a divisive person and actress but is undeniable that she is one of the
Julia is totally the opposite to Halle Berry.
She is not doing blockbusters anymore but only because clearly she doesn´t care anymore about her status in Hollywood. When she tries to do her stuff she is still successful (Eat, pray, love, 80M domestic, more than 200M WW) but she has worked with some of the best, Soderbergh, Hanks, Nichols... Right now she is cooking a good one with Meryl Streep.
Julia Roberts is for sure a divisive person and actress but is undeniable that she is one of the greatest stars of all time, magnetic and impossible to ignore.
I´m always ready for more Julia.

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12:10PM on 01/15/2013

Guilty

Always been one of Hollywood's overrated actresses.
Always been one of Hollywood's overrated actresses.
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12:10PM on 01/15/2013
Guilty. Her movies, as of late, aren't as good as movies in her prime. Her last best film, for me, is Charlie Wilson's Wars.
Guilty. Her movies, as of late, aren't as good as movies in her prime. Her last best film, for me, is Charlie Wilson's Wars.
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