I never quite understood when some (numerous) Halle critics (haters) continuously claimed that she is not a very good actress (can't act). She doesn't possess the ability to constantly deliver fantastic performances, that's true, but given the right script she can shine and shine brightly. After watching Monster's Ball and Things We Lost in the Fire I'm more than sure of that.
Unfortunately, Halle's script choices have been pretty horrible of late, and she's become quite a box office poison. This unpleasant trend will continue with Cloud Atlas. Even though Halle did a solid job, the movie struggled mightily money-wise, and with puzzling Dark Tide under her belt as well, 2012 turned out to be quite a disaster. Something tells me that apart from supporting part in the X-Men franchise it will be a while until we see Halle in another big project like this.
Current grade: 54
Halle Berry data sheet
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