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  • verb Present participle of underact.


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  • This film, if nothing else, is a master-class in underacting.

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  • With his typical underacting, Corbett couldn't even manage to pull that off.

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  • Kinski, who died of a heart attack in 1991, was never accused of underacting.

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  • At first the actor seemed to be phoning in one of his patented slow-burn performances (Hopkins, like Orson Welles, has a way of overacting when he's underacting: he can be utterly still and still seem to be doing too much).

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  • For two, all of the actors, except for Julio Mendez, seem uneasy in their roles here, either overacting or underacting or looking as if they're not sure why they picked up this particular gig.


  • It's still got cliches, some bad overacting and underacting, mostly on Vin Diesel's part, and mediocre fight choreography.

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  • It's also got a lot more comedy than I expected (including some wonderful moments with Forrest Whitaker's lead character and his best friend, neither of whom can speak each other's language, but both of whom manage to come up with the same thoughts), a dark as hell ending, and some great underacting by Whitaker (a skill that goes under-appreciated nowadays).

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  • Today, I even feel Amitabh overacting/underacting when I see his old movies.


  • It's the job of the episode's director to make final calls on any overacting and underacting, and I can assure you that they have their hands pretty deep in that cookie jar. Today's Latest Headlines

  • Quite often McCarthy's performances were studies in underacting and subtlety.

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