Matthew McConaughey Decided to Read Every Negative Review Ever Written About Him

matthey-mcconaughey-mudAlthough Matthew McConaughey recently claimed that his recent decision to pursue better quality roles in acclaimed movies wasn’t a conscious decision, he admits to Yahoo! Movies that he did make the decision to improve his acting by taking a close look at as many negative reviews about himself that he’s received for such critically panned movies as Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Failure to Launch.

He reveals, “A few years ago, I did a really interesting kind of experiment.  My assistants gathered every negative review I’ve ever had and it was a good, thick pile. I sat down and said, ‘We’re gonna read every one of these.’ There was some really good constructive criticism. I’m like, ‘That’s what I would’ve said about that performance. You’re right.'”

However, not every review was negative.  He points out, “What’s nice is when you read a review and … it’s almost exactly what I wrote down before I ever did the picture of what I was tryin’, who I thought the guy was. So I go, ‘Ah, it translated.’ The word was never spoken but they got that out of the performance.”

Lucky for McConaughey, he’ll probably get a lot more of the latter reviews for his latest film, Mud — including our glowing review — than the former. 

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...) For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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