Kim Kardashian should stick to reality television.
That is the common sentiment among critics after she turned in an acting performance in Tyler Perry’s Temptation that is being described as “awful.” In the movie Kardashian is meant to give some comic relief with her role as Ava, the co-worker and fashion consultant to the movie’s main character, Judith.
But Kim Kardashian‘s performance was so bad that some critics even compared it to her non-intentional acting debut.
“[Kim Kardashian’s] monotonous line readings demonstrate that she saved her real acting talents for her sex tape,” writes Frank Scheck of the Hollywood Reporter.
TheWrap reviewer Alonso Duralde called Kim Kardashian “as nasal and awful an actress as you might imagine.”
The movie itself isn’t faring much better. Critics have called the movie — which is about a woman who has an affair on her husband with a billionaire social-media maven — heavyhanded and flat. Fans of Tyler Perry have also criticized his casting of Kim Kardashian in a film about the sanctity of marriage given that she is twice divorced.
Tyler Perry defended the casting decision on his blog, writing:
“I knew that this message was not only for my age group, but for all audiences, especially the youth. ESPECIALLY THE YOUTH!! YOUNG FOLKS NEED TO SEE THIS!!! And not just the young people that follow me, but the young people that are following other young people, as well. I wanted a younger cast, that’s why I put Jurnee in the lead and invited Lance Gross, Robbie Jones and Brandy. About two months ago, long before I even heard about Kim’s marriage or divorce, I was trying to finish up the casting. I said to one of my producers, “who else is out there that young people are looking up to?” One of my producers showed me pictures that his daughter had taken of several hundred kids lined up around the corner to get into a Kardashian store. They wanted to meet Kim. I thought, what better person! She literally has millions of young people following her.”
Kim Kardashian’s acting has been under attack before her much-panned performance in Tyler Perry’s Temptation. In 2008 she was nominated for a Worst Actress Razzie for her spot in Disaster Movie.