Kim Kardashian Flunks ‘Tyler Perry’s Temptation’ Test
Kim Kardashian, right, and Jurnee Smollett-Bel in 'Tyler Perry's Temptation' (Photo: Lionsgate Films)
Not so fast.
The reviews are starting to stream in on Kardashian's role in Tyler Perry's latest ensemble melodrama, "Temptation." And let's just say the 32-year-old -- who already has a Worst Actress Razzie nomination under her belt for her 2008 turn in the aptly named "Disaster Movie" -- is not getting high marks.
"[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. And he doesn't stand alone in his opinion.
Kardashian serves as comic relief in the otherwise ultraserious -- some are saying heavy-handed -- drama about a neglected, bored wife named Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) who cheats on her pharmacist husband (Lance Gross) with a social-media billionaire (Robbie Jones). "[It's] a cautionary tale about adultery that makes 'Reefer Madness' seem subtle," Scheck states in his review.
Kardashian plays Ava, Judith's co-worker and personal glam-squad assistant who zhuzhes up her otherwise boring style.
In his review, Alonso Duralde of the Wrap labels Kardashian "as nasal and awful an actress as you might imagine," adding that the film is "a deafening sermon."
Kardashian, right, with Vanessa Williams in 'Temptation' (Photo: Lionsgate Films)
"The question of whether the celebrity gossip maven can act is answered within 60 seconds of her cold absence of any feeling performance," observes Joel D Amos of Movie Fanatic, who gives Perry's latest big-screen tale 2-1/2 out of 5 stars.
Roger Moore of McClatchy Newspapers chose to criticize Perry instead of Kardashian, citing the writer-director's penchant for casting "women who have been media (and man) victims from time to time."
Many Perry fans were enraged when news of Kardashian being cast in the film broke -- in part because "Temptation" is a morality tale about the sanctity of marriage, and Kardashian is a two-time loser in that department.