Sometimes I think that movie reviewers are wannabe wine connoisseurs. They grasp for descriptive terms that sound meaningful but are, in fact, vacuous. Take this review of War of the Worlds. The reviewer says of Tom Cruise, " His performance is honest and wrought with emotional content."
What does it mean for a performance to be “honest”? Can anybody tell me what that means? And does it imply that an actor can give a dishonest performance? Can anyone give me an example of a dishonest performance?