Robert De Niro's Best, Worst and Craziest Performances

From 'Raging Bull' to 'Rocky & Bullwinkle'

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Ugly: 'Great Expectations' (1998)

Alfonso Cuarón's modernized adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel is a puzzling misfire, one of those movies in which a talented cast, a great director, and strong material can't bring it all together. Still, don't blame De Niro, who brings full-throated abandon to his portrayal to the convict who terrorizes a child into helping him escape then re-enters his life in a different capacity years later. There's real menace in his performance in the film's early scenes, in which he plays the character as a sort-of cross between his Cape Fear villain and a pirate. KP

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