The Best and Worst of Emma Watson

Updated on December 9, 2016
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Emma Watson started out as young Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films and grew into an intelligent and talented young woman. She's even become one of the United Nations' Goodwill Ambassadors. But even she has trouble on-screen sometimes. Below, I have listed the top 5 best and the top 5 worst of Emma's films. As usual there is a complete filmography included with my ratings of each film.

Best #1: Colonia

Colonia is the shocking true story behind Colonia Dignidad, a hidden society run by a psychotic cult leader. Anyone that entered the colony never made it out alive. This is the story of the two lovers that did. It's heartbreaking, tense, and thrilling and needs to be seen to be believed. I rate the film a 4 out of 4.

Best #2: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I'm a casual Harry Potter fan, meaning I enjoy the books and films but it's not an obsession of mine; however, I fell in love with this particular film and love it the most out of all the Harry Potter films. Its story is full of heart and humor, but what drew me in the most was the idea of time travel.

Hermione (Emma Watson) had been using a Time Turner in order to be able to take all her necessary courses. She would go to one class, the use the Time Turner to be in another class at the same time. The Time Turner came in handy later on when she and Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) had to go back in time to save Harry's uncle Sirius Black.

It's a remarkably well-done and well thought out film. I give it a total of 4 out of 4.

Best #3: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

I know it's a bit cliché to say that the last film of a series is one of the best, but in this case, it's true. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 went full-force into the final battle, delivering all the great fights, the most amazing moments, and the heaviest emotional hits. I give the film 4 out of 4.

Best #4: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a film that almost anyone can relate to. Charlie, played by Logan Lerman, is a teen dealing with a lot of issues. He's a bit of a loner and just wants to belong. So two seniors decide to help him and usher him into the real world. Patrick, played by Ezra Miller, and Sam, played by Emma Watson, show Charlie the true meaning of friendship and just what it means to truly belong.

The film is so realistic and full of such raw emotion that anyone dealing with or has dealt with the issues that Charlie is will sympathize and understand what he's going through. Everyone has wanted to feel wanted at one point or another so perhaps this film could be helpful to those out there still searching for peace.

I give the film a 4 out of 4.

Best #5: My Week with Marilyn

My Week with Marilyn only documents a short time in the life of Marilyn Monroe, but it is still intriguing nonetheless. Colin Clark, played by the talented Eddie Redmayne, is an eager film student that lands a job on the set of Ms. Monroe's newest film. Colin falls for Lucy, played by Emma Watson, who works in wardrobe. the two seem to be getting along quite well, until she came on set. Marilyn, played by Michelle Williams, is quite demanding of director Sir Laurence Olivier, played by Kenneth Branagh. Sir Olivier tries to be patient and meet all of Monroe's demands, but he can't help but get more and more frustrated with her. Colin, on the other hand, becomes more and more fascinated with her. As he documents the events that happened on set, he becomes quite friendly with Marilyn, turning the set upside down.

The film captures the audience's attention and makes you uncertain about whose side you're really on. Each had their own story with their own reasons and each one had positives and negatives. There was a great story but there wasn't much power behind the emotional moments but the overall film was fantastic. I give the film a 3.5 out of 4.

The "Worst" section has some real stinkers and it has some that just weren't as good as others. Every actor has their bad films and Emma is no exception. So, without further ado, here are the top 5 worst Emma Watson films.

Worst #1: Noah

You ever hear someone get angry because a movie didn't follow the book or story it was based on? Usually I can give a little leeway but in this case, the film took too much liberty and drifted away from the actual story of Noah, making the final film an absolute mess. Facts were left out, changed, and inserted. Mind you, there were some parts that were interesting and made sense but then there were parts that were absolutely atrocious and ridiculous. I hoped for better, but sadly it wasn't delivered. I give the film a total of 1.5 out of 4.

Worst #2: The Bling Ring

Sometimes films just work better as short films. This is one of those times. The Bling Ring is the true story of a group of teens that use the internet to track celebrities locations and, assuming the celeb is gone, they then rob their houses. The film was on the right track, but for an hour and a half film, it felt like it was far too long for what it was. Perhaps it would have been better as a short film? Maybe it would have been better under different direction? Maybe it could have been written better? There's so many different things that could have caused it to not succeed. We may never know for sure. I give the film a 1.5 out of 4.

Worst #3: Regression

Regression had a lot of promise, but lost steam around the midpoint. It told the story of Angela Gray, played by Emma Watson, a young woman who had accused her father of sexually assaulting her. Her father didn't remember the event, or even doing it, but he plead guilty anyway to protect others from himself. The case was being investigated by Bruce Kenner, played by Ethan Hawke. Bruce brought in a psychologist, who suggested "Regression" Therapy. This led to the father remembering certain things which involved a Satanic cult.

The film started strong and at times was pretty creepy. But, after the midpoint, the film sank into predictability and ultimately fell flat on its face. Emma and Ethan's performances were strong, but the writers seriously needed help. I give the film a 2 out of 4.

Worst #4: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One

Whenever I used to watch a long and repetitive film with my grandfather, he used to say "That's a long time to do the same thing over and over again." That's exactly how I felt about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One. It was basically just one long set-up for the big finale. The story was decent and the performances were well-done, but it felt too drawn out, like it didn't really accomplish much. I give the film a 2 out of 4.

Worst #5: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix had a similar problem that Deathly Hallows Part One had. It was too long and overly stretched. The one thing that makes Order a slight bit better is the fact that there are intensely emotional moments, especially towards the end, and a good story throughout its entirety. I give the film a 2.5 out of 4.

Looking Forward

Complete Filmography

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - 3.5 out of 4
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - 3.5 out of 4
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - 4 out of 4
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 4 out of 4
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - 2.5 out of 4
  • Ballet Shoes - 3 out of 4
  • The Tale of Despereaux - 3 out of 4
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - 3 out of 4
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One - 2 out of 4
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two - 4 out of 4
  • My Week with Marilyn - 3.5 out of 4
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower - 4 out of 4
  • The Bling Ring - 1.5 out of 4
  • Noah - 1.5 out of 4
  • Regression - 2 out of 4
  • Colonia - 4 out of 4

*Note: I did not include This Is the End because Emma only had a small cameo in the film.

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Emma Watson has come a long way from her small beginnings as a young girl whose biggest dream was snatching the role of Hermione Granger. She's now graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor's in English literature and became a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations. I look forward to seeing just how high this girl can reach. For now, she seems to be limitless.

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    • Chuck Bluestein profile image

      Chuck Bluestein 13 months ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      Maybe when someone plays the smartest wizard of the group for so many years at a young age, it gives a giant boost to self-esteem. Also she probably earned a few bucks doing it. JK Rowling is richer than the Queen of Great Britain that includes Canada.

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      Kuan Leong Yong 13 months ago from Singapore

      I enjoyed all of Emma's performances in HP. (She etched Alohomora into me heart) But somehow I feels she always overacts in other movies. Maybe I'm just unable to see her as anyone else other than Hermione.

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      Chuck Bluestein 13 months ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      I think that at some point in her acting. Emma changed from a woman into a goddess!