It’s hard to say which of Shia LaBeouf’s acting roles have been the most successful, but he’s had his share of duds as well.
Even Stevens, the Disney Channel show that made Shia LaBeouf a household name when he was a teenager, was a huge success for the actor.
It’s the role for which he is most well-known. LaBeouf has appeared in a number of popular films over the years.
In addition to his role in the show, he rose to prominence as the star of the live-action Transformers films. After stepping down from the job, LaBeouf went on to work on action, drama, and adventure comedy projects. Many people only know him from his most well-known performances, but he has been in numerous other films as well. Compared to other jobs, some didn’t get the attention they deserved. Let’s take a look at some of Shia LaBeouf’s best and worst roles.
1. Bad: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (6.1)
Star Wars, Marvel, and legendary franchise films like Indiana Jones appeal to some moviegoers.
LaBeouf appeared as a supporting character in the fourth Indiana Jones film. Mutt Williams was the character he played.
Motorcycle-riding teenager Williams (Harrison Ford’s child) happens to be the son of Indian Jones (James Earl Jones). Actor Shia LaBeouf was eager to be a part of the picture and signed on without knowing what his role would be. He bulked up considerably for the role, to the point where he tore his rotator cuff while filming.
2. Good: Honey Boy (7.3)
Shia LaBeouf is a fan of Honey Boy, a film released in 2019. Based on his relationship with his father, he penned the screenplay for the film. The script was originally written by LaBeouf as a form of treatment, but it was eventually developed into a feature film. After a car accident caused by excessive drinking, an actor’s career takes a turn for the worse.
He is sent to treatment, where he re-examines his relationship with his father from his youth (LaBeouf). Rodeo clowns were his father’s profession. His father had a drinking problem as well, but he’s become more aggressive after quitting. The picture was praised for its honest emotional content. Despite this, LaBeouf claims developing the screenplay and shooting the film felt selfish and that he never intended for it to benefit anyone.
3. Bad: Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (6)
As a result, Shia LaBeouf has become the face of the Transformers films. LaBeouf would appear in one more film after the second picture. Eventually, the franchise was renamed and recast, as well. Sam Witwicky’s (LaBeouf) narrative was resumed in the film, but this time, it went global.
An Earth-destroying machine is one of the Decepticons’ primary goals. With the help of his friends as well as the Autobots, Sam is going to stop them. As a result, many critics found the picture to be lacking in a human touch and focused more on special effects than a well-developed storyline But it piqued people’s curiosity about what might happen if things went off.
4. Good: The Greatest Game Ever Played (7.4)
While still a teenager, Shia LaBeouf made his acting debut in the sports biopic The Greatest Game Ever Played.
Francis Ouimet was brought to life on screen by Shia LaBeouf. In 1913, he became the first amateur to win the U.S. Open in amateur golf.
Golf was a privilege reserved for the wealthy at the time. Despite his father’s opposition, Ouimet was a golf caddy who had a natural ability and drew the attention of many. Good casting and a fascinating tale contributed to the positive reviews of the picture, which was also praised by critics.
5. Bad: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (6.2)
IMDb gives Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps a respectable 6.2 rating. Michael Douglas featured alongside Shia LaBeouf in the film. Taking place 25 years after the first Wall Street film, which was released in 1987. The financial crisis of 2008 serves as the backdrop for the film’s reimagining of the figure of Gordon Gekko (Douglas)
After being released from prison, Gekko wants to reestablish his relationship with his daughter and make amends with his ex-wife. Jacob, her betrothed, also lends a hand to him (LaBeouf). If the new guy is planning to steal money, getting back into good favor will be difficult. Critics praised Douglas’s performance in the picture, which received mixed reviews. Some believed that LaBeouf’s performance was lacking.
6. Good: Fury (7.6)
In the wake of the release of Fury, there was a lot of buzz. In fact, it received a rating of 7.6 out of 10. Actors like Brad Pitt appeared in the war picture. Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, and Shia LaBeouf. During the final weeks of World War II, a troop of American soldiers fights their way through Germany.
Boyd “Bible” Swan, a tank gunner, was played by Shia LaBeouf in the film. For their portrayal of war’s emotional and terrible realities, the cast was lauded. Critics especially praised the film’s depiction of the horrors of World War II.
7. Bad: Man Down (5.9)
One of LaBeouf’s less-favorable roles was Man Down in 2015. The actor portrayed U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer in the military thriller film. War soldiers returning from duty encounter a harsh reality that the film aims to depict. During the non-linear plot, Drummer encounters two alternative realities.
His wife’s infidelity with his boyhood friend and Drummer’s derailment into PTSD are two of the stories in which he is involved. Despite its altruistic intentions, some believed the film muddied the storyline of modern-day emotions resulting from the conflict. Both LaBeouf’s persona and its premise were considered to be lacking.
8. Good: The Peanut Butter Falcon (7.6)
In The Peanut Butter Falcon, Shia LaBeouf and the rest of the actors wowed the audience with their comedic-drama tale. As a young man with Down syndrome flees his assisted-living home, the film follows his path toward self-discovery and self-acceptance.
Fisherman (LaBeouf) on the run, he develops a close bond with him immediately after meeting him. One of 2019’s highest-grossing independent films despite a limited distribution. Fans and journalists alike lauded the actors’ interpretation of their characters and their ability to elicit strong feelings. The film was widely lauded for its true portrayal of characters and sense of humor.
9. Bad: The Tax Collector (4.7)
LaBeouf’s most recent film, The Tax Collector, premiered in 2020. Fans had high expectations for the film after seeing the fierce gangster look the character will wear on screen. After discovering that the tattoo on his character’s chest is real, they were even more startled.
As a result, the picture garnered a low rating from critics. “Tax collectors” Creeper (LaBeouf) and his friend are the focus of the film. Suddenly, the plot takes a turn as a long-standing adversary comes after the protagonist. Despite the negative reviews, fans adored LaBeouf’s performance of Creeper and the portrayal of Chicanos in the film.
10. Good: Even Stevens (7.6)
No wonder LaBeouf is most known for his Disney Channel roles, which have garnered him the most critical accolades and the highest rating. Even Stevens, in which LaBeouf played Louis Stevens, made him a household name. A boyhood favorite for many, he appeared in 63 episodes.
It has become one of Disney Channel’s most popular shows ever, and viewers are eager to watch it again. The show depicted the lives of a suburban California family. It was mainly about Louis’s crazy antics, as well as his continuous feud with his older sister.