The 10 Worst biopics of all-time
With 'The Butler' in theaters we look back at some of the genre's messier moments
3. 'Miss Potter' (2006)
"The life of Beatrix Potter was the most enchanting tale of all," claimed the tagline for this toxically twee biopic of the legendary English children's author. Those who somehow experienced a childhood without Peter Rabbit or Jemima Puddle-Duck could be forgiven for wondering just how enchantment-free her books were. Potter led an extraordinary life -- one that saw her overcome Victorian-era chauvinism to become not just a literary phenomenon, but a dedicated naturalist and conservationist -- but you wouldn't know it it from Chris Noonan's patronizingly reductive film, which seems to think her greatest achievement was escaping sad spinsterdom and securing a marriage proposal from dishy Ewan McGregor. She was Bridget Jones all along, you see, just in frillier dresses. Not content with sullying her memory simply at script level, the film seals the deal by casting an absurdly mannered Renee Zellweger in the lead: contorting her face into would-be cutesy grimaces at every turn, the Oscar winner seems to be playing Potter as one of her own illustrated critters. A Golden Globe nomination for this career-worst performance should have been at least as fantastical a notion as talking squirrels; sadly, it's a mortifying reality.