It is simple really. Madonna does not suck when she does not have to carry a movie. When she is in the lead, the movie is a bomb and her lack of acting skill becomes a major liability. In a lesser role (especially the right one), she can actually become an asset as shown in “A League of Their Own”.
In that movie, Madonna played the promiscuous and sultry “All the Way” Mae Mordabito, and with the possible exception of “Desperately Seeking Susan” she was praised for her work and wasn’t skewered by the critics. Again it was simple…she wasn’t asked to go beyond her range and she looked like a real movie star for the first (and only) time. It is too bad that Penny Marshall did not direct her every time.
The Bullet Points:
A League of Their Own (1992)
Why you should vote for her:
Madonna stole some scenes against some solid Hollywood talent, and she looked good doing it.
Why you should not vote for her:
We would penalize her just for Shanghai Surprise and Swept Away.