Top 3: Jeremy Renner Performances

It’s been a decent few years for Jeremy Renner. Two Oscar nominations were followed by stepping into the Bourne franchise and becoming one of Marvel’s Avengers. In honour of his recent succeses, this little piece will countdown Jeremy Renner’s finest three performances, beginning with…

A Special Mention: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol


Though his performance deserves a mention, the all-round average-ness of the film holds me back from making this list a ‘Top 4’. As the supporting action man to Tom Cruise’s action man, Renner delivers well and puts in an enjoyable performance. For more detail and a full film review, check out:

Number 3. American Hustle


Undoubtedly one of 2013’s best, American Hustle is another film in which Christian Bale shines. Other excellent performances from Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence caught critics’ eyes, but it was Renner’s portrayal of good guy/bad guy, Mayor Carmine Polito, that caught mine. Renner’s supporting role is overshadowed by the other A-list talent on display, but his depiction of the imperfect politician still deserves a great deal of praise. Charming and charismatic when comfortable and shaky and desperate when under pressure, Renner’s performance cuts many an emotion. To top it off, check out the barnet: Sublime hair.

Film Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

Renner Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Number 2. The Hurt Locker


Renner recieved his first Oscar nomination for his role as the radical Sergeant First Class William James. His character has seen and done too much, diffusing an excessive amount of explosives. His erratic nature puts lives at risk, but with results. Jeremy Renner is the cheeky, frustrating and talented soldier needed, providing a slow change of heart throughout the picture. He manages to sell both the immature and the caring sides of a man who is obviously deeply troubled. His character development helps this performance overtake his in American Hustle.

Film Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Renner Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

1. The Town


Jeremy Renner’s second Oscar nomination came for his most impressive performance. As James Coughlin, Renner truly steals the show playing a gritty and ruthless thug. Though Ben Affleck’s character gets the majority of the storyline, including the romance, Renner’s portrayal of a man capable of any injustice is inspired. His character’s development is striking and powerful, becoming a figure one roots for in the film’s climax rather than one they despise. It would have been very well deserved to see Renner picking up his first Oscar for this performance, and had it not been for Christian Bale’s standout performance in the The Fighter, he may have. Renner’s performance in The Town should make any film fan stand up and notice his talent.

Film Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Renner Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2


So there you have it, Jeremy Renner’s greatest performances. Do you agree?

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5 thoughts on “Top 3: Jeremy Renner Performances

  1. I suggest that you watch NeoNed. I think that performance knocks American Hustle off the list. The vulnerability that he can portray while being tough is what brings these three performances to the top!

    • I completely agree. The Town especially is one hell of a transformation. I really like Renner, feel like too many are content with judging him his less than stellar action flicks and little else. Will have to keep an eye out for NeoNed. Can’t say I’ve heard of it. Thanks for the comment.

  2. In addition to Neo Ned you should search out 12 and Holding. Its Renner’s first collaboration with Michael Cuesta, the director of his upcoming film Kill The Messenger.

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