Tom Cruise vs. The Internet: challenging the 'career suicide' story

Tom Cruise is one of our culture's most recognizable movie actors, but his career has taken a hit in the age of the internet. Can the consummate hero rise again? (Rick Wilking/Reuters)


The latest Tom Cruise action movie, Edge of Tomorrow, has hit theatres to positive reviews, with some calling the summer blockbuster his best film in years. Of course, the action-packed flick is far from his first hit. Classics like Risky Business, Top Gun, A Few Good Men and the Mission Impossible franchise, made Cruise a household name. 

But after many celebrated performances, Tom Cruise's reputation as an actor has taken a hit -- and some partly blame the internet.

Chief LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson joins Jian to preview her book Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor -- a project which considers the entire trajectory of the actor's career -- and summarizes the argument made in her recent essay: How YouTube and Internet Journalism Destroyed Tom Cruise, Our Last Real Movie Star.

A quick run through Tom Cruise's career

The internet may not always be kind to Cruise, but at least it has also provided scores of epic Tom Cruise supercuts. Here's one of our favourites.

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