Margot Robbie’s Worst Film Is Available To Stream If You Can Stomach It

Margot Robbie's Babylon is the most streaming movie right now on Paramount+.

By Robert Scucci | Updated

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Margot Robbie in Babylon

We’re sure that at some point in your life, you’ve once heard the phrase “you can’t win ’em all,” and we wanted to let you know that Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt have probably heard something similar after the release of Babylon. According to FlixPatrol, the movie sits pretty as the most streamed movie on Paramount+, despite it bombing with a 65 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. While most stars put out a clunker or two, this seems to be par for the course for the Suicide Squad star.

So what’s going on with Margot Robbie’s career? It’s been hotly debated whether it’s Robbie’s fault or if director Damien Chazelle’s Babylon failure was a team effort. Fans are coming to her defense, saying that Margot Robbie’s contribution to the period piece was a bright spot in a large ensemble cast including Brad Pitt, Diego Calva, Jean Smart, and Tobey Maguire, to name a few.

On Twitter, the bashing seems relentless. User Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) says that it’s a matter of following the pattern, stating “her last movie, Amsterdam, also bombed,” that Margot Robbie was the only featured star on the Babylon poster, and has yet to carry a lead role in any box office hit. Randolph wraps up the check list by stating “a pattern is developing for her, and not with Pitt or Chazelle.”

Twitter user Dean Hacker (@dhacker615) piggybacks off of Randolph’s criticism, stating that Birds of Prey was also a flop, and adds “I like Margot Robbie a lot, but Hollywood doesn’t really know how to make movie stars anymore.” Even though the actress was the breakout character in The Suicide Squad, we’re wondering if it’s simply a matter of Robbie taking on the wrong roles at this point in her career, or if she can only truly shine in a supporting role. While The Suicide Squad quickly became one of the most streamed DCEU films on HBO Max, it failed to bring back its budget in box office revenue.

Babylon is a period piece that takes place in 1920s Hollywood. The plot follows the waning careers of silent movie stars grasping at the last straws of relevancy as the film industry is moving onto bigger and better things in the form of movies with sound (otherwise known as “talkies”). Given how poorly this film was received, it’s safe to say that Margot Robbie may feel like her career is on a similar trajectory to her character Nellie LaRoy.

So what’s going on here? Is it that Margot Robbie is taking on roles that don’t fit her skill-set, or is it the entire production that is to blame for Babylon‘s lackluster performance at the worldwide box office? We’ve seen the 32-year-old Australian star’s drive, talent, and charisma manifest in the form of supporting roles in films such as The Wolf of Wall Street, and she’s certainly cut her teeth on some lead roles like her Oscar-nominated performance in I, Tonya.

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Maybe it’s just a matter of Margot Robbie being at the wrong place, at the wrong time. Robbie has proven to us that she has serious acting chops, and takes her work seriously. Given the right script and direction, we know she’s still got a chance to make a lasting impression. Let’s just hope that her next role puts her on a higher level and that the Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood co-star sees a string of good luck in the future.