Scottish actress Tilda Swinton has blasted criticism of Hollywood heart-throb Keanu Reeves, insisting he is a "great film star".

The MATRIX star is often teased by critics who claim he is a lightweight actor.

But Swinton - who appears alongside Reeves in new movie THUMBSUCKER - believes he is misunderstood.

She says, "A film star is what a film needs and Keanu is certainly that. He's a great film star. He's extremely bright, funny, aware and naughty."