Michelle Pfeiffer

Biography: Few contemporary actresses capture the glamour of old Hollywood, but this ethereal beauty is one of the exceptions. After winning a local California beauty contest, Pfeiffer began popping up on TV before making the leap to big-time film star. Although she suffered through a few notorious bombs early on (Grease 2, Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen), Pfeiffer's career picked up momentum in the mid-'80s as she proved she was more than just a pretty face by acting opposite some of the most respected names in the business (Al Pacino in Scarface, Jack Nicholson in The Witches of Eastwick). In 1988, she showcased her versatility with three diverse turns in a trio of distinctly different films: the ubiquitous woman caught between two men in the action flick Tequila Sunrise; a Mafia widow trying to start over in the comedy Married to the Mob; and a chaste 18th-century do-gooder targeted by a lothario in Dangerous Liaisons, a devastating performance that earned Pfeiffer herFew contemporary actresses capture the glamour of old Hollywood, but this ethereal beauty is one of the exceptions. After winning a local California beauty contest, Pfeiffer began popping up on TV before making the leap to big-time film star. Although she suffered through a few notorious bombs early on (Grease 2, Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen), Pfeiffer's career picked up momentum in the mid-'80s as she proved she was more than just a pretty face by acting opposite some of the most respected names in the business (Al Pacino in Scarface, Jack Nicholson in The Witches of Eastwick). In 1988, she showcased her versatility with three diverse turns in a trio of distinctly different films: the ubiquitous woman caught between two men in the action flick Tequila Sunrise; a Mafia widow trying to start over in the comedy Married to the Mob; and a chaste 18th-century do-gooder targeted by a lothario in Dangerous Liaisons, a devastating performance that earned Pfeiffer her first Oscar nod. Now an A-lister, Pfeiffer was careful not to pigeonhole herself, appearing in romantic comedies (One Fine Day), blockbusters (a delicious turn as Catwoman in Batman Returns), musicals (The Fabulous Baker Boys, which earned her a second Academy Award nomination) and myriad dramas, including a charming performance as Jackie O.'s No. 1 fan in Love Field, which netted her a third Oscar nod. As the '90s wore on, Pfeiffer slowed down, taking time off to focus on her children with TV writer/producer David E. Kelley, and appearing only occasionally on the big screen, but making an impression every time (White Oleander, The Deep End of the Ocean). After lending her voice to the animated Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Pfeiffer took a four-year hiatus from acting. But she returned full-force in 2007, starring in Amy Heckerling's romantic comedy I Could Never Be Your Woman, and subsequently anchoring the fantasy adaptation Stardust and the period drama Chéri. Expand

Michelle Pfeiffer's Scores

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  • TV
Average career score: 60
Highest Metascore: 90 The Age of Innocence
Lowest Metascore: 22 New Year's Eve
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
31 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Oct 18, 2019 Queen Ingrith tbd
78 Avengers: Endgame Apr 26, 2019 Janet Van Dyne / Janet Van Dyne 7.8
70 Ant-Man and the Wasp Jul 6, 2018 Janet Van Dyne / Janet Van Dyne/Wasp / Janet Van Dyne 7.1
72 Where Is Kyra? Apr 6, 2018 Kyra 7.0
52 Murder on the Orient Express Nov 10, 2017 Mrs. Hubbard / Mrs. Hubbard 6.4
75 mother! Sep 15, 2017 Cast / Principal Cast / Woman 6.8
42 The Family Sep 13, 2013 Cast / Principal Cast / Maggie Blake 6.2
49 People Like Us Jun 29, 2012 Lillian 6.3
55 Dark Shadows May 11, 2012 Elizabeth Collins Stoddard / Elizabeth Collins Stoddard 5.8
22 New Year's Eve Dec 9, 2011 Ingrid 4.7
63 Chéri Jun 26, 2009 Lea De Lonval 6.5
tbd I Could Never Be Your Woman Nov 9, 2007 Rosie / Rosie 7.3
66 Stardust Aug 10, 2007 Lamia 8.7
81 Hairspray Jul 20, 2007 Velma Von Tussle 7.6
48 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Jul 2, 2003 Eris / Eris 7.8
28 I Am Sam Dec 28, 2001 Rita Harrison Williams 6.7
51 What Lies Beneath Jul 21, 2000 Claire Spencer 7.0
37 The Story of Us Oct 15, 1999 Katie Jordan 5.8
61 A Midsummer Night's Dream May 14, 1999 Titania 6.3
45 The Deep End of the Ocean Mar 12, 1999 Beth Cappadora 6.9
64 The Prince of Egypt Dec 18, 1998 Tzipporah 8.5
47 Dangerous Minds Aug 11, 1995 Louanne Johnson 6.5
90 The Age of Innocence Sep 17, 1993 Ellen Olenska / Ellen Olenska 4.9
68 Batman Returns Jun 19, 1992 Catwoman/Selina Kyle 7.5
66 Frankie and Johnny Oct 11, 1991 Frankie 8.0
85 The Fabulous Baker Boys Oct 13, 1989 Susie Diamond tbd
74 Dangerous Liaisons Dec 16, 1988 Madame De Tourvel 7.7
62 Tequila Sunrise Dec 2, 1988 Jo Ann Vallenari 8.2
71 Married to the Mob Aug 19, 1988 Angela De Marco / Angela De Marco 8.7
67 The Witches of Eastwick Jun 12, 1987 Sukie Ridgemont 7.3