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All Michelle Pfeiffer Movies, Ranked By Tomatometer

It was no instant rise to fame for Michelle Pfeiffer, who began her movie career with ’80s teen fluff like The Hollywood Knights and an ill-advised revival of Charlie Chan. Even when she moved up to star status just a year later with Grease 2, it did more harm than good to her career. Both Brian De Palma and Al Pacino resisted auditioning Pfeiffer for Scarface, until they were convinced by producer Martin Bergman. Reason prevailed and she was cast as Tony Montana’s drug-addled girlfriend, and Pfeiffer began to draw national attention thanks to the role.

Pfeiffer’s immediate post-Scarface projects, like Ladyhawke and Sweet Liberty, reveal an actress trying get out of the bimbos-and-trophy-wives pigeonhole, eventually finding both commercial and critical success in 1987’s The Witches of Eastwick. The devilish John Updike adaptation showcased Pfeiffer as an arch comedic performer, able to pull off some strange material, which audiences would see more of in the following year’s Married to the Mob. This kicked off the most rewarding phase of Pfeiffer’s career, resulting in three Oscar nominations (Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and Love Field), working with Martin Scorsese (The Age of Innocence), and being crowned a box office queen with her pop culture-defining role as Catwoman in Batman Returns.

Dramas would be her bread and butter (Dangerous Minds, A Thousand Acres, The Deep End of the Ocean, The Story of Us, I Am Sam, White Oleander) up until a hiatus in 2003. She returned in 2007 with three movies: Amy Heckerling’s I Could Never Be Your Woman, cult fantasy favorite Stardust, and the musical Hairspray, which put her together with original Grease alum John Travolta. Her following movies didn’t quite live up to that big re-emergence, including a Batman Returns reunion with Tim Burton on Dark Shadows, and she took another hiatus until 2017. That’s when we got another triple hitter with The Wizard of Lies as Ruth Madoff, Darren Aronofsky’s allegorical freakout mother!, and the opulent Murder on the Orient Express. She drew some of the best reviews of her career in 2018 with Where Is Kyra?, the same year she boarded the MCU as Janet van Dyne in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Her latest film was Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, as Queen Ingrith. And now we’ve gathered her body of work for all Michelle Pfeiffer movies ranked!

#44

New Year's Eve (2011)
7%

#44
Adjusted Score: 11.082%
Critics Consensus: Shallow, sappy, and dull, New Year's Eve assembles a star-studded cast for no discernible purpose.
Synopsis: New Year's Eve celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in the intertwining stories told amidst the pulse... [More]
Directed By: Garry Marshall

#43
Adjusted Score: 14.885%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this emotional family drama, David's wife died two years ago, but her husband is unable to let her go.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Pressman

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 10.178%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fran Drescher, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tony Danza are the most notable aspects of this forgettable teen drama that features a... [More]
Directed By: Floyd Mutrux

#41

A Thousand Acres (1997)
24%

#41
Adjusted Score: 26.657%
Critics Consensus: A Thousand Acres makes disappointingly sudsy stuff out of the source material, but benefits from solid performances by a strong cast.
Synopsis: The lives of an Iowa farmer's three daughters are shattered when he suddenly decides to bequeath them the family's fertile... [More]
Directed By: Jocelyn Moorhouse

#40

The Story of Us (1999)
26%

#40
Adjusted Score: 30.987%
Critics Consensus: A lack of chemistry between Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer fatally undermines the dull and predictable Story of Us.
Synopsis: Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer star in this romantic comedy as Ben and Katie Jordan, a couple who have been... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#39

Dangerous Minds (1995)
29%

#39
Adjusted Score: 31.133%
Critics Consensus: Rife with stereotypes that undermine its good intentions, Dangerous Minds is too blind to see that the ones it hurts are the audience.
Synopsis: In this drama, a school teacher discovers that it takes more than the ABCs to get through to a class... [More]
Directed By: John N. Smith

#38

The Family (2013)
28%

#38
Adjusted Score: 32.968%
Critics Consensus: Luc Besson's The Family suffers from an overly familiar setup and a number of jarring tonal shifts.
Synopsis: In the off-beat action comedy "The Family," a mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in... [More]
Directed By: Luc Besson

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 32.423%
Critics Consensus: Up Close & Personal wastes its superstar leads and compelling fact-inspired story on a treacly romance bereft of onscreen chemistry.
Synopsis: A story about a career television journalist who eclipses her mentor, this drama's plot resembles that of A Star Is... [More]
Directed By: Jon Avnet

#36
Adjusted Score: 18.393%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Peter Ustinov plays the talented detective in San Francisco who attempts, with help/hindrance from his clumsy grandson (Richard Hatch), to... [More]
Directed By: Clive Donner

#35

I Am Sam (2001)
35%

#35
Adjusted Score: 39.589%
Critics Consensus: Not only does the manipulative I Am Sam oversimplify a complex issue, it drowns it in treacle.
Synopsis: Sam Dawson is a mentally challenged father raising his daughter Lucy with the help of an extraordinary group of friends.... [More]
Directed By: Jessie Nelson

#34

Dark Shadows (2012)
35%

#34
Adjusted Score: 44.74%
Critics Consensus: The visuals are top notch but Tim Burton never finds a consistent rhythm, mixing campy jokes and gothic spookiness with less success than other Johnny Depp collaborations.
Synopsis: Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#33

Into the Night (1985)
38%

#33
Adjusted Score: 39.09%
Critics Consensus: Despite its two stellar leads, Into the Night finds director John Landis indulging in far too many gimmicks in lieu of a well-rounded story.
Synopsis: John Landis tries for a laid-back surrealism in his romantic thriller Into the Night. Jeff Goldblum plays an exhausted and... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#32

Grease 2 (1982)
36%

#32
Adjusted Score: 38.787%
Critics Consensus: Grease 2 is undeniably stocked with solid songs and well-choreographed dance sequences, but there's no getting around the fact that it's a blatant retread of its far more entertaining predecessor.
Synopsis: Given the runaway success of Grease, which became the biggest-grossing movie musical of all time, it was all but inevitable... [More]
Directed By: Patricia Birch

#31

Love Field (1992)
40%

#31
Adjusted Score: 34.528%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set in Dallas in November 1963, Love Field stars Michelle Pfeiffer as Lurene, a beautician who aids a black man... [More]
Directed By:

#30
Adjusted Score: 49.934%
Critics Consensus: While it's far from cursed, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil too rarely supports its impressive cast and visuals with enough magical storytelling to justify its existence.
Synopsis: In Disney's "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil," a sequel to the 2014 global box office hit, Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora... [More]
Directed By: Joachim Rønning

#29

Tequila Sunrise (1988)
52%

#29
Adjusted Score: 53.7%
Critics Consensus: Tequila Sunrise unites three of its decade's most in-demand stars for a slickly packaged crime drama that looks great without ever going anywhere particularly interesting.
Synopsis: For his first directorial project in six years, Robert Towne selected a timeworn romantic-triangle yarn, injecting the material with subtlety... [More]
Directed By: Robert Towne

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 43.791%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the middle of a crowded hotel lobby Beth Cappadora looks away for a moment-and in that moment lives every... [More]
Directed By: Ulu Grosbard

#27
Adjusted Score: 48.291%
Critics Consensus: Competent, but not magical.
Synopsis: The legendary rogue of the seven seas confronts a new assortment of dangers and thrills in this animated action-adventure tale.... [More]

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 51.246%
Critics Consensus: Robert Zemeckis is unable to salvage an uncompelling and unoriginal film.
Synopsis: It had been a year since Dr. Norman Spencer betrayed his beautiful wife Claire. But with Claire oblivious to the... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#25

One Fine Day (1996)
50%

#25
Adjusted Score: 51.289%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jack is a reporter who's work occupies 100% of his time. Melanie is a busy architect who is trying to... [More]
Directed By: Michael Hoffman

#24

Chéri (2009)
50%

#24
Adjusted Score: 54.112%
Critics Consensus: A too-short script and a romance lacking in heat detracts from an otherwise haughty charmer.
Synopsis: It is turn of the century in Belle Epoque Paris and a scandalous romp is underfoot. The sensational tale begins... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears

#23

People Like Us (2012)
53%

#23
Adjusted Score: 56.973%
Critics Consensus: Though calculated and melodramatic, People Like Us benefits from a pair of solid leads and its rare screenplay that caters to adult filmgoers.
Synopsis: From DreamWorks Pictures comes People Like Us, a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine as Sam,... [More]
Directed By: Alex Kurtzman

#22

Wolf (1994)
61%

#22
Adjusted Score: 64.116%
Critics Consensus: Wolf misses the jugular after showing flashes of killer instinct early on, but engaging stars and deft direction make this a unique horror-romance worth watching.
Synopsis: Jack Nicholson becomes a werewolf in this bizarre comedy-horror film directed by Mike Nichols. Nicholson plays Will Randall, a book... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

#21
Adjusted Score: 72.525%
Critics Consensus: Stylish production and an all-star ensemble keep this Murder on the Orient Express from running off the rails, even if it never quite builds up to its classic predecessor's illustrious head of steam.
Synopsis: What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

#20
Adjusted Score: 26.91%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless director Amy Heckerling returns to her position behind the camera for the first... [More]
Directed By: Amy Heckerling

#19

Ladyhawke (1985)
67%

#19
Adjusted Score: 68.09%
Critics Consensus: There's pacing problems, but Ladyhawke has an undeniable romantic sweep that's stronger than most fantasy epics of its ilk.
Synopsis: In medieval France, a young, nebbishy pickpocket befriends a knight who has fallen under a strange curse. It is soon... [More]
Directed By: Richard Donner

#18

Frankie & Johnny (1991)
66%

#18
Adjusted Score: 67.535%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on a popular off-Broadway play by Terrence McNally, this drama chronicles the bittersweet romance between an ex-con who gets... [More]
Directed By: Garry Marshall

#17
Adjusted Score: 70.042%
Critics Consensus: Faultless production and shining performances display the Bard's talent propitiously.
Synopsis: It all begins when Hermia and Lysander flee deep into the forest to escape Hermia's father, Egeus, who wishes Hermia... [More]
Directed By: Michael Hoffman

#16

White Oleander (2002)
68%

#16
Adjusted Score: 71.521%
Critics Consensus: Strong performances by the lead actresses make White Oleander a compelling female melodrama.
Synopsis: A drama which chronicles the life of Astrid, a young teenager who journeys through a series of foster homes after... [More]
Directed By: Peter Kosminsky

#15

mother! (2017)
68%

#15
Adjusted Score: 84.147%
Critics Consensus: There's no denying that mother! is the thought-provoking product of a singularly ambitious artistic vision, though it may be too unwieldy for mainstream tastes.
Synopsis: A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky... [More]
Directed By: Darren Aronofsky

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 76.338%
Critics Consensus: The Wizard of Lies doesn't really shed much new light on its fact-based story, but thanks to solid direction and a talented cast, it still proves consistently watchable.
Synopsis: Adaptation of journalist Diana B. Henriques' account of financier Bernie Madoff's orchestration of one of the largest frauds in U.S.... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#13

Stardust (2007)
76%

#13
Adjusted Score: 82.416%
Critics Consensus: A faithful interpretation that captures the spirit of whimsy, action, and off-kilter humor of Neil Gaiman, Stardust juggles multiple genres and tones to create a fantastical experience.
Synopsis: The sleepy English village of Wall is so named for the cobblestone wall that has, for eons, kept the villagers... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

#12

The Russia House (1990)
72%

#12
Adjusted Score: 72.5%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Sean Connery appears as a British publisher who receives a message that if he'll publish a manuscript submitted by a... [More]
Directed By: Fred Schepisi

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 78.189%
Critics Consensus: A wickedly funny tale of three witches and their duel with the Devil, fuelled by some delicious fantasy and arch comedic performances.
Synopsis: The Witches of Eastwick, a memorable comedy with a dark edge, is based upon a novel by John Updike. On... [More]
Directed By:

#10

Sweet Liberty (1986)
77%

#10
Adjusted Score: 77.376%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Alan Alda wrote, directed, and starred in this satirical film about the corruption of the film industry's approach to history.... [More]
Directed By: Alan Alda

#9

Batman Returns (1992)
80%

#9
Adjusted Score: 86.337%
Critics Consensus: Director Tim Burton's dark, brooding atmosphere, Michael Keaton's work as the tormented hero, and the flawless casting of Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Christopher Walken as, well, Christopher Walken make the sequel better than the first.
Synopsis: In the second of the blockbuster Batman films, the legendary hero does battle against the mysterious Cat Woman and the... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 84.664%
Critics Consensus: The Prince of Egypt's stunning visuals and first-rate voice cast more than compensate for the fact that it's better crafted than it is emotionally involving.
Synopsis: "My son, I have nothing I can give, but this chance that you may live." With these words, Yocheved, a... [More]

#7

Where Is Kyra? (2018)
81%

#7
Adjusted Score: 82.457%
Critics Consensus: Where Is Kyra? rests on Michelle Pfeiffer's magnetically raw performance -- and lives up to it with a trenchant, hard-hitting story.
Synopsis: An unemployed woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) finds her life falling apart following the death of her mother, and soon resorts to... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Dosunmu

#6

Scarface (1983)
82%

#6
Adjusted Score: 88.321%
Critics Consensus: Director Brian De Palma and star Al Pacino take it to the limit in this stylized, ultra-violent and eminently quotable gangster epic that walks a thin white line between moral drama and celebratory excess.
Synopsis: Al Pacino stars as Tony Montana, an exiled Cuban criminal who goes to work for Miami drug lord Robert Loggia.... [More]
Directed By: Brian DePalma

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 105.983%
Critics Consensus: A lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man and The Wasp offers a much-needed MCU palate cleanser.
Synopsis: From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: "Ant-Man and The... [More]
Directed By: Peyton Reed

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 92.094%
Critics Consensus: Buoyed by Jonathan Demme's intuitive direction and Michelle Pfeiffer's irresistible charisma, Married to the Mob is a saucy mix of broad comedy and gangster drama.
Synopsis: Michelle Pfeiffer is Married to the Mob in this comedy. The wife of Mafia hitman Alec Baldwin, Pfeiffer regularly chastizes... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#3

Hairspray (2007)
91%

#3
Adjusted Score: 98.448%
Critics Consensus: Hairspray is an energetic, wholly entertaining musical romp; a fun Summer movie with plenty of heart. Its contagious songs will make you want to get up and start dancing.
Synopsis: Sixteen years after the release of the original film, New Line Cinema brings a feature film adaptation of the Tony... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 94.613%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, seductive, and clever, Stephen Frears' adaptation is a wickedly entertaining exploration of sexual politics.
Synopsis: Adapted for stage and screen several times over the past century, French author Francois Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 novel Les... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 97.538%
Critics Consensus: Its story is nothing special, but The Fabulous Baker Boys glows beneath luminous performances from its perfectly cast stars.
Synopsis: Real-life siblings Beau and Jeff Bridges star as the eponymous Fabulous Baker Boys. Musical prodigies both, the Bakers have long... [More]
Directed By: Steve Kloves

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