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Barry Sonnenfeld

Highest Rated: 93% Enchanted (2007)

Lowest Rated: 14% Nine Lives (2016)

Birthday: Apr 1, 1953

Birthplace: Not Available

Known for both his multifaceted career and his habit of channeling drama into comedy, Barry Sonnenfeld has been working steadily since the mid-'80s as a director, cinematographer, producer, and, from time to time, as an actor. At his best he has given audiences such sharp, witty, and deftly directed films as Get Shorty (1995) and The Addams Family (1991); at his worst, he has been responsible for unequivocal stinkbombs like For Love or Money (1993) and Wild Wild West (1999).A native of New York, where he was born April 1, 1953, Sonnenfeld spent many of his high school days going to the movies instead of class. His principle interest was in photography, which he learned the basics of as a darkroom lab technician at New York University. While at N.Y.U., he made the acquaintance of two fellow students, Joel and Ethan Coen. Sonnenfeld, who had been earning extra cash as a cameraman on low-budget films, including pornographic ones, began collaborating with the Coen brothers on their first film, Blood Simple (1984), as a cinematographer. He continued to work with them in this capacity on two of their subsequent films, Raising Arizona (1987) and Miller's Crossing (1990).Sonnenfeld also lent his cinematographic talents to such films as Throw Momma From the Train (1987), Big (1988), When Harry Met Sally (1989), and Misery (1990), before making his directorial debut with The Addams Family in 1990. An amiably twisted family comedy starring Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia, the film was a big hit, and Sonnenfeld duly turned out a sequel, Addams Family Values, three years later. It was for Get Shorty (1995), however, that he received his greatest praise to date; a cool, neatly packaged adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel, it was hailed as one of the best films of the year, and played no small part in resurrecting the once-flagging career of John Travolta, who starred as Chili Palmer, a loan collector for the mob mixed up in bad business in Hollywood. Men in Black (1997), Sonnenfeld's next directorial outing, proved to be a critical mixed bag, although the box-office receipts for the comedy about two government agents (Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones) doing battle with aliens were lucrative enough to mitigate the slings and arrows of disgruntled critics. The following year, Sonnenfeld once again earned a share of critical approval as the executive producer of Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight, another stylishly satisfying Elmore Leonard adaptation starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. Unfortunately, Sonnenfeld's next stint as a director was Wild Wild West, a Western starring Will Smith and Kevin Kline that headed into the deep, deep South at the box office and the realm of critical opinion. After taking a breather for a couple of years, Sonnenfeld returned to theaters in 2002 with two more comedies, Big Trouble and Men in Black 2. The former, a Get Shorty-like ensemble comedy involving a botched terrorist plot, was delayed for six months after the September 11th tragedies and failed to make an impression at the box office upon release. As a producer he helped bring a number of visually inventive television shows to the small-screen including The Tick. Karen Sisco, and Pushing Daises, even while his directorial career continued with the Robin Williams vehicle RV and a third Men in Black film in 2012.

Highest Rated Movies



23% Men in Black International Executive Producer 2019
No Score Yet Enchanted 2 Producer 2017
14% Nine Lives Additional Voices $19.7M 2016
No Score Yet Lore Executive Producer 2015
68% Men in Black III Director Husband Watching Launch Screenwriter $179.1M 2012
No Score Yet How-To Guide for Saving the World Producer Director 2010
33% Space Chimps Producer $30M 2008
93% Enchanted Producer $127.8M 2007
23% RV Irv Director $71.5M 2006
72% Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Executive Producer $118.5M 2004
54% The Ladykillers Producer 2004
39% Men in Black II Neuralyzed Father Director $190.5M 2002
48% Big Trouble Director Producer 2002
20% The Crew Producer $12.5M 2000
17% Wild Wild West Director Producer Screenwriter 1999
93% Out of Sight Executive Producer 1998
92% Men in Black Director 1997
87% Get Shorty Executive Producer Doorman Director 1995
76% Addams Family Values Mr. Glicker Director 1993
37% For Love or Money Producer Director 1993
64% The Addams Family Director 1991
90% Barton Fink Page Calling for Barton Fink 1991


96% A Series of Unfortunate Events
Executive Producer 2019
95% The Tick
Executive Producer 2019
No Score Yet Independent Lens
Executive Producer 2016
90% Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge
Judge 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
Guest 2012
96% Pushing Daisies
Executive Producer Director Producer 2009
39% Notes From the Underbelly
Executive Producer Director 2008
88% The Tick
Executive Producer Director 2001
0% Secret Agent Man
Executive Producer 2000
95% Karen Sisco
Executive Producer Producer


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