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Barry Sonnenfeld

Highest Rated:   93% Enchanted (2007)
Lowest Rated:   11% Nine Lives (2016)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Enchanted 2
  • Producer
2017
11% Nine Lives
  • Additional Voices
$19.7M 2016
No Score Yet Lore
  • Executive Producer
2015
68% Men in Black III
  • Director
  • Husband Watching Launch
$179.1M 2012
No Score Yet How-To Guide for Saving the World
  • Producer
  • Director
2010
34% Space Chimps
  • Producer
$30.0M 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
55% The Ladykillers
  • Producer
2004
39% Men in Black II
  • Neuralyzed Father
  • Director
$190.4M 2002
48% Big Trouble
  • Director
  • Producer
2002
20% The Crew
  • Producer
$12.5M 2000
17% Wild Wild West
  • Director
  • Producer
1999
No Score Yet Aliens in the Wild, Wild West
  • Director
1999
93% Out of Sight
  • Executive Producer
1998
92% Men in Black
  • Director
1997
86% Get Shorty
  • Executive Producer
  • Doorman
  • Director
1995
78% Addams Family Values
  • Mr. Glicker
  • Director
1993
32% For Love or Money
  • Producer
  • Director
1993
60% The Addams Family
  • Director
1991
91% Barton Fink
  • Page Calling for Barton Fink
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
94% A Series of Unfortunate Events
2017
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Executive Producer
  • 2016
89% The Tick
2016
  • Executive Producer
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge
2014
  • Judge
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Pushing Daisies
2007-2009
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007

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