Charlize Theron - Rotten Tomatoes

Charlize Theron

Highest Rated:   97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Lowest Rated:   5% The Last Face (2017)
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Birthplace:   Benoni, South Africa
As legend has it, Charlize Theron was discovered by an agent while fighting with a bank manager on Hollywood Boulevard. Eighteen and starving, Theron purportedly got into the argument after the manager refused to cash her check. The outburst caught the agent's attention, and eight months later Theron got her first acting job. She subsequently went on to become one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood, thanks to a fortuitous combination of talent and the blonde, statuesque good looks so fervently adored by the camera. Born August 7, 1975, Theron was raised on a farm in Benoni, South Africa. Trained as a ballet dancer, she was sent to Milan at 16 to become a model following the death of her father (which, it was later revealed, occurred after he was shot by Theron's mother, who was defending herself from his drunken abuse). After tiring of modeling, Theron returned to her first love, dancing, which resulted in a move to New York to dance with the Joffrey Ballet. Unfortunately, her career was halted by a knee injury, which led Theron -- at her mother's behest -- to travel to Los Angeles to try her luck with acting. After a long, unprofitable struggle, fate smiled upon Theron in the form of the aforementioned bank encounter. Following an inauspicious bit part in 1994's Children of the Corn III, Theron won her first dose of recognition with 2 Days in the Valley (1996). The film wasn't particularly successful, but it did give her both much-needed exposure and critical praise. The film also served as the stepping stone to her first leading role, that of Keanu Reeves' embattled wife in The Devil's Advocate (1997). The film drew poor reviews, but Theron managed to win widespread praise for her performance. Her next project, Trial and Error (1997), surfaced briefly before disappearing with nary a trace, but the subsequent Mighty Joe Young (1998) netted Theron more positive notices. Her ascent was confirmed with her casting in Celebrity, Woody Allen's 1998 cameo-fest that also featured turns from everyone from Kenneth Branagh to Winona Ryder to Leonardo DiCaprio to Isaac Mizrahi. In her portrayal of a perpetually aroused supermodel, Theron shone in a role seemingly designed to allow her to flaunt her natural attributes and little else. She was rewarded with more substantial -- not to mention multilayered -- work in The Cider House Rules (1999), Lasse Hallström's Oscar-winning adaptation of John Irving's novel. As a troubled young woman with secrets to hide, Theron received star billing alongside Michael Caine and Tobey Maguire.In the wake of The Cider House Rules came a few highly publicized but ultimately disappointing projects, including John Frankenheimer's Reindeer Games (2000), Robert Redford's The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), and Sweet November (2001), the last of which reunited her with erstwhile co-star Keanu Reeves. Theron was also reunited with Woody Allen in his The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), another widely anticipated film that, despite a high-profile cast and stylish period design, was both a critical and commercial underachiever.None of this, however, nudged Theron from her A-list status, something that was confirmed by her casting in the flashy, star-studded 2003 remake of The Italian Job, a much-beloved 1969 comedy caper starring Michael Caine. The 2003 version featured Mark Wahlberg in the starring role, with Theron, Edward Norton, Seth Green, and Mos Def, among others, backing him up. That same year, Theron switched gears and dove headfirst into the "serious actress" category with her starring role in Monster, the crime drama based upon the real-life story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who, in the late '80s, murdered seven men in Florida. Co-starring Christina Ricci as Wuornos' lover, the film promised to show audiences a side of Theron that certainly hadn't been hinted at in her previous portrayals of models, girlfriends, and Southern debutantes. It was evidently successful as Theron was s

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Tully
  • Marlo
2018
No Score Yet Gringo
  • Actor
  • Producer
2018
No Score Yet Atômica
  • Producer
  • Lorraine Broughton
2017
76% Atomic Blonde
  • Lorraine Broughton
  • Producer
$51.6M 2017
5% The Last Face
  • Wren
2017
66% The Fate of the Furious
  • Cipher
$225.7M 2017
97% Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Monkey
$48.1M 2016
17% The Huntsman: Winter's War
  • Ravenna
$46.5M 2016
22% Brain on Fire
  • Producer
2016
26% Dark Places
  • Libby Day
  • Producer
$0.2M 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Imperator Furiosa
$129.5M 2015
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Anna
$37.4M 2014
No Score Yet Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Lady Vengeance
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Angels in Exile
  • Actor
2013
72% Prometheus
  • Meredith Vickers
$126.5M 2012
48% Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Ravenna
$155.1M 2012
No Score Yet Snow White and the Huntsman (Extended Version)
  • Actor
2012
81% Young Adult
  • Mavis Gary
$16.3M 2011
74% The Road
  • Wife
$8.1M 2009
49% Astro Boy (AstroBoy)
  • "Our Friends" Narrator
$19.6M 2009
36% The Burning Plain
  • Sylvia
  • Executive Producer
$0.2M 2009
55% Battle in Seattle
  • Ella
2008
41% Hancock
  • Mary Embrey
$228M 2008
17% Sleepwalking
  • Producer
  • Joleen
2008
73% In the Valley of Elah
  • Det. Emily Sanders
$6.6M 2007
75% East of Havana
  • Producer
2007
No Score Yet Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters
  • Actor
2006
9% Aeon Flux
  • Aeon Flux
$25.9M 2005
68% North Country
  • Josey Aimes
$18.4M 2005
15% Head in the Clouds
  • Executive Producer
  • Gilda Besse
$0.2M 2004
82% Monster
  • Aileen Wuornos
$34.2M 2004
77% The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
  • Britt Ekland
2004
73% The Italian Job
  • Stella Bridger
$106M 2003
13% Waking Up in Reno
  • Candy Bush K.
2002
18% Trapped
  • Karen
$7M 2002
45% The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
  • Laura
$6.8M 2001
33% 15 Minutes
  • Rose Hearn
$24.2M 2001
16% Sweet November
  • Sara Deever
$24.5M 2001
No Score Yet Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies
  • Narrator
2001
41% Men of Honor
  • Gwen Sunday
2000
43% The Legend of Bagger Vance
  • Adele
$30.4M 2000
64% The Yards
  • Erica Stoltz
2000
25% Reindeer Games (Deception)
  • Ashley
2000
71% The Cider House Rules
  • Candy
1999
16% The Astronaut's Wife
  • Jillian Armacost
1999
52% Mighty Joe Young
  • Jill Young
1998
41% Celebrity
  • Supermodel
1998
66% The Devil's Advocate
  • Mary Ann Lomax
1997
43% Trial and Error
  • Billie Taylor
1997
No Score Yet Hollywood Confidential
  • Sally
1997
93% That Thing You Do!
  • Tina
1996
59% 2 Days in the Valley
  • Helga
1996
No Score Yet Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
  • Young Woman
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
32% Girlboss
2017
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
96% Mindhunter
2017
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
77% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
19% The Orville
2017
  • Pria Lavesque
  • 2017
27% Chelsea
2016
  • Guest
  • Appearing
  • Actor
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2012
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2000
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Top Chef
2006
  • Judge
  • 2012
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2008
  • 2003
  • 2001
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2008
84% Arrested Development
2003-2013
  • Rita
  • 2005
  • 2004

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