Dustin Hoffman - Rotten Tomatoes

Dustin Hoffman

Highest Rated:   100% Death of a Salesman (1985)
Lowest Rated:   9% The Cobbler (2015)
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Birthplace:   Los Angeles, California, USA
The emergence of Dustin Hoffman in 1967 heralded the arrival of a new era of Hollywood stardom. Diminutive, wiry and unassuming, he was anything but the usual matinee idol, yet he quickly distinguished himself among the most popular and celebrated screen performers of his generation. A notoriously difficult talent famous for his battles with directors as well as his total immersion in his performances, Hoffman further battled against stereotypes by accepting roles which cast him firmly as an antihero, often portraying troubled, even tragic figures rarely destined for a happy ending. By extension, he broke new ground for all actors -- not only were stars no longer limited to heroic, larger-than-life characterizations, but in his wake virtually anyone, regardless of their seeming physical limitations, could attain success on the big screen. Born August 8, 1937 in Los Angeles, Hoffman originally studied to become a doctor, but later focused his attentions on acting, performing regularly at the Pasadena Playhouse alongside fellow aspirant Gene Hackman. Upon relocating to New York City, he worked a series of odd jobs, landing the occasional small television role and later touring in summer stock. Frustrated by his lack of greater success, Hoffman once even left acting to teach, but in 1960 he won a role in the off-Broadway production Yes Is for a Very Young Man. After 1961's A Cook for Mr. General, however, he continued to struggle, and did not reappear onstage for several years, in the meantime studying with Lee Strasberg at the Actors' Studio and becoming a dedicated Method actor. Finally, in 1964 Hoffman appeared in a string of theatrical projects including productions of Waiting for Godot and The Dumbwaiter. Two years later he won a Best Actor Obie for his work in The Journey of the Fifth Horse. In 1967 Hoffman made his film debut with a tiny role in the feature The Tiger Makes Out, a similarly brief appearance in Un Dollaro per Sette Vigliachi followed later that same year, as did a highly-acclaimed turn in the theatrical farce Eh? It was here that he was first spotted by director Mike Nichols, who cast him in the lead role in his 1967 black comedy The Graduate. Though 30 at the time of filming, Hoffman was perfectly cast as an alienated college student, and his work won him not only an Oscar nomination but also made him a hugely popular performer with the youth market. His status as a burgeoning counterculture hero was solidified thanks to his work in John Schlesinger's 1969 Academy Award winner Midnight Cowboy, which earned Hoffman a second Oscar bid. While the follow-up, the romance John and Mary, was a disappointment, in 1970 he starred in Arthur Penn's Little Big Man, delivering a superb portrayal of an Indian fighter -- a role which required him to age 100 years. Directed by his longtime friend Ulu Grosbard, 1971's Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? was Hoffman's first outright failure. He next starred in Sam Peckinpah's harrowing Straw Dogs, a film which earned harsh criticism during its original release but which, like much of Peckinpah's work, was later the subject of much favorable reassessment. In 1973 Hoffman co-starred with Steve McQueen in the prison drama Papillon, which returned him to the ranks of box-office success before he starred as the legendary stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce in Bob Fosse's 1974 biography Lenny, a stunning portrayal which earned him a third Academy Award nomination. Another real-life figure followed as Hoffman portrayed Carl Bernstein opposite Robert Redford's Bob Woodward in All the President's Men, Alan J. Pakula's riveting docudrama on the Watergate break-in. Next, Hoffman reteamed with director Schlesinger for 1976's Marathon Man, which cast him alongside Laurence Olivier and scored another major hit. The1978 Straight Time, a pet project helmed by Grosbard, was critically acclaimed but a financial disappointment, and 1979's Agatha pleased neithe

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
88% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
  • Actor
2017
59% The Program
  • Actor
2016
87% Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Shifu
$128.4M 2016
No Score Yet Kung Fu Panda: Secrets Of The Scroll
  • Shifu / Warrior
2016
46% Boychoir
  • Master Carvelle
$0.2M 2015
9% The Cobbler
  • Abraham Simkin
2015
No Score Yet Roald Dahl's Esio Trot
  • Actor
2015
86% Chef
  • Riva
$23.7M 2014
79% Quartet
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
$18.1M 2013
97% Paul Williams Still Alive
  • Actor
$38.1k 2012
No Score Yet Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters
  • Shifu
2011
81% Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Master Shifu
$165.3M 2011
80% Barney's Version
  • Izzy Panofsky
$7.6M 2011
9% Little Fockers
  • Bernie Focker
$148.4M 2010
No Score Yet Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special
  • Actor
2010
67% Jews And Baseball: An American Love Story
  • Narrator
2010
92% Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?
  • Actor
$30.3k 2010
94% Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
  • Narrator
2009
70% Last Chance Harvey
  • Harvey Shine
$14.9M 2009
No Score Yet Against the Tide
  • Narrator
2009
56% The Tale of Despereaux
  • Roscuro
$50.9M 2008
No Score Yet Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five
  • Shifu
2008
87% Kung Fu Panda
  • Shifu
$215.4M 2008
37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
  • Mr. Magorium
$32.1M 2007
82% Trumbo
  • Actor
$28.6k 2007
58% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
  • Guiseppe Baldini
$2.2M 2006
72% Stranger Than Fiction
  • Professor Jules Hilbert
$40.2M 2006
25% The Lost City
  • Meyer Lansky
$2.5M 2005
35% Racing Stripes
  • Tucker
$49.2M 2005
39% Meet the Fockers
  • Bernie Focker
$279.2M 2004
83% Finding Neverland
  • Charles Frohman
2004
62% I Heart Huckabees
  • Bernard Jaffe
$12.8M 2004
No Score Yet Tales Of Wonder: Music And Animation
  • Actor
2004
72% Runaway Jury
  • Wendall Rohr
$49.3M 2003
70% Confidence
  • King
$12.2M 2003
No Score Yet Festival Pass with Chris Gore
  • Actor
2002
63% Moonlight Mile
  • Ben Floss
2002
92% The Kid Stays in the Picture
  • Actor
$1.4M 2002
No Score Yet Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies
  • Narrator
2001
No Score Yet The Directors
  • Interviewee
2000
No Score Yet Hollywood Screen Tests
  • Actor
2000
30% The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
  • The Conscience
1999
No Score Yet The Devil's Arithmetic
  • Executive Producer
1999
72% A Walk on the Moon
  • Producer
1999
12% Sphere
  • Dr. Norman Goodman
1998
85% Wag the Dog
  • Stanley Motss
1997
37% Mad City
  • Max Brackett
1997
74% Sleepers
  • Danny Snyder
1996
74% American Buffalo
  • Teach
1996
59% Outbreak
  • Sam Daniels
1995
68% Hero
  • Bernie Laplante
1992
29% Hook
  • Capt. James Hook
1991
47% Billy Bathgate
  • Dutch Schultz
1991
No Score Yet Remember Pearl Harbor
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Wish for Wings That Work
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Opus & Bill - A Wish For Wings That Work
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt
  • Actor
1990
64% Dick Tracy
  • Mumbles
1990
38% Family Business
  • Vito
1989
90% Rain Man
  • Raymond Babbitt
1988
34% Ishtar
  • Chuck Clarke
1987
No Score Yet Private Conversations: On the Set of 'Death of a Salesman'
  • Actor
1985
100% Death of a Salesman
  • Willy Loman
1985
57% Terror in the Aisles
  • Actor
1984
89% Tootsie
  • Michael/Dorothy
1982
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Jimmy Stewart
  • Actor
1980
88% Kramer vs. Kramer
  • Ted Kramer
1979
77% Agatha
  • Wally Stanton
1979
83% Straight Time
  • Producer
  • Max Dembo
1978
80% Marathon Man
  • Babe Levy
1976
93% All the President's Men
  • Carl Bernstein
1976
100% Lenny
  • Lenny Bruce
1974
82% Papillon
  • Dega
1973
No Score Yet Alfredo, Alfredo
  • Alfredo Sbisà
1972
91% Straw Dogs
  • David
1971
No Score Yet Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?
  • Georgie Soloway
1971
No Score Yet The Point
  • Narrator
1971
96% Little Big Man
  • Jack Crabb
1970
38% John and Mary
  • John
1969
90% Midnight Cowboy
  • Enrico `Ratso' Rizzo
1969
No Score Yet Madigan's Millions
  • Jason Fister
1968
91% The Graduate
  • Benjamin Braddock
1967
No Score Yet The Tiger Makes Out
  • Hap
1967
No Score Yet The Star Wagon
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet The Journey of the Fifth Horse
  • Dmitri Zoditch
1966

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Medici: Masters of Florence
2016
  • Giovanni de' Medici
  • 2016
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • Narrator
  • 2016
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2006
  • 2003
87% Luck
2011-2012
  • Producer
  • Chester "Ace" Bernstein
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1991

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