John C. Reilly - Rotten Tomatoes

John C. Reilly

Highest Rated:   93% Boogie Nights (1997)
Lowest Rated:   15% Boys (1996)
Birthplace:   Chicago, Illinois, USA
One of the screen's most versatile and woefully under-appreciated character actors, John C. Reilly has appeared in a series of films united only in their complete lack of similarity. To date, he has been used most intelligently by director Paul Thomas Anderson, who has cast him in Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, and Magnolia.A native of Chicago, where he was born May 24, 1965, Reilly broke into film in 1989, the year he starred in Casualties of War and We're No Angels, both of which featured Sean Penn and a less than stellar reception. Reilly subsequently spent the early '90s appearing in films of every conceivable genre, from the Tom Cruise testosterone extravaganza Days of Thunder (1990) to Woody Allen's Shadows and Fog (1992) to What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). Thanks to his unglamorous appearance, Reilly also did an obligatory turn as a backwoods psycho, popping up alongside Kevin Bacon in The River Wild (1994) long enough to freak out Meryl Streep and her family.1996 marked the beginning of Reilly's collaboration with director Anderson. That year, he starred as a none-too-bright loser stranded in Vegas in Hard Eight, Anderson's feature-length directorial debut. Reilly earned wide praise for his work in the film, which went largely unseen by audiences. The same couldn't be said of Reilly and Anderson's second collaboration, Boogie Nights, the following year. One of the most critically lauded films of 1997, it featured Reilly as another loser, a dim porn actor with dreams of becoming a magician/songwriter.Thanks to the film's success, Reilly finally earned a bit of long-overdue recognition, as was evidenced by his subsequent casting in Terrence Malick's adaptation of The Thin Red Line (1998). The actor's visibility further increased the following year, thanks to prominent roles in no less than four films. One of these was Magnolia, Anderson's follow-up to Boogie Nights. Like his previous film, Magnolia boasted a large ensemble cast of first-rate actors; among them, Reilly stood out as a lonely police officer who becomes involved with an emotionally unstable woman.With his career continuing to build momentum, Reilly was next cast alongside George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in the 2000 big-budget adaptation of the best-selling book The Perfect Storm. However, his biggest year to date came in 2002. Not only could Reilly be seen in prominent roles in four high-profile films, but his scene-stealing turn in the musical Chicago netted him his first Academy Award nomination. Riding high on his escalating stardom, Reilly spent 2003 hard at work on three big releases, The Aviator, Dark Water, and Criminal. Of Reilly's 2004 projects, Criminal arrived first - in September of that year. A remake of the late Argentinian director Fabian Bielinsky's debut crime, the American version tells the story of a couple of scammers (Reilly and Diego Luna) who con members of the Beverly Hills upper-crust, the picture (brought to fruition by Steven Soderbergh) received average to positive reviews. On the enthusiastic end, The Los Angeles Times's Carina Chocano called the picture "funny, original and very well observed," and The Philadelphia Inquirer's Carrie Rickey remarked, "Gregory Jacobs' zircon remake of that glowing Argentine gem Nine Queens is the film equivalent of Chinese boxes or Russian matrushka dolls. If you've never played with them before, then there's a prize inside for you." Less enthused was The Charlotte Observer's Lawrence Toppmann, who compared the film somewhat unfavorably to its original: "a watered-down version of the same pleasures." Issued in December 2004, Martin Scorsese's The Aviator fared immeasurably better (with critics and at the box) and left in its wake the most enduring legacy of Reilly's 2004 efforts. As Noah Dietrich, the individual who manages Howard Hughes's (Leonardo di Caprio) business affairs, Reilly contributed to a strong ensemble cast that included Cate Blanchett and the splendid Alan Alda. Dark Water, Walter


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Holmes and Watson
  • Watson
No Score Yet Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
  • Ralph
78% The Little Hours
  • Father Tommasso
$1.7M 2017
75% Kong: Skull Island
  • Hank Marlow
$168M 2017
73% Sing
  • Eddie
$270.4M 2016
83% Les Cowboys
  • L'Américain
88% The Lobster
  • Lisping Man
$9.1M 2016
82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti)
  • King of Longtrellis
No Score Yet The Sisters Brothers
  • Producer
  • Actor
82% Entertainment
  • John
$56k 2015
91% When Marnie Was There
  • Kiyomasa Oiwa
$0.5M 2015
No Score Yet Border Guards
  • Actor
43% Life After Beth
  • Maury Slocum
91% Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Rhomann Dey
$270.6M 2014
89% Disneynature Bears
  • Narrator
$17.8M 2014
No Score Yet The 78 Project Movie
  • Actor
87% Wreck-it Ralph
  • Wreck-It Ralph
$189.5M 2012
57% The Dictator
  • Actor
$57.8M 2012
76% We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Franklin
$1.8M 2012
71% Carnage
  • Michael Longstreet
$2.2M 2011
86% Terri
  • Mr. Fitzgerald
$0.5M 2011
86% Cedar Rapids
  • Dean Ziegler
$6.8M 2011
No Score Yet Talladega Nights Quote-along
  • Actor
No Score Yet Fight For Your Right Revisited
  • Mike D (B-Boys 2)
42% The Extra Man
  • Gershon
$0.5M 2010
81% Cyrus
  • John
$7.5M 2010
37% Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
  • Larten Crepsley
$13.9M 2009
57% 9
  • #5
$31.7M 2009
No Score Yet Green Team
  • Actor
54% Step Brothers
  • Dale Doback
$100.5M 2008
53% The Promotion
  • Richard
$0.4M 2008
74% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • Dewey Cox
$18.4M 2007
69% Year of the Dog
  • Al
$1.5M 2007
54% Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
  • Sasquatch
$8.2M 2006
71% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • Cal Naughton Jr.
$148.3M 2006
81% A Prairie Home Companion
  • Lefty
46% Dark Water
  • Mr. Murray
$25.5M 2005
No Score Yet Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?
  • Actor
87% The Aviator
  • Noah Dietrich
$102.6M 2004
69% Criminal
  • Richard Gaddis
$0.8M 2004
43% Anger Management
  • Arnie Shankman
$133.8M 2003
86% Chicago
  • Amos Hart
80% The Hours
  • Dan Brown
$41.5M 2002
75% Gangs of New York
  • Happy Jack Mulraney
$77.7M 2002
81% The Good Girl
  • Phil
$13.8M 2002
61% The Anniversary Party
  • Mac Forsyth
$3M 2001
47% The Perfect Storm
  • Dale `Murph' Murphy
83% Magnolia
  • Jim Kurring
46% For Love of the Game
  • Gus Sinski
57% Never Been Kissed
  • Gus
No Score Yet The Settlement
  • Pat
79% The Thin Red Line
  • Sgt. Storm
50% Chicago Cab
  • Steve
22% Nightwatch
  • Insp. Bill Davis
No Score Yet Hellcab
  • Actor
93% Boogie Nights
  • Reed Rothchild
15% Boys
  • Officer Kellogg Curry
83% Hard Eight
  • John Finnegan
80% Georgia
  • Herman
83% Dolores Claiborne
  • Constable Frank Stamshaw
55% The River Wild
  • Terry
89% What's Eating Gilbert Grape
  • Tucker Van Dyke
52% Hoffa
  • Pete Connelly
No Score Yet Out on a Limb
  • Jim Jr.
50% Shadows and Fog
  • Cop at Police Station
84% State of Grace
  • Stevie
38% Days of Thunder
  • Buck Bretherton
47% We're No Angels
  • Young Monk
84% Casualties of War
  • PFC Herbert Hatcher


No Score Yet Stone Quackers
  • Voice
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Conan
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2002
No Score Yet Funny Or Die Presents
  • Appearing
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Simpsons
  • Voice
  • 2008
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
  • Performer
  • Host
  • 2006
No Score Yet Wonder Woman (1976)
  • Skye
  • 1978

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