Karen Allen - Rotten Tomatoes

Karen Allen

Highest Rated:   98% Manhattan (1979)
Lowest Rated:   0% Until September (1984)
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Birthplace:   Carrollton, Illinois, USA
Trained at the Washington Theatre Laboratory and Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, Karen Allen was primarily a stage actress when she began to accept small film roles in such productions as National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) and Manhattan (1979), although her most celebrated film assignment was as the plucky Marion Ravenwood in Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Spielberg reportedly acknowledged his appreciation of Allen's performance by gallantly kissing her hand after each take, also preferring roles for Allen that allowed her to appear without makeup, with her generously freckled face in full view. Among her more notable post-Raiders films were Starman (1984), The Glass Menagerie (1987), Malcolm X (1992), and In the Bedroom (2001). Temporarily blinded by conjunctivitis shortly before launching her film career, Allen was able to draw from life while portraying the adult Helen Keller in the mid-'80s Broadway play Helen and Teacher. Allen's TV roles included a portrayal of the ill-fated civilian astronaut Christa McAuliffe in Challenger (1990). The actress reunited with Harrison Ford in a reprisal of her role as Marion in 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Allen continues to be active in film and television.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Year by the Sea
  • Joan Anderson
2017
79% Bad Hurt
  • Elaine Kendall
2016
No Score Yet Root
  • Actor
2013
44% White Irish Drinkers
  • Margaret
2011
No Score Yet November Christmas
  • Claire Sanford
2010
77% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Marion Ravenwood
2008
26% Poster Boy
  • Eunice Kray
2006
40% The Sandlot 2
  • Mrs. Smalls
2005
No Score Yet Shaka Zulu - The Last Great Warrior
  • Actor
2005
32% When Will I Be Loved
  • Alexandra
2004
No Score Yet Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Plain Dirty
  • Butcher Lee
2003
34% World Traveler
  • Delores
2002
No Score Yet Shaka Zulu - Last Great Warrior
  • Katherine Farewell
2001
No Score Yet Wind River
  • Martha Wilson
2001
93% In the Bedroom
  • Marla Keyes
2001
No Score Yet My Horrible Year!
  • Belinda Faulkner
2001
47% The Perfect Storm
  • Melissa Brown
2000
44% The Basket
  • Bessie Emery
1999
No Score Yet The Yearbook: An 'Animal House' Reunion
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Falling Sky
  • Resse Nicholson
1998
No Score Yet All the Winters That Have Been
  • Hannah Raven
1997
5% 'Til There Was You
  • Betty
1997
No Score Yet Hostile Advances: The Kerry Ellison Story
  • Margaret
1996
97% King of the Hill
  • Miss Mathey
1993
No Score Yet Voyage
  • Kit
1993
58% The Sandlot
  • Mom
1993
13% Ghost in the Machine
  • Terry Munroe
1993
No Score Yet Sweet Talker
  • Julie Maguire
1992
91% Malcolm X
  • Miss Dunne
1992
No Score Yet Turning
  • Glory Lawson
1992
No Score Yet Secret Weapon
  • Ruth
1990
No Score Yet Challenger
  • Christa McAuliffe
1990
13% Animal Behavior
  • Alex Bristow
1989
68% Scrooged
  • Claire
1988
70% The Glass Menagerie
  • Laura Wingfield
1987
No Score Yet Backfire
  • Mara McAndrew
1987
No Score Yet Terminus
  • Gus
1986
81% Starman
  • Jenny Hayden
1984
0% Until September
  • Mo Alexander
1984
No Score Yet Split Image
  • Rebecca
1982
89% Shoot the Moon
  • Sandy
1982
94% Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Marion Ravenwood
1981
No Score Yet A Small Circle of Friends
  • Jessica Bloom
1980
50% Cruising
  • Nancy
1980
89% The Wanderers
  • Nina
1979
98% Manhattan
  • TV Actor
1979
91% National Lampoon's Animal House
  • Katy
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Judith Sandler
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Betty Lowe
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Paula Varney

Quotes from Karen Allen's Characters