Matthew McConaughey - Rotten Tomatoes

Matthew McConaughey

Highest Rated:   98% Mud (2013)
Lowest Rated:   0% Surfer, Dude (2008)
Birthplace:   Uvalde, Texas
With a rangy handsomeness that makes him look as if he would be equally comfortable branding cattle, Matthew McConaughey found fame shortly after making his screen debut in Richard Linklater's 1993 Dazed and Confused. After being cast in two high-profile 1996 films, Lone Star and A Time to Kill, the actor was soon being hailed as one of the industry's hottest young leading men, inspiring comparisons to such charismatic purveyors of cinematic testosterone as Paul Newman and Tom Cruise.A product of Texas, McConaughey was born in Uvalde on November 4, 1969 and raised in Longview. The son of a substitute teacher and a former member of the Green Bay Packers, he excelled in sports as a high school student and was voted "Most Handsome" by his senior class. After graduating, McConaughey spent some time working in Australia and then returned to the States to attend the University of Texas at Austin. It was there that he met producer and casting director Don Phillips, who introduced him to director Linklater, and, after directing from UT in 1993 with a degree in film production, McConaughey was cast in Dazed and Confused. Although his role as Wooderson, a slacker old enough to know better, was relatively small, McConaughey succeeded in winning a degree of immortality with lines like, "That's what I like about high school girls: I keep getting older, they stay the same age." After Dazed, McConaughey took on a number of supporting roles in films of varying quality, appearing in everything from 1994's Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre to 1995's Boys on the Side, in which he was cast as Drew Barrymore's straight-arrow cop boyfriend. The latter film won him some notice, heightened a year later when he was cast in John Sayles' acclaimed Lone Star. McConaughey made a distinct impression in his small but pivotal role as the town's beloved late sheriff, Buddy Deeds, and was duly given his first leading role in Joel Schumacher's 1996 adaptation of John Grisham's A Time to Kill. Although the film met with lackluster reviews, McConaughey managed to attract favorable attention, holding his own against Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, and Sandra Bullock.Finding himself elected to the throne of Hollywood Golden Boy, a status cemented by his appearance on the cover of the August 1996 Vanity Fair, McConaughey paradoxically followed his initial success with a string of small, largely unseen films before landing a starring role as a property lawyer in Amistad, Steven Spielberg's 1997 slave epic. The same year, he also starred in Contact, playing a New Age theologian in Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of Carl Sagan's best-selling novel. After again collaborating with Linklater in 1998 on The Newton Boys, in which he starred alongside Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, and Vincent D'Onofrio as the remarkably photogenic family of titular robbers, McConaughey banded together with off-screen pal Bullock on her directorial debut, the short Making Sandwiches, the same year. For all the hype surrounding the beginning of his career, by the time he was cast in the lead role of Ron Howard's EdTV, McConaughey had receded somewhat from the public eye, with many critics noting that despite his talent and physical attributes, the actor seemed to have trouble finding roles that would do him justice. But McConaughey's turn as the laid-back everyman who becomes an overnight celebrity when he allows his life to be broadcast on TV proved a relative success, with the actor winning praise for his endearingly dopey performance. The film itself garnered a number of positive reviews and gave a decent box office performance, and by the end of that year, McConaughey had his name attached to a number of projects, including those of his own production company, J.K. Livin'. In October 1999, McConaughey achieved notoriety of a different sort, when he was arrested for resisting transport after the Austin, Texas police responded to noise complaints about his late-night naked bongo-playing; drug


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet White Boy Rick
  • Richard Wershe, Sr.
No Score Yet The Dark Tower
  • Man in Black
43% Gold
  • Kenny Wells
  • Producer
$7.3M 2017
73% Sing
  • Buster Moon
$270.4M 2016
12% The Sea of Trees
  • Arthur Brennan
$20.6k 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Beetle
$48.1M 2016
93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny
  • Actor
47% Free State of Jones
  • Newton Knight
71% Interstellar
  • Cooper
$158.8M 2014
40% 21 Years: Richard Linklater
  • Actor
77% The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Mark Hanna
$91.4M 2013
94% Dallas Buyers Club
  • Ron Woodruff
$23.8M 2013
98% Mud
  • Mud
$21.6M 2013
43% The Paperboy
  • Ward Jansen
$0.7M 2012
78% Killer Joe
  • "Killer" Joe Cooper
$1.9M 2012
81% Magic Mike
  • Dallas
$113.8M 2012
89% Bernie
  • Danny Buck
$6M 2012
No Score Yet Man In The Glass: The Dale Brown Story
  • Actor
83% The Lincoln Lawyer
  • Mick Haller
$58M 2011
27% The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
  • Connor Mead
$55.2M 2009
No Score Yet Made in China
  • Himself
0% Surfer, Dude
  • Steve Addington
82% Tropic Thunder
  • Rick Peck
$110.5M 2008
11% Fool's Gold
  • Ben 'Finn' Finnegan
$70.2M 2008
No Score Yet Return of the Thundering Herd
  • Actor
49% We Are Marshall
  • Jack Lengyel
$43.6M 2006
24% Failure to Launch
  • Tripp
$88.7M 2006
No Score Yet Absolute Evel: The Evel Knievel Story
  • Actor
22% Two for the Money
  • Brandon Lang
$22.9M 2005
88% Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
  • Al Bean
$32.6M 2005
39% Sahara
  • Dirk Pitt
  • Executive Producer
$68.7M 2005
18% Paparazzi
  • Himself (uncredited)
$15.6M 2004
29% Tiptoes
  • Steven
42% How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • Ben Barry
$105.8M 2003
No Score Yet Festival Pass with Chris Gore
  • Actor
40% Reign of Fire
  • Denton Van Zan
$43M 2002
73% Frailty
  • Fenton Meiks
$13.1M 2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War
  • Narrator
83% Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
  • Troy
$3.1M 2001
16% The Wedding Planner
  • Dr. Steve Edison
$60M 2001
68% U-571
  • Lt. Andrew Tyler
No Score Yet Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth
  • Actor
63% EDtv
  • Ed
62% The Newton Boys
  • Willis Newton
76% Amistad
  • Roger S. Baldwin
62% Contact
  • Palmer Joss
11% Larger Than Life
  • Tip Tucker
No Score Yet Scorpion Spring
  • El Rojo
No Score Yet Glory Daze
  • Rental Truck Guy
67% A Time to Kill
  • Jake Brigance
93% Lone Star
  • Buddy Deeds
73% Boys on the Side
  • Abe
16% Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
  • Vilmer
35% Angels in the Outfield
  • Ben Williams
94% Dazed and Confused
  • David Wooderson
14% My Boyfriend's Back
  • Guy #2


No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
  • Appearing
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2003
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
  • Guest
  • 2014
75% True Detective
  • Producer
  • Rustin Cohle Rust Cohle
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2006
  • 2003
  • 2000
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Guest
  • 2012
82% Eastbound & Down
  • Roy McDaniel
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
  • Guest
  • 2011

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