Meryl Streep - Rotten Tomatoes

Meryl Streep

Highest Rated:   100% Everything Is Copy (2016)
Lowest Rated:   27% Lions for Lambs (2007)
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Birthplace:   Summit, New Jersey
Sydney Pollack -- one of Meryl Streep's collaborators time and again -- once proclaimed her the most gifted film actress of the late 20th century. Most insiders would concur with this assessment. To avid moviegoers, she represents the essence of onscreen dramatic art. Like Hoffman (and De Niro), she demonstrates a transcendent ability to plunge into her characters and lose herself inside of them, transforming herself physically to meet the demands of her roles. A luminous blonde with nearly translucent pale skin, intelligent blue eyes, and an elegant facial bone structure, Streep sustains a fragile, fleeting beauty that allows her to travel the spectrum between earthily plain (Ironweed), and ethereally glamorous and radiant (Manhattan, Heartburn).Born June 22, 1949, in Summit, NJ, Streep took operatic voice lessons, and subsequently cultivated a fascination with acting while she attended Bernards High School. Upon graduation, Streep studied drama at Vassar, Dartmouth, and Yale, where she appeared in 30 to 40 productions with the Yale Repertory Theater. With a five-star education and years of collegiate stage work under her belt, Streep headed for the New York footlights and launched her off-Broadway career. Streep's performance in Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, for which she received a Tony nomination, constitutes a particularly strong theatrical highlight from this period. She made her television debut in Robert Markowitz's The Deadliest Season (1977). That year she also appeared onscreen for the first time in Fred Zinnmann's Julia (1977) as Anna Marie, opposite heavyweights Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, and Hal Holbrook. The following year, Streep picked up an Emmy for her performance in Marvin J. Chomsky's miniseries Holocaust. She first teamed with De Niro in Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter (1978).Around this time, Streep became involved with the diminutive performer John Cazale, whom she met on the set of the Cimino film. Tragically, this marriage was ill-fated from day one, Cazale's frail body ridden with bone cancer. Forty-two at the time, he passed away in March 1978, nine months prior to the premiere of The Deer Hunter. Streep later wed Don Gummer, who was not associated with Hollywood in any capacity.Streep next appeared as Woody Allen's ruthless lesbian ex-wife in his elegiac comedy drama Manhattan (1979) and Alan Alda's Southern mistress in the scathing political satire The Seduction of Joe Tynan. Her shattering interpretation of the scarred and torn Joanna Kramer opposite Dustin Hoffman in Robert Benton's heartbreaking divorce saga Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1980 -- which she famously left on top of a toilet at the festivities -- alongside a plethora of L.A. Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, and Golden Globe Awards for the Allen, Benton, and Alda films.Streep continued her ascent over the next decade by establishing herself as Hollywood's top box-office draw and a critical darling. Her double performance in the innovative Karel Reisz/Harold Pinter triumph The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), her gut-wrenching interpretation of the titular Holocaust survivor in Alan J. Pakula's haunting adaptation Sophie's Choice (1982), and her thoughtful evocation of Karen Silkwood in Mike Nichols' drama Silkwood were highlights of the period. In the latter, she portrays a real-life victimized nuclear-plant worker who mysteriously disappears just prior to turning in crucial evidence against her employers.Streep's decision to headline Sydney Pollack's lush epic Out of Africa (1985), as Karen Blixen, sustained her reputation. She would go on over the next decade to appear in projects like but Ironweed, Heartburn, She-Devil, Postcards from the Edge, and Death Becomes Her. In 1994, she again surprised her fans when she appeared as a muscular expert whitewater rafter who must fight a raging river and two dangerous fugitives to save her family in the ac

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Mary Poppins Returns
  • Topsy
2018
No Score Yet The Post
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray
  • Journals performed by
2017
87% Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
$27.4M 2016
100% Everything Is Copy
  • Actor
2016
73% Suffragette
  • Emmeline Pankhurst
$7.2M 2015
No Score Yet Shout Gladi Gladi
  • Narrator
$5.5k 2015
64% Ricki And The Flash
  • Ricki Rendazzo
2015
No Score Yet The Good House
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Caring for Mom and Dad
  • Actor
2015
71% Into the Woods
  • The Witch
$89.8M 2014
81% The Homesman
  • Altha Carter
2014
35% The Giver
  • Chief Elder
$33.5M 2014
64% August: Osage County
  • Violet Weston
$29.3M 2013
No Score Yet Mommy & Me
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Out Of Print
  • Narrator
2013
No Score Yet Disneynature Wings of Life
  • Narrator
2013
89% Girl Rising
  • Narrator
$0.9M 2013
65% A Fierce Green Fire
  • Narrator
$30.1k 2013
75% Hope Springs
  • Kay
$63.4M 2012
64% To the Arctic
  • Narrator
$14.5M 2012
51% The Iron Lady
  • Margaret Thatcher
$30M 2012
No Score Yet Joe Papp In Five Acts
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or There Must Be More To Life
  • Jennie
2010
No Score Yet Faces Of America
  • Actor
2010
57% It's Complicated
  • Jane
$112.8M 2009
92% Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Mrs. Fox
$21.1M 2009
76% Julie & Julia
  • Julia Child
$94.2M 2009
80% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak
  • Actor
2009
78% Doubt
  • Sister Aloysius Beauvier
$33.5M 2008
54% Mamma Mia!
  • Donna
$143.8M 2008
40% Dark Matter
  • Joanna Silver
2008
71% Theater of War
  • Actor
2008
27% Lions for Lambs
  • Janine Roth
$15M 2007
47% Rendition
  • Corrine Whitman
$9.7M 2007
27% Evening
  • Lila Wittenborn
$12.5M 2007
No Score Yet The Magic 7
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Ocean Voyagers
  • Narrator
2007
70% POV
  • Actor
2006
85% Hurricane on the Bayou
  • Narrator
2006
63% The Ant Bully
  • Queen Ant
$28.1M 2006
76% The Devil Wears Prada
  • Miranda Priestly
$124.8M 2006
81% A Prairie Home Companion
  • Yolanda Johnson
2006
58% Stolen Childhoods
  • Narrator
2005
50% Prime
  • Lisa Metzger
$22.8M 2005
72% Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Aunt Josephine
$118.5M 2004
81% The Manchurian Candidate
  • Eleanor Shaw
$65.8M 2004
61% Stuck on You
  • Herself
$33.9M 2003
No Score Yet Chrysanthemum and More Kevin Henkes Stories
  • Actor
2002
81% The Hours
  • Clarissa Vaughan
$41.5M 2002
91% Adaptation
  • Susan Orlean
$22.2M 2002
No Score Yet Secret Service
  • Edith Varney
2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War
  • Narrator
2002
No Score Yet Vermeer: Master of Light
  • Narrator
2001
No Score Yet Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso
  • Narrator
2000
No Score Yet Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows
  • Actor
2000
63% Music of the Heart
  • Roberta
1999
65% Dancing at Lughnasa
  • Kate Mundy
1998
89% One True Thing
  • Kate Gulden
1998
No Score Yet Voices & Visions: William Styron
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Jamás Causaré Daño
  • Lori Reimuller
  • Executive Producer
1997
No Score Yet Assignment: Rescue
  • Host
1997
80% Marvin's Room
  • Lee
1996
32% Before and After
  • Carolyn Ryan
1996
No Score Yet The Universal Story
  • Actor
1996
89% The Bridges of Madison County
  • Francesca Johnson
1995
No Score Yet The Living Sea
  • Narrator
1995
55% The River Wild
  • Gail
1994
29% The House of the Spirits
  • Clara Trueba
1994
50% Death Becomes Her
  • Madeline Ashton
1992
No Score Yet Night Before Christmas
  • Actor
1992
97% Defending Your Life
  • Julia
1991
90% Postcards from the Edge
  • Suzanne Vale
1990
No Score Yet Arctic Refuge: A Vanishing Wilderness
  • Narrator
1990
41% She-Devil
  • Mary Fisher
1989
92% Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark)
  • Lindy Chamberlain
1988
No Score Yet Tailor of Gloucester
  • Narrator
1988
No Score Yet Harold Clurman: A Life of Theatre
  • Narrator
1988
65% Ironweed
  • Helen Archer
1987
72% Julia
  • Anne Marie
1987
47% Heartburn
  • Rachel Samstat
1986
56% Out of Africa
  • Karen Blixen
1985
57% Plenty
  • Susan Traherne
1985
64% Falling in Love
  • Molly Gilmore
1984
No Score Yet In Our Hands
  • Atomic bomb survivor
1984
75% Silkwood
  • Karen Silkwood
1983
79% Sophie's Choice
  • Sophie Zawistowska
1982
67% Still of the Night
  • Brooke Reynolds
1982
No Score Yet Alice at the Palace
  • Alice
1982
76% The French Lieutenant's Woman
  • Sarah/Anna
1981
88% Kramer vs. Kramer
  • Joanna Kramer
1979
100% The Seduction of Joe Tynan
  • Karen Traynor
1979
No Score Yet Uncommon Women... and Others
  • Actor
1979
98% Manhattan
  • Jill
1979
94% The Deer Hunter
  • Linda
1978
No Score Yet Everybody Rides the Carousel
  • Actor
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
97% Five Came Back
2017
  • Narrator
  • 2017
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2016
  • 2012
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Actor
  • Appearing
  • Narrator
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2000
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2002
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
100% The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
2014
  • Voice
  • Actor
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet Makers
2013-2014
  • Narrator
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Web Therapy
2011-2014
  • Camilla Bowner
  • 2012
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Appearing
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Nightline
1980
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet POV
1988
  • Appearing
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2007
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Appearing
  • 2006
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • Appearing
  • 2005
89% Angels in America
2003
  • Hannah Pitt Hannah Pitt/Ethel Rosenberg/The Rabbi
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1994

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