Natalie Portman - Rotten Tomatoes

Natalie Portman

Highest Rated:   93% The Seventh Fire (2016)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Pulitzer at 100 (2017)
Birthplace:   Jerusalem, Israel
With an Oscar before the age of 30, repeated comparisons to Audrey Hepburn, and the drool of a thousand critics at her feet, Natalie Portman has emerged as one of the most promising actresses of her generation. Born in Jerusalem on June 9, 1981, to an artist mother and doctor father, Portman moved to New York when she was three. Raised on Long Island, she was discovered by a modeling agent who signed her on the spot. Her modeling stint led to an audition for Luc Besson's Leon (or The Professional, as it was called in the United States). Due to her age (she was 12 when the film was cast), Portman was initially turned down for the lead role of Mathilda, a girl who asks a hit man (Jean Reno) to train her as an assassin to avenge her brother's death and falls innocently in love with him in the process. However, she ultimately won the part and her 1994 film debut earned a number of positive notices. In interviews, Portman allowed that making her first film in the toughest sections of Spanish Harlem was frightening, but not quite so frightening, she claimed, as going back to school once shooting wrapped.Portman then took on the role of Al Pacino's step-daughter in another demanding film, Michael Mann's Heat (1995). She followed this up with lighter fare, like Mars Attacks! (1996), Everyone Says I Love You, and Beautiful Girls. After turning down title roles in both Lolita and William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, Portman took on another title role with her 1997 Broadway debut in The Diary of Anne Frank. She stayed with the show until May 1998, during which time she received positive notices for her performance. After lending her voice to The Prince of Egypt (1998), Portman took on her most talked-about role to date, that of Queen Amidala in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999). Despite very mixed reviews, the film went into box-office hyperdrive, further propelling Portman toward her status as a rapidly emerging talent for the new millennium. She would end the 20th century with projects like Wayne Wang's Anywhere But Here and Where the Heart Is. Offscreen, Portman also did some growing up, enrolling for her college education at Harvard University. A psychology major, she made it clear upon her enrollment that, aside from her role as Queen Amidala in the Star Wars films, she would not accept any film roles for the duration of her education. Perhaps to the disappointment of fans, she stuck to her word, remaining absent from the screen (save Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones) until she received her degree in 2003. Luckily, upon her return to acting, it was immediately evident that it had been worth the wait.Portman's first foray following graduation was the 2003 Civil War ensemble drama Cold Mountain, alongside Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman. But in 2004, Portman was at the forefront of both Garden State, a moody dramedy that endeared her to fans, and Closer, a taught, intimate drama that earned her massive critical accolades, as well as her first Oscar nomination. In 2005, as the curtain finally closed on the Star Wars franchise with the release of Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Portman could be seen with a now iconic pixie haircut after shaving her head for a role in the graphic-novel adaptation V for Vendetta. The dystopic action thriller received mixed reviews, but Portman's performance, as usual, earned accolades. Per her usual M.O. as an actress, she would complete a number of independent, arthouse, or otherwise challenging projects for every blockbuster under her belt, like the 2006 Milos Forman directed period drama Goya's Ghosts, and the Wes Anderson 2007 road (or rather, train) movie The Darjeeling Limited. After appearing opposite Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana as Anne Boleyn, the famously beheaded wife of King Henry VII in the 2008 period drama The Other Boleyn Girl, Portman turned her high-brow image on its ear the very next year, playing a small town cheerleader turned army wife in the Iraq Wa


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Annihilation
  • The Biologist
14% Planetarium
  • Laura Barlow
0% The Pulitzer at 100
  • Actor
$3.1k 2017
43% Song to Song
  • Actor
$0.5M 2017
No Score Yet Eating Animals
  • Producer
  • Actor
88% Jackie
  • Jacqueline Kennedy
$14M 2016
65% A Tale of Love and Darkness
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Fania Oz
  • Screenwriter
$0.6M 2016
93% The Seventh Fire
  • Executive Producer
$27.6k 2016
46% Knight of Cups
  • Elizabeth
$0.4M 2016
43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Producer
$8.7M 2016
39% Jane Got a Gun
  • Jane Hammond
$1M 2016
66% Thor: The Dark World
  • Jane Foster
$206.4M 2013
No Score Yet My Valentine
  • Actor
53% Hesher
  • Nicole
  • Producer
$0.3M 2011
77% Thor
  • Jane Foster
$181.1M 2011
27% Your Highness
  • Isabel
$21.6M 2011
38% The Other Woman
  • Executive Producer
  • Emilia
$21.1k 2011
49% No Strings Attached
  • Executive Producer
  • Emma
$70.3M 2011
No Score Yet Sesame Street: P Is For Princess
  • Actor
87% Black Swan
  • Nina Sayers/The Swan Queen
$107M 2010
64% Brothers
  • Grace Cahill
$28.6M 2009
36% New York, I Love You
  • Rifka (Mira Nair segment)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$1.6M 2009
43% The Other Boleyn Girl
  • Anne Boleyn
$26.9M 2008
37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
  • Molly Mahoney
$32.1M 2007
No Score Yet Hotel Chevalier
  • Jack's Girlfriend
69% The Darjeeling Limited
  • Jack's Ex-Girlfriend
$11.9M 2007
30% Goya's Ghosts
  • Inés
$0.8M 2007
47% My Blueberry Nights
  • Leslie
$0.8M 2007
87% Paris Je T'aime
  • Francine
$4.9M 2007
No Score Yet Saving a Species
  • Host
26% Free Zone
  • Rebecca
73% V for Vendetta
  • Evey Hammond
$70.5M 2006
79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  • Padmé Amidala
68% Closer
  • Alice Ayres
$34M 2004
86% Garden State
  • Sam
$26.8M 2004
No Score Yet True
  • Actor
71% Cold Mountain
  • Sara
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  • Padmé Amidala
$307.9M 2002
64% Zoolander
  • Herself
$44.8M 2001
64% Anywhere but Here
  • Ann August
35% Where the Heart Is
  • Novalee Nation
55% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • Queen Amidala/Padme
$431.1M 1999
No Score Yet The Stars of Star Wars: Interviews from the Cast
  • Actor
79% The Prince of Egypt
  • Additional voice [uncredited]
52% Mars Attacks!
  • Taffy Dale
79% Everyone Says I Love You
  • Laura
79% Beautiful Girls
  • Marty
86% Heat
  • Lauren
71% Léon: The Professional
  • Mathilda
No Score Yet Developing
  • Actor


No Score Yet Angie Tribeca
  • Actor
  • 2017
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • Host
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Conan
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Top Chef
  • Appearing
  • 2009
No Score Yet Project Runway
  • Judge
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Simpsons
  • Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
  • Host
  • Performer
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Guest
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Sesame Street
  • Guest
  • 2004
  • 2003

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