Ralph Fiennes - Rotten Tomatoes

Ralph Fiennes

Highest Rated:   97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Lowest Rated:   5% The Avengers (1998)
Birthplace:   Suffolk, England
With his electrifying gaze, elegant comportment, and lips that look as if they could breathe life into concrete, Ralph Fiennes has caused many a jaded filmgoer to reaffirm the existence of British sex appeal. Since 1993, when he first impressed international audiences in the decidedly unglamorous role of Nazi sadist Amon Goeth in Schindler's List, Fiennes has delivered performances marked by dignified passion and relentless intensity.The oldest of six children, Fiennes was born in Suffolk on December 22, 1962. His father was a self-taught photographer and his mother a novelist who wrote under the pen name Jennifer Lash, professions which virtually ensured a unique upbringing. Fiennes' family moved a number of times while he was growing up, and the children were encouraged in their creative pursuits. Thus, it is less than surprising that four out of the six Fiennes siblings went on to work in the entertainment business, with Ralph and his brother Joseph becoming actors, his two sisters a director and a producer, and another brother a musician. Originally wanting to be a painter, Fiennes enrolled at the Chelsea College of Art and Design before transferring to London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to study acting. Following graduation, he joined the Royal National Theatre in 1987, and he became part of the Royal Shakespeare Company a year later. While a member of the company, he performed a wide range of the classics, playing everyone from Romeo to King Lear's Edmund. Fiennes first became known to a wider audience in 1991, when he starred as the title character in the acclaimed British television production of A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia. The next year, he gained additional exposure, making his film debut as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. Starring opposite Juliette Binoche, Fiennes glowered his way across the screen with suitable aplomb, something that he would do again to devastating effect the next year in Schindler's List. As the psychotic Nazi commandant Amon Goeth, Fiennes blended quiet yet absolute menace with surprising charisma (even more surprising given that he had gained over 30 pounds for his role) to such great effect that he earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination and a British Academy Award for his portrayal. Fiennes' work in the film incited a flurry of interest in the actor, whose intensity and odd name (its correct pronunciation is "Rafe Fines") made him the subject of many a magazine article.Interest in Fiennes only increased the following year, when, back to his normal weight and sporting an American accent, he played the more sympathetic (but tragically flawed) Charles Van Doren in Robert Redford's Quiz Show. Critics loved him in the role, and he further consolidated his acclaim two years later in Anthony Minghella's Oscar-winning adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient, which won Fiennes Oscar and Golden Globe nominations as Best Actor. Given his newfound heartthrob status, many audience members were surprised to see Fiennes next turn up in the title role of the gawkish, ginger-haired minister with a gambling problem (playing opposite a then-unknown Cate Blanchett) in Oscar and Lucinda (1997). He gave a highly eccentric performance in the film, which received a mixed critical reception. Where Oscar and Lucinda was only vaguely disappointing, Fiennes' next project, a 1998 film version of the popular 1960s TV series The Avengers, was one of the most lambasted films of the year. Fiennes somehow managed to avoid most of the critical wrath directed at the film, and in 1999 he could be seen starring in no less than three disparate projects. In Onegin, directed by his sister, Martha, Fiennes played the title character, a blasé Russian aristocrat; in The End of the Affair, directed by Neil Jordan, he portrayed a novelist embroiled in an adulterous affair with the wife (Julianne Moore) of his best friend (Stephen Rea); while in Sunshine, directed by István Szabó, he played three dif


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Holmes and Watson
  • Moriarty
90% The Lego Batman Movie
  • Alfred Pennyworth
$175.7M 2017
67% Sea Sorrow
  • Actor
97% Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moon King
$48.1M 2016
89% A Bigger Splash
  • Harry Hawkes
85% Hail, Caesar!
  • Laurence Lorenz
$28M 2016
63% Spectre
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$208.8M 2015
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Man And Superman
  • Actor
91% The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • M. Gustave
$57M 2014
No Score Yet Salting the Battlefield
  • Alec Beasley MP
89% Two Women (Mesyats v derevne)
  • Actor
77% The Invisible Woman
  • Charles Dickens
  • Director
$1.2M 2013
65% Great Expectations
  • Magwitch
$0.3M 2013
92% Skyfall
  • Gareth Mallory
$299.4M 2012
26% Wrath of the Titans
  • Hades
$83.7M 2012
93% Page Eight
  • Alec Beasley
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  • Lord Voldemort
$381.1M 2011
93% Coriolanus
  • Director
  • Caius Martius 'Coriolanus'
  • Producer
$0.5M 2011
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  • Lord Voldemort
$295M 2010
75% Nanny McPhee Returns
  • Lord Gray
$29M 2010
77% The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest
  • George Mallory
$0.9M 2010
57% Cemetery Junction
  • Mr. Kendrick
28% Clash of the Titans
  • Hades
$163.2M 2010
No Score Yet A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation
  • Actor
97% The Hurt Locker
  • Contractor Team Leader
$15.8M 2009
62% The Reader
  • Michael Berg
$34.2M 2008
61% The Duchess
  • Duke of Devonshire
$13.8M 2008
84% In Bruges
  • Harry
$7.6M 2008
No Score Yet Bernard and Doris
  • Bernard Lafferty
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Lord Voldemort
$292M 2007
No Score Yet The Miracle Maker
  • Jesus
17% Land of the Blind
  • Joe
49% The White Countess
  • Todd Jackson
$1.7M 2005
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Lord Voldemort
$290M 2005
95% Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  • Victor Quartermaine
$56.1M 2005
83% The Constant Gardener
  • Justin Quayle
$33.6M 2005
36% The Chumscrubber
  • Mayor Michael Ebbs
31% Chromophobia
  • Stephen Tulloch
78% The Good Thief
  • Tony Angel
$3.5M 2003
39% Maid in Manhattan
  • Christopher Marshall
$93.9M 2002
68% Red Dragon
  • Francis Dolarhyde
$93M 2002
85% Spider
  • Spider
$1.3M 2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War
  • Narrator
73% Sunshine
  • Ignatz Sonnenschein/Adam Sors/Ivan Sors
48% Onegin
  • Eugene Onegin
  • Executive Producer
67% The End of the Affair
  • Maurice Bendrix
79% The Prince of Egypt
  • Rameses
5% The Avengers
  • John Steed
66% Oscar and Lucinda
  • Oscar Hopkins
84% The English Patient
  • Count Almaszy
63% Strange Days
  • Lenny Nero
No Score Yet The Quiz Show Scandal (Kwijeu Wang)
  • Actor
96% Quiz Show
  • Charles Van Doren
97% Schindler's List
  • Amon Goeth
No Score Yet The Baby of Mâcon
  • The Bishop's Son
No Score Yet A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia
  • T.E. Lawrence
33% Wuthering Heights
  • Heathcliff


No Score Yet Charlie Rose: The Week
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • Actor
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Masterpiece
  • Michael Alec Beasley
  • 2014
  • 2011
  • 2004
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
  • Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet Prime Suspect
  • Michael

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