Christina Ricci, who turns 39 at this time, has an appearing profession that belies her years. She was solely 11 when she rose to fame because the unnerving, pale-faced, pig-tailed daughter within the Addams Family. Since then, she has affirmed herself as considered one of Hollywood’s mavericks and—with credit starting from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to The Smurfs 2—a lot else apart from.
Born on February 12, 1980, Ricci’s expertise was by no means unsure. At the age of seven, she gained the main position in her elementary college manufacturing of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Never wanting willpower, she says she needed to play soiled to get it—frightening a rival child, after which telling on him, in order that he needed to give up the half.
“I’ve always been a really ambitious person,” she advised New York Magazine in 2008. “I suppose that’s the primary time it actually reared its ugly head. That entire Chorus Line, f***ing-other-actors-over factor, I acquired that out of my system then. Apparently, my 7-year-old self was like, You. Need. This.”
An area theater critic talent-spotted her and, after doing commercials for just a few years and showing on Saturday Night Live skits, it was solely onwards and upwards from there.
It has been a protracted profession for somebody so younger—and she or he has spoken concerning the difficulties of discovering fame at such an early age. This 12 months will see her star in tv film Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story.
To have fun Christina Ricci’s 39th birthday, Newsweek has analyzed knowledge from evaluate aggregation web sites Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and IMDb to rank her 15 finest motion pictures.
15. Casper (1995). Total rating: 54.5%. IMDb customers: 6.1. Metacritic: 49. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.8. Rotten Tomatoes customers: 3.
Directed by: Brad Silberling. Starring: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, Malachi Pearson.
Plot abstract: A mystical skilled and his daughter bunk in an deserted home populated by three mischievous ghosts and one pleasant one.
What the critics stated: “Without the expertise of Ricci, Casper would have been a very barren movement image. As it’s, it is nonetheless not superb.” James Berardinelli, ReelViews.
=13. Penelope (2006). Total rating: 61%. IMDb customers: 6.8. Metacritic: 48. Rotten Tomatoes: 5.6. Rotten Tomatoes customers: 3.6.
Directed by: Mark Palansky. Starring: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Reese Witherspoon, Richard E. Grant, Ronni Ancona, Catherine O’Hara.
Plot abstract: A contemporary romantic story a couple of younger aristocratic heiress born below a curse that may solely be damaged when she finds real love with “one who will accept her as one of their own.”
What the critics stated: “If solely Penelope knew what it actually wished to be and go about it.” Gene Seymour, Newsday.
=13. The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (TV mini-series, 2015). Total rating: 61%. IMDb customers: 7. Metacritic: 52. Rotten Tomatoes: 5. Rotten Tomatoes customers: 3.6.
Directed by: Howard Deutch, Stephen Kay, Constantine Makris, Russell Mulcahy. Starring: Christina Ricci, Clea DuVall, Cole Hauser.
Plot abstract: Fictionalized account of precise occasions and other people surrounding Lizzie Borden after her controversial acquittal of the double homicide of her father and stepmother in 1892.
What the critics stated: “The series is no less absurd, but it’s far more fun than the movie: We all know about the ax murders. It’s more fascinating to watch Lizzie continue to weave her web of evil after her trial.” Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer.
=11. Mermaids (1990). Total rating: 61.75%. IMDb customers: 6.6. Metacritic: 56. Rotten Tomatoes: 6.3. Rotten Tomatoes customers: 3.1.
Directed by: Richard Benjamin. Starring: Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci.
Plot abstract: An unconventional single mom relocates along with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts city in 1963, the place numerous occasions and relationships each problem and strengthen their familial bonds.
What the critics stated: “Miss Ryder is so good, in truth, that Mermaids might need dared to be a harder, extra satisfying film than the trendy sitcom it’s.” Vincent Canby, New York Times.
=11. The Addams Family (1991). Total rating: 61.75%. IMDb customers: 6.9. Metacritic: 57. Rotten Tomatoes: 5.7. Rotten Tomatoes customers: 3.2.
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld. Starring: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman, Dan Hedaya.
Plot abstract: Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric household utilizing an confederate who claims to be their long-lost uncle.
What the critics stated: “Despite impressed casting and nifty visible trappings, the eagerly awaited Addams Family figures as a significant disappointment.” Variety.
Fine Line Features
10. Pecker (1998). Total rating: 62.75%. IMDb customers: 6.4. Metacritic: 66. Rotten Tomatoes: 5.7. Rotten Tomatoes customers: 3.2.
Directed by: John Waters. Starring: Edward Furlong, Christina Ricci, Bess Armstrong, Martha Plimpton, Patricia Hearst, Mary Kay Place.
Plot abstract: A gifted younger photographer, who enjoys snapping photographs of his satirical, perverted Baltimore neighborhood and his wacky household, will get dragged right into a world of pretentious artists from New York City and finds newfound fame.
What the critics stated: “Some scenes are so flat we squint a little at the screen, trying to see why anyone thought they might be funny.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.
9. Black Snake Moan (2006). Total rating: 63%. IMDb customers: 7. Metacritic: 52. Rotten Tomatoes: 6.4. Rotten Tomatoes customers: 3.3.
Directed by: Craig Brewer. Starring: Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake.
Plot abstract: A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild younger lady who, as a sufferer of childhood sexual abuse, appears to be like in all places for love, by no means fairly discovering it.
What the critics stated: “Humid and overwrought, with Ricci working at fever pitch and Jackson bringing fireplace, brimstone and a few satisfactory blues licks to the equation, Black Snake Moan is not any well mannered little indie factor, and positively no formulaic studio train.” Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer.
8. Addams Family Values (1993). Total rating: 64%. IMDb customers: 6.7. Metacritic: 62. Rotten Tomatoes: 6.5. Rotten Tomatoes customers: 3.1.
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld. Starring: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman, Joan Cusack, Christine Baranski.
Plot abstract: The Addams Family attempt to rescue their beloved uncle Fester from his gold-digging new love, a black widow named Debbie.
What the critics stated: “The comedy has moved into high gear and become one of the funniest, most mean-spirited satirical assaults on sunny American values since the salad days of W.C. Fields.” Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader.
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7. The Opposite of Sex (1998). Total rating: 66.75%. IMDb customers: 6.5. Metacritic: 70. Rotten Tomatoes: 7. Rotten Tomatoes customers: 3.1.
Directed by: Don Roos. Starring: Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Galecki.
Plot abstract: A 16-year-old woman visits her homosexual half-brother and finally ends up seducing his boyfriend, thus wreaking havoc on all of their lives.
What the critics stated: “Watching the movie is like sitting through a film in front of a row of wisecracking cult movie fans. It’s also sometimes very funny.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.
6. Sleepy Hollow (1999). Total rating: 68%. IMDb customers: 7.4. Metacritic: 65. Rotten Tomatoes: 6.3. Rotten Tomatoes customers: 3.5.
Directed by: Tim Burton. Starring: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, Jeffrey Jones, Richard Griffiths, Christopher Walken, Christopher Lee.
Plot abstract: Ichabod Crane is shipped to Sleepy Hollow to research the decapitations of three individuals, with the offender being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.
What the critics stated: “There’s no chemistry evident between Ricci and Depp, so it becomes virtually impossible to accept either passion or tenderness in their interaction. Although Ricci is one of the most talented acting representatives of her generation, this does not stand out as one of her better performances.” James Berardinelli, ReelViews.
5. Z: The Beginning of Everything (TV sequence, 2015-2017). Total rating: 69.75%. IMDb customers: 7.2. Metacritic: 61. Rotten Tomatoes: 6.4. Rotten Tomatoes customers: 4.1.
Directed by: Mike Barker, Neasa Hardiman, Minkie Spiro, Wash Westmoreland, Tim Blake Nelson. Starring: Christina Ricci, David Hoflin, Kristine Nielsen.
Plot abstract: A biography sequence based mostly on the lifetime of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the good, stunning and gifted Southern Belle who turns into the unique flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant Jazz Age within the 20s.
What the critics stated: “This is in each approach a tailor-made star automobile, however the actress throws herself totally into each scene, taking part in up Zelda’s the-world-bows-to-me! aggressiveness, whereas all the time hinting on the aching, delicate spirit beneath.” Keith Uhlich, Hollywood Reporter.
4. Monster (2003). Total rating: 72.25%. IMDb customers: 7.3. Metacritic: 74. Rotten Tomatoes: 7.2. Rotten Tomatoes customers: 3.5.
Directed by: Patty Jenkins. Starring: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern.
Plot abstract: Based on the lifetime of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who grew to become a serial killer.
What the critics stated: “Christina Ricci finds the correct note for Selby Wall—so correct some critics have mistaken it for bad acting, when in fact it is sublime acting in its portrayal of a bad actor.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.
Lions Gate Films
3. Buffalo ’66 (1998). Total rating: 72.75%. IMDb customers: 7.5. Metacritic: 68. Rotten Tomatoes: 7.2. Rotten Tomatoes customers: 3.8.
Directed by: Vincent Gallo. Starring: Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara.
Plot abstract: After being launched from jail, Billy is about to go to his dad and mom along with his spouse, whom he doesn’t even have. This provokes Billy to behave out, as he kidnaps a lady and forces her to behave as his spouse for the go to.
What the critics stated: “[Gallo] will get an impressed efficiency out of Ricci, who conveys a richer, dreamier insolence in a single look right here than she does in all of The Opposite of Sex.” Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly.
Lions Gate Films
2. Bastard Out of Carolina (1996). Total rating: 73.5%. IMDb customers: 7.4. Metacritic: 75. Rotten Tomatoes: 7.1. Rotten Tomatoes customers: 3.7.
Directed by: Anjelica Huston. Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ron Eldard, Glenne Headly, Christina Ricci, Lyle Lovett, Dermot Mulroney.
Plot abstract: A mom and daughter discover their lives adversely affected when a brand new man enters the image. Will their household ever be what they anticipate?
What the critics stated: “The genetic seeds of John Huston’s reward are manifest in his daughter’s course of Carolina. Despite its sorrowful topic, Bastard Out of Carolina presents the deep satisfaction of fabric that rings true.” Nancy Jalasca Randle, Chicago Tribune.
Fox Searchlight Pictures
1. The Ice Storm (1997). Total rating: 74%. IMDb customers: 7.5. Metacritic: 72. Rotten Tomatoes: 7.7. Rotten Tomatoes customers: 3.6.
Directed by: Ang Lee. Starring: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood.
Plot abstract: In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, center class households experimenting with informal intercourse and substance abuse discover their lives past their management.
What the critics stated: “The Ice Storm is perceptive about individuals, relationships, and human nature, and there is not a single second in your complete 112-minute working size that rings false … Christina Ricci, top-of-the-line actresses of her era, lastly getting an opportunity to point out what she will be able to do in an excellent movement image. As anticipated, Ricci does not allow us to down—her interpretation of Wendy is understanding, intense, and nuanced.” James Berardinelli, ReelViews.