Every Kristen Bell movie, ranked according to critics

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Kristen Bell is known for her roles in movies like "A Bad Moms Christmas" and Disney's "Frozen."

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  • Actress Kristen Bell is known for her roles in movies like "Frozen" and "Bad Moms."

  • So far, Bell has appeared in 39 movies throughout her career (37 of which have a critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes).

  • Her best film, according to critics, is the documentary "Pandas."

  • Below are the movies that the actress has appeared in over the years, ranked by critics' scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

Although she's often associated with her TV roles on projects like "Veronica Mars" and "The Good Place," Kristen Bell has appeared in numerous films for over the past few decades. Notably, she voiced Anna in Disney's wildly popular "Frozen" movies and starred in several comedies.

Inevitably, some of the actress's filmography has been better-received by critics than others.

In total, Bell has been in 39 movies, 37 of which have a critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. Here they all are, ranked according to critics' scores.

Note: All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change. 

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Bell's lowest-rated movie is the 2013 comedy "Movie 43."

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Kristen Bell and Justin Long appeared in "Movie 43."

Relativity Media

Rotten Tomatoes score: 5%

Synopsis: The critically panned anthology comedy "Studio 43" features 14 different storylines, each one helmed by a different director. Bell and actor Justin Long costar in the "Robin's Big Speed Date" segment, playing superheroes who attempt to navigate a speed-dating event.

"As a film critic, I've seen nearly 4,000 movies over the last 15 years," wrote New York Daily News critic Elizabeth Weitzman. "Right now, I can't think of one worse than 'Movie 43' [...] Despite the filmmakers' desperate attempts to scandalize us, the only real shock is that a movie this disastrous ever managed to get made."

The actress appeared in the 2009 ensemble romantic comedy "Couples Retreat."

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Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman, and Kristin Davis starred in "Couples Retreat."

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 10%

Synopsis: In "Couples Retreat," four Midwestern married couples travel to a tropical island resort together, before realizing that they must participate in the resort's couples therapy program if they want to afford their group-rate vacation.

Bell's character, Cynthia, and her husband, Joey (Jason Bateman), are a couple hoping to save their strained marriage in the face of communication and fertility issues.

"It's too bad 'Couples Retreat' is so poorly written and conceived, given the talented cast and chemistry between [Vince] Vaughn and pal [Jon] Favreau," wrote USA Today critic Claudia Puig. "We're meant to relate to these hapless folks or laugh at their foibles, but more often we wince."

She starred in the 2006 horror movie "Pulse."

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Kristen Bell was a young woman investigating her boyfriend's death in "Pulse."

The Weinstein Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 11%

Synopsis: "Pulse" was adapted into an English-language film following the success of the original 2001 Japanese horror film of the same name. It centers on Mattie, a college student who investigates her boyfriend's (Jonathan Tucker) suicide and learns that he accidentally unleashed a virus that's seemingly killing everyone with a cell phone.

"While random creepiness seems to be the point for these types of movies, this horror film has the annoying problem of presenting more unanswered questions than scares," wrote Peter Hartlaub for The San Francisco Chronicle. "[...] 'Pulse' also tries to have a message about technology, which becomes ridiculous if you think about it too long."

Bell portrayed an aimless journalist who becomes a lifeguard in the 2013 romantic drama "The Lifeguard."

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Kristen Bell and David Lambert appeared together in "The Lifeguard."

Focus Features

Rotten Tomatoes score: 16%

Synopsis: Bell stars in "The Lifeguard" as Leigh, a former valedictorian and dissatisfied New York reporter who returns to her beloved hometown in search of fulfillment. While there, she begins working as a lifeguard and develops a troubling romance with a local teenager (David Lambert).

"['The Lifeguard'] is as listless and self-regarding as its protagonist, flitting among underdeveloped characters and subplots and indulging in rote emo shots by the pool, yet never figuring out how to dive into the deep end," wrote Time Out critic Eric Hynes.

The actress costarred with Josh Duhamel in the 2010 romantic comedy "When in Rome."

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Kristen Bell's character has an unexpected Italian romance in "When In Rome."

Touchstone Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%

Synopsis: As "When In Rome" opens, successful yet unhappy New Yorker Beth decides to embark on an unexpected trip to Italy. When she steals coins from a "fountain of love" in Rome, her cynical attitude towards romance begins to change when she's suddenly confronted with multiple suitors — including an ambitious reporter (Josh Duhamel).

"Bell and Duhamel may have something as a romantic onscreen pair but there's no telling," wrote Toronto Star critic Linda Barnard. "What's going on around them is both distracting and annoying, thanks to the hyperactivity of the oddball suitors who tend to suck all of the chemistry out of the room."

She appeared with Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver in the 2010 revenge comedy "You Again."

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In "You Again," Kristen Bell played a woman eager to spite her high school nemesis.

Touchstone Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 18%

Synopsis: Bell stars in "You Again" as Marni, a woman who is horrified when she finds out that her former high school nemesis, Joanna (Odette Yustman), is now engaged to her older brother (James Wolk). Things only become more complicated when Marni learns that Joanna's aunt (Sigourney Weaver) is her mother's (Jamie Lee Curtis) own high school rival.

"Those bemoaning the lack of quality female roles in modern-day Hollywood will find a key cause celebre in 'You Again,' which manages to squander three generations of formidable actresses," wrote Andrew Barker for Variety.

Bell appeared in the 2017 buddy cop comedy "CHIPS."

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Kristen Bell had a role in "CHIPS."

Warner Bros. Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 18%

Synopsis: Based on the classic TV show of the same name, "CHIPS" follows Jon (Dax Shepard) and Frank (Michael Peña), who become unlikely friends when they join the California Highway Patrol and attempt to investigate a high-stakes heist.

Bell has a supporting role as Karen, Jon's estranged wife.

"Reimagined by writer, director, producer, and star Dax Shepard, the big-screen 'CHIPS' is a tawdry, testosterone-fueled tale built around penis jokes and endless evaluation of women's appearances," wrote Sandy Cohen for AP News.

She and Melissa McCartney costarred in the 2016 comedy "The Boss."

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Kristen Bell plays a CEO's former assistant in "The Boss."

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 21%

Synopsis: In "The Boss," powerful CEO Michelle (McCarthy) has just been released from prison after serving time for insider trading. She moves in with her beleaguered former assistant, a single mom named Claire (Bell), and begins scheming to rebuild her business empire.

"It is probably too much to expect a mainstream comedy to sustain the level of malice, greed, misanthropy, and cynicism that propels 'The Boss' early on," wrote Geoffrey Macnab for The Independent. "Without these elements, though, the film drifts off into dreary conventionality."

In the 2009 dark comedy "Serious Moonlight," she played a woman who is held captive with her lover and his wife.

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Kristen Bell starred in "Serious Moonlight."

Magnolia Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 22%

Synopsis: When sought-after attorney Louise (Meg Ryan) discovers that her husband (Timothy Hutton) is cheating on her with a young secretary (Bell) at the beginning of "Serious Moonlight," she gets revenge by taping him to a toilet. Just then, their home is invaded by burglars, and the three are forced to untangle their complicated love triangle as they fight to survive.

"'Serious Moonlight' is meant to be both funny and painful, but manages only the latter," wrote The A.V. Club critic Sam Adams

She had a cameo as a record executive's daughter in the 2001 satirical comedy "Pootie Tang."

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Kristen Bell had a small role in "Pootie Tang."

Paramount Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 27%

Synopsis: Based on a comedy sketch from "The Chris Rock Show," "Pootie Tang" chronicles the life of its fictional lead (a crime-fighting recording artist meant to satirize stereotypical characters in blaxpoitation movies).

Bell has a small cameo playing a record executive's daughter, who comes into conflict with Pootie after criticizing his music.

"'Pootie Tang' is not bad so much as inexplicable," wrote Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert. "You watch in puzzlement: How did this train wreck happen? How was this movie assembled out of such ill-fitting pieces? Who thought it was funny?"

Bell portrayed a stay-at-home mom forced to contend with her own mother in 2017's "A Bad Moms Christmas."

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Kristen Bell reprised her role as Kiki in "A Bad Moms Christmas."

STX Entertainment

Rotten Tomatoes score: 31%

Synopsis: The actress reprised her "Bad Moms" role as overworked stay-at-home mom Kiki in the 2016 comedy's sequel, "A Bad Moms Christmas." During the film, Kiki must attempt to get through the holiday season when her own overbearing mother (Cheryl Hines) comes to visit.

"Audiences might have to gobble 'Bad Moms Christmas' anyway and taste guilt — the shame that [Kathryn] Hahn and Bell and [Mila] Kunis can't get better material, and the dirty hope that it makes money just so studios green-light more female-focused films," wrote Amy Nicholson for Uproxx. "Maybe someday one of those will get to be directed and written by women, and have characters that resemble an actual human girl."

In the 2008 comedy "Fanboys," she was a hardcore "Star Wars" fan.

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In "Fanboys," Kristen Bell played Zoe.

The Weinstein Company

Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%

Synopsis: "Fanboys" revolves around a group of friends (including Bell's Zoe, who is the only woman), all of whom are obsessive "Star Wars" fans. When one of the friends learns that he is expected to die two months before the latest installment of the franchise hits theaters, the group goes on a cross-country road trip in hopes of getting access to an early screening.

"A few laughs here and there and a couple of moments of emotionally stunted sweetness add up to a 'Fanboys' that only a fanboy would love," wrote Roger Moore for The Orlando Sentinel.

In the 2010 musical film "Burlesque," she portrayed a burlesque club performer.

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Kristen Bell had a role in "Burlesque."

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Rotten Tomatoes score: 36%

Synopsis: "Burlesque" takes place at a rundown Los Angeles burlesque club, which small-town girl Ali (Christina Aguilera) and legendary proprietor Tess (Cher) attempt to restore to its former glory. Bell portrays Nikki, the club's alcoholic lead performer (who is soon replaced by Ali).

"Earnestly ersatz down to every spangle, dance move, plot turn, and line of hokum dialogue, 'Burlesque' is a showbiz pic for these 'American Idol' times — a time when we agree to pretend that mediocre mimicry of better artists is good enough to keep us entertained," wrote Entertainment Weekly critic Lisa Schwarzbaum.

She had a small role in the 2017 comedy "How to Be a Latin Lover."

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Kristen Bell played a frozen yogurt shop employee in "How to be a Latin Lover."

Pantelion Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 39%

Synopsis: Mexican comedy superstar Eugenio Derbez attempted to endear himelf to mainstream US audiences in the poorly-received comedy "How to Be a Latin Lover." The story follows Maximo (Derbez), a man who is forced to reconnect with his family after his schemes to seduce rich older women fail.

Bell appeared as Cindy, a lonely frozen yogurt store employee who befriends Eugenio.

"Ultimately, 'How to Be a Latin Lover' doesn't know how to be a comedy — at least not a 21st-century one that can get away with dopey double entendres while promoting the importance of family ties over money," wrote RogerEbert.com critic Susan Wloszczyna. "It's hard to be a sincere heart-tugger when you are basically sexually harassing your own audience."

Bell's first film role was playing an unnamed teenage girl in the 1998 ensemble comedy "Polish Wedding."

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Kristen Bell had a minor role in "Polish Wedding."

Searchlight Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 42%

Synopsis: Bell got her first film role playing an uncredited teenager in "Polish Wedding," which centers on the complicated relationships between a large, dysfunctional Polish family in present-day Detroit.

"[Director Theresa] Connelly has packed in too many high-concept personalities and overseasoned them with too much self-conscious spiciness," wrote Schwarzbaum for Entertainment Weekly. "[...] That's the problem with 'Polish Wedding,' the condiments crowd out the human beings."

In the 2018 Netflix comedy "Like Father," Kelsey Grammer and Bell played an estranged father-duo struggling to connect.

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Kelsey Grammer and Kristen Bell appeared together in "Like Father."

Emily Aragones/Netflix

Rotten Tomatoes score: 46%

Synopsis: In "Like Father," a young businesswoman (Bell) who was left at the altar unexpectedly takes her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with her estranged father (Grammer). Over the course of the trip, they learn to bond again, while getting involved in a number of tropical misadventures.

"['Like Father'] is a safe, sometimes synthetic story of two people in pretty settings finding a way to overcome their history and connect to one another, the beats all scheduled as conventionally as in the interchangeable comfort food movies on the Hallmark Channel," wrote Neil Minow for RogerEbert.com.

Bell and Dax Shepard costarred in the 2012 comedy "Hit and Run."

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Real-life partners Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell played a couple in "Hit and Run."

Open Road Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 48%

Synopsis: Bell starred alongside her real-life husband in the 2012 action comedy "Hit and Run." The movie begins as former getaway driver Charlie (Shepard) breaks out of a witness protection program to drive his girlfriend, Annie (Bell), to a big job interview. However, things take a turn for the worse when a federal agent (Tom Arnold) and a mobster (Bradley Cooper) that Charlie testified against begin pursuing the couple.

"Some of the odd comedic detours are funny, but the action never hits a high gear, and the romantic subplot is an annoying backseat driver," wrote Joe Williams for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "[...] 'Hit and Run' isn't a catastrophe, but it leaves loose ends and a more adventurous map by the side of the winding road."

In the 2009 animated superhero film "Astro Boy," the actress voiced a rebellious teenager named Cora.

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Kristen Bell starred in "Astro Boy."

Summit Entertainment

Rotten Tomatoes score: 50%

Synopsis: "Astro Boy" (which is loosely based on the classic Japanese manga series of the same name) tells the story of its titular robot (Freddie Highmore), who is tasked with defending the futuristic Metro City from an underworld army of robots.

Bell voices Cora, a rebellious teenage girl who befriends and helps Astro Boy on his mission.

"[Director] David Bowers' retro-cool update on the titular icon looks so great, it may take a while to notice it's a clunky political parable wrapped in a tonally confused fairy tale," wrote Elizabeth Weitzman for New York Daily News.

She starred in the 2013 romantic dramedy "Stuck in Love."

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Kristen Bell portrayed Tricia in "Stuck in Love."


Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%

Synopsis: "Stuck in Love" focuses on celebrated writer Bill (Greg Kinnear), his ex-wife Erica (Jennifer Connelly), and his kids Samantha (Lily Collins) and Rusty (Nat Wolff), as they each struggle with issues of love over the course of a year.

Bell portrayed Tricia, a neighbor with whom Bill has had a long-term affair.

"Cliched literary trappings come together in 'Stuck in Love.,' but the final product feels more like a footnote than a finished work," wrote Joe Neumaier for New York Daily News.

The actress and Adam Brody costarred in the 2013 comedy "Some Girl (s)."

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Adam Brody and Kristen Bell played ex-lovers in "Some Girl (s)."

Leedon Media

Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%

Synopsis: In "Some Girl (s)," a writer (Adam Brody) travels around the country on the eve of his wedding, in hopes of making amends with his ex-girlfriends. One of these women is Bobbi (Bell), with whom he had a serious relationship.

"['Some Girl (s)'] [...] Attains the occasional moment of clarity, but ultimately has neither the dramatic heft nor the anchoring talent to justify an hour and a half in the company of a boring sociopath," wrote New York Post critic Sara Stewart.

She starred in the 2016 ensemble comedy "Bad Moms."

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Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and Kathryn Hahn appeared together in "Bad Moms."

STX Entertainment

Rotten Tomatoes score: 58%

Synopsis: "Bad Moms" revolves around a group of suburban mothers (including Bell as Kiki) who, after becoming fed up with being overworked and underappreciated, decide to abandon their responsibilities and go on a spree of wild behavior.

Although critics often felt that "Bad Moms" didn't make full use of its talented ensemble cast, the movie received praise for spotlighting mothers' interior lives and putting a twist on the typical domestic comedy.

"'Bad Moms' is an outlier in the world of R-rated studio comedies — a female-driven story that doesn't shy away from bad behavior while also touting the importance of familial bonds and solid parenting choices — and although it often stumbles in service to delivering yet another foul-mouthed joke, its heart remains firmly in the right place," wrote Kate Erbland for IndieWire.

She played a character from the fictional film "Stab 7" in the 2011 horror-comedy "Scream 4."

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Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell appeared in "Scream 4."

Dimension Films

Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%

Synopsis: The fourth installment of the popular "Scream" franchise sees a grown-up Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) returning to her hometown of Woodsboro to promote her new self-help book and reconnect with friends and family. Soon, though, the murderous Ghostface reemerges and threatens the entire community once again.

Bell appeared as a character in the in-universe slasher movie "Stab 7," which poked fun at the long-running, formulaic horror franchises that the "Scream" films often satirize.

"['Scream 4'] doesn't try to be better than the original so much as one-up it, creating a dialog between the two films that enriches them both," wrote Daniel Walber for IndieWire. "It is a satire as well as a satire of a satire, and does it so boisterously and effectively that you can't help but get trapped in its simultaneously frightening and hilarious meta-whirlwind."

In the 2004 action thriller "Spartan," Bell portrayed a US government official's kidnapped daughter.

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Kristen Bell and Val Kilmer had roles in "Spartan."

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%

Synopsis: In "Spartan," veteran Secret Service agent Robert (Val Kilmer) and rookie Curtis (Derek Luke) investigate the kidnapping of Laura (Bell), the missing daughter of a prominent political figure. Although the media soon reports that she is dead, the pair's unofficial investigation into a human trafficking ring could potentially prove otherwise.

"When 'Spartan' is good, it's surprisingly gripping and fresh, and when it's bad, it's just another overcooked Hollywood paranoid thriller," wrote Boston Globe critic Ty Burr.

She starred in the 2005 musical comedy "Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical."

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The actress played Mary Lane in "Reefer Madness."

New Line Cinema

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

Synopsis: Based on the well-known 1936 anti-marijuana propaganda film of the same name, "Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical" parodies its source material by telling the story of several all-American teens who commit outlandish crimes while under the influence.

"['Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical'] is visually stunning, cinematically complex, populated with hammy acting, a Tarantino-like catalog of cinematic quotes, and, alas, some rather insipid songs and overwrought plotting," wrote Culture Vulture critic Les Wright.

Bell briefly appeared in the 2010 comedy "Get Him to the Greek."

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Kristen Bell had a cameo playing Sarah Marshall in "Get Him to the Greek."

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

Synopsis: "Get Him to the Greek" follows Aaron (Jonah Hill), an ambitious record company executive who's tasked with escorting erratic British rockstar Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) to the first concert of his comeback tour.

Bell has a cameo in the film — she reprises her "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" role as Sarah, an actress who is also Aldous's ex-girlfriend.

"['Get Him to the Greek'] has a rambly, realistic tone, with one orgiastic mishap spilling into the next, and that tone keeps much of the action popping with surprise," wrote Owen Gleiberman for Entertainment Weekly

In the 2012 drama "Big Miracle," Bell portrayed a news reporter.

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"Big Miracle" is based on a true story about rescuing whales.

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Synopsis: Based on a true story, "Big Miracle" centers on a small-town Alaskan news reporter (John Krasinski) who discovers a family of gray whales trapped under ice in the Arctic Circle. Although many people with conflicting interests flock to the scene in hopes of advancing their personal careers and agendas, the group eventually bands together to help the whales escape back into the wild.

Bell played Jill, another news reporter.

"'Big Miracle' tells its sort-of-true version of events in a democratic and humane fashion, by way of a rangy, lively group of competing interests who actually do on occasion act like real people," wrote Chicago Tribune critic Michael Phillips.

Bell reprised her "Frozen" role as Anna in Disney's 2019 musical fantasy film "Frozen II."

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Kristen Bell and Josh Gad voiced Anna and Olaf in "Frozen II."


Rotten Tomatoes score: 77%

Synopsis: Six years after "Frozen" became a global phenomenon, Disney released its long-awaited sequel. In "Frozen II," Elsa, Anna, and their friends all journey to an enchanted forest in hopes of finding the origin of Elsa's powers and saving the kingdom of Arendelle from a mysterious natural threat.

"It's what you expect from the characters and world, and it gets the job done," wrote Katie Walsh for The Tribune News Service. "But the most enthusiasm one can muster for 'Frozen II' is it's perfectly adequate, unlikely to create a seismic cultural shift like its predecessor."

She returned to one of her iconic TV roles in the 2014 "Veronica Mars" film.

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The actress originally played Veronica Mars in the TV series of the same name.

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

Synopsis: From 2004 to 2007, the actress played teen sleuth, Veronica Mars, on the popular CW series of the same name. She reprised the role seven years later in "Veronica Mars: The Movie," which finds the character pulled back into an investigation when her ex-boyfriend (Jason Dohring) is accused of murder.

"The uninitiated may not go for the all-too-convenient crime solving, melodramatic love triangle, and playful banter, but cultists will find all the show's pleasures intact," wrote Brianna Wellen for The Chicago Reader.

Bell was the titular actress at the center of 2008's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

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Kristen Bell starred in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

Universal Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Synopsis: In "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," struggling musician Peter (Jason Segel) travels to Hawaii to recuperate after being dumped by his ex-girlfriend, famous TV actress Sarah Marshall (Bell). However, unbeknownst to him, Sarah and her new boyfriend, Aldous (Russell Brand), are vacationing at the exact same resort.

"['Forgetting Sarah Marshall'] is a fairly low-keyed comedy, but a grown-up dropping in on it can appreciate its lack of frenzy, its fundamental good nature, as easily as its core audience will," wrote Richard Schickel for TIME Magazine.

The actress voiced Anna once again in 2018's "Ralph Breaks the Internet."

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All of the Disney princesses had cameos in "Ralph Breaks the Internet."

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Synopsis: "Ralph Breaks the Internet" takes place after the events of Disney's 2012 film "Wreck-It Ralph." This time, arcade characters Wreck-It-Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) venture into the World Wide Web in hopes of saving Vanellope's video game.

Along the way, Vanellope encounters all of the Disney princesses (including Bell's Anna).

"['Ralph Breaks the Internet'] is a witty, visually inventive, and fittingly sober story about the perils of the internet," wrote The Atlantic critic David Sims.

Bell voiced the lead character's best friend in the English dub of the 2002 Japanese film "The Cat Returns."

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Kristen Bell was Hiromi in "The Cat Returns."

Studio Ghibli

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Synopsis: When 17-year-old "The Cat Returns" protagonist Haru (voiced by Anne Hathaway in the film's English dub) saves an ordinary cat's life one day on her way to school, she's swept into the magical Kingdom of the Cats, where the king (Tim Curry) tries to arrange a marriage between her and his son. Her only hope of escape is a sympathetic cat statuette who has recently come to life.

In the English-language version of the movie, Bell voices Haru's friend, Hiromi.

"'The Cat Returns' is still an enchanting, magical fable with a twisted vein of surrealism," wrote BBC critic Neil Smith.


The actress first played a Disney princess in 2013's "Frozen."

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Kristen Bell voiced Anna in "Frozen."


Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Synopsis: Bell's best-loved film role is arguably playing Anna in Disney's animated fantasy film "Frozen." The story centers on two sisters: Elsa (Idina Menzel), who is forced to hide her mysterious ice powers, and her outgoing yet excluded younger sister, Anna (Bell).

When Elsa accidentally reveals her ice powers and covers their kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter, Anna sets out to bring her sister home and bring back summer.

"With a cool, contemporary spin on a fairy-tale classic, a dramatic Nordic landscape animated in splendid storybook style and Broadway vets belting out power ballads, 'Frozen' is an icy blast of fun from the very first flake," wrote Los Angeles Times critic Betsy Sharkey.

In 2018's "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies," the actress voiced a famous filmmaker approached by the Teen Titans.

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Kristen Bell played Jade Wilson in "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies."

Warner Bros.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Synopsis: In this chapter of the Teen Titans' superhero adventures, the gang notice that they're the only prominent superheroes who haven't gotten a movie made about them. They decide to take a trip to Hollywood and fix that problem. One of the people who the Teen Titans pitch their movie to is fictional filmmaker Jade Wilson (who Bell voiced).

"['Teen Titans Go! To the Movies'] is aimed at elementary schoolers, but is sharp and light enough that any fan of the superhero genre will enjoy its take on the comic universe and its pokes at superhero conventions," wrote Adam Graham for Detroit News.

She had a role in the 2012 sci-fi comedy "Safety Not Guaranteed."

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Kristen Bell was Belinda in "Safety Not Guaranteed."


Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Synopsis: "Safety Not Guaranteed" opens as a trio of aspiring journalists travel to a small seaside town to interview a grocery store clerk named Kenneth (Mark Duplass), who seeks someone to accompany him back in time. When a young woman named Darius (Aubrey Plaza) volunteers, the two begin to fall in love as they attempt to turn back the clock.

Eventually, the characters successfully travel back to 2001 to prevent the death of Kenneth's ex-girlfriend, Belinda (Bell).

"The film is obviously low-budget but has a smart script and a real feeling for those who would like to turn back the clock," wrote London Evening Standard. "Its modesty on the whole becomes it, and [Aubrey] Plaza is a real find."

Bell appeared as herself in the 2017 biographical dramedy "The Disaster Artist."

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Kristen Bell had a role in "The Disaster Artist."


Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Synopsis: "The Disaster Artist" chronicles the rise of writer-director Tommy Wiseau, who made 2003's "The Room" — a critically panned film that, although it's been referred to as "The Citizen Kane of Bad Movies," eventually became a cult classic.

Bell appears as herself in the movie's prologue, discussing "The Room" and its reputation.

"['The Disaster Artist' is] a fascinating glimpse into the genesis of one of Hollywood's worst releases and is worthy of a space alongside Ed Wood on the shelf for dreamers who succeeded because of a lack of self-awareness and an epic void of talent," wrote James Berardinelli for ReelViews.

She played a sloth in 2016's "Zootopia."

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Kristen Bell voiced Priscilla in "Zootopia."

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Synopsis: "Zootopia" takes place in a fictional city where animals from every environment co-exist peacefully — or so Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), the first bunny on her police force, initially believes. She soon teams up with a scam-artist fox named Nick (Jason Bateman) to crack her first case and prove herself amongst her peers.

Bell has a small role as Priscilla, a slow-moving sloth who works at the Zootopia DMV (Department of Mammal Vehicles).

"If 'Zootopia' becomes fortunate enough to fall into Frozen-style heavy rotation for kids of a certain age, its messages of rejecting prejudice and embracing the complicated nature of multiculturalism could do some good for the world," wrote NPR critic Andrew Lapin.

The actress's highest-rated movie is the 2018 nature documentary "Pandas."

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Kristen Bell narrated "Pandas."

BBC Earth

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Synopsis: Bell narrated "Pandas," a documentary about a Chinese "panda base," where endangered Giant Panda cubs are bred and introduced into the wild.

"'Pandas' does its subject justice and is a reminder of the importance of protecting endangered species and preserving the environment when these values have fallen from official favor," wrote Peter Keough for The Boston Globe.

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