Reese Witherspoon is best known for her roles in films like "Legally Blonde" and "Wild."
Her best-reviewed movies, per Rotten Tomatoes critics, include "Everything Is Copy" and "Mud."
But others, like "Hot Pursuit" and "S.F.W.," didn't receive the same critical acclaim.
Witherspoon's lowest-rated film is "Hot Pursuit" (2015).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 8%
Summary: In "Hot Pursuit," by-the-numbers police officer Cooper (Witherspoon) is tasked with protecting a drug lord's glamorous widow (Sofía Vergara) from an onslaught of henchmen and dirty cops.
Critics said that although Witherspoon and Vergara were likable in their own right, "Hot Pursuit" was a humorless, poorly plotted action movie.
"It ostensibly shows two polar opposites transcending stereotypes to finding common ground but is so lazy, laboured and retrograde that I winced throughout," wrote Charlotte O'Sullivan for the London Evening Standard.
The actress starred in "S.F.W." (1994) as Wendy.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 12%
Summary: In the dramatic comedy "S.F.W.," Cliff Spab (Stephen Dorff) and Wendy (Witherspoon) were the lone survivors of a 36-day hostage crisis at a grocery store. The incident turns them into national celebrities and prisoners of the media.
Critics had a hard time finding any facet of "S.F.W." enjoyable, with some even calling it a painful viewing experience.
"Self-important, simplistic, and rather irritating," wrote Scott Weinberg for eFilmCritic.com.
She voiced Serena in "The Trumpet of the Swan" (2001).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 14%
Summary: In the animated adventure "The Trumpet of the Swan," a young swan named Louie (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) finds his voice through trumpet playing and falls in love with the beautiful Serena (voiced by Witherspoon).
With second-rate animation and a litany of unexceptional songs, "The Trumpet of the Swan" fell under the shadow of more memorable children's musicals, in critics' opinions.
"Too bad the director didn't set his mind to making a film parents could enjoy, too," Jay Carr wrote for The Boston Globe.
In the comedy "Little Nicky" (2000), she appeared as Holly.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 21%
Summary: In the comedy "Little Nicky," Satan (Harvey Keitel) passes over promoting one of his three sons so that he can stay in power for another 10,000 years. Outraged, his elder sons Cassius (Tom Lister Jr.) and Adrian (Rhys Ifans) turn against their father, so the youngest son Nicky (Adam Sandler) follows them to Earth to try and make things right.
Witherspoon had a small appearance in the film as Nicky's angelic mother Holly.
"Little Nicky" faced a tide of bad reviews, with critics citing a gimmick-heavy plot and dragging pace.
"The story plods along, punctuated by gags that are more silly than inventive," Desson Thomson wrote for The Washington Post.
Witherspoon was Kate in "Four Christmases" (2008).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 25%
Summary: In the comedy "Four Christmases," San Francisco couple Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Witherspoon) find themselves stuck at home for the holidays after their tropical vacation was canceled. They're left with no choice but to attend four family gatherings on Christmas Day to appease both sets of their divorced parents.
Although a few critics found small moments to enjoy in the holiday film, most found "Four Christmases" to be hard to sit through.
"Gordon's stars are charmless, his script cheerless, and his sterling supporting cast can't seem to figure out what they've been brought on board to do," wrote Bob Mondello for NPR.
The actress starred in "Devil's Knot" (2014) as Pam Hobbs.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 25%
Summary: Based on the true story of the West Memphis Three, "Devil's Knot" tells the story of three teenagers who are arrested in a small town for the murder of three children. The mother of one of the victims, Pam Hobbs (Witherspoon), and investigator Ron Lax (Colin Firth) are left to uncover the eerie truth about the murders.
Critics simultaneously admired the talent of the director and felt like he missed the mark with "Devil's Knot."
"[Director] Egoyan has shown that he can depict darkness and explore loss," Philippa Hawker wrote for The Sydney Morning Herald. "But here, he feels mired in stereotypes, or dependent on images that documentaries have already created."
She was Lauren in "This Means War" (2012).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 26%
Summary: In "This Means War," two CIA operatives, FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy), both fall for a woman named Lauren (Witherspoon) and find their friendship tested like never before.
Reviewers struggled to find scenes of humor or excitement in the self-proclaimed action-comedy.
"Yet another case of Hollywood execs trying way too hard to give the audience what they think it wants," Tom Huddleston wrote for Time Out.
In "Jack the Bear" (1993), she played Karen Morris.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 29%
Summary: In the dramatic comedy "Jack the Bear," child-at-heart and TV horror show host John Leary (Danny DeVito) does his best to raise his two sons after the unexpected loss of his wife.
Witherspoon appeared in the film as Karen Morris, a classmate of John's son Jack.
Critics loved DeVito in the central role but failed to find anything else redeemable in the family drama.
"The characters are clearly seen, and despite the bizarre elements, there is always a feeling that DeVito and the two young boys make up a real family," wrote film critic Roger Ebert. "If the focus had stayed there, the movie would have been better."
Witherspoon was Lisa in "How Do You Know" (2010).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 31%
Summary: In the comedy "How Do You Know," Lisa (Witherspoon) gets cut from the national softball team. In the midst of an identity crisis, she finds herself romantically torn between MLB pitcher Matty (Owen Wilson) and businessman George (Paul Rudd).
Critics were disappointed by how drastically "How Do You Know" paled in comparison to writer-director James L. Brooks' other films.
"Brooks wants to make a contemporary relationship film and a topical one about the financial crisis and winds up failing on both sides," Tara Throne wrote for The Coast.
The actress starred as Alice in "Home Again" (2017).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%
Summary: After separating from her husband (Michael Sheen), Alice (Witherspoon) moves back to Los Angeles with her daughters and spontaneously lets a trio of young filmmakers live in her guest house in the rom-com "Home Again."
Although Witherspoon shone in the leading role of the movie, critics called "Home Again" a silly, nonsensical, and sleepy effort.
"Yes, Witherspoon is as loveable as ever, but she can do this kind of thing in her sleep," wrote Ed Potton for The Times. "Indeed, she must have felt close to it at times during this forgettable sigh of a movie."
She returned as Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" (2003).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 37%
Summary: In the sequel "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, & Blonde," Elle Woods (Witherspoon) moves to Washington, DC to make waves on Capitol Hill by defending animals against cruel cosmetic testing practices.
Slightly redeemed by Witherspoon's charismatic lead character, "Legally Blonde 2" was still not as solid as the first film, according to critics.
"This time, Elle's improbable triumphs really are implausible — and way unfunny...as adroit and charming as Witherspoon is — and she gives it her all — she cannot rise above the embarrassingly broad, witless material," wrote David Ansen for Newsweek.
In "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002), she played Melanie.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 39%
Summary: In the romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama," New York fashion designer Melanie (Witherspoon) is swept off her feet by the perfect proposal from Andrew (Patrick Dempsey), but before she can start planning her wedding she has to return to Alabama and divorce her estranged husband Jake (Josh Lucas).
Many critics had a difficult time getting on board with the sillier aspects of the romantic comedy, but others thought it was rescued by Witherspoon's performance.
Peter Howell wrote for the Toronto Star, "Reese Witherspoon makes the proverbial silk purse out of a sow's ear in the romantic comedy 'Sweet Home Alabama,' demonstrating how even the most mediocre of material can be redeemed by a convincing performance."
She was Mrs. Whatsit in "A Wrinkle in Time" (2018).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 42%
Summary: Based on the novel by Madeleine L'Engle, "A Wrinkle in Time" follows Meg (Storm Reid), her brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), and their friend Calvin (Levi Miller) as they are guided through space and time by Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon), and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) on a quest to save Meg's father.
Although some critics wrote the film off as a cheesy fantasy, others found it to be visually beautiful and a touching family tale.
"Good-natured, unworldly, a bit ungainly, not a masterpiece, but amiable and generous in spirit," wrote Peter Bradshaw for The Guardian.
Witherspoon was Ivy Miller in "Overnight Delivery" (1998).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 43%
Summary: In the comedy "Overnight Delivery," Wyatt Trips (Rudd) mails a vengeful letter to his girlfriend (Christine Taylor) because he thinks she cheated on him. When he realizes that he's made a mistake, he scrambles to intercept the package before it arrives with the help of Ivy Miller (Witherspoon).
"Overnight Delivery" divided critics, with some feeling like it fell short and others praising the chemistry of Rudd and Witherspoon.
Brent Simon wrote for Entertainment Today, "No shame needs to be attached to a public recounting of 'Overnight Delivery,' a masters class entry in the comedic canon of fitfully mismatched twentysomething romances."
The actress starred in "Best Laid Plans" (1999) as Lissa.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 43%
Summary: In the drama "Best Laid Plans," Bryce (Josh Brolin) returns to his hometown in Nevada and crosses paths with Lissa (Witherspoon) and his old friend Nick (Alessandro Nivola), who try to con him out of his money.
Brimming with pretension, "Best Laid Plans" had lofty ambitions and missed the mark, according to critics.
"['Best Laid Plans'] is so concerned with being a film that it forgets to be a movie," wrote film critic Roger Ebert.
In "A Far Off Place" (1993), she played Nonnie Parker.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 45%
Summary: In "A Far Off Place," when Nonnie Parker (Witherspoon) and Harry Winslow's (Ethan Embry) parents are killed by poachers, they are forced to trek through the Kalahari Desert to escape, relying on each other for survival despite their vast differences.
"A Far Off Place" earned points from reviewers for its thrilling tightly-wound plot, but other critics found it an exhausting experience.
"While Walkabout found adequate material in the wonder of nature and the enormity of the young peoples' experience, 'A Far Off Place' plugs into the tired conventions of violence in order to flesh out its plot," wrote film critic Roger Ebert.
She was Nicole Walker in the thriller "Fear" (1996).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 46%
Summary: In the psychological thriller "Fear," David McCall (Mark Wahlberg) is a low-level drug dealer who falls for popular high schooler Nicole Walker (Witherspoon). When Nicole starts to pull away from David, he holds on tighter and becomes obsessive.
"Fear" earned mixed reviews from critics, who said that it was nonsensical and poorly plotted, but packed an emotional punch in the finale.
"For a while, the cast is appealing enough, and the design is [beautiful] enough, to camouflage the fatal flaws that turn the second half into an overblown, predictable snicker-fest," Susan Wloszczyna wrote for USA Today.
Witherspoon was Isabella in "Rendition" (2007).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 47%
Summary: When her husband Anwar (Omar Metwally) suddenly disappears, Isabella (Witherspoon) launches an international investigation to find him.
Though "Rendition" championed powerful themes, many critics felt like it conveyed its message through shallow characters and artificial design.
"If these new, allegedly topical movies are to make us feel anything — to move us toward any action or even just toward any fresh realization — they need to at least seem alive on the screen, instead of just courting our polite, measured applause," Stephanie Zacharek wrote for Salon.
The actress starred in "Vanity Fair" (2004) as Becky Sharp.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 50%
Summary: Based on the novel by William Thackeray, "Vanity Fair" follows Becky Sharp (Witherspoon) who resolves to climb the social ladder in 19th-century England. She gains employment as a governess for a rich family and marries the charming heir Rawdon Crawley (James Purefoy) before discovering the cost of societal acceptance.
Fans of the novel felt like the source material was poorly adapted despite the cast's best efforts.
"There is no depth beneath its bright surfaces, no potent emotional undercurrents," Richard Schickel wrote for Time Magazine.
She was Annie in "Penelope" (2006).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 53%
Summary: In "Penelope," Penelope Wilhern (Christina Ricci) suffers from a secret curse: she'll sport a pig-like nose until she can find a proper suitor to break the spell. A con artist named Max (James McAvoy) poses as a suitor, only to fall for her kindness and charm.
Witherspoon had a supporting role in the film as Annie, Penelope's best friend.
"Penelope" gained positive reception for finding a refreshing way to tell a fairy tale, but many felt the plot was uneven.
"Watchable but patchy fantasy romance that doesn't quite work, despite strong performances from Ricci and McAvoy," Matthew Turner wrote for ViewLondon.
In "Cruel Intentions" (1999), she played Annette Hargrove.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 54%
Summary: In the psychological drama "Cruel Intentions," two stepsiblings compete in a game of manipulation and conquest as Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) attempts to seduce the headmaster's daughter Annette (Witherspoon) while Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) eggs him on.
Some critics applauded the smart script and devilish performances from the leads, but it took others several years to appreciate the film for the cult classic it is today.
"20 years later, you can see the charm that made Witherspoon a star, appreciate Blair's comedic splendor, and recognize that Phillippe was handsome and is also in this movie," Kristy Puchko wrote for Pajiba.
Witherspoon was Elizabeth Masterson in "Just Like Heaven" (2005).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 55%
Summary: In "Just Like Heaven," David (Mark Ruffalo) moves into a new apartment, but he's surprised to find that it's already occupied by the ghost of Elizabeth Masterson (Witherspoon), a medical resident who recently died in a fatal car accident. Despite their differences, and the spiritual plane keeping them apart, the two begin to fall in love.
Some critics felt like "Just Like Heaven" fell into the trappings of typical romantic comedy, but some were won over by the sincerity of the characters.
"Starts out glib and gimmicky but later digs surprisingly deep," Kyle Smith wrote for the New York Post.
She was Cecily in "The Importance of Being Earnest" (2002).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%
Summary: Adapted from the play by Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest" is about Jack Worthing (Colin Firth) and Algernon Moncrieff (Rupert Everett), who use the same pseudonym of "Earnest," until the shared identity leads to trouble in their love lives.
Witherspoon co-starred as Cecily Cardew, the object of Jack's affection.
Critics felt like the cleverness of the original play fell flat when it transitioned to the big screen, despite the talent of the leads.
"The movie stumbles along awkwardly rather than tripping by wittily from beginning to end," Judith Egerton wrote for The Courier-Journal.
In "Water for Elephants" (2011), she played Marlena.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%
Summary: Based on a novel by Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants" details the secret romance of circus performer Marlena (Witherspoon) and veterinary student Jacob (Robert Pattinson) against the backdrop of circus life in the 1930s.
Overall, critics liked "Water for Elephants" for being a solid, romantic drama.
"Director Francis Lawrence knows what he is doing and doesn't get too ambitious with this old-fashioned piece of storytelling," Derek Malcolm wrote for the London Evening Standard.
Witherspoon was Mel Ames in "Twilight" (1998).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%
Summary: In the suspense thriller "Twilight," private detective Harry Ross (Paul Newman) lives above the garage of a famous friend (Gene Hackman) and falls for his wife Catherine (Susan Sarandon), unaware that Catherine is a suspect at the middle of a criminal investigation.
Witherspoon had a supporting role in the film as Mel Ames, a runaway teenager who Harry is tasked with helping.
Critics were split down the middle on "Twilight," with some calling it an engaging old-school thriller and others saying it lacked drive.
"Despite its pluses, despite trying to do all the right things, 'Twilight' comes up lacking in both energy and plot, two areas that no noir, geezer or otherwise, can afford to be caught short in," Kenneth Turan wrote for the Los Angeles Times.
The actress starred in "American Psycho" (2000) as Evelyn Williams.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 69%
Summary: Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) has a high-profile job on Wall Street and a gorgeous fiancée (Witherspoon), but he uses his charming demeanor to mask a murderous rage that could be his undoing in "American Psycho."
With elements of materialism, capitalism, and sexism, "American Psycho" was received as an entertaining satire and a fitful thriller.
"It needs to be seen and appreciated, like a serpent in a glass cage," Richard Corliss wrote for Time magazine.
She was Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde" (2001).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%
Summary: In the comedy "Legally Blonde," sorority president Elle Woods (Witherspoon) follows her ex-boyfriend (Matthew Davis) to Harvard Law School to prove herself and surpass his expectations.
Critics were won over by the movie's empowering message and a charming central performance from Witherspoon.
"The movie is a lot like 1995's 'Clueless,' which was also totally cute, in that it has a brain and a heart," Christy Lemire wrote for the Associated Press. "And like its heroine, it's a lot smarter than it looks."
In the animated movie "Sing" (2016), she voiced Rosita.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%
Summary: In the animated film "Sing," a koala named Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) hosts a singing competition in order to save his struggling theater. The competition ushers in aspiring artists like mother pig Rosita (voiced by Witherspoon), punk-rock porcupine Ash (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), and street musician mouse Mike (voiced by Seth MacFarlane).
Some critics couldn't get over the goofier aspects of "Sing," but many enjoyed the sweet, animated jukebox musical.
David Calhoun wrote for Time Out, "The animation itself might not be the most inventive out there (this isn't Pixar), but where 'Sing' soars is in its one-by-one attention to its ensemble of beasts and its obvious passion for music."
Witherspoon returned to her voice role in "Sing 2" (2021).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%
Summary: In the animated sequel, the musical characters returned for their biggest, most important performance yet. But first, they have to convince reclusive rock star, Clay Calloway (Bono) to join them.
Witherspoon returned as the voice of Rosita.
Some critics wrote "Sing 2" off as purely a kid's movie, but others appreciated its heart.
Wendy Ide wrote for The Observer, "While there are no surprises whatsoever here, the perky charm remains."
Witherspoon was Deputy Penny Kimball in "Inherent Vice" (2015).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%
Summary: In "Inherent Vice," despite a spotty record and reputation as a stoner, private investigator Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) finds himself in the middle of three connected cases after the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston).
Witherspoon had a supporting role as Deputy Penny Kimball, a district attorney who helps Doc with his cases.
Critics praised the visual nature and directorial style of "Inherent Vice," even if it was a little difficult to follow at times.
"Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' provides a rush of pure hallucinogenic pleasure, but its logic is mighty hard to follow," Kate Muir wrote for The Times.
She voiced Ginormica in "Monster vs. Aliens" (2009).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%
Summary: In the DreamWorks animated film "Monsters vs. Aliens," a radioactive meteor causes Susan Murphy (voiced by Witherspoon) to grow to nearly 50-feet tall on her wedding day. She's renamed Ginormica and locked away in a government facility with other captured monsters, until they are the only ones that can save the world from an alien invasion.
Critics were split on the film, with some believing it was a step in the right direction for the animation company and others who were lost in the film's clunky plot.
"True, the story doesn't amount to much, but the plot tends to take a back seat when you've got a not-quite-50-foot version of Reese Witherspoon duking it out with a mighty alien robot alongside the Golden Gate Bridge," wrote Amy Biancolli for the Huston Chronicle.
The actress starred in "Freeway" (1996) as Vanessa.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%
Summary: Based loosely on the story of "Little Red Riding Hood," the drama "Freeway" follows young Vanessa (Witherspoon) as she escapes the foster care system and falls into the clutches of a serial killer named Bob Wolverton (Kiefer Sutherland).
Simple in premise but darkly comedic in execution, "Freeway" delighted many critics.
"Both grimly funny and thought-provoking," James Berardinelli wrote for Reel Views.
She portrayed June Carter in "Walk the Line" (2005).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%
Summary: A dramatic depiction of the early life of a famous musician, "Walk the Line" shows the rise of Johnny Cash (Phoenix) as a young musician battling guilt, addiction, and alcoholism. In the film, Witherspoon plays Cash's second wife, country-music star June Carter (Witherspoon).
Critics adored "Walk the Line," praising the music, the legendary nature of the story, and the spark of chemistry between Witherspoon and Phoenix. The film even landed Witherspoon an Oscar.
Andrew Sarris wrote for The Observer, "I advise you catch up with 'Walk the Line,' if only for Ms. Witherspoon's transcendent joyousness as a still-growing legend within a legend."
In "Pleasantville" (1998) she played Jennifer Wagner.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%
Summary: In "Pleasantville," David Wagner (Tobey Maguire) is obsessed with a television show from the 1950s. One day, he accidentally gets sucked into a virtual, black-and-white world of "Pleasantville" with his twin sister Jennifer (Witherspoon), where they take on the personas of Bud and Mary Sue Parker.
Advertised as a simple family comedy, "Pleasantville" blew critics away with its depth and charm.
"Ingeniously conceived and impressively executed, 'Pleasantville' is a provocative, complex and surprisingly anti-nostalgic parable wrapped in the beguiling guise of a commercial high-concept comedy," wrote Joe Leydon for Variety.
She played Carrie in "The Good Lie" (2014).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%
Summary: Based on true events, "The Good Lie" centers on four of the over 3,000 Sudanese orphans who were relocated to America after The Second Sudanese Civil War. People like employment counselor Carrie (Witherspoon) are tasked with helping the children adjust to life in a new country.
Many critics deemed the film a "feel-good movie," despite the story's heavy plot.
"It's often earnest to a fault and fearful of its deeper, darker implications. Still, you won't leave 'The Good Lie' unmoved. Its heart really is in the right place," wrote Peter Travers for Rolling Stone.
Witherspoon appeared in "This Changes Everything" (2019).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%
Summary: The documentary "This Changes Everything" evaluates the underrepresentation of women in Hollywood in front of and behind the camera. Witherspoon was interviewed for the documentary alongside other entertainment icons like Shonda Rhimes, Meryl Streep, and Sandra Oh.
Film critics said that "This Changes Everything" was a compelling and eye-opening documentary.
"Once it finally begins to focus on the mission... 'This Changes Everything' not only becomes engrossing but reveals itself as a crucial cri de coeur," Aisha Harris wrote for The New York Times.
She starred as Cheryl Strayed in "Wild" (2014).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%
Summary: Based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, "Wild" is about Cheryl's (Witherspoon) impulsive mission to hike over a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail by herself to come to terms with the recent death of her mother (Laura Dern), her painful divorce, and her past regrets.
"Wild" packed an emotional wallop for many critics who were inspired by Witherspoon's performance.
"Redemption in the modern age," wrote David Brake for One Room With a View. "There's confident direction from Vallée but little to truly delve into. Watch simply for a soulful and spellbinding Witherspoon."
In "The Man in the Moon" (1991), she played Dani Trant.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
Summary: Witherspoon's film debut "The Man in the Moon," follows Dani Trant (Witherspoon), a 14-year-old who navigates love and heartbreak for the first time as she falls for her neighbor Court Foster (Jason London).
Critics fell in love with Witherspoon from the second she stepped onto the silver screen, praising her performance as personal and heart-warming.
"Gets an outstandingly natural performance out of Miss Witherspoon, who has no trouble carrying a lot of the film single-handedly," Janet Maslin wrote for The New York Times. "It falls to her to remind the audience that this story is at heart about a family, and she does."
Witherspoon was Tracy Flick in "Election" (1999).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%
Summary: In the dark comedy "Election," a well-liked teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) struggles to keep his sanity as an ambitious student named Tracy Flick (Witherspoon) vies for class president.
For many critics, "Election" was a classic as soon as it hit theaters due to its energetic cast and clever script.
"Alexander Payne's wicked satire of power and (social) politics set in the overheated incubator of a high school student body election is as sharp and perceptive now as it was in 1999," Sean Axmaker wrote for Stream on Demand.
The actress played Juniper in "Mud" (2013).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
Summary: In the Southern drama "Mud," two boys are enthralled by the stories of a local man named Mud (Matthew McConaughey), who's waiting for his love Juniper (Witherspoon) to join him in Mississippi while they're on the run from bounty hunters.
"Mud" earned an overwhelming rush of positive reviews from critics, who appreciated the film for its whimsicality and sincerity.
John Anderson wrote for Newsday, "Nichols' wild narrative tributaries all eventually intersect, and at no time does he let one's attention stall."
Her highest-rated film is the documentary "Everything Is Copy" (2016).
Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%
Summary: In the documentary "Everything Is Copy," director Jacob Bernstein explores the late Nora Ephron and her life as a prolific writer and filmmaker. Witherspoon was interviewed alongside other actors and admirers of Ephron's work.
Critics were wowed by the emotional tribute behind "Everything is Copy" and the personal nature of the documentary.
"A wonderfully insightful chronicle of a woman, her family, the influence of a writer-mother, and her approach to essays, film and life," Joanne Ostrow wrote for the Denver Post.
Note: All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change. Films without critical ratings were not included.
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