Amy Adams

Biography: Amy Adams was born August 20, 1975 in a military base in Vicenza, Italy to American parents Richard and Kathryn Adams. Growing up in Colorado and Minnesota, Amy was inspired to act, and joined several local dinner theater companies. In 1998, she was spotted by a Minnesota movie producer and asked to audition for the role of Leslie Miller in the comedy movie Drop Dead Gorgeous. With a successful film under her belt, Amy moved to Los Angeles and won the role of manipulative Kathryn Merteuil in the Fox pilot Manchester Prep, a TV update of the hit movie Cruel Intentions. Just as Amy was expected to become a household name, Fox buried the pilot due to its sexual content, forcing Amy to seek further work elsewhere.

Amy managed to win guest spots on several hit TV series, including Charmed, That '70s Show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and appeared in the NBC pilot The Peter Principle. Steady work also continued in film, with roles in small independent pictures including Psycho
Beach Party, The Slaughter Rule and Pumpkin. But Amy truly hit the big-time with a leading role in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster biopic Catch Me If You Can, playing the dimwitted fiancee of infamous con artist Frank Abagnale Jr, played by Leonardo Dicaprio.

Unfortunately, Catch Me If You Can didn't manage to open many doors for Amy, leading to a jobless 2003. Things only got worse when she was fired from the regular cast of the ultimately short-lived CBS drama Dr Vegas, unwilling to cave to studio bosses who wanted to downher pay and her role on the show. With work drying up, Amy considered quitting Hollywood, only deciding against the idea when she recieved the script for a buzzed-about independent drama entitled Junebug. The film dealt with a small Southern family, with Amy playing a heavily pregnant and sweetly innocent young woman named Ashley. Amy's performance charmed audiences and critics, leading to her winning several awards, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2006.

Following the nomination, Amy won over an entirely new generation of fans as Princess Giselle in the smash hit Disney blockbuster Enchanted, and appeared in the critically acclaimed Charlie Wilson's War alongside Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. In 2008, Amy starred in the period comedy Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, lead the indie film Sunshine Cleaning, and was seen alongside Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the drama Doubt, for which she received her second Academy Award nomination in 2009.

In 2009, she reunites with Meryl Streep in the comedy Julie & Julia and portrays Amelia Earhart in the comedy sequel Night at the Museum 2: Escape from the Smithsonian.

It took a while to get there, but Amy's now officially a star.
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Amy Adams' Scores

  • Movies
Average career score: 59
Highest Metascore: 90 Her
Lowest Metascore: 18 Serving Sara
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
25 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
90 Her Dec 18, 2013 Cast / Amy / Emily / Amy 8.4
90 American Hustle Dec 13, 2013 Maxine Gardner / Maxine Gardner / Sydney Prosser 7.5
86 The Master Sep 14, 2012 Mary Sue Dodd / Mary Sue Dodd 6.9
80 Junebug Aug 3, 2005 Ashley Johnsten 7.7
79 The Fighter Dec 10, 2010 Charlene 8.2
76 Catch Me If You Can Dec 25, 2002 Brenda Strong 8.1
75 The Muppets Nov 23, 2011 Mary 7.8
75 Enchanted Nov 21, 2007 Giselle 7.8
69 Charlie Wilson's War Dec 21, 2007 Bonnie Bach 7.0
68 Doubt Dec 12, 2008 Sister James 7.8
66 Julie & Julia Aug 7, 2009 Julie Powell 7.3
65 The Slaughter Rule Jan 8, 2003 Doreen 8.0
63 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Mar 7, 2008 Delysia Lafosse 7.3
61 Sunshine Cleaning Mar 13, 2009 Rose Lorkowski 6.4
58 Trouble with the Curve Sep 21, 2012 Principal Cast / Mickey 6.6
56 On the Road Dec 21, 2012 Jane / Jane/Joan Vollmer / Jane/Joan Vollmer 6.3
55 Man of Steel Jun 14, 2013 Lois Lane / Lois Lane 7.7
42 Psycho Beach Party Aug 4, 2000 Marvel Ann 8.8
42 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian May 22, 2009 Amelia Earhart 5.4
38 Standing Still Apr 21, 2006 Elise 8.0
37 Underdog Aug 3, 2007 Polly 6.3
33 Leap Year Jan 8, 2010 Anna Brady 5.4
32 The Wedding Date Feb 4, 2005 Amy 5.3
28 Drop Dead Gorgeous Jul 23, 1999 Leslie Miller 8.1
18 Serving Sara Aug 23, 2002 Kate 4.7
tbd Big Eyes TBA Margaret Keane tbd
tbd Batman vs. Superman May 6, 2016 Lois Lane tbd

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