Jake Gyllenhaal

Biography: Although his parents made their living in showbiz, his director father and screenwriter mother were cautious when a young Gyllenhaal expressed an interest in acting, forbidding him to take a role in 1992's The Mighty Ducks because it required a long location shoot. Still, the budding thespian played a handful of small roles, sometimes in his parents' projects, before making his leading-man debut in the 1999 family drama October Sky. His breakthrough year was 2001, however, with standout turns in a pair of indie films: a haunted adolescent in the cult classic Donnie Darko and a gawky teen in love with an older woman in Lovely & Amazing, a performance he more or less repeated the next year opposite Jennifer Aniston in The Good Girl. With his brooding intensity and penchant for offbeat characterizations, he quickly established himself as a first-rate actor. Even his starring role in the bloated 2004 action blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow and a two-year, high-profile romanceAlthough his parents made their living in showbiz, his director father and screenwriter mother were cautious when a young Gyllenhaal expressed an interest in acting, forbidding him to take a role in 1992's The Mighty Ducks because it required a long location shoot. Still, the budding thespian played a handful of small roles, sometimes in his parents' projects, before making his leading-man debut in the 1999 family drama October Sky. His breakthrough year was 2001, however, with standout turns in a pair of indie films: a haunted adolescent in the cult classic Donnie Darko and a gawky teen in love with an older woman in Lovely & Amazing, a performance he more or less repeated the next year opposite Jennifer Aniston in The Good Girl. With his brooding intensity and penchant for offbeat characterizations, he quickly established himself as a first-rate actor. Even his starring role in the bloated 2004 action blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow and a two-year, high-profile romance with starlet Kirsten Dunst couldn't tarnish his serious image. In 2005 he continued his streak of thoughtful performances and earned his first Oscar nomination as a gay cowboy in Brokeback Mountain. He followed that sterling, BAFTA-winning performance with turns in Zodiac (2007), Brothers (2009) and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010). The actor, who also had a two-year romance with actress Reese Witherspoon that ended in 2009, is politically active away from the silver screen, supporting progressive causes, Rock the Vote, the American Civil Liberties Union and environmental initiatives. Expand

Jake Gyllenhaal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 64
Highest Metascore: 88 Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut
Lowest Metascore: 20 Accidental Love
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
36 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Breaking News in Yuba County Feb 12, 2021 Producer tbd
55 The Devil All the Time Sep 16, 2020 Producer 7.8
77 Relic Jul 10, 2020 Producer 6.1
69 Spider-Man: Far from Home Jul 2, 2019 Mysterio / Quentin Beck/Mysterio 7.5
61 Velvet Buzzsaw Feb 1, 2019 Morf Vandewalt / Morf Vandewalt 8.0
80 Wildlife Oct 19, 2018 Producer / Jerry Brinson 7.5
78 The Sisters Brothers Sep 21, 2018 Hermann Kermit Warm / John Morris / Morris 7.4
68 Hondros Mar 2, 2018 Executive Producer 8.8
76 Stronger Sep 22, 2017 Producer / Producer / Jeff Bauman / Jeff Bauman / Jeff Bauman / Jeff Bauman tbd
75 Okja Jun 28, 2017 Cast / Dr. Johnny Wilcox / Johnny Wilcox 7.4
54 Life Mar 24, 2017 Cast / David Jordan / John McKay / David Jordan 6.3
67 Nocturnal Animals Nov 18, 2016 Tony Hastings / Tony Hastings/Edward Sheffield / Tony Hastings/Edward Sheffield 7.7
49 Demolition Apr 8, 2016 Davis Mitchell / Davis / Davis Mitchell 7.2
64 Everest Sep 18, 2015 Scott Fischer 7.0
57 Southpaw Jul 24, 2015 Billy Hope / Billy Hope 7.8
20 Accidental Love Mar 20, 2015 Howard Birdwell 3.1
76 Nightcrawler Oct 31, 2014 Producer / Lou / Lou Bloom / Lou Bloom / Louis Bloom 8.6
61 Enemy Mar 14, 2014 Cast / Adam Bell/Anthony St. Claire / Adam + Anthony / Adam Bell / Anthony St. Claire / Adam Bell/Anthony St. Claire 7.4
70 Prisoners Sep 20, 2013 Detective Loki / Detective Loki 8.6
68 End of Watch Sep 21, 2012 Executive Producer / Officer Taylor / Brian Taylor / Officer Taylor 7.6
74 Source Code Apr 1, 2011 Colter Stevens 7.7
55 Love and Other Drugs Nov 24, 2010 Jamie Randall 3.3
50 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time May 28, 2010 Dastan 7.2
58 Brothers Dec 4, 2009 Tommy Cahill / Tommy Cahill tbd
55 Rendition Oct 19, 2007 Douglas Freeman / Douglas Freeman tbd
78 Zodiac Mar 2, 2007 Robert Graysmith 8.4
87 Brokeback Mountain Dec 9, 2005 Jack Twist / Jack Twist 6.6
58 Jarhead Nov 4, 2005 Anthony Swofford 7.1
64 Proof Sep 16, 2005 Hal 7.1
88 Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut Jul 23, 2004 Donnie Darko / Donnie Darko 3.8