Maggie Gyllenhaal

Biography: With her offbeat beauty and sensitive aura, Gyllenhaal has made a career out of playing troubled souls who possess more strength than they realize. The daughter of Oscar-nominated screenwriter Naomi Foner and Emmy-nominated director Stephen Gyllenhaal, the actress began appearing in her parents' projects as a teen. In 2001, she portrayed the older sister to her real-life brother, Jake, in the cult sci-fi flick Donnie Darko. But while it proved to be her sibling's breakout role, she lingered in her family members' shadows. That changed the next year, when she won the title role in the offbeat indie Secretary. As a suicidal young woman who finds a reason to live when she embarks on a sadomasochistic relationship with her boss, Gyllenhaal was surprisingly charming and deservedly earned a Golden Globe nod for her performance. The up-and-comer continued to choose quirky roles---a promiscuous rebel in Mona Lisa Smile, a vapid makeup artist in Adaptation---and turned in fine work in aWith her offbeat beauty and sensitive aura, Gyllenhaal has made a career out of playing troubled souls who possess more strength than they realize. The daughter of Oscar-nominated screenwriter Naomi Foner and Emmy-nominated director Stephen Gyllenhaal, the actress began appearing in her parents' projects as a teen. In 2001, she portrayed the older sister to her real-life brother, Jake, in the cult sci-fi flick Donnie Darko. But while it proved to be her sibling's breakout role, she lingered in her family members' shadows. That changed the next year, when she won the title role in the offbeat indie Secretary. As a suicidal young woman who finds a reason to live when she embarks on a sadomasochistic relationship with her boss, Gyllenhaal was surprisingly charming and deservedly earned a Golden Globe nod for her performance. The up-and-comer continued to choose quirky roles---a promiscuous rebel in Mona Lisa Smile, a vapid makeup artist in Adaptation---and turned in fine work in a trio of projects that touched on the events of September 11: the TV-movie Strip Search, the docudrama World Trade Center and the indie Happy Endings. During press for the latter, Gyllenhaal made an offhand comment about the U.S. being partially responsible for the terrorist attacks. This sparked a quick controversy, which was quashed when she apologized. The year 2006 was a banner one for Gyllenhaal: Not only did she snag her second Golden Globe nod for her turn as an ex-con trying to reconcile with her daughter in SherryBaby, but she also gave birth to a daughter with then-fiancé Peter Sarsgaard. After appearing in her first blockbuster film, 2008's "The Dark Knight," she followed up with her first Oscar nomination for 2009's "Crazy Heart." Expand

Maggie Gyllenhaal's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 63
Highest Metascore: 88 Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut
Lowest Metascore: 42 Won't Back Down
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
24 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Untitled Elvis Presley Project Nov 5, 2021 Gladys Presley tbd
71 Homemade Jun 30, 2020 Director tbd
75 The Kindergarten Teacher Oct 12, 2018 Producer / Lisa Spinelli 7.5
75 Frank Aug 15, 2014 Clara / Clara 7.1
56 River of Fundament Feb 12, 2014 Hathfertiti tbd
52 White House Down Jun 28, 2013 Cast / Agent Carol Finnerty / Agent Carol Finnerty / Finnerty / Secret Service Agent 5.9
42 Won't Back Down Sep 28, 2012 Principal Cast / Jamie Fitzpatrick 6.9
53 Hysteria May 18, 2012 Cast / Charlotte Dalrymple 5.9
52 Nanny McPhee Returns Aug 20, 2010 Isabel Green / Mrs. Green 5.4
83 Crazy Heart Dec 16, 2009 Jane Craddock / Jane Craddock / Jean Craddock / Jean Craddock tbd
58 Away We Go Jun 5, 2009 LN Fisher-Herrin / LN Fisher-Herrin 5.4
84 The Dark Knight Jul 18, 2008 Rachel 9.0
67 Stranger Than Fiction Nov 10, 2006 Ana Pascal 8.7
66 SherryBaby Sep 8, 2006 Sherry Swanson 7.8
43 Trust the Man Aug 18, 2006 Elaine / Elaine 8.8
68 Monster House Jul 21, 2006 Zee 8.3
57 The Great New Wonderful Jun 23, 2006 Emme Keeler (Segment "Emme's Story") 7.0
57 Happy Endings Jul 15, 2005 Jude / Jude tbd
61 Criminal Sep 10, 2004 Valerie 9.0
88 Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut Jul 23, 2004 Elizabeth Darko / Elizabeth Darko 3.8
45 Mona Lisa Smile Dec 19, 2003 Giselle Levy 6.9
67 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Dec 31, 2002 Debbie 8.6
63 Secretary Sep 20, 2002 Lee Holloway 7.8
71 Donnie Darko Oct 26, 2001 Elizabeth Darko 7.8
57 Cecil B. DeMented Aug 11, 2000 Raven 7.4