Penélope Cruz

Biography: For years, Hollywood tried to turn this Madrid-born beauty into a star (or at least, a star's girlfriend). But after a slew of big-budget flops (All the Pretty Horses, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Sahara) Cruz finally made her breakthrough stateside in her native tongue, with her turn as a strong and sexy mama in the 2006 Spanish dramedy Volver, her third collaboration with fellow countryman Pedro Almodóvar. Although U.S. audiences had long dismissed her as gamine window dressing, the director knew what Cruz was capable of from her spunky performances in his films Live Flesh and All About My Mother. Initially a dancer, Cruz was still a teen when she landed a pair of career-making roles in her homeland: a pregnant shop girl in the campy comedy Jamón, Jamón and a hopeless romantic in Belle Epoque. Throughout the '90s, Cruz worked consistently in Spain, but by the end of the decade she was ready to try her luck in the U.S. Unfortunately, she appeared in one bomb after another. EvenFor years, Hollywood tried to turn this Madrid-born beauty into a star (or at least, a star's girlfriend). But after a slew of big-budget flops (All the Pretty Horses, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Sahara) Cruz finally made her breakthrough stateside in her native tongue, with her turn as a strong and sexy mama in the 2006 Spanish dramedy Volver, her third collaboration with fellow countryman Pedro Almodóvar. Although U.S. audiences had long dismissed her as gamine window dressing, the director knew what Cruz was capable of from her spunky performances in his films Live Flesh and All About My Mother. Initially a dancer, Cruz was still a teen when she landed a pair of career-making roles in her homeland: a pregnant shop girl in the campy comedy Jamón, Jamón and a hopeless romantic in Belle Epoque. Throughout the '90s, Cruz worked consistently in Spain, but by the end of the decade she was ready to try her luck in the U.S. Unfortunately, she appeared in one bomb after another. Even her turn as a free-spirited looker in Vanilla Sky—the 2001 remake of the 1999 Spanish film Open Your Eyes, in which she played the same role—was a critical dud. Yet the film did thrust her into spotlight when she began dating costar Tom Cruise. For three years their relationship eclipsed her career, and when they split, her romance with her Sahara costar Matthew McConaughey continued the trend. After her Hollywood struggles, the chance to work with Almodóvar again must have seemed like a career-saving grace. Indeed, her turn in Volver deservedly earned her rave reviews and myriad accolades, including Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG nods. In 2008, the Academy honored Cruz when her fiesty role in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona gained her the Best Supporting Actress trophy; and her star continued to rise with Globe and Oscar nominations for her sensual turn in the 2009 musical adaptation of the Broadway hit Nine. Expand

Penélope Cruz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 52
Highest Metascore: 88 Chicken Run
Lowest Metascore: 29 Noel
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 36
  2. Negative: 8 out of 36
36 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The 355 Jan 14, 2022 Graciela tbd
54 Wasp Network Jun 19, 2020 Olga Salanueva 3.3
87 Pain and Glory Oct 4, 2019 Jacinta / Jacinta Mallo Joven 8.0
68 Everybody Knows Feb 8, 2019 Carolina / Laura 6.9
42 Loving Pablo Oct 5, 2018 Virginia Vallejo 6.2
52 Murder on the Orient Express Nov 10, 2017 Cast / Greta Ohlsson / Pilar Estravados / Pilar Estravados 6.4
46 The Queen of Spain Aug 18, 2017 Producer / Macarena Granada tbd
31 ma ma May 20, 2016 Producer / Magda / Magda 5.0
44 The Brothers Grimsby Mar 11, 2016 Cast / Kate / Rhonda George 6.0
34 Zoolander 2 Feb 12, 2016 Cast / Cast / Montana Grosso / Montana Grosso / Valentina / Valentina / Valentina / Valentina / Valentina Valencia / Valentina Valencia 7.8
60 SPECTRE Nov 6, 2015 Cast / (Rumored) 6.8
34 Twice Born Dec 6, 2013 Co-Producer / Gemma 7.2
48 The Counselor Oct 25, 2013 Laura / Laura 5.7
55 I'm So Excited Jun 28, 2013 Jessica 5.7
54 To Rome with Love Jun 22, 2012 Cast / Cast / Anna / Anna 8.0
45 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides May 20, 2011 Angelica 6.3
49 Nine Dec 18, 2009 Carla 4.5
76 Broken Embraces Nov 20, 2009 Lena 7.4
41 G-Force Jul 24, 2009 Juarez / Juarez tbd
66 Elegy Aug 8, 2008 Consuela Castillo 6.8
49 The Good Night Oct 5, 2007 Anna/Melodia 6.1
84 Volver Nov 3, 2006 Raimunda 8.5
41 Sahara Apr 8, 2005 Eva Rojas / Eva Rojas tbd
59 Don't Move Mar 11, 2005 Italia 7.1
29 Noel Nov 12, 2004 Nina Vasquez 6.0
40 Head in the Clouds Sep 17, 2004 Mia / Mia 6.7
38 Gothika Nov 21, 2003 Chloe Sava 6.6
31 Don't Tempt Me Aug 22, 2003 Carmen Ramos tbd
32 Masked and Anonymous Jul 24, 2003 Pagan Lace 8.2
45 Vanilla Sky Dec 14, 2001 Sofia Serrano 8.0