Greg Kinnear’s 10 Best Roles, According to Rotten Tomatoes
Greg Kinnear, who recently appeared on the Apple TV+ original series, Black bird, might just be one of the most underrated actors of this generation. With a career spanning decades, he was in blockbusters like We were soldiers and Little Miss Sun and he’s also had big roles beyond those, including in film and television.
According to the review aggregator’s website rotten tomatoes, a few of these projects stand out with a score of more than 80%. But when it comes to movies, all of his other movies rank below 80%, including some fan favorites like Presenter 2: the legend continues (75%) and classics like You’ve got mail (69%) and We were soldiers (64%).
ten Nurse Betty – 83%
The dark comedy premiered in 2000 and starred Renee Zellweger as a housewife/waitress who, following depression from the brutal murder of her husband, enters a runaway state and thinks she is a nurse in a popular soap opera. With this in mind, she decides to start pursuing her favorite soap opera character, Dr. David Ravell, an actor named George McCord (Kinnear).
Nurse Betty was applauded for being funny and quirky, as well as for its talented cast, including Kinnear. It also ranks among Renee Zellweger’s best movie roles, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
9 Confirmed – 83%
In this 2016 film starring Kerry Washington as Anita Hill, who allegedly sexually harassed Clarence Thomas, Kinnear plays current President Joe Biden. At the time of the events depicted in the film, Biden was a United States Senator.
The film received critical acclaim, and although Kinnear’s role was small and Washington was the star, he contributed immensely to the story. Kinnear said he appreciated that the role gave him the opportunity to “look under the hood at the machinations of everything that was going on,” according to IndieWire.
8 Modern family – 85%
Winning multiple Primetime Emmy Awards throughout its run, it’s no surprise that modern family ranks among Kinnear’s best roles. Although it was only a small guest role, one of the many guest stars of modern familyKinnear earned one of only two Emmy nominations for it.
On the popular and long-running sitcom, he played Tad, a potential new client for Phil who is looking to sell his house. While Phil is oblivious to Tad’s advances, he seems very affectionate towards Claire, even kissing her on the mouth to say goodbye. It’s not until they visit Tad’s house that they realize he kisses everyone equally, including his family members, and meant nothing by his odd, seemingly flirtatious and cheeky.
seven Ghost town – 85%
In this 2008 fantasy comedy, Ricky Gervais plays Bertram, a dentist who can see and talk to ghosts. Tea Leoni, meanwhile, plays a young window and Kinnear is her recently deceased husband, Frank, who was accidentally killed after being hit by a bus.
Frank promises Bertram that he can help get rid of the other ghosts if Bertram helps break up a marriage between his widow and another man he believes is not being honest with her. Dubbed one of the best romance movies that year by Rotten Tomatoes, the site’s critics gave it high marks.
6 As good as it gets – 85%
Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt star in this 1997 romantic comedy-drama about an obsessive-compulsive, surly and wicked novelist who meets and falls in love with a single mother with a chronically ill son. It’s one of Jack Nicholson’s best films, according to IMDb.
Kinnear, meanwhile, plays gay artist Simon in the film, one of Melvin’s (Nicholson) neighbors who is mugged and nearly killed. While Simon recovers, Melvin is tasked with caring for his dog and develops an emotional attachment to the four-legged friend that helps him reconnect more with himself. It was this role that earned Kinnear his only Oscar nomination to date.
5 Misbehavior – 86%
In this 2020 British comedy-drama film, Kinnear plays comedian Bob Hope. The setting is the 1970 Miss World pageant in London, where Hope is the host. Despite the competition clearly objectifying women, it was at the time the most-watched television show in the world. But the tides were changing, and a new women’s liberation movement took the stage to disrupt the broadcast.
Also starring Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Rhys Ifans and Suki Waterhouse, Misbehavior was praised for its “crowd-pleasing” story. Naturally, as Hope, Kinnear played a pivotal role in the film which had a mostly female cast.
4 Dinner with friends – 90%
One of the four main characters in this 2001 comedy-drama alongside Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell and Toni Collette, Kinnear played Tom, one of a tight-knit group who has been friends for years. When they meet for dinner and Tom is missing, his wife eventually reveals that he is leaving her for a flight attendant and they were having issues in their marriage.
The three get into heated discussions as they talk about relationship issues and place blame, each taking their own perspective and take on the things that have happened. As the situation unfolds, the film explores how the breakdown of marriage and the secrets revealed can also lead to a breakdown in mutual friendships.
3 Little Miss Sunshine – 91%
Kinnear plays Richard in this tragicomedy road movie about a family grooming their young daughter to compete in a children’s beauty pageant, a Type-A dad trying to become a popular motivational speaker and life coach.
The 2006 film, which also starred Steve Carrell, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin and Alan Arkin, was described by critics on the site as “delightfully funny”, with Kinnear being named as having one of the best performances. It’s one of those rare feel-good movies that doesn’t focus on love or relationships.
2 Little men – 97%
In this 2016 drama, not to be confused with the 1998 TV series of the same name, Kinnear plays the lead role of Brian, a man who decides to move his family to an apartment in Brooklyn they recently inherited from his father. deceased.
However, the focus is on Brian’s son, Jake, and his new friend Tony, the son of a woman who runs a clothing store in the building. When she and Brian, however, are at odds over rent increase disputes, Jake is devastated when he loses his friend. With a near-perfect rating, critics love it little men examines how parents’ actions can impact their children’s friendships.
1 Black bird – 98%
His most recent role is top-rated: Kinnear plays Brian Miller, a detective investigating the case of a murdered young girl and a potential serial killer. While he’s convinced they’ve got their man in Larry, others believe the troubled recluse is merely looking for attention and didn’t actually commit the crimes.
One of the things fans might not know Black bird it is based on a true story. The focus is on Jimmy Keene and the offer that Miller and his partner Lauren present to him (to extract a confession from Larry in exchange for his early release). But Kinnear’s performance gives heart to the story. He’s a man and a father who just desperately wants to find justice for a young girl who is around the same age as his own daughter and make sure a suspected killer isn’t released to strike again.
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