Tobey Maguire - Rotten Tomatoes

Tobey Maguire

Highest Rated:   93% Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
Lowest Rated:   12% Good People (2014)
Birthplace:   Santa Monica, California
Moon-faced, dreamy eyed, and radiating the kind of lo-fi intensity that made him a natural for the kind of Thoughtful Young Man roles in which he made his name during the early years of his career, Tobey Maguire has proven to be one of the most thought-provoking actors of his generation. Whether portraying a disaffected young suburbanite in The Ice Storm (1997) or a geek turned superhero in Spider-Man (2002), Maguire always gives the kind of nuanced, engaging performances that have the effect of making the viewer believe that short of actually spinning webs from his wrists, there is very little he can't do.Maguire was born in Santa Monica, CA, on June 27, 1975. The son of a construction worker and secretary, he was raised predominately by his mother after his parents divorced when he was almost two years old. The two led an itinerant lifestyle, living with relatives all over the country. Maguire's childhood ambition was to become a cook, but his mother, once an aspiring actress herself, encouraged her son to go into acting. Following a sixth grade drama class, the young actor began getting roles in commercials, which led to a starring turn in the short-lived 1992 sitcom Great Scott!The following year, Maguire made his film debut in This Boy's Life, which starred Robert De Niro and a very young Leonardo Di Caprio. After a small part in 1994's S.F.W. and a lead in the same year's largely unseen Revenge of the Red Baron, Maguire attracted favorable notice for his role in the 1995 Oscar-nominated short The Duke of Groove, in which he co-starred with Uma Thurman.1997 proved to be Maguire's breakthrough year, as he worked with two widely respected directors on two high-profile projects. The first was Ang Lee's critically lauded adaptation of the Rick Moody novel The Ice Storm; in a film filled with exceptional performances, Maguire held his own amongst a cast that included Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, and Christina Ricci, and won acclaim for his portrayal of the dutiful and discontented Paul Hood. His other 1997 film, Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry, received mixed reviews, but Maguire's presence in an Allen film further bolstered his career.The year 1998 was another good year for the actor, who had a lead role in the highly acclaimed Pleasantville, in which he starred as a teenager who gets transported into the world of a '50s TV show. He also made a cameo appearance as a bedraggled hitchhiker in Terry Gilliam's adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. With a rising profile and coveted spot on the 1998 cover of Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood issue, Maguire was emerging as one of the more solid and worthwhile young actors in an industry where too many young performers fall prey to the lure of glitz over grit.His reputation was further established with his turn as the protagonist of The Cider House Rules, Lasse Hallström's 1999 Oscar-nominated adaptation of John Irving's novel about a young man who comes of age under the tutelage of an abortionist played by Michael Caine. Maguire's similarly strong work as a troubled but brilliant young writer in Wonder Boys (2000) undoubtedly helped him to win the attention of director Sam Raimi, who eventually cast the actor in the role of Peter Parker, the awkward teenager who becomes the eponymous, web-spinning hero of Spider-Man. The film, which was released in 2002, broke box-office records with its opening weekend draw of more than 110 million dollars, and finally separated Tobey Maguire from his mainstream status as Leonardo DiCaprio's basketball buddy into a mega-star in his own right. Its success catapulted Maguire -- who beefed up his skinny frame for the role and managed to assuage the misgivings of even the most die-hard Spidey fans with his astute performance -- into the rarefied realm of the A-list, complete with the promise of a multimillion-dollar paycheck for his future work, and led to his role as producer of 2002's The 25th Hour, as well


Highest Rated Movies



93% Spider-Man: No Way Home
  • Peter Parker
87% Get Duked!
  • Producer
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon
  • Producer
53% The Boss Baby
  • Older Tim/NarratorNarrator
$175M 2017
16% The 5th Wave
  • Producer
71% Pawn Sacrifice
  • Producer
  • Bobby Fischer
$1.7M 2015
79% Z For Zachariah
  • Producer
$0.2M 2015
12% Good People
  • Producer
35% Labor Day
  • Adult Henry Wheeler/Narrator
$13.4M 2014
48% The Great Gatsby
  • Nick Carraway
$144.9M 2013
46% The Details
  • Jeff Lang
$64.1k 2012
43% Rock of Ages
  • Producer
$38.6M 2012
28% Seeking Justice
  • Producer
$0.5M 2012
22% Country Strong
  • Producer
$20.3M 2011
No Score Yet The Crusaders
  • Jack Greenberg
64% Brothers
  • Capt. Sam Cahill
$28.6M 2009
63% Spider-Man 3
  • Peter Parker/Spider-Man
$336.6M 2007
34% The Good German
  • Tully
$0.9M 2007
93% Spider-Man 2
  • Peter Parker/Spider-Man
$373.4M 2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut)
  • Actor
77% Seabiscuit
  • Executive Producer
  • Red Pollard
$120.2M 2003
79% 25th Hour
  • Producer
90% Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man/Peter Parker
$403.8M 2002
53% Cats & Dogs
  • Lou
No Score Yet El Café Don's
  • Ian
81% Wonder Boys
  • James
71% The Cider House Rules
  • Homer
64% Ride With the Devil
  • Jake Roedel
85% Pleasantville
  • David Wagner/Bud Parker
50% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Hitchhiker
73% Deconstructing Harry
  • Harvey Stern
86% The Ice Storm
  • Paul Hood
No Score Yet Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story
  • Chuck
20% Joyride
  • J.T.
31% Empire Records
  • Andre
No Score Yet Spoils of War
  • Martin
12% S.F.W.
  • Al
No Score Yet Plane Fear
  • Jimmy
76% This Boy's Life
  • Chuck Bolger


No Score Yet The Talk
  • Guest
  • 2015
74% The Spoils Before Dying
  • Devon
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
81% The Spoils of Babylon
  • Devon
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • Guest
  • 2009
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Guest
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
  • Actor
  • 1995
  • 1994
50% Great Scott!
  • Scott Melrod
  • 1992
76% Roseanne
  • Jeff
  • Guest
  • 1991

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