Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980) is an American actress. She is known for playing unconventional characters with a dark edge. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Satellite Award for Best Actress, as well as Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, and Independent Spirit Award nominations. Despite being known predominantly for her work in independent productions, Ricci has appeared in numerous box office hits – to date, her films have grossed in excess of US$1.4 billion.
Ricci made her film debut at the age of ten in Richard Benjamin‘s Mermaids (1990), with Cher, Winona Ryder, and Bob Hoskins. Her Second film was John Badham’s The Hard Way (1991), with Michael J. Fox, James Woods, Stephen Lang, Annabella Sciorra, Luis Guzmán, LL Cool J, Delroy Lindo, Mos Def, Kathy Najimy, Michael Badalucco, Lewis Black, and Penny Marshall; which was followed by a breakout role as Wednesday Addams in Barry Sonnenfeld‘s The Addams Family (1991), with Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, and Christopher Lloyd. She then appeared in The Cemetery Club (1993), with Olympia Dukakis, Ellen Burstyn, Diane Ladd, Danny Aiello, and Laney Kazan; and Addams Family Values (1993), with much of the returning cast and Joan Cusack.
Subsequent appearances in Casper (1995), with Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, and Eric Idle; and Now and Then (1995), with Rosie O’Donnell, Thora Birch, Melanie Griffith, Gaby Hoffmann, Demi Moore, Ashleigh Aston Moore, and Rita Wilson; brought her fame as a teen icon. Other films during This period include Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (1995), with Anna Chlumsky, Polly Draper, Brian Kerwin, Diana Scarwid, and David Keith; Bastard Out of Carolina (1996), with Jennifer Jason Leigh , Jena Malone, Ron Eldard, Glenne Headly, Dermot Mulroney, Grace Zabriskie, and Michael Rooker; and The Last of the High Kings (1996), with Catherine O’Hara, Jared Leto, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Rea, Colm Meaney, and Emily Mortimer.
At 17, she moved into adult-oriented roles with Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm (1997), Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes, Glenn Fitzgerald, Jamey Sheridan, and Sigourney Weaver; which led to parts in films such as The Opposite of Sex (1998), with Martin Donovan and Lisa Kudrow; Buffalo ’66 (1998), with Vincent Gallo (who also directed), Ben Gazzara, Kevin Corrigan, Mickey Rourke, Rosanna Arquette, Jan-Michael Vincent, and Huston; Terry Gilliam‘s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), with Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro; John Waters‘ Pecker (1998), with Edward Furlong, Lili Taylor, Mary Kay Place, Martha Plimpton, Brendan Sexton III, and Bess Armstrong; I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998), with Billy Zane, Tippi Hedren, and Ron Perlman; and Desert Blue (1998), with Sexton III, Kate Hudson, Casey Affleck, Sara Gilbert, and John Heard.
Her last films in the 1990s were 200 Cigarettes (1999), with Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Díaz, Angela Featherstone, Janeane Garofalo, Hoffmann, Hudson, Courtney Love, Jay Mohr, Plimpton, and Paul Rudd; No Vacancy (1999), with Timothy Olyphant, Robert Wagner, and Lolita Davidovich; and Tim Burton‘s Sleepy Hollow (1999), with Depp, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, Christopher Lee, Jeffrey Jones, and Christopher Walken.
Roles in the 2000s include Bless the Child (2000), with Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits, Angela Bettis, Rufus Sewell, and Holliston Coleman; The Man Who Cried (2000), with Cate Blanchett, Depp, Harry Dean Stanton, and John Turturro; Prozac Nation (2001), with Jason Biggs, Anne Heche, Michelle Williams, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Jessica Lange; Pumpkin (2002), with Hank Harris, Brenda Blethyn, Melissa McCarthy, and Amy Adams; Miranda (2002), with Kyle MacLachlan, John Simm, John Hurt, Tamsin Greig, and Julian Rhind-Tutt; Anything Else (2003), with Biggs, Woody Allen, Stockard Channing, Danny DeVito, Jimmy Fallon, Erica Leerhsen, and KaDee Strickland; I Love Your Work (2003), with Giovanni Ribisi, Franka Potente, Marisa Coughlan, Jason Lee, Lake Bell, Vince Vaughn, Jared Harris, and Elvis Costello; and Patty Jenkins’ Monster (2003), with Charlize Theron and Bruce Dern.
Roles in the mid to late 2000s include Wes Craven‘s Cursed (2005), with Jesse Eisenberg and Judy Greer; Craig Brewer’s Black Snake Moan (2006), with Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake, and S. Epatha Merkerson; Penelope (2008), with James McAvoy, O’Hara, Peter Dinklage, Richard E. Grant, Reese Witherspoon, and Nick Frost; The Wachowskis‘ Speed Racer (2008), with Emile Hirsch, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox, Roger Allam, Benno Fürmann, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rain, and Richard Roundtree; All’s Faire in Love (2009), with Chris Wylde, Matthew Lillard, Cedric the Entertainer, Louise Griffiths, Martin Klebba, and Ann-Margret; and After.Life (2008), with Liam Neeson and Justin Long.
Roles in the 2010s include Bel Ami (2012), with Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Meaney; War Flowers (2012), with Jason Gedrick and Tom Berenger; Around the Block (2013), with Hunter Page-Lochard, Jack Thompson, and Damian Walshe-Howling; Mothers and Daughters (2016), with Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Eva Amurri, Courteney Cox, Roselyn Sánchez, Paul Wesley, E.G. Daily, Ashanti, Mira Sorvino and Selma Blair; Distorted (2018), with John Cusack; and Percy (2020), with Walken, Zach Braff, Luke Kirby, Adam Beach, Martin Donovan, Roberta Maxwell, and Peter Stebbings.
On television, Ricci appeared as Liza Bump in the final season of Ally McBeal (2002), and received acclaim for her guest role on Grey’s Anatomy in 2006. She also starred as Maggie Ryan on the ABC series Pan Am (2011–12), with Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley, Karine Vanasse, Mike Vogel, and Kelli Garner; and produced and starred in the series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015), with Clea DuVall and Cole Hauser; and Z: The Beginning of Everything (2017), with David Hoflin and David Strathairn.
Ricci has also done voice work in such films as Joe Dante’s Small Soldiers (1998), with Frank Langella, Tommy Lee Jones, George Kennedy, Jim Brown, Ernest Borgnine, Clint Walker, Bruce Dern, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Jim Cummings, and Sarah Michelle Gellar; Alpha and Omega (2010), with Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper, and Danny Glover; The Smurfs 2 (2013), with Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, Anton Yelchin, J.B. Smoove; The Hero of Color City (2014), with Sean Astin, Owen Wilson, E.G. Daily, Jessica Capshaw, Rosie Perez, Tara Strong, Craig Ferguson, Wayne Brady, Jess Harnell, and David Kaye; and Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (2017), with Taissa Farmiga, Miguel Ferrer, Stuart Allan, Brandon Soo Hoo, Jake T. Austin, Kari Wahlgren, Sean Maher, Gregg Henry, and Meg Foster.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- Mermaids (1990) – directed by Richard Benjamin
- The Hard Way (1991) – directed by John Badham
- The Addams Family (1991) – directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
- The Cemetery Club (1993) – directed by Bill Duke
- Addams Family Values (1993)* – directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
- Casper (1995)* – directed by Brad Silberling
- Now and Then (1995) – directed by Lesli Linka Glatter
- Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (1995) – directed by Kevin James Dobson
- Bastard Out of Carolina (1996) – directed by Anjelica Huston – TV movie
- The Last of the High Kings (1996) – directed by David Keating
- Little Red Riding Hood (1997) – directed by David Kaplan – short
- That Darn Cat (1997)* – directed by Bob Spiers
- The Ice Storm (1997) – directed by Ang Lee
- The Opposite of Sex (1998) – directed by Don Roos
- Buffalo ’66 (1998) – directed by Vincent Gallo
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) – directed by Terry Gilliam￼
- Small Soldiers (1998)* – directed by Joe Dante
- Pecker (1998) – directed by John Waters
- I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998) – directed by Aris Iliopulos
- Desert Blue (1998) – directed by Morgan J. Freeman
- 200 Cigarettes (1999) – directed by Risa Bramon Garcia
- No Vacancy (1999) – directed by Marius Balchunas
- Sleepy Hollow (1999) – directed by Tim Burton
- Bless the Child (2000) – directed by Chuck Russell
- The Man Who Cried (2000) – directed by Sally Potter
- All Over the Guy (2001) – directed by Julie Davis
- Prozac Nation (2001) – directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg
- The Laramie Project (2002) – directed by Moisés Kaufman – TV movie
- Pumpkin (2002) – directed by Anthony Abrams & Adam Larson Broder
- Miranda (2002) – directed by Marc Munden
- The Gathering (2002) – directed by Brian Gilbert
- Anything Else (2003) – directed by Woody Allen
- I Love Your Work (2003) – directed by Adam Goldberg
- Monster (2003) – directed by Patty Jenkins
- Cursed (2005) – directed by Wes Craven
- Black Snake Moan (2006) – directed by Craig Brewer
- Home of the Brave (2006) – directed by Irwin Winkler
- Penelope (2008)** – directed by Mark Palansky
- Speed Racer (2008)* – directed by The Wachowskis
- New York, I Love You (2008) – directed by Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Randall Balsmeyer, Allen Hughes, Shunji Iwai, Jiang Wen, Shekhar Kapur, Joshua Marston, Mira Nair, Natalie Portman, & Brett Ratner – anthology
- All’s Faire in Love (2009) – directed by Scott Marshall
- After.Life (2009) – directed by Agnieszka Wójtowicz-Vosloo
- Alpha and Omega (2010) – directed by Ben Gluck & Anthony Bell
- California Romamza (2011) – directed by Eva Mendes – short
- Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011) – directed by Tom Brady
- Bel Ami (2012) – directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod
- War Flowers (2012) – directed by Serge Rodnunsky
- The Smurfs 2 (2013) – directed by Raja Gosnell
- Around the Block (2013) – directed by Sarah Spillane
- Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014) – directed by Nick Gomez – TV movie
- The Hero of Color City (2014) – directed by Frank Gladstone
- Mothers and Daughters (2016) – directed by Paul Duddridge & Nigel Levy
- Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (2017) – directed by Sam Liu
- Distorted (2018) – directed by Rob W. King
- Escape the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (2019) – directed by Karen Moncrieff – TV movie
- The Cold Open (2019) – directed by Joel Gallen – TV short
- Abracashoes (2020) – directed by Nicolangelo Gelormini – short
- 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up (2020) – directed by Galt Niederhoffer
- Faraway Eyes (2020) – directed by Harry Greenberger
- Percy (2020) – directed by Clark Johnson