When you want to list America’s best and most successful films, movies are bound to make the cut. The actress who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, spent her formative years in Dayton, Ohio. She is one of the three children of her parents and her mum happens to be a former actress while her dad was a musician. Being old-time players in the entertainment industry, her parents gave Allison all the encouragement she needed to pursue her passion.
Upon graduating from high school, the brilliant youngster proceeded to Kenton College in Ohio. In further pursuit of her dreams of becoming a recognized and prominent actress, Allison Janney proceeded to train at the Theatre School of Neighbor Playhouse and in addition to that, she took on acting programs at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
One can safely say that Allison Janney’s career is not only successful but fulfilled. Her success in her career is very evident in her numerous awards, including the Primetime Emmy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Oscar Awards among others. More so, receiving her own well-earned and deserved star in the prominent Hollywood Hall of Fame is indeed an icing on her already buttered cake. Let’s thrill you in the following paragraphs with the best of Allison Janney’s movies and TV shows, however, we also included her worst projects.
Allison Janney’s Movies And TV Shows Ranked From Best To Worst
1. Finding Nemo (2003)
This movie is rated an impressive 99% on the Rotten Tomatoes site with numerous positive reviews from critics. The popular computer-animated movie was a box office success, having a tremendous turnover of $940 million against a budget of $94 million. The storyline in Finding Nemo unfolds the life of an adventurous and cheerful son – a clownfish named Nemo, who went missing in the ocean, despite the watchful eyes and overprotective nature of his father, Marlin. Now, Marlin ( who was voiced by Albert Brooks) and Dory (voiced by ) must do all they can to find Nemo his only son. Allison was the voice behind a starfish named Peach who became Nemo’s friend.
The movie got several nominations and won many awards, including the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Best Original Screenplay. It was even listed as the highest-grossing animated movie at the time of its release and this makes it to undoubtedly fall among the best of Allison Janney’s movies.
2. DuckTales (2018)
This is an animated series in which, Allison Janney played a small voice role, however, it is regarded as one of her best film appearances with a 100% ranking on the Rotten Tomatoes site. The series aired on the Disney Channel after it’s premiere on the 17th of August 2017. Around October 2018, a second season was produced which also turned out to be very successful and eventually, plans have been made for a third release to be produced soon.
3. I, Tonya (2017)
This is an American biographical movie that’s centered around the lives of an abusive mother, LaVona Golden – depicted by Allison Janney – who forces her daughter, Tonya to skate. While Tonya builds an established and successful skating career, she becomes entangled in a criminal situation that threatens her career. I, Tonya was released in 2017 in the United States with a box office success of $53.9 million, against an $11 million budget. The movie was also well received by both viewers and critics which is evident in its impressive 89% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes sites.
Additionally, Allison’s performance earned her an Award for Best Supporting Actress and several nominations under numerous categories, winning most of them. The movie also won the Golden Globe Awards and Academy Awards among others. This movie is therefore ranked as one of the best of Allison Janney’s movies.
4. Juno (2007)
Another successful movie that was a major hit with Allison Janney in it is the 2007 film, Juno. The comedy-drama stars a teenage girl with an unplanned pregnancy, leaving her totally disrupted and unprepared for the pressure that comes with pregnancy and adulthood. In this movie, Allison Janney plays the role of Bren Macluff, the stepmother of Juno who helps her through her pregnancy. This movie was not only accepted by its audience but received positive reviews with an impressive 94% rating on the Tomatometer.
It is also worth knowing that it is ranked on the best of Allison Janney movies having grossed an impressive $231.4 million on a $7 million budget. Juno was also listed for several nominations and it won Oscar’s Award for Best Original Screenplay among others.
5. Spy (2015)
Allison Janney was part of the cast of the American action comedy-drama, Spy. The drama follows the life of a 40-year-old single undercover agent named, Susan (played by popular comic actress, ). In the movie, she is seen helping a colleague in locating a stolen suitcase that contains a portable nuclear weapon device. Spy was released in 2015 in the U.S. and it received a lot of positive reviews from critics. More so, it was rated an impressive 94% on the Rotten Tomatoes site and at the box office, it recorded tremendous success with a turnover of $236 million against a budget of $65 million. The movie also won two Golden Globe Awards and it is currently ranked among the best of Allison Janney movies.
6. Mom (2013)
Allison stars in the major hit TV series, Mom as Bonnie Plunkett an alcohol addict and the mother of Christy who is also struggling with addiction. The duo fights their addictions while trying to put their lives and their mother-daughter relationship in the right direction. This TV series was indeed well-received worldwide with critical acclaims and huge ratings from audiences. The series was rated an 86% on the Rotten Tomatoes site and many reviews point to the fact that the Mom series tackles the reality of everyday problems affecting the vast majority of the world including; rape, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, abortion, addictions, overdose, gambling, and others.
The series received several nominations on numerous occasions, as well as winning many awards which include the Critics Choice Awards and People’s Choice Awards. Also, Allison Janney’s impressive performance landed her two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2014 and 2015.
7. The Big C (2012)
This project which she featured in as Rita is ranked low in her filmography, making it one of her unsuccessful appearances. The Big C premiered on the 16th of August, 2010, however, its reception was not very encouraging, although the pilot had a better reception from critics. The series went ahead to release its second season on the 27th of June 2011, after which a third one followed in the next year on April 8th. The final season came out on April 29th, 2013, and about a year later in May 2013, the curtains were drawn on the show.
8. How to Deal (2003)
Another unsuccessful movie that stars Allison Janney is How to Deal which was directed by Clare Kilner. The storyline centers around a teenager named Halley () who is not enthusiastic about the concept of love due to several dysfunctional relationships around her, beginning with her divorced parents. Allison Janney depicted the character of Lydia- Halley’s mom who is a divorcee and enjoys staying alone. This movie was released in 2003 and it got a very poor rating of 27% on the Tomatometer, as well as lots of criticism. How to Deal was also a box office failure, its turnover was $14 million which was less than its actual budget costing $16 million. It hereby ranks among the worst of Allison Janney movies in the history of her acting career.
9. Brightest Star (2013)
This American romantic comedy which was released in 2013 centers on a young man who got dumped by his girlfriend. He now tries to be the kind of man his former partner desires at the cost of losing his true nature. However, as fate may have it, he meets a lady – an astronomer played by Allison Janney. His new friend encourages him to stay true to himself and advised him to find someone who loves him for who he is.
Brightest Star was released in 2013 but it was not well-received by audiences. It has a poor rating of 13% on the Rotten Tomatoes, as well as unimpressive reviews from viewers and critics. The movie was also unsuccessful in terms of its box office turnover and it currently ranks among the worst of Allison Janney’s projects.
10. The Oranges (2011)
This American romantic comedy-drama also ranks as one of the worst Allison Janney’s movies. The storyline centers on two families – The Wallings and The Ostroffs who were close friends but as the scenes continued to unfold, they become enemies as secrets involving the sexual relationship between Mr. Wallings and the Ostroffs only daughter, Nina who is the same age as Mr. Wallings daughter was exposed. Allison Janney portrayed a character named Cathy Ostroff the mother of Nina and wife of Terry Ostroff.
With a very poor box office turnover of $2 million which was way less than its actual budget costing $7 million, The Oranges is ranked among the worst projects of Allison Janney. More so, the movie received mixed reviews from critics and it got a very poor rating of 32% on the Tomatometer.