Some actors become famous with one role, and they are known for it for the rest of their lives. This can be a tough thing for a performer, as they intend to play as many characters that are as different as possible. This is especially true for child actors that had an early breakthrough role, as is the case of the Harry Potter cast.
Starting when they were around eleven years old, especially the three main actors, Daniel Radcliff, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, became global sensations overnight. The three have spoken about the tool the roles had as the franchise ended, and they wanted to expand their careers. While all of them continued to act to some degree, Watson took some time off the big screen and went to Brown University and got a degree in English Literature. And she recently enrolled to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at Oxford University. This led her to have a smaller acting resume, but nonetheless, with some impressive scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
Here are Emma Watson’s top 10 highest-scored movies on the critics’ website.
10 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – 82%
Emma Watson’s jump to stardom happened quite early in her life; when she was only ten years old, she starred in the first Harry Potter movie as Hermione Granger. In tenth place in her best-ranked movies is the second installment of the franchise: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The movie takes a darker turn, and the golden trio is no longer as safe inside the walls of Hogwarts as they thought. Hermione plays a significant role in the movie, even if she doesn’t move or speak for a while — as she was one of the victims of the Basilisk. Nevertheless, the young witch is fundamental for the discovery of how to solve this ancient mystery.
9 This Is The End – 83%
This Is The End is a comical insane movie about the end of the world. The story follows the actors, who all play themselves, as the apocalypse starts when they are all partying in James Franco’s house. With a killer cast that also includes Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, and many more, the story gets so out there that the final scene includes the ’90s boy band sensation, the Backstreet Boys. Watson also plays herself, and she has a smaller part in the movie, but that became one of the most iconic scenes in it.
8 My Week With Marilyn – 83%
Marilyn Monroe became such an icon that people will revisit her story and persona for as long as cinema history is deemed important. My Week With Marilyn is based on a true account detailed in the novels The Prince, The Showgirl and Me, and My Week with Marilyn, both by Colin Clark. The movie got actress Michelle Williams, who plays the movie star, an Academy Award nomination. Watson plays a smaller role in this movie as an assistant in the wardrobe department, Lucy.
7 Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince – 84%
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth movie of the franchise. There are a lot of secrets about the past unfolding in this film, including who is the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. Darkness arrives at Hogwarts in a way the audience and the characters haven’t seen before, and the long list of goodbyes to beloved characters starts. Hermione steps out of her comfort zone to help her friends, including being more open about her romantic feelings towards Ron (Rupert Grint).
6 The Perks of Being A Wallflower – 85%
The Perks of Being A Wallflower is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stephen Chbosky, who also wrote the screenplay and directed the movie. A difficult and emotional story about three teens as they navigate high school and deal with their trauma. Watson plays one of the leads, Sam, who is a girl desperately trying to be loved and understood. It was the actress’s first big role after the wizarding world, and everyone praised her for the depth of her performance alongside Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller.
5 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – 88%
The ending of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire changes everything: Voldemort is back. The protagonists are getting older, and being teens comes with new experiences as romance and intrigue happens between them. It’s a transformative year for Hermione, even if she is more in the background than in the previous movie. As always, Watson does a great job at portraying the intelligent witch who continues to help her friends in whatever way she can.
4 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – 90%
The third movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban introduces a lot of new characters and storylines that will be significant to the movies going forward. Hermione has an important role in this installment, where she uses a gift given by Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), the Time-Turner, to save lives during an important night. Her intelligence places her further from the others, and she discovers a major secret of the new professor, Lupin (David Thewlis) — that her friends couldn’t figure out. As Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) states in the film, she is truly the brightest witch of her age.
3 Little Women – 95%
Great Gerwig’s interpretation of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, was a huge success. With an awesome cast that includes Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Florence Pugh, who was nominated for her first Academy Award for the role, and many more. Watson plays the kind Meg March, who is the quieter one of the four lead characters of the movie. Gerwig said, “To me, [Watson] embodies everything that I was interested in, in terms of who the March women were.”
2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 – 96%
Ending a complex story like Harry Potter that was followed for multiple years and has thousands of fans worldwide is never an easy task. However, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 received the biggest score on the website of the entire franchise. The final conflict has arrived: and the walls of Hogwarts bares incredible battles and sad deaths. Watson says goodbye to the character that changed her life, and the number of pictures of her and the other actors crying on set reflects the deep love they have for the story, just like the fans.
1 Ballet Shoes – 100%
Another adaptation in her resume, Ballet Shoes is based on Noel Streatfeild’s children’s classic novel. The movie received the highest score from critics on the website. The BBC movie wasn’t a huge success, but it earned the highest score amongst the critics that watched it. The story is set in London in the 1930s and follows Great Uncle Matthew (Richard Griffiths) as he adopts three orphans: Pauline (Watson), Petrova (Yasmin Paige), and Posy (Lucy Boyton).