Since her childhood, Chloë Grace Moretz has stolen scenes, but her collection of starring roles is some of her finest work.
Since her childhood, Chloë Grace Moretz has stolen scenes, but her collection of starring roles is some of her finest work. Her newest film, Nimona, has already earned 100% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer. It ties with another entry in her filmography as her highest-rated, despite Nimona not even being released on Netflix to mainstream audiences at the time this article was written.
Every film fan knows that Rotten Tomatoes stands as one of the loudest and most established voices in movie criticism, and their tomato decomposition iconography often speaks for itself. With no further ado, here are Chloë Grace Moretz’s 10 best movies, ranked by Rotten Tomatoes.
Laggies (2014) – 65%
Laggies is an earlier A24 film, following a woman named Megan in her late 20s who makes friends with a teen girl named Annika (Moretz), after Megan’s life throws her for a loop. As the two become more entangled in each other’s lives and problems, they each gain a new perspective on growing up. A Roger Ebert review by Odie Henderson highlights how “[Moretz’s] emotional moments [in the film] nourish the other actors’ responses, elevating everyone in the scene.”
Suspiria (2018) – 65%
Suspiria’s newer adaptation in 2018 turned the original 1977 version into fresh hell. If you’re unfamiliar with the entrancing story, it captures the operations of the Markos Tanz dance company on the cutting edge of creative and physical ability. Mortez’s perceptive character, Patricia, ends up leaving the group after experiencing what first looks like psychological distress, but soon devolves along with the company into much deeper circumstances.
Kick-Ass (2010) – 76%
Kick-Ass is a memorable film for so many reasons, and Mortez’s addition to the cast is absolutely one of them. Her turn as the young antihero Hit-Girl and Mindy Macready is probably her most iconic role, dual or otherwise, and definitely her most instantly recognizable one. Although slightly controversial, due to the character’s obscenity and Moretz’s status as a preteen back then, Hit-Girl’s presence in the film franchise contributes to its reputation.
Shadow in the Cloud (2020) – 77%
In Shadow in the Cloud, Mortez stars as Maude Garrett, a determined pilot officer who takes a chance to transport an essential item to Samoa for the Royal Air Force, requiring travel by Flying Fortress. Since the story is set during World War II, encountering a crew of all men is expected, but Maude also stands out because of Moretz’s performance and presence on screen. Her character spots a concerning creature while they’re in the clouds, giving the film a similar feel to the Twilight Zone episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.”
The Peripheral (2022) – 78%
The Peripheral is a newer series from Amazon’s Prime Video, in which Moretz stars as Flynne Fisher. Flynne breaks free from her mundane reality through an immersive and futuristic form of gaming, which ends up completely changing her life forever. The lines between the real world and the manufactured one encroaching upon it blur as she is chosen to try out a new system. This series’ gleaming visual aesthetic and Mortez’s dedication to her acting breathes life into the story’s original novel, The Peripheral by William Gibson.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) – 86%
Among queer films, The Miseducation of Cameron Post may not be the most feel-good option, but its existence is essential. Based on the novel it was also named after, its plot line calls attention to the cruelty that some LGBTQ+ people face through being forced to attend conversion therapy. As its brave main character, Cameron, Moretz serves as a face for the everyday adolescents and adults who survive such dark times in real life.
Let Me In (2010) – 88%
Let Me In is one of Moretz’s earlier horror films, predating Dark Shadows and Carrie, showing just how brightly she has shone in the genre since a young age. This movie features her as a young girl named Abby, who grows close with her same-age neighbor, Owen (Kodi Smit-Phee) and helps him fight the bullying he’s fallen victim to. But Abby also has her own concerns, and Owen soon discovers her inherently bloodthirsty identity as a vampire.
Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) – 91%
Clouds of Sils Maria is a stellar film with a cast that’s as great as the movie itself, which includes Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, and of course, Chloë Grace Moretz. Her character, Jo-Ann Ellis, is a problematic actress who works with Binoche’s protagonist, Maria Enders. Jo-Ann’s entanglement and character development seem to personify controversial directions that a number of young actors seem to fall into as a result of fame, fortune, and freedom.
Hugo (2011) – 93%
Viewers take a jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring journey in Hugo, transporting them to Paris for a dangerous and exciting adventure. The film is based on the massive children’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, bringing its striking illustrated world from page to screen and adding so much more color into it. Moretz plays Isabelle, the inquisitive goddaughter of toy shop owner Georges Méliès who helps Hugo throughout his own journey.
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013) – 100%
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a spectacular anime film directed by Isao Takahata, based on the Japanese monogatari The Tale of the Woodcutter. Its hand-drawn appearance sets its animation apart from other stories told through the art medium, and in its English version, Moretz voices Princess Kaguya herself.
The film details the Princess’s growth from a tiny creature into a royal figure, who also finds herself faced by the darker parts of her destiny catching up with her. Like so many other English dubs, this one introduces more Western audiences to Japanese media.