Sarah Jessica Parker’s 10 Best Movies and TV Shows, According to Rotten Tomatoes
Hocus Pocus 2 features the return of Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson, the youngest and dumbest witch of the main trio. Parker is having a great 2022, starting with his long-awaited return to the sex and the city world in the original HBO Max…And just like thatt, which premiered in December 2021.
Although best known for her iconic turn as Carrie Bradshaw, Parker has a long film and television career that dates back to the early 80s. And while sex and the city will always be her most famous project, she has starred in many other movies and TV shows, many of which have high scores for Rotten Tomatoes.
10/10 Sex and the City (1998-2004) – 70%
sex and the city was the show that defined a generation. A unique blend of romance and sexuality from the perspective of four thirtysomething women living in New York City, sex and the city was groundbreaking and cemented HBO as the home of prestige and groundbreaking television.
Parker was the bright and lively star of the show. As the protagonist, Carrie Bradshaw, Parker was flawed but passionate and vulnerable, selfish but loyal. She was a modern woman who made no apologies. Parker won numerous awards for her portrayal, which defined her career for years to come.
9/10 Divorces (2016-2019) – 78%
In 2016, Parker starred in another HBO show about relationship difficulty. Divorce follows a middle-aged couple going through a divorce after the husband finds out his wife is unfaithful. Parker stars alongside Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church.
While far from being one of HBO’s best comedy shows, Divorceis a clever and fun look at middle-aged romance. Parker plays it safe, but she manages to make Frances relatable and compelling, yet completely different from Carrie Bradshaw.
8/10 The Bill Cunningham Era (2020) – 80%
Legendary New York Times photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham is the subject of the 2020 documentary The Bill Cunningham era. The film chronicles his life and career, using footage from a six-hour interview in which Cunningham spoke in depth about his process.
Parker, a fashion icon and renowned New Yorker, is the perfect choice to narrate the documentary. His familiar voice perfectly complements the beautiful visuals, comprised of never-before-seen footage from Cunningham’s long and prolific career.
7/10 Theft of the Browser (1986) – 84%
The 1986 sci-fi adventure Browser theft is a must-have cult classic. It follows David Freeman, a 12-year-old alien who is transported from 1978 to 1986. Joey Cramer stars as David, alongside a supporting cast that includes Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright and Cliff De Young.
Parker plays a small but key role in the plot. The then 21-year-old actor plays Carolyn McAdams, a NASA intern who befriends David and helps him out when needed. In his limited screen time, Parker makes an impression as a kind and likeable character.
6/10 State and Principal (2000) – 85%
David Mamet wrote and directed state and main, featuring an ensemble cast that included William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, Julia Stiles, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Parker. The plot centers around a film crew filming a big-budget project that invades and disrupts the quiet life of a quiet small town in Vermont.
Parker plays Claire Wellesley, the film’s leading lady, who refuses to shoot her nude scene under contract unless she is paid an additional $800,000. Parker perfectly embodies Claire’s vulnerability and superficiality without making her seem too silly. His comedic sensibilities are also perfect with Mamet’s style, resulting in a memorable, if somewhat understated, performance.
5/10 What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) – 88%
Pauline Kael is one of the most famous and controversial critics in the history of cinema. The documentary traces his life and career, in particular his 23-year tenure as New York magazine during which she gained a reputation as a feisty and vocal contrarian.
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael features commentary from several personalities such as Quentin Tarantino and Paul Schrader. Parker provides Kael’s voice, reading some of the critic’s most infamous reviews. Adopting a grittier, more down-to-earth tone, Parker’s Kael is a far cry from Carrie Bradshaw and her romantic daydreams.
4/10 ShowBusiness: The Broadway Road (2007) – 89%
The 2003-2004 season of Broadway is the theater of the documentary ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway. The film centers around four shows – Nasty, Taboo, Caroline or Changeand Avenue Q – chronicling their pre-production, premiere and reception leading up to the 2004 Tony Awards.
Although the documentary features interviews with numerous artists, including Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and Raúl Esparza, Parker’s appearance is minimal. She attends the premiere of Nasty and poses for the camera with Kirsten Johnston; all in all, its appearance only takes a few seconds.
3/10 Ed Wood (1992) 92%
Ed Wood wasn’t one of Tim Burton’s highest-grossing films, but it’s certainly one of his best. The plot centers around the infamous titular character during the time he made his most notorious movies. The story also concerns Wood’s relationship with horror icon Bela Lugosi.
Dolores Fuller, the role Parker plays in the film, could easily be another typical “girlfriend” role, and in some ways, it is. Dolores has issues with Ed dressing in drag, which leads to their breakup and makes the character somewhat unlikable.
2/10 The LA Story (1991) – 93%
Steve Martin has made many critically acclaimed films, including LA’s story. It follows Harris, a disgruntled weatherman, on his romantic misadventures in Los Angeles, which include an infatuation with a beautiful reporter in London.
Parker plays SanDeE*, an aspiring spokesperson who dates Harris as he tries to figure out her feelings. SanDeE* is silly and tasteless but very likable, mainly thanks to Parker’s lively and endearing performance. Her chemistry with Martin is on point despite the age difference, creating a love story that might be out of the ordinary and fleeting but still touching.
1/10 A Life Apart: Hasidism in America (1997) – 100%
Produced by PBS, Life Apart: Hasidism in America is a documentary on Hasidic Judaism. The film goes in depth, primarily covering Hasidic sects and communities living in Brooklyn and dealing with the constant struggles and conflicts they face on a daily basis.
Parker is one of the documentary’s narrators, joining Leonard Nimoy. The documentary, which includes interviews with several prominent Jewish figures, including Arthur Hertzberg and Berel Lazar, received positive reviews from critics. Parker is no stranger to storytelling, having lent her voice to numerous documentaries throughout her career, but A life apart is his highest rated work.
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