Happy 62nd Birthday, Sigourney Weaver! What's Her Most Underrated Movie Moment?


Film legend and Movieline pal Sigourney Weaver turns 62 today, which means she's been a working girl for almost 35 years. Damn, Ripley. Let's pick her most underrated work on the big screen after the jump. Personally, I think I've pinpointed it. If your suggestion is You Again, I'm prepared to yell, "Get away from her, you bitch" at you.

We can always use more serial killer dramas, and 1995's Copycat is one of the funnest -- and scariest -- in the genre. Weaver plays field lecturer and serial kiiller expert Dr. Helen Hudson, whose expertise makes her the target of Daryll Lee Cullum (Harry Connick, Jr!), a murderer who likes recreating the work of famous serial killers in history. Weaver is strong, believable, and panicked in Copycat, and though Holly Hunter gives the movie's most interesting performance as detective M.J. Monahan, it's Weaver whose plight is compelling.

I bet when visions of evil Harry Connick Jr. swim up to surface in Helen's mind, it's like the horrifying prequel to Dolphin Tale 3D.

What's your choice for Weaver's most underrated role?


  • Mike Doc says:

    Everyone should experience they glory of 'Galaxy Quest', if they haven't already....
    "Let's get out of here before one of those things kills Guy!"

  • spiek78 says:

    I thought she was great in Copycat. I love her in almost anything she does and she is very intelligent and interesting. My favorite actress. Happy birthday!

  • casting couch says:

    Very beautiful and smart classy woman.

  • The Cantankerist says:

    Yeah, an actress whose appearance onscreen is always welcome. Funnily enough, "Copycat" was the first thing I thought of too, though it suffers badly from that most common of cinematic maladies, "trouble in the third act". *Galaxy Quest* should always be celebrated; it actually benefits just as much from Weaver being Weaver as from anything she does. Her reliable straight-bat in "Ghostbusters" shouldn't be underestimated. She's always worthwhile.

  • topsyturvy says:

    Not sure if it's underrated because she did get an Oscar nomination for it but she's amazing in GORILLAS IN THE MIST. Her descent into madness is subtly mesmerizing.

  • Andrew says:

    I love GALAXY QUEST, but I'll have to go with THE ICE STORM. It's a very subtle performance but it's sharp, funny and ultimately heartbreaking. She tells the whole story with her eyes.
    Another Oscar oversight.

  • stolidog says:

    Death and the Maiden....holy shit.

  • David P. says:

    Death and the Maiden AND Galaxy Quest. I love her.