Thursday, September 06, 2012

Which Is Better?

Kirsten Dunst
10 sample films:

Wag the Dog
Bring It On
The Virgin Suicides
Little Women
Spider-Man 2


Maggie Gyllenhaal
10 sample films:

Stranger Than Fiction
Mona Lisa Smile
Donnie Darko
Crazy Heart
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
The Dark Knight

Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section


  1. Years ago I would have said Dunst but that's probably because Gyllenhaal is relatively new. Now I vote for Gyllenhaal!

  2. Maggie Gyllenhaal!

  3. Maggie Gyllenhaal... easily though I wouldn't sell Kirsten Dunst short based on her performance in Melancholia.

    It's just that Gyllenhaal is better. Secretary, Stranger than Fiction, Cecil B. Demented, Donnie Darko, Crazy Heart, The Dark Knight, Criminal, Sherrybaby, Happy Ending, The Great New Wonderful, and The Photographer. She just has amazing range and is willing to put a lot into those performances.

  4. Maggie. Any day of the week, and twice on Sunday.

  5. I'm feeling a little bad for Dunst here. She started out as a child actress in popular movies, and understandably continued in popular roles into adulthood. It's only the last couple years where she's finally been allowed to take on some more challenging roles. Gyllenhall started as an adult and did a lot of independent films to start. (Cecil B. Demented is the first thing I saw her in). If Dunst continues the way she has been recently, she might surpass Gyllenhall.

  6. I really wanted to say Dunst myself too...and almost did. But then I remembered how much better Maggie made Rachel Dawes for me in The Dark Knight. And how funny she was in Away We Go.

    soo...Gyllenhaal gets my vote too. It'd be interesting to see how Maggie fares against her brother in a poll like this.

  7. Just to be an asshole, I'm going Dunst.

    For the car wash scene in Bring it On. Only 'cause I'm a car guy...

  8. Maggie Gyllenhaal for me. Her performance in Secretary alone would make for a great advantage, but then you add in Stranger than Fiction, Crazy Heart, Sherrybaby, Hysteria and more, and it's a fairly easy win.

    That said, I like Dunst too. She delivers one heck of a fierce child performance in Interview with the Vampire, and showed her acting chops recently-ish in Melancholia.

  9. This is Dunst, easily for me. Gyllenhaal is good but she's never completely floored me in a performance or been as much of an asset to the films she's been in as much as Kirsten.

    (Incidentally, they're both good opposite in each other in the good but not excellent MONA LISA SMILE.)

  10. Tough, tough call. Dunst made me a believer after Melancholia, and I feel she should have received an Oscar nomination for that performance. But Gyllenhall has arguably been more consistent, and her role in Secretary remains one of my favorites. Gyllenhall gets my vote.


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