Hilary Duff: 10 greatest movies of all time

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 25: Actress Hilary Duff attends Tribeca TV: Younger at Spring Studio on April 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 25: Actress Hilary Duff attends Tribeca TV: Younger at Spring Studio on April 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival) /
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6. The Perfect Man

Original Release Date: The Perfect Man hit theaters on June 17, 2005.

Box Office Earnings: The romantic comedy struggled at the box office, debuting at No. 8 in its opening weekend with a gross of $5.3 million. The Perfect Man completed its theatrical run with a worldwide gross of $19.7 million against a budget of $10 million, making it a modest commercial success, but by no means a blockbuster by today’s box office standards.

Critical Acclaim: Unfortunately, The Perfect Man didn’t receive much critical acclaim. Romantic comedies, especially those starring teen stars, weren’t often looked upon as respectable films. Being so, the rom-com holds an abysmal 6% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 27% on Metacritic. Critics weren’t charmed by the catfishing plot, but those numbers are lower than they should be.

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About the Role: Hilary Duff stars in The Perfect Man as Holly Hamilton, who’s learned to go with the flow when her mother Jean (Heather Locklear) uproots and relocates their family each time she gets her heart broken by a man. When they settle in New York City, Holly devises a plan to make sure Jean doesn’t get her heart stomped on, which results in the teenager sending messages to her mother from a secret admirer, the perfect man, Ben (Chris Noth).

Simply the Best: In another world, Hilary Duff was a romantic comedy queen and coasted on a successful career of blockbusters and self-serving indies forever. But for some reason, Duff’s big-screen tenure as a leading rom-com star didn’t really extend past her teens, and for shame. She was never given material that allowed her to show off what she could really do. Even with tame fare like The Perfect Man, she did what she does best: steal that spotlight and never let it go.