Chris Pine’s most memorable roles (so far)
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) - Nicholas Devereaux
From EW's review: "Mia, having graduated Princeton in poli sci, is now off to rule Euro Disney, er, Genovia. But not only must she win her people’s hearts (by displaying empathy for, yes, orphans), she must also marry, according to an antiquated law. 'So unfair!' she frets, echoing the frustrations of many young girls who…what? Have their own theme-park nations to play with?"
Just My Luck (2006) - Jake Hardin
From EW's review: "[Lindsay Lohan] plays Ashley, a junior PR executive who happens to be the luckiest woman in the world. The rain turns to sunshine the moment she steps out of her apartment; right before a date, a designer dress meant for Sarah Jessica Parker mistakenly arrives at her door. Then she meets her opposite number, an aspiring band manager, played by the more dogged than charming Chris Pine, whose life is a bombardment of slapstick catastrophes. Just My Luck starts off as a clunky cartoon. Then the two characters exchange fates, and the movie flip-flops and becomes a different cartoon, this one just as vacuously mechanical."
Bottle Shock (2008) - Bo Barrett
From EW's review: "As Jim Barrett, the California winemaker whose hand-crafted chardonnay trumped the tony French vintages in a 1976 blind taste test (putting Napa Valley on the map for oenophiles), Bill Pullman overdoes the manly-American-farmer bit — he looks like he's never had a glass of wine in his life. Chris Pine and Eliza Dushku, as Barrett's screwup son and a sexy intern, are like winners of a Brad Pitt and Jessica Simpson imitation contest."
Star Trek (2009) - Capt. James T. Kirk
From EW's review: "Newcomer Pine, with his slightly coarse sexiness — rough skin, thatchy hair, thick lips — evokes the young Brad Pitt, but he’s no pouting pretty boy; his verbal attack is light and fast."
Unstoppable (2010) - Will
From EW's review: "Denzel Washington and Chris Pine play working-class heroes thrown together to halt the renegade freight: One’s a railway veteran forced into retirement, the other’s a rookie from a family of means trading in his blue blood for a blue collar. And the only real villain, besides physics, is corporate hubris. But these recession-resonant touches zoom by as fast as the scenery; there isn’t time for much commentary in a movie so high-velocity."
This Means War (2012) - FDR Foster
From EW's review: "As is true in most buddy pictures, the real love in This Means War is between FDR and Tuck. Pine and [Tom] Hardy are an odd choice as Men Who Bond. Pine behaves like a player on Entourage; Hardy broods as if he thinks dating is torture. But as a result, they’re kind of cute in an itchy and scratchy way, bumping shoulders in a pantomime of what men do in love and war."
People Like Us (2012) - Sam
From EW's review: "Chris Pine, acting with itchy self-regard, plays a hustler who learns that his late dad (a fabled Laurel Canyon record producer) had a secret life — an illegitimate daughter he helped raise, then abandoned. ... Pine and Banks are just good enough to suggest that in an honest movie, they would have been even better."
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) - Capt. James T. Kirk
From EW's review: "The [2009 Star Trek] was all about how the Enterprise crew first came together, but really it was about how Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto rose up to become those superheroes of yore, Kirk and Spock, by echoing the looks, voices, and personalities of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy just enough, while still making the roles their own. The two actors now really have a chance to get their Kirk and Spock on. Pine, with ice blue eyes and lips that dance on the edge of a smirk, does something marvelously clever: He evokes Shatner’s hamminess by underplaying it."
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) - Jack Ryan
From EW's review: "Chris Pine, so good as the hot-dog rebel Captain Kirk in the Star Trek films, take[s] a whack at portraying a character previously embodied by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck — even if Pine, with his wolfish crystal-blue-eyed sensuality (he’s like the American Jonathan Rhys Meyers), comes off as more of a lover than a fighter."
Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) - Rex Harrison
From EW's reivew: "Not surprisingly, the sequel sticks pretty much to the formula. Itching to be their own bosses, the guys invent a ”Shower Buddy,” which conveniently dispenses shampoo and conditioner directly from the showerhead. A scheming billionaire (Christoph Waltz, looking like a Viennese Geraldo Rivera) screws them over, so they decide to kidnap his spoiled son (Chris Pine) until… Honestly, the plot’s kind of beside the point."
Into the Woods (2014) - Cinderella's Prince
From EW's review: "As for the rest of the cast, we already knew that Anna Kendrick (as Cinderella) could sing, but who could have guessed Chris Pine could too — all while hilariously sending up his hunky image as a charmingly insincere prince? He looks like he just waltzed in from a Siegfried & Roy tribute act."
Stretch (2014) - Roger Karos
From EW's review: "Not to be confused with the long-gestating Stretch Armstrong movie, Joe Carnahan’s latest comedy-thriller stars Patrick Wilson as the titular chauffeur put through the paces by his billionaire boss (Chris Pine, with a ZZ top beard)."
Z for Zachariah (2015) - Caleb
From EW's review: "The limited scope of the apocalyptic story could have made for a thoughtful parable about human nature and race, but the lack of drama and heat keeps Z for Zachariah joyless without much despair."
The Finest Hours (2016) - Bernie Webber
From EW's review: "Based on a daring 1952 Coast Guard rescue off of Cape Cod, the film stars Chris Pine as an aw-shucks, by-the-book Coastie who’s torn away from his fiancée (a winningly feisty Holliday Grainger) when a nor’easter rips an oil tanker in half like a dinner roll. Certain death awaits, but duty calls. And Pine’s vanilla hero is just the fella to accept the charges on that call, no questions asked."
Star Trek Beyond (2016) - Capt. James T. Kirk
From EW's review: "As the new film kicks off, Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk is on a diplomatic mission with a hostile council of pint-sized aliens that goes awry in slapstick fashion. And even though Pine has gotten better and better at capturing William Shatner’s tongue-in-cheek Shatnerness with each outing, it’s an ominously shaky start."
Hell or High Water (2016) - Toby Howard
From EW's review: "Hell or High Water isn’t a flashy movie, but it has an undeniably resonant sense of small-scale justice, not to mention an authentic sense of place that will remind you of other Texas-set masterpieces like John Sayles’ Lone Star and the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men. See it, and then spread the word."
A Wrinkle In Time (2018) - Dr. Alex Murry
From EW's review: "The three Mrs. W’s overexplain every wonder with PowerPoint precision. Anything they don’t explain gets covered by Pine, trapped in a series of horrid flashbacks, including one where he delivers an actual PowerPoint lecture about the film’s psycho-spiritual cosmology. (Attendees at the lecture scoff, scoff, at his ridiculous ideas, the way characters in the first reel used to scoff at Dr. Frankenstein.)"
Wonder Woman (2017) - Steve Trevor
From EW's review: "[Gal Gadot's] chemistry with Pine is just as unexpected and electric. Catching him in the nude back on Themyscira, she takes a peek at him in the buff and asks: 'Would you say you are a typical example of your sex?' He replies, 'I am above average.' Screenwriter Allan Heinberg (Grey’s Anatomy) deserves as much of the credit for their sparks-filled duet as the stars."
Outlaw King (2018) - Robert the Bruce
From EW's review: "If Hollywood does not exactly need another tale of a Scottish warrior with a brave heart and a medieval mullet, Glasgow-based filmmaker David Mackenzie is at least a good man for the job ... As 14th-century Gaelic nobleman Robert the Bruce, [Pine] manages to look surprisingly right in chain mail, hiding his California jawline beneath a tangled beard and adopting a convincing-enough Scottish burr."