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Thurman took on the role of Fantine in Les Misérables, the 1998 film version of Victor Hugo's novel of the same name, directed by Bille August.
The film was considered an "intelligent, handsomely crafted adaptation" of the classic novel, according to Rotten Tomatoes, and portrayed a socialite in Woody Allen's romantic dramedy Sweet and Lowdown, opposite Sean Penn.
The film was a critical and commercial failure, eventually earning Thurman a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actress.
The Washington Post described her acting as shallow and remarked: "Thurman's strangely passive characterization doesn't go much deeper than drawling and flexing her prosthetic thumbs".
an academic and writer, he lived as an ordained Buddhist monk for three years.
She rose to international prominence with her performance in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction, her other notable films include Henry & June (1990), The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996), Batman & Robin (1997), Gattaca (1997), Les Misérables (1998), The Producers (2005), My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), and Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac (2013) and in 2017, she was named president of the 70th edition's "Un Certain Regard" jury.
Thurman made her Broadway debut in The Parisian Woman (2017–2018).
She obtained a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Sci-fi Actress and was also nominated for Favourite Movie Actress at the Kids' Choice Awards.
In 1998, she starred as a British secret agent in The Avengers, another financial and critical flop; CNN described her as "so distanced you feel like you're watching her through the wrong end of a telescope".