Michael Stuhlbarg made his debut in the 1998 British-American drama film ‘A Price Above Rubies’ directed by Boaz Yakin. The film was warmly received by critics. Following his debut, Stuhlbarg went on to star in films like ‘Macbeth in Manhattan’ (1999), ‘The Grey Zone’ (2001), ‘Afterschool’ (2008), and ‘Body of Lies’ (2008). In 2009, he starred as ‘Larry Gopnik’ in the black comedy-drama film ‘A Serious Man’ directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. The film saw critical acclaim upon release and was a financial success, grossing over $31.4 million on a budget of $7 million. Stuhlbarg also received the ‘Independent Spirit Award,’ ‘Satellite Award,’ and Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s ‘Virtuoso Award’ for his performance in the film. In 2012, he was seen playing the role of ‘Prof. René Tabard’ in the Martin Scorsese-directed American adventure drama film ‘Hugo.’ The film opened to universal acclaim and went on to receive 11 ‘Academy Award’ nominations. The following year, he starred as ‘Griffin’ in the American science fiction action comedy film ‘Men in Black 3.’ The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and was a major commercial success. That same year, he also appeared in the British-American satirical dark comedy crime drama film ‘Seven Psychopaths’ directed by Martin McDonagh. The film received a positive response from critics.
Stuhlbarg continued to appear in films like ‘Blue Jasmine’ (2013), ‘Cut Bank’ (2014), ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (2014), ‘Steve Jobs’ (2015), ‘Trumbo’ (2015), and ‘Miles Ahead’ (2015). The year 2016 saw the release of the American superhero film ‘Doctor Strange’ where Stuhlbarg portrayed ‘Nicodemus West.’ The film garnered wide praise from critics and was a major box office success, grossing over $677.7 million against a budget of $165–236.6 million. He played the role of ‘Robert Hoffstetler / Dimitri Mosenkov’ in the 2017 American romantic fantasy film ‘The Shape of Water’ directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film saw massive acclaim upon release and performed equally well at the box office. That same year, he was also seen in the coming-of-age romantic drama film ‘Call Me by Your Name’ which was also a major critical and commercial success. In 2020, he portrayed ‘Stanley Edgar Hyman’ in the American biographical drama film ‘Shirley’ directed by Josephine Decker. The film earned positive reviews from critics. Stuhlbarg was last seen in the 2021 action thriller film ‘Beckett’ directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino. The film received a mixed response from critics. He is all set to appear in the upcoming American superhero film ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.’