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All Mark Ruffalo Movies Ranked

Soaking in Mark Ruffalo‘s incisive, heart-rending performance in 2000’s You Can Count On Me, you’d figure he must’ve spent the ’90s quietly piecing together a career brick by brick, role by role, to have turned in such a performance in the Kenneth Lonergan drama. But, nope, a look at his “career” before 2000 reveals only bit parts with a line here, or a punch there, almost not worth mentioning. It made his star-marking appearance in You Can Count on Me all the more unexpected and revelatory.

Momentum is like a train leaving a station whether you’re ready or not, and Ruffalo has latched on and never let go. He has since never really left the spotlight (literally, he was in Spotlight), forging ahead with a mix of dramas (Foxcatcher, The Normal Heart), lighter comedies (The Kids Are All RightDate Night), and work with auteurs like David Fincher (Zodiac), Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island), and Michael Mann (Collateral).

Ruffalo is particularly adept at playing driven intellectuals whose emotions and needs complicate their lives, making him perfectly suited to play Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the MCU movies. He joined the franchise with the first Avengers and was able to fully rehabilitate Hulk’s and Thor’s image in Thor: Ragnarok. He recieved acclaim for starring in Todd Haynes’ Dark Waters. Now we’re now ranking the best Mark Ruffalo movies (and the worst) by Tomatometer!

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 18154%
Critics Consensus: With a scenery-chewing performance from Sean Penn, an absence of political insight, and an overall lack of narrative cohesiveness, these Men give Oscar bait a bad name.
Synopsis: Charismatic Southern politician Willie Stark's (Sean Penn) idealism and good intentions give way to corruption after he becomes governor of... [More]
Directed By: Steven Zaillian

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 17733%
Critics Consensus: Uneven in tone and badly edited, A View From the Top wastes the talents of its cast and condescends to its characters.
Synopsis: A comedy about a young woman from meager beginnings, who has high hopes for the future. Donna (Gwyneth Paltrow) dreams... [More]
Directed By: Bruno Barreto

#38

Rumor Has It ... (2005)
20%

#38
Adjusted Score: 24946%
Critics Consensus: This riff on The Graduate has a solid cast, but is too lightweight to fully register.
Synopsis: Living in New York City, Sarah (Jennifer Aniston) must make the cross-country trip back to her home state of California... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 33165%
Critics Consensus: Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut inspires more Sympathy than plaudits due to a convoluted story and unengaging style.
Synopsis: A paralyzed DJ gets more than he bargained for when he tries faith healing.... [More]
Directed By: Mark Ruffalo

#36

Windtalkers (2002)
33%

#36
Adjusted Score: 37332%
Critics Consensus: The action sequences are expertly staged. Windtalkers, however, sinks under too many clichés and only superficially touches upon the story of the code talkers.
Synopsis: Marine Joe Enders (Nicolas Cage) is assigned to protect Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach) -- a Navajo code talker, the Marines'... [More]
Directed By: John Woo

#35

In the Cut (2003)
34%

#35
Adjusted Score: 38914%
Critics Consensus: Director/co-writer Jane Campion takes a stab at subverting the psycho-sexual thriller genre with In the Cut, but gets tangled in her own abstraction.
Synopsis: An English teacher (Meg Ryan) has an affair with a detective (Mark Ruffalo), though she suspects him of murdering a... [More]
Directed By: Jane Campion

#34

Now You See Me 2 (2016)
34%

#34
Adjusted Score: 45110%
Critics Consensus: Now You See Me 2 packs in even more twists and turns than its predecessor, but in the end, it has even less hiding up its sleeve.
Synopsis: After fleeing from a stage show, the illusionists (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson) known as the Four Horsemen find themselves in... [More]
Directed By: Jon M. Chu

#33

Reservation Road (2007)
38%

#33
Adjusted Score: 42804%
Critics Consensus: While the performances are fine, Reservation Road quickly adopts an excessively maudlin tone along with highly improbable plot turns.
Synopsis: The fates of two men and their families converge following a tragic accident. Ethan Lerner (Joaquin Phoenix) and his family... [More]
Directed By: Terry George

#32

XX/XY (2002)
42%

#32
Adjusted Score: 43514%
Critics Consensus: The characters are both unsympathetic and uninteresting.
Synopsis: One night at a party, Coles (Mark Ruffalo) meets college roommates Sam (Maya Stange) and Thea (Kathleen Robertson), and the... [More]
Directed By: Austin Chick

#31

Blindness (2008)
44%

#31
Adjusted Score: 50261%
Critics Consensus: This allegorical disaster film about society's reaction to mass blindness is mottled and self-satisfied; provocative but not as interesting as its premise implies.
Synopsis: When an epidemic of a disease known as the "white sickness" appears in her city, the wife (Julianne Moore) of... [More]
Directed By: Fernando Meirelles

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 54593%
Critics Consensus: Thanks For Sharing showcases some fine performances but doesn't delve into its thorny premise as deeply as it should.
Synopsis: A recovering sex addict (Mark Ruffalo) tries not to fall off the wagon as he woos a new girlfriend (Gwyneth... [More]
Directed By: Stuart Blumberg

#29

Now You See Me (2013)
50%

#29
Adjusted Score: 56724%
Critics Consensus: Now You See Me's thinly sketched characters and scattered plot rely on sleight of hand from the director to distract audiences.
Synopsis: Charismatic magician Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) leads a team of talented illusionists called the Four Horsemen. Atlas and his comrades mesmerize... [More]
Directed By: Louis Leterrier

#28

The Last Castle (2001)
53%

#28
Adjusted Score: 56204%
Critics Consensus: The Last Castle is well acted and rousing for the most part, but the story can't stand up to close scrutiny.
Synopsis: A three-star general (Robert Redford) is court-martialed and sentenced to a military maximum security prison, The Castle. Inside, he finds... [More]
Directed By: Rod Lurie

#27

Just Like Heaven (2005)
55%

#27
Adjusted Score: 60824%
Critics Consensus: Delightfully sweet like a lollipop, Just Like Heaven is a dreamy romantic comedy that may give you a toothache when it attempts to broach difficult end of life issues by throwing a cherry on top.
Synopsis: David (Mark Ruffalo) is a recently widowed architect moving into a new apartment in San Francisco. But the apartment isn't... [More]
Directed By: Mark Waters

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 64861%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Friends since childhood, Brian (Mark Ruffalo) and Paulie (Ethan Hawke) do whatever it takes to survive in their hardscrabble South... [More]
Directed By: Brian Goodman

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 70489%
Critics Consensus: Sarah Polley keeps this production afloat with her moving performance.
Synopsis: When hard-working mother of two Ann (Sarah Polley) discovers she has terminal ovarian cancer and the doctors give her two... [More]
Directed By: Sarah Polley

#24
Adjusted Score: 69486%
Critics Consensus: We Don't Live Here Anymore is often overly moody and grim, but it's made watchable by the strong performances for its four principal actors.
Synopsis: Married couple Jack (Mark Ruffalo) and Terry Linden (Laura Dern) are experiencing a difficult period in their relationship. When Jack... [More]
Directed By: John Curran

#23

13 Going on 30 (2004)
65%

#23
Adjusted Score: 71441%
Critics Consensus: Although the plot leaves a lot to be desired, 13 Going on 30 will tug at your inner teenager's heartstrings thanks in large part to a dazzling performance from Jennifer Garner.
Synopsis: A girl who's sick of the social strictures of junior high is transformed into a grownup overnight. In this feel-good... [More]
Directed By: Gary Winick

#22

Date Night (2010)
66%

#22
Adjusted Score: 75262%
Critics Consensus: An uneasy blend of action and comedy, Date Night doesn't quite live up to the talents of its two leads, but Steve Carell and Tina Fey still manage to shine through most of the movie's flaws.
Synopsis: Dragged down by the daily grind, suburbanites Phil (Steve Carell) and Claire (Tina Fey) try to invigorate their marriage by... [More]
Directed By: Shawn Levy

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 74430%
Critics Consensus: Despite strong performances The Brothers Bloom ultimately does not fulfill its lofty ambitions.
Synopsis: Twenty-five years of swindling people are too much for Bloom (Adrien Brody) and he wants out of the business. His... [More]
Directed By: Rian Johnson

#20

Shutter Island (2010)
68%

#20
Adjusted Score: 78467%
Critics Consensus: It may not rank with Scorsese's best work, but Shutter Island's gleefully unapologetic genre thrills represent the director at his most unrestrained.
Synopsis: The implausible escape of a brilliant murderess brings U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner (Mark Ruffalo)... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 83288%
Critics Consensus: Some may find its dark tone and slender narrative off-putting, but Spike Jonze's heartfelt adaptation of the classic children's book is as beautiful as it is uncompromising.
Synopsis: Feeling misunderstood at home and at school, mischievous Max (Max Records) escapes to the land of the Wild Things, majestic... [More]
Directed By: Spike Jonze

#18

Margaret (2011)
74%

#18
Adjusted Score: 78328%
Critics Consensus: A surfeit of ideas contributes to Margaret's excessive run time, but Anna Paquin does a admirable job of guiding viewers through emotional hell.
Synopsis: New York high-school student Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin) inadvertently causes an accident in which a bus driver (Mark Ruffalo) runs... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Lonergan

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 90794%
Critics Consensus: Exuberant and eye-popping, Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as an overstuffed but mostly satisfying sequel, reuniting its predecessor's unwieldy cast with a few new additions and a worthy foe.
Synopsis: When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jump-starts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth),... [More]
Directed By: Joss Whedon

#16

Chicago 10 (2007)
81%

#16
Adjusted Score: 83816%
Critics Consensus: Brett Morgan's half-animated, half-documentary film is an arresting, sometimes visionary portrait of the historic and chaotic trial.
Synopsis: Deftly combining contemporary commentary with archival materials and animated reenactments, "Chicago 10" examines the demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic Convention... [More]
Directed By: Brett Morgen

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 88008%
Critics Consensus: Infinitely Polar Bear handles its thorny themes with a somewhat troublesomely light touch, but Mark Ruffalo's complex performance keeps the drama solidly grounded.
Synopsis: In Boston, a bipolar individual (Mark Ruffalo) takes over sole responsibility for his two spirited daughters while his wife (Zoe... [More]
Directed By: Maya Forbes

#14

Begin Again (2013)
83%

#14
Adjusted Score: 88924%
Critics Consensus: Writer-director John Carney's return to musical drama isn't quite as potent as it was with Once, but thanks to charming work from its well-matched leads, Begin Again is difficult to resist.
Synopsis: Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her songwriting partner/lover Dave (Adam Levine) head for New York when he lands a record deal... [More]
Directed By: John Carney

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 114139%
Critics Consensus: Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.
Synopsis: Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet --... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#12

Collateral (2004)
86%

#12
Adjusted Score: 94903%
Critics Consensus: Driven by director Michael Mann's trademark visuals and a lean, villainous performance from Tom Cruise, Collateral is a stylish and compelling noir thriller.
Synopsis: A cab driver realizes his current fare is a hit man that has been having him drive around from mark... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#11

Foxcatcher (2014)
87%

#11
Adjusted Score: 97114%
Critics Consensus: A chilling true crime drama, Foxcatcher offers Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum a chance to shine -- and all three of them rise to the challenge.
Synopsis: When wealthy John du Pont (Steve Carell) invites Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) to move to his estate and... [More]
Directed By: Bennett Miller

#10

Dark Waters (2019)
89%

#10
Adjusted Score: 103084%
Critics Consensus: Dark Waters powerfully relays a real-life tale of infuriating malfeasance, honoring the victims and laying blame squarely at the feet of the perpetrators.
Synopsis: A tenacious attorney uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths to one of the world's... [More]
Directed By: Todd Haynes

#9

Zodiac (2007)
89%

#9
Adjusted Score: 100408%
Critics Consensus: A quiet, dialogue-driven thriller that delivers with scene after scene of gut-wrenching anxiety. David Fincher also spends more time illustrating nuances of his characters and recreating the mood of the '70s than he does on gory details of murder.
Synopsis: In the late 1960s and 1970s, fear grips the city of San Francisco as a serial killer called Zodiac stalks... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 107368%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a script that emphasizes its heroes' humanity and a wealth of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.
Synopsis: When Thor's evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), gains access to the unlimited power of the energy cube called the Tesseract,... [More]
Directed By: Joss Whedon

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 102066%
Critics Consensus: Worthwhile as both a well-acted ensemble piece and as a smart, warm statement on family values, The Kids Are All Right is remarkable.
Synopsis: Lesbian couple Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) have been together for almost 20 years and have two teenage... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Cholodenko

#6
Adjusted Score: 102303%
Critics Consensus: Propelled by Charlie Kaufman's smart, imaginative script and Michel Gondry's equally daring directorial touch, Eternal Sunshine is a twisty yet heartfelt look at relationships and heartache.
Synopsis: After a painful breakup, Clementine (Kate Winslet) undergoes a procedure to erase memories of her former boyfriend Joel (Jim Carrey)... [More]
Directed By: Michel Gondry

#5

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
93%

#5
Adjusted Score: 126293%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, funny, and above all fun, Thor: Ragnarok is a colorful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise -- and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Synopsis: Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits... [More]
Directed By: Taika Waititi

#4

The Normal Heart (2014)
94%

#4
Adjusted Score: 95344%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to Emmy-worthy performances from a reputable cast, The Normal Heart is not only a powerful, heartbreaking drama, but also a vital document of events leading up to and through the early AIDS crisis.
Synopsis: In 1980s New York, a writer (Mark Ruffalo) and his friends join forces to expose the truth about the emerging... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Murphy

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 127912%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel's epic Infinity Saga.
Synopsis: Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 98809%
Critics Consensus: You Can Count On Me may look like it belongs on the small screen, but the movie surprises with its simple yet affecting story. Beautifully acted and crafted, the movie will simply draw you in.
Synopsis: Sammy is a single mother who is extremely protective of her 8-year old son. She is satisfied with living in... [More]
Directed By: Ken Lonergan

#1

Spotlight (2015)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 111850%
Critics Consensus: Spotlight gracefully handles the lurid details of its fact-based story while resisting the temptation to lionize its heroes, resulting in a drama that honors the audience as well as its real-life subjects.
Synopsis: In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan,... [More]
Directed By: Tom McCarthy

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