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All Will Smith Movies Ranked
It’s now 20 years into the Willennium, and how has our reigning Fresh Prince fared since the 1990s? On the Oscars front, Will Smith notched two Best Actor nominations for 2001’s Ali, and then for The Pursuit of Happyness in 2006. He’s adapted two genre literary classics into blockbusters (I Am Legend and I, Robot), and he was there during the 2008’s summer of superheroes with Hancock, which released one month after Iron Man and one before The Dark Knight and Hellboy II.
Of course, that’s not to say Smith was slacking in the ’90s (though if he was, certainly no one would have noticed), which saw a diversified pop culture portfolio that includes a beloved TV show at the beginning of the decade, and a slew of hip-hop crossover hits at the end. Sandwiched in between were films like Independence Day, which at the time felt like the biggest movie event ever, and Men in Black, which got its first Smith-less sequel in 2019.
But on the subject of sequels that didn’t disappoint, and even surprised: Bad Boys For Life, which reunited Smith with Martin Lawrence for some throwback buddy action. Its January release seemed like a kiss of death, yet the movie has drawn some of the best reviews of both stars’ careers. See where it places as we rank the best Will Smith movies (and the worst) by Tomatometer!
Adjusted Score: 19.096%
Critics Consensus: After Earth is a dull, ploddingly paced exercise in sentimental sci-fi -- and the latest setback for director M. Night Shyamalan's once-promising career.
A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000... [More]
Adjusted Score: 18.79%
Critics Consensus: Winter's Tale tries to retain the grandiose sweep of its source novel, but fails to fill it in with characters worth rooting for or a sensible plot.
Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, "Winter's Tale" is a story of miracles,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 20.894%
Critics Consensus: Well-meaning but fundamentally flawed, Collateral Beauty aims for uplift but collapses in unintentional hilarity.
When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try... [More]
Adjusted Score: 22.712%
Critics Consensus: Bombastic, manic, and largely laugh-free, Wild Wild West is a bizarre misfire in which greater care was lavished upon the special effects than on the script.
Special government agent James West, long on charm and wit, and special government agent Artemus Gordon, a master of disguises... [More]
Adjusted Score: 28.173%
Critics Consensus: Two and a half hours of explosions and witless banter.
Narcotics detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett have been assigned to a high-tech task force investigating the flow of designer... [More]
Adjusted Score: 33.245%
Critics Consensus: Grim and morose, Seven Pounds is also undone by an illogical plot.
Ben Thomas, an IRS agent with a fateful secret, embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 39.372%
Critics Consensus: Gemini Man's impressive visuals are supported by some strong performances, but this sci-fi thriller is fatally undermined by a frustratingly subpar story.
Gemini Man is an innovative action-thriller starring Will Smith as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin, who is suddenly targeted and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 41.261%
Critics Consensus: Suicide Squad boasts a talented cast and a little more humor than previous DCEU efforts, but they aren't enough to save the disappointing end result from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing.
From director David Ayer ("Fury," "End of Watch") comes "Suicide Squad," starring Oscar nominee Will Smith ("Ali," "The Pursuit of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 32.006%
Critics Consensus: Bright tries to blend fantasy, hard-hitting cop drama, and social commentary -- and ends up falling painfully short of the mark on all three fronts.
Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time, this... [More]
Adjusted Score: 32.66%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Richard Benjamin directed this farce that plays like "Guess Who's Coming for Insemination?" Whoopi Goldberg stars as Sarah Matthews, who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 41.044%
Critics Consensus: Derivative and full of pop culture in-jokes.
Oscar is a fast-talking little fish that dreams big. But his big dreams land him in hot water when a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 49.605%
Critics Consensus: Though it begins with promise, Hancock suffers from a flimsy narrative and poor execution.
A hard-drinking lush finds himself thrust into superhero mode in director Peter Berg's unconventional look at the private life of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 45.91%
Critics Consensus: Bad Boys stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have enjoyable chemistry; unfortunately, director Michael Bay too often drowns it out with set pieces and explosions in place of an actual story.
Former video director Michael Bay had his first big hit with this action comedy, which also returned producers Jerry Bruckheimer... [More]
Adjusted Score: 47.425%
Critics Consensus: Despite the talent involved in The Legend of Bagger Vance, performances are hindered by an inadequate screenplay full of flat characters and bad dialogue. Also, not much happens, and some critics are offended by how the film glosses over issues of racism.
Set against the backdrop of a golf tournament in 1930's Georgia where a white war hero is competing for the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 62.431%
Critics Consensus: Bearing only the slightest resemblance to Isaac Asimov's short stories, I, Robot is still a summer blockbuster that manages to make viewers think -- if only a little.
Director Alex Proyas (Dark City, The Crow) helmed this sci-fi thriller inspired by the stories in Isaac Asimov's nine-story anthology... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64.539%
Critics Consensus: Focus may have a few too many twists and turns, but it nearly skates by on its glamorous setting and the charm of its stars.
A con artist (Will Smith) takes on an inexperienced apprentice in this crime comedy from the filmmaking duo behind Crazy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.425%
Critics Consensus: Aladdin retells its classic source material's story with sufficient spectacle and skill, even if it never approaches the dazzling splendor of the animated original.
A street rat frees a genie from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66.564%
Critics Consensus: Concussion lands a solid, well-acted hit on its impressively timely subject matter, even if its traditional sports drama structure is a little too safe to deserve a full-on dance in the end zone.
Based on the true story of the doctor who discovered CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in football players, and the uphill... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.042%
Critics Consensus: The plot is thin and so is character development, but as a thrilling, spectacle-filled summer movie, Independence Day delivers.
A group of intrepid humans attempts to save the Earth from vicious extraterrestrials in this extremely popular science-fiction adventure. Borrowing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72.971%
Critics Consensus: Though perhaps no film could fully do justice to the fascinating life and personality of Muhammad Ali, Mann's direction and Smith's performance combine to pack a solid punch.
The life story of heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, following the champ's early days as Cassius Clay and his rise... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72.863%
Critics Consensus: Will Smith's heartfelt performance elevates The Pursuit of Happyness above mere melodrama.
Chris Gardner is a bright and talented, but marginally employed salesman. Struggling to make ends meet, Gardner finds himself and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75.228%
Critics Consensus: Despite Hitch's predictability, Will Smith and Kevin James win praise for their solid, warmhearted performances.
A dating doctor claims that with his services he can match anyone with their soulmate in just three dates. When... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.476%
Critics Consensus: It isn't exactly a persuasive argument for the continuation of the franchise, but Men in Black III is better than its predecessor and manages to exceed expectations.
In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back...in time. J has seen... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75.224%
Critics Consensus: I Am Legend overcomes questionable special effects and succeeds largely on the strength of Will Smith's mesmerizing performance.
Adapted from acclaimed author Richard Matheson's influential novelette of the same name, Constantine director Francis Lawrence's I Am Legend follows... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.542%
Critics Consensus: An entertaining, topical thriller that finds director Tony Scott on solid form and Will Smith confirming his action headliner status.
The action producing-directing team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott is back with another thrill-a-minute ride called Enemy of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.412%
Critics Consensus: Loaded up with action and a double helping of leading-man charisma, Bad Boys for Life reinvigorates this long-dormant franchise by playing squarely to its strengths.
The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are back together for one last ride in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.589%
Critics Consensus: A cheerfully undemanding animated adventure that's elevated by its voice cast, Spies in Disguise is funny, fast-paced, and family-friendly enough to satisfy.
Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave... [More]
Adjusted Score: 34.555%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Where the Day Takes You is a gritty look at the lives of runaways who survive on the streets of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.935%
Critics Consensus: Though it betrays its theatrical roots, Six Degrees of Separation largely succeeds thanks to astute direction and fine performances -- particularly from an against-type Will Smith.
Two socialites find their view of the world changed when a young man takes advantage of their preconceptions in this... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.457%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a smart script, spectacular set pieces, and charismatic performances from its leads, Men in Black is an entirely satisfying summer blockbuster hit.
For his fifth effort as a feature-film director, one-time cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld brought his cartoonish visual style and darkly humorous... [More]
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