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150 Great Feel-Good Movies to Stream Now
What defines a feel-good movie? It’s hard to say. For some, a thrilling fight sequence or a series of Michael Bay-style explosions brings joy; for others, a jump scare does it. For others still, a satisfying mystery; for others romance is key. When putting together the below epic list of “feel-good” movies – a list we think will do movie lovers some good right now – we didn’t overthink it. As a staff, we at Rotten Tomatoes asked ourselves a basic question: What are the movies that, without fail, leave us feeling better than we did before we pushed play.
A sort of criteria emerged from our responses. Below you’ll find movies that lean heavily into nostalgia – titles that evoke that comfy feeling of going to the cinema as a youngster to see films you’ll later watch dozens of times on cable (Hook, The Sandlot, Mrs. Doubtfire). You’ll also notice a preponderance of hilarious, and often goofy, comedies (Step Brothers, Friday, Spy), and a bit of romance, too (Crazy Rich Asians, When Harry Met Sally). You’ll find big names whose decades spent atop marquees have been a kind of comfort over the years to moviegoers (Toms Hanks and Cruise, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy). And you’ll find the work of newer filmmaking voices that make us thrilled for the future of the medium (Taika Waititi, Olivia Wilde, and the team behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse).
The 150 titles featured in our guide to Great Feel-Good Movies are filled with laughs and heart, and characters you root for and relate to. In times like these, we think they’ll make good company.
What’s your favorite feel-good movie? Let us know in the comments. Click on each movie’s title to find out more, including where to stream, rent, or buy.
Adjusted Score: 30744%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A modern-day reunion frames this account of the friendship shared by four girls during the summer of 1970.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 33627%
Critics Consensus: The look of Hook is lively indeed but Steven Spielberg directs on autopilot here, giving in too quickly to his sentimental, syrupy qualities.
Aided by Tinker Bell (Julia Roberts), a corporate lawyer (Robin Williams) turns into Peter Pan to rescue his children from... [More]
Adjusted Score: 34420%
Critics Consensus: A queasy mishmash of poignant drama and slapstick fantasy, Angels in the Outfield strikes out as worthy family entertainment.
The manager (Danny Glover) of the lowly California Angels puts his faith in a boy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who can see... [More]
Adjusted Score: 42063%
Critics Consensus: Eye-popping driving sequences coupled with a limp story and flat performances make this Drift a disappointing follow-up to previous Fast and Furious installments.
An American street racer (Lucas Black) in Japan learns an exciting but dangerous new style and goes head-to-head with a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 45293%
Critics Consensus: At times hilarious, but other times offensive, Director Jared Hess is unable to recapture the collective charisma of his Napoleon characters, instead relying on a one-joke concept that runs out of steam. Sure to entertain the adolescents, however.
To raise money for an orphanage, a Mexican cook named Ignacio (Jack Black) moonlights as a professional wrestler.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 43403%
Critics Consensus: Adam Sandler acquits himself admirably, but his charm isn't enough to make up for Big Daddy's jarring shifts between crude humor and mawkish sentimentality.
Hoping to lure back his exasperated girlfriend, a goofy slacker (Adam Sandler) gains custody of a 5-year-old boy.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 44185%
Critics Consensus: Audiences who enjoy Adam Sandler's belligerent comic energy may find him in joyously obnoxious form as Billy Madison, but this thinly-plotted starring vehicle surrounds its star with an aggressively pedestrian movie.
An adult goof-off (Adam Sandler) goes back to elementary school in order to run his father's (Darren McGavin) company.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 50728%
Critics Consensus: Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds exhibit plenty of chemistry, but they're let down by The Proposal's devotion to formula.
Facing deportation to Canada, a high-powered book editor (Sandra Bullock) pretends she is engaged to her assistant (Ryan Reynolds), whom... [More]
Adjusted Score: 52488%
Critics Consensus: A meandering, mindless family movie that frequently resorts to special effects and transparent sappiness.
A teen (Christina Ricci) who lost her mother befriends friendly ghost Casper while staying at a mean heiress's (Cathy Moriarty)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 52257%
Critics Consensus: A charming, if familiar, makeover movie for young teenage girls.
A woman (Julie Andrews) gives etiquette lessons to her reluctant granddaughter (Anne Hathaway) who is heir apparent to a throne.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 54941%
Critics Consensus: While it's certainly sweet and even somewhat touching, The Holiday is so thoroughly predictable that audiences may end up opting for an early check-out time.
Two women, one (Cameron Diaz) from America and one (Kate Winslet) from England, swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups... [More]
Adjusted Score: 54716%
Critics Consensus: First Wives Club is headlined by a trio of comedic dynamos, but the script lets them down with tepid plotting and a fatal lack of satirical bite.
Three 50-ish college friends (Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton) plot revenge after their husbands dump them for younger women.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 56768%
Critics Consensus: Critics say Scary Movie overloads on crudity and grossness to get its laughs.
Keenen Ivory Wayans directed this sendup of slasher films in which a vengeful killer stalks a group of nubile teens.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 61840%
Critics Consensus: This jukebox musical is full of fluffy fun but rough singing voices and a campy tone might not make you feel like "You Can Dance" the whole 90 minutes.
Hoping to meet her real father and have him walk her down the aisle, a bride secretly invites three men... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63794%
Critics Consensus: Step Brothers indulges in a cheerfully relentless immaturity that will quickly turn off viewers unamused by Ferrell and Reilly -- and delight those who find their antics hilarious.
Two lazy, immature men (Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly) become rivals when the marriage of one's mother and the other's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 59404%
Critics Consensus: Although Queen Latifah's bountiful life-affirming spirit permeates the film, director Wayne Wang is unable to revive this remake with any real flair.
Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman (Queen Latifah) decides to sell off all her possessions and live... [More]
Adjusted Score: 61660%
Critics Consensus: Cute idea, but not consistently funny.
A man (Brendan Fraser) who grew up inside a nuclear fallout shelter is sent out for supplies for him and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 65882%
Critics Consensus: Bad Moms boasts a terrific cast and a welcome twist on domestic comedy -- and they're often enough to compensate for the movie's unfortunate inability to take full advantage of its assets.
Pushed beyond their limits, three overworked and stressed-out mothers (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn) go wild after ditching their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 65805%
Critics Consensus: It's difficult to make a persuasive argument for The Mummy as any kind of meaningful cinematic achievement, but it's undeniably fun to watch.
A young man (Brendan Fraser) opens a tomb unleashing a mummy seeking revenge for a curse laid upon him 3,000... [More]
Adjusted Score: 62572%
Critics Consensus: Solid performances and a steady directorial hand help The Preacher's Wife offer some reliably heartwarming - albeit fairly predictable - holiday cheer.
A handsome angel (Denzel Washington) saves a New York Baptist (Courtney Vance) and his wife (Whitney Houston) from spiritual doubt... [More]
Adjusted Score: 68468%
Critics Consensus: It may be shamelessly derivative and overly nostalgic, but The Sandlot is nevertheless a genuinely sweet and funny coming-of-age adventure.
The best baseball player (Mike Vitar) in the neighborhood helps a new kid (Thomas Guiry) with his clumsy ball-handling.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69874%
Critics Consensus: Pretty Woman may be a yuppie fantasy, but the film's slick comedy, soundtrack, and casting can overcome misgivings.
A corporate raider (Richard Gere) pays a gorgeous hooker (Julia Roberts) to be his escort for a business week in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66766%
Critics Consensus: Chocolat is a charmingly light-hearted fable with a lovely performance by Binoche.
The mayor opposes a single mother (Juliette Binoche) who is opening a chocolate shop in his 1950s French village across... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67947%
Critics Consensus: Despite the formulaic, fluffy storyline, this movie is surprisingly fun to watch, mostly due to its high energy and how it humorously spoofs cheerleading instead of taking itself too seriously.
An urban cheerleading squad accuses a champion team's captain (Kirsten Dunst) of stealing its choreography on the eve of a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 65280%
Critics Consensus: If Muppets from Space lacks the magic and wit of its cinematic predecessors, this pleasingly silly space romp is funny and clever enough to make for better-than-average family entertainment.
After learning about his origins, Gonzo must decide whether to seek his own kind or stay with friends.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64038%
Critics Consensus: I'm Gonna Git You Sucka puts a satirical spin on '70s nostalgia with a comedy whose somewhat scattershot laughs are often offset by pure energetic silliness.
A veteran (Keenen Ivory Wayans), his idol (Bernie Casey) and other ghetto good guys battle a white mobster called Mr.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71605%
Critics Consensus: An action-packed, if anachronistic, look back at pulp matinee serials, The Rocketeer may ring hollow with viewers expecting more than simple fun and gee-whiz special effects.
A test pilot (Bill Campbell) turns superhero in 1938 Hollywood with a Nazi-coveted rocket backpack designed by Howard Hughes.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69574%
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.
An uncool girl magically becomes a successful adult (Jennifer Garner) after making a wish at her disastrous birthday party.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67366%
Critics Consensus: Though predictable and possibly too sweet, Brown Sugar is charming, well-acted, and smarter than typical rom-com fare.
A producer (Taye Diggs) for a record company falls for his longtime friend (Sanaa Lathan) shortly after proposing to his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72419%
Critics Consensus: Filled with inspired silliness and quotable lines, Anchorman isn't the most consistent comedy in the world, but Will Ferrell's buffoonish central performance helps keep this portrait of a clueless newsman from going off the rails.
A 1970s San Diego newscaster (Will Ferrell) feels threatened by the arrival of an ambitious woman (Christina Applegate) looking to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81406%
Critics Consensus: The Fate of the Furious opens a new chapter in the franchise, fueled by the same infectious cast chemistry and over-the-top action fans have come to expect.
Members of the globe-trotting crew face an unexpected challenge when a mysterious woman named Cipher forces Dom to betray them... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70750%
Critics Consensus: A relentlessly stupid comedy elevated by its main actors: Jim Carrey goes bonkers and Jeff Daniels carries himself admirably in an against-type performance.
An inept dog groomer (Jeff Daniels) and a limousine driver (Jim Carrey) chase the latter's dream girl (Lauren Holly) cross... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76669%
Critics Consensus: Eddie Murphy was in full control at this point, starkly evident in Coming to America's John Landis' coasting direction.
Pampered Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) of Zamunda comes to New York with his royal sidekick (Arsenio Hall) to find a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74929%
Critics Consensus: Despite Hitch's predictability, Will Smith and Kevin James win praise for their solid, warmhearted performances.
A smooth-talking man (Will Smith) falls for a hardened columnist (Eva Mendes) while helping a shy accountant (Kevin James) woo... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71770%
Critics Consensus: It's decidedly uneven -- and surprisingly sappy for an early Adam Sandler comedy -- but The Wedding Singer is also sweet, funny, and beguiling.
A spirited entertainer (Adam Sandler) and a waitress (Drew Barrymore) with a boorish fiance work at the same weddings.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70903%
Critics Consensus: Doc Hollywood isn't particularly graceful in its attempt to put a '90s spin on its Capraesque formula, but a light touch and a charming cast make its flaws easy to forgive.
An upstart plastic surgeon (Michael J. Fox) gets stuck in a one-doctor Southern town and falls in love with a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72488%
Critics Consensus: Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger add strong performances to an unexpectedly clever script, elevating 10 Things (slightly) above typical teen fare.
A pretty, popular student can't date until her rebellious older sister (Julia Stiles) gets a suitor of her own.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75378%
Critics Consensus: Gremlins 2 trades the spiky thrills of its predecessor for looney satire, yielding a succession of sporadically clever gags that add some flavor to a recycled plot.
A designer (Zach Galligan) and his wife (Phoebe Cates) try to stop hundreds of creatures from taking over New York.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73906%
Critics Consensus: The Rundown doesn't break any new ground, but it's a smart, funny buddy action picture with terrific comic chemistry between Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Seann William Scott.
Before his retirement, a bounty hunter (The Rock) must locate his boss' son (Seann William Scott), who is searching for... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75615%
Critics Consensus: Though the material is predictable and formulaic, Reese Witherspoon's funny, nuanced performance makes this movie better than it would have been otherwise.
A sorority queen (Reese Witherspoon) enrolls in Harvard to prove to her former boyfriend that she has more than good... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75844%
Critics Consensus: Like its winsome characters, Dirty Dancing uses impressive choreography and the power of song to surmount a series of formidable obstacles.
A doctor's (Jerry Orbach) teenage daughter (Jennifer Grey) gets slinky with the dance teacher (Patrick Swayze) at a Catskills resort... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77425%
Critics Consensus: A charming, quirky, and often funny comedy.
A gawky teenager (Jon Heder) from an odd family (Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell) helps his new friend run for class... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79657%
Critics Consensus: Sing delivers colorfully animated, cheerfully undemanding entertainment with a solid voice cast and a warm-hearted -- albeit familiar -- storyline that lives up to its title.
A pig (Reese Witherspoon), a mouse (Seth MacFarlane), a porcupine (Scarlett Johansson), a gorilla (Taron Egerton), an elephant (Tori Kelly)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75947%
Critics Consensus: On paper, Mrs. Doubtfire might seem excessively broad or sentimental, but Robin Williams shines so brightly in the title role that the end result is difficult to resist.
Estranged from his wife (Sally Field), an out-of-work actor (Robin Williams) masquerades as a nanny to be with his children.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73238%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Emotionally vulnerable Chicagoans (Larenz Tate, Nia Long) carry on a torrid affair but deny their burgeoning love.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75937%
Critics Consensus: Looking for a sweet musical comedy about a witness to a crime hiding out from killers in a convent? There's nun better than Sister Act.
A Reno lounge singer (Whoopi Goldberg) on the run plays nun and shows a San Francisco convent's chorus how to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80690%
Critics Consensus: Sleepless in Seattle is a cute classic with a very light touch and real chemistry between the two leads -- even when spending an entire movie apart.
A recently engaged newswoman (Meg Ryan) becomes obsessed with meeting a grieving widower (Tom Hanks) she heard on a late-night... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80461%
Critics Consensus: It handles its potentially prickly subject matter with kid gloves, but Intouchables gets by thanks to its strong cast and some remarkably sensitive direction.
An unlikely friendship develops between a wealthy quadriplegic (FranÃ§ois Cluzet) and his caretaker (Omar Sy), just released from prison.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84029%
Critics Consensus: Grease is a pleasing, energetic musical with infectiously catchy songs and an ode to young love that never gets old.
Nice Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and greaser Danny (John Travolta) try to be like each other in their 1950s high school.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82611%
Critics Consensus: A rare film that surpasses the quality of its source novel, this Devil is a witty expose of New York's fashion scene, with Meryl Streep in top form and Anne Hathaway more than holding her own.
A recent college graduate (Anne Hathaway) lands a job working for a famous and diabolical editor (Meryl Streep) of a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79596%
Critics Consensus: Lu Over the Wall can be more fun to watch than to follow, but director Masaaki Yuasa's distinctive visual style offers colorful compensation for an occasionally scattered story.
Kai is a lonely teenage boy who lives in a small fishing village. One day, he meets and befriends Lu,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83390%
Critics Consensus: A faithful interpretation that captures the spirit of whimsy, action, and off-kilter humor of Neil Gaiman, Stardust juggles multiple genres and tones to create a fantastical experience.
To win the heart of his beloved, a young man (Charlie Cox) ventures into the realm of fairies to retrieve... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80748%
Critics Consensus: Brimming with energy and packed with humor, Big Trouble in Little China distills kung fu B-movies as affectionately as it subverts them.
A trucker (Kurt Russell) and a lawyer (Kim Cattrall) become trapped in a sorcerer's empire beneath San Francisco's Chinatown.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82833%
Critics Consensus: Role Models is a frequently crude, always funny comedy with the cast providing solid work throughout.
Forced to join a mentorship program, two irresponsible men (Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd) must help a pair of impressionable... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85783%
Critics Consensus: Sentimental and light, but still thoroughly charming, A League of Their Own is buoyed by solid performances from a wonderful cast.
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League begins in 1943 with a major-league has-been as a manager (Tom Hanks).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78354%
Critics Consensus: What Friday might lack in taut construction or directorial flair, it more than makes up with its vibrant (albeit consistently crass) humor and the charming, energetic performances of its leads.
A South Central Los Angeles resident (Ice Cube) hangs out on his front porch with a pal (Chris Tucker) who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86934%
Critics Consensus: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping updates the rock mockumentary for the 21st century mainstream -- and hits many of its low-hanging targets with side-splitting impact.
After ditching his friends (Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer) for a solo career, a hip-hop singer's (Andy Samberg) world comes crashing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88158%
Critics Consensus: It never lives up to the first part of its title, but Crazy, Stupid, Love's unabashed sweetness -- and its terrifically talented cast -- more than make up for its flaws.
A self-styled Lothario (Ryan Gosling) teaches a suddenly single 40-something (Steve Carell) how to be a hit with the ladies.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90108%
Critics Consensus: A funny and clever reshaping of Emma, Clueless offers a soft satire that pokes as much fun at teen films as it does at the Beverly Hills glitterati.
A Beverly Hills teen (Alicia Silverstone) plays matchmaker for teachers, transforms a bad dresser (Brittany Murphy) and examines her own... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84319%
Critics Consensus: While You Were Sleeping is built wholly from familiar ingredients, but assembled with such skill -- and with such a charming performance from Sandra Bullock -- that it gives formula a good name.
A lonely Chicago subway clerk (Sandra Bullock) falls for the brother (Bill Pullman) of a comatose man (Peter Gallagher) she... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87870%
Critics Consensus: Matthew Broderick charms in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a light and irrepressibly fun movie about being young and having fun.
A cool teen (Matthew Broderick) plays hooky in Chicago with his girlfriend (Mia Sara), his buddy (Alan Ruck) and the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85275%
Critics Consensus: Though there was controversy over the choice of casting, Zellweger's Bridget Jones is a sympathetic, likable, funny character, giving this romantic comedy a lot of charm.
An outrageous British woman (RenÃ©e Zellweger) decides to take control of her life, but instead falls for two very different... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81507%
Critics Consensus: The Wild Thornberrys Movie brings its beloved clan to the big screen for an animated adventure that should prove entertaining for all ages.
Eliza (Lacey Chabert), who communicates with animals, tries to stop deadly poachers with the help of a chimp, Darwin (Tom... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86715%
Critics Consensus: Pitch Perfect's plot is formulaic, but the performances are excellent and the musical numbers are toe-tapping as well.
When a new student (Anna Kendrick) joins her college's female a cappella group, she takes the women out of their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102366%
Critics Consensus: Jojo Rabbit's blend of irreverent humor and serious ideas definitely won't be to everyone's taste -- but either way, this anti-hate satire is audacious to a fault.
Jojo is a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88995%
Critics Consensus: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone adapts its source material faithfully while condensing the novel's overstuffed narrative into an involving -- and often downright exciting -- big-screen magical caper.
An orphan (Daniel Radcliffe) attends a school of witchcraft and wizardry and pieces together the mystery of his parents' deaths.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82438%
Critics Consensus: Much like the titular cuisine, Soul Food blends a series of savory ingredients to offer warm, generous helpings of nourishment and comfort.
Three sisters (Vanessa L. Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long) deal with romantic crises and their widowed mother's fatal illness.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86074%
Critics Consensus: Despite its thin plot, Liar Liar is elevated by Jim Carrey's exuberant brand of physical humor, and the result is a laugh riot that helped to broaden the comedian's appeal.
A boy's birthday wish comes true that his neglectful father (Jim Carrey), a fast-talking lawyer, will not be able to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86586%
Critics Consensus: Banderas returns as an aging Zorro in this surprisingly nimble, entertaining swashbuckler.
The fabled avenger (Anthony Hopkins) trains an uncouth protege (Antonio Banderas) to drive a Spanish tyrant out of California once... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89052%
Critics Consensus: As fast-paced, witty, and entertaining as it is star-studded and coolly stylish, Ocean's Eleven offers a well-seasoned serving of popcorn entertainment.
A parolee (George Clooney) organizes a gang to steal $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos in a single heist.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86672%
Critics Consensus: Confident directing and acting deliver an insightful look at young athletes.
From childhood to early adulthood, two friends (Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps) fall in love while trying to establish basketball careers.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84670%
Critics Consensus: If it's not quite as sharp as The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan is still a smart, delightfully old-fashioned tale that follows the formula established by the first two movies -- a madcap adventure assisted by a huge group of human stars.
Kermit and company try to take their variety show to Broadway, while Miss Piggy grows jealous of a friendly waitress.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88907%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by dazzling performances from Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and RenÃ©e Zellweger, as well as Cameron Crowe's tender direction, Jerry Maguire meshes romance and sports with panache.
A Los Angeles sports agent (Tom Cruise) finds love with a pretty accountant (Renee Zellweger) after an attack of conscience... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86519%
Critics Consensus: A buoyant corporate Cinderella story, Working Girl has the right cast, right story, and right director to make it all come together.
A spunky Wall Street secretary (Melanie Griffith) takes her boss's (Sigourney Weaver) place with a merger specialist (Harrison Ford).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93286%
Critics Consensus: Unapologetically sweet and maybe even a little corny, The Sound of Music will win over all but the most cynical filmgoers with its classic songs and irresistible warmth.
A novitiate (Julie Andrews) leaves her convent and becomes governess to Capt. Von Trapp's (Christopher Plummer) seven children in Austria... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89543%
Critics Consensus: I Love You, Man makes the most of its simple premise due to the heartfelt and hilarious performances of Paul Rudd and Jason Segel.
As a bridegroom's (Paul Rudd) bond with his new best friend (Jason Segel) grows, it threatens his relationship with his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89978%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a brilliant screenplay and outstanding ensemble cast, Mean Girls finds fresh, female-fronted humor in the high school experience.
Attending high school for the first time, a teenager (Lindsay Lohan) becomes friends with three popular but manipulative students.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86501%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced and packed with dozens of pop culture references, Hercules might not measure up with the true classics of the Disney pantheon, but it's still plenty of fun.
The half-mortal strongman must become a hero to rejoin the gods on Mount Olympus. Charlton Heston narrates.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94925%
Critics Consensus: Blockers puts a gender-swapped spin on the teen sex comedy -- one elevated by strong performances, a smartly funny script, and a surprisingly enlightened perspective.
Lisa, Hunter and Mitchell learn that their teenage daughters plan to lose their virginity on prom night. The worried parents... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90462%
Critics Consensus: A movie full of Yuletide cheer, Elf is a spirited, good-natured family comedy, and it benefits greatly from Will Ferrell's funny and charming performance as one of Santa's biggest helpers.
Adopted as a baby by one of Santa's elves (Bob Newhart), a man (Will Ferrell) leaves the workshop to search... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90673%
Critics Consensus: It owes a huge debt to older (and better) teen comedies, but Easy A proves a smart, witty showcase for its irresistibly charming star, Emma Stone.
The escape of a little white lie teaches a clean-cut teenager (Emma Stone) to use the high-school rumor mill to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 48745%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A fairy godmother (Whitney Houston) helps a young woman (Brandy) meet a charming prince in a musical version of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91315%
Critics Consensus: The deft comic interplay between Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei helps to elevate My Cousin Vinny's predictable script, and the result is a sharp, hilarious courtroom comedy.
A wise-guy Brooklyn lawyer (Joe Pesci) and his motormouth girlfriend (Marisa Tomei) go to Alabama to defend his innocent cousin... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92667%
Critics Consensus: Sure, it's another adaptation of cinema's fave Jane Austen novel, but key performances and a modern filmmaking sensibility make this familiar period piece fresh and enjoyable.
A convoluted courtship begins between a young woman (Keira Knightley) and the handsome friend (Matthew MacFadyen) of a wealthy bachelor.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88866%
Critics Consensus: Spiritedly performed by a groovy cast and imaginatively directed by Milos Forman, Hair transports audiences straight to the Age of Aquarius.
An Oklahoman (John Savage) bound for Vietnam falls in love with a New York debutante (Beverly D'Angelo) and discovers the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92003%
Critics Consensus: Even if all it had to offer were writer-director Wong Kar-wai's thrillingly distinctive visuals, Chungking Express would be well worth watching; happily, its thoughtfully drawn characters and naturalistic performances also pack a potent dramatic wallop.
The lives of young loners in downtown Hong Kong is the focus of this two-part tale of two night-shift police... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95366%
Critics Consensus: The feel-good Amelie is a lively, fanciful charmer, showcasing Audrey Tautou as its delightful heroine.
An accidental find convinces a young woman (Audrey Tautou) to try to enrich the lives of a tobacco dealer, a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94952%
Critics Consensus: Deftly balancing vulgarity and sincerity while placing its protagonists in excessive situations, Superbad is an authentic take on friendship and the overarching awkwardness of the high school experience.
Separation anxiety poses a problem for two co-dependent high-school seniors (Jonah Hill, Michael Cera) who hope to score booze and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95343%
Critics Consensus: While simultaneously embracing and subverting fairy tales, the irreverent Shrek also manages to tweak Disney's nose, provide a moral message to children, and offer viewers a funny, fast-paced ride.
In order to save his home, a monster (Mike Myers) with a donkey (Eddie Murphy) makes a deal with a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94070%
Critics Consensus: It contains some ugly anachronisms, but Blake Edwards is at his funniest in this iconic classic, and Audrey Hepburn absolutely lights up the screen.
New York playgirl Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) puzzles a writer (George Peppard) who lives in her building.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99579%
Critics Consensus: Madcap and heartfelt, Edgar Wright's apocalypse comedy The World's End benefits from the typically hilarious Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, with a plethora of supporting players.
An immature 40-year-old convinces his childhood pals to join him in an epic pub-crawl, but as they make their way... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95712%
Critics Consensus: Boasting loads of quirky charm, a pair of likable leads, and confident direction from Jonathan Demme, Something Wild navigates its unpredictable tonal twists with room to spare.
A wild woman (Melanie Griffith) takes a yuppie (Jeff Daniels) to her high-school reunion, attended by her ex-convict husband (Ray... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95172%
Critics Consensus: The Breakfast Club is a warm, insightful, and very funny look into the inner lives of teenagers.
A wrestler (Emilio Estevez), a rebel (Judd Nelson), a brain, a beauty (Molly Ringwald) and a shy girl share Saturday... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95118%
Critics Consensus: Featuring a starmaking performance from Shameik Moore and a refreshingly original point of view from writer-director Rick Famuyiwa, Dope is smart, insightful entertainment.
A high-school senior (Shameik Moore) and his friends have a wild adventure in Los Angeles as they try to stay... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90664%
Critics Consensus: Danny DeVito-directed version of Matilda is odd, charming, and while the movie diverges from Roald Dahl, it nonetheless captures the book's spirit.
A little girl (Mara Wilson) develops extraordinary mental abilities, despite neglectful parents (Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman) and a brutal headmistress.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90630%
Critics Consensus: Inventively animated, boldly creative, and refreshingly ambitious, The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl should resonate deeply with fans of outrÃ© anime.
A young girl embarks on an insanely long night of partying where she interacts with an increasingly eccentric cast of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95200%
Critics Consensus: Remixing Roger Corman's B-movie by way of the Off-Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors offers camp, horror and catchy tunes in equal measure -- plus some inspired cameos by the likes of Steve Martin and Bill Murray.
A clerk (Rick Moranis) in a Skid Row flower shop feeds people to Audrey II, his talking plant from outer... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96811%
Critics Consensus: Effortlessly mixing scares, laughs, and social commentary, Attack the Block is a thrilling, briskly-paced sci-fi yarn with a distinctly British flavor.
South London teenagers (John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Leeon Jones) defend their neighborhood from malevolent extraterrestrials.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100505%
Critics Consensus: A marriage of genuine characters, gross out gags, and pathos, Bridesmaids is a female-driven comedy that refuses to be boxed in as Kristen Wiig emerges as a real star.
Though broke and lovelorn, a woman (Kristen Wiig) takes on the strange and expensive rituals associated with being her best... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96978%
Critics Consensus: Rob Reiner's touching, funny film set a new standard for romantic comedies, and he was ably abetted by the sharp interplay between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.
Two Manhattan careerists (Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan) first hate, then like and eventually love each other over the course of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95508%
Critics Consensus: Tootsie doesn't squander its high-concept comedy premise with fine dialogue and sympathetic treatment of the characters.
The Oscar-winning tale of a temperamental actor who becomes a sensation while posing as a woman on a hit TV... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99466%
Critics Consensus: Hairspray is an energetic, wholly entertaining musical romp; a fun Summer movie with plenty of heart. Its contagious songs will make you want to get up and start dancing.
In 1960s Baltimore a plump teen (Nikki Blonsky) becomes an overnight celebrity after she wins a spot on a local... [More]
Adjusted Score: 109714%
Critics Consensus: With a terrific cast and a surfeit of visual razzle dazzle, Crazy Rich Asians takes a satisfying step forward for screen representation while deftly drawing inspiration from the classic -- and still effective -- rom-com formula.
Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's also surprised... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99307%
Critics Consensus: Girls Trip is the rare R-rated comedy that pushes boundaries to truly comedic effect -- and anchors its laughs in compelling characters brought to life by a brilliantly assembled cast.
Four best friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Along the way, they rekindle their sisterhood and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97719%
Critics Consensus: Black's exuberant, gleeful performance turns School of Rock into a hilarious, rocking good time.
Fired from his group and desperate for money, a guitarist (Jack Black) poses as a teacher for students who play... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98738%
Critics Consensus: The brilliant minds behind Shaun of the Dead successfully take a shot at the buddy cop genre with Hot Fuzz. The result is a bitingly satiric and hugely entertaining parody.
A British constable (Simon Pegg) feels certain foul play is afoot when a series of grisly accidents rocks his quiet... [More]
Adjusted Score: 112961%
Critics Consensus: La La Land breathes new life into a bygone genre with thrillingly assured direction, powerful performances, and an irresistible excess of heart.
Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, are struggling to make ends meet... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98565%
Critics Consensus: Little Miss Sunshine succeeds thanks to a strong ensemble cast that includes Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Alan Arkin, and Abigail Breslin, as well as a delightfully funny script.
Members (Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Alan Arkin) of a dysfunctional family set out on a road trip to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101519%
Critics Consensus: Endlessly witty, visually rapturous, and sweetly romantic, Shakespeare in Love is a delightful romantic comedy that succeeds on nearly every level.
Young William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) falls for Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow), reawakening his creativity, but she is betrothed to Wessex.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97820%
Critics Consensus: Shaun of the Dead cleverly balances scares and witty satire, making for a bloody good zombie movie with loads of wit.
An aimless TV salesman (Simon Pegg) and his best pal must save their friends and family from the zombies that... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92325%
Critics Consensus: The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is a captivating treat for Studio Ghibli fans -- and may prove nearly as entertaining and enlightening for the unconverted.
Filmmaker Mami Sunada follows Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki and Isao Takahata over the course of a year as Studio Ghibli... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103489%
Critics Consensus: Love, Simon hits its coming-of-age beats more deftly than many entries in this well-traveled genre -- and represents an overdue, if not entirely successful, milestone of inclusion.
Teenager Simon Spier hasn't told his family or friends that he's gay, and he doesn't know the identity of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101015%
Critics Consensus: Fantastic Mr. Fox is a delightfully funny feast for the eyes with multi-generational appeal -- and it shows Wes Anderson has a knack for animation.
After three nefarious farmers declare war on them, a sly fox (George Clooney) rallies his animal neighbors to fight back.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99217%
Critics Consensus: A smart re-imagining of fairy tale tropes that's sure to delight children and adults, Enchanted features witty dialogue, sharp animation, and a star turn by Amy Adams.
Banished by an evil queen, a princess (Amy Adams) from a fairy-tale world lands in modern Manhattan, where music, magic... [More]
Adjusted Score: 113471%
Critics Consensus: Packed with action and populated by both familiar faces and fresh blood, The Force Awakens successfully recalls the series' former glory while injecting it with renewed energy.
Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his young allies face a new... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108879%
Critics Consensus: In heartwarming, crowd-pleasing fashion, Hidden Figures celebrates overlooked -- and crucial -- contributions from a pivotal moment in American history.
NASA mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson cross gender and race lines to help launch astronaut John Glenn... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104965%
Critics Consensus: Much like the sport it celebrates, Fighting with My Family muscles past clichÃ©s with a potent blend of energy and committed acting that should leave audiences cheering.
Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE. Her journey pushes... [More]
Adjusted Score: 114926%
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.
Thor must battle the Hulk in a deadly gladiatorial contest and prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99342%
Critics Consensus: About a Boy benefits tremendously from Hugh Grant's layered performance, as well as a funny, moving story that tugs at the heartstrings without tilting into treacle.
An irresponsible playboy (Hugh Grant) becomes emotionally attached to a woman's (Toni Collette) 12-year-old son.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97014%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful hand-drawn animation and a humorous, heartwarming narrative make Klaus an instant candidate for holiday classic status.
A desperate postman accidentally brings about the genesis of Santa Claus.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98770%
Critics Consensus: Richly detailed and loaded with surreal touches, The Triplets of Belleville is an odd, delightful charmer.
Three elderly singers help a grandmother and a dog rescue a kidnapped bicyclist.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97702%
Critics Consensus: A fine example of writer-director-star Christopher Guest's gift for improv comedy, Best in Show boasts an appealingly quirky premise and a brilliantly talented cast.
Pampered pooches and their quirky owners (Michael Hitchcock, Parker Posey, Eugene Levy) converge on Philadelphia to compete in a prestigious... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100242%
Critics Consensus: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and director George Roy Hill prove that charm, humor, and a few slick twists can add up to a great film.
To avenge a murder, two con men (Paul Newman, Robert Redford) bilk a mobster (Robert Shaw) with their betting-room scam... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101287%
Critics Consensus: One of the brightest, funniest comedies of the year, Juno's smart script and direction are matched by assured performances in a coming-of-age story with a 21st century twist.
Unforeseen complications arise when a precocious teenager chooses an upscale couple to adopt her unborn baby.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96218%
Critics Consensus: Featuring one of Tom Cruise's best early performances, Risky Business is a sharp, funny examination of teen angst that doesn't stop short of exploring dark themes.
A call girl (Rebecca De Mornay) helps a Princeton applicant (Tom Cruise) turn his home into a one-night brothel.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106141%
Critics Consensus: Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another -- and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way.
When her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, a desk-bound CIA... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103948%
Critics Consensus: Sing Street is a feel-good musical with huge heart and irresistible optimism, and its charmimg cast and hummable tunes help to elevate its familiar plotting.
In 1985, a Dublin teenager (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) forms a rock 'n' roll band to win the heart of an aspiring... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106424%
Critics Consensus: Wall-E's stellar visuals testify once again to Pixar's ingenuity, while its charming star will captivate younger viewers -- and its timely story offers thought-provoking subtext.
After years of tidying up an Earth devoid of humanity, a robot janitor (Ben Burtt) meets a mechanical scout and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102774%
Critics Consensus: Clever, charming, and heartfelt, The Muppets is a welcome big screen return for Jim Henson's lovable creations that will both win new fans and delight longtime devotees.
Kermit, Miss Piggy and the other Muppets join forces with their fans to raise $10 million to save Muppet Studios... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108614%
Critics Consensus: With a title character as three-dimensional as its lush animation and a story that adds fresh depth to Disney's time-tested formula, Moana is truly a family-friendly adventure for the ages.
A once-mighty demigod (Dwayne Johnson) and a spirited teenager (Auli'i Cravalho) embark on an epic adventure across the ocean.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104477%
Critics Consensus: Smart, sweet, and inventive, Groundhog Day highlights Murray's dramatic gifts while still leaving plenty of room for laughs.
February 2nd keeps repeating for a cynical TV weatherman (Bill Murray) sent to watch the groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pa.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104149%
Critics Consensus: Inventive, funny, and breathlessly constructed, Back to the Future is a rousing time-travel adventure with an unforgettable spirit.
A teen (Michael J. Fox) takes a crackpot's (Christopher Lloyd) DeLorean time machine to 1955 and sees his parents in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102000%
Critics Consensus: With help from a strong performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life wunderkind con artist Frank Abagnale, Steven Spielberg crafts a film that's stylish, breezily entertaining, and surprisingly sweet.
An FBI agent (Tom Hanks) pursues Frank Abagnale Jr., a con man (Leonardo DiCaprio) who assumes various identities and commits... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105586%
Critics Consensus: The charmingly offbeat Hunt for the Wilderpeople unites a solid cast, a talented filmmaker, and a poignant, funny, deeply affecting message.
A boy (Julian Dennison) and his foster father (Sam Neill) become the subjects of a manhunt after they get stranded... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104751%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced and stunningly animated, Ratatouille adds another delightfully entertaining entry -- and a rather unlikely hero -- to the Pixar canon.
A Parisian rat (Patton Oswalt) who enjoys fine food lives beneath a famous restaurant and longs to be a great... [More]
Adjusted Score: 118126%
Critics Consensus: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action.
Bitten by a radioactive spider, teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into Spider-Man. He must now... [More]
Adjusted Score: 116682%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, funny, and fresh, Booksmart does the seemingly impossible by adding a smart new spin to the coming-of-age comedy.
Two high school overachievers decide to cram four years of not-to-be missed fun into one night -- a chaotic adventure... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104121%
Critics Consensus: An infectiously fun blend of special effects and comedy, with Bill Murray's hilarious deadpan performance leading a cast of great comic turns.
Armed with proton packs, four paranormal investigators (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis) battle mischievous ghouls in New York.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105999%
Critics Consensus: Love & Friendship finds director Whit Stillman bringing his talents to bear on a Jane Austen adaptation -- with a thoroughly delightful period drama as the result.
In the 18th century, the seductive and manipulative Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale) uses devious tactics to win the heart of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104828%
Critics Consensus: A delightfully postmodern fairy tale, The Princess Bride is a deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh.
A storybook stableboy turns pirate (Cary Elwes) and rescues his beloved (Robin Wright), who is about to marry a dreadful... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103523%
Critics Consensus: Spirited Away is a dazzling, enchanting, and gorgeously drawn fairy tale that will leave viewers a little more curious and fascinated by the world around them.
Lost in a forest, a 10-year-old girl (Daveigh Chase) meets animals, ghosts and weird creatures.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108361%
Critics Consensus: In dramatizing Rudy Ray Moore's stranger-than-fiction story, Eddie Murphy makes Dolemite Is My Name just as bold, brash, and ultimately hard to resist as its subject.
Performer Rudy Ray Moore develops an outrageous character named Dolemite, who becomes an underground sensation and star of a kung-fu,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103857%
Critics Consensus: Refreshingly sweet and undeniably funny, Big is a showcase for Tom Hanks, who dives into his role and infuses it with charm and surprising poignancy.
A wishing machine turns a boy into a 35-year-old man (Tom Hanks) with a fun job and a girlfriend (Elizabeth... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100400%
Critics Consensus: Hairspray is perhaps John Waters' most accessible film, and as such, it's a gently subversive slice of retro hilarity.
The Turnblads' (Divine, Jerry Stiller) plus-size daughter (Ricki Lake) rocks a segregated TV dance show in 1960s Baltimore.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100569%
Critics Consensus: Sense and Sensibility is an uncommonly deft, very funny Jane Austen adaptation, marked by Emma Thompson's finely tuned performance.
Suitors romance, then abandon, sisters (Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet) left destitute by their father's death in late-1800s England.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103100%
Critics Consensus: As beautifully animated as it is emotionally satisfying, Your Name adds another outstanding chapter to writer-director Makoto Shinkai's filmography.
A teenage boy and girl embark on a quest to meet each other for the first time after they magically... [More]
Adjusted Score: 117928%
Critics Consensus: Lady Bird delivers fresh insights about the turmoil of adolescence -- and reveals writer-director Greta Gerwig as a fully formed filmmaking talent.
A teenager (Saoirse Ronan) navigates a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf) over the course of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 111885%
Critics Consensus: Paddington 2 honors its star's rich legacy with a sweet-natured sequel whose adorable visuals are matched by a story perfectly balanced between heartwarming family fare and purely enjoyable all-ages adventure.
One fine day, Paddington spots a pop-up book in an antique shop -- the perfect present for his beloved aunt's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 112925%
Critics Consensus: Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.
A silent-film star (Gene Kelly) loves a chorus girl (Debbie Reynolds) who dubs his squeaky-voiced co-star in a 1927 Hollywood... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105103%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to director Juzo Itami's offbeat humor and sharp satirical edge, Tampopo is a funny, sexy, affectionate celebration of food and its broad influence on Japanese culture.
Two Japanese milk-truck drivers (Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken Watanabe) help a restaurant owner (Nobuko Miyamoto) learn how to cook great noodles.... [More]
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