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All Matthew McConaughey Movies Ranked

“Alright alright alright!” Only one man in Hollywood could fully embody the laidback cool of that now-famous catchphrase: Matthew McConaughey. The actor broke into the scene with the landmark stoner comedy Dazed and Confused, and for a while there looked like he was good to just coast on his twangy bro-charm and ample shirtless scenes. Occasional dramas like Amistad and Frailty gave him acting cred, which some would say was squandered on a string of duds like Fool’s Gold, Failure to Launch, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past – the mediocrity cresting with the 0% Surfer, Dude.

Then came the McConaissance.

It all started with 2011’s The Lincoln Lawyer: He entered one side a laughing stock, and came out the other a bona fide movie legend. The hits followed: Magic Mike, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street, and an honest-to-God Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club. And there was that critically-lauded turn in HBO’s True Detective. Before 2011, McConaughey had notched six Certified Fresh films over 20 years; this past decade, he’s racked up nine. See where they all place, including his latest The Gentlemen, as we rank the best Matthew McConaughey movies (and the worst) by Tomatometer!


Surfer, Dude (2008)

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Hands on a Hard Body director S.R. Bindler directs this wave-twisting tale of a soul-searching surfer (Matthew McConaughey) in the... [More]
Directed By: S.R. Bindler


Larger Than Life (1996)

Adjusted Score: 11.287%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When motivational speaker Jack inherits an elephant from his father, he wants to get rid of it as soon as... [More]
Directed By: Howard Franklin


Fool's Gold (2008)

Adjusted Score: 16.054%
Critics Consensus: With little chemistry among the performers, humorless gags, and a predictable storyline, Fool's Gold fails on every level.
Synopsis: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days co-stars Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey re-team on the big screen for... [More]
Directed By: Andy Tennant

Adjusted Score: 15.696%
Critics Consensus: The Next Generation has the fortune of starring early-career Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger, but it services neither headliner well in a convoluted and cheap-looking slasher that doesn't live up to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre legacy.
Synopsis: More of an updated remake than a sequel to 1974's Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this slasher outing again centers on one... [More]
Directed By: Kim Henkel


The Sea of Trees (2016)

Adjusted Score: 16.046%
Critics Consensus: Dull, maudlin, and fundamentally empty, The Sea of Trees extinguishes the contributions of a talented cast and marks a depressing low point in director Gus Van Sant's career.
Synopsis: The film follows Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) trekking into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at... [More]
Directed By: Gus Van Sant

Adjusted Score: 18.995%
Critics Consensus: Instead of being light and charming, this romantic comedy is heavy-handed and contrived in its execution. Also, it's too unoriginal.
Synopsis: This lighthearted romantic comedy in the tradition of Runaway Bride (1999) casts Jennifer Lopez in the Julia Roberts mold. Lopez... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman


The Dark Tower (2017)

Adjusted Score: 27.377%
Critics Consensus: Go then, there are other Stephen King adaptations than these.
Synopsis: There are other worlds than these. Stephen King's The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the... [More]
Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel


Serenity (2019)

Adjusted Score: 27.993%
Critics Consensus: A high-concept mystery with a twist, Serenity isn't what it appears to be at first -- unfortunately, it's also not anywhere near as clever or entertaining as it thinks.
Synopsis: From the creative mind of Oscar nominee Steven Knight comes a daringly original, sexy, stylized thriller. Baker Dill (Academy Award... [More]
Directed By: Steven Knight

Adjusted Score: 25.197%
Critics Consensus: Despite its sportsmanlike swagger, Two for the Money's aimless plot isn't worth betting on.
Synopsis: D.J. Caruso's Two for the Money stars Matthew McConaughey as Brandon Lang, a former college quarterback whose life plans changed... [More]
Directed By: D.J. Caruso

Adjusted Score: 28.876%
Critics Consensus: The few comic gags sprinkled throughout the movie fail to spice up this formulaic rom-com.
Synopsis: A overgrown mama's boy who hasn't found the courage to take flight from the nest gets a little help from... [More]
Directed By: Tom Dey

Adjusted Score: 31.138%
Critics Consensus: A retread of A Christmas Carol, featuring Matthew McConaughey in a retread of his Dazed and Confused role, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past lacks originality, humor, and any semblance of charm.
Synopsis: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past -- the Mark S. Waters-directed fusion of A Christmas Carol with a traditional romantic comedy --... [More]
Directed By: Mark Waters (VIII)


Tiptoes (2004)

Adjusted Score: 6.629%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Matthew Bright directs the romantic comedy Tiptoes, written by Bill Weiner. Rolfe (Gary Oldman) is a dwarf, but his brother... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Bright

Adjusted Score: 33.618%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Updated from the 1951 film of the same name, Angels In The Outfield takes liberties with the original to bring... [More]
Directed By: William Dear


Sahara (2005)

Adjusted Score: 43.754%
Critics Consensus: A mindless adventure flick with a preposterous plot.
Synopsis: Matthew McConaughey stars as explorer and adventurer Dirk Pitt in this adaptation of the best-selling novel by Clive Cussler. Pitt... [More]
Directed By: Breck Eisner


Reign of Fire (2002)

Adjusted Score: 46.848%
Critics Consensus: Reign of Fire gains some altitude with its pyrotechnic action and a smolderingly campy Matthew McConaughey, but the feature's wings are clipped by a derivative script and visual effects that fizzle out.
Synopsis: In present-day London, twelve-year-old Quinn watches as his mother, a construction engineer inadvertently wakes an enormous fire-breathing beast from its... [More]
Directed By: Rob Bowman

Adjusted Score: 46.028%
Critics Consensus: Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson are charming together, but they can't overcome How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' silly premise and predictable script.
Synopsis: Two New Yorkers fight the battle of the sexes to a standstill (without entirely realizing it) in this romantic comedy.... [More]
Directed By: Donald Petrie


Gold (2017)

Adjusted Score: 50.389%
Critics Consensus: Gold boasts an impressively committed performance from Matthew McConaughey, but it's just one glittering nugget in an otherwise uneven heap of cinematic silt.
Synopsis: TWC-Dimension presents GOLD, a Black Bear Pictures and HWY61 production directed by Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic) and... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Gaghan


The Paperboy (2012)

Adjusted Score: 49.951%
Critics Consensus: Trashy and melodramatic, The Paperboy is enlivened by a strong cast and a steamy, sordid plot, but it's uneven and often veers into camp.
Synopsis: A sexually and racially charged film noir from Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious), The Paperboy takes audiences deep into the... [More]
Directed By: Lee Daniels

Adjusted Score: 53.971%
Critics Consensus: Free State of Jones has the noblest of intentions, but they aren't enough to make up for its stilted treatment of a fascinating real-life story.
Synopsis: Directed by four-time Oscar (R) nominee Gary Ross and starring Oscar (R) winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is... [More]
Directed By: Gary Ross


We Are Marshall (2006)

Adjusted Score: 52.832%
Critics Consensus: Matthew McConaughey almost runs We Are Marshall to the end zone, but can't stop it from taking the easy, feel-good route in memorializing this historic event in American sports.
Synopsis: A true story of tragedy, hope, and resilience comes to the screen in this sports drama. Huntington, WV, is home... [More]
Directed By: McG


The Beach Bum (2019)

Adjusted Score: 60.657%
Critics Consensus: The role of a lifetime for Matthew McConaughey, The Beach Bum is set apart by Harmony Korine's distinctive style, but that isn't always enough to offset the unfocused story.
Synopsis: THE BEACH BUM follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his... [More]
Directed By: Harmony Korine


White Boy Rick (2018)

Adjusted Score: 65.007%
Critics Consensus: Solid work from the cast - particularly a scene-stealing Matthew McConaughey - helps White Boy Rick make up for a number of missed opportunities in the script.
Synopsis: Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, WHITE BOY RICK is... [More]
Directed By: Yann Demange


The Newton Boys (1998)

Adjusted Score: 64.459%
Critics Consensus: The Newton Boys uses a sharp cast and absorbing period detail to help make up for the frustrations of a story puzzlingly short on dramatic tension.
Synopsis: Richard Linklater's fifth feature is a major departure from his previous work -- his first big-budget picture, it's also the... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater


Contact (1997)

Adjusted Score: 67.621%
Critics Consensus: Contact elucidates stirring scientific concepts and theological inquiry at the expense of satisfying storytelling, making for a brainy blockbuster that engages with its ideas, if not its characters.
Synopsis: She's known it since she was a young girl, when she would magically connect with distant voices on her father's... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis


EDtv (1999)

Adjusted Score: 65.418%
Critics Consensus: If it's not as ambitious as The Truman Show in satirizing the voyeuristic nature of television, EdTV is an amiable, witty comedy with fine performances from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
Synopsis: The turning point in the life of Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey) comes thanks to the misfortunes of the NorthWest Broadcasting... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard


A Time to Kill (1996)

Adjusted Score: 68.589%
Critics Consensus: Overlong and superficial, A Time to Kill nonetheless succeeds on the strength of its skillful craftsmanship and top-notch performances.
Synopsis: Carl Lee Hailey takes the law into his own hands after the legal system fails to adequately punish the men... [More]
Directed By: Joel Schumacher


U-571 (2000)

Adjusted Score: 71.843%
Critics Consensus: Excellent cinematography and an interesting plot accompanied by a talented cast and crew make U-571 a tense thriller.
Synopsis: In this World War II action thriller, American reconnaissance agents learn that a German submarine is sinking. The doomed ship... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Mostow


Interstellar (2014)

Adjusted Score: 86.345%
Critics Consensus: Interstellar represents more of the thrilling, thought-provoking, and visually resplendent filmmaking moviegoers have come to expect from writer-director Christopher Nolan, even if its intellectual reach somewhat exceeds its grasp.
Synopsis: With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan


Sing (2016)

Adjusted Score: 78.715%
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.
Synopsis: A koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world's animals in order to save his elegant theater in... [More]


The Gentlemen (2020)

Adjusted Score: 85.67%
Critics Consensus: It may not win writer-director Guy Ritchie many new converts, but for those already attuned to the filmmaker's brash wavelength, The Gentlemen stands tall.
Synopsis: THE GENTLEMEN follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie


Boys on the Side (1995)

Adjusted Score: 75.706%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the tradition of Fried Green Tomatoes, this touching drama focuses upon the relationships of three strong, independent women who... [More]
Directed By: Herbert Ross


Frailty (2002)

Adjusted Score: 78.018%
Critics Consensus: Creepy and disturbing, Frailty is well-crafted, low-key horror.
Synopsis: Actor Bill Paxton made his directorial debut with Frailty. The bulk of the story is told through flashbacks, as a... [More]
Directed By: Bill Paxton


Amistad (1997)

Adjusted Score: 80.693%
Critics Consensus: Heartfelt without resorting to preachiness, Amistad tells an important story with engaging sensitivity and absorbing skill.
Synopsis: In the summer of 1839, on a stormy night off the coast of Cuba, 53 Africans held captive in the... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Adjusted Score: 89.783%
Critics Consensus: Funny, self-referential, and irreverent to a fault, The Wolf of Wall Street finds Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio at their most infectiously dynamic.
Synopsis: Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort. From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese


Killer Joe (2012)

Adjusted Score: 84.889%
Critics Consensus: Violent, darkly comic, and full of strong performances, Killer Joe proves William Friedkin hasn't lost his touch, even if the plot may be too lurid for some.
Synopsis: When 22 year-old drug dealer Chris (Hirsch) has his stash of drugs stolen from him by his mother, he has... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin


Magic Mike (2012)

Adjusted Score: 87.478%
Critics Consensus: Magic Mike's sensitive direction, smart screenplay, and strong performances allow audiences to have their beefcake and eat it too.
Synopsis: Set in the world of male strippers, Magic Mike is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum in a... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh


Tropic Thunder (2008)

Adjusted Score: 90.217%
Critics Consensus: With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor, and an unforgettable turn by Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a triumphant late Summer comedy.
Synopsis: Ben Stiller's satirical look at Hollywood, Tropic Thunder concerns the production of an epic Vietnam War film that quickly derails... [More]
Directed By: Ben Stiller

Adjusted Score: 86.417%
Critics Consensus: Thirteen Conversations About One Thing is an intelligent and poignant look at lives intersecting.
Synopsis: A group of people live their separate lives, unaware of the subtle interconnections that bring them together. There's a cocky... [More]
Directed By: Jill Sprecher

Adjusted Score: 89.041%
Critics Consensus: It doesn't offer any twists on the predictable courtroom thriller formula, but with a charming Matthew McConaughey leading its solid cast, The Lincoln Lawyer offers briskly enjoyable entertainment.
Synopsis: Matthew McConaughey stars in this legal thriller as a low-rent defense attorney named Mickey Haller. Most of the time, Mickey... [More]
Directed By: Brad Furman


Bernie (2012)

Adjusted Score: 93.562%
Critics Consensus: Richard Linklater's Bernie is a gently told and unexpectedly amusing true-crime comedy that benefits from an impressive performance by Jack Black.
Synopsis: In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town's most beloved... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

Adjusted Score: 95.36%
Critics Consensus: Featuring an excellent ensemble cast, a precise feel for the 1970s, and a killer soundtrack, Dazed and Confused is a funny, affectionate, and clear-eyed look at high school life.
Synopsis: Like George Lucas' American Graffiti, Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused is an affectionate look at the youth culture of a... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

Adjusted Score: 102.847%
Critics Consensus: Dallas Buyers Club rests squarely on Matthew McConaughey's scrawny shoulders, and he carries the burden gracefully with what might be a career-best performance.
Synopsis: Matthew McConaughey stars in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Marc Vallée


Lone Star (1996)

Adjusted Score: 96.182%
Critics Consensus: Smart and absorbing, Lone Star represents a career high point for writer-director John Sayles -- and '90s independent cinema in general.
Synopsis: A small town Texas sheriff who is living in the shadow of his legendary father prods an investigation no one... [More]
Directed By: John Sayles


Mud (2013)

Adjusted Score: 103.614%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Mud offers an engaging Southern drama that manages to stay sweet and heartwarming without being sappy.
Synopsis: Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Nichols

Adjusted Score: 105.25%
Critics Consensus: Kubo and the Two Strings matches its incredible animation with an absorbing -- and bravely melancholy -- story that has something to offer audiences of all ages.
Synopsis: Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever,... [More]
Directed By: Travis Knight

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