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All Ewan McGregor Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

A lot of careers were launched with the release of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, star Ewan McGregor’s among them. Big career moves were clearly in play for him, but mega stardom would have to wait as McGregor used his post-Trainspotting boost to continue doing diverse and challenging work in the UK. Films like Little Voice, Velvet Goldmine, and The Pillow Book came out in this period.

But soon American blockbuster entertainment came knocking and, well, McGregor actually didn’t have to go anywhere to answer the call since Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace shot in England and Europe abroad. George Lucas cast McGregor as young Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi, and his consistency in the role made him a steady highlight in a very inconsistent trilogy of prequel films.

Phantom Menace put a spotlight on his first post-Star Wars project, which unfortunately was the bewildering Ashley Judd mystery Eye of the Beholder, representing the lowest point of his career. McGregor bounced back quickly with Moulin Rouge! and Black Hawk Down, which are spectacles in very different ways.

By 2005, the Star Wars prequels were all released, freeing McGregor up to go on a long run of critical disappointments, like The Island, Angels & Demons, and Amelia. The 2010 political thriller The Ghost Writer represented something of a comeback for McGregor (and its director Roman Polanski), and he’s since added Beginners, Haywire, The Impossible, and T2 Trainspotting to his portfolio of Certified Fresh hits.

With his most recent movies Doctor Sleep and Birds of Prey out there in the universe, we’re looking back with all of Ewan McGregor’s movies ranked by Tomatometer!

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 12525%
Critics Consensus: Improbable and muddled.
Synopsis: British spy Steve Wilson (Ewan McGregor), known as "The Eye" to his employers, is trailing Paul Hugo (Steven McCarthy) for... [More]
Directed By: Stephan Elliott

#55

Deception (2008)
11%

#55
Adjusted Score: 14484%
Critics Consensus: Deception is a middling, predictable potboiler with mediocre dialogue and ludicrous plot twists.
Synopsis: As a corporate auditor who works in a number of different offices, Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) wanders without an anchor... [More]
Directed By: Marcel Langenegger

#54

Mortdecai (2015)
12%

#54
Adjusted Score: 15021%
Critics Consensus: Aggressively strange and willfully unfunny, the misguided Mortdecai sounds a frightfully low note in Johnny Depp's post-Pirates filmography.
Synopsis: Charismatic British aristocrat and part-time shady art dealer Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) suffers from a constant lack of funds to... [More]
Directed By: David Koepp

#53

Incendiary (2008)

#53
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A suicide bomber kills the husband and infant son of an adulterous woman, destroying her life.... [More]
Directed By: Sharon Maguire

#52

Amelia (2009)
20%

#52
Adjusted Score: 25555%
Critics Consensus: Amelia takes the compelling raw materials of its subject's life and does little with them, conventionally ticking off Earhart's accomplishments without exploring the soul of the woman.
Synopsis: From the time she first sits in the pilot's seat, aviatrix Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) feels destined to achieve great... [More]
Directed By: Mira Nair

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 29210%
Critics Consensus: American Pastoral finds debuting director Ewan McGregor's reach exceeding its grasp with a well-intentioned Philip Roth adaptation that retains the form, but little of the function, of its source material.
Synopsis: Seymour Swede Levov (Ewan McGregor) is a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to... [More]
Directed By: Ewan McGregor

#50

Stay (2005)
27%

#50
Adjusted Score: 31402%
Critics Consensus: A muddled brain-teaser, Stay has a solid cast and innovative visuals but little beneath the surface.
Synopsis: Sam Foster (Ewan McGregor), a psychiatrist, has a new patient, Henry Letham (Ryan Gosling), who claims to be suicidal. In... [More]
Directed By: Marc Forster

#49

Nightwatch (1998)
27%

#49
Adjusted Score: 26940%
Critics Consensus: Nightwatch loses much of what made its inspiration entertaining - and proves that when remaking a foreign film, hiring the original director is no guarantee of success.
Synopsis: Law student Martin Bells (Ewan McGregor) needs to make some money, and so he takes a side job as a... [More]
Directed By: Ole Bornedal

#48

Rogue Trader (1999)

#48
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This drama, based on a true story, follows Nick Leeson (Ewan McGregor), a young British man working at Barings, a... [More]
Directed By: James Dearden

#47

Zoe (2018)
32%

#47
Adjusted Score: 32606%
Critics Consensus: Zoe has some interesting ideas but never manages to get a satisfying grip on them, settling for slow-moving sci-fi that ultimately fails to engage.
Synopsis: Two colleagues at a research lab work to improve and perfect romantic relationships.... [More]
Directed By: Drake Doremus

#46

Valiant (2005)
32%

#46
Adjusted Score: 35946%
Critics Consensus: Valiant has a good collection of voice talents, but the story is strictly by-the-numbers.
Synopsis: As the Allies prepare for the D-Day Invasion, a pigeon named Valiant (Ewan McGregor) wants to contribute to the war... [More]
Directed By: Gary Chapman

#45
Adjusted Score: 36559%
Critics Consensus: Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker is strictly children's fare, as it lacks originality, excitement, and believabiltity.
Synopsis: Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) is a British teenager, whom MI6 recruits into its ranks, for his skills as a linguist,... [More]
Directed By: Geoffrey Sax

#44

Angels & Demons (2009)
37%

#44
Adjusted Score: 47879%
Critics Consensus: Angels and Demons is a fast-paced thrill ride, and an improvement on the last Dan Brown adaptation, but the storyline too often wavers between implausible and ridiculous, and does not translate effectively to the big screen.
Synopsis: When Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon discovers the resurgence of an ancient brotherhood known as the Illuminati, he flies to Rome... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 41766%
Critics Consensus: A Life Less Ordinary has an intriguing cast and stylish work from director Danny Boyle, but they're not enough to overcome the story's fatally misjudged tonal mishmash.
Synopsis: A couple of angels, O'Reilly (Holly Hunter) and Jackson (Delroy Lindo), are sent to Earth to make sure that their... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 15482%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: On the lush green lawns of London's Hampstead Heath Park, a variety of couples commune and sort through their assorted... [More]
Directed By: Ed Blum

#41

The Island (2005)
40%

#41
Adjusted Score: 47028%
Critics Consensus: A clone of THX 1183, Coma, and Logan's Run, The Island is another loud and bombastic Michael Bay movie where explosions and chases matter more than characters, dialogue, or plot.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Michael Bay

#40

Jane Got a Gun (2016)
43%

#40
Adjusted Score: 46452%
Critics Consensus: Jane Got a Gun flounders between campy Western and hard-hitting revisionist take on the genre, leaving Natalie Portman's committed performance stranded in the dust.
Synopsis: Panic strikes Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) when her outlaw husband John returns to their farm with bullet wounds. Expecting the... [More]
Directed By: Gavin O'Connor

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 41783%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An alternative ending to World War II has Nazis seizing control of London, and has English citizens banding together to... [More]

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 49291%
Critics Consensus: Colin Farrell and Tom Wilkinson act up a storm in Cassandra's Dream, but Woody Allen's heavy-handed symbolism and foreshadowing drains the plot of all tension.
Synopsis: Life is good for the Blaine brothers, at least for the moment. Ian (Ewan McGregor), a restaurateur, is in love... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#37
Adjusted Score: 60910%
Critics Consensus: Though The Men Who Stare at Goats is a mostly entertaining, farcical glimpse of men at war, some may find its satire and dark humor less than edgy.
Synopsis: Struggling reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) gets the scoop of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), who... [More]
Directed By: Grant Heslov

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 60308%
Critics Consensus: It's enthusiastically acted and reasonably fun, but Jack the Giant Slayer is also overwhelmed by digital effects and a bland, impersonal story.
Synopsis: When young farmhand Jack (Nicholas Hoult) unwittingly opens a portal between his realm and a race of giants, it rekindles... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

#35
Adjusted Score: 62997%
Critics Consensus: Burdened by exposition and populated with stock characters, The Phantom Menace gets the Star Wars prequels off to a bumpy -- albeit visually dazzling -- start.
Synopsis: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is a young apprentice Jedi knight under the tutelage of Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) ; Anakin... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#34

Perfect Sense (2011)
58%

#34
Adjusted Score: 59013%
Critics Consensus: Perfect Sense has interesting ideas and charismatic stars, all of which add up to a viewing experience that's frustratingly less than the sum of its intriguing parts.
Synopsis: A chef (Ewan McGregor) and a scientist (Eva Green) fall in love amid a plague that robs people of their... [More]
Directed By: David Mackenzie

#33

Velvet Goldmine (1998)
59%

#33
Adjusted Score: 59975%
Critics Consensus: Velvet Goldmine takes a visual and narrative approach befitting its larger-than-life subject, although it's still disappointingly less than the sum of its parts.
Synopsis: Glam rock star Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Myers) plays a character on stage named Maxwell Demon who predicts his death... [More]
Directed By: Todd Haynes

#32

Down With Love (2003)
60%

#32
Adjusted Score: 66206%
Critics Consensus: Looks great, but Zellweger and McGregor have no chemistry together, and the self-satisfied, knowing tone grates.
Synopsis: It's 1962, and feminist Barbara Novak (Renée Zellweger) pens a best-selling book that details the drawbacks of love. She encourages... [More]
Directed By: Peyton Reed

#31

Son of a Gun (2015)
62%

#31
Adjusted Score: 63406%
Critics Consensus: Gritty, stylish, and smart, Son of a Gun serves up plenty of genre thrills while offering a refreshing change of pace for Ewan McGregor.
Synopsis: JR, a teenage criminal, is locked up for a minor crime and forced to adapt to the harsh realities of... [More]
Directed By: Julius Avery

#30

Nora (2000)
64%

#30
Adjusted Score: 31088%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It is love at first sight when raffish young writer James Joyce (Ewan McGregor) meets the simple barmaid Nora Barnacle... [More]
Directed By: Pat Murphy

#29

Robots (2005)
64%

#29
Adjusted Score: 70179%
Critics Consensus: Robots delights on a visual level, but the story feels like it came off an assembly line.
Synopsis: In a world of sentient robots, striving young inventor Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor) wants to work for the avuncular Bigweld... [More]

#28
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set ten years after the events of "The Phantom Menace," the Republic continues to be mired in strife and chaos.... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 74740%
Critics Consensus: The sheer amount of acting going on in August: Osage County threatens to overwhelm, but when the actors involved are as talented as Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, it's difficult to complain.
Synopsis: The death and funeral of their father brings three sisters to the home of their mother, Violet (Meryl Streep), an... [More]
Directed By: John Wells

#26

The Pillow Book (1996)
67%

#26
Adjusted Score: 68849%
Critics Consensus: The Pillow Book is undeniably sensual and visually ravishing, but the film's narrative lacks the hypnotic pull of its imagery.
Synopsis: A Japanese model (Vivian Wu) who likes lovers to adorn her body with calligraphy falls for an erotic Englishman (Ewan... [More]
Directed By: Peter Greenaway

#25

Miss Potter (2006)

#25
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Beatrix Potter (Renée Zellweger) overcomes many obstacles in her quest to become a writer, including a domineering mother and the... [More]
Directed By: Chris Noonan

#24
Adjusted Score: 72110%
Critics Consensus: Quirky and a little reserved, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is nonetheless a charming little romantic drama sold by some strong central performances.
Synopsis: Dr. Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor) is a fisheries scientist who one day receives an unusual request: A businesswoman named Harriet... [More]
Directed By: Lasse Hallström

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When accountant David (Christopher Eccleston), doctor Juliet (Kerry Fox) and journalist Alex (Ewan McGregor) are searching for a fourth roommate... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#22
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) becomes a cop, gets married and starts a family, but after a terrible car accident, he... [More]
Directed By: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 98995%
Critics Consensus: With an enchanting cast, beautifully crafted songs, and a painterly eye for detail, Beauty and the Beast offers a faithful yet fresh retelling that honors its beloved source material.
Synopsis: Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 79512%
Critics Consensus: Our Kind of Traitor relies on solid writing and acting rather than action to deliver its spy-movie thrills -- and thankfully has the pedigree to pull it off on both fronts.
Synopsis: A money launderer (Stellan Skarsgard) for Russian gangsters asks a couple vacationing in Marrakech, Morocco, to deliver incriminating evidence to... [More]
Directed By: Susanna White

#19

Miles Ahead (2016)
74%

#19
Adjusted Score: 85223%
Critics Consensus: Miles Ahead is worth watching for Don Cheadle's strong work on both sides of the camera, even if this unconventional biopic doesn't quite capture its subject's timeless appeal.
Synopsis: In the 1970s, down-and-out jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (Don Cheadle) tries to recover his new session tape from music producers.... [More]
Directed By: Don Cheadle

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 88671%
Critics Consensus: Christopher Robin may not equal A.A. Milne's stories -- or their animated Disney adaptations -- but it should prove sweet enough for audiences seeking a little childhood magic.
Synopsis: Christopher Robin -- now a family man living in London -- receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal,... [More]
Directed By: Marc Forster

#17

Big Fish (2003)
76%

#17
Adjusted Score: 82678%
Critics Consensus: A charming father-and-son tale filled with typical Tim Burton flourishes, Big Fish is an impressive catch.
Synopsis: When Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) becomes ill, his son, William (Billy Crudup), travels to be with him. William has a... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#16
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Enigmatic Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) arrives on the doorstep of a harried mother, Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who is trying... [More]
Directed By: Susanna White

#15

Black Hawk Down (2001)
76%

#15
Adjusted Score: 83896%
Critics Consensus: Though it's light on character development and cultural empathy, Black Hawk Down is a visceral, pulse-pounding portrait of war, elevated by Ridley Scott's superb technical skill.
Synopsis: The film takes place in 1993 when the U.S. sent special forces into Somalia to destabilize the government and bring... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#14

Moulin Rouge (2001)
76%

#14
Adjusted Score: 84017%
Critics Consensus: A love-it-or-hate-it experience, Moulin Rouge is all style, all giddy, over-the-top spectacle. But it's also daring in its vision and wildly original.
Synopsis: A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp... [More]
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 79824%
Critics Consensus: Last Days in the Desert offers enough stately grandeur and spiritual exploration to offset an occasionally ambiguous narrative.
Synopsis: As he wanders in the desert, Jesus Christ (Ewan McGregor) tangles with Satan (also McGregor) for the souls of a... [More]
Directed By: Rodrigo Garcia

#12

Doctor Sleep (2019)
78%

#12
Adjusted Score: 98773%
Critics Consensus: Doctor Sleep forsakes the elemental terror of its predecessor for a more contemplative sequel that balances poignant themes against spine-tingling chills.
Synopsis: Struggling with alcoholism, Dan Torrance remains traumatized by the sinister events that occurred at the Overlook Hotel when he was... [More]
Directed By: Mike Flanagan

#11

Brassed Off (1996)
79%

#11
Adjusted Score: 81589%
Critics Consensus: Brassed Off combines inspiring drama with populist socioeconomics to create a film whose familiar outlines are filled in with genuine and surprisingly palpable emotion.
Synopsis: In a village in Northern England, Danny (Pete Postlethwaite), the conductor of a colliery brass band, has difficulty maintaining the... [More]
Directed By: Mark Herman

#10

Little Voice (1998)
79%

#10
Adjusted Score: 81104%
Critics Consensus: Little Voice brings its award-winning source material to the screen in style, elevated by a commanding lead performance from Jane Horrocks.
Synopsis: A London talent agent (Michael Caine) learns his girlfriend's (Brenda Blethyn) repressed daughter (Jane Horrocks) is brilliant at mimicking singers.... [More]
Directed By: Mark Herman

#9

Haywire (2011)

#9
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) is a highly trained operative for a government security contractor. Her missions take her to the... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#8
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It has been three years since the Clone Wars began. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Jedi Knight Anakin... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#7
Adjusted Score: 108916%
Critics Consensus: With a fresh perspective, some new friends, and loads of fast-paced action, Birds of Prey captures the colorfully anarchic spirit of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.
Synopsis: It's open season on Harley Quinn when her explosive breakup with the Joker puts a big fat target on her... [More]
Directed By: Cathy Yan

#6

The Impossible (2012)
81%

#6
Adjusted Score: 89044%
Critics Consensus: The screenplay isn't quite as powerful as the direction or the acting, but with such an astonishing real-life story at its center, The Impossible is never less than compelling.
Synopsis: In December 2004, close-knit family Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in... [More]
Directed By: J.A. Bayona

#5

T2 Trainspotting (2017)
81%

#5
Adjusted Score: 99839%
Critics Consensus: T2 Trainspotting adds an intoxicating, emotionally resonant postscript to its classic predecessor, even without fully recapturing the original's fresh, subversive thrill.
Synopsis: First there was an opportunity, then there was a betrayal. Twenty years later, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#4

Emma (1996)

#4
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, pretty socialite Emma Woodhouse (Gwyneth Paltrow) entertains herself by playing matchmaker for... [More]
Directed By: Douglas McGrath

#3

The Ghost Writer (2010)
84%

#3
Adjusted Score: 93728%
Critics Consensus: While it may lack the revelatory punch of Polanski's finest films, Ghost Writer benefits from stylish direction, a tense screenplay, and a strong central performance from Ewan McGregor.
Synopsis: When a successful ghostwriter, the Ghost (Ewan McGregor), agrees to finish the memoirs of Adam Long (Pierce Brosnan), England's former... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#2

Beginners (2010)

#2
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After his mother dies, Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is stunned when his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), recently diagnosed with terminal cancer,... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mills

#1

Trainspotting (1996)
91%

#1
Adjusted Score: 95679%
Critics Consensus: A brutal, often times funny, other times terrifying portrayal of drug addiction in Edinburgh. Not for the faint of heart, but well worth viewing as a realistic and entertaining reminder of the horrors of drug use.
Synopsis: Heroin addict Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) stumbles through bad ideas and sobriety attempts with his unreliable friends -- Sick Boy... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

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All Ewan McGregor Movies Ranked

From independent dramas to a certain trilogy of big-budget sci-fi prequels, Ewan McGregor has led an admirably varied life on the big screen — as well as off, where he’s an accomplished stage actor as well as a bestselling author. Since he made his big breakthrough in Trainspotting, there’s really no telling where you’ll see him next, whether it’s leading parts in huge hits like Moulin Rouge! and the Star Wars franchise or supporting turns in less widely seen fare — just one of many reasons why it’s never a bad time to look back at the best and worst Ewan McGregor movies. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up his major roles (sorry, Being Human and Nanny McPhee Returns fans), ordering the whole lot by Tomatometer.

#54
#54
Adjusted Score: 12525%
Critics Consensus: Improbable and muddled.
Synopsis: British spy Steve Wilson (Ewan McGregor), known as "The Eye" to his employers, is trailing Paul Hugo (Steven McCarthy) for... [More]
Directed By: Stephan Elliott

#53

Mortdecai (2015)
12%

#53
Adjusted Score: 15021%
Critics Consensus: Aggressively strange and willfully unfunny, the misguided Mortdecai sounds a frightfully low note in Johnny Depp's post-Pirates filmography.
Synopsis: Charismatic British aristocrat and part-time shady art dealer Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) suffers from a constant lack of funds to... [More]
Directed By: David Koepp

#52

Deception (2008)
11%

#52
Adjusted Score: 14484%
Critics Consensus: Deception is a middling, predictable potboiler with mediocre dialogue and ludicrous plot twists.
Synopsis: As a corporate auditor who works in a number of different offices, Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) wanders without an anchor... [More]
Directed By: Marcel Langenegger

#51

Zoe (2018)
32%

#51
Adjusted Score: 32606%
Critics Consensus: Zoe has some interesting ideas but never manages to get a satisfying grip on them, settling for slow-moving sci-fi that ultimately fails to engage.
Synopsis: Two colleagues at a research lab work to improve and perfect romantic relationships.... [More]
Directed By: Drake Doremus

#50

Amelia (2009)
20%

#50
Adjusted Score: 25555%
Critics Consensus: Amelia takes the compelling raw materials of its subject's life and does little with them, conventionally ticking off Earhart's accomplishments without exploring the soul of the woman.
Synopsis: From the time she first sits in the pilot's seat, aviatrix Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) feels destined to achieve great... [More]
Directed By: Mira Nair

#49

Incendiary (2008)

#49
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A suicide bomber kills the husband and infant son of an adulterous woman, destroying her life.... [More]
Directed By: Sharon Maguire

#48

Nightwatch (1998)
27%

#48
Adjusted Score: 26940%
Critics Consensus: Nightwatch loses much of what made its inspiration entertaining - and proves that when remaking a foreign film, hiring the original director is no guarantee of success.
Synopsis: Law student Martin Bells (Ewan McGregor) needs to make some money, and so he takes a side job as a... [More]
Directed By: Ole Bornedal

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 29210%
Critics Consensus: American Pastoral finds debuting director Ewan McGregor's reach exceeding its grasp with a well-intentioned Philip Roth adaptation that retains the form, but little of the function, of its source material.
Synopsis: Seymour Swede Levov (Ewan McGregor) is a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to... [More]
Directed By: Ewan McGregor

#46

Stay (2005)
27%

#46
Adjusted Score: 31402%
Critics Consensus: A muddled brain-teaser, Stay has a solid cast and innovative visuals but little beneath the surface.
Synopsis: Sam Foster (Ewan McGregor), a psychiatrist, has a new patient, Henry Letham (Ryan Gosling), who claims to be suicidal. In... [More]
Directed By: Marc Forster

#45

Rogue Trader (1999)

#45
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This drama, based on a true story, follows Nick Leeson (Ewan McGregor), a young British man working at Barings, a... [More]
Directed By: James Dearden

#44

Valiant (2005)
32%

#44
Adjusted Score: 35946%
Critics Consensus: Valiant has a good collection of voice talents, but the story is strictly by-the-numbers.
Synopsis: As the Allies prepare for the D-Day Invasion, a pigeon named Valiant (Ewan McGregor) wants to contribute to the war... [More]
Directed By: Gary Chapman

#43
Adjusted Score: 36559%
Critics Consensus: Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker is strictly children's fare, as it lacks originality, excitement, and believabiltity.
Synopsis: Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) is a British teenager, whom MI6 recruits into its ranks, for his skills as a linguist,... [More]
Directed By: Geoffrey Sax

#42

Angels & Demons (2009)
37%

#42
Adjusted Score: 47879%
Critics Consensus: Angels and Demons is a fast-paced thrill ride, and an improvement on the last Dan Brown adaptation, but the storyline too often wavers between implausible and ridiculous, and does not translate effectively to the big screen.
Synopsis: When Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon discovers the resurgence of an ancient brotherhood known as the Illuminati, he flies to Rome... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 41766%
Critics Consensus: A Life Less Ordinary has an intriguing cast and stylish work from director Danny Boyle, but they're not enough to overcome the story's fatally misjudged tonal mishmash.
Synopsis: A couple of angels, O'Reilly (Holly Hunter) and Jackson (Delroy Lindo), are sent to Earth to make sure that their... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 15482%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: On the lush green lawns of London's Hampstead Heath Park, a variety of couples commune and sort through their assorted... [More]
Directed By: Ed Blum

#39

The Island (2005)
40%

#39
Adjusted Score: 47028%
Critics Consensus: A clone of THX 1183, Coma, and Logan's Run, The Island is another loud and bombastic Michael Bay movie where explosions and chases matter more than characters, dialogue, or plot.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Michael Bay

#38

Jane Got a Gun (2016)
43%

#38
Adjusted Score: 46452%
Critics Consensus: Jane Got a Gun flounders between campy Western and hard-hitting revisionist take on the genre, leaving Natalie Portman's committed performance stranded in the dust.
Synopsis: Panic strikes Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) when her outlaw husband John returns to their farm with bullet wounds. Expecting the... [More]
Directed By: Gavin O'Connor

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 41783%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An alternative ending to World War II has Nazis seizing control of London, and has English citizens banding together to... [More]

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 49291%
Critics Consensus: Colin Farrell and Tom Wilkinson act up a storm in Cassandra's Dream, but Woody Allen's heavy-handed symbolism and foreshadowing drains the plot of all tension.
Synopsis: Life is good for the Blaine brothers, at least for the moment. Ian (Ewan McGregor), a restaurateur, is in love... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#35
Adjusted Score: 60910%
Critics Consensus: Though The Men Who Stare at Goats is a mostly entertaining, farcical glimpse of men at war, some may find its satire and dark humor less than edgy.
Synopsis: Struggling reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) gets the scoop of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), who... [More]
Directed By: Grant Heslov

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 60308%
Critics Consensus: It's enthusiastically acted and reasonably fun, but Jack the Giant Slayer is also overwhelmed by digital effects and a bland, impersonal story.
Synopsis: When young farmhand Jack (Nicholas Hoult) unwittingly opens a portal between his realm and a race of giants, it rekindles... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

#33

Perfect Sense (2011)
58%

#33
Adjusted Score: 59013%
Critics Consensus: Perfect Sense has interesting ideas and charismatic stars, all of which add up to a viewing experience that's frustratingly less than the sum of its intriguing parts.
Synopsis: A chef (Ewan McGregor) and a scientist (Eva Green) fall in love amid a plague that robs people of their... [More]
Directed By: David Mackenzie

#32

Nora (2000)
64%

#32
Adjusted Score: 31088%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It is love at first sight when raffish young writer James Joyce (Ewan McGregor) meets the simple barmaid Nora Barnacle... [More]
Directed By: Pat Murphy

#31

Velvet Goldmine (1998)
59%

#31
Adjusted Score: 59975%
Critics Consensus: Velvet Goldmine takes a visual and narrative approach befitting its larger-than-life subject, although it's still disappointingly less than the sum of its parts.
Synopsis: Glam rock star Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Myers) plays a character on stage named Maxwell Demon who predicts his death... [More]
Directed By: Todd Haynes

#30
Adjusted Score: 62997%
Critics Consensus: Burdened by exposition and populated with stock characters, The Phantom Menace gets the Star Wars prequels off to a bumpy -- albeit visually dazzling -- start.
Synopsis: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is a young apprentice Jedi knight under the tutelage of Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) ; Anakin... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#29

Down With Love (2003)
60%

#29
Adjusted Score: 66206%
Critics Consensus: Looks great, but Zellweger and McGregor have no chemistry together, and the self-satisfied, knowing tone grates.
Synopsis: It's 1962, and feminist Barbara Novak (Renée Zellweger) pens a best-selling book that details the drawbacks of love. She encourages... [More]
Directed By: Peyton Reed

#28

Young Adam (2003)
62%

#28
Adjusted Score: 65871%
Critics Consensus: A grim mood piece with good performances from the leads.
Synopsis: An amoral drifter (Ewan McGregor) has an affair with a woman (Tilda Swinton) stuck in a passionless marriage in 1950s... [More]
Directed By: David Mackenzie

#27

Son of a Gun (2015)
62%

#27
Adjusted Score: 63406%
Critics Consensus: Gritty, stylish, and smart, Son of a Gun serves up plenty of genre thrills while offering a refreshing change of pace for Ewan McGregor.
Synopsis: JR, a teenage criminal, is locked up for a minor crime and forced to adapt to the harsh realities of... [More]
Directed By: Julius Avery

#26

Robots (2005)
64%

#26
Adjusted Score: 70179%
Critics Consensus: Robots delights on a visual level, but the story feels like it came off an assembly line.
Synopsis: In a world of sentient robots, striving young inventor Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor) wants to work for the avuncular Bigweld... [More]

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 74740%
Critics Consensus: The sheer amount of acting going on in August: Osage County threatens to overwhelm, but when the actors involved are as talented as Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, it's difficult to complain.
Synopsis: The death and funeral of their father brings three sisters to the home of their mother, Violet (Meryl Streep), an... [More]
Directed By: John Wells

#24

The Pillow Book (1996)
67%

#24
Adjusted Score: 68849%
Critics Consensus: The Pillow Book is undeniably sensual and visually ravishing, but the film's narrative lacks the hypnotic pull of its imagery.
Synopsis: A Japanese model (Vivian Wu) who likes lovers to adorn her body with calligraphy falls for an erotic Englishman (Ewan... [More]
Directed By: Peter Greenaway

#23

Miss Potter (2006)

#23
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Beatrix Potter (Renée Zellweger) overcomes many obstacles in her quest to become a writer, including a domineering mother and the... [More]
Directed By: Chris Noonan

#22
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set ten years after the events of "The Phantom Menace," the Republic continues to be mired in strife and chaos.... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#21
Adjusted Score: 72110%
Critics Consensus: Quirky and a little reserved, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is nonetheless a charming little romantic drama sold by some strong central performances.
Synopsis: Dr. Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor) is a fisheries scientist who one day receives an unusual request: A businesswoman named Harriet... [More]
Directed By: Lasse Hallström

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When accountant David (Christopher Eccleston), doctor Juliet (Kerry Fox) and journalist Alex (Ewan McGregor) are searching for a fourth roommate... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 88671%
Critics Consensus: Christopher Robin may not equal A.A. Milne's stories -- or their animated Disney adaptations -- but it should prove sweet enough for audiences seeking a little childhood magic.
Synopsis: Christopher Robin -- now a family man living in London -- receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal,... [More]
Directed By: Marc Forster

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 98995%
Critics Consensus: With an enchanting cast, beautifully crafted songs, and a painterly eye for detail, Beauty and the Beast offers a faithful yet fresh retelling that honors its beloved source material.
Synopsis: Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 79512%
Critics Consensus: Our Kind of Traitor relies on solid writing and acting rather than action to deliver its spy-movie thrills -- and thankfully has the pedigree to pull it off on both fronts.
Synopsis: A money launderer (Stellan Skarsgard) for Russian gangsters asks a couple vacationing in Marrakech, Morocco, to deliver incriminating evidence to... [More]
Directed By: Susanna White

#16
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) becomes a cop, gets married and starts a family, but after a terrible car accident, he... [More]
Directed By: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

#15

Miles Ahead (2016)
74%

#15
Adjusted Score: 85223%
Critics Consensus: Miles Ahead is worth watching for Don Cheadle's strong work on both sides of the camera, even if this unconventional biopic doesn't quite capture its subject's timeless appeal.
Synopsis: In the 1970s, down-and-out jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (Don Cheadle) tries to recover his new session tape from music producers.... [More]
Directed By: Don Cheadle

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 79824%
Critics Consensus: Last Days in the Desert offers enough stately grandeur and spiritual exploration to offset an occasionally ambiguous narrative.
Synopsis: As he wanders in the desert, Jesus Christ (Ewan McGregor) tangles with Satan (also McGregor) for the souls of a... [More]
Directed By: Rodrigo Garcia

#13

Black Hawk Down (2001)
76%

#13
Adjusted Score: 83896%
Critics Consensus: Though it's light on character development and cultural empathy, Black Hawk Down is a visceral, pulse-pounding portrait of war, elevated by Ridley Scott's superb technical skill.
Synopsis: The film takes place in 1993 when the U.S. sent special forces into Somalia to destabilize the government and bring... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#12

Moulin Rouge (2001)
76%

#12
Adjusted Score: 84017%
Critics Consensus: A love-it-or-hate-it experience, Moulin Rouge is all style, all giddy, over-the-top spectacle. But it's also daring in its vision and wildly original.
Synopsis: A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp... [More]
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann

#11

Big Fish (2003)
76%

#11
Adjusted Score: 82678%
Critics Consensus: A charming father-and-son tale filled with typical Tim Burton flourishes, Big Fish is an impressive catch.
Synopsis: When Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) becomes ill, his son, William (Billy Crudup), travels to be with him. William has a... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#10

Brassed Off (1996)
79%

#10
Adjusted Score: 81589%
Critics Consensus: Brassed Off combines inspiring drama with populist socioeconomics to create a film whose familiar outlines are filled in with genuine and surprisingly palpable emotion.
Synopsis: In a village in Northern England, Danny (Pete Postlethwaite), the conductor of a colliery brass band, has difficulty maintaining the... [More]
Directed By: Mark Herman

#9

Little Voice (1998)
79%

#9
Adjusted Score: 81104%
Critics Consensus: Little Voice brings its award-winning source material to the screen in style, elevated by a commanding lead performance from Jane Horrocks.
Synopsis: A London talent agent (Michael Caine) learns his girlfriend's (Brenda Blethyn) repressed daughter (Jane Horrocks) is brilliant at mimicking singers.... [More]
Directed By: Mark Herman

#8

T2 Trainspotting (2017)
81%

#8
Adjusted Score: 99839%
Critics Consensus: T2 Trainspotting adds an intoxicating, emotionally resonant postscript to its classic predecessor, even without fully recapturing the original's fresh, subversive thrill.
Synopsis: First there was an opportunity, then there was a betrayal. Twenty years later, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#7
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It has been three years since the Clone Wars began. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Jedi Knight Anakin... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#6

Haywire (2011)

#6
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) is a highly trained operative for a government security contractor. Her missions take her to the... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#5

The Impossible (2012)
81%

#5
Adjusted Score: 89044%
Critics Consensus: The screenplay isn't quite as powerful as the direction or the acting, but with such an astonishing real-life story at its center, The Impossible is never less than compelling.
Synopsis: In December 2004, close-knit family Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in... [More]
Directed By: J.A. Bayona

#4

The Ghost Writer (2010)
84%

#4
Adjusted Score: 93728%
Critics Consensus: While it may lack the revelatory punch of Polanski's finest films, Ghost Writer benefits from stylish direction, a tense screenplay, and a strong central performance from Ewan McGregor.
Synopsis: When a successful ghostwriter, the Ghost (Ewan McGregor), agrees to finish the memoirs of Adam Long (Pierce Brosnan), England's former... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#3

Emma (1996)

#3
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, pretty socialite Emma Woodhouse (Gwyneth Paltrow) entertains herself by playing matchmaker for... [More]
Directed By: Douglas McGrath

#2

Beginners (2010)

#2
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After his mother dies, Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is stunned when his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), recently diagnosed with terminal cancer,... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mills

#1

Trainspotting (1996)
91%

#1
Adjusted Score: 95679%
Critics Consensus: A brutal, often times funny, other times terrifying portrayal of drug addiction in Edinburgh. Not for the faint of heart, but well worth viewing as a realistic and entertaining reminder of the horrors of drug use.
Synopsis: Heroin addict Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) stumbles through bad ideas and sobriety attempts with his unreliable friends -- Sick Boy... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

This weekend Samuel L. Jackson looks to seize control of the muthaf*ckin’ box office with his new muthaf*ckin’ film "Snakes on a Plane" which invades theaters on a wave of internet buzz.

It should be a smooth trip to number one for the action thriller which will face competition from the teen comedies "Accepted" and "Material Girls" plus the expansion of the indie darling "Little Miss Sunshine." After two weeks in the top spot, Will Ferrell‘s hit comedy "Talladega Nights" will decelerate and lose pole position, but will have the distinction of crossing the celebrated $100M mark.

All eyes are on Sam Jackson this weekend as his much-blogged-about action vehicle "Snakes on a Plane" makes its way into theaters. The R-rated film presents an old fashioned good guy versus bad guy story with the former Mace Windu playing an FBI agent assigned to escort a key witness to a mob murder on a flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles. When the crime boss masterminds a plan to unleash poisonous snakes mid-flight, all hell breaks loose. New Line has no ambitions of winning Oscars here. "Snakes" is pure entertainment aimed at giving fans a thrill ride for two hours. No advance screenings are being held for the media which is usually a sign that the studio believes that the reviews will only trash the picture so why waste the time and money?

No R-rated film this year has broken the $30M mark on opening weekend. In fact, in the past two years, only a pair of R pics have opened north of that mark – last year’s duo of "Saw II" with $31.7M and "Wedding Crashers" with $33.9M. "Snakes" will be relying on an adult male audience for its ticket sales with older teens and twentysomethings being the driving force. Jackson may also be able to pull in African American audiences given his stature and the type of role he is playing. Typically, the Oscar-nominated actor does not have much box office muscle when anchoring a film solo. But the buzz and media coverage surrounding "Snakes" has almost made it into a franchise.

With so many on the internet buzzing about the movie since the beginning of the year, uploading their own trailers and "Snakes"-related videos, and pushing for more violence and profanity, the fans have gotten a sense of empowerment. They feel like they have been part of the filmmaking process and you can be sure that they will be out when the film opens to see the final product. And since everyone knows that the film will be cheesy and that there are no press screenings, expectations are not too high. Without all the hoopla, this film would only be seen as action movie number ten that Hollywood churns out for the summer season. New Line is taking the step of launching "Snakes" a day early on Thursday night with showtimes starting at 10pm.

August has been a great month for these types of action films for young males. Three years ago, the studio opened the R-rated horror flick "Freddy vs. Jason" to $36.4M while a year later, Fox found a $38.3M bow for its PG-13 sci-fi pic "Alien vs. Predator." Jackson’s film lacks a franchise following, although the hype has generated a sizable built-in audience of its own. "Snakes" will come and go quickly from theaters. A strong start should be followed by massive erosion, but with a reported budget of only $30M, it can’t lose money. Plus Jackson has done a commendable job hitting the trail and promoting his new flick. Attacking over 3,300 theaters, "Snakes on a Plane" could open with around $28M this weekend.

Universal is hoping that those too young for "Snakes," but who are still looking for some late-summer fun, will line up for its new comedy "Accepted." The PG-13 film stars Justin Long as a high school senior rejected by every college he applies to who then decides to make up his own fake university. The under-25 set is the target audience here with teens who can relate to the character’s nightmare making up the bulk of the crowd. Recent young-skewing hits like "Step Up" and "John Tucker Must Die" have proven that no-star vehicles with an interesting concept can lure in solid numbers on opening weekend. Those films debuted to $14.3M and $20.7M, respectively. Studios have done a poor job satisfying teenagers in recent weeks with their big ticket items which has only helped these low-cost pictures. "Accepted" will certainly have to face "Snakes" taking away older guys and "Step Up" in its second weekend stealing away the gals. But the concept is a good one and with so many young people getting ready to head back to campus, memories of rejection letters will come flying back. Marketing materials register some laughs too and appeal to both genders is there. Entering over 2,700 locations, "Accepted" could open with around $12M this weekend.

Hilary and Haylie Duff graduate from the world of breath mint commercials to feature films in "Material Girls" from director Martha Coolidge ("Real Genius," "The Prince and Me"). The PG-rated film finds the sisters playing heiresses to a cosmetics fortune who stumble upon bankruptcy. Anjelica Huston co-stars. The MGM release will play primarily to a female audience of teens and pre-teens. Males interested in buying tickets should number about three. "Material Girls" is not getting too big of a push and with "Step Up" doing so well with the same demographic, it will be an uphill battle attracting business. Once a potent asset, Hilary has lost much of her pull at the box office with recent clunkers like "Raise Your Voice" and "The Perfect Man" landing poor debuts of only $4M and $5.3M, respectively.. The Duffs may end up taking a lesson from the Olsen twins whose own film "New York Minute" opened a week after the bow of 2004’s surprise teen girl hit "Mean Girls" and ended up being squashed with a weak $6M debut from over 3,000 theaters. "Material Girls" will enter only 1,509 playdates and could settle for an opening of just $4M.

After three weeks of sparkling results in limited release, Fox Searchlight’s comedy sensation "Little Miss Sunshine" expands nationally into 694 locations from its current run in 153 sites. Last weekend, the R-rated dysfunctional family pic averaged a stunning $17,014 which is one of the best showings in recent years for a film playing in 100-200 locations. With strong reviews and positive word-of-mouth, "Sunshine" should jump into the top ten this weekend and could gross about $5M pushing its cume into double-digit millions.

Searchlight also debuts its next indie flick "Trust the Man" which opens in 37 theaters in selected cities on Friday. The R-rated dramedy stars Billy Crudup, David Duchovny, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julianne Moore, and Eva Mendes and tells the story of two New York couples going through relationship troubles. Moore’s real-life husband Bart Freundlich directs. "Trust the Man" has garnered mixed reviews from critics and will expand nationwide on September 8.

Also opening in limited release, but attracting more glowing praise from critics, is the dramatic thriller "The Illusionist." Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel star in the PG-13 film which finds a turn-of-the-century magician battling wits with a Vienna cop. Two weeks after the limited bow, Yari Film Group will expand "Illusionist" wide over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

A variable that could affect moviegoing behavior this weekend could be all the current stories in the news this week that have connections to major films in release. Tapes of 911 calls from victims of the World Trade Center disaster have been released after nearly five years. New terror plots aboard commercial planes have dominated the headlines lately, and a new arrest in the Jonbenet Ramsey case has brought attention back to little girls in beauty pageants. How this news coverage will affect the grosses for films like "Snakes on a Plane," "Little Miss Sunshine," and "World Trade Center" is anyone’s guess. But at a time of year when moviegoing typically slows down anyway, some potential ticket buyers may decide to look elsewhere for their weekend entertainment.

Will Ferrell’s "Talladega Nights" looks to race past the $100M mark by the end of its second full week in theaters. The Sony hit won’t win a third box office crown, but it should remain in the top five and drop 45% to about $12M. That would give the racing comedy $113M in 17 days making it the comedian’s second biggest hit ever, in a leading role, behind "Elf" which took in $173.4M.

Last weekend’s surprise smash "Step Up" is not afraid of "Snakes on a Plane" which is likely to tap into an older and more male audience. Instead, Buena Vista’s dance drama will see its competition come from "Accepted" and "Material Girls." Word-of-mouth for "Step Up" has been encouraging with the film averaging a solid B+ from over 5,500 users of Yahoo Movies. Still, teen pics tend to fall fast so a 50% decline would give the film around $10M for the weekend and a stellar ten-day total of $40M.

Paramount’s "World Trade Center" got off to a healthy start at the box office and is also generating positive buzz from moviegoers. Competition is not too fierce this weekend for adults looking for mature fare so a 35% drop would give the Oliver Stone movie roughly $12M and a cume of $46M after 12 days.

LAST YEAR: The surprise comedy hit "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" debuted at number one with a better-than-expected weekend opening of $21.4M. Universal’s R-rated smash displayed strong legs in the weeks ahead and ended up scoring $109.3M. Settling for second place in its first flight was the DreamWorks thriller "Red Eye" with a solid $16.2M on its way to $57.9M. Rounding out the top five were holdovers "Four Brothers" with $12.5M, "Wedding Crashers" with $8M and "The Skeleton Key" with $7.7M. The frame’s two other new releases were mostly ignored by moviegoers. Disney’s animated pic "Valiant" bowed to $5.9M for eighth place while Fox’s action drama "Supercross" crashed into 15th place with a dismal $1.3M opening weekend. Final tallies reached $19.5M and $3.1M, respectively.

Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

This week’s wide releases include a group of zoo creatures that reconnect with their roots ("The Wild") and another installment of the genre-spoofing "Scary Movie" series ("Scary Movie 4"). What do the critics say?

A fourth "Scary Movie" is hitting theaters; this time it’s parodying "War of the Worlds," "Saw," and an obscure but terrifying slasher flick called "Brokeback Mountain." A lot of people like these movies — heck, they have made four of them — but those people aren’t generally movie critics; the scribes are calling this latest installment a hit-or-miss affair. But, if you’re in the market for this kind of thing, you should know that "Scary Movie 4," at 44 percent on the Tomatometer, currently stands as the second-best reviewed film in the series, behind the original (52 percent).

Four animals bust out of the zoo in search of their natural habitats, only to fall into the clutches of a buffoonish-but-dangerous animal cult leader. If the plot description for "The Wild" sounds a tad familiar, that’s because it’s essentially the same as last summer’s not-so-red-hot "Madagascar" (55 percent on the Tomatometer). It’s amazing that, given the seemingly limitless potential of CGI, the scribes are already accusing new animated films of being derivative. The critics also say "The Wild" is noisy and busy without being particularly funny or engaging. At 17 percent on the Tomatometer, "The Wild" is the second-worst reviewed CGI film to date, only outranking "Doogal," which is at five percent.

On to America’s favorite game: Banana Kid correctly guessed "The Benchwarmers" would end up with a 12 percent on the Tomatometer. Unfortunately, no one came particularly close to "Phat Girlz‘" not-great-but-not-terrible Tomatometer of 31 percent.

Scary Movies:
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52% — Scary Movie (2000)
11% — Scary Movie 2 (2001)
39% — Scary Movie 3 (2003)

Recent CGI Films:
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60% — Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
5% — Doogal (2006)
46% — Hoodwinked (2006)
37% — Chicken Little (2005)
27% — Valiant (2005)

ComingSoon.net shares a press release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) regarding the Best Animated Feature hopefuls. Seems we have a solid ten movies fighting for the three nomination spots.

"The 10 films have been accepted as eligible to compete by the executive committee of the short films and feature animation branch of the Academy, which has recommended to the Academy’s Board of Governors that the category be activated and the Award be given for this year. The board has approved that recommendation.

Films that have not yet been released in Los Angeles County must fulfill all of the general release qualifying rules before the end of the year.

The eligible films are:

Chicken Little
Gulliver’s Travel
Hoodwinked
Howl’s Moving Castle
Madagascar
Robots
Steamboy
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
Valiant
Wallace & Gromit – The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Under the rules for this category, a maximum of three films can be nominated in a year in which the field of eligible entries numbers at least eight but fewer than sixteen.

Films submitted in the Best Animated Feature category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other areas, including Best Picture, provided they meet the rules criteria governing those categories.

The 78th Academy Award® nominations will be announced at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Tuesday, January 31, 2006. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements for 2005 will be presented on Sunday, March 5, 2006, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PST."

(P.S. Anyone know what "Gulliver’s Travel" is?)

This week at the movies, we’ve got bored marines fixing for a fight with Saddam ("Jarhead") and a small piece of poultry who overreacts to acorns hitting him on the head ("Chicken Little"). Which of these films will score with critics?

Based on the real-life experiences of Marine Anthony Swofford in the first Gulf War, "Jarhead," starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx, attempts to show a different kind of war-is-hell scenario; in this case, idle hands are the devil’s playthings. The critics say the movie is different from most war films in that, rather than action, "Jarhead" depicts boredom, exhaustion, and ambiguity. Maybe too much ambiguity. While critics are praising the film for its originality, they say it never quite coheres. "Jarhead" currently stands at 51 percent on the Tomatometer.

No joke: The sky IS falling — at least critically — on Disney’s first CGI feature, Chicken Little. The age-old parable gets a fresh coat of paint, as Chicken Little (voiced by Zach Braff) becomes ostracized after making under-researched claims of nimbus and cirrus plummeting. While critics say the movie isn’t bad looking, the most important thing — the story — is undercooked. At 35 percent on the Tomatometer, the critics dislike this one more than a "Little." Beware of low flying CGI flicks — "Valiant," 2005’s other animated avian adventure — scored even lower, at 23 percent on the Tomatometer.

Recent War Movies:
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35% — The Great Raid (2005)
37% — Tears of the Sun (2003)
61% — We Were Soldiers (2002)
25% — Pearl Harbor (2001)
93% — Three Kings (1999)

Over the past few days, we’ve tried to counter the common misconception that this summer’s cinematic fare was bereft of quality. However, that doesn’t mean the season was without some stinkers, at least critically speaking.

The most rotten movie of the summer was "Supercross: The Movie," which won praise from two percent of the critics. "Undiscovered," the title of which was often used derisively in reviews, stood at four percent. Rounding out the top five were "The Perfect Man" (six percent) "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo" (10 percent), and "Honeymooners" (12 percent). The most rotten limited release of the summer was the Aussie slasher flick "Undead."

Here’s the 20 most rotten films of the summer, in ascending order:

2% — Supercross: The Movie
4% — Undiscovered
6% — The Perfect Man
10% — Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
12% — Honeymooners
13% — Stealth
14% — Rebound
14% — The Cave
17% — Monster-In-Law
17% — The Dukes of Hazzard
20% — The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3D
23% — House of Wax
23% — Valiant
23% — Undead
25% — Bewitched
25% — Fantastic Four
27% — 9 Songs
28% — Mindhunters
28% — Pretty Persuasion
28% — The Baxter

Check out the rest of our coverage:
Summer Tomatometer Wrap-up: Box Office Down, Tomatometer Up
Summer Tomatometer Wrap-up #2: The Best of the Wide Releases
Summer Tomatometer Wrap-up #3: The Best of the Limited Releases

Steve Carell‘s "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" unzipped approximately $20.6 million from over 2,800 theaters during its debut weekend, making it the second R-rated comedy (after "Wedding Crashers") to make a big splash this summer.

Debuting in second place was the airborne thriller "Red Eye," which snagged $16.5 million from nearly 3,100 theaters, thereby making leading lady Rachel McAdams the new "it" girl of the summer.

Holding on in third place was last weekend’s leader, "Four Brothers," which added an estimated $13 million to its $43.6 million total. Fourth place was awarded to the still-popular "Wedding Crashers," which jammed another $8.2 million into its overstuffed pockets ($178 million all told). Rounding out the top 5 was last weekend’s "The Skeleton Key," which tallied $7.2 million for a total just over $30 million.

Two other newcomers, Disney’s "Valiant," and Fox’s "Supercross," didn’t fare so well, grossing $6 million from 2,000 theaters and $1.3 million from 1,600 theaters, respectively.

Next weekend’s wide releases include the subterranean thriller "The Cave," Terry Gilliam‘s "The Brothers Grimm," and the romantic comedy "Undiscovered."

As always, feel free to stop by the Rotten Tomatoes Box Office page for a closer look at the weekend numbers.

This week at the movies brings four studies in aviation. What happens when you’re trapped on a plane with a creepy seatmate? (See "Red Eye.") Is it ever too late for Cupid’s arrows to take flight? (Check out "The 40 Year-Old Virgin.") Were the unsung heroes of the Allies in WWII… pigeons? ("Valiant," this one’s for you.) Isn’t it cool when those Supercross dudes, like, totally go up in the air, and like, for a few seconds, y’know, it looks like they’re, like, flying? (Ahem…."Supercross: The Movie.") And most important of all: which of these flicks will fly with the critics?

Alfred Hitchcock once famously declared, "I like to play the audience like a piano." Wes Craven is no Hitchcock (who is?), but in his finest moments, his work embodies the spirit of that sentiment. And critics say "Red Eye" is one of Craven’s finest moments. Much like many of Hitch’s films, the plot strains credibility, but who cares; brisk, paranoid, and tense, this is excellent popcorn fare, with stars in the making Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy getting their share of props. "Red Eye" soars, scoring 84 percent on the Tomatometer. And it’s Craven’s best reviewed film since "Scream" (87 percent) in 1996.

Speaking of overdue props, Steve Carell has been stealing scenes from movies for a while (and he was in those weirdly funny FedEx commercials — am I the only one who remembers that?). So now that he’s getting his shot in the spotlight, he’s unsurprisingly making the most of it. Critics are showing a lot of love for "The 40 Year-Old Virgin," a film that continues the recent trend of mixing tasteless humor with aching sincerity. At 85 percent, "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" may be worth a date. And it’s getting better reviews than even the surprise comedy megahit of the summer, "Wedding Crashers" (currently at 74 percent).

So CGI is the wave of the future? Maybe. But technology can only go so far; a movie still has to tell a compelling story. Critics say even the technology isn’t that good in "Valiant," a tale of carrier pigeons’ heroism in WWII. And though it features voice work from some of our favorites from across the pond (Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais, John Cleese, Hugh Laurie), the writers say it’s plucky but impersonal, and too odd in its plot to make much sense to younger viewers, the assumed target demographic. At 24 percent on the Tomatometer, this bird’s having trouble achieving takeoff. And it’s the worst-reviewed CGI film ever, sinking lower than last year’s "Shark Tale" (35 percent).

Since there is apparently little appeal in "Segway: The Movie" or, perhaps "Jet-Ski: The Movie," X-treme fans will have to make do with "Supercross: The Movie." But according to critics, there couldn’t be much less appeal to this teen romance in between totally radical and tubular stunts. The reason old-school exclamations make sense in this context is that the plot of this movie is pretty dated; heck, "Don’t Worry Baby," the classic Beach Boys song about romance and drag racing, pretty much told the same story in three minutes. But "Supercross" does soar above the competition in one respect: at three percent on the Tomatometer, it’s among the worst reviewed movies of the year.

Worst Reviewed Movies of 2005 (So Far):
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1. King’s Ransom — 0%
2. Alone in the Dark — 1%
3. Supercross: The Movie — 3%
4. Son of the Mask — 4%
5. Modigliani — 4%
6. Fascination — 5%
7. Harry and Max — 5%
8. The Perfect Man — 6%
9. Elektra — 7%
10. White Noise — 9%

Recent Wes Craven-Directed Movies:
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14% — Cursed (2005)
41% — Scream 3 (2000)
68% — Music of the Heart (1999)
81% — Scream 2 (1997)
87% — Scream (1996)

John Singleton‘s action drama "Four Brothers" opened in 2,500 theaters to a better-than-expected $20.7 million in its first weekend, handily beating a trio of other newcomers. One of its main competitors was the Kate Hudson bayou thriller "The Skeleton Key," which unlocked nearly $15.8 million (from about 2,800 theaters) in a comparatively slow weekend at the box office.

Still hanging around in third place was WB’s "The Dukes of Hazzard," which added another $13m to its $57.5 total gross. Fourth place went to the powerful "Wedding Crashers," which grossed just over $12 million, adding to its total gross just over $164 million(!) Rounding out the top five was "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo," which made $9.4 million in just over 3,100 theaters.

Miramax’s long-delayed "The Great Raid" just managed to crack the top ten by grossing about $3.3 million from nearly 820 theaters.

In milestone news, Christopher Nolan‘s "Batman Begins" became only the third movie this year to gross over $200 million, after "Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith" and "War of the Worlds."

Next week sees the arrival of another cinematic foursome: the bike-racing flick "Supercross" opens on Wednesday, while Steve Carell in "The 40 Year-Old Virgin," Wes Craven‘s airplane thriller "Red Eye," and Disney’s animated adventure "Valiant" will wait until next Friday.

As always, please stop by the Rotten Tomatoes Box Office Page for a closer look at the weekend stats.

Quicktime Movie Trailers presents Disney’s first trailer for their upcoming animated comedy/adventure "Valiant." Featuring voice work from Ewan McGregor ("Down With Love"), Tim Curry ("Clue"), John Cleese ("Life of Brian"), and Jim Broadbent ("Moulin Rouge"), "Valiant" is about "a brave-but-undersized pigeon named Valiant, who dreams of joining the elite Royal Homing Pigeon Service (RHPS), and serving crown and country during World War II…

…When a shortage of wingpower befalls the royal fleet, the mission falls to Valiant and the unlikely heroes of “Squad F” to try and save the day . . . and prove that it’s not the size of the wingspan that counts, but the size of the spirit." Expect to see "Valiant" fly into theaters on August 19th.

After George Lucas’s first two "Star Wars" prequels received lukewarm responses from fans, it looks like he will end the series on a triumphant and satisfying note with the concluding chapter. Early reviews from the nation’s print, online, and broadcast critics, are gushing praises for "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith."

This grimmer chapter, chronicling Anakin Skywalker’s decent into the dark side and transformation into Darth Vader, has scored an exceptional 86% on the Tomatometer. Despite some clunky lines, critics think the character-driven Episode III is an exhilarating rollercoaster ride and a satisfying sendoff of a beloved series. Todd McCarthy of Variety calls it "the best in the overall series since ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’" Kirk Honeycutt of Hollywood Reporter says, "The final episode of George Lucas’ cinematic epic ‘Star Wars’ ends the six-movie series on such a high note that one feels like yelling out, ‘Rewind!’"

Compared to the previous two prequels, both of which are in the low to mid-60’s on the Tomatometer, Episode III’s 86% is a major improvement, and the only prequel chapter to be Certified Fresh. When it is released next week, there’s also a very good chance that it’ll be the best reviewed film in wide release. For comparison, "The Empire Strikes Back" scores 98% on the Tomatometer and the original "Star Wars" scores 93%.

Tomatometer Scores for the Star Wars series:

86% – Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
65% – Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
62% – Star wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
80% – Return of the Jedi
98% – The Empire Strikes Back
93% – Star Wars

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