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All Robert De Niro Movies, Ranked by Tomatometer

Robert De Niro began his seven-decade career in movies with a starring role in the Vietnam War-era comedy/drama Greetings. The 1968 film would be his opening joint effort with Brian De Palma (they followed up with The Wedding Party, dark satire Hi, Mom!, and gangland epic The Untouchables), and would be the first of many fruitful actor/director partnerships that would come to define De Niro’s image.

Martin Scorsese is the most obvious director he’s worked with in this way: Their legendary collaborative run began with 1973’s Mean Streets, continuing into Taxi Driver, New York, New York, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Casino, and The Irishman. De Niro’s performances in Taxi Driver and Raging Bull especially changed the acting game, executing a method-style of performance wherein the actor not only mentally inhabits their character, but transforms their physical shape entirely. De Niro won the Best Actor Oscar for becoming boxer Jake ‘The Raging Bull’ LaMotta in 1981, topping his Best Supporting Actor win in 1975 for The Godfather: Part II as young Vito Corleone, and nominations in ’77 and ’79 for Taxi Driver and The Deer Hunter, respectively.

Just as he did in the ’70s, De Niro appeared in some of the best movies of the decades that subsequently followed. In the ’80s, he worked with Terry Gilliam for Brazil and Sergio Leone for Once Upon a Time in America, and delivered enduring action-comedy Midnight Run. Inside the ’90s, aside from the aforementioned Scorsese collaborations, De Niro starred in Michael Mann’s Heat and Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. Wag the Dog might belong on someone’s best-of-’90s list if you asked around a bit, but Barry Levinson is another director De Niro has frequently worked with; outside of Dog, they also put together What Just Happened?, Sleepers, and The Wizard of Lies.

Towards the end of the ’90s, De Niro began to satirize his on-screen tough-guy persona, returning to the comedy mode of his early career with films like 1999’s Analyze This, 2000’s Meet the Parents, and 2007’s Stardust. He would be nominated again for an Oscar for his role in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook, kicking off another director partnership with David O. Russell. They would continue with the decidedly Scorsese-like American Hustle, Joy, and an upcoming historical drama. Another recent Scorsese-esque movie, Joker, echoed the bleak media dystopia presented in The King of Comedy and grossed $1 billion worldwide. But why settle: After starring in and being nominated for Best Picture as a producer on The Irishman, he’s back with Scorsese for the upcoming Killers of the Flower Moon.

Now, we’re ranking all Robert De Niro movies by Tomatometer!

#92
Adjusted Score: 3969%
Critics Consensus: Despite an all-star cast and some impressive visuals, The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a lifeless, slow-going adaptation of Thornton Wilder's classic novel.
Synopsis: During the Spanish Inquisition, Franciscan monk Brother Juniper (Gabriel Byrne) witnesses the collapse of a bridge in Lima, Peru, and... [More]
Directed By: Mary McGuckian

#91

Godsend (2004)
4%

#91
Adjusted Score: 8746%
Critics Consensus: A murky thriller with few chills, Godsend features ludicrous dialogue, by-the-numbers plotting, and an excess of cheap shocks.
Synopsis: After Paul Duncan (Greg Kinnear) and his wife, Jessie (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), lose their young son, Adam (Cameron Bright), in an... [More]
Directed By: Nick Hamm

#90

The Big Wedding (2013)
7%

#90
Adjusted Score: 11015%
Critics Consensus: The Big Wedding's all-star cast is stranded in a contrived, strained plot that features broad stabs at humor but few laughs.
Synopsis: Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie Griffin (Diane Keaton) are long-divorced, but when their adopted son's ultraconservative biological mother unexpectedly... [More]
Directed By: Justin Zackham

#89

New Year's Eve (2011)
7%

#89
Adjusted Score: 12117%
Critics Consensus: Shallow, sappy, and dull, New Year's Eve assembles a star-studded cast for no discernible purpose.
Synopsis: Intertwining stories promise love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and more for a number of New Yorkers on the celebrated night.... [More]
Directed By: Garry Marshall

#88

Little Fockers (2010)
9%

#88
Adjusted Score: 14407%
Critics Consensus: As star-studded as it is heartbreakingly lazy, Little Fockers takes the top-grossing trilogy to embarrassing new lows.
Synopsis: After 10 years of marriage and two children, it seems that Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) has finally earned a place... [More]
Directed By: Paul Weitz

#87

Killing Season (2013)
10%

#87
Adjusted Score: 8955%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A U.S. veteran (Robert De Niro) and a former Serbian soldier (John Travolta) play cat-and-mouse games in the remote wilderness.... [More]
Directed By: Mark Steven Johnson

#86

The Bag Man (2014)
11%

#86
Adjusted Score: 11162%
Critics Consensus: Busy with attitude and light on intrigue, The Bag Man is a mystery box with nothing surprising inside.
Synopsis: A criminal waits in a seedy motel and waits for his boss after killing several men to steal a bag.... [More]
Directed By: David Grovic

#85

Dirty Grandpa (2016)
11%

#85
Adjusted Score: 18178%
Critics Consensus: Like a Werther's Original dropped down a sewer drain, Dirty Grandpa represents the careless fumbling of a classic talent that once brought pleasure to millions.
Synopsis: Uptight lawyer Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is one week away from marrying his boss's controlling daughter, putting him on the... [More]
Directed By: Dan Mazer

#84

Hide and Seek (2005)
13%

#84
Adjusted Score: 18061%
Critics Consensus: Robert De Niro and especially Dakota Fanning have earned some praise for their work in Hide and Seek, but critics have called the rest of the film derivative, illogical and somewhat silly.
Synopsis: Following the suicide of his wife (Amy Irving), psychologist David Callaway (Robert De Niro) decides to take his daughter, Emily... [More]
Directed By: John Polson

#83

Bloody Mama (1970)
14%

#83
Adjusted Score: 11814%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Sexually abused as a young girl, Kate "Ma" Barker (Shelley Winters) grows into a violently powerful woman by the 1930s.... [More]
Directed By: Roger Corman

#82

Righteous Kill (2008)
18%

#82
Adjusted Score: 23591%
Critics Consensus: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro do their best to elevate this dowdy genre exercise, but even these two greats can't resuscitate the film's hackneyed script.
Synopsis: Detectives Thomas Cowan (Robert De Niro) and David Fisk (Al Pacino), 30-year veterans of the NYPD, investigate the murder of... [More]
Directed By: Jon Avnet

#81

The Comedian (2016)
24%

#81
Adjusted Score: 30951%
Critics Consensus: The Comedian boasts an incredibly talented cast, but they're put to poor use in an aimless rom-com whose handful of memorable moments never add up to a compelling story.
Synopsis: Jackie Burke, an aging comic icon, has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius,... [More]
Directed By: Taylor Hackford

#80

Showtime (2002)
25%

#80
Adjusted Score: 28663%
Critics Consensus: Showtime starts out as a promising satire of the buddy cop genre. Unfortunately, it ends up becoming the type of movies it is satirizing.
Synopsis: When a no-nonsense LAPD detective (Robert De Niro) is forced to star in a reality-based television show with a frustrated... [More]
Directed By: Tom Dey

#79

Analyze That (2002)
27%

#79
Adjusted Score: 31725%
Critics Consensus: The one joke premise is stretched a bit thin in this messy sequel, but a few laughs can be had here and there.
Synopsis: Mob boss Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) is nearing the end of his term in Sing Sing, and the FBI... [More]
Directed By: Harold Ramis

#78

Killer Elite (2011)
28%

#78
Adjusted Score: 31471%
Critics Consensus: A rote, utterly disposable Jason Statham vehicle that just happens to have Clive Owen and Robert De Niro in it.
Synopsis: Danny Bryce (Jason Statham), one of the world's deadliest special-ops agents, returns from self-imposed exile after his mentor, Hunter (Robert... [More]
Directed By: Gary McKendry

#77

The Family (2013)
28%

#77
Adjusted Score: 33224%
Critics Consensus: Luc Besson's The Family suffers from an overly familiar setup and a number of jarring tonal shifts.
Synopsis: After ratting out his Mafia cohorts, Giovanni Manzioni (Robert De Niro) and his family enter the Witness Protection Program and... [More]
Directed By: Luc Besson

#76

Heist (2015)
29%

#76
Adjusted Score: 28255%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When their attempt to rob a gangster's (Robert De Niro) casino goes awry, a desperate man (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and... [More]
Directed By: Scott Mann

#75
#75
Adjusted Score: 36909%
Critics Consensus: Fitfully funny but mostly misguided, The War with Grandpa will leave audiences with a handful of chuckles -- and a lot of questions about what this talented cast was thinking.
Synopsis: Peter and his grandpa used to be very close, but when Grandpa Jack moves in with the family, Peter is... [More]
Directed By: Tim Hill

#74

Red Lights (2012)
30%

#74
Adjusted Score: 32426%
Critics Consensus: Wasting the talents of an impressive cast on a predictable mystery, Red Lights lacks the clairvoyance to know what audiences want.
Synopsis: Professional skeptics (Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver) try to prove that a famous psychic (Robert De Niro) is lying about his... [More]
Directed By: Rodrigo Cortés

#73

Grudge Match (2013)
31%

#73
Adjusted Score: 35448%
Critics Consensus: Grudge Match is sporadically funny but meandering, and its strong cast largely mired in a plot that's overrun with clichés.
Synopsis: Pittsburgh boxers Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (Robert De Niro) and Henry "Razor" Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) shared a fierce rivalry back... [More]
Directed By: Peter Segal

#72

15 Minutes (2001)
32%

#72
Adjusted Score: 36607%
Critics Consensus: As critical as it is about sensationalism in the media, 15 Minutes itself indulges in lurid violence, and its satire is too heavy-handed to be effective.
Synopsis: At the center of "15 Minutes" is a New York City double murder that must be solved. But the fast-paced... [More]
Directed By: John Herzfeld

#71

Stanley & Iris (1990)
33%

#71
Adjusted Score: 33179%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Iris (Jane Fonda) has a rough go of it after the death of her husband. Though still grieving, she needs... [More]
Directed By: Martin Ritt

#70
#70
Adjusted Score: 33558%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Indebted to the mob, two movie producers try to save themselves by setting up an aging actor for an insurance... [More]
Directed By: George Gallo

#69

Shark Tale (2004)
36%

#69
Adjusted Score: 41565%
Critics Consensus: Derivative and full of pop culture in-jokes.
Synopsis: Underachiever Oscar (Will Smith) is a pint-sized fish with grand aspirations. When mob-connected great white shark Frankie (Michael Imperioli) is... [More]

#68

The Fan (1996)
37%

#68
Adjusted Score: 37147%
Critics Consensus: Tony Scott's visceral flash proves to be an ill fit for The Fan, a queasy tale of obsession that succeeds at making audiences uncomfortable, but strikes out when it comes to delivering the thrills.
Synopsis: A troubled salesman who peddles knives, Gil Renard (Robert De Niro) has a volatile personality, which has resulted in divorce... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#67
#67
Adjusted Score: 38262%
Critics Consensus: Great Expectations is all surface tension: beautiful people shot in beautiful locations without any depth or emotion.
Synopsis: Loosely based on the Charles Dickens' classic novel, "Great Expectations" is a sensual tale of a young man's unforgettable passage... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

#66

Meet the Fockers (2004)
38%

#66
Adjusted Score: 43780%
Critics Consensus: Talented cast is wasted as the movie is content with recycling jokes from its predecessor, Meet the Parents.
Synopsis: Now that Greg Focker is "in" with his soon-to-be in-laws, Jack and Dina Byrnes, it looks like smooth sailing for... [More]
Directed By: Jay Roach

#65
Adjusted Score: 39563%
Critics Consensus: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is ambitious and visually striking, but the overwrought tone and lack of scares make for a tonally inconsistent experience.
Synopsis: As Viktor Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh) is dying he shares a tale of gruesome terror with a sea captain. Viktor, using... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

#64

Men of Honor (2000)
42%

#64
Adjusted Score: 44697%
Critics Consensus: De Niro and Goodings Jr. manage to turn in performances that make this by-the-numbers inspirational movie watchable.
Synopsis: Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is an ambitious sharecropper who joins the U.S. Navy to become the world's first black... [More]
Directed By: George Tillman Jr.

#63

The Last Tycoon (1976)
41%

#63
Adjusted Score: 41466%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's final, unfinished novel, Monroe Stahr (Robert De Niro) is a legendary hollywood producer... [More]
Directed By: Elia Kazan

#62
Adjusted Score: 45475%
Critics Consensus: Though the film stays true to the nature of the original cartoon, the script is disappointing and not funny.
Synopsis: Popular cartoon characters Rocky and Bullwinkle make their big-screen debut in this adventure tale that combines animation with live action.... [More]
Directed By: Des McAnuff

#61

Hands of Stone (2016)
44%

#61
Adjusted Score: 50380%
Critics Consensus: Hands of Stone's strong cast and fascinating real-life story aren't enough to compensate for a crowded narrative and formulaic script.
Synopsis: At age 72, legendary trainer Ray Arcel (Robert De Niro) comes out of retirement to coach world-class Panamanian boxer Roberto... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Jakubowicz

#60

Last Vegas (2013)
46%

#60
Adjusted Score: 50582%
Critics Consensus: The cast of Last Vegas keep things amiably watchable, but the film is mostly a mellower Hangover retread for the older set.
Synopsis: Aging pals Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been best friends... [More]
Directed By: Jon Turteltaub

#59

We're No Angels (1989)
47%

#59
Adjusted Score: 47843%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ned (Robert De Niro) and Jim (Sean Penn) are convicts who get their shot at freedom when they unexpectedly escape... [More]
Directed By: Neil Jordan

#58

Everybody's Fine (2009)
48%

#58
Adjusted Score: 52554%
Critics Consensus: A calm, charismatic performance from Robert De Niro nearly saves the movie, but ultimately, Everybody's Fine has the look and feel of a stereotypical Christmas dramedy.
Synopsis: Eight months after the death of his wife, Frank Goode looks forward to a reunion with his four adult children.... [More]
Directed By: Kirk Jones

#57

City by the Sea (2002)
48%

#57
Adjusted Score: 51498%
Critics Consensus: Even though the movie is well acted, it sinks under an abundance of melodrama and cliches.
Synopsis: When a respected New York homicide detective (Robert De Niro) discovers the prime suspect in a murder case is his... [More]
Directed By: Michael Caton-Jones

#56

Stone (2010)
50%

#56
Adjusted Score: 53335%
Critics Consensus: Stone boasts a cast that includes Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, and Milla Jovovich, and it features strong dialogue, but it's ultimately undone by its heavy-handed symbolism and overabundant plot twists.
Synopsis: Parole officer Jack Mabry (Robert De Niro) is just days from retirement and busy wrapping up the last few cases,... [More]
Directed By: John Curran

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 55367%
Critics Consensus: What Just Happened has some inspired comic moments, but this inside-baseball take on Hollywood lacks satirical bite.
Synopsis: During the course of an ordinary week in Hollywood, movie producer Ben (Robert De Niro) must navigate his way through... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#54

Being Flynn (2012)
51%

#54
Adjusted Score: 53954%
Critics Consensus: Robert De Niro gives a sincere, gripping performance, but Being Flynn is an uneasy mix of drama and comedy that fails to emotionally resonate as a whole.
Synopsis: Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) is a young writer trying to define himself. He misses his mother, who recently died, but... [More]
Directed By: Paul Weitz

#53

Flawless (2007)
55%

#53
Adjusted Score: 58304%
Critics Consensus: Michael Caine's excellent performance makes Flawless something more than an average heist movie.
Synopsis: A janitor (Michael Caine) convinces a frustrated executive (Demi Moore) to help him steal gems from their employer, the London... [More]
Directed By: Michael Radford

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 62193%
Critics Consensus: Though ambitious and confidently directed by Robert De Niro, The Good Shepherd is ultimately a tedious drama that holds few surprises and succumbs to self-seriousness.
Synopsis: Discreet, idealistic and intensely loyal, Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) finds that service in the OSS and later as a founding... [More]
Directed By: Robert De Niro

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 57357%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Harry Fabian (Robert De Niro) is a crooked lawyer running cons all over New York City. After he fails at... [More]
Directed By: Irwin Winkler

#50

Falling in Love (1984)
58%

#50
Adjusted Score: 33377%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Commuting to Manhattan on the same train, two married strangers (Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep) meet by accident and have... [More]
Directed By: Ulu Grosbard

#49

1900 (1976)
55%

#49
Adjusted Score: 56241%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This expansive period drama follows two childhood friends in northern Italy during the early 20th century. Alfredo Berlinghieri (Robert De... [More]
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci

#48

The Intern (2015)
59%

#48
Adjusted Score: 66055%
Critics Consensus: The Intern doesn't do enough with its timely premise, but benefits from the unorthodox chemistry of its talented leads.
Synopsis: Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if you're already retired. Looking to get back into the... [More]
Directed By: Nancy Meyers

#47

Joy (2015)
60%

#47
Adjusted Score: 70283%
Critics Consensus: Joy is anchored by a strong performance from Jennifer Lawrence, although director David O. Russell's uncertain approach to its fascinating fact-based tale only sporadically sparks bursts of the titular emotion.
Synopsis: A story of a family across four generations, centered on the girl who becomes the woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who founds... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#46
#46
Adjusted Score: 61021%
Critics Consensus: Martin Scorsese's technical virtuosity and Liza Minelli's magnetic presence are on full display in New York, New York, although this ambitious musical's blend of swooning style and hard-bitten realism makes for a queasy mixture.
Synopsis: Jimmy Doyle (Robert De Niro), an aspiring saxophone player, meets established USO band singer Francine Evans (Liza Minnelli) during V-J... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#45

Jacknife (1989)
64%

#45
Adjusted Score: 64358%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Vietnam-veteran car mechanic (Robert De Niro) awkwardly romances his troubled war buddy's (Ed Harris) shy sister (Kathy Baker).... [More]
Directed By: David Jones

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 64522%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When director David Merrill (Robert De Niro) returns to the United States from Paris, he is called before the House... [More]
Directed By: Irwin Winkler

#43

The Mission (1986)
67%

#43
Adjusted Score: 67928%
Critics Consensus: The Mission is a well-meaning epic given delicate heft by its sumptuous visuals and a standout score by Ennio Morricone, but its staid presentation never stirs an emotional investment in its characters.
Synopsis: Jesuit priest Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) enters the Guarani lands in South America with the purpose of converting the natives... [More]
Directed By: Roland Joffé

#42

Ronin (1998)
69%

#42
Adjusted Score: 71527%
Critics Consensus: Ronin earns comparisons to The French Connection with strong action, dynamic road chase scenes, and solid performances.
Synopsis: Deirdre (Natascha McElhone) puts together a team of experts that she tasks with stealing a valuable briefcase, the contents of... [More]
Directed By: John Frankenheimer

#41

Joker (2019)
68%

#41
Adjusted Score: 105594%
Critics Consensus: Joker gives its infamous central character a chillingly plausible origin story that serves as a brilliant showcase for its star -- and a dark evolution for comics-inspired cinema.
Synopsis: Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur... [More]
Directed By: Todd Phillips

#40

Analyze This (1999)
69%

#40
Adjusted Score: 73502%
Critics Consensus: Analyze This is a satisfying comedy with great performances by De Niro and Crystal.
Synopsis: When doctors tell a mob boss (Robert De Niro) that he is suffering from anxiety attacks, he seeks the help... [More]
Directed By: Harold Ramis

#39

Limitless (2011)
69%

#39
Adjusted Score: 76702%
Critics Consensus: Although its script is uneven, Neil Burger directs Limitless with plenty of visual panache, and Bradley Cooper makes for a charismatic star.
Synopsis: Facing unemployment and his girlfriend's rejection, writer Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is sure that he has no future. That all... [More]
Directed By: Neil Burger

#38

True Confessions (1981)
67%

#38
Adjusted Score: 66434%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1940s Los Angeles, Detective Tom Spellacy (Robert Duvall) probes into the savage murder of a woman found dumped in... [More]
Directed By: Ulu Grosbard

#37

Mistress (1992)
72%

#37
Adjusted Score: 72612%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Struggling filmmaker Marvin Landisman (Robert Wuhl) gets a surprise phone call from Jack Roth (Martin Landau), an ex-Hollywood executive who... [More]
Directed By: Barry Primus

#36

Machete (2010)
72%

#36
Adjusted Score: 79277%
Critics Consensus: Machete is messy, violent, shallow, and tasteless -- and that's precisely the point of one of the summer's most cartoonishly enjoyable films.
Synopsis: After nearly being killed during a violent fight with a powerful drug lord, a former Mexican Federale known as Machete... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#35

Hi, Mom (1970)
73%

#35
Adjusted Score: 72326%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After serving in Vietnam, veteran Jon Rubin (Robert De Niro) arrives in New York City and approaches sleazy producer Joe... [More]
Directed By: Brian DePalma

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 76082%
Critics Consensus: The Wizard of Lies doesn't really shed much new light on its fact-based story, but thanks to solid direction and a talented cast, it still proves consistently watchable.
Synopsis: In 2008, stockbroker, investment adviser and financier Bernie Madoff made headlines around the world when he was arrested for perpetrating... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#33

Sleepers (1996)
73%

#33
Adjusted Score: 75992%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Four teenage friends from Hell's Kitchen end up being sent to reform school after almost killing a man. There they... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#32

The Score (2001)
73%

#32
Adjusted Score: 77742%
Critics Consensus: Though the movie treads familiar ground in the heist/caper genre, Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton, and Marlon Brando make the movie worth watching.
Synopsis: Career thief Nick Wells (Robert De Niro) is about to mastermind a nearly impossible theft that will require his joining... [More]
Directed By: Frank Oz

#31

Cape Fear (1991)
74%

#31
Adjusted Score: 76748%
Critics Consensus: Smart and stylish, Cape Fear is a gleefully mainstream shocker from Martin Scorsese, with a terrifying Robert De Niro peformance.
Synopsis: When attorney Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) knowingly withholds evidence that would acquit violent sex offender Max Cady (Robert De Niro)... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#30

Backdraft (1991)
75%

#30
Adjusted Score: 79109%
Critics Consensus: It's not particularly deep, but Backdraft is a strong action movie with exceptional special effects.
Synopsis: Chicago firefighting brothers Stephen (Kurt Russell) and Brian (William Baldwin) have been rivals since childhood. Brian, struggling to prove himself,... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#29

Cop Land (1997)
76%

#29
Adjusted Score: 78935%
Critics Consensus: Cop Land matches its star-studded cast with richly imagined characters while throttling the audience with carefully ratcheted suspense, although it lacks the moral complexity of classic crime thrillers.
Synopsis: When hotheaded Superboy (Michael Rapaport) accidentally gets involved in an ugly racially-motivated incident, his uncle Ray Donlan (Harvey Keitel), a... [More]
Directed By: James Mangold

#28

This Boy's Life (1993)
76%

#28
Adjusted Score: 77587%
Critics Consensus: A harrowing, moving drama about a young boy, his single mother, and his abusive stepfather, This Boy's Life benefits from its terrific cast, and features a breakout performance from a young Leonardo DiCaprio.
Synopsis: In the 1950s, Toby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his mom, Caroline (Ellen Barkin), move to the state of Washington. There they... [More]
Directed By: Michael Caton-Jones

#27

Stardust (2007)
77%

#27
Adjusted Score: 84384%
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.
Synopsis: To win the heart of his beloved (Sienna Miller), a young man named Tristan (Charlie Cox) ventures into the realm... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 76240%
Critics Consensus: Inspired casting and a prevailing sweetness make Mad Dog and Glory an oddball treat.
Synopsis: Wayne Dobie (Robert De Niro) is a shy cop whose low-key demeanor has earned him the affectionate nickname "Mad Dog."... [More]
Directed By: John McNaughton

#25

Angel Heart (1987)
80%

#25
Adjusted Score: 81880%
Critics Consensus: Angel Heart lures viewers into its disturbing, brutal mystery with authentic noir flair and a palpably hypnotic mood.
Synopsis: Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is a private detective contracted by Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to track down the iconic... [More]
Directed By: Alan Parker

#24

Casino (1995)
79%

#24
Adjusted Score: 83281%
Critics Consensus: Impressive ambition and bravura performances from an outstanding cast help Casino pay off in spite of a familiar narrative that may strike some viewers as a safe bet for director Martin Scorsese.
Synopsis: In early-1970s Las Vegas, low-level mobster Sam "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro) gets tapped by his bosses to head the... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#23

The Untouchables (1987)
83%

#23
Adjusted Score: 87047%
Critics Consensus: Slick on the surface but loaded with artful touches, Brian DePalma's classical gangster thriller is a sharp look at period Chicago crime, featuring excellent performances from a top-notch cast.
Synopsis: After building an empire with bootleg alcohol, legendary crime boss Al Capone (Robert De Niro) rules Chicago with an iron... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#22

Marvin's Room (1996)
84%

#22
Adjusted Score: 86564%
Critics Consensus: Marvin's Room rises above the pack of dysfunctional family dramas thanks to an impeccable cast that includes Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Synopsis: Bessie (Diane Keaton) and Lee (Meryl Streep) are sisters who have remained apart for nearly 20 years due to radically... [More]
Directed By: Jerry Zaks

#21

Meet the Parents (2000)
84%

#21
Adjusted Score: 88602%
Critics Consensus: Despite sometimes sitcom-like execution, Meet the Parents is a hilarious look at familial relationships that works mostly because the chemistry between its two leads is so effective.
Synopsis: Everything that can possibly go wrong for groom-to-be Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) does. The problems begin with Greg's disastrous first... [More]
Directed By: Jay Roach

#20

Wag the Dog (1997)
86%

#20
Adjusted Score: 89682%
Critics Consensus: Smart, well-acted, and uncomfortably prescient political satire from director Barry Levinson and and all-star cast.
Synopsis: Two weeks prior to reelection, the United States president lands in the middle of a sex scandal. In need of... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#19
Adjusted Score: 91225%
Critics Consensus: Sergio Leone's epic crime drama is visually stunning, stylistically bold, and emotionally haunting, and filled with great performances from the likes of Robert De Niro and James Woods.
Synopsis: In 1968, the elderly David "Noodles" Aaronson (Robert De Niro) returns to New York, where he had a career in... [More]
Directed By: Sergio Leone

#18

Jackie Brown (1997)
87%

#18
Adjusted Score: 92479%
Critics Consensus: Although somewhat lackadaisical in pace, Jackie Brown proves to be an effective star-vehicle for Pam Grier while offering the usual Tarantino wit and charm.
Synopsis: When flight attendant Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is busted smuggling money for her arms dealer boss, Ordell Robbie (Samuel L.... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#17

Heat (1995)
87%

#17
Adjusted Score: 92679%
Critics Consensus: Though Al Pacino and Robert De Niro share but a handful of screen minutes together, Heat is an engrossing crime drama that draws compelling performances from its stars -- and confirms Michael Mann's mastery of the genre.
Synopsis: Master criminal Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) is trying to control the rogue actions of one of his men, while... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#16

Greetings (1968)
88%

#16
Adjusted Score: 89244%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A draft dodger (Jonathan Warden), a filmmaker (Robert De Niro) and a Kennedy-assassination theorist (Gerrit Graham) do their things in... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#15

Awakenings (1990)
89%

#15
Adjusted Score: 90043%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by some of Robin Williams' finest non-comedic work and a strong performance from Robert De Niro, Awakenings skirts the edges of melodrama, then soars above it.
Synopsis: The story of a doctor's extraordinary work in the Sixties with a group of catatonic patients he finds languishing in... [More]
Directed By: Penny Marshall

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 93667%
Critics Consensus: Largely misunderstood upon its release, The King of Comedy today looks eerily prescient, and features a fine performance by Robert DeNiro as a strangely sympathetic psychopath.
Synopsis: Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is a failure in life but a celebrity in his own mind, hosting an imaginary... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 95221%
Critics Consensus: Bang the Drum Slowly is a touching melodrama that explores the inner workings of a baseball club and its players' personalities with remarkable depth.
Synopsis: When hotshot pitcher Henry Wiggen (Michael Moriarty) is signed to the New York Mammoths, his confident ways quickly win over... [More]
Directed By: John D. Hancock

#12

The Deer Hunter (1978)
91%

#12
Adjusted Score: 99252%
Critics Consensus: Its greatness is blunted by its length and one-sided point of view, but the film's weaknesses are overpowered by Michael Cimino's sympathetic direction and a series of heartbreaking performances from Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken.
Synopsis: In 1968, Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken) and Steven (John Savage), lifelong friends from a working-class Pennsylvania steel... [More]
Directed By: Michael Cimino

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 102337%
Critics Consensus: Silver Linings Playbook walks a tricky thematic tightrope, but David O. Russell's sensitive direction and some sharp work from a talented cast gives it true balance.
Synopsis: After losing his job and wife, and spending time in a mental institution, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) winds up living... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#10

American Hustle (2013)
92%

#10
Adjusted Score: 103253%
Critics Consensus: Riotously funny and impeccably cast, American Hustle compensates for its flaws with unbridled energy and some of David O. Russell's most irrepressibly vibrant direction.
Synopsis: Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) dabbles in forgery and loan-sharking, but when he falls for fellow grifter Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams),... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#9

Raging Bull (1980)
94%

#9
Adjusted Score: 100240%
Critics Consensus: Arguably Martin Scorsese's and Robert De Niro's finest film, Raging Bull is often painful to watch, but it's a searing, powerful work about an unsympathetic hero.
Synopsis: The story of a middleweight boxer as he rises through ranks to earn his first shot at the middleweight crown.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#8

Midnight Run (1988)
94%

#8
Adjusted Score: 97834%
Critics Consensus: Enlivened by the antagonistic chemistry between Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, Midnight Run is an uncommonly entertaining odd couple comedy.
Synopsis: When Eddie Moscone (Joe Pantoliano) hires tight-lipped bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) to locate a mob accountant named... [More]
Directed By: Martin Brest

#7

Mean Streets (1973)
96%

#7
Adjusted Score: 101426%
Critics Consensus: Mean Streets is a powerful tale of urban sin and guilt that marks Scorsese's arrival as an important cinematic voice and features electrifying performances from Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro.
Synopsis: A slice of street life in Little Italy among lower echelon Mafiosos, unbalanced punks, and petty criminals. A small-time hood... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#6

The Irishman (2019)
95%

#6
Adjusted Score: 123934%
Critics Consensus: An epic gangster drama that earns its extended runtime, The Irishman finds Martin Scorsese revisiting familiar themes to poignant, funny, and profound effect.
Synopsis: In the 1950s, truck driver Frank Sheeran gets involved with Russell Bufalino and his Pennsylvania crime family. As Sheeran climbs... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#5

Taxi Driver (1976)
96%

#5
Adjusted Score: 104531%
Critics Consensus: A must-see film for movie lovers, this Martin Scorsese masterpiece is as hard-hitting as it is compelling, with Robert De Niro at his best.
Synopsis: Suffering from insomnia, disturbed loner Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) takes a job as a New York City cabbie, haunting... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#4

Goodfellas (1990)
96%

#4
Adjusted Score: 103958%
Critics Consensus: Hard-hitting and stylish, GoodFellas is a gangster classic -- and arguably the high point of Martin Scorsese's career.
Synopsis: A young man grows up in the mob and works very hard to advance himself through the ranks. He enjoys... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 107287%
Critics Consensus: Drawing on strong performances by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, Francis Ford Coppola's continuation of Mario Puzo's Mafia saga set new standards for sequels that have yet to be matched or broken.
Synopsis: The compelling sequel to "The Godfather," contrasting the life of Corleone father and son. Traces the problems of Michael Corleone... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#2

A Bronx Tale (1993)
97%

#2
Adjusted Score: 97907%
Critics Consensus: A Bronx Tale sets itself apart from other coming-of-age dramas thanks to a solid script, a terrific cast, and director Robert De Niro's sensitive work behind the camera.
Synopsis: As he grows into a teenager on the streets of the Bronx in the socially turbulent 1960s, Calogero (Lillo Brancato)... [More]
Directed By: Robert De Niro

#1

Brazil (1985)
98%

#1
Adjusted Score: 100777%
Critics Consensus: Brazil, Terry Gilliam's visionary Orwellian fantasy, is an audacious dark comedy, filled with strange, imaginative visuals.
Synopsis: Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as... [More]
Directed By: Terry Gilliam

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All Al Pacino Movies Ranked By Tomatomer

The golden age of Hollywood was put to rest in 1969 with the destruction of the Hays Code, which for three decades had been the final authority on morality and goodness within American cinema. The impact was immediate: New York City in the 1970s became the place to make your movie, which had taken on the shape of gritty stories borne from the streets of people on the edge. New York was the new Tinseltown, and Al Pacino was its king.

Pacino made his ’70s debut (and his second overall film appearance) with The Panic in Needle Park, a harrowing romantic drama of addicts in love in the Upper West Side. His third movie gig was just about the biggest step-up you can get: Michael Corleone in The Godfather, on an anti-hero’s journey from benevolent prince to syndicate villain, which got Pacino an Oscar acting nomination. He would repeat noms three more years in a row for Serpico, The Godfather Part II, and Dog Day Afternoon.

As with Martin Scorsese, Roger Deakins, and Leonardo DiCaprio for a while there, it was a running joke how often Pacino got nominated but never won, commensurate to his talent. He would finally win in 1993 (his eighth nomination overall) for Scent of a Woman, which finalized his gradual evolution as a soft, subtle actor in the ’70s to the big, grand performer he’s been known as ever since. This shift in Pacino’s style became first notable in 1983’s Scarface, as the gruff and maniacal Tony Montana.

Post-Scent, ’90s Pacino was still on top of the game with Michael Mann’s epic action classic Heat and investigative thriller The Insider, Certified Fresh gangster dramas Carlito’s Way and Donnie Brasco, The Devil’s Advocate with Keanu Reeves, and football fan-favorite Any Given Sunday.

2002’s Insomnia, directed by Christopher Nolan, would be his last live-action Certified Fresh movie until 2013’s Danny Collins. In-between were a few efforts recalling his heyday, but most were questionable choices like turkey bomb Gigli, the squandered Robert De Niro team-up Righteous Kill, and the bottom-barrel Adam Sandler comedy Jack and Jill. Though we suppose there is a depraved thrill in seeing Pacino sing and dance badly about espresso and foam milk.

And hey, he just had his best year with critics since 1992, when Scent of a Woman and Glengarry Glen Ross both released. 2019 was the year of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Irishman, the latter putting him back in Oscar acting nomination business. And now we look back on a culture-defining career with all Al Pacino movies ranked by Tomatometer!

#52

Jack and Jill (2011)
3%

#52
Adjusted Score: 5997%
Critics Consensus: Although it features an inexplicably committed performance from Al Pacino, Jack and Jill is impossible to recommend on any level whatsoever.
Synopsis: Thanksgiving is usually a happy time, but ad executive Jack (Adam Sandler) dreads the holiday because his twin sister, Jill... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#51

Hangman (2017)
4%

#51
Adjusted Score: 4478%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A detective and a criminal profiler pursue a serial killer whose crimes are inspired by a children's game called hangman.... [More]
Directed By: Johnny Martin

#50

88 Minutes (2007)
5%

#50
Adjusted Score: 8560%
Critics Consensus: 88 Minutes is a shockingly inept psychological thriller that expertly squanders the talent at hand.
Synopsis: Famed forensic psychiatrist Dr. Jack Gramm (Al Pacino) enjoys a reputation as one of the most sought-after profilers around. His... [More]
Directed By: Jon Avnet

#49

Gigli (2003)
6%

#49
Adjusted Score: 12382%
Critics Consensus: Bizarre and clumsily plotted, Gigli is a mess. As for its stars, Affleck and Lopez lack chemistry.
Synopsis: Gigli (Ben Affleck) is ordered to kidnap the psychologically challenged younger brother of a powerful federal prosecutor. When plans go... [More]
Directed By: Martin Brest

#48

Misconduct (2016)
7%

#48
Adjusted Score: 7862%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An ambitious lawyer (Josh Duhamel) lands in hot water when he takes on a case against the corrupt executive (Anthony... [More]
Directed By: Shintaro Shimosawa

#47

Revolution (1985)
10%

#47
Adjusted Score: 10047%
Critics Consensus: Unlikely to inspire any fervor with its miscast ensemble and ponderous script, Revolution is a star-spangled bummer.
Synopsis: A trapper (Al Pacino) joins the fight against the British in 1776 after his teenage son is tortured by a... [More]
Directed By: Hugh Hudson

#46
#46
Adjusted Score: 15838%
Critics Consensus: Needless stylistic flourishes and wholly illogical storytelling make The Son of No One a grisly, repugnant journey.
Synopsis: When he was a youth in the Queensborough projects, Jonathan White (Channing Tatum) -- then known as Milk -- killed... [More]
Directed By: Dito Montiel

#45

Righteous Kill (2008)
18%

#45
Adjusted Score: 23591%
Critics Consensus: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro do their best to elevate this dowdy genre exercise, but even these two greats can't resuscitate the film's hackneyed script.
Synopsis: Detectives Thomas Cowan (Robert De Niro) and David Fisk (Al Pacino), 30-year veterans of the NYPD, investigate the murder of... [More]
Directed By: Jon Avnet

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 24914%
Critics Consensus: Despite its sportsmanlike swagger, Two for the Money's aimless plot isn't worth betting on.
Synopsis: A former college athlete (Matthew McConaughey) joins forces with a sports consultant (Al Pacino) to handicap football games for high-rolling... [More]
Directed By: D.J. Caruso

#43

Bobby Deerfield (1977)
29%

#43
Adjusted Score: 28562%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: American race car driver Bobby Deerfield (Al Pacino) has become a success on the European Formula One circuit. He is... [More]
Directed By: Sydney Pollack

#42

Stand Up Guys (2012)
36%

#42
Adjusted Score: 39833%
Critics Consensus: Stand Up Guys largely wastes its talented cast in a resolutely mediocre comedy hampered by messy direction and a perfunctory script.
Synopsis: After serving 28 years in prison for accidentally killing the son of a crime boss, newly paroled gangster Val (Al... [More]
Directed By: Fisher Stevens

#41

Two Bits (1995)
40%

#41
Adjusted Score: 31071%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A 12-year-old schemes (Jerry Barone) to get into a new movie house while fulfilling an ailing grandfather's (Al Pacino) wish... [More]
Directed By: James Foley

#40

The Recruit (2003)
43%

#40
Adjusted Score: 47557%
Critics Consensus: This polished thriller is engaging until it takes one twist too many into the predictable.
Synopsis: In an era when the country's first line of defense - human intelligence - is more important than ever, comes... [More]
Directed By: Roger Donaldson

#39

People I Know (2002)
44%

#39
Adjusted Score: 44238%
Critics Consensus: The derivative plot fails to cohere or draw the viewer in.
Synopsis: Burnt-out publicist Eli Wurman (Al Pacino) hopes to restore his reputation with a big benefit event. His client, Cary Launer... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Algrant

#38

Phil Spector (2013)
50%

#38
Adjusted Score: 50791%
Critics Consensus: Its top-shelf script and terrific cast ensure that it's always watchable, but Phil Spector fails to provide truly compelling drama.
Synopsis: Lawyer Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren) defends music producer Phil Spector (Al Pacino), on trial for the murder of actress... [More]
Directed By: David Mamet

#37

Cruising (1980)
50%

#37
Adjusted Score: 54991%
Critics Consensus: Cruising glides along confidently thanks to filmmaking craft and Al Pacino's committed performance, but this hot-button thriller struggles to engage its subject matter sensitively or justify its brutality.
Synopsis: A psychopath is scouring New York City gay clubs and viciously slaying homosexuals. Detective Steve Burns (Al Pacino) is ordered... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin

#36

Simone (2002)
50%

#36
Adjusted Score: 55104%
Critics Consensus: The satire in S1m0ne lacks bite, and the plot isn't believable enough to feel relevant.
Synopsis: A contemporary satire on Hollywood, "Simone" is the story of disillusioned producer Viktor Taransky (Al Pacino), who creates the first... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Niccol

#35

Manglehorn (2014)
49%

#35
Adjusted Score: 51809%
Critics Consensus: Manglehorn boasts a nicely understated performance from Al Pacino, but that isn't enough to compensate for a slight story and uneven script.
Synopsis: In small-town Texas, a reclusive and bitter locksmith (Al Pacino) spends his days pining for the woman he lost because... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green

#34

The Humbling (2014)
53%

#34
Adjusted Score: 54869%
Critics Consensus: The Humbling is an inarguable highlight of Al Pacino's late-period filmography, but that's an admittedly low bar that it doesn't always clear by a very wide margin.
Synopsis: Following a breakdown and suicide attempt, an aging actor (Al Pacino) becomes involved with a much younger woman but soon... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#33

Any Given Sunday (1999)
52%

#33
Adjusted Score: 57380%
Critics Consensus: Sometimes entertaining, but overall Any Given Sunday is a disappointment coming from Oliver Stone.
Synopsis: Four years ago, DAmato's (Al Pacino) Miami Sharks were at the top. Now, his team is struggling with three consecutive... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Stone

#32

City Hall (1996)
56%

#32
Adjusted Score: 56791%
Critics Consensus: City Hall explores political corruption with commendable intelligence, but this web of scandal struggles to coalesce into satisfying drama.
Synopsis: Tragedy strikes when a child is caught in the crossfire between a cop and a mobster on the streets of... [More]
Directed By: Harold Becker

#31

Dick Tracy (1990)
63%

#31
Adjusted Score: 65696%
Critics Consensus: Dick Tracy is stylish, unique, and an undeniable technical triumph, but it ultimately struggles to rise above its two-dimensional artificiality.
Synopsis: Hard-boiled detective Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty) is searching for evidence that proves Alphonse "Big Boy" Caprice is the city's most... [More]
Directed By: Warren Beatty

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 66598%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Johnny (Al Pacino) is released from prison following a forgery charge, he quickly lands a job as a short-order... [More]
Directed By: Garry Marshall

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 66649%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 2008, rookie Canadian journalist Jay Bahadur's impulsive plan to embed himself among the pirates of Somalia provides the first... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Buckley

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 65187%
Critics Consensus: Though it is ultimately somewhat undone by its own lofty ambitions, The Devil's Advocate is a mostly effective blend of supernatural thrills and character exploration.
Synopsis: Aspiring Florida defense lawyer Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) accepts a high-powered position at a New York law firm headed by... [More]
Directed By: Taylor Hackford

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 72477%
Critics Consensus: The final installment of The Godfather saga recalls its predecessors' power when it's strictly business, but underwhelming performances and confused tonality brings less closure to the Corleone story.
Synopsis: As Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) ages, he finds that being the head of the Corleone crime family isn't getting any... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#26

Paterno (2018)
70%

#26
Adjusted Score: 71570%
Critics Consensus: Paterno, elevated by deft direction from Barry Levinson and a strong Al Pacino performance, presents a hard-hitting dramatization of a gut-wrenching real-life story.
Synopsis: Penn State football coach Joe Paterno becomes embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal.... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#25

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
69%

#25
Adjusted Score: 77687%
Critics Consensus: Ocean's Thirteen reverts to the formula of the first installment, and the result is another slick and entertaining heist film.
Synopsis: Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his gang hatch an ambitious plot for revenge after ruthless casino owner Willy Bank (Al... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 75292%
Critics Consensus: A respectable if uneven take on the Bard's The Merchant of Venice.
Synopsis: In 16th-century Venice, Bassanio (Joseph Fiennes) hopes to wed Portia (Lynn Collins). But to have a chance at winning her... [More]
Directed By: Michael Radford

#23

Despicable Me 2 (2013)
75%

#23
Adjusted Score: 82328%
Critics Consensus: Despicable Me 2 offers plenty of eye-popping visual inventiveness and a number of big laughs.
Synopsis: Now that Gru (Steve Carell) has forsaken a life of crime to raise Margo, Agnes and Edith, he's trying to... [More]

#22

Scarecrow (1973)
77%

#22
Adjusted Score: 77217%
Critics Consensus: If its dramatic dressings are a tad threadbare, Scarecrow survives on the strength of its lead performances and Vilmos Zsigmond's cinematography.
Synopsis: Two drifters (Gene Hackman, Al Pacino) bum around, visit earthy women and discuss opening a car wash in Pittsburgh.... [More]
Directed By: Jerry Schatzberg

#21

Danny Collins (2015)
78%

#21
Adjusted Score: 82007%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to Al Pacino's stirring central performance - and excellent work from an esteemed supporting cast -- Danny Collins manages to overcome its more predictable and heavy-handed moments to deliver a heartfelt tale of redemption.
Synopsis: An aging rocker (Al Pacino) decides to change the course of his life after receiving a long-undelivered letter from the... [More]
Directed By: Dan Fogelman

#20

Sea of Love (1989)
76%

#20
Adjusted Score: 76813%
Critics Consensus: Moody and steadily alluring, Sea of Love benefits immeasurably from the window-fogging chemistry between Ellen Barkin and Al Pacino.
Synopsis: Troubled New York City detective Frank Keller (Al Pacino) investigates a serial killer who finds victims using personal ads in... [More]
Directed By: Harold Becker

#19

Wilde Salomé (2011)
80%

#19
Adjusted Score: 53731%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Al Pacino takes viewers on a journey as he unravels Oscar Wilde's once banned and most controversial work "Salomé."... [More]
Directed By: Al Pacino

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 83257%
Critics Consensus: A volcanic Al Pacino holds court in this histrionic legal drama, the star grounding a tonally imbalanced script with the conviction of his impassioned performance.
Synopsis: Satirical drama in which an idealistic lawyer who tries to win cases for clients trapped in a hypocritical and corrupt... [More]
Directed By: Norman Jewison

#17

Carlito's Way (1993)
82%

#17
Adjusted Score: 84749%
Critics Consensus: Carlito's Way reunites De Palma and Pacino for a more wistful take on the crime epic, delivering a stylish thriller with a beating heart beneath its pyrotechnic performances and set pieces.
Synopsis: A free man after years in prison, Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) intends to give up his criminal ways, but it's... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 83436%
Critics Consensus: Looking for Richard is a smart, fascinating behind-the-scenes look at adapting Shakespeare.
Synopsis: Al Pacino's directorial debut explores William Shakespeare's lasting impact in pop culture, particularly the playwright's highly regarded "Richard III." The... [More]
Directed By: Al Pacino

#15

Scarface (1983)
82%

#15
Adjusted Score: 87514%
Critics Consensus: Director Brian De Palma and star Al Pacino take it to the limit in this stylized, ultra-violent and eminently quotable gangster epic that walks a thin white line between moral drama and celebratory excess.
Synopsis: After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) stakes a claim... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#14
Adjusted Score: 121483%
Critics Consensus: Thrillingly unrestrained yet solidly crafted, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tempers Tarantino's provocative impulses with the clarity of a mature filmmaker's vision.
Synopsis: Actor Rick Dalton gained fame and fortune by starring in a 1950s television Western, but is now struggling to find... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 80779%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Bobby (Al Pacino) is a heroin addict who lives in "Needle Park," the nickname for an area on the Upper... [More]
Directed By: Jerry Schatzberg

#12

Heat (1995)
87%

#12
Adjusted Score: 92679%
Critics Consensus: Though Al Pacino and Robert De Niro share but a handful of screen minutes together, Heat is an engrossing crime drama that draws compelling performances from its stars -- and confirms Michael Mann's mastery of the genre.
Synopsis: Master criminal Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) is trying to control the rogue actions of one of his men, while... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#11

Scent of a Woman (1992)
89%

#11
Adjusted Score: 92456%
Critics Consensus: It might soar on Al Pacino's performance more than the drama itself, but what a performance it is -- big, bold, occasionally over-the-top, and finally giving the Academy pause to award the star his first Oscar.
Synopsis: Frank is a retired Lt. Col. in the US army. He's blind and impossible to get along with. Charlie is... [More]
Directed By: Martin Brest

#10

Donnie Brasco (1997)
88%

#10
Adjusted Score: 90187%
Critics Consensus: A stark, nuanced portrait of life in organized crime, bolstered by strong performances from Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.
Synopsis: Joseph Pistone (Johnny Depp) is an FBI agent who has infiltrated one of the major New York Mafia families and... [More]
Directed By: Mike Newell

#9

Serpico (1973)
90%

#9
Adjusted Score: 93662%
Critics Consensus: An engrossing, immediate depiction of early '70s New York, Serpico is elevated by Al Pacino's ferocious performance.
Synopsis: Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) is an idealistic New York City cop who refuses to take bribes, unlike the rest of... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Lumet

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 83019%
Critics Consensus: Led by strong direction from Barry Levinson and outstanding work from Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack makes compelling viewing out of real-life drama.
Synopsis: Controversy and legal problems follow Dr. Jack Kevorkian (Al Pacino) as he advocates assisted suicide.... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#7

Insomnia (2002)
92%

#7
Adjusted Score: 98583%
Critics Consensus: Driven by Al Pacino and Robin Williams' performances, Insomnia is a smart and riveting psychological drama.
Synopsis: From acclaimed director Chris Nolan ("Memento") comes the story of a veteran police detective (Al Pacino) who is sent to... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 98330%
Critics Consensus: This adaptation of David Mamet's play is every bit as compelling and witty as its source material, thanks in large part to a clever script and a bevy of powerhouse actors.
Synopsis: When an office full of New York City real estate salesmen is given the news that all but the top... [More]
Directed By: James Foley

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 100415%
Critics Consensus: Framed by great work from director Sidney Lumet and fueled by a gripping performance from Al Pacino, Dog Day Afternoon offers a finely detailed snapshot of people in crisis with tension-soaked drama shaded in black humor.
Synopsis: When inexperienced criminal Sonny Wortzik (Al Pacino) leads a bank robbery in Brooklyn, things quickly go wrong, and a hostage... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Lumet

#4

The Insider (1999)
96%

#4
Adjusted Score: 102096%
Critics Consensus: Intelligent, compelling, and packed with strong performances, The Insider is a potent corporate thriller.
Synopsis: After seeking the expertise of former "Big Tobacco" executive Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), seasoned TV producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino)... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#3

The Irishman (2019)
95%

#3
Adjusted Score: 123934%
Critics Consensus: An epic gangster drama that earns its extended runtime, The Irishman finds Martin Scorsese revisiting familiar themes to poignant, funny, and profound effect.
Synopsis: In the 1950s, truck driver Frank Sheeran gets involved with Russell Bufalino and his Pennsylvania crime family. As Sheeran climbs... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 107287%
Critics Consensus: Drawing on strong performances by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, Francis Ford Coppola's continuation of Mario Puzo's Mafia saga set new standards for sequels that have yet to be matched or broken.
Synopsis: The compelling sequel to "The Godfather," contrasting the life of Corleone father and son. Traces the problems of Michael Corleone... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#1

The Godfather (1972)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 112670%
Critics Consensus: One of Hollywood's greatest critical and commercial successes, The Godfather gets everything right; not only did the movie transcend expectations, it established new benchmarks for American cinema.
Synopsis: Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, this mob drama, based on Mario Puzo's novel of... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

Tommy Boy

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All Brian Dennehy Movies Ranked

Brian Dennehy’s film debut was in the Burt Reynolds sports comedy Semi-Tough, a fitting start for a former university football player. His imposing size fit him well in bruising, enforcer-type roles, like in Sylvester Stallone’s F.I.S.T., with character names like Big Tom (Tommy Boy) and Big Dave (The Stars Fell on Henrietta). It was Dennehy’s second collaboration with Stallone that put him on the national stage: First Blood, playing relentless Sheriff Will Teasle, who torments John Rambo to the breaking point.

And he would memorably play another sheriff in the western Silverado. Dennehy would frequently be on the side of the law, with police roles in Gorky Park, F/X, and the Assault on Precinct 13 remake. But Dennehy’s enormous range and distinct everyman quality kept him from being typecast, along with strong theater work to rely on and hone his craft. (He won two Tony awards, including one for his Broadway performance as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman in the late ’90s.) You can see his lighter side in Ron Howard’s sci-fi dramedy Cocoon, and when playing Chris Farley’s dad in Tommy Boy.

More career highlights include playing the shifty DA opposite Harrison Ford in Presumed Innocent, performing live in the network broadcast of Fail Safe with George Clooney and a whole slew of other caliber actors, and voicing Remy’s father in Pixar’s Ratatouille. In his final decade of work, Dennehy collaborated with Terence Malick on Knight of Cups, appeared in the pleasing Chekhov adaptation The Seagull, and bridged the generation gap in Andrew Ahn’s second feature, the tender Driveways.

#1

Never Cry Wolf (1983)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 101801%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Research scientist Tyler (Charles Martin Smith) is sent to the desolate Canadian tundra to find out whether the local wolf... [More]
Directed By: Carroll Ballard

#2

Driveways (2019)
99%

#2
Adjusted Score: 102787%
Critics Consensus: Understated yet powerful, Driveways is a character study anchored in fundamental decency -- and a poignant farewell to Brian Dennehy.
Synopsis: A lonely boy goes with his mother to help clean out his late aunt's house.... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Ahn

#3

Fail Safe (2000)
100%

#3
Adjusted Score: 22155%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: During the 1960s, a computer error in Nebraska unwittingly sets off a perilous chain of events leading to a Cold... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears

#4

Ratatouille (2007)
96%

#4
Adjusted Score: 106016%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced and stunningly animated, Ratatouille adds another delightfully entertaining entry -- and a rather unlikely hero -- to the Pixar canon.
Synopsis: Remy (Patton Oswalt), a resident of Paris, appreciates good food and has quite a sophisticated palate. He would love to... [More]
Directed By: Brad Bird

#5

Semi-Tough (1977)
82%

#5
Adjusted Score: 81227%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Billy Clyde Puckett (Burt Reynolds) and Marvin "Shake" Tiller (Kris Kristofferson) are professional football players who share a lush Miami... [More]
Directed By: Michael Ritchie

#6

F/X (1986)
88%

#6
Adjusted Score: 89832%
Critics Consensus: Smart, twisty, and perfectly cast, the effects-assisted neo-noir F/X reminds viewers that a well-told story is the most special effect of all.
Synopsis: Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) is a special-effects expert for low-budget Hollywood movies. As gangster Nicholas DeFranco (Jerry Orbach) prepares to... [More]
Directed By: Robert Mandel

#7

First Blood (1982)
85%

#7
Adjusted Score: 87664%
Critics Consensus: Much darker and more sensitive than the sequels it spawned, First Blood is a thrilling survival adventure that takes full advantage of Sylvester Stallone's acting skills.
Synopsis: Vietnam veteran and drifter John J. Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) wanders into a small Washington town in search of an old... [More]
Directed By: Ted Kotcheff

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 90112%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to an outstanding script, focused direction by Alan Pakula, and a riveting performance from Harrison Ford, Presumed Innocent is the kind of effective courtroom thriller most others aspire to be.
Synopsis: Prosecuting attorney Raymond Horgan (Brian Dennehy) assigns his chief deputy, the taciturn Rusty Sabitch (Harrison Ford), to investigate the rape... [More]
Directed By: Alan J. Pakula

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 48536%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An unhappily married steelworker (Gene Hackman) turns 50 and sees a chance for a whole new life with a barmaid... [More]
Directed By: Bud Yorkin

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 84249%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Stourley Kracklite (Brian Dennehy), a driven, detail-obsessed architect, travels from America to Rome with his much younger wife, Louisa (Chloe... [More]
Directed By: Peter Greenaway

#11

Cocoon (1985)
74%

#11
Adjusted Score: 76022%
Critics Consensus: Though it may be too sentimental for some, Ron Howard's supernatural tale of eternal youth is gentle and heartwarming, touching on poignant issues of age in the process.
Synopsis: Oscar-winning fantasy in which the residents of a Florida rest home get a new lease of life when they stumble... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#12

Silverado (1985)
76%

#12
Adjusted Score: 78314%
Critics Consensus: Boasting rich detail and well-told story, Silverado is a rare example of an '80s Hollywood Western done right.
Synopsis: Rambling man Emmett (Scott Glenn) assembles a group of misfit cowboys (Kevin Costner), (Kevin Kline, Danny Glover). After helping a... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Kasdan

#13

Gorky Park (1983)
78%

#13
Adjusted Score: 78826%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Soviet detective Arkady Renko (William Hurt) uncovers a vast network of deceit and intrigue when he investigates a triple murder... [More]
Directed By: Michael Apted

#14

F.I.S.T. (1978)
73%

#14
Adjusted Score: 72273%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Johnny Kovak (Sylvester Stallone) works in a warehouse and grows tired of the unfair policies in place, leading him to... [More]
Directed By: Norman Jewison

#15

Foul Play (1978)
74%

#15
Adjusted Score: 76123%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Librarian Gloria Mundy (Goldie Hawn) leads a relatively uneventful life. When she looks to shake things up, she somehow winds... [More]
Directed By: Colin Higgins

#16

Best Seller (1987)
73%

#16
Adjusted Score: 73440%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Police detective and successful author Dennis Meechum (Brian Dennehy) has not been able to write since his wife's death and... [More]
Directed By: John Flynn

#17
Adjusted Score: 76797%
Critics Consensus: Baz Luhrmann's visual aesthetic is as divisive as it is fresh and inventive.
Synopsis: Baz Luhrmann helped adapt this classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy for the screen, updating the setting to a post-modern city named... [More]
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann

#18

The Seagull (2018)
67%

#18
Adjusted Score: 74095%
Critics Consensus: The latest iteration of The Seagull does little to distinguish itself from other Chekhov adaptations but provides a pleasing showcase for its sterling cast.
Synopsis: At a picturesque lakeside estate, a love triangle unfolds between the diva Irina, her lover Boris, and the ingenue Nina.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mayer

#19

10 (1979)
68%

#19
Adjusted Score: 69545%
Critics Consensus: Blake Edwards' bawdy comedy may not score a perfect 10, but Dudley Moore's self-deprecating performance makes this midlife crisis persistently funny.
Synopsis: A successful, middle-aged Hollywood songwriter falls hopelessly in love with the woman of his dreams, and even follows the girl... [More]
Directed By: Blake Edwards

#20

3 Days With Dad (2019)
64%

#20
Adjusted Score: 58787%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Members of a Roman Catholic family prepare for the death of their father.... [More]
Directed By: Larry Clarke

#21

Miles From Home (1988)
60%

#21
Adjusted Score: 26853%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After creditors make it clear they intend to foreclose on the family farm of Frank (Richard Gere) and Terry Roberts... [More]
Directed By: Gary Sinise

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 65419%
Critics Consensus: This remake has been praised by some as an expertly made B-movie, and dismissed by others as formulaic.
Synopsis: While en route to prison, a bus carrying criminals Marion (Laurence Fishburne), Beck (John Alberto Leguizamo) and Anna (Aisha Hinds)... [More]
Directed By: Jean Richet

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 56171%
Critics Consensus: Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks give it their all, but their solid performances aren't quite enough to compensate for The Next Three Days' uneven pace and implausible plot.
Synopsis: Life for John and Lara Brennan (Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks) is miserable after she is convicted of a murder she... [More]
Directed By: Paul Haggis

#24
Adjusted Score: 22756%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: During the Great Depression, Mr. Cox (Robert Duvall) is a talented oil prospector who's yet to strike it rich. During... [More]
Directed By: James Keach

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 48249%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An awkward teen (Dustin Ingram) makes a road trip to see his favorite porn star (Kim Cattrall) in person and... [More]
Directed By: Keith Bearden

#26

Knight of Cups (2015)
47%

#26
Adjusted Score: 57170%
Critics Consensus: Knight of Cups finds Terrence Malick delving deeper into the painterly visual milieu he's explored in recent efforts, but even hardcore fans may struggle with the diminishing narrative returns.
Synopsis: A Los Angeles screenwriter (Christian Bale) indulges his wild side with a stripper (Teresa Palmer), a model (Freida Pinto) and... [More]
Directed By: Terrence Malick

#27

Legal Eagles (1986)
44%

#27
Adjusted Score: 43735%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Chelsea Deardon (Daryl Hannah) is arrested for stealing artwork painted by her deceased father, and sympathetic attorney Laura Kelly (Debra... [More]
Directed By: Ivan Reitman

#28

Tommy Boy (1995)
42%

#28
Adjusted Score: 43340%
Critics Consensus: Though it benefits from the comic charms of its two leads, Tommy Boy too often feels like a familiar sketch stretched thin.
Synopsis: After his beloved father (Brian Dennehy) dies, dimwitted Tommy Callahan (Chris Farley) inherits a near-bankrupt automobile parts factory in Sandusky,... [More]
Directed By: Peter Segal

#29

Everyone's Hero (2006)
42%

#29
Adjusted Score: 44287%
Critics Consensus: Everyone's Hero is such a predictable and bland tale that it'll appeal mostly to little kids; others seeking something in Pixar's league are looking in the wrong ballpark.
Synopsis: A boy (Jake T. Austin) comes to a turning point in his life when he faces a critical decision: Should... [More]

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 43120%
Critics Consensus: The Song of Sway Lake benefits from alluring, evocative atmosphere, although it isn't always enough to compensate for a shaggy narrative and overall lack of focus.
Synopsis: After his father's suicide, a young record collector and his friend go to his family's lake house to claim a... [More]
Directed By: Ari Gold

#31

The Big Year (2011)
42%

#31
Adjusted Score: 44437%
Critics Consensus: Though made with care and affection for its characters, The Big Year plods along, rarely reaching any comedic heights.
Synopsis: Three men find that they have come to a turning point. Stu (Steve Martin) faces a late-life crisis, Kenny (Owen... [More]
Directed By: David Frankel

#32
Adjusted Score: 20155%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Prequel to the 1969 western "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" in which a gang of bank robbers arrive in... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#33

FX2 (1991)
41%

#33
Adjusted Score: 41522%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Former movie special effects expert Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) has now become a maker of elaborate toys. When a police... [More]
Directed By: Richard Franklin

#34

Stolen Summer (2002)
36%

#34
Adjusted Score: 37201%
Critics Consensus: Stolen Summer feels like a sugary after-school special stretched out to feature length.
Synopsis: "Stolen Summer" chronicles the friendship of Pete O'Malley (Adi Stein) and Danny Jacobsen (Michael Weinberg). Most third graders spend their... [More]
Directed By: Pete Jones

#35

Every Day (2010)
34%

#35
Adjusted Score: 34377%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A TV writer (Liev Schreiber) grapples with a wave of personal and professional crises, including his wife's meltdown and a... [More]
Directed By: Richard Levine

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 33074%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Five years after the first "Cocoon," the friendly aliens from the planet Anterea return to Earth to rescue some incubation... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Petrie

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 34877%
Critics Consensus: Though The Ultimate Gift avoids religious speechifying like other Fox Faith films, it's dramatically inert with flat direction.
Synopsis: Jason Stevens (Drew Fuller) lives a life of wealth and privilege. When his grandfather (James Garner) dies, Jason expects to... [More]
Directed By: Michael O. Sajbel

#38

Gladiator (1992)
31%

#38
Adjusted Score: 17281%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After whipping a rival in a brawl, Chicago teen Tommy Riley (James Marshall) is asked to box in the illegal... [More]
Directed By: Rowdy Herrington

#39

She Hate Me (2004)
19%

#39
Adjusted Score: 22256%
Critics Consensus: She Hate Me can't decide if it wants to be a commentary on corporate greed or a sex farce.
Synopsis: Fired from his corporate job, a man (Anthony Mackie) agrees to impregnate his ex-fiancee (Kerry Washington) and a slew of... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#40

10th and Wolf (2006)
19%

#40
Adjusted Score: 18286%
Critics Consensus: A scattered mob movie that employs every mafia cliche and fails to establish an identity of its own.
Synopsis: While serving in the military, a Marine sergeant (James Marsden) believes his family's ties to organized crime are a thing... [More]
Directed By: Bobby Moresco

#41

Righteous Kill (2008)
18%

#41
Adjusted Score: 23591%
Critics Consensus: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro do their best to elevate this dowdy genre exercise, but even these two greats can't resuscitate the film's hackneyed script.
Synopsis: Detectives Thomas Cowan (Robert De Niro) and David Fisk (Al Pacino), 30-year veterans of the NYPD, investigate the murder of... [More]
Directed By: Jon Avnet

#42

Summer Catch (2001)
8%

#42
Adjusted Score: 10082%
Critics Consensus: A cliched and predictable sports comedy that's mostly devoid of excitement or laughs, Summer Catch is strictly bush-league.
Synopsis: A coming-of-age romantic comedy set against the backdrop of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Local boy Ryan Dunne (Freddie Prinze... [More]
Directed By: Michael Tollin

No awards season would be complete without the Golden Raspberry Awards (AKA The Razzies), awarded each year to the very worst movies to hit Hollywood. This year’s winners will be announced on Oscar weekend; could multiple-nominee The Love Guru take home top honors? See the full list of nominees below.

This year, a few standout films and filmmakers nabbed multiple nominations, making for really good odds come February 21, when the Golden Raspberry winners will be announced. Leading the pack is Disaster Movie (2 percent on the Tomatometer), which managed to earn six nominations; The Hottie & the Nottie (5 percent), up for honors in five categories; and Uwe Boll’s In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, which also earned the Teutonic Terror a Worst Career Achievement Razzie.

The complete list of nominees:

Worst Picture Nominations

Disaster Movie & Meet the Spartans (double nominee from the same writer-directors)

The Happening

The Hottie & The Nottie

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

The Love Guru

Worst Actor Nominations

Larry the Cable Guy, Witless Protection

Eddie Murphy, Meet Dave

Mike Myers, The Love Guru

Al Pacino, 88 Minutes & Righteous Kill

Mark Wahlberg, The Happening & Max Payne

Worst Actress Nominations

Jessica Alba, The Eye & The Love Guru

The cast of The Women (Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Meg Ryan)

Cameron Diaz, What Happens in Vegas

Paris Hilton, The Hottie & The Nottie

Kate Hudson, Fool’s Gold & My Best Friend’s Girl

Worst Supporting Actor Nominations

Uwe Boll (as himself), Uwe Boll’s Postal

Pierce Brosnan, Mamma Mia!

Ben Kingsley, The Love Guru & War, Inc. & The Wackness

Burt Reynolds, Deal & In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

Verne Troyer, The Love Guru & Uwe Boll’s Postal

Worst Supporting Actress Nominations

Carmen Electra, Disaster Movie & Meet the Spartans

Paris Hilton, Repo! The Genetic Opera

Kim Kardashian, Disaster Movie

Jenny McCarthy, Witless Protection

Leelee Sobieski, 88 Minutes & In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

Worst Screen Couple Nominations

Uwe Boll and any Actor, Camera, or Screenplay

Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, What Happens in Vegas

Paris Hilton and either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore, The Hottie and the Nottie

Larry the Cable Guy and Jenny McCarthy, Witless Protection

Eddie Murphy and Eddie Murphy, Meet Dave

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel Nominations

The Day the Earth Blowed Up Real Good

Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Speed Racer

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Worst Director Nominations

Uwe Boll, 1968: Tunnel Rats, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and Uwe Boll’s Postal

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans

Tom Putnam, The Hottie & the Nottie

Marco Schnabel, The Love Guru

M. Night Shyamalan, The Happening

Worst Screenplay Nominations

Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans

The Happening

The Hottie and the Nottie

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

The Love Guru

Worst Career Achievement

Uwe Boll

It’s Friday, there’s a new raft of movies in the UK cinemas this week, but are any of them any good? This week the UK film hacks give us their opinions on Clint Eastwood‘s latest directorial film starring Angelina Jolie, Changeling. Also out this week is Hollywood satire What Just Happened, and an early Christmas present in the shape of a festive flick starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon in Four Christmases. So what did the critics think?

Based on a true story, Changeling stars Angelina Jolie as an overworked single mother who fights for the truth following the disappearance of her son, and is ably directed by veteran cowpoke Clint Eastwood. At a – just-below-Fresh – 59% on the Tomatometer, Changeling doesn’t have the pedigree of previous Eastwood outings, but most critics agree that Angelina Jolie’s assured performance has Oscar-bait written all over it. If we were just counting the UK critics responses the film would stand at a much healthier 83% on the Tomatometer, which just goes to show the difference in tastes on either side of the Atlantic.

What Just Happened is a Hollywood satire starring Robert De Niro as an outrageous movie producer, and is based on the real life memoirs of Art Linson, who also adapted his book for the big screen. Most critics agreed that De Niro is on fine form, following the disastrous Righteous Kill (21% on the Tomatometer), who puts in a classic performance as the back stabbing producer. But old Bobby can’t do enough to save What Just Happened from the ignominy of a Rotten 53% rating on the Tomatometer. Critics accuse the film of lacking the necessary satirical bite needed to do the source material justice, with many suggesting that the film has fallen prey to the Hollywood practices and foibles that the film itself seeks to criticise.

Vince Vaughn stars in his second festive holiday vehicle, after the dismal Fred Claus of Christmas 2007 (21% on the Tomatometer), alongside Reese Witherspoon in Four Christmases. Helmed by the director of the highly-praised but little-seen documentary King Of Kong (97%), Seth Gordon, hopes were high for Four Christmases, but unfortunately at 26% on the Tomatometer, it’s more of a Turkey than a Christmas pudding. The UK scribes have criticised the lack of Christmas cheer, the miscasting of the two principle actors and the horrific waste of a fine supporting cast. Christmas comes earlier every year, Four Christmases probably shouldn’t have come at all.

Quote Of The Week

” “Hang on lads, I’ve got a great idea…” said Michael Caine at the end of The Italian Job. Presumably he didn’t mean waiting 40 years before pulling off a caper that wouldn’t blow the bloody doors off a rabbit hutch.”

Flawless. Elliot Noble, Sky Movies.

In the UK cinemas this week we have two literary adaptations with Simon Pegg as an irksome hack in How To Lose Friends & Alienate People , and Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited is given the big screen treatment, 27 years after the seminal ITV drama version charmed the British public. A hospitalised stuntman’s fantasy world is brought to life in The Fall , and Al Pacino thriller, 88 Minutes finally reaches the big screen after 3 years on the shelf. But what did the UK critics have to say?

How To Lose Friends & Alienate People, British journo Toby Young’s memoirs of his times at Vanity Fair is a painfully honest and scathing deconstruction of celebrity culture as seen through the eyes of the ambitious and egotistical hack. Many would have thought the source material to be too close to the bone to be made honestly and faithfully in Hollywood, but with a few name changes and a change in tone Robert Weide‘s adaptation hits the big screen with Simon Pegg as the renamed Sidney Young, and Kirsten Dunst as the love interest. With many of the UK critics being familiar with Young himself, many of the criticisms seem aimed at him rather than the movie, but most agreed that the film misses the satirical points from the source material, and relies too heavily on broad humour and slapstick, ending up neither as sharp or as satirical as it hopes. Plaudits though for Simon Pegg, who puts in a decent performance, lending warmth to the role, making you wonder how he could possibly alienate anyone. The film, though, has lost friends and alienated the critics, currently sitting at 41% on the Tomatometer.

Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited is probably most well known in the UK for the critically acclaimed 1981 ITV adaptation starring Jeremy Irons, and many questions were raised about how (and even why) you could hope to top the TV show which regularly appears in Best British Drama ever lists. With David Yates set to direct, and with a stellar cast attached (Paul Bettany, Jude Law) expectations were high, but when Yates stepped aside to helm Harry Potter, in stepped Julian Jarrold to direct. Most critics agreed that, although sumptuously produced, the movie suffers in comparison to the TV version, and the film lacks the subtleties of both the novel and the small screen version despite worthy performances from all the main cast. Overwrought and melodramatic, but well acted and enjoyable Brideshead Revisited currently stands at a healthy 64% on the Tomatometer.

Veering away from literary adaptations, Tarsem‘s The Fall tells the story of stuntman Roy Walker, who injures himself in a fall, and ends up bedridden. Distraught after losing his girlfriend, Walker retreats into a fantasy world with tales of wonder and magic, dreamt up for the benefit of fellow patient Alexandria. The UK critics have praised the film for its outrageous imagination and opulent fantasy, but many have labelled the film a sugar-coated folly for its lack of magic. Whatever the critics have to say, they all agree it’s like nothing else they’ve seen this year. At middling 58% on the Tomatometer, you may just have to see it to make your own minds up.

Last week Righteous Kill was a Righteous Turkey at 23% on the Tomatometer. This week, 88 Minutes, which was Al Pacino’s first feature with Righteous Kill director Jon Avnet, gets an overdue airing. Having been sat on the distributor’s shelf for nearly three years, 88 Minutes slips into cinemas hoping to avoid the Kill backlash. But it didn’t. At an even more paltry 5% on the Tomatometer, most critics can’t believe that Pacino even went back to Avnet for Righteous Kill, following the ridiculously bland, insipid and pathetic 88 minutes. Poor script, dreadful turns and clichés aplenty, maybe this should have just gone straight to DVD, which is probably is all it’s good for.

Also worth checking out this week…

Heavy Load — An intriguing and engaging rockumentary that demolishes stereotypes of the mentally challenged, and celebrates the inspirational story of Heavy Load. 100% on the Tomatometer

Import/Export – A grim and disturbing vision from Ulrich Seidl, makes for an uncomfortable and uncompromising picture of life, that is anything but comfy and pedestrian. 73% on the Tomatometer

Fear(s) of the Dark – This French animated horror portmanteau is monochrome and minimalist, visually stunning, but light on scares. 87% on the Tomatometer

Quote of the Week

“It’s a dutiful, good-looking slice of heritage cinema so empty that you expect Keira Knightley to show up at any minute.”

Brideshead Revisited. Sukhdev Sandhu, The Daily Telegraph.

Moviegoers were in the mood for suspense as the Samuel L. Jackson cop thriller Lakeview Terrace easily topped the North American box office beating out three new comedy openers. Dane Cook’s latest My Best Friend’s Girl disappointed, the animated pic Igor bowed respectably, while the Ricky Gervais starrer Ghost Town played to empty auditoriums. The debuting films joined forces for just $37M in ticket sales falling short of the $63M pumped in last weekend by that frame’s four-pack of new titles. Still, the top ten managed to match year-ago levels.

Sony scored its fifth number one opener of the year with Lakeview Terrace which debuted with a solid $15.6M, according to estimates. The PG-13 film about a veteran cop that terrorizes an interracial couple that moves in next door to him played in 2,464 theaters and averaged an impressive $6,331 per site. Produced for about $20M, Terrace connected with adult audiences despite stiff competition in the marketplace for mature moviegoers. According to studio research, 69% of the crowd was over 25 while 56% was female. For Jackson, it was a chance to flex some solo muscle at the box office as the film had no other stars in it. An effective marketing campaign by the studio’s Screen Gems unit also helped to deliver results. Reviews were not too positive, but ticket buyers instead responded to starpower and a good promotional push.




Last weekend’s number one film Burn After Reading held up well in its second frame. The caper comedy from the Coen brothers grossed an estimated $11.3M falling a reasonable 41% and lifted its ten-day cume to a solid $36.4M. The George Clooney-Brad Pitt pic enjoyed a smaller decline than those seen by other wide releases from the Oscar-winning filmmakers. 2003’s Intolerable Cruelty, which also starred the former Batman, dropped 48% in its second weekend while 2004’s Tom Hanks starrer The Ladykillers fell by 44%. Focus looks to ride Burn to the vicinity of $65M.

Dane Cook’s newest comedy failed to live up to the numbers posted by his previous efforts. The romantic comedy My Best Friend’s Girl, which also stars Kate Hudson and Jason Biggs, bowed to an estimated $8.3M from 2,604 theaters for a weak $3,187 average. That was a hefty 39% below the $13.7M of Cook’s Good Luck Chuck from this same weekend last year, and 27% behind the $11.4M debut of Employee of the Month from October 2006. All three were released by Lionsgate in roughly 2,600 locations. Girl carried an R rating and earned the same negative reviews the comedian routinely sees from critics.

Debuting to respectable results in fourth place was the new animated comedy Igor with an estimated $8M from 2,339 playdates. The PG-rated film averaged $3,425 and faced no competition in its quest for family audiences. Pre-release expectations were low since it is not based on any popular brand name property. The MGM release has no other kidpics to face next weekend so it may avoid the large drops seen by most other films.




Three sophomore titles followed. The Robert De Niro-Al Pacino cop flick Righteous Kill tumbled 53% in its second weekend to an estimated $7.7M ranking fifth. With $28.8M taken in across ten days, the Overture Films release should eventually reach $40-45M. Kill has already become the top-grossing film for the new distribution company which made a name for itself this summer with the indie smash The Visitor.




Tyler Perry’s latest hit The Family That Preys took a tumble in its second weekend falling 57% to an estimated $7.5M. The drop was nearly identical to the sophomore slides of 58% and 57% for past films Madea’s Family Reunion and Daddy’s Little Girls, respectively. Lionsgate has banked $28.4M in ten days with Family and should find its way to around $40M by the end of the run. Picturehouse witnessed a sharp decline for its chick flick The Women which fell 48% in its second outing to an estimated $5.3M. With $19.2M collected in ten days, the ensemble film could reach the neighborhood of $30M.

Good reviews meant nothing to the new Ricky Gervais comedy Ghost Town which opened poorly in eighth place with an estimated $5.2M. Averaging a mild $3,436 from a subdued wide release in 1,505 locations, the PG-13 film about a dentist that can see and speak to spirits also stars Greg Kinnear and Tea Leoni. The target audience of mature adults had many other options to choose from so competition was tough, plus Gervais has yet to prove himself as a box office draw who can sell tickets. The DreamWorks production was released by Paramount.




Warner Bros. spent its tenth weekend in the top ten with The Dark Knight which grossed an estimated $3M, off just 29%, for a towering $521.9M domestic total. Overseas, the gargantuan smash raised its cume to $455.7M giving the superhero blockbuster a stunning $977.6M worldwide. That puts Knight at number four on the all-time global blockbusters list after Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest which all topped the $1 billion mark. Bruce Wayne should become a box office billionaire in early October. Sony’s leggy hit The House Bunny rounded out the top ten dipping 33% to an estimated $2.8M pushing the cume to $45.7M.

September is when top distributors start rolling out their awards contenders and this weekend saw two of them generate sensational launches. Paramount Vantage unveiled the Keira Knightley costume drama The Duchess in seven theaters in New York and Los Angeles and grossed an estimated $203,000 for a sizzling $28,932 average. Attracting mostly good reviews, the PG-13 film will expand into the Top 20 markets this Friday. Warner Bros. rode into twice as many theaters with its Ed Harris-directed Western Appaloosa which collected an estimated $258,000. Averaging a sturdy $18,429 from 14 sites, the R-rated pic stars Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger, and Jeremy Irons and will expand nationally on October 3.




The top ten films grossed an estimated $74.6M which was off only 1% from last year when Resident Evil: Extinction opened in the top spot with $23.7M; and down 3% from 2006 when Jackass: Number Two debuted at number one with $29M.

Author: Gitesh Pandya,
www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

A four-pack of fall films from specialty distributors fueled a resurgence at the North American box office led by the caper comedy Burn After Reading from the Coen brothers which made off with the number one spot. Solid bows also greeted Tyler Perry’s newest story The Family That Preys and the Robert De Niro-Al Pacino cop thriller Righteous Kill which landed in second and third, respectively. The female-empowerment pic The Women opened in fourth with lukewarm numbers. The four new titles accounted for a whopping 77% of all money spent on the top ten films. It was also the first time that four September films ever opened to double-digit millions on the same weekend.

Just six months after winning the Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture, Joel and Ethan Coen scored the largest debut of their career and first-ever number one opening with the crime caper Burn After Reading. The R-rated comedy grossed an estimated $19.4M giving Focus Features the biggest debut in company history and its first top spot bow as well. Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, and recent Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, the ensemble film averaged a terrific $7,320 from 2,651 sites. The previous bests for the Coens came from 2003’s Intolerable Cruelty and 2004’s The Ladykillers which bowed to $12.5M and $12.6M, respectively. Reviews were generally good for Burn which benefitted from starpower, cross-gender appeal, and good will created by their triumphs with No Country For Old Men. The performance also comes as good news for Focus which has struggled since 2005’s Brokeback Mountain.




Tyler Perry scored yet another hit with his latest film The Family That Preys which opened close behind in second with an estimated $18M from 2,070 locations. The Lionsgate release played in the fewest locations of any new pic and its solid $8,705 average was tops among all wide releases. The filmmaker’s loyal fan following came out once again giving Perry his third impressive debut in under a year. Last March, Meet the Browns opened in second place with $20.1M and a $10,011 average while last October saw Why Did I Get Married? premiere to $21.4M and a $10,618 average. Both were Lionsgate titles released in just over 2,000 theaters. The audience was dominated by African American adult women just as with the Atlanta-based director’s previous films. According to studio research, 82% of the crowd was black, 82% was over 25, and 79% was female. Perry returns once again on February 20 with his next comedy, Madea Goes to Jail.




The pairing of screen legends Robert De Niro and Al Pacino led the new action thriller Righteous Kill to a third place debut with an estimated $16.5M in ticket sales. The Overture Films release averaged a solid $5,235 from 3,152 theaters and played to an audience that was not as male-oriented as was expected. In fact, the serial killer drama’s audience was slightly more female (51%) while mature adults led the way as 69% of the crowd was 25 or older. Reviews were not good, but starpower drove the sales as moviegoers wanted to see the first pairing of the two men since Heat which opened to $8.4M in 1995 on its way to $67.4M. Kill differed in that the Oscar-winning actors played partners and actually had numerous scenes together for the first time. Pacino nailed his best opening in a lead role since 2002’s Insomnia ($20.9M) while for De Niro it was his highest since 2005’s Hide and Seek ($22M).




Posting the weakest debut among the frame’s new titles was the remake The Women starring Meg Ryan which bowed to an estimated $10.1M from 2,962 theaters for a mild $3,406 average. Co-starring a long list of actresses such as Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bette Midler, and Candice Bergen, the PG-13 film attracted harsh reviews from critics. Women is the final film from Picturehouse and only really had strong appeal to one quadrant – females over 25. With the weekend’s other new releases also generating interest with adult women and boasting more male appeal to help bring in couples, the Diane English-directed pic faced intense competition during a time that traditionally sees only so many dollars circulating in the marketplace.

Leading all the holdover pics was Sony’s hit sorority comedy The House Bunny with an estimated $4.3M, off just 22%, for a $42.2M cume. Tropic Thunder followed close behind dropping 42% to an estimated $4.2M raising its total to $103M for Paramount and DreamWorks. It is the 15th summer film to join the century club and was joined by Will Ferrell’s Step Brothers which reached $100.1M on Sunday to become the season’s 16th blockbuster. Journey to the Center of the Earth should become the final film to join the list as it sits at $98M to date.




Dipping only 27%, The Dark Knight continued to draw in audiences in its ninth weekend. The Warner Bros. megahit took in an estimated $4M and pushed its domestic cume to a towering $517.7M. Getting closer to the billion dollar club, the Caped Crusader pulled in an estimated $6.7M overseas this weekend to raise its international tally to $448.9M and its worldwide gross to a stunning $966.6M. The Dark Knight climbed up to number five among all-time worldwide blockbusters in between 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($970M) and last year’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($961M).

Three star-driven action thrillers rounded out the top ten. Nicolas Cage’s Bangkok Dangerous collapsed in its second weekend tumbling 69% to an estimated $2.4M falling from first to eighth. The Lionsgate release has collected a meager $12.5M in ten days and should finish with only $18M making it one of the actor’s worst-performing action movies ever. The Don Cheadle pic Traitor fell 50% to an estimated $2.1M while Jason Statham’s Death Race fell 46% to an estimated $2M. Totals are $20.7M and $33.2M for Overture and Universal, respectively.




Four films fell out of the top ten over the weekend. Fox’s Vin Diesel actioner Babylon A.D. dropped 58% to an estimated $1.8M for a weak $20.3M total to date. The sci-fi flop should limp to a $24M finish. The runaway hit Mamma Mia! took in an estimated $1.7M, off just 39% in its ninth session, and boosted its North American tally to $139.3M. A final of about $145M seems likely. Universal’s highest-grossing film of the year also shattered the $300M overseas mark with an estimated $17.5M this weekend. That put the amazing international sum at $307M and the global gross at a stellar $446.3M. Produced for $65M, Mamma Mia! will easily take in over $500M at the worldwide box office by the end of its run.

The spoof comedy Disaster Movie dropped 47% to an estimated $1.6M giving Lionsgate just $12.7M thus far. Look for a pitiful $16M by the end of its run. Sony’s stoner hit Pineapple Express took in an estimated $1.1M, off 52%, for a $86M cume. The $27M production should end with a robust $88M.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $83.1M which was up 39% from last year when The Brave One opened in the top spot with $13.5M; and up 47% from 2006 when Gridiron Gang debuted at number one with $14.4M.

Author: Gitesh Pandya,
www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

This week at the movies, we’ve got tough cops (Righteous Kill, starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino), bumbling gymrats (Burn After Reading, starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney), gossip girls (The Women, starring Meg Ryan and Eva Mendes), and put-upon moms (Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys, starring Alfre Woodard and Kathy Bates). What do the critics have to say?

Ten years ago, the mere mention of a film starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino would have raised expectations sky-high, especially after their classic scene together in Heat. Now? The critics’ reaction to Righteous Kill is little more than an indifferent shrug. The Oscar winners star as a pair of New York City detectives on the trail of a serial killer whose work appears tied to a case they handled years before. The pundits say Righteous Kill is thoroughly mediocre, cribbing tough-guy dialogue and plot twists from every cop TV show known to man, and while De Niro and Pacino are fine, the script gives them precious little to work with. At 23 percent on the Tomatometer, Righteous is no killer.

“I guess Keitel was the first one to go.”

It would be nearly impossible for the Coen Brothers to top the critical, commercial, and Academy success that was No Country For Old Men. So with Burn After Reading, they scale down with a lark, a stylish crime comedy that critics say is lightweight but mightily enjoyable nonetheless. Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand star as a pair of dim-witted gym employees who stumble across the memoir of a former CIA agent (John Malkovich) and, foolishly, attempt to exploit their find for personal gain; meanwhile, the spy’s wife (Tilda Swinton) is having an affair with a field marshal (George Clooney), and they get tangled up in the plot as well. The pundits say Burn may be minor Coen, but it’s stylishly crafted and features droll comic performances and an almost sublime sense of stupid fun. At 76 percent on the Tomatometer, this Burn isn’t just hot, it’s Certified Fresh. Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we delve into the Coens’ filmography.)

Looks like these two put their Michael Clayton beef behind them.

Remaking a great film is a dicey proposition; it’s tough to hold on to the elements that made the original compelling while adding a contemporary, fresh spin. And critics say that The Women, despite boasting an outstanding cast, never justifies its existence. Based upon George Cukor‘s 1939 classic of the same name, The Women stars Meg Ryan as a woman who discovers her husband is cheating on her with a younger woman (Eva Mendes); she turns to her close friend (Annette Bening) for help, and ends up betraying her trust. The film doesn’t lack for acting firepower (Jada Pinket Smith Debra Messing, and Bette Midler, among others, are part of the all-female ensemble), but critics say this is a near-total misfire; it lacks the bite, the wit, and class conflict of the original, and it doesn’t offer the shopoholic pleasures of Sex and the City, making for a tepid, misconceived mess. At zero percent on the Tomatometer, The Women is one of the year’s worst-reviewed films. And in case you were wondering, the original, which starred Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, and Rosalind Russell, is at 90 percent. (Check out Eva Mendes’ top five favorite movies of all time here.)

“The only thing this trip is missing is a case of Old Milwaukee Light.”

The critics have warmed (somewhat) to Tyler Perry‘s films as he’s gone along. But that doesn’t mean he’s warmed to them; as with his last couple pictures, Perry’s latest, The Family that Preys, went unseen by the scribes before release. Alfre Woodard and Kathy Bates star as old friends who struggle mightily as their families fall apart around them. Consult you family members (or perhaps even a higher power) for help in guessing that Tomatometer!

Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard in Grand Theft Auto: Middle Age

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Flow: For Love of Water, a documentary about the global impact of a lack of fresh water, is at 100 percent.
  • Secrecy, a doc about government classification of documents and programs, is at 100 percent.
  • Moving Midway, a doc about the strange things that happen when film critic Godfrey Cheshire visits his childhood home in North Carolina, is at 80 percent.
  • Alan Ball‘s Towelhead, a pitch-black comedy about a young Arab-American girl’s coming of age starring Aaron Eckhart and Summer Bishil, is at 55 percent.
  • YPF, a wacky Canadian bedroom farce with an unprintable title, is at 46 percent.
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Screen legends Robert De Niro and Al Pacino reunite almost 13 years after Heat and share significant screen time together this time around in Righteous Kill which leads a pack of four new releases on Friday that hope to revive a box office currently on life support. The Overture Films release is using those two iconic names as the center of its marketing plan which makes sense since plenty of movie buffs will want to see how the two Oscar winners will fare playing partners in the NYPD. John Leguizamo, Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Dennehy, and Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson co-star in the R-rated cop drama about a serial killer taking out one criminal after another. Kill is a more enjoyable thriller than one would think given the early September dumping ground release date. Reviews won’t be stellar, but they should be good enough to not repel audiences. Adult men will make up the primary crowd so the early weeks of the football season will provide some competition. But starpower will lead the way and curious action film fans will take a chance. 50 Cent has not been utilized as much as he could have in the marketing as the multi-platinum rapper can give the film a solid pull with younger adults. Shooting its way into 2,800 theaters, Righteous Kill might take in about $15M this weekend.


De Niro and Pacino in Righteous Kill

Tyler Perry‘s latest comedy-drama The Family That Preys also hits the multiplexes on Friday. The filmmaker’s third release in less than a year stars Alfre Woodard, Kathy Bates, and Sanaa Lathan in a tale of two families being torn apart by scandal. Perry once again will see the best business come from his core audience of African American adult women and there is little competition in the marketplace right now for this audience. Recent openings for the mogul have been $20.1M for March’s Meet the Browns and $21.4M for last October’s Why Did I Get Married? The PG-13 Family seems to have less buzz surrounding it so the debut figures may be more in line with the filmmaker’s Daddy’s Little Girls which launched with $11.2M over three days in February 2007. It bowed on a Wednesday ahead of the Presidents’ Day holiday frame. The Family That Preys will debut in 2,070 locations and could collect around $13M this weekend.


Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard in The Family that Preys

Joel and Ethan Coen debut their latest film, the crime caper comedy Burn After Reading which packs plenty of starpower. The R-rated film reunites Ocean’s boys George Clooney and Brad Pitt and also stars John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, and Frances McDormand. Burn‘s opening will be a true test of the coattails the directors got from winning big at the Oscars earlier this year with No Country For Old Men. Ten years ago, their Academy buzz from Fargo meant little to their followup The Big Lebowski which bowed to just $5.5M. But the brothers’ films are very review-driven and critics this time are supportive, but are not giving their usual heap of praise. Plus competition for adults over 30 will be stiff with Righteous Kill taking away men and The Women stealing away the ladies. Focus is betting that couples will only have Burn to agree on and will score its business that way. The Coens usually don’t get wide release treatment with their projects but their back-to-back star-driven pics Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers bowed to $12.5M and $12.6M, respectively, in 2003 and 2004. Both faced less competition for mature adults though. Opening in about 2,650 locations, Burn After Reading could debut to around $11M this weekend.


Burn After Reading

Charging into theaters with the most celebrities, and the worst reviews, is The Women. Meg Ryan gets her first chance in years to headline a major wide release and is joined by Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bette Midler, Candice Bergen and others. The PG-13 film about a jilted wife who bonds with society gals is targeting football widows and should play almost exclusively female. The Picturehouse release struggled to get made and then released, but in recent months a larger marketing and distribution investment was made in order to roll the dice and score the next big hit driven by women. Both Sex and the City and Mamma Mia! have grossed north of $400M worldwide this summer shattering expectations for what a film that repels men can earn. But those were both much stronger brands that were more relevant to today’s times. Plus with adults being the primary age group, the awful reviews will take a bite out of sales. George and Brad will take away some biz too. Still, the film is a very marketable choice to those looking to get away from Al and Bobby as well as the sports on television all weekend long. Landing in 2,962 theaters, The Women might gross about $11M this weekend.


The Women

The new crop of fall films should sweep aside the current batch of holdovers with none likely to top $5M this weekend. Last weekend’s default champ Tropic Thunder should also face competition for its adult audience so a 40% decline would put the Paramount war comedy at $4.5M boosting the cume to $103M.

The Dark Knight will be one of very few popular items not rated R this weekend so continued strength may be in order. A 35% drop would leave the smash hit with $3.5M over three days and a stellar $517M to date. The runaway superhero blockbuster has grossed over $950M worldwide and its studio Warner Bros. has now announced that it will be re-released in Imax theaters in January during Oscar season. The large-screen format already accounts for 11% of the towering domestic haul with a record $55M in sales.

LAST YEAR: Jodie Foster scored another number one opener with her vigilante thriller The Brave One which bowed on top with $13.5M. Warner Bros. would go on to reach $36.8M. The Lionsgate Western 3:10 to Yuma slipped to second with $8.9M in its second weekend. The Billy Bob Thornton comedy Mr. Woodcock debuted close behind in third with $8.8M on its way to $25.8M for New Line. Sony’s Superbad followed in fourth with $5.1M in its fifth lap. Rounding out the top five was the fantasy adventure Dragon Wars with a weak $5M before closing with a $11M final.

Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

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