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All Bradley Cooper Movies Ranked

After breaking into the mainstream as smarm personified in Wedding Crashers, Bradley Cooper seemed poised for a career filled with rude comedies and rom-coms — and for a few years, his filmography threatened to live down to those limited expectations, with stuff like Failure to Launch and All About Steve surrounding his follow-up hit The Hangover. Once he had half a chance, however, Cooper flashed his dramatic chops, giving audiences a feel for what he could really do in Limitless before vaulting into the Oscar-nominated A-list with American SniperSilver Linings Playbook, and American Hustle. Factor in his MCU stint as the lovably misanthropic Rocket in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’s clear we’ve seen just the tip of what this multi-hyphenate talent can do. For further proof, here’s a look at all Bradley Cooper movies, rounded up and sorted by Tomatometer!

#35

All About Steve (2009)
6%

#35
Adjusted Score: 11370%
Critics Consensus: All About Steve is an oddly creepy, sour film, featuring a heroine so desperate and peculiar that audiences may be more likely to pity than root for her.
Synopsis: After a lovely blind date, crossword-puzzle creator Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock) falls head over heels in love with Steve (Bradley... [More]
Directed By: Phil Traill

#34

Serena (2014)
16%

#34
Adjusted Score: 20014%
Critics Consensus: Serena unites an impressive array of talent on either side of the cameras -- then leaves viewers to wonder how it all went so wrong.
Synopsis: In Depression-era North Carolina, the barren wife (Jennifer Lawrence) of an ambitious timber baron (Bradley Cooper) sets out to murder... [More]
Directed By: Susanne Bier

#33

Valentine's Day (2010)
18%

#33
Adjusted Score: 24076%
Critics Consensus: Eager to please and stuffed with stars, Valentine's Day squanders its promise with a frantic, episodic plot and an abundance of rom-com cliches.
Synopsis: In a series of interconnected stories, various Los Angeles residents (Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper) wend their way through... [More]
Directed By: Garry Marshall

#32

Aloha (2015)
20%

#32
Adjusted Score: 25439%
Critics Consensus: Meandering and insubstantial, Aloha finds writer-director Cameron Crowe at his most sentimental and least compelling.
Synopsis: While on assignment in Oahu, Hawaii, military contractor Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) reconnects with his old flame Tracy Woodside (Rachel... [More]
Directed By: Cameron Crowe

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 28224%
Critics Consensus: Less a comedy than an angrily dark action thriller, The Hangover Part III diverges from the series' rote formula but offers nothing compelling in its place.
Synopsis: It's been two years since the gang known as the Wolfpack narrowly escaped disaster in Bangkok. Now, Phil (Bradley Cooper),... [More]
Directed By: Todd Phillips

#30

Case 39 (2009)
21%

#30
Adjusted Score: 22269%
Critics Consensus: Director Christian Alvert has a certain stylish flair, but it's wasted on Case 39's frightless, unoriginal plot.
Synopsis: In her many years as a social worker, Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) thinks she has seen it all -- until... [More]
Directed By: Christian Alvart

#29

The Words (2012)
24%

#29
Adjusted Score: 29022%
Critics Consensus: Neither as clever nor as interesting as it appears to think it is, The Words maroons its talented stars in an overly complex, dramatically inert literary thriller that's ultimately a poor substitute for a good book.
Synopsis: When shallow wannabe-writer Rory (Bradley Cooper) finds an old manuscript tucked away in a bag, he decides to pass the... [More]

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 29241%
Critics Consensus: The few comic gags sprinkled throughout the movie fail to spice up this formulaic rom-com.
Synopsis: A young man (Matthew McConaughey) continues to live at the home of parents who, in desperation to push him out... [More]
Directed By: Tom Dey

#27

Burnt (2015)
28%

#27
Adjusted Score: 33172%
Critics Consensus: Burnt offers a few spoonfuls of compelling culinary drama, but they're lost in a watery goulash dominated by an unsavory main character and overdone clichés.
Synopsis: Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) was once a top chef in Paris until drugs and alcohol led to a meltdown that... [More]
Directed By: John Wells

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 42727%
Critics Consensus: A crueler, darker, raunchier carbon copy of the first installment, The Hangover Part II lacks the element of surprise -- and most of the joy -- that helped make the original a hit.
Synopsis: Two years after the disastrous events in Las Vegas, it is now Stu's (Ed Helms) turn to walk down the... [More]
Directed By: Todd Phillips

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 40250%
Critics Consensus: Like many anthologies, New York, I Love You has problems of consistency, but it isn't without its moments.
Synopsis: On the eve of her wedding, a Hasidic woman (Natalie Portman) considers a romance with another man, in one of... [More]

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 40409%
Critics Consensus: Wet Hot American Summer's incredibly talented cast is too often outmatched by a deeply silly script that misses its targets at least as often as it skewers them.
Synopsis: Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, "Wet Hot American Summer" follows a group... [More]
Directed By: David Wain

#23
Adjusted Score: 47692%
Critics Consensus: Despite the best efforts of a talented cast, He's Just Not That Into You devotes too little time to each of its protagonists, thus reducing them to stereotypes.
Synopsis: Baltimore-based friends and lovers, all in their 20s and 30s, try to navigate their way through the complexities of modern... [More]
Directed By: Ken Kwapis

#22

Yes Man (2008)
46%

#22
Adjusted Score: 51994%
Critics Consensus: Jim Carrey's comic convulsions are the only bright spots in this otherwise dim and predictable comedy.
Synopsis: Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) is stuck in a rut with his negative ways. Then he goes to a self-help seminar... [More]
Directed By: Peyton Reed

#21

Hit & Run (2012)
48%

#21
Adjusted Score: 53445%
Critics Consensus: Though Hit & Run has some surprisingly oft-kilter filmmaking, the action doesn't add to much and the writing's a bit smug.
Synopsis: Charlie Bronson (Dax Shepard), a nice guy with a shady past as a getaway driver, breaks out of the witness... [More]
Directed By: Dax Shepard, David Palmer

#20

The A-Team (2010)
49%

#20
Adjusted Score: 56211%
Critics Consensus: The A-Team assembles a top-rate cast only to ditch the show's appealingly silly premise for explosive yet muddled blockbuster filmmaking.
Synopsis: A man who loves when a plan comes together, Hannibal Smith (Liam Neeson) leads a close-knit team of elite operatives.... [More]
Directed By: Joe Carnahan

#19

Joy (2015)
60%

#19
Adjusted Score: 70280%
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

#18

War Dogs (2016)
61%

#18
Adjusted Score: 74629%
Critics Consensus: War Dogs rises on the strength of Jonah Hill's compelling performance to take a lightly entertaining look at troubling real-world events.
Synopsis: With the war in Iraq raging on, a young man (Jonah Hill) offers his childhood friend a chance to make... [More]
Directed By: Todd Phillips

#17

My Little Eye (2002)
67%

#17
Adjusted Score: 52363%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: As part of an Internet reality show, five people sign up to spend six months in a mansion while cameras... [More]
Directed By: Marc Evans

#16

Limitless (2011)
69%

#16
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

#15

The Mule (2018)
71%

#15
Adjusted Score: 81208%
Critics Consensus: A flawed yet enjoyable late-period Eastwood entry, The Mule stubbornly retains its footing despite a few missteps on its occasionally unpredictable path.
Synopsis: Broke, alone and facing foreclosure on his business, 90-year-old horticulturist Earl Stone takes a job as a drug courier for... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

#14

American Sniper (2014)
72%

#14
Adjusted Score: 84400%
Critics Consensus: Powered by Clint Eastwood's sure-handed direction and a gripping central performance from Bradley Cooper, American Sniper delivers a tense, vivid tribute to its real-life subject.
Synopsis: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) takes his sole mission -- protect his comrades -- to heart and becomes... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 72502%
Critics Consensus: A creative and energetic adaptation of a Clive Barker short story, with enough scares and thrills to be a potential cult classic.
Synopsis: When struggling photographer Leon Kaufman (Bradley Cooper) meets the owner of a prominent art gallery, he sees a chance for... [More]
Directed By: Ryûhei Kitamura

#12

Wedding Crashers (2005)
76%

#12
Adjusted Score: 82402%
Critics Consensus: Wedding Crashers is both raunchy and sweet, and features top-notch comic performances from Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
Synopsis: Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) and John (Owen Wilson) are divorce mediators who spend their free time crashing wedding receptions. For the... [More]
Directed By: David Dobkin

#11
Adjusted Score: 86075%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious to a fault, The Place Beyond the Pines finds writer/director Derek Cianfrance reaching for -- and often grasping -- thorny themes of family, fatherhood, and fate.
Synopsis: In upstate New York, two men (Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper), and later, their sons (Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen) must deal... [More]
Directed By: Derek Cianfrance

#10

The Hangover (2009)
78%

#10
Adjusted Score: 87951%
Critics Consensus: With a clever script and hilarious interplay among the cast, The Hangover nails just the right tone of raunchy humor, and the non-stop laughs overshadow any flaw.
Synopsis: Two days before his wedding, Doug (Justin Bartha) and three friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) drive to Las... [More]
Directed By: Todd Phillips

#9

Nightmare Alley (2021)
80%

#9
Adjusted Score: 93828%
Critics Consensus: While it may not hit quite as hard as the original, Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley is a modern noir thriller with a pleasantly pulpy spin.
Synopsis: When charismatic but down-on-his-luck Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband... [More]
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

#8
Adjusted Score: 116210%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humor add up to a sequel that's almost as fun -- if not quite as thrillingly fresh -- as its predecessor.
Synopsis: Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 114162%
Critics Consensus: Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.
Synopsis: Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet --... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#6

A Star Is Born (2018)
90%

#6
Adjusted Score: 121924%
Critics Consensus: With appealing leads, deft direction, and an affecting love story, A Star Is Born is a remake done right -- and a reminder that some stories can be just as effective in the retelling.
Synopsis: Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers -- and falls in love with -- struggling artist Ally. She has just about given... [More]
Directed By: Bradley Cooper

#5

Licorice Pizza (2021)
91%

#5
Adjusted Score: 103872%
Critics Consensus: Licorice Pizza finds Paul Thomas Anderson shifting into a surprisingly comfortable gear -- and getting potentially star-making performances out of his fresh-faced leads.
Synopsis: Alana Kane and Gary Valentine grow up, run around and fall in love in California's San Fernando Valley in the... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 102326%
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

#3

American Hustle (2013)
92%

#3
Adjusted Score: 103254%
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

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 105695%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect -- as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.
Synopsis: Brash space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 127912%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel's epic Infinity Saga.
Synopsis: Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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All Ben Affleck Movies Ranked

Ben Affleck chose the right friends early on: His first notable appearance was in 1992’s School Ties, which happened to co-star Matt Damon. The two would go on to become household names after co-writing and co-starring in the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting. And a few years after School Ties, Affleck starred in Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy, and is now a regular fixture in Smith’s View Askewniverse. Damon, Smith, and Affleck would all work together in 1999’s iconoclastic Dogma.

Later on in his career, Affleck would pal around with Michael Bay, creating two bombastic feasts together: Armageddon and Pearl Harbor. He’s worked with some of the most legendary directors of their time, like John Woo (Paycheck), John Frankenhemier (Reindeer Games), Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused), and David Fincher (Gone Girl) — experiences we’re sure all went into Affleck’s own directing career, which culminated in the Best Picture-winning Argo.

Affleck’s recent stint in the DCEU has left his image relatively unscathed: His Batman was considered among the best things out of Batman v Superman and Justice League. And after some highly public personal issues and with his last directorial effort, Live By Night, a Rotten bomb, Affleck’s now on something of a comeback trail for 2020. The Last Thing He Wanted‘s single-digit Tomatometer was probably the last thing Affleck wanted at this point. But his 2020 sports drama The Way Back transcended the inspirational sports template, giving him a meaty role to sink his teeth into, and it impressed critics along the way. Next, he’ll be directing an adaptation of The Big Goodbye, which details the making of 1974’s Chinatown. Until then, we’re ranking all Ben Affleck movies by Tomatometer!

#46
#46
Adjusted Score: 8080%
Critics Consensus: It'll be the last thing most viewers want, too.
Synopsis: When she helps her father broker an arms deal, a reporter becomes involved in the story she's trying to break.... [More]
Directed By: Dee Rees

#45

Gigli (2003)
6%

#45
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

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 10795%
Critics Consensus: Surviving Christmas is unpleasant characters attacking each other for 90 minutes before delivering a typical, hollow anti-consumerist message
Synopsis: A wealthy executive, Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) has no close relationships and becomes nostalgic for his childhood home as Christmas... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mitchell

#43

Runner Runner (2013)
7%

#43
Adjusted Score: 11463%
Critics Consensus: It has an impressive cast and an intriguing premise, but Runner Runner wastes them on a bland, haphazardly assembled thriller with very little payoff.
Synopsis: Believing that he has been swindled, Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake) goes to Costa Rica to confront online-gambling tycoon... [More]
Directed By: Brad Furman

#42

Phantoms (1998)
13%

#42
Adjusted Score: 13070%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The resort town of Snowfield, Colo., is under attack by an evil spirit that almost wipes out the entire population,... [More]
Directed By: Joe Chappelle

#41

Pearl Harbor (2001)
24%

#41
Adjusted Score: 31703%
Critics Consensus: Pearl Harbor tries to be the Titanic of war movies, but it's just a tedious romance filled with laughably bad dialogue. The 40 minute action sequence is spectacular though.
Synopsis: This sweeping drama, based on real historical events, follows American boyhood friends Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) and Danny Walker (Josh... [More]
Directed By: Michael Bay

#40

Reindeer Games (2000)
26%

#40
Adjusted Score: 27988%
Critics Consensus: Despite a decent cast, subpar acting and a contrived plot disappointed reviewers.
Synopsis: Just released from prison, all Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) wants is to start a new life with Ashley (Charlize Theron),... [More]
Directed By: John Frankenheimer

#39

Paycheck (2003)
27%

#39
Adjusted Score: 31168%
Critics Consensus: Though Dick's short story has an intriguing premise, Woo reduces it to a lot of meaningless chases, shoot-outs, and explosions.
Synopsis: Michael Jennings (Ben Affleck) is a top-notch reverse engineer. Corporations pay him to crack the secrets of their competitors' products.... [More]
Directed By: John Woo

#38
Adjusted Score: 56047%
Critics Consensus: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story -- and some of America's most iconic superheroes -- in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.
Synopsis: It's been nearly two years since Superman's (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis.... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#37

200 Cigarettes (1999)
30%

#37
Adjusted Score: 31291%
Critics Consensus: A clumsy and scattered comedy with a poorly executed script.
Synopsis: This ensemble comedy follows an array of young people in New York City on New Year's Eve. Among the numerous... [More]
Directed By: Risa Bramon Garcia

#36

Smokin' Aces (2007)
31%

#36
Adjusted Score: 36612%
Critics Consensus: A violent mess of a movie, Smokin' Aces has some Quentin Tarantino's style but not much of his wit or humor.
Synopsis: Sleazy entertainer Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) incurs the wrath of crime boss Primo Sparazza when he agrees to testify... [More]
Directed By: Joe Carnahan

#35

The Third Wheel (2002)
33%

#35
Adjusted Score: 7507%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Stanley met Diana, he hadn't been on a date in years. She was easily the most appealing woman he'd... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Brady

#34

Live by Night (2016)
34%

#34
Adjusted Score: 51861%
Critics Consensus: Live by Night boasts visual style and an impressive cast, but they're lost in a would-be crime saga that finds producer, director, and star Ben Affleck revisiting familiar themes to diminishing effect.
Synopsis: It's the Roaring `20s and Prohibition hasn't stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The... [More]
Directed By: Ben Affleck

#33

Man About Town (2006)
38%

#33
Adjusted Score: 14164%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Hollywood agent Jack Giamoro (Ben Affleck) has a ruthless dedication to his work and a tendency to neglect his wife,... [More]
Directed By: Mike Binder

#32

Armageddon (1998)
38%

#32
Adjusted Score: 44955%
Critics Consensus: Lovely to look at but about as intelligent as the asteroid that serves as the movie's antagonist, Armageddon slickly sums up the cinematic legacies of producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay.
Synopsis: When an asteroid threatens to collide with Earth, NASA honcho Dan Truman (Billy Bob Thornton) determines the only way to... [More]
Directed By: Michael Bay

#31

Justice League (2017)
40%

#31
Adjusted Score: 69877%
Critics Consensus: Justice League leaps over a number of DC movies, but its single bound isn't enough to shed the murky aesthetic, thin characters, and chaotic action that continue to dog the franchise.
Synopsis: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#30
Adjusted Score: 47692%
Critics Consensus: Despite the best efforts of a talented cast, He's Just Not That Into You devotes too little time to each of its protagonists, thus reducing them to stereotypes.
Synopsis: Baltimore-based friends and lovers, all in their 20s and 30s, try to navigate their way through the complexities of modern... [More]
Directed By: Ken Kwapis

#29

Jersey Girl (2004)
42%

#29
Adjusted Score: 48317%
Critics Consensus: A surprisingly conventional romantic comedy from Kevin Smith, Jersey Girl is warm but often overly sentimental.
Synopsis: Ollie Trinke (Ben Affleck) is young and at the top of his game as a music promoter. He is both... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Smith

#28

Daredevil (2003)
44%

#28
Adjusted Score: 50992%
Critics Consensus: While Ben Affleck fits the role and the story is sporadically interesting, Daredevil is ultimately a dull, brooding origin story that fails to bring anything new to the genre.
Synopsis: Attorney Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) is blind, but his other four senses function with superhuman sharpness. By day, Murdock represents... [More]
Directed By: Mark Steven Johnson

#27

Forces of Nature (1999)
45%

#27
Adjusted Score: 47394%
Critics Consensus: A distinct lack of chemistry between Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock, coupled with a screwball sensibility that's a touch too screwy, scupper Forces of Nature's modest ambition to serve up romantic charm.
Synopsis: All Ben Holmes (Ben Affleck) wants to do is make it from New York to Savannah, Ga., in time for... [More]
Directed By: Bronwen Hughes

#26

To the Wonder (2012)
47%

#26
Adjusted Score: 52925%
Critics Consensus: To the Wonder demonstrates Terrence Malick's gift for beautiful images, but its narrative is overly somber and emotionally unsatisfying.
Synopsis: A man (Ben Affleck) reconnects with a childhood sweetheart (Rachel McAdams) after problems arise in his relationship with the Frenchwoman... [More]
Directed By: Terrence Malick

#25

Bounce (2000)
53%

#25
Adjusted Score: 55785%
Critics Consensus: Critics say Bounce is more of a thud. Plot turns feel cliched and contrived, and the romance between Paltrow and Affleck fails to engage.
Synopsis: Buddy is fearlessly confident and wildly charming, his clients love him, and thanks to his good looks, so do woman.... [More]
Directed By: Don Roos

#24

The Accountant (2016)
52%

#24
Adjusted Score: 68957%
Critics Consensus: The Accountant writes off a committed performance from Ben Affleck, leaving viewers with a scattershot action thriller beset by an array of ill-advised deductions.
Synopsis: Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Using a small-town CPA office... [More]
Directed By: Gavin O'Connor

#23
Adjusted Score: 57819%
Critics Consensus: Fans can expect a good laugh as the cast from Smith's previous films reunite for Jay and Silent Bob's last bow. The loose plotting and crude language may be too much for others though.
Synopsis: When Jay and Silent Bob learn that a "Bluntman and Chronic" movie is being made featuring their comic book counterparts,... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Smith

#22

Mallrats (1995)
57%

#22
Adjusted Score: 59651%
Critics Consensus: Mallrats colorfully expands the View Askewniverse, even if its snootchie has lost a few of the bootchies boasted by its beloved predecessor.
Synopsis: T.S. (Jeremy London) and his best friend, Brodie (Jason Lee), take a trip to the mall after their girlfriends break... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Smith

#21

School Ties (1992)
60%

#21
Adjusted Score: 62876%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When David Greene (Brendan Fraser) receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s, he feels pressure... [More]
Directed By: Robert Mandel

#20

Extract (2009)
62%

#20
Adjusted Score: 69602%
Critics Consensus: Extract has some very funny moments and several fine performances, but the film feels slighter and more uneven than Mike Judge's previous work.
Synopsis: The owner of a factory that produces flavor extracts, Joel Reynold (Jason Bateman) seems to have it all, but really... [More]
Directed By: Mike Judge

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 67758%
Critics Consensus: Fan-focused to a fault, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot tries to mock the same audience nostalgia it's mining -- and pulls it off often enough to satisfy the faithful.
Synopsis: Jay and Silent Bob embark on a cross-country mission to stop Hollywood from filming a reboot based on them.... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Smith

#18

Boiler Room (2000)
66%

#18
Adjusted Score: 69564%
Critics Consensus: Its ending is disappointingly tidy, but Boiler Room boasts just enough sharp writing and brisk pacing to make getting there worthwhile.
Synopsis: Welcome to the infamous "boiler room" -- where twenty something millionaires are made overnight. Here, in the inner sanctum of... [More]
Directed By: Ben Younger

#17

Dogma (1999)
67%

#17
Adjusted Score: 72586%
Critics Consensus: Provocative and audacious, Dogma is an uneven but thoughtful religious satire that's both respectful and irreverent.
Synopsis: Two fallen angels who were ejected from paradise find themselves banned in Wisconsin. They are now headed for New Jersey... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Smith

#16

The Company Men (2010)
67%

#16
Adjusted Score: 73324%
Critics Consensus: It might be hard for most viewers to identify with The Company Men's well-heeled protagonists, but writer/director John Wells uses their plight to make universally resonant points -- and gets the most out of his excellent cast.
Synopsis: A young executive at a shipping and manufacturing conglomerate, Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) is on the fast track to the... [More]
Directed By: John Wells

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 68645%
Critics Consensus: Its themes may feel overly familiar, but Going All the Way is set apart from other period coming-of-age films by the strength of its performances.
Synopsis: Korean War--era veterans and ex-classmates "Gunner" Casselman (Ben Affleck) and "Sonny" Burns (Jeremy Davies) reunite upon their return home. Gunner,... [More]
Directed By: Mark Pellington

#14

Hollywoodland (2006)
68%

#14
Adjusted Score: 75860%
Critics Consensus: More than a movie star murder mystery, Hollywoodland takes it slow in order to reveal the intriguing details of the rise and fall of superstar fame.
Synopsis: A detective (Adrien Brody) uncovers unexpected links to his own personal life as he probes the mysterious death of "Superman"... [More]
Directed By: Allen Coulter

#13

Triple Frontier (2019)
71%

#13
Adjusted Score: 77995%
Critics Consensus: An outstanding cast and ambitious story help Triple Frontier overcome an uneven narrative -- and elevate the end result above a crowded field of grim and gritty heist thrillers.
Synopsis: Former Special Forces operatives reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. For the... [More]
Directed By: J.C. Chandor

#12
Adjusted Score: 86825%
Critics Consensus: Zack Snyder's Justice League lives up to its title with a sprawling cut that expands to fit the director's vision -- and should satisfy the fans who willed it into existence.
Synopsis: In ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman's (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#11

Changing Lanes (2002)
77%

#11
Adjusted Score: 80763%
Critics Consensus: Though some may find its conclusion unsatisfying, Changing Lanes is a tense, well-crafted exploration of meaty ethical dilemmas.
Synopsis: A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that... [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell

#10

The Way Back (2020)
84%

#10
Adjusted Score: 97954%
Critics Consensus: The Way Back's occasionally frustrating treatment of a formulaic story is often outweighed by Ben Affleck's outstanding work in the central role.
Synopsis: Jack Cunningham was a high school basketball superstar who suddenly walked away from the game for unknown reasons. Years later,... [More]
Directed By: Gavin O'Connor

#9

State of Play (2009)
84%

#9
Adjusted Score: 92861%
Critics Consensus: A taut, well-acted political thriller, State of Play overcomes some unsubtle plot twists with an intelligent script and swift direction.
Synopsis: Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is a rising star in Washington; handsome, unflappable and seemingly honorable, he's seen as his... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Macdonald

#8

Daddy and Them (2001)
86%

#8
Adjusted Score: 26692%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Welcome to America's Heartland, home of hurricanes, tornadoes, heat waves... and Claude (Billy Bob Thornton) and Ruby (Laura Dern) Montgomery.... [More]
Directed By: Billy Bob Thornton

#7

Chasing Amy (1997)
87%

#7
Adjusted Score: 92430%
Critics Consensus: Although Chasing Amy's depiction of queer sexuality is frustratingly clumsy, it handles an array of thorny themes with a mixture of sensitivity, raw honesty, and writer-director Kevin Smith's signature raunchy humor.
Synopsis: Holden and Banky are best friends and authors of a popular comic book. Holden falls in love with Alyssa, who... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Smith

#6

Gone Girl (2014)
87%

#6
Adjusted Score: 103152%
Critics Consensus: Dark, intelligent, and stylish to a fault, Gone Girl plays to director David Fincher's sick strengths while bringing the best out of stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.
Synopsis: In Carthage, Mo., former New York-based writer Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and his glamorous wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) present a... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 96009%
Critics Consensus: Featuring an excellent ensemble cast, a precise feel for the 1970s, and a killer soundtrack, Dazed and Confused is a funny, affectionate, and clear-eyed look at high school life.
Synopsis: This coming-of-age film follows the mayhem of group of rowdy teenagers in Austin, Texas, celebrating the last day of high... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 100119%
Critics Consensus: Endlessly witty, visually rapturous, and sweetly romantic, Shakespeare in Love is a delightful romantic comedy that succeeds on nearly every level.
Synopsis: "Shakespeare in Love" is a romantic comedy for the 1990s set in the 1590s. It imaginatively unfolds the witty, sexy... [More]
Directed By: John Madden

#3

The Town (2010)
92%

#3
Adjusted Score: 99975%
Critics Consensus: Tense, smartly written, and wonderfully cast, The Town proves that Ben Affleck has rediscovered his muse -- and that he's a director to be reckoned with.
Synopsis: Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) leads a band of ruthless bank robbers and has no real attachments except for James (Jeremy... [More]
Directed By: Ben Affleck

#2

Argo (2012)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: 110942%
Critics Consensus: Tense, exciting, and often darkly comic, Argo recreates a historical event with vivid attention to detail and finely wrought characters.
Synopsis: On Nov. 4, 1979, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, taking 66 American hostages. Amid the chaos, six... [More]
Directed By: Ben Affleck

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 101368%
Critics Consensus: It follows a predictable narrative arc, but Good Will Hunting adds enough quirks to the journey -- and is loaded with enough powerful performances -- that it remains an entertaining, emotionally rich drama.
Synopsis: Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves... [More]
Directed By: Gus Van Sant

Drama series Love stars Paul Rust, Gillian Jacobs (Netflix)

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Netflix Romantic Comedies Ranked by Tomatometer

Romantic comedies have a unique Catch-22: They are both beloved by their fans and often despised by jaded critics who review them.

Thankfully for those who love a good meet-cute, Netflix understands the marketability of the former and has fallen head-over-heels with the genre. The streaming giant has bankrolled Netflix Originals series and films with a variety of takes on romantic comedies, giving us 2018’s Set It Up and the teen dream that is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and its 2020 sequel, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, as well as dramedies like Sex Education and Love. Netflix also helped with 2019’s Keanaissance, thanks to John Wick star Keanu Reeves’ stellar cameo in Ali Wong and Randall Park’s Always Be My Maybe.

Love doesn’t always conquer all in this genre, however. Netflix’s 2018 film The Kissing Booth fell flat with critics, scoring 17% on the Tomatometer, despite starring former teen rom-com goddess Molly Ringwald, but the Netflix original film was a hit with viewers, scoring a 60% Audience Score, and Netflix reporting that one in three viewers have rewatched the film. No wonder the streaming channel ordered a sequel, The Kissing Booth 2, which is scheduled to premiere in 2020.

But which of Netflix’s rom-coms is the best for a night of cozying up on your couch? We’ll definitely kiss and tell! Below, we rank all of Netflix’s romantic comedies based on their Tomatometer scores.

Is your favorite Netflix rom-com missing? Tell us in the comments.

Added 05/29The Lovebirds, The Wrong Missy, I Love You, Stupid (Te quiero, Imbécil).

#59

To Each, Her Own (2018)
17%

#59
Adjusted Score: 6168%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Simone believes she's a lesbian, but she suddenly finds herself attracted to a man.... [More]
Directed By: Myriam Aziza

#58
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Individually, Sanjay and Karina don't earn enough to be able to buy a home, so they enter into a marriage... [More]
Directed By: Anand Tiwari

#57

Blockbuster (2017)

#57
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Dumped over a video he made to amuse his ailing dad, a heartsick man hatches an elaborate scheme to win... [More]
Directed By: July Hygreck

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A woman is stuck being everyone's bridesmaid. Deciding to no longer be a lady-in-waiting, she bravely reenters the dating scene.... [More]
Directed By: Trey Haley

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Maddy and Cole were inseparable friends until high school started and Maddy became the most popular girl on campus. When... [More]
Directed By: Benny Fine

#54

Naked (2017)
0%

#54
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Rob Anderson is all set to marry the girl of his dreams, but can't quite get to the altar. He... [More]
Directed By: Michael Tiddes

#53

The Last Summer (2019)
29%

#53
Adjusted Score: 12869%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: High school graduates wrestle with love and friendship during their final summer together before heading off to college.... [More]
Directed By: William Bindley

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 12529%
Critics Consensus: The Kissing Booth deploys every rom-com cliché in the book with little care given to achieving any real sentiment.
Synopsis: A high school student finds herself face-to-face with her long-term crush when she signs up to run a kissing booth... [More]
Directed By: Vince Marcello

#51

Valentine's Day (2010)
18%

#51
Adjusted Score: 24076%
Critics Consensus: Eager to please and stuffed with stars, Valentine's Day squanders its promise with a frantic, episodic plot and an abundance of rom-com cliches.
Synopsis: In a series of interconnected stories, various Los Angeles residents (Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper) wend their way through... [More]
Directed By: Garry Marshall

#50
Adjusted Score: 32554%
Critics Consensus: A retread of A Christmas Carol, featuring Matthew McConaughey in a retread of his Dazed and Confused role, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past lacks originality, humor, and any semblance of charm.
Synopsis: Celebrity photographer Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) lives life in the fast lane, committed to bachelorhood and simultaneous relationships with multiple... [More]
Directed By: Mark Waters

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 34495%
Critics Consensus: Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel make a charming couple with plenty of chemistry, but that isn't enough to make up for Life as We Know It's formulaic plot and poorly written script.
Synopsis: After a disastrous first date, the only things Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) and Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel) have in common... [More]
Directed By: Greg Berlanti

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 31221%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Abbie is diagnosed with cancer, she embarks on a humorous mission to find a new love for Sam, her... [More]
Directed By: Stephanie Laing

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 12722%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A photographer inherits an antique Advent calendar that seems to predict her future -- including a budding romance.... [More]
Directed By: Bradley Walsh

#46
Adjusted Score: 25999%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Amber and Richard host royals from a faraway kingdom to renew a sacred truce, but when the priceless treaty disappears,... [More]
Directed By: John Schultz

#45

The Wrong Missy (2020)
33%

#45
Adjusted Score: 35306%
Critics Consensus: Lauren Lapkus lifts The Wrong Missy above abject failure, but this lazy comedy will be the wrong option for all but the most Happy Madison-starved viewers.
Synopsis: Disaster strikes when a man invites his dream girl to an island resort -- but a previous blind date shows... [More]
Directed By: Tyler Spindel

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 19433%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: To keep her spirits high when their son leaves for college, Manhattanite Kate Conrad (Kristin Davis) has booked a 'second... [More]
Directed By: Ernie Barbarash

#43
Adjusted Score: 47692%
Critics Consensus: Despite the best efforts of a talented cast, He's Just Not That Into You devotes too little time to each of its protagonists, thus reducing them to stereotypes.
Synopsis: Baltimore-based friends and lovers, all in their 20s and 30s, try to navigate their way through the complexities of modern... [More]
Directed By: Ken Kwapis

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 23104%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Before ambitious heiress Ellen Langford can inherit her father's business, she must deliver a special Christmas card to her dad's... [More]
Directed By: Ernie Barbarash

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 43478%
Critics Consensus: Much like its protagonist, When We First Met struggles in the cinematic "friend zone" -- and will face a slew of viewer breakups before finding much in the way of true love.
Synopsis: After spending a night with the girl of his dreams only to become just friends, a man gets the opportunity... [More]
Directed By: Ari Sandel

#40

Tall Girl (2019)
38%

#40
Adjusted Score: 32431%
Critics Consensus: While charming at times, Tall Girl is mostly an uninspired teen comedy that fails to bring anything new to the genre.
Synopsis: Jodi (Ava Michelle) has always been the tallest girl in school -- and she's always been uncomfortable with it. After... [More]
Directed By: Nzingha Stewart

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 25443%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring:
Directed By:

#38

Murder Mystery (2019)
45%

#38
Adjusted Score: 47530%
Critics Consensus: Murder Mystery reunites Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler for a lightweight comedy that's content to settle for merely mediocre.
Synopsis: A New York cop and his wife go on a European vacation to reinvigorate the spark in their marriage. A... [More]
Directed By: Kyle Newacheck

#37

Like Father (2018)
46%

#37
Adjusted Score: 47634%
Critics Consensus: Like Father unites an alarmingly talented cast for a predictable rom-com that does nothing to counter the negative stereotypes surrounding the genre.
Synopsis: Left at the altar, a young executive takes her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with the last person she ever expected --... [More]
Directed By: Lauren Miller Rogen

#36
Adjusted Score: 50157%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A year after Amber helped Richard secure the crown, the two are set to tie the knot in a royal... [More]
Directed By: John Schultz

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 36796%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After losing his girlfriend and his job, Marcos' life is turned upside down, and then he meets Raquel.... [More]
Directed By: Laura Mañá

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 61442%
Critics Consensus: Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, but her movie's okay - largely thanks to Shannon Purser's work in the title role, which is strong enough to counter an uneven narrative.
Synopsis: A case of mistaken identity leads to an unexpected romance when a teen joins forces with a popular student to... [More]
Directed By: Ian Samuels

#33
Adjusted Score: 31868%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Michael Steiner

#32

The Perfect Date (2019)
67%

#32
Adjusted Score: 66182%
Critics Consensus: Though it may not be the perfect romcom, The Perfect Date's endearing leads still manage to show viewers a fun -- if overly familiar -- time.
Synopsis: A high school student creates an app to offer his services as a fake date to make money for college.... [More]
Directed By: Chris Nelson

#31

Falling Inn Love (2019)
67%

#31
Adjusted Score: 66379%
Critics Consensus: Warm and welcoming, Falling Inn Love doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it will give those looking for a cozy new romantic comedy a nice place to lay their heads.
Synopsis: Romance and remodeling collide when a corporate executive wins a New Zealand inn that lacks curb appeal.... [More]
Directed By: Roger Kumble

#30

The Lovebirds (2020)
66%

#30
Adjusted Score: 76919%
Critics Consensus: If the breezily enjoyable The Lovebirds feels like a little less than the sum of its parts, it's still an enjoyable showcase for the talents of its well-matched stars.
Synopsis: Accused of murder, a desperate couple embark on a dangerous quest to solve the mystery and clear their names.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Showalter

#29

Ibiza (2018)
67%

#29
Adjusted Score: 66542%
Critics Consensus: Ibiza settles into an amiable comedic groove enlivened by its talented stars, even if the end result is fittingly somewhat narratively hazy.
Synopsis: Harper, a single 30-something New Yorker, lets loose on a business trip to Barcelona, leading to a flirty encounter with... [More]
Directed By: Alex Richanbach

#28
Adjusted Score: 66379%
Critics Consensus: While its plot borders on the absurd, The Knight Before Christmas is endearing and charming enough to make it a worthy addition to the holiday rom-com genre.
Synopsis: A medieval knight is transported to the present day, where he falls for a high school science teacher who's disillusioned... [More]
Directed By: Monika Mitchell

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 63608%
Critics Consensus: Smart and socially conscious, Nappily Ever After depicts black female empowerment in a fresh way, but the film relies too heavily on romantic comedy tropes.
Synopsis: A soulful barber helps a woman piece her life back together after an accident at her hair salon makes her... [More]
Directed By: Haifaa Al-Mansour

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 62184%
Critics Consensus: Predictable but sweet, A Christmas Prince is pleasant enough to pass the time during the holiday season.
Synopsis: Christmas comes early for an aspiring young journalist when she's sent abroad to get the scoop on a dashing prince... [More]
Directed By: Alex Zamm

#25
Adjusted Score: 80348%
Critics Consensus: To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You may feel like little more than an amiable postscript to its predecessor, but fans of the original should still find this a swoonworthy sequel.
Synopsis: As her relationship with Peter continues to grow, Lara Jean reunites with another recipient of one of her old love... [More]
Directed By: Michael Fimognari

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 63865%
Critics Consensus: The Princess Switch offers a healthy dose of charming, light-hearted, twin-swap fun and is delightful viewing for any hopeless romantic.
Synopsis: One week before Christmas, a duchess switches places with an ordinary woman from Chicago, who looks exactly like her, and... [More]
Directed By: Mike Rohl

#23
Adjusted Score: 78748%
Critics Consensus: The Fundamentals of Caring gets maximum mileage out of the chemistry between its well-matched leads as it follows a fairly well-worn coming-of-age road trip route.
Synopsis: A writer (Paul Rudd) retires after a personal tragedy and becomes a disabled teen's caregiver. When the two embark on... [More]
Directed By: Rob Burnett

She's Gotta Have It (2017)
78%

#22
Synopsis: Iconic filmmaker Spike Lee revisits his first feature film with this Netflix original series of the same name. Brooklyn-based artist... [More]

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 25700%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A chauvinist gets a taste of his own medicine when he wakes up in a world dominated by women.... [More]
Directed By: Eleonore Pourriat

#20

Alex Strangelove (2018)
81%

#20
Adjusted Score: 80671%
Critics Consensus: Alex Strangelove offers a refreshingly insightful -- and fittingly adult -- take on teen sexuality enlivened by smart humor and a fearlessly progressive approach.
Synopsis: A high school senior plans on losing his virginity to his girlfriend. Things get complicated when he meets a handsome... [More]
Directed By: Craig Johnson

#19

Let It Snow (2019)
81%

#19
Adjusted Score: 81773%
Critics Consensus: Comfortably cliché, Let It Snow wears its influences on its sleeve, but works anyway thanks an excellent ensemble and just the right amount of holiday cheer.
Synopsis: A snowstorm brings a group of young people together.... [More]
Directed By: Luke Snellin

#18

Someone Great (2019)
83%

#18
Adjusted Score: 85480%
Critics Consensus: What Someone Great lacks in originality it makes up for in relatability and charm, thanks in large part to the undeniable chemistry between its talented leads.
Synopsis: Dumped by her long-term boyfriend, a music journalist recruits her two best friends for one last outrageous adventure in New... [More]

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 31997%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: On their three-year anniversary, Molly and Sam are at a crossroads and need to decide whether to move forward or... [More]
Directed By: Jared Stern

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 91849%
Critics Consensus: As can be expected from a Tim Burton movie, Corpse Bride is whimsically macabre, visually imaginative, and emotionally bittersweet.
Synopsis: Victor (Johnny Depp) and Victoria's (Emily Watson) families have arranged their marriage. Though they like each other, Victor is nervous... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

#15

Win It All (2017)
85%

#15
Adjusted Score: 87151%
Critics Consensus: Win It All finds writer-director Joe Swanberg working in a comparatively mainstream vein -- and striking another collaborative spark with leading man Jake Johnson.
Synopsis: A small-time gambler (Jake Johnson) agrees to stash a duffel bag for an acquaintance who is heading to prison. When... [More]
Directed By: Joe Swanberg

#14
Adjusted Score: 91789%
Critics Consensus: The Incredible Jessica James makes its standard storyline feel new, almost purely on the strength of a captivating, potentially star-making performance from Jessica Williams.
Synopsis: Jessica, an aspiring playwright in New York City, is trying to get over a recent break-up when she meets Boone,... [More]
Directed By: Jim Strouse

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 89086%
Critics Consensus: The Breaker Upperers brings the laughs early and often, thanks to the dry wit -- and effervescent chemistry -- of writer-director-star duo Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami.
Synopsis: Two cynical women create an agency that helps break up couples in an attempt to avoid moving on with their... [More]

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 94500%
Critics Consensus: Carried by the infectious charms of Ali Wong and Randall Park, Always Be My Maybe takes familiar rom-com beats and cleverly layers in smart social commentary to find its own sweet groove.
Synopsis: Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don't speak for 15 years. They reconnect as adults when Sasha runs into... [More]
Directed By: Nahnatchka Khan

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 90455%
Critics Consensus: Our Souls at Night honors the quiet strength of its source material by offering a simple yet sturdy canvas for two talented veteran leads to bring its story to life.
Synopsis: Addie Moore and Louis Waters, a widow and widower, have lived next door to each other for years. When Addie... [More]
Directed By: Ritesh Batra

Easy (2016)
90%

#10
Synopsis: From director and creator Joe Swanberg, this Netflix-original comedy anthology series explores diverse Chicago characters, modern romance technology and culture.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Joe Swanberg

#9

Ali's Wedding (2017)
92%

#9
Adjusted Score: 92606%
Critics Consensus: Ali's Wedding uses its very specific setting to explore universal ideas about relationships -- and in delightfully smart, funny fashion.
Synopsis: After a reckless lie, the son of a Muslim cleric finds himself caught between his sense of duty and following... [More]
Directed By: Jeffrey Walker

#8

Set It Up (2018)
92%

#8
Adjusted Score: 93855%
Critics Consensus: Set It Up follows the long-established outlines of the rom-com template -- and in the process, proves there's still substantial pleasure to be wrought from familiar formulas.
Synopsis: Two overworked and underpaid assistants come up with a plan to get their bosses off their backs by setting them... [More]
Directed By: Claire Scanlon

Love (2016)
94%

#7
Synopsis: When his cheating girlfriend leaves him, people-pleasing nice-guy Gus (Paul Rust, "I Love You, Beth Cooper" and "Inglorious Basterds") moves... [More]

Sex Education (2019)
95%

#6
Synopsis: Socially awkward high school student Otis may not have much experience in the lovemaking department, but he gets good guidance... [More]

#5

Tramps (2016)
95%

#5
Adjusted Score: 95727%
Critics Consensus: Sweet, breezy, and unexpected, Tramps traipses through its romcom premise with earnestness and ease.
Synopsis: A heist, a stolen briefcase and a case of mistaken identity in New York bring together two aspiring criminals and... [More]
Directed By: Adam Leon

#4
Adjusted Score: 98498%
Critics Consensus: To All the Boys I've Loved Before plays by the teen rom-com rules, but relatable characters and a thoroughly charming cast more than make up for a lack of surprises.
Synopsis: A teenage girl's love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her life.... [More]
Directed By: Susan Johnson

Scrotal Recall (2014)
98%

#3
Synopsis: Dylan, a 20-something romantic, has been intimate with a long list of women during his quest for true love. When... [More]

#2

Catching Feelings (2017)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 44976%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The lives of a formerly-famous writer and his wife are disrupted when a famous and very self-indulgent author comes to... [More]
Directed By: Kagiso Lediga

#1

Lust Stories (2018)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 64250%
Critics Consensus: Directed by four talented Indian filmmakers, Lust Stories offers a refreshing and nuanced portrayal of women's complex desires.
Synopsis: An anthology of four stories that sheds light on modern relationships from the viewpoint of the Indian woman.... [More]


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The summer movie season is heating up, and though there are plenty of hotly anticipated titles hitting multiplexes, there are also some recent titles of interest hitting the interwebs. iTunes, to be exact. So if you don’t want to brave the seasonal heat or wait in lines that stretch around the block, check out some of the titles available for rent or purchase on iTunes this month.

June 2:

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He’s Just Not That Into You

Defiance

Silent Venom

June 9:

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The International

Gran Torinio

Fired Up

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Friday the 13th

Morning Light

June 23:

Inkheart

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12 Rounds

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

This week on DVD catch up on a few big flicks you might have missed in theaters, including an Oscar-nominated suburban period piece by Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road, starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio), a real-life tale of WWII heroism (Defiance, starring Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber), and a sprawling look at dating and relationships in the age of Facebook (He’s Just Not That Into You). If TV’s your thing, pick up the latest seasons of your favorite shows (Weeds Season 4, Prison Break Season 4). And if you dare to go direct-to-DVD, plenty of titles await (Spring Breakdown, Anaconda 4, Direct Contact, Silent Venom).


Revolutionary Road

70%



Although Kate Winslet earned her much-deserved Oscar for Best Actress at the 2009 Academy Awards (for her work in Stephen Daldry’s The Reader), it was her turn in husband Sam MendesRevolutionary Road that should have earned the accolades. As the stifled 1950s housewife April Wheeler, Winslet shines opposite former Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio; together they paint a portrait of painful suburban ennui, crafted handsomely by Mendes (American Beauty, Jarhead). Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe offer commentary on the film and deleted scenes, with Winslet and DiCaprio joining in to delve into the film’s production and story, based on the novel by Richard Yates. Watch our exclusive featurette below.


Next: The blonde Bond and Sabretooth team up in Defiance


Defiance

56%



It had all the makings of an Oscar film. Holocaust setting? Check. Compelling real-life story? Yup. Respectable actors (Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell) doing humanistic, conflicted drama? Got it. And yet, Defiance failed to capture critical praise because of one crucial missing element: soul. At least, that’s what the scribes noted as they gave mixed negative marks to Ed Zwick‘s WWII action pic, about a trio of Jewish brothers who hid a thousand of their fellow countrymen and fought back against the Nazis in the forests of Belorussia. If you’re all for watching a couple of Jews kill some Nazis — and Inglourious Basterds isn’t opening soon enough — then give it a go, if only to admire the true grit and gumption displayed by the real-life Bielski brothers (whose story is recounted by surviving descendants in one DVD feature). Watch an exclusive clip below.


Next: Guess what critics were Just Not That Into?


He’s Just Not That Into You

43%



Critics were just not that into He’s Just Not That Into You, the big-screen adaptation of the best-selling dating advice book that strives to teach women to throw away their needy emotional tendencies in order to succeed with men. Not that there’s anything wrong with said self-help book, but the material just didn’t vibe well with the medium — HJNTIY sells out its own message by wrapping most of its threads up too, well, happily. What does it tell eager young women in the audiences when characters are tsk tsked for succumbing to “female” erratic behavior, only to be rewarded with exactly what they want in the end? And while its sprawling cast (Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Connolly, an underused Drew Barrymore and a sultry Scarlett Johansson) deliver charming-enough performances, there are way too many dramas to keep track of. Hollywood, we need better romantic comedies than this.


Next: Dolph Lundgren is back in Direct Contact



Direct Contact

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When your tagline reads “They thought he was dead… They were dead wrong” and ’90s action star Dolph Lundgren is your lead, you know you’ve got a promising direct-to-video action (or DTV) flick on your hands. Yes, this is your standard DTV fare, but, as Lundgren himself told our friends at IGN, it’s a no-brainer action flick meant to recall the bombastic, explosion-filled action flick of the ’80s and ’90s. All of which sounds good to us! The plot: Dolph is an American operative imprisoned in Eastern Europe promised freedom in exchange for retrieving a hot woman from some bad guys. But who exactly are the real bad guys?? We know you can’t wait to find out. (Unfortunately, the DVD comes with zero bonus features.) Check out the trailer here.

Next: Saturday Night Live‘s ladies star in Spring Breakdown


Spring Breakdown

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After being shelved, demoted to DVD, and playing the Sundance Festival, Spring Breakdown arrives to offer its audience — a demographic that we can’t quite pinpoint — an indie, female-driven comedy that is essentially the anti-Sex and the City: a tale about middle-aged lady losers who bring their baggage and social awkwardness to a collegiate spring break, where they proceed to binge drink, pick up men, and do all the things that they never got to do (and which, of course, men always get to do, especially in movies). Saturday Night Live vets Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch (who shares writing credits with director Ryan Shiraki), and Parker Posey star as the geeky 30-something protagonists, with plenty of their contemporary comic actors showing up in support (watch for Will Arnett, Seth Myers, Jane Lynch, Missi Pyle, and Lineal from Borat). Beware: festival reviews were mixed, so this gross-out comedy might be a bust. A commentary and gag reel highlight the bonus features.


Next: Are you ready for Anaconda 4?


Anaconda 4: Trail of Blood — N/A




At long last, the creature-feature sequel we’ve all been waiting for arrives! From the makers of, well, Anaconda 3, comes Anaconda 4: Trail of Blood, which picks up right where the previous sequel left off. In Anaconda 4, a giant snake is subject to genetic experiments and when someone tries to kill it by cutting it in half… it turns into TWO snakes! Yup. Like a worm! Contrary to initial reports, Anaconda 3 star David Hasselhoff doesn’t return for this Sci Fi Channel adventure, but Crystal Allen does, along with the esteemed but apparently hard-up for cash Jonathan Rhys-Davies, who seems to take any crappy sci-fi/fantasy role he’s offered these days. Hey, internet: remember when the Anaconda property had real stars (like J. Lo and Ice Cube) and played in theaters? Yeah, we do too. Good times.

Next: Weeds Season 4


Weeds Season 4


In Season 4 of Showtime’s hit series Weeds, single mother Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) heads south for a fresh start — at least, as fresh a start as a suburban pot dealer can get — to reboot her marijuana business closer to the Mexican border. But what’s a drug-dealing MILF to do when her sons are maladjusted, she’s in bed with Mexican smugglers, and she’s having an affair with the Mayor of Tijuana? Catch up on Season 4 this week before the series returns June 8.


Next: At last, Prison Break ends…kinda.


Prison Break
Season 4



Somewhere along its four-season life, Fox’s hit show Prison Break turned into a 24 knock-off with a touch of Alias — double-crosses, conspiracies, and shady organizations galore, less a “inmates break out of jail” show than a conspiracy thriller. Now that the final season has aired, complete (or start!) your Wentworth Miller DVD collection with the season that wrapped it all up by bowing to fan sentiment, for better or worse, revealing that Dr. Sarah Tancredi is still alive (surprise!), Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows may not really be brothers, and that which every man, woman, and operative in the series is after is nothing more than a little black book. And did we mention that Michael’s evil mother shows up? (For you completists, the show officially wraps up in July with the TV movie Prison Break: The Final Break.)


Next: Get Silent and Venomous with Luke Perry!


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If you’re asking yourself, “Is it bad movie of the week time?” then you’ve hit the nail on the head! Slithering onto shelves this week is Silent Venom, a direct-to-DVD B-movie that could otherwise be called “Snakes on a Submarine.” As if that wasn’t enough to pique our interest, the creature feature stars Krista Allen (star of Baywatch Hawaii and eight Emmanuelle movies), Tom Berenger, and — be still, your beating hearts — former 90210 hunk Luke Perry. But what’s it about, you ask? A bunch of radioactive snakes break loose on a submarine and… well, the details aren’t really important. Enjoy!

Until next week, happy renting!

The new romantic comedy He’s Just Not That Into You featuring an
all-star cast including Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck was the top choice with
North American moviegoers. Last weekend’s top entry, the kidnapping thriller Taken,
showed incredible strength in its second frame taking second place thanks to a
very low decline. The new 3D animated pic Coraline debuted with strength in
third while The Pink Panther 2 followed in fourth with an uneventful bow. The
actioner Push earned respectable numbers in its launch putting it in the number
six slot. Overall, the box office was once again on fire as the Top 20 films
grossed nearly $146M surging an amazing 41% above year-ago levels.

The New Line comedy
He’s Just
Not That Into You
scored big points with the date crowd grossing an
estimated $27.5M in its opening weekend. Released by Warner Bros., the PG-13
film based on the popular self-help book averaged a stellar $8,650 from 3,175
locations. It was the third best wide opening of 2009 after Paul Blart: Mall
Co
p’s $31.8M and Gran Torino‘s $29.5M. For New Line, You is
yet another box office winner following its collapse into its parent company
last year.
Sex and
the City
,

Journey to the Center of the Earth
,
and
Four Christmases
all came from the former mini-major and each crossed $100M domestically.
Warners made sure in its marketing reach to not just target women, but to
promote to men and couples as well. The broad appeal helped to raise the
grosses, as did the star power and with Valentine’s Day still coming up the film
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Liam Neeson‘s kidnapping thriller Taken
may have dropped to second place this weekend, but the Fox hit held up
exceptionally well dipping only 18% to an estimated $20.3M. That was a
remarkable performance for an action film and now gives the PG-13 pic a shot at
reaching $100M. Taken has taken in $53.4M in its first ten days, but will
face direct competition this Friday when Sony’s bank thriller
The
International
debuts.

The 3D stop-motion animated film
Coraline
opened
impressively in third place with an estimated $16.3M. Focus averaged a solid
$7,105 from 2,299 theaters and proved once again how moviegoers are rushing out
to theaters and paying those higher ticket prices to see films in three
dimensions. With helmer Henry Selick not being a household name, the PG-rated
Coraline
instead was promoted as being from the director of The Nightmare
Before Christmas
which over the last decade and a half has become a modern
classic spawning recent 3D re-releases around Halloween time. With the
Presidents’ Day holiday next weekend and many schools taking winter breaks in
February, the Dakota Fanning-voiced pic should be able to enjoy a healthy run in
the weeks ahead. This weekend, a whopping 60% of the total gross came from Real
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Families weren’t exactly cheering the arrival of a new Inspector Clouseau film.
The Pink Panther 2

debuted in fourth place with an estimated $12M falling 41% short of the $20.2M
first place bow of its 2006 predecessor which also launched in early February.
Sony’s comedy sequel stumbled into 3,243 locations and averaged a mild $3,700
per site. This new installment reunited Steve Martin, Jean Reno, and Emily
Mortimer while adding new cast members Andy Garcia, John Cleese, Alfred Molina,
and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The previous Panther went on to gross an
impressive $80.2M in North America and $159M worldwide prompting the development
of a sequel. Reviews were harsh.

Kevin James enjoyed another great weekend as
Paul Blart: Mall
Cop
grossed an estimated $11M in its fourth frame declining just 21%.
That gives Sony a sensational $97M to date. The sci-fi thriller
Push
posted a moderate
opening landing in sixth place with an estimated $10.2M. Summit’s first release
since the blockbuster Twilight averaged a decent $4,410 from 2,313 sites.[rtimage]MapID=1195186&MapTypeID=2&photo=9&legacy=1[/rtimage]
Slumdog
Millionaire
became the second biggest grosser in Fox Searchlight history
this weekend thanks to its estimated $7.4M take. Down a scant 3%, the Oscar
contender upped its cume to $77.4M surpassing the $71.5M of
Sideways
and now
only trails Juno‘s
$143.5M on the distributor’s all-time list of hits. Clint Eastwood followed
closely with Gran Torino which collected an estimated $7.2M, down 12%, for a
stellar $120.3M cume to date.

Falling 38% in its sophomore frame, the teen fright flick The Uninvited
grossed an estimated $6.4M giving Paramount $18.4M in ten days. A $30-35M final
seems likely. The studio’s kidpic Hotel for Dogs
dropped 33% to an estimated $5.8M and followed in tenth. Total stands at $55.2M.[rtimage]MapID=1190977&MapTypeID=2&photo=22&legacy=1[/rtimage]
Four of the five Oscar nominees for Best Picture tried to reach film aficionados
outside of the top ten, although their combined weekend grosses failed to match
Slumdog
‘s. Paramount’s
The
Curious Case of Benjamin Button
took in an estimated $2.4M, off 32%, and
lifted its tally to $120M. Dropping a mere 3% to an estimated $2.3M was Kate
Winslet’s The
Reade
r
which has banked $16.1M thus far for The Weinstein Co. Focus
watched its pic Milk
take in an estimated $1.1M, off 26%, for a $25.3M sum.
Frost/Nixon
fell 46% to an estimated $753,000 giving Universal $15.6M to
date.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $124.2M which was up 49% from last year
when Fool’s
Gold
opened in the top spot with $21.6M; and up 43% from 2007 when
Norbit
debuted at
number one with $34.2M.

Written by Gitesh Pandaya, Box Office Guru

This week at the movies, we’ve got dark whimsy (Coraline, with voice work by Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher); love mishaps (He’s Just Not That Into You, starring Jennifer Aniston and Scarlett Johansson); a bumbling detective (The Pink Panther 2, starring Steve Martin and Aishwarya Rai) and some paranormal antagonists (Push, starring Chris Evans and Djimon Hounsou). What do the critics have to say?


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Coraline

If any proof were needed that 3-D movies have entered a bold new era, the critics say Coraline is it; this stylistically bold, emotionally resonant stop-motion flick is a twisted marvel. Directed by Henry Selick (who helmed the bewitchingly macabre The Nightmare Before Christmas) and based upon the best seller by Neil Gaiman, Coraline follows the phantasmagoric exploits of the title character (voiced by Dakota Fanning), a bored 11-year-old who discovers a door in her house that leads to a parallel version of her life — one that at first is enchanting, but soon threatens to entrap our hero. The pundits say Coraline is one of the most visually dazzling pictures to come along in many a moon, and it’s anchored by a delightfully twisted storyline. It’s not only Certified Fresh, it’s also the best-reviewed wide release of the year so far. (Be forewarned, however; the scribes say this film may be too scary for small children.)



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He’s Just Not That Into You

He’s Just Not That Into You is the latest in a long line of romantic comedies that attempt to navigate the complexities of modern relationships. The movie’s problem, critics say, is that by juggling so many plot threads it ends up giving a short shrift to characterization and insight. An embarrassment of talented actors (including Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck, and Jennifer Connelly) play Baltimore residents who are attempting to find the perfect match, but are regularly stymied by self-questioning and unreturned phone calls. The pundits say the film is bogged down by the fact that there’s too much going on for the characters to emerge as three-dimensional personalities, thus reducing its talented thespians (despite their best efforts) to playing stereotypes.



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The Pink Panther 2

As the self-important, supremely incompetent, and impenetrably-accented Inspector Clouseau, Peter Sellers created one of the most memorable comic characters of modern times. Steve Martin is a very funny guy too, but critics say that’s not enough to redeem The Pink Panther 2‘s uninspired script and tired gags. In the second installment starring Martin, Clouseau is enlisted into a team of super detectives in order to track down some priceless cultural artifacts that have been purloined by a rogue named the Tornado. The pundits say that like its predecessor, The Pink Panther 2 is a “beumb”; it’s aimlessly plotted and emphasizes lame slapstick gags at the expense of the considerable talents of Martin, John Cleese, Lily Tomlin, Jeremy Irons, and Aishwarya Rai, among others. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we explore Martin’s best-reviewed movies, and click here for co-star Jean Reno‘s five favorite films.)



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Push

Establishing a credible science fiction world — especially one containing characters with super abilities — is a tall order. Unfortunately, critics say Push isn’t up to it, squandering an intriguing premise with hyperkinetic pacing and a general lack of coherence. Chris Evans plays Nick, who has remarkable paranormal powers and finds himself on the run from unseemly government agents, including the dangerous Henry (Djimon Hounsou), who want to utilize his abilities for their own means. The pundits say that despite director Paul McGuigan‘s visual flair, Push is really hard to follow, with a convoluted script and an excess of style. (Check out our interview with McGuigan, in which he shares his five favorite films with RT.)


Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Chocolate, a bizarre Thai martial arts flick about an autistic girl with remarkable fighting skills, is at 71 percent.
  • Our City Dreams, a documentary about a year in the life of five female artists in New York City, is at 67 percent.
  • The road trip comedy Fanboys, which follows several Star Wars fanatics on their quest to see The Phantom Menace before its release, is at 27 percent.
  • Memorial Day, a mockumentary about a group of hard-partying soldiers and their bad behavior on leave and in Iraq, is at 14 percent.

Four new releases hit North American multiplexes on Friday setting up a pair of cinematic fights. The main event sees rival franchise comedies go at it for the number one spot with He’s Just Not That Into You targeting the date crowd and The Pink Panther 2 reaching out to kids and families. The second battle is between two short-titled films starring young superstar Dakota Fanning who voices the title character in the girly animated fantasy and co-stars as a teen bad-ass in the sci-fi actioner Push. The overall box office looks to easily outpace the same weekend from a year ago.

The battle of the sexes unfolds this weekend with the all-star comedy He’s Just Not That Into You as the popular relationship book jumps to the big screen. The PG-13 film brings together the acting talents of Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, and Jennifer Connelly. Seeing broader potential, Warner Bros. set up a marketing push for the New Line production that targets both genders preventing a ladies-only turnout. Sure females will outnumber the chaps, but a significant number of couples will pick up tickets since it doesn’t have an ultra chick flick vibe. You should target the same audiences that last year generated openings of $20.2M for What Happens in Vegas, $21.6M for Fool’s Gold, and $23M for 27 Dresses.

Indeed with Valentine’s Day around the corner and recent weeks being dominated by Clint, Blart, and Liam, there is an opening for a romantic comedy to score with young women. And the cast is young enough to draw in celebrity-obsessed teens too. Direct competition should not be too fierce which could open the door for a top spot bow. With a built-in audience from the self-help book and plenty of star wattage, a solid turnout should be expected this weekend. After that, it’ll be up to words from the mouth. Opening in 3,175 theaters, He’s Just Not That Into You could pull in about $22M this weekend.


He’s Just Not That Into You

Nearly three years to the day after Steve Martin rebooted the classic bumbling sleuth franchise, the funnyman returns with The Pink Panther 2 reuniting him with past co-stars while new cast members join in too. The PG-rated pic features Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer reprising their roles from the 2006 edition and sees additions with John Cleese, Alfred Molina, Andy Garcia, Lily Tomlin, Jeremy Irons, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The last Panther, which was also one of four new wide releases on the weekend before the Presidents’ Day frame, bowed at number one to a solid $20.2M from 3,477 locations and went on to gross $82.2M domestically and $159M worldwide. Knowing the international potential of the franchise, actors from across the globe were tossed in along with a story that unites a dream team of detectives from all parts of the world banding together to solve a new case.

The family audience is the target here and given the success of the last film, there should certainly be a built-in audience here. Weak reviews should matter not. Fans have not been clamoring for a new adventure so don’t expect the opening weekend to far exceed the last one’s, but rather mimic it. Competition will be a factor since the PG-rated comedies Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Hotel For Dogs have given this crowd plenty of physical humor over the last three weeks with close to $135M in combined sales. Plus Coraline may take away some girls not interested in seeing grown men fall flat on their faces. Sony breaks into more than 3,000 theaters with The Pink Panther 2 and could see a debut of around $20M.


Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther 2

Chris Evans turns his flame off but remains in the sci-fi action genre with Push, a Hong Kong-set thriller about a group of operatives with paranormal powers that must fight the government agency out to exploit them. The PG-13 film co-stars Dakota Fanning and Djimon Hounsou. As the latest young-skewing movie to brand its title and release date across the top of its entire 30-second television spot, Push should play to teens and young adults and skew a bit more male. A slick trailer from Summit has been selling the picture well which is crucial since the stars are known, but far from sure things at the box office. With no new action entries to face this weekend, the main competition will come from the current chart-topper Taken which proved last weekend that an appetite is still there for interesting action films. Floating into 2,313 theaters, Push could make off with about $10M this weekend.


Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning in Push

Fanning fans who find her new tough-girl persona too radical in Push can rest easy. The actress voices the title character in the stop-motion pic Coraline playing an 11-year-old girl who discovers a gateway to a mysterious new world in her new house. The PG-rated film from Focus should play to a young audience of kids and skew female. It will have to compete with Pink Panther which is a bigger brand name to girls and parents so it won’t be easy this weekend. But despite the recent round of PG-rated content, there have been no new animated films since mid-December’s The Tale of Despereaux so there should be some takers this weekend, especially among moms and daughters. Selling this to ten-year-old boys will be tougher. The advertising has been shrewdly pitching Coraline as being from the director of James and the Giant Peach which many think was helmed by Tim Burton. He produced. A respectable opening should result and good legs could follow since many schools take time off in February for winter breaks and Presidents’ Day. Sneaking into about 2,100 locations, Coraline may debut to roughly $9M this weekend.


Coraline

Liam Neeson still aims to make his presence felt in the top three this weekend. His action thriller Taken scored a major opening last weekend despite facing off against the highest-rated Super Bowl ever. Audiences responded to the raw nature of the kidnapping pic’s marketing push. A 40% drop may occur this frame giving Fox about $14.5M and an impressive ten-day total of $47M.

Sony’s Paul Blart: Mall Cop has a new bumbling crime-fighter to deal with which happens to be another PG-rated comedy from the same studio. Pink Panther should provide some direct competition for families and young kids looking for mindless humor. Look for a 35% fall to roughly $9M boosting the 24-day cume to a jolly $95M.

Not faring all that well last weekend was the supernatural thriller The Uninvited which failed to open the way so many previous horror films debuting over Super Bowl weekend have. Fans seem to have had enough fright flicks over the last few weeks. The road ahead is creepy too with nothing here to keep the numbers alive. A fall of 55% may result putting the Paramount title at around $4.5M this weekend pushing the sum to $16.5M.

LAST YEAR: The comedy-adventure Fool’s Gold which reunited Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson debuted at number one with $21.6M. The Warner Bros. release went on to capture $70.2M. Opening in second place in 738 fewer theaters but with a nearly identical average was Martin Lawrence‘s comedy Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins with $16.2M. A $42.4M final resulted for the Universal title. Former champ Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus tumbled 67% and fell from first to third with $10.3M in its sophomore session for Disney. Rounding out the top five were The Eye with $6.5M and Juno with $5.6M.

Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

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