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The 50 Worst Sequels of All Time

Jaws. The Karate Kid. Speed. Paul Blart: Mall Cop. All classic movies. What’s also binding them together is the fact they’ve all had terrible sequels. These forlorn follow-ups are below 10% on the Tomatometer and we’ve rounded them up, and other movies like them, for our guide to the 50 worst sequels of all time.

Franchises with multiple entries include Atlas Shrugged, Highlander, and Big Momma’s House. If you’re questioning why Police Academy only appears only once despite multiple sequels with a 0% Tomatometer score, it’s because there’s a 10 review minimum, to ensure that each sequel that shows up here has crushed enough critics’ hopes for getting a decent follow-up. And for movies with the same Tomatomter score, we ranked the the ones with more reviews higher up. We used the same ranking method for our list of the 100 worst movies ever.

Now, get ready for some brand name disappointment with the 50 worst sequels of all time!

#50
Adjusted Score: 9719%
Critics Consensus: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers trades the simple, brutal effectiveness of the original for convoluted mysticism, with disastrously dull results.
Synopsis: This installment marks the return of the seemingly indestructible masked murderer Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur), who is targeting Tommy... [More]
Directed By: Joe Chappelle

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 11768%
Critics Consensus: This teen horror movie brings nothing new to an already exhausted genre. And it's bad. Really bad.
Synopsis: At Alpine University, one senior student will be awarded the prestigious Hitchcock Award for best thesis film, virtually guaranteeing the... [More]
Directed By: John Ottman

#48
Adjusted Score: 12468%
Critics Consensus: A witless follow-up to the surprise 1999 hit, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo is raunchy, politically incorrect, and not particularly funny.
Synopsis: Unlikely gigolo Deuce Bigalow (Rob Schneider) resumes his sex-related antics when his friend and former pimp, T.J. Hicks (Eddie Griffin),... [More]
Directed By: Mike Bigelow

#47

Little Fockers (2010)
9%

#47
Adjusted Score: 14410%
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

#46

Teen Wolf Too (1987)
8%

#46
Adjusted Score: 8143%
Critics Consensus: Aiming for the low bar set by its predecessor and never coming close to clearing it, Teen Wolf Too is an unfunny sequel whose bark is just as awful as its bite.
Synopsis: Although awkward college student Todd Howard (Jason Bateman) is particularly adept at science, he's paying for school with an athletic... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Leitch

#45

Mimic 2 (2001)
8%

#45
Adjusted Score: 4084%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Though well-meaning scientists thought they'd destroyed them all, a single gigantic, murderous "Judas Breed" cockroach, which is capable of taking... [More]
Directed By: Jean de Segonzac

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 7671%
Critics Consensus: Do not enter.
Synopsis: Ray Breslin manages an elite team of security specialists trained in the art of breaking people out of the world's... [More]
Directed By: Steven C. Miller

#43
Adjusted Score: 11680%
Critics Consensus: Jason terrorizes a ship and nearly sinks the franchise in a clunky sequel that feels like self-parody without the charm.
Synopsis: Mass murderer Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder) is resurrected from the bottom of Crystal Lake. After he kills a passing boat's... [More]
Directed By: Rob Hedden

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 7791%
Critics Consensus: Sloppy, vulgar, and manic, A Haunted House 2 might be worth a chuckle or two, but mostly it's a string of pop culture references and crude gags that fail to hit their intended targets.
Synopsis: After the ordeal he suffered with his now former girlfriend's (Essence Atkins) demonic possession, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) has decided to... [More]
Directed By: Michael Tiddes

#41

Rings (2017)
8%

#41
Adjusted Score: 15038%
Critics Consensus: Rings may offer ardent fans of the franchise a few threadbare thrills, but for everyone else, it may feel like an endless loop of muddled mythology and rehashed plot points.
Synopsis: A young woman (Matilda Lutz) becomes worried about her boyfriend (Alex Roe) when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a... [More]
Directed By: F. Javier Gutiérrez

#40

Grown Ups 2 (2013)
8%

#40
Adjusted Score: 11149%
Critics Consensus: While it's almost certainly the movie event of the year for filmgoers passionate about deer urine humor, Grown Ups 2 will bore, annoy, and disgust audiences of nearly every other persuasion.
Synopsis: Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) moves his family back to his hometown to be with his friends, but he finds --... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#39

Problem Child 2 (1991)
8%

#39
Adjusted Score: 7245%
Critics Consensus: Crude, rude, puerile, and pointless, Problem Child 2 represents a cynical nadir in family-marketed entertainment.
Synopsis: Ben Healy (John Ritter) and his adopted son, the mischievous and destructive Junior (Michael Oliver), move to a new town... [More]
Directed By: Brian Levant

#38
Adjusted Score: 7345%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A man (Arye Gross) and his friend (Jonathan Stark) exhume an ancestor (Royal Dano) in the house where his parents... [More]
Directed By: Ethan Wiley

#37

Race 3 (2018)
7%

#37
Adjusted Score: 6297%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Members of a ruthless family become embroiled in a high-stakes heist.... [More]
Directed By: Remo D'Souza

#36
Adjusted Score: 7209%
Critics Consensus: It reunites most of the original cast and rounds them up for a trip to Fort Lauderdale for spring break, but Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise forgets to pack enough jokes or compelling characters to make it through its 89-minute running time.
Synopsis: After triumphing over the jocks in the Alpha Beta fraternity at Adams College, the nerds of Tri-Lamba are headed to... [More]
Directed By: Joe Roth

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 8138%
Critics Consensus: The Next Karate Kid is noteworthy for giving audiences the chance to see a pre-Oscars Hilary Swank, but other than a typically solid performance from Pat Morita, this unnecessary fourth installment in the franchise has very little to offer.
Synopsis: Karate master Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita) goes to Boston to attend a military reunion. There, he visits with Louisa... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Cain

#34
Adjusted Score: 7144%
Critics Consensus: A low-brow comedy, minus the comedy.
Synopsis: Van Wilder protege Taj Badalandabad (Kal Penn) heads to England's prestigious Camden University to further his studies and cement his... [More]
Directed By: Mort Nathan

#33
Adjusted Score: 9687%
Critics Consensus: Boring, predictable, and bereft of thrills or chills, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is exactly the kind of rehash that gives horror sequels a bad name.
Synopsis: A year after killing vengeful hit-and-run victim Ben Wills (Muse Watson), who gutted her friends with an iron hook, college... [More]
Directed By: Danny Cannon

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 6051%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A college student faces down school bullies while competing in track and field.... [More]
Directed By: Punit Malhotra

#31
Adjusted Score: 6853%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Led by Marvin Lazar (Tony Curtis), their latest in a string of bumbling coaches, beleaguered Little Leaguers the Bad News... [More]
Directed By: John Berry

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 5721%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Resort islanders (Tricia O'Neil, Steve Marachuk, Lance Henriksen) face flying killer-fish left over from a government experiment that flopped.... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 9200%
Critics Consensus: A sequel to a remake, Cheaper 2 wastes its solid cast in scenes of over-the-top, predictable humor.
Synopsis: Tom Baker (Steve Martin) and his wife, Kate (Bonnie Hunt), take their children for what they hope will be a... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman

#28

Son of the Mask (2005)
6%

#28
Adjusted Score: 8691%
Critics Consensus: Overly frantic, painfully unfunny, and sorely missing the presence of Jim Carrey.
Synopsis: A cartoonist and family man, Tim Avery (Jamie Kennedy) lives a peaceful existence with his wife, Tonya (Traylor Howard), as... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Guterman

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 12479%
Critics Consensus: Unable to match the suspense and titilation of its predecessor, Basic Instinct 2 boasts a plot so ludicrous and predictable it borders on "so-bad-it's-good."
Synopsis: After a crash that kills her boyfriend, Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) has her car searched by the police, who find... [More]
Directed By: Michael Caton-Jones

#26

RoboCop 3 (1993)
6%

#26
Adjusted Score: 8012%
Critics Consensus: This asinine sequel should be placed under arrest.
Synopsis: Greedy corporation Omni Consumer Products is determined to begin development on its dream project, Delta City, which will replace the... [More]
Directed By: Fred Dekker

#25

Leprechaun 2 (1994)
6%

#25
Adjusted Score: 6267%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A leprechaun (Warwick Davis) surfaces in Los Angeles to claim a bride, as his previous object of affection was denied... [More]
Directed By: Rodman Flender

#24

Troll 2 (1992)
5%

#24
Adjusted Score: 4831%
Critics Consensus: Oh my god.
Synopsis: When young Joshua (Michael Stephenson) learns that he will be going on vacation with his family to a small town... [More]
Directed By: Drago Floyd

#23
Adjusted Score: 5940%
Critics Consensus: Borderline unwatchable and unspeakably dull, Highlander III is a sloppy third installment that still somehow manages to mark a slight improvement over its predecessor.
Synopsis: An evil immortal swordsman (Mario Van Peebles) catches up to his sorcerer foe (Christopher Lambert) at a deserted New Jersey... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Morahan

#22

Major League II (1994)
5%

#22
Adjusted Score: 4664%
Critics Consensus: Striking out on every joke, Major League II is a lazy sequel that belongs on the bench.
Synopsis: The Cleveland Indians, an endearing assortment of oddballs who improbably won the division championship last season, have since lost their... [More]
Directed By: David S. Ward

#21
Adjusted Score: 6985%
Critics Consensus: Universal Soldier - The Return fails on almost every level, from its generic story to its second rate action and subpar performances.
Synopsis: After being brought back from the dead as a genetically enhanced warrior, Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is now fully... [More]
Directed By: Mic Rodgers

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 5776%
Critics Consensus: Bathed in flop sweat and bereft of purpose, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 strings together fat-shaming humor and Segway sight gags with uniformly unfunny results.
Synopsis: Six years after he saved the day at his beloved New Jersey shopping mall, security guard Paul Blart (Kevin James)... [More]
Directed By: Andy Fickman

#19
Adjusted Score: 5671%
Critics Consensus: Unnecessary, unfunny, and generally unwelcome, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son offers more of the same for fans of Martin Lawrence's perplexingly popular series.
Synopsis: After stepson Trent (Brandon T. Jackson) witnesses a murder, FBI agent Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) brings back Big Momma, his... [More]
Directed By: John Whitesell

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 7525%
Critics Consensus: Unfunny and unoriginal. In other words, a perfect piece of evidence for opponents of pointless movie sequels.
Synopsis: After his mentor is killed, an FBI agent (Martin Lawrence) reprises his disguise as a fat old lady and takes... [More]
Directed By: John Whitesell

#17
Adjusted Score: 4806%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Tiffany travels to Derrick Lake to celebrate her 18th birthday at a Halloween frat party in the middle of the... [More]
Directed By: Tyler Perry

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 3961%
Critics Consensus: Poorly written, clumsily filmed and edited, and hampered by amateurish acting, Atlas Shrugged: Part II does no favors to the ideology it so fervently champions.
Synopsis: With the world's economy on the brink of collapse, Dagny Taggart (Samantha Mathis) discovers a possible solution to the global... [More]
Directed By: John Putch

#15

Caddyshack II (1988)
4%

#15
Adjusted Score: 5150%
Critics Consensus: Handicapped by a family friendly PG rating, even the talents of Caddyshack II's all-star comic cast can't save it from its lazy, laughless script and uninspired direction.
Synopsis: Jack Hartounian (Jackie Mason), a boorish but good-hearted real estate tycoon, applies for membership at a snooty country club, but... [More]
Directed By: Allan Arkush

#14

Scary Movie V (2013)
4%

#14
Adjusted Score: 4327%
Critics Consensus: Juvenile even by Scary Movie standards, this fifth installment offers stale pop culture gags that generate few laughs.
Synopsis: Much bizarre activity follows after a husband (Simon Rex) and wife (Ashley Tisdale) bring their newborn infant home from the... [More]
Directed By: Malcolm D. Lee

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 6495%
Critics Consensus: Speed 2 falls far short of its predecessor, thanks to laughable dialogue, thin characterization, unsurprisingly familiar plot devices, and action sequences that fail to generate any excitement.
Synopsis: Annie (Sandra Bullock) is looking forward to a Caribbean cruise with her cop boyfriend, Alex (Jason Patric), who purchased the... [More]
Directed By: Jan de Bont

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 7959%
Critics Consensus: A strained, laugh-free sequel, The Whole Ten Yards recycles its predecessor's cast and plot but not its wit or reason for being.
Synopsis: After faking his death, former killer-for-hire Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski (Bruce Willis) retires to Mexico with his new wife, Jill... [More]
Directed By: Howard Deutch

#11
Adjusted Score: 5813%
Critics Consensus: With its shallow characters, low budget special effects, and mindless fight scenes, Mortal Kombat - Annihilation offers minimal plot development and manages to underachieve the low bar set by its predecessor.
Synopsis: Every generation, a portal opens up between the Outerworld and Earth. Emperor Shao-Kahn (Brian Thompson), ruler of the mythical Outerworld,... [More]
Directed By: John R. Leonetti

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 2748%
Critics Consensus: Illogical, tension-free, and filled with cut-rate special effects, Jaws: The Revenge is a sorry chapter in a once-proud franchise.
Synopsis: The family of widow Ellen Brody (Lorraine Gary) has long been plagued by shark attacks, and this unfortunate association continues... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Sargent

#9

Daddy Day Camp (2007)
1%

#9
Adjusted Score: 3878%
Critics Consensus: A mirthless, fairly desperate family film, Daddy Day Camp relies too heavily on bodily functions for comedic effect, resulting in plenty of cheap gags but no laughs.
Synopsis: Spurred on by their wives' insistence that their children attend summer camp, daycare entrepreneurs Charlie Hinton (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and... [More]
Directed By: Fred Savage

#8
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the ruins of a once-productive factory, Dagny Taggart (Laura Regan) finds a revolutionary motor that could be the answer... [More]
Directed By: James Manera

#7
#7
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An acting student encounters a malevolent spirit after participating in a viral challenge.... [More]
Directed By: Travis Cluff, Chris Lofing

#6

The Ring 2 (1999)
0%

#6
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: While investigating the mysterious death of her boyfriend, Mai (Miki Nakatani) learns of the existence of a videotape that causes... [More]
Directed By: Hideo Nakata

#5
Adjusted Score: 794%
Critics Consensus: Zero brains.
Synopsis: A boy (Michael Kenworthy) and his friends free something evil from a canister fallen off an Army truck.... [More]
Directed By: Ken Wiederhorn

#4
Adjusted Score: 923%
Critics Consensus: Utterly, completely, thoroughly and astonishingly unfunny, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol sends a once-innocuous franchise plummeting to agonizing new depths.
Synopsis: Feeling that his squad is not up to snuff, a police commander comes up with an unorthodox plan to hire... [More]
Directed By: Jim Drake

#3
Adjusted Score: 1151%
Critics Consensus: There should have been only one.
Synopsis: In this sci-fi/fantasy sequel, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) has become an elderly man after losing his immortality. Living in a... [More]
Directed By: Russell Mulcahy

#2
Adjusted Score: 1778%
Critics Consensus: Despite its lush tropical scenery and attractive leads, Return to the Blue Lagoon is as ridiculous as its predecessor, and lacks the prurience and unintentional laughs that might make it a guilty pleasure.
Synopsis: When widow Sarah Hargrave (Lisa Pelikan) washes ashore on a tropical island with her daughter and adopted son, she learns... [More]
Directed By: William A. Graham

#1
Adjusted Score: 901%
Critics Consensus: A startling lack of taste pervades Superbabies, a sequel offering further proof that bad jokes still aren't funny when coming from the mouths of babes.
Synopsis: Toddlers use their special abilities to stop a media mogul (Jon Voight) from altering the minds of children.... [More]
Directed By: Bob Clark

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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: 8744%
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: 14410%
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: 18173%
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: 18059%
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: 30958%
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: 28664%
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: 31721%
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: 36901%
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: 32422%
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: 36609%
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: 37149%
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: 43777%
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: 39566%
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: 41469%
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: 50378%
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: 47844%
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: 52543%
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: 51502%
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: 55365%
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: 53952%
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: 58303%
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: 62194%
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: 33323%
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: 66043%
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: 70267%
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: 61025%
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: 64523%
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: 67929%
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: 105610%
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: 73503%
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: 66435%
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: 72616%
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: 79278%
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: 72327%
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: 76097%
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: 76011%
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: 76751%
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: 81884%
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: 83283%
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: 87052%
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: 86581%
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: 88605%
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: 89685%
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: 91231%
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: 92505%
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: 92680%
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: 89246%
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: 90046%
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: 93682%
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: 99143%
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: 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

#10

American Hustle (2013)
92%

#10
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

#9

Raging Bull (1980)
94%

#9
Adjusted Score: 100242%
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: 101442%
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: 123942%
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: 104543%
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: 103959%
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: 107301%
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: 97909%
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: 100778%
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

Moviegoers rang in the new year by flocking to the same films as last weekend
with the star-driven comedy
Little Fockers
leading the way once again and the Western hit
True Grit
following closely in second place. Most films enjoyed sales increases over the
previous frame which was hampered by Christmas Eve falling on Friday and a
blizzard slamming the east coast on Sunday. The top ten jumped 11% versus last
weekend, but fell a sharp 33% from a year ago.

Universal was on top once again with the Robert De Niro-Ben Stiller comedy
sequel Little Fockers which laughed up an estimated $26.3M in its second
session sending the total over the century mark to $103.2M in only 12 days. The
decline was 15% which represented the largest fall of any film in wide release.
Not surprisingly, the drop was slightly more than the 10% dip that Meet the
Fockers
witnessed on the same frame six years ago when the calendar was
identical. The new Fockers is currently running 37% behind its
predecessor. Little could end its run in the $160-170M range.

Holding steady in second place was the Western remake
True Grit
which grossed an estimated $24.5M lifting its 12-day total to a stellar $86.8M
quickly becoming the top-grossing film ever for the Coen brothers. Their
previous career high was $74.3M for the Oscar-winning No Country For Old Men and
they hardly ever break $50M with any film. Produced for only $38M, the Jeff
Bridges-Matt Damon period film was almost even with Christmas weekend and eased
by a scant 1%. Grit could remain strong even after the holidays and find its way
past the $150M mark for Paramount making it one of the most profitable titles of
the holiday season.

TRON: Legacy
followed in third with an estimated $18.3M, off 4%, boosting the 17-day cume to
$130.9M. Budgeted at $150M, the Disney effects extravaganza looks on course to
end its run with $160-170M from North America putting it just outside of the top
ten list of 2010 blockbusters. It has done exceptionally well in IMAX venues
which have accounted for roughly 25% of the total gross despite the limited
number of screens. Overseas, the action pic has hauled in $110M for a global
tally of $240.9M so far.

More PG-rated films in 3D followed.
Yogi Bear enjoyed a
sturdy 66% jump to an estimated $13M for fourth place posting healthy numbers
after a sluggish start two weeks ago. With $66.1M to date, the Warner Bros. pic
will try to end its run around the $90M mark. Fox’s

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
rose 11% to an
estimated $10.5M for a total of $87.1M thus far. Look for a final tally in the
$100-110M range with more than double that amount from overseas markets.
Domestic grosses for the first two Narnia films were $291.7M for 2005’s The
Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and $141.6M for 2008’s Prince Caspian.

Tied for sixth place were Disney’s animated hit
Tangled and Paramount’s
acclaimed boxing drama
The Fighter
with an estimated $10M each. The Rapunzel toon shot up 56% and
has banked an impressive $168M to date on its way to about $190M. It currently
ranks as Disney’s top-grossing non-Pixar toon since 1999’s Tarzan which did
$171.1M. The Mark Wahlberg film The Fighter enjoyed a 32% increase this
weekend and has taken in a solid $46.4M. Look for at least $70M with the cume
going much higher if it scores big at the Golden Globes or with Oscar nods.

Fox has struggled with its Jack Black offering
Gulliver’s
Travels
which has been shoved to the side by a long list of competitors.
This weekend it grossed an estimated $9.1M in its first Friday-to-Sunday frame
after bowing last Saturday on Christmas Day for a nine-day cume of only $27.2M.
A disappointing $40-45M final may result. Making more than that already, awards
entry Black Swan
from the studio’s specialty division Fox Searchlight collected an estimated
$8.5M this weekend, up 35%, for a $47.4M take so far. Like Fighter, the
road ahead could be a long one depending on how events during awards season
broaden appeal. But a minimum of $70M seems likely.

Rounding out the top ten was a newer contender in the awards race,
The King’s Speech,
which grossed an estimated $7.6M in its first full weekend of nationwide play.
Averaging a healthy $10,927 per theater from 700 locations, The Weinstein Co.
release has taken in $22.8M so far and is hoping for some Golden Globes love to
help it generate more excitement in the weeks ahead as it expands into even more
markets.

Below the top ten, Sony’s disappointing duo of duds
The Tourist and
How Do You Know
grossed estimates of $6.8M and $4.6M, respectively. The pricey star vehicles
have grossed $54.8M and $25.1M thus far. The holiday season’s top hit

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
brought in an estimated $4.4M
in its seventh frame boosting the cume to $283.2M putting it at number 46 on the
list of all-time domestic blockbusters between Home Alone and The
Matrix Reloaded
. The new Potter broke the $600M mark overseas
climbing to $616M giving Warner Bros. $899.2M worldwide. The $900M mark should
be smashed by Monday. Part 2 opens in just over six months on July 15.

Opening with encouraging results in platform release was the Ryan
Gosling-Michelle Williams indie drama
Blue Valentine
with an estimated $180,000 from four sites for a strong $45,000 average.
Originally rated NC-17 but overturned on appeal, The Weinstein Co. release has
collected $278,000 since its Wednesday bow and will expand slowly to more
cities. Reviews were excellent.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $137.8M which was down a sharp 33% from
last year when Avatar stayed in the top spot with $68.5M; but up 12% from
2009 when Marley & Me remained at number one with $24.3M.

With studios dropping lumps of coal into North American multiplexes, many moviegoers stayed away over the Christmas holiday weekend as the box office fell sharply from recent years. Christmas Eve fell on a Friday helping to disrupt business, but a lack of exciting product prevented any one film from becoming a sensation.

Universal saved itself from ending the year with only one number one hit with the comedy sequel Little Fockers which topped the yuletide frame with an estimated $34M from Friday-to-Sunday. The critically panned pic grabbed $48.3M since its Wednesday debut and joined Despicable Me as the studio’s only releases in 2010 to open in the top spot. Fockers averaged $9,620 from 3,536 theaters over the weekend period.

Though claiming the box office crown, the Robert De Niro-Ben Stiller threequel attracted the worst reviews of the series and opened 32% below the $70.5M five-day Christmas launch of 2004’s Meet the Fockers during the exact same days. Factor in rising ticket prices and a whopping 45% fewer people turned out for the latest installment.

With a $100M budget — hefty for a non-effects comedy — the new Fockers succeeded in funneling large paychecks to its principal cast members. Studio research showed that the audience was 57% female and 53% over 30. A poor B- CinemaScore grade indicates bad buzz in the days ahead from those who bought tickets already.

The Coen brothers gave Paramount a Christmas gift with the better-than-expected showing for True Grit which opened to an estimated $25.6M over the weekend and $36.8M across the five days since its Wednesday launch. Loved by critics, the PG-13 Western remake starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon averaged a sturdy $8,402 from 3,047 locations over the weekend which was especially impressive given the Friday hit all films took on Christmas Eve when many theaters close early. The lucrative holiday week ahead could help it make a run for the $100M club. Produced for only $38M, Grit should become a moneymaker despite how it fares overseas in the new year.

Bridges showed up in the number three position as well. Disney’s pricey action film Tron Legacy ranked third for the holiday frame with an estimated $20.1M falling a steep 54% from its top spot debut. The PG-rated effects pic has grossed $88.3M in ten days and will break nine digits before the end of the year on its way to possibly breaking $150M from North America as well.

Enjoying the smallest drop of any film in wide release, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader collected an estimated $10.8M representing a slim 13% dip. But Fox’s 17-day cume for the big-budget 3D adventure rose to just $63.9M which was still below the $65.6M opening weekend of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe from December 2005.

Family audiences rejected the 3D kidpic Yogi Bear which was hoping for a strong Christmas hold but instead suffered a 46% fall to an estimated $8.8M. With just $36.8M in ten days, the PG-rated pic will struggle to break even given the production cost and marketing expenses. Like so many others this holiday season, audiences are finding this to be a subpar 3D entry not worth paying extra money for.

Paramount’s boxing drama The Fighter held up reasonably well in a crowded marketplace for adult dramas by dipping 30% to an estimated $8.5M. With $27.6M so far, the Mark Wahlberg-Christian Bale pic aims to use good word-of-mouth and awards buzz to keep it in the top ten over the weeks to come as the holiday turkeys fizzle away.

Setting sail with a lackluster debut was Jack Black’s 3D kidpic Gulliver’s Travels which opened on Christmas Day Saturday to an estimated weekend take of $7.2M over two days instead of the usual three. Fox hopes to play well through this holiday week and into New Year’s weekend, but this PG-rated film is just the latest in a string of subpar family offerings in 3D to be rejected by parents not interested in paying so much money for mediocre quality. While Disney’s TRON and Tangled have worked, underwhelming numbers have been seen for Gulliver, Yogi Bear, Narnia, Legend of the Guardians, Alpha and Omega, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, and others. Studios are slowly learning that there are simply too many 3D movies these days.

Fox Searchlight’s awards darling Black Swan dipped 21% to an estimated $6.6M for a sturdy cume to date of $29M. Expanding from 900 to 1,466 locations in its fourth weekend, the Natalie Portman starrer is on its way to becoming one of the distributor’s top-grossing titles ever.

Disney’s hit toon Tangled was close behind with an estimated $6.5M, off 26%, for a $143.8M tally thus far. The Rapunzel film is now the second highest-grossing film of the holiday season trailing only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 which raised its total to $272.8M for the number 49 spot on the list of all-time domestic blockbusters. Rounding out the top ten was the Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie dud The Tourist which dropped 33% to an estimated $5.7M and a $41.2M cume to date.

The Weinstein Co. enjoyed a good expansion for its awards contender The King’s Speech which went nationwide on Saturday into 700 locations and banked an estimated $4.6M over the weekend. Averaging a healthy $6,511, the Colin Firth pic has taken in $8.4M overall.

More specialty films got their platform debuts in before the upcoming Oscar deadline. Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere bowed to an estimated $142,000 from seven sites for a solid $20,322 average over three days for Focus. Sony released its Gwenyth Paltrow pic Country Strong in two theaters with $34,642 over the weekend and a $17,321 average. Totals since their mid-week launches are $196,000 and $47,000 respectively.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $133.8M which was down a sharp 48% from last year when Avatar stayed in the top spot with $75.6M; and down 21% from 2008 when Marley & Me opened at number one with $36.4M. Christmas Eve did not fall on the weekend during either of those two years.


Author: Gitesh Pandya, Box Office Guru!

Happy holidays from RT! This week at the movies, we’ve got frontier justice (True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld), family awkwardness (Little Fockers, starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro), and a fantastic voyage (Gulliver’s Travels, starring Jack Black and Amanda Peet). What do the critics have to say?



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True Grit

It takes guts to try to fill John Wayne’s shoes. But if anyone can substitute for the Duke, well, why not the Dude? The critics say the Coen Brothers’ (relatively) straightforward remake of True Grit is a rewarding movie in its own right – it’s tough, sly, and filled with marvelous performances, most notably Jeff Bridges and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. Steinfeld stars as Mattie, a 14-year-old who hires grizzled U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Bridges) to track down the man who killed her father; reluctantly, he agrees, and the two journey across an unforgiving landscape, encountering danger along the way. The pundits say the Certified Fresh True Grit is one of the best films of the year, a crowd-pleasing effort from the Coens that manages to maintain their trademark subversion within the framework of an old-school Western. And the cast – which also includes Matt Damon and Josh Brolin – is outstanding top to bottom.



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Little Fockers

A few years back, there was a wonderful comedy called Meet the Parents, which generated big laughs from a smart premise: what if someone who was already anxious about meeting his sweetheart’s family discovered that her father bore a striking resemblance to Travis Bickle? But two sequels later, critics are far less amused; they say Little Fockers is a crass, less-than-jovial Christmas turkey that lazily reheats stale material. Once again, Ben Stiller runs afoul of his father-in-law (Robert DeNiro), and a host of talented actors (Barbara Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, Blythe Danner, Owen Wilson, and even Harvey Keitel) are on hand to help make things awkward at every turn. The pundits say Little Fockers is tired stuff, with gross-out gags and punchline-free scenes that make the whole enterprise seem like a cash grab. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Stiller’s best-reviewed films.)



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Gulliver’s Travels

Given that Gulliver’s Travels was published several centuries ago, it’s understandable that contemporary filmmakers would downplay Jonathan Swift’s satirical aims in favor of the book’s more fantastical elements. Unfortunately, critics say this big budget, special effects-heavy family film is no modest proposal — it’s got a couple chuckles, but is largely lacking in subtlety and whimsy. Jack Black stars as the title character, a lovelorn schlub who stumbles upon the diminutive Lilliputians while working as a travel reporter near the Bermuda Triangle; soon, our robust hero is lording over his own private fiefdom before getting a comeuppance. The pundits say Black’s energy redeems Gulliver’s Travels a bit, but ultimately it’s a thinly-plotted piece of work that can’t sustain itself at feature length.


Also opening this week in limited release:

Ben Stiller

Though he’s primarily known for playing guys who have a hard time doing anything right, Ben Stiller is one of the most successful talents in Hollywood — a writer/director/actor whose occasional wanderings into critically rotten territory haven’t put a dent into his incredible bankability. Stiller’s films have grossed more than $2.1 billion, a total that includes the more than $800 million racked up by Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers — and with the third installment in the franchise, Little Fockers, arriving in theaters this weekend, we decided now would be the perfect time to take a look back at his critical highlights. (Spoiler alert: Envy will not be covered.) It’s time for another round of Total Recall!


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10. Zero Effect

Who’s the private dick that drinks Tab and avoids people if at all possible? Why, Daryl Zero, of course — the neuroses-riddled P.I. played by Bill Pullman in Jake Kasdan’s 1998 cult favorite Zero Effect. With Stiller co-starring as his conflicted assistant, and an eclectic supporting cast that included Ryan O’Neal, Zero Effect was a little too quirky for mainstream success, and quite a few critics didn’t know what to make of it — but the majority appreciated Kasdan’s offbeat style, including Roger Ebert, who wrote, “This is one of those movies that creeps up on you, insidiously gathering power. By the end, I was surprised how much I was involved.”


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9. Keeping the Faith

Edward Norton made his directorial debut with this dramedy, whose misguided, run-of-the-mill love triangle marketing campaign disguised its unusually thoughtful religious themes. Stiller played Jacob, a rabbi whose lifelong friendship with a priest (Norton) is complicated when a woman from their past (Jenna Elfman) resurfaces, unwittingly sparking a rivalry between the two — and raising tough questions about how to deal with conflicts between one’s faith and one’s love life. A modest hit with audiences and critics, Keeping the Faith earned the admiration of scribes such as Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat of Sprituality and Practice, who applauded it as “The first film in years to present two servants of God as ardent, idealistic, hard-working, and interesting people.”


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8. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Part of a very busy year for Stiller that saw him starring in five movies (including Meet the Fockers, Envy, Along Came Polly, and Starsky & Hutch) and turning in a memorable cameo in Anchorman, this ensemble sports comedy pitted Stiller against Vince Vaughn in another round of the classic battle between the haves and the have-nots…only this time, with dodgeballs. Comedies this broad don’t usually resonate with critics, and this one arrived during a glut of ribald, sports-themed comedies, but Dodgeball hit the sweet spot between critical and commercial success because, in the words of Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers, “This masterpiece of modern cinema depends upon a single truism: A guy getting hit in the nuts a hundred times in a row is funny a hundred times.”


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7. Greenberg

Writer/director Noah Baumbach excels at making movies about essentially unlikable people, and Ben Stiller is fearless when it comes to playing them, so it was no surprise that their collaboration for 2010’s Greenberg yielded largely positive reviews — as well as plenty of wrinkled noses from filmgoers who couldn’t stomach the self-absorbed, off-putting behavior unfolding onscreen. “There’s a lot not to like about Greenberg, the character and the film,” cautioned David Stratton of Australia’s At the Movies, “and yet, by the end, I found it very touching, and the final scene is so imbued with delicacy and humanity that any stumbles along the way can be forgiven.”


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6. Your Friends and Neighbors

Neil LaBute’s 1998 ensemble dramedy Your Friends & Neighbors united a stellar cast — including Stiller, Catherine Keener, Jason Patric, and Aaron Eckhart — to tell the frequently bleak tale of the sexual entanglements between three unhappy couples. Grim, unflinching, and thoroughly uncomfortable, this is vintage LaBute — which is to say it was only ever destined to be a hit with critics such as Netflix’s James Rocchi, who cautioned, “You will not like Your Friends and Neighbors; it’s intense, unflinching and uncomfortable. You won’t look away from it, though, and you won’t forget the people it showed you for a long time.”

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5. The Royal Tenenbaums

Stiller followed the broad, mainstream-friendly Meet the Parents with a pair of excursions into the oddball end of the comedy spectrum: the cult favorite Zoolander, which he also wrote and directed, and Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums. Amidst an eyebrow-raising ensemble cast that also included Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bill Murray, and Andrew, Luke, and Owen Wilson, Stiller was at his quirkiest and most neurotic — in other words, at his best. While it wasn’t a huge hit at the box office, Tenenbaums fared well with most critics, including Geoff Pevere of the Toronto Star, who called it “An eloquent, eccentric and surprisingly touching tribute to the comic dignity of failure.”


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4. There’s Something About Mary

Ben Stiller had made plenty of films before he hit the big time with There’s Something About Mary — in fact, it came out alongside three more of his movies in 1998 — but this gleefully tasteless comedy from the Farrelly brothers took him from That Guy status and put him on the path to superstardom. While it may not have broken a lot of new ground, it pushed the boundaries of acceptable topics for comedy, cemented the Farrellys’ bankability, and acted as a forebear for the new golden era of R-rated laffers waiting just around the corner. “When it’s not mean spirited, tastelessness can be riotously funny,” observed Jeanne Aufmuth of the Palo Alto Weekly, adding, “and this is a gag-a-thon of hugely funny proportions.”


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3. Tropic Thunder

Stiller’s experiences as a bit player on Empire of the Sun inspired him to write this barbed Hollywood satire about a group of pampered actors (led by Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey, Jr. in blackface) whose entitled behavior leads their exasperated director to try using a little cinema verite on their war movie, with decidedly unintended results. Loaded with inside jokes, a marvelously insane Tom Cruise cameo, and thinly veiled insults directed at other actors, Thunder earned a healthy critical buzz to go with its $188 million box office draw. Calling it “Stiller’s Hellzapoppin’ Apocalypse Now,” Entertainment Weekly’s Lisa Schwarzbaum praised it as “a smart and agile dissection of art, fame, and the chutzpah of big-budget productions.”


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2. Meet the Parents

Stiller is one of the kings of uncomfortable comedy, and few films have taken advantage of his gift for squirm-inducing laughs as brilliantly as Meet the Parents. This smash hit Jay Roach comedy about male nurse Gaylord “Greg” Focker (Stiller) and his painfully awkward (and/or just plain painful) attempts to make a good first impression on his girlfriend’s parents. Featuring plenty of guffaw-worthy physical comedy and splendidly antagonistic chemistry between Stiller and Robert De Niro, Parents grossed over $500 million, spawning a franchise and earning the applause of critics like Time’s Richard Schickel, who chuckled, “Alas, poor Focker. He can’t help himself. And we can’t help ourselves from falling about, equally helpless, at this superbly antic movie.”


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1. Flirting with Disaster

David O. Russell followed up his critically lauded debut, 1994’s Spanking the Monkey, with this road trip comedy about a new father (Stiller) who sets out in search of his biological parents with his wife (Patricia Arquette), a ditzy adoption agency employee (Tea Leoni), and an ever-expanding crowd of eccentric characters. Audiences didn’t really respond to Flirting with Disaster‘s blend of observational humor and broad slapstick, but it resonated with critics, who appreciated Russell’s deceptively thoughtful script and a sharp cast that included Mary Tyler Moore, Alan Alda, Lily Tomlin, and George Segal. “If Russell is erratic with plot and the slightest bit smug in attitude,” wrote Nick Davis of Nick’s Flick Picks, “he makes up for these flaws by drawing fun, inspired performances from his ace cast.”


In case you were wondering, here are Stiller’s top 10 movies according RT users’ scores:

1. The Royal Tenenbaums — 87%
2. Meet the Parents — 79%
3. Zoolander — 78%
4. Night at the Museum — 76%
5. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story — 75%
6. Reality Bites — 74%
6. Zero Effect — 74%
8. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa — 73%
9. Madagascar — 70%
10. Tropic Thunder — 69%


Take a look through Stiller’s complete filmography, as well as the rest of our Total Recall archives. And don’t forget to check out the reviews for Little Fockers.

Finally, here’s a clip of Stiller doing his best Bruce Willis impersonation, from his short-lived FOX sketch comedy show, The Ben Stiller Show:

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