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All Anna Kendrick Movies Ranked

Anna Kendrick’s first film was 2003’s Camp, a musical set at a camp for performing artists in upstate New York, a fitting extension of Kendrick’s childhood start in theater around her birthplace of Portland, Maine. The first of many Certified Fresh awards came with her next movie, Rocket Science; being cast as Jessica in the Twilight franchise meant Kendrick would have a high-profile job waiting for her for years to come.

Her career would soon become defined by steady versatility, appearing in a wide range of films like End of Watch, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and Cake. Kendrick is particularly adept in comedy hybrids, as seen in in The Voices, A Simple Favor, 50/50, and Up in the Air, the last of which garnered her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nom. Meanwhile, she’s been one of the 2010s most reliable musical stars – just look at Into the WoodsTrolls and, of course, the Pitch Perfect series.

Her latest films were Stowaway and the Trolls sequel, World Tour. And now, we’re ranking all Anna Kendrick movies by Tomatometer!

#38

Get a Job (2016)
9%

#38
Adjusted Score: 8529%
Critics Consensus: Inauthentic and unfunny, Get a Job is paltry to the point that its long-delayed release feels purely the result of its wasted cast having been promoted to greater fame all these years later.
Synopsis: A young man (Miles Teller) and his girlfriend (Anna Kendrick) struggle to find desirable employment after graduating from college.... [More]
Directed By: Dylan Kidd

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 9330%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A limousine driver (Jason Schwartzman) who once starred in high-school musicals hopes to cut an album, despite constant reminders of... [More]
Directed By: Todd Louiso

#36
Adjusted Score: 27400%
Critics Consensus: The cast is stocked with likable performers, but What to Expect When You're Expecting is too disjointed -- and too reliant on stock rom-com cliches -- to live up to its distinguished literary namesake.
Synopsis: Challenges of impending parenthood turn the lives of five couples upside down. Two celebrities are unprepared for the surprise demands... [More]
Directed By: Kirk Jones

#35

Rapture-Palooza (2013)
24%

#35
Adjusted Score: 21626%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Left behind after the Rapture, a young woman (Anna Kendrick) and her boyfriend (John Francis Daley) set out to prevent... [More]
Directed By: Paul Middleditch

#34

Table 19 (2017)
25%

#34
Adjusted Score: 33264%
Critics Consensus: Table 19 is marginally more entertaining than actually sitting with a table full of strangers at a wedding -- although most screenings won't come with an open bar, which makes it a wash.
Synopsis: Ex-maid of honor Eloise - having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via... [More]
Directed By: Jeffrey Blitz

#33
Adjusted Score: 33133%
Critics Consensus: Slow, joyless, and loaded with unintentionally humorous moments, Breaking Dawn Part 1 may satisfy the Twilight faithful, but it's strictly for fans of the franchise.
Synopsis: At last, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) are getting married. When Jacob (Taylor Lautner) finds out that Bella... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#32
Adjusted Score: 37559%
Critics Consensus: The Twilight Saga's second installment may satisfy hardcore fans of the series, but outsiders are likely to be turned off by its slow pace, relentlessly downcast tone, and excessive length.
Synopsis: After the abrupt departure of Edward (Robert Pattinson), her vampire love, Bella (Kristen Stewart) finds comfort in her deepening friendship... [More]
Directed By: Chris Weitz

#31

Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
28%

#31
Adjusted Score: 38855%
Critics Consensus: Pitch Perfect 3 strains to recapture the magic that helped the original spawn a franchise, but ends up sending this increasingly unnecessary trilogy out on a low note.
Synopsis: After the highs of winning the world championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't job prospects... [More]
Directed By: Trish Sie

#30
Adjusted Score: 47438%
Critics Consensus: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates benefits from the screwball premise and the efforts of a game cast, even if the sporadically hilarious results don't quite live up to either.
Synopsis: Mike and Dave Stangle are young, adventurous, fun-loving brothers who tend to get out of control at family gatherings. When... [More]
Directed By: Jake Szymanski

#29

Mr. Right (2015)
44%

#29
Adjusted Score: 46590%
Critics Consensus: Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick work well together, but Mr. Right is too much of a tonal jumble to take advantage of their chemistry.
Synopsis: A woman (Anna Kendrick) comes to a crossroad when she finds out that her new beau (Sam Rockwell) is a... [More]
Directed By: Paco Cabezas

#28

Life After Beth (2014)
45%

#28
Adjusted Score: 48557%
Critics Consensus: In spite of Aubrey Plaza's committed performance, Life After Beth remains a sketch-worthy idea that's been uncomfortably stretched to feature length.
Synopsis: A guy (Dane DeHaan) discovers that his girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) has returned from the dead, but his joy turns to... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Baena

#27

The Hollars (2016)
47%

#27
Adjusted Score: 51117%
Critics Consensus: The Hollars gathers an impressive assortment of talented stars; unfortunately, it's all in service of a story that's been played out more effectively in countless other indie dramedies.
Synopsis: A man (John Krasinski) returns home to his dysfunctional family after learning that his mother (Margo Martindale) has a brain... [More]
Directed By: John Krasinski

#26

Cake (2014)
49%

#26
Adjusted Score: 53917%
Critics Consensus: Cake finds Jennifer Aniston making the most of an overdue opportunity to test her dramatic chops, but it lacks sufficient depth or warmth to recommend for all but her most ardent fans.
Synopsis: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman (Jennifer Aniston) who also suffers... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Barnz

#25
Adjusted Score: 56824%
Critics Consensus: Stuffed with characters and overly reliant on uninspired dialogue, Eclipse won't win The Twilight Saga many new converts, despite an improved blend of romance and action fantasy.
Synopsis: Danger once again surrounds Bella (Kristen Stewart), as a string of mysterious killings terrorizes Seattle and a malicious vampire continues... [More]
Directed By: David Slade

#24

Twilight (2008)
49%

#24
Adjusted Score: 57043%
Critics Consensus: Having lost much of its bite transitioning to the big screen, Twilight will please its devoted fans, but do little for the uninitiated.
Synopsis: High-school student Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), always a bit of a misfit, doesn't expect life to change much when she... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Hardwicke

#23

The Accountant (2016)
52%

#23
Adjusted Score: 68953%
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

#22

Noelle (2019)
54%

#22
Adjusted Score: 54691%
Critics Consensus: The always charming Anna Kendrick does her best, but Noelle's progressive take on a timeless tale is unfortunately subdued.
Synopsis: Kris Kringle's daughter is full of Christmas spirit but wishes she could do something important like her brother Nick, who... [More]
Directed By: Marc Lawrence

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 57507%
Critics Consensus: The Company You Keep is a (frustratingly) slow-burning thriller about very contemporary issues.
Synopsis: Decades after an ill-fated robbery, a former member (Susan Sarandon) of the Weather Underground turns herself in to authorities. While... [More]
Directed By: Robert Redford

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 63707%
Critics Consensus: The Last Five Years hits a few awkward notes in its transition from stage to screen, but its freshness and sincere charm -- and well-matched stars -- offer their own rewards.
Synopsis: In New York, a struggling actress (Anna Kendrick) and a successful writer (Jeremy Jordan) sing about their failed marriage from... [More]
Directed By: Richard LaGravenese

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 69039%
Critics Consensus: Absurd yet anchored in knotty real-world themes, The Day Shall Come adds another bleakly funny satire to director/co-writer Christopher Morris' filmography.
Synopsis: An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He... [More]
Directed By: Chris Morris

#18

Digging for Fire (2015)
64%

#18
Adjusted Score: 66137%
Critics Consensus: Digging for Fire finds director/co-writer Joe Swanberg working from a familiar palette, but in ways that suggest he's taking new and exciting strides as a filmmaker.
Synopsis: A house sitter (Jake Johnson) becomes an amateur sleuth after finding a bone and a gun on the property.... [More]
Directed By: Joe Swanberg

#17

Camp (2003)
64%

#17
Adjusted Score: 66241%
Critics Consensus: Campy comedy that squeaks by on its charms.
Synopsis: At Camp Ovation, kids of all ages spend their summer expressing themselves through dance, music and theater. Vlad (Daniel Letterle)... [More]
Directed By: Todd Graff

#16

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
65%

#16
Adjusted Score: 73772%
Critics Consensus: Pitch Perfect 2 sings in sweet comedic harmony, even if it doesn't hit quite as many high notes as its predecessor.
Synopsis: It's been three years since the Barden Bellas (Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson) became the first all-female group to win a... [More]
Directed By: Elizabeth Banks

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 81872%
Critics Consensus: A fun follow-up for fans of the original, Trolls World Tour offers a second helping of colorful animation, infectious energy, and sing-along songs.
Synopsis: Poppy and Branch discover that there are six different troll tribes scattered over six different lands. Each tribe is also... [More]
Directed By: Walt Dohrn

#14

Into the Woods (2014)
71%

#14
Adjusted Score: 80576%
Critics Consensus: On the whole, this Disney adaptation of the Sondheim classic sits comfortably at the corner of Hollywood and Broadway -- even if it darkens to its detriment in the final act.
Synopsis: As the result of the curse of a once-beautiful witch (Meryl Streep), a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily... [More]
Directed By: Rob Marshall

#13

The Voices (2014)
74%

#13
Adjusted Score: 77393%
Critics Consensus: The Voices gives Ryan Reynolds an opportunity to deliver a highlight-reel performance -- and offers an off-kilter treat for fans of black comedies.
Synopsis: A mentally unhinged factory worker (Ryan Reynolds) must decide whether to listen to his talking cat and become a killer,... [More]
Directed By: Marjane Satrapi

#12

Trolls (2016)
75%

#12
Adjusted Score: 84905%
Critics Consensus: Trolls brings its instantly recognizable characters to the big screen in a colorful adventure that, while geared toward the younger set, isn't without rewards for parents.
Synopsis: After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn

#11

Happy Christmas (2014)
75%

#11
Adjusted Score: 77758%
Critics Consensus: Intelligent, well-acted, and satisfyingly low-key, Happy Christmas marks another step in prolific filmmaker Joe Swanberg's creative evolution.
Synopsis: An immature party girl (Anna Kendrick) moves in with her brother's family to get over a breakup and throws their... [More]
Directed By: Joe Swanberg

#10

Stowaway (2021)
77%

#10
Adjusted Score: 81998%
Critics Consensus: Pacing problems prevent Stowaway from fully engaging, but it's distinguished by its thoughtful, well-acted approach to a story built on an excruciating moral dilemma.
Synopsis: A three-person crew on a mission to Mars faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of... [More]
Directed By: Joe Penna

#9

Pitch Perfect (2012)
81%

#9
Adjusted Score: 86241%
Critics Consensus: Pitch Perfect's plot is formulaic, but the performances are excellent and the musical numbers are toe-tapping as well.
Synopsis: College student Beca (Anna Kendrick) knows she does not want to be part of a clique, but that's exactly where... [More]
Directed By: Jason Moore

#8
Adjusted Score: 92588%
Critics Consensus: Its script may not be as dazzling as its eye-popping visuals, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is fast, funny, and inventive.
Synopsis: As bass guitarist for a garage-rock band, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) has never had trouble getting a girlfriend; usually, the... [More]
Directed By: Edgar Wright

#7

Rocket Science (2007)
84%

#7
Adjusted Score: 87022%
Critics Consensus: Though Rocket Science appears to be a typically quirky indie, the well-rounded performances and director Jeffrey Blitz's clear affection for his characters gives the film its proper human spark.
Synopsis: High-school student Hal Hefner's (Reece Daniel Thompson) life is falling down around him. His parents have split, his brother picks... [More]
Directed By: Jeffrey Blitz

#6

Drinking Buddies (2013)
84%

#6
Adjusted Score: 87462%
Critics Consensus: Smart, funny, and powered by fine performances from Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson, Drinking Buddies offers a bittersweet slice of observational comedy.
Synopsis: Although they're both dating other people, two co-workers (Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson) hang out together in bars and try to... [More]
Directed By: Joe Swanberg

#5

A Simple Favor (2018)
84%

#5
Adjusted Score: 99511%
Critics Consensus: Twisty, twisted, and above all simply fun, A Simple Favor casts a stylish mommy noir spell strengthened by potent performances from Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.
Synopsis: Stephanie is a widowed, single mother who works as a vlogger in Connecticut. Her best friend, Emily, seems to have... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#4

End of Watch (2012)
85%

#4
Adjusted Score: 92523%
Critics Consensus: End of Watch has the energy, devotion to characters, and charismatic performances to overcome the familiar pitfalls of its genre and handheld format.
Synopsis: Longtime LAPD partners and friends, Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña) patrol one of the most dangerous... [More]
Directed By: David Ayer

#3

ParaNorman (2012)
89%

#3
Adjusted Score: 95758%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully animated and solidly scripted, ParaNorman will entertain (and frighten) older children while providing surprisingly thoughtful fare for their parents.
Synopsis: Young Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has the ability to speak with the dead -- and he often prefers their company... [More]
Directed By: Chris Butler, Sam Fell

#2

Up in the Air (2009)
90%

#2
Adjusted Score: 102108%
Critics Consensus: Led by charismatic performances by its three leads, director Jason Reitman delivers a smart blend of humor and emotion with just enough edge for mainstream audiences.
Synopsis: An idea from a young, new co-worker (Anna Kendrick) would put an end to the constant travel of corporate downsizer... [More]
Directed By: Jason Reitman

#1

50/50 (2011)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 100616%
Critics Consensus: A good-hearted film about a difficult topic, 50/50 maneuvers between jokes and drama with surprising finesse.
Synopsis: Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has always tried to take good care of his health, so it comes as a cruel... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Levine

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All Kristen Stewart Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

Before she became ambassador for vegetarian vampire-and-werewolf relations in the late 2000s, Kristen Stewart had already built a steady career transitioning from child actor roles and into young adulthood. First, she starred in David Fincher’s efficient potboiler Panic Room, then went into space with with Jumanji cinematic universe-adjacent Zathura (directed by pre-Iron Man Jon Faverau), and helped guide a wayward traveler in Into the Wild.

Of course, that all seems like pre-history in the wake of Twilight, the romantic fantasy phenomenon that would make unlikely tabloid stars out of Stewart and Robert Pattinson for years to come. Five Twilight movies released annually for a half-decade, and whatever the benefits of becoming household names through them, there was also the very real threat of a post-career forever in the shadow of the vampire.

Stewart responded, much like Pattinson, by going indie, as she racked up impressive performances in the likes of Still Alice, Personal Shopper, Clouds of Sils Maria, and Certain Women, working with big arthouse names like Olivier Assayas and Kelly Reichardt. She also completed her unofficial “Co-Starring Jesse Eisenberg” trilogy that started with Adventureland, following through with American Ultra and Cafe Society.

Even Stewart’s approach towards mainstream filmmaking come packaged with feminist or revisionist touches, like Charlie’s Angels or Snow White and the Huntsman. She took a dive in Underwater, and ended 2020 on a Happiest Season. And now we’re ranking all her movies by Tomatometer!

#40

Cold Creek Manor (2003)
12%

#40
Adjusted Score: 14358%
Critics Consensus: The plot of Cold Creek Manor is too predictable and contrived to generate suspense.
Synopsis: When filmmaker Cooper Tilson (Dennis Quaid) and his wife, Leah (Sharon Stone), tire of life in New York City, they... [More]
Directed By: Mike Figgis

#39

The Messengers (2007)
12%

#39
Adjusted Score: 14019%
Critics Consensus: The Messengers is an atmospheric but derivative rip-off of countless other horror movies.
Synopsis: When the Solomons trade in the craziness of big-city life for the quiet of a North Dakota farm, little do... [More]

#38

Catch That Kid (2004)
13%

#38
Adjusted Score: 14555%
Critics Consensus: An unimaginative heist movie aimed strictly at the preteen set.
Synopsis: Athletic 12-year-old Maddy (Kristen Stewart) shares an enthusiasm for mountain climbing with her father, Tom (Sam Robards). Unfortunately, Tom suffers... [More]
Directed By: Bart Freundlich

#37

Jumper (2008)
15%

#37
Adjusted Score: 20622%
Critics Consensus: Featuring uninvolving characters and loose narrative, Jumper is an erratic action pic with little coherence and lackluster special effects.
Synopsis: Aimless David Rice (Hayden Christensen) has the ability to instantly transport himself to any place he can imagine. He uses... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#36

Fierce People (2005)
24%

#36
Adjusted Score: 25011%
Critics Consensus: Fierce People's premise of a teenager studying rich people like animals is grating and self-satisfied, and Anton Yelchin's smug performance makes the film even harder to agree with.
Synopsis: Finn (Anton Yelchin) is a teenager trying to escape his drug-addicted mother (Diane Lane) by going to study tribal people.... [More]
Directed By: Griffin Dunne

#35

Anesthesia (2015)
25%

#35
Adjusted Score: 26926%
Critics Consensus: Anesthesia's incredible cast is wasted on a sloppily-assembled drama whose grand ambitions are undermined by a flawed screenplay.
Synopsis: The lives of a self-destructive student (Kristen Stewart), a hard-drinking housewife (Gretchen Mol) and an impoverished junkie (K. Todd Freeman)... [More]
Directed By: Tim Blake Nelson

#34
Adjusted Score: 33133%
Critics Consensus: Slow, joyless, and loaded with unintentionally humorous moments, Breaking Dawn Part 1 may satisfy the Twilight faithful, but it's strictly for fans of the franchise.
Synopsis: At last, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) are getting married. When Jacob (Taylor Lautner) finds out that Bella... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#33
Adjusted Score: 37559%
Critics Consensus: The Twilight Saga's second installment may satisfy hardcore fans of the series, but outsiders are likely to be turned off by its slow pace, relentlessly downcast tone, and excessive length.
Synopsis: After the abrupt departure of Edward (Robert Pattinson), her vampire love, Bella (Kristen Stewart) finds comfort in her deepening friendship... [More]
Directed By: Chris Weitz

#32

Equals (2015)
36%

#32
Adjusted Score: 40651%
Critics Consensus: Equals is a treat for the eyes, but its futuristic aesthetic isn't enough to make up for its plodding pace and aimlessly derivative story.
Synopsis: Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas work together in a futuristic society known as the Collective. A seemingly utopian world, the... [More]
Directed By: Drake Doremus

#31

Seberg (2019)
36%

#31
Adjusted Score: 45022%
Critics Consensus: Seberg's frustratingly superficial treatment of a fascinating true story does a disservice to its subject -- and Kristen Stewart's performance in the central role.
Synopsis: In the late 1960s, French new wave actress and "Breathless" star Jean Seberg becomes the target of the FBI due... [More]
Directed By: Benedict Andrews

#30

American Ultra (2015)
44%

#30
Adjusted Score: 50024%
Critics Consensus: American Ultra has some interesting ideas, but like its stoned protagonist, it's too easily distracted to live up to its true potential.
Synopsis: Small-town stoner Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel. What Mike... [More]
Directed By: Nima Nourizadeh

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 47598%
Critics Consensus: While pleasantly acted, In the Land of Women is a dramatically stilted film with underdeveloped characters.
Synopsis: After a bad breakup with his girlfriend leaves him heartbroken, Carter Webb (Adam Brody) moves to Michigan to take care... [More]
Directed By: Jon Kasdan

#28
Adjusted Score: 52642%
Critics Consensus: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk has noble goals, but lacks a strong enough screenplay to achieve them -- and its visual innovations are often merely distracting.
Synopsis: Nineteen-year-old private Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn), along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#27

On the Road (2012)
45%

#27
Adjusted Score: 50931%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful to look at but a bit too respectfully crafted, On the Road doesn't capture the energy and inspiration of Jack Kerouac's novel.
Synopsis: An aspiring writer (Sam Riley), his new friend (Garrett Hedlund) and his friend's seductive wife (Kristen Stewart) heed the call... [More]
Directed By: Walter Salles

#26
Adjusted Score: 56824%
Critics Consensus: Stuffed with characters and overly reliant on uninspired dialogue, Eclipse won't win The Twilight Saga many new converts, despite an improved blend of romance and action fantasy.
Synopsis: Danger once again surrounds Bella (Kristen Stewart), as a string of mysterious killings terrorizes Seattle and a malicious vampire continues... [More]
Directed By: David Slade

#25

Twilight (2008)
49%

#25
Adjusted Score: 57043%
Critics Consensus: Having lost much of its bite transitioning to the big screen, Twilight will please its devoted fans, but do little for the uninitiated.
Synopsis: High-school student Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), always a bit of a misfit, doesn't expect life to change much when she... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Hardwicke

#24
Adjusted Score: 57370%
Critics Consensus: It's the most entertaining Twilight, but that's not enough to make Breaking Dawn Part 2 worth watching for filmgoers who don't already count themselves among the franchise converts.
Synopsis: Bella (Kristen Stewart) awakes -- as a vampire -- from her life-threatening labor, and her newborn daughter, Renesmee, proves to... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#23
Adjusted Score: 59207%
Critics Consensus: While it offers an appropriately dark take on the fairy tale that inspired it, Snow White and the Huntsman is undone by uneven acting, problematic pacing, and a confused script.
Synopsis: Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron), who seized control of her kingdom by marrying and killing its rightful ruler, needs the life... [More]
Directed By: Rupert Sanders

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 51906%
Critics Consensus: The large cast of characters and scripting are too unwieldy, and the suburban angst theme feels tired.
Synopsis: In a suburban landscape, the lives of several families interlace with loss, despair and personal crisis. Esther Gold (Glenn Close)... [More]
Directed By: Rose Troche

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 55367%
Critics Consensus: What Just Happened has some inspired comic moments, but this inside-baseball take on Hollywood lacks satirical bite.
Synopsis: During the course of an ordinary week in Hollywood, movie producer Ben (Robert De Niro) must navigate his way through... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#20

Underwater (2020)
47%

#20
Adjusted Score: 62175%
Critics Consensus: Underwater's strong cast and stylish direction aren't enough to distract from the strong sense of déjà vu provoked by this claustrophobic thriller's derivative story.
Synopsis: Disaster strikes more than six miles below the ocean surface when water crashes through the walls of a drilling station.... [More]
Directed By: William Eubank

#19

Charlie's Angels (2019)
52%

#19
Adjusted Score: 65099%
Critics Consensus: Earnest and energetic, if a bit uneven, Elizabeth Banks's pulpy Charlie's Angels adds new flair to the franchise with fun performances from its three leads.
Synopsis: Elena Houghlin is a scientist, engineer and inventor of Calisto -- a sustainable energy source that will revolutionize the way... [More]
Directed By: Elizabeth Banks

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 56576%
Critics Consensus: Despite earnest performances, Welcome to the Rileys cannot escape its belabored over-sentimentality and sluggish delivery.
Synopsis: Seeking refuge from his grief and crumbling marriage, a salesman (James Gandolfini) becomes a surrogate father to an underage stripper... [More]
Directed By: Jake Scott

#17

Undertow (2004)
55%

#17
Adjusted Score: 58002%
Critics Consensus: Undertow's gently fantastical elements are balanced by fully realized characters and a story with genuine, steadily accumulating emotional weight.
Synopsis: After his wife dies, John Munn (Dermot Mulroney) moves with his sons Chris (Jamie Bell) and Tim (Devon Alan) to... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green

#16

J.T. LeRoy (2018)
55%

#16
Adjusted Score: 59711%
Critics Consensus: While it may leave some viewers wishing for a more in-depth exploration of its story and themes, J.T. Leroy offers a diverting dramatization of incredible real-life events.
Synopsis: A young woman named Savannah Knoop spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary... [More]
Directed By: Justin Kelly

#15

The Cake Eaters (2007)
64%

#15
Adjusted Score: 64138%
Critics Consensus: Though light on theme and craftsmanship, The Cake Eaters relies on fine performances and brisk direction to provide an affecting tale of small-town life.
Synopsis: The death of the Kimbrough family matriarch affects the three male survivors of the clan. Widower Easy (Bruce Dern) tries... [More]
Directed By: Mary Stuart Masterson

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 67154%
Critics Consensus: Small and intimate -- occasionally to a fault -- The Yellow Handkerchief rises above its overly familiar ingredients thanks to riveting performances from William Hurt and Kristen Stewart.
Synopsis: Former con man Brett Hanson (William Hurt) is imprisoned for six years before finally being released on parole. Now he... [More]
Directed By: Udayan Prasad

#13

Lizzie (2018)
66%

#13
Adjusted Score: 73765%
Critics Consensus: Lizzie forces audiences to take a new look at a widely known true-crime story -- even if the well-acted end result is never quite as gripping as it could be.
Synopsis: In 1892 Lizzie Borden lives a quiet life in Massachusetts under the strict rules established by her father. Lizzie finds... [More]

#12

The Runaways (2010)
69%

#12
Adjusted Score: 75192%
Critics Consensus: Viewers expecting an in-depth biopic will be disappointed, but The Runaways is as electric as the band's music, largely thanks to strong performances from Michael Shannon, Dakota Fanning, and Kristen Stewart.
Synopsis: Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), two rebellious teenagers from Southern California, become the frontwomen for the... [More]
Directed By: Floria Sigismondi

#11

Café Society (2016)
71%

#11
Adjusted Score: 85958%
Critics Consensus: Café Society's lovely visuals and charming performances round out a lightweight late-period Allen comedy whose genuine pleasures offset its amiable predictability.
Synopsis: Looking for an exciting career, young Bobby Dorfman leaves New York for the glitz and glamour of 1930s Hollywood. After... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#10

Camp X-Ray (2014)
75%

#10
Adjusted Score: 75645%
Critics Consensus: Camp X-Ray's treatment of its subject verges on the shallow, but benefits greatly from a pair of impressive performances from Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi.
Synopsis: A female guard (Kristen Stewart) at Guantanamo Bay forms an unlikely friendship with one of the facility's longtime detainees.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Sattler

#9

Panic Room (2002)
75%

#9
Adjusted Score: 81090%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by David Fincher's directorial talent and Jodie Foster's performance, Panic Room is a well-crafted, above-average thriller.
Synopsis: Trapped in their New York brownstone's panic room, a hidden chamber built as a sanctuary in the event of break-ins,... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#8

Zathura (2005)
76%

#8
Adjusted Score: 81240%
Critics Consensus: Dazzling special effects for the kids + well-crafted storytelling for the 'rents = cinematic satisfaction for the whole family.
Synopsis: After their father (Tim Robbins) is called into work, two young boys, Walter (Josh Hutcherson) and Danny (Jonah Bobo), are... [More]
Directed By: Jon Favreau

#7

Personal Shopper (2016)
81%

#7
Adjusted Score: 100433%
Critics Consensus: Personal Shopper attempts a tricky series of potentially jarring tonal shifts with varying results, bolstered by a performance from Kristen Stewart that's impossible to ignore.
Synopsis: A young American in Paris works as a personal shopper for a celebrity. She seems to have the ability to... [More]
Directed By: Olivier Assayas

#6

Into the Wild (2007)
83%

#6
Adjusted Score: 90569%
Critics Consensus: With his sturdy cast and confident direction, Sean Penn has turned a complex work of non-fiction like Into the Wild into an accessible and poignant character study.
Synopsis: Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), son of wealthy parents (Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt), graduates from Emory University as a top... [More]
Directed By: Sean Penn

#5

Happiest Season (2020)
82%

#5
Adjusted Score: 95288%
Critics Consensus: A jolly good time with heartfelt performances and more than enough holiday cheer, all you'll want for Christmas is Happiest Season.
Synopsis: This romantic comedy is about longtime lesbian couple Abby (Kristen Stewart) and Harper (Mackenzie Davis), who made plans to go... [More]
Directed By: Clea DuVall

#4

Still Alice (2014)
85%

#4
Adjusted Score: 93222%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a gripping performance from Julianne Moore, Still Alice is a heartfelt drama that honors its delicate themes with bravery and sensitivity.
Synopsis: Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a renowned linguistics professor at Columbia University. When words begin to escape her and... [More]

#3

Adventureland (2009)
89%

#3
Adjusted Score: 96967%
Critics Consensus: Full of humor and nostalgia, Adventureland is a sweet, insightful coming-of-age comedy that will resonate with teens and adults alike.
Synopsis: It's the summer of 1987, and recent college grad James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) can't wait to begin his long-anticipated dream... [More]
Directed By: Greg Mottola

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 97026%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by a trio of powerful performances from its talented leads, Clouds of Sils Maria is an absorbing, richly detailed drama with impressive depth and intelligence.
Synopsis: A veteran actress (Juliette Binoche) comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in... [More]
Directed By: Olivier Assayas

#1

Certain Women (2016)
92%

#1
Adjusted Score: 102968%
Critics Consensus: Certain Women further demonstrates writer-director Kelly Reichardt's gift for telling the stories of ordinary people with uncommon empathy and skill.
Synopsis: Three strong-willed women (Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Michelle Williams) strive to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

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How to Watch Twilight Movies In Order

If you’re getting ready to experience the seductive, suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward for the first time, here’s how you can watch all Twilight movies in order. 2008’s original Twilight introduces us to teenager Bella (Kristen Stewart) and her attraction to Edward (Robert Pattinson), a vampire-among-us. New Moon makes it a triangle with the arrival of Jacob (Taylor Lautner), he of a rival werewolf pack. The real battle begins in Eclipse, come to a bed-smashing head in the two-part Breaking Dawn. See below for our guide on how to watch all Twilight movies in order.

#5

Twilight (2008)
49%

#5
Adjusted Score: 57043%
Critics Consensus: Having lost much of its bite transitioning to the big screen, Twilight will please its devoted fans, but do little for the uninitiated.
Synopsis: High-school student Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), always a bit of a misfit, doesn't expect life to change much when she... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Hardwicke

#4
Adjusted Score: 37559%
Critics Consensus: The Twilight Saga's second installment may satisfy hardcore fans of the series, but outsiders are likely to be turned off by its slow pace, relentlessly downcast tone, and excessive length.
Synopsis: After the abrupt departure of Edward (Robert Pattinson), her vampire love, Bella (Kristen Stewart) finds comfort in her deepening friendship... [More]
Directed By: Chris Weitz

#3
Adjusted Score: 56824%
Critics Consensus: Stuffed with characters and overly reliant on uninspired dialogue, Eclipse won't win The Twilight Saga many new converts, despite an improved blend of romance and action fantasy.
Synopsis: Danger once again surrounds Bella (Kristen Stewart), as a string of mysterious killings terrorizes Seattle and a malicious vampire continues... [More]
Directed By: David Slade

#2
Adjusted Score: 33133%
Critics Consensus: Slow, joyless, and loaded with unintentionally humorous moments, Breaking Dawn Part 1 may satisfy the Twilight faithful, but it's strictly for fans of the franchise.
Synopsis: At last, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) are getting married. When Jacob (Taylor Lautner) finds out that Bella... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#1
Adjusted Score: 57370%
Critics Consensus: It's the most entertaining Twilight, but that's not enough to make Breaking Dawn Part 2 worth watching for filmgoers who don't already count themselves among the franchise converts.
Synopsis: Bella (Kristen Stewart) awakes -- as a vampire -- from her life-threatening labor, and her newborn daughter, Renesmee, proves to... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

(Photo by Caitlin Cronenberg, © Entertainment One/courtesy Everett Collection)

All Robert Pattinson Movies, Ranked By Tomatometer

Robert Pattinson on the Twilight series press circuits would occasionally mock the movies he was out there supposedly promoting, suggesting two things: (1) maybe this new on the scene IT boy was actually a genuine person, and (2) he had made enough money by New Moon to never work in this town again. Many young actors’ careers have been crushed under the weight of the very things that made them famous. And unemployment post-Twilight was a very real threat for Pattinson: Would he only be remembered as that pasty sparkling vegetarian vampire?

As Twilight wound down, Pattinson threw himself before the arthouse gods, who guided him to challenging directors like David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars), Anton Corbijn (Life), Werner Herzog (Queen of the Desert), and David Michôd (The Rover). And though none of those movies represented their respective director’s best work, and in the case of Herzog it was actually his worst, they showcased Pattinson as a dedicated performer and, especially in dystopian western The Rover, a sometimes unpredictable and savage one.

And then in 2017 he put out Good Time, just to show you sometimes all you need is that one movie to turn your image around. As with the Safdie brothers’ later Uncut Gems, Good Time assaults the senses while building a central emphatic and engaging character defined by constant frantic action. Pattinson came out as the indie hero of that year, and having James Gray’s The Lost City of Z release around the same time didn’t hurt, either. A strong 2019 continued that trend with Claire Denis’ High Life and Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse.

His latest film was Netflix thriller The Devil All the Time, opposite Tom Holland. And currently a dark night falls upon Pattinson’s career as he takes on the mantle of Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which is scheduled for an October 21, 2021 release. Before that swings into theaters, take a look at all Robert Pattinson movies, ranked by Tomatometer!

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 22203%
Critics Consensus: Queen of the Desert unites some undeniably talented professionals, but it's difficult to discern what drew them together -- or understand how its compelling real-life story became such a muddled mess.
Synopsis: Gertrude Bell's life as an explorer, cartographer, and archaeologist for the British Empire.... [More]
Directed By: Werner Herzog

#21

Little Ashes (2008)
24%

#21
Adjusted Score: 25971%
Critics Consensus: It has a beautiful cast, but Little Ashes suffers from an uneven tone and a surplus of unintentionally silly moments.
Synopsis: The young life and the loves of artist Salvador Dali.... [More]
Directed By: Paul Morrison

#20
Adjusted Score: 33133%
Critics Consensus: Slow, joyless, and loaded with unintentionally humorous moments, Breaking Dawn Part 1 may satisfy the Twilight faithful, but it's strictly for fans of the franchise.
Synopsis: At last, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) are getting married. When Jacob (Taylor Lautner) finds out that Bella... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#19

Remember Me (2010)
27%

#19
Adjusted Score: 30900%
Critics Consensus: Its leads are likeable, but Remember Me suffers from an overly maudlin script and a borderline offensive final twist.
Synopsis: Tyler (Robert Pattinson) has had a strained relationship with his father (Pierce Brosnan) since a family tragedy. Rebellious and troubled,... [More]
Directed By: Allen Coulter

#18

Bel Ami (2012)
27%

#18
Adjusted Score: 30472%
Critics Consensus: Bel Ami contains some soapy pleasures but it overall rushes through the narrative and suffers from a vague central performance by Robert Pattinson.
Synopsis: A morally bankrupt schemer (Robert Pattinson) rises to the upper echelons of Parisian society by seducing a series of powerful... [More]

#17
Adjusted Score: 37559%
Critics Consensus: The Twilight Saga's second installment may satisfy hardcore fans of the series, but outsiders are likely to be turned off by its slow pace, relentlessly downcast tone, and excessive length.
Synopsis: After the abrupt departure of Edward (Robert Pattinson), her vampire love, Bella (Kristen Stewart) finds comfort in her deepening friendship... [More]
Directed By: Chris Weitz

#16
Adjusted Score: 56824%
Critics Consensus: Stuffed with characters and overly reliant on uninspired dialogue, Eclipse won't win The Twilight Saga many new converts, despite an improved blend of romance and action fantasy.
Synopsis: Danger once again surrounds Bella (Kristen Stewart), as a string of mysterious killings terrorizes Seattle and a malicious vampire continues... [More]
Directed By: David Slade

#15
Adjusted Score: 57370%
Critics Consensus: It's the most entertaining Twilight, but that's not enough to make Breaking Dawn Part 2 worth watching for filmgoers who don't already count themselves among the franchise converts.
Synopsis: Bella (Kristen Stewart) awakes -- as a vampire -- from her life-threatening labor, and her newborn daughter, Renesmee, proves to... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#14

Twilight (2008)
49%

#14
Adjusted Score: 57043%
Critics Consensus: Having lost much of its bite transitioning to the big screen, Twilight will please its devoted fans, but do little for the uninitiated.
Synopsis: High-school student Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), always a bit of a misfit, doesn't expect life to change much when she... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Hardwicke

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 67487%
Critics Consensus: It's a tale tastefully told and beautifully filmed, but Water for Elephants suffers from a pronounced lack of chemistry between its leads.
Synopsis: Jacob Jankowski (Robert Pattinson), a veterinary student, is close to graduating when a terrible tragedy forces him to leave school.... [More]
Directed By: Francis Lawrence

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 67126%
Critics Consensus: Narratively unwieldy and tonally jumbled, Maps to the Stars still has enough bite to satisfy David Cronenberg fans in need of a coolly acidic fix.
Synopsis: Driven by an intense need for fame and validation, members of a dysfunctional Hollywood dynasty have lives as dramatic as... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#11

Life (2015)
64%

#11
Adjusted Score: 66055%
Critics Consensus: Life may frustrate viewers seeking a James Dean biopic with its subject's intensity, but it remains a diverting, well-acted effort assembled with admirable craft and ambition.
Synopsis: In 1955, young photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) develops a close bond with actor James Dean (Dane DeHaan) while shooting... [More]
Directed By: Anton Corbijn

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 77656%
Critics Consensus: The Devil All the Time's descent into darkness can be harrowing to the point of punishment, but it's offset by strong work from a stellar cast.
Synopsis: A young man is devoted to protecting his loved ones in a town full of corruption and sinister characters.... [More]
Directed By: Antonio Campos

#9

Cosmopolis (2012)
66%

#9
Adjusted Score: 72805%
Critics Consensus: Though some may find it cold and didactic, Cosmopolis benefits from David Cronenberg's precise direction, resulting in a psychologically complex adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel.
Synopsis: A 28-year-old billionaire (Robert Pattinson) senses his empire collapsing around him as he takes a limo ride across Manhattan to... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#8

The Rover (2014)
67%

#8
Adjusted Score: 73032%
Critics Consensus: Fueled by engaging performances from Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, the tension-filled The Rover overcomes its narrative faults through sheer watchability.
Synopsis: In the near future, mankind's greed and excesses have pushed civilization to the breaking point. Society is in decline, and... [More]
Directed By: David Michôd

#7

Damsel (2018)
67%

#7
Adjusted Score: 73453%
Critics Consensus: The beautifully filmed Damsel injects the western genre with a welcome dose of humor and some unexpected twists, although its stately pace may frustrate impatient viewers.
Synopsis: Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As his... [More]

#6

High Life (2018)
82%

#6
Adjusted Score: 96495%
Critics Consensus: High Life is as visually arresting as it is challenging, confounding, and ultimately rewarding - which is to say it's everything film fans expect from director Claire Denis.
Synopsis: Monte and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer reaches of... [More]
Directed By: Claire Denis

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 103392%
Critics Consensus: The Lost City of Z's stately pace and visual grandeur hearken back to classic exploration epics, and Charlie Hunnam turns in a masterful performance as its complex protagonist.
Synopsis: At the dawn of the 20th century, British explorer Percy Fawcett journeys into the Amazon, where he discovers evidence of... [More]
Directed By: James Gray

#4
Adjusted Score: 97486%
Critics Consensus: The main characters are maturing, and the filmmakers are likewise improving on their craft; vibrant special effects and assured performances add up to what is the most complex yet of the Harry Potter films.
Synopsis: The fourth movie in the Harry Potter franchise sees Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) returning for his fourth year at Hogwarts School... [More]
Directed By: Mike Newell

#3
Adjusted Score: 92389%
Critics Consensus: The Childhood of a Leader mirrors the rise of fascism in post-WWI Europe with a well-acted, confidently crafted look at one young man's unsettling coming of age.
Synopsis: The childhood of a post-World War I leader.... [More]
Directed By: Brady Corbet

#2

The Lighthouse (2019)
90%

#2
Adjusted Score: 113080%
Critics Consensus: A gripping story brilliantly filmed and led by a pair of powerhouse performances, The Lighthouse further establishes Robert Eggers as a filmmaker of exceptional talent.
Synopsis: Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the... [More]
Directed By: Robert Eggers

#1

Good Time (2017)
92%

#1
Adjusted Score: 108685%
Critics Consensus: A visual treat filled out by consistently stellar work from Robert Pattinson, Good Time is a singularly distinctive crime drama offering far more than the usual genre thrills.
Synopsis: A bank robber stops at nothing to free his brother from prison, launching himself into a nightlong odyssey through New... [More]
Directed By: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie

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(Photo by Summitt Entertainment/courtesy Everett Collection.)

All Twilight Saga Movies, Ranked by Tomatometer

Re-visit the series that launched Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson (not to mention vegetarian vampires) into the international spotlightlight! From 2008 and 2012, The Twilight Saga was a pop culture fixture, with the hype, secrecy, and buzz for each movie on par with the latest comic book blockbuster. The critics may not have been on board for each one, but audiences sure showed up, and now we’re looking back on everything from the original Twilight to Breaking Dawn as we rank all Twilight Saga movies by Tomatometer!

#5
Adjusted Score: 33133%
Critics Consensus: Slow, joyless, and loaded with unintentionally humorous moments, Breaking Dawn Part 1 may satisfy the Twilight faithful, but it's strictly for fans of the franchise.
Synopsis: At last, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) are getting married. When Jacob (Taylor Lautner) finds out that Bella... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#4
Adjusted Score: 37559%
Critics Consensus: The Twilight Saga's second installment may satisfy hardcore fans of the series, but outsiders are likely to be turned off by its slow pace, relentlessly downcast tone, and excessive length.
Synopsis: After the abrupt departure of Edward (Robert Pattinson), her vampire love, Bella (Kristen Stewart) finds comfort in her deepening friendship... [More]
Directed By: Chris Weitz

#3
Adjusted Score: 56824%
Critics Consensus: Stuffed with characters and overly reliant on uninspired dialogue, Eclipse won't win The Twilight Saga many new converts, despite an improved blend of romance and action fantasy.
Synopsis: Danger once again surrounds Bella (Kristen Stewart), as a string of mysterious killings terrorizes Seattle and a malicious vampire continues... [More]
Directed By: David Slade

#2
Adjusted Score: 57370%
Critics Consensus: It's the most entertaining Twilight, but that's not enough to make Breaking Dawn Part 2 worth watching for filmgoers who don't already count themselves among the franchise converts.
Synopsis: Bella (Kristen Stewart) awakes -- as a vampire -- from her life-threatening labor, and her newborn daughter, Renesmee, proves to... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#1

Twilight (2008)
49%

#1
Adjusted Score: 57043%
Critics Consensus: Having lost much of its bite transitioning to the big screen, Twilight will please its devoted fans, but do little for the uninitiated.
Synopsis: High-school student Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), always a bit of a misfit, doesn't expect life to change much when she... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Hardwicke

Kate Beckinsale continues her fight against Lycans and her own faction in Underworld: Blood Wars, prompting this week’s gallery of the hottest vampires from movies and television. And because we couldn’t possibly fit all that undead sexiness in just 24 pictures the same way Beckinsale slips into a leather onesie, let us know in the comments which vampires we missed that get your blood flowing!

It’s had its share of detractors and naysayers, but Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga has become a bona fide cultural phenomenon, a popular and lucrative franchise that has raked in over $2 billion at the box office and spurred a renewed obsession with vampires and werewolves. Unfortunately for its fans, however, the series will draw to a close this weekend with the release of its final chapter, Breaking Dawn, Part 2. As such, we thought it would be a good time to hunker down and examine what it is, exactly, that makes the series such a hit. To that end, we’ve commissioned two dedicated RT staffers — one fan and one neophyte — to trade observations on The Twilight Saga. Today, we bring you part two of the discussion, which focuses on the second installment, New Moon:


Cat: Well, so much for picking up where it left off. I was expecting a little more of the redhead wanting to kill Bella — instead, we got a few nightmares and an underwater pseudo-chase scene. But I must say, thank god someone figured out how to white balance the camera for this film.

Jeff: Amen on the white balance — whatever its other flaws might be (and they are numerous), at least New Moon looks like a real movie instead of improperly developed footage. And while I wouldn’t go so far as to say new director Chris Weitz did great work here, compared with what Catherine Hardwicke did on the first movie, he’s Orson freaking Welles — in addition to the lighting, New Moon is more sensitively directed, with fewer painfully obvious shots, less stuttering and lip-biting from Kristen Stewart, and less cheesy slo-mo. Of course, there’s still way too much of all that stuff for my taste, but baby steps. Baby steps.



C: Long gone are any redeeming qualities Bella exhibited in the first movie. Her whininess due to the fact that she is now older than Edward is pathetic and she needs an attitude adjustment. Let the “I want to turn into a vampire” obsession begin, because that’s the underlying theme to this film; she no longer wants to age. To make things worse, after Jasper goes after the poor pitiful lead during her birthday celebration with the Cullens, Edward breaks up with her. Here starts the spiral of madness that ensues and makes it unbearable to watch most of the remainder of New Moon.

J: I can’t really disagree with any of this, although I have to admit that as obnoxious as the whole “keep young and beautiful” thing might be, there’s some honesty in there — women are subject to so much pressure when it comes to their appearance that I think it might actually be reasonable to assume aging is one of the first things a teenage girl might worry about after falling in obsessed, abstinent love with a vampire who will always look like he’s the Hollywood equivalent of 17. It would have been nice if New Moon had dealt with that more sensitively than simply giving Bella a nightmare about seeing herself as her grandmother, but this is the franchise that gave us dialogue like “So you’re a werewolf.”

C: Let’s begin with how she keels over wanting to die after the break up in the woods, but fear not, a shirtless man — I mean werewolf — finds her and brings her home. OK, not weird at all. Then we endure months upon endless months of her staring out the window, and let’s not forget about the night terrors. Oh, those night terrors — how they irked me. How could her father let them go on for so long? She clearly needs some therapy.

J: This is one area where I feel like it might have helped if I had read the Twilight series before I started watching the movies, because even though I don’t think Stephenie Meyer is a very good writer, I have to believe she fleshed out Bella’s dad more believably in the books. I mean, here he’s just a terrible, terrible excuse for a father — in the first movie, he lets Bella take off for parts unknown without more than a couple of words in protest, and here, he spends three months sleeping on the couch listening to her scream every night. And then when he finally manages to string together a few words of advice, the best he can manage is basically “You should date Jacob.”



C: Finally she manages to get out of bed to mess with Jacob’s head — I mean, hang out with Jacob. But after discovering that being reckless means she gets to see Edward come to her in a psychic ghost bubble, that becomes her one mission: be as reckless as possible. Jacob’s feelings are just a casualty of Bella’s own self-destruction, which is unfortunate, because getting to have a little more Taylor Lautner in this film was one of its few high points. Jake is so much more interesting and multi-dimensional compared to Edward — I like that he questions Bella’s motives and challenges her. Finally, someone is trying to whip this girl into shape.

J: I completely agree. One of my main problems with this series thus far is that every single character is a moron with an irrational fixation on the biggest moron of them all, but setting all that aside, I really thought Lautner was a nice surprise here, and a real breath of fresh air for a movie that desperately needed it. I still don’t understand why anyone would ever want to talk to Bella, let alone be her friend or boyfriend, but for a brief sliver of this film’s horrifically bloated running time, I wasn’t annoyed; it wasn’t particularly interesting, but watching Bella and Jacob rebuild motorbikes in his garage was at least normal. It’s stuff like that that builds relationships in high school — or at least it did way back when I was a melodramatic teen. Maybe kids these days really do fall in love while walking past desk fans in slow motion.

C: When the time comes for Jake’s transition and he disappears, Bella falls back into a funk, completely abandoned again. Instead of just making new friends she wallows for a bit and finally confronts Jake. Again, with a lack of any dignity, the first thing she says to him is: “You cut your hair…and got a tattoo?” Where is the pissed off teenager who’s been abandoned twice now?

J: This is getting at the heart of what I dislike about the character of Bella — and again, why I’m willing to cut Stewart a lot of slack with her performance. Teenage girls aren’t the most empathetic creatures on the planet, but Bella is really just a selfish little idiot — she’s awful to her friends, awful to her parents, and awful to anyone who makes the mistake of falling for her. Anytime she opens her mouth, you can be pretty certain she’s going to say something about herself — what she wants, how she feels, or some other facet of her inscrutable Bellaness. She’s so fixated on herself that even when Jacob tells her to go away, and warns her she’ll be physically harmed if she comes back to his home, she refuses to leave him alone.

I’m thinking too much about this because it’s my job for these columns, but even as a passive viewer, how can anyone identify with Bella, or help being perpetually annoyed by her behavior?



C: Aside from Lautner’s refreshing performance, the introduction of the vampire council, aka the Volturi, was the only other highlight to this film. It’s here, when Bella saves Edward from exposing himself to meet his true death — oops, wrong vampire franchise — that we find out she is immune to all of their powers. Now things are getting interesting…

J: Yeah, I was at least grateful that something was really happening during this segment, although I mostly perked up when I noticed that Christopher Heyerdahl, who plays the delightfully skeevy Swede in AMC’s Hell on Wheels series, was one of the Volturi. Beyond that, I think I was mostly annoyed that it took two hours to arrive at a conflict more meaningful than “Boo hoo, my boyfriend broke up with me and left town.” And lest I offend Twihards here, let me be clear: I’m not saying love isn’t worth everything, I’m just saying neither movie ever makes a believable case for Bella and Edward as a couple. If you want to build a franchise around characters who never do anything more meaningful than staring at each other, you’d better hire the greatest actors of their generation.

C:I suppose I will have to withdraw my statement that Bella’s feelings for Edward are simply puppy love, since the otherwise gutless Bella offers herself up to be killed instead of Edward, but I’d rather chalk that up to pure stupidity. As for the poll the Cullens took regarding Bella becoming one of them, I’ll just say she needs to become a vampire if this franchise has any hopes of staying interesting.

J: I don’t know — this girl has had a death wish all along, so I thought her offering herself up in Edward’s stead was just another in a long line of boneheaded decisions that the movies don’t even bother trying to explain. Why does she want to be a vampire? Why is she so willing to leave her family behind? What did her parents ever do to her that would make it so easy to join the ranks of the undead just so she can spend forever with her high school boyfriend? She’s disturbed. If I were the Cullens, I’d be afraid of turning her into a vampire.

C: As for Eclipse, please let there be a big, if not better, action sequence — and more Anna Kendrick, stat!

J: I’d settle for a shortened running time, but I think I’m going to come up snake eyes on that roll.

Written by Jeff Giles and Catherine Pricci

This week in home video, we’ve got a slew of brand new releases coming your way. Unfortunately, only a few of them were critical darlings, but the ones that are critic-approved are pretty good ones. Among the new releases are the latest in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, the most recent offering from Disney’s traditional animation department, a couple of action flicks that didn’t perform as well as they would have liked, a computer animated update of an anime classic, director Pedro Almodovar’s latest film, and a boxset of a brutal South Korean trilogy. Dig in, and hopefully there’ll be something worth your while this week!



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The Twilight Saga: New Moon

The second installment of Stephenie Meyer’s hugely popular and successful Twilight franchise did exactly what it set out to do: capitalize on its pre-existing fanbase and deliver more vampire/human/werewolf romantic intrigue. Though it only scored an overall 28% on the Tomatometer (compared to the first movie’s 50% rating), The Twilight Saga: New Moon was a box office success, making close to $300 million. The story follows the continuing adventures of everygirl Bella Swan, whose vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen leaves town in order to keep Bella safe from his enemies; as a result, Bella’s relationship with longtime friend (and closet werewolf) Jacob begins to blossom. If you’re familiar with the book series the films are based upon, there probably won’t be any surprises here, and the true draw of the film is to see the characters come to life off the page. If you’re not a Twilight fan, chances are you probably haven’t even read this far, but if you’re a die hard Twi-hard, you can pick up the movie this week on DVD or Blu-Ray.



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The Princess and the Frog

During this modern era of animation, in which computer-generated characters and landscapes dominate the theaters, some considered it a brave move by Disney to return to their traditional hand-drawn 2-D animation for their latest princess-themed film, The Princess and the Frog. In the end, however, this is precisely what the Disney empire is built upon, and by most accounts, their efforts were not in vain. Critics marked the film Certified Fresh with an 85% on the Tomatometer, citing the warmth of its traditional animation and the strength of its musical numbers and vivid imagery as strengths. Though perhaps not the weightiest or most impressive of the Disney canon, you can rest assured that this entry effectively draws upon its predecessors and recalls aspects of them in a lively fashion that should still please children of all ages. You can pick it up in regular DVD or snag the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack that comes with a digital copy.



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Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Hugh Grant has made a career of playing the goofy, slightly neurotic lead in romantic comedies, and Sarah Jessica Parker has done her share of “America’s sweetheart”-styled fare, so why didn’t Did You Hear About the Morgans? work? Well, for one, writer/director Marc Lawrence had only helmed one film prior to this, 2002’s Two Weeks Notice (42% Tomatometer), and no other film he’s been involved with has been rated Fresh, so there’s that. But speaking plainly, critics felt that Grant and Parker had little chemistry together on screen, despite the inherent likability of the two stars. Pair that with an unfunny script about a struggling married couple who experience a romantic renewal when they witness a murder and are sent to Wyoming to hide out, and it all starts to make sense. For better or for worse, Did You Hear About the Morgans? hits video store shelves this week, so we’ll leave it to you to decide whether or not it’s something you’d enjoy.



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Ninja Assassin

Ninja Assassin gets some brownie points for its straightforward title; there’s really no mistaking what the movie’s about, and the absolute simplicity of the title implies that the tone of the film will be raw, an action film focused on the most basic elements of being a ninja assassin — namely stealth and killing. Then, when you’ve got the Wachowski brothers pushing it, as they did with their other collaboration with director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) , and one wouldn’t be crazy to expect a good time at the movies. Unfortunately, Ninja Assassin was panned by critics, who were only willing to grant a 26% Tomatometer, noting that the film took itself much too seriously and that the action sequences, which should have been the film’s strength, were incomprehensibly edited. This is doubly unfortunate for South Korean pop star Rain, who no doubt believed this would be his breakout Hollywood role, and for 80s ninja movie star Sho Kosugi, who plays a shadow of his former roles here.



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Astro Boy

Though many who saw the film probably weren’t aware of this, Astro Boy was actually one of the more influential characters in Japanese animation, a 50-year-old story that began in manga form and went on to spawn an animated TV series that aired in over 40 countries. In fact, one could argue that Astro Boy was one of the shows that pioneered the Japanese “anime” genre. Last year, Imagi Animation Studios and Summit Entertainment hit theaters with a computer-animated update on the story, starring the voice talents of Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Charlize Theron, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nighy, and Donald Sutherland, among others. These days, unfortunately, big name voice talent is hardly a guarantee that an animated film is going to be any good; Astro Boy only managed a 49% Tomatometer. The good news is that the visuals are, by all accounts, pretty stellar; what critics didn’t like was the somewhat shoehorned political message the film seemed to carry. But, all things considered, there is worse animated fare out there, so this could be a pleasant enough distraction for the kiddies.



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Armored

Hungarian director Nimrod Antal turned heads with his 2005 debut film, Kontroll, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film that year at the Oscars. Unfortunately, it’s his only Fresh film so far (will this year’s Predators change that?), and while Armored boasted an interesting take on a familiar genre (the heist movie), critics were mostly unimpressed by it. Despite its solid cast, which includes Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, and Laurence Fishburne, the film is ultimately undone by its plot holes and by a messy conclusion, which left the critics wanting. The story here revolves around a foolproof plan by a crew of armed transport officers to hijack one of the company trucks; initially intended to be clean and easy, the plan encounters complications when an unexpected witness appears. Antal displayed a knack for claustrophobic environments in Kontroll, and there are some moments in Armored that recall this, but beware if you pick this one up at the video stores; it may leave you a bit disappointed in the end.



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The Fourth Kind

There’s a chance The Fourth Kind might have done a little better if it hadn’t been preceded by a little movie called Paranormal Activity, which seemed to capitalize on the same atmospheric brand of horror. While critics felt the latter was an effective, suspenseful exploration of the supernatural, they dismissed the former as clumsy and strangely mundane, despite a handful of genuine scares. The Fourth Kind is purportedly loosely based on true events, even going so far as to utilize what is supposed to be real footage from historical records, and tells the story of Dr. Abigail Taylor (Milla Jovovich), a psychologist in Alaska whose husband’s unsolved death spurs her on to investigate a string of alien abductions. It only scored an 18% on the Tomatometer, but critical acclaim tends to pass the horror genre by regularly, so some of you may find this to be an adequate thriller if you pick it up this week.



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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

John Krasinki is best known as Jim on the popular NBC sitcom The Office, but he’s enjoyed some moderate big screen success with films such as Leatherheads and Away We Go. Last year, he took his first stab at working behind the camera, for Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, based on the short story collection of the same name by David Foster Wallace. While the book was presented as a series of “interview” transcripts, sans interviewer, Krasinki’s script includes the interviewer, played by Julianne Nicholson, as a means of tying all the stories together. Unfortunately, critics felt the film was uneven overall, despite Krasinki’s ambitious efforts to capture the same depth that Wallace’s book offered. Part of this may have to do with the fact that the source material was less than ideal for adaptation, so it may be worth checking out, if only to see what potential Krasinki might possess as a director.



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Broken Embraces

Director Pedro Almodovar has maintained quite an impressive career, at least according to the Tomatometer. Only his debut film is rated Rotten, and his previous directorial efforts before Broken Embraces were rated at 92% (Volver), 89% (Bad Education), 92% (Talk to Her), and 98% (All About My Mother). Put simply, the man knows how to make a quality movie, and Broken Embraces is no different; it’s Certified Fresh at 81%. The story centers around a novelist and filmmaker named Mateo Blanco who was rendered blind in an auto accident that also claimed the life of his beloved. Determined to leave that part of his life in the past, he adopts his literary pseudonym, Harry Caine, as his permanent identity, and it isn’t until his young secretary has an accident of his own that he retells the events of the tragic night fourteen years prior that took away his lover and his eyesight. Though critics agreed that this wasn’t necessarily Almodovar’s best work, the film is filled with fine performances and enough visual flair to make it worth watching. You can pick it up on DVD or Blu-Ray this week.


Park Chan-Wook’s Vengeance Trilogy

South Korean cinema has been experiencing quite a boom lately (as evidenced by Bong Joon-Ho’s film Mother, which opened just last weekend to widespread critical acclaim), and one of the more recent success stories has been Park Chan-Wook’s Oldboy, a dark and mysterious thriller with flashes of visual brilliance and a gripping plot. When Oldboy achieved a moderate cult following, moviegoers discovered it was the second film of what Park called his “Vengeance Trilogy,” along with 2002’s Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and 2005’s Lady Vengeance (unrelated stories, by the way). Park’s Vengeance Trilogy is a collection of brutal stories about desperate people in unthinkable situations, often punctuated by gritty violence, and though they aren’t always easy to watch, they signal Korea as an emerging source of quality filmmaking. A side note: you can pick up the Vengeance Trilogy on regular DVD most anywhere tomorrow, but if you want it in Blu-Ray, you’ll either have to trek on over to your nearest Best Buy or wait till it drops everywhere else in June.

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