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All Jamie Foxx Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

A recording career and starring roles on In Living Color and his very own sitcom sound like they would have been enough to keep Jamie Foxx out of the movie game during the ’90s. But indeed, Foxx the multi-hyphenate found time to debut as a comedy movie lead for The Truth About Cats & Dogs in 1996 and then delivered his first dramatic performance in Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday three years later. But that was all a prelude to his big 2004, when Foxx was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award with the Michael Mann/Tom Cruise thriller Collateral and took home Oscar gold that night for Best Actor, thanks to the musical biopic Ray.

He teamed up with Mann again for Miami Vice in 2006, the same year of musical sensation Dreamgirls‘ arrival. Due Date, Valentine’s Day, Rio, and Horrible Bosses were four $100 million-grossing box office hits in a row, so with his reputation as a guy who can get awards and put butts in seats cemented, there was only one place to go left: Casa de QT. Working with Quentin Tarantino produced the brassy Western Django Unchained, which would go on to become the director’s biggest B.O. draw.

Django would be Foxx’s last Certified Fresh movie for a while, through a stretch of years that has included The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Robin Hood, and White House Down. 2017’s Baby Driver brought back some of that critical acclaim, and so did Just Mercy. More recently, he reprised his Electro role for Spider-Man: No Way Home and put out two Netflix movies: Project Power and vampire action-comedy Day Shift. Now, we rank all Jamie Foxx movies by Tomatometer! Alex Vo

#1

Soul (2020)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 120410%
Critics Consensus: A film as beautiful to contemplate as it is to behold, Soul proves Pixar's power to deliver outstanding all-ages entertainment remains undimmed.
Synopsis: Joe is a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn't quite gone the way he expected. His true passion is jazz... [More]
Directed By: Pete Docter

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 115066%
Critics Consensus: A bigger, bolder Spider-Man sequel, No Way Home expands the franchise's scope and stakes without losing sight of its humor and heart.
Synopsis: For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero's identity is revealed, bringing his Super... [More]
Directed By: Jon Watts

#3

Baby Driver (2017)
92%

#3
Adjusted Score: 122987%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, exciting, and fueled by a killer soundtrack, Baby Driver hits the road and it's gone -- proving fast-paced action movies can be smartly written without sacrificing thrills.
Synopsis: Talented getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the... [More]
Directed By: Edgar Wright

#4

Django Unchained (2012)
86%

#4
Adjusted Score: 99414%
Critics Consensus: Bold, bloody, and stylistically daring, Django Unchained is another incendiary masterpiece from Quentin Tarantino.
Synopsis: Two years before the Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave, finds himself accompanying an unorthodox German bounty hunter named... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#5

Collateral (2004)
86%

#5
Adjusted Score: 95807%
Critics Consensus: Driven by director Michael Mann's trademark visuals and a lean, villainous performance from Tom Cruise, Collateral is a stylish and compelling noir thriller.
Synopsis: A cab driver realizes his current fare is a hit man that has been having him drive around from mark... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#6

Just Mercy (2019)
85%

#6
Adjusted Score: 103467%
Critics Consensus: Just Mercy dramatizes a real-life injustice with solid performances, a steady directorial hand, and enough urgency to overcome a certain degree of earnest advocacy.
Synopsis: After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation.... [More]
Directed By: Destin Daniel Cretton

#7
Adjusted Score: 87335%
Critics Consensus: Sharp, witty, and charming, The Truth About Cats and Dogs features a standout performance from Janeane Garofalo.
Synopsis: Abby (Janeane Garofalo) hosts a popular radio show about pets. When Brian (Ben Chaplin) calls in to ask about his... [More]
Directed By: Michael Lehmann

#8

Dreamgirls (2006)
79%

#8
Adjusted Score: 87109%
Critics Consensus: Dreamgirls' simple characters and plot hardly detract from the movie's real feats: the electrifying performances and the dazzling musical numbers.
Synopsis: Deena (Beyoncé Knowles),Effie (Jennifer Hudson) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose) form a music trio called the Dreamettes. When ambitious manager... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#9

Ray (2004)
79%

#9
Adjusted Score: 87391%
Critics Consensus: An engrossing and energetic portrait of a great musician's achievements and foibles, Ray is anchored by Jamie Foxx's stunning performance as Ray Charles.
Synopsis: Legendary soul musician Ray Charles is portrayed by Jamie Foxx in this Oscar-winning biopic. Young Ray watches his 7-year-old brother... [More]
Directed By: Taylor Hackford

#10

Rio (2011)
72%

#10
Adjusted Score: 77862%
Critics Consensus: This straightforward movie reaches great heights thanks to its colorful visual palette, catchy music, and funny vocal performances.
Synopsis: Captured by smugglers when he was just a hatchling, a macaw named Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) never learned to fly and... [More]
Directed By: Carlos Saldanha

#11

Horrible Bosses (2011)
69%

#11
Adjusted Score: 78139%
Critics Consensus: It's nasty, uneven, and far from original, but thanks to a smartly assembled cast that makes the most of a solid premise, Horrible Bosses works.
Synopsis: Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) are workers who would like nothing better than to grind... [More]
Directed By: Seth Gordon

#12

Ali (2001)
68%

#12
Adjusted Score: 74118%
Critics Consensus: Though perhaps no film could fully do justice to the fascinating life and personality of Muhammad Ali, Mann's direction and Smith's performance combine to pack a solid punch.
Synopsis: With wit and athletic genius, with defiant rage and inner grace, Muhammad Ali forever changed the American landscape. Fighting all... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#13

Shade (2003)
67%

#13
Adjusted Score: 46951%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Tiffany (Jamie Foxx), Charlie (Gabriel Byrne) and Vernon (Thandie Newton) are con artists looking to up the ante from their... [More]
Directed By: Damian Nieman

#14

Jarhead (2005)
61%

#14
Adjusted Score: 68679%
Critics Consensus: This first person account of the first Gulf War scores with its performances and cinematography but lacks an emotional thrust.
Synopsis: In the late 1980s, Anthony Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) enlists as a Marine, training in boot camp under a sadistic drill... [More]
Directed By: Sam Mendes

#15

Project Power (2020)
61%

#15
Adjusted Score: 73514%
Critics Consensus: Although it wastes some of the potential of its premise, Project Power is a slick, fun action thriller - and features a star-making turn from Dominique Fishback.
Synopsis: A former soldier teams up with a cop to find the source behind a dangerous pill that provides temporary superpowers.... [More]

#16

The Soloist (2009)
57%

#16
Adjusted Score: 64823%
Critics Consensus: Though it features strong performances by its lead players, a lack of narrative focus prevents The Soloist from hitting its mark.
Synopsis: Los Angeles columnist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) has reached an impasse in his life. His marriage is on the... [More]
Directed By: Joe Wright

#17

White House Down (2013)
52%

#17
Adjusted Score: 59422%
Critics Consensus: White House Down benefits from the leads' chemistry, but director Roland Emmerich smothers the film with narrative clichés and choppily edited action.
Synopsis: Capitol police officer John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie... [More]
Directed By: Roland Emmerich

#18

Any Given Sunday (1999)
52%

#18
Adjusted Score: 56366%
Critics Consensus: Sometimes entertaining, but overall Any Given Sunday is a disappointment coming from Oliver Stone.
Synopsis: Four years ago, DAmato's (Al Pacino) Miami Sharks were at the top. Now, his team is struggling with three consecutive... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Stone

#19

Day Shift (2022)
56%

#19
Adjusted Score: 61187%
Critics Consensus: Game stars and an appealingly goofy premise aren't enough to make up for Day Shift's uninspired action-comedy hijinks.
Synopsis: Jamie Foxx stars as a hard working blue collar dad who just wants to provide a good life for his... [More]
Directed By: J.J. Perry

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 64098%
Critics Consensus: While the cast is outstanding and the special effects are top-notch, the latest installment of the Spidey saga suffers from an unfocused narrative and an overabundance of characters.
Synopsis: Confident in his powers as Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) embraces his new role as a hero and spends time... [More]
Directed By: Marc Webb

#21

The Kingdom (2007)
51%

#21
Adjusted Score: 59406%
Critics Consensus: While providing several top-notch action scenes, The Kingdom ultimately collapses under the weight of formula and muddled politics.
Synopsis: Charged with the most important assignment of his career, federal agent Ron Fleury (Jamie Foxx) has one week to assemble... [More]
Directed By: Peter Berg

#22

Rio 2 (2014)
48%

#22
Adjusted Score: 52569%
Critics Consensus: Like most sequels, Rio 2 takes its predecessor's basic template and tries to make it bigger -- which means it's even busier, more colorful, and ultimately more exhausting for viewers outside the youthful target demographic.
Synopsis: Blue macaws Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their three children are comfortably settled in the city -- perhaps... [More]
Directed By: Carlos Saldanha

#23

Miami Vice (2006)
47%

#23
Adjusted Score: 55914%
Critics Consensus: Miami Vice is beautifully shot but the lead characters lack the charisma of their TV series counterparts, and the underdeveloped story is well below the standards of Michael Mann's better films.
Synopsis: A case involving drug lords and murder in South Florida takes a personal turn for undercover detectives Sonny Crockett (Colin... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#24

Robin Hood (2010)
43%

#24
Adjusted Score: 53234%
Critics Consensus: Ridley Scott's revisionist take on this oft-told tale offers some fine acting and a few gripping action sequences, but it's missing the thrill of adventure that made Robin Hood a legend in the first place.
Synopsis: After the death of Richard the Lion-Hearted, a skilled archer named Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) travels to Nottingham, where villagers... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 41691%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Boxing promoter the Rev. Fred Sultan (Samuel L. Jackson) decides the best way to revive public interest in his top... [More]
Directed By: Reginald Hudlin

#26

Due Date (2010)
39%

#26
Adjusted Score: 46741%
Critics Consensus: Shamelessly derivative and only sporadically funny, Due Date doesn't live up to the possibilities suggested by its talented director and marvelously mismatched stars.
Synopsis: Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) will be a dad for the first time when his wife gives birth in five... [More]
Directed By: Todd Phillips

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 40726%
Critics Consensus: Horrible Bosses 2 may trigger a few belly laughs among big fans of the original, but all in all, it's a waste of a strong cast that fails to justify its own existence.
Synopsis: Tired of always answering to others, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) go into business for... [More]
Directed By: Sean Anders

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 33987%
Critics Consensus: This formulaic screwball comedy is weighed down by a contrived, overly complicated plot.
Synopsis: Quincy Watson (Jamie Foxx) has been having a tough time. After being abruptly dumped by his fiancée (Bianca Lawson), he... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Taplitz

#29

The Players Club (1998)
31%

#29
Adjusted Score: 30217%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Single mother Diana Armstrong (LisaRaye) takes to sliding down a stripper pole in order to pay for college -- and... [More]
Directed By: Ice Cube

#30

Booty Call (1997)
31%

#30
Adjusted Score: 27492%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Rushon (Tommy Davidson) is sexually pent-up and ready to take thing things to the next level with his girlfriend, Nikki... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Pollack

#31

Annie (2014)
28%

#31
Adjusted Score: 33775%
Critics Consensus: The new-look Annie hints at a progressive take on a well-worn story, but smothers its likable cast under clichés, cloying cuteness, and a distasteful materialism.
Synopsis: Ever since her parents left her as a baby, little Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) has led a hard-knock life with her... [More]
Directed By: Will Gluck

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 31686%
Critics Consensus: Unnecessarily violent and unflinchingly absurd, Law Abiding Citizen is plagued by subpar acting and a story that defies reason.
Synopsis: Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is an honorable family man, until the day his wife and daughter are murdered in a... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

#33

Bait (2000)
26%

#33
Adjusted Score: 27516%
Critics Consensus: Even though Jamie Foxx shines in Bait, the movie suffers from music video roots and a formulaic script that strains credibility.
Synopsis: Landing in jail for a petty theft crime, Alvin finds himself sharing a cell with John Jaster, the incarcerated half... [More]
Directed By: Antoine Fuqua

#34

Sleepless (2017)
25%

#34
Adjusted Score: 27903%
Critics Consensus: Sleepless wastes a talented cast -- and solid source material -- on a tired crime drama whose clichés rapidly outnumber its thrills.
Synopsis: Undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx) finds himself caught in a high-stakes web of corrupt cops, internal... [More]
Directed By: Baran bo Odar

#35

Valentine's Day (2010)
18%

#35
Adjusted Score: 24519%
Critics Consensus: Eager to please and stuffed with stars, Valentine's Day squanders its promise with a frantic, episodic plot and an abundance of rom-com cliches.
Synopsis: In a series of interconnected stories, various Los Angeles residents (Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper) wend their way through... [More]
Directed By: Garry Marshall

#36

Held Up (2000)
17%

#36
Adjusted Score: 16504%
Critics Consensus: Lackluster performances and fluff humor can't keep this wreck from sinking.
Synopsis: Foxx portrays Michael Dawson, a successful Chicago businessman whose life falls apart while he's driving to the Grand Canyon with... [More]
Directed By: Steve Rash

#37

Stealth (2005)
12%

#37
Adjusted Score: 17771%
Critics Consensus: Loud, preposterous, and predictable, Stealth borrows heavily and unsucessfully from Top Gun and 2001.
Synopsis: Navy fighter pilots Ben Gannon (Josh Lucas), Henry Purcell (Jamie Foxx) and Kara Wade (Jessica Biel) are tasked with training... [More]
Directed By: Rob Cohen

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All Viola Davis Movies, Ranked by Tomatometer

After a decade of bit parts, many of them within the gainful employ of Steven Soderbergh’s production company, Viola Davis broke into the mainstream with a movie-stealing turn – and from Meryl Streep! – in 2008’s Catholic Church child abuse drama Doubt. Davis has all of 10 minutes of screen time in Doubt but earned an Oscar nomination for her work, joining the likes of Ruby Dee for American Gangster or Ned Beatty for Network of Oscar nominees who made the most out of their single-scene appearances. Yet, Davis forms Doubt’s emotional pillar, powerfully delivering social and cultural history that further obfuscates the film’s central mystery.

Davis has been releasing multiple movies a year ever since, frequently playing women of power or high up in their professions, in the likes of Law Abiding Citizen, Knight & Day, Ender’s Game, and Suicide Squad, as Amanda Waller, one of that movie’s rare bright spots. And Davis has frequently reached the same heights as Doubt in Certified Fresh films like Widows, The Help (receiving a Lead Actress nomination), and Fences, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. Davis got another Lead Actress nom for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and she returned as Waller for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. And now, we’re ranking all Viola Davis movies by Tomatometer! Alex Vo

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 119298%
Critics Consensus: Framed by a pair of powerhouse performances, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom pays affectionate tribute to a blues legend -- and Black culture at large.
Synopsis: Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians... [More]
Directed By: George C. Wolfe

#2

Fences (2016)
92%

#2
Adjusted Score: 108573%
Critics Consensus: From its reunited Broadway stars to its screenplay, the solidly crafted Fences finds its Pulitzer-winning source material fundamentally unchanged -- and still just as powerful.
Synopsis: Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a... [More]
Directed By: Denzel Washington

#3

Widows (2018)
91%

#3
Adjusted Score: 117547%
Critics Consensus: Widows rounds up a stellar ensemble for a heist thriller that mixes popcorn entertainment with a message - and marks another artistic leap for director Steve McQueen.
Synopsis: A police shootout leaves four thieves dead during an explosive armed robbery attempt in Chicago. Their widows -- Veronica, Linda,... [More]
Directed By: Steve McQueen

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 109345%
Critics Consensus: Enlivened by writer-director James Gunn's singularly skewed vision, The Suicide Squad marks a funny, fast-paced rebound that plays to the source material's violent, anarchic strengths.
Synopsis: Welcome to hell--a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn

#5

State of Play (2009)
84%

#5
Adjusted Score: 93244%
Critics Consensus: A taut, well-acted political thriller, State of Play overcomes some unsubtle plot twists with an intelligent script and swift direction.
Synopsis: Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is a rising star in Washington; handsome, unflappable and seemingly honorable, he's seen as his... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Macdonald

#6

Prisoners (2013)
81%

#6
Adjusted Score: 90700%
Critics Consensus: Prisoners has an emotional complexity and a sense of dread that makes for absorbing (and disturbing) viewing.
Synopsis: Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) faces a parent's worst nightmare when his 6-year-old daughter, Anna, and her friend go missing. The... [More]
Directed By: Denis Villeneuve

#7

Get On Up (2014)
80%

#7
Adjusted Score: 87303%
Critics Consensus: With an unforgettable Chadwick Boseman in the starring role, Get On Up offers the Godfather of Soul a fittingly dynamic homage.
Synopsis: James Brown (Chadwick Boseman) was born in extreme poverty in 1933 South Carolina and survived abandonment, abuse and jail to... [More]
Directed By: Tate Taylor

#8

Doubt (2008)
79%

#8
Adjusted Score: 88348%
Critics Consensus: Doubt succeeds on the strength of its top-notch cast, who successfully guide the film through the occasional narrative lull.
Synopsis: In 1964 the winds of change are sweeping through Sister Aloysius' (Meryl Streep) St. Nicholas school. Father Flynn (Philip Seymour... [More]
Directed By: John Patrick Shanley

#9

Trust (2010)
79%

#9
Adjusted Score: 79994%
Critics Consensus: Director David Schwimmer gets some gut-wrenching performances out of his actors but he still lacks the chops to fully ratchet up story tension.
Synopsis: A man (Clive Owen) has difficulty coping with the knowledge that his 14-year-daughter (Liana Liberato) was assaulted by a sexual... [More]
Directed By: David Schwimmer

#10

The Help (2011)
76%

#10
Adjusted Score: 85526%
Critics Consensus: Though it fails to fully engage with its racial themes, The Help rises on the strength of its cast -- particularly Viola Davis, whose performance is powerful enough to carry the film on its own.
Synopsis: In 1960s Mississippi, Southern society girl Skeeter (Emma Stone) returns from college with dreams of being a writer. She turns... [More]
Directed By: Tate Taylor

#11

Troop Zero (2019)
68%

#11
Adjusted Score: 70935%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a charming cast and infectious energy, Troop Zero is more than the sum of its instantly familiar parts.
Synopsis: Misfit Birdie Scouts enter a national competition.... [More]
Directed By: Bert & Bertie

#12
Adjusted Score: 68463%
Critics Consensus: Led by strong performances from Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a hauntingly original rumination on love and loss.
Synopsis: Following the death of their child, a woman (Jessica Chastain) leaves her husband (James McAvoy) and flees to the suburban... [More]
Directed By: Ned Benson

#13

Ender's Game (2013)
62%

#13
Adjusted Score: 71493%
Critics Consensus: If it isn't quite as thought-provoking as the book, Ender's Game still manages to offer a commendable number of well-acted, solidly written sci-fi thrills.
Synopsis: When hostile aliens called the Formics attack Earth, only the legendary heroics of Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley) manage to attain... [More]
Directed By: Gavin Hood

#14
Adjusted Score: 62274%
Critics Consensus: It's amiable, and it does a surprisingly good job of sidestepping psych ward comedy cliches, but given its talented cast and directors, It's Kind of a Funny Story should be more than just mildly entertaining.
Synopsis: Stressed by adolescence, 16-year-old Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) checks himself into a mental-health clinic. Unfortunately, the youth wing is closed,... [More]
Directed By: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

#15

Knight and Day (2010)
52%

#15
Adjusted Score: 60471%
Critics Consensus: It's pure formula, but thanks to its breezy pace and a pair of charming performances from Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, Knight and Day offers some agreeably middle-of-the-road summer action.
Synopsis: June Havens (Cameron Diaz) chats up her charming seatmate on a flight out of Kansas, but she doesn't realize that... [More]
Directed By: James Mangold

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 54543%
Critics Consensus: Charming romantic leads and esteemed supporting cast aside, Beautiful Creatures is a plodding YA novel adaptation that feels watered down for the Twilight set.
Synopsis: In the small town of Gatlin, S.C., teenage Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) sees his static world shaken by the arrival... [More]
Directed By: Richard LaGravenese

#17
Adjusted Score: 53327%
Critics Consensus: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close has a story worth telling, but it deserves better than the treacly and pretentious treatment director Stephen Daldry gives it.
Synopsis: Oskar (Thomas Horn), who lost his father (Tom Hanks) in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, is convinced... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Daldry

#18

Lila & Eve (2015)
40%

#18
Adjusted Score: 40828%
Critics Consensus: Lila & Eve gets some mileage out of its formidable stars, with Viola Davis in particular proving that she will commandingly commit to any material, but this is a revenge flick served stale due to a lackluster script.
Synopsis: After the senseless murder of her son (Aml Ameen), a grief-stricken mother (Viola Davis) joins forces with another woman (Jennifer... [More]
Directed By: Charles Stone III

#19

The Unforgivable (2021)
39%

#19
Adjusted Score: 42170%
Critics Consensus: The Unforgivable proves Sandra Bullock is more than capable of playing against type, but her performance is wasted on a contrived and unrelentingly grim story.
Synopsis: Released from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime, Ruth Slater (Sandra Bullock) re-enters a society that refuses... [More]
Directed By: Nora Fingscheidt

#20

Eat Pray Love (2010)
36%

#20
Adjusted Score: 43354%
Critics Consensus: The scenery is nice to look at, and Julia Roberts is as luminous as ever, but without the spiritual and emotional weight of the book that inspired it, Eat Pray Love is too shallow to resonate.
Synopsis: Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) thought she had everything she wanted in life: a home, a husband and a successful career.... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Murphy

#21

Won't Back Down (2012)
35%

#21
Adjusted Score: 38176%
Critics Consensus: Despite the best efforts of its talented leads, Won't Back Down fails to lend sufficient dramatic heft or sophistication to the hot-button issue of education reform.
Synopsis: Jamie Fitzpatrick (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Nona Alberts (Viola Davis) are two women from opposites sides of the social and economic... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Barnz

#22

Blackhat (2015)
33%

#22
Adjusted Score: 39769%
Critics Consensus: Thematically timely but dramatically inert, Blackhat strands Chris Hemsworth in a muddled misfire from director Michael Mann.
Synopsis: After a Hong Kong nuclear plant and the Mercantile Trade Exchange in Chicago are hacked by unknown perpetrators, a federal... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 35350%
Critics Consensus: Derivative and schmaltzy, Nicholas Sparks' Nights in Rodanthe is strongly mottled by contrivances that even the charisma of stars Diane Lane and Richard Gere can't repair.
Synopsis: When Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane) arrives at the coastal town of Rodanthe, N.C., her life is in chaos. There, she... [More]
Directed By: George C. Wolfe

#24
Adjusted Score: 29466%
Critics Consensus: Divided between sincere melodrama and populist comedy, Madea Goes to Jail fails to provide enough laughs -- or screen time -- for its titular heroine.
Synopsis: After a high-speed car chase, Madea (Tyler Perry) winds up behind bars because her quick temper gets the best of... [More]
Directed By: Tyler Perry

#25

Suicide Squad (2016)
26%

#25
Adjusted Score: 51630%
Critics Consensus: Suicide Squad boasts a talented cast and a little more humor than previous DCEU efforts, but they aren't enough to save the disappointing end result from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing.
Synopsis: Figuring they're all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret... [More]
Directed By: David Ayer

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 31686%
Critics Consensus: Unnecessarily violent and unflinchingly absurd, Law Abiding Citizen is plagued by subpar acting and a story that defies reason.
Synopsis: Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is an honorable family man, until the day his wife and daughter are murdered in a... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

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Hart and Johnson: The world’s two unlikeliest megastars join forces this week for Central Intelligence, playing former high school classmates who reunite and get embroiled in international action courtesy of the CIA. Since its inception in 1947, Hollywood has committed plenty of celluloid around the agency’s foundation of espionage and top-secret missions, inspiring this week’s gallery: the best and worst CIA agents in movie history.

Welcome to another week in home video. Many of the films that made big impacts before the winter movie season of 2009 have already found their way to DVD, so there isn’t as much out there as one might hope. Nevertheless, we’ve been able to comb through the list of new releases to find some interesting choices for the discriminating consumer, and we’re happy to report that only one of this week’s choices has been reviewed as a Rotten film! The biggest (at least, probably best known) release this week is Law Abiding Citizen, starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx, but films like Black Dynamite, Good Hair, and Revanche were all highly regarded films that also hit shelves this week. Have a look at our full list and decide for yourself which might be worth checking out.



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Law Abiding Citizen

It seems like Gerard Butler is everywhere these days, starring in everything from romantic comedies to action thrillers. In director F. Gary Gray’s (Friday, Set It Off) latest film, Law Abiding Citizen, Butler squares off against Jamie Foxx in a film that combines elements of horror like Saw and psychological terror like The Silence of the Lambs. Unfortunately, most critics felt that Citizen was riddled with problems, from the believability of its story to its gratuitous violence. But hey, if you’re a fan of the up-and-coming former King Leonidas, then you might still get a kick out of it. There are lots of explosions.



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Black Dynamite

Quentin Tarantino seems to have cornered the market on well-made homage films that pay tribute to genres and cinematic eras of the past, but last October, a certain retro comedy opened in limited release and received a lot of attention. The film was Black Dynamite, a loving celebration of Blaxploitation cinema starring Michael Jai White as the title character, a martial arts do-gooder out to rid the streets of “The Man.” Certified Fresh at 83%, Black Dynamite manages to pack enough laughs and clever winks to satisfy both those looking for a fun comedy and those looking to relive the days of Shaft and Coffy. You can pick it up on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.



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Good Hair

One of the highest-rated films on this week’s list, Chris Rock’s examination of the concept of “good hair,” aptly titled Good Hair, is a documentary focusing on the relationships between African-Americans and their, well, hair. Speaking to a number of notable black personalities and attending various hair-centric events, Rock succeeds in combining humor (naturally) with thoughtful speculation to help shed light on the topic. Critics felt the film was eye-opening, funny, and sometimes sad, but always poignant, and awarded it Certified Fresh status with an impressive 94%. In other words, this is one documentary definitely worth checking out, even if you’re not a fan of Chris Rock.



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Coco Before Chanel

Next up, we’ve got a French biopic about one of fashion’s enduring and most timeless icons, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Biopics are typically great fodder for films, as the general public is always curious how the celebrities they see on television got to be where they are. Chanel’s story is no different, and Coco Before Chanel sheds light on her formative years, beginning from the time she was an orphan. Directed by Anne Fontaine (My Father and I, The Girl from Monaco), the film stars Audrey Tatou (Amelie) and sits at a decent 65% on the Tomatometer. You can pick it up on DVD or Blu-Ray this week.



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Hunger – Criterion Collection

Now comes the first of three new Criterion Collection films releasing this week. Though Criterion is known for restoring and rereleasing older classic films, every once in a while they do also tackle brand new releases, and Hunger is one of those rare cases. Based on true events, Hunger recounts the details of the hunger strike undertaken by imprisoned IRA members, led by Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender), in the early 80s. It’s the feature debut of British video artist Steve McQueen (no relation to the legendary American actor), and critics say it’s a gripping triumph with some innovative and experimental filmmaking techniques that make for an even more visceral experience. Criterion is releasing the Certified Fresh film in both DVD and Blu-Ray this week.



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Revanche – Criterion Collection

This is the second of Criterion’s brand new releases this week, another small film that came to us from Austrian filmmaker Götz Spielmann. The story centers around an ex-con, Alex, who falls in love with one of the prostitutes in the brothel where he works and devises a criminal plan for escape. When a bank robbery goes tragically awry, Alex’s life becomes intricately entwined with the lives of a neighboring couple. Critics felt that Revanche was a powerful display of suspense and drama, rewarding it with a whopping 95% on the Tomatometer, and the film has been selected as one of the nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Oscar ceremony. If Revanche‘s limited release passed you by, now’s your chance to catch it.



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Lola Montes – Criterion Collection

Criterion’s last new release of the week is, unlike the previous two, not a contemporary film. Instead, it’s a reissue of a German classic, legendary director Max Ophüls’ period piece Lola Montes, a historical biopic about the life and times of the title character. For those unfamiliar, Lola Montes was a 19th Century Irish-born actress-turned-dancer probably best known for her affairs with composer Franz Liszt and King Ludwig I of Bavaria. Told in flashback style, the story covers various experiences from Montes’ past as she recounts them to her current employer, a circus ringmaster played by Peter Ustinov. As expected, Criterion has put together a newly restored HD transfer of the film, as well as a slew of special features featuring Max Ophuls, many of his collaborators, and the actress who played Montes, Martine Carol.



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Clint Eastwood – 35 Years, 35 Films at Warner Brothers

It wasn’t too long ago that we began our Great Directors series here on RT by profiling Clint Eastwood, taking a look back at the important films of his career. Now, a new collection from Warner Brothers covers 35 of Eastwood’s films over just as many years spent with the studio. Beginning with 1968’s Where Eagles Dare and culminating in 2008’s Gran Torino, the collection also features such classics as Dirty Harry, Pale Rider, Unforgiven, Letters From Iwo Jima, and the rest of the perennial Eastwood favorites. Also included are special features like a short film about Eastwood by critic Richard Schickel and tons of commentaries and featurettes. It’s a must have for any Eastwood fan.



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Cabin Fever: Unrated Director’s Cut

It’s clear that people are divided when it comes to the work of Eli Roth (the Hostel films), but it remains that his debut feature, 2002’s Cabin Fever was well received and has gone on to earn somewhat of a cult following. The new Unrated Director’s Cut includes about 6 minutes of new footage, as well as a brand new commentary track recorded specifically for the release. The other extras are, for the most part, the same as the previous DVD release, with the addition of two more episodes of the “Rotten Fruit” stop-motion animated series. If you’re a fan of the film, or of Eli Roth, this might be worth checking out on video.



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Goodfellas – 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray

Since Shutter Island is opening this week, and since there are really only a few other video releases worth mentioning this week, we thought we’d go ahead and talk about the new 20th Anniversary Edition (wow, has it really been that long?) of Martin Scorsese’s gangster classic, Goodfellas. For the uninitiated, Goodfellas is the story of native Brooklynite Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) and his rise to power within the ranks of the organized crime family in his neighborhood. When things go awry for him, he testifies against the mob and ends up in the witness protection program. But the film is more than its story, with iconic performances from Scorsese regulars Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci, among others; suffice it to say, if you haven’t seen it, you probably should. And if you’re going to get it on Blu-Ray, you might as well pick up this special edition, as it contains a combination of special features found on various previous releases of the film. These include commentary tracks as well as featurettes on the making of the film, the cinematic legacy of Goodfellas, a lengthy documentary on early Hollywood gangster films, and even a collection of classic WB cartoons featuring depictions of famous actor-gangsters (myeah, myeah, see?). All in all, not a bad pickup for fans.

This week, we’ve got a wild rumpus (Where the Wild Things Are, starring Max Records and Catherine Keener), a legal skirmish (Law Abiding Citizen, starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler), and unconventional parenting (The Stepfather, starring Dylan Walsh and Sela Ward). What do the critics have to say?



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Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are is one of the most beloved classics of modern children’s literature, but the brief text doesn’t necessarily lend itself to feature-length cinematic treatment. Critics have largely praised Spike Jonze for maintaining the spirit of the book while adding some visually daring touches to bring it to life; however, some feel the narrative is a little thin. Max (Max Records) is a troubled youngster who disappears into a fantasy world of his own making, populated by fluffy monsters who symbolize the various facets of his personality. The pundits say Wild Things may be a little too creepy for the wee ones, and it lacks a strong plot. However, the images Jonze crafts are so wondrous that older kids — and adults — will find the film to be a fascinating, poignant dreamscape.



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Law Abiding Citizen

Nobody says that a thriller needs to be completely plausible to be watchable. However, staying somewhere within the bounds of believability is generally required, and on this count, and several others, critics say Law Abiding Citizen fails. Gerard Butler stars as a man whose family has been murdered; he becomes enraged when the prosecutor (Jamie Foxx) makes a plea deal with the killer, and goes about exacting revenge. The pundits say Law Abiding Citizen isn’t just outrageously contrived; worse, it lingers a little too long over some gruesome violence under the guise of making a political statement about the judicial system. (Check out our interview with director F. Gary Gray, who shared his Five Favorite Films with RT.).



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The Stepfather

It appears the folks behind The Stepfather are being a little too strict with their baby, as it wasn’t screened for critics prior to release. A remake of the 1987 cult classic of the same name, the movie stars Dylan Walsh as a man who’s so perfect for Sela Ward that he must be hiding a dark secret. Kids, guess that Tomatometer!.


Also opening this week in limited release:

  • The Maid, a Chilean drama about a domestic worker on the verge of a nervous breakdown, is at 100 percent.

  • Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution, a documentary about a Gallic town’s efforts to serve only locally grown organic food in its school lunchrooms, is at 86 percent.

  • Black Dynamite, starring Michael Jai White and Tommy Davidson in a Sundance-approved Blaxploitation homage/parody, is at 82 percent.

  • New York, I Love You, an omnibus collection of love stories set in the Big Apple, is at 45 percent.

  • The Little Traitor, starring Alfred Molina in the tale of a friendship that develops in the days before Israeli statehood, is at 17 percent.

  • Sienna Miller

    Director F. Gary Gray began his career creating music videos for several big name R&B and hip-hop artists in the early 90s, including Ice Cube, TLC, and OutKast. In 1995, Gray made a big screen splash with a little stoner comedy called Friday, starring a pre-Rush Hour Chris Tucker and an up-and-coming Ice Cube, a friend of Gray’s. Friday was a surprise hit, opening the doors for future high profile projects such as The Negotiator, 2003’s The Italian Job remake, and Be Cool.

    This week, Gray continues his strong track record in the crime/action genre with Law Abiding Citizen, starring Gerard Butler in the role of a victim of a brutal home invasion who exacts vigilante justice on his attackers… and then some. We had the opportunity to chat with Gary about the movie and his career, and he kindly offered us his Five Favorite Films. Read on to find out more.

     

    Casablanca (1942,
    97% Tomatometer)



    Casablanca

    I’d say Casablanca. I love that it was a combination of political… It had a great love story, and it was unpredictable. It didn’t have the classic Hollywood ending, and that was what was great about it. Also, I love Humphrey Bogart, because he had the great ability to be masculine, yet vulnerable, and that was the perfect role to display that.

    Sweet Smell of Success (1957,
    100% Tomatometer)



    Sweet Smell of Success

    Sweet Smell of Success. That movie, it was just dialogue. The dialogue was absolutely amazing in that movie. They just don’t write movies like that any more. You can watch that over and over and over again and never get tired of the dialogue.

    La Dolce Vita (1960,
    98% Tomatometer)



    La Dolce Vita

    La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini, who I’m sure you’re familiar with. And again, not the formula. He was incredible at expressing himself in a way that no other filmmaker could get away with. You see these sequences that may or may not be related. [laughs] Somehow, at the end of it all, it all makes sense, and you’re floored. The photography, and the shots, and the choreography can stand up to anything that’s been released up to now.

    The Godfather Part II (1974,
    98% Tomatometer)



    The Godfather Part II

    Godfather II, specifically number two. It was just what a gangster film should be. It was smart, it had great performances, and you travel through a lot of different worlds with these characters. You know, most people try to avoid family drama. [laughs] I just love the filmmaking in Godfather II.

    On the Waterfront (1954,
    100% Tomatometer)



    On the Waterfront

    On the Waterfront, with Marlon Brando. Between the look, the feel, the casting… even the casting of the extras. Just to look back and get a sense of what America was like back then, and the details, it was just amazing. And again, it was another one of those movies where the leading man, the way they struck a balance between masculine and vulnerable. Humphrey Bogart did it in Casablanca; I think Marlon Brando did it in On the Waterfront, so that’s why they stick out as the best to me. They’re pretty incredible. You’re just like, you sit back and you say, “Damn, I wish I could do that!” [laughs]


    Next, Gray talks about Law Abiding Citizen, what it’s like to sit with an audience through the premiere screening of one of his films, and his career.

    RT: Let’s talk a little bit about Law Abiding Citizen. I was actually at the screening you held at the Arclight a few weeks ago, when both you and Gerard Butler showed up. The audience reaction to that was incredible; everyone seemed to enjoy it. What is that like, sitting along with an audience to watch one of your films for the first time?

    F. Gary Gray: It’s nerve-wracking at first, because you just have no idea how they’re going to respond. That was the very first screening. You know what you like about the picture, but you have no idea what 350 people feel about your choices, and you get to see it firsthand. The audience reaction was amazing; I couldn’t ask for a better response, honestly.


    Was there anything that the audience responded to in a way that you didn’t expect?

    FGG: Well, there’s a moment with the judge, and I can’t give it away to the readers, but there’s a surprising moment with the judge in our picture. When I shot it, I knew it would pack a punch and I knew that it would be surprising, but I had no idea people would jump out of their seats and talk for the duration of the scene about that moment. There are a couple of moments like that, but I think that’s the biggest moment where you’re just kind of like, “Wow, I had no idea that would have that impact.”


    I know that you weren’t initially attached to the project in the beginning. Can you talk a little bit about how you came to be a part of Law Abiding Citizen?

    FGG: Yeah, Jamie Foxx gave me a call, and we’ve been trying to find a project for quite a while. I’ve always wanted to work with him. We really wanted to find the perfect material, the right material. He called me and said, “I found something great for us. I think you would be absolutely perfect. You should read it right away and tell me what you think.” And, you know, I read it, sat and met with the producers, the film department — Lucas Foster and Mark Gill — and two weeks later I was in Philadelphia in pre-production. It doesn’t always happen like that, but it did. I’m kind of lucky that it happened that way, because the material was great and the concept was great. To have it almost fall in my lap like this was perfect.

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    Speaking of working with Jamie Foxx, who also has a music career, I know you’ve done music video work with a lot of different artists, like TLC and OutKast. Some of your videos have a grand, epic feel to them, almost like mini-movies. What is it like directing pop stars versus directing actors? Are there any noticeable differences in the methods you have to employ?

    FGG: Well, it’s two totally different universes. Directing actors in a movie, you have to pay close attention to the detail of the character, the character’s background, the character’s back story, how that character works within the context of the world that you’re creating within the context of the sequence you’re creating. It’s just a lot of detailed work. It’s obviously kind of predetermined when you’re working with a music artist. When you’re working with a music artist, you may have to do a little bit of that if you have a high concept, like a story within a music video, but a lot of that work is already decided because they already have their persona. It’s quite different. With music videos, I guess in general, you focus on entertaining people with images primarily. But with movies, it’s a completely different universe.

    I had fun doing music videos, and it certainly helped me technically when I was coming up. I certainly wanted my music videos to feel like movies, but again, I can’t say that it’s a smooth bridge from music videos to movies because they’re two different worlds.

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    In Law Abiding Citizen, you maintain a high level of tension throughout the film. And with Gerard Butler’s character behind bars, manipulating events on the outside, and the gruesome early scene that takes place in the factory, forgive me for making the comparison, but it bears a resemblance to the Saw films. With that in mind, having mainly done comedies and crime thrillers, have you given any thought to branching out to other genres, like maybe horror?

    FGG: It’s truly about the material. If I find a sci-fi project or horror project that I have passion for, then absolutely. I never limit myself when it comes to telling stories; I think people can see that in my body of work. It’s just about, what’s a great story? Is it unique? Is it a challenge? Am I up for it? It’s really simple. Yeah, you’ll see other things from me in different genres, especially this next chapter. I kind of consider my first six films like training camp, and the next chapter is really about the filmmaker and what I’ve learned, and applying that to my storytelling.


    Do you have something specific coming up on the horizon that you’re working on?

    FGG: I have a few things, but it’s best for me to get a little closer before I talk about them.


    These days, particularly with the advent of internet sites like YouTube, it’s become much easier for aspiring filmmakers to have their work seen. Considering your background and how you came up in the industry, having not studied filmmaking formally, would you prefer to have had these same advantages or to have done things any differently than you did?

    FGG: That’s a good question. I think there are a lot of benefits to having the technology today to try things out and to get a reaction from people on these social networks, but I’ve had a great career, so I don’t know if I’d do it any differently. This industry has been great to me and my career. You always want to adjust certain things, but overall, I’ve been fortunate.


    F. Gary Gray’s Law Abiding Citizen, starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx, opens nationwide this weekend.

    For more Five Favorite Films, check our archive.

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