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All Angelina Jolie Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

After drawing some mainstream attention for her role in the preposterous, very ’90s guilty pleasure Hackers, critical acclaim came for Angelina Jolie with 1998’s Gia. That biopic of the tragic ’70s supermodel was an HBO movie, limiting its reach, but Jolie would only have to wait one more year to cross the megastardom threshold. 1999 not only saw her first box office smash (The Bone Collector, co-starring Denzel Washington), but also her first (and only) Oscar win, as Supporting Actress in Girl, Interrupted.

After that, it was pedal to the metal for Jolie’s career. Literally, her next role was the grand-theft-auto blockbuster Gone in 60 Seconds. She would quickly go on to star as Lara Croft in two Tomb Raider movies, attempt to revive the swords-and-sandals epic with Alexander, and release the action crowd-pleaser Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Jolie had her best run with the critics at the end of the 2000s with Wanted, Kung Fu Panda, Beowulf, and A Mighty Heart all released next to each other, all Certified Fresh. In A Mighty Heart, Jolie stars as Mariane Pearl, wife of American journalist Daniel Pearl, who was murdered in Pakistan in 2002. The film appeared to mark a new humanitarian drive to part of her work; the specter of war hangs heavy over three movies Jolie has directed since: In the Land of Blood and Honey, Unbroken, and First They Killed My Father.

Jolie was nominated for an Oscar thanks to Changeling, and Salt was a credible action effort, but The Tourist with Johnny Depp in 2010 was a high-profile misfire. Ditto By the Sea, which she directed with then-husband Brad Pitt. But no worries! She’s been accepted with welcoming arms into the Disney family after kickstarting the Disney live-action remake trend through 2014’s Maleficent, as well as its sequel Mistress of Evil. She joins the MCU later this year with Chloé Zhao’s The Eternals, but before that releases, we’re celebrating her birthday by looking back on all Angelina Jolie movies, ranked by Tomatometer!

#35

Original Sin (2001)
12%

#35
Adjusted Score: 15082%
Critics Consensus: Laughably melodramatic, Original Sin features bad acting, bad dialogue, and bad plotting.
Synopsis: Luis (Antonio Banderas) and Julia (Angelina Jolie) are bound together first by matrimony, and then, by fierce love and desire.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Cristofer

#34

Playing God (1997)
16%

#34
Adjusted Score: 16393%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A decertified surgeon (David Duchovny) accepts a job as personal doctor for a Los Angeles mobster (Timothy Hutton) sought by... [More]
Directed By: Andy Wilson

#33

Beyond Borders (2003)
14%

#33
Adjusted Score: 16044%
Critics Consensus: Beyond Borders is good-intentioned, but the use of human suffering as a backdrop for a romance comes across as sanctimonious and exploitative.
Synopsis: An American socialite (Angelina Jolie) living in London joins a renegade doctor's (Clive Owen) humanitarian efforts in war-torn nations.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Campbell

#32

Alexander (2004)
16%

#32
Adjusted Score: 22557%
Critics Consensus: Even at nearly three hours long, this ponderous, talky, and emotionally distant biopic fails to illuminate Alexander's life.
Synopsis: The story is an epic that is as daring and ambitious as its subject, a relentless conqueror who by the... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Stone

#31

The Tourist (2010)

#31
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, math teacher Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) finds himself in... [More]

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 26312%
Critics Consensus: Angelina Jolie is perfect for the role of Lara Croft, but even she can't save the movie from a senseless plot and action sequences with no emotional impact.
Synopsis: This live action feature is inspired by the most successful interactive video-game character in history -- Lara Croft. Beautiful and... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

#29

Taking Lives (2004)
22%

#29
Adjusted Score: 27573%
Critics Consensus: A stylish, but predictable thriller where the only thrills are offered by the sensuous Angelina Jolie.
Synopsis: An insidious serial killer is impersonating his victims' identities as he travels across Canada. A recent spate of murders in... [More]
Directed By: D.J. Caruso

#28
Adjusted Score: 28911%
Critics Consensus: Though the sequel is an improvement over the first movie, it's still lacking in thrills.
Synopsis: Fearless explorer Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) tries to locate Pandora's box before criminals Jonathan Reiss (Ciarán Hinds) and Chen Lo... [More]
Directed By: Jan de Bont

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 30115%
Critics Consensus: Even though Oscar-bearers Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, and Robert Duval came aboard for this project, the quality of Gone in 60 Seconds is disappointingly low. The plot line is nonsensical, and even the promised car-chase scenes are boring.
Synopsis: Randall "Memphis" Raines long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after an ominous visit from an old friend, he... [More]
Directed By: Dominic Sena

#26

Foxfire (1996)
27%

#26
Adjusted Score: 21171%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Five high school girls turn the tables on a teacher who makes sexual advances, but the principal punishes them instead.... [More]

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 30625%
Critics Consensus: Though Jolie is appealing, Life or Something Like It is too contrived and predictable to convincingly convey its message of stopping to smell the roses.
Synopsis: Lanie Kerrigan (Angelina Jolie), a feature reporter at a Seattle television station, leads the ultimate superficial life, even though she... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Herek

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 32422%
Critics Consensus: A talented cast is wasted on a bland attempt at a suspenseful, serial killer flick.
Synopsis: Policewoman Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) is in hot pursuit of a serial murderer whose calling card is a small shard... [More]
Directed By: Phillip Noyce

#23

Come Away (2020)
29%

#23
Adjusted Score: 32122%
Critics Consensus: Largely lacking the fairytale magic it seeks to conjure, Come Away is an initially intriguing fantasy that never really takes flight.
Synopsis: Eight-year-old Alice and her mischievous brother Peter journey to London to sell a treasured heirloom. Returning home, Alice seeks temporary... [More]
Directed By: Brenda Chapman

#22

Hackers (1995)
32%

#22
Adjusted Score: 33417%
Critics Consensus: Hackers has a certain stylish appeal, but its slick visuals and appealing young cast can't compensate for a clichéd and disappointingly uninspired story.
Synopsis: A teenage hacker finds himself framed for the theft of millions of dollars from a major corporation. Master hacker Dade... [More]
Directed By: Iain Softley

#21

By the Sea (2015)
34%

#21
Adjusted Score: 40083%
Critics Consensus: By the Sea may intrigue celebrity voyeurs or fans of a certain type of arthouse cinema, but for most viewers, its beauty won't be enough to offset its narrative inertia.
Synopsis: A troubled American couple (Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Pitt) befriend young newlyweds and local villagers while staying at French seaside... [More]
Directed By: Angelina Jolie Pitt

#20

Shark Tale (2004)
36%

#20
Adjusted Score: 41565%
Critics Consensus: Derivative and full of pop culture in-jokes.
Synopsis: Underachiever Oscar (Will Smith) is a pint-sized fish with grand aspirations. When mob-connected great white shark Frankie (Michael Imperioli) is... [More]

#19
Adjusted Score: 53795%
Critics Consensus: While it's far from cursed, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil too rarely supports its impressive cast and visuals with enough magical storytelling to justify its existence.
Synopsis: Maleficent travels to a grand old castle to celebrate young Aurora's upcoming wedding to Prince Phillip. While there, she meets... [More]
Directed By: Joachim Rønning

#18

Pushing Tin (1999)
48%

#18
Adjusted Score: 49445%
Critics Consensus: Solid performances by the leads, but the generic ending needs help.
Synopsis: Two air traffic controllers (John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton) who thrive on living dangerously compete to outdo each other on... [More]
Directed By: Mike Newell

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 57917%
Critics Consensus: Angelina Jolie gives an intense performance, but overall Girl, Interrupted suffers from thin, predictable plotting that fails to capture the power of its source material.
Synopsis: Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, "Girl, Interrupted" is the searing true story of Susanna Kaysen (Winona... [More]
Directed By: James Mangold

#16

Maleficent (2014)
54%

#16
Adjusted Score: 64964%
Critics Consensus: Angelina Jolie's magnetic performance outshines Maleficent's dazzling special effects; unfortunately, the movie around them fails to justify all that impressive effort.
Synopsis: As a beautiful young woman of pure heart, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) has an idyllic life in a forest kingdom. When... [More]
Directed By: Robert Stromberg

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 62196%
Critics Consensus: Though ambitious and confidently directed by Robert De Niro, The Good Shepherd is ultimately a tedious drama that holds few surprises and succumbs to self-seriousness.
Synopsis: Discreet, idealistic and intensely loyal, Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) finds that service in the OSS and later as a founding... [More]
Directed By: Robert De Niro

#14

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
60%

#14
Adjusted Score: 67609%
Critics Consensus: Although this action-romance suffers from weak writing and one too many explosions, the chemistry generated by onscreen couple Pitt and Jolie is palpable enough to make this a thoroughly enjoyable summer action flick.
Synopsis: John (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie), a couple in a stagnating marriage, live a deceptively mundane existence. However,... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#13

Playing by Heart (1998)
60%

#13
Adjusted Score: 62427%
Critics Consensus: It's overly talky, but Playing By Heart benefits from witty insights into modern relationships and strong performances from an esteemed cast.
Synopsis: In this tale of how love binds 11 random people from Los Angeles, a married couple (Sean Connery, Gena Rowlands)... [More]
Directed By: Willard Carroll

#12

Salt (2010)

#12
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) became a CIA officer, she swore an oath to duty, honor and country. But, when... [More]
Directed By: Phillip Noyce

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 72744%
Critics Consensus: A squarely traditional '90s-style action thriller, Those Who Wish Me Dead is elevated by Taylor Sheridan's propulsive direction.
Synopsis: A smoke jumper and a traumatized boy fight for their lives as two relentless assassins pursue them through a raging... [More]
Directed By: Taylor Sheridan

#10

Changeling (2008)

#10
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1928 Los Angeles, single mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) arrives home to find her son, Walter, gone. Five months... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

#9
Adjusted Score: 77764%
Critics Consensus: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is slim on plot and characterization, but the visuals more than make up for it.
Synopsis: When gigantic robots attack New York City, "Sky Captain" (Jude Law) uses his private air force to fight them off.... [More]
Directed By: Kerry Conran

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 77684%
Critics Consensus: An uncertain approach to the story's darker themes undermines its emotional stakes, but The One and Only Ivan offers heartwarming entertainment for younger viewers.
Synopsis: A gorilla tries to piece together its past and escape captivity with help from an elephant.... [More]
Directed By: Thea Sharrock

#7

Beowulf (2007)
71%

#7
Adjusted Score: 79426%
Critics Consensus: Featuring groundbreaking animation, stunning visuals, and a talented cast, Beowulf has in spades what more faithful book adaptations forget to bring: pure cinematic entertainment.
Synopsis: In the age of heroes, a mighty warrior named Beowulf (Ray Winstone) arrives at the court of King Hrothgar (Anthony... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#6

Wanted (2008)
71%

#6
Adjusted Score: 79371%
Critics Consensus: Wanted is stylish, energetic popcorn fare with witty performances from Angelina Jolie (playing an expert assassin), James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman that help to distract from its absurdly over-the-top plot.
Synopsis: Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is an office worker whose life is going nowhere. After his estranged father is murdered, he... [More]
Directed By: Timur Bekmambetov

#5

A Mighty Heart (2007)
79%

#5
Adjusted Score: 87330%
Critics Consensus: Angelina Jolie conveys the full emotional range of a woman in a desperate situation in A Mighty Heart, an urgent yet tactful film about a difficult subject.
Synopsis: Mariane Pearl (Angelina Jolie), the wife of journalist Daniel Pearl (Dan Futterman) of The Wall Street Journal, heads to Pakistan... [More]
Directed By: Michael Winterbottom

#4

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
81%

#4
Adjusted Score: 86841%
Critics Consensus: The storyline arc may seem a tad familiar to fans of the original, but Kung Fu Panda 2 offers enough action, comedy, and visual sparkle to compensate.
Synopsis: Now known as the Dragon Warrior, Po (Jack Black) protects the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

#3

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
87%

#3
Adjusted Score: 96901%
Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Panda 3 boasts the requisite visual splendor, but like its rotund protagonist, this sequel's narrative is also surprisingly nimble, adding up to animated fun for the whole family.
Synopsis: Living large and loving life, Po (Jack Black) realizes that he has a lot to learn if he's going to... [More]

#2

Kung Fu Panda (2008)
87%

#2
Adjusted Score: 94513%
Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Panda has a familiar message, but the pleasing mix of humor, swift martial arts action, and colorful animation makes for winning Summer entertainment.
Synopsis: Po the panda (Jack Black) works in his family's noodle shop and dreams of becoming a kung-fu master. His dream... [More]

#1

Gia (1998)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 57071%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Gia Carangi (Angelina Jolie) travels to New York City with dreams of becoming a fashion model. Within minutes of arriving,... [More]
Directed By: Michael Cristofer

As Thanksgiving approaches, stuff yourself on this platter of the 24 biggest, most famous movie turkeys — movies audiences had anticipated, expected, and even hoped to be Fresh on the Tomatometer, only to come out Rotten as branded by the critics. (Only movies made after Rotten Tomatoes came into existence, though! Because, Ishtar, we’re nice people.)

The 2010 Best Foreign Language Film winner The Secret in Their Eyes is being remade…as Secret in Their Eyes,  a murder mystery starring Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. As Americans, we don’t need definite articles in our movie titles, but we do occasionally need help thinking up stories to shoot, prompting this week’s 24 Frames gallery of foreign thrillers versus their Hollywood counterparts.

This week on home video, we’ve got a handful of brand new releases, but unfortunately, none of them were very well reviewed. Starting things off is the Angelina Jolie-Johnny Depp teamup of international proportions, followed by the latest Hanna-Barbera cartoon to get the live-action treatment. Then we’ve got a rom-com love triangle with Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson, and a sci-fi thriller boasting special effects and not much more. Lastly, we end this week’s limited selection with one modern classic and one silent film era classic, which should hopefully bring up the Tomatometer average for the releases on hand. So take a look and pick wisely!



The Tourist

What do you get when you pair up two of the world’s biggest movie stars, add a director with a critically acclaimed hit on his resume, and mix it all up in healthy dose of international intrigue? An unforeseen misfire, apparently. The two stars in question here are Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, and the director is Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, the German-born filmmaker at the helm of 2006’s Oscar-winning The Lives of Others. In this remake of a 2005 French film (Anthony Zimmer), Depp stars as the titular tourist who becomes swept up into a game of cat-and-mouse when a beautiful woman (Jolie) singles him out as the fall guy in a clever deception. So what went wrong? Critics say The Tourist‘s plot was far too muddled and the chemistry between Depp and Jolie far too lacking to make the film effective, even if the stars and the scenery were indeed pretty to look at. It’s always disappointing when you feel like movie magic is lost because its principle players are working beneath their full potential, but that seems to be the case here. For those still interested, it arrives on home video this week.



Yogi Bear

12%

We here at RT very briefly toyed with the idea of putting together a list centered on cartoon-to-live-action films… and then we had a great laugh, adjusted our berets, and continued sipping our lattes. Such a list would include misses like 1994’s The Flintstones, 2002’s Scooby-Doo, and, of course, last year’s Yogi Bear. Starring Dan Aykroyd as the voice of the computer-animated ursine and Justin Timberlake as his pal Boo-Boo, the film takes a somewhat environmental angle by setting the duo up as saviors of their beloved Jellystone Park, which is threatened by the logging efforts of gubernatorial candidate Mayor Brown (Andrew Daly). Unfortunately, as with many of its ilk, Yogi Bear fails to deliver a script worthy of a feature film, and while he may be smarter than the average bear, the film is, with a 14% Tomatometer, definitely not better than the average movie.



How Do You Know

What do you get when you cast three immensely likable stars, add a director known for… Wait, we already used that lead-in, didn’t we? Well, chalk up another one in the “should’ve been better” category for James L. Brooks’ comedy How Do You Know, starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson. The story revolves around a love triangle between the three actors, who play a 30-year-old Team USA softball player, a corporate executive in the midst of a criminal investigation, and professional pitcher, respectively. As with many films that fail similarly, the cast here, which includes a supporting turn by Jack Nicholson, are all serviceable enough, but the script provides them with so little characterization and so few credible dramatic moments that the film simply outlives its entertainment value. Critics collectively gave it a 30% on the Tomatometer, so consider yourself warned, but if you’re still curious to see two hot comedic talents mix it up with one of America’s Sweethearts, you can pick this up on DVD or Blu-Ray this week.



Skyline

15%

Alien invasion movies have never really fallen out of vogue, but they seem to be enjoying a resurgence as of late, ranging from family-friendly fare like Mars Needs Moms to gritty combat thrillers like Battle: Los Angeles. And with so many films tackling the genre, it really takes something special to stand out from the rest. Unfortunately, last year’s Skyline failed to generate the same kind of response that another modestly budgeted and independently made invasion film did just a couple of years ago (District 9). Skyline didn’t boast any huge star power (its biggest stars are best known for TV roles), but the promise of dazzling special effects lured many to see what the film had to offer, and the result was a middling sci-fi film with poorly scripted dialogue and an uninspired storyline. Though the special effects (which were, in fact, produced by the same company that handled effects for Battle: Los Angeles) were somewhat impressive, they just weren’t enough to convince critics that Skyline was any better than a 16% on the Tomatometer.



Stand By Me – 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray

91%

Author Stephen King is an immensely prolific writer, churning out novels and short story collections left and right for decades, and more than 35 films have been adapted from his work. And while he’s best known for his horror fiction, one of the most beloved adaptations of his work is actually based on a nostalgic coming-of-age tale about four boys in 1960 who embark on an adventure together to search for a dead body they’ve heard has been discovered. Starring Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, River Phoenix, and Jerry O’Connell, and directed by Rob Reiner during his ’80s heyday, Stand By Me was a tightly executed, well written drama of innocence lost featuring strong performances and just enough humor to remind the audience that these are, after all, just kids. In honor of its 25th anniversary, it’s presented for the first time on Blu-Ray this week, and while most of the special features are simply ported over from the 2000 DVD edition, there is one new video commentary featuring a reunion of Reiner, Wheaton, and Feldman that runs picture-in-picture style in the lower right corner as the movie plays. It’s a wonderful little movie that’s worth discovering for the first time or revisiting in high definition.



Our Hospitality – Ultimate Edition Blu-Ray

96%

They’re a historical footnote now, but once upon a time the Keatons were a renowned showbiz family, touring the country in vaudeville and medicine shows; the most famous member of the family was none other than Buster Keaton, who performed with his parents as early as three. After achieving fame on the big screen, Buster included his family members in his movies. One of the most important (and Keaton-heavy) of these is Our Hospitality, a slapstick comedy about a young man who gets caught up in a Hatfield-McCoy-esque family feud and co-stars both his parents and his infant son. If you’ve never seen a Buster Keaton movie, this isn’t a bad place to start, since it features the star’s alacrity for both deadpan slapstick and death defying stunts (a perilous moment by a waterfall is particularly show-stopping). The good folks at Kino have a brand-new Blu-Ray of Our Hospitality that features a making of documentary, an alternate cut of the film (!), and a Fatty Arbuckle-directed short with a cameo from Keaton.

The Tourist

What’s better than a movie with one huge star? A movie with two huge stars, of course — and this weekend, when Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie give filmgoers a double shot of celebrity charisma with The Tourist, they’ll become the latest in a long line of superstar duos who have combined their talents (and box office power) to make Hollywood history. Naturally, we couldn’t fit them all into this week’s feature, but the ten pair-ups listed here include some of cinema’s biggest hits (and at least one truly noteworthy miss). It’s time to double your pleasure, double your Total Recall!


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Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, Catch Me If You Can

Hanks and DiCaprio may not have shared many onscreen moments, but Catch Me if You Can offered filmgoers the chance to see a movie anchored by a pair of honest-to-goodness screen titans — and in a Steven Spielberg project, to boot. Taking the true story of legendary con man Frank Abagnale, Jr. (played by DiCaprio) and the FBI man who doggedly pursued him (Hanks), this Christmas Day release earned more than $350 million, multiple Academy Award nominations, and the admiration of critics like Ben Schwartz of the Chicago Reader, who wrote admiringly, “Catch Me if You Can is one of those deceptively slight offerings that manages to reveal more about its maker than the intended masterpieces often do.”


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Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, Eyes Wide Shut

Cruise and Kidman met on the set of 1990’s Days of Thunder, married later that year, and collaborated again in 1992’s Far and Away — but by the time they made their third movie together, Cruise wasn’t the only superstar in the family. The real-life spouses’ casting in the dark, heavily sexualized Eyes Wide Shut made headlines and subjected the film to intense tabloid scrutiny even before director Stanley Kubrick died, and their notoriety helped propel it to more than $160 million at the box office. A number of critics were left cold by Shut‘s glacial pace, but most scribes echoed the sentiments of Variety’s Todd McCarthy, who called it “A riveting, thematically probing, richly atmospheric and just occasionally troublesome work, a deeply inquisitive consideration of the extent of trust and mutual knowledge possible between a man and a woman.”


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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, Gigli

We’ve included a lot of successful superstar duos on this list, but we couldn’t leave out one of the most notoriously toxic combinations in recent memory. In 2002, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were a perpetual tabloid frenzy machine, and the public seemed like it’d never tire of hearing about their impossibly beautiful exploits — but by 2003, Bennifer was passe, and it definitely didn’t help that their cinematic debut, Gigli, was an unqualified dud. The golden raspberry on top of Affleck’s annus horriblis, Gigli brought an abrupt end to director Martin Brest’s award-winning career, and inspired almost universal loathing from critics such as Film4’s Richard Luck, who called it “a sickening exercise in smugness and self-love.”


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Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Katahrine Hepburn could get her own Superstar Duos list — her filmography boasts collaborations with Humphrey Bogart, Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, and John Wayne — but she worked with Spencer Tracy most (and best) of all. Hepburn and Tracy made nine movies together, and we really could have chosen any of them for this list, but ultimately, we settled on 1967’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner — partly because it was an important film about race relations that won two Academy Awards (against an impressive eight nominations), and partly because they made it knowing Tracy didn’t have long to live. While it hasn’t aged particularly well, most critics are still willing to look past Dinner‘s flaws, including Roger Ebert, who asks, “It would be easy to tear the plot to shreds and catch Kramer in the act of copping out. But why? On its own terms, this film is a joy to see, an evening of superb entertainment.”


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Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, Heat

De Niro and Pacino had shared film credits before, for The Godfather Part II, but they didn’t share any screen time — which is why it was such a big deal when they finally got around to an actual co-starring gig for 1995’s Heat. The two acting titans only ended up trading a few lines, but maybe it was just enough of a good thing, judging from 2008’s wretched Righteous Kill; with just a single tension-wracked scene in Heat, they helped anchor what Chris Barsanti of Film Threat called “one of the greatest crime films of all time.”

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Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, Men in Black

The success of The Fugitive catapulted Tommy Lee Jones from “distinguished character actor” to “leading man” status, and after Bad Boys, the mid-to-late 1990s pretty much belonged to Will Smith — so Men in Black wasn’t just your average action/comedy/sci-fi summer blockbuster, it was an Event Movie with almost $590 million in ticket sales (and a pair of sequels) waiting to happen. It didn’t win any awards for storytelling depth (although it did win a Best Makeup Oscar), but its unapologetic popcorn thrills, fueled by Smith and Jones’ easy interplay, entertained a whole lot of people — including Slate’s David Edelstein, who called it “The smartest, funniest, and best-looking sci-fi comedy since the movies learned to morph.”


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Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, The Mexican

Pitt and Roberts had their eyes on a co-starring project for some time — and they wanted to work together badly enough that they eventually settled on The Mexican, an erstwhile indie project whose script didn’t even call for its male and female leads to spend much time together. The result was a curiously disjointed film, badly mismarketed as a Pitt/Roberts romantic comedy, whose $147 million box office take wasn’t enough to keep it from feeling like one of 2001’s more unexpected disappointments. Christopher Smith of the Bangor Daily News spoke for the majority of critics when he queried, “Habla usted mediocre movie?”


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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Ms. Jolie’s turn in The Tourist isn’t her first blockbuster duo pairing — her 2005 team-up with Brad Pitt for the rapid-fire action rom-com Mr. & Mrs. Smith united two of the biggest stars in the Hollywood firmament for a $478 million hit that not only thrilled audiences, but kept the paparazzi busy for months, and served as our introduction to the globetrotting, child-adopting celebrity mashup known as Brangelina. All things considered, critics weren’t as impressed as filmgoers, but the movie had its fans, including Ken Tucker of New York Magazine, who said “Mr. & Mrs. Smith works on almost every level and against all odds.”


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Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood, A Perfect World

Yeah, we know, we know — Kevin Costner makes movies with Ashton Kutcher now, and Clint Eastwood directs Matt Damon movies. But trust us: In 1993, a movie starring Costner (who had just made The Bodyguard) and Eastwood (coming off In the Line of Fire) was a very big deal, even if you wouldn’t know it from A Perfect World‘s paltry $31 million gross. Its meditative pace was a bit of a shock for audiences expecting more popcorn fare from its leads, but this drama about a Texas Ranger (Eastwood) pursuing an escaped convict-turned-kidnapper (Costner) gave the Robin Hood star a chance to play against type — and impressed critics like ReelViews’ James Berardinelli, who called it “evidence that Hollywood is still capable of producing the kinds of moving, intelligent movies that have increasingly become the province of independent film makers.”


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Paul Newman and Robert Redford, The Sting

Newman helped solidify Redford’s leading man status when they teamed up for the first time with 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but when they met again for The Sting, Redford had come into his own as a marquee-topping star in his own right — and the result was not only a seven-time Academy Award winner, but one of the all-time standard bearers for the heist caper genre. “The film is so good-natured, so obviously aware of everything it’s up to, even its own picturesque frauds,” confessed Vincent Canby of the New York Times, “that I opt to go along with it.”


Take a look through the rest of our Total Recall archives. And don’t forget to check out the reviews for The Tourist.

Finally, here’s a duet from two musical superstars — John Lennon and Paul McCartney — from the oft-bootlegged documentary Let It Be:

Happy Friday Harvest, a weekly round-up of the
best pictures, posters, and videos that have become available for
viewing/download on Rotten Tomatoes. Each section features the favorite or most
interesting item we’ve
added for the week, along with several other new highlights. Enjoy!


Pictures


Picture Gallery of the Week:

The Tourist

Continuing kudos points for star Johnny Depp and his

recent charity work
.
Browse the gallery.

More New Pictures












Gnomeo
& Juliet


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest


Conviction
Miral


My Soul to Take


Posters


Poster of the Week:

True
Grit

Now that’s a Coen brothers poster if you’ve ever seen one, isn’t it?
Clean, ironic, and way ominous.
View the poster.

More New Posters














Harry Potter



For Colored Girls
127
Hours

Made in
Dagenham


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest


Videos


Video of the Week:


I Am Number Four trailer

You’ll number one with excitement!
Watch the video.

More New Videos











127 Hours

The
Dilemma


Burlesque

Red


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