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All Bruce Willis Movies Ranked

Where there’s a Willis, there’s a way. A way to make it from TV sitcom star to eternal everyman action movie hero (Die Hard). A way to make a talking baby movie work (Look Who’s Talking) to the tune of $300 million at the box office in the ’80s. And a way to throw it all away with misfires like Bonfire of the Vanities and Hudson Hawk. And a way to get it all back again by kickstarting the ’90s indie boom with Pulp Fiction.

Since then, Bruce has continued to have a wild career, with the occasional crucial movie released at the exact right time to freshen up his image, whether in epic blockbusters (Armageddon), muted horror (The Sixth Sense), twee comedy (Moonrise Kingdom), or sci-fi cult classics (Looper). Recent highlights include Glass, the surprise finale to M. Night Shyamalan’s trilogy that started with Unbreakable and Glass, and Edward Norton passion project Motherless Brooklyn. And now we’re ranking all Bruce Willis movies by Tomatometer! Alex Vo

#1

Die Hard (1988)
94%

#1
Adjusted Score: 99651%
Critics Consensus: Its many imitators (and sequels) have never come close to matching the taut thrills of the definitive holiday action classic.
Synopsis: New York City policeman John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and two daughters on Christmas... [More]
Directed By: John McTiernan

#2

Looper (2012)
93%

#2
Adjusted Score: 104241%
Critics Consensus: As thought-provoking as it is thrilling, Looper delivers an uncommonly smart, bravely original blend of futuristic sci-fi and good old-fashioned action.
Synopsis: In a future society, time-travel exists, but it's only available to those with the means to pay for it on... [More]
Directed By: Rian Johnson

#3

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
93%

#3
Adjusted Score: 105047%
Critics Consensus: Warm, whimsical, and poignant, the immaculately framed and beautifully acted Moonrise Kingdom presents writer/director Wes Anderson at his idiosyncratic best.
Synopsis: The year is 1965, and the residents of New Penzance, an island off the coast of New England, inhabit a... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#4

Pulp Fiction (1994)
92%

#4
Adjusted Score: 98184%
Critics Consensus: One of the most influential films of the 1990s, Pulp Fiction is a delirious post-modern mix of neo-noir thrills, pitch-black humor, and pop-culture touchstones.
Synopsis: Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hitmen with a penchant for philosophical discussions. In this... [More]
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

#5

Nobody's Fool (1994)
91%

#5
Adjusted Score: 94166%
Critics Consensus: It's solidly directed by Robert Benton and stacked with fine performances from an impressive cast, but above all, Nobody's Fool is a showcase for some of Paul Newman's best late-period work.
Synopsis: Donald "Sully" Sullivan (Paul Newman) is an expert at avoiding adult responsibilities. At 60, he divides all his time between... [More]
Directed By: Robert Benton

#6

12 Monkeys (1995)
88%

#6
Adjusted Score: 91614%
Critics Consensus: The plot's a bit of a jumble, but excellent performances and mind-blowing plot twists make 12 Monkeys a kooky, effective experience.
Synopsis: Traveling back in time isn't simple, as James Cole (Bruce Willis) learns the hard way. Imprisoned in the 2030s, James... [More]
Directed By: Terry Gilliam

#7

The Sixth Sense (1999)
86%

#7
Adjusted Score: 92069%
Critics Consensus: M Night Shayamalan's The Sixth Sense is a twisty ghost story with all the style of a classical Hollywood picture, but all the chills of a modern horror flick.
Synopsis: Young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Cole is frightened... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 91352%
Critics Consensus: Live Free or Die Hard may be preposterous, but it's an efficient, action-packed summer popcorn flick with thrilling stunts and a commanding performance by Bruce Willis. Fans of the previous Die Hard films will not be disappointed.
Synopsis: As the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, veteran cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) carries out another routine assignment: bringing... [More]
Directed By: Len Wiseman

#9

Sin City (2005)
77%

#9
Adjusted Score: 87335%
Critics Consensus: Visually groundbreaking and terrifically violent, Sin City brings the dark world of Frank Miller's graphic novel to vivid life.
Synopsis: In this quartet of neo-noir tales, a mysterious salesman (Josh Hartnett) narrates a tragic story of co-dependency, while a musclebound... [More]

#10

Planet Terror (2007)
76%

#10
Adjusted Score: 75981%
Critics Consensus: A cool and hip grindhouse throwback, Planet Terror is an unpredictable zombie thrillride.
Synopsis: An ordinary evening in a small Texas town becomes a grisly nightmare when a horde of flesh-eating zombies goes on... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#11

Over the Hedge (2006)
75%

#11
Adjusted Score: 82394%
Critics Consensus: Even if it's not an animation classic, Over the Hedge is clever and fun, and the jokes cater to family members of all ages.
Synopsis: When Verne (Garry Shandling) and fellow woodland friends awake from winter's hibernation, they find they have some new neighbors: humans,... [More]

#12

Red (2010)
71%

#12
Adjusted Score: 79592%
Critics Consensus: It may not be the killer thrill ride you'd expect from an action movie with a cast of this caliber, but Red still thoroughly outshines most of its big-budget counterparts with its wit and style.
Synopsis: After surviving an assault from a squad of hit men, retired CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) reassembles his old... [More]
Directed By: Robert Schwentke

#13

Unbreakable (2000)
70%

#13
Adjusted Score: 75414%
Critics Consensus: With a weaker ending, Unbreakable is not as a good as The Sixth Sense. However, it is a quietly suspenseful film that intrigues and engages, taking the audience through unpredictable twists and turns along the way.
Synopsis: David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is the sole survivor of a devastating train wreck. Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) is a... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 73811%
Critics Consensus: Visually inventive and gleefully over the top, Luc Besson's The Fifth Element is a fantastic piece of pop sci-fi that never takes itself too seriously.
Synopsis: In the 23rd century, a New York City cabbie, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), finds the fate of the world in... [More]
Directed By: Luc Besson

#15
Adjusted Score: 72904%
Critics Consensus: Beavis and Butt-Head Do America is unabashedly offensive, unapologetically stupid, and unexpectedly funny.
Synopsis: Two of the biggest animated slackers around, Beavis (Mike Judge) and Butt-head (also Judge) get a kick-start when two crooks... [More]
Directed By: Mike Judge, Yvette Kaplan

#16

Die Hard 2 (1990)
69%

#16
Adjusted Score: 72291%
Critics Consensus: It lacks the fresh thrills of its predecessor, but Die Hard 2 still works as an over-the-top -- and reasonably taut -- big-budget sequel, with plenty of set pieces to paper over the plot deficiencies.
Synopsis: A year after his heroics in L.A, detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) is mixed up in another terrorist plot, this... [More]
Directed By: Renny Harlin

#17

In Country (1989)
68%

#17
Adjusted Score: 67404%
Critics Consensus: With a slow build to a dramatic conclusion, In Country benefits largely from its strong acting, particularly by Emily Lloyd in the lead role.
Synopsis: Samantha Hughes (Emily Lloyd) lives with her uncle, Emmett Smith (Bruce Willis), in a small Kentucky town. After her high... [More]
Directed By: Norman Jewison

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 72450%
Critics Consensus: Taut, violent, and suitably self-deprecating, The Expendables 2 gives classic action fans everything they can reasonably expect from a star-studded shoot-'em-up -- for better and for worse.
Synopsis: Mercenary leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the Expendables team reunite when Mr.... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 76698%
Critics Consensus: Motherless Brooklyn's imposing length requires patience, but strong performances and a unique perspective make this a mystery worth investigating.
Synopsis: Lionel Essrog is a lonely private detective who doesn't let Tourette's syndrome stand in the way of his job. Gifted... [More]
Directed By: Edward Norton

#20

Bandits (2001)
64%

#20
Adjusted Score: 68339%
Critics Consensus: The story may not warrant its lengthy running time, but the cast of Bandits makes it an enjoyable ride.
Synopsis: Joe (Bruce Willis) and Terry (Billy Bob Thornton) have escaped from prison. Cutting a swath from Oregon through California, these... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#21

Hart's War (2002)
60%

#21
Adjusted Score: 62835%
Critics Consensus: Well-made and solidly acted, Hart's War is modestly compelling. However, the movie suffers from having too many subplots.
Synopsis: Lieutenant Tommy Hart (Colin Farrell) is a second year law student who is enlisted as an officer's aide in World... [More]
Directed By: Gregory Hoblit

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 63845%
Critics Consensus: Die Hard with a Vengeance benefits from Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson's barbed interplay, but clatters to a bombastic finish in a vain effort to cover for an overall lack of fresh ideas.
Synopsis: Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) is now divorced, alcoholic and jobless after getting fired for his reckless behavior and bad... [More]
Directed By: John McTiernan

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 62860%
Critics Consensus: The Astronaut Farmer is a charming, inspirational drama that successfully avoids modern cinematic cliches while appealing to the optimistic dreamer in all of us.
Synopsis: Charles Farmer (Billy Bob Thornton), a rancher who once trained to be an astronaut, decides to fulfill a lifelong dream:... [More]
Directed By: Michael Polish

#24

Mortal Thoughts (1991)
60%

#24
Adjusted Score: 54907%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A loathsome man ends up dead, but it's not clear who's to blame. If ever a person got what he... [More]
Directed By: Alan Rudolph

#25

16 Blocks (2006)
56%

#25
Adjusted Score: 61911%
Critics Consensus: Despite strong performances from Bruce Willis and Mos Def, 16 Blocks is a shopworn entry in the buddy-action genre.
Synopsis: Boozy and world-weary, NYPD Detective Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis) draws a routine assignment to transport trial witness Eddie Bunker (Mos... [More]
Directed By: Richard Donner

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 55504%
Critics Consensus: Look Who's Talking holds some appeal thanks to its affable stars and Amy Heckerling's energetic direction, but a silly script doesn't allow wit to get a word in edgewise.
Synopsis: The romantic ups and downs of accountant Mollie Jensen (Kirstie Alley) are viewed cynically by a most unusual bystander --... [More]
Directed By: Amy Heckerling

#27

Alpha Dog (2006)
54%

#27
Adjusted Score: 60158%
Critics Consensus: A glossy yet unflinching portrait of violent, hedonistic teenagers. Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone chew the scenery, while Justin Timberlake gives a noteworthy performance.
Synopsis: Teenage dealer Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch) and his friends kidnap the impressionable younger brother (Anton Yelchin) of a junkie (Ben... [More]
Directed By: Nick Cassavetes

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 57246%
Critics Consensus: Hawn and Streep are as fabulous as Death Becomes Her's innovative special effects; Zemeckis' satire, on the other hand, is as hollow as the world it mocks.
Synopsis: When a novelist loses her man to a movie star and former friend, she winds up in a psychiatric hospital.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 57515%
Critics Consensus: Trying too hard to be clever in a Pulp Fiction kind of way, this film succumbs to a convoluted plot, overly stylized characters, and dizzying set design.
Synopsis: A case of mistaken identity puts a man named Slevin (Josh Hartnett) in the middle of a war between two... [More]
Directed By: Paul McGuigan

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 55683%
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

#31
Adjusted Score: 23712%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After the theft of copies of SAT exams from a principal's office, teenage reporter Bobby Funke (Reece Thompson) sets out... [More]
Directed By: Brett Simon

#32

Fast Food Nation (2006)
49%

#32
Adjusted Score: 54228%
Critics Consensus: Despite some fine performances and memorable scenes, Fast Food Nation is more effective as Eric Schlosser's eye-opening non-fiction book than as Richard Linklater's fictionalized, mostly punchless movie.
Synopsis: Don Henderson (Greg Kinnear), a marketing executive for a national burger chain must leave blissful ignorance behind when his boss... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#33

The Kid (2000)
49%

#33
Adjusted Score: 52241%
Critics Consensus: Critics find The Kid to be too sweet and the movie's message to be annoyingly simplistic.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Jon Turteltaub

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 45556%
Critics Consensus: The Last Boy Scout is as explosive, silly, and fun as it does represent the decline of the buddy-cop genre.
Synopsis: Once a first-rate Secret Service agent, Joe Hallenbeck (Bruce Willis) is now a gruff private investigator whose latest gig is... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#35

Red 2 (2013)
44%

#35
Adjusted Score: 49196%
Critics Consensus: While it's still hard to argue with its impeccable cast or the fun they often seem to be having, Red 2 replaces much of the goofy fun of its predecessor with empty, over-the-top bombast.
Synopsis: Former CIA black-ops agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) and his old partner, Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich), are caught in the... [More]
Directed By: Dean Parisot

#36

The Siege (1998)
44%

#36
Adjusted Score: 45779%
Critics Consensus: An exciting, well-paced action film.
Synopsis: After terrorists attack a bus in Brooklyn, a Broadway theater and FBI headquarters, FBI anti-terrorism expert Anthony Hubbard (Denzel Washington)... [More]
Directed By: Edward Zwick

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 46457%
Critics Consensus: Despite a charming cast, The Whole Nine Yards can't tickle funny bones consistently enough to distract from its sitcom-like story.
Synopsis: Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski (Bruce Willis), a mob hitman-turned-informant, ratted on the mob and put his life in jeopardy. Now... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Lynn

#38

The Expendables (2010)
42%

#38
Adjusted Score: 49404%
Critics Consensus: It makes good on the old-school action it promises, but given all the talent on display, The Expendables should hit harder.
Synopsis: Mercenary leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his loyal men take on what they think is a routine assignment: a... [More]
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone

#39
Adjusted Score: 50309%
Critics Consensus: A Dame to Kill For boasts the same stylish violence and striking visual palette as the original Sin City, but lacks its predecessor's brutal impact.
Synopsis: The damaged denizens of Sin City return for another round of stories from the mind of Frank Miller. In "Just... [More]

#40

Rugrats Go Wild (2003)
39%

#40
Adjusted Score: 41741%
Critics Consensus: The Rugrats franchise has gone from fresh to formulaic.
Synopsis: Chuckie (Nancy Cartwright) and Tommy (Elizabeth Daily) find themselves stranded with their parents on a remote island. By coincidence, the... [More]
Directed By: Norton Virgien, John Eng

#41

Armageddon (1998)
38%

#41
Adjusted Score: 43432%
Critics Consensus: Lovely to look at but about as intelligent as the asteroid that serves as the movie's antagonist, Armageddon slickly sums up the cinematic legacies of producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay.
Synopsis: When an asteroid threatens to collide with Earth, NASA honcho Dan Truman (Billy Bob Thornton) determines the only way to... [More]
Directed By: Michael Bay

#42

Billy Bathgate (1991)
36%

#42
Adjusted Score: 35655%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1935, Bronx teenager Billy Behan (Loren Dean) attracts the attention of powerful mobster Dutch Schultz (Dustin Hoffman) and quickly... [More]
Directed By: Robert Benton

#43

Surrogates (2009)
37%

#43
Adjusted Score: 40550%
Critics Consensus: Though it sports a slick look and feel, Surrogates fails to capitalize on a promising premise, relying instead on mindless action and a poor script.
Synopsis: In the near future, people live their lives free of pain, danger and complications through robotic representations of themselves, called... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Mostow

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 38328%
Critics Consensus: Last Man Standing's brooding atmosphere and bursts of artfully arranged action prove intriguing yet ultimately insufficient substitutes for a consistently compelling story.
Synopsis: Loyal to nobody but himself, John Smith (Bruce Willis) hires his services out to Fredo Strozzi (Ned Eisenberg), a bootlegging... [More]
Directed By: Walter Hill

#45

Glass (2019)
36%

#45
Adjusted Score: 61835%
Critics Consensus: Glass displays a few glimmers of M. Night Shyamalan at his twisty world-building best, but ultimately disappoints as the conclusion to the writer-director's long-gestating trilogy.
Synopsis: David Dunn tries to stay one step ahead of the law while delivering vigilante justice on the streets of Philadelphia.... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#46

Hostage (2005)
35%

#46
Adjusted Score: 41594%
Critics Consensus: Grisly and cliched, audiences may feel they're being held Hostage.
Synopsis: After one of his hostage negotiations goes awry, LAPD officer Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis) quits the force and relocates his... [More]
Directed By: Florent Siri

#47

Tears of the Sun (2003)
33%

#47
Adjusted Score: 37520%
Critics Consensus: Tries to be high-minded, but in the end, it's just a stylish action movie.
Synopsis: The Nigerian government has fallen, and the country is on the verge of civil war. Lt. A.K. Waters (Bruce Willis)... [More]
Directed By: Antoine Fuqua

#48

Hudson Hawk (1991)
33%

#48
Adjusted Score: 32837%
Critics Consensus: Hudson Hawk's kitchen-sink approach to its blend of action and slapstick results in a surreal, baffling misfire.
Synopsis: Thief extraordinaire Hudson Hawk (Bruce Willis) has just been released from prison and all he wants is a nice cappuccino.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Lehmann

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 35403%
Critics Consensus: Though arguably superior to its predecessor, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is overwhelmed by its nonstop action and too nonsensical and vapid to leave a lasting impression.
Synopsis: In the continuing adventures of the G.I. Joe team, Duke (Channing Tatum), second-in-command Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), and the rest of... [More]
Directed By: Jon M. Chu

#50

The Story of Us (1999)
26%

#50
Adjusted Score: 30866%
Critics Consensus: A lack of chemistry between Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer fatally undermines the dull and predictable Story of Us.
Synopsis: After 15 years of marriage, Katie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and her husband, Ben (Bruce Willis), have grown apart. While they keep... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 26406%
Critics Consensus: The movie is overwhelmed by its chaotic visual effects and disjointed storyline.
Synopsis: An unhappy car dealer (Bruce Willis) believes that a dime-store author/philosopher (Albert Finney) has the answers to life's important questions.... [More]
Directed By: Alan Rudolph

#52

Marauders (2016)
24%

#52
Adjusted Score: 23434%
Critics Consensus: From its clichéd story to Bruce Willis' rote performance, Marauders is a crime thriller content to settle for merely competent -- a goal it all too rarely achieves.
Synopsis: FBI agents (Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista) uncover a conspiracy while trying to nail a group of deadly bank robbers.... [More]
Directed By: Steven C. Miller

#53

The Jackal (1997)
25%

#53
Adjusted Score: 26264%
Critics Consensus: The Jackal is a relatively simple chase thriller incapable of adding thrills or excitement as the plot chugs along.
Synopsis: During an FBI raid on a Moscow nightclub, the brother of Russian gangster Terek Murad (David Hayman) is killed. Murad... [More]
Directed By: Michael Caton-Jones

#54

Color of Night (1994)
22%

#54
Adjusted Score: 22557%
Critics Consensus: Bruce willie shot aside, the only other things popping out in Color of Night are some ridiculous plot contortions and majorly camp moments.
Synopsis: Attempts on his life escalate as a New York psychologist (Bruce Willis) closes in on a colleague's killer in Los... [More]
Directed By: Richard Rush

#55

Mercury Rising (1998)
21%

#55
Adjusted Score: 23473%
Critics Consensus: Mercury Rising lays the action on thick, but can never find a dramatic pulse to keep viewers -- or Bruce Willis -- engaged with its maudlin story.
Synopsis: "Mercury Rising" stars Bruce Willis as Art Jeffries, a renegade FBI agent who combats ruthless federal agents to protect Simon... [More]
Directed By: Harold Becker

#56
Adjusted Score: 22134%
Critics Consensus: Once Upon a Time in Venice has a little more of a spark than typical late-period Bruce Willis tough guy movies, but it's still a steep, disappointing tumble from his best work.
Synopsis: Steve Ford is a private detective in Venice Beach, Calif., who's good with the ladies, bad with the punches and... [More]
Directed By: Mark Cullen

#57

Blind Date (1987)
24%

#57
Adjusted Score: 24071%
Critics Consensus: Blind Date has all the ingredients for a successful madcap comedy, but the end results suggest director Blake Edwards has lost his once-reliable touch.
Synopsis: When bachelor Walter Davis (Bruce Willis) is set up with his sister-in-law's pretty cousin, Nadia Gates (Kim Basinger), a seemingly... [More]
Directed By: Blake Edwards

#58

Sunset (1988)
21%

#58
Adjusted Score: 13503%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Having retired from a life of gunfights and peacekeeping, the great Wyatt Earp (James Garner) has landed a job as... [More]
Directed By: Blake Edwards

#59

Breach (2020)
20%

#59
Adjusted Score: 20139%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fleeing a devastating plague on Earth, an interstellar ark comes under attack from a new threat -- a shape-shifting alien... [More]
Directed By: John Suits

#60

Breach (2020)
20%

#60
Adjusted Score: 20139%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fleeing a devastating plague on Earth, an interstellar ark comes under attack from a new threat -- a shape-shifting alien... [More]
Directed By: John Suits

#61

Fortress (2021)
20%

#61
Adjusted Score: 5764%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this dazzling action cyber-thriller, Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction) plays Robert, a retired CIA agent living at a secret resort... [More]
Directed By: James Cullen Bressack

#62

Death Wish (2018)
18%

#62
Adjusted Score: 26728%
Critics Consensus: Death Wish is little more than a rote retelling that lacks the grit and conviction of the original -- and also suffers from spectacularly bad timing.
Synopsis: Dr. Paul Kersey is a surgeon who often sees the consequences of the city's violence in the emergency room. When... [More]
Directed By: Eli Roth

#63

Cop Out (2010)
18%

#63
Adjusted Score: 23306%
Critics Consensus: Cop Out is a cliched buddy action/comedy that suffers from stale gags and slack pacing.
Synopsis: Veteran detective Jimmy Monroe (Bruce Willis) needs money to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, so he decides it's time... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Smith

#64

Lay the Favorite (2012)
18%

#64
Adjusted Score: 19320%
Critics Consensus: A clumsy misstep for director Stephen Frears, Lay the Favorite puts all its chips on endearing quirk only to go bust.
Synopsis: A former stripper's (Rebecca Hall) talent with numbers lands her a job with a professional gambler (Bruce Willis) who runs... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 16462%
Critics Consensus: Weighed down by a rote story and passionless performances, Striking Distance represents one of the lesser '90s genre outings from action hero Bruce Willis.
Synopsis: Sgt. Tom Hardy (Bruce Willis) denounces his partner, Jimmy Detillo (Robert Pastorelli), for brutally interrogating a suspect. After Jimmy falls... [More]
Directed By: Rowdy Herrington

#66
Adjusted Score: 16535%
Critics Consensus: The Bonfire of the Vanities is a vapid adaptation of a thoughtful book, fatally miscast and shorn of the source material's crucial sense of irony. Add it to the pyre of Hollywood's ambitious failures.
Synopsis: In this adaptation of the Tom Wolfe novel, powerful Wall Street executive Sherman McCoy (Tom Hanks) is riding with his... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#67
#67
Adjusted Score: 23725%
Critics Consensus: A Good Day to Die Hard is the weakest entry in a storied franchise, and not even Bruce Willis' smirking demeanor can enliven a cliched, uninspired script.
Synopsis: New York City cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) arrives in Moscow to track down his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney).... [More]
Directed By: John Moore

#68

First Kill (2017)
15%

#68
Adjusted Score: 15607%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Trying to reconnect with his son Danny, big shot Wall Street broker Will takes his family on a hunting trip... [More]
Directed By: Steven C. Miller

#69

North (1994)
14%

#69
Adjusted Score: 14710%
Critics Consensus: Laden with schmaltz and largely bereft of evident narrative purpose, North represents an early major disappointment from previously sure-handed director Rob Reiner.
Synopsis: North (Elijah Wood) is a talented and bright kid, but his mom (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and dad (Jason Alexander) are utterly... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#70
#70
Adjusted Score: 14063%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A doctor and his family are held hostage by a wounded gunman and his unhinged brother.... [More]
Directed By: Matt Eskandari

#71

Survive the Game (2021)
14%

#71
Adjusted Score: 5649%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction) and Chad Michael Murray ("Riverdale") star in this explosive crime-thriller. When cop David (Willis) is injured... [More]
Directed By: James Cullen Bressack

#72

Four Rooms (1995)
13%

#72
Adjusted Score: 15461%
Critics Consensus: Four Rooms comes stocked with a ton of talent on both sides of the camera, yet only manages to add up to a particularly uneven -- and dismayingly uninspired -- anthology effort.
Synopsis: Working New Year's Eve at a hotel in Hollywood, Calif., the new bellhop, Ted (Tim Roth), has no idea what's... [More]

#73
#73
Adjusted Score: 8202%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the sequel to "Look Who's Talking," formerly single mom Mollie (Kirstie Alley) is about to have a baby with... [More]
Directed By: Amy Heckerling

#74

Perfect Stranger (2007)
10%

#74
Adjusted Score: 15062%
Critics Consensus: Despite the presence of Halle Berry and Bruce Willis, Perfect Stranger is too convoluted to work, and features a twist ending that's irritating and superfluous. It's a techno-thriller without thrills.
Synopsis: Rowena Price (Halle Berry), a reporter, uses her investigative skills to solve the murder of a friend. Her search leads... [More]
Directed By: James Foley

#75
Adjusted Score: 9133%
Critics Consensus: Dull and predictable, Midnight in the Switchgrass squanders an evocative setting and some committed performances on a would-be thriller that rarely raises a sweat.
Synopsis: Bruce Willis (DIE HARD franchise) and Megan Fox (TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN) lead a powerful cast including Emile Hirsch... [More]
Directed By: Randall Emmett

#76

Reprisal (2018)
8%

#76
Adjusted Score: 5918%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An ex-cop joins forces with a bank manager to track down a highly skilled and ruthless thief; the situation soon... [More]
Directed By: Brian A. Miller

#77

Rock the Kasbah (2015)
7%

#77
Adjusted Score: 11714%
Critics Consensus: The Shareef don't like Rock the Kasbah, and neither will viewers hoping for a film that manages to make effective use of Bill Murray's knack for playing lovably anarchic losers.
Synopsis: While visiting Kabul, Afghanistan, washed-up music manager Richie Lanz (Bill Murray) gets dumped by his last client. His luck changes... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#78

Fire With Fire (2012)
7%

#78
Adjusted Score: 4398%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A firefighter does something unexpected after a man that he has been ordered to testify against threatens him.... [More]
Directed By: David Barrett

#79

Extraction (2015)
6%

#79
Adjusted Score: 5230%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A government analyst (Kellan Lutz) launches his own rescue mission when terrorists kidnap his father (Bruce Willis), a retired CIA... [More]
Directed By: Steven C. Miller

#80

Gasoline Alley (2022)
35%

#80
Adjusted Score: 34502%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Bruce Willis, Luke Wilson and Devon Sawa star in the chilling story of a savage Hollywood murder set in present... [More]
Directed By: Edward Drake

#81
#81
Adjusted Score: 8514%
Critics Consensus: A strained, laugh-free sequel, The Whole Ten Yards recycles its predecessor's cast and plot but not its wit or reason for being.
Synopsis: After faking his death, former killer-for-hire Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski (Bruce Willis) retires to Mexico with his new wife, Jill... [More]
Directed By: Howard Deutch

#82
#82
Adjusted Score: 5346%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Young business consultant Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) flies to Spain for a vacation aboard his family's sailboat. When Will returns... [More]
Directed By: Mabrouk El Mechri

#83

Vice (2015)
4%

#83
Adjusted Score: 3235%
Critics Consensus: Bruce Willis and Thomas Jane are visibly bored by the dreary material in this sci-fi hodgepodge, proving that star power in service of a lousy script is no virtue.
Synopsis: A self-aware, artificial human (Ambyr Childers) becomes caught in the crossfire between a cop (Thomas Jane) and the creator (Bruce... [More]
Directed By: Brian A. Miller

#84

Cosmic Sin (2021)
6%

#84
Adjusted Score: 6017%
Critics Consensus: Let he who is without Cosmic Sin cast the first stone -- and possibly use it to rouse Bruce Willis from the slumber he seems to be in throughout this dreadful sci-fi blunder.
Synopsis: Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo star in the new epic sci-fi adventure set in the year 2524, four hundred years... [More]
Directed By: Edward Drake

#85

Precious Cargo (2016)
0%

#85
Adjusted Score: 502%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: To get back in the good graces of her murderous boss (Bruce Willis), a seductive thief (Claire Forlani) recruits an... [More]
Directed By: Max Adams

#86

Hard Kill (2020)
0%

#86
Adjusted Score: 594%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Mercenaries race against the clock to stop a madman from using a computer program to wreak havoc around the globe.... [More]
Directed By: Matt Eskandari

#87
#87
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Three Midwestern brothers, a crime lord, and an incorruptible cop are on a deadly collision course when the youngest brother's... [More]
Directed By: Brett Donowho

#88

American Siege (2021)
8%

#88
Adjusted Score: 5561%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Washed-up Sheriff Ben Watts (Bruce Willis) guards the secrets of the wealthy residents of a small Georgia town. When three... [More]
Directed By: Edward Drake

#89

The Prince (2014)
0%

#89
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A retired assassin is drawn back into his former life and a confrontation with an old rival when his daughter... [More]
Directed By: Brian A. Miller

#90

Apex (2021)
11%

#90
Adjusted Score: 5706%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Serving a life sentence for a crime he didn't commit, ex-cop Thomas Malone is offered a chance at freedom if... [More]
Directed By: Edward Drake

#91

10 Minutes Gone (2019)
0%

#91
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A man loses his memory after a bank heist goes wrong.... [More]
Directed By: Brian A. Miller

#92

Air Strike (2018)
0%

#92
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: During World War II, five Chinese people fight their way through Japanese air attacks to protect a military machine.... [More]
Directed By: Xiao Feng

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All Jason Statham Movies, Ranked By Tomatometer

Once, during a long-ago era called The ’80s, Hollywood action heroes roamed the Earth with bulging biceps and names like Sly, Arnold, and Bruce. With a limitless supply of weapons and wisecracks, they saved the world countless times, only to be exiled to the land of Direct-to-Video for their trouble, where they wandered lost throughout the ’90s and much of the aughts. But they’re fighting their way back from extinction, thanks in large part to the tenacious efforts of steely-eyed roughnecks like Jason Statham, the veteran of latter-day genre classics like Crank, The Bank Job, and recent Fast and Furious sequels and spinoffs, who rose to stardom on the strength of his appearances in Guy Ritchie‘s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. To celebrate his bravery in the face of indie dramas and romantic comedies, we’ve rounded up all of his major roles to offer a comprehensive look back at all Jason Statham movies, sorted by Tomatometer.

#40
Adjusted Score: 4399%
Critics Consensus: Featuring mostly wooden performances, laughable dialogue, and shoddy production values, In the Name of the King fulfills all expectations of an Uwe Boll film.
Synopsis: As war looms in an idyllic kingdom, a man named Farmer (Jason Statham) begins a heroic quest to find his... [More]
Directed By: Uwe Boll

#39

Turn It Up (2000)
8%

#39
Adjusted Score: 7628%
Critics Consensus: Reviewers say Turn It Up has a derivative feel, running through too many urban movie cliches.
Synopsis: In the ghetto, the only thing more dangerous than a gun is a dream. And gifted Brooklyn hip-hop artist Diamond... [More]
Directed By: Robert Adetuyi

#38

13 (2010)
8%

#38
Adjusted Score: 4138%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A desperate man (Sam Riley) takes part in an underworld game of Russian roulette in which gamblers place bets on... [More]
Directed By: Gela Babluani

#37

War (2007)
13%

#37
Adjusted Score: 14986%
Critics Consensus: Jet Li and Jason Statham find themselves on opposing sides in the immensely boring War, which is full of clichés but short on action.
Synopsis: After his partner and family are killed, FBI agent Jack Crawford (Jason Statham) becomes obsessed with revenge on an assassin... [More]
Directed By: Philip G. Atwell

#36

London (2005)
14%

#36
Adjusted Score: 13759%
Critics Consensus: Hampered by pretension and undermined by unlikable characters, London proves that the novelty of seeing actors play against type isn't enough to rescue a deeply flawed film.
Synopsis: Upon learning that his ex-lover (Jessica Biel) is leaving New York, a man (Chris Evans) named Syd crashes her going-away... [More]
Directed By: Hunter Richards

#35

The One (2001)
13%

#35
Adjusted Score: 16133%
Critics Consensus: The One plays more like a video game than a movie and borrows freely from other, better sci-fi actioners, burying Jet Li's spectacular talents under heaps of editing and special effects.
Synopsis: In a stunning dual role, international star Jet Li portrays Gabriel Yulaw, a police officer confronted with a sinister form... [More]
Directed By: James Wong

#34

Revolver (2005)
15%

#34
Adjusted Score: 16153%
Critics Consensus: In attempting to meld his successful previous formulas with philosophical musings, Guy Ritchie has produced an incoherent misfire.
Synopsis: Jake Green is a hotshot gambler, long on audacity and short on common sense. Jake served seven years in jail... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#33
Adjusted Score: 26006%
Critics Consensus: John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars is not one of Carpenter's better movies, filled as it is with bad dialogue, bad acting, confusing flashbacks, and scenes that are more campy than scary.
Synopsis: Long inhabited by human settlers, the Red Planet has become the manifest destiny of an over-populated Earth. Nearly 640,000 people... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#32

Killer Elite (2011)
28%

#32
Adjusted Score: 31772%
Critics Consensus: A rote, utterly disposable Jason Statham vehicle that just happens to have Clive Owen and Robert De Niro in it.
Synopsis: Danny Bryce (Jason Statham), one of the world's deadliest special-ops agents, returns from self-imposed exile after his mentor, Hunter (Robert... [More]
Directed By: Gary McKendry

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 33097%
Critics Consensus: With little to recommend beyond a handful of entertaining set pieces, Mechanic: Resurrection suggests this franchise should have remained in its tomb.
Synopsis: Living under cover in Brazil, master assassin Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) springs back into action after an old enemy (Sam... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Gansel

#30

Wild Card (2015)
31%

#30
Adjusted Score: 32651%
Critics Consensus: Hardcore Jason Statham fans may enjoy parts of Wild Card, but all other action aficionados need not apply.
Synopsis: A bodyguard (Jason Statham) goes after the sadistic thug who beat his friend, only to find that the object of... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 38498%
Critics Consensus: Like its predecessors, Expendables 3 offers a modicum of all-star thrills for old-school action thriller aficionados -- but given all the talent assembled, it should have been a lot more fun.
Synopsis: Years ago, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) co-founded the Expendables with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson). After Stonebanks became an arms dealer,... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Hughes

#28

Mean Machine (2001)
34%

#28
Adjusted Score: 34219%
Critics Consensus: Despite some genuine wit, this crowd pleaser is filled with too many cliches.
Synopsis: In a rough-and-tumble British prison, where murderers, thieves and assorted madmen are locked away, inmate Danny Meehan (Vinnie Jones) is... [More]
Directed By: Barry Skolnick

#27

Transporter 3 (2008)
40%

#27
Adjusted Score: 44409%
Critics Consensus: This middling installment in the Transporter franchise is a few steps down from its predecessors, featuring generic stunts and a lack of energy.
Synopsis: Mob courier Frank Martin's (Jason Statham) latest assignment pairs him with Valentina (Natalya Rudakova), the cynical daughter of a Ukrainian... [More]
Directed By: Olivier Megaton

#26

Parker (2013)
41%

#26
Adjusted Score: 44014%
Critics Consensus: Jason Statham is game as usual, but Parker is a thoroughly generic and convoluted heist movie.
Synopsis: Daring, ruthless and meticulous, Parker (Jason Statham) is one of the most successful thieves in the business. But when his... [More]
Directed By: Taylor Hackford

#25

Death Race (2008)
42%

#25
Adjusted Score: 47483%
Critics Consensus: Mindless, violent, and lightning-paced, Death Race is little more than an empty action romp.
Synopsis: Framed for a murder he did not commit, three-time speedway champ Jensen Ames (Jason Statham) finds himself at Terminal Island,... [More]
Directed By: Paul W.S. Anderson

#24

The Expendables (2010)
42%

#24
Adjusted Score: 49404%
Critics Consensus: It makes good on the old-school action it promises, but given all the talent on display, The Expendables should hit harder.
Synopsis: Mercenary leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his loyal men take on what they think is a routine assignment: a... [More]
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone

#23

Homefront (2013)
42%

#23
Adjusted Score: 46478%
Critics Consensus: While it boasts a capable cast, the disappointingly dull Homefront hearkens back to classic action thrillers without adding anything to the genre.
Synopsis: Hoping to escape from his troubled past, former DEA agent Phil Broker (Jason Statham) moves to a seemingly quiet backwater... [More]
Directed By: Gary Fleder

#22

The Meg (2018)
45%

#22
Adjusted Score: 64032%
Critics Consensus: The Meg sets audiences up for a good old-fashioned B-movie creature feature, but lacks the genre thrills -- or the cheesy bite -- to make it worth diving in.
Synopsis: Previously thought to be extinct, a massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at... [More]
Directed By: Jon Turteltaub

#21

Blitz (2011)
48%

#21
Adjusted Score: 48137%
Critics Consensus: A middling crime thriller largely assembled from wearyingly familiar parts, Blitz sacks a game Jason Statham's performance behind the line of genre scrimmage.
Synopsis: A tough cop (Jason Statham) goes after a serial killer who targets police officers.... [More]
Directed By: Elliott Lester

#20

Redemption (2013)
49%

#20
Adjusted Score: 50368%
Critics Consensus: While it certainly has more on its mind than the average Jason Statham action thriller, Redemption doesn't quite capitalize on its premise -- or on its star's strong, committed performance.
Synopsis: A troubled war veteran (Jason Statham) assumes a new identity and becomes a vigilante in a bid to atone for... [More]
Directed By: Steven Knight

#19

Transporter 2 (2005)
52%

#19
Adjusted Score: 56901%
Critics Consensus: A stylish and more focused sequel to The Transporter, the movie is over-the-top fun for fans of the first movie.
Synopsis: Mercenary Frank Martin (Jason Statham) has accepted a job that seems easy enough, as chauffeur and bodyguard to young Jack... [More]
Directed By: Louis Leterrier

#18

The Mechanic (2011)
53%

#18
Adjusted Score: 59594%
Critics Consensus: Jason Statham and Ben Foster turn in enjoyable performances, but this superficial remake betrays them with mind-numbing violence and action thriller cliches.
Synopsis: One of an elite group of assassins, Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) may be the best in the business. Bishop carries... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

#17

The Transporter (2002)
54%

#17
Adjusted Score: 57073%
Critics Consensus: The Transporter delivers the action at the expense of coherent storytelling.
Synopsis: Ex-Special Forces operator Frank Martin (Jason Statham) lives what seems to be a quiet life along the French Mediterranean, hiring... [More]
Directed By: Corey Yuen

#16

Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
55%

#16
Adjusted Score: 58821%
Critics Consensus: While it has moments of inspiration, Gnomeo and Juliet is often too self-referential for its own good.
Synopsis: In Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, Miss Capulet and Mr. Montague feud over whose garden is the better. Garden gnomes... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Asbury

#15

Cellular (2004)
56%

#15
Adjusted Score: 60829%
Critics Consensus: Though it's gimmicky and occasionally feels like a high-end cell phone ad, Cellular is also an energetic and twisty thriller.
Synopsis: Schoolteacher Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger) is abducted by ruthless crook Ethan (Jason Statham) and brought to a remote hideout, where... [More]
Directed By: David R. Ellis

#14

Safe (2012)
59%

#14
Adjusted Score: 62473%
Critics Consensus: While hard-hitting and violently inventive, Safe ultimately proves too formulaic to set itself apart from the action thriller pack -- including some of its star's better films.
Synopsis: Luke Wright is a two-bit cage fighter, until the day he throws a fixed match. In retaliation, the Russian mob... [More]
Directed By: Boaz Yakin

#13

Crank (2006)
61%

#13
Adjusted Score: 64786%
Critics Consensus: Crank's assaultive style and gleeful depravity may turn off casual action fans, but audiences seeking a strong dose of adrenaline will be thrilled by Jason Statham's raucous race against mortality.
Synopsis: Chev Chelios (Jason Statham), a hit man wanting to go straight, lets his latest target slip away, then he awakes... [More]

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 66321%
Critics Consensus: Crank: High Voltage delivers on its promises: a fast-paced, exciting thrill ride that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Synopsis: After surviving an incredible plunge to near-certain death, Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) is abducted by Chinese mobsters. Waking up three... [More]

#11

Wrath of Man (2021)
66%

#11
Adjusted Score: 79582%
Critics Consensus: Wrestling just enough stakes out of its thin plot, Wrath of Man sees Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham reunite for a fun, action-packed ride.
Synopsis: Mysterious and wild-eyed, a new security guard for a cash truck surprises his co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 72450%
Critics Consensus: Taut, violent, and suitably self-deprecating, The Expendables 2 gives classic action fans everything they can reasonably expect from a star-studded shoot-'em-up -- for better and for worse.
Synopsis: Mercenary leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the Expendables team reunite when Mr.... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 90157%
Critics Consensus: The Fate of the Furious opens a new chapter in the franchise, fueled by the same infectious cast chemistry and over-the-top action fans have come to expect.
Synopsis: With Dom and Letty married, Brian and Mia retired and the rest of the crew exonerated, the globe-trotting team has... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

#8
Adjusted Score: 88723%
Critics Consensus: Hobbs & Shaw doesn't rev as high as the franchise's best installments, but gets decent mileage out of its well-matched stars and over-the-top action sequences.
Synopsis: Brixton Lorr is a cybernetically enhanced soldier who possesses superhuman strength, a brilliant mind and a lethal pathogen that could... [More]
Directed By: David Leitch

#7

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
71%

#7
Adjusted Score: 78794%
Critics Consensus: With high-octane humor and terrific action scenes, Fast & Furious 6 builds upon the winning blockbuster formula that made Fast 5 a critical and commercial success.
Synopsis: Since Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian's (Paul Walker) heist in Rio left them and their crew very rich people, they've... [More]
Directed By: Justin Lin

#6

The Italian Job (2003)
72%

#6
Adjusted Score: 78608%
Critics Consensus: Despite some iffy plot elements, The Italian Job succeeds in delivering an entertaining modern take on the original 1969 heist film, thanks to a charismatic cast.
Synopsis: After a heist in Venice, Steve (Edward Norton) turns on his partners in crime, killing safecracker John Bridger (Donald Sutherland)... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

#5

Snatch (2000)
74%

#5
Adjusted Score: 78085%
Critics Consensus: Though perhaps a case of style over substance, Guy Ritchie's second crime caper is full of snappy dialogue, dark comedy, and interesting characters.
Synopsis: Illegal boxing promoter Turkish (Jason Statham) convinces gangster Brick Top (Alan Ford) to offer bets on bare-knuckle boxer Mickey (Brad... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#4
Adjusted Score: 77082%
Critics Consensus: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is a grimy, twisted, and funny twist on the Tarantino hip gangster formula.
Synopsis: Eddy (Nick Moran) convinces three friends to pool funds for a high-stakes poker game against local crime boss Hatchet Harry... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#3

The Bank Job (2008)
80%

#3
Adjusted Score: 84968%
Critics Consensus: Well cast and crisply directed, The Bank Job is a thoroughly entertaining British heist thriller.
Synopsis: Self-reformed petty criminal Terry Leather (Jason Statham) has become a financially struggling car dealer and settled into a pedestrian London... [More]
Directed By: Roger Donaldson

#2

Furious 7 (2015)
81%

#2
Adjusted Score: 92714%
Critics Consensus: Serving up a fresh round of over-the-top thrills while adding unexpected dramatic heft, Furious 7 keeps the franchise moving in more ways than one.
Synopsis: After defeating international terrorist Owen Shaw, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the crew... [More]
Directed By: James Wan

#1

Spy (2015)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 105891%
Critics Consensus: Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another -- and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way.
Synopsis: Despite having solid field training, CIA analyst Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) has spent her entire career as a desk jockey,... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

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All Sylvester Stallone Movies Ranked

A little like Rocky, Sylvester Stallone seemed almost destined to fail in the film business. A bit part in Woody Allen’s Bananas, resorting to shooting a softcore porn flick (The Party at Kitty and Stud’s), and having to sell his dog at a 7-11 for $50 was what Stallone’s acting career was amounting in the ’70s. Then his screenplay about an underdog Philly boxer met the right director, John G. Avildsen, and after that it was step-by-step all the way up to national phenomenon and Best Picture winner. And as for his dog? Stallone bought him back and he appears as Rocky’s sidekick, Butkus.

Since 1976, Stallone has built a fascinating body of work, fashioned from numerous creative starts and stops, of incredible highs and crashing lows. He turned Rocky into a sequel machine, becoming a punchline by the ’90s (Rocky V), before multiple miracle turnarounds (Rocky Balboa, Creed) restored its former glory.

Stallone’s friendly (?) competition with Arnold Schwarzenegger gave him a taste of the ’80s action world, compelling him to pump out flicks with the quickness: The likes of Nighthawks, Cobra, Over the Top, and Tango & Cash give him enduring cult status, and mainstream derision. The ’90s saw him at his funniest (Demolition Man) and most dramatic (Cop Land), but also brought bigger bouts of embarrassment (Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot).

By the mid-2000s, Stallone was digging through his own legacy, and uncovering plenty of veins to tap. There was the Rocky Balboa restart, ’80s throwback franchise Expendables, Schwarzenegger team-up Escape Plan, and duking it out with the Raging Bull himself, Robert De Niro, for Grudge Match.

And the one we’ve yet to mention: a certain John Rambo. 1982’s First Blood was a sensitive, terrifying indictment of Vietnam War veteran treatment. It’s a subdued film, without much to suggest the blistering violent fantasies the series would morph into across First Blood Part II, Rambo III, then just Rambo, and finally into Rambo: Last Blood. And now we celebrate an entire movie-making career as we rank the all Sylvester Stallone movies by Tomatometer!

#52

Reach Me (2014)
4%

#52
Adjusted Score: 4152%
Critics Consensus: Featuring a bewildering array of talented actors pummeled by disjointed direction and a dull, hackneyed script, Reach Me is so fundamentally misbegotten that its title reads more like a threat.
Synopsis: A mysterious author's (Tom Berenger) self-help book inspires a journalist, his editor, a former convict, an actor and others to... [More]
Directed By: John Herzfeld

#51

The Specialist (1994)
10%

#51
Adjusted Score: 10465%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Former CIA demolition expert Ray Quick (Sylvester Stallone) lives in Miami, where he works as a hit man. May Munro... [More]
Directed By: Luis Llosa

#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 7691%
Critics Consensus: Do not enter.
Synopsis: Ray Breslin manages an elite team of security specialists trained in the art of breaking people out of the world's... [More]
Directed By: Steven C. Miller

#49
Adjusted Score: 10367%
Critics Consensus: Thoroughly witless and thuddingly unfunny, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot gives its mismatched stars very little to work with - and as a result, they really don't work.
Synopsis: Smarting from a romantic breakup, macho police Sgt. Joe Bomowski (Sylvester Stallone) gets a cross-country visit from his mother, Tutti... [More]
Directed By: Roger Spottiswoode

#48

Backtrace (2018)
8%

#48
Adjusted Score: 6359%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After suffering a brain injury from a bank heist gone wrong, MacDonald develops amnesia and is put into a prison... [More]
Directed By: Brian A. Miller

#47

Oscar (1991)
12%

#47
Adjusted Score: 7866%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Bags of loot and his daughter's love life confuse a gangster (Sylvester Stallone) on the day he plans to go... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#46

Get Carter (2000)
11%

#46
Adjusted Score: 12614%
Critics Consensus: Michael Caine shows up to collect a paycheck, and so does everyone else in this rote, middling remake.
Synopsis: Sylvester Stallone plays Jack Carter, a Vegas mobster who comes home to Seattle to bury his brother after an apparent... [More]
Directed By: Stephen T. Kay

#45

Avenging Angelo (2002)
13%

#45
Adjusted Score: 4777%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When elderly Mafia boss Angelo (Anthony Quinn) gets killed in a restaurant, his loyal bodyguard, Frankie (Sylvester Stallone), decides he... [More]
Directed By: Martyn Burke

#44

Cobra (1986)
18%

#44
Adjusted Score: 18010%
Critics Consensus: A disengaged Sylvester Stallone plays the titular Cobra with no bite in this leaden action thriller, queasily fixated on wanton carnage and nothing else.
Synopsis: Los Angeles policeman Lt. Marion "Cobra" Cobretti (Sylvester Stallone) finds himself at the center of a spate of murders carried... [More]
Directed By: George Pan Cosmatos

#43

Driven (2001)
14%

#43
Adjusted Score: 17098%
Critics Consensus: Underdeveloped characters, silly plot dynamics, and obvious CG effects.
Synopsis: A cutting-edge action drama about an exciting cast of characters living life in the fastest of lanes, in the thrilling... [More]
Directed By: Renny Harlin

#42

Zookeeper (2011)
14%

#42
Adjusted Score: 18048%
Critics Consensus: Zookeeper smothers Kevin James's with a sodden script and a surfeit of jokes inappropriate for the young viewers who would be intrigued by its juvenile storyline.
Synopsis: Kindhearted Griffin Keyes (Kevin James) is one of the best-loved caretakers at the Franklin Park Zoo, but since he is... [More]
Directed By: Frank Coraci

#41

Assassins (1995)
16%

#41
Adjusted Score: 18768%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Assassin Robert Rath (Sylvester Stallone) arrives at a funeral to kill a prominent mobster, only to witness rival hired gun... [More]
Directed By: Richard Donner

#40

Rhinestone (1984)
14%

#40
Adjusted Score: 9097%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Trying to get out of her contract with her obnoxious manager, Freddie (Ron Leibman), country singer Jake Farris (Dolly Parton)... [More]
Directed By: Bob Clark

#39

Lock Up (1989)
21%

#39
Adjusted Score: 14620%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Sadistic prison warden Drumgoole (Donald Sutherland) is bent on taking his revenge against Frank Leone (Sylvester Stallone), the only prisoner... [More]
Directed By: John Flynn

#38

Eye See You (2002)
18%

#38
Adjusted Score: 15689%
Critics Consensus: Whether it's being presented as D-Tox or Eye See You, this Stallone starring vehicle is a slapdash thriller to actively avoid.
Synopsis: Recovering from the psychological effects of witnessing a brutal crime, FBI Agent Jake Malloy (Sylvester Stallone) checks into a rehabilitation... [More]
Directed By: Jim Gillespie

#37

Judge Dredd (1995)
22%

#37
Adjusted Score: 23140%
Critics Consensus: Judge Dredd wants to be both a legitimate violent action flick and a parody of one, but director Danny Cannon fails to find the necessary balance to make it work.
Synopsis: In the crime-plagued future, the only thing standing between order and chaos is Judge Joseph Dredd (Sylvester Stallone). His duty:... [More]
Directed By: Danny Cannon

#36

Ratchet & Clank (2016)
21%

#36
Adjusted Score: 24533%
Critics Consensus: Ratchet & Clank may satisfy very young viewers, but compared to the many superior options available to families and animation enthusiasts, it offers little to truly recommend.
Synopsis: Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy lombax who grew up without a family. Clank is a pint-sized... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Munroe

#35

Daylight (1996)
26%

#35
Adjusted Score: 27960%
Critics Consensus: The opening's got a great fiery explosion and Stallone puts in another earnest, sympathetic performance, but all else in Daylight feels designed to annoy the audience into submission.
Synopsis: A group of armed robbers fleeing the police head for the New Jersey Tunnel and run right into trucks transporting... [More]
Directed By: Rob Cohen

#34

Over the Top (1987)
32%

#34
Adjusted Score: 32499%
Critics Consensus: The definitive film about arm-wrestling truck drivers fighting for custody of their children, Over the Top lives down to its title in the cheesiest of ways.
Synopsis: A trucker (Sylvester Stallone) yanks his snooty son (David Mendenhall) out of military school and goes to Las Vegas to... [More]
Directed By: Menahem Golan

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 36459%
Critics Consensus: Like the sequels that preceded it, Rambo: Last Blood is content to indulge in bloody violence at the expense of its main character's once-poignant story.
Synopsis: Vietnam War veteran John Rambo tries to find some semblance of peace by raising horses on a ranch in Arizona.... [More]
Directed By: Adrian Grunberg

#32
Adjusted Score: 19873%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring: Dave Bautista
Directed By: John Herzfeld

#31

Rocky V (1990)
29%

#31
Adjusted Score: 30143%
Critics Consensus: Rocky V's attempts to recapture the original's working-class grit are as transparently phony as each of the thuddingly obvious plot developments in a misguided installment that sent the franchise flailing into longterm limbo.
Synopsis: Recently retired boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) falls on hard times after his accountant mismanages his finances. He stages a... [More]
Directed By: John G. Avildsen

#30

Tango & Cash (1989)
31%

#30
Adjusted Score: 32322%
Critics Consensus: Brutally violent and punishingly dull, this cookie-cutter buddy cop thriller isn't even fun enough to reach "so bad it's good" status.
Synopsis: Police officers Ray Tango (Sylvester Stallone) and Gabe Cash (Kurt Russell) are narcotics experts working to bring down drug lord... [More]
Directed By: Andrei Konchalovsky

#29

Grudge Match (2013)
31%

#29
Adjusted Score: 35684%
Critics Consensus: Grudge Match is sporadically funny but meandering, and its strong cast largely mired in a plot that's overrun with clichés.
Synopsis: Pittsburgh boxers Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (Robert De Niro) and Henry "Razor" Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) shared a fierce rivalry back... [More]
Directed By: Peter Segal

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 38498%
Critics Consensus: Like its predecessors, Expendables 3 offers a modicum of all-star thrills for old-school action thriller aficionados -- but given all the talent assembled, it should have been a lot more fun.
Synopsis: Years ago, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) co-founded the Expendables with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson). After Stonebanks became an arms dealer,... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Hughes

#27
Adjusted Score: 33976%
Critics Consensus: First Blood Part II offers enough mayhem to satisfy genre fans, but remains a regressive sequel that turns its once-compelling protagonist into just another muscled action berserker.
Synopsis: John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is doing hard time in jail when his former boss, Col. Troutman (Richard Crenna), offers him... [More]
Directed By: George P. Cosmatos

#26

Rambo III (1988)
39%

#26
Adjusted Score: 39850%
Critics Consensus: Rambo III finds its justice-dispensing hero far from the thoughtful drama that marked the franchise's beginning -- and just as far from quality action thriller entertainment.
Synopsis: Col. Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna) travels to Thailand, hoping to convince veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) to accompany him on... [More]
Directed By: Peter MacDonald

#25

Rambo (2008)
37%

#25
Adjusted Score: 43196%
Critics Consensus: Sylvester Stallone knows how to stage action sequences, but the movie's uneven pacing and excessive violence (even for the franchise) is more nauseating than entertaining.
Synopsis: Having long-since abandoned his life as a lethal soldier, John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) lives a solitary life near the Thai... [More]
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone

#24

Paradise Alley (1978)
40%

#24
Adjusted Score: 9667%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Carboni brothers -- con man Cosmo (Sylvester Stallone), disabled war veteran Lenny (Armand Assante) and dim-witted Victor (Lee Canalito)... [More]
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone

#23

Rocky IV (1985)
37%

#23
Adjusted Score: 37371%
Critics Consensus: Rocky IV inflates the action to absurd heights, but it ultimately rings hollow thanks to a story that hits the same basic beats as the first three entries in the franchise.
Synopsis: After reclaiming the boxing championship title, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) plans to retire and live with his wife, Adrian (Talia... [More]
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone

#22

The Expendables (2010)
42%

#22
Adjusted Score: 49404%
Critics Consensus: It makes good on the old-school action it promises, but given all the talent on display, The Expendables should hit harder.
Synopsis: Mercenary leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his loyal men take on what they think is a routine assignment: a... [More]
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 49884%
Critics Consensus: The movie will be found wanting if one is not taken in by the 3-D visuals.
Synopsis: Pint-sized kid spy Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara) faces his biggest challenge yet when he confronts the Toymaker (Sylvester Stallone), a... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 49732%
Critics Consensus: Bullet to the Head's unapologetically trashy thrills evoke memories of its star and director's proud cinematic pasts -- but sadly, those memories are just about all it has to offer.
Synopsis: When veteran hit man Jimmy Bobo (Sylvester Stallone) and his partner, Louis (Jon Seda), kill a corrupt ex-cop, Louis in... [More]
Directed By: Walter Hill

#19

Escape Plan (2013)
50%

#19
Adjusted Score: 54338%
Critics Consensus: As much fun as it is to see Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up onscreen, Escape Plan fails to offer much more than a pale imitation of 1980s popcorn thrills.
Synopsis: Tough and chiseled Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) knows how to infiltrate a prison -- and bust out of one. His... [More]
Directed By: Mikael Hafstrom

#18

Demolition Man (1993)
62%

#18
Adjusted Score: 61800%
Critics Consensus: A better-than-average sci-fi shoot-em-up with a satirical undercurrent, Demolition Man is bolstered by strong performances by Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, and Sandra Bullock.
Synopsis: With innocent victims caught in the crossfire in Los Angeles' intensifying war on crime, both cop John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone)... [More]
Directed By: Marco Brambilla

#17

Victory (1981)
63%

#17
Adjusted Score: 30217%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The head of a German POW camp, soccer enthusiast Karl von Steiner (Max von Sydow) organizes a match between Nazi... [More]
Directed By: John Huston

#16

Rocky III (1982)
67%

#16
Adjusted Score: 68871%
Critics Consensus: It's noticeably subject to the law of diminishing returns, but Rocky III still has enough brawny spectacle to stand in the ring with the franchise's better entries.
Synopsis: Having become the world heavyweight champion, former working-class boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is rich and famous beyond his wildest... [More]
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone

#15

Shade (2003)
67%

#15
Adjusted Score: 46967%
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

Cliffhanger (1993)
67%

#14
Adjusted Score: 71147%
Critics Consensus: While it can't escape comparisons to the movies it borrows from, Cliffhanger is a tense, action-packed thriller and a showcase for the talents that made Sylvester Stallone a star.
Synopsis: Outdoor thriller in which a former mountain rescuer is pitted against a group of criminals who have lost their $100... [More]
Directed By: Renny Harlin

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 72450%
Critics Consensus: Taut, violent, and suitably self-deprecating, The Expendables 2 gives classic action fans everything they can reasonably expect from a star-studded shoot-'em-up -- for better and for worse.
Synopsis: Mercenary leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the Expendables team reunite when Mr.... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 38386%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two members (Perry King, Sylvester Stallone) of a social club in 1950s Brooklyn have more interest in romance than in... [More]

#11

Nighthawks (1981)
70%

#11
Adjusted Score: 70005%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fresh from mounting a devastating bomb attack in London, an international terrorist arrives in New York and remains intent upon... [More]
Directed By: Bruce Malmuth

#10

Rocky II (1979)
72%

#10
Adjusted Score: 73042%
Critics Consensus: Rocky II is a movie that dares you to root again for the ultimate underdog -- and succeeds due to an infectiously powerful climax.
Synopsis: Although working-class Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) lost his high-profile bout with the cocky world champion Apollo Creed (Carl... [More]
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone

#9

F.I.S.T. (1978)
73%

#9
Adjusted Score: 38319%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Johnny Kovak (Sylvester Stallone) works in a warehouse and grows tired of the unfair policies in place, leading him to... [More]
Directed By: Norman Jewison

#8

Cop Land (1997)
75%

#8
Adjusted Score: 78580%
Critics Consensus: Cop Land matches its star-studded cast with richly imagined characters while throttling the audience with carefully ratcheted suspense, although it lacks the moral complexity of classic crime thrillers.
Synopsis: When hotheaded Superboy (Michael Rapaport) accidentally gets involved in an ugly racially-motivated incident, his uncle Ray Donlan (Harvey Keitel), a... [More]
Directed By: James Mangold

#7

Rocky Balboa (2006)
77%

#7
Adjusted Score: 83888%
Critics Consensus: Implausible but entertaining and poignant, Rocky Balboa finds the champ in fighting form for the first time in years.
Synopsis: Now long-retired, Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) runs a Philadelphia eatery and mourns the loss of his beloved wife, Adrian. Yearning to... [More]
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone

#6

Death Race 2000 (1975)
81%

#6
Adjusted Score: 82254%
Critics Consensus: Death Race 2000 is a fun, campy classic, drawing genuine thrills from its mindless ultra-violence.
Synopsis: In the year 2000, America is a totalitarian regime on the brink of collapse. The most popular sport in this... [More]
Directed By: Paul Bartel

#5

Creed II (2018)
83%

#5
Adjusted Score: 102095%
Critics Consensus: Creed II's adherence to franchise formula adds up to a sequel with few true surprises, but its time-tested generational themes still pack a solid punch.
Synopsis: In 1985, Russian boxer Ivan Drago killed former U.S. champion Apollo Creed in a tragic match that stunned the world.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Caple Jr.

#4

First Blood (1982)
86%

#4
Adjusted Score: 86246%
Critics Consensus: Much darker and more sensitive than the sequels it spawned, First Blood is a thrilling survival adventure that takes full advantage of Sylvester Stallone's acting skills.
Synopsis: Vietnam veteran and drifter John J. Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) wanders into a small Washington town in search of an old... [More]
Directed By: Ted Kotcheff

#3

Antz (1998)
92%

#3
Adjusted Score: 96605%
Critics Consensus: Featuring a stellar voice cast, technically dazzling animation, and loads of good humor, Antz should delight both children and adults.
Synopsis: Z the worker ant (Woody Allen) strives to reconcile his own individuality with the communal work-ethic of the ant colony.... [More]
Directed By: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson

#2

Rocky (1976)
91%

#2
Adjusted Score: 97502%
Critics Consensus: This story of a down-on-his-luck boxer is thoroughly predictable, but Sylvester Stallone's script and stunning performance in the title role brush aside complaints.
Synopsis: Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia, is arbitrarily chosen to take on the reigning world heavyweight... [More]
Directed By: John G. Avildsen

#1

Creed (2015)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 107308%
Critics Consensus: Creed brings the Rocky franchise off the mat for a surprisingly effective seventh round that extends the boxer's saga in interesting new directions while staying true to its classic predecessors' roots.
Synopsis: Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born.... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Coogler

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All Liam Hemsworth Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

Following in the footsteps of older brothers Luke and Chris, the youngling Hemsworth got his big break in 2010, starring with future tabloid flame Miley Cyrus in The Last Song. 2012 was also a breakthrough year, as he appeared in The Hunger Games as potential Katniss love interest Gale, and opposite Stallone (and a whole lotta other big guys) in The Expendables 2. Liam survived Hunger Games through three sequels, before jumping franchises with Independence Day: Resurgence.

His 2019 included showing off more of his comedy chops in Isn’t It Romantic, and his dark side with Killerman. With his latest releases, we’re ranking all Liam Hemsworth movies by Tomatometer!

#15

Paranoia (2013)
7%

#15
Adjusted Score: 11013%
Critics Consensus: Clichéd and unoriginal, Paranoia is a middling techno-thriller with indifferent performances and a shortage of thrills.
Synopsis: Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is a rising star at a global tech company run by Nicolas Wyatt (Gary Oldman). An... [More]
Directed By: Robert Luketic

#14

Love and Honor (2012)
13%

#14
Adjusted Score: 9051%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: During the Vietnam War, two soldiers (Liam Hemsworth, Austin Stowell) must make some life-changing decisions as they spend a week... [More]
Directed By: Danny Mooney

#13

The Last Song (2010)
21%

#13
Adjusted Score: 25515%
Critics Consensus: As shamelessly manipulative as any Nicholas Sparks production, The Last Song is done no favors by its miscast and overmatched star, Miley Cyrus.
Synopsis: Estranged from her father (Greg Kinnear) for a number of years, teenage Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) isn't pleased when her mother... [More]
Directed By: Julie Anne Robinson

#12

Killerman (2019)
30%

#12
Adjusted Score: 30324%
Critics Consensus: It's occasionally effective as a bare-bones action thriller, but Killerman's willingness to settle for mediocrity prevents it from reaching its tantalizing true potential.
Synopsis: Moe Diamond is a New York City money launderer who wakes up with no memory and millions of dollars in... [More]
Directed By: Malik Bader

#11

The Duel (2016)
26%

#11
Adjusted Score: 26297%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Texas Ranger (Liam Hemsworth) investigates a series of murders in an Old West town that's run by a former... [More]
Directed By: Kieran Darcy-Smith

#10
Adjusted Score: 43774%
Critics Consensus: It's undeniably visually impressive, but like its predecessor, Independence Day: Resurgence lacks enough emotional heft to support its end-of-the-world narrative stakes.
Synopsis: As the Fourth of July nears, satellite engineer David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) investigates a 3,000-mile-wide mother ship that's approaching Earth.... [More]
Directed By: Roland Emmerich

#9

Cut Bank (2014)
37%

#9
Adjusted Score: 36737%
Critics Consensus: Cut Bank contains typically outstanding work from its solid veteran cast, but it's lost in a dull morass of predictably derivative crime thriller clichés.
Synopsis: Things go from bad to worse when a murder witness (Liam Hemsworth) in small-town Montana tries to leverage the crime... [More]
Directed By: Matt Shakman

#8

The Dressmaker (2015)
59%

#8
Adjusted Score: 66768%
Critics Consensus: The Dressmaker boasts a strong central performance by Kate Winslet and a captivating array of narrative weirdness -- all of which may or may not be a comfortable fit with viewers.
Synopsis: Accused of murder when she was a child, a dressmaker (Kate Winslet) returns to her small Australian town to seek... [More]
Directed By: Jocelyn Moorhouse

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 72450%
Critics Consensus: Taut, violent, and suitably self-deprecating, The Expendables 2 gives classic action fans everything they can reasonably expect from a star-studded shoot-'em-up -- for better and for worse.
Synopsis: Mercenary leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the Expendables team reunite when Mr.... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

#6
Adjusted Score: 81693%
Critics Consensus: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 sets up the franchise finale with a penultimate chapter loaded with solid performances and smart political subtext, though it comes up short on the action front.
Synopsis: Following her rescue from the devastating Quarter Quell, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) awakes in the complex beneath the supposedly destroyed District... [More]
Directed By: Francis Lawrence

#5
Adjusted Score: 81400%
Critics Consensus: With the unflinchingly grim Mockingjay Part 2, The Hunger Games comes to an exciting, poignant, and overall satisfying conclusion.
Synopsis: Realizing the stakes are no longer just for survival, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) teams up with her closest friends, including... [More]
Directed By: Francis Lawrence

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 80922%
Critics Consensus: It follows as many genre conventions as it mocks, but Isn't It Romantic is a feel-good rom-com with some satirical bite -- and a star well-suited for both.
Synopsis: Natalie is a New York architect who works hard to get noticed at her job, but is more likely to... [More]
Directed By: Todd Strauss-Schulson

#3

Triangle (2009)
80%

#3
Adjusted Score: 80794%
Critics Consensus: Triangle sails into some strange waters, but this intelligent, well-acted horror outing anchors its idiosyncrasies in a satisfyingly scary story.
Synopsis: Yacht passengers encounter mysterious weather conditions that force them to jump onto another ship, only to have the odd havoc... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Smith

#2

The Hunger Games (2012)
84%

#2
Adjusted Score: 98342%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling and superbly acted, The Hunger Games captures the dramatic violence, raw emotion, and ambitious scope of its source novel.
Synopsis: In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them... [More]
Directed By: Gary Ross

#1
Adjusted Score: 101649%
Critics Consensus: Smart, smoothly directed, and enriched with a deeper exploration of the franchise's thought-provoking themes, Catching Fire proves a thoroughly compelling second installment in the Hunger Games series.
Synopsis: After arriving safely home from their unprecedented victory in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta... [More]
Directed By: Francis Lawrence

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Jean-Claude Van Damme made his name in the early ’80s and early ’90s by starring in a series of action hits that made him look like a real tough guy, but he really proved that strength in the years that followed, persisting through direct-to-DVD purgatory after the genre started to fade at the box office. It’s paid off with an unlikely second act for the Muscles from Brussels, who’s seen his profile rebound over the last decade while turning in some of his most critically well-received work. Limber up and oil those pecs, film fans — it’s time for Total Recall!


Use the arrows to rank the movies, or click here to see them ranked by Tomatometer!

This may be the week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, but it looks like home video distributors didn’t much care. There is so little coming out tomorrow that we’re limiting our selection to just four entries. Thankfully, they’re all fairly notable items, so see below for the full list!

The Expendables 2

67%

The Avengers weren’t the only team of larger-than-life heroes duking it out on the big screen this year; we also had another classic action star royal rumble in the form of The Expendables 2. Stallone relinquished directorial duties to Simon West to this follow-up to his 2010 hit, and he added a few notable names to lineup, like Liam Hemsworth, Chuck Norris, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, the latter two of whom were quite conspicuously absent from the first film. This time around, the team is commissioned by CIA man Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) for a simple salvage mission in Albania; of course, it’s never that simple, and soon the Expendables find themselves pitted against an arms dealer (JCVD) over some hidden plutonium. Critics overall enjoyed this second outing more than the first, despite the fact that proceedings felt a bit familiar. At 66%, you could probably do worse if you?re looking for an action-packed shoot-’em-up.

Grave of the Fireflies – Blu-Ray

100%

Studio Ghibli is best known for the fantastical animated films of Hayao Miyazaki, but one of its first features was a somber anti-war film set in Japan during the tail end of World War II. Grave of the Fireflies tells the story of orphaned teen Seita and his 4-year-old sister Setsuko who, having lost their mother to a bombing, first move in with a resentful aunt and then strike out on their own in an abandoned bomb shelter. As Setsuko begins to suffer from malnutrition, Seita resorts to desperate measures to try and provide for her. Achingly sad but haunting and powerful, Grave of the Fireflies is perhaps one of Ghibli’s most beautiful and touching films, even if its themes might be too heavy for very young viewers. At 96%, it’s a brilliant example of animated cinema equally capable of touching hearts both young and old, and it’s available on Blu-ray for the first time. Unfortunately, no extras.

Heaven’s Gate – Criterion Collection

59%

Michael Cimino’s epic, loosely based on the Johnson County War, was famous for several negative reasons: the production quickly and almost immediately fell behind schedule, it far exceeded its initial budget, Cimino himself was reportedly unreasonably obsessive and controlling, and the film bombed both with critics and at the box-office. All that said, however, it remains a beautifully shot and brutally unflinching take on the Western, and it has enjoyed some critical reassessment since its initial release. This week, the Criterion Collection releases a full director?s cut of the film, supervised by Cimino himself, on DVD and Blu-ray, including bonus features like an illustrated audio interview with Cimino and producer Joann Carelli, as well as new interviews with star Kris Kristofferson and others. It wasn’t the most ideal follow-up to the Oscar-winning The Deer Hunter, but viewers at least will be treated to Cimino’s original vision.

Tarantino XX – 8-Film Collection

Quentin Tarantino’s fans tend to be pretty devout followers, so it’s difficult to imagine many of them haven’t picked up a copy of most of his films at one time or another, but for those who haven’t, there’s Tarantino XX, an 8-film Blu-ray collection of his work to date. The only title included here that Tarantino didn’t direct is True Romance, which he wrote, but otherwise all of his films, from Reservoir Dogs to Inglourious Basterds is included here, along with two extra discs of new bonus content. Since we’ll assume most of you are familiar with his movies, let’s get into the extras: the first disc includes an almost-five-hour roundtable discussion, moderated by Elvis Mitchell, between critics about each of QT’s films. The second disc contains a terrific 2+ hour career retrospective featuring lots of talking heads, a Jackie Brown Q&A session, and a handful of trailers for Django Unchained. Sure, there’ll probably be another all-encompassing set somewhere down the line, but for now, this is a pretty good deal for any QT fan.

This weekend, the end-of-summer blues kicked in as the North American box office slumped to its worst performance of the year. Three new films failed to make any significant dent into the marketplace while the political documentary 2016 Obama’s America enjoyed a strong national expansion jumping into the top ten. Sylvester Stallone’s action sequel The Expendables 2 topped the charts for the second straight weekend as holdovers took up the top six chart positions. It’s been ten years since the weekend before the Labor Day frame saw such poor grosses from new releases and the first time all year that no film opened in the top five. With people salvaging the last days of their summer vacations, football back for pre-season action, and very few must-see films in theaters, audiences stayed away as the total weekend box office failed to crack $100M for the first time in 2012.

The macho heroes of The Expendables 2 did what they did two years ago — control the number one spot for two weekends in a row. The R-rated actioner grossed an estimated $13.5M and was the only movie to break double digit millions. Lionsgate saw a 53% decline which was good for an action sequel and boosted its ten-day gross to $52.3M. The first Expendables had a bigger debut and then dropped by 51% in its sophomore session for a ten-day tally of $65.4M. Produced for $90M, Expendables 2 seems on course to finish its domestic run in the vicinity of $80M.

Holding steady in second place was Universal’s own action sequel ParaNorman which held up very well, dropping 39% to an estimated $8.5M for a cume of $28.3M after ten days. The 3D Focus release may end up with $50-55M which is a solid figure for a toon not based on a pre-existing brand. Falling a reasonable 43% in its third round, the Will Ferrell comedy The Campaign followed with $7.4M. Warner Bros. has banked $64.5M to date.

The trilogy-ending super hero smash The Dark Knight Rises climbed back into the top five thanks to a light 35% dip to an estimated $7.2M. That was about even with the 36% slide that 2008’s The Dark Knight saw in its sixth frame which was also the weekend before the Labor Day holiday session. Holding up well for a threequel, Rises now sits at number 11 on the list of all-time domestic blockbusters passing the $415M of the 3D toon Toy Story 3. Batman gets his ticket into the top ten on Monday when it will surpass the $422.8M lifetime gross of The Lion King.

Audiences around the world continued to come out for Bane and pals as Rises smashed two more barriers — $500M overseas and $900M worldwide. The weekend saw an estimated $15.3M from 62 foreign markets pushing the overseas tally to $519M and the worldwide haul to $941.2M. With $82.1M in the United Kingdom, Rises surpassed The Avengers to become that market’s top grosser of 2012 and biggest super hero film of all-time. That’s an amazing achievement given that there were no 3D surcharges and the distraction of the London Olympics were there. With Christopher Nolan’s final Batman set to open Monday in China and Wednesday in Italy, it could smash the one billion dollar global mark by Labor Day. The director’s trilogy has now amassed a stunning $2.3 billion around the world.

Disney’s family drama The Odd Life of Timothy Green has been a modest success and slipped only 34% in its sophomore session to an estimated $7.1M. The PG-rated film has grossed $27.1M in 12 days and looks headed towards $45-50M.

The fast-paced bike messenger thriller Premium Rush led the weak crop of new releases with a seventh place debut grossing an estimated $6.3M. The Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starrer earned good reviews from film critics but averaged a slow $2,794 from 2,255 theaters. Sony’s PG-13 release skewed 55% male and 67% over 25, according to studio research, and moviegoers were not too amazed by the boy wonder as the CinemaScore grade was a mediocre B.

The political documentary 2016: Obama’s America enjoyed a strong nationwide expansion and jumped into the top ten with an estimated $6.2M from only 1,091 theaters, up from last weekend’s 169 locations. Released by Rocky Mountain, the PG-rated pic that examines how the re-election of the president would be harmful to the nation generated the best average of any film in the Top 20 with $5,718. Total stands at $9.1M and with two weeks of political conventions coming up and the film gaining media attention, much more is likely to come with 2016 on its way to possibly reaching $30M or more — a gargantuan number for a doc.

Appealing to a core audience of conservatives who do not want Obama to win another term in office, 2016 originally took a low-key approach with its July 13 release in one solo Texas theater where it debuted with a muscular $31,610. It then expanded slowly and saw grosses get diluted down. But now with the Republican political convention set to start this week, the distributor strategically went nationwide making the film accessible in all markets to all who are interested since that party’s agenda will be dominating news coverage. The doc has used a low-cost marketing approach with a faith-based push and conservative talk radio to reach its target audience and will now widen its base to eventually bring in dollars from liberals who want to know how their candidate is being vilified. Michael Moore used a similar approach in the election year of 2004 attracting business from blue states and red states alike with the anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 which opened at number one thanks to heavy controversy on its way to $119.2M, making it the top-grossing documentary by far of all-time. The president bashed by the film won re-election that year.

Mature audiences continued to turn out for the Meryl Streep-Tommy Lee Jones comedy Hope Springs which slipped only 34% to an estimated $6M for a cume of $45M to date for Sony. Rounding out the top ten was the new R-rated action-comedy Hit & Run which was ignored by moviegoers opening with a lousy $4.7M, according to estimates, for a weak $1,629 average from a very wide $2,870 locations. The Open Road release started its run on Wednesday and has collected only $5.9M in five days. Reviews were mixed for the Kristen Bell-Dax Shepard film and public interest was never high at all.

Also dead on arrival was the new supernatural thriller The Apparition which was given a more scaled-back release in 810 locations and found itself with an estimated $3M for a lukewarm $3,648 average. Reviews were negative across the board for the PG-13 haunted house flick and even though there was zero competition from other scary movies, audiences still saw no need to pay top dollar for this product.

The indie comedy Sleepwalk With Me scored a spectacular platform debut this weekend grossing an estimated $65,000 in only one Manhattan location. The critically-acclaimed film won the audience award at Sundance this year and director/star Mike Birbiglia supported the film by appearing at Friday and Saturday shows. IFC Films will expand Sleepwalk this Friday into many more markets for the long holiday weekend including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, and Dallas, and expand further throughout September.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $76.3M which was up 10% from last year when The Help held onto the number one spot with $14.5M; but down 13% from 2010 when Takers opened on top with $20.5M.

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Elderly adrenaline ruled the North American box office as the bullet-filled action sequel The Expendables 2 opened at number one although with less muscle than its predecessor. Three other new films, each targeting a specific segment of the moviegoing public, also debuted and attracted respectable but not stellar grosses. But the variety of content from new and holdover pictures worked together to deliver a strong overall performance as the marketplace was substantially larger than normal for the middle of August with seven different movies breaking double-digit millions over the weekend.

Sylvester Stallone rounded up his boys and packed the guns for his latest action offering The Expendables 2 which captured the top spot with an estimated $28.8M opening weekend. The R-rated mega-pack of testosterone and lead averaged a good $8,670 from 3,316 theaters and played to the same older male fan base that powered its 2010 predecessor to a beefier $34.8M bow in mid-August of that summer. The new Lionsgate release tried to add more to the table. Joining returning stars like Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Dolph Lundgren were action heroes from yesteryear like Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme along with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis who took on bigger roles and more screen time. Stallone did not direct this $90M production as the chair was given to Simon West (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider).

The original Expendables was the first of its kind to combine so many macho action heroes under one roof. But that novelty was gone with the sequel which essentially followed the same formula adding some new faces to the mix for action fans that loved the machine gun flicks of the 1980s. Recent audience sensitivity to guns in the wake of several shootings around the country, and bomb scares at Carmike Cinemas on opening day, may have had some contribution to the 17% drop in opening weekend sales for the latest Expendables installment. But it is impossible to tell how much. Overall marketplace conditions may also have had an impact as every action movie over the past two months has opened either at or below expectations.

Demographics were about the same this second time around with males making up 63% of the audience, compared to 61% for the first flick. 65% were 25 or older. For a Stallone action sequel, reviews were actually quite good. And those that paid to see Expendables 2 did like it as the film earned an encouraging A- grade from CinemaScore. The first all-star combo pack went on to gross an impressive $103.1M domestically and $274M worldwide. This one too should rely on overseas audiences to kick in the bulk of the cash.

Rival August action pic The Bourne Legacy settled for second place and took a sequel-like fall of 55% to an estimated $17M. Universal has banked $69.6M in its first ten days for the new Jeremy Renner installment in the spy series. The last two Matt Damon films did slightly better in their second weekends with declines of 53% for 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum and 54% for 2004’s The Bourne Supremacy although those were at or above the $100M mark by the sophomore session. Look for Legacy to end its run with roughly $115M as it joins this summer’s latest chapters for Spider-Man, Ice Age, Step Up, and Men in Black as the lowest-grossing installment domestically of its franchise.

Focus gave a big launch to its 3D toon ParaNorman and scored a third place debut with an estimated $14M from a very wide 3,429 locations for a mild $4,085 average. The PG-rated stop-motion flick about a young boy who sees ghosts won rave reviews from film critics and had to compete with multiple other choices for kids from Disney and Fox. The CinemaScore was a respectable B+. With nothing new for youngsters next weekend, ParaNorman hopes to keep playing to its target audience until schools reopen for the new academic year.

Will Ferrell’s political comedy The Campaign dropped 50% in the polls and collected an estimated $13.4M in its second term boosting the ten-day tally to $51.7M. The Warner Bros. release should end its run with about $85M which would be a solid result for an R-rated comedy.

Sony’s summer recycling program of sequels, reboots, and remakes continued with the musical drama Sparkle which debuted in fifth with an estimated $12M from 2,244 theaters for a decent $5,348 average. Starring American Idol champ Jordin Sparks and the late Whitney Houston in her final role, the PG-13 film played overwhelmingly to an older female crowd as studio research showed that the audience was 74% female and 62% over the age of 35. A remake of the classic film from 1976, Sparkle earned mixed reviews from critics but truly won over paying audiences. Its CinemaScore grade was a solid A. But despite that high score, sales slipped on Saturday and the overall weekend average was not as high as those for many other films aimed at mature African-American women. Direct competition is minimal over the next couple of weeks so it may have a chance to hold up giving the low cost $14M production a profitable run.

Super hero juggernaut The Dark Knight Rises fell out of the top five in its fifth frame with an estimated $11.1M, off a respectable 41%. The Warner Bros. threequel smashed the $400M mark on Friday in its 29th day of release and has upped its domestic total to $409.9M allowing Bane and his goons to climb up to number 12 on the list of all-time domestic blockbusters passing the $407.7M of last spring’s blockbuster The Hunger Games. A sensational $58.8M of the Batgross has come from IMAX locations. Overseas, Rises rose up to $487.8M surpassing the $469.7M lifetime international gross of The Dark Knight while stabilizing its decline to 42%. The worldwide haul now stands at $897.7M with Greece, Italy, and the key Chinese market still to open over the next two weeks.

Opening in seventh place was the tween dramedy The Odd Life of Timothy Green with an estimated $10.9M over the weekend and $15.2M over the five days since its Wednesday launch. The PG-rated film averaged a lukewarm $4,199 from 2,598 sites over three days and played mostly to moms and kids. Families made up 53% of the crowd while females were 68%. Reviews were not too good but moviegoers were satisfied with their experience as the Disney pic earned an A- from CinemaScore. Opening head-to-head against ParaNorman certainly split some of the family crowd which already had other brand-based options to choose from.

Sony’s older-skewing comedy Hope Springs with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones held up well in its second weekend as expected slipping 38% to an estimated $9.1M for a ten-day total of $35.1M. A final of $60-70M could result. Fox’s kid sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days tumbled 52% to an estimated $3.9M while Sony’s remake Total Recall rounded out the top ten with an estimated $3.5M falling a steep 56%. Cumes stand at $38.8M and $51.8M, respectively.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $123.7M which was up 27% from last year when The Help climbed into the number one spot in its second weekend with $20M; and up 21% from 2010 when The Expendables remained on top with $17M.

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This Week’s Ketchup includes biopics about two influential 20th century women (Nina Simone and Gertrude Bell), new entries in the Hangover and Expendables franchises, and new roles for Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg, Tom Hardy, Robert Pattinson, Michael Shannon, and Christoph Waltz.


This Week’s Top Story

THE EXPENDABLES 3 GETS NICOLAS CAGE, HOPES FOR BLADE, INDY, AND HARRY

The Expendables 2 is first opening in theaters this weekend, but producer Avi Lerner is already talking up the even bigger stars he hopes to entice into appearing in The Expendables 3. And according to Lerner, one of them, Nicolas Cage, already signed on. Here’s what Avi Lerner said to TotalFilm on the subject, exactly, “We’ve approached Clint Eastwood to be one of the guys, we’ve got a character in mind for him. We’re talking to Harrison Ford. [And we want] Wesley Snipes when he comes back from prison.” Of course, all of this presuming that Lionsgate will be greenlighting a third film, but #2 would have to be a pretty disastrous flop worldwide in order for them not to move ahead. Something else to consider, that might make for a fun guessing game, is to try to guess who Lerner’s second (or third or fourth) picks for each of these characters might be. If the “Clint Eastwood” or “Harrison Ford” roles don’t go to those specific gentlemen, who’s likely to be the more easily cast actor to stand in their stead (ie, cheaper and more likely to say yes)?

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 CHRISTOPH WALTZ KNOWS HOW TO SOLVE TERRY GILLIAM’S THE ZERO THEOREM

This month is the 10th anniversary of the release of the documentary Lost in La Mancha, and even now, Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote still eludes actually getting produced and finished. Although Terry Gilliam is sort of famous now for his difficulties in getting dream projects going, he has actually stayed more active than some of his contemporaries, with the release of three movies in the last 10 years (The Brothers Grimm, Tideland, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus). It’s true that his more recent films have started racking up some “Rotten” RT scores, but Terry Gilliam remains one of those rare directors who is easily forgiven latter transgressions in light of former successes. One of those success was Brazil, and Terry Gilliam’s next project (in lieu of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote ever getting made) seems to bear more than a few resemblances to that 1985 critical hit and “cult classic.” Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) will star in The Zero Theorem as “an eccentric computer genius bent on discovering the purpose of existence, or lack thereof, through a mysterious object,” all of which is set in an “Orwellian world” dominated by secret cameras and shadowy authority figures. Production is scheduled to start in Europe on October 22nd, and if it doesn’t, well, that’s probably just fate showing exactly what a massive grudge it holds against Terry Gilliam.

#2 CAN ANIMATED MOVIES HAVE MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF LENS FLARES TOO?

Following the critical and box office success of last year’s Rango, Paramount Pictures is preparing to re-establish the studio’s presence in the field of animated movies (which it used to have back around 10 years ago). The studio had already announced The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2, but this week, we learned that of another project, and the possibility of many others. First up, one of Paramount’s favorite directors is J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Star Trek), but something that Abrams has never touched before is an animated movie, which will now change with his involvement in an untitled film for which there are no other details. Paramount is also developing an adaptation of the Penny Arcade online comic strip (called The New Kid), but the other big news here is that Paramount is looking to develop more movies based on their popular Nickelodeon shows. The list of shows that might get movie adaptations includes, but is not necessarily limited to, such shows as Dora the Explorer, The Legend of Korra, and Monkey Quest.

#3 DC VILLAINS TOM HARDY AND MICHAEL SHANNON UNITE FOR THE LONG RED ROAD

Directors and producers sometimes cast actors that represent a similar approach. So, it’s perhaps not surprising that the two actors who were cast as the villains in director/producer Christopher Nolan’s two most recent DC Comics movies have now been cast in the same movie together. Tom Hardy (Bane in The Dark Knight Rises) and Michael Shannon (General Zod in next year’s Man of Steel) have been cast the independent drama The Long Red Road, adapted from the play by Brett C. Leonard (writer/director of 2004’s Jailbait). Tom Hardy will play Sam (who he also played on stage), an alcoholic who lives on an Indian reservation in South Dakota, and Michael Shannon will play his brother. There’s been no announcement yet as to who will direct the movie version, but Philip Seymour Hoffman did direct the Chicago production in 2010 that Tom Hardy starred in.

#4 ROBERT PATTINSON TO PLAY LAWRENCE OF ARABIA IN QUEEN OF THE DESERT

Last year, it was announced that Angelina Jolie was attached to star in Gertrude Bell, a biopic produced by Ridley Scott about a British woman who was instrumental in early 20th Century Middle East politics and the formation of nations like Iraq and Jordan. Hollywood, however, often moves a lot slower than independent filmmakers. And so, this is where Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Rescue Dawn) enters the story, as the director of a completely different Gertrude Bell biopic called Queen of the Desert. Instead of an American faking an accent, Herzog’s film will feature English (by way of Australia) actress Naomi Watts as Gertrude Bell. One of the figures that was central to Bell’s life and work was T.E. Lawrence (AKA Lawrence of Arabia), and that’s what this week’s news really focused on. The reason for that is that it is Robert Pattinson who will be costarring as T.E. Lawrence, and well, Robert Pattinson sells more papers and gets more clicks, presumably than Werner Herzog or Naomi Watts. As for the Angelina Jolie movie, there’s a very strong chance that if Queen of the Desert is successful, that other Gertrude Bell movie will probably be shelved now (and the opposite might happen if it isn’t).

#5 PLEASE DON’T LET ZOE SALDANA AS NINA BE MISUNDERSTOOD

Like many, many other musical biopics, the notion of a Nina Simone biopic (called Nina) has been struggling to be realized for several years now, with R&B singer Mary J. Blige the most publicized choice to play Simone. Now that the independent project has enough financing so that filming is now scheduled to actually start in October in Los Angeles, there’s a very different actress now attached to star. Instead of a singer-turned-actress, it will be dancer-turned-actress Zoe Saldana (Star Trek, Avatar) who will be portraying the jazz-singer-turned-civil-rights-activist. There are a lot of hyphenates in this story. David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has also been cast as Nina Simone’s manager, Clifton Henderson. The script adapting Nina Simone’s life story was written by Cynthia Mort (cowriter of The Brave One), who will also direct, making her feature film debut as director. In the meantime, it’s also worth noting that Nina Simone’s daughter (named just) Simone has vocally come out as being against this film, stating that it is unauthorized (among other things).

#6 JESSE EISENBERG AND DAKOTA FANNING TO PLAY (ECO) TERRORISTS

Something that Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning have in common is that they’ve both been spoofed on Saturday Night Live (well, technically, it was Eisenberg’s portrayal of someone else), and now they’lll be in a movie together, too. Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning have been cast to join Peter Sarsgaard as a trio of eco-terrorists in the independent thriller Night Moves, about an attempt to blow up a river dam. Night Moves will be directed by Kelly Reichardt, who was also behind the camera for Wendy and Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff. In other Fanning news, Dakota’s little sister Elle Fanning has been cast in the movie adaptation of the Young Adult novel Olive’s Ocean, which is also an independent production. Elle Fanning’s character is described as “a teen who goes on a summer of soul searching after discovering that a classmate who recently died in a tragic accident had secretly hoped to become her friend.”

Rotten Ideas of the Week

#3 JOHN GOODMAN CAST AS THE BAD GUY IN THE HANGOVER PART III

Thus far, most of the cast “news” for The Hangover Part III has been that various people from the first film were returning for the trilogy closer, which will reportedly be set in Las Vegas (again), Los Angeles and Tijuana, Mexico. This week, we got our first news about a new cast member in the form of John Goodman, who is described as playing an antagonist “in the vein of Paul Giamatti” (in The Hangover Part II). There’s also talk about Sean Penn or Robert Downey, Jr. being talked to, but it’s unclear if they would be playing other characters, or if they were in discussions to play the role that eventually went to John Goodman (probably not, but maybe?). Meanwhile, in other The Hangover-related news, Bradley Cooper is currently in talks to star in an independent crime thriller called Bad Blood and Trouble, in which Cooper would play a 1950s detective in Miami, for director J. Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed). Bradley Cooper also remains in contention for the male role in Clint Eastwood’s new version of A Star is Born, which Beyonce has long been attached to star in. The Hangover Part III is one of the week’s Rotten Ideas because of the low 35% “Rotten” score for The Hangover Part II.

#2 THE ROBOCOP REMAKE IS ROCKED BY A RAUCOUS REVIEW

Generally, the Weekly Ketchup doesn’t address script reviews, mostly because a lot can happen between one draft (or another) and the finished product. This story, however, is about a script review that received much more online attention than most do, mostly because it involves a previously controversial remake that started to be more warmly receptive once the director was hired, and an intriguing casting process started. That remake is of course RoboCop, the director is Jose Padilha (Elite Squad), and the impressive cast includes Joel Kinnaman (as Murphy), Jackie Earle Haley, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, and Michael K. Williams. The script review in question was written by Drew McWeeney (formerly Moriarty at AICN, now of HitFix.com), in a series of posts on the Twitter.com service, as collected for your convenience at Collider.com. The script review was more than just negative, it was brutal, and if it represents the movie that is actually produced, could represent the point at which the fan collective, such as it is, turns against this remake. Reasons for McWeeney’s derision towards the script include dialogue that seems to mock the original RoboCop, other dialogue that paraphrases dialog from the original, a series of armors that recalls both Iron Man and Transformers, and a subplot in which RoboCop fights Al Qaeda terrorists. Really. Meanwhile, casting on the remake continues, with Marianne Jean-Baptiste (from TV’s Without a Trace) now on board to play the chief of police.

#1 THIS WEEK IN EXPLODING MOVIES: DAREDEVIL (AT FOX), EASTERN PROMISES 2, AND HENRY SELICK’S LATEST

This was a big week for movie projects getting the old heave ho. It was just last week that the world found out that director Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey) was talking to Fox about taking over their Daredevil reboot, and already this week, we found out that the deal was pretty much over and kaput. It now appears highly unlikely that Fox will get the film produced by the October 10th deadline, and so Marvel Studios will likely soon get the rights back for Daredevil and all of his ancilliary characters (which is probably not Rotten news at all, admittedly). Something else that is pretty awesome news is that Joe Carnahan gave the Internet the PG-13 and NC-17 “sizzle reels” that he put together to express to 20th Century Fox what he had in mind for his reboot of Daredevil, which apparently would have been set in the 1973 of movies like Serpico and The French Connection. Joe Carnahan wasn’t the only director who recently discovered a crime/mafia-related project to be shuttled by a studio, as that is also the fate of David Cronenberg’s long planned Eastern Promises 2. A movie that probably was distinctly not like Daredevil or Eastern Promises 2 was whatever stop-motion animation director Henry Selick (Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas) was working on Disney… because now he’s not. If there is good news in all of this, it’s that Disney still wants to work with Henry Selick on another movie, which is an adaptation of the Neil Gaiman children’s book The Graveyard Book.

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This week at the movies, we’ve got macho mercenaries (The Expendables 2, starring Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham); a zombified community (ParaNorman, with voice work by Kodi Smit-McPhee and Casey Affleck); an arboreal child (The Odd Life of Timothy Green, starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton); and a troubled songstress (Sparkle, starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston). What do the critics have to say?

The Expendables 2

67%

You pretty much know what you’re getting with The Expendables 2: a group of past-and-present action stars wisecracking and blowing stuff up real good. The surprise, say critics, is that this sequel tops its predecessor in just about every way; sure, it’s dumb, loud, and a little too self-conscious, but it’s got enough muscular action and funny one-liners to delight the popcorn crowd. Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) has a seemingly straightforward task for the Expendables, whose ranks include Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, and, this time out, Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But when the plan goes awry, our heroes seek revenge against a certain Belgian baddie. The pundits say The Expendables 2 isn’t the most disciplined movie on the planet, but it’s undeniably fun to see these aging warriors dish out punishment. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Schwarzenegger’s best-reviewed movies.)

ParaNorman

89%

With Coraline, the stop-motion animation wizards at LAIKA pulled off a tricky mix of the whimsical and the macabre. Critics say they’ve got another winner with ParaNorman, the witty, poignant, visually stunning tale of a small town suffering from a zombie infestation. Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a young misfit with the ability to communicate with the spirits, which comes in handy when zombies and other assorted ghouls threaten his community; soon, however, Norman finds that his powers are severely tested. The pundits say the Certified Fresh ParaNorman doesn’t have the strongest narrative, but it’s teeming with invention, reveling in visual set-pieces that are by turns strange, funny, scary, and touching. (Check out the Five Favorite Films of directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell.)

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

36%

At first glance, The Odd Life of Timothy Green looks to be the kind of movie they rarely make these days — an old-school, feel-good live-action family fantasy. Unfortunately, critics say that while the film is sweet and well-meaning, it squanders its terrific cast on a sappy, thin plot. Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton star as a couple that desperately want a child, and their prayers are seemingly answered when a strange boy knocks on their door one stormy night. But where did this strange lad come from? And why does he have leaves sprouting from his legs? The pundits say The Odd Life of Timothy Green never finds a consistent tone, and the result, while gentle and pleasant, is also overly sentimental and sometimes inexplicably weird.

Sparkle

56%

As a descriptor, “melodramatic” is often used in the pejorative sense nowadays, but there’s something to be said for predictable entertainment infused with conviction. Take Sparkle: critics say this rags-to-riches musical drama has an ancient plot and some slack storytelling, but it’s also got a solid cast, great music, and plenty of energy. Jordin Sparks stars as Sparkle, who sings with her sisters in a Motown-style girl group. Can she avoid the pitfalls that ensnared her disillusioned mother (Whitney Houston), who missed her chance to hit it big? The pundits say Sparkle is pretty formulaic stuff, but the tunes are superb, and the performances — particularly Houston in her final role — are delivered with passion and sincerity.

Also opening this week in limited release: