All Tom Cruise Movies, Ranked By Tomatometer

From his teen idol days in the early ’80s to his status as a marquee-lighting leading man today, Tom Cruise has consistently done it all for decades — he’s completed impossible missions, learned about Wapner time in Rain Man, driven the highway to the danger zone in Top Gun, and done wonders for Bob Seger’s royalty statements in Risky Business, to offer just a few examples. Mr. Cruise is one of the few honest-to-goodness film stars left in the Hollywood firmament, so whether you’re a hardcore fan or just interested in a refresher course on his filmography, we’re here to take a fond look back at a truly impressive career and rank all Tom Cruise movies.

#1
Adjusted Score: 124617%
Critics Consensus: Fast, sleek, and fun, Mission: Impossible - Fallout lives up to the "impossible" part of its name by setting yet another high mark for insane set pieces in a franchise full of them.
Synopsis: Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions.... [More]
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 120085%
Critics Consensus: Top Gun: Maverick pulls off a feat even trickier than a 4G inverted dive, delivering a long-belated sequel that surpasses its predecessor in wildly entertaining style.
Synopsis: After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Kosinski

#3
Adjusted Score: 106909%
Critics Consensus: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation continues the franchise's thrilling resurgence -- and proves that Tom Cruise remains an action star without equal.
Synopsis: With the IMF now disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, a new threat -- called the... [More]
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

#4
Adjusted Score: 103454%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, fast-paced, and loaded with gripping set pieces, the fourth Mission: Impossible is big-budget popcorn entertainment that really works.
Synopsis: Blamed for a terrorist attack on the Kremlin, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the entire IMF agency are disavowed by... [More]
Directed By: Brad Bird

#5

Risky Business (1983)
92%

#5
Adjusted Score: 94783%
Critics Consensus: Featuring one of Tom Cruise's best early performances, Risky Business is a sharp, funny examination of teen angst that doesn't stop short of exploring dark themes.
Synopsis: Ecstatic when his parents leave on vacation for a few days, high school senior Joel Goodsen (Tom Cruise) cuts loose... [More]
Directed By: Paul Brickman

#6

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
91%

#6
Adjusted Score: 106036%
Critics Consensus: Gripping, well-acted, funny, and clever, Edge of Tomorrow offers entertaining proof that Tom Cruise is still more than capable of shouldering the weight of a blockbuster action thriller.
Synopsis: When Earth falls under attack from invincible aliens, no military unit in the world is able to beat them. Maj.... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#7

Minority Report (2002)
90%

#7
Adjusted Score: 98185%
Critics Consensus: Thought-provoking and visceral, Steven Spielberg successfully combines high concept ideas and high octane action in this fast and febrile sci-fi thriller.
Synopsis: Based on a story by famed science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, "Minority Report" is an action-detective thriller set in... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#8

Rain Man (1988)
89%

#8
Adjusted Score: 97449%
Critics Consensus: This road-trip movie about an autistic savant and his callow brother is far from seamless, but Barry Levinson's direction is impressive, and strong performances from Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman add to its appeal.
Synopsis: When car dealer Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) learns that his estranged father has died, he returns home to Cincinnati, where... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 93107%
Critics Consensus: That it's inferior to the original goes without saying, but Paul Newman and Tom Cruise are a joy to watch, and Martin Scorsese's direction is typically superb.
Synopsis: Former pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson (Paul Newman) decides he wants to return to the game by taking a pupil.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#10

Collateral (2004)
86%

#10
Adjusted Score: 95817%
Critics Consensus: Driven by director Michael Mann's trademark visuals and a lean, villainous performance from Tom Cruise, Collateral is a stylish and compelling noir thriller.
Synopsis: A cab driver realizes his current fare is a hit man that has been having him drive around from mark... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#11
Adjusted Score: 88485%
Critics Consensus: Led by an unforgettable performance from Tom Cruise, Born on the Fourth of July finds director Oliver Stone tackling thought-provoking subject matter with ambitious élan.
Synopsis: In the mid 1960s, suburban New York teenager Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise) enlists in the Marines, fulfilling what he sees... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Stone

#12

American Made (2017)
85%

#12
Adjusted Score: 105860%
Critics Consensus: American Made's fast-and-loose attitude with its real-life story mirrors the cavalier -- and delightfully watchable -- energy Tom Cruise gives off in the leading role.
Synopsis: Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#13

Jerry Maguire (1996)
84%

#13
Adjusted Score: 89318%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by dazzling performances from Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Renée Zellweger, as well as Cameron Crowe's tender direction, Jerry Maguire meshes romance and sports with panache.
Synopsis: When slick sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) has a crisis of conscience, he pens a heartfelt company-wide memo that... [More]
Directed By: Cameron Crowe

#14

Magnolia (1999)
83%

#14
Adjusted Score: 89469%
Critics Consensus: Magnolia is an ambitious, lengthy work that ultimately succeeds due to interesting stories and excellent ensemble performances.
Synopsis: On one random day in the San Fernando Valley, a dying father, a young wife, a male caretaker, a famous... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#15

A Few Good Men (1992)
83%

#15
Adjusted Score: 88314%
Critics Consensus: An old-fashioned courtroom drama with a contemporary edge, A Few Good Men succeeds on the strength of its stars, with Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and especially Jack Nicholson delivering powerful performances that more than compensate for the predictable plot.
Synopsis: Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is a military lawyer defending two U.S. Marines charged with killing a fellow Marine at... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#16

Tropic Thunder (2008)
82%

#16
Adjusted Score: 91907%
Critics Consensus: With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor, and an unforgettable turn by Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a triumphant late Summer comedy.
Synopsis: Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller), pampered action superstar, sets out for Southeast Asia to take part in the biggest, most-expensive war... [More]
Directed By: Ben Stiller

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 86918%
Critics Consensus: Steven Spielberg's adaptation of War of the Worlds delivers on the thrill and paranoia of H.G. Wells' classic novel while impressively updating the action and effects for modern audiences.
Synopsis: Dockworker Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) struggles to build a positive relationship with his two children, Rachel (Dakota Fanning) and Robbie... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#18

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
76%

#18
Adjusted Score: 82021%
Critics Consensus: Kubrick's intense study of the human psyche yields an impressive cinematic work.
Synopsis: After Dr. Bill Hartford's (Tom Cruise) wife, Alice (Nicole Kidman), admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met,... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#19

The Firm (1993)
76%

#19
Adjusted Score: 79483%
Critics Consensus: The Firm is a big studio thriller that amusingly tears apart the last of 1980s boardroom culture and the false securities it represented.
Synopsis: A young lawyer joins a small but prestigious law firm only to find out that most of their clients are... [More]
Directed By: Sydney Pollack

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 79834%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, with eye-popping stunts and special effects, the latest Mission: Impossible installment delivers everything an action fan could ask for. A thrilling summer popcorn flick.
Synopsis: Retired from active duty, and training recruits for the Impossible Mission Force, agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) faces the toughest... [More]
Directed By: J.J. Abrams

#21

The Outsiders (1983)
68%

#21
Adjusted Score: 71586%
Critics Consensus: The cracks continue to show in Coppola's directorial style, but The Outsiders remains a blustery, weird, and fun adaptation of the classic novel.
Synopsis: A teen gang in rural Oklahoma, the Greasers are perpetually at odds with the Socials, a rival group. When Greasers... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#22

Taps (1981)
68%

#22
Adjusted Score: 68221%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Bunker Hill Military Academy has been targeted by real estate developers for demolition. The students, outraged at the thought of... [More]
Directed By: Harold Becker

#23

The Last Samurai (2003)
66%

#23
Adjusted Score: 73336%
Critics Consensus: With high production values and thrilling battle scenes, The Last Samurai is a satisfying epic.
Synopsis: Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is an American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's... [More]
Directed By: Edward Zwick

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 69407%
Critics Consensus: Full of special effects, Brian DePalma's update of Mission: Impossible has a lot of sweeping spectacle, but the plot is sometimes convoluted.
Synopsis: When U.S. government operative Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his mentor, Jim Phelps (Jon Voight), go on a covert assignment... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#25
Adjusted Score: 66339%
Critics Consensus: Despite lacking some of the book's subtler shadings, and suffering from some clumsy casting, Interview with a Vampire benefits from Neil Jordan's atmospheric direction and a surfeit of gothic thrills.
Synopsis: Born as an 18th-century lord, Louis is now a bicentennial vampire, telling his story to an eager biographer. Suicidal after... [More]
Directed By: Neil Jordan

#26

Jack Reacher (2012)
63%

#26
Adjusted Score: 70992%
Critics Consensus: Jack Reacher is an above-average crime thriller with a smoothly charismatic performance from Tom Cruise.
Synopsis: One morning in an ordinary town, five people are shot dead in a seemingly random attack. All evidence points to... [More]
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 62171%
Critics Consensus: All the Right Moves is an uncommonly grim coming-of-age drama that overcomes numerous clichés with its realistic approach to its characters and setting.
Synopsis: Stefan Djordjevic (Tom Cruise), the star player of his high school football team, is desperately hoping that his football talents... [More]
Directed By: Michael Chapman

#28

Valkyrie (2008)
62%

#28
Adjusted Score: 69319%
Critics Consensus: Given the subject matter, Valkyrie could have been an outstanding historical thriller, but settles for being a mildly entertaining, but disposable yarn.
Synopsis: Col. Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) serves Germany with loyalty and pride but fears that Hitler will destroy his country... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 61555%
Critics Consensus: Your cranium may crave more substance, but your eyes will feast on the amazing action sequences.
Synopsis: Tom Cruise returns to his role as Ethan Hunt in the second installment of "Mission: Impossible." This time Ethan Hunt... [More]
Directed By: John Woo

#30

Top Gun (1986)
57%

#30
Adjusted Score: 64160%
Critics Consensus: Though it features some of the most memorable and electrifying aereial footage shot with an expert eye for action, Top Gun offers too little for non-adolescent viewers to chew on when its characters aren't in the air.
Synopsis: The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#31

Oblivion (2013)
53%

#31
Adjusted Score: 63976%
Critics Consensus: Visually striking but thinly scripted, Oblivion benefits greatly from its strong production values and an excellent performance from Tom Cruise.
Synopsis: In the year 2077, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) works as a security repairman on an Earth left empty and devastated... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Kosinski

#32

Knight and Day (2010)
52%

#32
Adjusted Score: 60489%
Critics Consensus: It's pure formula, but thanks to its breezy pace and a pair of charming performances from Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, Knight and Day offers some agreeably middle-of-the-road summer action.
Synopsis: June Havens (Cameron Diaz) chats up her charming seatmate on a flight out of Kansas, but she doesn't realize that... [More]
Directed By: James Mangold

#33

Far and Away (1992)
50%

#33
Adjusted Score: 50694%
Critics Consensus: Handsome and simplistic, Far and Away has the beauty of an American epic without the breadth.
Synopsis: Joseph (Tom Cruise) and his landlord's daughter, Shannon (Nicole Kidman), travel from Ireland to America in hopes of claiming free... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#34

Rock of Ages (2012)
43%

#34
Adjusted Score: 52287%
Critics Consensus: Its exuberant silliness is almost enough to make up for its utter inconsequentiality, but Rock of Ages is ultimately too bland and overlong to justify its trip to the big screen.
Synopsis: The songs of Journey, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and other artists underscore a tale of big dreams in Hollywood. Soon... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman

#35

Vanilla Sky (2001)
42%

#35
Adjusted Score: 48945%
Critics Consensus: An ambitious mix of genres, Vanilla Sky collapses into an incoherent jumble. Cruise's performance lacks depth, and it's hard to feel sympathy for his narcissistic character.
Synopsis: Tom Cruise and Cameron Crowe reunite after "Jerry Maguire" for "Vanilla Sky," the story of a young New York City... [More]
Directed By: Cameron Crowe

#36

Legend (1985)
41%

#36
Adjusted Score: 42987%
Critics Consensus: Not even Ridley Scott's gorgeously realized set pieces can save Legend from its own tawdry tale -- though it may be serviceable for those simply looking for fantasy eye candy.
Synopsis: Darkness (Tim Curry) seeks to create eternal night by destroying the last of the unicorns. Jack (Tom Cruise) and his... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#37
Adjusted Score: 52593%
Critics Consensus: Monotonously formulaic, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is one action thriller sequel whose title also serves as a warning.
Synopsis: Investigator Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) springs into action after the arrest of Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), an Army major accused... [More]
Directed By: Edward Zwick

#38

Days of Thunder (1990)
38%

#38
Adjusted Score: 41457%
Critics Consensus: Days of Thunder has Tom Cruise and plenty of flash going for it, but they aren't enough to compensate for the stock plot, two-dimensional characters, and poorly written dialogue.
Synopsis: In the fast-paced world of NASCAR, a rivalry brews between rookie hotshot Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) and veteran racer Rowdy... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#39

Lions for Lambs (2007)
27%

#39
Adjusted Score: 35195%
Critics Consensus: Despite its powerhouse cast, Lions for Lambs feels like a disjointed series of lectures, rather than a sharp narrative, and ends up falling flat.
Synopsis: Inspired by their idealistic professor, Dr. Mallery (Robert Redford), to do something meaningful with their lives, Arian (Derek Luke) and... [More]
Directed By: Robert Redford

#40

Losin' It (1982)
18%

#40
Adjusted Score: 9004%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A teenager (Tom Cruise) and his buddies drive to '60s Tijuana with a woman (Shelley Long) looking for a quick... [More]
Directed By: Curtis Hanson

#41

The Mummy (2017)
15%

#41
Adjusted Score: 39235%
Critics Consensus: Lacking the campy fun of the franchise's most recent entries and failing to deliver many monster-movie thrills, The Mummy suggests a speedy unraveling for the Dark Universe.
Synopsis: Nick Morton is a soldier of fortune who plunders ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest... [More]
Directed By: Alex Kurtzman

#42

Cocktail (1988)
9%

#42
Adjusted Score: 10562%
Critics Consensus: There are no surprises in Cocktail, a shallow, dramatically inert romance that squanders Tom Cruise's talents in what amounts to a naive barkeep's banal fantasy.
Synopsis: Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) wants a high-paying marketing job, but needs a business degree first. Working as a bartender to... [More]
Directed By: Roger Donaldson

Tom Cruise: American Made. After a few years of mostly palatable action films that saw him in cruise control, critics are responding to his new movie and role as a CIA drug runner as once again adding new pages to his acting playbook. This week’s gallery looks back on his career and the 24 Fresh and Certified Fresh movies in his filmography.

We’ve got some decent choices on home video this week, including an indie that opened in theaters just a month ago and has earned widespread acclaim. We’ve also got three big genre titles — a Tom Cruise mystery, a Jessica Chastain ghost story, and a Nicholas Sparks adaptation — to help add some variety. See below for the full list.

Jack Reacher

63%

Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie previously worked with Tom Cruise when he helped write the most recent Mission: Impossible film, so it’s not surprising that Jack Reacher has an air of Ethan Hunt about him. Cruise also produced this adaptation of a 2005 novel called One Shot, about a former military detective of sorts named Jack Reacher (Cruise) who becomes entangled in a web of conspiracy when someone from his past is framed for a mass shooting in Pittsburgh. Critics found the film mostly passable as a Tom Cruise vehicle, even if some of the direction and dialogue plays out a bit like a paint-by-numbers thriller. At 61% on the Tomatometer, Jack Reacher might be just good enough to spawn a franchise (it did make a decent amount of money, proving Cruise’s enduring bankability), but it’s still a step or two away from being a truly compelling mystery.

Mama

63%

These days, it’s something of a rare accomplishment when a horror film earns a Fresh score, but that’s not much of a surprise considering a lot of modern horror is more concerned with grossing you out than telling a truly terrifying story. Mama also benefits from the presence of some fine actors, including Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain and Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Two young girls are rescued by their uncle Lucas (Coster-Waldau) from a secluded cabin, where they have spent five years in isolation from society after a family tragedy. Lucas gains custody of them and brings them home, where he lives with his girlfriend Annabel (Chastain), but the couple soon realize something supernatural is following the girls and has invaded their home. Critics were quick to praise the film’s more traditional scares, which they found refreshing, and felt they were strong enough to overcome a slightly befuddling script. At 65%, Mama is one of the more effective ghost stories of late and should provide a few worthy thrills.

Safe Haven

14%

Safe Haven is Lasse Hallström’s (My Life as a Dog, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) second go-round with a Nicholas Sparks novel adaptation (the first one being Dear John), so he must find something compelling about them. Unfortunately, this also happens to be his lowest-rated film. Safe Haven stars Julianne Hough as Katie, a young woman who moves to a small town in North Carolina and raises eyebrows by keeping mostly to herself. When she meets and falls in love with Alex (Josh Duhamel), she is forced to contend with some secrets from her past. This is everything you expect from a Nicholas Sparks adaptation — a fairly predictable bit of sentimental melodrama — except for a third act plot twist that had many critics scratching their heads. At 13% on the Tomatometer, this is probably strictly for the Sparks fan club.

Upstream Color

86%

You may or may not recognize Shane Carruth’s name. If you don’t, that’s perfectly understandable; if you do, it means you probably saw his first film, Primer, and were either so confused by it that it left a lasting impression or so impressed by it that you’ve waited almost a decade for his next film. Upstream Color is that next film, and yes, it’s appropriately mind-boggling, but according to critics, it’s also very good. An abstract narrative about two people in similar circumstances finding each other and learning to navigate new experiences, Upstream Color is a little difficult to summarize in just a few words (watch the trailer below and you’ll see why) — in fact, many of the critics who loved it will insist they can’t quite tell you what it’s “about.” This is a challenging film, but by most accounts a rewarding one for those open to its effect; Certified Fresh at 87%, Upstream Color isn’t going to be for everyone, and it might not make for the most rollicking Friday night, but it’s different, it’s interesting, and it will spark conversation.

Also available this week:

  • Graphic novel-based French animation The Rabbi’s Cat (94%), about an Algerian rabbi’s cat who gains the ability to speak and proceeds to spew social commentary on everything.
  • Indie comedy Starlet (88%), about a slacker girl who gradually befriends her elderly neighbor after a yard sale squabble.
  • The Oranges (32%), a comedy starring Hugh Laurie and Leighton Meester.
  • Notoriously bad CGI film Foodfight!, featuring voice work by Charlie Sheen and Hilary Duff in a Toy Story-esque world where brand name icons come to life in a supermarket at night. (Tossed this one in for kicks.)

This week in streaming, we’ve got a Tom Cruise actioner, an effective fright flick, a thriller available before its theatrical release, and a Jim Carrey-powered biopic. Read on to find out what’s available to watch right now.

Jack Reacher

63%

Tom Cruise stars as the title character, a former Army M.P. who’s called in to investigate a mass shooting, and soon discovers that he’s up against a dangerous foe.

Available to own now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

Mama

63%

Two sisters disappeared the day their mother was murdered, and after years of searching, their uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain) find the girls and bring them home. But soon, the sisters seem to be communicating with a spectral entity.

Available to own now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

Shadow Dancer

84%

Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, and Gillian Anderson star in this thriller about a woman who becomes an informant against her hardline IRA family.

Available before theatrical release on: Vudu

Man on the Moon

64%

Jim Carrey stars in this biopic of the influential and indefinable comedian Andy Kaufman; Danny DeVito, Courtney Love, and Paul Giamatti round out the supporting cast.

Now streaming on: Netflix

If Luke Goodsell is after you (for an interview), you deserve it. This sentiment was borrowed by the creators of Jack Reacher, the new film adaptation of the popular book series starring Tom Cruise.

Luke tracked down writer/director Christopher McQuarrie and stars Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo to discuss what happens when Tom Cruise takes his shirt off, and what album we might see from Werner Herzog.

More Jack Reacher interviews:
· Christopher McQuarrie
· Rosamund Pike & David Oyelowo

If Luke Goodsell is after you (for an interview), you deserve it. This sentiment was borrowed by the creators of Jack Reacher, the new film adaptation of the popular book series starring Tom Cruise.

Luke tracked down writer/director Christopher McQuarrie and stars Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo to discuss what happens when Tom Cruise takes his shirt off, and what album we might see from Werner Herzog.

First, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie:


More Jack Reacher interviews:
· Christopher McQuarrie
· Rosamund Pike & David Oyelowo

This week at the movies, we’ve got a cool cop (Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike); harried marrieds (This is 40, starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann); mother-son bonding (The Guilt Trip, starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen); and a fanciful circus (the performance film Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D). What do the critics have to say?

Jack Reacher

63%

Sometimes a relatively generic story can be redeemed by a confident central performance. Case in point: Jack Reacher, which critics say is a solid crime thriller that greatly benefits from Tom Cruise’s movie star charisma. Cruise stars as the title character, a former Army M.P. who’s called in to investigate a mass shooting, and soon discovers that he’s up against a dangerous foe. The pundits say Jack Reacher doesn’t lack for clichés, it’s a competent and tense piece of work, and Cruise is cool and compelling. (Check out this week’s 24 Frames for a pictorial overview of Cruise’s career.)

This Is 40

51%

Judd Apatow‘s films frequently balance laughs and pathos with a deft hand, and while critics say This Is 40 is uneven, it’s thought-provoking and occasionally hilarious. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their roles from Knocked Up, playing an affluent married couple dealing with the stresses of parenthood, financial insecurity, familial relations, and hard-to-break habits. The pundits say This Is 40 is overlong and sometimes aimless, but it’s buoyed by a terrific cast, a perceptive script, and some very funny moments.

The Guilt Trip

37%

Barbra Streisand is so rarely in films these days that her starring role in The Guilt Trip should be cause for excitement. Unfortunately, the critics say that while she and Seth Rogen share an easy chemistry, it’s largely wasted in a formulaic plot. Rogen stars as an inventor who plans to drive cross-country to pitch his newest product. He invites his overbearing mom along in an attempt to fix her up with an old boyfriend in San Francisco. The pundits say The Guilt Trip is undeniably sweet, and the leads are in fine form, but there are absolutely no surprises to be found in the script.

Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D

45%

If those whimsical acrobats from Cirque Du Soleil aren’t making a tour stop in your town, Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away is a decent overview; critics say this 3D extravaganza offers thrilling evidence of the troupe’s skills, even if it doesn’t quite match the experience of seeing them live. Producer James Cameron and director Andrew Adamson utilize a minimal narrative — a girl visits a circus and is transported into Cirque Du Soleil’s dreamworld — as an excuse to create a best-of package of the company’s various stage shows. The pundits say Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away features plenty of eye-popping imagery, but it may not win over those who don’t already love the group.

Monsters, Inc. 3D

96%

With Monsters University hitting theaters next year, now is as good a time as any to revisit the world of Monsters, Inc. which is getting the rerelease treatment this week in glorious 3D. This tale of a pair of monsters who can’t seem to frighten one tenacious little girl is one of Pixar’s classics; like most of the studio’s output, it’s Certified Fresh.

Also opening this week in limited release:

 

Since it’s the holiday season, there’s a good chance you’ll be watching movies with family members young and old. Fortunately, you’ve got plenty to choose from, including an action thriller (Jack Reacher), a road-trip comedy (The Guilt Trip), an animated classic (Monsters, Inc. 3D), and loads of new DVDs. Read on to find out what’s appropriate for the whole family.

In Theaters This Week:

Jack Reacher

63%

What’s it about? Tom Cruise stars as the title character, a former Army M.P. who is called upon to investigate a mass shooting and uncovers a web of intrigue.

Who’s it for? It’s rated PG-13 for “for violence, language and some drug material.” Given that it’s a story about a sniper, Jack Reacher might be a tough sell to some parents after the recent shooting in Newtown, but it’s probably safe for teens.

Is it any good? Critics say that while Jack Reacher doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it’s an above-average crime thriller with a charismatic performance from Cruise.

The Guilt Trip

37%

What’s it about? Seth Rogen stars as an inventor who plans to drive cross-country to pitch his newest product. He invites his overbearing mom (Barbra Streisand) along in an attempt to fix her up with an old boyfriend in San Francisco.

Who’s it for? It’s rated PG-13 for “language and some risqué material.” It’s probably safe for teens.

Is it any good? Critics say The Guilt Trip is undeniably sweet, and the leads are in fine form, but there are absolutely no surprises to be found in the script.

Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D

45%

What’s it about? Everyone’s favorite acrobatic Canadians bring their patented brand of entertainment to the big screen with help from producer James Cameron and director Andrew Adamson.

Who’s it for? It’s rated PG for “some dramatic images and mild sensuality.” Put it another way: this ain’t Zumanity.

Is it any good? Critics say Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away barely contains a plot, but its images are so eye-popping that you probably won’t care.

Monsters, Inc. 3D

96%

What’s it about? Sully (John Goodman), who’s furry and blue, and Mike (Billy Crystal), who’s a giant eyeball in a green body, are exiled from the land of monsters to the real world after a little girl proves impervious to their ability to frighten.

Who’s it for? It’s rated G. It practically defines the term “family entertainment.”

Is it any good? With great characters, a superb voice cast, and an endearing story, Monsters, Inc. is a Pixar classic.

New On DVD:

Pitch Perfect

81%

What’s it about? Anna Kendrick stars as a new kid on campus who goes looking for a new clique and finds one in the form of the school’s a cappella ensemble. Can our heroine’s hip taste in tunes shake up the group’s staid arrangements — and make it a contender at the big singing competition?

Who’s it for? It’s rated PG-13 for “sexual material, language, and drug references,” though it’s almost certainly safe for young teens.

Is it any good? Despite the deluge of all-singing, all-dancing movies and TV shows, Pitch Perfect is probably worth your time. The cast is excellent, the songs are good, and it’s Certified Fresh.

Total Recall

31%

What’s it about? Suffering from disturbing dreams, Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) decides to visit Rekall, a company that implants memories of an exciting vacation. When the procedure goes awry, however, Quaid becomes the target of a manhunt.

Who’s it for? It’s rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language.” We can safely say the original contains way more stuff that’s inappropriate for teens.

Is it any good? Critics say it’s visually impressive, but it swaps out the existential anxiety and eccentric panache of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 film for an overabundance of action set-pieces.

Premium Rush

74%

What’s it about? Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a New York City bike messenger who picks up a package for delivery. What seems like a routine job is immediately complicated when a crooked cop (Michael Shannon) starts following Wilee, desperate to get his hands on the parcel at all costs.

Who’s it for? It’s rated PG-13 for “for some violence, intense action sequences and language.” It’s safe for teens.

Is it any good? Critics say the Certified Fresh Premium Rush doesn’t always adhere to the rules of common sense, but it’s so fast-paced and exciting that you probably won’t care, and Shannon makes for a frightening antagonist.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

52%

What’s it about? In this third installment of the kid franchise, Zachary Gordon stars yet again as Greg Heffley, who finds himself bereft of summer plans. To stave off boredom, our hero pretends to have a job at a country club and embarks on an ill-fated camping trip.

Who’s it for? It’s rated PG for “some rude humor.” Middle schoolers will not be traumatized.

Is it any good? Critics say Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is warm and reasonably amusing, but it feels more like a sitcom than a feature film.

Trouble with the Curve

51%

What’s it about? Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) is an aging baseball scout who’s losing both his sight and his preternatural gift for judging talent. Gus’ daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) joins him on a road trip to scout a top prospect, mending their frayed relationship in the process.

Who’s it for? It’s rated PG-13 for “for language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking.” It’s safe for teens, but it’s not a typical sports-action-oriented baseball movie.

Is it any good? Critics say Trouble With the Curve may not be a home run, but it’s a solid single: it’s warm, well-acted, and really, really predictable.