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All Bradley Cooper Movies Ranked

After breaking into the mainstream as smarm personified in Wedding Crashers, Bradley Cooper seemed poised for a career filled with rude comedies and rom-coms — and for a few years, his filmography threatened to live down to those limited expectations, with stuff like Failure to Launch and All About Steve surrounding his follow-up hit The Hangover. Once he had half a chance, however, Cooper flashed his dramatic chops, giving audiences a feel for what he could really do in Limitless before vaulting into the Oscar-nominated A-list with American SniperSilver Linings Playbook, and American Hustle. Factor in his MCU stint as the lovably misanthropic Rocket in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’s clear we’ve seen just the tip of what this multi-hyphenate talent can do. For further proof, here’s a look at all Bradley Cooper movies, rounded up and sorted by Tomatometer!

#35

All About Steve (2009)
6%

#35
Adjusted Score: 11370%
Critics Consensus: All About Steve is an oddly creepy, sour film, featuring a heroine so desperate and peculiar that audiences may be more likely to pity than root for her.
Synopsis: After a lovely blind date, crossword-puzzle creator Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock) falls head over heels in love with Steve (Bradley... [More]
Directed By: Phil Traill

#34

Serena (2014)
16%

#34
Adjusted Score: 20021%
Critics Consensus: Serena unites an impressive array of talent on either side of the cameras -- then leaves viewers to wonder how it all went so wrong.
Synopsis: In Depression-era North Carolina, the barren wife (Jennifer Lawrence) of an ambitious timber baron (Bradley Cooper) sets out to murder... [More]
Directed By: Susanne Bier

#33

Valentine's Day (2010)
18%

#33
Adjusted Score: 24076%
Critics Consensus: Eager to please and stuffed with stars, Valentine's Day squanders its promise with a frantic, episodic plot and an abundance of rom-com cliches.
Synopsis: In a series of interconnected stories, various Los Angeles residents (Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper) wend their way through... [More]
Directed By: Garry Marshall

#32

Aloha (2015)
20%

#32
Adjusted Score: 25441%
Critics Consensus: Meandering and insubstantial, Aloha finds writer-director Cameron Crowe at his most sentimental and least compelling.
Synopsis: While on assignment in Oahu, Hawaii, military contractor Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) reconnects with his old flame Tracy Woodside (Rachel... [More]
Directed By: Cameron Crowe

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 28218%
Critics Consensus: Less a comedy than an angrily dark action thriller, The Hangover Part III diverges from the series' rote formula but offers nothing compelling in its place.
Synopsis: It's been two years since the gang known as the Wolfpack narrowly escaped disaster in Bangkok. Now, Phil (Bradley Cooper),... [More]
Directed By: Todd Phillips

#30

Case 39 (2009)
21%

#30
Adjusted Score: 22268%
Critics Consensus: Director Christian Alvert has a certain stylish flair, but it's wasted on Case 39's frightless, unoriginal plot.
Synopsis: In her many years as a social worker, Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) thinks she has seen it all -- until... [More]
Directed By: Christian Alvart

#29

The Words (2012)
24%

#29
Adjusted Score: 29022%
Critics Consensus: Neither as clever nor as interesting as it appears to think it is, The Words maroons its talented stars in an overly complex, dramatically inert literary thriller that's ultimately a poor substitute for a good book.
Synopsis: When shallow wannabe-writer Rory (Bradley Cooper) finds an old manuscript tucked away in a bag, he decides to pass the... [More]

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 29240%
Critics Consensus: The few comic gags sprinkled throughout the movie fail to spice up this formulaic rom-com.
Synopsis: A young man (Matthew McConaughey) continues to live at the home of parents who, in desperation to push him out... [More]
Directed By: Tom Dey

#27

Burnt (2015)
28%

#27
Adjusted Score: 33172%
Critics Consensus: Burnt offers a few spoonfuls of compelling culinary drama, but they're lost in a watery goulash dominated by an unsavory main character and overdone clichés.
Synopsis: Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) was once a top chef in Paris until drugs and alcohol led to a meltdown that... [More]
Directed By: John Wells

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 42727%
Critics Consensus: A crueler, darker, raunchier carbon copy of the first installment, The Hangover Part II lacks the element of surprise -- and most of the joy -- that helped make the original a hit.
Synopsis: Two years after the disastrous events in Las Vegas, it is now Stu's (Ed Helms) turn to walk down the... [More]
Directed By: Todd Phillips

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 40245%
Critics Consensus: Like many anthologies, New York, I Love You has problems of consistency, but it isn't without its moments.
Synopsis: On the eve of her wedding, a Hasidic woman (Natalie Portman) considers a romance with another man, in one of... [More]

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 40409%
Critics Consensus: Wet Hot American Summer's incredibly talented cast is too often outmatched by a deeply silly script that misses its targets at least as often as it skewers them.
Synopsis: Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, "Wet Hot American Summer" follows a group... [More]
Directed By: David Wain

#23
Adjusted Score: 47692%
Critics Consensus: Despite the best efforts of a talented cast, He's Just Not That Into You devotes too little time to each of its protagonists, thus reducing them to stereotypes.
Synopsis: Baltimore-based friends and lovers, all in their 20s and 30s, try to navigate their way through the complexities of modern... [More]
Directed By: Ken Kwapis

#22

Yes Man (2008)
46%

#22
Adjusted Score: 51994%
Critics Consensus: Jim Carrey's comic convulsions are the only bright spots in this otherwise dim and predictable comedy.
Synopsis: Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) is stuck in a rut with his negative ways. Then he goes to a self-help seminar... [More]
Directed By: Peyton Reed

#21

Hit & Run (2012)
48%

#21
Adjusted Score: 53445%
Critics Consensus: Though Hit & Run has some surprisingly oft-kilter filmmaking, the action doesn't add to much and the writing's a bit smug.
Synopsis: Charlie Bronson (Dax Shepard), a nice guy with a shady past as a getaway driver, breaks out of the witness... [More]
Directed By: Dax Shepard, David Palmer

#20

The A-Team (2010)
49%

#20
Adjusted Score: 56211%
Critics Consensus: The A-Team assembles a top-rate cast only to ditch the show's appealingly silly premise for explosive yet muddled blockbuster filmmaking.
Synopsis: A man who loves when a plan comes together, Hannibal Smith (Liam Neeson) leads a close-knit team of elite operatives.... [More]
Directed By: Joe Carnahan

#19

Joy (2015)
60%

#19
Adjusted Score: 70283%
Critics Consensus: Joy is anchored by a strong performance from Jennifer Lawrence, although director David O. Russell's uncertain approach to its fascinating fact-based tale only sporadically sparks bursts of the titular emotion.
Synopsis: A story of a family across four generations, centered on the girl who becomes the woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who founds... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#18

War Dogs (2016)
61%

#18
Adjusted Score: 74626%
Critics Consensus: War Dogs rises on the strength of Jonah Hill's compelling performance to take a lightly entertaining look at troubling real-world events.
Synopsis: With the war in Iraq raging on, a young man (Jonah Hill) offers his childhood friend a chance to make... [More]
Directed By: Todd Phillips

#17

My Little Eye (2002)
67%

#17
Adjusted Score: 52547%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: As part of an Internet reality show, five people sign up to spend six months in a mansion while cameras... [More]
Directed By: Marc Evans

#16

Limitless (2011)
69%

#16
Adjusted Score: 76702%
Critics Consensus: Although its script is uneven, Neil Burger directs Limitless with plenty of visual panache, and Bradley Cooper makes for a charismatic star.
Synopsis: Facing unemployment and his girlfriend's rejection, writer Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is sure that he has no future. That all... [More]
Directed By: Neil Burger

#15

The Mule (2018)
71%

#15
Adjusted Score: 81208%
Critics Consensus: A flawed yet enjoyable late-period Eastwood entry, The Mule stubbornly retains its footing despite a few missteps on its occasionally unpredictable path.
Synopsis: Broke, alone and facing foreclosure on his business, 90-year-old horticulturist Earl Stone takes a job as a drug courier for... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

#14

American Sniper (2014)
72%

#14
Adjusted Score: 84403%
Critics Consensus: Powered by Clint Eastwood's sure-handed direction and a gripping central performance from Bradley Cooper, American Sniper delivers a tense, vivid tribute to its real-life subject.
Synopsis: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) takes his sole mission -- protect his comrades -- to heart and becomes... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 72502%
Critics Consensus: A creative and energetic adaptation of a Clive Barker short story, with enough scares and thrills to be a potential cult classic.
Synopsis: When struggling photographer Leon Kaufman (Bradley Cooper) meets the owner of a prominent art gallery, he sees a chance for... [More]
Directed By: Ryûhei Kitamura

#12

Wedding Crashers (2005)
76%

#12
Adjusted Score: 82402%
Critics Consensus: Wedding Crashers is both raunchy and sweet, and features top-notch comic performances from Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
Synopsis: Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) and John (Owen Wilson) are divorce mediators who spend their free time crashing wedding receptions. For the... [More]
Directed By: David Dobkin

#11
Adjusted Score: 86068%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious to a fault, The Place Beyond the Pines finds writer/director Derek Cianfrance reaching for -- and often grasping -- thorny themes of family, fatherhood, and fate.
Synopsis: In upstate New York, two men (Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper), and later, their sons (Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen) must deal... [More]
Directed By: Derek Cianfrance

#10

The Hangover (2009)
78%

#10
Adjusted Score: 87951%
Critics Consensus: With a clever script and hilarious interplay among the cast, The Hangover nails just the right tone of raunchy humor, and the non-stop laughs overshadow any flaw.
Synopsis: Two days before his wedding, Doug (Justin Bartha) and three friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) drive to Las... [More]
Directed By: Todd Phillips

#9

Nightmare Alley (2021)
80%

#9
Adjusted Score: 94536%
Critics Consensus: While it may not hit quite as hard as the original, Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley is a modern noir thriller with a pleasantly pulpy spin.
Synopsis: When charismatic but down-on-his-luck Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband... [More]
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

#8
Adjusted Score: 116210%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humor add up to a sequel that's almost as fun -- if not quite as thrillingly fresh -- as its predecessor.
Synopsis: Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 114161%
Critics Consensus: Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.
Synopsis: Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet --... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#6

A Star Is Born (2018)
90%

#6
Adjusted Score: 121924%
Critics Consensus: With appealing leads, deft direction, and an affecting love story, A Star Is Born is a remake done right -- and a reminder that some stories can be just as effective in the retelling.
Synopsis: Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers -- and falls in love with -- struggling artist Ally. She has just about given... [More]
Directed By: Bradley Cooper

#5

Licorice Pizza (2021)
91%

#5
Adjusted Score: 103953%
Critics Consensus: Licorice Pizza finds Paul Thomas Anderson shifting into a surprisingly comfortable gear -- and getting potentially star-making performances out of his fresh-faced leads.
Synopsis: Alana Kane and Gary Valentine grow up, run around and fall in love in California's San Fernando Valley in the... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 102337%
Critics Consensus: Silver Linings Playbook walks a tricky thematic tightrope, but David O. Russell's sensitive direction and some sharp work from a talented cast gives it true balance.
Synopsis: After losing his job and wife, and spending time in a mental institution, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) winds up living... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#3

American Hustle (2013)
92%

#3
Adjusted Score: 103246%
Critics Consensus: Riotously funny and impeccably cast, American Hustle compensates for its flaws with unbridled energy and some of David O. Russell's most irrepressibly vibrant direction.
Synopsis: Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) dabbles in forgery and loan-sharking, but when he falls for fellow grifter Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams),... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 105691%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect -- as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.
Synopsis: Brash space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 127908%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel's epic Infinity Saga.
Synopsis: Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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All Melissa McCarthy Movies Ranked

Since breaking out on the big screen with her scene-stealing appearance in the hit 2011 comedy Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy has earned a reputation as one of Hollywood’s most fearless — and gut-bustingly funny — stars, proving her willingness to endure even the most awkward situations and ego-bruising pratfalls in follow-up efforts like The Heat, Spy, and Ghostbusters. But McCarthy isn’t just here to make us laugh — she’s also proven her dramatic chops in more subdued fare like St. Vincent and Gilmore Girls, leading up to a Best Lead Actress Oscar nomination for Can You Ever Forgive Me?.

Now, we’re ranking all Melissa McCarthy movies by Tomatometer!

#21

The Back-up Plan (2010)
17%

#21
Adjusted Score: 22325%
Critics Consensus: Jennifer Lopez is as appealing as ever, but The Back-Up Plan smothers its star with unrelatable characters and a predictable plot.
Synopsis: Tired of waiting for Mr. Right while her biological clock ticks away, Zoe (Jennifer Lopez) decides it's time to make... [More]
Directed By: Alan Poul

#20

Identity Thief (2013)
19%

#20
Adjusted Score: 25970%
Critics Consensus: Identity Thief's few laughs are attributable to Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, who labor mightily to create a framework for the movie's undisciplined plotline.
Synopsis: Florida resident Diana (Melissa McCarthy) has a luxurious lifestyle as the queen of retail, buying whatever strikes her fancy --... [More]
Directed By: Seth Gordon

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 28218%
Critics Consensus: Less a comedy than an angrily dark action thriller, The Hangover Part III diverges from the series' rote formula but offers nothing compelling in its place.
Synopsis: It's been two years since the gang known as the Wolfpack narrowly escaped disaster in Bangkok. Now, Phil (Bradley Cooper),... [More]
Directed By: Todd Phillips

#18

Thunder Force (2021)
21%

#18
Adjusted Score: 28059%
Critics Consensus: It's got a few chuckles, but Thunder Force is largely a superhero comedy that's neither exciting nor funny -- and an egregious waste of its co-stars' talents.
Synopsis: Two childhood best friends reunite as an unlikely crime-fighting superhero duo when one invents a formula that gives ordinary people... [More]
Directed By: Ben Falcone

#17

The Boss (2016)
22%

#17
Adjusted Score: 33094%
Critics Consensus: Melissa McCarthy remains as fiercely talented as ever, but her efforts aren't enough to prop up the baggy mess of inconsistent gags and tissue-thin writing that brings down The Boss.
Synopsis: Wealthy CEO Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) always gets her way, until she's busted for insider trading and sent to federal... [More]
Directed By: Ben Falcone

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 37934%
Critics Consensus: The Happytime Murders wastes its intriguingly transgressive premise on a witless comedy that blindly pushes buttons instead of attempting to tell an entertaining story.
Synopsis: Detective Phil Philips is a down-on-his-luck puppet who used to work for the Los Angeles Police Department. When two puppets... [More]
Directed By: Brian Henson

#15

Tammy (2014)
24%

#15
Adjusted Score: 31783%
Critics Consensus: Melissa McCarthy remains an engaging screen presence, but her efforts aren't enough to keep the jumbled Tammy on track.
Synopsis: For Tammy (Melissa McCarthy), a burger-joint waitress, a bad day keeps getting worse. She wrecks her car, loses her job... [More]
Directed By: Ben Falcone

#14

The Kitchen (2019)
23%

#14
Adjusted Score: 37096%
Critics Consensus: With three talented leads struggling to prop up a sagging story, The Kitchen is a jumbled crime thriller in urgent need of some heavy-duty renovation.
Synopsis: Between 8th Ave. and the Hudson River, the Irish mafia runs 20 blocks of a tough New York City neighborhood... [More]
Directed By: Andrea Berloff

#13

Cook Off! (2017)
25%

#13
Adjusted Score: 15705%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: As a buffet of quirky contestants prepares for the renowned Van Rookle Farms Cooking Contest, the heat is on to... [More]
Directed By: Guy Shalem, Cathryn Michon

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 34495%
Critics Consensus: Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel make a charming couple with plenty of chemistry, but that isn't enough to make up for Life as We Know It's formulaic plot and poorly written script.
Synopsis: After a disastrous first date, the only things Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) and Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel) have in common... [More]
Directed By: Greg Berlanti

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 34971%
Critics Consensus: You won't need Superintelligence to steer clear of the latest forgettable comedy to fail to take full advantage of Melissa McCarthy's talents.
Synopsis: When an all-powerful Superintelligence, played by James Cordon, chooses to study the most average person on Earth, Carol Peters, played... [More]
Directed By: Ben Falcone

#10

The Third Wheel (2002)
33%

#10
Adjusted Score: 7507%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Stanley met Diana, he hadn't been on a date in years. She was easily the most appealing woman he'd... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Brady

#9

Pumpkin (2002)
37%

#9
Adjusted Score: 38846%
Critics Consensus: The messy Pumpkin wastes its premise by not making the satire sharp enough.
Synopsis: Carolyn's (Christina Ricci) sorority sisters set their sights on the Sorority of the Year award and coaching challenged athletes is... [More]

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 46023%
Critics Consensus: Life of the Party's good-natured humor and abundance of onscreen talent aren't enough to make up for jumbled direction and a script that misses far more often than it hits.
Synopsis: When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime and dedicated housewife Deanna turns regret into reset by going back to college.... [More]
Directed By: Ben Falcone

#7

This Is 40 (2012)
51%

#7
Adjusted Score: 60398%
Critics Consensus: Judd Apatow definitely delivers funny and perceptive scenes in This is 40, even if they are buried in aimless self-indulgence.
Synopsis: After many years of marriage, Pete (Paul Rudd) is the sole male in a household that includes his wife, Debbie... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow

#6

The Nines (2007)
65%

#6
Adjusted Score: 66871%
Critics Consensus: Though The Nines doesn't solidify as well as writer/director John August would hope for, Ryan Reynolds's strong performance makes each of the film's intriguing segments worth watching.
Synopsis: Three actors (Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis, Melissa McCarthy) tackle the principal roles in a trio of stories. In "The Prisoner,"... [More]
Directed By: John August

#5

The Heat (2013)
66%

#5
Adjusted Score: 72239%
Critics Consensus: The Heat is predictable, but Melissa McCarthy is reliably funny and Sandra Bullock proves a capable foil.
Synopsis: FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is a methodical investigator with a long-standing reputation for excellence -- and arrogance.... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#4

Ghostbusters (2016)
74%

#4
Adjusted Score: 97941%
Critics Consensus: Ghostbusters does an impressive job of standing on its own as a freewheeling, marvelously cast supernatural comedy -- even if it can't help but pale somewhat in comparison with the classic original.
Synopsis: Paranormal researcher Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society.... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#3

Bridesmaids (2011)
90%

#3
Adjusted Score: 100623%
Critics Consensus: A marriage of genuine characters, gross out gags, and pathos, Bridesmaids is a female-driven comedy that refuses to be boxed in as Kristen Wiig emerges as a real star.
Synopsis: Annie (Kristen Wiig) is a single woman whose own life is a mess, but when she learns that her lifelong... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#2

Spy (2015)
95%

#2
Adjusted Score: 104610%
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

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 117563%
Critics Consensus: Deftly directed and laced with dark wit, Can You Ever Forgive Me? proves a compelling showcase for deeply affecting work from Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy.
Synopsis: Lee Israel is a frustrated, hard-drinking author who can barely afford to pay her rent or bills in 1990s New... [More]
Directed By: Marielle Heller

Movies can transport you from your life for a little while, but did you ever let the movies transport you in life? Every country and virtually every way of life has been captured on film, so it’s rather irresistible to catch the travelling bug from the silver screen.

Today, let Rotten Tomatoes be your travel guide, as we present 10 places whose architecture, landscape, and beauty have given life to some famous movies in history. Navigate the cities below and fire up your wanderlust!

What is your top movie vacation spot?


This week on home video, we’ve got a lot of things to cover, including the latest Hangover film, a home invasion thriller starring Ethan Hawke, and a popular horror-themed TV show. Then, we’ve got a pair of sci-fi flicks — one highly rated and the other, not so much — as well as a wealth of other movies and TV shows. Read on for the full list:



The Hangover Part III

20%

2009’s The Hangover was a huge sleeper hit, and though its follow-up was far less impressive, it still made a ton of money. In this year’s third installment, Todd Phillips and co. decided to ditch the “what happened to us last night” formula for a more straightforward action-oriented plot. Alan (Zach Galifianakis) is off his meds and out of control, so Doug (Justin Bartha), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Stu (Ed Helms) escort him to a rehab clinic in Arizona. On the way, however, the Wolf Pack is taken hostage by a mobster (John Goodman), who’s been ripped off by Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) and thinks the guys know how to find him. The Hangover Part III was much darker and less funny than most expected, and while it was refreshing not to get another retread of the first two films, critics simply weren’t convinced Part III‘s story made up for it. At 19% on the Tomatometer, it may be fun if you’re just looking to spend a couple more hours with these characters, but otherwise, it’ll probably disappoint.



After Earth

11%

It seems Jaden Smith is intent on following in his father’s footsteps; unfortunately, it would appear that After Earth was a giant leap in the wrong direction. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan — whose name was famously left out of all the marketing efforts due to his rapidly declining popularity — After Earth stars Smith as Kitai Raige, a cocky young cadet in the distant future. When he and his father, General Cypher Raige (Jaden’s real life father Will Smith) crash land on an abandoned Earth, Kitai must learn to master his fear, lest his fear become his master. Critics were fairly harsh on After Earth, shackling it with an 11% Tomatometer score and calling it dull and poorly paced. Some felt the film had some potential, but it’s all mostly squandered early on, and what’s left is a ham-fisted, sentimental actioner with less than spectacular action.



The Purge

39%

Ethan Hawke has been all over the big screen in the last year or so, and his films have gotten responses as varied as the genres they inhabit. The Purge, which opened back in June, was arguably one of the more interesting projects he worked on, though critics largely agreed it could have been much better. The year is 2022, and in order to combat crime and unemployment, the US has instituted a yearly “Purge,” — a single 12-hour period when all illegal activity is permitted. On the night of the Purge, James Sandin (Hawke) and his family are barricaded inside their home, but when their son Charlie lets in a bloodied stranger, a brief scuffle sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences. While critics applauded The Purge‘s clever intentions — utilizing the thriller formula in service of social commentary — most were disappointed it ultimately devolves into familiar clichés and needless violence.



Europa Report

81%

In the wake of Gravity‘s stellar opening weekend, we have another tense space thriller arriving on home video this week. Think of Europa Report as Apollo 18‘s much more sophisticated cousin, as both films rely on the found footage theme to explore the idea that we are not alone in the universe. The story revolves around the crew of the fictional Europa One mission, tasked with investigating the titular moon of Jupiter for signs of life. The journey is not without its complications, of course, but things get really hairy when the explorers land and discover more than they were prepared for. Europa Report might be too slow a burn for some, but most critics found the film riveting and beautifully shot, especially for its budget. It also gets a few brownie points for focusing more on the science than most other films of its ilk; whether or not that’s a good thing will depend on the viewer, but at a Certified Fresh 78%, this should satisfy most sci-fi enthusiasts.



American Horror Story: Asylum

The idea behind FX’s American Horror Story is something of a novelty in contemporary television, as each season is intended to exist as an individual miniseries. The first season focused on a family who moved into a haunted house, and the current third season follows the goings on at a modern-day school for witches. This week, the second season of AHS, subtitled Asylum, arrives on home video. Set in 1964, the story centers on the staff and patients of a mental institution for the criminally insane, where demonic possessions and alien abductions are not out of the ordinary. Asylum is also notable for its impressive cast, which includes Jessica Lange, Joseph Fiennes, James Cromwell, Zachary Quinto, and more. Asylum earned a Certified Fresh 80% from critics, who appreciated its ability to be frightening and address some social issues all at once, and it’s available on DVD this week.

Also available this week:

  • Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing (84%), a modern-day interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedic play.
  • The Lifeguard (13%), starring Kristen Bell in an indie drama about an aimless near-thirtysomething who returns to her hometown and resumes life as she lived it in high school.
  • Season 8 of Bones.
  • Season 4 of White Collar.
  • Season 7 of Psych.
  • One new release from The Criterion Collection: Rene Clair’s 1942 comedy I Married a Witch (100%), starring Veronica Lake and Fredric March, on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • Billy Wilder’s Stalag 17 (97%) is available in a new Blu-ray.
  • A 30th Anniversary edition of Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (89%) is out on Blu-ray.
  • A 40th Anniversary Blu-ray of The Exorcist (87%) is also available.
  • A Complete Collection of the Child’s Play horror franchise is available this week on Blu-ray.

This week at the movies, we’ve got racing renegades (Fast & Furious 6, starring Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson); the Wolfpack on the prowl (The Hangover Part III, starring Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms): and a fantastical forest (Epic, with voice work by Amanda Seyfried and Beyoncé Knowles). What do the critics have to say?



Fast & Furious 6

71%

While most movie franchises find themselves running on fumes after one or two sequels, the Fast & Furious movies have improved as they’ve gone along. Critics say Fast & Furious 6 shows the series still has plenty left in the proverbial tank — its absurd plot is merely an excuse to stage (even more) deliriously exciting chases, stunts, and crashes. This time out, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his merry band of thieves postpone retirement when government agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) asks for their help in taking down a vicious criminal gang that counts old friend Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) among its members. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Fast & Furious 6 is as gleefully preposterous as previous installments, and if you’re in the mood for exhilarating, supercharged action set-pieces, you’ve come to the right place. (Check out this week’s 24 Frames for a gallery of the cars of Fast & Furious.)



The Hangover Part III

20%

The Hangover Part II was mostly content to recycle its predecessor, so switching things up for the second sequel was probably a good idea. Unfortunately, critics say The Hangover Part III is so joke-free that it barely qualifies as a comedy, and while the stars make for good company as usual, the energy level isn’t particularly high. Phil and Stu (Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms) decide to get their out-of-control buddy Alan (Zach Galifianakis) into rehab, but their plan is foiled when a mobster (John Goodman) forces the Wolfpack to track down their old frenemy Chow (Ken Jeong). The pundits say The Hangover Part III is substantially darker than the previous installments, and it lacks the go-for-broke exuberance that made the original a massive hit. (Check out this week’s Total Recall for a countdown of Cooper’s best-reviewed movies, as well as our interviews with the stars.)



Epic

65%

Given the advances in CGI, it takes more than pretty pictures to make an animated feature worthwhile. Still, critics say Epic is so visually stunning and briskly-paced that it (mostly) overcomes its generic storytelling. While looking for her missing father in a forest, a teenage girl (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) stumbles across fantastical creatures and finds herself in the midst of a battle between good and evil. The pundits say say Epic‘s plot will seem familiar even to small children, but it’s a beautifully animated fantasy with an inspired vocal cast.

Also opening this week in limited release:

Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, and Heather Graham celebrate the end of the Hangover series by nursing Grae through her own hangover and telling her exactly what she did the night before their interviews.

Bradley CooperBefore he was an Oscar-nominated star of The Silver Linings Playbook, Bradley Cooper was one of Hollywood’s go-to guys for the sort of rakishly smarmy character that every truly great R-rated comedy really needs — comedies like, say, The Hangover, which shifted Cooper’s career into high gear in 2009. This week, as the Hangover trilogy prepares for its presumably Jeong-filled conclusion, we’re taking a moment to look back at some of the critical highlights from his filmography — and given that he only made his cinematic debut a little over 10 years ago, those highlights are more numerous (and more diverse) than you might think. It’s time for Total Recall!


46%

10. Yes Man

For a fairly good-sized portion of the aughts, it seemed like Jim Carrey had lost the will to be funny — and while his newfound focus on sharpening his dramatic chops produced a number of fine films (including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), it was hard for fans to keep from wishing he’d just cut loose with a good old-fashioned laffer after awhile. Sadly, when Carrey returned to broad comedy with Yes Man in 2008, the critics seemed to wish he’d stayed away even longer — although audiences clearly responded to the tale of a man who decides to turn his life around by saying “yes” to everything. Based on a memoir written by humorist Danny Wallace and featuring a supporting cast that included Cooper and Zooey Deschanel, it found favor with critics like Tim Evans of Sky Movies, who mused, “It’s that rare thing – an example of Hollywood getting hold of a good idea, working on it… and not screwing it up.”


49%

9. The A-Team

The idea of a film adaptation of The A-Team kicked around Hollywood for years before finally grinding into gear, but all that extra time in development didn’t end up producing the box office blockbuster 20th Century Fox was hoping for. Still, Joe Carnahan’s cheerfully ludicrous big-screen take on the ’80s TV hit about a crew of war vets-turned-heroes for hire (here played by Liam Neeson, Sharlto Copley, Quinton Jackson, and Cooper) resonated with a number of critics who showed up looking for an undemanding comedy/action thriller and came away satisfied — including Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman, who marveled, “It’s trash so compacted it glows.”


48%

8. Hit and Run

While it wasn’t a major critical or commercial success, 2012’s Hit and Run is, at the very least, an inspiration for every actor who begins his film career with a bit role like “Guy vomiting at party” — which is, not coincidentally, just what Dax Shepard did, a scant 14 years before making his screenwriting (and co-directing) debut with this low-budget comedy about a Witness Protection enrollee (Shepard) whose girlfriend (Kristen Bell) receives a job offer that puts him in danger of his shady past, which includes a trio of ticked-off former accomplices (including a rather hilariously bewigged Bradley Cooper). “Normally it’d be an insult to say the most interesting thing about a movie is one of the actor’s do’s,” admitted Simon Miraudo of Quickflix, “but seriously, you’ve got to see this thing sitting on Cooper’s head.”


67%

7. My Little Eye

At first glance, My Little Eye‘s 65 percent might not seem like such a great accomplishment. But when you take into consideration the fact that it’s an early-aughts horror movie about a group of people being killed for fun as part of a jury-rigged “reality show” for depraved weirdos, it’s pretty impressive (consider, for example, the critical fates that befell the similarly themed Halloween Resurrection and the House on Haunted Hill remake). While it would be disingenuous to argue that this is anyone’s idea of great cinema, if you’re in the mood for a confidently nasty slasher with a handful of unexpected wrinkles (not to mention an early, effectively creepy appearance from Cooper), you could do worse than this. “It’s a lot of style over very little substance,” admitted Rich Cline of Shadows on the Wall. “But there are just enough twists in the tale to make it far more satisfying than almost any horror film in recent memory.”


69%

6. Limitless

A sort of Flowers for Algernon with an action thriller’s pace and zippier cinematography, Neil Burger’s Limitless started from a timeless premise — what if you could finally tap into your full potential, even if it came with a terrible price? — and used it to add some extra dramatic heft to what might otherwise have been a fairly routine tale of gangland intrigue and corporate skullduggery. While a number of critics carped that Limitless seemed like the work of filmmakers who were operating at far less than 100 percent capacity, audiences turned out to the tune of a tidy $79 million gross — and most scribes agreed with Christy Lemire of the Associated Press, who argued, “You could pick the script apart for impossibilities. But why bother? It’s much more enjoyable to shut your brain off and have a good time.”

73%

5. The Midnight Meat Train

Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, and Brooke Shields may not seem like the most likely horror-movie trio (or any type of movie trio, for that matter), but they combined to positive effect in 2008’s The Midnight Meat Train, director Ryuhei Kitamura’s fittingly creepy adaptation of the Clive Barker short story about a photographer (Cooper) who’s goaded by an art gallery manager (Shields) into investigating a serial killer who’s been offing passengers during late-night subway rides. The final act takes an over-the-top turn into the supernatural, but Anton Bitel of Little White Lies enjoyed the Train, calling it a “devilishly ambiguous thriller” that “leaves viewers to decide whether to take the conventional or the less-traveled tunnel through its narrative network – and the results are a stylishly bloody descent into madness, murder and hell itself.”


76%

4. Wedding Crashers

Cooper’s frat-boy good looks were put to good use in Wedding Crashers, director David Dobkin’s 2005 smash about a pair of lecherous divorce mediators (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) whose wedding-crashing ways lead them into an often-disastrous courtship of sisters (Isla Fisher and Rachel McAdams). As Sack Lodge, one sister’s unbearably preppy boyfriend, Cooper gave Crashers a perfectly loathsome antagonist — and helped frame one of the most memorably abusive games of pickup football in recent cinematic memory. Suggested Salon’s Stephanie Zachareck, “Wedding Crashers may be the most optimistic Hollywood comedy of the year, because it restores at least some dim hope that directors, writers and actors with actual brains in their heads can somehow triumph over unimaginative studio execs.”


78%

3. The Hangover

It’s a tale as old as time: Three mismatched bros, the Vegas strip, and someone’s impending nuptials. Give The Hangover credit, then, for adding a few new twists — such as a misplaced baby, a memorable Mike Tyson cameo, and a shrieking, naked Ken Jeong — on its way to setting off one of the most profitable R-rated comedy franchises in history. Its sequel may have served as a reminder that familiarity often breeds critical contempt — and more than a few of you are probably eyeing The Hangover Part III with apprehension — but the original is, in the words of the Boston Globe’s Ty Burr, “Rowdy, scurrilous, and, for about three-quarters of its running time, a lot more hilarious than it has any right to be.”


78%

2. The Place Beyond The Pines

After delivering the goods with 2010’s Blue Valentine, writer/director Derek Cianfrance had enough clout to put together a good old-fashioned passion project — so he went and made The Place Beyond the Pines, a sprawling, 140-minute inter-generational epic about a desperate father (Ryan Gosling) who makes a crucial decision that forever alters not only his own life, but the life of a police officer (Cooper) after the two men find themselves fatefully at odds. “This naturalistic drama is ambitious to the point of being unwieldy,” admitted the Chicago Reader’s J.R. Jones. “But once the story has advanced from one generation to the next and its thematic sweep has become apparent, these flaws seem much more tolerable.”


92%

1. Silver Linings Playbook

A mere three years after grinning and bearing All About Steve, Cooper executed an abrupt critical turnaround with his co-starring work in one of the most glowingly reviewed (and surprisingly successful) movies of 2012. Opposite an Academy Award-winning Jennifer Lawrence, he found himself surrounded with pretty much everything a modern actor could ask for — including a supporting cast that included Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker, and Jacki Weaver, as well as a screenplay from director David O. Russell — and he made the most of it, delivering a performance that demonstrated Cooper’s ability to incorporate elements of comedy and drama within the same scene, and earning an Oscar nomination in the process. “It’s a rom-com that succeeds in revitalizing that discredited genre where so many others have failed,” Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir wrote, lauding the Best Picture nominee for “injecting it with the grit and emotion of realist drama rather than with amped-up whimsy or social satire or montages of people walking on the beach.”


In case you were wondering, here are Cooper’s top 10 movies according RT users’ scores:

1. Silver Linings Playbook — 88%
2. The Hangover — 87%
3. The Place Beyond The Pines — 81%
4. Limitless — 73%
5. Yes Man — 72%
6. The A-Team — 71%
7. Wedding Crashers — 70%
8. Failure to Launch — 60%
9. He’s Just Not That Into You — 60%
10. The Hangover Part II — 58%


Take a look through Cooper’s complete filmography, as well as the rest of our Total Recall archives. And don’t forget to check out the reviews for The Hangover Part III.

Finally, here’s Cooper giving an interview in some other language:

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