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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!


The Back-up Plan (2010)

Adjusted Score: 22333%
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


Identity Thief (2013)

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

Adjusted Score: 28224%
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


Thunder Force (2021)

Adjusted Score: 28087%
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


The Boss (2016)

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

Adjusted Score: 37933%
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


Tammy (2014)

Adjusted Score: 31740%
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


The Kitchen (2019)

Adjusted Score: 37103%
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


Cook Off! (2017)

Adjusted Score: 15703%
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

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

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


The Third Wheel (2002)

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


Pumpkin (2002)

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]

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


This Is 40 (2012)

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


The Nines (2007)

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


The Heat (2013)

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


Ghostbusters (2016)

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


Bridesmaids (2011)

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


Spy (2015)

Adjusted Score: 104595%
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

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


Ep. 075 – New movies & TV, plus Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels & Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy
Matt Atchity, Grae Drake and Tim Ryan start the show with this week’s big movies – Dumb & Dumber To, Beyond the Lights, Rosewater and Foxcatcher, and Grae shares a quick interview with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Editor Ryan Fujitani then steps in to talk about this week’s new DVD/Blu-ray releases How to Train Your Dragon 2, Jersey Boys and Tammy. Then TV Editor Sarah Ricard shares the critics’ reaction the series premieres of The Missing and State of Affairs. The second half of the show features an extended interview with Dan Gilroy, director of Nightcrawler.

The Independence Day holiday session was lacking in box office fireworks as the Autobots tentpole Transformers: Age of Extinction led the marketplace for a second straight time while new releases brought one good debut and a handful of lackluster ones that paying audiences were mostly uninterested in.

The Paramount four-quel tumbled hard in its sophomore session, by 64%, and grossed an estimated $36.4M to boost the cume up to $174.7M. That puts the Michael Bay actioner on track to finish its domestic run in the vicinity of $275M making it the lowest-grossing installment of the series.

But overseas, the picture continues to shine with an estimated $95.8M weekend from 37 markets lifting the international total to a stunning $400.9M. Extinction is running an impressive 21% ahead of the last film Dark of the Moon in the same markets after the same number of days proving again how important foreign markets are for aging franchises. China accounts for more than half of the overseas take with a mind-blowing $212.8M which is 22% higher than the current domestic tally. Worldwide stands at $575.6M with a large number of top territories still to open after the World Cup.

The new Melissa McCarthy comedy Tammy opened far back in second place with an estimated $21.2M over the Friday-to-Sunday period and $32.9M since its launch on Tuesday night. The R-rated film was slammed by critics as being unfunny but instead was hoping to connect with average moviegoers over the long weekend. Given the heat the star carried into the release thanks to all her success last year, it was a rather uneventful launch. Luckily the Warner Bros. release did not cost too much.

The five-day holiday figure came close to the three-day non-holiday $34.6M opening of McCarthy’s hit Identity Thief and below the $39.1M of her summer smash The Heat. Both opened last year and positioned the actress as one of the most popular comedy stars of today, male or female. But the same rules of the movie industry apply to all – audiences will keep coming unless you don’t make a good product.

Sony launched the new fright flick Deliver Us From Evil and audience turnout was the same as for most films of the genre all year long – unimpressive. The R-rated pic from former super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer opened to an estimated $9.5M from 3,049 locations for a lackluster $3,116 average. Total since Wednesday is just $15M. 2014 has certainly been a horrible year for horror. Still in the top five was the buddy cop smash 22 Jump Street with an estimated $9.4M, off 41%, for a new cume of $158.9M for the studio.

Also in its fourth weekend, the toon sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 grossed an estimated $8.8M which was down just 34% helped by the holiday. The Fox release has banked $140M to date. Rival kidpic Earth to Echo debuted with an estimated $8.3M from 3,230 theaters for a mild $2,554 average. The PG-rated sci-fi film for tweens struggled to capture its audience although Relativity is hoping that students on summer vacation will continue to find the film in the weeks to come. Cume since its Wednesday start is $13.5M.

The smash hit Maleficent eased only 27% in its sixth round to an estimated $6.1M for Disney. Domestic climbed to $213.9M while the worldwide tally soared to $630.2M. Older audiences came out for the Clint Eastwood film Jersey Boys which slipped only 33% to an estimated $5.2M for a new total of $36.7M for Warner Bros.

Think Like A Man Too fell another 53% in its third weekend to an estimated $4.9M putting Sony at $57.2M to date. Tom Cruise’s latest sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow rounded out the top ten with an estimated $3.6M, down 33%, for a $90.9M domestic cume surpassing last year’s Oblivion.

Lionsgate generated a soft debut for its documentary America which bowed to only $2.7M from 1,105 theaters for a weak $2,466 average per site. The 5-day wide opening was $4M and reviews were mostly negative. However, the CinemaScore grade was a terrific A+.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $113.3M which was down a troubling 48% from last year when Despicable Me 2 opened at number one with $83.5M; and down 36% from 2012 when The Amazing Spider-Man debuted on top with $62M.

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Ep. 026 – New movies, Joel McHale, Susan Sarandon, Chaz Ebert
A big show for Independence Day! RT Editor in Chief Matt Atchity, Grae Drake and Sarah Ricard share critics’ reactions to Tammy, Earth to Echo, and Deliver Us from Evil. Grae shares interviews she held with Tammy stars Susan Sarandon, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass and writer/director Ben Falcone, plus another round of interviews with Deliver Us from Evil stars Joel McHale and Olivia Munn. Then Matt has an extended interview with Chaz Ebert and director Steve James where they discuss Roger Ebert and the new documentary about him Life Itself.

This week at the multiplex, we’ve got a wild road trip with a gal and her grandma (Tammy starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon), an alien invasion with a group of young friends (Earth to Echo starring Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley, and Reese Hartwig), and a series of inexplicable — and possibly demonic — crimes in New York City (Deliver Us from Evil starring Eric Bana and Olivia Munn). What do critics think?



Since her breakthrough performance in Bridesmaids, funny-woman Melissa McCarthy has secured her spot as a leading lady of comedy. In Tammy, which she co-wrote with her husband (and director) Ben Falcone, McCarthy plays a down-on-her-luck woman-child who wrecks her car, loses her job, and discovers her husband is cheating on her — and that’s just in the first 15 minutes. With her profane, beer-swillin’ grandma (Susan Sarandon) in tow, Tammy heads out on a road trip to Niagara Falls, setting the tone for the mishaps to follow by driving south instead of north in Grandma Pearl’s boat-sized Caddy. Critics say that McCarthy’s all-in performance is not enough to elevate what feels like a comedy sketch that accidentally veers into sad territory.

Earth to Echo


If it weren’t for the tireless efforts of kids everywhere, how would aliens ever get back to their home planets? In Earth to Echo, a group of three precocious boys — Alex (Teo Halm), Tuck (Brian “Astro” Bradley), and Munch (Reese Hartwig) — find their smartphones have gone kerflooey and investigate the source of the problem. They discover a small, adorable, owl-like robot from another planet who they nickname “Echo.” Along with their classmate Emma (Ella Linnea Wahlestedt), Alex, Tuck, and Munch embark on a coming-of-age journey which is part trying to return Echo to his home planet, and part trying to save their home, a Nevada town threatened by a sinister construction company. Pundits say Earth to Echo is too derivative of the 1980s films which inspire it to feel fresh, though children will no doubt find Echo and his adventures delightful.

Deliver Us From Evil


In Deliver Us From Evil, the latest film from Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), a tough-as-nails NYPD sergeant, investigates a series of creepy occurrences in the Bronx. In spite of having near-clairvoyant abilities himself, Sarchie is skeptical that the chilling events in New York City’s basements and zoos might have something to do with the supernatural. Still, he joins forces with Joe Mendoza (Edgar Ramírez), an unconventional Catholic priest, who believes that the horrors of Sarchie’s investigations are really the work of the devil. Pundits say that Deliver Us From Evil is too silly to be scary, and too cliched to work as a police drama.

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Life Itself, a documentary about the life of Roger Ebert, is at 98 percent.
  • Wrinkles, an animated comedy voiced by Martin Sheen and George Coe as residents of a nursing home, is at 100 percent.
  • Gabrielle, a drama about a gifted-yet-disabled musician living in a group home, is at 94 percent.
  • Marius, a French dramedy about a seaside romance, is at 67 percent.

  • Me and You, Bernardo Bertolucci’s drama about a quirky 14-year-old loner, is at 65 percent.

  • Beyond the Edge, a documentary about the first men to summit Mt. Everest, is at 64 percent.
  • Premature, a comedy about a high-school re-living the same day over and over again, is at 60 percent.
  • America, a documentary that imagines if the United States had lost the Revolutionary War, is at 25 percent.

Tammy features an all-star cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Mark Duplass, and Gary Cole. Grae Drake speaks to them about road trip songs, getting hit on, and their favorite cocktails to drink and throw.

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