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All Morgan Freeman Movies Ranked By Tomatometer

Morgan Freeman. Read this sentence in his voice. That familiar sound of authoritative benevolence, that could make an intro paragraph soar like a songbird with world-weariest wings. Freeman has lent his sonorous gift for narration to dozens of documentaries, including March of the Penguins, and to several of his narrative films, like Million Dollar Baby and, to lasting generational effect, in The Shawshank Redemption.

But before the voice of God got to play God (see: Bruce and Evan Almighty), Freeman had to humbly serve the silver screen in bit and seriously secondary parts for two decades. He got his big break performing the the lead villain in Christopher Reeve’s journalism thriller Street Smart, for which he was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. That was released in 1987 and is where we’ll start Freeman’s filmography for this guide. Just two years later, he was on the national radar with the Best Picture-winning Driving Miss Daisy, for which he was once more nominated. The Academy has recognized his work three times since: Shawshank, Million Dollar Baby (for which he won), and Invictus.

The Daisy prestige brought in a raft of memorable roles for Freeman, including in Glory, Unforgiven, and Seven. He also seems to have a knack for being in the right comic book movie at the right time: see Red, Wanted, and his turn as Lucius Fox in The Dark Knight trilogy. We’re taking a look back on a celebrated career with this list of all Morgan Freeman movies ranked by Tomatometer!

#68

The Poison Rose (2019)
0%

#68
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A hard-drinking detective takes on what looks to be a routine missing person case, only to be drawn into a... [More]

#67

The Contract (2006)
0%

#67
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Frank Carden (Morgan Freeman), one of the world's greatest assassins, is handed a lucrative contract to kill a highly secretive... [More]
Directed By: Bruce Beresford

#66
#66
Adjusted Score: 4806%
Critics Consensus: A thoroughly unfunny misfire, Just Getting Started manages the incredible feat of wasting more than a century of combined acting experience from its three talented leads.
Synopsis: Duke Diver is living the high life as the freewheeling manager of a luxurious resort in Palm Springs, Calif. He... [More]
Directed By: Ron Shelton

#65

Vanquish (2021)
5%

#65
Adjusted Score: 6664%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: From the director of Double Take, Middle Men, and The Poison Rose comes this stylish, glossy action-thriller starring Morgan Freeman... [More]
Directed By: George Gallo

#64

Edison (2005)
13%

#64
Adjusted Score: 4573%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ambitious young reporter Pollack (Justin Timberlake) suspects insidious corruption in his town's elite police unit, known as F.R.A.T., and finds... [More]
Directed By: David J. Burke

#63

Last Knights (2015)
16%

#63
Adjusted Score: 16390%
Critics Consensus: As blandly unimaginative as its title, Last Knights revisits well-worn sword-and-sandal tropes without adding anything new -- or interesting -- to the genre.
Synopsis: A fallen swordsman (Clive Owen) leads a small army against a sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master (Morgan Freeman).... [More]
Directed By: Kaz I Kiriya

#62

The Big Bounce (2004)
15%

#62
Adjusted Score: 19622%
Critics Consensus: Lazily crafted and light on substance, The Big Bounce takes few chances and strands its promising cast in a subpar adaptation that fails to do its source material justice.
Synopsis: Beach bum and petty criminal Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson) gets into a fight while working at a construction site owned... [More]
Directed By: George Armitage

#61
Adjusted Score: 18421%
Critics Consensus: The Bonfire of the Vanities is a vapid adaptation of a thoughtful book, fatally miscast and shorn of the source material's crucial sense of irony. Add it to the pyre of Hollywood's ambitious failures.
Synopsis: In this adaptation of the Tom Wolfe novel, powerful Wall Street executive Sherman McCoy (Tom Hanks) is riding with his... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#60

Chain Reaction (1996)
18%

#60
Adjusted Score: 18434%
Critics Consensus: Ironic given the scientific breakthrough at the story's core, Chain Reaction is a man-on-the-run thriller that mostly sticks to generic formula.
Synopsis: At a Chicago university, a research team that includes brilliant Eddie Kasalivich (Keanu Reeves) experiences a breakthrough: a stable form... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Davis

#59

Transcendence (2014)
19%

#59
Adjusted Score: 28761%
Critics Consensus: In his directorial debut, ace cinematographer Wally Pfister remains a distinctive visual stylist, but Transcendence's thought-provoking themes exceed the movie's narrative grasp.
Synopsis: Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), the world's foremost authority on artificial intelligence, is conducting highly controversial experiments to create a... [More]
Directed By: Wally Pfister

#58

Evan Almighty (2007)
23%

#58
Adjusted Score: 31359%
Critics Consensus: Big on special effects but short on laughs, Evan Almighty underutilizes a star-studded cast that includes Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman.
Synopsis: Newscaster Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) leaves Buffalo behind when he wins a seat in Congress. Moving his wife (Lauren Graham)... [More]
Directed By: Tom Shadyac

#57

Ben-Hur (2016)
25%

#57
Adjusted Score: 35701%
Critics Consensus: How do you fight an idea? By filming a remake that has too few of its own, and tries to cover it up with choppy editing and CGI.
Synopsis: Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) loses everything after his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), now an officer in the Roman army,... [More]
Directed By: Timur Bekmambetov

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 39101%
Critics Consensus: London Has Fallen traps a talented cast -- and all who dare to see it -- in a mid-1990s basic-cable nightmare of a film loaded with xenophobia and threadbare action-thriller clichés.
Synopsis: After the death of the British prime minister, the world's most powerful leaders gather in London to pay their respects.... [More]
Directed By: Babak Najafi

#55

Dreamcatcher (2003)
28%

#55
Adjusted Score: 34186%
Critics Consensus: An incoherent and overly long creature feature.
Synopsis: "Dreamcatcher" tells of four young friends who perform a heroic act -- and are changed forever by the uncanny powers... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Kasdan

#54
#54
Adjusted Score: 29600%
Critics Consensus: Neither Rob Reiner nor Morgan Freeman are able to conjure up their old magic in this dull trifle, with both director and star appearing content to tread through the paces of the saccharine script.
Synopsis: An alcoholic, disabled novelist (Morgan Freeman) finds his muse again after he moves into a lakeside cabin and meets a... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#53

Hard Rain (1998)
31%

#53
Adjusted Score: 32910%
Critics Consensus: Hard Rain is an implausible heist movie soaked in disaster movie trappings.
Synopsis: The small town of Huntingburg is forced to evacuate when torrential rains bring rising flood waters. The local sheriff (Randy... [More]
Directed By: Mikael Salomon

#52

Kiss the Girls (1997)
33%

#52
Adjusted Score: 34458%
Critics Consensus: Detective Alex Cross makes his inauspicious cinematic debut in Kiss the Girls, a clunky thriller that offers few surprises.
Synopsis: Successful forensic psychologist Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) discovers that his niece has gone missing. Once he consults with police Detective... [More]
Directed By: Gary Fleder

#51

High Crimes (2002)
31%

#51
Adjusted Score: 34039%
Critics Consensus: Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman make this predictable affair watchable.
Synopsis: A happily married, successful lawyer (Ashley Judd) is shocked to learn that her husband (Jim Caviezel) has a hidden past... [More]
Directed By: Carl Franklin

#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 35652%
Critics Consensus: Derivative and contains too many implausible situations.
Synopsis: A psychological suspense thriller adapted from James Patterson's first highly acclaimed novel in the Alex Cross series, Morgan Freeman reprises... [More]
Directed By: Lee Tamahori

#49
Adjusted Score: 44043%
Critics Consensus: Lacking a transporting yuletide story or dazzling dance routines, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a hollow holiday confection that's lovely to look at -- and easy to forget.
Synopsis: Young Clara needs a magical, one-of-a-kind key to unlock a box that contains a priceless gift. A golden thread leads... [More]

#48

Now You See Me 2 (2016)
34%

#48
Adjusted Score: 45101%
Critics Consensus: Now You See Me 2 packs in even more twists and turns than its predecessor, but in the end, it has even less hiding up its sleeve.
Synopsis: After fleeing from a stage show, the illusionists (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson) known as the Four Horsemen find themselves in... [More]
Directed By: Jon M. Chu

#47

Levity (2003)
34%

#47
Adjusted Score: 36574%
Critics Consensus: Levity could really use some, as it's weighted down by dour self-importance and a heavy-handed message.
Synopsis: Seeking redemption after his release from prison, a murderer (Billy Bob Thornton) meets a shady pastor (Morgan Freeman) and the... [More]
Directed By: Ed Solomon

#46

Angel Has Fallen (2019)
39%

#46
Adjusted Score: 49474%
Critics Consensus: Cut from the same rough cloth as its predecessors, Angel Has Fallen rounds out a mostly forgettable action trilogy in fittingly mediocre fashion.
Synopsis: Authorities take Secret Service agent Mike Banning into custody for the failed assassination attempt of U.S. President Allan Trumbull. After... [More]
Directed By: Ric Roman Waugh

#45

The Power of One (1992)
39%

#45
Adjusted Score: 38744%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It's the 1930s, and as the people he cares for die or leave his village, young South African P.K. bonds... [More]
Directed By: John G. Avildsen

#44

Feast of Love (2007)
39%

#44
Adjusted Score: 43611%
Critics Consensus: Though beautifully photographed, Feast of Love offers little beyond a trite, melodramatic character drama.
Synopsis: The love lives of several people of various ages intersect when a young woman named Chloe (Alexa Davalos) comes to... [More]
Directed By: Robert Benton

#43

The Bucket List (2007)
41%

#43
Adjusted Score: 47961%
Critics Consensus: Not even the earnest performances of the two leads can rescue The Bucket List from its schmaltzy script.
Synopsis: Billionaire Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) and car mechanic Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) are complete strangers, until fate lands them in... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#42

Moll Flanders (1996)
43%

#42
Adjusted Score: 43806%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After her mother is executed as a thief, young Moll Flanders (Robin Wright) flees the orphanage in which she was... [More]
Directed By: Pen Densham

#41

Ted 2 (2015)
44%

#41
Adjusted Score: 52369%
Critics Consensus: Ted 2 reunites Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane for another round of sophomoric, scatological humor -- and just as before, your enjoyment will depend on your tolerance for all of the above.
Synopsis: Life has changed drastically for thunder buddies John (Mark Wahlberg), now a bachelor, and best pal Ted (Seth MacFarlane), now... [More]
Directed By: Seth MacFarlane

#40

Deep Impact (1998)
45%

#40
Adjusted Score: 46597%
Critics Consensus: A tidal wave of melodrama sinks Deep Impact's chance at being the memorable disaster flick it aspires to be.
Synopsis: A comet is hurtling toward Earth and could mean the end of all human life. The U.S. government keeps the... [More]
Directed By: Mimi Leder

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 33558%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Indebted to the mob, two movie producers try to save themselves by setting up an aging actor for an insurance... [More]
Directed By: George Gallo

#38

5 Flights Up (2014)
46%

#38
Adjusted Score: 47824%
Critics Consensus: 5 Flights Up is a bit of a narrative fixer-upper, but when it comes to watching Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman share screen time, you really can't beat the view.
Synopsis: A husband (Morgan Freeman) and wife (Diane Keaton) spend a hectic weekend pondering the sale of the apartment they've shared... [More]
Directed By: Richard Loncraine

#37

Last Vegas (2013)
46%

#37
Adjusted Score: 50582%
Critics Consensus: The cast of Last Vegas keep things amiably watchable, but the film is mostly a mellower Hangover retread for the older set.
Synopsis: Aging pals Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been best friends... [More]
Directed By: Jon Turteltaub

#36

Going in Style (2017)
47%

#36
Adjusted Score: 58426%
Critics Consensus: Despite the considerable talent of its leads, Going in Style is light on laughs and plays it safe far too often.
Synopsis: Lifelong buddies Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Albert (Alan Arkin) decide to buck retirement and step off the... [More]
Directed By: Zach Braff

#35

Bruce Almighty (2003)
48%

#35
Adjusted Score: 54578%
Critics Consensus: Carrey is hilarious in the slapstick scenes, but Bruce Almighty gets bogged down in treacle.
Synopsis: Bruce Nolan's (Jim Carrey) career in TV has been stalled for a while, and when he's passed over for a... [More]
Directed By: Tom Shadyac

#34

Under Suspicion (2000)
49%

#34
Adjusted Score: 48994%
Critics Consensus: Though Hackman and Freeman turn in solid performances, Under Suspicion moves at a plodding rate and has a disappointing ending.
Synopsis: "Under Suspicion" is an intense, psychological thriller, with veteran Police Captain Victor Benezet squaring off against prominent tax attorney Henry... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Hopkins

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 56955%
Critics Consensus: It's far from original, but Olympus Has Fallen benefits from Antoine Fuqua's tense direction and a strong performance from Gerard Butler -- which might just be enough for action junkies.
Synopsis: The unthinkable happens when heavily armed and highly trained terrorists launch a bold daytime attack on the White House. The... [More]
Directed By: Antoine Fuqua

#32

Coming 2 America (2021)
49%

#32
Adjusted Score: 62577%
Critics Consensus: Decades after its predecessor joked about the fine line between love and nausea, Coming 2 America reminds audiences that there's an equally fine line between sequel and retread.
Synopsis: Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi(Arsenio Hall)... [More]
Directed By: Craig Brewer

#31

Now You See Me (2013)
50%

#31
Adjusted Score: 56562%
Critics Consensus: Now You See Me's thinly sketched characters and scattered plot rely on sleight of hand from the director to distract audiences.
Synopsis: Charismatic magician Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) leads a team of talented illusionists called the Four Horsemen. Atlas and his comrades mesmerize... [More]
Directed By: Louis Leterrier

#30
Adjusted Score: 55014%
Critics Consensus: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves brings a wonderfully villainous Alan Rickman to this oft-adapted tale, but he's robbed by big-budget bombast and a muddled screenplay.
Synopsis: Nobleman crusader Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) breaks out of a Jerusalem prison with the help of Moorish fellow prisoner... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Reynolds

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 57288%
Critics Consensus: Trying too hard to be clever in a Pulp Fiction kind of way, this film succumbs to a convoluted plot, overly stylized characters, and dizzying set design.
Synopsis: A case of mistaken identity puts a man named Slevin (Josh Hartnett) in the middle of a war between two... [More]
Directed By: Paul McGuigan

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 57346%
Critics Consensus: A story of disjointed family members yearning for true emotional depth, An Unfinished Life teeters between overtly saccharine sentiments and moments of real intimacy.
Synopsis: Einar (Robert Redford), a recovering alcoholic rancher who lives with his loyal pal Mitch (Morgan Freeman), gets an unexpected visit... [More]
Directed By: Lasse Hallström

#27

Outbreak (1995)
59%

#27
Adjusted Score: 61692%
Critics Consensus: A frustratingly uneven all-star disaster drama, Outbreak ultimately proves only mildly contagious and leaves few lasting side effects.
Synopsis: A dangerous airborne virus threatens civilization in this tense thriller. After an African monkey carrying a lethal virus is smuggled... [More]
Directed By: Wolfgang Petersen

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 64597%
Critics Consensus: A slick and well-made thriller that takes on new weight due to the current political climate.
Synopsis: Based on Tom Clancy's novel, this espionage thriller tracks a sinister plot to draw the United States and Russia into... [More]
Directed By: Phil Alden Robinson

#25

Clean and Sober (1988)
57%

#25
Adjusted Score: 57253%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl (Michael Keaton) has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up... [More]
Directed By: Glenn Gordon Caron

#24

Johnny Handsome (1989)
62%

#24
Adjusted Score: 61261%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A crook, given a new identity by reconstructive surgery, plots revenge against the gangsters who double-crossed him.... [More]
Directed By: Walter Hill

#23

10 Items or Less (2006)
63%

#23
Adjusted Score: 64872%
Critics Consensus: A small film that relies too heavily on the charm of its big actors.
Synopsis: An actor (Morgan Freeman) who is considering the role of a supermarket manager arrives at a grocery store on the... [More]
Directed By: Brad Silberling

#22

Street Smart (1987)
64%

#22
Adjusted Score: 64344%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jonathan Fisher (Christopher Reeve) is a reporter struggling to keep his job at a magazine. Assigned to write a real-life... [More]
Directed By: Jerry Schatzberg

#21

Unleashed (2005)
66%

#21
Adjusted Score: 70033%
Critics Consensus: Jet Li gets to emote in some emotionally awkward scenes, but the gritty fight sequences come through in what is Li's best English language film.
Synopsis: Crime boss Bart raises orphan Danny with no knowledge of anything other than how to fight, using him as an... [More]
Directed By: Louis Leterrier

#20

Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
66%

#20
Adjusted Score: 68135%
Critics Consensus: Much like its predecessor, Dolphin Tale 2 offers animal antics and sweet, old-fashioned drama that the whole family can enjoy.
Synopsis: Several years have passed since Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) and the team at Clearwater Marine Hospital gave Winter the dolphin... [More]
Directed By: Charles Martin Smith

#19

Lucy (2014)
67%

#19
Adjusted Score: 76226%
Critics Consensus: Enthusiastic and silly, Lucy powers through the movie's logic gaps with cheesy thrills plus Scarlett Johansson's charm -- and mostly succeeds at it.
Synopsis: When a boyfriend tricks Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) into delivering a briefcase to a supposed business contact, the once-carefree student is... [More]
Directed By: Luc Besson

#18

Lean on Me (1989)
65%

#18
Adjusted Score: 64652%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this fact-based film, a New Jersey superintendent, Dr. Frank Napier (Robert Guillaume), watches helplessly as East Side High becomes... [More]
Directed By: John G. Avildsen

#17

Wanted (2008)
71%

#17
Adjusted Score: 79348%
Critics Consensus: Wanted is stylish, energetic popcorn fare with witty performances from Angelina Jolie (playing an expert assassin), James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman that help to distract from its absurdly over-the-top plot.
Synopsis: Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is an office worker whose life is going nowhere. After his estranged father is murdered, he... [More]
Directed By: Timur Bekmambetov

#16

Red (2010)
72%

#16
Adjusted Score: 78999%
Critics Consensus: It may not be the killer thrill ride you'd expect from an action movie with a cast of this caliber, but Red still thoroughly outshines most of its big-budget counterparts with its wit and style.
Synopsis: After surviving an assault from a squad of hit men, retired CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) reassembles his old... [More]
Directed By: Robert Schwentke

#15

Invictus (2009)
76%

#15
Adjusted Score: 85438%
Critics Consensus: Delivered with typically stately precision by director Clint Eastwood, Invictus may not be rousing enough for some viewers, but Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman inhabit their real-life characters with admirable conviction.
Synopsis: Following the fall of apartheid, newly elected President Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) faces a South Africa that is racially and... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

#14

Amistad (1997)
77%

#14
Adjusted Score: 79861%
Critics Consensus: Heartfelt without resorting to preachiness, Amistad tells an important story with engaging sensitivity and absorbing skill.
Synopsis: In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque (Djimon Hounsou) leads... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#13

Seven (1995)
82%

#13
Adjusted Score: 86446%
Critics Consensus: A brutal, relentlessly grimy shocker with taut performances, slick gore effects, and a haunting finale.
Synopsis: When retiring police Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) tackles a final case with the aid of newly transferred David Mills... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 86304%
Critics Consensus: While it's fueled in part by outdated stereotypes, Driving Miss Daisy takes audiences on a heartwarming journey with a pair of outstanding actors.
Synopsis: Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy), an elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta, is determined to maintain her independence. However, when she... [More]
Directed By: Bruce Beresford

#11

Dolphin Tale (2011)
82%

#11
Adjusted Score: 84911%
Critics Consensus: Wisely dialing down the schmaltz, Dolphin Tale is earnest, sweet, and well-told, a rare family film that both kids and parents can enjoy.
Synopsis: While swimming free in the ocean, a young dolphin gets caught in a trap and severely damages her tail. Though... [More]
Directed By: Charles Martin Smith

#10

Nurse Betty (2000)
83%

#10
Adjusted Score: 87760%
Critics Consensus: Quirky in the best sense of the word, Nurse Betty finds director Neil LaBute corralling a talented cast in service of a sharp, imaginative script.
Synopsis: What happens when a person decides that life is merely a state of mind? If you're Betty, a small-town waitress... [More]
Directed By: Neil LaBute

#9

Batman Begins (2005)
84%

#9
Adjusted Score: 95916%
Critics Consensus: Brooding and dark, but also exciting and smart, Batman Begins is a film that understands the essence of one of the definitive superheroes.
Synopsis: A young Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels to the Far East, where he's trained in the martial arts by Henri... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 103517%
Critics Consensus: The Dark Knight Rises is an ambitious, thoughtful, and potent action film that concludes Christopher Nolan's franchise in spectacular fashion.
Synopsis: It has been eight years since Batman (Christian Bale), in collusion with Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), vanished into the night.... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 100203%
Critics Consensus: Clint Eastwood's assured direction - combined with knockout performances from Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman - help Million Dollar Baby to transcend its clichés, and the result is deeply heartfelt and moving.
Synopsis: Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a veteran Los Angeles boxing trainer who keeps almost everyone at arm's length, except his... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 96492%
Critics Consensus: The Shawshank Redemption is an uplifting, deeply satisfying prison drama with sensitive direction and fine performances.
Synopsis: Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and... [More]
Directed By: Frank Darabont

#5

Glory (1989)
93%

#5
Adjusted Score: 96363%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by exceptional cinematography, powerful storytelling, and an Oscar-winning performance by Denzel Washington, Glory remains one of the finest Civil War movies ever made.
Synopsis: Following the Battle of Antietam, Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is offered command of the United States' first all-African-American... [More]
Directed By: Edward Zwick

#4

Gone Baby Gone (2007)
94%

#4
Adjusted Score: 101661%
Critics Consensus: Ben Affleck proves his directing credentials in this gripping dramatic thriller, drawing strong performances from the excellent cast and bringing working-class Boston to the screen.
Synopsis: Along with his girlfriend (Michelle Monaghan), a private detective (Casey Affleck) takes on the difficult task of searching for a... [More]
Directed By: Ben Affleck

#3

The Dark Knight (2008)
94%

#3
Adjusted Score: 107468%
Critics Consensus: Dark, complex, and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.
Synopsis: With the help of allies Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman (Christian Bale) has... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#2

The LEGO Movie (2014)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: 105885%
Critics Consensus: Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages.
Synopsis: Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary LEGO figurine who always follows the rules, is mistakenly identified as the Special -- an... [More]

#1

Unforgiven (1992)
96%

#1
Adjusted Score: 105273%
Critics Consensus: As both director and star, Clint Eastwood strips away decades of Hollywood varnish applied to the Wild West, and emerges with a series of harshly eloquent statements about the nature of violence.
Synopsis: When prostitute Delilah Fitzgerald (Anna Thomson) is disfigured by a pair of cowboys in Big Whiskey, Wyoming, her fellow brothel... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

In Theaters This Week:



Exodus: Gods and Kings

30%

Rating: PG-13, for violence including battle sequences and intense images.

This massive biblical epic from director Ridley Scott makes his Oscar-winning Gladiator look like an independent film by comparison. Presented in 3-D and heavy on the visual effects, it’s the Old Testament story of Moses leading hundreds of thousands of Hebrew slaves out of Egypt to freedom. That means plagues — lots of em — from frogs to locusts to boils. (The boils are especially gnarly.) And because everything has gotten so out of control and overpopulated under the reign of the inept Ramses (Joel Edgerton), slaves are thrown into enormous fires to thin out the city. There are also several major battle scenes, perilous chariot chases and a pummeling wall of water once Moses (Christian Bale) has finished parting the Red Sea. Between the violence, the subject matter and the running time of nearly two and a half hours, this is probably best suited only for the most mature tweens and older.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

92%

Rating: PG-13, for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language.

The cheekiest, wackiest blockbuster of the past summer, but it also features all the massive violence and destruction you’d expect from a movie of this genre. Based on the Marvel Comics series about a rag-tag group of misfits who band together to save the galaxy, it begins with a child witnessing a parent’s death, followed by his abduction by otherworldly beings. That child grows up to be the brash space scavenger Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who refers to himself as Star-Lord and becomes an unlikely hero. Among the other characters are the muscular, brutish Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and a talking, gun-toting raccoon named Rocket voiced hilariously by Bradley Cooper. Guardians also features a couple of dark and intimidating villains, and everyone’s after a powerful, mystical orb that’s capable of causing some major damage. The spectacle is massive in director James Gunn’s film but cartoonishly so. My son was almost 5 when he attended the screening with me and wasn’t frightened by anything, but some of the seriously traumatic stuff might have gone over his head. If your child has seen this sort of comics-inspired movie before, he or she will probably be OK.



Dolphin Tale 2

66%

Rating: PG, for some mild thematic elements.

This is a sequel to the 2011 family film Dolphin Tale and, like its predecessor, it’s exceedingly earnest and harmless entertainment. There’s something sort of sweet and quaint about that, though. Winter, the dolphin who was rescued in the first movie, now lives at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida and is learning to function with a high-tech prosthetic tail. But her status there is in jeopardy when — spoiler alert! — her elderly companion dolphin dies. My son was not quite 5 years old when I brought him with me to the screening and the dolphin’s death — as well as the devastated reactions from the teens who worked with her — upset him. But mostly, this is a film that’s all about teamwork and uplift. Fine for the whole family.



When the Game Stands Tall

20%

Rating: PG, for thematic material, a scene of violence and brief smoking.

Based on a true story, this inspirational drama is suitable for viewers around age 8 or 9 and up. It’s about the De La Salle High School Spartans of Concord, Calif., a football team that enjoyed a historic 151-game winning streak in the 1990s and early 2000s. Director Thomas Carter’s film reveals how the players respond when they finally do lose a game, and how they bounce back from a series of traumas on and off the field. A star player is shot to death outside a party and another player loses his mother to cancer. A wide receiver on the verge of breaking a touchdown record endures physical and emotional abuse from his demanding father. And head coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), a longtime smoker, suffers from heart trouble. But the film’s messages about teamwork, dedication and sacrifice are worthwhile.

This week on home video, we’ve got a super successful space odyssey from Marvel, a feelgood sequel, and an inspirational sports film to lead things off. Then, there are a number of smaller releases, some notable TV box sets, and a few remastered anniversary Blu-rays of popular older films. Read on for details:



Guardians of the Galaxy

92%

Unless you were already into the comics scene, chances are you’d never heard of these so-called Guardians of the Galaxy. Boy, has that changed. The film surprised almost everyone by ruling the late summer box office, thanks to a number of factors: a cast of charming misfits, a wry sense of humor, top-notch special effects, a killer soundtrack, and James Gunn’s steady directorial hand. This is the movie that made Chris Pratt a star and put a dancing baby Groot on everyone’s stocking-stuffer wishlist. With a Tomatometer score of 90 percent and an Audience score of 94 percent, Marvel’s Guardians succeeded in impressing nearly everyone, which isn’t easy to do. If you pick this one up this week, you’ll get a pretty in-depth commentary track featuring James Gunn, a making-of featurette, and deleted and extended scenes, among other things.



Dolphin Tale 2

66%

Speaking of late summer surprises, 2011 had one of its own in Dolphin Tale, a feelgood movie about a handful of people rescuing a dolphin that was Certified Fresh at 82 percent. Naturally, we got a sequel this year, and though it didn’t fare as well as the first film, most critics found it pleasant enough. This time out, Winter the dolphin is struggling because her dolphin friend Panama has died; in an effort to raise Winter’s spirits and keep her at the aquarium, a search begins for a new companion to share Winter’s tank. Critics agree that Dolphin Tale 2 is a sweet, heartfelt drama for the whole family, even if it doesn’t quite distinguish itself from its predecessor, and it’s Fresh at 68 percent. Bonus features include a couple of short making-of docs, a look at Clearwater Marine Academy’s mission, and a brief piece covering the true events that inspired the film.



When the Game Stands Tall

20%

One of the reasons we love sports is that there are so many incredible stories to tell; the only problem is, when you’ve seen so many of them dramatized on screen, they become more difficult to distinguish from each other. When the Game Stands Tall suffers from this problem; although its tale of football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) and the De La Salle High School team he led to a record-setting 151-game winning streak is undoubtedly remarkable, the film ultimately gets lost in all too familiar clichés. If you’re looking for something inspirational to watch, this may do the trick, but at 18 percent on the Tomatometer, don’t expect any surprises whatsoever, especially when the story plays out exactly like you might expect it to. Extras include a handful of deleted and extended scenes, a profile of the real Coah Ladouceur, and a look at the on-field filming techniques employed in the movie.

Also available this week:

  • Frank (93 percent), starring Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal in a dramedy about a young musician who joins an avant-garde band led by an eccentric man who never takes off his giant papier-mâché mask.
  • Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves (85 percent), starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning in a drama about a trio of environmental activists who plan to blow up a hydroelectric dam in protest.
  • I Origins (52 percent) starring Michael Pitt and Brit Marling in a sci-fi drama about a biologist studying the evolution of the eye who makes a breakthrough discovery that alters his understanding of the world.
  • French import The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (47 percent), a horror film in the Giallo style about a man who descends into psychosexual chaos when his wife disappears without a trace.
  • Warner Bros. is releasing a handful of films on “Diamond Luxe Edition” Blu-rays that are celebrating various anniversaries this year: The Green Mile: 15th Anniversary (80 percent), Natural Born Killers: 20th Anniversary, Forrest Gump: 20th Anniversary, Tim Burton’s Batman: 25th Anniversary, and Gremlins: 30th Anniversary. Feel old yet?
  • We also get three choices from the Criterion Collection this week: Todd Haynes’ Safe (84 percent), starring Julianne Moore in a paranoid thriller about a woman who falls victim to an inexplicable disease; Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits (93 percent), about a boy who experiences the journey of a lifetime with a band of time-traveling dwarfs; and Liliana Cavani’s The Night Porter (67 percent), starring Charlotte Rampling as a Nazi concentration camp survivor who attempts to rekindle her sadomasochistic relationship with her former torturer in post-war Vienna.
  • Season eight of the BBC’s Doctor Who (91 percent), the first season with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • Season two of Under the Dome (57 percent), a sci-fi mystery about a town trapped under a mysterious dome, is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • The first of three classic TV sets coming out this week, the complete series of 1960s comedy Mister Ed, about the famous talking horse, is available on DVD.
  • Second, the complete series of the popular 1980s sitcom The Jeffersons is also available on DVD.
  • And third, the complete series of the Robin Williams Happy Days spinoff Mork & Mindy is also available on DVD.

This week on streaming video, we’ve got just a handful of choices, the biggest of which is Michael Bay’s reboot of a popular franchise. Then we’ve got the follow up to a surprise 2011 hit family movie about a dolphin and a rom-com starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, as well as a couple of choices on Netflix. Read on for details:


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
21%

The evil Foot Clan has taken control of New York City’s politicians and police force, so it’s up to our sewer-dwelling heroes — along with intrepid TV journalist April O’Neil (Megan Fox) — to save the day.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play


Dolphin Tale 2
66%

Since being rescued and rehabilitated in the first film, Winter is doing just fine, but her companion has recently died. Thus, our heroes — a team comprised of marine biologists and animal rescue staffers — need to find Winter a new companion or she will be removed from the aquarium as required by law.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu


What If
74%

Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan star in this dramedy about two friends tiptoeing around a romantic affair.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season One

Critics say Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is sure to please comic book fans, but the strong ensemble and brisk pacing help to make this better-than-average superhero show accessible to non-fanboys as well.

Available now on: Netflix


Ida
96%

This stunning black and white drama is the story a young woman on the verge of joining a convent who discovers a dark family secret.

Available now on: Netflix

In Theaters This Week:



Dolphin Tale 2

66%

Rating: PG, for some mild thematic elements.

This sequel to the 2011 family film Dolphin Tale is, like its predecessor, exceedingly earnest and harmless entertainment. But there’s something sort of sweet and quaint about that. Winter, the dolphin who was rescued in the first movie, now lives at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida and is learning to function with a high-tech prosthetic tail. But her status there is in jeopardy when — spoiler alert! — her elderly companion dolphin dies. I brought my almost-5-year-old son with me to the screening and the dolphin’s death — as well as the devastated reactions from the teens who worked with her — upset him. But for the most part, this is a film that?s all about teamwork and uplift. Fine for the whole family.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

90%

Rating: PG-13, for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout.

The second Captain America movie is chock full of shootouts, martial-arts butt kicking and the kind of prolonged, punishing brawls in which only physically altered specimens can engage. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from an effects-laden blockbuster based on a comic-book hero. But beneath the well-staged mayhem, the film ponders much darker themes, as well as a debate over freedom vs. security. This time, Cap (Chris Evans) must uncover a conspiracy within the secret government agency S.H.I.E.L.D. with the help of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). There’s an incredibly violent car chase that causes a ton of damage involving their boss, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), as well as a climactic battle in the skies above Washington featuring massive machines created to take out millions of people. This is probably fine for mature tweens and older.



Brick Mansions

26%

Rating: PG-13, for frenetic gunplay, action and violence throughout, language, sexual menace and drug material.

The final film Paul Walker completed before dying in an auto accident in November 2013 is an English-language remake of the French cult hit District B13. It’s also a super-duper violent PG-13 movie full of thrilling chases, heavily armed goons, fiery explosions and elaborately choreographed martial-arts battles. Walker stars as an undercover officer who must infiltrate a seedy housing project in a crime-infested, dystopian Detroit. Walker’s character teams up with a longtime resident of the buildings (Parkour founder David Belle, reprising his role from the original) to take down the drug kingpin who rules the place (Wu-Tang Clan?s RZA). Along the way, a beautiful young woman is kidnapped and placed in some sexually perilous situations. It’s really intense and mature, and probably only suitable for tweens and up.

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This week starts off with critics’ reactions to Dolphin Tale 2, and then Grae shares her interviews with cast members Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr. and Morgan Freeman. The team talks about the cancelled screenings for No Good Deed, and Grae shares another interview, this time with Taraji P. Henson. Then the team talks about The Skeleton Twins and Grae shares a pretty ridiculous interview with stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig.

This week at the movies, we’ve got an animal rescue drama (Dolphin Tale 2, starring Harry Connick Jr. and Morgan Freeman) and a home invasion thriller (No Good Deed, starring Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba). What do the critics have to say?



Dolphin Tale 2

66%

At a time when so much children’s entertainment can feel hyperactive and shrill, Dolphin Tale 2 seems decidedly old fashioned. The critics say that’s mostly a good thing — this gentle, thoughtful family drama isn’t particularly exciting, but it looks great and delivers positive messages with a minimum of schlock. Since being rescued and rehabilitated in the first film, Winter is doing just fine, but her companion has recently died. Thus, our heroes — a team comprised of marine biologists and animal rescue staffers — need to find Winter a new companion or she will be removed from the aquarium as required by law. The pundits say that while Dolphin Tale 2 is narratively thin and slackly paced, its heartfelt, inspirational story is likely to resonate with families. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which count down Morgan Freeman’s best-reviewed films, and watch our video interviews with Freeman and co-stars Harry Connick Jr. and Ashley Judd.)



No Good Deed

12%

It looks like the people behind No Good Deed were afraid it would be punished by the critics, since it wasn’t screened prior to its release in theaters. It’s the story of an ex-district attorney (Taraji P. Henson) who tries to help a stranger (Idris Elba) who claims to have car trouble. However, once she invites him into her home, his real motives prove to be much more sinister. It’s time to guess the Tomatometer!

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Born To Fly, a documentary about the acrobatic group Extreme Action Company, is at 100 percent.
  • Stray Dogs, a drama about a man who works as a human billboard to support his children on the streets of Taipei, is at 93 percent.
  • The Skeleton Twins, starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in a dramedy about estranged twins who reunite as both are in the midst of personal problems, is Certified Fresh at 88 percent.
  • Honeymoon, starring Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie in a horror film about a woman who begins to act strangely while in a remote getaway with her new husband, is at 79 percent.
  • I Am Eleven, a documentary featuring interviews with 11-year-olds throughout the world, is at 79 percent.
  • The Drop, starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini in a crime drama about a late-night robbery that stirs up trouble within the neighborhood demimonde, is at 78 percent.
  • The Green Prince, a documentary about the collaboration between a member of Hamas and an Israeli secret service agent, is at 73 percent.
  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy in a drama that explores a couple’s relationship from both sides, is at 71 percent.
  • My Old Lady, starring Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith in a dramedy about a man who inherits an apartment in Paris only to find an elderly woman squatting there, is at 63 percent.
  • Bird People, starring Josh Charles in a drama about a businessman who decides to leave his life behind and hole up in an airport hotel, is at 60 percent.
  • Take Me to the River, a documentary about Memphis’ influential homegrown R&B sound, is at 50 percent.
  • Swearnet: The Movie, a comedy in which the Trailer Park Boys start an internet channel that features outrageous content, is at 29 percent.
  • At The Devil’s Door, a horror film about a real estate agent who discovers the house she’s trying to sell has a sinister secret, is at 14 percent.

Dolphin tale 2 is in theaters, starring Winter and now Hope, a new dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Harry Connick Jr. talks about rescuing a fake version of Hope, Ashley Judd divulges what music makes her really move, and Morgan Freeman talks about never giving up.


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