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All Adam Sandler Movies Ranked

The critics haven’t always been kind to Adam Sandler over the course of his film career, but box office receipts don’t lie — his detractors have been handily outnumbered by his many ardent fans, many of whom have been laughing it up over the SNL vet’s shtick for decades. His filmography’s certainly had its share of ups and downs, but it includes some of the biggest — and most eminently quotable — comedy hits in recent memory, from Billy Madison to Happy Gilmore, as well as a number of beloved rom-coms like The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, and indie gems in the form of The Meyerowitz Stories and Punch-Drunk Love. In fact, one of his latest was exactly that: 2019’s Uncut Gems, the intense crime thriller from the Safdie bros, drew some of the highest critical acclaim of Sandler’s career.

Watch out for hired goons, giant penguins, and, of course, Bob Barker, and let’s take a look at his entire filmography, from the best Adam Sandler movies to the worst, ranked by Tomatometer!

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 1826%
Critics Consensus: Every bit as lazily offensive as its cast and concept would suggest, The Ridiculous Six is standard couch fare for Adam Sandler fanatics and must-avoid viewing for film enthusiasts of every other persuasion.
Synopsis: White Knife, an orphan raised by Native Americans, discovers that five outlaws are actually his half-brothers. Together, they set out... [More]
Directed By: Frank Coraci

#44

Jack and Jill (2011)
3%

#44
Adjusted Score: 5997%
Critics Consensus: Although it features an inexplicably committed performance from Al Pacino, Jack and Jill is impossible to recommend on any level whatsoever.
Synopsis: Thanksgiving is usually a happy time, but ad executive Jack (Adam Sandler) dreads the holiday because his twin sister, Jill... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#43

Bulletproof (1996)
8%

#43
Adjusted Score: 8791%
Critics Consensus: In addition to its ability to deflect gunfire, Bulletproof proves sadly impervious to humor, logic, or worthwhile viewing.
Synopsis: A none-too-bright criminal, Archie Moses (Adam Sandler) works for drug kingpin Frank Colton (James Caan) and remains oblivious to the... [More]
Directed By: Ernest R. Dickerson

#42

Grown Ups 2 (2013)
8%

#42
Adjusted Score: 11148%
Critics Consensus: While it's almost certainly the movie event of the year for filmgoers passionate about deer urine humor, Grown Ups 2 will bore, annoy, and disgust audiences of nearly every other persuasion.
Synopsis: Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) moves his family back to his hometown to be with his friends, but he finds --... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#41

The Do Over (2016)
9%

#41
Adjusted Score: 8531%
Critics Consensus: A dunderheaded story of mistaken identity, The Do-Over finds Adam Sandler and David Spade retreading old ground -- minus the comedic pep required to enliven the decidedly uninspired proceedings.
Synopsis: When two guys fake their owns deaths and assume the identify of two others, they quickly discover that those men... [More]
Directed By: Steven Brill

#40

Mixed Nuts (1994)
13%

#40
Adjusted Score: 13454%
Critics Consensus: Mixed Nuts may provoke strong allergic reactions in all but the most undemanding filmgoers -- and the most forgiving Steve Martin fans.
Synopsis: Philip (Steve Martin) manages a suicide-prevention hotline called Lifesavers, assisted by Mrs. Munchnik (Madeline Kahn) and Catherine (Rita Wilson). On... [More]
Directed By: Nora Ephron

#39

The Cobbler (2014)
10%

#39
Adjusted Score: 11228%
Critics Consensus: The Cobbler represents a slight step up from Adam Sandler's recent comedies, but while its cloying sentiment proves a more palatable substitute for his usual crass humor, it still isn't terribly compelling.
Synopsis: A frustrated shoemaker (Adam Sandler) finds a magical sewing machine that allows him to see the world in a new... [More]
Directed By: Tom McCarthy

#38

Grown Ups (2010)
11%

#38
Adjusted Score: 17633%
Critics Consensus: Grown Ups' cast of comedy vets is amiable, but they're let down by flat direction and the scattershot, lowbrow humor of a stunted script.
Synopsis: The death of their childhood basketball coach leads to a reunion for some old friends (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#37
Adjusted Score: 14585%
Critics Consensus: Sandler returns to his roots in this nauseating concoction filled with potty humor and product placements.
Synopsis: Davey Stone (Adam Sandler), a 33-year old party animal, finds himself in trouble with the law after his wild ways... [More]
Directed By: Seth Kearsley

#36

Zookeeper (2011)
14%

#36
Adjusted Score: 18809%
Critics Consensus: Zookeeper smothers Kevin James's with a sodden script and a surfeit of jokes inappropriate for the young viewers who would be intrigued by its juvenile storyline.
Synopsis: Kindhearted Griffin Keyes (Kevin James) is one of the best-loved caretakers at the Franklin Park Zoo, but since he is... [More]
Directed By: Frank Coraci

#35

Blended (2014)
15%

#35
Adjusted Score: 20602%
Critics Consensus: Lurching between slapstick and schmaltz without showing much of a commitment to either, Blended commits the rare Sandler sin of provoking little more than boredom.
Synopsis: Recently divorced mom Lauren (Drew Barrymore) and widowed dad Jim (Adam Sandler) let their friends push them into a blind... [More]
Directed By: Frank Coraci

#34
Adjusted Score: 21848%
Critics Consensus: Whether by way of inept comedy or tasteless stereotypes, I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry falters on both levels.
Synopsis: Chuck Levine (Adam Sandler) and Larry Valentine (Kevin James) are firefighters and true-blue buddies. When Larry, a widower, learns he... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#33

Pixels (2015)
18%

#33
Adjusted Score: 25234%
Critics Consensus: Much like the worst arcade games from the era that inspired it, Pixels has little replay value and is hardly worth a quarter.
Synopsis: When aliens intercept video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack Earth,... [More]
Directed By: Chris Columbus

#32

Just Go With It (2011)
19%

#32
Adjusted Score: 23988%
Critics Consensus: Just Go With It may be slightly better than some entries in the recently dire rom-com genre, but that's far from a recommendation.
Synopsis: His heart recently broken, plastic surgeon Danny Maccabee (Adam Sandler) pretends to be married so he can enjoy future dates... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#31

That's My Boy (2012)
20%

#31
Adjusted Score: 24767%
Critics Consensus: While it does represent a new foray into raunch for the normally PG-13 Sandler, That's My Boy finds him repeating himself to diminishing effect - and dragging Andy Samberg down with him.
Synopsis: While still a teen himself, Donny (Adam Sandler) fathered a son,Todd (Andy Samberg), and raised him as a single parent.... [More]
Directed By: Sean Anders

#30

Little Nicky (2000)
21%

#30
Adjusted Score: 25707%
Critics Consensus: Despite the presence of a large, talented cast, the jokes in Little Nicky are dumb, tasteless, and not that funny, and Adam Sandler's character is grating to watch.
Synopsis: In a perfect world, he'd be happy to head-bang in his room all day to heavy metal music. But no,... [More]
Directed By: Steven Brill

#29

Mr. Deeds (2002)
22%

#29
Adjusted Score: 25798%
Critics Consensus: This update of Capra doesn't hold a candle to the original, and even on its own merits, Mr. Deeds is still indifferently acted and stale.
Synopsis: Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler) is a sweet, lovable guy leading a simple but happy life in the tiny hamlet of... [More]
Directed By: Steven Brill

#28

Airheads (1994)
25%

#28
Adjusted Score: 26851%
Critics Consensus: There's a biting satire that keeps threatening to burst out of the well-cast Airheads, but unfortunately, the end result lives down to its title in the most unfortunate ways.
Synopsis: Three aspiring rock musicians -- Chazz (Brendan Fraser), Pip (Adam Sandler) and Rex (Steve Buscemi) -- are determined to have... [More]
Directed By: Michael Lehmann

#27

Sandy Wexler (2017)
27%

#27
Adjusted Score: 27727%
Critics Consensus: Sandy Wexler marks a mild improvement from the Adam Sandler vehicles immediately preceding it -- which in no way serves as an endorsement for non-hardcore fans.
Synopsis: Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler) is a talent manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s who diligently represents a group... [More]
Directed By: Steven Brill

#26

The Week Of (2018)
27%

#26
Adjusted Score: 26670%
Critics Consensus: The Week Of suggests promise in further collaborations between Sandler and Robert Smigel, but its shopworn premise and listless execution aren't enough to recommend it.
Synopsis: Two fathers with opposing personalities come together to celebrate the wedding of their children. They are forced to spend the... [More]
Directed By: Robert Smigel

#25

Bedtime Stories (2008)
27%

#25
Adjusted Score: 30018%
Critics Consensus: Though it may earns some chuckles from pre-teens, this kid-friendly Adam Sandler comedy is uneven, poorly paced, and lacks the requisite whimsy to truly work.
Synopsis: Hotel handyman Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) gets an unexpected surprise when he discovers that the tall tales he has been... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman

#24

The Longest Yard (2005)
31%

#24
Adjusted Score: 37597%
Critics Consensus: This Yard has some laughs but missing from this remake is the edginess of the original.
Synopsis: Disgraced pro football quarterback Paul Crewe (Adam Sandler) lands in jail, where manipulative Warden Hazen (James Cromwell) recruits him to... [More]
Directed By: Peter Segal

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 38529%
Critics Consensus: Men, Women & Children is timely, but director Jason Reitman's overbearing approach to its themes blunts the movie's impact.
Synopsis: Like many Americans, average suburbanite Don Truby (Adam Sandler) and his 15-year-old son use the Internet for information, communication and... [More]
Directed By: Jason Reitman

#22

The Waterboy (1998)
34%

#22
Adjusted Score: 37915%
Critics Consensus: This is an insult to its genre with low humor and cheap gags.
Synopsis: Raised by his overprotective mother, Helen (Kathy Bates), Bobby Boucher Jr. (Adam Sandler) is the water boy for a successful... [More]
Directed By: Frank Coraci

#21

Click (2006)
34%

#21
Adjusted Score: 41291%
Critics Consensus: This latest Adam Sandler vehicle borrows shamelessly from It's A Wonderful Life and Back To The Future, and fails to produce the necessary laughs that would forgive such imitation.
Synopsis: Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) seems to have it all but his wife, Donna (Kate Beckinsale), is increasingly frustrated by the... [More]
Directed By: Frank Coraci

#20

Coneheads (1993)
35%

#20
Adjusted Score: 37004%
Critics Consensus: Listless, crude, and overall uninspired, Coneheads offers further evidence that stretching an SNL sketch to feature length can be tougher than narfling a garthok.
Synopsis: Cone-headed extraterrestrials Beldar (Dan Aykroyd) and Prymaat (Jane Curtin) find themselves in New Jersey after a recon mission for their... [More]
Directed By: Steve Barron

#19
Adjusted Score: 44811%
Critics Consensus: You Don't Mess With the Zohan features intermittent laughs, and will please Sandler diehards, but after awhile the leaky premise wears thin.
Synopsis: Tired of all the fighting in his country, legendary Israeli commando Zohan (Adam Sandler) fakes his own death and goes... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#18

Big Daddy (1999)
39%

#18
Adjusted Score: 42837%
Critics Consensus: Adam Sandler acquits himself admirably, but his charm isn't enough to make up for Big Daddy's jarring shifts between crude humor and mawkish sentimentality.
Synopsis: Thirty-two-year-old Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler) has spent his whole life avoiding responsibility. But when his girlfriend dumps him for an... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#17

Billy Madison (1995)
42%

#17
Adjusted Score: 43829%
Critics Consensus: Audiences who enjoy Adam Sandler's belligerent comic energy may find him in joyously obnoxious form as Billy Madison, but this thinly-plotted starring vehicle surrounds its star with an aggressively pedestrian movie.
Synopsis: Man-child Billy Madison (Adam Sandler) has been a spoiled rich kid all his life, and spends his days drinking and... [More]
Directed By: Tamra Davis

#16

Anger Management (2003)
42%

#16
Adjusted Score: 48673%
Critics Consensus: Thought not without its funny moments, Anger Management is ultimately stale and disappointingly one-note, especially considering its capable cast.
Synopsis: Dave Buznik (Adam Sandler) is usually a mild-mannered nonconfrontational guy. But after an altercation aboard an airplane, he is remanded... [More]
Directed By: Peter Segal

#15

Shakes the Clown (1991)
43%

#15
Adjusted Score: 43034%
Critics Consensus: Shakes the Clown has a handful of memorable moments, but they're scattered in a movie whose best ideas were left undeveloped on their way to the screen.
Synopsis: The all-clown town of Palukaville provides a colorful backdrop for this tale of an alcoholic funnyman framed for murder.... [More]
Directed By: Bobcat Goldthwait

#14

Murder Mystery (2019)
45%

#14
Adjusted Score: 47530%
Critics Consensus: Murder Mystery reunites Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler for a lightweight comedy that's content to settle for merely mediocre.
Synopsis: A New York cop and his wife go on a European vacation to reinvigorate the spark in their marriage. A... [More]
Directed By: Kyle Newacheck

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 49828%
Critics Consensus: Hotel Transylvania's buoyant, giddy tone may please children, but it might be a little too loud and thinly-scripted for older audiences.
Synopsis: When monsters want to get away from it all, they go to Count Dracula's (Adam Sandler) Hotel Transylvania, a lavish... [More]
Directed By: Genndy Tartakovsky

#12

50 First Dates (2004)
45%

#12
Adjusted Score: 51699%
Critics Consensus: Gross-out humor overwhelms the easy chemistry between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, who bring some energy and yucks to this tale of a girl with short-term memory loss and the guy who tries to get her to love him.
Synopsis: Playboy vet Henry sets his heart on romancing Lucy, but she has short-term memory loss; she can't remember anything that... [More]
Directed By: Peter Segal

#11

Hubie Halloween (2020)
52%

#11
Adjusted Score: 57086%
Critics Consensus: Viewers immune to its star's charms won't find it much of a treat, but Hubie Halloween is sweet enough to satisfy fans of Adam Sandler's antics.
Synopsis: It's October 31st in Salem, Massachusetts, and a town's eccentric, devoted community volunteer and the good-natured object of his fellow... [More]
Directed By: Steven Brill

#10

Spanglish (2004)
53%

#10
Adjusted Score: 59032%
Critics Consensus: Paz Vega shines, and Adam Sandler gives a performance of thoughtfulness and depth, but Spanglish is ultimately undermined by sitcommy plotting and unearned uplift.
Synopsis: Mexican immigrant and single mother Flor Moreno (Paz Vega) finds housekeeping work with Deborah (Téa Leoni) and John Clasky (Adam... [More]
Directed By: James L. Brooks

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 57930%
Critics Consensus: Hotel Transylvania 2 is marginally better than the original, which may or may not be enough of a recommendation to watch 89 minutes of corny, colorfully animated gags from Adam Sandler and company.
Synopsis: Now that Dracula (Adam Sandler) has opened the Hotel Transylvania's doors to humans, things are changing for the better; however,... [More]
Directed By: Genndy Tartakovsky

#8

Happy Gilmore (1996)
61%

#8
Adjusted Score: 63865%
Critics Consensus: Those who enjoy Adam Sandler's schtick will find plenty to love in this gleefully juvenile take on professional golf; those who don't, however, will find it unfunny and forgettable.
Synopsis: All Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) has ever wanted is to be a professional hockey player. But he soon discovers he... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#7
Adjusted Score: 68646%
Critics Consensus: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation delivers exactly what fans will expect - which means another 97 agreeably lightweight minutes of fast-paced gags and colorful animation.
Synopsis: Your favorite monster family boards a luxury cruise ship so Dracula can take a summer vacation from the hotel. It's... [More]
Directed By: Genndy Tartakovsky

#6

Reign Over Me (2007)
64%

#6
Adjusted Score: 70368%
Critics Consensus: Reign Over Me is a charming, affecting tale of friendship and loss, with solid performances from Adam Sandler as a broken, grief-stricken man and Don Cheadle as his old friend and savior.
Synopsis: Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler), who lost his family in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, still grieves over their deaths.... [More]
Directed By: Mike Binder

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 72724%
Critics Consensus: It's decidedly uneven -- and surprisingly sappy for an early Adam Sandler comedy -- but The Wedding Singer is also sweet, funny, and beguiling.
Synopsis: Set in 1985, Adam Sandler plays a nice guy with a broken heart who's stuck in one of the most... [More]
Directed By: Frank Coraci

#4

Funny People (2009)
69%

#4
Adjusted Score: 77806%
Critics Consensus: Funny People features the requisite humor, as well as considerable emotional depth, resulting in Judd Apatow's most mature film to date.
Synopsis: Recently learning that he has a fatal disease, comic George Simmons (Adam Sandler) spots a struggling performer named Ira (Seth... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow

#3

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
79%

#3
Adjusted Score: 85067%
Critics Consensus: Odd, touching, and unique, Punch-Drunk Love is also delightfully funny, utilizing Adam Sandler's comic persona to explore the life of a lonely guy who finds love.
Synopsis: Although susceptible to violent outbursts, bathroom supply business owner Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) is a timid and shy man by... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#2

Uncut Gems (2019)
92%

#2
Adjusted Score: 112454%
Critics Consensus: Uncut Gems reaffirms the Safdies as masters of anxiety-inducing cinema -- and proves Adam Sandler remains a formidable dramatic actor when given the right material.
Synopsis: A charismatic jeweler makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. In a precarious high-wire... [More]
Directed By: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

#1
Adjusted Score: 105722%
Critics Consensus: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) observes the family dynamic through writer-director Noah Baumbach's bittersweet lens and the impressive efforts of a remarkable cast.
Synopsis: The adult children of Harold Meyerowitz reunite in New York in preparation for their father's career retrospective.... [More]
Directed By: Noah Baumbach

The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation announced the nominations for the 35th Annual Golden Razzie Awards on Jan 14. They were determined through the online voting of 757 members in 47 U.S. states and 19 foreign countries. The Razzies celebrate the worst achievements in film every year.

The winner for the brand new Redeemer category will be decided by you — the fan. Cast your vote on the list below, and check back to see the results on “Oscar Eve,” Feb. 21.

    The Razzie Redeemer Award

  • Ben Affleck for (From RAZZIE “Winner” for GIGLI to Oscar Darling for ARGO and GONE GIRL)
  • Jennifer Aniston for (From 4-Time RAZZIE Nominee to SAG Award Nominee for CAKE)
  • Mike Myers for (From RAZZIE “Winner” for LOVE GURU to Docu Director of SUPERMENSCH)
  • Keanu Reeves for (From 6-Time RAZZIE Nominee to JOHN WICK)
  • Kristen Stewart for (From RAZZIE “Winner” for TWILIGHT to the Art House Hit CAMP X-RAY)

In Theaters This Week:



Ghostbusters

97%

Rating: PG.

The classic ’80s comedy is back in theaters this weekend on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson star as paranormal scientists who run around New York City ridding the place of ghosts. Along the way, Murray’s character falls for the beautiful Dana (Sigourney Weaver), who becomes the unwitting conduit to demons in the netherworld. Some of the ghouls may seem slightly frightening for little kids, but the climax — involving a giant, marauding Stay Puft Marshmallow Man — is just absurdly hilarious. There’s some language, smoking and a bit of sexual innuendo. Fine for kids around age 8 and up — plus, you can enjoy sharing that catchy Ray Parker Jr. theme song with them.

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Blended

15%

Rating: PG-13, for crude and sexual content, and language.

The third teaming of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, following The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, isn’t exactly good but it’s probably suitable for tweens and older. Sandler and Barrymore co-star as single parents who initially hate each other but (naturally) end up getting together and blending their five combined kids during a luxurious African vacation. Compared to most Sandler comedies, this is pretty low-key in terms of the gross-out factor. There’s no projectile vomit, no messy excrement. There is one joke about urinating outdoors but it’s actually relevant in context. Computer-generated rhinos cavort and a giraffe surprises a teenage boy with a tongue kiss. Speaking of kissing, a couple of newlyweds make out incessantly (and the young wife is especially jiggly). There’s also a running bit about Barrymore’s 13-year-old son’s propensity for masturbation. But hey, it’s never too early to have that conversation.



Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

16%

Rating: PG, for some scary images and mild peril.

Creepy-looking and totally lacking in charm, this animated sequel to The Wizard of Oz is an insult to the classic original. But if it’s the only family-friendly movie that’s available to rent — well, you should still avoid it. Still, if your kids want to watch it, they (probably) won’t be scarred for life. Dorothy (voiced by Glee star Lea Michele) returns to Oz at the urging of the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Lion (Jim Belushi). She must defeat the evil and power-hungry Jester (Martin Short), who has taken over and plunged the magical land into ruin. The flying monkeys look more impish than scary this time, but when Jester is projected in full-on, great-and-powerful mode, it might be a bit frightening for the youngest kids. A whole new motley crew joins Dorothy on the yellow brick road, where various dangers and obstacles await. One of these supporting character “dies,” but not really. Please seek out the 1939 Wizard of Oz — or even The Wiz from 1978 — instead.

The only big release in the movie department this week is Adam Sandler’s latest rom-com, but we’ve also got a number of solid indie films to choose from. Then, on television, we’ve got AMC’s hit zombie apocalypse series, FX’s gritty biker gang drama, and a notable collection of Twilight Zone episodes from the 1980s. Read on for details:



Blended

15%

For a few years now, Adam Sandler’s been accused of passing off his fancy vacations with famous friends as feature films; unfortunately, his latest starring vehicle, Blended, does little to change that perception. In his third movie with Drew Barrymore, Sandler plays widower Jim, who stumbles through a disastrous blind date with divorcee Lauren (Barrymore). Through a series of happy coincidences — culminating in a shared South African safari vacation between their two families — Jim and Lauren cross paths and, despite their wildly different personalities, eventually hit it off. Critics were far from kind to Blended, lamenting its predictable blend of slapstick humor and sentimental schmaltz — neither of which fully hits home — and its willingness to indulge in offensive stereotypes. If you pick up the Blu-ray, you can expect the requisite gag reel, deleted scenes, and a few featurettes.



The Normal Heart

94%

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards air tonight, and one of the heavy hitters in the TV Movie category is HBO’s The Normal Heart, a depiction of the early 1980s AIDS crisis directed by Ryan Muphy and based on the play by Larry Kramer. Told from the perspective of openly gay writer Ned Weeks — portrayed by Mark Ruffalo in an Emmy-nominated performance — the film follows the efforts of Weeks and fellow activists to raise awareness of the disease and secure services for those afflicted. Certified Fresh at 94 percent, The Normal Heart earned high praise from critics both for its star-studded cast’s powerful acting and its thoughtful, sensitive treatment of the subject. Accordingly, it earned a whopping nine Emmy nominations across almost every category, including Outstanding Television Movie and four of the six spots in the Outstanding Supporting Actor field.



The Walking Dead – Season Four

As long as we’re talking about television, we might as well mention one of the biggest hits in recent memory, Frank Darabont’s adaptation of the eponymous comic book series The Walking Dead. Landing on DVD and Blu-ray this week is season four, which picks up with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of post-zombie apocalypse survivors as they attempt to maintain some semblance of a quiet lifestyle within the confines of an abandoned prison. It wouldn’t be The Walking Dead without some drama, though, so Grimes and Co. find themselves facing new threats from both within and without. Season four is Certified Fresh at 89 percent on the Tomatometer, and it delivers the same bloody action and character development we’ve come to expect from the series, so fans who have yet to catch up can probably rest assured they won’t be disappointed. The season box set comes with a full disc’s worth of bonuses, including two short featurettes per episode, deleted scenes, a number of making-of shorts, and an inside look at the show’s special effects.



Sons of Anarchy – Season Six

It’s been almost nine months since season six of FX’s Sons of Anarchy aired its last episode, but it’s finally coming to the home video market this week. The series has lost some of its luster since debuting strong back in 2008, especially as other high profile projects have dominated the pop culture landscape, but it continues to earn solid reviews; though this last season sits at 78 percent on the Tomatometer, that’s actually the lowest score its earned so far. In other words, Jax (Charlie Hunnam), Clay (Ron Perlman), Gemma (a Golden Globe-sinning Katey Sagal), and the rest of the SAMCRO gang are mostly as watchable as ever, even with multiple subplots to juggle. Special features include a couple of episode-specific commentary tracks, deleted scenes, a gag reel, a few episodes of the Anarchy Afterword program, and a brief look at the season’s body count, among other things.

Also available this week:

  • Belle (83 percent), starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Wilkinson in a Certified Fresh period drama about Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay.
  • Richard Ayoade’s The Double (82 percent), starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska in a comedy about a timid man whose life is slowly dominated by another man who looks exactly like him.
  • Polish import Aftermath (79 percent), a thriller about two brothers who reunite and face family demons from their past.
  • Clark Gregg’s Trust Me (52 percent), starring Gregg and Sam Rockwell in a dramedy about an agent for child actors who attempts to rein in a talented but unruly new client.
  • The Love Punch (27 percent), starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson in a comedy about warring exes who work together in order to steal a valuable diamond from the man who defrauded them out of their nest egg.
  • Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (17 percent), an animated film based on the 1939 classic that finds Dorothy returning to the magical land of Oz to vanquish a new threat, with voice work from Lea Michele and Kelsey Grammer.
  • Season two of CBS’s modern interpretation of Sherlock Holmes, Elementary (100 percent) is available on DVD.
  • The third season of ABC’s mystery drama Revenge (83 percent) is also available on DVD.
  • The fourth season of SyFy’s supernatural drama Haven is out on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • A new set of all three seasons of the 1985 revival of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone is available on DVD. Bonuses include a photo gallery, a special interview with Wes Craven, and commentary tracks.
  • And lastly, two selections from the Criterion Collection: a new DVD/Blu-ray combo pack of Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz (87 percent), and a new Blu-ray edition of Shohei Imamura’s 1979 crime thriller Vengeance is Mine (100 percent).

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Ep. 013 – Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page & director Frank Coraci
Matt & Tim talk about new movies ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ and ‘Blended’. Then Grae interviews ‘X-Men’ stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ellen Page, and Matt & Grae have an extended chat with ‘Blended’ director Frank Coraci.

In Theaters This Week:



X-Men: Days of Future Past

90%

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

Key X-Men characters and the younger versions of themselves all factor into this time-travel drama, with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine traversing both realms. One of the first images you see is of corpses being dumped from the back of a truck into the darkness of a terrifying, post-apocalyptic wasteland. This is an extremely violent and intense film, featuring massive set pieces with major destruction. Giant, flying robots known as Sentinels have been built to take out the mutants by shape shifting to adapt to their gifts. Prolonged fistfights and protracted gun battles abound. Magneto alone racks up the damage and casualties with just a casual hand gesture. OK for mature tweens and up.



Blended

15%

Rating: PG-13, for crude and sexual content, and language.

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore team up for the third time, following The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, as single parents who initially clash but eventually end up getting together and blending their five combined kids during a lavish trip to Africa. This is a comparatively tame Sandler movie in terms of the gross-out factor. There’s no projectile vomit, no messy excrement. There is one joke about urination but it’s actually relevant in context. Computer-generated rhinos cavort and a giraffe gives a teenage boy an unexpected tongue kiss. Speaking of kissing, a couple of newlyweds make out incessantly (and the young wife is especially jiggly). There’s also a running bit about Barrymore’s 13-year-old son’s affection for masturbation. This is probably fine for tweens and up.

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Pompeii

27%

Rating: PG-13, for intense battle sequences, disaster-related action and brief sexual content.

Stabbings, impalings, beheadings — name a brutal way for men to destroy each other and it’s probably in here. And that’s long before the volcano goes boom and starts shooting fireballs at the innocent citizens of Pompeii. This telling of the ancient eruption of Mount Vesuvius is a massively violent PG-13 disaster movie — but it’s all rendered with slick, computer-generated effects. Hunky gladiators beat their opponents bloody and tear into each other with their mighty swords. In the midst of the mayhem, bland young lovers Milo (Kit Harington) and Cassia (Emily Browning) scurry to survive — but they still find for unintentionally hilarious romance. This is probably OK for young teens but truly, I’d choose something else if you have some options. Something, you know, good.



Vampire Academy

16%

Rating: PG-13, for violence, bloody images, sexual content and language.

This hyper-verbal, smart-alecky action comedy is based on the series of young adult novels of the same name. It follows the adventures of teen vampire royalty and the guardians who’ve been assigned to protect them. Then there are the evil, immortal vampires who want to lure them to the dark side. Just as scary are the daily dramas of high school life, which best friends Lissa (Lucy Fry), the royal, and Rose (Zoey Deutsch), her protector, must navigate. There’s a ton of blood sucking, hand-to-hand combat, stabbings and general peril. There’s also a subplot about animal mutilation and some gossip about a female character engaging in a ménage a trois with two male classmates. Both might prove to be gnarly topics of discussion afterward. Fine for the target YA audience of tween and teen girls.

This week at the movies, we’ve got time-traveling Marvel mutants (X-Men: Days of Future Past, starring Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence) and a misbegotten family vacation (Blended, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore). What do the critics have to say?



X-Men: Days of Future Past

90%

Marvel fans, the wait is over, and the news is good. Critics say X-Men: Days of Future Past is nearly everything a summer blockbuster should be: star-studded, action-packed, ambitious, thoughtful, and above all, fun. This time out, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) goes back in time to prevent an assassination that, if it’s carried out, will lead to the creation of a new weapons system that threatens the existence of the X-Men — and potentially, all of humanity. The pundits say the Certified Fresh X-Men: Days of Future Past is so filled with detail that it may occasionally confuse non-diehards, but director Bryan Singer keeps the action moving at such a confident pace that it’s difficult not to avoid getting into the spirit of things. (Check out our video interview with the stars, as well as this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down every X-Men movie by Tomatometer.)



Blended

15%

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore have teamed up on the big screen twice before, but if you’re hoping that Blended offers an amiable good time in the vein of The Wedding Singer or 50 First Dates, critics say you’re out of luck with this odd, unfunny mix of would-be laughs and excessive sentimentality. After a disastrous blind date, single parents Jim (Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore) agree to never see each other again. Naturally, they both wind up at the same South African resort, and after some wacky hijinks involving the local wildlife, they discover they actually like each other. The pundits say Blended is pretty desperate stuff — it’s got a creaky plot, a truckload of stereotypical characters, and, worst of all, a shortage of funny gags. (Watch our video interview with the stars, and flip through our gallery of memorable on-screen couples.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

In Blended, Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Kevin Nealon, Jessica Lowe, and Wendi McClendon-Covey star in the summer film all abut families learning to live with each other. Grae Drake talks to them about vacations, PG-13 ratings, CG, and what their next babies names will be.

 

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