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All Charlize Theron Movies Ranked

Charlize Theron launched a career turning heads in 1996’s Two Days in the Valley as one of the quirky neo-noir’s femme fatales. The big breakthrough for the South African actress came but a year later, playing the satanic bait in The Devil’s Advocate. Thanks, Keanu! Theron suddenly became inescapable, working with some big name directors (Woody Allen, John Frankenheimer, Robert Redford) on their worst movies (The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Reindeer Games, The Legend of Bagger Vance). Then 2003 brought her international recognition (The Italian Job) and a significant Oscar win (Monster). Ever since, she’s fluctuated between catnip for fanboys (AEon Flux, Hancock, Prometheus) and dramatic art (North Country and the Jason Reitman collaborations Young Adult and Tully), and sometimes she’s found that rarefied sweet spot in-between (Mad Max: Fury Road).

Theron makes her first big-screen appearance (and first rom-com ever!) in 2019 with Long Shot, co-starring Seth Rogen, and has The Addams Family and Fair and Balanced lined up for the rest of the year. With that, we’re taking a look back with the best Charlize Theron movies (and the worst!), ranked by Tomatometer!

#43

The Last Face (2017)
4%

#43
Adjusted Score: 5.064%
Critics Consensus: The Last Face's noble intentions are nowhere near enough to carry a fundamentally misguided story that arguably demeans the demographic it wants to defend.
Synopsis: The Last Face centers around a love affair between Dr. Wren Petersen (Academy Award (R) winner, Charlize Theron), the director... [More]
Directed By: Sean Penn

#42

Aeon Flux (2005)
9%

#42
Adjusted Score: 11.989%
Critics Consensus: Aeon Flux lacks the gravity-defying pace of its animated predecessor, and, despite some flash, is largely a dull affair.
Synopsis: Four hundred years in the future, Aeon Flux is the top underground operative at war with the totalitarian regime governing... [More]
Directed By: Karyn Kusama

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 13.322%
Critics Consensus: The humor is on the level of a corny sitcom, and the tone is condescending.
Synopsis: Country singer Dwight Yoakam is a co-producer of this Miramax comedy about marital infidelity among the Southern redneck set. Auto... [More]

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 17.04%
Critics Consensus: Despite the best efforts of its talented leads, The Astronaut's Wife moves at a snail's pace and fails to generate enough intrigue to keep viewers engaged.
Synopsis: Science fiction blends with domestic horror in this thriller. Spencer Armacost (Johnny Depp) is an astronaut on a routine mission... [More]
Directed By: Rand Ravitch, Rand Ravich

#39

Sweet November (2001)
15%

#39
Adjusted Score: 17.765%
Critics Consensus: Schmaltzy and manipulative, Sweet November suffers from an implausible plot and non-existent chemistry between its leads.
Synopsis: A workaholic tycoon meets a seemingly care free woman who takes a new lover every month. She convinces him to... [More]
Directed By: Pat O'Connor

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 17.928%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young Cambridge student gets involved with a budding photographer in the years before WWII. Their relationship gets severed as... [More]
Directed By: John Duigan

#37

Sleepwalking (2008)
17%

#37
Adjusted Score: 18.506%
Critics Consensus: Despite some sharp performances, Sleepwalking suffers from a grimness of tone and sluggish pacing.
Synopsis: Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Dennis Hopper, Nick Stahl, AnnaSophia Robb, and Deborra-Lee Furness star in a family drama detailing the... [More]
Directed By: William Maher

#36

Trapped (2002)
17%

#36
Adjusted Score: 17.951%
Critics Consensus: With its plot about child kidnapping and endangerment, Trapped is an exploitative thriller, more queasy than suspenseful.
Synopsis: A mother is caught in a race against time to save her child in this taut suspense thriller. Dr. Will... [More]
Directed By: Luis Mandoki

#35
Adjusted Score: 25.869%
Critics Consensus: The Huntsman: Winter's War is visually arresting and boasts a stellar cast, but neither are enough to recommend this entirely unnecessary sequel.
Synopsis: Freya the Ice Queen (Emily Blunt) brings her sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron) back to life, and the powerful evil siblings... [More]
Directed By: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

#34

Dark Places (2015)
24%

#34
Adjusted Score: 26.253%
Critics Consensus: Dark Places has a strong cast and bestselling source material, but none of it adds up to more than a mediocre thriller that gets tripped up on its own twists.
Synopsis: 25 years after testifying against her brother as the person responsible for massacring her entire family, a haunted woman (Charlize... [More]
Directed By: Gilles Paquet-Brenner

#33
Adjusted Score: 27.664%
Critics Consensus: Despite a decent cast, subpar acting and a contrived plot disappointed reviewers.
Synopsis: A burglar looking to make time with a beautiful woman after five years in prison falls into a dangerous trap... [More]
Directed By: John Frankenheimer

#32

15 Minutes (2001)
32%

#32
Adjusted Score: 35.802%
Critics Consensus: As critical as it is about sensationalism in the media, 15 Minutes itself indulges in lurid violence, and its satire is too heavy-handed to be effective.
Synopsis: An action drama centering on the media circus, 15 Minutes focuses on a New York homicide detective named Eddie Flemming... [More]
Directed By: John Herzfeld

#31
Adjusted Score: 40.647%
Critics Consensus: While it offers a few laughs and boasts a talented cast, Seth MacFarlane's overlong, aimless A Million Ways to Die in the West is a disappointingly scattershot affair.
Synopsis: Seth MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert in A Million Ways to... [More]
Directed By: Seth MacFarlane

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 39.77%
Critics Consensus: This heavily symbolic, melodramatic multi-narrative drama lacks emotional resonance.
Synopsis: Sylvia's cool, professional demeanor masks the sexually charged storm within. When a stranger from Mexico confronts her with her mysterious... [More]

#29

Gringo (2018)
39%

#29
Adjusted Score: 44.033%
Critics Consensus: Gringo rounds up a bafflingly overqualified cast for a misfire of a comedy that's fatally undermined by its messy plot, poorly conceived characters, and obvious debts to better films.
Synopsis: Combining dark comedy with dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides across the border into Mexico, where all is not as it seems... [More]
Directed By: Nash Edgerton

#28

Hancock (2008)
41%

#28
Adjusted Score: 49.314%
Critics Consensus: Though it begins with promise, Hancock suffers from a flimsy narrative and poor execution.
Synopsis: A hard-drinking lush finds himself thrust into superhero mode in director Peter Berg's unconventional look at the private life of... [More]
Directed By: Peter Berg

#27

Celebrity (1998)
41%

#27
Adjusted Score: 42.663%
Critics Consensus: Entertaining, but too scattered.
Synopsis: When a reporter is assigned to the celebrity beat he anticipates a little excitement. But he never expected this... Quickly,... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#26

Men of Honor (2000)
42%

#26
Adjusted Score: 45.413%
Critics Consensus: De Niro and Goodings Jr. manage to turn in performances that make this by-the-numbers inspirational movie watchable.
Synopsis: This military drama is based on the true story of Carl Brashear, who was the first African-American to serve as... [More]
Directed By: George Tillman Jr.

#25
Adjusted Score: 47.412%
Critics Consensus: Despite the talent involved in The Legend of Bagger Vance, performances are hindered by an inadequate screenplay full of flat characters and bad dialogue. Also, not much happens, and some critics are offended by how the film glosses over issues of racism.
Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of a golf tournament in 1930's Georgia where a white war hero is competing for the... [More]
Directed By: Robert Redford

#24
Adjusted Score: 49.725%
Critics Consensus: The writing for Scorpion is not as sharp as Woody Allen's previous movies as most of the jokes fall flat.
Synopsis: In 1940, CW Briggs is the top insurance investigator in New York--or so he keeps telling the firm's new efficiency... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#23
Adjusted Score: 57.255%
Critics Consensus: While it offers an appropriately dark take on the fairy tale that inspired it, Snow White and the Huntsman is undone by uneven acting, problematic pacing, and a confused script.
Synopsis: In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than... [More]
Directed By: Rupert Sanders

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 53.892%
Critics Consensus: While it isn't terribly original, and it seems to have a political agenda that may rankle some viewers, Astro Boy boasts enough visual thrills to please its target demographic.
Synopsis: A young robot with incredible powers, super strength, and the purest spirit on the planet discovers the joys of being... [More]
Directed By: David Bowers

#21

Trial and Error (1997)
51%

#21
Adjusted Score: 52.544%
Critics Consensus: Trial and Error gets some laughs out of the comedic chemistry between its pleasantly mismatched leads, although the results are still somewhat less than memorable.
Synopsis: Up-and-coming L.A. corporate lawyer Charles Tuttle (Jeff Daniels) is going to marry his wealthy boss's beautiful daughter Elizabeth (Alexandra Wentworth),... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Lynn

#20

Mighty Joe Young (1998)
55%

#20
Adjusted Score: 57.183%
Critics Consensus: Beguiling effects transcend a predictable plot.
Synopsis: After being discovered in the African outback, a twenty foot ape and his young woman companion escape to Los Angeles... [More]
Directed By: Ron Underwood

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 57.59%
Critics Consensus: Well intentioned and passionate, this docu-drama about the 1999 WTO protests is heavier on politics than character development.
Synopsis: Actor-turned-filmmaker Stuart Townsend makes his screenwriting and directorial debut with this ensemble film set during the 1999 World Trade Organization... [More]
Directed By: Stuart Townsend

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 61.648%
Critics Consensus: A labyrinthine thriller with a host of memorable characters, 2 Days in the Valley is an uneven but intriguing thriller/black comedy.
Synopsis: A variety of crooks, losers, and working stiffs living in the shadow of Hollywood find their various personal crises overlapping... [More]
Directed By: John Herzfeld

#17

The Yards (2000)
64%

#17
Adjusted Score: 66.997%
Critics Consensus: Featuring strong performances and direction, The Yards is a richly textured crime thriller with an authentic feel.
Synopsis: An ex-con struggles to make a clean life for himself, but his job in a Queens, New York subway rail... [More]
Directed By: James Gray

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 79.256%
Critics Consensus: The Fate of the Furious opens a new chapter in the franchise, fueled by the same infectious cast chemistry and over-the-top action fans have come to expect.
Synopsis: The latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise welcomes two Oscar-winning actresses: Charlize Theron plays Cipher, the latest... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 69.706%
Critics Consensus: Though it is ultimately somewhat undone by its own lofty ambitions, The Devil's Advocate is a mostly effective blend of supernatural thrills and character exploration.
Synopsis: Supernatural forces hover over the courtroom in this devilish drama adapted from the novel by Andrew Neiderman. Attorney Kevin Lomax... [More]
Directed By: Taylor Hackford

#14

North Country (2005)
69%

#14
Adjusted Score: 74.473%
Critics Consensus: Though sometimes melodramatic and formulaic, North Country is nonetheless a rousing, powerful story of courage and humanity.
Synopsis: This true story centers on Lori Jenson, who took a job at a Minnesota iron mine in 1975. She and... [More]
Directed By: Niki Caro

#13
Adjusted Score: 57.726%
Critics Consensus: The Life and Death of Peter Sellers struggles to truly capture its subject's singular genius, but remains a diverting tribute -- and a showcase for the talents of Geoffrey Rush.
Synopsis: The often-troubled life of one of the greatest comic actors in the history of the British cinema provides the basis... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Hopkins

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 75.771%
Critics Consensus: The Cider House Rules has wonderful performances, lovely visuals, and an old-fashioned feel.
Synopsis: John Irving scripted this screen adaptation of his 1985 novel. Set during World War II, The Cider House Rules concerns... [More]
Directed By: Lasse Hallstrom

#11

Prometheus (2012)
73%

#11
Adjusted Score: 83.939%
Critics Consensus: Ridley Scott's ambitious quasi-prequel to Alien may not answer all of its big questions, but it's redeemed by its haunting visual grandeur and compelling performances -- particularly Michael Fassbender as a fastidious android.
Synopsis: Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#10

The Road (2009)
73%

#10
Adjusted Score: 79.59%
Critics Consensus: The Road's commitment to Cormac McCarthy's dark vision may prove too unyielding for some, but the film benefits from hauntingly powerful performances from Viggo Mortensen and Kodi McPhee.
Synopsis: "The Road" is a post-apocalyptic dramatic thriller about a father and his son walking alone through burned America. Nothing moves... [More]

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 77.921%
Critics Consensus: Though some of Paul Haggis's themes are heavy-handed, In the Valley of Elah is otherwise an engrossing murder mystery and antiwar statement, featuring a mesmerizing performance from Tommy Lee Jones.
Synopsis: "In the Valley of Elah" tells the story of a war veteran, his wife and the search for their son,... [More]
Directed By: Paul Haggis

#8

The Italian Job (2003)
73%

#8
Adjusted Score: 78.051%
Critics Consensus: Despite some iffy plot elements, The Italian Job succeeds in delivering an entertaining modern take on the original 1969 heist film, thanks to a charismatic cast.
Synopsis: A team of high-class thieves avenge their mentor's death -- with the help of his own daughter -- in this... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

#7

Atomic Blonde (2017)
78%

#7
Adjusted Score: 91.953%
Critics Consensus: Atomic Blonde gets enough mileage out of its stylish action sequences -- and ever-magnetic star -- to make up for a narrative that's somewhat less hard-hitting than its protagonist.
Synopsis: A high-stakes, global action-thriller that takes place in the city of Berlin, on the eve of the Wall's collapse and... [More]
Directed By: David Leitch

#6

Young Adult (2011)
80%

#6
Adjusted Score: 85.62%
Critics Consensus: Despite its somewhat dour approach, Young Adult is a funny and ultimately powerful no-holds-barred examination of prolonged adolescence, thanks largely to a convincing performance by Charlize Theron.
Synopsis: Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory... [More]
Directed By: Jason Reitman

#5

Monster (2004)
81%

#5
Adjusted Score: 86.017%
Critics Consensus: Charlize Theron gives a searing, deglamorized performance as real life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, an intense, disquieting portrait of a profoundly damaged soul.
Synopsis: Model-turned-actress Charlize Theron leaves her glamorous image behind for this gritty drama, in which she plays a disturbed prostitute who... [More]
Directed By: Patty Jenkins

#4

Tully (2018)
86%

#4
Adjusted Score: 97.257%
Critics Consensus: Tully delves into the modern parenthood experience with an admirably deft blend of humor and raw honesty, brought to life by an outstanding performance by Charlize Theron.
Synopsis: A new comedy from Academy Award (R)-nominated director Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air") and Academy Award (R)-winning screenwriter Diablo... [More]
Directed By: Jason Reitman

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 95.85%
Critics Consensus: A light, sweet, and thoroughly entertaining debut for director Tom Hanks, That Thing You Do! makes up in charm what it lacks in complexity.
Synopsis: Tom Hanks made his directorial debut in this bright comedy set in the mid-1960's about a rock group and their... [More]
Directed By: Tom Hanks

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 104.911%
Critics Consensus: Kubo and the Two Strings matches its incredible animation with an absorbing -- and bravely melancholy -- story that has something to offer audiences of all ages.
Synopsis: Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever,... [More]
Directed By: Travis Knight

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 112.594%
Critics Consensus: With exhilarating action and a surprising amount of narrative heft, Mad Max: Fury Road brings George Miller's post-apocalyptic franchise roaring vigorously back to life.
Synopsis: Filmmaker George Miller gears up for another post-apocalyptic action adventure with Fury Road, the fourth outing in the Mad Max... [More]
Directed By: George Miller

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