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All Jack Black Movies Ranked

He was raised by satellite engineers, he grew up to wield the Pick of Destiny, and he’s amassed an impressive — and impressively eclectic — filmography as a manic funnyman, dramatic actor, and everything in between. We’re talking, of course, about the one and only Jack Black, a movie star whose singularly effusive charisma has helped fuel a string of blockbuster hits — King KongTropic ThunderJumanji: Welcome to the Jungle —  and cult classics — High Fidelity, Nacho Libre, School of Rock — stretching back for more than a quarter of a century. Clearly, this is a collected achievement worth celebrating — which is exactly why we’ve gone to the effort of rounding up his major film roles and sorting them by Tomatometer. How many Jack Black movies have you seen, and where do your favorites rank? Read on to find out!


Envy (2004)

Adjusted Score: 10.841%
Critics Consensus: Jack Black and Ben Stiller fail to wring laughs from a script that's essentially one extended poop joke.
Synopsis: After delivering a critical and box-office hit with 2001's Bandits, director Barry Levinson once again takes on the comedy genre... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson


Year One (2009)

Adjusted Score: 19.275%
Critics Consensus: Year One is a poorly executed, slapdash comedy in which the talent both in front of and behind the camera never seem to be on the same page.
Synopsis: Jack Black and Michael Cera headline Harold Ramis' Biblical comedy about a pair of misfit hunter-gatherers who embark on a... [More]
Directed By: Harold Ramis


Bongwater (1998)

Adjusted Score: 6.574%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Oregon pot dealer David (Luke Wilson) is perfectly happy with his uninspired artwork and sonambulstic slacker life. Along wih his... [More]
Directed By: Richard Sears


Saving Silverman (2001)

Adjusted Score: 20.847%
Critics Consensus: Dragged down by a plot lacking any sense of logic and obnoxious, unsympathetic characters, this comedy is more crude and mean-spirited than funny.
Synopsis: Darren Silverman, Wayne Le Fessier and J.D. McNugent have been best friends since the fifth grade. From grade school (when... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

Adjusted Score: 23.038%
Critics Consensus: Though Jack Black is back doing what he does best, Gulliver's Travels largely fails to do any justice to its source material, relying instead on juvenile humor and special effects.
Synopsis: In a contemporary re-imagining of the classic tale, Gulliver, a big-talking mailroom clerk who, after he's mistakenly assigned a travel... [More]
Directed By: Rob Letterman


The Jackal (1997)

Adjusted Score: 24.154%
Critics Consensus: The Jackal is a relatively simple chase thriller incapable of adding thrills or excitement as the plot chugs along.
Synopsis: In Moscow, after FBI deputy director Carter Preston (Sidney Poitier) and scarred Russian intelligence officer Valentina Koslova (Diane Venora) bring... [More]
Directed By: Michael Caton-Jones


Airborne (1993)

Adjusted Score: 21.288%
Critics Consensus: Airborne skates downhill with a threadbare story, flat characters, and wince-inducing dialogue.
Synopsis: The exciting world of rollerblading provides the basis of this tale of a young teen who tries to gain a... [More]
Directed By: Rob Bowman


Shark Tale (2004)

Adjusted Score: 41.007%
Critics Consensus: Derivative and full of pop culture in-jokes.
Synopsis: Oscar is a fast-talking little fish that dreams big. But his big dreams land him in hot water when a... [More]


Nacho Libre (2006)

Adjusted Score: 45.462%
Critics Consensus: At times hilarious, but other times offensive, Director Jared Hess is unable to recapture the collective charisma of his Napoleon characters, instead relying on a one-joke concept that runs out of steam. Sure to entertain the adolescents, however.
Synopsis: Jared Hess (of Napoleon Dynamite fame) directs this bizarre comedy starring Jack Black as Nacho, a young man who works... [More]
Directed By: Jared Hess


The Big Year (2011)

Adjusted Score: 43.572%
Critics Consensus: Though made with care and affection for its characters, The Big Year plods along, rarely reaching any comedic heights.
Synopsis: Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson are at a crossroads -- one is experiencing a mid-life crisis, another a... [More]
Directed By: David Frankel


Orange County (2002)

Adjusted Score: 49.021%
Critics Consensus: Smarter than the average teen movie, but a little on the unmemorable side.
Synopsis: Some cast and crew from NBC's highly acclaimed, little-seen series Freaks and Geeks reunite for this teen comedy that also... [More]
Directed By: Jake Kasdan


The Holiday (2006)

Adjusted Score: 54.073%
Critics Consensus: While it's certainly sweet and even somewhat touching, The Holiday is so thoroughly predictable that audiences may end up opting for an early check-out time.
Synopsis: Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy Holiday stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two women who exchange houses in order to... [More]
Directed By: Nancy Meyers


Shallow Hal (2001)

Adjusted Score: 53.962%
Critics Consensus: While surprisingly sweeter and warm-hearted than previous Farrelly outings, Shallow Hal is also less funny and more bland.
Synopsis: Jack Black continues his march to stardom with this typical Farrelly brothers blend of broad comedy and a heartfelt message.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 57.443%
Critics Consensus: Despite a great cast, the characters in Margot at the Wedding are too unlikable to enthrall viewers.
Synopsis: Margot Zeller, a savagely bright, razor-tongued short-story writer who creates chaos wherever she goes, sets off on a surprise journey... [More]
Directed By: Noah Baumbach


The D Train (2015)

Adjusted Score: 57.582%
Critics Consensus: The D Train offers Jack Black a too-rare opportunity to showcase his range, but its story and characters are too sloppily conceived to hold together as a film.
Synopsis: All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That's about to change - if he... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Mogel, Jarrad Paul


The Cable Guy (1996)

Adjusted Score: 58.279%
Critics Consensus: The Cable Guy's dark flashes of thought-provoking, subversive wit are often -- but not always -- enough to counter its frustratingly uneven storytelling approach.
Synopsis: Originally planned as a silly vehicle for Chris Farley, in the hands of director Ben Stiller and star Jim Carrey,... [More]
Directed By: Ben Stiller

Adjusted Score: 55.827%
Critics Consensus: Tenacious D fan will find this movie hilarious; everybody else will see only a low-brow concept movie and a small assembly of jokes stretched past the 100 minute mark.
Synopsis: In this musical comedy-adventure starring self-proclaimed greatest band in the world Tenacious D, a pair of aspiring rock superstars attempt... [More]
Directed By: Liam Lynch


The Polka King (2017)

Adjusted Score: 66.599%
Critics Consensus: Despite moments of hilarity and a talented ensemble, discordant direction and a sloppy script keep The Polka King from truly singing.
Synopsis: In The Polka King, Jack Black stars as Jan Lewan, a Polish immigrant who became the "King of Pennsylvania Polka."... [More]


Cradle Will Rock (1999)

Adjusted Score: 66.702%
Critics Consensus: Witty and provocative.
Synopsis: The art and theater world of 1930s New York City is the backdrop for the new Touchstone Pictures film "Cradle... [More]
Directed By: Tim Robbins


Be Kind Rewind (2008)

Adjusted Score: 69.387%
Critics Consensus: Slighter and less disciplined than Gondry's previous mind-benders.
Synopsis: Jerry is a junkyard worker who attempts to sabotage a power plant that he believes is melting his brain. But,... [More]
Directed By: Michel Gondry

Adjusted Score: 73.92%
Critics Consensus: An entertaining PG detour for gore maestro Eli Roth, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a family-friendly blend of humor and horror with an infectious sense of fun.
Synopsis: In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy... [More]
Directed By: Eli Roth

Adjusted Score: 76.478%
Critics Consensus: An entertaining, topical thriller that finds director Tony Scott on solid form and Will Smith confirming his action headliner status.
Synopsis: The action producing-directing team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott is back with another thrill-a-minute ride called Enemy of the... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

Adjusted Score: 83.616%
Critics Consensus: Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot avoids inspirational biopic clichés thanks to sensitive work from writer-director Gus Van Sant and the admirable efforts of a well-chosen cast.
Synopsis: John Callahan has a lust for life, a talent for off-color jokes, and a drinking problem. When an all-night bender... [More]
Directed By: Gus Van Sant

Adjusted Score: 85.556%
Critics Consensus: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle uses a charming cast and a humorous twist to offer an undemanding yet solidly entertaining update on its source material.
Synopsis: When four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game they've never heard of--Jumanji--they are immediately drawn... [More]
Directed By: Jake Kasdan


Goosebumps (2015)

Adjusted Score: 83.799%
Critics Consensus: Goosebumps boasts more than enough of its spooky source material's kid-friendly charm to make up for some slightly scattershot humor and a hurried pace.
Synopsis: Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining... [More]
Directed By: Rob Letterman


Ice Age (2002)

Adjusted Score: 81.516%
Critics Consensus: Even though Ice Age is treading over the same grounds as Monsters, Inc. and Shrek, it has enough wit and laughs to stand on its own.
Synopsis: Set against the onslaught of the ice age -- and a world filled with wonder and danger -- the story... [More]


Jesus' Son (1999)

Adjusted Score: 81.52%
Critics Consensus: Slight yet ultimately absorbing, Jesus' Son makes effective use of its period setting and talented ensemble cast.
Synopsis: JESUS' SON is the intense, edgy, often hilarious story of a young man's circuitous journey from drug dependency and petty... [More]
Directed By: Alison Maclean


Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

Adjusted Score: 86.303%
Critics Consensus: The storyline arc may seem a tad familiar to fans of the original, but Kung Fu Panda 2 offers enough action, comedy, and visual sparkle to compensate.
Synopsis: In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Yuh Nelson


Tropic Thunder (2008)

Adjusted Score: 91.437%
Critics Consensus: With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor, and an unforgettable turn by Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a triumphant late Summer comedy.
Synopsis: Ben Stiller's satirical look at Hollywood, Tropic Thunder concerns the production of an epic Vietnam War film that quickly derails... [More]
Directed By: Ben Stiller


King Kong (2005)

Adjusted Score: 93.213%
Critics Consensus: Featuring state-of-the-art special effects, terrific performances, and a majestic sense of spectacle, Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong is a potent epic that's faithful to the spirit of the 1933 original.
Synopsis: One of the greatest adventure stories in Hollywood history gets a new interpretation in this action drama from Academy Award-winning... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson


Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

Adjusted Score: 93.5%
Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Panda 3 boasts the requisite visual splendor, but like its rotund protagonist, this sequel's narrative is also surprisingly nimble, adding up to animated fun for the whole family.
Synopsis: In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, KUNG... [More]


Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Adjusted Score: 93.869%
Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Panda has a familiar message, but the pleasing mix of humor, swift martial arts action, and colorful animation makes for winning Summer entertainment.
Synopsis: A clumsy panda bear becomes an unlikely kung fu hero when a treacherous enemy spreads chaos throughout the countryside in... [More]


Bernie (2012)

Adjusted Score: 93.67%
Critics Consensus: Richard Linklater's Bernie is a gently told and unexpectedly amusing true-crime comedy that benefits from an impressive performance by Jack Black.
Synopsis: In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town's most beloved... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater


High Fidelity (2000)

Adjusted Score: 96.905%
Critics Consensus: The deft hand of director Stephen Frears and strong performances by the ensemble cast combine to tell an entertaining story with a rock-solid soundtrack.
Synopsis: In a biting romantic comedy, Rob Gordon is the owner of a semi-failing record store in Chicago, where he sells... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears


School of Rock (2003)

Adjusted Score: 96.673%
Critics Consensus: Black's exuberant, gleeful performance turns School of Rock into a hilarious, rocking good time.
Synopsis: The world's least-employable heavy metal guitarist is entrusted with the minds of upstate New York's best and brightest in this... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

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