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All John C. Reilly Movies Ranked

For your health: Every John C. Reilly movie in one guide, ranked by Tomatometer, for the next time you want to see a guy go from serious, wrenching drama to broad, dumb comedy withouth breaking a curly-headed sweat.

Reilly made his film debut in Brian De Palma’s Vietnam War-set Casualties of War in 1989, and upon returning home, set up shop with blue-collar roles like playing lead pit boy in Days of Thunder or officers in both Dolores Claiborne and Boys. His collaborations with P.T. Anderson (Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia) gave him ’90s indie cred in a decade that worshipped it. And Reilly launched himself into a second career in the mid-2000s beneath the big Hollywood comedy tentpole, frequently opposite Will Ferrell: Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, and Walk Hard. Of course, lest we forget: his Oscar-nominated performance in musical Chicago, fitting for someone who calls that city his hometown.

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#55

Boys (1996)
15%

#55
Adjusted Score: 15.824%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this melodramatic mystery, teenager John Baker stumbles across the unconscious form of a woman in a field near the... [More]
Directed By: Stacy Cochran

#54
Adjusted Score: 42%
Critics Consensus: This overstuffed, scattershot vampire flick suffers from poor characterization and an unwieldy mix of scares and chuckles.
Synopsis: Based on the popular series of books by Darren Shan, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant tells the story of... [More]
Directed By: Paul Weitz

#53

Days of Thunder (1990)
39%

#53
Adjusted Score: 43.21%
Critics Consensus: Days of Thunder has Tom Cruise and plenty of flash going for it, but they aren't enough to compensate for the stock plot, two-dimensional characters, and poorly written dialogue.
Synopsis: The Top Gun team of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, and superstar Tom Cruise reunite for... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#52

The Extra Man (2010)
42%

#52
Adjusted Score: 43.385%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A sophisticated and moving comedy, THE EXTRA MAN follows Louis Ives (Paul Dano), a lonely dreamer who fancies himself the... [More]

#51

Anger Management (2003)
42%

#51
Adjusted Score: 47.416%
Critics Consensus: Thought not without its funny moments, Anger Management is ultimately stale and disappointingly one-note, especially considering its capable cast.
Synopsis: A man comes face to face with the rage he didn't know he had in this comedy. Dave Buznick (Adam... [More]
Directed By: Peter Segal

#50

Life After Beth (2014)
44%

#50
Adjusted Score: 47.046%
Critics Consensus: In spite of Aubrey Plaza's committed performance, Life After Beth remains a sketch-worthy idea that's been uncomfortably stretched to feature length.
Synopsis: After his girlfriend unexpectedly dies, Zach is devastated. However, he gets a second chance at love after she rises from... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Baena

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 48.792%
Critics Consensus: Baseball wins, romance loses.
Synopsis: This film takes a provocative look into the professional and personal passions of Billy Chapel, a legendary baseball pitcher nearing... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi

#48

Dark Water (2005)
47%

#48
Adjusted Score: 51.796%
Critics Consensus: All the atmospherics in Dark Water can't make up for the lack of genuine scares.
Synopsis: Directed by Walter Salles Jr., this remake of Hideo Nakata's supernatural psychological drama Honogurai Mizuno Soko Kara revolves around the... [More]
Directed By: Walter Salles

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 51.62%
Critics Consensus: While the special effects are well done and quite impressive, this film suffers from any actual drama or characterization. The end result is a film that offers nifty eye-candy and nothing else.
Synopsis: In October 1991, a dying tropical hurricane from Bermuda collided with a cold front from the Great Lakes, resulting in... [More]
Directed By: Wolfgang Petersen

#46

We're No Angels (1989)
47%

#46
Adjusted Score: 47.729%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this comedy, escaped prisoners Ned (Robert DeNiro) and Jim (Sean Penn) take refuge in a monastery where they pose... [More]
Directed By: Neil Jordan

#45

Chicago Cab (1998)
50%

#45
Adjusted Score: 25.98%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This film is about a rare windy-city cab driver who will go anywhere and do just about anything to please... [More]

#44
Adjusted Score: 56.662%
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

#43

The Promotion (2008)
53%

#43
Adjusted Score: 55.216%
Critics Consensus: With a workplace-related theme worthy of satire, The Promotion features some sharp witticisms but ultimately disappoints.
Synopsis: A war of wills takes place between two men who want to run the same grocery store in this offbeat... [More]
Directed By: Steven Conrad

#42

Hoffa (1992)
54%

#42
Adjusted Score: 55.137%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The life of powerful union leader Jimmy Hoffa is the subject of this biographical drama. The focus is strongly on... [More]
Directed By: Danny DeVito

#41

Step Brothers (2008)
55%

#41
Adjusted Score: 62.437%
Critics Consensus: Step Brothers indulges in a cheerfully relentless immaturity that will quickly turn off viewers unamused by Ferrell and Reilly -- and delight those who find their antics hilarious.
Synopsis: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby co-stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly re-team with that film's director, Adam... [More]
Directed By: Adam McKay

#40

The River Wild (1994)
56%

#40
Adjusted Score: 57.443%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This thriller filmed on location in Oregon and Montana, features Meryl Streep as a daring, strong mother who must navigate... [More]
Directed By: Curtis Hanson

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 59.534%
Critics Consensus: Unoriginal and unremarkable high school satire adds little to the genre.
Synopsis: Many people wish they could go back to high school, knowing what they know as an adult; Josie Geller gets... [More]
Directed By: Raja Gosnell

#38

9 (2009)
57%

#38
Adjusted Score: 62.583%
Critics Consensus: Although its story is perhaps too familiar and less complex than some might wish, 9 is visually spectacular, and director Shane Acker's attention to detail succeeds in drawing viewers into the film's universe.
Synopsis: The time is the too-near future. Powered and enabled by the invention known as the Great Machine, the world's machines... [More]
Directed By: Shane Acker

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 64.303%
Critics Consensus: This Party features a killer cast and many funny scenes, but the movie feels like nothing more than an excuse for the actors to emote.
Synopsis: Taking place over the course of one night, The Anniversary Party is a serio-comic, sometimes scathing inspection of a group... [More]

#36

Criminal (2004)
69%

#36
Adjusted Score: 71.99%
Critics Consensus: If you saw Nine Queens, it may feel redundant, but the snappy performances make it fun to watch.
Synopsis: A contemporary caper story centering upon an extremely odd couple: a young Latino man who will do anything for his... [More]

#35

Year of the Dog (2007)
69%

#35
Adjusted Score: 73.288%
Critics Consensus: Year of the Dog is a warm and quirky comedy that never condescends to its eccentric characters.
Synopsis: An unremarkable administrative assistant finds her life going to the dogs both literally and figuratively in actor/screenwriter-turned-director Mike White's dark... [More]
Directed By: Mike White

#34

Carnage (2011)
71%

#34
Adjusted Score: 76.551%
Critics Consensus: It isn't as compelling on the screen as it was on the stage, but Carnage makes up for its flaws with Polanski's smooth direction and assured performances from Winslet and Foster.
Synopsis: Carnage is a razor sharp, biting comedy centered on parental differences. After two boys duke it out on a playground,... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#33
Adjusted Score: 77.012%
Critics Consensus: Though it occasionally stalls, Talladega Nights' mix of satire, clever gags, and excellent ensemble performances put it squarely in the winner's circle.
Synopsis: When America's number one NASCAR speed-demon is issued a direct challenge from a gay, French Formula One racer with a... [More]
Directed By: Adam McKay

#32

Sing (2016)
71%

#32
Adjusted Score: 77.518%
Critics Consensus: Sing delivers colorfully animated, cheerfully undemanding entertainment with a solid voice cast and a warm-hearted -- albeit familiar -- storyline that lives up to its title.
Synopsis: A koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world's animals in order to save his elegant theater in... [More]

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 79.91%
Critics Consensus: Though flawed, the sprawling, messy Gangs of New York is redeemed by impressive production design and Day-Lewis's electrifying performance.
Synopsis: The violent rise of gangland power in New York City at a time of massive political corruption and the city's... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#30
Adjusted Score: 78.176%
Critics Consensus: A parody that pokes fun at rock stars and reductive biopics alike, this comedy sings in large part because of stellar performances and clever original music.
Synopsis: America loves Dewey Cox! But behind the music is the up-and-down-and-up-again story of a musician whose songs would change a... [More]
Directed By: Jake Kasdan

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 90.423%
Critics Consensus: Offering exhilarating eye candy, solid acting, and a fast-paced story, Kong: Skull Island earns its spot in the movie monster's mythos without ever matching up to the classic original.
Synopsis: Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures' "Kong: Skull Island" reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

#28
Adjusted Score: 83.013%
Critics Consensus: We Need to Talk About Kevin is a masterful blend of drama and horror, with fantastic performances across the board (Tilda Swinton especially, delivering one of her very best).
Synopsis: A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin explores the factious relationship between a... [More]
Directed By: Lynne Ramsay

#27

The Little Hours (2017)
78%

#27
Adjusted Score: 82.551%
Critics Consensus: The Little Hours gets plenty of goofy mileage out of its gifted ensemble, anchoring its ribald laughs in a period comedy with some surprisingly timely subtext.
Synopsis: Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Baena

#26

Cyrus (2010)
80%

#26
Adjusted Score: 84.173%
Critics Consensus: While it may strike some viewers as slight, Cyrus is a successful hybrid of mainstream production values and the mumblecore ideals of directors Jay and Mark Duplass.
Synopsis: Directed by mumblecore stalwarts Jay and Mark Duplass, Cyrus stars John C. Reilly as John, a middle-aged lonely divorced guy... [More]
Directed By: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

#25

Georgia (1995)
80%

#25
Adjusted Score: 80.958%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An unflinching drama of frustrated ambition and troubled siblings, Georgia examines the relationship between a self-destructive, would-be rock singer and... [More]
Directed By: Ulu Grosbard

#24

The Hours (2002)
80%

#24
Adjusted Score: 85.348%
Critics Consensus: The movie may be a downer, but it packs an emotional wallop. Some fine acting on display here.
Synopsis: Spanning across various time periods in the 20th Century, a drama which revolves around three very different women: two of... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Daldry

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 85.365%
Critics Consensus: The Thin Red Line is a daringly philosophical World War II film with an enormous cast of eager stars.
Synopsis: The return of director Terrence Malick to feature filmmaking after a twenty year sabbatical, this World War II drama is... [More]
Directed By: Terrence Malick

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 88.428%
Critics Consensus: The final film by the great Robert Altman, A Prairie Home Companion, the big screen adaptation of Garrison Keillor's radio broadcast showcases plenty of the director's strengths: it's got a gigantic cast and plenty of quirky acting and dialogue.
Synopsis: Director Robert Altman and writer Garrison Keillor join forces with an all-star cast to create a comic backstage fable, "A... [More]
Directed By: Robert Altman

#21

Entertainment (2015)
82%

#21
Adjusted Score: 83.101%
Critics Consensus: As brilliantly and uncomfortably confrontational as its protagonist, Entertainment is a boundary-blurring exercise in cinematic misanthropy that more than lives up to its title.
Synopsis: A broken, aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain... [More]
Directed By: Rick Alverson

#20
Adjusted Score: 86.393%
Critics Consensus: Visually splendid and narratively satisfying, Tale of Tales packs an off-kilter wallop for mature viewers in search of something different.
Synopsis: Once upon a time there were three neighboring kingdoms each with a magnificent castle, from which ruled kings and queens,... [More]
Directed By: Matteo Garrone

#19

The Good Girl (2002)
82%

#19
Adjusted Score: 86.224%
Critics Consensus: A dark dramedy with exceptional performances from Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal, The Good Girl is a moving and astute look at the passions of two troubled souls in a small town.
Synopsis: Justine is thirty years old and works as a discount store clerk in Texas. Deeply unhappy in her marriage to... [More]
Directed By: Miguel Arteta

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 85.289%
Critics Consensus: Post-Misery Kathy Bates proves to be another wonderful conduit for Stephen King's novels in this patient, gradually terrifying thriller.
Synopsis: A daughter who has come to imagine the worst about her mother learns the facts are quite different -- and... [More]
Directed By: Taylor Hackford

#17

Hard Eight (1996)
83%

#17
Adjusted Score: 84.432%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this film, luckless destitute gambler John meets suave and seemingly kind-hearted Sydney, a successful professional gambler. Sydney offers to... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#16

Magnolia (1999)
83%

#16
Adjusted Score: 89.472%
Critics Consensus: Critics say Magnolia is an ambitious, lengthy work that ultimately succeeds due to the interesting stories and excellent ensemble performances.
Synopsis: An intriguing and entertaining study in characters going through varying levels of crisis and introspection. This psychological drama leads you... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 87.005%
Critics Consensus: Casualties of War takes a harrowing plunge into the Vietnam War with a well-acted ensemble piece that ranks among director Brian De Palma's more mature efforts.
Synopsis: Casualties of War was based on a New Yorker article by Daniel Lang. This, in turn, was inspired by a... [More]
Directed By: Brian DePalma

#14

Les Cowboys (2016)
84%

#14
Adjusted Score: 84.858%
Critics Consensus: Les Cowboys pays absorbing homage to John Ford's The Searchers while staking its own claim as a thoughtful and narratively distinctive modern Western.
Synopsis: A vast prairie, a country & western gathering somewhere in the east of France. Alain is a central figure in... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Bidegain

#13

State of Grace (1990)
84%

#13
Adjusted Score: 85.101%
Critics Consensus: State of Grace brings an impressive ensemble cast to bear on its epic gangster saga, elevating a largely familiar story with outstanding performances.
Synopsis: This directorial effort from Phil Joanou stars Sean Penn as an Irish-American undercover cop working the Hell's Kitchen beat. Penn... [More]
Directed By: Phil Joanou

#12

Chicago (2002)
85%

#12
Adjusted Score: 92.43%
Critics Consensus: A rousing and energetic adaptation of the Broadway musical, Chicago succeeds on the level pure spectacle, but provides a surprising level of depth and humor as well.
Synopsis: A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" can go... [More]
Directed By: Rob Marshall

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 94.07%
Critics Consensus: The Sisters Brothers rides familiar genre trails in occasionally unexpected ways - a satisfying journey further elevated by its well-matched leading men.
Synopsis: From acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet), and based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, THE SISTERS... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Audiard

#10

Cedar Rapids (2011)
86%

#10
Adjusted Score: 90.654%
Critics Consensus: It's as conventional as its Midwestern setting, but Cedar Rapids boasts a terrific cast and a script that deftly blends R-rated raunch and endearing sweetness.
Synopsis: To call insurance agent Tim Lippe (Ed Helms), "naïve" is a gross understatement. He's never left his small hometown. He's... [More]
Directed By: Miguel Arteta

#9

Terri (2011)
86%

#9
Adjusted Score: 88.31%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A hit at the Sundance 2011 Film Festival, Terri is a moving and often funny film about the relationship between... [More]
Directed By: Azazel Jacobs

#8
Adjusted Score: 100.062%
Critics Consensus: Ralph Breaks the Internet levels up on its predecessor with a funny, heartwarming sequel that expands its colorful universe while focusing on core characters and relationships.
Synopsis: In "Ralph Breaks the Internet," video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz... [More]
Directed By: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore

#7

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)
87%

#7
Adjusted Score: 93.372%
Critics Consensus: Equally entertaining for both kids and parents old enough to catch the references, Wreck-It Ralph is a clever, colorful adventure built on familiar themes and joyful nostalgia.
Synopsis: Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), the "good guy" star of their... [More]
Directed By: Rich Moore

#6

The Aviator (2004)
86%

#6
Adjusted Score: 92.143%
Critics Consensus: With a rich sense of period detail, The Aviator succeeds thanks to typically assured direction from Martin Scorsese and a strong performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, who charts Howard Hughes' descent from eccentric billionaire to reclusive madman.
Synopsis: Martin Scorsese directed this fast-moving, epic-scale biopic documenting the life and loves one of the most colorful Americans of the... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#5

The Lobster (2016)
87%

#5
Adjusted Score: 96.348%
Critics Consensus: As strange as it is thrillingly ambitious, The Lobster is definitely an acquired taste -- but for viewers with the fortitude to crack through Yorgos Lanthimos' offbeat sensibilities, it should prove a savory cinematic treat.
Synopsis: Colin Farrell stars as David, a man who has just been dumped by his wife. To make matters worse, David... [More]
Directed By: Yorgos Lanthimos

#4
Adjusted Score: 92.335%
Critics Consensus: It's sentimental and somewhat predictable, but those are small complaints, given the tender atmosphere and moving performances at the heart of What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
Synopsis: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks... [More]
Directed By: Lasse Hallstrom

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 93.913%
Critics Consensus: When Marnie Was There is still blessed with enough visual and narrative beauty to recommend, even if it isn't quite as magical as Studio Ghibli's greatest works.
Synopsis: Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna... [More]
Directed By: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 103.471%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect -- as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.
Synopsis: From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers,... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn (II)

#1

Boogie Nights (1997)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 97.087%
Critics Consensus: Grounded in strong characters, bold themes, and subtle storytelling, Boogie Nights is a groundbreaking film both for director P.T. Anderson and star Mark Wahlberg.
Synopsis: Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

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