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All Julia Roberts Movies, Ranked by Tomatometer
It didn’t take long for Julia Roberts to become America’s de facto sweetheart – literally, she made a movie called America’s Sweethearts in 2001 – after starting out with Mystic Pizza and Steel Magnolias in the late-1980s. Those breakouts set the stage for Pretty Woman, the inescapable rom-com phenom that guaranteed all her movie choices for the rest on the ’90s would make headlines. These included thrillers like The Pelican Brief, Conspiracy Theory, and I Love Trouble; major directorial collaborations with the likes of Steven Spielberg (Hook) and Robert Altman (Ready to Wear); and more hits in the romantic-comedy space, with Notting Hill, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and Runaway Bride, which re-united Roberts with her Pretty Woman co-star Richard Gere.
In 2000, you could pinpoint a full pivot into drama with Erin Brockovich (which won Roberts the Best Actress Oscar), leading to Full Frontal, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Mona Lisa Smile, and Closer. Things got a little lighter over the past decade, as Roberts showed up for Eat Pray Love, and worked with Tom Hanks in his starring-and-directing vehicle Larry Crowne. (They had previously acted in Mike Nichols’ final film Charlie Wilson’s War.)
This career shift, mixed heavier material, has proven fruitful, as she’s had a string of Certified Fresh dramas including The Normal Heart, Wonder, and Ben is Back. Her latest Oscar nomination came through with 2016’s August: Osage Country, adapted by Tracy Letts from his Broadway play. Lately, streaming and television is where you’ll find Roberts: First, in the maiden season of Homecoming, and next in the upcoming Gaslit, an alternate look in the Watergate scandal. As she explores new creative frontiers, we’re ranking all Julia Roberts movies by Tomatometer!
Adjusted Score: 13.783%
Critics Consensus: Arguably well-intended yet thoroughly misguided, Mother's Day is the cinematic equivalent of a last-minute gift that only underscores its embarrassing lack of effort.
"Mother's Day" is the latest star studded ensemble comedy from director Garry Marshall ("Pretty Woman," "Valentine's Day"). Bringing together Jennifer... [More]
Adjusted Score: 23.565%
Critics Consensus: Eager to please and stuffed with stars, Valentine's Day squanders its promise with a frantic, episodic plot and an abundance of rom-com cliches.
Gary Marshall's ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day follows nearly two dozen people as they find and lose love in all... [More]
Adjusted Score: 22.062%
Critics Consensus: A game Julia Roberts gives it her all, but Sleeping with the Enemy is one stalker thriller that's unlikely to inspire many obsessions of its own.
In this thriller, the unhappy Laura Burney (Julia Roberts) attempts to escape her miserable marriage and her obsessive, violent husband... [More]
Adjusted Score: 22.935%
Critics Consensus: Despite boasting a stellar cast, Fireflies in the Garden is just tedious, dull and predictable melodrama. Instantly forgettable.
To an outsider, the Taylors are the very picture of the successful American family: Charles (Willem Dafoe) is a tenured... [More]
Adjusted Score: 25.412%
Critics Consensus: Dying's easy; it's making audiences care about the romance at the heart of this inert drama that proves difficult.
In Joel Schumacher's Dying Young, Julia Roberts plays Hillary O'Neil, a carefree young middle-class woman who falls in love with... [More]
Adjusted Score: 24.908%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Robert Altman's all-star satire about fashion and murder at a Paris designers' show, where an odd visitor (Marcello Mastroianni) disrupts... [More]
Adjusted Score: 27.89%
Critics Consensus: The movie looks good and has its moments. But, overall, the movie borders on boredom.
This reworking of Robert Louis Stevenson's horror story Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is told from the perspective of Jekyll's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 33.687%
Critics Consensus: The look of Hook is lively indeed but Steven Spielberg directs on autopilot here, giving in too quickly to his sentimental, syrupy qualities.
Steven Spielberg filters J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan through a distinctly 1990s sensibility in Hook. Peter Pan has become Peter... [More]
Adjusted Score: 36.624%
Critics Consensus: Despite its famous cast, the movie lacks sympathetic characters and is only funny in spurts.
For an awkward, self-conscious girl like Kiki, being the personal assistant to a beautiful mega-star like Gwen isn't easy. But... [More]
Adjusted Score: 38.099%
Critics Consensus: Though Mona Lisa Smile espouses the value of breaking barriers, the movie itself is predictable and safe.
In 1953, a time when women's roles were rigidly defined, free-spirited, novice art history professor Katherine Watson begins teaching at... [More]
Adjusted Score: 43.239%
Critics Consensus: Despite the relaxed, easy chemistry of stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, Larry Crowne is surprisingly bland and conventional.
Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where... [More]
Adjusted Score: 42.014%
Critics Consensus: The scenery is nice to look at, and Julia Roberts is as luminous as ever, but without the spiritual and emotional weight of the book that inspired it, Eat Pray Love is too shallow to resonate.
Liz Gilbert had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having -- a husband, a house, a successful... [More]
Adjusted Score: 40.148%
Critics Consensus: Small-town gossip and a battle of the sexes should really add up to more than Something to Talk About, especially with this much talent before the camera.
The feminist outrage of Thelma & Louise (1991) screenwriter Callie Khouri blended superbly with director Lasse Hallstrom's predilection for stories... [More]
Adjusted Score: 42.755%
Critics Consensus: An confusing movie made worse by the poor camera work.
Described as a modern-day Hollywood version of Day for Night, director Steven Soderbergh's first digital video production was also shot... [More]
Adjusted Score: 44.274%
Critics Consensus: Secret in Their Eyes wastes its incredible cast on a remake that fails to improve upon -- or even make a compelling case for its own existence in addition to -- the remarkable original.
A tight-knit team of rising investigators - Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Jess (Julia Roberts), along with their supervisor Claire (Nicole... [More]
Adjusted Score: 17.522%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
The summer before graduation, a high-school girl rock band lands a job playing at a vacation resort. This comedy-drama follows... [More]
Adjusted Score: 49.735%
Critics Consensus: Solid work from Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon isn't enough to save Stepmom from a story whose manipulations dilute the effectiveness of a potentially affecting drama.
The story of an unlikely friendship that develops between two remarkable women: Jackie (Sarandon), a divorced mother of two, and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 49.457%
Critics Consensus: Cliche story with lack of chemistry between Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.
A columnist fired by his editor/ex-wife for being too chauvinistic tries to redeem himself by chasing a story on spec... [More]
Adjusted Score: 50.67%
Critics Consensus: While it boasts an impressive cast, striking visuals, and an effective mood, Flatliners never quite jolts its story to life.
In an attempt to discover what awaits us after death, med-school buddies Nelson Wright (Keifer Sutherland), Rachel Mannus (Julia Roberts),... [More]
Adjusted Score: 57.255%
Critics Consensus: Like most of Tarsem Singh's films, Mirror Mirror is undeniably beautiful -- but its treatment of the age-old Snow White fable lacks enough depth or originality to set it apart from the countless other adaptations of the tale.
One of the most beloved stories of all time is coming to life in the motion picture event for the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 56.866%
Critics Consensus: Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington are a compelling team in the overlong Pelican Brief, a pulpy thriller that doesn't quite justify the intellectual remove of Alan J. Pakula's direction.
Embroiled in an affair with Thomas Callahan (Sam Shephard), her alcoholic professor, precocious 24-year-old Tulane University law student Darby Shaw... [More]
Adjusted Score: 58.123%
Critics Consensus: Though The Mexican makes a good attempt at originality, its ponderous length makes it wear out its welcome. Also, those looking forward to seeing Roberts and Pitt paired up may end up disappointed, as they are kept apart for most of the movie.
A clumsy criminal is put in a position where he not only has to save his own skin, but that... [More]
Adjusted Score: 60.11%
Critics Consensus: While some have found the latest star-studded heist flick to be a fun, glossy star vehicle, others declare it's lazy, self-satisfied and illogical.
After pulling off the heist of their lives, Danny Ocean and his pals unexpectedly find themselves back in harness in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 59.156%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) is a New York City cab driver who seems to have absorbed every bit of crackpot... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.978%
Critics Consensus: Money Monster's strong cast and solidly written story ride a timely wave of socioeconomic anger that's powerful enough to overcome an occasionally muddled approach to its worthy themes.
Lee Gates is a bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall... [More]
Adjusted Score: 65.564%
Critics Consensus: Sometimes inventive and witty, this animated adventure into an ant-sized world is a pleasant diversion.
"The Ant Bully" tells a witty and heartwarming story about a 10-year-old boy who embarks on a remarkable journey. New... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67.672%
Critics Consensus: Pretty Woman may be a yuppie fantasy, but the film's slick comedy, soundtrack, and casting can overcome misgivings.
Edward is a rich and sophisticated businessman who specializes in corporate raiding - buying up businesses to break them up... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.98%
Critics Consensus: Duplicity is well-crafted, smart, and often funny, but it's mostly more cerebral than visceral and features far too many plot twists.
Michael Clayton's writer/director Tony Gilroy helms this dramatic caper re-teaming Closer stars Julia Roberts and Clive Owen as two lovelorn... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74.793%
Critics Consensus: The sheer amount of acting going on in August: Osage County threatens to overwhelm, but when the actors involved are as talented as Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, it's difficult to complain.
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.817%
Critics Consensus: Steel Magnolias has jokes and characters to spare, which makes it more dangerous (and effective) when it goes for the full melodrama by the end.
Six women come together in this hilarious and heartwarming story of life, love and loss in a small Louisiana parish.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.968%
Critics Consensus: Closer's talented cast and Mike Nichols' typically assured direction help smooth a bumpy journey from stage to screen.
Set in contemporary London, a story of passion, drama, love, and abandonment involving four strangers--their chance meetings, instant attractions and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.232%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a charming performance from Julia Roberts and a subversive spin on the genre, My Best Friend's Wedding is a refreshingly entertaining romantic comedy.
Essentially an old-fashioned romantic comedy with a few dark twists, My Best Friend's Wedding marks the return of Julia Roberts... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.159%
Critics Consensus: As impressively ambitious as it is satisfyingly impactful, Michael Collins honors its subject's remarkable achievements with a magnetic performance from Liam Neeson in the title role.
This biopic dramatizes the life of controversial Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins from 1916 to 1922. Collins employed bloody guerrilla... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.103%
Critics Consensus: Mystic Pizza is like its namesake food: it's cheesy, topped with romance, and rises to the occasion.
Three teenagers learn a lot about life and love one summer in this romantic comedy-drama. Kat (Annabeth Gish), Daisy (Julia... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.774%
Critics Consensus: Kids will be entertained by the straightforward plot and cute animals, and adults will be charmed by how quiet and humble the production is, a fine translation of E.B. White's genteel prose.
E.B. White's classic children's story comes to the screen in this live-action adaptation with an all-star voice cast. Fern Arable... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.89%
Critics Consensus: A likable, infectious musical, Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You is sometimes uneven but always toe-tapping and fun.
Featuring a soundtrack filled with beloved "standard" songs such as "Just You, Just Me" and "My Baby Just Cares for... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.536%
Critics Consensus: Rockwell is spot-on as Barris, and Clooney directs with entertaining style and flair.
Chuck Barris is best known to most Americans as the guy who used to host The Gong Show. He was... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.013%
Critics Consensus: Refreshingly understated, Ben Is Back subverts family drama stereotypes - and provides a forum for terrific performances from Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts.
19 year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns home to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben's mother,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.818%
Critics Consensus: As fast-paced, witty, and entertaining as it is star-studded and coolly stylish, Ocean's Eleven offers a well-seasoned serving of popcorn entertainment.
A rag-tag group of con artists and ex-cons team up for the heist to end all heists in this high-profile... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.689%
Critics Consensus: Charlie Wilson's War manages to entertain and inform audiences, thanks to its witty script and talented cast of power players.
Charlie Wilson was a bachelor congressman from Texas who had a habit of showing up in hot tubs with strippers... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.123%
Critics Consensus: A rom-com with the right ingredients, Notting Hill proves there's nothing like a love story well told -- especially when Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts are your leads.
Can a beautiful and internationally famous American actress find happiness with a frumpy British bookstore clerk? She can -- at... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.093%
Critics Consensus: Taking full advantage of Julia Roberts's considerable talent and appeal, Erin Brockovich overcomes a few character and plot issues to deliver a smart, thoughtful, and funny legal drama.
Julia Roberts stars in this legal drama based on the true story of a woman who helped win the largest... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.725%
Critics Consensus: Wonder doesn't shy away from its bestselling source material's sentiment, but this well-acted and overall winsome drama earns its tugs at the heartstrings.
Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.205%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to Emmy-worthy performances from a reputable cast, The Normal Heart is not only a powerful, heartbreaking drama, but also a vital document of events leading up to and through the early AIDS crisis.
This drama tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s,... [More]