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All Mark Ruffalo Movies Ranked

Soaking in Mark Ruffalo’s incisive, heart-rending performance in 2000’s You Can Count On Me, you’d figure he must’ve spent the ’90s quietly piecing together a career brick by brick, role by role, to have turned in such a performance in the Kenneth Lonergan drama. But, nope, a look at his “career” before 2000 reveals only bit parts with a line here, or a punch there, almost not worth mentioning. It made his star-marking appearance in You Can Count on Me all the more unexpected and revelatory.

Momentum is like a train leaving a station whether you’re ready or not, and Ruffalo has latched on and never let go. He has since never really left the spotlight (literally, he was in Spotlight), forging ahead with a mix of dramas (Foxcatcher, The Normal Heart), lighter comedies (The Kids Are All RightDate Night), and work with auteurs like David Fincher (Zodiac), Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island), and Michael Mann (Collateral).

Ruffalo is particularly adept at playing driven intellectuals whose emotions and needs complicate their lives, making him perfectly suited to play Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the MCU movies. He joined the franchise with the first Avengers and was able to fully rehabilitate Hulk’s and Thor’s image in Thor: Ragnarok. With Avengers: Endgame having come and gone, taking the Hulk in an unexpected direction, and his next 2019 appearance being in a new Todd Haynes film, we’re now ranking the best Mark Ruffalo movies (and the worst) by Tomatometer!

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 16.947%
Critics Consensus: With a scenery-chewing performance from Sean Penn, an absence of political insight, and an overall lack of narrative cohesiveness, these Men give Oscar bait a bad name.
Synopsis: The legacy of a populist Southern politician whose lofty ambitions for the future leave him open to corruption and scandal... [More]
Directed By: Steven Zaillian

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 17.09%
Critics Consensus: Uneven in tone and badly edited, A View From the Top wastes the talents of its cast and condescends to its characters.
Synopsis: Brazilian filmmaker Bruno Barreto directs this comic look at the world of flight attendants starring Gwyneth Paltrow as Donna, a... [More]
Directed By: Bruno Barreto

#37

Rumor Has It (2005)
20%

#37
Adjusted Score: 23.226%
Critics Consensus: This riff on The Graduate has a solid cast, but is too lightweight to fully register.
Synopsis: Sarah Huttinger is in a fog. She's finally agreed to marry her boyfriend Jeff, but isn't at all sure that... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 27.854%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS marks acclaimed actor Mark Ruffalo's first foray into directing. This inspired and unusual film tells the story... [More]
Directed By: Mark Ruffalo

#35

Windtalkers (2002)
32%

#35
Adjusted Score: 36.556%
Critics Consensus: The action sequences are expertly staged. Windtalkers, however, sinks under too many clichés and only superficially touches upon the story of the code talkers.
Synopsis: Loosely based on a real-life operation during World War II, this action-adventure from director John Woo stars Nicolas Cage as... [More]
Directed By: John Woo

#34

In the Cut (2003)
33%

#34
Adjusted Score: 37.686%
Critics Consensus: Director/co-writer Jane Campion takes a stab at subverting the psycho-sexual thriller genre with In the Cut, but gets tangled in her own abstraction.
Synopsis: Following the brutal murder of a young woman in her neighborhood, a self-determined NYU professor dares to test the limits... [More]
Directed By: Jane Campion

#33

Now You See Me 2 (2016)
34%

#33
Adjusted Score: 40.921%
Critics Consensus: Now You See Me 2 packs in even more twists and turns than its predecessor, but in the end, it has even less hiding up its sleeve.
Synopsis: THE FOUR HORSEMEN (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan) return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits... [More]
Directed By: Jon M. Chu

#32

Reservation Road (2007)
38%

#32
Adjusted Score: 41.204%
Critics Consensus: While the performances are fine, Reservation Road quickly adopts an excessively maudlin tone along with highly improbable plot turns.
Synopsis: A tale of anger, revenge, and great courage, the film follows two fathers as their families and lives converge. On... [More]
Directed By: Terry George

#31

XX/XY (2003)
44%

#31
Adjusted Score: 45.062%
Critics Consensus: The characters are both unsympathetic and uninteresting.
Synopsis: A man finds himself having to decide between one of two women -- not once, but twice -- in this... [More]
Directed By: Austin Chick

#30

Blindness (2008)
44%

#30
Adjusted Score: 49.594%
Critics Consensus: This allegorical disaster film about society's reaction to mass blindness is mottled and self-satisfied; provocative but not as interesting as its premise implies.
Synopsis: When one man is struck blind while driving home from work, his whole world is turned to an eerie, milky... [More]
Directed By: Fernando Meirelles

#29

Now You See Me (2013)
50%

#29
Adjusted Score: 55.906%
Critics Consensus: Now You See Me's thinly sketched characters and scattered plot rely on sleight of hand from the director to distract audiences.
Synopsis: NOW YOU SEE ME pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against "The Four Horsemen",... [More]
Directed By: Louis Leterrier

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 54.772%
Critics Consensus: Thanks For Sharing showcases some fine performances but doesn't delve into its thorny premise as deeply as it should.
Synopsis: On the surface Adam (Ruffalo), an over-achieving environmental consultant, Mike (Robbins), a long-married small-business owner, and Neil (Gad), a wisecracking... [More]
Directed By: Stuart Blumberg

#27

The Last Castle (2001)
52%

#27
Adjusted Score: 55.371%
Critics Consensus: The Last Castle is well acted and rousing for the most part, but the story can't stand up to close scrutiny.
Synopsis: The Castle is an unlikely last stop in the brilliant career of three-star General Irwin. Court-martialed and stripped of his... [More]
Directed By: Rod Lurie

#26

Just Like Heaven (2005)
55%

#26
Adjusted Score: 59.697%
Critics Consensus: Delightfully sweet like a lollipop, Just Like Heaven is a dreamy romantic comedy that may give you a toothache when it attempts to broach difficult end of life issues by throwing a cherry on top.
Synopsis: A couple who live on different sides of the divide of life and death discover just how many boundaries love... [More]
Directed By: Mark Waters (VIII)

#25

13 Going on 30 (2004)
65%

#25
Adjusted Score: 69.383%
Critics Consensus: The plot's nothing new, but Garner shows a lovable flair for romantic comedies.
Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Jenna (Shana Dowdeswell) has had enough with the trials of adolescence. In addition to being saddled with a devoted-but-nerdy... [More]
Directed By: Gary Winick

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 67.325%
Critics Consensus: Sarah Polley keeps this production afloat with her moving performance.
Synopsis: Ann is 23-years-old, she has 2 young daughters, a husband who spends more time unemployed than working, a mother who... [More]
Directed By: Isabel Coixet

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 65.419%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Brian and Paulie grow up like brothers on the gritty streets of south Boston. They do whatever it takes to... [More]
Directed By: Brian Goodman

#22
Adjusted Score: 69.062%
Critics Consensus: We Don't Live Here Anymore is often overly moody and grim, but it's made watchable by the strong performances for its four principal actors.
Synopsis: Independent filmmaker John Curran directs the romantic drama We Don't Live Here Anymore, with a script by Larry Gross based... [More]
Directed By: John Curran

#21

Date Night (2010)
66%

#21
Adjusted Score: 72.642%
Critics Consensus: An uneasy blend of action and comedy, Date Night doesn't quite live up to the talents of its two leads, but Steve Carell and Tina Fey still manage to shine through most of the movie's flaws.
Synopsis: Steve Carell and Tina Fey star in director Shawn Levy's comedy about a couple whose routine date night becomes anything... [More]
Directed By: Shawn Levy

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 72.622%
Critics Consensus: Despite strong performances The Brothers Bloom ultimately does not fulfill its lofty ambitions.
Synopsis: When the younger of two notorious sibling con artists announces a plan to go legit, his brother implores him to... [More]
Directed By: Rian Johnson

#19

Shutter Island (2010)
68%

#19
Adjusted Score: 75.379%
Critics Consensus: It may not rank with Scorsese's best work, but Shutter Island's gleefully unapologetic genre thrills represent the director at his most unrestrained.
Synopsis: Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for a fourth time for this adaptation of Shutter Island, a novel by... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 81.622%
Critics Consensus: Some may find its dark tone and slender narrative off-putting, but Spike Jonze's heartfelt adaptation of the classic children's book is as beautiful as it is uncompromising.
Synopsis: Visionary director Spike Jonze brings Maurice Sendak's beloved children's book to the big screen with the help of hipster icon... [More]
Directed By: Spike Jonze

#17

Margaret (2011)
73%

#17
Adjusted Score: 75.352%
Critics Consensus: A surfeit of ideas contributes to Margaret's excessive run time, but Anna Paquin does a admirable job of guiding viewers through emotional hell.
Synopsis: Margaret centers on a 17-year-old New York City high-school student who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Lonergan

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 88.784%
Critics Consensus: Exuberant and eye-popping, Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as an overstuffed but mostly satisfying sequel, reuniting its predecessor's unwieldy cast with a few new additions and a worthy foe.
Synopsis: When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America,... [More]
Directed By: Joss Whedon

#15

Chicago 10 (2008)
80%

#15
Adjusted Score: 82.422%
Critics Consensus: Brett Morgan's half-animated, half-documentary film is an arresting, sometimes visionary portrait of the historic and chaotic trial.
Synopsis: The Kid Stays in the Picture director Brett Morgen turns his unique eye toward the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention... [More]
Directed By: Brett Morgen

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 84.831%
Critics Consensus: Infinitely Polar Bear handles its thorny themes with a somewhat troublesomely light touch, but Mark Ruffalo's complex performance keeps the drama solidly grounded.
Synopsis: Maya Forbes autobiographically inflected Infinitely Polar Bear stars Mark Ruffalo as Cameron, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder. After... [More]
Directed By: Maya Forbes

#13

Begin Again (2014)
83%

#13
Adjusted Score: 88.857%
Critics Consensus: Writer-director John Carney's return to musical drama isn't quite as potent as it was with Once, but thanks to charming work from its well-matched leads, Begin Again is difficult to resist.
Synopsis: The latest film from writer-director John Carney (ONCE), BEGIN AGAIN is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls... [More]
Directed By: John Carney

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 104.762%
Critics Consensus: Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.
Synopsis: An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Infinity... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#11

Collateral (2004)
86%

#11
Adjusted Score: 92.543%
Critics Consensus: Driven by director Michael Mann's trademark visuals and a lean, villainous performance from Tom Cruise, Collateral is a stylish and compelling noir thriller.
Synopsis: A taxi driver is unexpectedly taken on the ride of his life in this stylish thriller from acclaimed director Michael... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#10

Foxcatcher (2014)
88%

#10
Adjusted Score: 97.457%
Critics Consensus: A chilling true crime drama, Foxcatcher offers Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum a chance to shine -- and all three of them rise to the challenge.
Synopsis: FOXCATCHER is a psychological drama directed by Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller (MONEYBALL) and starring Golden Globe winner Steve Carell,... [More]
Directed By: Bennett Miller

#9

Zodiac (2007)
89%

#9
Adjusted Score: 97.234%
Critics Consensus: A quiet, dialogue-driven thriller that delivers with scene after scene of gut-wrenching anxiety. David Fincher also spends more time illustrating nuances of his characters and recreating the mood of the 70s than he does on gory details of murder.
Synopsis: Based on the true story of the notorious serial killer and the intense manhunt he inspired, Zodiac is a superbly... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 104.914%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a script that emphasizes its heroes' humanity and a wealth of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.
Synopsis: Marvel Studios presents Marvel's The Avengers-the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man,... [More]
Directed By: Joss Whedon

#7

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
93%

#7
Adjusted Score: 110.124%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, funny, and above all fun, Thor: Ragnarok is a colorful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise -- and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Synopsis: In Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok," Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and... [More]
Directed By: Taika Waititi

#6
Adjusted Score: 99.736%
Critics Consensus: Propelled by Charlie Kaufman's smart, imaginative script and Michel Gondry's equally daring directorial touch, Eternal Sunshine is a twisty yet heartfelt look at relationships and heartache.
Synopsis: The second feature from director Michel Gondry (Human Nature) finds the filmmaker reteaming with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for this off-the-wall... [More]
Directed By: Michel Gondry

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 99.441%
Critics Consensus: Worthwhile as both a well-acted ensemble piece and as a smart, warm statement on family values, The Kids Are All Right is remarkable.
Synopsis: Two teenaged children get the notion to seek out their biological father and introduce him into the family life that... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Cholodenko

#4

The Normal Heart (2014)
94%

#4
Adjusted Score: 95.143%
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.
Synopsis: This drama tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s,... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Murphy

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 98.291%
Critics Consensus: You Can Count On Me may look like it belongs on the small screen, but the movie surprises with its simple yet affecting story. Beautifully acted and crafted, the movie will simply draw you in.
Synopsis: Two siblings, orphaned at an early age, have grown apart as adults. Sammy, the older of the two, has stayed... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Lonergan

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 117.525%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel's epic Infinity Saga.
Synopsis: The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers... [More]
Directed By: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo

#1

Spotlight (2015)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 110.826%
Critics Consensus: Spotlight gracefully handles the lurid details of its fact-based story while resisting the temptation to lionize its heroes, resulting in a drama that honors the audience as well as its real-life subjects.
Synopsis: SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause... [More]
Directed By: Tom McCarthy

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