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All Melissa McCarthy Movies Ranked

Since breaking out on the big screen with her scene-stealing appearance in the hit 2011 comedy Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy has earned a reputation as one of Hollywood’s most fearless — and gut-bustingly funny — stars, proving her willingness to endure even the most awkward situations and ego-bruising pratfalls in follow-up efforts like The Heat, Spy, and Ghostbusters. But McCarthy isn’t just here to make us laugh — she’s also proven her dramatic chops in more subdued fare like St. Vincent and Gilmore Girls, and with a full docket of upcoming projects, we still haven’t seen everything she can do. We can, however, take a look back at everything she has done, using the Tomatometer as our guide, so read on see all Melissa McCarthy movies ranked from worst to best.

#22

Cook Off! (2017)
14%

#22
Adjusted Score: 4.494%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Reality-show shenanigans mix with the fiery-and-fierce world of competitive baking in the deliciously sly mockumentary COOK OFF! As a buffet... [More]
Directed By: Guy Shalem, Cathryn Michon

#21

The Back-up Plan (2010)
18%

#21
Adjusted Score: 21.943%
Critics Consensus: Jennifer Lopez is as appealing as ever, but The Back-Up Plan smothers its star with unrelatable characters and a predictable plot.
Synopsis: A romantic comedy centered on a woman who conceives twins through artificial insemination, only to meet the man of her... [More]
Directed By: Alan Poul

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 23.259%
Critics Consensus: Instead of offering a convincing argument against the death penalty, this implausible, convoluted thriller pounds the viewer over the head with its message.
Synopsis: The mystery of one man's guilt or innocence literally becomes a matter of life and death in this drama. David... [More]
Directed By: Alan Parker

#19

Identity Thief (2013)
19%

#19
Adjusted Score: 25.401%
Critics Consensus: Identity Thief's few laughs are attributable to Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, who labor mightily to create a framework for the movie's undisciplined plotline.
Synopsis: Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail... [More]
Directed By: Seth Gordon

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 27.635%
Critics Consensus: Less a comedy than an angrily dark action thriller, The Hangover Part III diverges from the series' rote formula but offers nothing compelling in its place.
Synopsis: "The Hangover Part III" is the third and final film in director Todd Phillips' record-shattering comedy franchise. This time, there's... [More]
Directed By: Todd Phillips

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 34.248%
Critics Consensus: The Happytime Murders wastes its intriguingly transgressive premise on a witless comedy that blindly pushes buttons instead of attempting to tell an entertaining story.
Synopsis: No Sesame. All Street. THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is a filthy comedy set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles where... [More]
Directed By: Brian Henson

#16

The Boss (2016)
21%

#16
Adjusted Score: 28.013%
Critics Consensus: Melissa McCarthy remains as fiercely talented as ever, but her efforts aren't enough to prop up the baggy mess of inconsistent gags and tissue-thin writing that brings down The Boss.
Synopsis: Academy Award (R)-nominated star Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Tammy) headlines The Boss as a titan of industry who is... [More]
Directed By: Ben Falcone

#15

Tammy (2014)
24%

#15
Adjusted Score: 30.824%
Critics Consensus: Melissa McCarthy remains an engaging screen presence, but her efforts aren't enough to keep the jumbled Tammy on track.
Synopsis: Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is having a bad day. She's totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at... [More]
Directed By: Ben Falcone

#14

Drowning Mona (2000)
29%

#14
Adjusted Score: 31.201%
Critics Consensus: A whodunnit that stacks its lists of suspects with wasted character actors, Drowning Mona is a twee farce that will prompt audiences to tune out before the mystery is solved.
Synopsis: Rage, jealousy, murder, and Eastern European automotive engineering combine in this offbeat black comedy. Verplanck, NY, is a small town... [More]
Directed By: Nick Gomez

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 33.044%
Critics Consensus: Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel make a charming couple with plenty of chemistry, but that isn't enough to make up for Life as We Know It's formulaic plot and poorly written script.
Synopsis: Two people who can't stand each other are forced to care for the same child in this domestic comedy drama... [More]

#12

The Third Wheel (2002)
33%

#12
Adjusted Score: 6.579%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An unlucky-in-love bachelor lands his dream date, but finds that getting through the evening will be a difficult challenge indeed... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Brady

#11

Pumpkin (2002)
36%

#11
Adjusted Score: 37.459%
Critics Consensus: The messy Pumpkin wastes its premise by not making the satire sharp enough.
Synopsis: Adam Larson and Tony R. Abrams' directorial debut Pumpkin is an unconventional love story. College senior Carolyn McDuffy (Christina Ricci)... [More]

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 44.012%
Critics Consensus: Life of the Party's good-natured humor and abundance of onscreen talent aren't enough to make up for jumbled direction and a script that misses far more often than it hits.
Synopsis: When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college...landing... [More]
Directed By: Ben Falcone

#9

This Is 40 (2012)
52%

#9
Adjusted Score: 59.882%
Critics Consensus: Judd Apatow definitely delivers funny and perceptive scenes in This is 40, even if they are buried in aimless self-indulgence.
Synopsis: Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Funny People) brings audiences This Is 40, an original comedy that expands upon the... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow

#8

The Nines (2007)
65%

#8
Adjusted Score: 66.276%
Critics Consensus: Though The Nines doesn't solidify as well as writer/director John August would hope for, Ryan Reynolds's strong performance makes each of the film's intriguing segments worth watching.
Synopsis: Writer/director John August ponders the metaphysical aspects of life and art in an episodic allegory that follows three artists as... [More]
Directed By: John August

#7

The Heat (2013)
65%

#7
Adjusted Score: 71.614%
Critics Consensus: The Heat is predictable, but Melissa McCarthy is reliably funny and Sandra Bullock proves a capable foil.
Synopsis: Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) couldn't be more incompatible.... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#6

Charlie's Angels (2000)
68%

#6
Adjusted Score: 73.107%
Critics Consensus: Mixing tongue-in-cheek cheesecake with glossy action set pieces, Charlie's Angels is slick and resonably fun despite its lack of originality.
Synopsis: They're beautiful, they're brilliant, and they work for Charlie. In a smart, sexy update of the 70's TV show, "Charlie's... [More]
Directed By: McG

#5

Ghostbusters (2016)
74%

#5
Adjusted Score: 89.111%
Critics Consensus: Ghostbusters does an impressive job of standing on its own as a freewheeling, marvelously cast supernatural comedy -- even if it can't help but pale somewhat in comparison with the classic original.
Synopsis: Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#4

St. Vincent (2014)
77%

#4
Adjusted Score: 84.126%
Critics Consensus: St. Vincent offers the considerable pleasure of seeing Bill Murray back in funny form, but drifts into dangerously sentimental territory along the way.
Synopsis: Maggie (McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year old son, Oliver (Lieberher). Forced... [More]
Directed By: Ted Melfi

#3

Bridesmaids (2011)
90%

#3
Adjusted Score: 98.952%
Critics Consensus: A marriage of genuine characters, gross out gags, and pathos, Bridesmaids is a female-driven comedy that refuses to be boxed in as Kristen Wiig emerges as a real star.
Synopsis: This spring, Universal Pictures and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) invite you to experience Bridesmaids. Kristen Wiig... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#2

Go (1999)
91%

#2
Adjusted Score: 93.805%
Critics Consensus: With its sharp dialogue and raucous visuals, Go entertains at an exhilarating pace.
Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Ronna (Sarah Polley), accompanied by reluctant partner-in-crime and fellow supermarket checkout clerk Claire, is desperately looking to score some... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#1

Spy (2015)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 104.561%
Critics Consensus: Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another -- and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way.
Synopsis: Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions.... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

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