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All Paul Rudd Movies Ranked

Yes, Paul Rudd has been around for a while, and yes, the guy never ages. It all started, as most auspicious Hollywood careers do, in a execrable slasher movie — the sixth Halloween, to be exact in Rudd’s case. Clueless came out that same year and was the crown jewel in his filmography for nearly a decade because, although Rudd quickly rose to leading man status with The Object of My Affection and The Shape of Things, it doesn’t matter much if nobody watches the movies.

Of course, Rudd’s career trajectory exploded with cultural comedy touchstone Anchorman, which was followed by The 40-Year-Old Virgin, ushering in the Judd Apatow era of American comedy. Combined with his 2001 role in Wet Hot American Summer, appearances on TV’s Tim & Eric, and his internet-tailored running joke of showing Mac & Me on Conan O’Brien’s show in lieu of whatever he was supposed to promote, Rudd made his presence known in virtually ever niche of 21st century comedy.

Subsequently, he joined the MCU in 2015 in Ant-Man, which had a publicly rocky development leading to original director Edgar Wright’s departure. But with its light step and heist-movie architecture, the film won over audiences, and Rudd’s fanboy enthusiasm as Scott Lang has been a welcome addition in all his appearances since. All that wide-eyed cheer came in handy with the heavy Avengers: Endgame, and with that saga now complete, we’re celebrating with the best Paul Rudd movies! And then the worst!

#51
Adjusted Score: 7.644%
Critics Consensus: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers trades the simple, brutal effectiveness of the original for convoluted mysticism, with disastrously dull results.
Synopsis: Picking up six years after the events of Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, this competently produced but ultimately... [More]
Directed By: Joe Chappelle

#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 18.505%
Critics Consensus: With few laughs and little romantic chemistry, Over Her Dead Body lacks the ingredients of a successful romantic comedy.
Synopsis: Devastated when his fiancée Kate is killed on their wedding day, Henry reluctantly agrees to consult a psychic named Ashley... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Lowell

#49

The Locusts (1997)
18%

#49
Adjusted Score: 14.359%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The owner of a Kansas cattle feedlot, the iron-willed, booze-swilling, sexually insatiable widow Delilah Ashford Potts, is the undisputed mistress... [More]
Directed By: John Patrick Kelley

#48

Mute (2018)
20%

#48
Adjusted Score: 22.894%
Critics Consensus: Visually polished but narratively derivative and overall muddled, Mute is a would-be sci-fi epic whose title serves as an unfortunate guide to how it might be best enjoyed.
Synopsis: Berlin, the future, but close enough to feel familiar: In this loud, often brutal city, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) - unable... [More]
Directed By: Duncan Jones

#47

The Oh in Ohio (2006)
22%

#47
Adjusted Score: 23.635%
Critics Consensus: A muddled sex-comedy that feels oddly sexless, The Oh in Ohio packs in too many ideas without establishing a clear identity or objective.
Synopsis: A woman gets a belated introduction to the joy of sex in this comedy. Priscilla (Parker Posey) is a thirtysomething... [More]

#46

Nerdland (2016)
23%

#46
Adjusted Score: 12.666%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: NERDLAND is the story of two best friends, aspiring screenwriter ELLIOT and aspiring actor JOHN, whose dreams of super-stardom have... [More]
Directed By: Chris Prynoski

#45

200 Cigarettes (1999)
29%

#45
Adjusted Score: 31.188%
Critics Consensus: A clumsy and scattered comedy with a poorly executed script.
Synopsis: A comedy set in New York's East Village on New Year's Eve 1981, "200 Cigarettes" follows various young couples and... [More]
Directed By: Risa Bramon Garcia

#44

How Do You Know (2010)
32%

#44
Adjusted Score: 36.014%
Critics Consensus: How Do You Know boasts a quartet of likeable leads -- and they deserve better than this glib, overlong misfire from writer/director James L. Brooks.
Synopsis: Director James L. Brooks returns to the helm for this ensemble comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, Paul Rudd, and... [More]

#43

The Baxter (2005)
32%

#43
Adjusted Score: 33.829%
Critics Consensus: The Baxter is good-natured, but there are simply not enough laughs to fuel this comedy.
Synopsis: A man with a "doormat" personality tries standing up for himself for a change in this comedy. Mild mannered tax... [More]
Directed By: Michael Showalter

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 34.519%
Critics Consensus: The Catcher Was a Spy loses sight of the most interesting elements of its fact-based story, dropping the ball and leaving likable lead Paul Rudd stranded.
Synopsis: In the midst of World War II, major league catcher Moe Berg (Paul Rudd) is drafted to join a new... [More]
Directed By: Ben Lewin

#41

Reno 911!: Miami (2007)
34%

#41
Adjusted Score: 36.673%
Critics Consensus: Reno 911!'s anarchic brand of comedy loses much in translation to the big screen where it feels slapdash and shallow.
Synopsis: The bumbling cops of Comedy Central's hit television series take a trip to Miami Beach for a national police convention.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Ben Garant

#40

The Ten (2007)
36%

#40
Adjusted Score: 38.035%
Critics Consensus: Although a few of the sketches that make up The Ten are humorous, the uneven and random tone of the film cause it to fall apart.
Synopsis: Composed of 10 vignettes, each one inspired by one of the Biblical commandments, "The Ten" is an irreverent but hilarious... [More]
Directed By: David Wain

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 37.76%
Critics Consensus: Wet Hot American Summer's incredibly talented cast is too often outmatched by a deeply silly script that misses its targets at least as often as it skewers them.
Synopsis: The setting is Camp Firewood, the year 1981. It's the last day before everyone goes back to the real world,... [More]
Directed By: David Wain

#38

Admission (2013)
38%

#38
Adjusted Score: 43.535%
Critics Consensus: Admission has a pair of immensely likable leads in Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, but it wastes them on a contrived (and clumsily directed) screenplay.
Synopsis: Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Paul Rudd (This is 40) are paired for the first time on-screen in Admission, the... [More]
Directed By: Paul Weitz

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 46.36%
Critics Consensus: It doesn't honor its source material -- or its immensely likable leads -- as well as it should, but Dinner for Schmucks offers fitfully nourishing comedy.
Synopsis: Tim, an up-and-coming executive, has just received his first invitation to the "dinner for idiots," a monthly event hosted by... [More]
Directed By: Jay Roach

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 47.194%
Critics Consensus: Parents might call this either a spectacle-filled adventure or a shallow and vapid CG-fest, depending on whether they choose to embrace this on the same level as their kids.
Synopsis: Larry Daley, a down-and-out dreamer whose imaginative ideas have never paid off, finds himself in desperate need of a job.... [More]
Directed By: Shawn Levy

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 11.355%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Co-scripters Donal Logue and Kirk Fox star as struggling actors who find success on the celebrity tennis circuit. Logue also... [More]
Directed By: Donal Logue

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 19.521%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this romantic comedy, a college student thinks his beloved has been untrue, so he writes her a harsh letter.... [More]
Directed By: Jason Bloom, James Bloom

#33

All Is Bright (2013)
48%

#33
Adjusted Score: 48.676%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted but uneven, All Is Bright strands a pair of strong performances from Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd in a meandering script.
Synopsis: French-Canadian ex-con Dennis (Paul Giamatti) schemes to buy his estranged daughter a new piano by selling Christmas trees on the... [More]
Directed By: Phil Morrison

#32

The Chateau (2002)
50%

#32
Adjusted Score: 50.724%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two estranged American brothers inherit a French chateau from a long-lost relative, but their efforts to claim it are stymied... [More]
Directed By: Jesse Peretz

#31

This Is 40 (2012)
52%

#31
Adjusted Score: 59.82%
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

#30

P.S. (2004)
54%

#30
Adjusted Score: 55.613%
Critics Consensus: Laura Linney is as watchable as ever, but the melancholy P.S. never finds its footing.
Synopsis: Directed by Dylan Kidd, P.S. follows Louise Harrington (Laura Linney), a divorcee who works in Columbia University's School of Fine... [More]
Directed By: Dylan Kidd

#29
Adjusted Score: 56.632%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Nicholas Hytner (The Crucible) directed this Wendy Wasserstein screenplay, adapted from Stephen McCauley's novel, about the romantic mismatch of a... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Hytner

#28

Wanderlust (2012)
59%

#28
Adjusted Score: 63.786%
Critics Consensus: It isn't always as funny as it should be, but Wanderlust benefits from an extremely talented cast and some of David Wain's most confident, assured work behind the camera.
Synopsis: George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) are an overextended, stressed out Manhattan couple. After George is downsized out of his job,... [More]
Directed By: David Wain

#27

Ideal Home (2018)
65%

#27
Adjusted Score: 66.44%
Critics Consensus: Ideal Home benefits from the chemistry between a well-chosen cast, whose work helps tip the scales against the script's inconsistent -- and occasionally retrograde -- humor.
Synopsis: Celebrity chef Erasmus (Steve Coogan) and his partner Paul (Paul Rudd) have a happy and rather self-indulgent life together. Their... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Fleming

#26
Adjusted Score: 26.382%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless director Amy Heckerling returns to her position behind the camera for the first... [More]
Directed By: Amy Heckerling

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 67.575%
Critics Consensus: LaBute returns to his earlier themes of cruelty in relationships, and the results hit hard.
Synopsis: After a detour into lighter and more compassionate fare with Nurse Betty and Possession, Neil LaBute returns to the themes... [More]
Directed By: Neil LaBute

#24
Adjusted Score: 71.517%
Critics Consensus: Filled with inspired silliness and quotable lines, Anchorman isn't the most consistent comedy in the world, but Will Ferrell's buffoonish central performance helps keep this portrait of a clueless newsman from going off the rails.
Synopsis: Marking the directorial debut of Adam McKay, former head writer for Saturday Night Live and founder of the Upright Citizen's... [More]
Directed By: Adam McKay

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 70.903%
Critics Consensus: They Came Together is surprisingly messy and perhaps too smart for its own good, but Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd's chemistry is enough to overcome many of the movie's flaws.
Synopsis: When Joel (Paul Rudd) and Molly (Amy Poehler) meet, it's hate at first sight: his big Corporate Candy Company threatens... [More]
Directed By: David Wain

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 73.872%
Critics Consensus: It's decidedly uneven, but like Paul Rudd's performance in the title role, Our Idiot Brother is too charming to resist.
Synopsis: Every family has one: the sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to... [More]
Directed By: Jesse Peretz

#21

Diggers (2007)
70%

#21
Adjusted Score: 71.099%
Critics Consensus: Though the plot may be familiar, Diggers is just pleasant, charming, and heartwarming enough to make it worth your while.
Synopsis: A coming-of-age story about four working-class friends growing up in Long Island, New York, as clam diggers. Their fathers were... [More]
Directed By: Katherine Dieckmann

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 75.758%
Critics Consensus: The Cider House Rules has wonderful performances, lovely visuals, and an old-fashioned feel.
Synopsis: John Irving scripted this screen adaptation of his 1985 novel. Set during World War II, The Cider House Rules concerns... [More]
Directed By: Lasse Hallstrom

#19

Romeo + Juliet (1996)
72%

#19
Adjusted Score: 75.339%
Critics Consensus: Baz Luhrmann's visual aesthetic is as divisive as it is fresh and inventive.
Synopsis: The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is updated by director Baz Luhrmann to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely... [More]
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 79.776%
Critics Consensus: Though it doesn't approach the depth of the best animated films, Monsters Vs. Aliens has enough humor and special effects to entertain moviegoers of all ages.
Synopsis: When California girl Susan Murphy is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day,... [More]

#17
Adjusted Score: 82.378%
Critics Consensus: It's just as uneven and loosely structured as the first Anchorman -- and while Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues may not be quite as quotable, it's nearly as funny as its predecessor.
Synopsis: With the 70's behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in... [More]
Directed By: Adam McKay

#16
Adjusted Score: 77.483%
Critics Consensus: The Fundamentals of Caring gets maximum mileage out of the chemistry between its well-matched leads as it follows a fairly well-worn coming-of-age road trip route.
Synopsis: An 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy (Craig Roberts) goes on a road trip with his caregiver (Paul Rudd), and the pair... [More]
Directed By: Rob Burnett

#15

Role Models (2008)
77%

#15
Adjusted Score: 82.757%
Critics Consensus: Role Models is a frequently crude, always funny comedy with the cast providing solid work throughout.
Synopsis: Danny and Wheeler trash a company truck on an energy drink-fueled bender. Upon their arrest, the court gives them a... [More]
Directed By: David Wain

#14

Clueless (1995)
79%

#14
Adjusted Score: 82.9%
Critics Consensus: A funny and clever reshaping of Emma, Clueless offers a soft satire that pokes as much fun at teen films as it does at the Beverly Hills glitterati.
Synopsis: Jane Austen might never have imagined that her 1816 novel Emma could be turned into a fresh and satirical look... [More]
Directed By: Amy Heckerling

#13

Sausage Party (2016)
83%

#13
Adjusted Score: 91.658%
Critics Consensus: Sausage Party is definitely offensive, but backs up its enthusiastic profanity with an impressively high laugh-to-gag ratio -- and a surprisingly thought-provoking storyline.
Synopsis: A misplaced sausage and his savory friends embark on an existential adventure through the aisles of a massive supermarket in... [More]

#12

Ant-Man (2015)
83%

#12
Adjusted Score: 95.191%
Critics Consensus: Led by a charming performance from Paul Rudd, Ant-Man offers Marvel thrills on an appropriately smaller scale -- albeit not as smoothly as its most successful predecessors.
Synopsis: The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for... [More]
Directed By: Peyton Reed

#11

Prince Avalanche (2013)
82%

#11
Adjusted Score: 86.111%
Critics Consensus: A step back in the right direction for director David Gordon Green, Prince Avalanche shambles amiably along with a pair of artfully low-key performances from Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.
Synopsis: Driven by striking performances from Rudd and Hirsch, Prince Avalanche is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green

#10

This Is the End (2013)
83%

#10
Adjusted Score: 91.384%
Critics Consensus: Energetic, self-deprecating performances and enough guffaw-inducing humor make up for the flaws in This Is the End loosely written script.
Synopsis: The comedy This Is The End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic... [More]
Directed By: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

#9

I Love You, Man (2009)
83%

#9
Adjusted Score: 89.452%
Critics Consensus: I Love You, Man makes the most of its simple premise due to the heartfelt and hilarious performances of Paul Rudd and Jason Segel.
Synopsis: Engaged to the woman of his dreams yet uncomfortable with the prospect of not having a best man for his... [More]
Directed By: John Hamburg

#8
Adjusted Score: 89.675%
Critics Consensus: With ample laughs and sharp performances, Forgetting Sarah Marshall finds just the right mix of romantic and raunchy comedy.
Synopsis: Watch the Unrated version that you couldn't see in theaters! It's the hysterically funny look at how far one man... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 91.017%
Critics Consensus: Steve Carell's first star turn scores big with a tender treatment of its titular underdog, using raunchy but realistically funny comedy to connect with adult audiences.
Synopsis: One man nervously ventures forth into the final frontier in this comedy starring comic actor Steve Carell. Andy Stitzer (Carell)... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow

#6
Adjusted Score: 91.514%
Critics Consensus: The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a heartfelt and sincere adaptation that's bolstered by strong lead performances.
Synopsis: Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Chbosky

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 106.096%
Critics Consensus: A lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man and The Wasp offers a much-needed MCU palate cleanser.
Synopsis: From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: "Ant-Man and The... [More]
Directed By: Peyton Reed

#4

Knocked Up (2007)
90%

#4
Adjusted Score: 98.406%
Critics Consensus: Knocked Up is a hilarious, poignant and refreshing look at the rigors of courtship and child-rearing, with a sometimes raunchy, yet savvy script that is ably acted and directed.
Synopsis: When a one-night stand that should have stayed that way has unexpected consequences, the reluctant odd couple attempts to transform... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow

#3
Adjusted Score: 106.986%
Critics Consensus: Captain America: Civil War begins the next wave of Marvel movies with an action-packed superhero blockbuster boasting a decidedly non-cartoonish plot and the courage to explore thought-provoking themes.
Synopsis: Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 96.109%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully animated and faithful to the spirit of its classic source material, The Little Prince is a family-friendly treat that anchors thrilling visuals with a satisfying story.
Synopsis: Kung-fu Panda director Mark Osborne teams with producers Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam for this animated take on Antoine de... [More]
Directed By: Mark Osborne

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 118.013%
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

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