(Photo by Diyah Pera/©Universal Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)

All Zac Efron Movies, Ranked By Tomatometer

Zac Efron was the prince of the late-2000s musical with the Certified Fresh Hairspray and, of course, the High School Musical franchise, which by its third and final entry had graduated from the TV space and into a full-fledged theatrical experience. Senior Year and Hairspray were big money makers, and so was Efron’s first post-High School movie, 17 Again. Critics were just on the edge of giving it a Fresh rating, but the transformation comedy certainly appealed to his fan base, and set Efron up for a future as lead man in films.

After getting the requisite Nicholas Sparks adaptation out of the way (The Lucky One), Efron spent several years building up a dramatic resume, though only Richard Linklater’s Me and Orson Welles connected with critics. After the surprise box office success of the Certified Fresh Neighbors, Efron found a new career tack in raunch comedies, letting loose in the likes of Dirty Grandpa, Baywatch, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and The Beach Bum.

Efron starred in 2019’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a Ted Bundy biopic that coincided with the 30th anniversary of his execution. And Efron returned in 2020 on a much lighter note, voicing the ascot-less Fred in Scoob!, the latest in the venerable Scooby-Doo franchise. Jinkies! Now it’s time to look back on all Zac Efron movies, ranked by Tomatometer!

#23

New Year's Eve (2011)
7%

#23
Adjusted Score: 11.088%
Critics Consensus: Shallow, sappy, and dull, New Year's Eve assembles a star-studded cast for no discernible purpose.
Synopsis: New Year's Eve celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in the intertwining stories told amidst the pulse... [More]
Directed By: Garry Marshall

#22

Dirty Grandpa (2016)
11%

#22
Adjusted Score: 15.852%
Critics Consensus: Like a Werther's Original dropped down a sewer drain, Dirty Grandpa represents the careless fumbling of a classic talent that once brought pleasure to millions.
Synopsis: Jason Kelly [Zac Efron] is one week away from marrying his boss's uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track... [More]
Directed By: Dan Mazer

#21

Baywatch (2017)
18%

#21
Adjusted Score: 28.196%
Critics Consensus: Baywatch takes its source material's jiggle factor to R-rated levels, but lacks the original's campy charm -- and leaves its charming stars flailing in the shallows.
Synopsis: BAYWATCH follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover... [More]
Directed By: Seth Gordon

#20

The Lucky One (2012)
20%

#20
Adjusted Score: 25.185%
Critics Consensus: While it provides the requisite amount of escapist melodrama, The Lucky One ultimately relies on too many schmaltzy clichés to appeal to anyone not already familiar with the Nicholas Sparks formula.
Synopsis: U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he... [More]
Directed By: Scott Hicks

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 27.24%
Critics Consensus: Formulaic and unfunny, That Awkward Moment wastes a charming cast on a contrived comedy that falls short of the date movies it seems to be trying to subvert.
Synopsis: Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan star in the R-rated comedy, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, about three best friends... [More]
Directed By: Tom Gormican

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 31.335%
Critics Consensus: Zac Efron gives it his all, but Charlie St. Cloud is too shallow and cloying to offer much more than eye candy for his fans.
Synopsis: Accomplished sailor Charlie St. Cloud has the adoration of mother Claire and little brother Sam, as well as a college... [More]
Directed By: Burr Steers

#17
Adjusted Score: 44.347%
Critics Consensus: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates benefits from the screwball premise and the efforts of a game cast, even if the sporadically hilarious results don't quite live up to either.
Synopsis: Hard-partying brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Anna Kendrick,... [More]
Directed By: Jake Szymanski

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 43.701%
Critics Consensus: We Are Your Friends boasts magnetic stars and glimmers of insight, but they're lost in a clichéd coming-of-age story as programmed as the soundtrack's beats.
Synopsis: Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole spends his days scheming... [More]
Directed By: Max Joseph

#15

The Paperboy (2012)
45%

#15
Adjusted Score: 50.101%
Critics Consensus: Trashy and melodramatic, The Paperboy is enlivened by a strong cast and a steamy, sordid plot, but it's uneven and often veers into camp.
Synopsis: A sexually and racially charged film noir from Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious), The Paperboy takes audiences deep into the... [More]
Directed By: Lee Daniels

#14

Parkland (2013)
50%

#14
Adjusted Score: 54.395%
Critics Consensus: Although its decision to look at John F. Kennedy's assassination through uncommon perspectives is refreshing, Parkland never achieves the narrative cohesion its subject deserves.
Synopsis: PARKLAND recounts the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy... [More]
Directed By: Peter Landesman

#13

At Any Price (2013)
51%

#13
Adjusted Score: 54.488%
Critics Consensus: At Any Price features a terrific performance from Dennis Quaid, and it offers further evidence of Ramin Bahrani's unique eye for detail, but film is weighted down by an overly melodramatic story.
Synopsis: In the competitive world of modern agriculture, ambitious HENRY WHIPPLE (Dennis Quaid) wants his rebellious son DEAN (Zac Efron) to... [More]
Directed By: Ramin Bahrani

#12

Scoob! (2020)
47%

#12
Adjusted Score: 53.002%
Critics Consensus: Scoob! is fun enough for youthful viewers and some hardcore fans, but never quite solves the mystery of why audiences shouldn't watch old episodes instead.
Synopsis: "SCOOB!" reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and... [More]
Directed By: Tony Cervone

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 59.561%
Critics Consensus: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is cute and funny enough but the moral simplicity of the book gets lost with the zany Hollywood production values.
Synopsis: The 3D-CGI feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale of a forest creature who... [More]
Directed By: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda

#10
Adjusted Score: 61.426%
Critics Consensus: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile often transcends its narrative limitations through sheer force of Zac Efron's compulsively watchable performance.
Synopsis: Elizabeth Kloepfer refused for years to acknowledge that her boyfriend was a serial killer. Her partner, Ted Bundy, became famous... [More]
Directed By: Joe Berlinger

#9

The Beach Bum (2019)
56%

#9
Adjusted Score: 60.741%
Critics Consensus: The role of a lifetime for Matthew McConaughey, The Beach Bum is set apart by Harmony Korine's distinctive style, but that isn't always enough to offset the unfocused story.
Synopsis: THE BEACH BUM follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his... [More]
Directed By: Harmony Korine

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 68.019%
Critics Consensus: The Greatest Showman tries hard to dazzle the audience with a Barnum-style sense of wonder -- but at the expense of its complex subject's far more intriguing real-life story.
Synopsis: Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show... [More]
Directed By:

#7

17 Again (2009)
56%

#7
Adjusted Score: 60.497%
Critics Consensus: Though it uses a well-worn formula, 17 Again has just enough Zac Efron charm to result in a harmless, pleasurable teen comedy.
Synopsis: A former high school basketball star gets a second shot at life when he's miraculously transformed into a teenager and... [More]
Directed By: Burr Steers

#6
Adjusted Score: 71.843%
Critics Consensus: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising may not be strictly necessary, but it still wrings a surprising amount of humor from a recycled premise with a distaff twist.
Synopsis: Young parents Mac (Seth Rogen and Kelly Radnor (Rose Byrne) find their troubles are far from over in this sequel... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 46.79%
Critics Consensus: High School Musical is brazenly saccharine, but it makes up for it with its memorable show tunes, eye-popping choreography, and appealing cast.
Synopsis: The captain of the East High basketball team and the key member of the academic club shock the student body... [More]
Directed By: Kenny Ortega

#4
Adjusted Score: 67.595%
Critics Consensus: It won't win many converts, but High School Musical 3 is bright, energetic, and well-crafted.
Synopsis: Seniors Troy and Gabriella face the prospect of being separated from one another as they head off in different directions... [More]
Directed By: Kenny Ortega

#3

Neighbors (2014)
73%

#3
Adjusted Score: 81.887%
Critics Consensus: With plenty of bawdy humor evenly spread between its well-matched stars, Neighbors earns its R rating -- and filmgoers' laughs.
Synopsis: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple suffering from... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 69.123%
Critics Consensus: Surprisingly better than its predecessor, High School Musical 2 returns to enchant tweens with its snappy songs, wicked dance moves, and peppy spirit.
Synopsis: The musical fun continues in director Kenny Ortega's sequel to the 2006 Disney Channel hit.... [More]
Directed By: Kenny Ortega

#1

Hairspray (2007)
91%

#1
Adjusted Score: 98.468%
Critics Consensus: Hairspray is an energetic, wholly entertaining musical romp; a fun Summer movie with plenty of heart. Its contagious songs will make you want to get up and start dancing.
Synopsis: Sixteen years after the release of the original film, New Line Cinema brings a feature film adaptation of the Tony... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman

Tag Cloud

animated Red Carpet Character Guide boxoffice Pirates Mary Tyler Moore zero dark thirty Disney+ Disney Plus dark Rom-Com free movies cops foreign psycho Superheroes Mary poppins docuseries MCU Music australia TruTV HBO President Crunchyroll Food Network Marvel Studios 2020 Tomatazos docudrama First Reviews Quiz Dark Horse Comics FX on Hulu E! deadpool based on movie video on demand ESPN Action Sneak Peek Biopics Ghostbusters San Diego Comic-Con Opinion Syfy Britbox archives Teen TIFF BET Awards toronto Animation Schedule social media Mystery obituary Marvel Television 21st Century Fox OneApp The Witch japanese BET BAFTA Binge Guide The Purge stoner Black Mirror CNN doctor who cinemax VH1 Bravo DC Comics TNT PaleyFest 99% Pet Sematary HBO Max chucky Awards Alien Trophy Talk ID superhero Starz composers politics Toys sitcom festival sports American Society of Cinematographers HBO Go Ovation Rocky Cannes crime RT History spain book cancelled television dc elevated horror Tarantino hist Sci-Fi cars Paramount Plus psychological thriller hollywood festivals DC streaming service golden globes parents ViacomCBS cults vampires miniseries TCA Winter 2020 sequel kong documentaries LGBTQ reviews Winners 2018 TV concert finale Watching Series diversity YA ABC Signature jamie lee curtis FOX Acorn TV Oscars black stand-up comedy Apple TV+ cancelled TV series Western Showtime zombie Travel Channel adventure WGN First Look USA Columbia Pictures 2021 revenge Thanksgiving 007 canceled travel Funimation 2017 television CBS Premiere Dates A&E Amazon Prime Video BBC One Pop TV children's TV trailers National Geographic TCA Awards all-time asian-american sag awards Ellie Kemper Disney Channel indiana jones Marathons Holidays indie 24 frames Marvel comic VICE thriller independent GIFs Infographic Peacock scorecard Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Winter TV Women's History Month ITV VOD Broadway Fox Searchlight quibi Shondaland The Academy historical drama laika Amazon 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards TCA 2017 zombies telelvision blockbusters screen actors guild Comedy Central Grammys cancelled Pride Month Turner Classic Movies versus christmas movies Spectrum Originals Podcast Trivia Star Wars green book directors X-Men Rock popular Turner CMT Apple TV Plus Elton John Pixar rotten talk show Kids & Family El Rey Writers Guild of America child's play a nightmare on elm street Superheroe best what to watch Discovery Channel Set visit Musical fresh emmy awards period drama comedies tv talk natural history rt archives teaser Emmy Nominations south america halloween tv disaster dogs serial killer Countdown DC Universe FXX 45 Lucasfilm MTV series Super Bowl nature Holiday Paramount Endgame Shudder CBS All Access rotten movies we love cartoon Trailer SDCC venice Hulu ABC Family GoT Chernobyl SundanceTV BBC America comic books Vudu Mudbound harry potter Hear Us Out football adaptation screenings video spanish language godzilla Reality Hallmark Comedy Fantasy fast and furious Sundance Now nbcuniversal TLC Horror Sundance 4/20 The CW YouTube Red Best and Worst twilight romantic comedy unscripted Brie Larson Lifetime Christmas movies Reality Competition Disney Black History Month franchise critics Summer robots rom-coms Amazon Studios supernatural Certified Fresh Lionsgate remakes hidden camera blaxploitation Mindy Kaling war Rocketman razzies Anna Paquin canceled TV shows Song of Ice and Fire worst Valentine's Day The Arrangement richard e. Grant crossover Tumblr werewolf A24 Walt Disney Pictures Emmys Television Critics Association game show hispanic Apple ratings cooking name the review SXSW Amazon Prime boxing DirecTV AMC kaiju spy thriller TCM ABC spinoff space NYCC Calendar Academy Awards Legendary documentary reboot IFC Films witnail USA Network police drama Film Festival Fox News BBC prank blockbuster Heroines Sundance TV anthology worst movies Exclusive Video batman science fiction satire streaming Musicals dceu nfl TV renewals Video Games Cartoon Network golden globe awards GLAAD PlayStation spider-man Esquire discovery Nat Geo Netflix universal monsters 2015 comiccon DGA Interview APB monster movies Spike stop motion PBS crime thriller RT21 dramedy Chilling Adventures of Sabrina cancelled TV shows medical drama casting Martial Arts Country Masterpiece Christmas LGBT IFC Freeform TV Land See It Skip It Captain marvel YouTube Creative Arts Emmys FX Hallmark Christmas movies Election Star Trek YouTube Premium Family french dragons latino Classic Film aliens jurassic park cats Box Office binge technology anime The Walking Dead Photos Nominations criterion Crackle game of thrones 2019 mission: impossible Film Universal Epix justice league king kong Sony Pictures Baby Yoda halloween Netflix Christmas movies james bond NBC Mary Poppins Returns Year in Review ghosts Polls and Games Pop WarnerMedia History Drama 20th Century Fox 72 Emmy Awards romance kids crime drama biography die hard renewed TV shows sequels Tubi true crime Nickelodeon italian TV One Avengers OWN TBS Lifetime CW Seed Spring TV E3 mutant Extras MSNBC Logo Fall TV Awards Tour Disney streaming service Comic Book breaking bad strong female leads Adult Swim Stephen King women classics singing competition pirates of the caribbean movies Warner Bros. Cosplay political drama joker toy story 2016 theme song comics award winner films slashers The Walt Disney Company mockumentary TCA movie news New York Comic Con scary movies Disney Plus transformers Arrowverse facebook Paramount Network Comics on TV Television Academy spanish superman 71st Emmy Awards