(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: 12062%
Critics Consensus: Shallow, sappy, and dull, New Year's Eve assembles a star-studded cast for no discernible purpose.
Synopsis: Intertwining stories promise love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and more for a number of New Yorkers on the celebrated night.... [More]
Directed By: Garry Marshall

#22

Dirty Grandpa (2016)
11%

#22
Adjusted Score: 18055%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Uptight lawyer Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is one week away from marrying his boss's controlling daughter, putting him on the... [More]
Directed By: Dan Mazer

#21

Baywatch (2017)
17%

#21
Adjusted Score: 35061%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a dangerous crime wave hits the beach, the legendary Mitch Buchannon leads his elite squad of lifeguards on a... [More]
Directed By: Seth Gordon

#20

The Lucky One (2012)
20%

#20
Adjusted Score: 25967%
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 Sgt. Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) returns home from his third tour of duty in Iraq with the one... [More]
Directed By: Scott Hicks

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 26624%
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: Best pals Jason (Zac Efron) and Daniel (Miles Teller) indulge in casual flings and revel in their carefree, unattached lives.... [More]
Directed By: Tom Gormican

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 32264%
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: Adored by his single mother and his little brother Sam, Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron) is an accomplished sailor and... [More]
Directed By: Burr Steers

#17
Adjusted Score: 47279%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Mike and Dave Stangle are young, adventurous, fun-loving brothers who tend to get out of control at family gatherings. When... [More]
Directed By: Jake Szymanski

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 43039%
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: Young Cole Carter (Zac Efron) dreams of hitting the big time as a Hollywood disc jockey, spending his days and... [More]
Directed By: Max Joseph

#15

The Paperboy (2012)
45%

#15
Adjusted Score: 49510%
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: In 1969 Florida, reporter Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) returns to his hometown to write a story about death-row inmate Hillary... [More]
Directed By: Lee Daniels

#14

Parkland (2013)
50%

#14
Adjusted Score: 54573%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Chaotic events take place at Parkland Hospital in Dallas after the attack that assassinated President John F. Kennedy.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Landesman

#13

At Any Price (2012)
51%

#13
Adjusted Score: 53637%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An ambitious Iowa seed farmer (Dennis Quaid) tries to get his resentful son (Zac Efron) interested in the family business,... [More]
Directed By: Ramin Bahrani

#12

SCOOB! (2020)
48%

#12
Adjusted Score: 56811%
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: With hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever --... [More]
Directed By: Tony Cervone

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 59364%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Ted (Zac Efron) lives in a place virtually devoid of nature; no flowers or trees grow in the town... [More]
Directed By: Chris Renaud

#10
Adjusted Score: 64790%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the... [More]
Directed By: Joe Berlinger

#9

The Beach Bum (2019)
57%

#9
Adjusted Score: 63099%
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: Moondog is a fun-loving, pot-smoking, beer-drinking writer who lives life on his own terms in Florida. If he can put... [More]
Directed By: Harmony Korine

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 75445%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Growing up in the early 1800s, P.T. Barnum displays a natural talent for publicity and promotion, selling lottery tickets by... [More]
Directed By: Michael Gracey

#7

17 Again (2009)
56%

#7
Adjusted Score: 61745%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Mike O'Donnell (Matthew Perry) was a high-school basketball star with a bright future, but he threw it all away to... [More]
Directed By: Burr Steers

#6
Adjusted Score: 75639%
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: Life is good for Mac Radner (Seth Rogen) and pregnant wife Kelly (Rose Byrne) until the unruly sisters of Kappa... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 57086%
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: Troy Bolton (Zac Efron), the star athlete at a small-town high school, falls for nerdy beauty Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Anne... [More]
Directed By: Kenny Ortega

#4
Adjusted Score: 68260%
Critics Consensus: It won't win many converts, but High School Musical 3 is bright, energetic, and well-crafted.
Synopsis: Amid preparations for a basketball championship, prom, and graduation, sweethearts Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) vow... [More]
Directed By: Kenny Ortega

#3

Neighbors (2014)
73%

#3
Adjusted Score: 81475%
Critics Consensus: With plenty of bawdy humor evenly spread between its well-matched stars, Neighbors earns its R rating -- and filmgoers' laughs.
Synopsis: New parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) move to the suburbs when they welcome an infant daughter into... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 82098%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: During summer vacation, Troy (Zac Efron) gets a job at Sharpay's (Ashley Tisdale) resort but doesn't realize she has an... [More]
Directed By: Kenny Ortega

#1

Hairspray (2007)
91%

#1
Adjusted Score: 100540%
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: In 1960s Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) auditions for a spot on "The Corny Collins Show" and wins.... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman

Tag Cloud

Shudder ITV TCA Awards Epix critic resources comic books First Reviews Women's History Month LGBT Brie Larson Country indiana jones streaming movies talk show Fantasy parents Grammys rt labs critics edition posters Vudu IFC Films cops GoT best war kids Warner Bros. historical drama YouTube Red 45 emmy awards 2017 BBC One Superheroes Spring TV razzies Year in Review Election FX on Hulu TV renewals Pop TV Academy Awards festivals BBC America National Geographic TCA Reality Competition X-Men royal family halloween tv Television Academy action-comedy psychological thriller Travel Channel PlayStation Nat Geo christmas movies WarnerMedia godzilla hidden camera archives robots The Witch all-time doctor who Sneak Peek Trophy Talk BET political drama 99% teaser football chucky Black History Month Music mutant dark Masterpiece El Rey based on movie Bravo OWN crossover award winner natural history documentaries Pet Sematary VOD WGN 1990s Stephen King 24 frames cancelled TV series Alien reboot Hulu binge APB Anna Paquin Shondaland Arrowverse singing competition Pirates rom-coms saw Pop asian-american Valentine's Day remakes cinemax zombie History canceled TV shows new york Awards black news Martial Arts directors Opinion spanish crime thriller Mary Poppins Returns art house Acorn TV golden globes lord of the rings prank cars book Logo cats green book Amazon blockbuster transformers Britbox feel good breaking bad aapi justice league live action reviews Oscars Horror kong movies rotten movies we love french Instagram Live richard e. Grant Marvel Funimation Baby Yoda Winners Avengers concert ratings sag awards series book adaptation rt archives Disney+ Disney Plus independent dexter DC Universe Television Critics Association cults Rocky Podcast Ovation GIFs Thanksgiving new star wars movies die hard Universal period drama BAFTA DC Comics 21st Century Fox Comic-Con@Home 2021 what to watch discovery Film Set visit satire olympics IFC basketball space japanese boxing zero dark thirty mission: impossible Quiz 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards scorecard FXX king kong TLC 20th Century Fox monster movies San Diego Comic-Con First Look ABC Signature hispanic streaming Mudbound Super Bowl comedies Apple TV+ Awards Tour Universal Pictures Character Guide Video Games laika Hear Us Out mob comic Marvel Studios HBO Max CBS Pride Month 2020 YouTube Broadway canceled Paramount Plus AMC Dark Horse Comics casting TNT Netflix HBO Go TV Creative Arts Emmys Sci-Fi Discovery Channel Writers Guild of America stop motion DirecTV TCA 2017 mcc Ghostbusters Tubi quibi fast and furious Infographic blaxploitation live event versus children's TV Teen Exclusive Video VH1 Hallmark Classic Film animated sequels obituary revenge Marvel Television dceu Family Paramount Network TV One Columbia Pictures cartoon Neflix Watching Series south america romantic comedy Turner sequel spain sitcom 2021 The Walt Disney Company blockbusters ID spinoff Kids & Family boxoffice OneApp SXSW Red Carpet Black Mirror cancelled television crime drama a nightmare on elm street batman Turner Classic Movies dramedy Syfy tv talk Apple TV Plus superman rotten Rom-Com aliens superhero The Academy diversity elevated horror Spectrum Originals spider-man worst movies PBS Fox News 2015 CMT psycho crime nature The Purge trailers VICE golden globe awards serial killer YouTube Premium high school mockumentary Chernobyl Marathons NBC Peacock Wes Anderson critics anime DGA Lifetime true crime MTV dragons Ellie Kemper Reality CBS All Access sports game show Premiere Dates Box Office Mindy Kaling women popular A&E NYCC anthology Film Festival Star Wars The Walking Dead Trivia theme song zombies Amazon Prime Video disaster LGBTQ Disney Channel 007 indie ABC adventure target Rocketman Mary Tyler Moore Nickelodeon Fox Searchlight sopranos Cosplay E! international dreamworks Hallmark Christmas movies twilight Musicals screenings ghosts italian cancelled TV shows TBS GLAAD video Elton John Amazon Prime debate Emmy Nominations spanish language Drama harry potter Sundance TV Lucasfilm Rock Polls and Games Trailer Sundance FOX Holiday 72 Emmy Awards Apple wonder woman black comedy thriller Showtime Endgame Disney Song of Ice and Fire jurassic park worst 2018 SundanceTV RT21 93rd Oscars police drama Calendar Amazon Studios toronto Comedy Legendary composers werewolf 73rd Emmy Awards New York Comic Con Biopics Adult Swim romance 71st Emmy Awards Pixar Esquire Image Comics TruTV Disney streaming service TCM MCU ABC Family TV Land rt labs nbcuniversal fresh vampires genre Lionsgate Superheroe foreign renewed TV shows scary movies travel gangster Captain marvel Certified Fresh venice marvel cinematic universe TV movies Heroines Spike facebook screen actors guild miniseries medical drama Comedy Central Tumblr Cannes A24 Action Pacific Islander heist movie hist 2019 Photos Starz know your critic Christmas spider-verse documentary unscripted halloween Freeform cooking new zealand Disney Plus adaptation Cartoon Network BBC Paramount docudrama child's play comics universal monsters Walt Disney Pictures Winter TV comic book movies TIFF name the review vs. young adult scary strong female leads free movies Countdown biopic TCA Winter 2020 toy story biography scene in color Musical The CW USA Network Animation Emmys The Arrangement Lifetime Christmas movies Nominations Crunchyroll 2016 Binge Guide American Society of Cinematographers dc hollywood technology telelvision suspense movie supernatural 90s slasher Holidays joker politics CNN docuseries USA adenture nfl festival Schedule Interview Chilling Adventures of Sabrina james bond DC streaming service FX Comics on TV classics IMDb TV Tomatazos HBO Summer japan Mystery PaleyFest dogs marvel comics Sony Pictures RT History Fall TV slashers science fiction franchise ESPN Extras stoner NBA YA E3 President See It Skip It AMC Plus cancelled ViacomCBS spy thriller video on demand comiccon SDCC BET Awards MSNBC jamie lee curtis stand-up comedy comic book movie films CW Seed Best and Worst Toys criterion Crackle legend Sundance Now Mary poppins latino television Tokyo Olympics king arthur kaiju game of thrones Comic Book social media Star Trek Food Network Netflix Christmas movies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Western witnail australia hispanic heritage month 4/20 finale deadpool pirates of the caribbean Tarantino