Best Comedy Movies of 2018 (and the Worst), Ranked By Tomatometer

Need a laugh? Then you were wise to visit Rotten Tomatoes, because we’re presenting our guide to the best comedies of 2018, ranked by Tomatometer! (We’re also including the worst comedies of 2018, so you know what to avoid, or if you’re in for a chuckle of a different variety.) We’ve included only movies that have at least 20 reviews, and that have comedy as their primary genre. That includes certain superhero fare (thanks for the levity Deadpool and Ant-Man!), though we avoided animation and most family movies (sorry, Paddington 2, this is one list you wont dominate). But if you were a comedy-drama, you pretty much made the list, even if the drama managed to take over in the end; you’ll see the likes of Eighth Grade and Blindspotting at the top. But don’t worry, there was plenty of space for everything in-between: the frat comedy (Super Troopers 2), rom-coms (Overboard), star vehicles (I Feel Pretty), and even a touch of the political (Death of Stalin).

So continue on to the best (and worst) comedy movies of 2018 by Tomatometer, and check back as we update through the rest of the year!


Basmati Blues (2018)

Adjusted Score: 8.43%
Critics Consensus: Like the genetically modified grain at the center of its story, Basmati Blues is probably best locked in storage and saved for cases of cinematic famine.
Synopsis: Basmati Blues is a musical comedy that follows Linda Watt (Brie Larson), a sheltered but brilliant young scientist who is... [More]
Directed By: Dan Baron


Dear Dictator (2018)

Adjusted Score: 17.316%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When political turmoil forces a British-Caribbean dictator (Michael Caine) to flee his island nation, he seeks refuge with his pen... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Addario, Joe Syracuse


Show Dogs (2018)

Adjusted Score: 19.318%
Critics Consensus: Show Dogs may entertain very young viewers, but for anyone else, it threatens the cinematic equivalent of a rolled-up newspaper on the snout.
Synopsis: SHOW DOGS is a family comedy about the unlikely pairing of a human detective (Arnett) and his canine partner (voice... [More]
Directed By: Raja Gosnell


Action Point (2018)

Adjusted Score: 20.716%
Critics Consensus: Ouch.
Synopsis: Everyone's favorite daredevil Johnny Knoxville is back to his hilariously painful antics in the upcoming comedy ACTION POINT. Knoxville stars... [More]
Directed By: Tim Kirkby


Overboard (2018)

Adjusted Score: 29.404%
Critics Consensus: Overboard makes poor use of the ever-charming Anna Faris -- and chooses questionable source material -- to offer a remake that fails to clear the fairly low bar set by the original.
Synopsis: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Pantelion Films presents Overboard, a fresh take on the iconic romantic comedy. In a splashy new... [More]
Directed By: Rob Greenberg


The Clapper (2018)

Adjusted Score: 30.144%
Critics Consensus: The Clapper is tugged along by the valiant efforts of a talented cast, but it's ultimately not enough to make this wan romantic comedy worth a watch.
Synopsis: EDDIE and his friend CHRIS, clap for a living as audience members on infomercials. They live a simple and content... [More]
Directed By: Dito Montiel


Super Troopers 2 (2018)

Adjusted Score: 34.462%
Critics Consensus: Meow that the wait for Super Troopers 2 is finally over, all but the most devoted fans mustache themselves why they waited so long for such cruel and tragic shenanigans.
Synopsis: Everyone's favorite law enforcement team is back by popular demand with the long anticipated follow up to the cult comedy... [More]
Directed By: Jay Chandrasekhar


I Feel Pretty (2018)

Adjusted Score: 43.811%
Critics Consensus: I Feel Pretty has a charming star and the outline of a worthwhile comedy -- but unlike its suddenly confident central character, it suffers from a fundamental lack of conviction.
Synopsis: In I FEEL PRETTY a woman who struggles with feelings of deep insecurity and low self-esteem, that hold her back... [More]

Adjusted Score: 44.207%
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

Adjusted Score: 50.204%
Critics Consensus: The Spy Who Dumped Me isn't the funniest or most inventive spy comedy, but Kate McKinnon remains as compulsively watchable as ever.
Synopsis: Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international... [More]
Directed By: Susanna Fogel


Madame (2018)

Adjusted Score: 41.83%
Critics Consensus: Madame's retrograde trappings are further weighted down by unlikable characters and an overall inability to do justice to its themes.
Synopsis: In MADAME, Anne and Bob (Collette and Keitel), a well-to-do American couple, have just moved to a beautiful manor house... [More]
Directed By: Amanda Sthers

Adjusted Score: 43.316%
Critics Consensus: Swimming with Men touches on thought-provoking themes surrounding modern masculinity, but ultimately never manages to do much more than tread water.
Synopsis: Eric is tired of his accountancy job and feels that his wife neither loves nor respects him. The same applies... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Parker


Measure of a Man (2018)

Adjusted Score: 45.258%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: During the summer of 1976, fourteen-year-old Bobby Marks (Blake Cooper), insecure and overweight, must endure another tortuous family vacation at... [More]
Directed By: Jim Loach

Adjusted Score: 51.576%
Critics Consensus: How to Talk to Girls at Parties has energy and ambition, but is ultimately too unfocused to do much with either -- or develop its themes into a cohesive whole.
Synopsis: From the raucous dual imaginations of fantasy laureate Neil Gaiman ("American Gods," CORALINE) and glamrock multihyphenate John Cameron Mitchell (HEDWIG... [More]
Directed By: John Cameron Mitchell


Flower (2018)

Adjusted Score: 51.26%
Critics Consensus: Flower proves Zoey Deutch can bring even the most preposterously written characters vividly to life -- and that she isn't quite enough to carry a fundamentally flawed film.
Synopsis: Rebellious, quick-witted Erica Vandross (Zoey Deutch) is a 17-year-old firecracker living with her single mom Laurie (Kathryn Hahn) and mom's... [More]
Directed By: Max Winkler

Adjusted Score: 53.716%
Critics Consensus: Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town has all the restless energy viewers might expect given the title, but it's only sporadically channeled into a meaningful story.
Synopsis: Riot grrrl rocker and shameless hot mess Izzy wakes up hungover AF to find out that her ex-boyfriend is celebrating... [More]
Directed By: Christian Papierniak


Duck Butter (2018)

Adjusted Score: 53.83%
Critics Consensus: Duck Butter has a pair of compelling leads and a refreshing female-driven perspective, but its story is ultimately too thin to support a feature-length production.
Synopsis: When Naima (Alia Shawkat, "Search Party") and Sergio (Laia Costa, Victoria ) meet at a club, they hit it off... [More]
Directed By: Miguel Arteta


Freak Show (2018)

Adjusted Score: 54.059%
Critics Consensus: Freak Show relies on engaging performances and obviously good intentions to cover for its clichéd story and uneven direction -- and for some viewers, it may well be enough.
Synopsis: Could Billy Bloom be like everyone else if he wanted to? It would certainly save him a whole lot of... [More]
Directed By: Trudie Styler


Book Club (2018)

Adjusted Score: 60.237%
Critics Consensus: Book Club only intermittently rises to the level of its impressive veteran cast; fortunately, they're more than enough to bring pedestrian material entertainingly to life.
Synopsis: Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings... [More]
Directed By:


Tag (2018)

Adjusted Score: 63.381%
Critics Consensus: For audiences seeking a dose of high-concept yet undemanding action comedy, Tag might be close enough to it.
Synopsis: For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they've... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Tomsic


Half Magic (2018)

Adjusted Score: 58.487%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Three women use their newly formed sisterhood to fight against sexism, bad relationships and low self-esteem. Through embracing their wild... [More]
Directed By: Heather Graham


Dog Days (2018)

Adjusted Score: 63.86%
Critics Consensus: This is Dog Days. It wants to be funny and romantic and adorable all at once, and sometimes is. This pup gets a 12/10
Synopsis: From acclaimed production company LD Entertainment (The Zookeeper's Wife, Jackie, and Megan Leavey) and Director Ken Marino comes Dog Days.... [More]
Directed By: Ken Marino


Entanglement (2018)

Adjusted Score: 60.716%
Critics Consensus: Entanglement proves there's still room for charmingly quirky romantic comedies -- even if it flirts with a number of ingredients that typically lead to cutesy disaster.
Synopsis: While searching for the meaning of his existence, Ben Layten (Thomas Middleditch) uncovers a family secret that leads him to... [More]
Directed By: Jason James (II)

Adjusted Score: 63.402%
Critics Consensus: The Boy Downstairs finds a few fresh moments in its familiar setup and benefits from Zosia Mamet's charismatic performance, both of which are enough to keep viewers interested.
Synopsis: Diana (Zosia Mamet) moves back to New York City after a few years abroad and finds the perfect Brooklyn apartment... [More]
Directed By: Sophie Brooks


Permission (2018)

Adjusted Score: 65.231%
Critics Consensus: Permission holds together in spite of its uneven narrative thanks to eminently watchable work from leads Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens.
Synopsis: Anna (Rebecca Hall) and Will (Dan Stevens), were each other's first every-things: first kiss, first love, first and only relationship.... [More]
Directed By: Brian Crano


Uncle Drew (2018)

Adjusted Score: 68.404%
Critics Consensus: Kyrie Irving's crossover to comedy is amiable enough to score with basketball fans, but Uncle Drew is held back by formulaic plotting and too much product placement.
Synopsis: After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (LilRel... [More]
Directed By: Charles Stone III


Please Stand By (2018)

Adjusted Score: 65.773%
Critics Consensus: Please Stand By hits a number of familiar coming-of-age beats, but adds just enough of a Trek-fueled twist to keep things interesting.
Synopsis: A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in order to boldly go and deliver her 500-page Star Trek... [More]
Directed By: Ben Lewin

Adjusted Score: 67.373%
Critics Consensus: Lea Thompson proves as capable behind the camera as her daughters are before it in , though its charming sensibilities are at times overshadowed by an inconsistent script.
Synopsis: Izzy Klein has (barely) graduated from college, broken up (sorta) with her boyfriend, and is stranded in New York City... [More]
Directed By: Lea Thompson


Ideal Home (2018)

Adjusted Score: 68.402%
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

Adjusted Score: 71.116%
Critics Consensus: Back to Burgundy finds its own subtle terroir in the well-trod ground of family drama -- and should prove particularly intoxicating viewing for oenophiles.
Synopsis: Three siblings reunite at their home in picturesque Burgundy to save the family vineyard in this tender tale of a... [More]
Directed By: Cédric Klapisch

Adjusted Score: 72.832%
Critics Consensus: Finding Your Feet wears its heart on its sleeve, elevating undemanding material with a feel-good romance and sweet performances from its over-qualified cast.
Synopsis: When 'Lady' Sandra Abbott (Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton, Maleficent, Vera Drake) discovers that her husband of forty years (John... [More]
Directed By: Richard Loncraine


The Misandrists (2018)

Adjusted Score: 74.773%
Critics Consensus: The Misandrists mounts a memorably gonzo assault on the patriarchy -- one whose wild ambition and outré aesthetic are often enough to cover for its uneven execution.
Synopsis: When an injured male leftist on the run discovers the remote stronghold of the Female Liberation Army -- a radical... [More]
Directed By: Bruce La Bruce


Damsel (2018)

Adjusted Score: 77.69%
Critics Consensus: The beautifully filmed Damsel injects the western genre with a welcome dose of humor and some unexpected twists, although its stately pace may frustrate impatient viewers.
Synopsis: Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson), an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American Frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope... [More]

Adjusted Score: 90.097%
Critics Consensus: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again doubles down on just about everything fans loved about the original -- and my my, how can fans resist it?
Synopsis: As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the... [More]
Directed By: Ol Parker


The Party (2018)

Adjusted Score: 86.607%
Critics Consensus: Old-fashioned charm meets sharp wit and modern social satire in The Party, a biting comedy carried by a shining performance from Patricia Clarkson.
Synopsis: In Sally Potter's new dark comedy THE PARTY, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in... [More]
Directed By: Sally Potter

Adjusted Score: 83.86%
Critics Consensus: Under the Tree leads viewers into decidedly bleak territory, but it's leavened by sly intelligence and a surprising sense of humor.
Synopsis: UNDER THE TREE follows a man who is accused of adultery and forced to move in with his parents. While... [More]

Adjusted Score: 84.288%
Critics Consensus: Grim and gripping in equal measure, Have a Nice Day is an animated drama that pulls no punches -- and leaves a satisfying mark.
Synopsis: A hard rain is about to fall on a small town in Southern China. In a desperate attempt to find... [More]
Directed By: Jian Liu


Blockers (2018)

Adjusted Score: 91.949%
Critics Consensus: Blockers puts a gender-swapped spin on the teen sex comedy -- one elevated by strong performances, a smartly funny script, and a surprisingly enlightened perspective.
Synopsis: When three parents stumble upon their daughters' pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation... [More]
Directed By: Kay Cannon


Game Night (2018)

Adjusted Score: 93.268%
Critics Consensus: With a talented cast turned loose on a loaded premise -- and a sharp script loaded with dark comedy and unexpected twists -- Game Night might be more fun than the real thing.
Synopsis: Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max's... [More]
Directed By: John Francis Daley


Deadpool 2 (2018)

Adjusted Score: 99.274%
Critics Consensus: Though it threatens to buckle under the weight of its meta gags, Deadpool 2 is a gory, gleeful lampoon of the superhero genre buoyed by Ryan Reynolds' undeniable charm.
Synopsis: After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming... [More]
Directed By: David Leitch

Adjusted Score: 86.201%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two romance cynics run a business breaking up unhappy couples in this New Zealand buddy comedy.... [More]


Tully (2018)

Adjusted Score: 97.641%
Critics Consensus: Tully delves into the modern parenthood experience with an admirably deft blend of humor and raw honesty, brought to life by an outstanding performance by Charlize Theron.
Synopsis: A new comedy from Academy Award (R)-nominated director Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air") and Academy Award (R)-winning screenwriter Diablo... [More]
Directed By: Jason Reitman

Adjusted Score: 102.874%
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

Adjusted Score: 90.144%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu) and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of... [More]
Directed By: Sam Garbarski


Hearts Beat Loud (2018)

Adjusted Score: 95.578%
Critics Consensus: Thoroughly sweet, comfortably familiar, and elevated by the chemistry between Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons, Hearts Beat Loud offers feel-good father-daughter drama.
Synopsis: Widower and aging Brooklyn hipster Frank starts a band with his teenage daughter Sam just before she leaves home to... [More]
Directed By: Brett Haley


Blindspotting (2018)

Adjusted Score: 99.177%
Critics Consensus: As timely as it is overall impactful, Blindspotting blends buddy comedy with seething social commentary, and rises on the strength of Daveed Diggs' powerful performance.
Synopsis: Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning.... [More]
Directed By: Carlos Lopez Estrada

Adjusted Score: 102.667%
Critics Consensus: Fearlessly ambitious, scathingly funny, and thoroughly original, Sorry to Bother You loudly heralds the arrival of a fresh filmmaking talent in writer-director Boots Riley.
Synopsis: In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success,... [More]
Directed By: Boots Riley

Adjusted Score: 106.897%
Critics Consensus: The Death of Stalin finds director/co-writer Arnando Iannucci in riotous form, bringing his scabrous political humor to bear on a chapter in history with painfully timely parallels.
Synopsis: The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In... [More]
Directed By: Armando Iannucci


BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Adjusted Score: 107.669%
Critics Consensus: BlacKkKlansman uses history to offer bitingly trenchant commentary on current events -- and brings out some of Spike Lee's hardest-hitting work in decades along the way.
Synopsis: From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It's the early 1970s, and Ron... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee


Eighth Grade (2018)

Adjusted Score: 106.781%
Critics Consensus: Eighth Grade takes a look at its titular time period that offers a rare and resounding ring of truth while heralding breakthroughs for writer-director Bo Burnham and captivating star Elsie Fisher.
Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of... [More]
Directed By: Bo Burnham


Keep the Change (2018)

Adjusted Score: 100.43%
Critics Consensus: Keep the Change puts a refreshingly inclusive perspective on the rom-com formula, further elevated by a talented cast and compassionate work from writer-director Rachel Israel.
Synopsis: When aspiring filmmaker David (Brandon Polansky) is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community... [More]
Directed By: Rachel Israel


Oh Lucy! (2018)

Adjusted Score: 101.631%
Critics Consensus: Oh Lucy! roots its narrative quirks in universal themes and deep empathy for its characters, all brought to life by strong performances from a talented cast led by the thoroughly charming Shinobu Terajima.
Synopsis: Setsuko is a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she's... [More]
Directed By: Atsuko Hirayanagi

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