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Ice Cube Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

We’re ranking every movie starring Ice Cube! We start with his Certified Fresh films, including his early, high-impact debut Boyz N the Hood, both Jump Streets, and comedy Barbershop. The next two Barbershop sequels didn’t do as well with critics, but the franchise made a clean comeback with Next Cut in 2016. The stoner opus Friday is Fresh on the Tomatometer, and though Next and After Next are Rotten, they both acclaimed via the Audience Score.


Boyz N the Hood (1991)

Adjusted Score: 99837%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and thematically rich, Boyz N the Hood observes Black America with far more depth and compassion than many of the like-minded films its success inspired.
Synopsis: Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is sent to live with his father, Furious Styles (Larry Fishburne), in tough South Central Los... [More]
Directed By: John Singleton


Three Kings (1999)

Adjusted Score: 98783%
Critics Consensus: Three Kings successfully blends elements of action, drama, and comedy into a thoughtful, exciting movie on the Gulf War.
Synopsis: Just after the end of the Gulf War, four American soldiers decide to steal a cache of Saddam Hussein's hidden... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

Adjusted Score: 94655%
Critics Consensus: Heartfelt, thought-provoking, and above all funny, Barbershop: The Next Cut is the rare belated sequel that more than lives up to the standard set by its predecessors.
Synopsis: To survive harsh economic times, Calvin and Angie have merged the barbershop and beauty salon into one business. The days... [More]
Directed By: Malcolm D. Lee


21 Jump Street (2012)

Adjusted Score: 93550%
Critics Consensus: A smart, affectionate satire of '80s nostalgia and teen movie tropes, 21 Jump Street offers rowdy mainstream comedy with a surprisingly satisfying bite.
Synopsis: When cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) join the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances... [More]


22 Jump Street (2014)

Adjusted Score: 92165%
Critics Consensus: Boasting even more of the bromantic chemistry between its stars -- and even more of the goofy, good-natured humor that made its predecessor so much fun -- 22 Jump Street is the rare sequel that improves upon the original.
Synopsis: Although they made their way through high school successfully, an investigation at a local college brings big changes for undercover... [More]


Menace II Society (1993)

Adjusted Score: 86121%
Critics Consensus: Told with grit and verve by the Hughes brothers in their feature debut, Menace II Society is a gangland epic that breathes with authenticity while steeped in style.
Synopsis: After growing up in the gang lifestyle of the Los Angeles projects, 18-year-old Caine Lawson (Tyrin Turner) wants a way... [More]


The Book of Life (2014)

Adjusted Score: 87196%
Critics Consensus: The Book of Life's gorgeous animation is a treat, but it's a pity that its story lacks the same level of craft and detail that its thrilling visuals provide.
Synopsis: In the Mexican town of San Angel, Manolo (Diego Luna), Maria (Zoë Saldana) and Joaquin (Channing Tatum) have been friends... [More]
Directed By: Jorge R. Gutierrez


Barbershop (2002)

Adjusted Score: 85490%
Critics Consensus: Besides bringing on the laughs, Barbershop displays a big heart and demonstrates the value of community.
Synopsis: A smart comedy about a day in the life of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. Calvin (Ice... [More]
Directed By: Tim Story


Rampart (2011)

Adjusted Score: 79265%
Critics Consensus: Rampart sends viewers plummeting into a nihilistic hell of its protagonist's creation, yet Woody Harrelson's performance in the central role is too magnetic to dismiss.
Synopsis: In 1999, Officer Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson), a 24-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, tends to follow his... [More]
Directed By: Oren Moverman


Friday (1995)

Adjusted Score: 76823%
Critics Consensus: What Friday might lack in taut construction or directorial flair, it more than makes up with its vibrant (albeit consistently crass) humor and the charming, energetic performances of its leads.
Synopsis: It's Friday and Craig Jones (Ice Cube) has just gotten fired for stealing cardboard boxes. To make matters worse, rent... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray


The High Note (2020)

Adjusted Score: 82561%
Critics Consensus: The High Note doesn't quite soar above rom-com formula, but audiences seeking some comfort viewing should find themselves solidly in harmony with this well-acted genre entry.
Synopsis: Maggie is the overworked personal assistant to Grace Davis, a superstar singer whose talent and ego have reached unbelievable heights.... [More]
Directed By: Nisha Ganatra


Trespass (1992)

Adjusted Score: 71266%
Critics Consensus: Trespass pits public servants against gangsters in a race for stolen loot -- and thanks to a killer cast and Walter Hill's assured direction, the audience wins.
Synopsis: Firefighters Vince (Bill Paxton) and Don (William Sadler) venture into gang-infested territory to find gold that's been hidden inside an... [More]
Directed By: Walter Hill

Adjusted Score: 73418%
Critics Consensus: The humor is less sharp and more warm-hearted this time around, and the characters are enjoyable to revisit.
Synopsis: This sequel to the 2002 film returns to the Chicago barbershop owned by Calvin Palmer Jr. (Ice Cube). His employees... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Rodney Sullivan


The Glass Shield (1994)

Adjusted Score: 68578%
Critics Consensus: The Glass Shield struggles under the weight of its worthy themes, but emerges as a flawed yet powerful look at systemic racism in modern America.
Synopsis: Rookie cop J.J. (Michael Boatman) is the first black officer in his squad. Befriending fellow outsider Deborah (Lori Petty), J.J.... [More]
Directed By: Charles Burnett

Adjusted Score: 54855%
Critics Consensus: xXx: Return of Xander Cage should satisfy fans of the first two installments, but its preponderance of set pieces can't quite make up for a tired storyline that fails to take the franchise -- or action fans -- anywhere new.
Synopsis: After coming out of self-imposed exile, daredevil operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) must race against time to recover a sinister... [More]
Directed By: D.J. Caruso


Higher Learning (1995)

Adjusted Score: 46519%
Critics Consensus: It's hard to fault Higher Learning's goals; unfortunately, writer-director John Singleton too often struggles to fit his themes within a consistently engaging story.
Synopsis: In John Singleton's powerful portrait of college life in the 1990s, a group of incoming freshmen at Columbus University --... [More]
Directed By: John Singleton


The Longshots (2008)

Adjusted Score: 43011%
Critics Consensus: The Longshots means well, but it's a largely formulaic affair, rarely deviating from the inspirational sports movie playbook.
Synopsis: Curtis Plummer (Ice Cube), a down-on-his-luck former football player, becomes the new coach of the Minden, Illinois, Pop Warner football... [More]
Directed By: Fred Durst


Anaconda (1997)

Adjusted Score: 41203%
Critics Consensus: Anaconda's pulpy pleasures are constricted by its own absurdity, but creature feature fans may enjoy its brazen silliness.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Terri Flores (Jennifer Lopez) is traveling deep in the Amazon jungle looking for a forgotten tribe. Terri and her... [More]
Directed By: Luis Llosa


Lottery Ticket (2010)

Adjusted Score: 36376%
Critics Consensus: There's a worthwhile message at the heart of Lottery Ticket, but it's buried under stale humor, tired stereotypes, and obvious clichés.
Synopsis: Kevin Carson (Bow Wow), an ordinary guy living in the projects, wins a $370 million lottery. Unfortunately, the claim office... [More]
Directed By: Erik White

Adjusted Score: 32694%
Critics Consensus: A sloppy, poorly directed action-comedy, All About the Benjamins is too derivative and gratuitously violent.
Synopsis: Bounty hunter Bucum Jackson (Ice Cube) teams with the small-time con artist, Reggie Wright (Mike Epps), that he is pursuing,... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Bray


The Players Club (1998)

Adjusted Score: 27212%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Single mother Diana Armstrong (LisaRaye) takes to sliding down a stripper pole in order to pay for college -- and... [More]
Directed By: Ice Cube


Friday After Next (2002)

Adjusted Score: 27586%
Critics Consensus: This Friday installment is more shapeless and stale than its predecessors.
Synopsis: Finds Craig (Ice Cube) and Day-Day (Mike Epps) back in the old neighborhood where it all began. It's Christmas time... [More]
Directed By: Marcus Raboy


Fist Fight (2017)

Adjusted Score: 33698%
Critics Consensus: Fist Fight boasts a surplus of comedic muscle but flails lazily, and far too few of its jokes land with enough force to register.
Synopsis: On the last day before summer vacation, high school teacher Andy Campbell tries his best to keep it together amid... [More]
Directed By: Richie Keen

Adjusted Score: 26531%
Critics Consensus: John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars is not one of Carpenter's better movies, filled as it is with bad dialogue, bad acting, confusing flashbacks, and scenes that are more campy than scary.
Synopsis: Long inhabited by human settlers, the Red Planet has become the manifest destiny of an over-populated Earth. Nearly 640,000 people... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter


Torque (2004)

Adjusted Score: 25946%
Critics Consensus: Silly and noisy, Torque is stylish fun for the MTV crowd.
Synopsis: When biker Cary Ford (Martin Henderson) discovers some motorcycles filled with crystal meth, he stows them away. But it turns... [More]
Directed By: Neal H. Moritz, Brad Luff


Next Friday (2000)

Adjusted Score: 22553%
Critics Consensus: Next Friday lacks the fun of the original Friday. The movie is messy and plotless and relies on unfunny vulgar gags.
Synopsis: Craig (Ice Cube) bails his friend out of trouble, survives a climatic confrontation with Debo, the neighborhood bully, and ends... [More]
Directed By: Steve Carr


Ride Along (2014)

Adjusted Score: 22563%
Critics Consensus: Kevin Hart's livewire presence gives Ride Along a shot of necessary energy, but it isn't enough to rescue this would-be comedy from the buddy-cop doldrums.
Synopsis: For two years, security guard Ben (Kevin Hart) has tried to convince James (Ice Cube), a veteran cop, that he... [More]
Directed By: Tim Story

Adjusted Score: 22028%
Critics Consensus: Even more absurd and implausible than the first XXX movie, State of the Union is less inspired and technically competent than its predecessor.
Synopsis: When the government finds out that a group of terrorists has infiltrated its ranks, and the group is being trained... [More]
Directed By: Lee Tamahori


I Got the Hook-Up (1998)

Adjusted Score: 11198%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Friends Black (Master P) and Blue (Anthony Johnson) are broke, but they think they've found their big break when they... [More]
Directed By: Michael Martin


Ride Along 2 (2016)

Adjusted Score: 20357%
Critics Consensus: Ride Along 2 presents a cop-comedy sequel whose well-matched stars can't break the law of diminishing returns -- or lock up a script that unabashedly steals from the original.
Synopsis: Rookie lawman Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) aspires to become a detective like James Payton (Ice Cube), his future brother-in-law. James... [More]
Directed By: Tim Story


Are We There Yet? (2005)

Adjusted Score: 16067%
Critics Consensus: This supposed family comedy staring the usually blameless Ice Cube and Nia Long has provoked most critics to write, "Is it over yet?"
Synopsis: Attempting to win the favor of the newly divorced Suzanne (Nia Long), Nick (Ice Cube) offers to accompany her children,... [More]
Directed By: Brian Levant


First Sunday (2008)

Adjusted Score: 14221%
Critics Consensus: First Sunday may have its heart in the right place, but its funny bone is dislocated.
Synopsis: Petty thieves Durell (Ice Cube) and LeeJohn (Tracy Morgan) face a big problem: The two must come up with $17,000... [More]
Directed By: David E. Talbert


Are We Done Yet? (2007)

Adjusted Score: 11160%
Critics Consensus: Are We Done Yet? plays it way too safe with generic slapstick and uninspired domestic foibles.
Synopsis: Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Nia Long) decide to move to the suburbs to create a better life for children... [More]
Directed By: Steve Carr


Dangerous Ground (1997)

Adjusted Score: 6306%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Thirteen years after his anti-apartheid activism forced him to leave South Africa, Vusi Madlazi (Ice Cube) returns home for his... [More]
Directed By: Darrell Roodt