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All Adam Sandler Movies Ranked

The critics haven’t always been kind to Adam Sandler over the course of his film career, but box office receipts don’t lie — his detractors have been handily outnumbered by his many ardent fans, many of whom have been laughing it up over the SNL vet’s shtick for decades. His filmography’s certainly had its share of ups and downs, but it includes some of the biggest — and most eminently quotable — comedy hits in recent memory, from Billy Madison to Happy Gilmore, as well as a number of beloved rom-coms like The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, as well as The Meyerowitz Stories and Punch-Drunk Love for his indie gems. In fact, his latest is exactly that: Uncut Gems, the intense crime thriller from the Safdie bros that’s drawing the highest critical acclaim of Sandler’s career.

Watch out for hired goons, giant penguins, and, of course, Bob Barker, and let’s take a look at his entire filmography, from the best Adam Sandler movies to the worst, ranked by Tomatometer!

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 0.527%
Critics Consensus: Every bit as lazily offensive as its cast and concept would suggest, The Ridiculous Six is standard couch fare for Adam Sandler fanatics and must-avoid viewing for film enthusiasts of every other persuasion.
Synopsis: Six bizarre and diverse strangers in the Wild West discover that they all share the same father, and the newfound... [More]
Directed By: Frank Coraci

#43

Jack and Jill (2011)
3%

#43
Adjusted Score: 6.157%
Critics Consensus: Although it features an inexplicably committed performance from Al Pacino, Jack and Jill is impossible to recommend on any level whatsoever.
Synopsis: Jack and Jill is a comedy focusing on Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler), a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#42

Grown Ups 2 (2013)
8%

#42
Adjusted Score: 11.942%
Critics Consensus: While it's almost certainly the movie event of the year for filmgoers passionate about deer urine humor, Grown Ups 2 will bore, annoy, and disgust audiences of nearly every other persuasion.
Synopsis: The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns (with some exciting new additions) for more summertime laughs. Lenny (Adam Sandler)... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#41

Bulletproof (1996)
8%

#41
Adjusted Score: 9.622%
Critics Consensus: In addition to its ability to deflect gunfire, Bulletproof proves sadly impervious to humor, logic, or worthwhile viewing.
Synopsis: This action-packed buddy picture pairs Keats, a black police officer, with a wiseacre white drug-runner named Archie Moses. Working undercover,... [More]
Directed By: Ernest R. Dickerson

#40

The Do-Over (2016)
9%

#40
Adjusted Score: 8.888%
Critics Consensus: A dunderheaded story of mistaken identity, The Do-Over finds Adam Sandler and David Spade retreading old ground -- minus the comedic pep required to enliven the decidedly uninspired proceedings.
Synopsis: In The Do-Over, Adam Sandler plays "Max" and David Spade plays "Charlie," old friends tired of their mundane lives who... [More]
Directed By: Steven Brill

#39

Mixed Nuts (1994)
10%

#39
Adjusted Score: 11.284%
Critics Consensus: Mixed Nuts may provoke strong allergic reactions in all but the most undemanding filmgoers -- and the most forgiving Steve Martin fans.
Synopsis: A holiday comedy with dark overtones, Mixed Nuts presents a supposedly humorous look at the behind-the-scenes events at a crisis... [More]
Directed By: Nora Ephron

#38

The Cobbler (2015)
10%

#38
Adjusted Score: 11.969%
Critics Consensus: The Cobbler represents a slight step up from Adam Sandler's recent comedies, but while its cloying sentiment proves a more palatable substitute for his usual crass humor, it still isn't terribly compelling.
Synopsis: Max Simkin (Adam Sandler) repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations.... [More]
Directed By: Tom McCarthy

#37

Grown Ups (2010)
11%

#37
Adjusted Score: 15.806%
Critics Consensus: Grown Ups' cast of comedy vets is amiable, but they're let down by flat direction and the scattershot, lowbrow humor of a stunted script.
Synopsis: Thirty years after graduating from high school, five former basketball teammates gather at the lake house where they celebrated their... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#36
Adjusted Score: 14.625%
Critics Consensus: Sandler returns to his roots in this nauseating concoction filled with potty humor and product placements.
Synopsis: Davey Stone is a young man who hates the holidays and is determined that no one else in the town... [More]
Directed By: Seth Kearsley

#35

Zookeeper (2011)
14%

#35
Adjusted Score: 17.731%
Critics Consensus: Zookeeper smothers Kevin James's with a sodden script and a surfeit of jokes inappropriate for the young viewers who would be intrigued by its juvenile storyline.
Synopsis: In Zookeeper, the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo love their kindhearted caretaker, Griffin Keyes (Kevin James). Finding himself more... [More]
Directed By: Frank Coraci, Walt Becker

#34

Blended (2014)
14%

#34
Adjusted Score: 19.088%
Critics Consensus: Lurching between slapstick and schmaltz without showing much of a commitment to either, Blended commits the rare Sandler sin of provoking little more than boredom.
Synopsis: After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren and Jim agree on only one thing: they never want to see... [More]
Directed By: Frank Coraci

#33
Adjusted Score: 20.275%
Critics Consensus: Whether by way of inept comedy or tasteless stereotypes, I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry falters on both levels.
Synopsis: When two testosterone-fueled firemen attempt to register as domestic partners in order to bypass the bureaucratic red tape preventing one... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#32

Pixels (2015)
17%

#32
Adjusted Score: 24.526%
Critics Consensus: Much like the worst arcade games from the era that inspired it, Pixels has little replay value and is hardly worth a quarter.
Synopsis: As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie "The... [More]
Directed By: Chris Columbus

#31

Just Go with It (2011)
19%

#31
Adjusted Score: 22.982%
Critics Consensus: Just Go With It may be slightly better than some entries in the recently dire rom-com genre, but that's far from a recommendation.
Synopsis: In Just Go With It, a plastic surgeon, romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant to pretend to... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#30

That's My Boy (2012)
20%

#30
Adjusted Score: 23.822%
Critics Consensus: While it does represent a new foray into raunch for the normally PG-13 Sandler, That's My Boy finds him repeating himself to diminishing effect - and dragging Andy Samberg down with him.
Synopsis: While still in his teens, Donny (Adam Sandler) fathered a son, Todd (Andy Samberg), and raised him as a single... [More]
Directed By: Sean Anders

#29

Airheads (1994)
23%

#29
Adjusted Score: 24.665%
Critics Consensus: There's a biting satire that keeps threatening to burst out of the well-cast Airheads, but unfortunately, the end result lives down to its title in the most unfortunate ways.
Synopsis: Sick and tired of being ignored by record industry executives, three none-too-bright heavy metal musicians take a local radio station... [More]

#28

Little Nicky (2000)
22%

#28
Adjusted Score: 25.799%
Critics Consensus: Despite the presence of a large, talented cast, the jokes in Little Nicky are dumb, tasteless, and not that funny, and Adam Sandler's character is grating to watch.
Synopsis: The youngest child of the family often has the most problems -- so why should things be different for the... [More]
Directed By: Steven Brill

#27

Mr. Deeds (2002)
22%

#27
Adjusted Score: 26.188%
Critics Consensus: This update of Capra doesn't hold a candle to the original, and even on its own merits, Mr. Deeds is still indifferently acted and stale.
Synopsis: One of Frank Capra's best-loved stories gets a modernized and wildly slapstick reinterpretation in this romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Brill

#26

Sandy Wexler (2017)
27%

#26
Adjusted Score: 27.011%
Critics Consensus: Sandy Wexler marks a mild improvement from the Adam Sandler vehicles immediately preceding it -- which in no way serves as an endorsement for non-hardcore fans.
Synopsis: Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler) is a talent manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s who diligently represents a group... [More]
Directed By: Steven Brill

#25

The Week Of (2018)
27%

#25
Adjusted Score: 27.205%
Critics Consensus: The Week Of suggests promise in further collaborations between Sandler and Robert Smigel, but its shopworn premise and listless execution aren't enough to recommend it.
Synopsis: The comedy tells the story of two fathers who are polar opposites (Adam Sandler and Chris Rock) and the dysfunctional... [More]
Directed By: Robert Smigel

#24

Bedtime Stories (2008)
27%

#24
Adjusted Score: 30.718%
Critics Consensus: Though it may earns some chuckles from pre-teens, this kid-friendly Adam Sandler comedy is uneven, poorly paced, and lacks the requisite whimsy to truly work.
Synopsis: The life of Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman, is changed forever when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman

#23

The Longest Yard (2005)
31%

#23
Adjusted Score: 36.501%
Critics Consensus: This Yard has some laughs but missing from this remake is the edginess of the original.
Synopsis: One of the toughest and best-remembered sports movies of the 1970s gets a humorous makeover in this comedy. Paul "Wrecking"... [More]
Directed By: Peter Segal

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 39.044%
Critics Consensus: Men, Women & Children is timely, but director Jason Reitman's overbearing approach to its themes blunts the movie's impact.
Synopsis: MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt... [More]
Directed By: Jason Reitman

#21

Click (2006)
34%

#21
Adjusted Score: 39.785%
Critics Consensus: This latest Adam Sandler vehicle borrows shamelessly from It's A Wonderful Life and Back To The Future, and fails to produce the necessary laughs that would forgive such imitation.
Synopsis: A workaholic architect, frustrated in his job but determined to make a better life for his family, is bestowed with... [More]
Directed By: Frank Coraci

#20

Coneheads (1993)
35%

#20
Adjusted Score: 36.836%
Critics Consensus: Listless, crude, and overall uninspired, Coneheads offers further evidence that stretching an SNL sketch to feature length can be tougher than narfling a garthok.
Synopsis: The popular Saturday Night Live sketch was expanded to fill the big screen in 1993, with the same story of... [More]
Directed By: Steve Barron

#19

The Waterboy (1998)
34%

#19
Adjusted Score: 37.902%
Critics Consensus: This is an insult to its genre with low humor and cheap gags.
Synopsis: Despite being the constant target of gross jokes and public humiliation from the university football team players he serves, lowly... [More]
Directed By: Frank Coraci

#18
Adjusted Score: 45.033%
Critics Consensus: You Don't Mess With the Zohan features intermittent laughs, and will please Sandler diehards, but after awhile the leaky premise wears thin.
Synopsis: A Mossad agent fakes his own death so he can move to New York and become a hair stylist.... [More]

#17

Big Daddy (1999)
39%

#17
Adjusted Score: 42.817%
Critics Consensus: Adam Sandler acquits himself admirably, but his charm isn't enough to make up for Big Daddy's jarring shifts between crude humor and mawkish sentimentality.
Synopsis: Prospective parents everywhere, meet the world's least likely paternal role model: Adam Sandler! In Big Daddy, Sandler plays 30-year-old bachelor... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#16

Billy Madison (1995)
40%

#16
Adjusted Score: 42.607%
Critics Consensus: Audiences who enjoy Adam Sandler's belligerent comic energy may find him in joyously obnoxious form as Billy Madison, but this thinly-plotted starring vehicle surrounds its star with an aggressively pedestrian movie.
Synopsis: Master of infantilism Adam Sandler stars as the title character, an overgrown rich kid who wiles away his days poolside,... [More]
Directed By: Tamra Davis

#15

Shakes the Clown (1992)
43%

#15
Adjusted Score: 43.815%
Critics Consensus: Shakes the Clown has a handful of memorable moments, but they're scattered in a movie whose best ideas were left undeveloped on their way to the screen.
Synopsis: This black comedy chronicles the fall of one of the world's most unlovable clowns as he plies his trade and... [More]
Directed By: Bobcat Goldthwait

#14

Anger Management (2003)
42%

#14
Adjusted Score: 47.509%
Critics Consensus: Thought not without its funny moments, Anger Management is ultimately stale and disappointingly one-note, especially considering its capable cast.
Synopsis: A man comes face to face with the rage he didn't know he had in this comedy. Dave Buznick (Adam... [More]
Directed By: Peter Segal

#13

Murder Mystery (2019)
43%

#13
Adjusted Score: 45.151%
Critics Consensus: Murder Mystery reunites Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler for a lightweight comedy that's content to settle for merely mediocre.
Synopsis: When an NYC cop (Adam Sandler) finally takes his wife (Jennifer Aniston) on a long promised European trip, a chance... [More]
Directed By: Kyle Newacheck

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 50.08%
Critics Consensus: Hotel Transylvania's buoyant, giddy tone may please children, but it might be a little too loud and thinly-scripted for older audiences.
Synopsis: Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up,... [More]
Directed By: Genndy Tartakovsky

#11

50 First Dates (2004)
45%

#11
Adjusted Score: 49.801%
Critics Consensus: Gross-out humor overwhelms the easy chemistry between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, who bring some energy and yucks to this tale of a girl with short-term memory loss and the guy who tries to get her to love him.
Synopsis: Re-teaming Adam Sandler with Drew Barrymore, his co-star from The Wedding Singer, as well as Peter Segal, his director on... [More]
Directed By: Peter Segal

#10

Spanglish (2004)
53%

#10
Adjusted Score: 57.571%
Critics Consensus: Paz Vega shines, and Adam Sandler gives a performance of thoughtfulness and depth, but Spanglish is ultimately undermined by sitcommy plotting and unearned uplift.
Synopsis: Married couple John and Deborah Clasky has their mundane lives forever changed when a fiery new housekeeper, Flor, and her... [More]
Directed By: James L. Brooks

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 59.581%
Critics Consensus: Hotel Transylvania 2 is marginally better than the original, which may or may not be enough of a recommendation to watch 89 minutes of corny, colorfully animated gags from Adam Sandler and company.
Synopsis: The hit CG-animated family comedy Hotel Transylvania gets a follow-up with this Sony Pictures Animation production.... [More]
Directed By: Genndy Tartakovsky

#8

Happy Gilmore (1996)
61%

#8
Adjusted Score: 63.631%
Critics Consensus: Those who enjoy Adam Sandler's schtick will find plenty to love in this gleefully juvenile take on professional golf; those who don't, however, will find it unfunny and forgettable.
Synopsis: A failed hockey player turned unconventional golf whiz is determined to win a PGA tournament to save his grandmother's house... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

#7
Adjusted Score: 66.47%
Critics Consensus: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation delivers exactly what fans will expect - which means another 97 agreeably lightweight minutes of fast-paced gags and colorful animation.
Synopsis: In Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation... [More]
Directed By: Genndy Tartakovsky

#6

Reign Over Me (2007)
64%

#6
Adjusted Score: 68.892%
Critics Consensus: Reign Over Me is a charming, affecting tale of friendship and loss, with solid performances from Adam Sandler as a broken, grief-stricken man and Don Cheadle as his old friend and savior.
Synopsis: A man, who lost his family in the Sept. 11th attacks and has never recovered from his grief, runs into... [More]
Directed By: Mike Binder

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 71.064%
Critics Consensus: It's decidedly uneven -- and surprisingly sappy for an early Adam Sandler comedy -- but The Wedding Singer is also sweet, funny, and beguiling.
Synopsis: Mousse up your hair and pull your Missing Persons records out of mothballs for this romantic comedy set in that... [More]
Directed By: Frank Coraci

#4

Funny People (2009)
69%

#4
Adjusted Score: 76.791%
Critics Consensus: Funny People features the requisite humor, as well as considerable emotional depth, resulting in Judd Apatow's most mature film to date.
Synopsis: George Simmons is a famous stand-up comedian, who learns that he has a terminal illness and less than a year... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow

#3

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
79%

#3
Adjusted Score: 84.452%
Critics Consensus: Odd, touching, and unique, Punch-Drunk Love is also delightfully funny, utilizing Adam Sandler's comic persona to explore the life of a lonely guy who finds love.
Synopsis: A dark comedy centering around Barry Egan, the socially impaired owner of a small business-distributing novelty toilet plungers-in the San... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#2
Adjusted Score: 99.362%
Critics Consensus: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) observes the family dynamic through writer-director Noah Baumbach's bittersweet lens and the impressive efforts of a remarkable cast.
Synopsis: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten and Emma... [More]
Directed By: Noah Baumbach

#1

Uncut Gems (2019)
92%

#1
Adjusted Score: 106.52%
Critics Consensus: Uncut Gems reaffirms the Safdies as masters of anxiety-inducing cinema -- and proves Adam Sandler remains a formidable dramatic actor when given the right material.
Synopsis: From acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie comes an electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New... [More]
Directed By: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie

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