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All Will Smith Movies Ranked
It’s now 20 years into the Willennium, and how has our reigning Fresh Prince fared since the 1990s? On the Oscars front, Will Smith notched two Best Actor nominations for 2001’s Ali, and then for The Pursuit of Happyness in 2006. He’s adapted two genre literary classics into blockbusters (I Am Legend and I, Robot), and he was there during the 2008’s summer of superheroes with Hancock, which released one month after Iron Man and one before The Dark Knight and Hellboy II.
Of course, that’s not to say Smith was slacking in the ’90s (though if he was, certainly no one would have noticed), which saw a diversified pop culture portfolio that includes a beloved TV show at the beginning of the decade, and a slew of hip-hop crossover hits at the end. Sandwiched in between were films like Independence Day, which at the time felt like the biggest movie event ever, and Men in Black, which got its first Smith-less sequel in 2019.
But on the subject of sequels that didn’t disappoint, and even surprised: Bad Boys For Life, which reunited Smith with Martin Lawrence for some throwback buddy action. Its January release seemed like a kiss of death, yet the movie has drawn some of the best reviews of both stars’ careers. See where it places as we rank the best Will Smith movies (and the worst) by Tomatometer!
Adjusted Score: 20880%
Critics Consensus: After Earth is a dull, ploddingly paced exercise in sentimental sci-fi -- and the latest setback for director M. Night Shyamalan's once-promising career.
With his father (Will Smith) trapped in the wreckage of their spacecraft, a youth (Jaden Smith) treks across Earth's now-hostile... [More]
Adjusted Score: 19269%
Critics Consensus: Winter's Tale tries to retain the grandiose sweep of its source novel, but fails to fill it in with characters worth rooting for or a sensible plot.
A thief (Colin Farrell) battles the forces of time and darkness to save his one true love, a young woman... [More]
Adjusted Score: 21553%
Critics Consensus: Well-meaning but fundamentally flawed, Collateral Beauty aims for uplift but collapses in unintentional hilarity.
When a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 22537%
Critics Consensus: Bombastic, manic, and largely laugh-free, Wild Wild West is a bizarre misfire in which greater care was lavished upon the special effects than on the script.
Secret agent James T. West (Will Smith) and his partner (Kevin Kline) fight evil inventor Dr. Loveless (Kenneth Branagh) who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 29146%
Critics Consensus: Two and a half hours of explosions and witless banter.
Two detectives (Martin Lawrence, Will Smith) uncover a conspiracy involving a drug kingpin (Jordi MollÃ ) while trying to stop the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 43266%
Critics Consensus: Gemini Man's impressive visuals are supported by some strong performances, but this sci-fi thriller is fatally undermined by a frustratingly subpar story.
Henry Brogan is an elite assassin who becomes the target of a mysterious operative who can seemingly predict his every... [More]
Adjusted Score: 44985%
Critics Consensus: Suicide Squad boasts a talented cast and a little more humor than previous DCEU efforts, but they aren't enough to save the disappointing end result from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing.
Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other armed supervillains unite to battle a mysterious... [More]
Adjusted Score: 34318%
Critics Consensus: Grim and morose, Seven Pounds is also undone by an illogical plot.
A man (Will Smith) with a fateful secret sets out to redeem himself by changing the lives of seven strangers,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 31942%
Critics Consensus: Bright tries to blend fantasy, hard-hitting cop drama, and social commentary -- and ends up falling painfully short of the mark on all three fronts.
Two police officers, one a human, the other an orc, must put aside their differences to protect a young female... [More]
Adjusted Score: 33321%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
An honor student (Nia Long) discovers her father (Ted Danson) is a flashy car salesman and sperm-bank donor her mother... [More]
Adjusted Score: 40719%
Critics Consensus: Derivative and full of pop culture in-jokes.
A bottom feeder (Will Smith) pretends to be a fearsome shark slayer after the son of a finned hoodlum (Robert... [More]
Adjusted Score: 50847%
Critics Consensus: Though it begins with promise, Hancock suffers from a flimsy narrative and poor execution.
A scruffy superhero (Will Smith) protects the citizens of Los Angeles but leaves horrendous collateral damage in the wake of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 46580%
Critics Consensus: Bad Boys stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have enjoyable chemistry; unfortunately, director Michael Bay too often drowns it out with set pieces and explosions in place of an actual story.
Undercover Miami detectives (Martin Lawrence, Will Smith) switch lives while investigating murders linked to stolen heroin.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 48446%
Critics Consensus: Despite the talent involved in The Legend of Bagger Vance, performances are hindered by an inadequate screenplay full of flat characters and bad dialogue. Also, not much happens, and some critics are offended by how the film glosses over issues of racism.
A golf caddy (Will Smith) shows a disillusioned young war veteran (Matt Damon) how to master challenges and find meaning... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63263%
Critics Consensus: Bearing only the slightest resemblance to Isaac Asimov's short stories, I, Robot is still a summer blockbuster that manages to make viewers think -- if only a little.
In 2035 a Chicago homicide detective (Will Smith) tracks a sophisticated robot accused of murdering a visionary scientist.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66568%
Critics Consensus: Focus may have a few too many twists and turns, but it nearly skates by on its glamorous setting and the charm of its stars.
A veteran con man (Will Smith) is thrown off his game when his former lover and protege (Margot Robbie) unexpectedly... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76986%
Critics Consensus: Aladdin retells its classic source material's story with sufficient spectacle and skill, even if it never approaches the dazzling splendor of the animated original.
Aladdin is a lovable street urchin who meets Princess Jasmine and a powerful, wisecracking, larger-than-life genie. After quickly becoming friends,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67551%
Critics Consensus: Concussion lands a solid, well-acted hit on its impressively timely subject matter, even if its traditional sports drama structure is a little too safe to deserve a full-on dance in the end zone.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) raises public awareness about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disorder that causes brain trauma... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72102%
Critics Consensus: The plot is thin and so is character development, but as a thrilling, spectacle-filled summer movie, Independence Day delivers.
A fighter pilot (Will Smith), a computer whiz (Jeff Goldblum) and others fight back after 15-mile-wide alien ships zap Earth's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73767%
Critics Consensus: Will Smith's heartfelt performance elevates The Pursuit of Happyness above mere melodrama.
A single father (Will Smith) and his young son (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) endure many hardships as the father struggles... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73018%
Critics Consensus: Though perhaps no film could fully do justice to the fascinating life and personality of Muhammad Ali, Mann's direction and Smith's performance combine to pack a solid punch.
Muhammad Ali (Will Smith) battles Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier and George Foreman and raises controversy outside the ring.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78575%
Critics Consensus: It isn't exactly a persuasive argument for the continuation of the franchise, but Men in Black III is better than its predecessor and manages to exceed expectations.
Agent J (Will Smith) goes back in time and joins forces with Agent K's (Tommy Lee Jones) younger self (Josh... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75201%
Critics Consensus: I Am Legend overcomes questionable special effects and succeeds largely on the strength of Will Smith's mesmerizing performance.
After a man-made plague transforms Earth's population into bloodthirsty vampires, a lone survivor (Will Smith) desperately searches for a cure.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74929%
Critics Consensus: Despite Hitch's predictability, Will Smith and Kevin James win praise for their solid, warmhearted performances.
A smooth-talking man (Will Smith) falls for a hardened columnist (Eva Mendes) while helping a shy accountant (Kevin James) woo... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77416%
Critics Consensus: An entertaining, topical thriller that finds director Tony Scott on solid form and Will Smith confirming his action headliner status.
A former NSA operative (Gene Hackman) aids the innocent victim (Will Smith) of a politically motivated assassination cover-up.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82174%
Critics Consensus: A cheerfully undemanding animated adventure that's elevated by its voice cast, Spies in Disguise is funny, fast-paced, and family-friendly enough to satisfy.
Lance is a super cool and charming spy, and Walter invents the super cool gadgets that Lance uses. But when... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89534%
Critics Consensus: Loaded up with action and a double helping of leading-man charisma, Bad Boys for Life reinvigorates this long-dormant franchise by playing squarely to its strengths.
Old-school, wisecracking cops Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett team up with a special new tactical squad to take down the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 43568%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Runaways follow their leader (Dermot Mulroney) and his new girlfriend (Lara Flynn Boyle) in hustling and survival on the streets... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89572%
Critics Consensus: Though it betrays its theatrical roots, Six Degrees of Separation largely succeeds thanks to astute direction and fine performances -- particularly from an against-type Will Smith.
Married New Yorkers (Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland) question the motives of an overnight guest (Will Smith) who pretends to be... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98284%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a smart script, spectacular set pieces, and charismatic performances from its leads, Men in Black is an entirely satisfying summer blockbuster hit.
A veteran agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and a rookie (Will Smith) protect mankind from dangerous extraterrestrials roaming the Earth.... [More]
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