The Best Comedy Movies of 2019 (And The Worst)

Need a laugh? Then you were wise to visit Rotten Tomatoes, because we’re presenting our guide to the best comedies of 2019 so far, ranked by Tomatometer! (We’re also including the worst comedies of 2019, so you know what to avoid, or what to seek out if you’re in for a chuckle of a different variety.)

In the first half of 2019, comedy has come in the form of star vehicles (Long Shot, The Dead Don’t Die, The Professor), rom-com satires (Isn’t It Romantic), actual actual rom-coms (Plus One, Always Be My Maybe), and female-led efforts that range from the raucous (Booksmart) to the literary (Wild Nights With Emily) to the glamorous (The Hustle). The only stipulation for films being included on the list is that they needed at least 20 reviews –whether they were theatrical or streaming was not a factor.

As the year rolls on with more yuks in the form of Yesterday, Good Boys, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette, look back in laughter with our guide to the best comedies of 2019 (alongside the worst)! And check back every week as new movies are added when they’re released!

Last updated 7/15: The Farewell, Sword of Trust, The Art of Self-Defense, Stuber

#24

The Professor (2019)
10%

#24
Adjusted Score: 10.039%
Critics Consensus: A muddled story populated with thinly written characters and arranged around a misguided Johnny Depp performance, The Professor fails early and often.
Synopsis: Richard (Johnny Depp), a buttoned-down college lecturer who, after learning he has six months to live, transforms into a rebellious... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Roberts

#23
Adjusted Score: 12.715%
Critics Consensus: A lackluster conclusion to Tyler Perry's long-running franchise, A Madea Family Funeral proves saying goodbye can be painful for all the wrong reasons.
Synopsis: A joyous family reunion turns into a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia and unexpectedly... [More]
Directed By: Tyler Perry

#22

The Hustle (2019)
14%

#22
Adjusted Score: 20.534%
Critics Consensus: The Hustle's stars might make an effective comedy team in a different setting, but this gender-flipped remake of a remake adds little beyond its feminine twist.
Synopsis: Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway have winning chemistry as a pair of con artists plying their trade in a stunning... [More]
Directed By: Chris Addison

#21

Being Frank (2019)
33%

#21
Adjusted Score: 34.026%
Critics Consensus: Being Frank suggests Jim Gaffigan may have a real future as a dramatic actor -- if only he's offered projects that don't suffer from so much wasted potential.
Synopsis: It's 1992, the year Grunge music becomes mainstream hitting middle American teenagers directly in their angst. Phillip longs to leave... [More]
Directed By: Miranda Bailey

#20

Poms (2019)
35%

#20
Adjusted Score: 37.845%
Critics Consensus: While the cast is something to cheer about, Poms squanders its talented stars on a clichéd comedy that disrespects the demographic it's trying to celebrate.
Synopsis: POMS is an uplifting comedy about Martha (played by Diane Keaton), a woman who moves into a retirement community and... [More]
Directed By: Zara Hayes

#19

Hampstead (2019)
44%

#19
Adjusted Score: 45.961%
Critics Consensus: Hampstead plays matchmaker with a pair of talented veterans, but the sum of their efforts isn't enough to overcome a deeply mediocre story.
Synopsis: Though Emily (Diane Keaton) and Donald (Brendan Gleeson) live in the same idyllic London neighborhood of Hampstead, the worlds they... [More]
Directed By: Joel Hopkins

#18

Stuber (2019)
45%

#18
Adjusted Score: 52.677%
Critics Consensus: Though it makes a strong case for future collaborations between Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista, Stuber fails to mesh its contrasting genres, settling for an overtly violent, mildly entertaining diversion that's far from a five-star ride.
Synopsis: When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be... [More]
Directed By: Michael Dowse

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 65.106%
Critics Consensus: The Dead Don't Die dabbles with tones and themes to varying degrees of success, but sharp wit and a strong cast make this a zom-com with enough brains to consume.
Synopsis: The greatest zombie cast ever disassembled starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb... [More]
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch

#16

The Beach Bum (2019)
55%

#16
Adjusted Score: 58.728%
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: THE BEACH BUM follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his... [More]
Directed By: Harmony Korine

#15

Yesterday (2019)
63%

#15
Adjusted Score: 76.963%
Critics Consensus: Yesterday may fall short of fab, but the end result is still a sweetly charming fantasy with an intriguing -- albeit somewhat under-explored -- premise.
Synopsis: Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC's Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 76.365%
Critics Consensus: It follows as many genre conventions as it mocks, but Isn't It Romantic is a feel-good rom-com with some satirical bite -- and a star well-suited for both.
Synopsis: New York City architect Natalie works hard to get noticed at her job but is more likely to be asked... [More]

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 74.546%
Critics Consensus: Adult Life Skills covers familiar territory, but an endearingly quirky story -- and starring turn from Jodie Whittaker -- make this coming-of-age comedy well worth a watch.
Synopsis: Anna (Jodie Whittaker) is comfortable living in her mom's garden shed making funny videos all day, but as she approaches... [More]
Directed By: Rachel Tunnard

#12

Papi Chulo (2019)
74%

#12
Adjusted Score: 75.182%
Critics Consensus: Papi Chulo is a cross-cultural comedy that mostly avoids the pitfalls of its premise, largely thanks to the chemistry between its well-matched leads.
Synopsis: A solitary and alienated television weatherman "hires" a middle-aged Latino migrant worker to be his friend, in this darkly comedic... [More]
Directed By: John Butler

#11

Swinging Safari (2019)
76%

#11
Adjusted Score: 76.299%
Critics Consensus: Swinging Safari gathers an entertaining ensemble to offer audiences a messy yet ultimately endearing comedy rich with period detail.
Synopsis: 1970s Australia: A 200-ton blue whale washes up on a local beach and the kids think it's the biggest thing... [More]
Directed By: Stephan Elliott

#10

Late Night (2019)
80%

#10
Adjusted Score: 91.521%
Critics Consensus: Smart, timely, and brought to life by a terrific cast, Late Night is a workplace comedy with a lot of heart -- and just as many laughs.
Synopsis: Legendary late-night talk show host's world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended... [More]
Directed By: Nisha Ganatra

#9

Long Shot (2019)
81%

#9
Adjusted Score: 94.028%
Critics Consensus: A sharp and deceptively layered comedy that's further fueled by the odd couple chemistry of its leads, this Long Shot largely hits its marks.
Synopsis: Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is a gifted and free-spirited journalist with an affinity for trouble. Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Levine

#8

Plus One (2019)
89%

#8
Adjusted Score: 90.39%
Critics Consensus: Plus One reinvigorates the rom-com with an entertaining outing elevated by well-matched leads and a story that embraces and transcends genre clichés.
Synopsis: Single college friends Ben and Alice band together to survive a summer full of weddings in which everyone around them... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Chan, Andrew Rhymer

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 92.637%
Critics Consensus: Silly yet deceptively smart, Wild Nights with Emily approaches its oft-investigated subject from a unique -- and utterly entertaining -- vantage point.
Synopsis: In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another... [More]
Directed By: Madeleine Olnek

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 94.105%
Critics Consensus: Carried by the infectious charms of Ali Wong and Randall Park, Always Be My Maybe takes familiar rom-com beats and cleverly layers in smart social commentary to find its own sweet groove.
Synopsis: Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don't speak for 15 years. They reconnect as adults when Sasha, now a... [More]
Directed By: Nahnatchka Khan

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 89.533%
Critics Consensus: The Art of Self-Defense grapples compellingly with modern American masculinity -- and serves as an outstanding calling card for writer-director Riley Stearns.
Synopsis: After he's attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a... [More]
Directed By: Riley Stearns

#4

Stan & Ollie (2019)
93%

#4
Adjusted Score: 102.547%
Critics Consensus: Stan & Ollie pays tribute to a pair of beloved entertainers with an affectionate look behind the scenes -- and a moving look at the burdens and blessings of a creative bond.
Synopsis: Laurel & Hardy, one of the world's great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in... [More]
Directed By: Jon S. Baird

#3

Sword of Trust (2019)
95%

#3
Adjusted Score: 96.078%
Critics Consensus: Expertly drawn characters and a strong senes of humanity make Sword of Trust an enjoyable -- if at times meandering -- journey.
Synopsis: When Cynthia & Mary (Jillian Bell & Michaela Watkins) show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather, the... [More]
Directed By: Lynn Shelton

#2

Booksmart (2019)
97%

#2
Adjusted Score: 110.859%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, funny, and fresh, Booksmart does the seemingly impossible by adding a smart new spin to the coming-of-age comedy.
Synopsis: The story follows Dever and Feldstein's characters, two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high... [More]
Directed By: Olivia Wilde

#1

The Farewell (2019)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 104.299%
Critics Consensus: The Farewell deftly captures complicated family dynamics with a poignant, well-acted drama that marries cultural specificity with universally relatable themes.
Synopsis: The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to... [More]
Directed By: Lulu Wang

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