All Reese Witherspoon Movies Ranked



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Reese Witherspoon rose to prominence in the late 1990s, a receptive era for twisted comedies (Freeway), teen thrillers (Fear, Cruel Intentions), and quirky satires (Pleasantville, Election). And Witherspoon would become a household name just a few years later through box office hit comedies Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama.

Johnny Cash-biopic Walk the Line would net Witherspoon her first Best Actress Oscar nomination and win for her portrayal as June Carter Cash. Going for more indie-focused, challenging material in the immediate years afterwards produced mixed results, with the likes of Mud and Inherent Vice at the top of that cult-movie pile.

Water for Elephants and Wild (which earned her a second Oscar nom) have been her most recent film glories, but Witherspoon is fully occupied now with her production company, getting women-led television projects off the ground like Big Little Lies, Truth Be Told, Little Fires Everywhere, and The Morning Show. Meanwhile, a third Legally Blonde has long been in the works; for now, we’re ranking all Reese Witherspoon movies by Tomatometer!


Adjusted Score: 13.435%

Critics Consensus: Shrill and unfunny, Hot Pursuit bungles what should have been an easy opportunity to showcase Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara’s likable odd-couple chemistry.

Synopsis: In “Hot Pursuit,” an uptight and by-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow (Sofia Vergara)… [More]


Adjusted Score: 12.298%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: In these days of talk shows and tabloids, an ordinary person facing an extraordinary circumstance stands a real chance of… [More]


Adjusted Score: 14.619%

Critics Consensus: An uninspired E.B. White adaptation that’s targeted at the very young.

Synopsis: A tale about a trumpet swan named Louie who receives a voice only after his father risks all to steal… [More]


Adjusted Score: 25.789%

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]


Adjusted Score: 28.394%

Critics Consensus: Devil’s Knot covers fact-based ground that’s already been well-traveled with multiple (and far more compelling) documentaries.

Synopsis: Atom Egoyan’s haunting true mystery about who killed three children in a small town. The police identify three teens, aka… [More]


Adjusted Score: 30.192%

Critics Consensus: Despite a strong cast, this sour holiday comedy suffers from a hackneyed script.

Synopsis: When upscale, happily unmarried San Francisco couple Kate and Brad find themselves socked in by fog on Christmas morning, their… [More]


Adjusted Score: 32.641%

Critics Consensus: A career lowlight for all three of its likable stars, This Means War is loud, clumsily edited, and neither romantic nor funny.

Synopsis: The world’s deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman. Having once… [More]


Adjusted Score: 29.544%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Danny DeVito stars as John Leary, an alcoholic TV horror-movie host attempting to raise his two boys after the death… [More]


Adjusted Score: 35.228%

Critics Consensus: How Do You Know boasts a quartet of likeable leads — and they deserve better than this glib, overlong misfire from writer/director James L. Brooks.

Synopsis: Director James L. Brooks returns to the helm for this ensemble comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, Paul Rudd, and… [More]


Adjusted Score: 37.353%

Critics Consensus: Home Again gathers a talented crowd of rom-com veterans on both sides of the camera — all of whom have unfortunately done far better work.

Synopsis: HOME AGAIN stars Reese Witherspoon as Alice Kinney in a modern romantic comedy. Recently separated from her husband, (Michael Sheen),… [More]


Adjusted Score: 41.279%

Critics Consensus: This blonde joke is less funny the second time around.

Synopsis: Taking home a paycheck that nearly rivals the budget of the first film, Reese Witherspoon reprises the role of Elle… [More]


Adjusted Score: 42.318%

Critics Consensus: Reese Witherspoon is charming enough, but the road to Alabama is well-traveled.

Synopsis: New York fashion designer Melanie Carmichael suddenly finds herself engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. But Melanie’s past holds… [More]


Adjusted Score: 56.591%

Critics Consensus: A Wrinkle in Time is visually gorgeous, big-hearted, and occasionally quite moving; unfortunately, it’s also wildly ambitious to a fault, and often less than the sum of its classic parts.

Synopsis: Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who is desperate to fit… [More]


Adjusted Score: 19.359%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: In this romantic comedy, a college student thinks his beloved has been untrue, so he writes her a harsh letter…. [More]


Adjusted Score: 43.076%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Absolutely nobody is who he or she seems in this stylish thriller about a guy who wants to get out… [More]


Adjusted Score: 44.97%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: The directorial debut of Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Mikael Salomon (The Abyss), A Far Off Place is based on a pair… [More]


Adjusted Score: 47.496%

Critics Consensus: Fear has an appealing young cast, but their efforts aren’t enough to consistently distract from an increasingly overblown – and illogical – teen stalker story.

Synopsis: Mark Wahlberg stars in one of his first features as a hoodlum drug dealer from the wrong side of the… [More]


Adjusted Score: 51.94%

Critics Consensus: The impressive cast cannot rescue Rendition, which explores complex issues in woefully simplified terms.

Synopsis: The director of the Academy Award-winning 2006 crime drama Tsotsi returns to the helm with this tale of a Middle… [More]


Adjusted Score: 54.589%

Critics Consensus: A more likable Becky Sharp makes for a less interesting movie.

Synopsis: The daughter of a starving English artist and a French chorus girl, Becky is orphaned at a young age. Even… [More]


Adjusted Score: 57.004%

Critics Consensus: Though Penelope has a charming cast and an appealing message, it ultimately suffers from faulty narrative and sloppy direction.

Synopsis: Penelope Wilhern, born to wealthy socialites, is afflicted by a secret family curse that can only be broken when she… [More]


Adjusted Score: 59.891%

Critics Consensus: This darkly comic drama and its attractive young cast are easy on the eyes, but uneven performances and an uninspired script conspire to foil Cruel Intentions.

Synopsis: Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe sizzle as a pair of unscrupulous siblings in a deliciously sexy tale of seduction,… [More]


Adjusted Score: 59.824%

Critics Consensus: Delightfully sweet like a lollipop, Just Like Heaven is a dreamy romantic comedy that may give you a toothache when it attempts to broach difficult end of life issues by throwing a cherry on top.

Synopsis: A couple who live on different sides of the divide of life and death discover just how many boundaries love… [More]


Adjusted Score: 59.88%

Critics Consensus: Oliver Parker’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic play is breezy entertainment, helped by an impressive cast, but it also suffers from some peculiar directorial choices that ultimately dampen the film’s impact.

Synopsis: Two young gentlemen living in 1890’s England use the same pseudonym on the sly, which is fine until they fall… [More]


Adjusted Score: 62.537%

Critics Consensus: It suffers from a frustratingly deliberate pace, but with nuanced performances from Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandon, and Reese Witherspoon to fall back on, Twilight can’t help but be compelling.

Synopsis: In this urban detective thriller, Private eye Harry Ross lives in the garage of his movie-star, cancer-ridden friend Jack and… [More]


Adjusted Score: 66.064%

Critics Consensus: It’s a tale tastefully told and beautifully filmed, but Water for Elephants suffers from a pronounced lack of chemistry between its leads.

Synopsis: Based on the acclaimed bestseller, Water for Elephants presents an unexpected romance in a uniquely compelling setting. Veterinary school student… [More]


Adjusted Score: 74.667%

Critics Consensus: Though the material is predictable and formulaic, Reese Witherspoon’s funny, nuanced performance makes this movie better than it would have been otherwise.

Synopsis: Elle Woods has it all. She’s the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus… [More]


Adjusted Score: 75.288%

Critics Consensus: If it falls short of the deadly satire of Bret Easton Ellis’s novel, American Psycho still finds its own blend of horror and humor, thanks in part to a fittingly creepy performance by Christian Bale.

Synopsis: Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wall Street yuppie, obsessed with success, status and style, with a stunning fiancée (Reese… [More]


Adjusted Score: 78.948%

Critics Consensus: Sing delivers colorfully animated, cheerfully undemanding entertainment with a solid voice cast and a warm-hearted — albeit familiar — storyline that lives up to its title.

Synopsis: A koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world’s animals in order to save his elegant theater in… [More]


Adjusted Score: 80.031%

Critics Consensus: Though it doesn’t approach the depth of the best animated films, Monsters Vs. Aliens has enough humor and special effects to entertain moviegoers of all ages.

Synopsis: When California girl Susan Murphy is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day,… [More]


Adjusted Score: 82.603%

Critics Consensus: Inherent Vice may prove frustrating for viewers who demand absolute coherence, but it does justice to its acclaimed source material — and should satisfy fans of director P.T. Anderson.

Synopsis: “Inherent Vice,” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon… [More]


Adjusted Score: 78.901%

Critics Consensus: A modern update on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, Freeway is an audacious black comedy with a star-making performance from the young Reese Witherspoon.

Synopsis: In this postmodern exploitation flick loosely based on “Little Red Riding Hood,” the uneducated daughter of a drug-addicted prostitute flees… [More]


Adjusted Score: 89.1%

Critics Consensus: Superior acting and authentic crooning capture the emotional subtleties of the legend of Johnny Cash with a freshness that is a pleasure to watch.

Synopsis: “Walk the Line” follows the early years in the career of American music legend Johnny Cash. The young Cash sets… [More]


Adjusted Score: 90.174%

Critics Consensus: Filled with lighthearted humor, timely social commentary, and dazzling visuals, Pleasantville is an artful blend of subversive satire and well-executed Hollywood formula.

Synopsis: David Wagner is a Nineties kid with a Fifties addiction. He’s hooked on reruns of a classic television show called… [More]


Adjusted Score: 89.91%

Critics Consensus: The Good Lie sacrifices real-life nuance in order to turn its true story into a Hollywood production, but the results still add up to a compelling, well-acted, and deeply moving drama.

Synopsis: They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.” Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983,… [More]



Adjusted Score: 99.126%

Critics Consensus: Powerfully moving and emotionally resonant, Wild finds director Jean-Marc Vallée and star Reese Witherspoon working at the peak of their respective powers.

Synopsis: With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years… [More]


Adjusted Score: 90.741%

Critics Consensus: It’s sentimental, and some viewers may feel manipulated by the melodramatic final act, but The Man in the Moon offers a finely drawn coming-of-age story with an excellent cast — including Reese Witherspoon in her film debut.

Synopsis: Based on a true story, two sisters compete for the romantic attentions of the same man…. [More]


Adjusted Score: 96.839%

Critics Consensus: Election successfully combines dark humor and intelligent writing in this very witty and enjoyable film.

Synopsis: In this satiric comedy, Jim McAllister is a popular and well-respected instructor at George Washington Carver High School in Omaha,… [More]


Adjusted Score: 103.853%

Critics Consensus: Bolstered by a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Mud offers an engaging Southern drama that manages to stay sweet and heartwarming without being sappy.

Synopsis: Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out… [More]

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