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Ryan Reynolds' Best Movies, Ranked by Metacritic

Best known as Deadpool to some audiences, Ryan Reynolds' top films span action, comedy, and even intense drama. Discover the top 10, ranked by Metascore.
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Ryan Reynolds may be best known for his comedic roles — including Deadpool, Definitely, Maybe, Just Friends, or Waiting…, — but the Canadian actor has a lot more roles filling up his résumé, and many of them fall into the more dramatic category. That's not to say Reynolds isn't one of Hollywood's most beloved funnymen, though. The star of The Proposal and Van Wilderhas won over viewers with his charm and quick wit, but his talent in dramatic and thrilling roles keeps them coming back for more. 

Reynolds' latest film, The Adam Project, finds the actor traveling through time and space to save the world as a man named Adam. He comes from the future and lands back in 2022, where he meets his younger self. Together the two have to figure out how to mend things with their dad — and get along. Because if there's one thing both versions of Adam don't like, it's the other version of Adam. Allowing Reynolds the opportunity to play both the humorous role, as well as the more serious side of Adam, The Adam Project is another in a long line of movies where Reynolds shines.

There are a few other projects already on Reynolds' plate for the future, though fans may be most excited to see him back for Deadpool 3. While there's still no word on when the movie might be coming, it is, in fact, coming at some point. Until then, there are plenty of movies in Reynolds' career that'll keep you busy while you wait — including two other Deadpool movies. Whether you're a fan of romance, comedy, drama, or thrillers, there's definitely a Reynolds movie for you to watch. 

Here, Metacritic highlights the best movies Reynolds has acted in, ranked by Metascore.


Mississippi Grind

Metascore: 77
Best for: Fans of gritty drama
Where to watch: 

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Runtime: 108 minutes

The stakes are high for Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) in this 2015 drama. He's a struggling real estate agent with a serious gambling problem, but he's convinced a younger man named Curtis (Reynolds) is his good luck charm. Gerry reaches the end of his metaphorical rope and convinces Curtis to do a tour of the South, gambling at every spot they can find to try to make some money. But as to be expected, the two don't really trust each other, and this isn't bound to end well. 

"Mississippi Grind itself may be a bit of a throwback to the lived-in, character-driven, landscape-besotted films of the 1970s, but it's less a pastiche or a homage than the cinematic equivalent of a classic song, expertly covered." — A.O. Scott, The New York Times


Adventureland

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of the 1980s
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Runtime: 107 minutes

James' (Jesse Eisenberg) summer plans are ruined when he finds out his parents can't bankroll his tour of Europe before heading to school in this 2009 film. Instead, he has to get a job at the local amusement park. While working at Adventureland, he meets an eclectic cast of characters, including Em (Kristen Stewart), who he's inexplicably drawn to; Joel (Martin Starr) and his wife the park manager, Paulette (Kristen Wiig); and Mike (Reynolds), one of the maintenance guys who likes to lie about his life experience and isn't loyal to anyone. Through the summer, James learns a lot about himself, the people around him, and what he wants to do with his future.

"A sweet, sharp coming-of-age romance, Adventureland is a little warmer, a little funnier and a lot more truthful than the last 20 or 30 of its ilk. Especially its Hollywood ilk." — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune


Deadpool 2

Metascore: 66
Best for: Those who loved Deadpool and want more of the story
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Runtime: 119 minutes

In the 2018 sequel to the 2016 Deadpool movie, Reynolds returns as the title character. Right off the bat, Deadpool's fiancee, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) is killed in the crossfire of a conflict Deadpool's caught up in. It sends him into a tailspin, and he makes the tough decision to attempt suicide so he won't have to live without her. Alas, his mutant genes mean he heals without even trying, so it's back to the drawing board for what to do next. He decides to join the X-Men before creating X-Force, a team of mercenaries and vigilantes who can help him avenge Vanessa's death.

"A fairly brilliant sendup of comic-book action movies, as well as also being an excellent example of one." — Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post


Buried

Metascore: 65
Best for: Fans of unique, tense thrillers
Where to watch: 

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Runtime: 95 minutess

When Paul Conroy (Reynolds) wakes up in a dark coffin, he has no idea how he ended up there. All he has on him is a lighter, a pen, and a phone. What follows his stark realization is a tense movie from 2010, set completely in one place with only others' voices to add to the story. Paul is an American working in Iraq and finally understands that his last memory before the coffin is being attacked by terrorists. Now he's being taunted through the phone, with a man named Jabir (José Luis García Pérez) trying to get $5 million in ransom out of him. It's a race against the clock to try to escape — but there's no telling who might save him or how.

"In theory, we go to movies for enjoyment. Director Rodrigo Cortés inverts that notion with Buried, a terrific, claustrophobic, fist-clenching film in which he tortures his audience in exquisite fashion." — Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic


Deadpool

Metascore: 65
Best for: Fans of comedic Marvel films
Where to watch: 

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Runtime: 95 minutess

In the 2016 beginning of the Deadpool movies, Reynolds stars as the title character, a man brought back from the edge of death. Deadpool, whose real name is Wade Wilson and who was introduced to the Marvel universe in 2009 in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, becomes a vigilante in his new persona, hunting down those who turned him into the mutant he's become. Though he was saved from terminal cancer, he ended up disfigured and tortured in the process, and he wants to exact revenge on the person who left him this way.

"It's impossible to envision a sequel with pleasure — this kind of lightning wouldn't strike twice — but the first one could hardly be improved." — Lawrence Toppman, The Charlotte Observer


Dick

Metascore: 65
Best for: Fans of a comedic take on a real story
Where to watch: 

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Runtime: 94 minutes

What happens when two teenage girls get bored? Just ask Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams). The two Washington DC teens find themselves as the unofficial dog walkers to the first family in this 1999 movie, which means they're often in the White House. During their trips to the famed address, they learn of plenty of presidential affairs, including the Watergate scandal. Reynolds plays Chip, the son of the White House Chief of Staff. In one of his earliest roles, he plays a typical horny boy easily swayed by the new girls in the White House.

"A gaily funny, shrewdly inventive satire." — Lisa Schwarbaum, Entertainment Weekly


Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Metascore: 64
Best for: Fans of classic, quotable comedies
Where to watch: 

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Runtime: 88 minutes

All Harold (John Cho) and his best friend Kumar (Kal Penn) want is some food from White Castle in this 2004 start to a stoner comedy franchise. The two are high out of their minds late one night when the idea is sparked. They set out on a mission to find the burgers of their dreams, and along the way, they run into cops, they make a grand escape, and they even meet Neil Patrick Harris. Oh, and let's not forget the cheetah that the two ride into the sunset. Reynolds has a small role in this film as a nurse that Harold and Kumar encounter briefly.

"A gaily funny, shrewdly inventive satire." — Lisa Schwarbaum, Entertainment Weekly


Free Guy

Metascore: 62
Best for: Fans of alternate realities and video games
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Runtime: 115 minutes

Reynolds is Guy, a character in a video game who breaks the mold and realizes that his life isn't what he thought in this 2021 action-comedy. Originally designed as a non-player character, he finds a way to come alive and start taking action. But he also learns that he wasn't supposed to be able to control his moves, which complicates his emotional state initially and then does so again when Guy gets to know the developer behind his world (Jodie Comer). He not only develops real feelings for her, but also helps her save his world from being destroyed.

"Free Guy is the most creative, heartfelt and perhaps best video game movie so far, the film is fresh and original enough that anyone can enjoy it." — Molly Freeman, Screen Rant


Ted

Metascore: 62
Best for: Fans of quirky comedy
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Runtime: 102 minutes

In this 2012 film written and directed by Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg stars as a slacker named John, alongside his bear named Ted (voiced by MacFarlane). When John was young, all he wanted was for Ted to be real, it happened, and now as an adult, John has his vulgar teddy bear by his side. Together they drink, watch TV, and generally get up to no good as John can't break out of his lazy ways. Reynolds has a small role in the movie as the boyfriend of one of John's co-workers.

"This is no-holds-barred humor of the finest, grossest kind, centered around the theme of arrested development." — Mary Pols, TIME


Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Metascore: 60
Best for: Fans of The Fast and Furious franchise 
Where to watch: 

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Runtime: 137 minutes

This 2019 spinoff of the Fast and Furious franchise stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw who go up against Brixton Lorr (Idris Elba), a mutant soldier aiming to wreak havoc on the entire world. In an intense chase to save the world, Hobbs and Shaw work together to take down all of the bad guys in their path. Reynolds has an uncredited role in the movie as a CIA agent who is part of the operative to save the world.

"Hobbs & Shaw is witty and mischievous, full of surprise and invention, and a total blast." — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle