The Best & Worst of Robin Williams

by explorer801 | created - 04 Jun 2012 | updated - 04 Jun 2012 | Public

He's done GREAT & he's done DREADFUL. Her's my list & my scores.

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1. The Birdcage (1996)

R | 117 min | Comedy

7.0
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72 Metascore

A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 67,153 | Gross: $124.06M

Williams at his comic best! Grade: A+

2. Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | 126 min | Drama

8.3
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70 Metascore

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 685,984 | Gross: $138.43M

Williams got the Oscar for this one & deserved it! Grade: A+

3. Popeye (1980)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.2
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64 Metascore

The adventures of the sailor man and his friends in the seaside town of Sweethaven.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley

Votes: 25,226 | Gross: $49.82M

Sub-par film, brilliantly cast with DuVall & nobody else but Williams could have played the title role. Grade: B

4. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.9
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53 Metascore

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein

Votes: 201,058 | Gross: $219.20M

Brilliant Williams gold. Grade: A

5. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

R | 121 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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67 Metascore

In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana

Votes: 108,152 | Gross: $123.92M

Grade: A-

6. The Fisher King (1991)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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61 Metascore

A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Adam Bryant, Paul Lombardi

Votes: 68,463 | Gross: $41.90M

Overrated film, Williams did his best. Grade: B

7. Patch Adams (1998)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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25 Metascore

The true story of a heroic man, Hunter Patch Adams, determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. He ventured where no doctor had ventured before, using humour and pathos.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Robin Williams, Daniel London, Monica Potter, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 87,681 | Gross: $135.03M

Absolutely sour movie with Williams hamming it up for tears(?)! Grade: D-

8. Fathers' Day (1997)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

5.1
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A woman cons two old boyfriends into searching for her runaway son by convincing both that they are the boy's father.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nastassja Kinski

Votes: 12,957 | Gross: $28.66M

Nonsense! Grade: F

9. Jack (1996)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

5.8
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31 Metascore

Because of an unusual aging disorder that has aged him four times faster than a normal human being, a boy enters the fifth grade for the first time with the appearance of a 40 year old man.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Robin Williams, Diane Lane, Brian Kerwin, Jennifer Lopez

Votes: 49,720 | Gross: $58.62M

Possibly Williams' worst movie to date. A BIG GRADE: F

10. Aladdin (1992)

G | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie's magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman

Votes: 290,752 | Gross: $217.35M

The PERFECT vehicle for Williams will live on forever. Grade: A+

11. Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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79 Metascore

English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles

Votes: 310,131 | Gross: $95.86M

A bit too sappy, but Williams did very well. Grade: A

12. Awakenings (1990)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama

7.8
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74 Metascore

The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson

Votes: 102,662 | Gross: $52.10M

Good movie, GREAT Williams. Grade: A

13. Old Dogs (I) (2009)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family

5.4
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19 Metascore

Two friends and business partners find their lives turned upside down when strange circumstances lead them to be the temporary guardians of seven year-old twins.

Director: Walt Becker | Stars: Robin Williams, John Travolta, Seth Green, Kelly Preston

Votes: 32,892 | Gross: $49.49M

Doesn't the title of the film say it all? Grade: F

14. Night at the Museum (2006)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.4
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48 Metascore

A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.

Director: Shawn Levy | Stars: Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Ricky Gervais, Dick Van Dyke

Votes: 261,196 | Gross: $250.86M

Grade: B+

15. RV (2006)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.5
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33 Metascore

Bob Munro and his dysfunctional family rent an RV for a road trip to the Colorado Rockies, where they ultimately have to contend with a bizarre community of campers.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines, Kristin Chenoweth, Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque

Votes: 49,596 | Gross: $71.73M

SO bad. Grade: D-

16. Man of the Year (2006)

PG-13 | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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39 Metascore

A comedian who hosts a news satire program decides to run for president, and a computerized voting machine malfunction gets him elected.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robin Williams, Laura Linney, Lewis Black, Christopher Walken

Votes: 29,216 | Gross: $37.44M

Nice try. Grade: C-

17. August Rush (2007)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Music

7.5
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38 Metascore

A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.

Director: Kirsten Sheridan | Stars: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard

Votes: 93,783 | Gross: $31.66M

Altogether, not unbearable, but far from excellent. Grade: B-

18. Insomnia (2002)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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78 Metascore

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan

Votes: 237,854 | Gross: $67.36M

Good one. Grade: B+

19. One Hour Photo (2002)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

6.8
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64 Metascore

A mentally unstable photo developer begins to attack a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine.

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Dylan Smith

Votes: 102,963 | Gross: $31.60M

For me, one of Williams' boldest career choices. Bravo. Grade: A

20. Death to Smoochy (2002)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.4
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38 Metascore

A kids show host, Rainbow Randolph, is fired in disgrace while his replacement, Sheldon Mopes, aka Smoochy the Rhino, finds himself a rising star. Unfortunately for Sheldon, the business of kids television isn't all child's play.

Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Catherine Keener, Danny DeVito

Votes: 35,976 | Gross: $8.36M

Nobody disagrees. Grade: F

21. Toys (1992)

PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

5.0
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When a military general inherits a toy making company and begins making war toys, his employees band together to stop him before he ruins the name of Zevo Toys forever.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack, Robin Wright

Votes: 27,925 | Gross: $21.45M

Truly dreadful. Grade: F

22. Jakob the Liar (1999)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, War

6.5
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40 Metascore

In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out near curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Kassovitz | Stars: Robin Williams, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Éva Igó, István Bálint

Votes: 13,444 | Gross: $4.96M

It was certainly no Life Is Beautiful. Grade: D

23. What Dreams May Come (1998)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.0
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44 Metascore

After he dies in a car crash, a man searches heaven and hell for his beloved wife.

Director: Vincent Ward | Stars: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra, Max von Sydow

Votes: 89,491 | Gross: $55.49M

Brilliant. Grade: A-

24. Flubber (1997)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

5.2
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37 Metascore

An absent-minded professor discovers "flubber", a rubber-like super-bouncy substance.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher McDonald, Ted Levine

Votes: 70,832 | Gross: $92.98M

Ugh. Grade: D+

25. Jumanji (1995)

PG | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Family

6.9
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39 Metascore

When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde

Votes: 236,069 | Gross: $100.48M

A worthy EFFORT. Grade: C

26. FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.5
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The magical inhabitants of a rainforest fight to save their home, which is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus.

Director: Bill Kroyer | Stars: Samantha Mathis, Christian Slater, Robin Williams, Tim Curry

Votes: 22,780 | Gross: $24.65M

Terrific Williams work. Grade: A

27. Hook (1991)

PG | 142 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.7
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52 Metascore

When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 198,452 | Gross: $119.65M

May have received mixed reviews at the time, and Dustin Hoffman stole the show, but this film is wonderful! Grade: A+