- Jennifer Lopez is well-known for her pop career, but she has also been acting since the 1980s.
- Her lowest-ranked films, according to critics, are “Gigli” (2003) and “The Boy Next Door” (2015).
- On the other hand, critics praised “Out of Sight” (1998) and “Antz” (1998).
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Here is every movie in Lopez’s filmography, ranked according to critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
Note: All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change. Films without critical scores were not included.
Summary: In this action-filled romantic comedy, gangsters Gigli (Ben Affleck) and Ricki (Lopez) are both sent on the same kidnapping mission. But things get complicated when Gigli starts to fall for his partner.
Critic comment: “More stupefying follies may come, but it’s impossible to imagine how they will beat this one for staggering idiocy, fatuousness or pretension,” wrote Joe Morgenstern for The Washington Post.
“The Boy Next Door” (2015)
Summary: The psychological thriller follows a married woman (Lopez) who is separated from her unfaithful husband as she falls for her younger neighbour (Ryan Guzman). Their affair quickly takes a risky turn.
Critic comment: “Jennifer Lopez has serious beefcake issues in this lazy, low-budget, not-as-much-fun-as-it-should-be potboiler,” wrote Tom Huddleston for Time Out.
“The Wedding Planner” (2001)
Summary: Ambitious wedding planner Mary (Lopez) begins to fall in love with the groom (Matthew McConaughey) of a wedding that can make-or-break her career.
Critic comment: “Occasionally so inept and embarrassing that it’s almost physically painful to sit through,” wrote James Berardinelli for Reel Views.
“Ice Age: Collision Course” (2016)
Summary: In the fifth instalment of the “Ice Age” series, Manny (voiced by Ray Romano) must come to terms with his daughter’s (voiced by Keke Palmer) engagement, but things get even more complicated when an asteroid starts coming straight toward Earth.
Critic comment: “The fifth entry in the ‘Ice Age’ series is a loud, lazy, laugh-starved cash grab that cynically exploits its target audience (I use the term advisedly) by serving them scraps and calling it yummy,” wrote Peter Travers for Rolling Stone.
Summary: Charlotte (Lopez) is over the moon about her engagement to Dr. Kevin Fields (Michael Vartan), until she meets his overbearing mother (Jane Fonda) who tries to tear them apart before the wedding.
Critic comment: “‘Monster-in-Law’ is a comedy without laughs and a catfight without claws,” wrote Moira Macdonald for The Seattle Times.
“The Back-up Plan” (2010)
Summary: Zoe (Lopez) decides to make an appointment at a sperm bank after years of waiting for the right man to come along. However, on the same day as her artificial-insemination procedure, she just happens to meet the perfect man (Alex O’Loughlin).
Critic comment: “But by the time 104 minutes of off-putting pregnancy dramas are up, you may wonder if the film’s goal isn’t so much about entertainment as population control,” wrote Anna Smith for Metro.
Summary: The film follows Jack (Robin Williams) – a young boy who looks much older than he is due to a disorder that ages him much faster than the average human – as he begins fifth grade in a public school.
Critic comment: “It seems unlikely that a Francis Ford Coppola movie starring the outrageous, hyperkinetic Robin Williams could be bland, but ‘Jack’ is,” wrote Judith Egerton for Courier-Journal.
Summary: A waitress named Slim (Lopez) marries a wealthy contractor named Mitch (Billy Campbell) and she soon discovers their suburban life is far from perfect. As Mitch becomes increasingly more violent and abusive, Slim goes on the run and empowers herself to take down her monster of a husband once and for all.
Critic comment: “Enough trivialises an important crisis, reduces it to an almost comic embarrassment,” wrote Rex Reed for The Observer.
“Money Train” (1995)
Summary: After struggling with his gambling debts, New York City transit cop Charlie (Woody Harrelson) decides to commit a robbery tied to his job. His responsible brother, John (Wesley Snipes), must decide if he wants to help Charlie or stop him.
Critic comment: “Even if they only charged a token, it would be too much,” wrote Hal Hinson for The Washington Post.
“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” (2012)
Summary: Photographer Holly (Lopez) and her husband (Rodrigo Santoro) prepare to adopt their first child as their stories intertwine with other expecting mothers: author Wendy (Elizabeth Banks), fitness guru Jules (Cameron Diaz), and food-truck chef Rosie (Anna Kendrick).
Critic comment: “Those who don’t have children would find it rather agonising, while those who do might not wish to pay a babysitter for the pleasure of seeing a film about nappies and epidurals,” Jenny McCartney wrote for The Telegraph.
“El Cantante” (2007)
Summary: “El Cantante” is a biographical film of the late salsa singer Héctor Lavoe who helped bring salsa music to the United States.
Critic comment: “This may be one of the very few biopics in which the subject is marginalised to the point of irrelevance,” wrote Geoff Perevre for The Toronto Star.
“Angel Eyes” (2001)
Summary: While on the job, police officer Sharon (Lopez) has her life saved by a mysterious stranger (Jim Caviezel), who seemed to be at the right place at the right time. But as the two get to know each other and fall in love, they begin to unpack shocking secrets from their past.
Critic comment: “Lopez is fairly convincing as a tough cookie by day and a lonesome soft-centre by night, but despite their best efforts, neither she nor Caviezel can fight free of the turgid script,” wrote Geoff Andrew for Time Out.
“Ice Age: Continental Drift” (2012)
Summary: Another instalment in the “Ice Age” series, this film follows a group of friends who embark on an ambitious journey aboard an iceberg after their continent is set adrift.
Critic comment: “In the end, this latest ‘Ice Age’ movie is about as surprising and unpredictable as a glacier. And not much more fun,” wrote Stephen Whitty for the Newark Star-Ledger.
“Maid in Manhattan” (2002)
Summary: Marisa Ventura (Lopez) is just a single mother working as a maid in a fancy Manhattan hotel until she accidentally meets political-heir Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes), who introduces her to a whole different side of New York City.
Critic comment: “Not so much a movie as a collection of career moves,” wrote Richard Schickel for Time magazine.
Summary: The adventure-horror movie follows a nature-documentary crew as they’re taken hostage by a man who wants their help capturing one of the biggest, deadliest snakes in the world.
Critic comment: “One never questions the realism of the remarkable animatronic and computer-generated effects, but it’s hard to credit a snake that screams,” wrote Derek Adams for Time Out.
“Lila and Eve” (2015)
Summary: Two women (Viola Davis, Lopez) team up to avenge the drive-by shooting deaths of their children after local authorities fail to bring about justice.
Critic comment: “‘Lila and Eve’ deteriorates into a tawdry shoot-’em-up whose screenplay takes an ill-advised surreal twist that propels the movie deep into the ozone,” wrote Stephen Holden for The New York Times.
Summary: Based on a novel, the thriller follows a thief who’s been double-crossed by his group and left for dead. After recovering from the experience, he goes undercover to hijack his traitorous group’s next heist.
Critic comment: “‘Parker’s vengeance isn’t thrilling, there’s a pointlessly developed non-love triangle, even the glam settings look cheap, and the tough-guy exchanges are inexplicably flat,” wrote Tom Russo for The Boston Globe.
“Jersey Girl” (2004)
Summary: After his partner (Lopez) dies during childbirth, widower (Ben Affleck) must figure out how to look after his daughter while rebuilding his life and once-hotshot career.
Critic comment: “The grating sense of commercial calculation in ‘Jersey Girl’ consistently undercuts [Kevin] Smith’s fine writing,” wrote J.R. Jones for the Chicago Reader.
“Second Act” (2018)
Summary: After Maya Vargas (Lopez) gets turned down for another promotion at the store she works at, she decides to quit and become a product inventor. But when a few lies on her resumé land her an incredible job opportunity, she has to live a double life to chase her dreams.
Critic comment: “Even the boundless charms of Jennifer Lopez cannot overcome a mess of a script in ‘Second Act,'” wrote Nell Minow for RogerEbert.com.
“The Cell” (2000)
Summary: The sci-fi thriller follows a serial killer, his final victim who must escape in order to live, and a social worker (Lopez) who is working with experimental mind-sharing technology that could be the answer to saving the day.
Critic comment: “Lopez is hard to take as the empathetic psychologist who uses a synaptic transfer machine to penetrate the comatose killer’s tortured psyche in hopes of finding his latest victim,” wrote Nigel Floyd for Time Out.
“Shall We Dance” (2004)
Summary: A remake of a 1996 Japanese film, “Shall We Dance” follows a workaholic (Richard Gere) as he begins to attend a dance class in hopes of getting the enchanting instructor (Lopez) to fall for him.
Critic comment: “Offers attractive, inoffensive characters and a smattering of broad laughs, but it fails to use its potential to explore weightier themes such as John’s mid-life crisis,” wrote Amy Simmons for Time Out.
Summary: When an alien population takes over Earth, Tip (voice by Rihanna) is the only human who escapes their capture. To survive and find her family, she must join forces with fugitive alien Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons).
Critic comment: “A big, fat happy meal of a movie …” wrote Geoff Pevere for The Toronto Star.
“An Unfinished Life” (2005)
Summary: Jean (Lopez) is trapped in a violent relationship, so she takes her daughter (Becca Gardner) and seeks refuge with her father-in-law Einar (Robert Redford). Despite feeling like she is to blame for his son’s accidental death, Einar grows closer to Jean and his granddaughter as multiple layers of emotional wounds start to heal.
Critic comment: “The picture has no discernible reason for being. It’s impossible to identify with characters who seem so fond of their own misery, they can’t be bothered to communicate even the most basic facts about themselves,” wrote Peter Howell for The Toronto Star.
Summary: When Bobby’s (Sean Penn) car breaks down near a small desert town on the way to Las Vegas, he gets trapped in the marital woes of Grace (Lopez) and her husband Jake (Nick Nolte) – who tries to hire Bobby to kill his wife.
Critic comment: “The best part of any age typically comes from the dysfunctional artist, and ‘U-Turn’ is just that – [Oliver] Stone’s oddball glimpse into a shadow America that no one wants to believe exists but that undoubtedly does,” wrote Ted Anthony for the Associated Press.
“Blood and Wine” (1997)
Summary: In this suspenseful thriller, Alex (Jack Nicholson) seems to have it all: a great business, a loving wife (Judy Davis), and a mistress (Lopez) on the side. But everything comes crashing down when his business starts going under, forcing him to devise a scheme to steal a diamond necklace with his stepson (Stephen Dorff).
Critic comment: “An amusingly caustic, straight-up serving of film noir staples spiced with star charisma,” David Rooney wrote for Variety.
Summary: In this documentary, several stars, including Lopez, are interviewed to examine society’s obsession with celebrities and fame.
Critic comment: “The nimbly conceived and constructed documentary ‘Sellebrity’ takes a vivid look at the megabucks industry of celebrity photography through a cogent variety of lenses,” Gary Goldstein wrote for the Los Angeles Times.
Summary: Lopez has the titular role in this biographical music film about the life and career of chart-topping Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez before she was tragically killed.
Critic comment: “What makes this movie work is Jennifer Lopez’s electric performance as Selena, capturing the charismatic aspects of Selena’s stage persona and the essence of her maturity as a growing woman,” wrote Duane Byrge for The Hollywood Reporter.
“My Family” (1995)
Summary: Starting in the 1930s, the film follows a couple that recently immigrated from Mexico. Viewers watch the Mexican-American family grow through many decades and generations while facing hardships, triumphs, and struggles.
Critic comment: “Touching and often mystical portrait of a multi-generational Mexican-American family in East Los Angeles,” wrote Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat for Spirituality and Practice.
Summary: Destiny (Constance Wu) is barely making enough money as a stripper to make ends meet until she encounters Ramona (Lopez), the club’s top money-maker, who takes her under her wing. But when the financial crisis of 2008 hits, they have to come up with a new plan to make money and get their lives back.
Critic comment: “The hard-boiled exchanges between the women have a genuine exuberance, recalling Hollywood movies of the 1930s where showgirls trade wisecracks backstage,” wrote Jake Wilson for The Age.
Summary: The animated adventure follows a rebellious young ant as he tries to break free from his strict, work-focused society and pursue the affections of the princess he’s fallen in love with.
Critic comment: “Visually striking and dynamically shot, this has strong characters and no shortage of incident,” wrote Geoff Andrew for Time Out.
“Out of Sight” (1998)
Summary: Based on a novel, the crime comedy follows a bank robber Jack Foley (George Clooney) as he escapes from prison. When federal marshall Karen Sisco (Lopez) witnesses his escape, he kidnaps her. While tangled in a battle of justice, they begin to fall for each other.
Critic comment: “The characters all seem to have known each other for years, referring to long-held grudges and resentments that only gradually are revealed to the audience. They’re a seedy, petty, dangerous and delightful bunch,” wrote Michael O’Sullivan for The Washington Post.
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