- Megan Fox is best known for her work in “Transformers” (2007) and “Jennifer’s Body”(2009).
- Fox’s best-reviewed films are “Till Death” (2021) and “Think Like a Dog” (2020).
- Her lowest-rated films are “Passion Play” (2011) and “Midnight in the Switchgrass” (2021).
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Summary: In the dramatic thriller “Passion Play,” jazz musician Nate Poole (Mickey Rourke) betrays nefarious gangster Happy Shannon (Bill Murray) by going on the run with Lily (Fox).
Dripping with sentimentality and unintentional humor, the suspense thriller missed the mark in critics’ eyes.
“This underworld fairy tale is so soggy and sentimental it’s like a new genre: Hallmark noir,” Owen Gleiberman wrote for Entertainment Weekly.
Summary: In “Midnight in the Switchgrass,” which is loosely based on a true story, FBI agents Rebecca (Fox) and Karl (Bruce Willis) team up with a Texas cop (Emile Hirsch) to bust a sex-trafficking ring. But when Rebecca is kidnapped by their serial-killing target (Lukas Haas), they have to work even quicker to save her life.
Critics weren’t impressed with the crime thriller.
“‘Midnight in the Switchgrass’ is the type of crime thriller that’s so full of clichés that it becomes one big cliché itself,” Nick Allen wrote for Roger Ebert.
Summary: In the action-adventure film “Jonah Hex,” bounty hunter Jonah (Josh Brolin) is promised a clean slate if he can track down his oldest enemy Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich).
Fox had a supporting role in the film as Jonah’s gunslinging love interest, Lilah.
“Jonah Hex” was largely ripped apart by critics who joked that the best part of the bombastic action movie was how short it was.
“It’s a loud and subtle-as-a-sledgehammer assault on the senses, though, at 81 minutes, mercifully short,” Marc Lee wrote for The Telegraph.
Summary: In “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,” after her parents uproot her fashionable life in New York City and move out to the suburbs, Lola (Lindsay Lohan) tries to earn a high-ranking status at her new school as she competes with popular girl Carla Santini (Fox).
Critics said that “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” felt airheaded and unrelatable.
Desson Thomson wrote for The Washington Post, “A movie that — even by Disney’s formulaic standards — is about as cut and dried as the phone book.”
Summary: In “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) and Mikaela (Fox) help the Autobots as an ominous Decepticon named The Fallen threatens its return and reign of destruction.
Most critics said the number of explosions, mixed with chaotic sound design and a scattershot plot, left them reeling.
“Much of the movie is computer-generated hash, weightless even with nonstop BOOMS and METAL GROANS and THUDS,” David Edelstein wrote for New York Magazine.
Summary: Classic animated heroes are brought to life in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” as Leonardo (Pete Ploszek), Donatello (Jeremy Howard), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), and Raphael (Alan Ritchson) rise up against a fearsome foe.
Fox costarred in the film as journalist April O’Neil.
Critics were less than enthused by the CGI spectacle of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” which failed to capture the fun of the original series.
“It ain’t easy being green, especially as the charmless CG stars of this lowest-common-denominator action-comedy,” David Jenkins wrote for Little White Lies.
Summary: In the comedic-drama “Zeroville,” young actor Vikar (James Franco) travels to Hollywood by bus in the 1970s to fulfill his dream of joining the film industry.
Fox had a supporting role in “Zeroville” as Soledad Paladin.
With an off-the-cuff feel and half-realized plot, “Zeroville” came across to critics as more of an acting exercise than a film.
“Franco embraces the zero in his title, producing a film that starts to feel like a middle finger to both Hollywood and anyone who searches for meaning in it,” wrote Brian Tallerico for RogerEbert.com.
Summary: The action sequel “Bad Boys II,” follows narcotics officers Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence), who work together to take on a turf war over a new brand of ecstasy enters the drug market of Miami.
Fox had an uncredited role in the film as “Stars-and-Stripes Bikini Kid Dancing Under Waterfall.”
Critics, especially those who were fans of the first film, thought “Bad Boys II” was over the top and lacking in plot.
“Like our two loose cannons with badges, the movie misses its target at least as often as it hits it. Along the way, as well, it will likely batter a few brain cells into a premature grave,” wrote Collin Levey for The Wall Street Journal.
Summary: In the comedy “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People,” Sidney Young (Simon Pegg) struggles to make a good impression at his new job working for a fashion magazine.
Fox had a supporting role in the film as celebrity actress Sophie Maes.
Based on an insightful memoir, the film disappointed critics with its mixed messaging with off-color humor.
“Instead of skewering self-important stars and vapid journalists, ‘Friends’ gets muddled in slapstick and crude humor,” Scott Bowles wrote for USA Today.
Summary: The crime fighters return in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” as they try to take down Shredder (Brian Tee) and Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) with the help of April (Fox) and new ally Casey Jones (Stephen Amell).
The sequel embraced a more silly and light-hearted approach, which made it a slight improvement over the first film, according to critics.
“This is no one’s idea of a must-see movie, but if your expectations are nil you might be pleasantly surprised,” Jake Wilson wrote for The Age.
Summary: Based on a true story, “The Battle of Jangsari” depicts the diversionary war operation of student soldiers during the Korean War.
Fox and Kim Myung-min co-starred as American reporter Marguerite Higgins and guerrilla commander Lee Myung-Joon.
Critics felt like “The Battle of Jangsari” was melodramatic to a fault and did its characters a disservice.
Summary: In “Jennifer’s Body,” nervous high schooler Needy (Amanda Seyfried) is horrified when her popular best friend Jennifer (Fox) becomes possessed and requires a steady diet of human males to survive.
Purposefully campy and quippy, “Jennifer’s Body” would have benefited from better marketing and a more centered direction.
“The premise — ‘Mean Girls’ with demonic possession and a feminist subtext — is promising,” Wendy Ide wrote for The Times. “But the film fails to deliver either laughs or scares in sufficient numbers.”
Summary: In the pseudo-sequel to “Knocked Up,” couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) try to adapt to the pitfalls of marriage as they enter their 40s.
Fox had a supporting role as Desi, the family’s nanny.
Overall, critics had split opinions on “This Is 40,” which they called an imperfect comedy with moments of humor and surprising depth.
“However irritating ‘This Is 40’ is at times, there’s a warmth that wins you over, and an honesty about families,” Cath Clarke wrote for Time Out.
Summary: In Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy “The Dictator” Aladeen (Cohen), the dictator of a North African country, does everything he can to ensure the oppression of his people.
Fox had a cameo in the film as herself.
“The Dictator” was met with mixed reviews, and some critics believed the enjoyment of the film was directly correlated with whether you enjoyed Cohen’s comedy itself.
“On the laugh-meter ‘The Dictator’ is closer to ‘Borat’ than to the misfired ‘Bruno,’ which is to say it’s funny for about half of its brisk 83 minutes,” Peter Rainer wrote for The Christian Science Monitor.
Summary: In the supernatural drama “Above the Shadows,” Holly (Olivia Thirlby), a woman cursed with invisibility, helps an MMA fighter named Shayne Blackwell (Alan Ritchson) win back his girlfriend Juliana (Fox).
Although critics admitted that the plot was pretty ludicrous, some insisted that it was ultimately fulfilling if you waited out the stranger aspects of the drama.
“You just have to go with it, but ‘Above the Shadows’ will reward you for that journey,” Cate Marquis wrote for the Alliance of Woman Film Journalists.
Summary: In the action film “Transformers,” Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) and the girl of his dreams Mikaela (Fox) stumble headlong into a centuries-long battle between two robotic alien races: the Autobots and Decepticons.
Michael Bay’s explosive directing style proved to be too much for some critics, but others admitted that they had genuine fun.
“Bay manages to tap into the child in all of us despite the film’s awkward form and ridiculous script,” Matthew Lucas wrote for The Dispatch.
Summary: The action thriller “Rogue” follows mercenary Samantha (Fox) as she leads her crew of soldiers on a mission to rescue hostages while battling rebel militias and enraged lions.
Critics weren’t completely blown away by the film, but some highlighted its filming and strong leads as high points.
“Fox is a strong heroic presence, bringing a bit more emotional depth to her performance than I anticipated,” Sara Michelle Fetters wrote for MovieFreak.
Summary: In the romantic comedy “Friends With Kids,” best friends Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) decide to raise a kid together without any romantic sentiment attached to their relationship.
Fox had a supporting role in the film as Mary Jane, one of Jason’s love interests.
Generally, critics enjoyed “Friends With Kids” for its witty script and its talented ensemble cast, which included notable actors like Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Jon Hamm.
“Blending Jennifer Westfeldt’s talky, observational style with the kind of irreverent humor that helped ‘Bridesmaids’ bridge the gender divide, ‘Friends With Kids’ explores love, marriage, and child-rearing with gusto and wit,” Anna Smith wrote for Metro.
Summary: In “Think Like a Dog,” Ollie (Gabriel Bateman) accidentally creates a telepathic connection with his dog when a science experiment goes wrong.
Fox played Ollie’s mom, Ellen.
Critics thought that the live-action family film was plenty enjoyable for kids.
“A welcome throwback to Disney live-action classics like ‘The Absent-Minded Professor,’ ‘The Shaggy Dog,’ and ‘The Monkey’s Uncle,'” Nell Minow wrote for Movie Mom.
Summary: In “Till Death,” Emma (Fox) wakes up handcuffed to her dead husband after a surprise trip to their secluded lakehouse. She not only has to survive the brutal winter, but also the killers coming back to finish her off.
Many critics found the plot engrossing and the characters more complex than your standard thriller.
Beatrice Loayza wrote for The New York Times, “In his feature directing debut, S.K. Dale orchestrates a tense cat-and-mouse game that, refreshingly, doesn’t take itself too seriously.”
Note: All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change. Films without critical scores were not included.