Ryan Reynolds Movies We Can All Admit Are Pretty Bad

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Vote up the films that even Ryan Reynolds couldn't redeem.

Ryan Reynolds is the people's movie star, less interested in middlebrow Oscar bait than he is in exciting, hilarious blockbuster movies that allow him to show off his comedic acting skills and have a little fun. From his early days in Van Wilder and Waiting, to more recent films like Deadpool and Free Guy, Reynolds has worked quite a lot over the last two decades because studios know he's a big draw. But when you're in so many films, you're bound to have some misses - and as even Reynolds would admit, some of his films (cough, Green Lantern) have been crappier than others.

To settle of the question of which Ryan Reynolds movie is the worst, even to his biggest fans, we've collected some of the Deadpool actor's biggest duds not just from his early acting days, but from as recently as a few years ago.

  • 1
    297 VOTES

    Released: 2011

    Directed by: Martin Campbell

    Review by Scott Anderson on Letterboxd: "How can you make a film like this, see the finished product, and feel proud of it? Is that possible, or do you think even those involved in Green Lantern were embarrassed when they witnessed what all of their hard work created?"

    Sworn to preserve intergalactic order, the Green Lantern Corps has existed for centuries. Its newest recruit, Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), is the first human to join the ranks. The Green Lanterns have little regard for humans, who have thus far been unable to harness the powers of the ring each member wears. But Jordan, a gifted and cocky test pilot, may be the corps' only hope when a new enemy called Parallax threatens the universal balance of power.
  • The Captive
    Photo: A24
    98 VOTES

    Released: 2014

    Directed by: Atom Egoyan

    Review by Blain LaMotta on Letterboxd: "Manages to be even dumber than Dumb and Dumber To. This is a preposterous, inert, and completely misguided abduction 'thriller'... I do have to say that Ryan Reynolds was pretty solid in his role."

    The Captive, formerly Queen of the Night and Captives, is a 2014 Canadian thriller film directed by Atom Egoyan. Eight years after the supposed disappearance of Cassandra, police, parents, and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.
  • 3
    75 VOTES

    Released: 2008

    Directed by: Marcos Siega

    Review by Luis_989 on Letterboxd: "It's kind of ironic to see Ryan Reynolds putting more effort than usual into his acting in a film where the script obviously didn't help him at all... It's clear to me that if it hadn't been for Deadpool, the guy would've run out of credit and charisma in Hollywood a long time ago."

    Celebrated author and efficiency expert Frank Allen (Ryan Reynolds) has always lived in step with a well-planned series of lists and timetables. His wife (Emily Mortimer) decides to play a joke on him and sets his clock back 10 minutes, but the consequences are far greater than expected. As Frank's well-ordered existence unravels, he opens up to the randomness of life.
  • 4
    83 VOTES

    Woman in Gold

    Released: 2015

    Directed by: Simon Curtis

    Review by Connor Carey on Letterboxd: "Woman in Gold undeniably has an interesting story and strong performances from Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, but it's unfortunately very disappointing and dull. It's really boring and slow, the flashback scenes aren't nearly as effective as they should have been, and it feels way longer than it actually is."

    Sixty years after fleeing Vienna, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Jewish woman, attempts to reclaim family possessions that were seized by the Nazis. Among them is a famous portrait of Maria's beloved Aunt Adele: Gustave Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I." With the help of young lawyer Randy Schoeberg (Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks upon a lengthy legal battle to recover this painting and several others, but it will not be easy, for Austria considers them national treasures.
  • 5
    276 VOTES


    Released: 2013

    Directed by: Robert Schwentke

    Review by GodIsASquirrel on Letterboxd: "Was hoping for a sh*t show and I good and goddamn got it. Not one aspect is of quality. It’s a boring, repugnant [Men in Black] clone that made me absolutely loathe Jeff Bridges. What the f*ck was he saying? Kevin Bacon CGI monster was a tremendous addition. And Ryan Reynolds is doing the opening narration AGAIN?! Where do these people get off?"

    Veteran lawman Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges) works for the R.I.P.D., a legendary police force charged with finding monstrous spirits who are disguised as ordinary people but are trying to avoid their final judgment by hiding out among the living. When Roy and his new partner, Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds), uncover a plot that could end all life, they must discover a way to restore the cosmic balance or else watch the tunnel to the afterlife start sending angry souls back to the world of the living....more on Wikipedia

  • Released: 2005

    Directed by: Andrew Douglas

    Review by aaron on Letterboxd: "Decent acting aside, The Amityville Horror just isn't a very good movie. It has some of the weakest, cheapest, and most painfully annoying jump-scares I've seen in recent memory. You know those jokes about white families in horror movies just willinging[ly] prancing into the house equivalent of hell? Yeah, this is that movie."

    When George Lutz (Ryan Reynolds) and his wife, Kathy (Melissa George), find a beautiful new house in the small town of Amityville, N.Y., they think the place is too good to be true. After they move in with their kids, they find out the cheap price tag is thanks to the house's sordid history: The former tenant murdered his family after supposedly being possessed by the devil. Believing the home is haunted, the couple find a priest (Philip Baker Hall) to help them rid the place of evil spirits.