Jennifer Lawrence: All Her Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

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Jennifer Lawrence was discovered by a talent scout while visiting New York with her mother in 2005, when she was just 14 years old. She soon landed an agent, moved to Los Angeles, and appeared in a few TV shows and small movies. Her big break came in 2010 when she starred in Winter’s Bone. Her performance as a teenage girl forced to look after her family in the rural Ozarks earned her widespread critical acclaim and a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

If Winter’s Bone captured the critics’ attention, her next two roles would propel her to worldwide fame.

In 2011 she made her first appearance as Mystique in the long-running X-Men franchise and then landed the prized role of Katniss Everdeen in the big-screen adaptation of the young adult literary sensation The Hunger Games

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Director David O. Russell cast her alongside Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and Jacki Weaver in his 2012 drama Silver Linings Playbook, which became the first film in more than three decades to be nominated for Oscars in all four acting categories. The 22-year-old Lawrence went on to win Best Actress, the second youngest recipient after Marlee Matlin (who was 21 when she won for Children of a Lesser God in 1986).

The Academy didn’t have to wait long for another film to receive nominations in all four acting categories: American Hustle (also directed by Russell) saw Lawrence and Cooper get the nod again, along with Christian Bale and Amy Adams.

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Since appearing opposite Cooper once more in another Russell romantic comedy-drama (2015’s Joy), she has made an espionage-action movie (Red Sparrow), a sci-fi-romance (Passengers) and a who-knows-what-that-was (Darren Aronofsky’s mother!).

Join us as we look back at the career of the most successful Hollywood actress of her generation. Using data from critical review aggregation websites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, as well as user-submitted reviews from IMDb, we’ve ranked all of Jennifer Lawrence’s movies from worst to best.

01 House at the End of the Street
House at the End of the Street: Relativity Media

18. House at the End of the Street (2012). Total score: 38.4%. IMDb users: 5.6. Metacritic: 31. Rotten Tomatoes: 3.7. Directed by: Mark Tonderai. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot.
Plot summary: After moving with her mother to a small town, a teenager finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. Things get more complicated when she befriends a boy who was the only survivor of the accident.
What the critics said: "What could be so bad about a new Jennifer Lawrence movie that its distributor opts to keep it away from critics and release it with minimal ad support? Please, allow House at the End of the Street to answer that question." Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times.

02 Serena
Serena: Magnolia Pictures

17. Serena (2014). Total score: 42.0%. IMDb users: 5.4. Metacritic: 36. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.2. Directed by: Susanne Bier. Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones.
Plot summary: In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena.
What the critics said: "What were Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence thinking? Seriously?" Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer.

03 Passengers
Passengers: Columbia Pictures

16. Passengers (2016). Total score: 50.4%. IMDb users: 7. Metacritic: 41. Rotten Tomatoes: 5. Directed by: Morten Tyldum. Starring: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne.
Plot summary: A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.
What the critics said: "Passengers is an odd movie but its central questions and dilemmas are compelling and there's enough here of substance for the impressions to linger. Problems aside, it's a journey worth taking." James Berardinelli, ReelViews.

04 Red Sparrow
Red Sparrow: 20th Century Fox

15. Red Sparrow (2018). Total score: 56.4%. IMDb users: 6.6. Metacritic: 53. Rotten Tomatoes: 5.5. Directed by: Francis Lawrence. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts.
Plot summary: Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
What the critics said: "Red Sparrow is intended to be a sexy thriller, but it's little more than a canvas for one director's limited vision of women, of which there are only two stereotypes." Emily Gaudette, Newsweek.

05 X-Men- Apocalypse
X-Men: Apocalypse: Marvel/Twentieth Century Fox

14. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). Total score: 57.6%. IMDb users: 7. Metacritic: 52. Rotten Tomatoes: 5.7. Directed by: Bryan Singer. Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne.
Plot summary: After the re-emergence of the world's first mutant, the world-destroyer Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.
What the critics said: "It's the end of the world as we know it—because we've seen it in a dozen other superhero movies by now." Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer.

06 Joy
Joy: Fox 2000 Pictures

13. Joy (2015). Total score: 60.8%. IMDb users: 6.6. Metacritic: 56. Rotten Tomatoes: 6.3. Directed by: David O. Russell. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper.
Plot summary: A woman rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.
What the critics said: "Despite the convoluted family dynamics and less-than-successful use of the show-within-a-show trope, Lawrence makes Joy easy to believe and easy to root for, no matter what she's selling." Sandy Cohen, Associated Press.

07 The Beaver
The Beaver: Summit Entertainment

12. The Beaver (2011). Total score: 61.8%. IMDb users: 6.7. Metacritic: 60. Rotten Tomatoes: 6.1. Directed by: Jodie Foster. Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence.
Plot summary: A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communication.
What the critics said: "The acting throughout—Foster, Lawrence, Yelchin—is superb, and this may well be Gibson's finest performance, just as it's Foster's most balanced job of directing." Tom Long, Detroit News.

08 The Hunger Games- Mockingjay - Part 1
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1: Lionsgate

11. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014). Total score: 64.2%. IMDb users: 6.7. Metacritic: 64. Rotten Tomatoes: 6.3. Directed by: Francis Lawrence. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson.
Plot summary: Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.
What the critics said: "It's an elaborate game of hurry-up-and-wait. And it's the most shameless example yet of splitting the final book in a hugely popular series into two film adaptations." Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com.

09 The Hunger Games- Mockingjay - Part 2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2: Lionsgate

10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015). Total score: 65.2%. IMDb users: 6.6. Metacritic: 65. Rotten Tomatoes: 6.5. Directed by: Francis Lawrence. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Mahershala Ali, Donald Sutherland.
Plot summary: Katniss and a team of rebels from District 13 prepare for the final battle that will decide the future of Panem.
What the critics said: "The Hunger Games movies began with much promise but after the pinnacle of Catching Fire, it has been a slog to the finish line. We're finally there and I feel more exhausted than fulfilled." James Berardinelli, ReelViews.

10 Like Crazy
Like Crazy: Paramount Vantage

9. Like Crazy (2011). Total score: 67%. IMDb users: 6.7. Metacritic: 68. Rotten Tomatoes: 6.6. Directed by: Drake Doremus. Starring: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence.
Plot summary: A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.
What the critics said: "The cast creates such a naturalistic sense of empathy—a complicity, even—with the viewers that we're swept up into their characters' lives." Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune.

11 mother
mother!: Paramount Pictures

8. mother! (2017). Total score: 70.4%. IMDb users: 6.6. Metacritic: 75. Rotten Tomatoes: 6.8. Directed by: Darren Aronofsky. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris.
Plot summary: A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
What the critics said: "Aronofsky's visionary biblical allegory always seems on the verge of exploding. Lawrence, Bardem and an Oscar-caliber Pfeiffer are all on fire. Love it or loathe it, the film is an artist's cry from his own corrupt heart. You won't know what hit you." Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.