Total Recall: Adam Sandler's Worst to Best
Which movies tickled the critics' medulla oblongata?
Though he's won plenty of affection from his work on Saturday Night Live and his cheerfully lowbrow films, Sandler has never been a critics' darling. However, to his legion of fans, Sandler's movies are like a warm blanket; playing lovable wiseguys, surrounded by oddball friends (usually Rob Schneider, Steve Buscemi, Allen Covert, and the late, great Chris Farley), the Sandman mixes potty humor and pathos with aplomb. And as his career has evolved, Sandler has won praise for attempting to stretch his on-screen persona into more difficult territory, depicting emotionally troubled, vulnerable characters with strength and depth. Check out our retrospective of Sandler's career, counting down from his worst-reviewed movie to his best.
| 18. Bulletproof (1996)|
Box office: $21.1 million
Bulletproof stars Sandler as Archie, a hood working for a drug kingpin. His best friend Jack (Damon Wayans) is an undercover cop, looking to bust up the whole enterprise. After Jack tries to arrest Archie, he's shot in the head; Archie eventually skips town, but decides to testify against his boss, so Jack agrees to escort him cross country. Together, the two must outwit a group of assassins while working out their hostilities. Like 48 Hours, Bulletproof was designed as a vehicle for a young comedian (in this case, two young comedians) to break into action-buddy-comedy territory.
| 17. Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (2002)|
Box office: $23.3 million