Ben Affleck's Best Movies

In this week's Total Recall, we count down the best-reviewed work of the Runner Runner star.

Ben Affleck

Once upon a time, it looked like Ben Affleck might spend the rest of his career in little-seen duds like Jersey Girl and Surviving Christmas -- a precipitous fall for a guy who won an Oscar at the age of 25 and starred in blockbusters like Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and The Sum of All Fears. Now just look how things have changed: Having reinvented himself as a critically lauded director with 2007's Gone Baby Gone, Ben's back in front of the camera this weekend in Runner Runner, playing the sleazy head of an online gambling empire who lures a college student (Justin Timberlake) into his operation. What better time to take a fond look back at Mr. Affleck's critical highlights, Total Recall style?


69%

10. Hollywoodland

Ben Affleck knows a thing or two about actors who take jobs for the wrong reason and end up paying for it -- and that knowledge, along with his lantern-jawed good looks, made him a natural for Hollywoodland. Helmed by first-time feature director Allen Coulter, this fact-based drama looks at the final days of George Reeves, the actor who played Superman in the long-running Adventures of Superman television series. Reeves' mysterious death is probed by a private detective named Louis Simo (Adrien Brody), whose own messy private life shadows the investigation; though the case was never solved, Simo's sleuthing traces an outline of what might have been for the audience. A modest commercial success, Hollywoodland earned Affleck a Golden Globe nomination and strong praise from critics like Andrew Sarris of the New York Observer, who urged his readers, "Take my word for it: Hollywoodland is well worth seeing."

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71%

9. Going All the Way

Not one of Affleck's most widely seen pictures, this adaptation of Dan Wakefield's 1970 novel won a Sundance award (for production design, but still). It also warmed the thorny cockles of most critics -- no small achievement considering that the story, about the small-town struggles of a pair of Korean War vets (Affleck and Jeremy Davies), hits many of the same beats as plenty of other coming-of-age dramas. While recognizing its derivative aspects, most critics found Going All the Way ultimately worthwhile -- like Peter Stack of the San Francisco Chronicle, who conceded, "Even if it's too self-conscious, Going All the Way, set in 1950s Indianapolis, nevertheless has a mix of the sweet and the forlorn that somehow works."

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77%

8. Changing Lanes

Notting Hill director Roger Michell tackled a decidedly more serious topic with 2002's Changing Lanes, a tension-filled drama about the war of attrition that erupts after a car accident involving a beleaguered insurance salesman (Samuel L. Jackson) and a lawyer (Affleck). Examining uncommonly thorny themes of race and privilege, wrapped up in good old-fashioned high-octane Hollywood thrills, Lanes wasn't quite the box office smash it seemed poised to become, but it enjoyed praise from critics like Robert Koehler of Variety, who appreciated the way it "combines a knack for storytelling with a rare instinct for exploring ideas within the framework of a major, star-driven Hollywood movie."

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84%

7. State of Play

Affleck joined a star-studded cast for this adapation of the BBC miniseries, appearing alongside Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn, and Jason Bateman in the story of a reporter (Crowe) investigating the murder of a woman who worked (in more ways than one) for a Congressman (Affleck) who just happens to have been his college roommate. Like most conspiracy flicks, State of Play hinges on a multitude of plot twists and unlikely coincidences, but most critics were too happy to find a rare adult thriller to complain. "The journalist in me loved State of Play," wrote Carrie Rickey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "The moviegoer in me even more so."

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88%

6. Chasing Amy

Before Good Will Hunting made him a household name, Affleck came into his own with Chasing Amy, Kevin Smith's frank tragicomedy about the unlikely romance between a comic book artist (Affleck) and his lesbian crush (Joey Lauren Adams). The sort of small, thoughtful feature that Affleck would slowly drift away from after achieving his post-Hunting success, Amy found Smith regaining his critical mojo after Mallrats, and gave Affleck some of the best dialogue of his career. "What really makes the film special," posited Kevin N. Laforest of the Montreal Film Journal, "is that, while still being packed with foul language and pop culture references, this film is the only one in which Smith really seems to care about his characters and their lives."


Comments

Dave J

Dave J

Affleck will never be in a better movie than "Good Will Hunting"!

Oct 2 - 04:35 PM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

Chasing Amy.

Oct 2 - 04:49 PM

Dave J

Dave J

You may think so... but "Chasing Amy" only has 90% from RT and scored 80% from the users rating!

Oct 2 - 04:54 PM

Dave J

Dave J

The percentage of a movie sometimes determines viewers whether or not it's worth watching or not, so when you say that percentages doesn't matter, that is completely false! And although, "Hugo" was enjoyed much more with critics than with users scoring it only 78%, this doesn't change the fact that more users liked "Good Will Hunting" than "Chasing Amy"!

And I still stand by what I initially said! I mean just because you think so it still won't change the overall consensus or in simplistic terms what the general audience really thought about them!

Oct 2 - 05:22 PM

Greg Dinskisk

Greg Dinskisk

Rotten Tomatoes isn't objectively right... Film enjoyment is subjective. I personally agree with Dave J, I think. GWH is close to better, though.

Oct 2 - 05:47 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

What didn't you like about Hugo? I know everyone is entitled to there opinion but calling a Scorsese film shit should require rational reasoning.

Oct 2 - 11:17 PM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

The film was overly sentimental. Yeah, I get it Scorsese, you loved films. Some aspects in the plot are just left alone. The characters were boring. I'm not gonna say all child actors suck, but a lot do. That Hugo kid was annoying after the first 10 minutes. He had no chemistry with Moretz or anyone in the film for that.

Oct 3 - 12:30 PM

Meltem Ceyhan

Meltem Ceyhan

Hugo is a great movie! You have the worst taste in movies if you really think that Hugo is "shit" and Good Will Hunting is "not" better than Chasing Amy.

Oct 4 - 02:33 AM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

Who are you to tell me my taste is bad? You liked Hugo? That movie was an ass.

Oct 4 - 03:07 AM

Meltem Ceyhan

Meltem Ceyhan

Yeah, I liked Hugo. I liked it very much. How old are you? I ask this because I think you are a teenager if you did not understand that movie.

Oct 4 - 04:26 AM

The Fox

What Does Da Foe Say?

Hugo is one of the worst movies ever made. Fuck off, Meltem, you condescending asswipe.

Oct 4 - 10:43 PM

Meltem Ceyhan

Meltem Ceyhan

Thanks Lance. I am not a he but thanks. :)

Diego, your accounts should be banned..

Oct 6 - 08:17 AM

Anthony Procopio

Anthony Procopio

Chasing Amy sucks! I mean it really sucks lol

Oct 3 - 01:09 PM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

Is that a gay joke, or something? Cause Chasing Amy is about a lesbian, no sucking.

Oct 3 - 02:25 PM

Micah Berman

Micah Berman

it's an awful movie in general anyways.

Oct 6 - 12:34 AM

Todd A.

Todd Alexander

It is highly unlikely.

Oct 2 - 04:55 PM

Darci Logan

Darci Logan

my friend's step-sister makes $77 every hour on the laptop. She has been without a job for six months but last month her paycheck was $19601 just working on the laptop for a few hours. find out here now.... www.works25.com

Oct 5 - 08:35 AM

Bryan Selwood

Bryan Selwood

State Of Play, The Town and Argo are all better than Good Will Hunting imo

Oct 2 - 05:47 PM

Sagar Roy

Sagar Roy

Sorry dude ... u r wrong ... Argo is good ... if u go by original story ... Good Will .. State of play and the Town are way ahead of Argo ... Argo is very good but true story ... that its only weakness ... They had the plot and story ...

Oct 6 - 09:31 AM

Meltem Ceyhan

Meltem Ceyhan

The Town is better. Argo is really good too.

Oct 3 - 04:57 AM

Anthony Procopio

Anthony Procopio

Argo is but he wasn't good in it, he literally shows no emotion through the entire film!!

Oct 3 - 01:10 PM

Meltem Ceyhan

Meltem Ceyhan

I don't agree with that.

Oct 3 - 04:56 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Some have said that "The Town" is another carbon copy of Michael Mann's "Heat"!

Oct 3 - 01:51 PM

Meltem Ceyhan

Meltem Ceyhan

But it is not. :)

Oct 3 - 05:00 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Maybe I should've said something along the lines that Affleck is never going to get a higher score then he got from "Good Will Hunting"!

Oct 4 - 03:24 PM

Gerardo Medina Pérez

Gerardo Medina Pérez

Argo, The Town... Many of them are so much better than Will Hunting. Percentage is critics opinion, but we have ours

Oct 4 - 03:57 AM

Dave J

Dave J

If you mean the users opinion, "Good Will..." still has higher scores than both "Argo" and "The Town"!

Oct 4 - 03:10 PM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

Chasing Amy.

Oct 2 - 04:49 PM

Dave J

Dave J

You may think so... but "Chasing Amy" only has 90% from RT and scored 80% from the users rating!

Oct 2 - 04:54 PM

Dave J

Dave J

The percentage of a movie sometimes determines viewers whether or not it's worth watching or not, so when you say that percentages doesn't matter, that is completely false! And although, "Hugo" was enjoyed much more with critics than with users scoring it only 78%, this doesn't change the fact that more users liked "Good Will Hunting" than "Chasing Amy"!

And I still stand by what I initially said! I mean just because you think so it still won't change the overall consensus or in simplistic terms what the general audience really thought about them!

Oct 2 - 05:22 PM

Greg Dinskisk

Greg Dinskisk

Rotten Tomatoes isn't objectively right... Film enjoyment is subjective. I personally agree with Dave J, I think. GWH is close to better, though.

Oct 2 - 05:47 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

What didn't you like about Hugo? I know everyone is entitled to there opinion but calling a Scorsese film shit should require rational reasoning.

Oct 2 - 11:17 PM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

The film was overly sentimental. Yeah, I get it Scorsese, you loved films. Some aspects in the plot are just left alone. The characters were boring. I'm not gonna say all child actors suck, but a lot do. That Hugo kid was annoying after the first 10 minutes. He had no chemistry with Moretz or anyone in the film for that.

Oct 3 - 12:30 PM

Meltem Ceyhan

Meltem Ceyhan

Hugo is a great movie! You have the worst taste in movies if you really think that Hugo is "shit" and Good Will Hunting is "not" better than Chasing Amy.

Oct 4 - 02:33 AM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

Who are you to tell me my taste is bad? You liked Hugo? That movie was an ass.

Oct 4 - 03:07 AM

Meltem Ceyhan

Meltem Ceyhan

Yeah, I liked Hugo. I liked it very much. How old are you? I ask this because I think you are a teenager if you did not understand that movie.

Oct 4 - 04:26 AM

The Fox

What Does Da Foe Say?

Hugo is one of the worst movies ever made. Fuck off, Meltem, you condescending asswipe.

Oct 4 - 10:43 PM

Meltem Ceyhan

Meltem Ceyhan

Thanks Lance. I am not a he but thanks. :)

Diego, your accounts should be banned..

Oct 6 - 08:17 AM

Anthony Procopio

Anthony Procopio

Chasing Amy sucks! I mean it really sucks lol

Oct 3 - 01:09 PM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

Is that a gay joke, or something? Cause Chasing Amy is about a lesbian, no sucking.

Oct 3 - 02:25 PM

Micah Berman

Micah Berman

it's an awful movie in general anyways.

Oct 6 - 12:34 AM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

Horrible actor. He's only good when backed up by a good script.

Oct 2 - 04:50 PM

Gary Devenport

Gary Devenport

The same thing can be said for almost any actor...

Oct 2 - 05:14 PM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

Not Don Johnson. Dude always pulls a miracle out his ass. Even with the terrible dialogue he was given in Django.

Oct 2 - 05:38 PM

Carlos Diaz

Carlos Diaz

so you're saying don johnson was given terrible dialogue...even though quentin tarantino is the fucking king of dialogue... great job buddy

Oct 2 - 08:38 PM

Gary Devenport

Gary Devenport

You're trolling was going under the radar until you said that. You just blown your cover.

Oct 2 - 11:27 PM

Jonas Pieniniemi

Jonas Pieniniemi

Well it was obvious that the silly dialogue was part of the whole role in Django.. so i wouldnt go as far as saying he is good in bad scripts.

Oct 2 - 11:56 PM

Zane B

Chum Chum

Hey General might wanna stop talking before you sound even stupider than you aleady are.

Oct 3 - 06:19 AM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

I didn't say Django Unchained had horrible dialogue. I said Don Johnson was given piss poor dialogue.

Oct 3 - 12:26 PM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

Plus, Django's dialogue wasn't by any means impressive. Tarantino had done better. However, there has been a steady decline in his film's quality lately. In my opinion, his last good film was Kill Bill Vol. 1, and that was nothing special.

And if you want to get on the king of dialogue, watch a Coen Brothers film. All, except Burn After Reading, were good if not great films, especially dialogue wise.

Oct 3 - 12:33 PM

Jonas Pieniniemi

Jonas Pieniniemi

And Best Original Screenplay in the Oscars.. sooooo :D

Oct 2 - 11:59 PM

Gerardo Medina Pérez

Gerardo Medina Pérez

And a good director behind the camera. In example, Tom Hanks in Da Vinci Code is awful, and he is a great actor. A good script isn't enough. Argo has a great scripts, but Ben Affleck is awful in that movie

Oct 4 - 03:59 AM

Dave J

Dave J

You may think so... but "Chasing Amy" only has 90% from RT and scored 80% from the users rating!

Oct 2 - 04:54 PM

Dave J

Dave J

The percentage of a movie sometimes determines viewers whether or not it's worth watching or not, so when you say that percentages doesn't matter, that is completely false! And although, "Hugo" was enjoyed much more with critics than with users scoring it only 78%, this doesn't change the fact that more users liked "Good Will Hunting" than "Chasing Amy"!

And I still stand by what I initially said! I mean just because you think so it still won't change the overall consensus or in simplistic terms what the general audience really thought about them!

Oct 2 - 05:22 PM

Greg Dinskisk

Greg Dinskisk

Rotten Tomatoes isn't objectively right... Film enjoyment is subjective. I personally agree with Dave J, I think. GWH is close to better, though.

Oct 2 - 05:47 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

What didn't you like about Hugo? I know everyone is entitled to there opinion but calling a Scorsese film shit should require rational reasoning.

Oct 2 - 11:17 PM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

The film was overly sentimental. Yeah, I get it Scorsese, you loved films. Some aspects in the plot are just left alone. The characters were boring. I'm not gonna say all child actors suck, but a lot do. That Hugo kid was annoying after the first 10 minutes. He had no chemistry with Moretz or anyone in the film for that.

Oct 3 - 12:30 PM

Meltem Ceyhan

Meltem Ceyhan

Hugo is a great movie! You have the worst taste in movies if you really think that Hugo is "shit" and Good Will Hunting is "not" better than Chasing Amy.

Oct 4 - 02:33 AM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

Who are you to tell me my taste is bad? You liked Hugo? That movie was an ass.

Oct 4 - 03:07 AM

Meltem Ceyhan

Meltem Ceyhan

Yeah, I liked Hugo. I liked it very much. How old are you? I ask this because I think you are a teenager if you did not understand that movie.

Oct 4 - 04:26 AM

The Fox

What Does Da Foe Say?

Hugo is one of the worst movies ever made. Fuck off, Meltem, you condescending asswipe.

Oct 4 - 10:43 PM

Meltem Ceyhan

Meltem Ceyhan

Thanks Lance. I am not a he but thanks. :)

Diego, your accounts should be banned..

Oct 6 - 08:17 AM

Todd A.

Todd Alexander

74% for Armageddon? The user ratings on this site are ridiculous.

Oct 2 - 04:54 PM

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Jonas Pieniniemi

Jonas Pieniniemi

True! :)

Oct 2 - 11:59 PM

Dave J

Dave J

"Armageddon" is still defined as escape entertainment!

Oct 2 - 05:28 PM

RoHiT

Good Looking RoHiT

I agree with Lance.

Oct 2 - 09:40 PM

Todd A.

Todd Alexander

It is highly unlikely.

Oct 2 - 04:55 PM

Darci Logan

Darci Logan

my friend's step-sister makes $77 every hour on the laptop. She has been without a job for six months but last month her paycheck was $19601 just working on the laptop for a few hours. find out here now.... www.works25.com

Oct 5 - 08:35 AM

Thomas Levesque

Thomas Levesque

my 10 favorite Ben Affleck movies are
1-The Town
2-Argo
3-Jersey Girl
4-Good Will Hunting
5-Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
6-Daredevil
7-Dogma
8-Armageddon
9-Hollywoodland
10-Surviving Christmas

Oct 2 - 04:56 PM

Corey Dowd

Corey Dowd

...Jersey Girl?

Oct 2 - 09:35 PM

Gary Devenport

Gary Devenport

...Surviving Christmas?

Oct 2 - 11:27 PM

Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts

...Daredevil?

Oct 3 - 05:16 PM

Marc Arsenault

Marc Arsenault

Ben Affleck?

Oct 4 - 05:58 AM

Erric Emerson

Erric Emerson

haha

Oct 4 - 07:07 AM

Kevin Dearstine

Kevin Dearstine

Best. Response. Ever.

Oct 5 - 03:42 PM

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Jonas Pieniniemi

Jonas Pieniniemi

True! :)

Oct 2 - 11:59 PM

Gary Devenport

Gary Devenport

The same thing can be said for almost any actor...

Oct 2 - 05:14 PM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

Not Don Johnson. Dude always pulls a miracle out his ass. Even with the terrible dialogue he was given in Django.

Oct 2 - 05:38 PM

Carlos Diaz

Carlos Diaz

so you're saying don johnson was given terrible dialogue...even though quentin tarantino is the fucking king of dialogue... great job buddy

Oct 2 - 08:38 PM

Gary Devenport

Gary Devenport

You're trolling was going under the radar until you said that. You just blown your cover.

Oct 2 - 11:27 PM

Jonas Pieniniemi

Jonas Pieniniemi

Well it was obvious that the silly dialogue was part of the whole role in Django.. so i wouldnt go as far as saying he is good in bad scripts.

Oct 2 - 11:56 PM

Zane B

Chum Chum

Hey General might wanna stop talking before you sound even stupider than you aleady are.

Oct 3 - 06:19 AM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

I didn't say Django Unchained had horrible dialogue. I said Don Johnson was given piss poor dialogue.

Oct 3 - 12:26 PM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

Plus, Django's dialogue wasn't by any means impressive. Tarantino had done better. However, there has been a steady decline in his film's quality lately. In my opinion, his last good film was Kill Bill Vol. 1, and that was nothing special.

And if you want to get on the king of dialogue, watch a Coen Brothers film. All, except Burn After Reading, were good if not great films, especially dialogue wise.

Oct 3 - 12:33 PM

Jonas Pieniniemi

Jonas Pieniniemi

And Best Original Screenplay in the Oscars.. sooooo :D

Oct 2 - 11:59 PM

Dave J

Dave J

The percentage of a movie sometimes determines viewers whether or not it's worth watching or not, so when you say that percentages doesn't matter, that is completely false! And although, "Hugo" was enjoyed much more with critics than with users scoring it only 78%, this doesn't change the fact that more users liked "Good Will Hunting" than "Chasing Amy"!

And I still stand by what I initially said! I mean just because you think so it still won't change the overall consensus or in simplistic terms what the general audience really thought about them!

Oct 2 - 05:22 PM

Dave J

Dave J

"Armageddon" is still defined as escape entertainment!

Oct 2 - 05:28 PM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

Not Don Johnson. Dude always pulls a miracle out his ass. Even with the terrible dialogue he was given in Django.

Oct 2 - 05:38 PM

Carlos Diaz

Carlos Diaz

so you're saying don johnson was given terrible dialogue...even though quentin tarantino is the fucking king of dialogue... great job buddy

Oct 2 - 08:38 PM

Gary Devenport

Gary Devenport

You're trolling was going under the radar until you said that. You just blown your cover.

Oct 2 - 11:27 PM

Jonas Pieniniemi

Jonas Pieniniemi

Well it was obvious that the silly dialogue was part of the whole role in Django.. so i wouldnt go as far as saying he is good in bad scripts.

Oct 2 - 11:56 PM

Zane B

Chum Chum

Hey General might wanna stop talking before you sound even stupider than you aleady are.

Oct 3 - 06:19 AM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

I didn't say Django Unchained had horrible dialogue. I said Don Johnson was given piss poor dialogue.

Oct 3 - 12:26 PM

Vincent

Cutler the Lone Cowboy

Plus, Django's dialogue wasn't by any means impressive. Tarantino had done better. However, there has been a steady decline in his film's quality lately. In my opinion, his last good film was Kill Bill Vol. 1, and that was nothing special.

And if you want to get on the king of dialogue, watch a Coen Brothers film. All, except Burn After Reading, were good if not great films, especially dialogue wise.

Oct 3 - 12:33 PM

Bryan Selwood

Bryan Selwood

State Of Play, The Town and Argo are all better than Good Will Hunting imo

Oct 2 - 05:47 PM

Sagar Roy

Sagar Roy

Sorry dude ... u r wrong ... Argo is good ... if u go by original story ... Good Will .. State of play and the Town are way ahead of Argo ... Argo is very good but true story ... that its only weakness ... They had the plot and story ...

Oct 6 - 09:31 AM

Greg Dinskisk

Greg Dinskisk

Rotten Tomatoes isn't objectively right... Film enjoyment is subjective. I personally agree with Dave J, I think. GWH is close to better, though.

Oct 2 - 05:47 PM

Scott Frost

Scott Frost

Not a huge fan of actor Affleck and I think he is much better in supporting role, but as a director he has been terrific. Gone Baby Gone is a film I never get tired of watching. The Town and Argo are really good as well.

Oct 2 - 06:42 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Ben Affleck is better behind the camera than in front of it. He should stop trying to act and focus on directing.

Oct 2 - 06:45 PM

Ricky Hood

Ricky Hood

People keep saying Affleck is a better director than he is an actor and this is something with which I totally agree, but is anyone else getting tired of Affleck directing HIMSELF in movies? As a director, do the directing and let other actors work for you. Especially if you are considered a mediocre actor at best but a brilliant director. Takes away from his directing somewhat for me.

Oct 2 - 06:56 PM

Sebastian O.

Sebastian Ochoa

Well, I guess that's true. However, Because of his good screenwriting, he can afford to star himself. He's only known for being a bad actor because he constantly plays in bad films.

Oct 2 - 08:06 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I agree 100%. That's why I think Gone Baby Gone is his masterpiece. The only problems I can say with certainty that "The Town" and "Argo" had was the casting of Ben Affleck.

Oct 2 - 11:14 PM

Jim Miles

Jim Miles

I would suggest that you have incredibly low tolerance levels if you really are growing tired of something after just two occasions...

Oct 4 - 02:41 AM

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