The 20 best Adam Sandler movies, according to the critics

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Since 1995, Adam Sandler has starred in dozens of Hollywood films, from Happy Gilmore at Uncut gems.

His success has helped his net worth grow to around $ 420 million, and with a recently signed four-movie deal with Netflix, Sandler remains popular with audiences.

Critics, however, have often been less than impressed. Some of his films have been filmed extensively and he has nine Golden Raspberry Awards, as well as 37 Razzie nominations.

Here are some of the best Sandler movies, according to ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

20. Coneheads (1993)

The 1993 American sci-fi comedy based on NBC Saturday Night Live comedy sketches about aliens stranded on Earth. Coneheads received mostly negative reviews from critics, with a low score of 35%.

Broadcast on FuboTV.

Canadian actor Dan Aykroyd and American actresses Michelle Burke and Jane Curtin on the set of Coneheads
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19. You’re Not Kidding With Zohan (2008)

In this comedy, Zohan, an Israeli army counterterrorism commando, fakes his own death to pursue his dream of becoming a hairdresser in New York City. The film grossed $ 204.3 million worldwide and has a 37% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Rob Schneider and Adam Sandler pose for photographers during a photocall to promote the film “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan” on July 28, 2008 in Berlin.
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18. Grandpa (1999)

The plot follows a childish man who tries to prove how responsible he is to his ex-girlfriend by adopting a 5-year-old. This slapstick comedy garnered a 39% approval rating based on 94 reviews.

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An excerpt from the comedy Big Daddy
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17. Billy Madison (1995)

This comedy follows the story of a spoiled 27-year-old hotel heir who returns to elementary school. Despite receiving poor reviews, Sandler was nominated for Best Comedic Performance at the 1995 MTV Movie Awards.

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Adam Sandler sits at a desk in a children’s classroom in a scene from the Billy Madison movie
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16. Anger management (2003)

Anger Management is a 2003 comedy starring Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Marisa Tomei, Luis Guzmán, Woody Harrelson and John Turturro. It tells the story of a businessman who is doomed to an unconventional anger management program and has a 42% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Marisa Tomei onsite for Anger Management in Central Park in New York City
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15. Shake the Clown (1992)

One of Sandler’s first films, this dark comedy about an alcoholic and depressed clown was nominated for Worst Picture at the 1991 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. Although it received mixed reviews, it has still become a cult classic.

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Adam Sandler attends IFP’s 29th Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in 2019 in New York City.
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14. Murder Mystery (2019)

Starring Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Luke Evans, this comedy follows a married couple involved in a murder investigation on a billionaire’s yacht. It was released on Netflix and received mixed reviews, with Metacritic giving the film an average rating of 38 out of 100.

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Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler in “Murder Mystery”.
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13. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

The first of Hotel Transylvania series, the film is aimed at children and is ranked the lowest of the three films at 45% on Rotten Tomatoes. It follows a human named Jonathan who stumbles upon the hotel and falls in love with Dracula’s teenage daughter, Mavis, voiced by Selena Gomez.

Broadcast on Starz.

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Adam Sandler attends a screening of Hotel Transylvania in 2012
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12. 50 first dates (2004)

50 First Dates sees a womanizer sailor vet fall in love with an art teacher named Lucy, only to find out she has amnesia and forget about her every day. It received mixed reviews, with a score of 45% based on 176 reviews of critics.

Broadcast on Hulu.

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Drew Barrymore poses during a photocall for 50 First Dates in 2004
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11. Hubie Halloween (2020)

This horror comedy follows a Halloween-loving deli worker who must save the town of Salem, Massachusetts from a kidnapper. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 53% approval rating based on 80 reviews, but Sandler received three Razzie nominations for Worst Actor.

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Still from ‘Hubie Halloween’.
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10. Spanish (2004)

Based on 168 Rotten Tomatoes reviews, 53% of critics gave this comedy-drama a positive review, with an average rating of 5.93 / 10. However, the film was a box office bomb that grossed $ 55 million worldwide with a production budget of $ 80 million.

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Actors Tea Leoni, Cecilia Suarez, Paz Vega and Adam Sandler attend the 2004 Spanglish Los Angeles premiere in Westwood, California
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9. Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

Arriving at 55% on Rotten Tomatoes, Hotel Transylvania 2 offers cheesy entertainment for the youngest. It stars Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez.

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Selena Gomez appears in Hotel Transylvania movies
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8. Happy Gilmore (1996)

A comedy classic for those who love Sandler’s burlesque style, Happy Gilmore follows an amateur golfer with anger issues as he navigates through life and love. Directed by Dennis Dugan, the film has a 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Carl Weathers talks to Adam Sandler in scene from Happy Gilmore movie
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7. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)

A good movie for kids, Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is the highest grossing film in the Hotel Transylvania series and the highest grossing Sony Pictures Animation film in the world to be fully animated.

Broadcast on FuboTV.

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Hotel Transylvania 3 – Summer Vacation is the highest rated of the three movies
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6. Reign over me (2007)

With a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Reign Over Me is a story of friendship and loss as Sandler plays a man overwhelmed with grief after losing his family in the 9/11 attacks. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 61 out of 100, based on 33 reviews.

Broadcast on Starz.

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Actors Liv Tyler and Adam Sandler attend the 2007 Reign Over Me premiere
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5. The Wedding Singer (1998)

A classic ’90s romantic comedy, it follows the story of a wedding singer who falls in love with a waitress. The film was adapted into a musical of the same name, which made its Broadway debut in 2006.

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Adam Sandler sings in a scene from The Wedding Singer
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4. Funny people (2009)

Directed by Judd Apatow, this dark comedy drama follows a comedian diagnosed with a terminal illness as he attempts to rebuild the relationships in his life. It has a 69% rating and features Seth Rogen, Lesie Mann and Jonah Hill.

Broadcast on Starz.

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Adam Sandler’s Punch-Drunk Love scores high on Rotten Tomatoes
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3. Drunken Punch (2002)

Punch-Drunk Love has a 79% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making the comedy-drama one of Sandler’s most popular films. It follows the story of a lonely entrepreneur in love with his sister’s colleague.

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Adam Sandler won nine Golden Raspberry Awards
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2. Meyerowitz’s Stories (2017)

This dramatic comedy stars Sandler alongside Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel and Emma Thompson and follows the lives of a group of siblings. The Meyerowitz Stories was shortlisted to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main section of the competition and also won the Palm Dog award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

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Actors Emma Thompson, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Adam Sandler attend The Meyerowitz Stories 2017 in Cannes, France
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1. Uncut Gems (2019)

With a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this crime thriller sees Sandler abandon his traditional comedy role. He plays an American Jewish jeweler and gambling addict who must recover an expensive piece of jewelry to pay off his debts.

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Adam Sandler accepts Best Male Actor for “Uncut Gems” onstage at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California
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