The 10 Best Blake Lively Movies, According to Rotten Tomatoes


Mostly known for her role in CW’s hit teen drama series Gossip Girl, Blake Lively is among the most popular actors working today. It was just this year that it was revealed she would play the protagonist of It Ends With Us, a highly anticipated book adaptation written by Colleen Hoover that fans of the novel have wanted to see on the big screen for a long time now. Lively has received awards from the Teen Choice Awards, National Board of Review, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association, CinemaCon Award, People’s Choice Awards, and more.

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Aside from her iconic Upper East Side character Serena van der Woodsen, Lively has brought some other intriguing personalities to life in movies, exploring her talent and proving that it goes beyond the small screen. From Accepted to The Town, these are her best films, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

10 ‘Accepted’ (2006)

Tomatometer Score: 38%

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Starting off with a Tomatometer score of 38%, this Steve Pink short but sharp screwball comedy is certainly not fit to everyone’s taste. Its premise follows a high school slacker (Justin Long) who, as a consequence of being rejected by every school he applies to, decides to create his own institution of higher learning to hilarious results.

Acceptedis far from being an excellent movie; instead, it more easily falls under the so-bad -they’re-good film category. Its strongest aspects are undoubtedly the improvised dialogue and gags, which were pitched by the actors on the day of the shooting. It is a peak comfort film for those who enjoy mid-2000s comedy, as it perfectly highlights the nostalgic era.

Accepted
Release Date
August 18, 2006

Cast
Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Adam Herschman, Columbus Short, Maria Thayer, Lewis Black

Runtime
95

Genres
Comedy

Rent on Apple TV

9 ‘Savages’ (2012)

Tomatometer Score: 50%

A close-up shot of Blake Lively in Savages
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Following two pot growers, this Oliver Stone action-packed and violent feature sees peaceful botanist Ben (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and former Navy SEAL Chon (Taylor Kitsch) facing off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend, O (Blake Lively).

No doubt, Savagesis not everyone’s cup of tea; it isn’t exactly a high-rated feature either. Still, this American action thriller provides audiences with a gritty story some may enjoy nonetheless, especially appealing to those who are into the daylight neo-noir genre. It had the potential to be a lot better, but still manages to entertain and deliver aesthetically pleasing shots despite its obvious flaws.

Savages
Release Date
July 6, 2012

Director
Oliver Stone

Cast
Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jana Banker, Candra Docherty, Patrick Fourmy

Runtime
131

Genres
Adventure, Crime, Documentary, Drama, Thriller

Watch on Netflix

8 ‘The Age of Adaline’ (2015)

Tomatometer Score: 55%

Blake Lively in 'The Age of Adaline', looking at someone next to her
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After a peculiar accident, the gorgeous Adaline (Lively) stops aging. While this initially seems like a blessing, her stunning looks and eternal life quickly become a curse when she finds herself forced to live different lives and sever ties with people around her to avoid suspicion. However, Adaline is forced to face her past when she stumbles upon a striking and charming man (Michiel Huisman).

This female-directed, elegant production by Tara Elders provides viewers with a fun twist to time-traveling romance films, where it is time that does the traveling while the protagonist stays where she is. Loosely based on a 1922 short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the well-acted and directed The Age of Adaline is a compelling movie; enchanting, even. Furthermore, it explores the concept of immortality, making for a timeless romance film with Lively’s talents at its center.

The Age of Adaline
Release Date
April 24, 2015

Director
Lee Toland Krieger

Cast
Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker, Ellen Burstyn

Runtime
112 minutes

Genres
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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7 ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2’ (2008)

Tomatometer Score: 66%

Blake Lively leaning in a bus window in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
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Sanaa Hamri‘s comedy-drama is the second installment of the duology, and tells the story of four college freshmen best friends (America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel, Amber Tamblyn, and Lively) who find their lives heading in different directions.

While flawed (it arguably ranks below the first film), the better-than-average chick flick Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 features a charming cast, and is still entertaining enough to provide audiences with a great time in front of the screen. It focuses on young women’s stories like its predecessor and sends out a strong message about friendship, family, self-discovery, and love. Fortunately, Lively’s screen time is increased, and she makes the most out of it.

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6 ‘The Private Lives of Pippa Lee’ (2009)

Tomatometer Score: 69%

Blake Lively sitting on a sofa and smoking in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
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In The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, a proud mother (Robin Wright) of successful twins and devoted wife of a publisher thirty years her senior, sees her peace being interrupted when her husband (Alan Arkin) forces her to move to a suburban retirement community. She then engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown.

If readers are looking for an offbeat family comedy-drama focusing on a complex woman, this 2009 may be the perfect pick. Featuring superb performances, especially from its lead protagonist, and an intriguing but funny plot that holds viewers’ interest, the Rebecca Miller-directed feature will steal some chuckles from viewers. Lively plays the main character at 16 — it is a small role, but an important one nonetheless.

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5 ‘Café Society’ (2016)

Tomatometer Score: 71%

Blake Lively smiling at Jesse Eisenberg in Café Society
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2016’s Café Society is set in 1930s Hollywood and centers on a Bronx native (Jesse Eisenberg) who moves to Hollywood and falls in love with a young woman (Kirsten Stewart) who is seeing a married man. Naturally, as their connection blooms, she is forced to choose between her two loves.

All in all, Café Society is a movie that the regular fans of the controversial filmmaker will enjoy. It is somewhat predictable and sticks to a formula. Nevertheless, it is also warm, funny, and hopeful — which means it isn’t particularly great but not terrible, either. Instead, it makes for an enjoyable viewing for some. Featuring a bright Lively role, Allen’s film is one of the most expensive of his career, with an estimated final cost of US $30 million.

Cafe Society
Release Date
May 11, 2016

Director
Woody Allen

Cast
Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Jeannie Berlin, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Corey Stoll

Runtime
96

Genres
Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Romance

Watch on Prime Video

4 ‘The Shallows’ (2016)

Tomatometer Score: 78%

Blake Lively injured and screaming in The Shallows
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This adrenaline-inducing and nail-biting drama follows surfer Nancy (Lively) as she is attacked by a great white shark while surfing on a secluded beach. Stranded only 200 yards from shore, Nancy does everything in her power to survive. However, it turns out to be an ultimate test of will that requires her resourcefulness and bravery.

A beautifully shot and suspenseful mid-budget, female-led survival thriller, The Shallows is far from a masterpiece. However, it is undeniably engrossing, solid entertainment. While it features a familiar premise — it is often described as « Castaway meets Jaws » — it is well-executed, making for a thrilling survival film. As it turns out, Lively’s poignant role in the film required her to perform plenty of physically demanding tasks, enduring a lot of stunts. « I cracked my nose on a buoy so the bloody nose that’s in the movie is actually a real thing that happened to me, » the actor told News.com.au. « And also, I was held under the water while I was kicking and screaming for my life, to imitate what a shark’s weight would be like. »

The Shallows
Release Date
June 24, 2016

Director
Jaume Collet-Serra

Cast
Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Angelo Josue Lozano Corzo, Joseph Salas, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge

Runtime
87

Genres
Thriller, Documentary, Horror

Rent on DIRECTV

3 ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ (2005)

Tomatometer Score: 82%

Four best friends walking together and smiling in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
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At its core, the premise for this timeless girls’ trip movie doesn’t differ much from its sequel: the charming viewing centers on the four best girlfriends as they hatch a plan to stay connected with one another and pass around a pair of secondhand jeans that fits each of their bodies perfectly.

An endearing watch with strong writing and acting, Ken Kwapis‘ film feels authentic; it is an accurate depiction of younger women who attempt to find out who they are while trying not to lose each other in the process. A comfort watch for many that highlights the importance of friendship and the pains of growing up, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is worth checking. Although its title may not be persuasive enough to some, general audiences will probably enjoy it.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Release Date
June 1, 2005

Director
Ken Kwapis

Cast
Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Jenna Boyd, Bradley Whitford

Runtime
113

Genres
Comedy, Documentary, Drama

Rent on Apple TV

2 ‘A Simple Favor’ (2018)

Tomatometer Score: 84%

Blake Lively in A Simple Favor
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The well-paced A Simple Favor follows Anna Kendrick‘s Stephanie Smothers, who befriends the mysterious Emily (Lively), an upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. The former takes it upon herself to investigate when the latter goes missing.

Directed by Paul Feig, the underrated neo-noirA Simple Favor features what is easily one of Lively’s strongest performances. It is an entertaining film and tale of toxic female friendship that is equal parts intense and funny. Providing a refreshing take on black comedies, A Simple Favour features great costume design (though Lively is still the film’s strongest aspect, as she completely dominates the screen). After being away from Instagram, the actor deleted all her photos and followed several accounts that shared her character’s name in the lead-up to this movie’s release (via People).

A Simple Favor
Release Date
August 29, 2018

Director
Paul Feig

Cast
Anna Kendrick, Ian Ho, Joshua Satine, Glenda Braganza, Andy Rannells, Kelly McCormack

Runtime
119

Genres
Mystery, Crime, Thriller

Watch on Prime Video

1 ‘The Town’ (2010)

Tomatometer Score: 84%

A close-up of Blake Lively starring into Ben Affleck's eyes in The Town
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In The Town, four skilled thieves hold assistant manager Claire (Rebecca Hall) hostage after robbing a bank. However, when one of the crew members (Ben Affleck) falls in love with her, things begin to get understandably complicated.

For those intrigued by the concept of « Stockholm syndrome, » The Town may be the right choice. It is a good, emotionally involving crime thriller and solid character-driven drama co-written, directed by, and starring Ben Affleck. Featuring great direction (possibly his best film so far), the enticing The Town solidifies Affleck’s career as a director. It is an essential for fans of the genre and features great performances, particularly from Jeremy Renner, who received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Lively does not have much screen time but does leave an impression.

The Town
Release Date
September 15, 2010

Director
Ben Affleck

Cast
Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Slaine

Runtime
123

Genres
Crime, Documentary, Drama, Thriller

Watch on DIRECTV

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