Kevin Hart has amassed a thriving movie career over the years in addition to his success as a stand-up comedian. Hart has shared the screen with actors like Dwayne Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and Chris Rock, bringing an engaging blend of humour as well as displaying his more tragic side.
While critics don’t always enjoy Hart’s films, a number of them have received praise. Hart’s top films on Rotten Tomatoes highlight his amazing career, ranging from his major comic hits to his more unexpected films.
On January 24, 2022, Colin McCormick updated: Kevin Hart had a busy year in the movies in 2022. With Me Time, The Man from Toronto, and DC League of Super-Pets, the comic starred in three high-profile films. The critical reception of these films varied, but several standout films from Hart’s career received high marks. These top-rated films on Rotten Tomatoes demonstrate Hart’s comic talents as well as those that give him a chance to try something a little new.
Table Of Content
- 1 About Last Night (2014) – 69%
- 2 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) – 87%
- 3 Central Intelligence (2016) – 71%
- 4 DC League Of Super-Pets (2022) – 73%
- 5 Fatherhood (2021) – 67%
- 6 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) – 71%
- 7 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017) – 76%
- 8 The Five-Year Engagement (2012) – 64%
- 9 The Secret Life of Pets (2016) – 72%
- 10 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) – 60%
- 11 This Is The End (2013) – 83%
- 12 Top Five (2014) – 86%
About Last Night (2014) – 69%
available on DIRECTV and Starz
About Last Night, a remake of the same-titled romantic comedy from 1985, centres on the unexpected romance that develops between Danny (Michael Ealy) and Debbie (Joy Bryant) after a one-night fling. Danny’s best buddy Bernie, played by Hart, is involved in a tangled relationship of his own with Joan (Regina Hall).
The remake was deemed to be a worthwhile examination of contemporary romance by critics despite being very different from the original. A creative writing that struck the perfect balance between the comedy and the romance, together with the superb ensemble, contributed to it becoming a fresh and enjoyable experience.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) – 87%
Hart joined yet another animated film with the original Captain Underpants superhero tale. Hart and Thomas Middleditch play young people who successfully hypnotise their principal into believing he is a superhero named Captain Underpants in this film adaptation of the popular children’s book series.
The film received appreciation for its enjoyable animation design and humour that embraced the ridiculousness of the plot. Critics agree that it is still a fantastic animated adventure that the whole family will love, even though it didn’t start a franchise as seems to have been the aim.
Central Intelligence (2016) – 71%
accessible on Tubi
Hart and Dwayne Johnson have established themselves as a great acting duo, working together on a number of films over the years, beginning with Central Intelligence. Hart portrays a former popular student who is stuck in a rut at school until a former tormented classmate (Johnson) who turns out to be a super-spy contacts him.
The chemistry between Hart and Johnson is evident from away, and critics agree that it is the movie’s main selling point. Their entertaining chemistry helps it outweigh a lacklustre narrative that does the stars no favours.
DC League Of Super-Pets (2022) – 73%
available on DIRECTV and HBO Max
Hart joins another animated adventure that features some even more stunning dogs in addition to playing the lead role in The Secret Life of Pets films. DC League of Super-Pets centres on Superman’s devoted and superpowered dog Krypto (Dwayne Johnson), who joins forces with Batman’s hound Ace (Hart) to save his master.
The film never quite achieves the level of some of the best animated films, according to critics. But there’s enough entertainment to make it a rewarding, family-friendly journey that also appeals to DC fans.
Fatherhood (2021) – 67%
on Netflix and Netflix Basic
Hart portrayed a more serious character in the comedy-drama Fatherhood than he usually does. Based on a real-life event, Hart plays a young father who loses his wife unexpectedly and must struggle to raise his little daughter by himself.
The father-daughter connection movie didn’t exactly impress critics, but the excellent performances helped to make it a pleasant and moving tale. Hart won particular attention for his out-of-character performance.
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) – 71%
available on DIRECTV and FuboTV
With the action sequel Jumanji: The Next Level, Hart returned to his most well-known series. With some character confusion in the sequel, the youthful heroes must return to the computer game to save their comrade. For much of the film, Hart assumes the role of the elderly Danny Glover.
The original, which revisited the cherished childhood film, had a surprising amount of joy that the sequel didn’t quite match. Many others said it kept enough of what worked the first time while still introducing some fantastic new features.
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017) – 76%
available on DIRECTV and Starz
One of Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s best joint projects has to be this one. A group of high school students in Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle stumble upon an outdated gaming system. It contains the video game Jumanji. Before they realise it, the game has changed their bodies and sucked them into its jungle setting.
The movie’s ability to properly reimagine the Jumanji series astonished the critics in major part. The action-packed adventure story took a fresh tack while maintaining the essence of the original. Additionally, the ensemble, which also features Jack Black and Karen Gillan, made the journey very entertaining.
The Five-Year Engagement (2012) – 64%
To be rented on Apple TV
One of the well-known actors in the romantic comedy Five-Year Engagement was Hart. In the movie, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt play a couple whose attempts to get married are often thwarted, which causes problems in their marriage. Hart portrays a graduate student who collaborates with Blunt.
The film’s length was one of the main criticisms, but it was mitigated by the script’s humour and romance as well as the leads’ excellent chemistry. Additionally, the film has a stellar supporting cast that includes Dakota Johnson, Chris Pratt, and Mindy Kaling.
The Secret Life of Pets (2016) – 72%
To be rented on Apple TV
This funny animated comedy, which explores the imaginary life that pets have after their owners leave the house during the day, is the first entry in the Secret Life of Pets franchise. Hart created the part of Snowball, a white rabbit who is the leader of a cult of sewer animals known as “The Flushed Pets,” and who also goes by the name of Snowball.
The movie was praised by critics for being a perfect family-friendly animated adventure. Younger audiences will enjoy the endearing characters and straightforward plot, while adult audiences will benefit from the excellent animation and a strong voice cast.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) – 60%
available on DIRECTV, fuboTV, and FX Now
Hart’s distinctive voice has been used in a variety of animated works, including the sequel to The Secret Life of Pets. The story of Max the dog and other animals is still being followed in the film as they go on adventures while their owners are abroad. Hart returns as Snowball, the endearing but rambunctious bunny.
Despite adding Harrison Ford to the ensemble, the sequel’s box office performance and critical acclaim fell short of the first film. The sequel, according to critics, didn’t offer anything new to the plot, but it is sure to be enjoyable for first-time viewers.
This Is The End (2013) – 83%
both Netflix and Netflix Basic
Kevin Hart portrays himself in Seth Rogen’s comic masterpiece This Is The End. The story centres on six friends who become stranded inside a Los Angeles home after a series of bizarre disasters strike the city. The friendship between the companions, which was once strong, is strained by shortages of supplies and tensions. They are eventually compelled to leave and face the approaching catastrophe outside.
Fans might not anticipate a film about the end of the world to be so humorous, yet it came in second place to Man of Steel on its opening weekend. Even though the Motion Picture Association of America gave it a R rating, film did well at the box office. Against a $36 million budget, it brought in $126 million globally.
Top Five (2014) – 86%
accessible via Paramount+
The humorous comedy Top Five was written, directed, and starred by Chris Rock. Rock plays a struggling comedian who spends the day with a reporter (Rosario Dawson) as he gets ready for the debut of a new movie and his much publicised wedding. In the film, Hart plays Rock’s agent.
According to critics, this was the film that Rock was destined to create and a high point in his filmography. Along with several entertaining cameos from people like Adam Sandler, Cedric the Entertainer, and Jerry Seinfeld, it is jam-packed with the kind of witty and insightful humour that can be found in Rock’s stand-up.
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