People are sensitive to almost everything, and movies like Closer and Forget Sarah Marshall show that they are more vulnerable to anything other than heartache.
Love and loss are two main elements of cinema and they usually go hand in hand. Among the large number of films with a theme of grief, however, not everyone is close to hitting the target, and only a few read as gripping for everyone. Either way, there are always the pieces that universally appeal to the hearts of the entire audience, and it takes a tight pace and believable performance to make them what they are.
ten Closer (2004) – 65
The penultimate film by Mike Nichols, Closer, was one of the author’s best. The film stars Natalie Portman as Alice, a now London-based exotic dancer who is hit by a taxi when she notices author Dan Woolf (Jude Law). The two begin a romance that eventually leads to infidelity, especially between Dan and Anna (Julia Roberts), a successful photographer.
Closer held up well to criticism and achieved an overall favorable Metascore of 65. However, its user score was a much higher 8.6.
9 Forget Sarah Marshall (2008) – 67
Forget Sarah Marshall is as easy and can be revisited in the 2020s as it was in 2008. Published at the height of the R-rated comedy revival started by The 40-year-old virgin, Forget Sarah Marshall makes great use of his perfectly cast talent: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Russell Brand.
Judd Apatow’s product Forget Sarah Marshall received excellent reviews across the board, but the general public was more supportive than critics. On this last page, the movie has a Metascore of 67, while it has a User Score of 7.5.
8 Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) – 68
Ryan Gosling never made a successor, however Crazy stupid love proves that he and Steve Carell (or Russell Crowe) should team up on something as long as the script is tight and the chemistry is in order.
Much more than the usual romantic summer comedy, Crazy stupid love did well with critics and audiences. On the first page, the film has a Metascore of 68, indicating positive reviews. It received a comparable response from the public, which was positive, but gave it an even higher rating of 7.4.
7 (500) Days of Summer (2009) – 76
Before Marc Webb restarted the friendly Spider-Man neighborhood with Andrew Garfield, he weaved a beautiful web of love with (500 days of summer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as greeting card writer Tom, a romantic whose heart is broken when Summer (Zooey Deschanel) ends their relationship.
Webb’s films performed relatively well with critics and users, but with an edge for the latter. It has a Metascore of 76, indicating a level of critical favor. Among users, however, it scored an even higher score of 8.1.
6 High Fidelity (2000) – 79
While it may be considered a toxic John Cusack role today, there is quite a bit to like about it. High fidelity and its performance indoors. The music-loving and moving film makes the viewer feel like they are not seeing someone else’s busyness, but instead feeling it deeply themselves. Throw in a performance from Jack Black, and the film is not just one of Cusack’s best, but one of the best of the 1990s as a whole.
While High fidelityMetascore of 79 is admirable, its user score of 8.5 indicates that it is universally loved, which seems just right for a cult favorite.
5 The War of the Roses (1989) – 79
War of the Roses is a dark comedy starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as a married couple whose bitter divorce ends up being more bitter than usual. The two undertake to try to kill each other and prove once and for all that the hard earned also often get lost.
Danny DeVito’s film has a favorable Metascore of 79 with critics, while its user score is slightly higher by 8.5.
4 Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – 81
Starring one of Bradley Cooper’s finest characters, David O. Russell’s dance drama Silver Linings Playbook covers infidelity, divorce battles, and remorse for things that have not been done and not said. Cooper plays Pat Solatano, a man in his thirties who was recently admitted to a mental health clinic for thoughts of self-harm. Jennifer Lawrence plays Tiffany, the unstable young woman Pat meets after being released into the world. Together, they decide to take part in a dance competition, each for their own motive, and none of them are completely realistic.
The dance-and-drama-driven breakout piece features a Metacritic Must-See badge with a score of 81, but its user score is even higher at 8.5, meaning universal recognition.
3 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – 89
Michael Gondry An everlasting sunshine in a spotless mind is one of the best and most unique films of the 2000s. The story follows Jim Carrey’s Joel, a man undergoing a procedure to remove memories of a particularly troubling relationship.
eternal sun has a badge of honor. Namely a Metacritic Must-See emblem thanks to universal critical acclaim and a Metascore of 89. It even performed about as well with the users, who still got a great audience reaction, but a slightly lower rating of 8., 8.
2 Marriage History (2019) – 94
In-depth look at intimacy is falling apart, Noah Baumbachs Marriage history is his best and most personal film to date. Marriage history is spiced with Oscar-worthy performances, from Laura Dern to Scarlett Johansson to Adam Driver, nothing about the narrative feels unrealistic.
Baumbach’s film did well with mainstream audiences with 8.1, indicating positive reviews, but it was nothing compared to its 94 Metascore and critical acclaim.
1 La La Terre (2016) – 94
The earth is a tribute to jazz, love, Hollywood, motivation, talent, struggle, exhaustion, heartache, loneliness, destruction and more. This is a story for those with an excessive ambition or a heart that can not be tamed, a simple tale of different personalities coming together for their mutual benefit, even if the benefit is not lasting.
Damien Chazelle’s remarkable and gripping film, almost certainly the best of its decade, is universally hailed by critics and the general public. While the film’s user score of 8.4 is impressive, Metascore is even higher at 94, giving it a Metacritic Must-See badge.