Steven Spielberg's Movies, Ranked Worst to Best

From 'Raiders' to 'Ready Player One,' the King of Hollywood's work from completists-only to modern classics

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31. 'The BFG' (2016)

In theory, this should have been a home run. Working from the late, great E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale, Spielberg returned to the world of children’s fantasy for this story about an orphaned girl who is abducted and befriended by a big friendly giant (Mark Rylance). Only this hapless behemoth lives in a far-away land where he’s bullied by other giants. There are some lovely moments – the effects are delightful and imaginative, and Rylance's performance is quite soulful. But the whole thing feels so tired, so precious, so programmed – and it goes fully off the rails when our plucky heroine and the giant find themselves at Buckingham Palace, where Spielberg's inability to do full-on broad comedy becomes obvious. How can a children's movie have this little spontaneity?

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