Keke Palmer’s 10 Best Movies, According to Rotten Tomatoes

Keke Palmer’s career is on fire. The actress will play one of the main characters in the highly anticipated Pixar film Light year, adding another family hit to his filmography. Later this summer, Palmer will star alongside Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya and Oscar nominee Steven Yeun in Jordan Peele’s third film, Nope.

Both projects sound like surefire critical hits, likely to add two more fresh certified hits to Palmer’s Rotten Tomatoes scorecard. But over the course of his career, critics have enjoyed some of his films much more than others.

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ten Happy Noise (2012) – 32%


Palmer stars alongside two icons, Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, in Todd Graff’s 2012 musical cries of joy. The plot follows two strong-minded women who form an unlikely partnership to fight budget cuts as their small-town choir prepares for an important competition. Jeremy Jordan and Courtney B. Vance co-starred.

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Sharing the screen with two legends can be intimidating, but Palmer holds his own against Latifah and Parton. cries of joy received mixed to negative reviews, with critics praising Latifah and Parton’s musical numbers and performance but criticizing the script and pacing.


9 Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) – 37%


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The Ice Age The franchise has gone on far too long, steadily shrinking with each new entry. The fourth film, subtitled Continental Drift, follows the trio of Manny, Sid and Diego adrift on an iceberg and face a band of pirates. Palmer voices the teenage woolly mammoth Peaches, joining a cast that includes Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Dennis Leary and Queen Latifah.

Unlike its predecessors, Ice Age: Continental Drift received mostly negative reviews from critics, who criticized the film’s lack of originality but praised the animation. Still, it was a box office success and received a sequel, which arrived four years later. Today, the long term Ice Age the franchise remains strong, with an untitled sixth film in the works.


8 The Longshots (2008) – 41%


Based on the life of Jasmine Plummer, Fred Durst The Longshots features Palmer and Ice Cube. Palmer plays Plummer, the first girl to enter the Pop Warner Football Tournament, while Ice Cube plays her uncle, a former footballer who becomes Plummer’s coach.

Well-meaning but stereotypical and unimpressive, The Longshots received mixed reviews from critics. Palmer’s performance drew positive reviews, but critics took issue with the film’s lack of originality, which kept it from standing alongside some of cinema’s best sports films.


seven Animals (2014) – 43%


Sean and Alissa look scared in Animal.

Animal is a 2014 horror film directed by Brett Simmons. Palmer stars alongside Elizabeth Gillies, Parker Young, and Jeremy Sumpter as a group of friends who find themselves terrorized by a hungry beast while hiking in the forest. Palmer plays one of the film’s main roles, future daughter Alissa. Eve has a memorable cameo at the start of the film.

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The film’s reception was mixed to negative. Critics praised the creature’s design, the cast’s performances, and the fast-paced, bloody plot, but criticized the film’s repetitive nature and the plot by numbers.


6 Pimp (2018) – 43%


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Directed by Christine Crokos and produced by Lee Daniels, 2018 Pimp stars Palmer alongside Vanessa Morgan, Edi Gathegi and recent Oscar nominee Aunjanue Ellis. Palmer plays Wednesday, a pimp who struggles to find a better life for her mother and her boyfriend.

Grave and raw, Pimp received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Most of the praise went to Palmer’s performance, described as engaging and captivating. However, the film’s narrative has been criticized, with some reviewers considering it inauthentic and one-note.


5 Get started! (2007) – 63%


Mary and Izzi are looking in the same direction in Jump In!

Corbin Bleu followed his musical high school success while starring alongside Keke Palmer in another Disney Channel Original Movie, 2007 Get started! The film follows Izzy, a young boxer who discovers his love for Double Dutch after his neighbor convinces him to replace a teammate during a competition.

Like most DCOMs, Get started! is well intentioned and harmless. The film received positive reviews from critics, with particular praise for Bleu and Palmer’s performances. Despite its success on the Disney Channel, Get started! never received a sequel, which remains odd to this day.


4 Light Year (2022) – 80%


Izzy walks away from a stunned Lightyear

Palmer’s newest is Pixar’s Light year. The film is a spin-off from toy story franchise and serves as the origin story for the astronaut who inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy. Chris Evans voices the title character, while Uzo Aduba, Taika Waititi and Josh Brolin join Palmer in the supporting cast.

As usual, when we talk about Pixar films, Light year received positive reviews from critics, who praised the film’s animation and message, though criticized its unusually numbers-based approach. Light year could inspire spinoffs for other beloved Pixar characters, cementing Pixar’s reign as a leader in the field of animation.




3 Akeelah and the Bee (2006) – 85%


Akeelah standing on stage during a spelling bee in Akeelah and the Bee

Palmer’s breakthrough role came with Doug Atchinson’s 2006 drama Akeelah and the bee. The film tells the story of Akeelah Johnson, an eleven-year-old girl participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Palmer plays the lead role, while Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne play supporting roles.

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Akeelah and the bee received very positive reviews upon its release. Palmer’s performance garnered considerable praise, earning her several accolades, including a Young Artist Award. The film received praise for avoiding stereotypes and its uplifting and heartwarming storyline.


2 Hustlers (2019) – 87%


Lili Reinhart Jennifer Lopez Keke Palmer Constance Wu in Hustlers

Lorene Scafaria is one of the best directors working today, and her third film, Hustlers, is the perfect proof. Starring an ensemble cast led by Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez, the film follows a group of strippers who drug and rob rich men who visit their club. Palmer plays Mercedes, one of the girls in the group.

Released to commercial and critical success, Hustlers received near-universal praise for its themes and performances from the cast. Lopez received career-best reviews and multiple nominations throughout awards season. His snub at the Oscars remains controversial today.


1 Imperial Dreams (2014) – 92%


Samaara talks on the phone in prison in Imperial Dreams

Imperial dreams is a 2017 drama film starring John Boyega as Bambi, a reformed mobster recently released from prison who returns to his violent neighborhood. Palmer plays Bambi’s former lover, Samaara, who is in prison for committing a nonviolent crime.

Critically acclaimed, Imperial dreams premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival before premiering exclusively on Netflix in mid-2017. The film received universal acclaim, with critics praising Boyega’s performance and the timely themes presented in a raw yet rewarding way.

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