Ashton Kutcher’s movies date back to 1998 when he made his debut in the sitcom That ’70s Show. The actor, who played the role of Michael Kelso, a character that was known for always being horny and moronic in equal measure, did not have to wait long for success and recognition in the industry as his debut brought both for him.
In the years that have followed, Ashton has played characters that show his compatibility with romantic and comedic themes, one of which is 1999’s Coming Soon. Going into the 2000s, he has been in movies and series like Dude Where’s My Car? (2000), My Boss’s Daughter (2003), The Butterfly Effect (2004), What Happens in Vegas (2008), and Two and a Half Men (2011 – 2015).
While Ashton Kutcher has amassed a massive fan base over the years, not all of his projects have been hits. We have made a list of some of his best movies and TV series, ranked in descending order from best to worst.
Ashton Kutcher Movies and TV Shows Ranked From Best To Worst
1. That ’70s Show (1998 – 2006)
The first sitcom on our Ashton Kutcher movies list is one of the most popular sitcoms of the late 1990s and early 2000s, That ’70s Show. It told the story of a group of teenagers and the growing pains they experienced as they transitioned into early adulthood. The series was set in the 1970s and humorously showed how these teenagers dealt with everything from sex, drugs, and rock and roll, to parents and authority.
The series featured the likes of Mila Kunis, Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher, and Todd Rundgren. That ’70s Show was a household sitcom and garnered over 73 million views during its run. Although it only won one Emmy in 1999, it garnered a large number of nominations including 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, and a similarly large number of Kids’ Choice Awards with Ashton Kutcher winning the latter on three occasions.
The show received an overall audience approval rating of 69 percent, while only its first season has been rated by Rotten Tomatoes’ critics who gave it an 86 percent rating.
2. Two and a Half Men (2003 – 2015)
This sitcom tells the story of a pleasure-driven jingle writer named Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) and his life with his family made up of brother Alan (Jon Cryer), and Alan’s son Jake (Angus T. Jones). These were the lead characters for the show in its first eight seasons until a fall out with the network led to Charlie Sheen’s character being written out of the show. He was later replaced by Ashton Kutcher who played the role of an internet billionaire Walden Schmidt from the ninth season to the twelfth and final season.
The success of Two and a Half Men saw it clinch the fourth spot on the list of highest-grossing programs of 2012. Even though it received mixed reviews from top critics, it was heralded as one of the most successful comedy shows in American television. It also garnered a staggering 46 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and two Golden Globe nominations. It won 9 of those Emmys and also a People’s Choice Awards for Favorite TV Comedy in 2009.
The sitcom received an okay rating of 63 percent from Rotten Tomatoes as well as an audience rating of 66 percent.
3. The Ranch (2016 – 2018)
The Netflix series premiered on April 1, 2016. Set in the Iron River Ranch, in Garrison, a fictitious Colorado town, The Ranch follows the story of Colt Bennett (Ashton Kutcher) as he makes his way back to his home to run his family’s ranch business after a largely hit-and-miss professional football career. The series features other actors like Danny Masterson who plays Jameson Bennett, Sam Elliott who plays Beau Bennett, and Debra Winger who plays Maggie Bennett.
The show was received well among critics and the audience. There was the danger that the series could polarize audiences as it felt like a red-state sitcom even though it was set in Colorado, a swing state. However, The Ranch was praised for its ability to hold any one’s attention regardless of political affiliation. Rotten Tomatoes gave it an overall rating of 63 percent, while the audience gave it a 73 percent rating.
4. No Strings Attached (2011)
Another Ashton Kutcher movie in the romantic comedy category, No Strings Attached brings together Kutcher and Natalie Portman as Adam Franklin and Dr. Emma Kurtzman respectively. Adam and Emma are two childhood friends who after having sex decide to preserve their friendship by making a pact that lets them continue a casual sex relationship without falling in love with each other. They are joined on set by names such as Mindy Kaling, Kevin Kline, Lake Bell, and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.
The movie premiered at Los Angeles’s Fox Village Theater on January 11, 2011. It grossed $149.2 million on a budget of $25 million. CinemaScore gave the movie a “B” grade and although No Strings Attached was a box office hit, it could only muster a critic’s rating of 49 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
5. Open Season (2006)
This animated full-length feature from Sony Pictures tells the story of Boog (Martin Lawrence) a nine hundred pound grizzly bear, raised by Beth (Debra Messing), a kind-hearted park ranger. Boog who knows nothing about the untold dangers of the wild is pretty fine spending the rest of his days in his domestic haven when circumstances force him to meet a mule deer, Elliot (Ashton Kutcher) who he would later join forces with to bring down a group of human hunters.
While this is one of Ashton Kutcher’s movies that did not receive a favorable rating from critics, it was still a commercial success. At the box office, Open Season more than doubled its production cost, grossing about $197.3 million on a budget of $85 million. It was rated at just 48 percent on Rotten Tomatoes with an accompanying audience rating of 57 percent.
6. Guess Who (2005)
Based loosely on the 1967 hit film, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Ashton Kutcher joins the likes of Bernie Mac, Zoe Saldana, and Niecy Nash on this more comic remake. Bernie Mac plays the role of a proud African-American father named Percy Jones, whose brilliant daughter, Theresa (Zoe Saldana) is bringing home a man to meet her parents. While Percy appreciates the business acumen of his daughters would-be-husband, Simon Green (Ashton Kutcher), he is uncomfortable about a lot of other things concerning him, especially as it becomes clear that the two lovers are bound for the altar.
While Guess Who did not have as much political gravitas and relevance as the original film, it did receive some points from Rotten Tomatoes critics on account of the chemistry between Saldana and Kutcher, as well as the suitability of the other cast members. It made $101.8 worldwide on a budget of $35 million and had a 42 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an audience score of 49 percent.
7. The Butterfly Effect (2004)
A break from the usual Ashton Kutcher movies filled with comedy and romance, the actor plays the role of Evan Treborn, a young man who has had an eventful life, including unexplained blackouts as a child and the realization much later that he can travel through time.
With his newfound abilities, he decides to go back to his childhood to fix everything that was broken about him and his friends. However, he soon realizes that changing the past can have massive repercussions for the future.
The Butterfly Effect continues the trend of commercially successful movies that were torn apart by critics as it grossed $96.1 million on a production budget of $13 million. On Rotten Tomatoes, the critics and audience were polarised on their sentiments towards the movies as it received an abysmal 33 percent movie rating while the audience scored it at 81 percent.
8. Coming Soon (1999)
This romantic comedy was Ashton Kutcher’s first movie. It tells the story of three teenage friends and their sexual escapades as they search for sexual and romantic fulfillment. Kutcher plays the role of Louie and is joined by the likes of Bonnie Root, Gaby Hoffman, Tricia Vessey, and Ryan Reynolds on the set of this movie.
Premiering in theaters on June 1, 1999, the movie set the bar really low with its overwhelmingly negative reception and could only gross a pitiable $5,453. It was given a 29 percent rating by critics on the Tomatometer and an even lower audience rating of 26 percent. Metacritic gave it a rating of 44 out of 100.
9. What Happens in Vegas (2008)
Joy McNally (Cameron Diaz) and Jack Fuller (Ashton Kutcher) have lived generally unfulfilling lives. Joy, while relatively successful has modified her entire existence to fit her fiance’s image of the right woman. Jack, on the other hand, works at his father’s furniture shop and is unable to find a girl that would accept him.
After Joy is dumped by her intended and Jack is fired by his father, they both head to Vegas where they meet each other. A wild night and a series of mistakes later, and the two were married. They realize it is a mistake and plan to divorce as soon as they get to New York when Jack wins himself a three million dollar jackpot, forcing Joy to lay claim to part of the money since she was still his wife.
Based on its commercial success alone, this film should be higher on this list as it brought in $219.3 million on a $35 million budget. However, it is stumped by the glaringly negative reviews it received from critics on Rotten Tomatoes where it was given a 26 percent rating, calling it forgettable and derivative. The audience, however, did give it an above-average rating of 65 percent.
10. My Boss’s daughter (2003)
The final Ashton Kutcher movie on our list. The actor stars in this romantic comedy as Tom Stanfield, an employee who is doing everything he can to please Jack Taylor (Terence Stamp) his boss, as a way to win his daughter Lisa’s (Tara Reid) heart.
This movie did manage to make a profit on its budget, bringing $18.2 million worldwide on a production cost of $14 million. But the critics and the audience were significantly less forgiving of the film. Critics gave it a colossal rating of 8 percent, calling the entire effort incoherent and offensive. The audience followed suit with an equally appalling audience score of 23 percent.