Top American Adaptations of Foreign Movies

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35. The Upside (2017)
> IMDb user rating: 7.0/10 (57,862 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 82% (4,250 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 43% (188 reviews)
> Starring: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman
> Original movie: Intouchables (2011) (France)

Bryan Cranston plays a wealthy quadriplegic who hires a parolee (Kevin Hart) to help him reconnect with his ex-wife and son. In the process, an unlikely friendship develops in this life-affirming film. Critics liked the chemistry between Cranston and Hart but were less impressed by the movie than audiences, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

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34. Suspiria (2018)
> IMDb user rating: 6.7/10 (68,266 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 65% (2,843 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 65% (330 reviews)
> Starring: Dakota Fanning, Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton
> Original movie: Suspiria (1977) (Italy)

This horror film stars Dakota Fanning as an American dancer who goes to Berlin in the 1970s to audition for a place in a world-famous dance company. She replaces the lead dancer, who suffers a breakdown and accuses the company’s female managers of witchcraft. The Italian original stars Jessica Harper (who also appears in the reprise) as the aspiring student, and marked the final screen appearance of 1940s star Joan Bennett. It holds a 94% Rotten Tomatoes Freshness score.

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33. Brothers (2009)
> IMDb user rating: 7.1/10 (116,913 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 62% (194,553 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 64% (159 reviews)
> Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire
> Original movie: Brødre (2004) (Denmark)

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire play brothers Tommy and Sam Cahill. Tommy is a drifter and Sam is a Marine. When Sam is presumed dead in Afghanistan, Tommy commits to looking after Sam’s family. He becomes close to Sam’s wife, Grace (Natalie Portman), and when Sam unexpectedly returns home, family life becomes complicated. Connie Nielsen stars in the Danish movie that was released in 2004 and holds a Rotten Tomatoes critics score of 89%.

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32. Prince Avalanche (2013)
> IMDb user rating: 6.4/10 (19,546 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 53% (12,694 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 82% (123 reviews)
> Starring: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, Lance LeGault
> Original movie: Á annan veg (2011) (Iceland)

Critics liked the low-key tone of “Prince Avalanche,” a story about two road-crew workers away from home and crossing swords with each other and the women in their lives. The original was praised for the performances of the lead characters ands the film’s evocation of the 1980s.

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31. Gloria Bell (2018)
> IMDb user rating: 6.3/10 (10,680 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 46% (625 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 91% (206 reviews)
> Starring: Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Caren Pistorius
> Original movie: Gloria (2013) (Chile/Spain)

Sebastián Lelio wrote and directed this rom-com about a divorcée who cuts loose on the dance floors of L.A. clubs and eventually finds herself in an unexpected romance. Critics hailed the performance of Julianne Moore in the title role; Rotten Tomatoes audiences were not so enamored of the film, rating it only at 47%, compared to 65% for the original.

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