Looking at Jeff Goldblum's filmography from the perspective of box office success proves that the man either has an incredible ability to pick and choose hits or some kind of magic touch. His career spans over 50 films stretching all the way back to 1974, when he had a small role in the Charles Bronson vehicle Death Wish.
But Goldblum's career would quickly take a step up from background characters to supporting roles, where he would become known for his combination of pathos and humor. Nowadays, he's one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood and one of the more recognizable comedy actors on the planet.
But still, every career as long as Goldblum's has its hits and misses. Keep scrolling for 10 movies Jeff Goldblum saved, and 10 so bad even he couldn't rescue them.
20 Saved: Earth Girls Are Easy
Earth Girls Are Easy came out in 1988 and follows a trio of aliens as they run around in absolutely terrible makeup having a great time. The campy flick features big talent, though, with the cast including Jim Carrey, Geena Davis, Damon Wayans, and, of course, Jeff Goldblum. But as big as everyone else might have been, Goldblum stole the show.
19 Couldn't Rescue: Cats & Dogs
Some movies clearly get written, sold, and produced just for the sake of their title. Sure, naming a film Cats & Dogs is going to draw in the families hoping for a fun time watching pets get up to wild shenanigans. But this underdeveloped spoof on spy and action films was never going to be as fun as it sounded.
18 Saved: Independence Day
Many action-adventure films struggle to keep a straight face during the more ridiculous plot twists and incomprehensible character decisions. Luckily, moves like Independence Day employ great comedic talent like Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith, who are able to express the levels of incredulity that can save an otherwise absurd movie.
17 Couldn't Rescue: Independence Day: Resurgence
When news hit the web that a sequel to Independence Day was in the works, everyone held their breath waiting to learn whether Will Smith would return. But he didn't, and instead, the film had to be carried by a Hemsworth, with the result being that even Jeff Goldblum couldn't save the movie.
16 Saved: The Fly
The Fly brought Jeff Goldblum into the big leagues. He once again teamed up with Geena Davis, with director David Cronenberg at the helm. The movie required serious screentime for Goldblum, with plenty of time spent following his horrific transformation. His performance garnered massive praise, though the movie would go on to win an Academy Award for Best Makeup.
15 Couldn't Rescue: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
Jeff Goldblum made a quick appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, reprising his role from Thor: Ragnarok. But if Ragnarok was a predictable punchfest with punchlines instead of emotional depth, this film was an exploration of boring daddy issues with a soundtrack that proved disappointing compared to the original. But hey, the MCU made Disney another billion or so, so who could fault them?
14 Saved: Jurassic Park
Plenty of kids grew up loving the original Jurassic Park film. This romp in the (dinosaur) park was an experiment in CGI that would set the stage for an entire industry. Looking back on the movie now, though, it's definitely all too over-the-top, though Jeff Goldblum clearly realized the fact at the time, as shown in the sultry pic above.
13 Couldn't Rescue: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Wes Anderson movies can be very hit-or-miss, not to mention divisive. Some fans love The Royal Tennenbaums, while others rightly recognize The Darjeeling Limited as his overarching masterpiece. Only the least discerning fans love The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, a bumbling installation in the filmmaker's typical oeuvre that even Jeff Goldblum couldn't save.
12 Saved: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Jeff Goldblum was such a savior in the original Jurassic Park that he returned as the full-on star for the 1997 sequel, The Lost World. Again directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie features a new crew around Goldblum, including Vince Vaughn, Julianne Moore, and Pete Postlethwaite. Once again, though, Goldblum's combination of insanity and comedy carries the film.
11 Couldn't Rescue: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The latest Jurassic Park installments have been anything but inspiring; they seem to have lost all the mystery and wonder that the first movie instilled in the dinosaurs. Instead, the plot is predictable and the actors have to overhype some weak drama through ridiculous performances. No one could have saved Fallen Kingdom, not even Jeff Goldblum.
10 Saved: The Big Chill
The Big Chill is one of the movies that reunites a group of friends for an emotional journey. The funeral celebrations become comedy, though, thanks to the impeccable acting of the man himself, Jeff Goldblum. Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Tom Berenger, and William Hurt costar, with Goldblum stealing the spotlight, as usual.
9 Couldn't Rescue: Holy Man
Eddie Murphy's career was full of hits in the late-90s, so there must have been a feeling around Hollywood that he could carry any film, no matter how bad. But given that Eddie Murphy couldn't carry this flop, there's very little hope Jeff Goldblum would be able to save it from becoming a downright failure.
8 Saved: The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff was a box-office flop, even if it has gone on to remain a seminal piece of film history in America. But the movie undoubtedly takes itself a little serious, especially given the hilarious sets and costumes required to portray space exploration. But Jeff Goldblum came in and helped to save the day, thankfully.
7 Couldn't Rescue: Igby Goes Down
Igby Goes Down is yet another coming-of-age movie that follows a privileged boy as he realizes that the world of wealth around him offers little in the way of true value. Unfortunately, the movie itself wallows about and squanders its opportunity, and Jeff Goldblum's turn as a real estate developer just didn't help at all.
6 Saved: Run Ronnie Run!
Few film fans remember the HBO series Mr. Show, which was the strange brainchild of David Cross and Bob Odenkirk. But even fewer probably remember the spin-off feature Run Ronnie Run!, largely because it went straight to video. Following Cross as he plays Ronnie Dobbs, with the goal of getting arrested weekly, it also includes a solid cameo by Jeff Goldblum as himself.
5 Couldn't Rescue: Morning Glory
Taking on the absurdity of the news media industry has been a tried-and-true recipe for Hollywood for years, though 2010's Morning Glory may not have been the best attempt. Starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, and Diane Keaton, the comedy just never draws an audience in, not even with Jeff Goldblum on hand to help out.
4 Saved: Threshold
The 1981 medical thriller Threshold follows two doctors as they weigh the options of transplanting the world's first artificial heart into a dying patient. Starring Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum as the two docs, the movie bordered on science fiction for the time. But once again, Goldblum as a doctor manages to steal the show.
3 Couldn't Rescue: Thor: Ragnarok
Marvel fanboys might love Thor: Ragnarok, but for anyone who expects some form of spontaneity besides punchlines and punches, the film falls short—maybe because there's never any doubt about what's going to happen. Even the appearance of Jeff Goldblum as the "Grandmaster" couldn't save this iteration of the creative dumpster fire that is known as the MCU.
2 Saved: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is a wild sci-fi comedy that borders on the unintelligible. These days, the movie does have a bit of a cult following, presumably mostly because Jeff Goldblum made an appearance and fans of the actor are willing to sit through anything to enjoy his lopsided grin and anxious humor.
1 Couldn't Rescue: Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
The deadpan comedy of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! can barely fill a half-hour of TV programming, so expecting the duo to produce a solid feature-length film was definitely a stretch. Their effort, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, clearly pokes fun at this fact, though it still falls flat despite an appearance by Jeff Goldblum.
Sources: IMDb, Wikipedia, and Rotten Tomatoes.