Rotten Tomatoes

Movies / TV


      No Results Found

      View All
      Movies Tv shows Shop News Showtimes

      Better Nate Than Ever

      PG 2022 1h 31m Kids & Family Musical Comedy List
      83% Tomatometer 48 Reviews 75% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Nate Foster struggles to land roles in his middle school's drama productions while he fantasizes about becoming a Broadway star. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

      Where to Watch

      Better Nate Than Ever

      Fandango at Home Prime Video Apple TV

      Rent Better Nate Than Ever on Fandango at Home, Prime Video, Apple TV, or buy it on Fandango at Home, Prime Video, Apple TV.

      Better Nate Than Ever

      What to Know

      Critics Consensus

      A modern musical with old-fashioned charm, Better Nate Than Ever hits heartwarming high notes with its joyous message of self-acceptance.

      Read Critics Reviews

      Critics Reviews

      View All (48) Critics Reviews
      Amy Nicholson New York Times His leads deliver hearty performances that elevate the movie, particularly once weve had time to adjust to the gusto of Wood, whose wired performance has the flavor of Hugh Jackmans exuberance squeezed into an espresso cup. Rated: B- Apr 5, 2022 Full Review Nell Minow Smart, fun, funny, and a great movie to share with the family. Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 1, 2022 Full Review Randy Myers San Jose Mercury News “Nate” might not surprise you in its structure, but it has pleasant surprises up its gleeful sleeve and a heart as big as the Big Apple. Rated: 3/4 Mar 31, 2022 Full Review Brian Rowe InSession Film It’s a breezy romp that many viewers likely will enjoy in the moment, but those kids who Federle made this movie for, who he wanted to celebrate both in his novel and in this movie? They’re going to cherish every single minute. Rated: B May 3, 2023 Full Review Asia Frey Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) A wholesome and hilarious valentine to Broadway, the power of art, the strength of hope and family itself. Oct 3, 2022 Full Review Laura Sirikul The Nerds of Color Although the acting is a bit cheesy and the musical numbers were forgettable, Better Nate Than Ever doesnt forget their target audience. Rated: 3/5 May 3, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

      Audience Reviews

      View All (47) audience reviews
      SkyRo P #MovieReview #BetterNateThanEver #DisneyPlus This movie was released this week on Disney+ and it definitely has a lot of fun moments and a lot of enjoyable laughter. I love seeing Lisa Kudrow a.k.a. Phoebe back on the screen, she still has the same mannerisms as she does in the television show friends. This show is about a child wanting to be on Broadway but not being excepted by anybody else, and feeling alone, and still going for their goal while trying to be perfect This is an absolute cute movie with definitely Disney moments, but there is one extremely emotional scene, with a young man and his brother played by Joshua Bassett. And it had me in tears. This is definitely a family film and a fun film to watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/06/24 Full Review Buahin T In my opinion the movie is okay but totally forgettable .the concept to me was good but the execution rushed Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/06/23 Full Review yash b "Better Nate Than Ever" is a sweet and well-intentioned family movie that is light and fun to watch. This movie started out with a character that could have easily ended up being annoying, but I think he became endearing by the end of it, which was nice to see. The movie has some catchy songs, but there isn't enough music in here to actually call it a musical in my opinion. I liked the music but I think the story also does a good job of holding its own. While it plays out exactly as I expected it to, I fell for the movie's simple charm and became emotionally invested in the story and characters. Overall, it is a refreshing movie that is both enjoyable on its own merits and a very solid choice for all age groups. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Wow, If I could give this a review of zero I would. This is by far the worst movie I have ever seen in my life, and I put that on God. Don't get me wrong, I love Disney, but this movie was terrible. Especially since the budget of the movie was probably what- $35 Million?? This movie is less realistic than My Little Pony and I stand by that. Worst hour and a half spent on a movie. If you actually like this movie you are insane and I swear you are either gay, obnoxious, or insanely quirky. Hope this helps. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review ranny l Better Nate Than Ever is a remarkable film that, at some points, is quite the musical. It captured me from the first few minutes. If you're into Broadway and performing arts, Better Nate Than Ever is for you. If you're not, this movie has a lot of comedy, and I'm sure you won't regret watching it. The film takes us on a journey from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to the bustling streets of New York City. After being disappointed in the school's musical's cast list, Nate (Rueby Wood) turns toward his best friend Libby (Aria Brooks) who announces the auditions of Lilo and Stitch: The Musical, on Broadway. Without hesitation, Libby decides to sneak away with Nate to New York CIty in order to audition. Nate is revived with hope, and agrees. With the help of the people around him, what new adventures will Nate experience? The lead characters are Nate, Libby, Anthony (Joshua Bassett) and Aunt Heidi (Lisa Kudrow). Nate and Libby make an irresistible team-I can't think of a better best friend duo. Furthermore, Tim Federle's work as both the director and writer (he adapted his own novel) is phenomenal, as is the work of the other producers and crew-they made a masterpiece. The casting is well done and the actors absolutely live up to their characters. My favorite part is when Nate calms his nerves in his audition. It was truly inspiring, and I got teary-eyed. This movie's music is extraordinary. After watching it, the songs were stuck in my head the entire day. The highly talented Rueby Wood and Aria Brooks have angelic voices. One message of Better Nate Than Ever is to pursue your dreams and never give up, especially when people try to shoot you down. Another lesson is to learn to, as Aunt Heidi proclaimed, "find your light." There is some bullying in the beginning, though there isn't any bad language.. Kids could possibly imitate running away from their households, like Libby and Nate do. I give Better Nate Than Ever 5 out of 5 stars, and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Better Nate Than Ever begins streaming exclusively April 1, 2022 on Disney+. By Sydney S., KIDS FIRST! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Its simple premise and plot deliver endearing, engaging and heartfelt performances and musical numbers that perfectly land the hopefulness and whimsical wonder of the movie and of the book that inspired it. Cheeky and sweet dialogues as well as dynamics that could fall flat on the hands of other performers and of a different director are rich and layered. It makes sense when reading that the screenwriter and director is the author of the book trilogy. The film left us eager to see more of Nate's adventures and the future performances of the talented young actors. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
      Better Nate Than Ever

      My Rating


      Cast & Crew

      58% 36% 13: The Musical TRAILER for 13: The Musical 71% 93% Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile TRAILER for Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile 29% 59% Annie TRAILER for Annie 96% 73% Chang Can Dunk 14% 35% Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Discover more movies and TV shows. View More

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Nate Foster struggles to land roles in his middle school's drama productions while he fantasizes about becoming a Broadway star.
      Tim Federle
      Marc Platt, Adam Siegel
      Tim Federle
      Production Co
      Walt Disney Pictures, Marc Platt Productions
      PG (A Suggestive Reference|Thematic Elements|Mild Language)
      Kids & Family, Musical, Comedy
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 1, 2022
      1h 31m
      Most Popular at Home Now