Rating Every Noah Centineo Film I’ve Watched

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Since being stuck at home due to the pandemic, I’ve had plenty of time to catch up on films and series that I’ve otherwise neglected because of work. I even had the time to get back on Netflix and watch regularly, which has included many of Noah Centineo’s best hits.

It’s no doubt that he’s the “It boy” in this day and age of teen romance-comedy films, playing the “heart-throb” in each one he’s starred in. While I think he’s been unfortunately type-cast, he’s still young and can still play the part, so I reckon he’ll continue to be successful in this niche for another couple of years.

To tell you the truth, I’m not necessarily a big fan of Centineo (I don’t think he’s even that good-looking, but he certainly has the benefit of being tall and charming), but what I am a fan of is easy-breezy teen comedies. As a result, I subjected myself to all of the available films he stars in on Netflix, and I’d like to recap my thoughts about each and every one of them. Some are pretty good, others god-awful– but they’re all entertaining, to say the least.

*Disclaimer* there may or may not be SPOILERS, so read at your own risk!

Without further ado, here are my ratings of every Centineo film, from best to worst:


1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

This was the first film that I watched of Centineo. While this is your typical, cookie-cutter kind of movie about teen romance, I found the fact that the main character (and her family) as Asian to be a pleasant change from the usual, white lead. Granted, the plot was predictable, but the acting/chemistry between Lana Condor and Centineo was really cute and charming, to the point that this has been his best film to date (pun intended).

Grade: A-

2. To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (2020)

The sequel to the previous film mentioned, this one pretty much continues the antics that the first movie played out, with the difference of showing the lead’s now-relationship and the hurdles that come with it. The acting/chemistry is still good, but after watching the first film, this one doesn’t feel as fresh. Still good, but not as good as the first.

Grade: B+

3. Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018)

Now, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser had the potential to be a good film. I actually enjoyed the first half of the film, with the titular character figuring out her crush on Centineo. It was kind of messy, but in a charming way– however, the second half had little to be desired, as it was just an utter mess. The make-up scene between Sierra and Veronica at the very end was too rushed, without much thought to the actions prior. Overall, a promising film, but sadly riddled with flaws that it ultimately collapsed on itself in the end.

Grade: B-

4. The Perfect Date (2019)

One of the two films that centers on technology (other being Swiped)The Perfect Date isn’t outright bad, but there are plenty of plot holes and little character development to make it a little annoying to watch. Centineo’s character seems lost throughout until the very end when he settles on forgoing this dream to the Ivies to go to…state college?? Not his best film, but certainly not the worst– it’s average.

Grade: C

5. SPF-18 (2017)

This is where Centineo’s films take a nose-dive. SPF-18 was one of Centineo’s earlier films, so I cut him some slack for the subpar acting and non-existent plot. This is definitely an indie film, but not even a good one: there literally isn’t a story line, as the film meanders as loosely as the ocean waves in it. The only good thing about this film is the gorgeous shots of Malibu, but even then, they couldn’t save SPF-18 from being a waste of my time.

Grade: D

6. Swiped (2018)

To be frank, I had a hard time deciding whether SPF18 or Swiped was worse– they were both so bad. But if I had to choose between the two, I would say that Swiped took the cake for being slightly worse. Whereas SPF18 was irritating in its lack of plot, Swiped was irritating in that it had a crappy plot and characters, some who were practically caricatures of misogynists and THOTS. No one in the film was likable, and Centineo’s character was a horrible douche. Worst 93 minutes of my life.

Grade: F


…and those are my two cents of every Noah Centineo film I’ve watched so far. Feel free to let me know if you’ve seen any of his films and your thoughts on them. Thanks for reading!


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