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All Daniel Craig Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

Before he would get to utter the words “Bond, James Bond” to the delight of millions, Daniel Craig built up a durable if not spectacular resume, showing up in a range of films from the first Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider to A Kid In King Arthur’s Court. As the sniveling son of mob boss Paul Newman in Road to Perdition, Craig was able to make an impact with a broad audience in a film that already had plenty for us to look at, including Conrad L. Hall’s rain-drenched cinematography and a rare anti-hero turn from Tom Hanks.

By 2005, Craig was on the cusp of a major breakthrough with a co-starring role in Steven Spielberg’s Munich, and crime flick Layer Cake, essentially a stylish and gritty feature-length audition tape to play Agent 007. The following year, he and GoldenEye director Martin Campbell launched Casino Royale, a rousing and hard-nosed crowdpleaser revealing a James Bond for a new cynical generation. He’s since reprised the role three more times with Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre, and when he returns in 2020 with No Time to Die, Craig will have the longest consecutively tenured Bond in film history.

Of course, when you’re James Bond, every non-Bond role you take becomes something of an automatic sensation. Some roles, like Logan Lucky or David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo really demonstrate Craig’s range. Other films, like Dream House or The Invasion, are spectacular bombs. And the rest, along the lines of Cowboys & Aliens and The Golden Compass, are right in the mushy middle.

We know on which end of the spectrum Craig’s latest film, the Rian Johnson whodunit Knives Out, lands. (Hint: It’s his best-reviewed movie ever.) And as we approach No Time To Die‘s April 2020 November 2020 April 2021 October 2021 release, take a look back as we rank all Daniel Craig movies by Tomatometer!

#29
Adjusted Score: 4831%
Critics Consensus: Disappointing even by the relaxed standards of live-action children's entertainment, A Kid in King Arthur's Court stands as a rare near-total misfire from Disney.
Synopsis: An earthquake transports a hapless California teen (Thomas Ian Nicholas) and his knapsack of belongings back to 6th-century England and... [More]
Directed By: Michael Gottlieb

#28

Dream House (2011)
6%

#28
Adjusted Score: 7755%
Critics Consensus: Dream House is punishingly slow, stuffy, and way too obvious to be scary.
Synopsis: A publisher (Daniel Craig) and his wife (Rachel Weisz) discover that their beautiful new home was once the scene of... [More]
Directed By: Jim Sheridan

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 13009%
Critics Consensus: The straightforward retelling of Kuki Gallman's life in Africa neither moves or entertains the viewer.
Synopsis: After a harrowing car accident, a woman (Kim Basinger) and her family (Vincent Perez, Liam Aiken) move to Africa where... [More]
Directed By: Hugh Hudson

#26

Kings (2017)
13%

#26
Adjusted Score: 13998%
Critics Consensus: Kings has good intentions, a talented cast, and the basis for an incredible fact-based story; unfortunately, they don't amount to much more than a missed opportunity.
Synopsis: A tough, protective single mother forms an unlikely alliance with the the only white man in her Los Angeles neighborhood... [More]

#25

The Invasion (2007)
19%

#25
Adjusted Score: 25062%
Critics Consensus: The Invasion is slickly made, but it lacks psychological insight and thrills.
Synopsis: A psychiatrist (Nicole Kidman) discovers that an epidemic altering the behavior of human beings is extraterrestrial in origin.... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Hirschbiegel

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 26322%
Critics Consensus: Angelina Jolie is perfect for the role of Lara Croft, but even she can't save the movie from a senseless plot and action sequences with no emotional impact.
Synopsis: A beautiful globe-trotter (Angelina Jolie) battles otherworldly creatures for possession of a powerful artifact.... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

#23

Sylvia (2003)
36%

#23
Adjusted Score: 40099%
Critics Consensus: This biopic about Sylvia Plath doesn't rise above the level of highbrow melodrama.
Synopsis: American writer Sylvia Plath (Gwyneth Paltrow) and English poet Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig) fall in love but have a rocky... [More]
Directed By: Christine Jeffs

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 38003%
Critics Consensus: Despite Daniel Craig's earnest efforts, Flashbacks of a Fool suffers from an ambitious but underdeveloped script.
Synopsis: A fading star reminisces on his youth as he travels to his friend's funeral.... [More]
Directed By: Baillie Walsh

#21

The Power of One (1992)
39%

#21
Adjusted Score: 39006%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Taught by two men (Armin Mueller-Stahl, Morgan Freeman) how to think and how to box, an English orphan in South... [More]
Directed By: John G. Avildsen

#20

Some Voices (2000)
40%

#20
Adjusted Score: 9836%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A restaurant owner (David Morrissey) cares for a brother (Daniel Craig) whose mental stability continues to decline.... [More]
Directed By: Simon Cellan Jones

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 49481%
Critics Consensus: Without the bite or the controversy of the source material, The Golden Compass is reduced to impressive visuals overcompensating for lax storytelling.
Synopsis: In a parallel world, a girl (Dakota Blue Richards) sets out on an epic quest to save her best friend... [More]
Directed By: Chris Weitz

#18

The Jacket (2005)
44%

#18
Adjusted Score: 49875%
Critics Consensus: The Jacket is a case of creepy style over substance.
Synopsis: Cared for by a physician (Kris Kristofferson), an amnesiac Gulf War veteran (Adrien Brody) has violent flashbacks and visions of... [More]
Directed By: John Maybury

#17

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
44%

#17
Adjusted Score: 52966%
Critics Consensus: Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford are as dependably appealing as ever, but they're let down by director Jon Favreau's inability to smooth Cowboys & Aliens' jarring tonal shifts.
Synopsis: A 19th-century gunslinger (Daniel Craig) unites townspeople, outlaws, and a band of Apache warriors against an extraterrestrial threat.... [More]
Directed By: Jon Favreau

#16

Renaissance (2006)
49%

#16
Adjusted Score: 50339%
Critics Consensus: Renaissance attempts to blend sci-fi wonder with stark noir animation, but is often more fun to look at than to watch.
Synopsis: In 2054 Paris, a cop (Daniel Craig) searches for a kidnapped scientist (Romola Garai) who works for a corporation that... [More]
Directed By: Christian Volckman

#15

Defiance (2008)
58%

#15
Adjusted Score: 64726%
Critics Consensus: Professionally made but artistically uninspired, Ed Zwick's story of Jews surviving WWII in the Belarus forest lacks the emotional punch of the actual history.
Synopsis: In 1941 three refugee brothers (Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell) turn a daily struggle to survive into a personal... [More]
Directed By: Edward Zwick

#14

Enduring Love (2004)
59%

#14
Adjusted Score: 60629%
Critics Consensus: While it strains credibility and isn't ultimately as profound as it might first appear, Enduring Love is still an intriguing thriller fueled by strong performances from Rhys Ifans and Daniel Craig.
Synopsis: A man (Rhys Ifans) obsesses over a science professor (Daniel Craig) who helped him save a boy in a runaway... [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell

#13

Spectre (2015)
63%

#13
Adjusted Score: 80418%
Critics Consensus: Spectre nudges Daniel Craig's rebooted Bond closer to the glorious, action-driven spectacle of earlier entries, although it's admittedly reliant on established 007 formula.
Synopsis: As James Bond (Daniel Craig) ventures toward the heart of the sinister organization SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between... [More]
Directed By: Sam Mendes

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 76187%
Critics Consensus: Brutal and breathless, Quantum Of Solace delivers tender emotions along with frenetic action, but coming on the heels of Casino Royale, it's still a bit of a disappointment.
Synopsis: James Bond's (Daniel Craig) hunt for those responsible for Vesper Lynd's death leads him to a ruthless businessman (Mathieu Amalric)... [More]
Directed By: Marc Forster

#11

Infamous (2006)
74%

#11
Adjusted Score: 78810%
Critics Consensus: Though comparisons with last year's Capote may be inevitable, Infamous takes a different angle in its depiction of the author, and stands up well enough on its own.
Synopsis: Truman Capote (Toby Jones) developed an intense relationship with convicted killer Perry Smith (Daniel Craig) while researching what would become... [More]
Directed By: Douglas McGrath

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 81945%
Critics Consensus: Drawing deep from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Steven Spielberg has crafted another spirited, thrilling adventure in the form of Tintin.
Synopsis: Young reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell) is kidnapped after he acquires a model ship that contains a clue about the location... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#9

The Mother (2003)
78%

#9
Adjusted Score: 80336%
Critics Consensus: Reid gives a fearless, realistic performance in depicting an older woman's sexual blossoming.
Synopsis: After her husband's death, an older woman (Anne Reid) develops an attraction to her daughter's lover (Daniel Craig).... [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell

#8

Munich (2005)
78%

#8
Adjusted Score: 84894%
Critics Consensus: Munich can't quite achieve its lofty goals, but this thrilling, politically even-handed look at the fallout from an intractable political conflict is still well worth watching.
Synopsis: A Mossad agent (Eric Bana) and his team hunt the terrorists responsible for the murders of Israeli athletes at the... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#7

Layer Cake (2004)
80%

#7
Adjusted Score: 85044%
Critics Consensus: A stylized, electric British crime thriller.
Synopsis: A mid-level drug dealer (Daniel Craig) must perform two final tasks for his boss (Kenneth Cranham) before he can quit... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 87402%
Critics Consensus: Somber, stately, and beautifully mounted, Sam Mendes' Road to Perdition is a well-crafted mob movie that explores the ties between fathers and sons.
Synopsis: Accompanied by his eldest son, a Depression-era mob enforcer (Tom Hanks) seeks revenge after the rest of his family are... [More]
Directed By: Sam Mendes

#5
Adjusted Score: 95924%
Critics Consensus: Brutal yet captivating, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the result of David Fincher working at his lurid best with total role commitment from star Rooney Mara.
Synopsis: A disgraced journalist (Daniel Craig) and an investigator (Rooney Mara) for a security firm probe a 40-year-old murder.... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#4

Logan Lucky (2017)
92%

#4
Adjusted Score: 104934%
Critics Consensus: High-octane fun that's smartly assembled without putting on airs, Logan Lucky marks a welcome end to Steven Soderbergh's retirement -- and proves he hasn't lost his ability to entertain.
Synopsis: Three siblings team up with a demolition expert to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Complications arise when a... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#3

Skyfall (2012)
92%

#3
Adjusted Score: 109086%
Critics Consensus: Sam Mendes brings Bond surging back with a smart, sexy, riveting action thriller that qualifies as one of the best 007 films to date.
Synopsis: When M's (Judi Dench) past comes back to haunt her, James Bond (Daniel Craig) must track down and destroy the... [More]
Directed By: Sam Mendes

#2

Casino Royale (2006)
94%

#2
Adjusted Score: 104409%
Critics Consensus: Casino Royale disposes of the silliness and gadgetry that plagued recent James Bond outings, and Daniel Craig delivers what fans and critics have been waiting for: a caustic, haunted, intense reinvention of 007.
Synopsis: After receiving a license to kill, British agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) enters a high-stakes poker game with Le Chiffre... [More]
Directed By: Martin Campbell

#1

Knives Out (2019)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 121878%
Critics Consensus: Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson's stellar ensemble.
Synopsis: The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there's one thing that renowned Detective Benoit... [More]
Directed By: Rian Johnson

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