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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 think we know on which end of the spectrum Craig’s latest film, the Rian Johnson whodunit Knives Out, will land. Before all the dust and deceit settles on the Tomatometer (we’ll add Knives Out on Monday), we’re ranking all of Daniel Craig movies!
Adjusted Score: 5.633%
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.
An earthquake magically transports a modern-day youngster to the time of King Arthur's court in this loose take on an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 8.006%
Critics Consensus: Dream House is punishingly slow, stuffy, and way too obvious to be scary.
Successful publisher Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) quit a job in New York City to relocate his wife, Libby (Rachel Weisz),... [More]
Adjusted Score: 13.235%
Critics Consensus: The straightforward retelling of Kuki Gallman's life in Africa neither moves or entertains the viewer.
"I Dreamed of Africa" is inspired by the true story of the indomitable Kuki Gallmann, a beautiful, inquisitive woman who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 13.79%
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.
KINGS stars Oscar winner Halle Berry and Daniel Craig as citizens of the same South Central Los Angeles neighborhood set... [More]
Adjusted Score: 24.108%
Critics Consensus: The Invasion is slickly made, but it lacks psychological insight and thrills.
'"The Invasion" tells the story of a mysterious epidemic that alters the behavior of human beings. When a Washington D.C.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 25.058%
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.
A popular video game comes to the screen with this big-budget adventure starring Angelina Jolie as a buxom heroine recalling... [More]
Adjusted Score: 40.337%
Critics Consensus: This biopic about Sylvia Plath doesn't rise above the level of highbrow melodrama.
The life of poet and novelist Sylvia Plath -- one of the most celebrated literary figures of her generation --... [More]
Adjusted Score: 33.286%
Critics Consensus: Despite Daniel Craig's earnest efforts, Flashbacks of a Fool suffers from an ambitious but underdeveloped script.
Having squandered his stint in the spotlight on hard drugs and reckless sex, washed-up Hollywood has-been Joe Scott (Daniel Craig)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 39.577%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Set in South Africa before World War II, John Avildsen's film chronicles the uphill battles faced by a white teen... [More]
Adjusted Score: 8.386%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
After he is discharged from a psychiatric hospital a young man falls in love and begins to wonder whether the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 48.27%
Critics Consensus: Without the bite or the controversy of the source material, The Golden Compass is reduced to impressive visuals overcompensating for lax storytelling.
A young girl embarks on a perilous journey to rescue her best friend and fight the forces of darkness in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 49.112%
Critics Consensus: The Jacket is a case of creepy style over substance.
A troubled war veteran tries to unlock his memories of a terrible crime in this stylish thriller, the first American... [More]
Adjusted Score: 52.741%
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.
1875. New Mexico Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 51.902%
Critics Consensus: Renaissance attempts to blend sci-fi wonder with stark noir animation, but is often more fun to look at than to watch.
Set in the year 2054, a policeman investigates the kidnapping of a young scientist through the jungles that are the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 62.588%
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.
Based on an extraordinary true story, "Defiance" is an epic tale of family, honor, vengeance and salvation in World War... [More]
Adjusted Score: 60.162%
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.
On a beautiful cloudless day a young couple celebrate their reunion with a picnic. Joe has planned a postcard-perfect afternoon... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.496%
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.
A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.138%
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.
A devastating betrayal sends James Bond from Australia to Italy and South America on a mission of vengeance that pits... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.843%
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.
Douglas McGrath's Infamous represents the second major biopic about the avant-garde belletrist Truman Capote to be released within a year.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.808%
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.
Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present a 3D Motion Capture Film The Adventures of Tintin directed by Steven Spielberg from... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.936%
Critics Consensus: Reid gives a fearless, realistic performance in depicting an older woman's sexual blossoming.
May is an ordinary grandmother from the North of England. When her husband dies on a family visit to London,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.809%
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.
'Munich' recounts the dramatic story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate 11 Palestinians believed to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.282%
Critics Consensus: A stylized, electric British crime thriller.
Just as a successful cocaine dealer, who has earned a respected place among England's Mafia elite, eyes an early retirement... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.128%
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.
A hit man for an Irish gang in the Depression-era Midwest, hit man Michael Sullivan is known to friends and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.395%
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.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in Columbia Pictures' three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson's literary blockbuster... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103.576%
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.
Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106.016%
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.
In Skyfall, Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103.776%
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.
James Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Madagascar, where he is to spy on a terrorist Mollaka. Not everything... [More]