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All Mads Mikkelsen Movies Ranked

The striking Mads Mikkelsen got his start with brutal crime thriller Pusher, directed by fellow Danish countryman Nicolas Winding Refn. The success and notoriety of Pusher was enough to keep Mikkelsen working for years at home with dramas (Open Hearts), quirky comedies (The Green Butchers), and even a sequel (Pusher II).

But it was his turn as the mysterious blood-weeping Le Chiffre in renowned Bond reboot Casino Royale that got the world mad for more Mads. Valhalla Rising cemented his image as an international badass, while conversation-starting Certified Fresh films like A Royal Affair and The Hunt showed he was going to be a star without necessarily going the typical Hollywood route. In fact, he went straight to TV with Hannibal, a cult favorite of sinister elegance that nearly made him a household name. That along with turns in Rogue One and Doctor Strange virtually guaranteed the world’s population saw Mikkelsen at least once on their screens in 2016.

And now he’s having a winter of content with two ice-themed releases: Polar, where he plays an eye-patched assassin on Netflix, and Arctic, a one-man survival thriller shot in Iceland. As he brings the heat these weeks, we’re taking the time to sort all Mads Mikkelsen movies by Tomatometer!

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 28.282%
Critics Consensus: It plays admirably fast and loose with Alexandre Dumas' classic tale, but in every other respect, The Three Musketeers offers nothing to recommend -- or to set it apart from the many other film adaptations.
Synopsis: The hot-headed young D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) joins forces with three rogue Musketeers (Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson) in... [More]
Directed By: Paul W.S. Anderson

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 34.799%
Critics Consensus: An obviously affectionate remake of the 1981 original, Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans doesn't offer enough visual thrills to offset the deficiencies of its script.
Synopsis: The 1981 mythological fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans is resurrected in this remake from Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier.... [More]
Directed By: Louis Leterrier

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 30.762%
Critics Consensus: Shia LaBeouf clearly relishes his role in Charlie Countryman, but his efforts can't salvage the movie's shallow script and overstuffed direction.
Synopsis: When his late mother appears in a vision and tells him to go to Bucharest, Charlie immediately boards a plane... [More]
Directed By: Fredrik Bond

#23

King Arthur (2004)
31%

#23
Adjusted Score: 36.094%
Critics Consensus: The magic is gone, leaving a dreary, generic action movie.
Synopsis: Historians have thought for centuries that King Arthur was only a myth, but the legend was based on a real... [More]
Directed By: Antoine Fuqua

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 7.676%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Danish theater director Hella Joof segues into feature directing with her 2002 debut Shake It All About. Madly in love,... [More]
Directed By: Hella Joof

#21
Adjusted Score: 47.37%
Critics Consensus: Age of the Uprising is well-acted and skillfully composed; unfortunately, it crawls along too slowly to take advantage of its finer qualities.
Synopsis: An epic drama set in 16th century France against a backdrop of feudalism in decline, AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND... [More]
Directed By: Arnaud des Pallières

#20
Adjusted Score: 55.056%
Critics Consensus: It's well-acted and beautifully filmed, but Jan Kounen's dramatization of the affair between his famous subjects is curiously short on passion.
Synopsis: At the Theatre Des Champs-Elysées, Igor Stravinsky premieres his The Rite Of Spring. Coco Chanel attends the premiere and is... [More]
Directed By: Jan Kounen

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 54.846%
Critics Consensus: The Green Butchers isn't exactly grade A, but this dark comedy carves some genuinely satisfying moments out of a story that finds genuine emotion in a gory premise.
Synopsis: This black comedy from Denmark involves the exploits of Bjarne and Svend, two friends who go into the meat-cutting business... [More]
Directed By: Anders Thomas Jensen

#18

Torremolinos 73 (2005)
71%

#18
Adjusted Score: 71.544%
Critics Consensus: A light tale that's big on heart, this spicy snapshot of domestic sexuality in '70s Spain treats its wacky protagonists with enough gentle humanity to be delightfully entertaining.
Synopsis: Alfredo Lopez is a tired encyclopedia salesman, and Carmen is his faithful wife. The lives of this married couple change... [More]
Directed By: Pablo Berger

#17

Adam's Apples (2007)
70%

#17
Adjusted Score: 70.389%
Critics Consensus: Good and evil collide with interesting results in Adam's Apples, a dark Biblical allegory that's alternatively funny and shocking.
Synopsis: An overly-optimistic preacher with a penchant for taking in lost causes to help around his remote church finds his rose-tinted... [More]
Directed By: Anders Thomas Jensen

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 26.867%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A career criminal stumbles upon his big chance to get out of the business, though not everyone thinks it's such... [More]
Directed By: Anders Thomas Jensen

#15

Valhalla Rising (2010)
71%

#15
Adjusted Score: 71.847%
Critics Consensus: Visually gripping and anchored by a magnetic Mads Mikkelsen, Valhalla Rising delves into violence and faith in brutally uncompromising fashion.
Synopsis: For years, the fearsome figure known only as One Eye (Mads Mikkelsen - PUSHER, FLAME & CITRON, CASINO ROYALE) has... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Winding Refn

#14

The Salvation (2015)
73%

#14
Adjusted Score: 75.326%
Critics Consensus: It's all but impossible to add anything new or fresh to the traditional Western, but -- thanks in no small part to Mads Mikkelson's performance -- The Salvation comes close.
Synopsis: The mighty Mads Mikkelsen unleashes a maelstrom of bloodshed in the Wild West in this white-knuckle tale of revenge. When... [More]
Directed By: Kristian Levring

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 87.118%
Critics Consensus: Led by mesmerizing work from Willem Dafoe in the central role, At Eternity's Gate intriguingly imagines Vincent Van Gogh's troubled final days.
Synopsis: Academy Award (R) Nominee Julian Schnabel's At Eternity's Gate is a journey inside the world and mind of a person... [More]
Directed By: Julian Schnabel

#12
Adjusted Score: 84.5%
Critics Consensus: Men & Chicken's bizarre setup only skims the surface of a challenging, well-acted comedy with a warm heart to match its grotesque visuals and dark themes.
Synopsis: Men & Chicken is a darkly hilarious slapstick comedy starring Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal," ingeniously cast against type) about a pair... [More]
Directed By: Anders Thomas Jensen

#11

Pusher (1999)
83%

#11
Adjusted Score: 76.901%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Frank is a small-time pusher who sells heroin together with his friend Tony. The heroin is supplied by an ex-Yugoslav... [More]

#10
Adjusted Score: 101.054%
Critics Consensus: Rogue One draws deep on Star Wars mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground -- and suggesting a bright blockbuster future for the franchise.
Synopsis: From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," an all-new epic... [More]
Directed By: Gareth Edwards (V)

#9
Adjusted Score: 86.547%
Critics Consensus: Despite its morbid subject matter, Wilbur is a charming and often funny film.
Synopsis: Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig, the writer and director of the 12th Dogme 95 film, 2000's critically acclaimed Italian for Beginners,... [More]
Directed By: Lone Scherfig

#8
Adjusted Score: 87.917%
Critics Consensus: The true story of the Danish resistance in WW2, though lengthy and sprawling, is gripping and competently made.
Synopsis: This World War II-set thriller from Denmark concerns two members of the Danish resistance who team up on a series... [More]
Directed By: Ole Christian Madsen

#7
Adjusted Score: 89.919%
Critics Consensus: The cast brings After the Wedding's melodramatic script to life, creating a movie that is emotionally raw and satisfying.
Synopsis: A multi-millionaire wants to know how much his money can really buy in this drama from Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier.... [More]
Directed By: Susanne Bier

#6

Doctor Strange (2016)
89%

#6
Adjusted Score: 102.876%
Critics Consensus: Doctor Strange artfully balances its outré source material against the blockbuster constraints of the MCU, delivering a thoroughly entertaining superhero origin story in the bargain.
Synopsis: A disgraced former surgeon named Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) becomes a powerful sorcerer under the tutelage of a mystic known... [More]
Directed By: Scott Derrickson

#5

A Royal Affair (2012)
90%

#5
Adjusted Score: 93.332%
Critics Consensus: A Royal Affair is a lavish and sumptuous costume drama with a juicy story to back it up.
Synopsis: A ROYAL AFFAIR is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen's heart and starts a revolution.... [More]
Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel

#4

Casino Royale (2006)
94%

#4
Adjusted Score: 102.665%
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: James Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Madagascar, where he is to spy on a terrorist Mollaka. Not everything... [More]
Directed By: Martin Campbell

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 96.523%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by Mads Mikkelsen's sympathetic performance, The Hunt asks difficult questions with the courage to pursue answers head on.
Synopsis: Mads Mikkelsen (NBC's Hannibal, A ROYAL AFFAIR, CASINO ROYALE) won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Vinterberg

#2
Adjusted Score: 95.884%
Critics Consensus: Pulsing with honesty, this film lays bare the rawness of human emotion with a story made all the more believable thanks to its gritty, low-budget approach.
Synopsis: Two people are brought together by a tragic accident in this emotional drama. Joachim (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and Cecilie (Sonja... [More]
Directed By: Susanne Bier

#1
Adjusted Score: 32.244%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Upon skinhead Tonny's release from jail, he begins working for his gang boss father as a car thief and finds... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Winding Refn

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