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All Mark Wahlberg Movies Ranked

During the early ’90s, while he was flashing his abs and modeling underwear as Marky Mark, few could have suspected that beneath Mark Wahlberg’s b-boy cap lurked the soul of a thespian. Now, that’s no longer the case — with dozens of roles and a pair of Academy Award nominations to his credit, Wahlberg has compiled an impressive filmography since making his big-screen debut in Danny DeVito’s 1994 comedy Renaissance Man. Since then, he’s branched out quite a bit, showing a flair for drama (Boogie Nights), comedy (Ted), and blockbuster action (Shooter, the Transformers franchise) along the way. It’s never a bad time to look back on Mr. Wahlberg’s career — and with that in mind, we’ve rounded up all of his major roles, sorting the bunch by Tomatometer. Where do your favorites rank? Read on to find out.


Max Payne (2008)

Adjusted Score: 20.751%
Critics Consensus: While it boasts some stylish action, Max Payne suffers severely from an illogical plot and overdirection.
Synopsis: Max Payne is a maverick cop - a mythic anti-hero - determined to track down those responsible for the brutal... [More]
Directed By: John Moore (V)

Adjusted Score: 25.506%
Critics Consensus: Cacophonous, thinly plotted, and boasting state-of-the-art special effects, The Last Knight is pretty much what you'd expect from the fifth installment of the Transformers franchise.
Synopsis: The Transformers leap into action once more in this sequel from Paramount Pictures and director Michael Bay. ~ Jason Buchanan,... [More]
Directed By: Michael Bay


Renaissance Man (1994)

Adjusted Score: 12.906%
Critics Consensus: Renaissance Man tries to simultaneously be a literary comedy, an inspirational drama, and a star vehicle that caters to Danny DeVito's strengths, but proves to be a master of none.
Synopsis: Culture-clash comedy in which Danny DeVito tries to teach Shakespeare to a group of "ineducable" soldiers.... [More]
Directed By: Penny Marshall


The Happening (2008)

Adjusted Score: 23.881%
Critics Consensus: The Happening begins with promise, but unfortunately descends into an incoherent and unconvincing trifle.
Synopsis: "The Happening" is a lightning-paced, heart-pounding paranoid thriller about a family on the run from an inexplicable and unstoppable event... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

Adjusted Score: 26.29%
Critics Consensus: With the fourth installment in Michael Bay's blockbuster Transformers franchise, nothing is in disguise: Fans of loud, effects-driven action will find satisfaction, and all others need not apply.
Synopsis: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As... [More]
Directed By: Michael Bay


Mile 22 (2018)

Adjusted Score: 30.809%
Critics Consensus: Mile 22 lets the bullets fly -- and not much else -- in a thrill-deficient action thriller whose title proves sadly fitting for a film that feels close to a marathon endurance test.
Synopsis: In a visceral modern thriller from the director of Lone Survivor, Mark Wahlberg stars as James Silva, an operative of... [More]
Directed By: Peter Berg


Daddy's Home 2 (2017)

Adjusted Score: 25.914%
Critics Consensus: A formulaic comedy that's unlikely to spread much yuletide merriment, Daddy's Home 2 can only muster a few stray yuks from its talented cast.
Synopsis: Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound... [More]
Directed By: Sean Anders


Broken City (2013)

Adjusted Score: 33.618%
Critics Consensus: Broken City's thinly sketched, formulaic script offers meager rewards for all but the least demanding noir aficionados.
Synopsis: In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and... [More]
Directed By: Allen Hughes


Mojave (2016)

Adjusted Score: 31.866%
Critics Consensus: Mojave has no shortage of talent on either side of the camera; unfortunately, it amounts to little more than a frustrating missed opportunity.
Synopsis: In this intense classical thriller, from an original screenplay by Oscar-winning writer William Monahan (The Departed), a violent artist, Thomas,... [More]
Directed By: William Monahan


Daddy's Home (2015)

Adjusted Score: 35.121%
Critics Consensus: Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have proven comedic chemistry, but Daddy's Home suffers from a dearth of genuinely funny ideas - and lacks enough guts or imagination to explore the satirical possibilities of its premise.
Synopsis: An affable radio executive finds himself competing for the affections of his step-children following the unexpected reappearance of his wife's... [More]
Directed By: John Morris, Sean Anders


The Lovely Bones (2009)

Adjusted Score: 40.084%
Critics Consensus: It's stuffed full of Peter Jackson's typically dazzling imagery, but The Lovely Bones suffers from abrupt shifts between horrific violence and cloying sentimentality.
Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is just experiencing the pangs of first love when she's viciously murdered by her neighbor... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

Adjusted Score: 36.488%
Critics Consensus: Newton has star quality, but this exercise in style can't hold a candle to the original.
Synopsis: Director Jonathan Demme filters the classic Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant vehicle Charade through the influence of the French New... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme


Fear (1996)

Adjusted Score: 47.491%
Critics Consensus: Fear has an appealing young cast, but their efforts aren't enough to consistently distract from an increasingly overblown - and illogical - teen stalker story.
Synopsis: Mark Wahlberg stars in one of his first features as a hoodlum drug dealer from the wrong side of the... [More]
Directed By: James Foley


The Big Hit (1998)

Adjusted Score: 44.574%
Critics Consensus: The Big Hit seeks to blend the best of Hong Kong and American action cinema, but ends up offering a muddled mush that mostly misses.
Synopsis: Mark Wahlberg stars in this goofy-fun Hollywood-Hong Kong action comedy as a sweet-natured hit man who falls in love with... [More]
Directed By: Che-Kirk Wong, Kirk Wong


The Gambler (2014)

Adjusted Score: 49.252%
Critics Consensus: Well-paced and reasonably entertaining in its own right, The Gambler still suffers from comparisons to the James Caan classic that inspired it.
Synopsis: Jim Bennett (Academy Award (R)-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett... [More]
Directed By: Rupert Wyatt

Adjusted Score: 49.167%
Critics Consensus: This remake of Planet of the Apes can't compare to the original in some critics' mind, but the striking visuals and B-movie charms may win you over.
Synopsis: This big budget "re-imagining" of the 1968 original departs somewhat from both that classic science fiction film and the source... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

Adjusted Score: 47.057%
Critics Consensus: In spite of its young leading man's heroic efforts to hold it all together, a muddled message prevents The Basketball Diaries from compelling as a cautionary tale.
Synopsis: Very loosely based on the memoir of the same name, The Basketball Diaries transposes the late '60s adolescence of writer/artist... [More]
Directed By: Scott Kalvert


Ted 2 (2015)

Adjusted Score: 52.762%
Critics Consensus: Ted 2 reunites Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane for another round of sophomoric, scatological humor -- and just as before, your enjoyment will depend on your tolerance for all of the above.
Synopsis: Ted (voice of Seth MacFarlane) ties the knot with Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), and recruits his best friend John (Mark Wahlberg)... [More]
Directed By: Seth MacFarlane

Adjusted Score: 51.626%
Critics Consensus: While the special effects are well done and quite impressive, this film suffers from any actual drama or characterization. The end result is a film that offers nifty eye-candy and nothing else.
Synopsis: In October 1991, a dying tropical hurricane from Bermuda collided with a cold front from the Great Lakes, resulting in... [More]
Directed By: Wolfgang Petersen


Shooter (2007)

Adjusted Score: 51.695%
Critics Consensus: With an implausible story and numerous plot holes, Shooter fails to distinguish itself from other mindless action-thrillers.
Synopsis: A top Marine sniper who previously abandoned the military after a routine mission gave way to tragedy is double-crossed by... [More]
Directed By: Antoine Fuqua


The Corruptor (1998)

Adjusted Score: 50.089%
Critics Consensus: This uninspiring cop thriller doesn't measure up to Chow Yun-Fat's Hong Kong work.
Synopsis: Nick Chen (Chow Yun-Fat) was the first Chinese-born immigrant in the NYPD, and is now one of the force's most... [More]


Pain & Gain (2013)

Adjusted Score: 57.824%
Critics Consensus: It may be his most thought-provoking film to date, but Michael Bay's Pain & Gain ultimately loses its satirical edge in a stylized flurry of violent spectacle.
Synopsis: From acclaimed director Michael Bay comes "Pain and Gain," a new action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony... [More]
Directed By: Michael Bay


Contraband (2012)

Adjusted Score: 56.854%
Critics Consensus: It's more entertaining than your average January action thriller, but that isn't enough to excuse Contraband's lack of originality and unnecessarily convoluted plot.
Synopsis: Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy (Caleb Landry Jones), botches... [More]
Directed By: Baltasar Kormákur


Rock Star (2001)

Adjusted Score: 56.972%
Critics Consensus: Like its title, Rock Star is rather generic, being not so much about the heavy metal scene than about rock cliches and formula.
Synopsis: Loosely inspired by the true story of the heavy metal band Judas Priest, this music industry fable from director Stephen... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Herek


Four Brothers (2005)

Adjusted Score: 56.161%
Critics Consensus: Despite striking a believable rapport among its principal actors, Four Brothers overwhelms with ultra-violent, vigilante-glorifying action and devolves into too many fractured, insubstantial thematic directions.
Synopsis: Four men come together to find out how and why the woman who raised them was killed in this hard-edged... [More]
Directed By: John Singleton


We Own the Night (2007)

Adjusted Score: 61.848%
Critics Consensus: Bland characters, clichéd dialogue and rickety plotting ensure We Own The Night never lives up to its potential.
Synopsis: At the height of a bloody 1980s struggle between New York City police and a Russian mob that targeted law... [More]
Directed By: James Gray

Adjusted Score: 68.402%
Critics Consensus: I Heart Huckabees certainly isn't for everyone, but audiences attuned to its quirky wavelength will find a singularly brainy screwball comedy that refuses to pander.
Synopsis: Convinced that a series of coincidences involving a doorman hold some secret to life's largest riddles, Albert Markovski seeks the... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell


The Yards (2000)

Adjusted Score: 67.042%
Critics Consensus: Featuring strong performances and direction, The Yards is a richly textured crime thriller with an authentic feel.
Synopsis: An ex-con struggles to make a clean life for himself, but his job in a Queens, New York subway rail... [More]
Directed By: James Gray


2 Guns (2013)

Adjusted Score: 72.175%
Critics Consensus: Formulaic and often jarringly violent, 2 Guns rests its old-school appeal on the interplay between its charismatic, well-matched stars.
Synopsis: Two crooked undercover officers - one from the DEA and the other from the Navy - unknowingly lead investigations on... [More]
Directed By: Baltasar Kormákur


Date Night (2010)

Adjusted Score: 72.973%
Critics Consensus: An uneasy blend of action and comedy, Date Night doesn't quite live up to the talents of its two leads, but Steve Carell and Tina Fey still manage to shine through most of the movie's flaws.
Synopsis: Steve Carell and Tina Fey star in director Shawn Levy's comedy about a couple whose routine date night becomes anything... [More]
Directed By: Shawn Levy


Ted (2012)

Adjusted Score: 77.194%
Critics Consensus: Ted's "romance versus bromance" plot is familiar, but the film's held aloft by the high-concept central premise and a very funny (albeit inconsistent) script.
Synopsis: Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as... [More]
Directed By: Seth MacFarlane


Invincible (2006)

Adjusted Score: 76.305%
Critics Consensus: As simple and authentic as the gritty South Philly invirons in which it's set in, Invincible sends a uplifting and heartfelt message packed with an athletic enthusiasm that shouldn't be missed.
Synopsis: This is the true story of Vince Papale, who became a member of the Philadelphia Eagles football team as a... [More]
Directed By: Ericson Core


The Italian Job (2003)

Adjusted Score: 78.134%
Critics Consensus: Despite some iffy plot elements, The Italian Job succeeds in delivering an entertaining modern take on the original 1969 heist film, thanks to a charismatic cast.
Synopsis: A team of high-class thieves avenge their mentor's death -- with the help of his own daughter -- in this... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray


Lone Survivor (2014)

Adjusted Score: 83.906%
Critics Consensus: A true account of military courage and survival, Lone Survivor wields enough visceral power to mitigate its heavy-handed jingoism.
Synopsis: LONE SURVIVOR, starring Mark Wahlberg, tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a... [More]
Directed By: Peter Berg

Adjusted Score: 90.644%
Critics Consensus: All the Money in the World offers an absorbing portrayal of a true story, brought compellingly to life by a powerful performance from Christopher Plummer.
Synopsis: ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott


The Other Guys (2010)

Adjusted Score: 84.18%
Critics Consensus: A clever parody of cop-buddy action-comedies, The Other Guys delivers several impressive action set pieces and lots of big laughs, thanks to the assured comic chemistry between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
Synopsis: A desk-jockey detective and his tough-talking partner get their moment to shine in this buddy police comedy starring Will Ferrell... [More]
Directed By: Adam McKay


Traveller (1997)

Adjusted Score: 80.007%
Critics Consensus: Though it may not explore its core issues as deeply as some may like, Traveller is nevertheless a smart and funny portrait of a relatively unfamiliar subculture with some strong performances.
Synopsis: Actor Bill Paxton produced this unusual film about a clan of Irish-American con artists practicing in the American South. They... [More]
Directed By: Jack N. Green


Patriots Day (2017)

Adjusted Score: 90.819%
Critics Consensus: Patriots Day offers a stirring, solidly crafted tribute to the heroes of a real-life American tragedy without straying into exploitative action thriller territory.
Synopsis: An account of the Boston Marathon bombing, PATRIOTS DAY is the powerful story of a community's courage in the face... [More]
Directed By: Peter Berg

Adjusted Score: 93.25%
Critics Consensus: Deepwater Horizon makes effective use of its titular man-made disaster to deliver an uncommonly serious -- yet still suitably gripping -- action thriller.
Synopsis: On April 20th, 2010, one of the world's largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of... [More]
Directed By: Peter Berg


The Fighter (2010)

Adjusted Score: 97.664%
Critics Consensus: Led by a trio of captivating performances from Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams, The Fighter is a solidly entertaining, albeit predictable, entry in the boxing drama genre.
Synopsis: Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures' inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell


The Departed (2006)

Adjusted Score: 100.961%
Critics Consensus: Featuring outstanding work from an excellent cast, The Departed is a thoroughly engrossing gangster drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality we come to expect from Martin Scorsese.
Synopsis: Legendary director Martin Scorsese takes the helm for this tale of questionable loyalties and blurring identities set in the South... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese


Boogie Nights (1997)

Adjusted Score: 97.09%
Critics Consensus: Grounded in strong characters, bold themes, and subtle storytelling, Boogie Nights is a groundbreaking film both for director P.T. Anderson and star Mark Wahlberg.
Synopsis: Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson


Three Kings (1999)

Adjusted Score: 99.601%
Critics Consensus: Three Kings successfully blends elements of action, drama, and comedy into a thoughtful, exciting movie on the Gulf War.
Synopsis: The Gulf War is over, and three soldiers want to go home rich. Major Archie Gates retires in two weeks.... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

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