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All Oscar Isaac Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

Before he became Llewyn Davis, actor Oscar Isaac was the guy you saw constantly bringing it in secondary roles in high-profile projects, each career move taking him that much closer to the one perfect role that would make him a star. He worked twice with Ridley Scott with Body of Lies and Robin Hood, got to show off his sweet dance moves in Sucker Punch, shot a few guns in The Bourne Legacy, and brought uncommon empathy to his doomed ex-con character in Drive.

And as great as the Llewyn Davis character is on paper, being written by the Coen brothers after all, it was Isaac’s wry, sad, funny, and even mysterious performance that brought the folk singer to cinematic life. 2015 was A Most Violent Year for Isaac, but also a very good one, as that movie released, along with The Two Faces of January, word-of-mouth sci-fi smash Ex Machina, and the juggernaut that was Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

And he’s had a major movie for every year since to keep him in the public conversation: X-Men Apocalypse (2016), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), and Annihilation (2018). And in this year, Triple Frontier certainly got people renewing their Netflix sub, if at least to see a modern-day action movie with that pedigree of a cast, which included Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal. With The Addams Family out, where Isaac voices head of the house Gomez, and saga closer Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December, we’re taking a walk back now with ranking all of Oscar Isaac’s movies by Tomatometer!

#29

W.E. (2011)
12%

#29
Adjusted Score: 16660%
Critics Consensus: W.E. exhibits director Madonna's keen eye for striking style, but this shallow biopic is too enamored with aesthetics to offer any insight into its subject.
Synopsis: A lonely New Yorker (Abbie Cornish) becomes obsessed with the love story of England's Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) and American... [More]
Directed By: Madonna

#28

Life Itself (2018)
13%

#28
Adjusted Score: 20636%
Critics Consensus: A mawkish melodrama that means less the more it tries to say, Life Itself suggests writer-director Dan Fogelman's talents are best suited to television.
Synopsis: College sweethearts Will and Abby fall in love, get married and prepare to bring their first child into the world.... [More]
Directed By: Dan Fogelman

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 21455%
Critics Consensus: It has laudable aspirations, but For Greater Glory ultimately fails to fulfill its goals due to an overstuffed script, thinly written characters, and an overly simplified dramatization of historical events.
Synopsis: In the 1920s, the Mexican government's attempt to secularize the country sparks a rebellion known as the Cristero War.... [More]
Directed By: Dean Wright

#26

Sucker Punch (2011)
22%

#26
Adjusted Score: 30390%
Critics Consensus: It's technically impressive and loaded with eye-catching images, but without characters or a plot to support them, all of Sucker Punch's visual thrills are for naught.
Synopsis: Retreating into a fantasy world, a captive young woman (Emily Browning) finds four allies to join in a fight to... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#25

Suburbicon (2017)
28%

#25
Adjusted Score: 39724%
Critics Consensus: A disappointing misfire for director George Clooney, Suburbicon attempts to juggle social satire, racial commentary, and murder mystery -- and ends up making a mess of all three.
Synopsis: Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic, suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing... [More]
Directed By: George Clooney

#24

Mojave (2015)
31%

#24
Adjusted Score: 33615%
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: A down-and-out artist (Garrett Hedlund) has a dangerous and shocking encounter with an evil drifter (Oscar Isaac) in the desert,... [More]
Directed By: William Monahan

#23

Won't Back Down (2012)
35%

#23
Adjusted Score: 38309%
Critics Consensus: Despite the best efforts of its talented leads, Won't Back Down fails to lend sufficient dramatic heft or sophistication to the hot-button issue of education reform.
Synopsis: Two women (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis) contend with a powerful bureaucracy and a system mired in traditional thinking in order... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Barnz

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 41755%
Critics Consensus: The Nativity Story is a dull retelling of a well-worn tale with the look and feel of a high-school production.
Synopsis: King Herod's obsession with an ancient prophecy threatens Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and Joseph (Oscar Isaac) as they await the birth... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Hardwicke

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 51995%
Critics Consensus: The Addams Family's starry voice cast and eye-catching animation aren't enough to outweigh its saccharine handling of the delightfully dark source material.
Synopsis: Members of the mysterious and spooky Addams family -- Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Grandma -- encounter a... [More]

#20

Therese (2013)
41%

#20
Adjusted Score: 43664%
Critics Consensus: Although it benefits from a strong cast, In Secret's stars can't totally compensate for the movie's sodden pacing and overly familiar story.
Synopsis: A woman (Elizabeth Olsen) and her lover (Oscar Isaac) conspire to murder her mild-mannered husband (Tom Felton), but overwhelming guilt... [More]
Directed By: Charlie Stratton

#19

Robin Hood (2010)
43%

#19
Adjusted Score: 51071%
Critics Consensus: Ridley Scott's revisionist take on this oft-told tale offers some fine acting and a few gripping action sequences, but it's missing the thrill of adventure that made Robin Hood a legend in the first place.
Synopsis: In 13th-century England, a skilled archer (Russell Crowe) and his men confront a despot in a local village and set... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 62816%
Critics Consensus: Overloaded action and a cliched villain take the focus away from otherwise strong performers and resonant themes, making X-Men: Apocalypse a middling chapter of the venerable superhero franchise.
Synopsis: Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead a team of young X-Men to stop the immortal mutant Apocalypse... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

#17

The Promise (2016)
51%

#17
Adjusted Score: 57413%
Critics Consensus: The Promise wastes an outstanding cast and powerful real-life story on a love triangle that frustratingly fails to engage.
Synopsis: An Armenian medical student (Oscar Isaac) and an American photojournalist (Christian Bale) compete for the love of the same woman... [More]
Directed By: Terry George

#16

Agora (2009)
53%

#16
Adjusted Score: 55677%
Critics Consensus: Noble goals and a gripping performance from Rachel Weisz can't save Agora from its muddled script, uneven acting, and choppy editing.
Synopsis: A slave turns to Christianity and falls in love with philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria.... [More]
Directed By: Alejandro Amenábar

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 65618%
Critics Consensus: It isn't quite as compelling as the earlier trilogy, but The Bourne Legacy proves the franchise has stories left to tell -- and benefits from Jeremy Renner's magnetic work in the starring role.
Synopsis: The actions of Jason Bourne spell the possible end of secret intelligence programs, so a specially enhanced operative (Jeremy Renner)... [More]
Directed By: Tony Gilroy

#14
Adjusted Score: 17508%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Dying from radiation poisoning, a man (Paddy Considine) gets mixed up in a plutonium scheme with a small-time criminal (Oscar... [More]
Directed By: Scott Z. Burns

#13

10 Years (2011)
60%

#13
Adjusted Score: 61905%
Critics Consensus: A sweet ensemble comedy about a high school reunion, 10 Years is well cast but unfortunately predictable and short on three dimensional characters.
Synopsis: Former high-school friends (Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Justin Long) meet again after a decade and discover that the passage of... [More]
Directed By: Jamie Linden

#12

Operation Finale (2018)
61%

#12
Adjusted Score: 66620%
Critics Consensus: Operation Finale is well-intentioned, well-acted, and overall entertaining, even if the depth and complexity of the real-life events depicted can get a little lost in their dramatization.
Synopsis: A team of top-secret Israeli agents travels to Argentina in 1960 to track down Nazi Adolf Eichmann. Hoping to sneak... [More]
Directed By: Chris Weitz

#11

Triple Frontier (2019)
71%

#11
Adjusted Score: 76885%
Critics Consensus: An outstanding cast and ambitious story help Triple Frontier overcome an uneven narrative -- and elevate the end result above a crowded field of grim and gritty heist thrillers.
Synopsis: Five friends reunite to take down a South American drug lord in the notorious Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil border zone,... [More]
Directed By: J.C. Chandor

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 84573%
Critics Consensus: With striking visuals, complex characters, and Hitchcockian plot twists, The Two Faces of January offers a pleasantly pungent treat for fans of romantic thrillers.
Synopsis: After he kills a detective, a con artist (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife (Kirsten Dunst) must trust a potentially dangerous... [More]
Directed By: Hossein Amini

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 87687%
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: Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world... [More]
Directed By: Julian Schnabel

#8

Annihilation (2018)
88%

#8
Adjusted Score: 104231%
Critics Consensus: Annihilation backs up its sci-fi visual wonders and visceral genre thrills with an impressively ambitious -- and surprisingly strange -- exploration of challenging themes that should leave audiences pondering long after the end credits roll.
Synopsis: As a biologist searches for her missing husband while on an expedition with a secret agency, she discovers a dangerous... [More]
Directed By: Alex Garland

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 99619%
Critics Consensus: Gritty, gripping, and weighted with thought-provoking heft, A Most Violent Year represents another strong entry in writer-director J.C. Chandor's impressive filmography.
Synopsis: In 1981 New York, a fuel supplier (Oscar Isaac) tries to adhere to his own moral compass amid the rampant... [More]
Directed By: J.C. Chandor

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 114345%
Critics Consensus: Star Wars: The Last Jedi honors the saga's rich legacy while adding some surprising twists -- and delivering all the emotion-rich action fans could hope for.
Synopsis: Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of... [More]
Directed By: Rian Johnson

#5

Drive (2011)
93%

#5
Adjusted Score: 102481%
Critics Consensus: With its hyper-stylized blend of violence, music, and striking imagery, Drive represents a fully realized vision of arthouse action.
Synopsis: A Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for thieves finds that a price has been put on his... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Winding Refn

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 104748%
Critics Consensus: Smart, funny, and profoundly melancholy, Inside Llewyn Davis finds the Coen brothers in fine form.
Synopsis: In 1960s New York, a struggling folk singer (Oscar Isaac) with genuine talent sets his sights on stardom, but success... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

#3

Ex Machina (2015)
92%

#3
Adjusted Score: 105257%
Critics Consensus: Ex Machina leans heavier on ideas than effects, but it's still a visually polished piece of work -- and an uncommonly engaging sci-fi feature.
Synopsis: A young programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) at an Internet company is chosen to evaluate the capabilities and consciousness of a beautiful... [More]
Directed By: Alex Garland

#2
Adjusted Score: 113471%
Critics Consensus: Packed with action and populated by both familiar faces and fresh blood, The Force Awakens successfully recalls the series' former glory while injecting it with renewed energy.
Synopsis: Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his young allies face a new... [More]
Directed By: J.J. Abrams

#1

Balibo (2009)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 44980%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Roger East and Jose Ramos-Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the Balibo Five murders.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Connolly

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