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All X-Men Movies Ranked

In the world of superhero movies post–Batman & Robin implosion, Spider-Man showed they could still be fun, Batman Begins demonstrated gravitas, and Blade got its cut with R-rated gruesomeness. Meanwhile, the X-Men proved the ensemble superhero movie could work: Just take off the yellow spandex, add some millennium-era leather, and retain the franchise’s outsider allegories. Oh, and capture some lightning-in-a-bottle casting with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. A bit tall to play Wolvy, but he had the chops (and literally, the muttonchops).

The relentless X2: X-Men United brought true action to the series, before hitting the skids with The Last Stand and the writer’s strike-afflicted X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Since then, the X-Men franchise has spread out in myriad ways, with highlights including adapting the time-splitting classic Days of Future Past, the Western-inflected Logan (nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar!), and introducing the meta Merc With A Mouth Deadpool into the mix.

With New Mutants finally out, we’re taking a look at all the X-Men movies ranked by Tomatometer.

#14

Dark Phoenix (2019)
22%

#14
Adjusted Score: 41504%
Critics Consensus: Dark Phoenix ends an era of the X-Men franchise by taking a second stab at adapting a classic comics arc -- with deeply disappointing results.
Synopsis: During a rescue mission, Jean Grey is hit by a cosmic force that makes her infinitely more powerful, but far... [More]
Directed By: Simon Kinberg

#13

The New Mutants (2020)
36%

#13
Adjusted Score: 42383%
Critics Consensus: Rendering a list of potentially explosive ingredients mostly inert, The New Mutants is a franchise spinoff that's less than the sum of its super-powered parts.
Synopsis: Five teenage mutants undergo treatments at a secret institution that will cure them of their dangerous powers. As their memories... [More]
Directed By: Josh Boone

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 46750%
Critics Consensus: Though Hugh Jackman gives his all, he can't help X-Men Origins: Wolverine overcome a cliche-ridden script and familiar narrative.
Synopsis: Explores Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) violent past, the death of his lover and his complex relationship with Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber).... [More]
Directed By: Gavin Hood

#11
#11
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

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 58390%
Critics Consensus: Once Upon a Deadpool retains enough of the franchise's anarchic spirit to entertain, but doesn't add enough to Deadpool 2 to justify its own existence.
Synopsis: Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool must protect a teenage mutant from Cable -- a genetically enhanced soldier from the future. He soon... [More]
Directed By: David Leitch

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 66544%
Critics Consensus: X-Men: The Last Stand provides plenty of mutant action for fans of the franchise, even if it does so at the expense of its predecessors' deeper character moments.
Synopsis: An all-out war looms when the discovery of a cure for mutations draws a line between the followers (Hugh Jackman,... [More]
Directed By: Brett Ratner

#8

The Wolverine (2013)
71%

#8
Adjusted Score: 83355%
Critics Consensus: Although its final act succumbs to the usual cartoonish antics, The Wolverine is one superhero movie that manages to stay true to the comics while keeping casual viewers entertained.
Synopsis: In Japan and vulnerable for the first time, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) confronts lethal samurai steel and grapples with the ghosts... [More]
Directed By: James Mangold

#7

X-Men (2000)
82%

#7
Adjusted Score: 88609%
Critics Consensus: Faithful to the comics and filled with action, X-Men brings a crowded slate of classic Marvel characters to the screen with a talented ensemble cast and surprisingly sharp narrative focus.
Synopsis: Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) leads Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and other superheroes against Magneto (Ian McKellen), a mutant who would rule... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

#6

Deadpool 2 (2018)
84%

#6
Adjusted Score: 105705%
Critics Consensus: Though it threatens to buckle under the weight of its meta gags, Deadpool 2 is a gory, gleeful lampoon of the superhero genre buoyed by Ryan Reynolds' undeniable charm.
Synopsis: Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool must protect a teenage mutant from Cable -- a genetically enhanced soldier from the future. He soon... [More]
Directed By: David Leitch

#5

X2 (2003)
85%

#5
Adjusted Score: 92511%
Critics Consensus: Tightly scripted, solidly acted, and impressively ambitious, X2: X-Men United is bigger and better than its predecessor -- and a benchmark for comic sequels in general.
Synopsis: After a mutant-hating militarist named Stryker invades their school, the X-Men must join forces with Magneto (Ian McKellen) to rescue... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

#4

Deadpool (2016)
85%

#4
Adjusted Score: 101022%
Critics Consensus: Fast, funny, and gleefully profane, the fourth-wall-busting Deadpool subverts superhero film formula with wildly entertaining -- and decidedly non-family-friendly -- results.
Synopsis: Armed with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor, mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) adopts the alter ego... [More]
Directed By: Tim Miller

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 96716%
Critics Consensus: With a strong script, stylish direction, and powerful performances from its well-rounded cast, X-Men: First Class is a welcome return to form for the franchise.
Synopsis: Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) work with other mutants to prevent a nuclear nightmare, but a... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

#2
Adjusted Score: 106492%
Critics Consensus: X-Men: Days of Future Past combines the best elements of the series to produce a satisfyingly fast-paced outing that ranks among the franchise's finest installments.
Synopsis: The X-Men (Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart) join forces with their younger selves in order to change the past... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

#1

Logan (2017)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 114243%
Critics Consensus: Hugh Jackman makes the most of his final outing as Wolverine with a gritty, nuanced performance in a violent but surprisingly thoughtful superhero action film that defies genre conventions.
Synopsis: In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) while protecting a... [More]
Directed By: James Mangold

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