(Photo by Warner Bros./ courtesy Everett Collection)

All 8 Zack Snyder Movies, Ranked by Tomatometer

Director Zack Snyder was among the frontlines in the battle to bring back the zombie, his 2004 Certified Fresh remake of Dawn of the Dead nestling in snugly with the likes of Shaun of the Dead and Land of the Dead. But it was with his second feature that he developed a signature style: 300, combining a comic-book palette with unflinching machismo and fetishistic style. The adaptation of the Frank Miller comic was a pop-culture phenomenon, and helped establish the gritty Warner Bros. look on comic-book movies that started with V for Vendetta and was furthered by The Dark Knight.

There was no stopping Snyder now, as he next tackled Watchmen, once thought a graphic novel too dense and troubling for film. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and Sucker Punch were stepping stones into the world most know Snyder for: As the creative guide behind Superman movies, and the DC Extended Universe beyond. Man of Steel was a big enough box office hit for the studio, and if audiences had some qualms about the direction of the character, their curiosity was nonetheless piqued for the next movie.

That would, of course, end up being the biggest title bout of comicdom: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Ben Affleck put on the suit, the first to do so after Christian Bale in his Dark Knight trilogy run, and went mano-a-mano with Henry Cavill. A single word may have put this quarrel between two mama’s boys to bed, which opened the path to the next movie referred to in BvS‘s subtitle. Justice League arrived, pulling in Gal Gadot, who would go on to make the Certified Fresh Wonder Woman, and introducing the new movie versions of The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Justice League‘s disappointing Tomatometer and box office have made “Release the Snyder cut!” a clarion call for the online hordes, referring to the supposed three-hour version of the movie that existed  before studio executives and meddling forced it down to its current 120-minute runtime.

Snyder has since lessened his presence within the DCEU (he’s still a producer on Wonder Woman 1984), and is returning to where it all began with Army of the Dead, an upcoming Netflix movie starring Dave Bautista about mercenaries who pull off a heist in Vegas during a zombie outbreak. And now, we’re pulling a heist ourselves as we sneak into the past and bringing up every Zack Snyder movie ranked by Tomatometer!

#8

Sucker Punch (2011)
22%

#8
Adjusted Score: 28.883%
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: "Sucker Punch" is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#7
Adjusted Score: 45.436%
Critics Consensus: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story -- and some of America's most iconic superheroes -- in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.
Synopsis: Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) share the screen in this Warner Bros./DC Entertainment co-production penned by David S.... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#6

Justice League (2017)
40%

#6
Adjusted Score: 57.349%
Critics Consensus: Justice League leaps over a number of DC movies, but its single bound isn't enough to shed the murky aesthetic, thin characters, and chaotic action that continue to dog the franchise.
Synopsis: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#5
Adjusted Score: 55.604%
Critics Consensus: Legend of the Guardians' dark tone and dazzling visuals are to be admired, even if they're ultimately let down by a story that never lives up to its full potential.
Synopsis: Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with the fantasy family adventure "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#4

Man of Steel (2013)
56%

#4
Adjusted Score: 69.591%
Critics Consensus: Man of Steel's exhilarating action and spectacle can't fully overcome its detours into generic blockbuster territory.
Synopsis: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#3

300 (2007)
61%

#3
Adjusted Score: 69.057%
Critics Consensus: A simple-minded but visually exciting experience, full of blood, violence, and ready-made movie quotes.
Synopsis: Sin City author Frank Miller's sweeping take on the historic Battle of Thermopylae comes to the screen courtesy of Dawn... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#2

Watchmen (2009)
65%

#2
Adjusted Score: 75.499%
Critics Consensus: Gritty and visually striking, Watchmen is a faithful adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel, but its complex narrative structure may make it difficult for it to appeal to viewers not already familiar with the source material.
Synopsis: 300's Zack Snyder brings Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' critically acclaimed comic book Watchmen to the big screen, courtesy of... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#1

Dawn of the Dead (2004)
76%

#1
Adjusted Score: 81.389%
Critics Consensus: A kinetic, violent and surprisingly worthy remake of George Romero's horror classic that pays homage to the original while working on its own terms.
Synopsis: Packed with more blood, more gore, and more bone-chilling, jaw-dropping thrills, Dawn of the Dead Unrated Director's Cut is the... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

CW Seed franchise Binge Guide superman Holiday game of thrones boxing cancelled comedies NBA Classic Film Turner Elton John Hulu Awards Tour Broadway Calendar IFC Films FOX Drama what to watch ViacomCBS italian discovery TV Land deadpool latino PlayStation Grammys asian-american The CW popular movies new zealand live action foreign Animation Reality Competition Comedy Central romantic comedy Fantasy San Diego Comic-Con OneApp New York Comic Con joker true crime hispanic documentary CBS Cosplay Spectrum Originals australia Emmy Nominations criterion MSNBC streaming movies harry potter know your critic canceled TV shows cults Oscars crime drama 2015 Arrowverse Mudbound thriller BBC adaptation Country sequels Epix Musicals National Geographic Christmas halloween nbcuniversal 2019 President Schedule Logo Baby Yoda streaming emmy awards documentaries hist Adult Swim cinemax Reality legend Creative Arts Emmys Best and Worst cancelled television binge worst movies japanese 24 frames police drama Travel Channel chucky reboot festivals Disney streaming service Thanksgiving ESPN Summer 93rd Oscars mutant disaster adventure screen actors guild Tarantino movie satire sag awards Sci-Fi Comic Book Trivia mission: impossible CNN hidden camera video on demand sitcom godzilla FX Sony Pictures romance olympics dogs universal monsters Black History Month casting Quiz revenge crime thriller obituary Comedy a nightmare on elm street USA Network HBO Go 1990s rotten BBC America women razzies Year in Review Tomatazos GIFs stop motion reviews Cartoon Network 2021 E3 Spring TV indiana jones Western toy story Pacific Islander Emmys Comics on TV cats LGBTQ scorecard transformers directors Alien Valentine's Day MCU television Anna Paquin Walt Disney Pictures DC streaming service 007 71st Emmy Awards Academy Awards CBS All Access blockbuster supernatural LGBT Martial Arts zombie stand-up comedy Opinion TBS Winter TV strong female leads sequel The Walking Dead Showtime Sneak Peek Tokyo Olympics Sundance versus Music aliens concert Crunchyroll basketball Marvel Television renewed TV shows DirecTV miniseries Wes Anderson films political drama festival ABC Family AMC Song of Ice and Fire NYCC saw series Shondaland ratings scene in color news quibi Avengers Pop FX on Hulu RT21 Turner Classic Movies Amazon Studios HBO Max japan Esquire Fox Searchlight SundanceTV TV One Television Academy football Mystery Legendary Amazon Prime Video cancelled TV shows The Walt Disney Company Amazon Prime Horror Infographic comic books adenture jamie lee curtis target Pirates TNT cooking cops composers YA blockbusters spy thriller Peacock remakes anthology Hallmark Christmas movies El Rey Universal 99% natural history vampires DGA GoT First Look game show scary movies Captain marvel golden globes YouTube Premium Apple Syfy Extras breaking bad Action Lucasfilm Certified Fresh zero dark thirty Warner Bros. Trailer CMT Netflix Christmas movies Hallmark ABC Signature canceled Nominations BET Freeform SDCC child's play french RT History hollywood Image Comics robots Netflix witnail BAFTA A24 unscripted 20th Century Fox TruTV Superheroes anime theme song Fox News kaiju jurassic park Family Chernobyl Mindy Kaling sports Comic-Con@Home 2021 black Sundance TV VOD venice Ghostbusters American Society of Cinematographers Hear Us Out james bond Heroines finale Brie Larson Holidays Polls and Games spain high school Funimation ID 2016 2017 Exclusive Video Character Guide Crackle TCA prank worst monster movies PaleyFest independent WGN History MTV Film Festival TCA Awards Ellie Kemper TCA 2017 award winner Trophy Talk Acorn TV Marathons Paramount Network nfl Sundance Now X-Men Spike USA Paramount Plus docudrama IFC E! medical drama Endgame Election best Mary poppins docuseries Video Games Star Trek biography Podcast screenings book adaptation christmas movies fast and furious talk show new star wars movies Rocky mockumentary Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Shudder Kids & Family Disney+ Disney Plus new york critics Cannes serial killer name the review batman A&E social media period drama Superheroe Starz Apple TV Plus GLAAD science fiction die hard Mary Poppins Returns war facebook classics comiccon Dark Horse Comics ITV Biopics spider-man Amazon Pixar See It Skip It dragons Tubi NBC BET Awards TIFF video dc 72 Emmy Awards spanish Apple TV+ Winners cartoon 2020 children's TV TV OWN VH1 Paramount Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Stephen King Lifetime superhero travel trailers Women's History Month cancelled TV series Musical nature psychological thriller parents Rocketman laika Disney elevated horror Masterpiece Vudu diversity DC Comics singing competition 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards tv talk YouTube 2018 Pride Month psycho Discovery Channel zombies 90s Nickelodeon Pop TV WarnerMedia slashers space aapi politics werewolf Marvel Studios Tumblr all-time toronto lord of the rings TCA Winter 2020 comics dceu free movies international Premiere Dates Columbia Pictures telelvision Countdown justice league kids 4/20 animated teaser archives Disney Plus Nat Geo green book 45 Box Office rotten movies we love APB Marvel The Purge Fall TV TV movies Set visit The Academy spinoff ghosts stoner king kong heist movie Mary Tyler Moore technology golden globe awards south america Awards Super Bowl TCM dramedy blaxploitation Pet Sematary Interview comic indie TLC crime rt archives rom-coms ABC Star Wars crossover historical drama Lionsgate Rock Watching Series spanish language dark The Witch Writers Guild of America Television Critics Association boxoffice Teen fresh suspense richard e. Grant YouTube Red Rom-Com The Arrangement cars SXSW Photos pirates of the caribbean HBO TV renewals halloween tv FXX Toys Bravo Red Carpet VICE Britbox based on movie DC Universe Black Mirror doctor who Film book PBS Lifetime Christmas movies 21st Century Fox kong twilight First Reviews Disney Channel BBC One marvel cinematic universe Ovation Food Network