(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!


Sucker Punch (2011)

Adjusted Score: 28.543%
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

Adjusted Score: 44.653%
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


Justice League (2017)

Adjusted Score: 56.739%
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

Adjusted Score: 54.402%
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


Man of Steel (2013)

Adjusted Score: 69.123%
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


300 (2007)

Adjusted Score: 67.801%
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


Watchmen (2009)

Adjusted Score: 74.109%
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


Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Adjusted Score: 80.106%
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

Musicals cooking Tomatazos Toys Lucasfilm toy story Dark Horse Comics what to watch robots Marvel book USA TruTV strong female leads historical drama American Society of Cinematographers game show 2018 technology Countdown binge miniseries Avengers ratings Cosplay zombies Elton John TCM WarnerMedia casting Photos Endgame Trophy Talk blaxploitation The CW National Geographic joker Reality Competition sag awards Tubi Drama Pride Month ITV TCA Winter 2020 TNT 24 frames See It Skip It Tumblr vampires LGBT video quibi NBC Sundance Now children's TV Paramount Network Spike GLAAD Black Mirror justice league Fall TV Turner Classic Movies dragons romance Amazon Prime south america war festivals Tarantino Watching Series Disney Channel First Look Grammys kids comiccon rotten movies we love Oscars teaser screenings anime Pop TV The Witch Winners transformers series GIFs VH1 adventure space President Trailer Pet Sematary Sundance 71st Emmy Awards Britbox scary movies The Walking Dead Schedule 2020 foreign romantic comedy nature green book Lifetime Christmas movies Holidays Awards Tour Mary poppins Crackle ghosts FXX Hulu composers USA Network Pop Heroines CW Seed Writers Guild of America dc 2019 cats sports Peacock Disney sequel talk show documentary Sci-Fi cars Fox News Cannes Shudder TLC Election LGBTQ Mary Poppins Returns Funimation NYCC boxoffice Food Network docudrama Pirates 2017 christmas movies 007 Fantasy psycho Cartoon Network TIFF X-Men cancelled television Vudu ESPN Discovery Channel natural history A&E FX on Hulu Spectrum Originals police drama Best and Worst Film Festival Arrowverse game of thrones MCU APB Awards cancelled TV series Kids & Family Ovation Martial Arts IFC Films BBC America disaster science fiction thriller mockumentary Red Carpet Brie Larson zombie spanish language WGN TV Land psychological thriller Valentine's Day unscripted Summer period drama Rock elevated horror Comic Book cancelled Character Guide Bravo discovery Teen Nickelodeon spain independent TV OWN Lionsgate finale Extras Anna Paquin Biopics dceu golden globes Netflix Christmas movies werewolf Winter TV Holiday spider-man anthology Classic Film DC Universe HBO social media Epix theme song Baby Yoda FOX latino Mystery comics MTV Disney+ Disney Plus Opinion singing competition Nominations Netflix Song of Ice and Fire TCA AMC Creative Arts Emmys Binge Guide Rocketman Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Action Sundance TV Shondaland cancelled TV shows doctor who YouTube Premium universal monsters medical drama batman Amazon directors spinoff Certified Fresh Music slashers GoT crime Video Games DGA CNN 21st Century Fox biography Women's History Month travel DirecTV Country name the review IFC SDCC Mindy Kaling revenge dogs cops Emmys Lifetime Ghostbusters Apple Musical TBS Rom-Com streaming HBO Max Film Esquire politics Universal Infographic movie halloween YouTube Red Hallmark Christmas movies E3 animated mutant screen actors guild Apple TV+ Acorn TV DC streaming service Marvel Television VICE serial killer witnail 2016 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina facebook PaleyFest Animation Amazon Prime Video Star Trek television Marathons Christmas BBC Quiz First Reviews canceled DC Comics Set visit Amazon Studios New York Comic Con Polls and Games adaptation Television Academy Paramount Marvel Studios Adult Swim Disney Plus versus Travel Channel Interview Horror dramedy diversity Academy Awards Emmy Nominations CBS Apple TV Plus Hallmark Walt Disney Pictures TV renewals cults OneApp Logo Chernobyl blockbuster Turner Freeform Premiere Dates crossover Starz Trivia Superheroe movies hispanic Mary Tyler Moore Captain marvel Disney streaming service Superheroes BET reviews San Diego Comic-Con TCA 2017 cartoon true crime Columbia Pictures aliens free movies ABC Family MSNBC SXSW political drama Western Sony Pictures harry potter award winner Pixar Warner Bros. Star Wars RT History jamie lee curtis Box Office FX Comedy Central CBS All Access Spring TV reboot YouTube 2015 Masterpiece stand-up comedy Thanksgiving comic renewed TV shows E! Super Bowl based on movie Syfy ABC CMT Rocky History Nat Geo Podcast sitcom PBS YA Sneak Peek Year in Review Comedy indie breaking bad zero dark thirty The Arrangement El Rey The Purge Black History Month 20th Century Fox SundanceTV spy thriller supernatural Reality Ellie Kemper Family Calendar Comics on TV A24 franchise crime drama richard e. Grant cinemax RT21 hist Stephen King 45 canceled TV shows Crunchyroll crime thriller tv talk Mudbound Showtime