Aug 22 2011

List of Superhero Movie Rotten Tomatoes Scores

If you’ve ever wanted to know which is the best superhero movie or the worst superhero movie ever, I’ve compiled Rotten Tomatoes’ ratings below.  If you’re interested in a comparison of how DC’s movies stack up against Marvel’s, please see this article.

Excel file downloadable here with additional data included. Current as of April 2016.

Superhero Films Since 2000

Title

RT Rating

The Incredibles

97

The Dark Knight

94

Spider-Man 2

94

Iron-Man

93

Avengers

93

Birdman

91

Guardians of the Galaxy

91

X-Men: Days of Future Past

91

Spider-Man

90

Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier

89

X-Men United (X2)

88

X-Men: First Class

87

Dark Knight Rises

87

Hellboy 2

87

Batman Begins

85

Chronicle

85

Deadpool

84

Hellboy

84

X-Men

82

Ant-Man

80

Captain America: The First Avenger

79

Thor

77

Iron Man 3

77

Superman Returns

76

Kick-Ass

76

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron

75

Amazing Spider-Man

74

Iron-Man 2

73

Sky High

73

The Wolverine

70

Unbreakable

68

Incredible Hulk

66

Thor 2: The Dark World

66

Watchmen

64

Spider-Man 3

63

The Hulk

62

Blade II

58

X-Men: Last Stand (X3)

57

Man of Steel

56

Astro Boy

49

Constantine

46

Daredevil

44

Green Hornet

44

Hancock

40

My Super Ex-Girlfriend

40

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

37

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

36

The Punisher

30

Kick-Ass 2

30

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

29

The Punisher: War Zone

27

Fantastic Four (2005)

27

Blade Trinity

26

Ghost Rider

26

Green Lantern

25

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

17

The Spirit

14

Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance

14

Jonah Hex

12

Catwoman

10

Elektra

10

Fantastic Four (2015)

9

RT Average

60

 

Superhero Hero Films from 1990-1999

Title

RT Rating

Darkman

78

Batman Returns

77

Mystery Men

60

Blade

55

Batman Forever

44

The Phantom

43

The Shadow

34

Darkman III

20

Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD

19

Darkman II

17

Captain America (1992)

13

Steel

13

Batman and Robin

12

RT Average

37

 

Superhero Films Before 1990

Title

RT Rating

Superman

94

Superman II

83

Batman

71

Superman III

23

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

11

Supergirl

8

RT Average

48

 

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5 Responses to “List of Superhero Movie Rotten Tomatoes Scores”

  1. Age of Heroes: Comic Book Adaptationson 24 Jul 2012 at 2:24 am

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  2. B. McKenzieon 24 Jul 2012 at 3:34 am

    “This is often done in order to try and achieve greater commercial success, but what is ironic is, the films which stayed true to the characters/source material did far better both financially and critically.” I’m not sure how you might argue this conclusively one way or the other, but anecdotally, this feels a bit counterintuitive to me. First, almost all superhero movies have been faithful to the source material, so we don’t have very much evidence that this is an element of success.

    As far as I’m aware, only a few superhero movies have deviated substantially from its source material. Hellboy 1 is probably the most notable example–it introduces Agent Myers, who’s probably the second-most important character in the movie but never shows up in the comics. Nevertheless, the movie scored 84% on Rotten Tomatoes. The sequel was more faithful to the comics (e.g. no Myers), but did almost identically on Rotten Tomatoes (87%). Hellboy II did better at the box office ($160 million against a production budget of $85 million, compared to $99 million against a production budget of $66 million), but I suspect that other factors (like a wider release overseas and marketing) played a much bigger role. For example, the original sold $1.5 million of tickets in Russia/CIS, whereas the sequel sold $8.5 million ($3.5 million in the opening weekend). If we look at just the United States, Hellboy 2 did not do much better ($76 million vs. $60 million).

    UPDATE: More recently, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie is radically different from its comic series. For example, the movie is an adventure/comedy, several teammates were omitted, Rocket is notably less psychopathic (E.g. no “Blam, murdered you!” catchphrase), and Quill’s backstory has been made Earth-centric and considerably simplified. I think the comic series was such a slog that a radical overhaul for the movie was probably necessary.

    The second example is Nolan’s Batman series introducing Rachel Dawes. She wasn’t terribly interesting, but I think inventing a female character to build competition between Wayne and Dent was probably the right call here. She fits the script better than, say, Pamela Isley or Vicki Vale would. The Batman series did extremely well both creatively and financially. I wouldn’t attribute either mainly to the Dawes character, but she doesn’t appear to have hurt.

    The last example that comes to mind is Green Lantern. Ryan Reynolds and the writers took the character in a more action-comedy direction than the comic writers usually do. This may have contributed to the movie being a creative and financial debacle. However, I don’t think going in a more action/sci-fi direction would necessarily have made this a better movie–the execution was horrible and I think the comedy came closer to working than the action did. Good action-comedy writers could have pulled off an action-comedy and good action writers could have pulled off an action, but Green Lantern had neither.

    Incidentally, Green Lantern probably should have tweaked the source material with regards to Hector Hammond’s grotesque forehead. In contrast, X-Men had more success with costumes (and even generated a funny line for Cyclops) by eschewing yellow-and-blue spandex.

  3. Anonymouson 27 Dec 2013 at 6:05 pm

    avengers should totally be no.1

  4. Aj of Earthon 28 Dec 2013 at 9:39 am

    I can’t wait for Days of Future Past.

  5. […] Incredibles wowed audiences of all ages and impressed the critics, boasting the highest Rotten Tomatoes score of any superhero movie and winning an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Brad […]

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