Robert Downey Jr Movies Ranked (by Rotten Tomatoes)

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Robert Downey Jr has received a lot of love for his iconic portrayal of Marvel superhero, Iron Man. However, Downey Jr has made a name for himself in the world of cinema, with roles in many other great movies.


Rotten Tomatoes is a site that ranks movies based on the average rating from critics. Below are all Robert Downey Jr’s movies ranked from worst to best, according to the Tomatometer.

62. JOHNNY BE GOOD (1988) – 0%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Gleason, Uma Thurman
Directed By: Bud S. Smith, Bud Smith


61. FRIENDS & LOVERS (1999) – 7%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Robert Downey Jr., Danny Nucci, George Newbern
Directed By: George Haas

60. AIR AMERICA (1990) – 13%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis, Ken Jenkins
Directed By: Roger Spottiswoode

Robert Downey Jr
Distributed by Universal Pictures

59. DOLITTLE (2020) – 14%

Critics Consensus: Dolittle may be enough to entertain very young viewers, but they deserve better than this rote adaptation’s jumbled story and stale humor.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Harry Collett
Directed By: Stephen Gaghan


58. GOTHIKA (2003) – 15%

Critics Consensus: Berry’s acting talents can’t save Gothika from its preposterous plot and bad dialogue.
Starring: Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Charles S. Dutton, John Carroll Lynch
Directed By: Mathieu Kassovitz

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57. TUFF TURF (1985) – 17%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: James Spader, Kim Richards, Claudette Nevins, Matt Clark
Directed By: Fritz Kiersch


56. TOO MUCH SUN (1991) – 17%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Eric Idle, Andrea Martin, Robert Downey Jr., Jim Haynie
Directed By: Robert Downey Sr.

55. IN DREAMS (1999) – 24%

Critics Consensus: Some interesting visuals, but the movie is as confusing as a dream.
Starring: Annette Bening, Robert Downey Jr., Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea
Directed By: Neil Jordan

Distributed by Warner Bros Pictures

54. U.S. MARSHALS (1997) – 26%

Critics Consensus: A rote albeit well-cast action thriller, U.S. Marshals suffers badly in comparison to the beloved blockbuster that preceded it.
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey Jr., Kate Nelligan
Directed By: Stuart Baird


53. THE SHAGGY DOG (2006) – 26%

Critics Consensus: This Disney retread has neither inspiration nor originality, but may please moviegoers under the age of ten.
Starring: Tim Allen, Kristin Davis, Robert Downey Jr., Zena Grey
Directed By: Adam Shankman, Brian Robbins

52. LUCKY YOU (2007) – 29%

Critics Consensus: Lucky You tries to combine a romantic story with the high-stakes world of poker, but comes up with an empty hand.
Starring: Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall, Debra Messing
Directed By: Curtis Hanson

Robert Downey Jr
Distributed by Warner Bros Pictures

51. HUGO POOL (1997) – 31%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Alyssa Milano, Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Dempsey, Cathy Moriarty
Directed By: Robert Downey Sr., Robert Downey Jr.


50. ONE NIGHT STAND (1997) – 32%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Nastassja Kinski, Ming-Na Wen, Robert Downey Jr.
Directed By: Mike Figgis


Critics Consensus: This portrait of a groundbreaking photographer lacks the daring of its subject.
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey Jr., Ty Burrell, Harris Yulin
Directed By: Steven Shainberg

48. EROS (2004) – 34%

Critics Consensus: Though Wong’s short lives up to the promise of the title, Antonioni’s is a serious disappointment.
Starring: Li Gong, Chen Chang, Robert Downey Jr., Alan Arkin
Directed By: Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh, Kar-Wai Wong


47. FIRSTBORN (1984) – 36%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Christopher Collet, Teri Garr, Peter Weller, Corey Haim
Directed By: Michael Apted

Robert Downey Jr
Distributed by Paramount Pictures

46. BLACK AND WHITE (2002) – 39%

Critics Consensus: The atmosphere is affecting, and the story, at times, is compelling, but with a lean script and limp direction, Black and White doesn’t add up to much.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Brooke Shields, Allan Houston, Oli “Power” Grant
Directed By: James Toback

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45. THE SINGING DETECTIVE (2003) – 39%

Critics Consensus: Delightful performance from Robert Downey Jr. can’t save The Singing Detective’s transition from TV to the big screen.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Robin Wright, Mel Gibson, Jeremy Northam
Directed By: Keith Gordon

44. DUE DATE (2010) – 40%

Critics Consensus: Shamelessly derivative and only sporadically funny, Due Date doesn’t live up to the possibilities suggested by its talented director and marvelously mismatched stars.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx
Directed By: Todd Phillips

43. NATURAL BORN KILLERS (1994) – 46%

Critics Consensus: Natural Born Killers explodes off the screen with style, but its satire is too blunt to offer any fresh insight into celebrity or crime — pummeling the audience with depravity until the effect becomes deadening.
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones
Directed By: Oliver Stone

Robert Downey Jr
Distributed by Warner Bros Pictures

42. THE JUDGE (2014) – 48%

Critics Consensus: Solidly cast and beautifully filmed but thoroughly clichéd, The Judge seems destined to preside over a large jurisdiction of the basic cable afternoon-viewing circuit.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio
Directed By: David Dobkin

41. LESS THAN ZERO (1987) – 50%

Critics Consensus: A couple of standout performances — notably Robert Downey, Jr. and James Spader — and a killer soundtrack can’t quite elevate a somewhat superficial adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ story of drugged-out LA rich kids.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jami Gertz, James Spader, Tony Bill
Directed By: Marek Kanievska

40. TWO GIRLS AND A GUY (1998) – 51%

Critics Consensus: Two Girls and a Guy has an intriguing premise and a talented trio of leads, but doesn’t do quite enough with any of them to make the end result truly worth a watch.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Heather Graham, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Angel David
Directed By: James Toback


39. ONLY YOU (1994) – 52%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Bonnie Hunt, Joaquim de Almeida
Directed By: Norman Jewison

38. 1969 (1988) – 55%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Kiefer Sutherland, Bruce Dern, Mariette Hartley
Directed By: Ernest Thompson

Distributed by Atlantic Releasing

37. HEART AND SOULS (1993) – 55%

Critics Consensus: A charismatic array of character actors bring a lot of Heart to this supernatural comedy, but many will find that it heaps on the sentimentality where its Soul should be.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Charles Grodin, Alfre Woodard, Kyra Sedgwick
Directed By: Ron Underwood


36. THE PICK-UP ARTIST (1987) – 57%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Hopper, Danny Aiello
Directed By: James Toback

35. CHARLIE BARTLETT (2007) – 57%

Critics Consensus: With engaging performances marked by an inconsistent tone, Charlie Bartlett is a mixed bag of clever teen angst comedy and muddled storytelling.
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Kat Dennings
Directed By: Jon Poll

34. THE SOLOIST (2009) – 57%

Critics Consensus: Though it features strong performances by its lead players, a lack of narrative focus prevents The Soloist from hitting its mark.
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hollander, Catherine Keener
Directed By: Joe Wright

Robert Downey Jr
Distributed by Universal Pictures

33. WEIRD SCIENCE (1985) – 58%

Critics Consensus: Hardly in the same league as John Hughes’ other teen movies, the resolutely goofy Weird Science nonetheless gets some laughs via its ridiculous premise and enjoyable performances.
Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton
Directed By: John Hughes

32. THE GINGERBREAD MAN (1997) – 58%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Embeth Davidtz, Robert Downey Jr., Daryl Hannah
Directed By: Robert Altman

31. CHAPLIN (1992) – 59%

Critics Consensus: Chaplin boasts a terrific performance from Robert Downey, Jr. in the title role, but it isn’t enough to overcome a formulaic biopic that pales in comparison to its subject’s classic films.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Kline, Geraldine Chaplin
Directed By: Richard Attenborough


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30. GAME 6 (2005) – 60%

Critics Consensus: Though packed with Don DeLillo’s witty dialogue and bolstered by strong performances, particularly by lead Michael Keaton, Game 6 also suffers from uneven direction and overwrought symbolism.
Starring: Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Griffin Dunne, Catherine O’Hara
Directed By: Michael Hoffman


Critics Consensus: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a good yarn thanks to its well-matched leading men but overall stumbles duplicating the well-oiled thrills of the original.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

Robert Downey Jr
Distributed by Warner Bros Pictures

28. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (1995) – 63%

Critics Consensus: Much like a real-life visit Home for the Holidays, this Thanksgiving-set dramedy can get a little bumpy — but it also has its share of fondly memorable moments.
Starring: Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning
Directed By: Jodie Foster

27. CHANCES ARE (1989) – 67%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey Jr., Ryan O’Neal, Mary Stuart Masterson
Directed By: Emile Ardolino

26. A SCANNER DARKLY (2006) – 68%

Critics Consensus: A faithful adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel, A Scanner Darkly takes the viewer on a visual and mind-blowing journey into the author’s conception of a drug-addled and politically unstable world.
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder
Directed By: Richard Linklater


25. SOAPDISH (1991) – 69%

Critics Consensus: Soapdish may not be as addictive as the serialized dramas it’s spoofing, but a talented cast helps make this affectionate sendup feel fresh.
Starring: Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Downey Jr.
Directed By: Michael Hoffman

24. SHERLOCK HOLMES (2009) – 69%

Critics Consensus: Guy Ritchie’s directorial style might not be quite the best fit for an update on the legendary detective, but Sherlock Holmes benefits from the elementary appeal of a strong performance by Robert Downey, Jr.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong (II)
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

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23. RESTORATION (1996) – 70%

Critics Consensus: Restoration spins an engaging period yarn out of its bestselling source material, brought to life through the efforts of an eclectic ensemble cast led by Robert Downey Jr.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Sam Neill, David Thewlis, Polly Walker
Directed By: Michael Hoffman

Robert Downey Jr
Distributed by Miramax Films

22. IRON MAN 2 (2010) – 73%

Critics Consensus: It isn’t quite the breath of fresh air that Iron Man was, but this sequel comes close with solid performances and an action-packed plot.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke
Directed By: Jon Favreau

21. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015) – 76%

Critics Consensus: Exuberant and eye-popping, Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as an overstuffed but mostly satisfying sequel, reuniting its predecessor’s unwieldy cast with a few new additions and a worthy foe.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
Directed By: Joss Whedon



Critics Consensus: A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is a lively, powerful coming-of-age tale with winning performances and sharp direction from first-timer Dito Montiel.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Rosario Dawson, Shia LaBeouf, Chazz Palminteri
Directed By: Dito Montiel

19. IRON MAN 3 (2013) – 79%

Critics Consensus: With the help of its charismatic lead, some impressive action sequences, and even a few surprises, Iron Man 3 is a witty, entertaining adventure and a strong addition to the Marvel canon.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce
Directed By: Shane Black

Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

18. BOWFINGER (1999) – 81%

Critics Consensus: A witty commentary on modern film-making, with enough jokes to keep it entertaining throughout.
Starring: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski
Directed By: Frank Oz


17. TROPIC THUNDER (2008) – 82%

Critics Consensus: With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor, and an unforgettable turn by Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a triumphant late Summer comedy.
Starring: Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jay Baruchel
Directed By: Ben Stiller

16. WONDER BOYS (2000) – 82%

Critics Consensus: Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire do wonders in this clever dark comedy.
Starring: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr.
Directed By: Curtis Hanson

15. BACK TO SCHOOL (1986) – 85%

Critics Consensus: Back to School gives Rodney Dangerfield plenty of room to riff — and supports the freewheeling funnyman with enough of a story to keep things interesting between punchlines.
Starring: Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Keith Gordon
Directed By: Alan Metter


14. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (2018) – 85%

Critics Consensus: Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Distributed by Warner Bros Pictures

13. KISS KISS, BANG BANG (2005) – 86%

Critics Consensus: Tongue-in-cheek satire blends well with entertaining action and spot-on performances in this dark, eclectic neo-noir homage.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen
Directed By: Shane Black

12. CHEF (2014) – 87%

Critics Consensus: Chef’s charming cast and sharp, funny script add enough spice to make this feel-good comedy a flavorful — if familiar — treat.
Starring: Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Sofía Vergara, Bobby Cannavale
Directed By: Jon Favreau


11. ZODIAC (2007) – 89%

Critics Consensus: A quiet, dialogue-driven thriller that delivers with scene after scene of gut-wrenching anxiety. David Fincher also spends more time illustrating nuances of his characters and recreating the mood of the 70s than he does on gory details of murder.
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards
Directed By: David Fincher

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Critics Consensus: Captain America: Civil War begins the next wave of Marvel movies with an action-packed superhero blockbuster boasting a decidedly non-cartoonish plot and the courage to explore thought-provoking themes.
Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Robert Downey Jr
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

9. MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS (2012) – 92%

Critics Consensus: Thanks to a script that emphasizes its heroes’ humanity and a wealth of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.
Starring:Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo
Directed By: Joss Whedon

8. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (2017) – 92%

Critics Consensus: Spider-Man: Homecoming does whatever a second reboot can, delivering a colorful, fun adventure that fits snugly in the sprawling MCU without getting bogged down in franchise-building.
Starring: Tom Holland (II), Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow
Directed By: Jon Watts

7. GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK (2005) – 93%

Critics Consensus: A passionate and concise cinematic civics lesson, Good Night, And Good Luck has plenty to say about today’s political and cultural climate, and its ensemble cast is stellar.
Starring: David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels
Directed By: George Clooney

Robert Downey Jr
Distributed by Warner Independent Pictures

6. IRON MAN (2008) – 94%

Critics Consensus: Powered by Robert Downey Jr.’s vibrant charm, Iron Man turbo-charges the superhero genre with a deft intelligence and infectious sense of fun.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow
Directed By: Jon Favreau

5. BABY IT’S YOU (1983) – 94%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Rosanna Arquette, Vincent Spano, Joanna Merlin, Jack Davidson
Directed By: John Sayles

4. RICHARD III (1995) – 94%

Critics Consensus: This re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Crookback King relocates the story in 1930 and features an indelible star turn for Ian McKellen as the monstrous and magnetic King Richard.
Starring: Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent, Robert Downey Jr.
Directed By: Richard Loncraine

Robert Downey Jr
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

3. AVENGERS: ENDGAME (2019) – 94%

Critics Consensus: Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel’s epic Infinity Saga.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

2. TRUE BELIEVER (1989) – 95%

Critics Consensus: A compelling mystery, social themes, and powerful performances from a pair of well-matched leads make True Believer a legal thriller that definitely passes the bar.
Starring: James Woods, Yuji Okumoto, Robert Downey Jr., Margaret Colin
Directed By: Joseph Ruben

Robert Downey Jr
Distributed by Fine Line Features

1. SHORT CUTS (1993) – 95%

Critics Consensus: Robert Altman’s ensemble drama deftly integrates its disparate characters and episodes into a funny, poignant, emotionally satisfying whole.
Starring: Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Andie MacDowell, Bruce Davison
Directed By: Robert Altman


Source: Rotten Tomatoes


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