There are few directors who have such an enthusiastic fan base Zack Snyder. The director has made a name for himself with his epic style of filmmaking which fits well with the big budgets of modern filmmaking. While Snyder was already an established filmmaker prior to his work building the DCEU, his work with DC has catapulted him to a whole new level of fame. His fans are some of the most committed and tough in the entertainment industry, which has resulted in more than a little toxicity and bullying, but credit where credit is due, not every director has the fan support of an alternate four-hour filmmaker’s cut that came into being after years of protest.

While Snyder has been quite successful in keeping his core audience satisfied, one area where the director has struggled is in winning over critics. His films are often incredibly divisive, which has resulted in the director’s work not historically ranking well on Rotten Tomatoes. With this in mind, Snyder’s latest film – the science fiction epic Moon Rebel — due out later this year, we thought it might be interesting to take a look at exactly how well Snyder’s films have fared on Rotten Tomatoes over the years.

The 2017 theatrical version of Justice League He is left off this list, given that Snyder left that project partway through production, never seeing the finished film and Snyder’s cut version there to replace him. Here’s how each movie directed by Zack Snyder ranks based on Rotten Tomatoes scores.

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9 Sucker Punch (2011) – 22%

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Coming in at the lowest place on this list is Snyder’s fifth film, 2011 lollipop punch. The movie is a fantasy action movie starring Emily Brown as the character ‘Babydoll’ who gets sucked into a bizarre adventure as she tries to escape from the mental institution to which she is committed. As is often the case in Snyder’s films, the film also has a very strong supporting cast, such as Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, Jena Malone, Jon Hamm, Vanessa Hudgens, and more.

Unfortunately, the cast wasn’t quite enough to warm up the critics lollipop punch. The film has an approval rating of just 22% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 218 reviews. Even the audience score for this score is a very low 47% with over 50,000 reviews.

8 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – 29%

Superman Henry Cavill and Batman Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
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Next up is the first DC movie on the list, 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This movie was supposed to be the main expansion point for DC’s new cinematic universe, but the lackluster response from audiences and critics showed that the franchise had stumbled when it was supposed to fly. While some people came Batman v Supermanand others loved the film from day one. It’s hard to overlook the film’s 29% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The audience score was more favourable, but still not good, at 63%. The general consensus from critics was that the film was extremely dark and sad, and that it failed to live up to the potential of its story and characters.

7 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010) – 52%

Isilribe (Geoffrey Rush) in Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
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jumping nearly 25%, followed on the list by Snyder’s only animated film, 2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. The film is based on a series of children’s fantasy books that were published between 2003 and 2013. The film gathered an impressive voice cast with stars like Helen Mirren, Hugo Weaving, Joel Edgerton, Jim Sturgess, Geoffrey Rush and Sam Neill.

The film also features Leigh Whannell in a small role, having played the title role opinion But before moving on to directing great movies like 2018 promoteand 2020 Invisible Man. Snyder Legend of the parents, only the fourth feature, has a score of 52% on Rotten Tomatoes from 132 reviews. Meanwhile, the audience records matches Batman v Superman by 63%.

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6 Man of Steel (2013) – 56%

Henry Cavill as Superman / Clark Kent in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel
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Just above this is Snyder’s first project in the main DCEU, 2013 man of steel. The Superman reboot came less than a decade after the Bryan Singer and Brandon Routh movie Superman Returns It fails to excite audiences, and Snyder’s fresh approach to the character has refreshed the story in some welcome ways and some divisive ways.

The debut in the DCEU hasn’t been as well received as DC and The WB had hoped, only earning a 56% critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 344 reviews. However, the audience score was kinder at 75% and the film’s box office success was strong enough to warrant building on it.

5 300 (2007) – 61%

Gerard Butler as King Leonidas in Zack Snyder's 300
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Moving on to the latter half of the list, Snyder’s films are officially out of the “rotten” territory. 2007 epic Greek war film 300 It was the movie that really put the director on the map when it came to general audience awareness of him. The bloody, hyper-stylized action movie is based on the comic of the same name from the legendary Frank Miller.

Although the film was a hit in the pop culture review realm in 2007, it only managed a 61% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. However, the film’s popularity among the general audience is evident from the 89% audience share that it carries.

4 Watchmen (2009) – 65%

Watchmen, directed by Zack Snyder
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Snyder’s follow-up 300 It was another adaptation of popular comic stories. In 2009, the director made his first movie based on a DC property, guards. The film carried the same intensely stylized action that Snyder brought in 300, and established Snyder’s character as a film director. As has been the case with essentially all of Snyder’s DC movies, guards It was somewhat divisive when it was released, and it remains that way today. It managed a 65% approval score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 310 reviews, and has an audience score of 71%.

Related: Every Zack Snyder movie ranked by the Box Office, from worst to first

3 Army of the Dead (2021) – 67%

Dave Bautista in Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead

Snyder’s latest film, and his first post-DC movie, is in 2021 Army of the dead It is also the beginning of the director’s new partnership with Netflix. Although the film received a limited and abbreviated run in theaters, it wasn’t widely available until it was released on the streaming service in the late summer of 2021. The zombie heist film starred Dave Bautista, and was the first original story Snyder created and directed during a decade.

Snyder has been on full swing since his departure with DC, such as Army of the dead It has a score of 67% from 284 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and an audience score of 75%. Snyder hopes this new creative streak will continue with his new origin story, Rebel Moon Which is also releasing on Netflix later this year.

2 Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) – 71%

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2021 was the year Snyder turned the page on DC, ending his tumultuous run with the company with the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice LeagueAnd before his release Army of the dead later that year. Much has been said about him Snyder Justice League In the two years since its launch. The R-rated four-hour movie is a marked improvement over the theatrical run Justice Leaguereleased in 2017, was the fulfillment of many fans’ desire to see Snyder’s original vision for the DC superhero team come to life.

When the movie was released directly to HBO Max (now Max) in 2021, it miraculously managed to be Snyder’s best-earned DC movie to date, by critics and audiences. Snydercut has an approval rating of 71% from critics, based on 310 reviews, and an impressive audience score of 93%.

1 Dawn of the Dead (2004) – 76%

The cast of the 2004 film Dawn of the Dead directed by Zack Snyder
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Finally, the last entry on this list is Snyder’s directorial debut. It also happens to be the only movie he’s produced that’s rated “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes. 2004 The dawn of the deadwritten by new DC head James Gunn, is a remake of the 1978 horror classic directed by George Romero.

The film boasts a strong cast that includes the likes of Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly, Jake Weber, and Machi Phifer. Based on 196 reviews, the film has a critics score of 76% on Rotten Tomatoes, while the audience score drops in about the same place with a 77% rating.


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