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All Matt Damon Movies Ranked by Tomatometer
Before his breakout with Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon was already something of an actor to watch, showing versatility as a gaunt military medic in Courage Under Fire and as a determined law school grad in The Rainmaker. But looking to take creative control of his own career, he and partner-in-crime Ben Affleck wrote Good Will Hunting, earning the two a Best Original Screenplay Oscar, and an acting nom for Damon. After that, it was off to the races, working with the likes of Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan), Kevin Smith (Dogma, though he already had a previous cameo in Chasing Amy), Anthony Minghella (The Talented Mr. Ripley), and Martin Scorsese (The Departed).
Damon worked with Gus Van Sant a few more times (Finding Forrester, Gerry) before finding a truly kindred creative partner in Steven Soderbergh. Together, along with another regular cast of collaborators, he’s starred in three Ocean’s movies, Contagion, The Informant!, and Behind the Candelabra, with small cameos in Soderbergh’s Che Guevara biopics. Around the same time as Ocean’s Eleven, Damon came into the Bourne series, whose first trilogy (Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum) would rewrite the book on action cinema in the 21st century, with its intimate shaky-cam presentation and intricate plotting and character work.
The 2010s were a big decade for science-fiction and Damon got in on the action, with work representing some of his best movies, and certainly among the most well-known: The Adjustment Bureau, Elysium, The Zero Theorem, Interstellar, and The Martian.
After a rough 2017 where he starred in only Rotten movies (The Great Wall, Suburbicon, Downsizing), and remaining off-screen for 2018, he’s making a late 2019 appearance with Ford v Ferrari, the high-octane true story co-starring Christian Bale, and directed by James Mangold. As he puts pedal to the metal, we’re taking a cool look in the rear view mirror with all of Matt Damon’s movies ranked by Tomatometer!
Adjusted Score: 38.414%
Critics Consensus: A disappointing misfire for director George Clooney, Suburbicon attempts to juggle social satire, racial commentary, and murder mystery -- and ends up making a mess of all three.
Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns... the perfect place to raise a family,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 40.763%
Critics Consensus: Its intentions are noble and its cast is impressive, but neither can compensate for The Monuments Men's stiffly nostalgic tone and curiously slack narrative.
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 35.212%
Critics Consensus: This adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel comes off as rather flat and uninvolving. Scenes feel rushed and done in shorthand, and the romance between Damon and Cruz has no sparks.
Texas teenager John Grady Cole finds himself alone in the world after his mother sells the ranch where he grew... [More]
Adjusted Score: 45.406%
Critics Consensus: For a Yimou Zhang film featuring Matt Damon and Willem Dafoe battling ancient monsters, The Great Wall is neither as exciting nor as entertainingly bonkers as one might hope.
Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou... [More]
Adjusted Score: 43.983%
Critics Consensus: The Brothers Grimm is full of beautiful imagery, but the story is labored and less than enchanting.
Two men who have made a career out of spinning remarkable stories find themselves bringing them to life in this... [More]
Adjusted Score: 46.454%
Critics Consensus: Ponderous and overlong, The Majestic drowns in forced sentimentality and resembles a mish-mash of other, better films.
Hollywood screenwriter Peter Appleton, a staff writer at HHS Studios in 1951, is an ambitious up-and-comer. His first produced screenplay,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 47.475%
Critics Consensus: Despite the talent involved in The Legend of Bagger Vance, performances are hindered by an inadequate screenplay full of flat characters and bad dialogue. Also, not much happens, and some critics are offended by how the film glosses over issues of racism.
Set against the backdrop of a golf tournament in 1930's Georgia where a white war hero is competing for the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 48.19%
Critics Consensus: The animation is as eye-popping as ever, but Happy Feet Two's narrative is too noisily incoherent to recapture the Oscar-winning charm of its predecessor.
Happy Feet Two returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D. Mumble, The Master of Tap, has... [More]
Adjusted Score: 53.889%
Critics Consensus: Despite a thought-provoking premise and Clint Eastwood's typical flair as director, Hereafter fails to generate much compelling drama, straddling the line between poignant sentimentality and hokey tedium.
"Hereafter" tells the story of three people who are touched by death in different ways. George is a blue-collar American... [More]
Adjusted Score: 60.386%
Critics Consensus: Downsizing assembles a talented cast in pursuit of some truly interesting ideas -- which may be enough for some audiences to forgive the final product's frustrating shortcomings.
When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 54.49%
Critics Consensus: Fans of director Terry Gilliam's trademark visual aesthetic will find everything they've bargained for, but for the unconverted, The Zero Theorem may prove too muddled to enjoy.
Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)'s madcap science fiction epic The Zero Theorem stars two-... [More]
Adjusted Score: 48.941%
Critics Consensus: Geronimo: An American Legend fails to stir the soul, though its sweeping visuals and historical ambitions mark an intelligent change of pace for director Walter Hill.
Walter Hill directs John Milius's script (co-written by Larry Gross) depicting a revisionist perspective on the "Geronimo Campaign" and how... [More]
Adjusted Score: 54.212%
Critics Consensus: Great visuals, but the story feels like a cut-and-paste job of other sci-fi movies.
Titan A.E. combines cel and CG imagery in this science fiction saga. In 3028, after the Earth is destroyed by... [More]
Adjusted Score: 57.508%
Critics Consensus: The earnest and well-intentioned Promised Land sports a likable cast, but it also suffers from oversimplified characterizations and a frustrating final act.
Promised Land is the new contemporary drama directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk). Matt Damon plays Steve... [More]
Adjusted Score: 58.298%
Critics Consensus: Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass return to the propulsive action and visceral editing of the Bourne films -- but a cliched script and stock characters keep those methods from being as effective this time around.
United 93 director Paul Greengrass explores the aftermath of the Iraq invasion in this feature adaptation of author Rajiv Chandrasekaran's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 60.572%
Critics Consensus: Though ambitious and confidently directed by Robert De Niro, The Good Shepherd is ultimately a tedious drama that holds few surprises and succumbs to self-seriousness.
Edward Wilson understands the value of secrecy--discretion and commitment to honor have been embedded in him since childhood. As an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66.512%
Critics Consensus: Jason Bourne delivers fans of the franchise more of what they've come to expect -- which is this sequel's biggest selling point as well as its greatest flaw.
The next chapter of Universal Pictures' Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA's most lethal former operative drawn out of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 60.041%
Critics Consensus: While some have found the latest star-studded heist flick to be a fun, glossy star vehicle, others declare it's lazy, self-satisfied and illogical.
After pulling off the heist of their lives, Danny Ocean and his pals unexpectedly find themselves back in harness in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 62.474%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
An assemblage of young Hollywood actors poised for stardom marked this tale of anti-Semitism at a 1950s prep school. Brendan... [More]
Adjusted Score: 65.296%
Critics Consensus: An unusually sweet and charming comedy by the Farrelly brothers. Fans may miss the distinct lack of bodily fluids though.
Bob and Walt Tenor are small-town legends who excel at sports, and who are the proud owners of a fast-food... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63.318%
Critics Consensus: The type of uncompromising film that divides filmgoers over whether it is profound or pretentious.
Two young friends who call each other "Gerry" drive off into the wilderness to hike in a remote area. After... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.832%
Critics Consensus: We Bought a Zoo is a transparently cloying effort by director Cameron Crowe, but Matt Damon makes for a sympathetic central character.
This holiday season, acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) directs an amazing and true story about a single... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.112%
Critics Consensus: Richly atmospheric and colorful performances contributed to the movie's entertainment value.
Set against the backdrop of New York's high-stakes underground poker world. Mike McDermott, a master card player who trades the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74.72%
Critics Consensus: After the heady sci-fi thrills of District 9, Elysium is a bit of a comedown for director Neill Blomkamp, but on its own terms, it delivers just often enough to satisfy.
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72.534%
Critics Consensus: Provocative and audacious, Dogma is an uneven but thoughtful religious satire that's both respectful and irreverent.
The latest battle in the eternal war between Good and Evil has come to New Jersey in the late, late... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.549%
Critics Consensus: Ocean's Thirteen reverts to the formula of the first installment, and the result is another slick and entertaining heist film.
Cinema icon Al Pacino joins a powerhouse cast headed by of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.253%
Critics Consensus: A visually stunning film that may be too predictable and politically correct for adults, but should serve children well.
Screenwriter John Fusco returns to the Western themes of his previous films Young Guns and Thunderheart with this animated children's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.975%
Critics Consensus: First-time writer/director George Nolfi struggles to maintain a consistent tone, but The Adjustment Bureau rises on the strong, believable chemistry of its stars.
On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.345%
Critics Consensus: Interstellar represents more of the thrilling, thought-provoking, and visually resplendent filmmaking moviegoers have come to expect from writer-director Christopher Nolan, even if its intellectual reach somewhat exceeds its grasp.
With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.555%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious, complicated, intellectual, and demanding of its audience, Syriana is both a gripping geopolitical thriller and wake-up call to the complacent.
From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the Persian Gulf,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.492%
Critics Consensus: A surfeit of ideas contributes to Margaret's excessive run time, but Anna Paquin does a admirable job of guiding viewers through emotional hell.
Margaret centers on a 17-year-old New York City high-school student who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.757%
Critics Consensus: Delivered with typically stately precision from director Clint Eastwood, Invictus may not be rousing enough for some viewers, but Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman inhabit their real-life characters with admirable conviction.
The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.323%
Critics Consensus: A charismatic turn by star Matt Damon and a consistently ironic tone boost this quietly funny satire about a corporate whistle-blower.
A rising star in the agricultural industry suddenly turns whistleblower in hopes of gaining a lucrative promotion and becoming a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.335%
Critics Consensus: A well-made sequel that delivers the thrills.
The second chapter in the "Bourne Trilogy," based on Robert Ludlum's best-selling espionage novels, reaches the screen in this sequel... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.76%
Critics Consensus: As fast-paced, witty, and entertaining as it is star-studded and coolly stylish, Ocean's Eleven offers a well-seasoned serving of popcorn entertainment.
A rag-tag group of con artists and ex-cons team up for the heist to end all heists in this high-profile... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.321%
Critics Consensus: Invigorated by its talented cast and Francis Ford Coppola's strong direction, The Rainmaker is a satisfying legal drama -- and arguably the best of Hollywood's many John Grisham adaptations.
A broke, inexperienced law-school grad takes on a huge Insurance company to fight for a woman whose son has terminal... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.791%
Critics Consensus: With Matt Damon's unsettling performance offering a darkly twisted counterpoint to Anthony Minghella's glossy direction, The Talented Mr. Ripley is a suspense thriller that lingers.
After the Oscar-winning The English Patient, writer/director Anthony Minghella attempted another tricky literary adaptation with The Talented Mr. Ripley, which... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.28%
Critics Consensus: Expertly blending genre formula with bursts of unexpected wit, The Bourne Identity is an action thriller that delivers -- and then some.
The best-selling suspense novel by late author Robert Ludlum comes to the screen for a second time, following a 1988... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.359%
Critics Consensus: Tense, tightly plotted, and bolstered by a stellar cast, Contagion is an exceptionally smart -- and scary -- disaster movie.
Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.656%
Critics Consensus: An emotional and intriguing tale of a military officer who must review the merits of a fallen officer while confronting his own war demons. Effectively depicts the terrors of war as well as its heartbreaking aftermath.
A US Army officer, despondent about a deadly mistake he made, investigates a female chopper commander's worthiness for the Medal... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.786%
Critics Consensus: Featuring outstanding work from an excellent cast, The Departed is a thoroughly engrossing gangster drama with the gritty authenticity and soupy morality we come to expect from Martin Scorsese.
Legendary director Martin Scorsese takes the helm for this tale of questionable loyalties and blurring identities set in the South... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105.4%
Critics Consensus: Smart, thrilling, and surprisingly funny, The Martian offers a faithful adaptation of the bestselling book that brings out the best in leading man Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.043%
Critics Consensus: While not Miyazaki's best film, Ponyo is a visually stunning fairy tale that's a sweetly poetic treat for children of all ages.
Acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki returns for his ninth animated feature with Ponyo, which deals with a friendship between a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.015%
Critics Consensus: The Bourne Ultimatum is an intelligent, finely tuned non-stop thrill ride. Another strong performance from Matt Damon and sharp camerawork from Paul Greengrass make this the finest installment of the Bourne trilogy.
Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) races to solve the mystery of his past while being hunted by members of the very... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.995%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by another winning performance from Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg's unflinchingly realistic war film virtually redefines the genre.
Steven Spielberg directed this powerful, realistic re-creation of WWII's D-day invasion and the immediate aftermath. The story opens with a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.424%
Critics Consensus: Affectionate without sacrificing honesty, Behind the Candelabra couples award-worthy performances from Michael Douglas and Matt Damon with some typically sharp direction from Steven Soderbergh.
Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104.176%
Critics Consensus: Girded by strong performances from Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, and lifted by some of the Coens' most finely tuned, unaffected work, True Grit is a worthy companion to the Charles Portis book.
Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) joins an aging U.S. marshal (Jeff Bridges) and another lawman (Matt Damon) in tracking her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.415%
Critics Consensus: It follows a predictable narrative arc, but Good Will Hunting adds enough quirks to the journey -- and is loaded with enough powerful performances -- that it remains an entertaining, emotionally rich drama.
The most brilliant mind at America's top university isn't a student, he's the kid who cleans the floors. Will Hunting... [More]