All 11 Leonardo DiCaprio Movies That Are “Rotten” On Rotten Tomatoes, throughout his decades-spanning career

Throughout his decades-spanning career, Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in tons of movies, eleven of which have “rotten” scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

Leonardo DiCaprio in a closeup shot in Don't Look Up

In Leonardo DiCaprio’s vast film catalog, eleven of the movies he starred in have “rotten” critical scores on Rotten Tomatoes. DiCaprio is among the best actors in film history, and certainly one of the finest still working today. He’s starred in countless phenomenal movies and worked with powerhouse movie directors like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, and so many others. DiCaprio received his first Oscar nomination at just 19 years old for his role as Arnie Grape in What’s Eating GilbertGrape. After several nominations, he finally won his first Oscar in 2016 for The Revenant.

However, not every Leonardo DiCaprio movie has been a critical hit. The scores of his eleven “rotten” movies on Rotten Tomatoes range from 0%-58% on the Tomatometer, with average ratings between 3.4/10 to 6.3/10 at the time of writing. While DiCaprio’s performances are rarely the issue in his negatively received films, they weren’t enough to save these eleven movies from becoming “rotten.” Whether they were underwhelming or just plain awful, most critics were not fond of these DiCaprio movies.

11Critters 3

Josh

A low angle shot of Josh (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April (Nadine Van der Velde) looking downward in Critters 3.

Critters 3

Year
1991

Score
0%

Average Rating
3.4/10

Number of Reviews
7

DiCaprio’s first-ever movie has a 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the worst possible score on the Tomatometer, with an average rating of 3.4/10 generated from a mere seven critical reviews. DiCaprio made his film debut in Critters 3the third installment in the low-budget horror franchise and the only direct-to-video release among his “rotten” movies. Critics seem to agree that Critters 3 is significantly worse than the already abysmal first and second Critters movies, and its only redeeming quality is that it served as DiCaprio’s film debut.

10The Basketball Diaries

Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll (Leonardo DiCaprio) smokes a cigarette with two boys in The Basketball Diaries.

The Basketball Diaries

Year
1995

Score
47%

Average Rating
5.3/10

Number of Reviews
43

Following his breakout role opposite Robert DeNiro in This Boy’s Life and his first Oscar-nominated performance in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Dicaprio’s films’ scores plummeted in 1995. DiCaprio plays real-life author and poet Jim Carroll in the biographical crime drama The Basketball Diaries, based on Carroll’s 1978 memoir about his heroin addiction as a teenage basketball player and aspiring writer. Despite having a decent audience score of 76%, The Basketball Diaries only holds a 47% score on the Tomatometer, with an average critical rating of 5.3/10. DiCaprio’s lead performance was praised by critics as one of the few highlights in an otherwise muddled attempt at a cautionary tale.

9The Quick and the Dead

The KidA distressed Leonardo DiCaprio reaching out his bloody fingers in The Quick and the Dead.

The Quick and the Dead

Year
1995

Score
58%

Average Rating
5.9/10

Number of Reviews
40

DiCaprio played “The Kid” in The Quick and the Dead, a revisionist Western about a female gunfighter seeking revenge for her father’s murder in the town of Redemption. Though it continued DiCaprio’s 1995 “rotten” streak, The Quick and the Dead also holds the highest score on the Tomatometer out of all of DiCaprio’s “rotten” movies with 58%, only 2% away from a “fresh” score. However, critics generally found that the plot was too thin, and the film was more focused on subverting and toying with Western archetypes than telling a compelling story.

8Total Eclipse

Arthur RimbaudLeonardo DiCaprio and David Thewlis in Total Eclipse.

Total Eclipse

Year
1995

Score
22%

Average Rating
4.5/10

Number of Reviews
18

1995 was DiCaprio’s worst year on Rotten Tomatoes with all three of his movies from that year holding rotten scores on the Tomatometer. Though it received fewer reviews, Total Eclipse ranks lowest by a wide margin, with a score of only 22% and an average rating of 4.5/10. This erotic historical drama is based on the real letters and poems of 19th-century French poets and lovers Arthur Rimbaud (DiCaprio) and Paul Verlaine (David Thewlis).Roger Ebert summed up critics’ main issues with Total Eclipse best: It lacks any sense of humor, and is under the delusion that its subjects are interesting because they are great poets.

7
The Man in the Iron Mask
King Louis XIV & Philippe BourbonLeonardo DiCaprio in The Man in the Iron Mask.
The Man in the Iron Mask

Year

1998

Score

32%

Average Rating

5.5/10

Number of Reviews

41

DiCaprio managed to get out of his ’95 slump with a two-year fresh streak from 1996-1997, which included gems like Baz Luhrmann’s take on Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) in which he played the titular Romeo, and career highlights like James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) featuring one of DiCaprio’s most iconic roles, Jack Dawson. However, things started to go downhill again in 1998 with his first “rotten” film of the year, The Man in the Iron Mask. Loosely based on the work of Alexandre Dumas, The Man in the Iron Mask follows the adventures of the four Musketeers during King Louis XIV’s reign.

DiCaprio stars in a dual role as both the titular “man in the iron mask,” Philippe Bourbon, and the film’s villain, King Louis XIV. The Man in the Iron Mask has a score of 32% on the Tomatometer with an average rating of 5.5/10 from 41 reviews. Critics dubbed it “cheesy,” unfocused, and ultimately incomparable to Dumas’ original texts.

6Celebrity

Brandon DarrowLeonardo DiCaprio getting swarmed by paparazzi in Woody Allen's Celebrity.

Celebrity

Year
1998

Score
42%

Average Rating
5.5/10

Number of Reviews
43

DiCaprio’s only other movie from 1998, Woody Allen’s Celebrity about a recent divorcee who immerses himself in the world of celebrity, also scored “rotten,” making 1998 another rough year for DiCaprio. Celebrity holds a score of 42% on the Tomatometer and an average rating of 5.5/10 from 43 reviews. It is DiCaprio’s only “rotten” movie that holds an identical critical and audience score. Critics were generous with their reviews, acknowledging the entertainment value and technical feats of Celebrity, but were ultimately underwhelmed and unimpressed by the story and attempted insights into celebrity culture.

5The Beach

Richard

Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio) sitting at the beach and smiling in The Beach.

The Beach

Year
2000

Score
21%

Average Rating
4.5/10

Number of Reviews
122

DiCaprio didn’t star in any movies released in 1999, only to return with a dud like Danny Boyle’s The Beach in the new millennium. Besides Critters 3,The Beach holds DiCaprio’s lowest Rotten Tomatoes score of any film he’s starred in, with a pitiful 21% on the Tomatometer. Based on Alex Garland’s 1996 novel of the same name, The Beach follows Richard (DiCaprio), an American traveling through Thailand in search of a mysterious beach rumored to be a solitary island paradise. Critics emphasized the beautiful visuals and cinematography but otherwise found The Beach to be at once bland, murky, and self-important.

4Body of Lies

Roger Ferris

Leonardo DiCaprio leaning back to talk to Russell Crowe behind him in a car in Body of Lies

Body of Lies

Year
2008

Score
55%

Average Rating
5.9/10

Number of Reviews
215

DiCaprio was on a roll for a while in the early 2000s, starring in hits like Spielberg’s Catch Me if You Can (2002) and Scorsese’s Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), and The Departed (2006), until Body of Lies broke his seven-year fresh streak in 2008. DiCaprio plays Roger Ferris alongside Russel Crowe in the espionage thriller Body of Lies, which holds a 55% score on the Tomatometer and an average rating of 5.0/10. Body of Lies was deemed a conventional spy action thriller by critics, most of whom conceded that two talents like DiCaprio and Crowe were wasted on such a forgettable film.

3J. Edgar

J. Edgar Hoover

Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover testifying in court in J. Edgar. Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover looking angry in court in J. Edgar. Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover & Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson in J. Edgar. Leonardo DiCaprio as older J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar. Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover sitting on a couch in J. Edgar.Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover testifying in court in J. Edgar. Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover looking angry in court in J. Edgar. Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover & Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson in J. Edgar.
Leonardo DiCaprio as older J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar. Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover sitting on a couch in J. Edgar.

J. Edgar

Year
2011

Score
43%

Average Rating
5.7/10

Number of Reviews
248

After being absent from the big screen in 2009, DiCaprio had a solid run in 2010, starring in Scorsese’s Shutter Island and Nolan’s Inception, until 2011 came and humbled him a little. A frequent star of biopics, DiCaprio has played many real-life people onscreen, including the eponymous FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar in 2011. The film holds a 43% score on the Tomatometer with a 5.7/10 average rating from a total of 248 reviews. Critics once again praised DiCaprio’s stellar performance in an otherwise disappointing film, noting the confusing narrative and far too complimentary depiction of Hoover as particularly weak points.

2The Great Gatsby

Jay Gatsby

Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) raising a glass of champagne in The Great Gatsby. Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) wearing a tuxedo surrounded by gold streamers in The Great Gatsby. Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) surrounded by flowers and cakes in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) looks into Daisy (Carey Mulligan)'s eyes outside a party in The Great Gatsby.Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) raising a glass of champagne in The Great Gatsby. Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) wearing a tuxedo surrounded by gold streamers in The Great Gatsby. Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) surrounded by flowers and cakes in The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) looks into Daisy (Carey Mulligan)'s eyes outside a party in The Great Gatsby.

The Great Gatsby

Year
2013

Score
48%

Average Rating
5.9/10

Number of Reviews
305

DiCaprio started alternating between “fresh” and “rotten” years in the 2010s, with the “certified fresh” Django Unchained in 2012 followed by 2013’s “rotten” The Great Gatsby. DiCaprio plays the eponymous Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel. The Great Gatsby‘s score of 48% on the Tomatometer and average rating of 5.9/10 was aggregated from 305 reviews. Critics applauded Luhrmann for his ambition and “dazzling” visual splendor but ultimately found that all the glitz and glam of The Great Gatsby overshadowed the themes and core story at the heart of the source material.

1Don’t Look Up

Dr. Randall Mindy

Dr. Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Kate (Jennifer Lawrence) sit next to each other on a couch in Don't Look Up. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and the cast of Don't Look Up pointing to the sky Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence looking at a phone in Don't Look Up Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Larence in a grocery store in Don't Look Up President Orlean, Jason, Randall, and Kate walking in the White House in Don't Look Up.Dr. Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Kate (Jennifer Lawrence) sit next to each other on a couch in Don't Look Up. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and the cast of Don't Look Up pointing to the sky Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence looking at a phone in Don't Look Up Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Larence in a grocery store in Don't Look Up President Orlean, Jason, Randall, and Kate walking in the White House in Don't Look Up.

Don’t Look Up

Year
2021

Score
55%

Average Rating
6.3/10

Number of Reviews
305

After The Great Gatsby, DiCaprio managed to go eight years without starring in a “rotten” movie, the longest “fresh” streak of his career thus far. That is, until Adam McKay’s divisive Don’t Look Up in 2021, DiCaprio’s most recent “rotten” movie. DiCaprio plays astronomy professor Dr. Randall Mindy as part of an impressive ensemble cast featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, and many more. However, Don’t Look Up‘s star-studded cast couldn’t save it from its “rotten” fate of a 55% score.

Overall, critics found that Don’t Look Up didn’t quite pull off the political point it was trying to make; the premise was clever and well-meaning, but the execution mostly fell flat. While it may have broken his longest-running fresh streak, Don’t Look Up maintains the highest average critical rating of all DiCaprio’s “rotten” movies with a 6.3/10 from 305 reviews, in which more critics on average ranked it “fresh.” It also has the highest comparative audience score among Leonardo DiCaprio‘s critically “rotten” movies with 78%.

Related Posts

Our Privacy policy

https://news75today.com - © 2024 News75today