All of Chris Hemsworth’s Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

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Newsweek

Over the past decade, Aussie hunk Chris Hemsworth has risen to become one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. Between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, he is believed to have earned $64.5 million, putting him fourth on Forbes magazine’s list of the world's highest paid actors.

Born in 1983 in Melbourne, Hemsworth got his start—like so many Australian actors, including his older brother Luke and younger brother Liam—in a soap opera. He joined the cast of Home and Away in 2004 and appeared in 171 episodes before leaving in 2007 to try his luck in Hollywood.

His first big break playing Captain James T. Kirk's father George in the opening scenes of J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot of Star Trek. He may not have been on screen very long, but his appearance made a big impact and catapulted him onto bigger and better things.

With his chiseled features and impressive physique, he was a natural to play Thor, the Marvel superhero based on the Norse god of thunder. Kenneth Branagh, the director of 2011's Thor, told chat show host Graham Norton he had been nervous about asking Hemsworth whether he would be OK doing a topless scene.

“Of course I'm going to get my bloody shirt off, mate,” Branagh recalled him saying. “I've been training for nine months for this thing!”

Thor proved hugely popular, taking around $450 million at the international box office. But that was small change compared with the $1.5 billion earned by 2012's The Avengers, in which Thor teamed up with fellow Marvel superheroes Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye to defend Earth from his adopted brother, Loki.

He has subsequently played the god in two more Thor films (2013's The Dark World and 2017's Ragnarok) and two further Avengers movies (2015's Age of Ultron and 2018's Infinity War) and is due to don the suit and cape again in 2019's Endgame.

But there's more to Hemsworth than the musclebound heroic Norse god; he was also the musclebound heroic hunter in 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman and its 2016 follow-up.

He surprised critics with his thoughtful performance as British Formula One driver James Hunt in Ron Howard's 2013 drama Rush, about the rivalry between flashy playboy Hunt and methodical Austrian driver Niki Lauda.

"Hemsworth is the revelation here," wrote Salon film critic Andrew O'Hehir. "He’s charismatic and funny, not to mention physically impressive, but also brings some depth to a character who could have been cartoonish, hinting at the real-life Hunt’s uncertainty and unhappiness."

Join us as we look back at the career of one of the most successful Hollywood actors of his generation. Using data from critical review aggregation websites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, as well as user-submitted reviews from IMDb, we’ve ranked all of Chris Hemsworth’s movies from worst to best.

01 Red-Dawn
Red Dawn: Open Road Films

18. Red Dawn (2012). Total score: 38.8%. IMDb users: 5.4. Metacritic: 31. Rotten Tomatoes: 3.9. Directed by: Dan Bradley. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas, Josh Hutcherson.
Plot summary: A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.
What the critics said: "North Koreans? Falling from the sky? Seriously?" Tom Long, Detroit News.
Worldwide box office gross: $44,806,783.

02 Vacation
Vacation: Warner Bros.

17. Vacation (2015). Total score: 41.8%. IMDb users: 6.1. Metacritic: 34. Rotten Tomatoes: 4. Directed by: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein. Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo.
Plot summary: Rusty Griswold takes his own family on a road trip to "Walley World" in order to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his sons.
What the critics said: "That sound you hear is John Hughes and Harold Ramis, the writer and director of the original, rolling over in their graves. And not from laughter, which is in very short supply here." Lou Lumenick, New York Post.
Worldwide box office gross: $104,884,188.

03 The Huntsman- Winter's War
The Huntsman: Winter's War: Universal Pictures

16. The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016). Total score: 43%. IMDb users: 6.1. Metacritic: 35. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.2. Directed by: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Rob Brydon, Nick Frost.
Plot summary: Eric and fellow warrior Sara, raised as members of ice Queen Freya's army, try to conceal their forbidden love as they fight to survive the wicked intentions of both Freya and her sister Ravenna.
What the critics said: "When people gripe about Hollywood's reliance on sequels and cheap franchise cash-ins, this is the kind of movie they mean: no Grimm's Fairy Tale, but a grim tale nonetheless." David Sims, The Atlantic.
Worldwide box office gross: $164,989,338.

04 Blackhat
Blackhat: Universal Pictures

15. Blackhat (2015). Total score: 50.4%. IMDb users: 5.4. Metacritic: 51. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.8. Directed by: Michael Mann. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Wei Tang.
Plot summary: A furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.
What the critics said: "Let's start with the fact that Hemsworth stars as the world's most brilliant hacker. Let that sink in for a moment." Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com.
Worldwide box office gross: $19,652,057.

05 In the Heart of the Sea
In the Heart of the Sea: Warner Bros.

14. In the Heart of the Sea (2015). Total score: 54.6%. IMDb users: 6.9. Metacritic: 47. Rotten Tomatoes: 5.5. Directed by: Ron Howard. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Tom Holland.
Plot summary: A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby Dick.
What the critics said: "Sure, Hemsworth looks great, and the whale's attacks are genuinely exciting. And some of the everyday details of life at sea are fascinating, too, if disgusting. But sorry, maties, but this is the one that got away." Stephen Whitty, New York Daily News.
Worldwide box office gross: $93,920,758.

06 12 Strong
12 Strong: Warner Bros.

13. 12 Strong (2018). Total score: 56.8%. IMDb users: 6.6. Metacritic: 54. Rotten Tomatoes: 5.5. Directed by: Nicolai Fuglsig. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Trevante Rhodes.
Plot summary: The story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. Under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.
What the critics said: "It's virtually all Hemsworth's show and he's entirely up to the task of carrying the film on his broad shoulders: He's charismatic, fearless, confident, jokey and a good old Kentucky boy who just wants to get the job done." Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter.
Worldwide box office gross: $67,131,266.

07 Snow White
Snow White and the Huntsman: Universal Pictures

12. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). Total score: 57.4%. IMDb users: 6.1. Metacritic: 57. Rotten Tomatoes: 5.6. Directed by: Rupert Sanders. Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin.
Plot summary: In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.
What the critics said: "This slightly overstuffed entertainment rises, in part thanks to Hemsworth, to one of the most pleasant surprises of the summer movie season so far." Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies.
Worldwide box office gross: $396,592,829.

08 Thor- The Dark World
Thor: The Dark World: Marvel/Disney

11. Thor: The Dark World (2013). Total score: 60.4%. IMDb users: 7. Metacritic: 54. Rotten Tomatoes: 6.2. Directed by: Alan Taylor. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Chris O'Dowd, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston.
Plot summary: When Dr. Jane Foster gets cursed with a powerful entity known as the Aether, Thor is heralded of the cosmic event known as the Convergence and the genocidal Dark Elves.
What the critics said: "Most of what worked in Thor works again: Hiddleston is campy and treacherous, Hemsworth is puppy-dog keen and there's a nice line in knowing jokery." Tom Huddleston, Time Out.
Worldwide box office gross: $644,571,402.

09 Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters: Columbia Pictures

10. Ghostbusters (2016). Total score: 60.6%. IMDb users: 5.3. Metacritic: 60. Rotten Tomatoes: 6.5. Directed by: Paul Feig. Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth.
Plot summary: Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.|
What the critics said: "Wiig is at her best, Jones is a revelation, Chris Hemsworth is a wonderful surprise in the movie and Kate McKinnon steals the show. They're all weirdly endearing, too, and it has nothing to do with nostalgia." Liz Braun, Toronto Sun.
Worldwide box office gross: $229,147,509.

10 Thor
Thor: Paramount Pictures

9. Thor (2011). Total score: 63.6%. IMDb users: 7. Metacritic: 57. Rotten Tomatoes: 6.7. Directed by: Kenneth Branagh. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba.
Plot summary: The powerful, but arrogant god Thor, is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.
What the critics said: "Hemsworth, an Aussie actor with a vocal command to match his heaving brawn, doesn't just play the role, he owns it." Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.
Worldwide box office gross: $449,326,618.

11 Bad Times at the El Royale
Bad Times at the El Royale: Twentieth Century Fox

8. Bad Times at the El Royale (2018). Total score: 65.2%. IMDb users: 7.4. Metacritic: 60. Rotten Tomatoes: 6.6. Directed by: Drew Goddard. Starring: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, John Hamm, Chris Hemsworth.
Plot summary: Circa 1969, several strangers, most with a secret to bury, meet by chance at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one night, everyone will show their true colors - before everything goes to hell.
What the critics said: "Mostly it's an excuse to let a bunch of talented actors loose, and they meet the bare-bones script more than halfway." Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly.
Worldwide box office gross: $31,369,047.