The Rock's 20 Best Movies, According to Critics

There are few more iconic actors in Hollywood than Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

At 49 years old, The Rock has acted in nearly 60 films to date––and shows no signs of slowing down, with three more movies due to be released this year alone (Red Notice, Jungle Cruise, and Black Adam).

Here are his best films, according to the critics...

20. Pain & Gain

2013 ‧ Action ‧ 2h 9m

Johnson stars in this film alongside Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie as Paul Doyle. The movie sees the trio, playing a group of bodybuilders in the 1990s, get caught up in some pretty serious criminal behaviour.

The movie scores 50 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 45 on Metacritic.

19. Hercules

2014 ‧ Action ‧ 2h 9m

Hercules Premiere
Dwayne Johnson and Irina Shayk at the European Premiere of Hercules, 2014 Andreas Rentz / Staff/Getty Images

This movie tells the classic tale of the mythical Greek figure, Hercules, played by Johnson. The movie scored 58 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and gained a score of 47 on Metacritic.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus says of the film: "Hercules has Brett Ratner behind the cameras and Dwayne Johnson rocking the loincloth––and delivers exactly what any reasonable person reading that description might expect."

18. The Mummy Returns

2001 ‧ Action/ Fantasy ‧ 2h 9m

In this archeological action movie, the cast of characters resurrects an ancient mummy and go on a quest to save their young son from the once-dead Egyptian King.

Johnson plays Mathayus the Scorpion King in this film, which is one of his earlier productions.

Rotten Tomatoes gives the movie 47 percent, while Metacritic gives it a score of 48.

17. Skyscraper

2018 ‧ Action ‧ 1h 40 m

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at the premiere of Skyscraper in 2018 KENA BETANCUR / Contributor/Getty Images

In Skyscraper, Johnson plays U.S. war veteran and former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader, Will Ford, who spends his days assessing security for skyscrapers.

Framed for setting a skyscraper alight on a trip to China, Will Ford has to go on the run and clear his name.

With a score of 48 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 51 on Metacritic, critics said it was "well-cast yet derivative" and not "exactly a towering action thriller feat".

=15. Gridiron Gang

2006 ‧ Action/Crime ‧ 2h

With a score of 42 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 52 on Metacritic, this early Johnson film narrowly beats Skyscraper to number 19.

Johnson plays juvenile detention camp probation officer Sean Porter, who turns a teen gang into football stars in little more than a month.

Rotten Tomatoes critics' consensus says that Johnson's role "fits like a glove", but remarks that "the execution is so cliched, the youths' stories (based on real events) fail to inspire." Ouch.

=15. Race to Witch Mountain

2009 ‧ Action/Sci-Fi ‧ 1h 40m

Race to Witch Mountain Premiere
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Carla Gugino, and Alexander Ludwig arriving at the Race to Witch Mountain premiere in 2009 Jean Baptiste Lacroix / Contributor/Getty Images

In this remake of the 1975 film Escape to Witch Mountain, Johnson breaks his usual casting mould and plays a Las Vegas taxi driver. The film sees his character go on a journey to Witch Mountain to save the world from an alien invasion.

The film scores 42 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 52 on Metacritic, it draws level with Gridiron Gang on our ranking.

According to Rotten Tomato critics, it "is a tepid reboot that lacks the magic of the original," apparently "despite the best efforts of a talented cast."

14. Snitch

2013 ‧ Crime/Drama ‧ 1h 52m

This movie sees play a father, determined to set his son free from prison after he was found with drugs, which were planted on him without his knowledge.

The film scored a respectable 57 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and 51 on Metacritic.

Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, the film gained a good reception, with Rotten Tomatoes' Critics consensus saying it "features one of Dwayne Johnson's more thoughtful performances," adding that "the presentation of Snitch's underlying message is muddled by lackluster storytelling and some tonal inconsistencies."

13. Get Smart

2008 ‧ Comedy ‧ 1h 51m

Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, and Dwayne Johnson
Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, and Dwayne Johnson at the Rome Premiere of Get Smart, 2008 Elisabetta A. Villa / Contributor/Getty Images

Get Smart is a comedic spy film, starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway alongside Johnson. Johnson plays "Agent 23", the villain of the movie, whom Steve Carell's character idolises throughout the film.

The film scored 51 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 54 on Metacritic, gaining generally favourable reviews.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus says: "Get Smart rides Steve Carell's considerable charm for a few laughs, but ultimately proves to be a rather ordinary action comedy."

12. Central Intelligence

2016 ‧ Comedy/Action ‧ 1h 47m

In a more recent iteration of the action-comedy spy movie, Johnson this time plays the geek-turned-super-spy-killer. The movie follows him to his high-school reunion, where he enlists the help of his former classmate, played by Kevin Hart.

The movie scores a respectable 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes but scored far worse on Metacritic, with a composite rating of 52.

Rotten Tomatoes' Critics Consensus says: "Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson make for well-matched comic foils, helping Central Intelligence overcome a script that coasts on their considerable chemistry."

11. The Fate of the Furious

2017 ‧ Adventure/Thriller ‧ 2h 16m

The Fate of the Furious Premiere, TheRock
Dwayne Johnson at the Fate of the Furious premiere in New York, 2018 Kevin Mazur / Contributor/Getty Images

The Rock stars in this film alongside Charlize Theron, Jason Statham and Kurt Russell in the eighth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise.

Johnson plays Luke Hobbs, a former agent of the Diplomatic Security Service. The movie takes the audience from Cuba to New York City, and then to the icy Arctic in this crime-thriller film.

The movie scored 67 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 56 on Metacritic.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus states: "The Fate of the Furious opens a new chapter in the franchise, fueled by the same infectious cast chemistry and over-the-top action fans have come to expect."

10. Jumanji: The Next Level

2019 ‧ Action/Comedy ‧ 2h 3m

In another franchise film, Johnson plays Dr. Smolder Bravestone, international explorer and archeologist.

This film sees the cast of characters return once more to Jumanji to rescue one of the team. In this movie, Johnson acts alongside an all-star cast, including Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Awkwafina, and Nick Jonas.

The film scores 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 58 on Metacritic.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics' Consensus says that, "like many classic films, Jumanji: The Next Level retains core components of what came before while adding enough fresh bits to keep things playable."

9. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

2017 ‧ Action/Comedy ‧ 1h 59m

The Rock and Lauren Hashian at premiere
Dwayne Johnson and wife Lauren Hashian at premiere of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in 2017 Christopher Polk / Staff/Getty Images

The next Jumanji movie on this list scores 76 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 58 on Metacritic. The movie sees the same all-star cast discover an old video game, that thrusts them into the game's world –– a jungle.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics' Consensus says: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle uses a charming cast and a humorous twist to offer an undemanding yet solidly entertaining update on its source material."

8. Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw

2019 ‧ Action/Comedy ‧ 2h 18m

This movie sees Johnson return to his well-loved character, Luke Hobbs, alongside Jason Statham's character, Deckard Shaw, former British Special Forces agent.

In this movie, Shaw and Hobbs battle against a cybernetically enhanced soldier to save the world against a lethal pathogen. On Rotten Tomatoes, this movie scored 67 percent and gained a score of 60 on Metacritic.

7. The Rundown

2003 ‧ Action/Comedy ‧ 1h 44m

The Rundown Premiere
Actors Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson, and Peter Berg at The Rundown Premiere in Los Angeles in 2003 Kevin Winter / Staff/Getty Images

In this action-comedy, a young Johnson plays a bounty hunter slash chef, who is sent to track down his employer's wayward son.

The movie scores 69 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 59 on Metacritic, with Rotten Tomatoes' Critics Consensus stating: "The Rundown doesn't break any new ground, but it's a smart, funny buddy action picture with terrific comic chemistry between Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Seann William Scott."

6. Fast & Furious 6

2013 ‧ Action ‧ 2h 10m

A fitting entry at number 6 in the rundown... The sixth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise sees Johnson's character Hobbs take down a criminal organisation of lethal mercenaries, with the help of Dom.

Fast & Furious 6 received a score of 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 61 on Metacritic.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus says: "With high-octane humor and terrific action scenes, Fast & Furious 6 builds upon the winning blockbuster formula that made Fast 5 a critical and commercial success."

5. The Other Guys

2010 ‧ Action/Comedy ‧ 1h 47m

The Rock filming 'The Other Guys'
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson filming The Other Guys in New York Bobby Bank / Contributor/Getty Images

The Other Guys focusses on two New York City detectives, played by Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, who attempt to act like the force's top cops.

Johnson plays the top cop that both of the struggling protagonists idolise. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a score of 78 percent, while Metacritic gives it a solid 64.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus calls the movie a "clever parody of cop-buddy action-comedies", and says it "delivers several impressive action set pieces and lots of big laughs."

4. Fast Five

2011 ‧ Action ‧ 2h 10m

Dwayne Johnson returns to the character of Luke Hobbs for this installment in the Fast & Furious franchise, in a thriller that sees him hunt down fugitives Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and former cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker).

The movie scores 77 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 66 on Metacritic, with Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus saying that the "sleek, loud, and over the top" film "proudly embraces its brainless action thrills and injects new life into the franchise."

3. Furious 7

2015 ‧ Adventure/ Thriller ‧ 2h 17m

Premiere Fast and Furious 7
Dwayne Johnson with mother Ata Johnson (left), daughter Simone Johnson (centre-left) and wife Lauren Hashian (right) at the Fast & Furious 7 premiere in 2015 Jeffrey Mayer / Contributor/Getty Images

Furious 7 takes Johnson's character, Luke Hobbs, to Rio de Janeiro to hunt down fugitives Dom Toretto and Brian O'Conner.

Rotten Tomatoes gives this action-thriller a score of 83 percent, while Metacritic gives it the score of 66.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus states: "Serving up a fresh round of over-the-top thrills while adding unexpected dramatic heft, Furious 7 keeps the franchise moving in more ways than one."

2. Fighting with my Family

2019 ‧ Comedy ‧ 1h 47m

Starring Florence Pugh, Lena Hadley, Nick Frost and Jack Lowden, this movie follows a wrestling family as children Paige (Pugh) and Zak (Lowden) try out for WWE.

In Fighting with my Family, Johnson plays himself, harking back to his days as a WWE superstar.

The film received a score of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 68 on Metacritic.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus said of the film: "Much like the sport it celebrates, Fighting with my Family muscles past clichés with a potent blend of energy and committed acting that should leave audiences cheering."

1. Moana

2016 ‧ Animation/Comedy ‧ 1h 53m

Moana Premiere
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson at the Moana premiere in 2016 Tibrina Hobson / Contributor/Getty Images

This Disney modern classic sits head and shoulders above the rest, scoring 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 81 on Metacritic.

In this animated movie, Johnson plays the legendary demi-God Maui, who helps the princess Moana navigate the seas to save her island.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus says: "With a title character as three-dimensional as its lush animation and a story that adds fresh depth to Disney's time-tested formula, Moana is truly a family-friendly adventure for the ages."