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Once, during a long-ago era called The ‘80s, Hollywood action heroes roamed the Earth with bulging biceps and names like Sly, Arnold, and Bruce. With a limitless supply of weapons and wisecracks, they saved the world countless times, only to be exiled to the land of Direct-to-Video for their trouble, where they wandered lost throughout the ‘90s and much of the aughts. But they’re fighting their way back from extinction, thanks in large part to the tenacious efforts of steely-eyed roughnecks like Jason Statham, the veteran of latter-day genre classics like Crank, The Bank Job, and recent Fast and Furious sequels who rose to stardom on the strength of his appearances in Guy Ritchie‘s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. To celebrate his bravery in the face of indie dramas and romantic comedies, we’ve rounded up all of his major roles to offer a comprehensive look back at all Jason Statham movies, sorted by Tomatometer.
Adjusted Score: 4.878%
Critics Consensus: Featuring mostly wooden performances, laughable dialogue, and shoddy production values, In the Name of the King fulfills all expectations of an Uwe Boll film.
Adjusted Score: 8.583%
Critics Consensus: Reviewers say Turn It Up has a derivative feel, running through too many urban movie cliches.
Adjusted Score: 15.155%
Critics Consensus: Jet Li and Jason Statham find themselves on opposing sides in the immensely boring War, which is full of clichés but short on action.
Adjusted Score: 16.245%
Critics Consensus: The One plays more like a video game than a movie and borrows freely from other, better sci-fi actioners, burying Jet Li’s spectacular talents under heaps of editing and special effects.
Adjusted Score: 17.493%
Critics Consensus: In attempting to meld his successful previous formulas with philosophical musings, Guy Ritchie has produced an incoherent misfire.
Adjusted Score: 23.924%
Critics Consensus: John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars is not one of Carpenter’s better movies, filled as it is with bad dialogue, bad acting, confusing flashbacks, and scenes that are more campy than scary.
Adjusted Score: 28.089%
Critics Consensus: A rote, utterly disposable Jason Statham vehicle that just happens to have Clive Owen and Robert De Niro in it.
Adjusted Score: 32.24%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Adjusted Score: 32.258%
Critics Consensus: Hardcore Jason Statham fans may enjoy parts of Wild Card, but all other action aficionados need not apply.
Adjusted Score: 38.038%
Critics Consensus: Like its predecessors, Expendables 3 offers a modicum of all-star thrills for old-school action thriller aficionados — but given all the talent assembled, it should have been a lot more fun.
Adjusted Score: 34.84%
Critics Consensus: Despite some genuine wit, this crowd pleaser is filled with too many cliches.
Adjusted Score: 42.613%
Critics Consensus: This middling installment in the Transporter franchise is a few steps down from its predecessors, featuring generic stunts and a lack of energy.
Adjusted Score: 43.32%
Critics Consensus: Jason Statham is game as usual, but Parker is a thoroughly generic and convoluted heist movie.
Adjusted Score: 45.528%
Critics Consensus: While it boasts a capable cast, the disappointingly dull Homefront hearkens back to classic action thrillers without adding anything to the genre.
Adjusted Score: 47.287%
Critics Consensus: Mindless, violent, and lightning-paced, Death Race is little more than an empty action romp.
Adjusted Score: 47.592%
Critics Consensus: It makes good on the old-school action it promises, but given all the talent on display, The Expendables should hit harder.
Adjusted Score: 39.893%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Adjusted Score: 51.077%
Critics Consensus: While it certainly has more on its mind than the average Jason Statham action thriller, Redemption doesn’t quite capitalize on its premise — or on its star’s strong, committed performance.
Adjusted Score: 54.503%
Critics Consensus: A stylish and more focused sequel to The Transporter, the movie is over-the-top fun for fans of the first movie.
Adjusted Score: 56.219%
Critics Consensus: Jason Statham and Ben Foster turn in enjoyable performances, but this superficial remake betrays them with mind-numbing violence and action thriller cliches.
Adjusted Score: 57.173%
Critics Consensus: The Transporter delivers the action at the expense of coherent storytelling.
Adjusted Score: 58.762%
Critics Consensus: Though it’s gimmicky and occasionally feels like a high-end cell phone ad, Cellular is also an energetic and twisty thriller.
Adjusted Score: 59.056%
Critics Consensus: While it has moments of inspiration, Gnomeo and Juliet is often too self-referential for its own good.
Adjusted Score: 60.246%
Critics Consensus: While hard-hitting and violently inventive, Safe ultimately proves too formulaic to set itself apart from the action thriller pack — including some of its star’s better films.
Adjusted Score: 63.492%
Critics Consensus: It’s a film about a guy injected with Speed… wait, there’s no bus. It’s a film about a guy who has to kick a bunch of squirmy butt to stay alive… wait, no snakes or planes here. But it is a film about doing lots of drugs and pulling lots of punches, and it entertains accordingly.
Adjusted Score: 65.384%
Critics Consensus: Crank: High Voltage delivers on its promises: a fast-paced, exciting thrill ride that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Adjusted Score: 70.079%
Critics Consensus: Taut, violent, and suitably self-deprecating, The Expendables 2 gives classic action fans everything they can reasonably expect from a star-studded shoot-’em-up — for better and for worse.
Adjusted Score: 78.606%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Adjusted Score: 76.225%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Adjusted Score: 77.283%
Critics Consensus: Though perhaps a case of style over substance, Guy Ritchie’s second crime caper is full of snappy dialogue, dark comedy, and interesting characters.
Adjusted Score: 77.899%
Critics Consensus: Despite some iffy plot elements, The Italian Job succeeds in delivering an entertaining modern take on the original 1969 heist film, thanks to a charismatic cast.
Adjusted Score: 79.17%
Critics Consensus: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is a grimy, twisted, and funny twist on the Tarantino hip gangster formula.
Adjusted Score: 83.879%
Critics Consensus: Well cast and crisply directed, The Bank Job is a thoroughly entertaining British heist thriller.
Adjusted Score: 89.203%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Adjusted Score: 102.826%
Critics Consensus: Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another — and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way.