Worst To First: Ranking The X-Men Movies

Hugh Jackman hung up his claws earlier this year with his final performance as Wolverine in Logan.  The ending of the Jackman-as-Wolvie era got me to thinking about the X-Men movies on the whole. How do they rank when you stack em all up together?
Here, as opposed to other series tackled in the Worst To First series, the overall quality is somewhat higher. When you add together the 10 X-Men movies , 6 are very good, two are passable and the other two are a toss-up as to which is worse. Here, we will sort out the good mutants from the bad and the ugly.  And of course, you will get to share your rankings as well.

10: X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Box Office: $179,883,157
RT Score: 38%
Cast: Just Jackman
Introduces: Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool
Summary: After the first three X-Men movies ended on a somewhat lesser note with X3, it was time to go back to the origins of the most widely known member of the crew. But it didn’t turn out to be the rebound people had hoped it would be. Instead, it ended up as the weakest in the series.
Why? The concept had potential, but the movie was executed poorly. The origin story eventually ended up playing second fiddle to more action and the subplot with Wolverine’s brother was also overlooked although it was more interesting than a lot of what the main focus was. X-Men movies are meant to be more than just generic action movies. This one sadly fails to meet that standard.

Next: The Last Stand


Post Author: jeffthewildman

1 thought on “Worst To First: Ranking The X-Men Movies


    (June 2, 2017 - 12:59 pm)

    I can’t comment on all of these since I haven’t seen the solo Wolverine films or Apocalypse yet, but I definitely agree with Jeff’s general assessment—there are quite a few very good X-Men films. I have always admired the original for the very tight, economical storytelling and pacing. X2 may be the best film overall in the lot, Days of Future Past is very good and surmounts some big potential problems in plotting, and First Class has a lot of positives. Even The Last Stand has some positives, including a Fastball Special and Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde. But the one I’m most likely to go back and watch repeatedly in the future is the one that features a headliner from today’s birthday article. 🙂

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