Aaron Taylor-Johnson is an actor who has been honing his craft since he was 6 years old. In addition to being an actor, Aaron is also a screenwriter. This British born actor is best known for his roles in movies such as Kick-Ass as Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass and Godzilla where he starred as Lieutenant Ford. Due to his diligence and decades of work, Aaron Taylor-Johnson movies and TV shows have earned him a couple of awards some of which include the Golden Globe Awards, Empire Awards, and Glamour Award. Here is a list of his movies ranging from his best to his worst based on their critical and commercial success as well as audience approval and ratings.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson Movies and TV Shows
1. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron is one of the installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) franchise, Avengers. Arguably one of the most successful of all the franchise films, Age of Ultron was written and directed by American producer, director, screenwriter, comic book writer, and composer, Joss Whedon based on the Marvel comic book written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
As usual, the Avengers assemble to save Earth but this time from an artificial intelligence known as Ultron who is hell-bent on wiping out the entire human race. In their quest to save the world, the Avengers stumble of two powerful creatures, Pietro Maximoff and his twin sister, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (played by Elizabeth Olsen). Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays the role of the powerful Quicksilver/Pietro who later gives his life to save others.
Both a commercial and critical success, Avengers: Age of Ultron was created with a budget of $365 million, making it the second-highest budgeted movie ever made and in return, it raked in $1.4 billion in box office sales. On the popular movie rating site, Rotten Tomatoes, the audience gave it an 88% rating while it was also rated highly on IMDb with a 7.6-star rating.
2. Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)
One of the films in the Captain America series, Captain America: Winter Soldier was the second installment of the franchise and it was a huge success like its counterparts. The fictional superhero movie was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Its story is based on the Marvel comic character, Captain America. Appearing alongside Aaron Johnson were Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, and Hayley Atwell.
In this film, Captain America faces internal and external conflict as he tries to uncover conspiracy going on within S.H.I.E.L.D with the help of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie). Externally, he faces a strong enemy and assassin, Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays the role of Pietro, a human who is given superpowers by the same company that created the assassin, Winter Soldier.
With a budget of $170-177 million, this movie was able to realize a box office return of $714 million. It has largely positive reviews and was received warmly by the audience as seen with the 92% and 7.8-star ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb respectively.
3. Kick Ass (2010)
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is popularly known as the Kick-Ass star as he played the lead role in the superhero black comedy. This popular superhero movie was written by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn based on the comic book of the same name written by Mark Millar and John Romita. Aaron worked on set with stars like Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Nicolas Cage.
A young teenager is fascinated by superhero stories and decides to become one, despite having no superpowers whatsoever. He terms up with other heroes to fight crime and injustice. His courage and strength will be put to test by a mobster.
Kick-Ass was a commercial success with $96.2 million realized at the box office against a budget of $28-30 million. This Aaron Taylor-Johnson movie was received with mixed reaction; while some critics found it fun and very entertaining, others thought of it to be a major missed opportunity. The audience, however, liked the film and gave it encouraging ratings – 81% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.6/10 on IMDb.
4. Illusionist (2006)
This romantic and magical movie was created and directed by Neil Burger. It is an adaptation of the 1989 book Eisenheim the Illusionist by Steven Millhauser. The film is an intriguing suspense-filled movie that featured the likes of Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel, alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
The actor plays the role of young Eisenheim, also known as Eduard Abramovich. He was a young magician in the city of Vienna in the 19th Century. He reunited with his childhood love, Sophie, who was previously taken away from him because of his low social ranking. But by the time they reunite, Sophie is engaged to marry a prince who disdains Eisenheim. Eisenheim is faced with the challenge of preserving his romantic relationship with Sophie.
This film was received with much positivity by the critics who rated the movie highly. The audience also approved of the movie as shown by their ratings. On Rotten Tomatoes, they gave the movie an 83% rating and on iMDb, it was rated 7.6/10. It had a box office sale of $87.8 million at against a budget of $16.5 million.
5. Nowhere Boy (2009)
John Lennon was one of the world’s greatest musician and the founder of the iconic group, The Beatles. The story of John Lennon has been told through movies severally and the film Nowhere Boy is one of such movies. It was written by Matt Greenhalgh based on a live account written by Lennon’s half-sister Julia Baird, Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon and directed by Sam Taylor-Wood.
The movie tells the story of John Lennon and his relations with his aunt and mother. Also, it explores John’s journey to creating his first band, the Quarrymen and its metamorphosis into The Beatles. Aaron Taylor-Johnson played John Lennon and worked with stars such as Anne-Marie Duff, Kristin Scott Thomas, David Threlfall, Thomas Sangster, and David Morrissey.
It was critically acclaimed with a lot of positive reviews. The audience also fell in love with the plot and its delivery as they applauded it with good ratings. On Rotten Tomatoes and iMDb, the movie was rated 74% and 7.1 respectively. It raked in box office sales of $6.6 million from a film budget of $1.2 million.
6. Dummy (2008)
Not one of the best Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s movies and not also not his worst, Dummy is a drama film directed by Matthew Thompson and written by Paula Barnes. The coming of age movie features the likes of Thomas Grant, Emma Catherine, Moria Brooker, and Theresa Bradley.
Two brothers face a family tragedy differently. While one engages in sex, drugs and partying the other turns a mannequin into his surrogate parents. Aaron Johnson plays the role of the older brother who turns to wildlife to deal with the tough realities of life.
Dummy is not critically acclaimed as it was met with several negative reviews, however, it was loved by much of the rating audience. On Rotten Tomatoes, it was rated 74% and on IMDb, it got 8 stars out of 10.
7. The Best Man (2007)
The Best Man movie was written and directed by Russell Lewis and Alex Pillai. It is a television film that featured stars such as Richard Coyle, Keeley Hawes, Toby Stephens, George Irving, and Indra Ove.
Whether or not it was a commercial success is difficult to know as there are no records to verify from. As for critical reviews, this Aaron Taylor-Johnson movie was met with mixed reactions. The audience gave it fair ratings as seen on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb. Audiences on the former gave the movie a 64% rating while on the latter, they scored the movie 6.8/10.
8. Sherlock Holmes and The Baker Street Irregulars (2007)
Many film lovers are familiar with the popular English fantasy thriller of an incredibly talented man, Sherlock Holmes. This Sherlock Holmes installment was written by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle. It was directed by Julian Kemp and starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson alongside other stars such as Jonathan Pryce, Bill Paterson, Michael Maloney, and Mia Fernandez.
In this film, Sherlock Holmes (Jonathan Pryce) is asked to investigate the murder of a detective in Victorian London. To do this, he employs the help of street kids who had learned to fend for themselves. The group was called the Baker Street Irregulars.
Despite a thorough search, the financial records of this movie was not found and therefore, it is not possible to know the value of its commercial success. It got a mixed reception from critics and it wasn’t the audience favorite either as their rating of the movie was just average. On Rotten Tomatoes, it was rated 50% and 6.6 on IMDb.
9. Chatroom (2010)
Chatroom is a British thriller film directed by Japanese filmmaker, Hideo Nakata and is based on a play with the same title written by Enda Walsh, who also wrote the movie. It stars Hannah Murray, Imogen Poots, Matthew Beard and Daniel Kaluuya.
The depressed and unstable son of a writer, William Collins (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) creates an online chatroom which he moderates. The chatroom creates an opportunity for four young people to bare their hearts, but unfortunately to the wrong person as William has other ideas.
Its commercial success or failure is uncertain at this time as its box office or budget is unknown. However, this Aaron Taylor-Johnson movie was a critical flop as it received poor critical ratings and lots of negative reviews. It also had low audience approval as seen on rating websites. On Rotten Tomatoes it was rated 34% and on IMDb, it was scored 5.5/10.
10. Magic Door (2007)
This film is regarded as the worst movie Aaron Taylor-Johnson has ever featured in. It was a critical failure and was also regarded as a blunder by the audience. It was written and directed by Paul Matthews and featured Hollywood stars which included Jenny Agutter, Patsy Kensit, Anthony Head, and Mick Walter.
It is a story about two children who are on a quest with a magic troll to defeat the Black Witch and find a magic door that will lead him home. This movie’s commercial record is unknown. It fared poorly based on audience approval and was scored 3.7 on IMDb.