The Killer Corrects Michael Fassbender’s Bad 8-Year Rotten Tomatoes Streak (But Another Movie Already Ruined Him)


  • The killer is Michael Fassbender’s highest-rated film since then Slow west on Rotten Tomatoes, with a critic score of 87%.
  • Fassbender’s films have generally received mediocre reception as of 2015, p The Alien: Covenant and The light between oceans are his highest rated films during this period.
  • After Fassbender’s hiatus from acting and the unfavorable response to his films before the hiatus, he looks set to return with The killer and future projects.

Despite his reputation as a great actor, Michael Fassbender’s films have not fared well critically, but the release of The killer snapped its disappointing Rotten Tomatoes streak. Fassbender rose to fame when he played the young Magneto in X-man prequel movies. He then gained more respect as an actor with his performances in 12 years a slave and Steve Jobs, which are among Michael Fassbender’s best films, both earning him Oscar nominations. Since 2015, however, Fassbender-led films haven’t received the reception they used to.

The killer luckily, it’s here to change that. With the acclaimed David Fincher in the lead, the film sees Fassbender as a killer who accidentally becomes embroiled in an international manhunt. It’s likely that Fassbender’s acting talent combined with Fincher’s filmmaking skills will catapult the former back into the limelight. However, he may not want to celebrate too early. Another of Fassbender’s comeback films doesn’t receive nearly the same critical acclaim.

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The Killer is Michael Fassbender’s best Rotten Tomatoes score since Slow West

The killer has a critic rating of 87% on Rotten Tomatoeswhich is the highest grossing Michael Fassbender film since Slow west. This movie released in 2015 has a critic rating of 92%. None of his films between Slow west and The killer ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​gets almost as high a rating. Not all of Fassbender’s movies are considered crap on the review summary site, but the best he can show are The Alien: Covenant with 65% and The light between oceans with 62%.

The consistently lackluster reception of Fassbender’s films over the past few years may have influenced his decision to take a break from acting. Before The killerhis last film credit was X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which was released in 2019 and received a 22% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was mainly Fassbender’s passion for racing that led him to partially retire from acting in 2017, but he seems ready to get back to work on his film career.

Subsequent goal wins have already ruined Michael Fassbender’s return on Rotten Tomatoes

Michael Fassbender as Thomas Rongen grimacing in Next Goal Wins

Although The killer broke Michael Fassbender’s disappointing Rotten Tomatoes streak, another new film starring the actor, Next goal winsalready ended his chances of starting a better stretch. Next goal wins has a critic rating of 48% on Rotten Tomatoes. Although Next goal wins revealing Fassbender’s comedic side, which isn’t his forte, the film’s weaker score on Rotten Tomatoes suggests that more of his returns may be mixed. Whether that’s the case or not, it’s great to see a great actor like Michael Fassbender use his acting talent in well-regarded films like The killer.

  • Movie poster

    The Killer (2023)

    Release date:

    David Fincher

    Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton, Kerry O’Malley, Charles Parnell, Lacey Dover, Monique Ganderton, Sala Baker


    Execution time:
    118 minutes

    Action, adventure, crime

    Andrew Kevin Walker

    Story by:
    Alexis Nolent, Luke Giacomone

    Plan B Entertainment, boom! Studio


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