Karl Urban Movies and TV Shows, Ranked According to Critics

A sturdy lead and character actor with a natural affinity for physical roles, Karl Urban was a New Zealand-born performer who rose to popularity with notable roles in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003), as well as The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and Doom (2005).

Urban excelled at playing men of action, like the proud horseman in Peter Jackson’s fantasy epics and the cold-blooded killer in “Bourne,” but fans who took the time to explore Urban’s cv found more subtle performances in smaller projects like The Price of Milk (2000), which cast him as a romance-minded farmer, or Out of the Blue (2006), where he played a small town policeman caught in the middle of a shootout.

His adaptability in a variety of genres kept him busy in Hollywood features, which reached a high point when he was cast as Dr. McCoy in J. J. Abrams’ origin story for Star Trek (2009). It also made him a capable and highly watchable actor whose star continued to ascend with each subsequent project.

Now, we’re ranking all the movies and shows starring Karl Urban by critics’ scores from worst to best!

Hangman (2017)

Tomatometer: 4% – Metascore: 31

Starring: Al Pacino, Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, Sarah Shahi, Joe Anderson

Directed By: Johnny Martin

Pathfinder (2007)

Tomatometer: 9% – Metascore: 29

Starring: Karl Urban, Moon Bloodgood, Russell Means, Clancy Brown, Jay Tavare

Directed By: Marcus Nispel

And Soon the Darkness (2010)

Tomatometer: 14%

Starring: Amber Heard, Odette Yustman, Karl Urban, Adriana Barraza, César Vianco

Directed By: Marcos Efron

The Loft (2014)

Tomatometer: 14% – Metascore: 24

Starring: Isabel Lucas, Karl Urban, Rachael Taylor, Wentworth Miller, James Marsden

Directed By: Erik Van Looy

Priest (2011)

Tomatometer: 15% – Metascore: 41

Starring: Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Lily Collins

Directed By: Scott Stewart

Ghost Ship (2002)

Tomatometer: 16% – Metascore: 28

Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies, Ron Eldard, Desmond Harrington, Isaiah Washington

Directed By: Steve Beck

Doom (2005)

Tomatometer: 18% – Metascore: 34

Starring: Karl Urban, Dwayne Johnson, Rosamund Pike, Deobia Oparei, Ben Daniels

Directed By: Andrzej Bartkowiak

Walking with Dinosaurs (2013)

Tomatometer: 23% – Metascore: 37

Starring: Animation, Karl Urban, Charlie Rowe, Angourie Rice

Directed By: Barry Cook, Neil Nightingale

The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

Tomatometer: 29% – Metascore: 38

Starring: Vin Diesel, Thandiwe Newton, Judi Dench, Karl Urban, Colm Feore

Directed By: David Twohy

The Price of Milk (2000)

Tomatometer: 49% – Metascore: 49

Starring: Danielle Cormack, Karl Urban, Willa O’Neill, Michael Lawrence, Rangi Motu

Directed By: Harry Sinclair

Acts of Vengeance (2017)

Tomatometer: 55% – Metascore: 49

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Karl Urban, Paz Vega, Clint Dyer, Cristina Serafini

Directed By: Isaac Florentine

Riddick (2013)

Tomatometer: 57% – Metascore: 49

Starring: Vin Diesel, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista

Directed By: David Twohy

Heaven (1998)

Tomatometer: 60%

Starring: Martin Donovan, Danny Edwards, Richard Schiff, Joanna Going, Patrick Malahide

Directed By: Scott Reynolds

Red (2010)

Tomatometer: 72% – Metascore: 60

Starring: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban

Directed By: Robert Schwentke

Batman: Death in the Family (2020)

Tomatometer: 75%

Starring: Animation, Bruce Greenwood, John DiMaggio, Zehra Fazal

Directed By: Brandon Vietti

Dredd (2012)

Tomatometer: 79% – Metascore: 60

Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris, Warrick Grier

Directed By: Pete Travis

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

Tomatometer: 82% – Metascore: 73

Starring: Matt Damon, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Karl Urban, Julia Stiles

Directed By: Paul Greengrass

Out of the Blue (2006)

Tomatometer: 84% – Metascore: 70

Starring: Karl Urban, Matthew Sunderland, Lois Lawn, Simon Ferry, Tandi Wright

Directed By: Robert Sarkies

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Tomatometer: 84% – Metascore: 72

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban

Directed By: J.J. Abrams

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Tomatometer: 86% – Metascore: 68

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana

Directed By: Justin Lin

Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Tomatometer: 88% – Metascore: 71

Starring: Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oona Laurence, Wes Bentley

Directed By: David Lowery

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Tomatometer: 93% – Metascore: 94

Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis

Directed By: Peter Jackson

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Tomatometer: 93% – Metascore: 74

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo

Directed By: Taika Waititi

Star Trek (2009)

Tomatometer: 94% – Metascore: 82

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Eric Bana, Simon Pegg

Directed By: J.J. Abrams

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Tomatometer: 95% – Metascore: 87

Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis

Directed By: Peter Jackson

The Sea Beast (2022)

Tomatometer: 100% – Metascore: 82

Starring: Animation, Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris, Dan Stevens

Directed By: Chris Williams

Almost Human (TV Series)

Tomatometer: 69% – Metascore: 62

Starring: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook, Michael Irby

Directed By: J.H. Wyman (Creator)

The Boys (TV Series)

Tomatometer: 93% – Metascore: 76

Starring: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Elisabeth Shue

Directed By: Evan Goldberg (Creator), Seth Rogen (Creator), Eric Kripke (Creator)