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Zoë Kravitz's Best Movies, Ranked by Metacritic

Before 'The Batman,' Zoë Kravitz was already part of big franchises including 'Fantastic Beasts' and 'X-Men.' Discover her best movies, ranked by Metascore.
by Natalie Oganesyan — 
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Zoë Kravitz

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Zoë Kravitz is among the most commonly cited actors when it comes to Hollywood nepotism. But while she's the daughter of star Lisa Bonet — whose claims to fame include The Cosby Showand A Different World— and musician Lenny Kravitz, her path has been entirely her own, featuring starring turns in both TV and film.

Most prominently, Kravitz will soon be portraying the iconic Selina Kyle — better known as Catwoman — in The Batman alongside Robert Pattinson, adding herself to a formidable ledger of prior iterations played by the likes of Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The role marks the latest in her entry of large-scale franchises, such as X-Men, Fantastic Beasts, Mad Max, and Divergent

In addition to her film résumé, Kravitz boasts critically acclaimed performances in David E. Kelley's adaptation of Big Little Lies for HBO, co-starring opposite Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, and Laura Dern, and Hulu's bright-burning and short-lived High Fidelityremake — a gender-swapped serial version of the 2000 film original Bonet starred in and which Kravitz also executive produced. As part of the ensemble of Big Little Lies, Kravitz received her first-ever Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in 2020.

Next up, Kravitz will take on additional roles behind the scenes, serving as the director, writer, and producer on P---y Island, a thriller starring Channing Tatum and Naomi Ackie. After that, she'll likely try her hand at world domination.

Here, Metacritic highlights the best movies Kravitz has acted in, ranked by Metascore.


Mad Max: Fury Road

Metascore: 90
Best for: Thrill-seekers, and fans of apocalyptic sci-fi and strong female protagonists
Where to watch:

, Google Play, , iTunesVudu
Runtime: 120 minutes

Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth iteration of George Miller's Mad Maxfranchise, follows Charlize Theron's Imperator Furiosa as she spearheads a rebellion against a tyrannical warlord, allying herself with the dictator's former women prisoners (one of whom is played by Kravitz). Released three decades after its predecessor, the film follows traditional Mad Max lore in its depiction of a barren wasteland setting, mechanical neo-Western rigs, high-octane chases, and lone drifter Max (Tom Hardy).

"George Miller orchestrates the rubber-burning pandemonium with the illicit smirk of someone who knows he's giving us exactly what we want." — Eric Henderson, Slant


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Metascore: 87
Best for: Comic book enthusiasts, and fans of animation and rich worlds
Where to watch:

Google PlayiTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 117 minutes

Almost universally beloved by critics and fans alike, as you can see by its Metascore, 2018's Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature showcases Peter Parker like never before. Into the Spider-Verse explored multiple dimensions before the multiversal events depicted in Spider-Man: No Way Home, following teen Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) as he becomes the friendly neighborhood superhero of his universe. Soon after he realizes he's not the only one who shares arachnoid-like qualities, he must band with a group of multidimensional Spider-People to take down the evil Kingpin. The all-star cast includes Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker, Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy, Mahershala Ali as Uncle Aaron, and Kravitz as Mary Jane. 

"A joyful, trippy new incarnation of Spider-Man that you didn't know you needed, brimming with wit, soul and jaw-dropping visuals." — Matt Maytum, Total Film


Kimi

Metascore: 78
Best for: People who miss Black Mirror, those who side-eye their Amazon Echo, and crime-thriller fans
Where to watch: HBO Max
Runtime: 149 minutes

Steven Soderbergh's 2022 adrenaline-pulsing Big Tech-driven crime-thriller follows a Seattle-based worker (Kravitz) at an Amazon-like company called Amygdala, where she works to field user complaints relating to its digital assistant device, Kimi. While doing a routine check on a user stream, she uncovers what she believes to be a crime. In order to get justice for the victim, the agoraphobic Angela must do the one thing she has been unwilling to do for the past several years — brave the outside, along with its myriad threats.  

"Kimi is filled with the kind of sparkling cameos and supporting work we've come to expect from a Soderbergh cast — but always and throughout, this is Zoë Kravitz's vehicle." — Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times


The LEGO Batman Movie

Metascore: 75
Best for: Family-friendly and lighthearted comedic action-adventure animated fare with a lot of heart
Where to watch:

, Google Play, HBO MaxiTunesVudu
Runtime: 104 minutes

Five years before she was set to play Catwoman in Matt Reeves' The Batman, Kravitz lent her voice as the feline anti-heroine to The LEGO Batman Movie, a spoof of the Caped Crusader's lone ranger persona as told through animated LEGO figurines. Finding joy where the Dark Knight is wont not to, Lego Batman (Will Arnett) must do what he does best — save Gotham from the Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) plotting — while mastering an underserved skill — making friends and learning from others. Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, and Ralph Fiennes round out the main cast.

"In its best moments, this gag-a-minute Bat-roast serves as a reminder that, in the right hands, a sharp comic scalpel can be an instrument of revelation as well as ridicule." — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times


The Batman

Metascore: 72
Best for: Fans of dark DC Comics adaptations and superhero stories than lean into real-world corruption
Where to watch: In theaters
Runtime: 175 minutes

The latest adaptation of DC Comics hero Batman comes from co-writer and director Matt Reeves who turned a decades-old vigilante story into an almost three-hour epic. It all begins when Riddler (Paul Dano) kills Gotham City's mayor and begins taunting Bruce Wayne aka Batman (Robert Pattinson), who has a tenuous relationship with the GCPD. Kravitz plays Selina Kyle aka Catwoman who helps Batman learn about the corruption within that police department. It's a long, complicated, and violent road to trying to restore order and find a sense of justice.

"This grounded, frequently brutal and nearly three-hour film noir registers among the best of the genre." — Peter Debruge, Variety


Dope

Metascore: 72
Best for: Fans of coming-of-age movies and dramedy indie fare, and people who didn't peak in high school
Where to watch: 

Google PlayiTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 103 minutes

Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is a blerd (Black nerd) who has dreams of moving from his rough and ready hometown of The Bottoms in Inglewood, Calif. to Harvard in this 2015 independent film. As a senior in high school, he juggles college applications and the dreaded adolescent status quo. But when a chance invitation to an underground party — complete with whimsical characters, bad choices, and the prototypical last hurrah before graduation — presents itself, he's faced with the ultimate opportunity of trading his descriptor from loser to dope. Kravitz plays Nakia, a girl with ties to the local drug dealer and who Malcolm helps prepare for the GED.

"Messages about learning to be comfortable in one's own skin and the hypocrisy of the ruling class are delivered with genial humor and mild pokes." — Marjorie Baumgarten, The Austin Chronicle


Gemini

Metascore: 71
Best for: Fans of neo-noir, indie darlings, and commentary on celebrity
Where to watch:

Google PlayiTunesVudu
Runtime: 93 minutes

Gemini Aaron Katz's 2017 blue-toned, indie neo-noir — follows movie star Heather Anderson (Kravitz) and her assistant Jill LeBeau's (Lola Kirke) deeply intertwined lives. More inseparable — if toxic — best friends than professional counterparts, their relationship is subject to paparazzi and tabloid speculation. When Heather is discovered murdered in her home, Jill is the prime suspect in the eyes of the understated, sharp detective Edward Ahn (John Cho). And as Jill struggles to pick up the pieces of her upended life, and find some meaning in the tragedy, a darker puzzle — of Hollywood celebrity, of voyeurism, of Los Angeles life — is uncovered.

"In its arresting visual tour of L.A.'s groovy neighborhoods and rich hideaways, Gemini captures a secret, abiding and even menacing melancholy behind its oft-regarded surfaces." — Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Metascore: 66
Best for: Fantasy enthusiasts, Harry Potter fans, and those who love movies with rich worlds
Where to watch:

, Google PlayHBO MaxiTunesVudu
Runtime: 133 minutes

Years before the Boy Who Lived would eventually read his book, writer and wizard Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) explores and documents a secret community of witches and wizards living in 1926 New York in this 2016 start to a new franchise. But a case of a mistaken briefcases spells trouble for Newt, threatening to expose his community's carefully concealed magical underworld. As a result, the author must band together with Tina (Katherine Waterston) — a government official with the U.S. equivalent of the Ministry of Magic — to chase after his misplaced fantastic beasts. Adding to Harry Potter lore, the Oscar-winning film is directed by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2helmer David Yates. Kravitz portrays Leta Lestrange, Newt's witchy ex.

"This entertaining first spin-off from the Harry Potter movies is both inventive and familiar – and Eddie Redmayne makes an endearing new wizarding lead." — Cath Clarke, Time Out London


X-Men: First Class

Metascore: 65
Best for: Fans of comic books, popcorn movies, and sci-fi fantasy
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 132 minutes

From Kick-Assdirector Matthew Vaughn, X-Men: First Class marks a 1960s-era prequel entry into the sprawling Marvel franchise of superpowered Mutants. Long before Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) took the names Professor X and Magneto and became sworn enemies, they were close companions exploring their powers together in this 2011 film. Their team is composed of like-minded fellow Mutants, including Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and Angel Salvadore (Kravitz). However, a lifelong rift soon foments between the two as a result of an earthly threat from Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) — a Mutant planning a nuclear war.

"Audacious, confident and fueled by youthful energy." — Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter


Good Kill

Metascore: 63
Best for: War drama and thriller fans
Where to watch:

Google PlayiTunes, Vudu 
Runtime: 102 minutes

2015's Good Kill — written and directed by Andrew Niccol, the successful sci-fi drama writer behind Gattacaand The Truman Show — unfolds as the U.S. is fully embroiled in its War on Terror. Air Force pilot Tom Egan's (Ethan Hawke) battlefield looks more like a video game, as he carries out his missions via drone warfare from a cushy office in the Las Vegas desert. As he and his team (which includes Kravitz's Vera Suarez) begin to take morally dubious direct orders from the CIA, Egan's relationship with his wife (January Jones) and children grows strained. 

"Good Kill asks pertinent, enduring questions, not by way of polemic, but through the study of a character." — Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

(UPDATED: This story was updated on March 6, 2022 to include The Batman.)