Once a child star known for her role on the TV show All My Children but admittedly not much else, Alexandra Daddario slowly rose from B-movie unknown to Hollywood starlet in a matter of years, beginning with her pivotal role in the Percy Jackson franchise.
Since then, she’s greatly diversified her filmography to include quite a few blockbuster roles – although that’s not to say her career hasn’t had its fair share of bombs and stinkers. Review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes has given each of her films a unique percentage rating; here’s what they have to say about her best and worst efforts.
10 BEST: Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) – 50%
The 2010 film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, an adaptation of the first entry in Rick Riordan’s popular Percy Jackson book series, follows a “normal teenager” named Percy Jackson who finds out he’s the son of Poseidon. Daddario appears as Jackson’s sidekick, Annabeth Chase – the daughter of Athena.
The Lightning Thief received mixed reviews from critics: while its characters and visuals were praised, fans of the book series didn’t like the many changes it made to the source text, while those who weren’t fans couldn’t get into the confusing story. The film currently holds a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
9 WORST: Texas Chainsaw (2013) – 19%
A much-belated sequel to the famed horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 2013’s Texas Chainsaw stars Daddario as Heather Miller, a girl who travels with her friends to her grandmother’s abandoned house to collect an inheritance – unaware that an elderly Leatherface is lurking within.
The film wasn’t scary enough to satisfy horror fans nor interesting enough to satisfy critics. It currently has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of just 19%.
8 BEST: Lost Transmissions (2020) – 62%
The 2019 drama film Lost Transmissions revolves around Hannah, a socially awkward songwriter who works for Dana Lee (Daddario), one of the biggest pop stars in the country. After Hannah’s friend Theo goes off his schizophrenia medication and begins embracing his various delusions, she stages an intervention to try to get him on the right track.
Lost Transmissions received mostly positive reviews from critics for its smart, serious writing and killer cast. It currently has a 62% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
7 WORST: Baywatch (2017) – 17%
A comedy blockbuster based on one of the most well-known TV shows ever and starring some of the biggest actors of the day, 2017’s Baywatch follows a team of lifeguards on a Florida beach who get caught up in a drug conspiracy.
While the film was a box office success, its fast-paced screenplay and cliche plot couldn’t win over mainstream critics. It currently has an 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
6 BEST: We Summon The Darkness (2020) – 68%
A horror comedy that plays off of genre tropes, 2020’s We Summon The Darkness follows a trio of Satanists (led by the devout Alexis Butler, played by Daddario) who go on a killing spree in 80s Indiana.
The film’s creative plot and talented cast earned it accolades from critics, and it currently holds a solid 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
5 WORST: Night Hunter (2019) – 14%
The 2018 thriller Night Hunter follows Walter Marshall, a skilled police detective who tries to track down an elusive kidnapper.
The film’s reputation was tarnished by what critics saw as a formulaic plot and incoherent screenplay, and even the top-tier talent of Henry Cavill, Ben Kingsley, and Daddario herself couldn’t redeem it from its fate. It currently has a score of just 14% on Rotten Tomatoes.
4 BEST: We Have Always Lived In The Castle (2019) – 86%
The 2018 mystery thriller We Have Always Lived in the Castle stars Taissa Farmiga and Daddario respectively as Merricat and Constance Blackwood, two sisters who seclude themselves in their family’s estate as a result of their parents’ deaths years earlier.
The film’s smart use of an unnerving atmosphere was its main selling point with critics, though the performances of Farmiga and Daddario were also praised. Currently, We Have Always Lived In The Castle has a 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
3 WORST: The Choice (2016) – 11%
Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, 2016’s The Choice follows star-crossed lovers Travis Shaw and Gabby Holland. Daddario plays Travis’ ex-girlfriend, Monica.
The film’s gimmicky plot and phoned-in performances didn’t sit well with critics, and it currently has an astounding low Rotten Tomatoes score of just 11%.
2 BEST: The Squid And The Whale (2005) – 92%
Interestingly enough, Daddario’s first film is also her best, at least according to critics. 2005’s The Squid and the Whale, an arthouse drama in which Daddario made an appearance as “Pretty Girl”, received near-universal critial praise for its screenplay, cinematography, and performances.
It currently holds a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
1 WORST: The Layover (2017) – 0%
A risque comedy which stars Daddario and Kate Upton as two friends competing for the heart of an attractive stranger, 2017’s The Layover was unanimously declared one of the worst films of the year by critics.
It wasn’t funny, it wasn’t creative, and, as The New York Times pointed out, it couldn’t even pass the Bechdel test. It currently sits as one of the few films to hold a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.