Indiana Jones 5 Ruins Harrison Ford’s Major Rotten Tomatoes Streak (That Indy 4 Started)

A major Harrison Ford streak on Rotten Tomatoes has been ruined by returning for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny thanks to its critics’ score.



Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny‘s Rotten Tomatoes score ruins a major Harrison Ford streak that began with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The final appearance of Ford as the iconic adventurer and archeologist has been caught in a peculiar position ever since it was announced. The hope was that Indiana Jones 5 would be a fitting send-off for Harrison Ford as he returned to one of his most iconic roles. That also meant that the pressure was on the movie to deliver a better ending for Indiana Jones and get more positive reviews than the last entry in the franchise.

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The reality is that the Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Rotten Tomatoes score has not been quite as high as expected. The movie originally debuted on the review aggregator with a Rotten rating from critics following its premiere at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. Lucasfilm and Disney have since found a bit more positivity from additional reviews, with the score going up into Fresh territory at 65 percent. This might be a promising sign for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny‘s box office potential and convincing audiences to check it out, but it does ruin an impressive Harrison Ford Rotten Tomatoes streak.



Indiana Jones 5’s Rotten Tomatoes Score Is Worse Than Ford’s Other Franchise Returns

Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is the fourth time that Harrison Ford has returned to one of his iconic characters decades later. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was the first time Ford returned for a long-awaited franchise sequel. While it appeared to be a standalone example of this career move at first, Ford eventually returned as Han Solo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and as Rick Deckard in Blade Runner 2049. These three movies created an impressive Harrison Ford Rotten Tomatoes streak that Indiana Jones 5 could have continued with better reviews.

What Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Blade Runner 2049 all have in common is that they are long-awaited sequels starring Harrison Ford that earned high enough reviews on Rotten Tomatoes to become Certified Fresh. This is a mark that Indiana Jones 5 is not likely to hit on Rotten Tomatoes due to the mixed nature of the reviews. The movie might now be Fresh instead of Rotten, but the 65% score is middling. Movies must be consistently above 75% to become Certified Fresh, so Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will ruin Harrison Ford’s impressive sequel streak.

Indiana Jones 5’s Rotten Tomatoes Is The Worst For A Harrison Ford-Led Sequel

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones 5 in a tavern in a suit and tie engaged in a conversation

Harrison Ford’s overall track record with delivering critically acclaimed sequels makes Indiana Jones 5‘s Rotten Tomatoes score stand out even more. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is now officially the worst-reviewed Harrison Ford-led sequel where he was part of the prior installment. Ford has appeared in sequels like The Secret Life of Pets 2, Anchorman 2, and The Expendables 3 as a new supporting character or returned as a cameo like in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But, looking at the various sequels where Harrison Ford played one of the main characters, Indiana Jones 5 is the worst.

Movie

Rotten Tomatoes Score

The Empire Strikes Back

94%

Return of the Jedi

83%

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

77%

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

84%

Clear and Present Danger

81%

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

77%

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

93%

Blade Runner 2049

88%

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

65%

Harrison Ford’s Rotten Tomatoes streak being ruined by Indiana Jones 5 was hardly expected. It might mean that he and Lucasfilm reconsider their stance about the movie being the last in the franchise and make Indiana Jones 6 at some point. In any case, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny‘s Rotten Tomatoes score is more than just the worst in the franchise; it becomes an anomaly for Harrison Ford’s career.

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