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on 4 Apr 2011 04:49

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How the mighty have fallen

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1. Rob Reiner
Went from this

This superb satire became the standard against which all mockumentaries are evaluated. The film was so successful that the fictitious group reunited for a series of live concerts and a TV special, further blurring the line between real and reel. - Emanuel Levy

To this

I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it. - Roger Ebert

Average listal rating (70 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating
2. John Frankenheimer
Went from this

Every once in a rare while a film comes along that works in all departments, with story, production and performance so well blended that the end effect is one of nearly complete satisfaction. Such is The Manchurian Candidate. - Variety

To this

The most exciting characters are killed off too early, and what we're left with is a Satan's "Seasme Street." - Brandon Judell

Average listal rating (1538 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
3. Tim Burton
Went from this

The film has an unapologetically adolescent purity about it that transcends what would ordinarily be the shortcomings of its script. - John Hartl

To this

The new Alice is casually absurd, off-handed in its violence, and doggedly on message. The movie is not just three-dimensional but blatantly programmatic. - J. Hoberman

Average listal rating (662 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating
4. George Lucas
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It is, all in all, hard to think of a place or an age group that would not respond to the enthusiastic inventiveness with which Lucas has enshrined his early loves. - Charles Champlin

To this

Man: 'You're so beautiful.' Woman: 'It's only because I'm so in love.' Man: 'No, it's because I'm so in love with you.' Me: 'Man oh man.' - Rick Groen

Average listal rating (455 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
5. Kevin Smith
Went from this

"Clerks is so utterly authentic that its heroes have never heard of their generation." - Roger Ebert

To this

"This pitiful excuse for entertainment is utterly bereft of wit, intelligence or craft on any level. The only thing left to screw up would have been to leave the lens cap on the camera. Wait, that would have been an improvement." - Peter Howell

Average listal rating (529 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating
6. M. Night Shyamalan
Went from this

"It's a rarity for a movie to be willing to try your patience like The Sixth Sense does and even more of one for your perseverance to be so amply rewarded." - Mark Caro

To this

"All that's missing is the head alien of Plan 9 From Outer Space dropping by to lecture the populace for disrespecting nature: 'Your stupid minds! Stupid! Stupid!'" - David Edelstein

Average listal rating (67 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
7. Richard Kelly
Went from this

"A wondrous, moodily self-involved piece of work that employs X-Files magic realism to galvanize what might have been a routine tale of suburban teen angst." - J. Hoberman

To this

"Have you ever actually tried watching paint dry? A sloth walk? Grass grow? You can have all the thrills with none of the chills courtesy of The Box, the painfully sluggish new sci-fi morality play from Donnie Darko creator Richard Kelly." - Betsy Sharkey

Average listal rating (54 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
8. John Boorman
Went from this

"While it can't hope to achieve its grand ambitions, it's smart, it has some sharp dialogue, and the surrealism-on-a-shoestring visuals are undeniably striking." - Ian Berriman

To this

"Far from being a roaring, sinewy beast with a lot of bite that the title might suggest, John Boorman's latest has more in common with a lumbering white elephant." - Amber Wilkinson


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Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Apr 4 20:16
The box was slow, but intriguing.
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Apr 4 20:55
no George Lucas?
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Apr 4 21:59
I think maybe The Last Airbender is an even better example of how far Shymalan has fallen. He at least tried to create a twist in The Happening...even if it didn't really turn out.
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Apr 4 22:36
Burton is still great.
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Apr 5 1:28
Orlok, now there's a man who deserves to be on here! Thanks for the suggestion, and thanks to all for the massive votes :)

Sleepless, it might be, but alas I have never seen it and I really find it hard to believe it might be worse than a slasher movie with the wind as the killer.

Bml93, perhaps, I mean Sweeney Todd sure is good, but I have to call the man out for making a self-indulgent, lengthy 3D-porn flick.
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Apr 5 12:51
Haha, am I glad to see Burton here. Haven't seen Dr. Moreau's Island, but I still would suggest that totally generic and idiotic Reindeer Games would be his downfall.
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Apr 5 13:00
Val Kilmer. In an animal orgy.
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Apr 6 10:27
Very good list!

I think, personally, you made the good choice for Frankenheimer. The island of Moreau is definitely worse than Reindeer games!

For Shyamalan, I would suggest "Lady in the water" and for Richard Kelly, I would suggest "Southland Tales" but of course, you may keep it that way.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jun 23 2:20
A great list! I'd also put some of the best horror directors here. They are the ones that most made great movies and ended badly.


John Carpenter that went from great movies like Halloween (1978), and The Thing (1982) to the questionable The Ward (2010).

Tobe Hooper that went from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and Poltergeist (1982) to Mortuary (2005).

Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jun 23 2:29
Agree about Richard Kelly, I love Donnie Darko but it was really the only good movie he made (but he made my favorite movie of all so I forgive him).

And Tim Burtin is still a good director but I understand and agree with you. When he started his movies have something magical but really deep and touching. Nowadays he can only make that "magical" but empty thing.

I just don't understand about M. Night Shyamalan. I mean, people hate The Happening but I loved it! Lady in the Water is also really good (for me at least).
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jun 23 2:42
I'd argue that The Happening is M. Night's magnum opus, simply because it's so beguilingly awful that is somehow becomes entertaining.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jun 23 4:33
I actually like Island of Dr Moreau, I don't get why people hate it so much.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Dec 20 6:02
I liked Island of Dr Moreau as well, but couldn't agree more on M. Night. He made one good movie and is spending the rest of his career trying to repeat it. When everyone is talking about what the twist is in your new movie instead of whether it was an engaging story, something is wrong.

Lucas is similiar, although I would not classify him as only having one good movie. He lost steam after Indiana Jones. He is brilliant with the technical end of movie-making, but he seems to have forgotten how to tell a story. He is similiar to M. Night in that he is making a career off the original Star Wars Trilogy. After adding CG effects and re-releasing the originals, he went on to make a pre-quel trilogy. The prequels were very dull. Nothing seemed to happen in them. All Star War fans wanted to know was how did Aniken become Darth Vader. It took him 3 drawn out films to answer that one question.

Posted: 2 years ago at Feb 16 14:20
I liked Burton's Alice but the rest of these I agree with you on.
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Mar 27 15:48
Rob Reiner belongs at the top of any list like this not only because of "This Is Spinal Tap". He was on an AMAZING streak from the '80s to early '90s.

There was also "The Sure Thing", "Stand By Me", "The Princess Bride", "When Harry Met Sally", AND "Misery".

Then he made "North" and his career went to shit. "The American President" was pretty good, though.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Sep 30 5:25
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Sep 30 8:15
@dannyjai All writers are currently and have always been credited on this list, as evidenced by their names behind all their quotations.

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