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People who added this item 852 Average listal rating (551 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
Terrible. Tim Curry saves it from getting the lowest score, as he is wonderfully over the top. While the effects and make-up is excellent, this film is drowned in Ridley Scott's vision. This is an adventure that is too dark for it's own good, there is no fun or charm in it. The characters are completely uninteresting , there is no one you can relate to. There is no good hero here, I don't care if the good triumphs over evil. And when I feel like that in a genre film like this, there is something wrong.

The film features Tom Cruise in one of his first roles, but you don't really notice him. He is the film's hero, but he is drowned in all the effects and in the big production that nearly anyone could have played him. Scott doesn't manage to bring out the "hero" in him, because he is to focused in creating the fairy tale universe. But he does the mistake of focusing to much of the darkness. Creating a film that there is no fun in. A film that will probably scare the young viewers, and is too childish for the rest.
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People who added this item 449 Average listal rating (247 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.3
The Counselor (2013)

You can't blame anyone for getting excited about a Ridley Scott film with names such as Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz attached to it. Which is why it's so incredibly disappointing to see that the film failed to deliver. It's a slow film that fails to be interesting in its overly written dialogue, and it's not visually creative enough to compensate for the lack of thrills.

This is Cormac McCarthy's first shot at a screenplay, and this film should be shown as an example of how writing screenplays for films are very much different as opposed to writing books. Film is visual art. The Counselor feels like someone is reading from a book.
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People who added this item 1073 Average listal rating (678 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1

Body of Lies is not necessarily a bad film. It's competently made and well-acted. The problem lies however in how insanely bland, dull and forgettable it is. Is there really anyone who remember this film? Can't imagine even DiCaprio or Russell Crowe fans remembering this.
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People who added this item 4180 Average listal rating (2803 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2

Aside from some outdated technological equipment, Blade Runner holds up extraordinarily well in the visual department. It looks gorgeous. The special effects, art direction and cinematography that have been used in order to build this dystopian sci-fi world is quite simply top-noth. So is the music from Vangelis. Which is why it's such a shame that, aside from on a technical level, I can't appreciate Blade Runner.

It's a film that heavily deals with visual immersion and themes, more than action and suspense. Which I'm totally fine with. The problem is that besides admiration of the visuals, I don't care about anything else and to be very simplistic, I find the film to be boring. This has nothing to do with me lacking the attention for a film like this, as I've seen and enjoyed plenty of films that moves much slower than Blade Runner. The problem is that I don't find the story or its themes emotionally gripping, and thus, I'm left with very little.
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People who added this item 3137 Average listal rating (1971 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8

While being superbly acted and entertaining, Hannibal just doesn't live up to the expectations set by The Silence of the Lambs or even Red Dragon. The problem lies mostly in the filmmakers tendency to focus more on the violence surrounding this characters as opposed to his intellect. Which is ultimately the trait that makes Hannibal fascinating.
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I don't remember a lot from it, but I swallow these films quite easily.
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People who added this item 2036 Average listal rating (1394 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Prometheus (2012)

Prometheus is a difficult film to judge. On one hand it's a brilliantly crafted visceral sci-fi experience that carries a great amount of intensity and body horror though its gorgeous visuals and flawless sound design. On the other hand it's a film that's plagued by dumb characters doing really stupid things that makes no sense in any way whatsoever. It's also a film that is so ambitious on a thematic level that it doesn't entirely succeed in reaching its own grasp. Thus making Prometheus enjoyable and frustrating at the same time.
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People who added this item 369 Average listal rating (342 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.4

Alien: Covenant is both a step up and a step down from what Prometheus was. In the end it feels like two entirely different films fighting for the same spot. That being Ridley Scott wanting to tell a philosophical story of creation and the horrors of it, one he started with in Prometheus and the studio wanting to toss more alien action at us. Resulting in a lot of familiarity that doesn't mix as well with Ridley Scott's new ideas. The action sequences are certainly satisfying on a very simple enjoyment level, though I do personally wish that we had seen less of the creatures.

So the film is essentially just not quite there. It's viscerally great for sure. The cinematography and production design is top-notch while the visual effects are as great as one would expect from a major Hollywood release. Michael Fassbender is also delightful. So it's entertaining and all that. It's just that in the story department the film is limping. I would like the studio to either let Ridley Scott go all in for his philosophical mumbo-jumbo, or just hire someone to do a full-blown Alien film without any of that.
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People who added this item 2475 Average listal rating (1625 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.7

Not the biggest fan of these type of war films, but I enjoyed this one quite a lot. An engaging and emotional experience.
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People who added this item 1357 Average listal rating (871 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3

Nicolas Cage is wonderful. Walking the thin balance between playing it normally and chewing the scenery. It works brilliantly. Besides that, Matchstick Men is clever fun.
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People who added this item 980 Average listal rating (758 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
The Martian (2015)
Visually pleasing, emotionally effective, edge-on-your-seat thrilling and quite funny. The Martian is a damned fine sci-fi film. You might never truly fear for Matt Damon's life, as he's stranded on Mars, but Ridley Scott injects this film with so much energy and life that one can't avoid grinning throughout the film.

The film is naturally bolstered a lot by Damon's excellent performance, and one is heavily reliant to get under his skin in order for huge parts of this film to work. This works exceptionally well, as he's extremely likeable.
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People who added this item 4471 Average listal rating (3095 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.5
In many ways you could think of Alien as Jaws in space. It manages to keep and maintain suspense in the same way as Jaws do, and it releases tension just as successfully when we finally get to see the alien. "Less is more" works brilliantly here, letting us just suck in the atmosphere. The alien is, by the way, perhaps the most awesomely designed monster in film history.
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People who added this item 2026 Average listal rating (1283 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8

An outstandingly crafted and well-acted crime drama that resembles those classic gangster films. American Gangster is gritty, thoughtful and immensely entertaining.
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People who added this item 1715 Average listal rating (1041 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Robin Hood (2010)

I'll just say what everyone should be thinking; Robin Hood is one of the most underrated films of all time. I can't wrap my head around it. The mediocre critical reception and that it's now generally overlooked and forgotten. It might not be the good, old jolly Robin Hood and his merry men, but it's nonetheless a true epic in scale. In many ways its a new Gladiator. Entertaining, darker and wonderfully acted. And the music. Wow. Great!
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People who added this item 6396 Average listal rating (4389 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.5

A true epic. I love this film. Everything from Ridley Scott's grand scale and vision, to Russell Crowe's masterful performance. The beautiful soundtrack, the dazzling cinematography and the heartbreaking, yet cheerful story. It's a film that never fails to entertain or emotionally engage me. I'm with it all the way through. I cheer with the Roman audience when Maximus succeeds and tears nearly arrive when his demise is a fact.

Gladiator is a masterpiece. It is without any doubt one of my favourite films of all time. Which is probably why I liked Scott and Crowe's similar Robin Hood so much?
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Posted: 7 years, 10 months ago at Nov 23 18:09
Alien and Blade Runner are my favorites of his.
Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Jan 24 10:47
Never like Robin Hood one bit, it's almost as though he ran out of ideas so he took elements from other epics and mash together.
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Jan 12 19:41
I honestly did not think that Body of Lies was that terrible. I rather enjoyed the film. Nevertheless, I agree with most this list-sans Robin Hood.
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Jan 12 21:00
He's made some great movies! Still need to get round to watching Robin Hood and Prometheus.
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Jan 13 0:18
i've like all those movie's on this list.Legend is a good movie but it was made for young teenagers and Mia Sara was a beauty in it and the voice of Tim Curry as the prince of darkness is awesome. the worst movie's must be White Squall (1995) G.I jane (1997) and 1492 : conquest of paradise (1992) but one of my favorite is missing on your list is first movie The duellist (1977) who's very good one
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Jan 13 18:46
Alien, Blade Runner and Blackhawk Down were my favorites (5 stars all) but honestly, I love every one of these! One of my favorite directors!

Great list!!!!
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Oct 22 17:33
lol, your top two would be my bottom two.
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Oct 22 18:21
Lol, your bottom two would be my top two!

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