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on 2 Feb 2009 07:45

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Worst Big Budget Directors of All Time

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1. Michael Bay
Worst: Armageddon

I saw "Armageddon" many times when I was a kid but then I grew up. The rest is history. Michael Bay's "The Island" is almost as painful to watch as "Armageddon" because of its horribly irritating product placement, but at least it's not filled with patriotic propaganda. Although, to tell the truth, commercial propaganda was frustrating enough already. Sadly, Bay's "Transformers" combines these two elements into a gigantic and very expensive piece of pure junk. "Bad Boys 2" is definitely the most unpleasant film I've ever seen for countless reasons. Bay is the most dangerous man in the film business and one of the main reasons for the decay of western civilization
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Average listal rating (20 ratings) 3.8  IMDB Rating
2. Brian Robbins
Worst: Norbit

Usually directors like Robbins direct with way smaller budgets but somehow this director got lucky. It's really disturbing to think that people like him are even allowed to direct in the first place, let alone with big budgets.
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Average listal rating (99 ratings) 4.4  IMDB Rating
3. Dennis Dugan
Worst: Beverly Hills Ninja

There are some scripts that are so tasteless, braindead, and childish that film producers should just throw them into a garbage can - unfortunately, the producers of "Beverly Hills Ninja" weren't aware of this fact and they also let Dennis Dugan, the man behind such pitiful "comedies" like "Problem Child" and "Happy Gilmore", to direct a film based on the script they accepted.
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Average listal rating (29 ratings) 5.1  IMDB Rating
4. James Wong
Worst: The One

What about seeing a movie about a killer travelling through parallel worlds? What about not? James Wong also directed pretty implausible and "Final Destination" and "The One" makes even less sense. It is probably also the worst Jet Li -movie, which says a lot since basically none of his Hollywood films is anything other than shallow action nonsense. Wong is quite pretentious: I guess he tried to be cool and pretend to be some "Chinese James Bond" or something like that - maybe someone should tell him that just because your name bear a resemblance to famous secret agent doesn't mean you're actually cool.
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Average listal rating (20 ratings) 4.3  IMDB Rating
5. John Moore
Worst: Behind Enemy Lines

This war-action movie includes probably the worst and most ridiculous ending I've ever seen in a movie like this: The main hero runs in the middle of field and the entire army is shooting at him. And no one even hits him!
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Average listal rating (61 ratings) 3.9  IMDB Rating
6. Raja Gosnell
Worst: Home Alone 3

Even more stupid and even more violent sequel than the previous one.
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Average listal rating (26 ratings) 4.7  IMDB Rating
7. Marcus Nispel
Worst: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Another music video director doing a remake of an old horror classic. Everything that was done right in the old movie was done wrong in this. And I'm quite sure that I've never hated an ending so much as the one in this movie. Also the evil characters in this are not scary because they are just annoying. Gongratulations Marcus Nispel, you succeeded in leaving out all the parts which made the original movie the classic it is.
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Average listal rating (259 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
8. Zack Snyder
Worst: 300
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Average listal rating (81 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating
9. Len Wiseman
Worst: Live Free or Die Hard

I was really disappointed by this. Bruce Willis is bland and he doesn't have any memorable one liners. Other characters are even less interesting. Worst thing about this movie is that it doesn't feel like a die hard movie at all. Somebody should have told the producers that getting Bruce Willis isn't enough.

I doubt I'll see any other Len Wiseman's movie. And isn't it pretty pompous to have a name like "Wiseman"?
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Average listal rating (50 ratings) 4  IMDB Rating
10. Brian Levant
Worst: Jingle All the Way

A hypocritical and annoyingly cliched kids film. It combines all the worst elements: stereotypical characters, overacting, tasteless jokes and a plot that is both absurd and predictable. And how stupid was the kid of the story? In one scene he is actually ready to risk his own life just for the sake of the damn toy.
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Average listal rating (46 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating
11. Roger Spottiswoode
Worst: Shoot to Kill
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Average listal rating (32 ratings) 4.8  IMDB Rating
12. Andrzej Bartkowiak
Worst: Cradle 2 the Grave

This guy also directed movie Romeo Must Die which is as over the top, ridiculous and unrealistic as this action trash. Best thing about it are the end credits because you can spot there some pretty fine meta jokes. But skip the movie because it's just all flash without any content.

I don't hate Andrzej Bartkowiak because he have some talent. His directing is either bad or very bad but he can be a good cinematographer. For example, he was cinematographer in movies "Falling Down", "Speed" and "Losing Isaiah" and his work in those is nothing to be ashamed of.
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Average listal rating (68 ratings) 4.9  IMDB Rating
13. Stephen Herek
Worst: The Three Musketeers

Herek is a typical example of Hollywood blandness. All of his movies I've had the misfortune of seeing are just so generic, calculated, and predictable big budget junk that it is difficult to say anything about them at all, you just want to forget them as quickly as possible and move on to do something meaningful.
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Average listal rating (54 ratings) 5.3  IMDB Rating
14. Adam Shankman
Worst: Cheaper by the Dozen 2
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Average listal rating (120 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
15. Edward Zwick
Worst: Defiance
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Average listal rating (9 ratings) 5.6  IMDB Rating
16. Rupert Wainwright
Worst: Blank Check
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Average listal rating (15 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating
17. Wayne Kramer
Worst: Running Scared
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Average listal rating (37 ratings) 5.1  IMDB Rating
18. Randal Kleiser
Worst: The Blue Lagoon
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Average listal rating (290 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
19. Rob Zombie
Worst: The Devil's Rejects

Just because you fill your movies with exaggerative violence doesn't mean you're "a master of horror". "Halloween" isn't necessarily the worst but it surely is the most pretentious remake I've seen. Zombie wanted to make characters "deeper", despite the fact that Carpenter's original film wasn't based on characters. Cinema in its entirety is an extremely versatile art form and often characters are just one small part in a movie - sometimes they don't matter at all.
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Average listal rating (17 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating
20. Scott Derrickson
Worst: The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Man this guy is a bland and predictable director. "The Day the Earth Stood Still" is one of the most tedious and pointless films I've ever seen at a theater and "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" is nothing but a poor man's exorcist.
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Thank you for all the votes!

I'm going to add some explanations as soon as I can. Maybe later I also add some more directors.

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Comments

Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at May 21 16:39
imho Wolfgang Petersen should be definitely added. also, a list of their work (and maybe some little explanation) wouldn't hurt ;).
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at May 22 2:58
I'm glad Bay is #1. McG deserves to be on the list simply because he calls himself "McG" plus his movies are hack jobs. What a piece of shit. I know it's only the top 10; but Barry Sonnenfeld is up there too - Wild Wild West, RV, Big Trouble, Men in Black I & II, Addams Family I & II. And George Lucas destroyed any respect he gained from the original Star Wars.
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at May 23 13:04
I was thinking about adding Wolfgang Petersen on the list but in the other hand he directed The Neverending Story which is my childhood favorite movie and he also directed "Das Boot" which is very respected movie.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Sep 24 16:17
Whats wrong with you? Day after Tomorrow is NOT bad. Roland Emmerich's worst movie is more like Godzilla. And his movies kick ass anyways! Independance Day is just pure awesome. And Godzilla is such a guilty pleasure lol. Can't wait for 2012. And John Cusacks in it! So much awesome.
McG!!!!! :woop: Prefer his TV stuff to movies.
I love Renny Harlin movies. I know most of em are trashy trash, but Long Kiss Goodnight is awesome.
As for Michael Bay, I had no idea he did Armageddon lol. Not a fan of how blue alot of his movies are... always with the tinted lenses or whatever.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Sep 24 20:02
McG
Posted: 5 years ago at Oct 1 9:59
A added Mcg. He most certainly belongs to this list
Posted: 5 years ago at Oct 15 8:11
War of the Worlds!!!
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Jul 26 18:39
I'd say Emmerich's worst is 2012.
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Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Jul 26 19:08
I'd say Emmerich's worst is 2012. [2]
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Jul 26 23:26
I made some changes: I deleted Frank Coraci and added McG and Rupert Wainwright.
I haven't seen Emmerich's 2012 yet and I'm not sure if I should. For now I think his worst is Godzilla.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Feb 12 18:16
Defiance is good movie... n ed is not that bad!
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at May 21 8:19
loved your comments!:)
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Nov 8 7:31
Even though there is more to add, this list is brilliant, keep it up.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Dec 4 16:56
Zack Snyder!? Why?? :P
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at May 17 19:49
Yeah I'd keep Zack Snyder off the list, but Ratner and CERTAINLY Michael Bay are just absolutely awful.

Found this voted-on list of the worst movie directors of all time, and it's also consistent with what's here:

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Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at Jul 16 0:51
James Wong directed some of the most influential and important action movies of all time! The fact he is on here and Uwe Boll is not, makes this list a farce.
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at Jul 16 13:50
"James Wong directed some of the most influential and important action movies of all time! The fact he is on here and Uwe Boll is not, makes this list a farce."

Are we talking about the same director here?
James Wong directed these films: Final Destination, Final Destination 3, The One and Dragonball Evolution.

But you are right that Uwe Boll probably should be on this list because I don't deny that he is awful. I'm not just sure if he can be classified as a big budget director because his budgets are very small compared to directors like Bay and Emmerich.
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at Jul 16 14:30
I added Randal Kleiser, Russell Mulcahy, Adam Shankman and Roger Spottiswoode.

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