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Which Of These Iconic Film Directors Is on the Longest Cold Streak?

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | December 11, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | December 11, 2014 |

Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings comes out tomorrow, and putting the whitewashing controversy completely aside, the film is not receiving particularly good reviews.

This, of course, has critics and writers re-examining Ridley Scott’s most recent output, and to be honest, it’s not pretty. The director of classic films like Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, and Gladiator has been on a downswing basically since 2005.

Let’s take a quick peek at his films since then:


Exodus: Gods and Kings — 38 percent

The Counselor — 34 percent

Prometheus - 73 percent

Robin Hood — 43 percent

Body of Lies — 54 percent

American Gangster — 80 percent

A Good Year — 25 percent

Kingdom of Heaven — 39 percent

Average: 48 percent.

That’s not great. But there are worse examples of cold streaks from formerly brilliant directors.

What about Ivan Reitman, the man who brought us Ghostbuster, Stripes, Animal House, Meatballs, Private Parts and even Dave?


Junior — 32 percent

Fathers’ Day — 25 percent

Six Days, Seven Nights — 36 percent

Evolution — 43 percent

My Super Ex-Girlfriend — 40 percent

I Love You, Man — 84 percent

No Strings Attached — 49 percent

Draft Day — 60 percent

Average — 46 percent


Let’s take a look at the Farrelly Brothers, who had a killer streak in the 1990s, from Dumb and Dumber to Kingpin to Something About Mary and Me, Myself, and Irene. Their last positively reviewed film was in 2005 (Fever Pitch). How’s it been looking since?

The Heartbreak Kid — 29 percent

Hall Pass — 34 percent

The Three Stooges — 51 percent

Dumb and Dumber To — 26 percent

Average — 35 percent


But the guy on the longest cold streak also happens to be responsible for some of our most beloved films. Between 1984 and 1992, Rob Reiner could do no wrong, directing a succession of classic films: Spinal Tap, The Sure Thing, Stand By Me, When Harry Met Sally, Princess Bride, Misery, and a Few Good Men. He hit a major snag with North, but bounced back with The American President. He hasn’t been the same since.


Ghosts of Mississippi — 46 percent

The Story of Us — 28 percent

Alex & Emma — 11 percent

Rumor Has It — 20 percent

The Bucket List — 40 percent

Flipped — 55 percent

The Magic of Belle Isle — 28 percent

And So It Goes — 18 percent

Average — 30 percent

(Out of respect for Harold Ramis, who passed away earlier this year, I chose to ignore his output since Groundhog Day).