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