8 Great Directors Who Have Made More Bad Movies Than Good

8. Ridley Scott

Ridley-ScottThe Good: The Duellists, Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Matchstick Men, American GangsterThe Bad: Legend, Black Rain, White Squall, 1942: Conquest of Paradise, G.I. Jane, Hannibal, A Good Year, Body Of Lies, Kingdom of Heaven, Robin Hood Whenever I hear the name Ridley Scott or I find out that he's making a new movie, my natural reaction is to get super excited: "Yes! A new picture by master filmmaker Ridley Scott! Woo!" I mean, c'mon, this guy directed Blade Runner and Alien and, uh, Gladiator and... well, Thelma & Louise, I suppose, and then... well, other great movies that I'm forgetting about, I'm sure. But what if I'm not forgetting about them? What if I'm wrong? I don't mean to sound ungrateful. I appreciate all the great movies that Ridley Scott has made, many of which are some of my all-time favourites. But look at Scott's filmography as a whole and you'll see how horribly inconsistent it is for a man of his esteemed reputation. Would a truly great filmmaker have made A Good Year? Hannibal? G.I. Jane? Granted, the man knows how to make every movie look good, but he often comes up short on the story aspects.

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