films seen
11/27
average score
2.09*
nationality
USA - 91 years old
status
R.I.P. (1930 - 2021)
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Popular USA director. Donner left his mark in several genres, which is quite a feat. His film are very commercial, and he lacks a clear signature, but when looking for decent USA fluff, his oeuvre's a decent place to start.

The inoffensive

16 Blocks

by Richard Donner
Specifics
2006 / 102m - USA, Germany
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
16 Blocks poster

Lethal Weapon 4

by Richard Donner
Specifics
1998 / 127m - USA
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Lethal Weapon 4 poster

Lethal Weapon 2

by Richard Donner
Specifics
1989 / 114m - USA
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Lethal Weapon 2 poster

Lethal Weapon

by Richard Donner
Specifics
1987 / 109m - USA
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Lethal Weapon poster

Worthy but flawed

Lethal Weapon 3

by Richard Donner
Specifics
1992 / 118m - USA
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Lethal Weapon 3 poster

Scrooged

by Richard Donner
Specifics
1988 / 101m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Fantasy
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Scrooged poster

A film that somewhat works, despite Murray's presence. Murray's character requires him to be annoying, but he's just too loud and obnoxious. The stuff surrounding him is pretty goofy and funny, though time also chipped away at its edginess. There are some fun moments, but overall it's just not that great.

Plain forgettable

Assassins

by Richard Donner
Specifics
1995 / 132m - France, USA
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Assassins poster

The Goonies

by Richard Donner
Specifics
1985 / 114m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Adventure, Family
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Goonies poster

Big nopes

Timeline

by Richard Donner
Specifics
2003 / 116m - USA
Genre
Sci-fi, Action, Adventure
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Timeline poster

The Omen

by Richard Donner
Specifics
1976 / 111m - UK, USA
Genre
Horror
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
The Omen poster

Superman

by Richard Donner
Specifics
1978 / 188m - USA, UK
Genre
Fantasy, Action
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Superman poster

A ridiculous film. Surely, this must've been a landmark for the superhero genre, but it's pretty much unwatchable by modern standards. I didn't make the right choice by going for the extended version, but I'm pretty confident that even cutting 45 minutes of cruft wouldn't have saved this film.

The story reiterates the classic Superman plot. A baby is sent from Krypton to Earth, grows up in a small village, becomes Superman and has to fight off Lex Luthor. If you think his battle with Luthor takes up the biggest part of the film, think again, since it takes Donner almost two hours to even get to that point.

I don't think I've ever seen a film in more dire need of an editor. It's as if they shot every scene five times and just stitched all the material together for the final film. There is so much pointless overhead that it completely kills the pacing. The effects are terrible, performances are weak, the score is laughable and the 3-hour runtime indefensible. Even worse than most contemporary Marvel stuff.