films seen
24
average score
2.00*
nationality
UK - 83 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Established Hollywood director who is responsible for a fair amount of modern classics, but has made just as much throw-away junk. Scott can get a little too caught up in his own work, leading to overly long films, but overall an oeuvre worth exploring.

The good stuff

Alien

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, UK [1979] - 116m
Genre
Sci-fi, Horror
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Alien poster

Black Hawk Down

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA [2001] - 152m
Genre
War
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Black Hawk Down poster

Nice piece of war insanity. The first half hour is a little slow, but once the action starts it just doesn't let down anymore. The film feels claustrophobic and tense, doing well in translating the threatening situation on screen. One of Ridley Scott's best and one of the best war films overall.

Solid pieces

The Martian

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, UK [2015] - 144m
Genre
Sci-fi, Adventure
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Martian poster

Matchstick Men

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, UK [2003] - 116m
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Matchstick Men poster

Legend

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, UK [1985] - 94m
Genre
Romance, Fantasy, Adventure
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Legend poster

A surprisingly charming film by Ridley Scott. Extremely kitsch at times, but Scott's direction is so confdient it doesn't even matter. The art direction is great, the effects don't look too cheap and the fantasy foundation feels unique enough. Would've loved this as a child, but it's still holds up today.

The inoffensive

Body of Lies

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, UK [2008] - 128m
Genre
Drama, Action, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Body of Lies poster

Blade Runner

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
Hong Kong, USA [1982] - 117m
Genre
Sci-fi, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Blade Runner poster

Worthy but flawed

All the Money in the World

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, China [2017] - 132m
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
All the Money in the World poster

Ridley Scott's attempt to shine some light on the kidnapping of Paul Getty, the grandson of the richest man in the world. I wasn't really familiar with the case and based on the framing by the film ("based on ..." etc) it's probably best to not see this as a very factual report of the events, then again who'd expect that from a Hollywood film.

That said, the actual plot still isn't all that exciting. The kidnapping ploy is pretty basic, the squabbles between the boy's mother and grandpa Getty feel a tad stale and the thriller elements never really succeed in raising the tension. While Scott goes for grandeur, the film fails to sell it.

Performances are decent but nothing special, the color palette's a bit grim and the soundtrack is too pompous. The film is also way too long, then again that's probably an attempt to give the project some extra weight. Can't say it worked, on the other hand it's not a terrible film either.

Dubious filler

Prometheus

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, UK [2012] - 124m
Genre
Sci-fi, Mystery, Adventure
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Prometheus poster

Hannibal

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, UK [2001] - 131m
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Hannibal poster

G.I. Jane

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, UK [1997] - 125m
Genre
Action, War
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
G.I. Jane poster

Thelma & Louise

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, France [1991] - 130m
Genre
Crime, Adventure
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Thelma & Louise poster

One of the few remaining Scott films I'd still had to see. Or revisit, as I'd already watched this one as a kid. The ending is by far the most memorable part of Thelma & Louise, not in the least because it's been referenced so often since the film was released. It's probably also the single reason why it's considered a classic, as the rest isn't all that special.

Louise is in a loose relationship, Thelma is stuck in an unhappy marriage. The two friends plan a weekend out of town, but after their first stop in a bar, things take a turn for the worse. The rest of the film sees the two women on the road, trying to remain out of the clutches of the police.

The Sarandon/David tandem isn't that great, the soundtrack is terrible and the film's a bit long-winded. Certain scenes stand out and showcase Scott's skill as a director, sadly it's not enough to actually save the film. The ending still stands though, I just don't think it's enough to sit through the rest of the film.

Black Rain

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA [1989] - 125m
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Black Rain poster

Plain forgettable

The Counselor

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, UK [2013] - 117m
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Counselor poster

A Good Year

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, UK [2006] - 117m
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
A Good Year poster

All the Invisible Children

by Mehdi Charef, Emir Kusturica, Spike Lee, Kátia Lund, Jordan Scott, Ridley Scott, Stefano Veneruso, John Woo
Specifics
France, Italy [2005] - 124m
Genre
Drama
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
All the Invisible Children poster

1492: Conquest of Paradise

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, France [1992] - 154m
Genre
Drama, Adventure, Biography, History
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
1492: Conquest of Paradise poster

Big nopes

Alien: Covenant

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, UK [2017] - 122m
Genre
Sci-fi, Horror
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Alien: Covenant poster

American Gangster

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, UK [2007] - 157m
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
American Gangster poster

Kingdom of Heaven

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, Spain [2005] - 144m
Genre
Action, War, Adventure
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Kingdom of Heaven poster

Irritation overload

Exodus: Gods and Kings

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, Spain [2014] - 150m
Genre
Fantasy, Action, Adventure
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
Exodus: Gods and Kings poster

Robin Hood

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, UK [2010] - 140m
Genre
Romance, Action, Adventure
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
Robin Hood poster

Gladiator

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
USA, UK [2000] - 155m
Genre
Action, Adventure
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
Gladiator poster

The Duellists

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
UK [1977] - 100m
Genre
Drama, War
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
The Duellists poster