films seen
24
average score
1.97*
nationality
UK - 84 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

Black Hawk Down

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
2001 / 152m - USA
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
2015 / 144m - USA
Genre
Sci-fi, Adventure
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Martian poster

Matchstick Men

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

Legend

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
1985 / 94m - USA
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.

Alien

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
1979 / 116m - USA
Genre
Sci-fi, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Alien poster

Alien used to be a top personal favorite of mine when I was younger, but with every consecutive viewing, the film has gotten worse. Not the Giger/industrial design part, that's still pretty great. Everything around it though is really starting to show its age, and it has come to a point where I just can't call it a personal favorite anymore.

When the crew of a spaceship wakes up, it becomes clear that they haven't arrived at their destination just yet. The central computer woke them up after receiving a distress call and their contract forces them to inspect the situation. The call comes from an alien planet, so they have no choice but to go out and explore the source of the signal.

The xenomorph is still one of my all-time favorite creatures, but Scott's film doesn't do Giger's designs justice. The performances and characters are rather tepid, the music is a little silly, the editing is rough, and the tech designs are often nonsensical. And then there's the ending, which is a total disgrace. There are still moments of genius, the lighting and interior design are pretty rad, but it's not enough anymore to ignore the film's faults.

The inoffensive

Body of Lies

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

Blade Runner

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
1982 / 117m - USA
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
2017 / 132m - USA
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
2012 / 124m - USA
Genre
Sci-fi, Mystery, Adventure
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Prometheus poster

Hannibal

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

G.I. Jane

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

Thelma & Louise

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
1991 / 130m - USA
Genre
Crime, Adventure
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
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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
1989 / 125m - USA
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Black Rain poster

Plain forgettable

The Counselor

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

A Good Year

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
2006 / 117m - UK
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
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All the Invisible Children

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

1492: Conquest of Paradise

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

Big nopes

Alien: Covenant

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

American Gangster

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

Kingdom of Heaven

by Ridley Scott
Specifics
2005 / 144m - UK
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
2014 / 150m - UK
Genre
Fantasy, Action, Adventure
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
Exodus: Gods and Kings poster

Robin Hood

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

Gladiator

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

The Duellists

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