Alan Smithee

Biography: from IMDb

"'Alan Smithee' is a common pseudonym for directors whose film was clearly taken away from her/him and recut heavily against her/his wishes in ways that completely altered the film. The Directors Guild contract generally does not permit a director to remove her/his name from films. The Directors Guild has been striving for decades to establish the director as the "author" of a film, and part of getting the credit for the successes is taking the blame for the failures. The only exceptions they make are cases in which a film was clearly taken away from a director and recut heavily against her/his wishes in ways that completely altered the film. Directors are required to appeal to the Guild in such cases. If the appeal is successful, their name is replaced by Alan Smithee. That is the only permissible pseudonym for a director. So if you notice a film directed by Alan Smithee, it is certain it is not what its director intended, and likely that it is not any good."
from IMDb

"'Alan Smithee' is a common pseudonym for directors whose film was clearly taken away from her/him and recut heavily against her/his wishes in ways that completely altered the film.
The Directors Guild contract generally does not permit a director to remove her/his name from films. The Directors Guild has been striving for decades to establish the director as the "author" of a film, and part of getting the credit for the successes is taking the blame for the failures. The only exceptions they make are cases in which a film was clearly taken away from a director and recut heavily against her/his wishes in ways that completely altered the film. Directors are required to appeal to the Guild in such cases. If the appeal is successful, their name is replaced by Alan Smithee. That is the only permissible pseudonym for a director. So if you notice a film directed by Alan Smithee, it is certain it is not what its director intended, and likely that it is not any good."

"'Alan Smithee' is an anagram for 'The Alias Men.'"
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Alan Smithee's Scores

Highest Metascore: 82 NHL Hitz 20-03
Lowest Metascore: 56 Star Trek: Legacy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
3 game reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
64 Star Trek: Legacy (X360) Dec 14, 2006 Developer / Developer 5.5
56 Star Trek: Legacy (PC) Dec 5, 2006 Developer / Developer 3.8
82 NHL Hitz 20-03 (GC) Sep 16, 2002 Color Commentator Voice / Color Commentator Voice 8.4