Ridley Scott

Biography: Successful British director whose artistic signature is an elaborate visual style, developed through years of experience as set designer and director of TV commercials. Scott studied art and film at the Royal College of Art in London before landing work as a set designer for the BBC. In the mid 1960s he began directing BBC TV shows, but soon left to pursue a freelance career, helming hundreds of commercials before his first feature in 1977, The Duellists This pet project was critically noted as a sumptuous visual feast, and although it appealed primarily to a small cult following, it was enough to earn the director a shot at helming the graphic scifi/horror film Alien in 1979. It was an exceptionally good vehicle to display Scott's visual talents, albeit to the exclusion of plot and character development. The same charges were leveled against the director and his next picture, the elaborate Blade Runner (1982), in which he created a bleak, futuristic Los Angeles that served as the inspiration for a generation of cyberpunk literature, music, and art. This science fiction opus has built a devoted following over the years, even though Scott complained that his original vision was subverted by studio tampering. (In 1993 he finally got the opportunity to re lease a "director's cut" of the picture, which won even stronger reviews than it received a decade earlier.) Another elaborate fantasy saga, Legend (1985), fizzled badly. For his next film, Scott moved to entirely different turf, but the first-rate romantic thriller Someone to Watch Over Me (1987) failed to find much of an audience. Black Rain (1989), a cop thriller set in Japan, reinforced his reputation as a visual stylist with its recurring images of neon and smoke. Continually accused of favoring style over content and character, Scott then piloted Thelma & Louise (1991), a feminist take on the buddymovie genre whose title characters were the talk of the country the summer it was released. The film also earned him his first Oscar nomination as Best Director. Since then he has directed the lumbering saga of Christopher Columbus, 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) and produced the remake of The Browning Version (1994). Expand

Ridley Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 60
Highest Metascore: 88 Thelma & Louise
Lowest Metascore: 41 Before I Go to Sleep
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
32 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
64 Gladiator May 5, 2000 Director / Executive Producer 8.8
83 Alien Oct 29, 2003 Director 8.8
88 Blade Runner Jul 11, 1992 Director / Co-Producer 8.7
50 Welcome to the Rileys Oct 29, 2010 Producer 8.5
49 Tristan and Isolde Jan 13, 2006 Executive Producer 8.4
74 Black Hawk Down Dec 28, 2001 Director / Producer 8.0
63 Kingdom of Heaven May 6, 2005 Director / Producer 7.8
68 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Sep 21, 2007 Producer 7.8
76 American Gangster Nov 2, 2007 Director / Producer 7.5
46 Clay Pigeons Sep 25, 1998 Producer 7.5
68 The East May 31, 2013 Producer 7.5
63 Out of the Furnace Dec 4, 2013 Producer 7.3
57 Body of Lies Oct 10, 2008 Director / Producer 7.2
61 Matchstick Men Sep 12, 2003 Director / Producer 7.2
88 Thelma & Louise May 24, 1991 Director / Producer 7.2
47 The A-Team Jun 11, 2010 Executive Producer / Producer 7.2
54 Cracks Mar 18, 2011 Executive Producer 7.1
58 Life in a Day Jul 29, 2011 Executive Producer 7.1
49 Where the Money Is Apr 14, 2000 Producer 7.0
64 The Grey Jan 27, 2012 Producer 6.9
60 In Her Shoes Oct 7, 2005 Producer 6.8
53 White Squall Feb 2, 1996 Director / Executive Producer 6.8
47 A Good Year Nov 10, 2006 Director / Producer 6.7
58 Stoker Mar 1, 2013 Executive Producer / Producer 6.6
57 Hannibal Feb 9, 2001 Director / Producer 6.5
65 Prometheus Jun 8, 2012 Director / Producer 6.5
62 G.I. Jane Aug 22, 1997 Director / Producer 6.3
53 Robin Hood May 14, 2010 Director / Producer 6.2
74 Cyrus Jun 18, 2010 Executive Producer 6.1
49 Welcome to the Punch Mar 27, 2013 Executive Producer 6.0

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