Peter Jackson

Biography: A major movie buff since childhood, this New Zealand native made his first indie feature, the aptly titled Bad Taste, over a four-year period in the 1980s. Equal parts gore, sci-fi and comedy, the super-low-budget film—which he produced, wrote, filmed, edited, starred in and created the makeup and special effects for—put him on the map when it screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Starting with his next picture, Meet the Feebles—an unrated backstage saga of the sordid lives of puppets—Jackson was no longer working solo. His multitalented wife, Fran Walsh, collaborated with him on the script as she would on all his subsequent projects, including 1994's Heavenly Creatures, which earned them an Oscar nod for best screenplay. His hot streak continued when Jackson finally got the green light for his dream project: the epic Lord of the Rings films. Shot from 1999 to 2000 and released over three successive years, the trilogy was a critical and commercial blockbuster. Jackson earned anA major movie buff since childhood, this New Zealand native made his first indie feature, the aptly titled Bad Taste, over a four-year period in the 1980s. Equal parts gore, sci-fi and comedy, the super-low-budget film—which he produced, wrote, filmed, edited, starred in and created the makeup and special effects for—put him on the map when it screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Starting with his next picture, Meet the Feebles—an unrated backstage saga of the sordid lives of puppets—Jackson was no longer working solo. His multitalented wife, Fran Walsh, collaborated with him on the script as she would on all his subsequent projects, including 1994's Heavenly Creatures, which earned them an Oscar nod for best screenplay. His hot streak continued when Jackson finally got the green light for his dream project: the epic Lord of the Rings films. Shot from 1999 to 2000 and released over three successive years, the trilogy was a critical and commercial blockbuster. Jackson earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Director for the first installment, The Fellowship of the Ring. But it wasn't until 2003's climactic The Return of the King that he finally won Oscars (as well as a slew of other awards) for best director, and shared statues with his wife for best screenplay and best picture. In 2005 he helmed the remake of King Kong, but while the film wasn't a flop, it failed to be the hit it was anticipated to be. A period of down time followed (though he did pop up in a brief cameo as a demented Father Christmas in 2007's Hot Fuzz) until he directed the big-screen adaptation of the best-selling novel The Lovely Bones (2009). That same year his latest producing effort, the critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated District 9, hit theaters to much success. Jackson then shifted his attention to work on the two-part Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit, in which he serves as executive producer and writer. In his spare time, Jackson is an aviation enthusiast and owns The Vintage Aviator, which boasts a collection of classic aircraft. He's also a chairman of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Trust, which hosts biennial air shows. Jackson has been married to Fran Walsh since 1987 and the pair have two children. Expand

Peter Jackson's Scores

Average career score: 67
Highest Metascore: 94 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest Metascore: 38 God's Army
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
17 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
91 They Shall Not Grow Old Dec 17, 2018 Director / Producer 8.6
44 Mortal Engines Dec 14, 2018 Producer / Screenplay / Screenplay By 6.3
59 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Dec 17, 2014 Director / Producer / Screenplay 7.0
66 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Dec 13, 2013 Director / Producer / Screenplay 7.8
80 West of Memphis Dec 25, 2012 Producer 7.1
58 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Dec 14, 2012 Director / Producer / Screenplay 8.0
68 The Adventures of Tintin Dec 21, 2011 Producer 7.8
42 The Lovely Bones Dec 11, 2009 Director / Producer / Screenplay 6.2
81 District 9 Aug 14, 2009 Producer / Producer 6.4
81 King Kong Dec 14, 2005 Director / Producer / Screenplay 7.4
94 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Dec 17, 2003 Director / Producer / Screenplay 9.1
87 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Dec 18, 2002 Director / Producer / Screenplay 9.0
92 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Dec 19, 2001 Director / Producer / Screenplay 9.1
38 God's Army Aug 25, 2000 Elder Downey tbd
52 The Frighteners Jul 19, 1996 Director / Producer / Written By 7.7
54 Dead Alive Feb 12, 1993 Director / Director / Screenplay / Screenplay tbd
52 Bad Taste Jun 1, 1989 Director / Producer / Written By / Derek/Robert/Minister tbd

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