In this economy we don’t begrudge anyone a job, but we have to wonder why studios keep bailing this guy out. His latest, “The Last Airbender,” gets an average rating of only 8 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes website. Roger Ebert writes that the film “is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.”

His movies have gotten worse and worse reviews, and while some have actually made money, none of them came close to “The Sixth Sense.”

Take a look at this chart showing the Rotten Tomates ratings for Shyamalan’s last five movies (Rotten Tomatoes aggregates and quantifies movie reviews):

New York’s Vulture broke the news to Shyamalan about his lousy reviews. The director, incidentally, is one who hates critics so much that he made an entire movie that made no sense about critics being bad. In response to that Ebert line, which the interviewer read to him, the director said, “It must be a language thing, in terms of a particular accent, a storytelling accent. I can only see it this certain way and I don’t know how to think in another language.”

What an interesting way of explaining to yourself why people don’t like your movies. The flicks aren’t bad, just impossible to understand. — PZS

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