No, seriously. This isn't a tumblr.
It’s not much of a revelation to say that Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are not the heavy-hitting actors they once were. These two men ruled the 70s but when exactly did they fall off? Here I go year-by-year, plotting the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating for each actor’s theatrical films (no TV films included). For years with multiple releases, I take an average. The findings:
- Despite a few early 90s gems, De Niro starts his drop after 1984. If he were just a bit more selective in the late 80s/early 90s, the Goodfellas and Heats of the world wouldn’t have been weighed way down by We’re No Angels and The Fan.
- Pacino was more up and down. After a huge spike in the early/mid 70s, he plummeted throughout the late 70s and 80s. Other than Scarface, the Pacino 80s included beloved “gems” like Bobby Deerfield and Revolution.
- Without David O. Russell, De Niro’s recent ratings would be an utter disgrace.Take out Silver Linings Playbook’s 92 and American Hustles 93 and De Niro last five year average is about 33% and his last three year average is 27%. Damn sad.