Movie Infographics

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I started off doing this one thinking I’d be a smartass and then realized that there’s real data to be had here. First, here’s a graph of the Rotten Tomatoes scores for all of Nicolas Cage’s movies, presented chronologically. You can find the actual, non-plotted data here. It starts in 1982 with Fast Times at Ridgemont High. His career has been quite the wild ride. 1987 marks the year that Raising Arizona and Moonstruck came out, two of his biggest critical hits. 1995 is Leaving Las Vegas; 1999 is 8MM and Bringing Out the Dead; 2002 is Adaptation, another critical smash; and the end of the chart is 2011 with Season of the Witch.

When I decided to create this one, I thought it’d be funny to see his scores gradually fall as he found himself cast in one bad movie after another. Call it Cagenfreude. It’s not that I have anything at all against Nicolas Cage. It’s just been sad to see him go from Oscar nominated movies to 4% scores on RT. But that chart above really doesn’t illustrate that concept very well. It’s all over the map- bursts of declining success followed immediately by a critical hit or two. So to better illustrate what’s happened to Cage’s career, I made the same chart using 5 year averages. The first plot point you’ll see on this next chart is 1986- the average RT score of his movies from 1982 to 1986. And so on and so forth until the final plot point, which is the average RT score of his movies from 2007 to 2011. Here’s the updated chart:

There’s the good stuff. As we can see, he came on strong early (culminating with 1987), then steadily declined mostly thanks to a 0% score from something called Deadfall in 1993. Then he experienced a mild resurgence in the mid to late 1990’s, got another mild bump from Adaptation, and then began to plumb the depths of 20-to-40% RT scores.

I have some friends (and commenters here) who have advanced degrees in this type of thing and I’m sure they can tell me why my numbers are off or not significant or what have you. In other words, take them with a grain of salt. Or, put more succinctly:

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5 Comments

Filed under Humor, Ingmar Bergman, Movies

5 responses to “Movie Infographics

  1. Kelly

    Love that pic of Nic.

  2. magnoliaforever

    You should do a Coen brothers’ movies infographic.

  3. Stu

    I assure you, Cage’s little skull buddy is absolutely beyond reproach.

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