Since making his feature directorial debut in the mid-1980s, director Tim Burton has established himself, without question, as one of the most strikingly different filmmakers in Hollywood. In the last 31 years, he has established a style that is recognized around the world, from his use of Danny Elfman's music to an often large abundance of spirals and stripes. He has delivered audiences breathtaking original visions... and also a couple of stinkers. Today we are here to talk about them all.
With the arrival of Tim Burton's 18th film, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, in theaters this weekend, we figured now would be the perfect time to present our ranking of all of the filmmaker's feature films to date. Read on to find out which titles we gave the top spots.
18. Dark Shadows
Tim Burton has gotten his groove back in recent years, but 2012's Dark Shadows definitely represents his worst work. Everything about it feels either lazy or forced, and it comes together as a slog that's feels interminable even while coming in under two hours long.
17. Alice in Wonderland
If you need any proof that success doesn't equal quality, 2010's Alice in Wonderland makes great evidence. The film is far and away Tim Burton's biggest box office hit -- accumulating over $1 billion worldwide -- but that fact will never overshadow the fact that the movie is a headache-inducing, bright and colorful mess.
16. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a timeless children's classic that has nothing stopping it from continuing to be passed down from generation to generation. As such, Tim Burton's 2005 remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was wholly unnecessary from the start, and failed to stick the landing. It's true that the adaptation is a more faithful version of Roald Dahl's brilliant book in some respects, but it still can never shake its lack of raison d'etre.
15. Planet of the Apes
For what it's worth, Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes remake from 2001 does earn a lot of points for its truly stunning makeup and prosthetics work -- courtesy of Rick Baker -- but it does stand as further evidence that the filmmaker just needs to stay away from remakes. Good as Mark Wahlberg can be, this definitely isn't his finest hour, and nothing is helped by the movie's manipulation of the original's classic ending.