The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of M. Night Shyamalan

M Night Shyamalan

As we head into the weekend, M. Night Shyamalan has a certified fresh film in the form of Split. Sitting pretty at 77% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, it continues a resurgence of a career that was in need of some rebuilding by the time The Visit was released in 2015. That film was certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 64% and it was a reminder of a promising career that was tarnished by the weight of his own early successes. Looking back on his body of work, he has seen some extreme highs and as bad as they get lows, but we all love a comeback and he has certainly rebounded in a big way.

M. Night Shyamalan began his career in 1992 with a film called Praying With Anger. It was a semi-autobiographical film that he made while still attending NYU. He funded the film by borrowing money from family and friends amounting to a budget of $800,000. The film had a run at the Toronto Film Festival and eventually made $1.4 million but it didn’t give him that big break that would get him recognized.

In 1998, Wide Awake, a film that was completed in 1995, was released and despite attracting some decent names (most notably Denis Leary and Rosie O’Donnell) the film didn’t catch on and received poor notices from critics (39% rotten on Rotten Tomatoes). The film cost $6 million to make and could only muster up

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At the age of five, I knew I wanted to write movies and about them. I’ve set out to make those dreams come true. As an alumni of the Los Angeles Film Academy, I participated in their Screenwriting program, while building up my expertise in film criticism. I write reviews that relate to the average moviegoer by educating my readers and keeping it fun. My job is to let you know the good, the bad, and the ugly in the world of cinema, so you can have your best moviegoing experience. You can find more of my writing on Instagram @g_reelz.