If one thinks of the living Mexican directors who are best known around the world, the three that come to mind are Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu (b. 1963). All three, awarded an Oscar of its corresponding category in the past decade. The last, twice, thanks to his work on Birdman (or the unexpected virtue of ignorance) and The Revenant; and with the first he also obtained the best original script.
For both films he was recognized, on the other hand, at the Golden Globes; for the second, at the BAFTAs; while the Cannes Festival has distinguished him due to Amores perros and Babel. Naturally, for his debut work he gave the bell at the biggest awards in his country, the Ariel, with the fruitful collaboration between the screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga and him, sadly broken for absurd disagreements.
The opinion of the specialized critic on the work of Alejandro González Iñárritu
The numbers shown in the section of Rotten tomatoes For the critics they are the following regarding the best films Alejandro González Iñárritu, ordering them from best to worst:
Birdman (or the unexpected virtue of ignorance) (2014): average grade of 8.5 out of 10 on 355 reviews.The Revenant (2015): half of 7.9 in 401 reviews.Dog loves (2000): half of 7.8 in 120 reviews.21 grams (2003): half of 7.5 on 183 reviews.Babel (2006): half of 6.8 on 204 reviews.Biutiful (2000): half of 6.4 on 155 reviews.
The opinion of Rotten Tomatoes moviegoers
We go back to Rotten Tomatoes, but this time for the first ranking of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s films according to the votes of its users:
Dog loves: average grade of 4.4 out of 5 with more than 100,000 votes.The reborn: half of 4.1 with more than 100,000 votes.21 grams: half of 4 with more than 100,000 votes.Birdman (or the unexpected virtue of ignorance): half of 3.9 with more than 50,000 votes.Babel: half of 3.8 with more than 250,000 votes.beautiful: half of 3.7 with more than 10,000 votes.
The opinion of IMDb moviegoers
On the other hand, these are the data that IMDb also provides us on the opinion of the public about the work of Alejandro González Iñárritu:
Dog loves: average grade of 8.1 out of 10 with 231,559 votes.The reborn: half of 8 with 738,812 votes.Birdman (or the unexpected virtue of ignorance): half of 7.7 with 599,553 votes.21 grams: half of 7.6 with 230,277 votes.beautiful: half of 7.5 with 88,307 votes.Babel: half of 7.4 with 295,146 votes.
The opinion of Filmaffinity moviegoers
And, to finish, here is the information that Filmaffinity offers us about Alejandro González Iñárritu:
Dog loves: average grade of 7.7 out of 10 with 74,515 votes.21 grams: half of 7.6 with 84,662 votes.The reborn: half of 7.2 with 68,091 votes.Babel: half of 7.2 with 85,817 votes.Birdman (or the unexpected virtue of ignorance): half of 7 with 72,698 votes.beautiful: half of 6.5 with 21,355 votes.
Conclusions on the best and worst of Alejandro González Iñárritu
For members of professional critics, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s best film is Birdman (or the unexpected virtue of ignorance), while moviegoers as a whole, of the three platforms where they vote the most on the Internet, have chosen the first one they made: Dog loves.
On the other hand, one might think that there would be a unanimous choice of critics and viewers as to which the worst film from the Mexican director is beautiful. But, if both Rotten Tomatoes and Filmaffinity have pointed it out this way, on IMDb they say that the least successful is Babel.