YMMV / David Fincher

  • Tough Act to Follow: Fight Club had a mixed critical reaction and did poorly at the box office, but nevertheless had such an impact that it overshadowed much of Fincher's later work. He seems to have finally escaped this as of The Social Network, with its multiple Oscar nominations and very enthusiastic critical reception, and even moreso with Gone Girl, which was a critical and commercial success.
  • True Art Is Angsty: While not as extreme as some others, the characters in his movies tend to suffer, a lot. And, with one exception, all of his movies are very esteemed by critics.
  • Vindicated by History: Se7en and Fight Club both received mixed reactions from critics at the time of their release. Today, both are widely considered to be among the best films of The '90s. Fight Club was a failure at the box office, but became extremely successful on home video.