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YMMV: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Franchise Original Sin: A lot of the criticisms of his later films are present in his earlier ones, they're just kept reasonably in check. The most notable is the Shocking Swerve that is standard in his films, which was well-done at first but degraded into nonsense.
  • Hype Backlash: Critics and fans of The Sixth Sense lauding him as the next Alfred Hitchcock after his first filmnote  just raised everybody's expectations too high.
  • Memetic Mutation: What a tweest!
  • Misaimed Marketing: His movies would probably do a lot better if they were advertised as character-driven dramas instead of horror movies with a twist.
  • Never Live It Down: Hard to believe, but the number of movies he made that don't have a twist ending actually outnumbers the ones that do. In fact, since Lady in the Water, Shyamalan hasn't directed a movie with a twist ending. Doesn't stop his repuation though.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The Sixth Sense, evidenced by the fact that each of his next six films received progressively worse reviews.
  • Vindicated by Cable: Unbreakable is becoming a classic in terms of its deconstruction of the origin story of the Superhero and arguably has probably held up the best. Since it came out before the latest comic book movie craze, it didn't really mean much to people who didn't read superhero comics.

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