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1* BrokenBase: An extremely polarizing director. He is often listed as both one of the best and one of the worst contemporary filmmakers. * DorkAge: From ''Film/TheVillage'' to ''Film/AfterEarth'', he received very negative reviews and was widely considered to be a bad director, with ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' seen as the nadir of his career. This ended with ''Series/WaywardPines'' , after which he directed the critically acclaimed ''Film/TheVisit'' and ''Film/{{Split}}''. In 2019, ''Film/{{Glass}}'' appears to have started another one. Only time will tell.* NeverLiveItDown: Many people will never forgive him for ''Film/TheLastAirbender''. * SnarkBait: He was a common punchline from 2010 until 2015, and some still do it in spite of his modest CareerResurrection.* ScapegoatCreator: Many fans of the [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender original Nickelodeon series]] blame Shyamalan for everything bad related to ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', especially the controversial - and full of UnfortunateImplications - casting, however there [[https://www.mnightfans.com/the-true-story-of-the-last-airbender-revealed/ are testimonials on the Internet]] that indicate that many of the most unpopular decisions They were the product of executive interference. And that Shyamalan, perhaps out of pride, preferred to take full responsibility instead of admitting that he did not have total creative control over his film. Other people indicate that Hollywood has a [[YellowFace long history of systematically excluding Asian actors]], so it is unfair to blame everything on Shyamalan.

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