The precise moment Robert De Niro stopped caring about his films

It was probably even earlier for Al Pacino.

Dirty Grandpa
Paternal figure? De Niro and Zac Efron in Dirty Grandpa. Image Lionsgate

The exact moment when Robert De Niro stopped caring and started just blindly picking up million dollar pay checks for absolute cinematic turkeys has finally been calculated.

Despite carving out a career as one of the greatest actors in the history of Hollywood, it is fair to say that De Niro has enjoyed some lean years of late.

Once an Oscar winner for films like Raging Bull and The Godfather Part II, De Niro’s more recent efforts include Little Fockers, Analyse That and, most recently, Dirty Grandpa.

Robert De Niro
Hands on approach Dick gets to grip with college girl Shadia on the beach. Image Lionsgate

And it’s this stark decline in quality that has prompted illustrator James Chapman to take to Twitter to ask the simple question: When did De Niro stop caring?

The answer is that he stopped around 16 years ago.


Using a complex algorithm that factors the average score collated by his films on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, alongside his age at the time, this intrepid film fan worked out that De Niro stopped caring at the age of 59, way back in 2002.

Since then, the 72-year-old has churned out such memorable hits as Last Vegas, The family, Red Lights, New Year’s Eve and The Intern to name but a few.

There is still time for him to turn it around, though.

Could someone get Martin Scorsese on the phone? And tell him it’s urgent?

Follow James Chapman @chapmangamo on Twitter now.

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