Every Robert Eggers Movie Ranked, From The Witch To The Man In The North

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Cinema has seen a new renaissance in recent years as directors, and other creators have uniquely styled stories and asked viewers to look beyond what’s on screen. One creator who, with just three films, has seemingly mastered this style of storytelling is Robert Eggers. Unlike other contemporary directors, Eggers’ style is firmly rooted in stories set in the past. But rather than focusing on eras people might be familiar with, it uses niche periods in the development of the world to tell powerful and emotional stories.


As of now, Eggers’ latest film, The man from the north, showed promise as another hit for the director. But with only three credits to his name so far, how do they stack up against each other? This article will answer exactly that using Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic to develop an average score. However, even though these films are ranked from highest to lowest, they do not reflect the overall quality, which must be viewed individually to be absorbed and understood.

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3. The Northman – 85.5/100

Eggers’ latest release, The man from the north, is set in the 10th century and follows a Viking who, for most of his life, has been driven to seek revenge for his father’s death and save his kidnapped mother. Like all of Eggers’ films, the premise is just a decoy used to explore the deeper meanings behind the character’s actions. However, unlike his previous films, The man from the north spared no expense in the gore, action and sheer destruction that existed at the time. Critics commented on the powerful story that felt like an animated Viking epic and, even at the bottom of the list, still ranks high, like Eggers’ other films.


2. The Witch – 86.5/100

The witchEggers’ 2015 film debut, was a unique dive into supernatural horror and helped spark the elevated horror subgenre, which has since been made famous by films like Midsommar and It follows. The film followed an English settler in North America in the 1600s who did everything to support his family in a new land. But strange things began to happen that would eventually dismantle the family and bring the essence of evil into their home. The film is best known for its unsettling tone and Eggers’ painstaking efforts to bring a little-known period to life with as much historical accuracy as possible. Fortunately, his vision paid off and critics have since praised the direction of the film and the slow build of terror that help make the mind-bending conclusion all the more impactful.


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1. The lighthouse – 86.5/100

Lighthouse was a massive departure from what Eggers had shown the world with The witchbut the changes were the best choice at the time and helped show off the range and skills of veteran actor Willem Dafoe and the ever-versatile Robert Pattinson. Lighthouse follows two lighthouse keepers who rarely, if ever, get along and are forced to live together for months on an island. Pattinson’s character had no respect for the customs that Dafoe’s character held dear. As a result, the tensions were building until they reached a point that was as trippy as it was unexpected. To like The witch, Eggers did his best to keep the film historically accurate, right down to the dialogue, and delivered a thriller that felt more like introspection into the human condition. As a result, critics praised the classic feel of the film and the moments that recalled stories by famous writers like William Shakespeare and Herman Melville.


With just three movies, Eggers showed his range and style like no other director has in decades. However, it has maintained its consistency no matter how many eras or genres it has explored and will explore. Each of his films is held in high esteem and rightly so, and those who wish to venture into his world are likely to find something profound. But once the credits roll, fans can reassess how movies can be made and how they can be used to capture audiences’ attention.


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