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      Chris Columbus

      Chris Columbus

      Highest Rated: 95% Menashe (2017)

      Lowest Rated: 5% Christmas With the Kranks (2004)

      Birthday: Sep 10, 1958

      Birthplace: Spangler, Pennsylvania, USA

      One of the more successful filmmakers to come from the Spielberg school of genre moviemaking, writer-director Chris Columbus emerged as a specialist in combining a sensitivity for young people's feelings with a rousing adventure yarn. Columbus entered Hollywood by way of screenwriting with his script for "Gremlins" (1984) being shepherded by Spielberg, who soon became a mentor to the young scribe. After writing the scripts for "The Goonies" (1985) and "Young Sherlock Holmes" (1985), he made his directing debut with the mild family comedy "Adventures in Babysitting" (1987). Columbus entered the realm of blockbuster filmmaker with "Home Alone" (1990), arguably one of the most successful film comedies of all time. Following the sequel "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (1992), he had another hit with the Robin Williams vehicle "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993), which placed Columbus at the top of Hollywood's list of commercial hitmakers. Despite his overwhelming commercial success, Columbus struggled to earn the respect of critics, many of whom complained that he tended to overly sentimentalize his work by finding simple happy solutions to complicated problems. He typified such criticisms with "Bicentennial Man" (1999), which descended into cheap sentiment after a promising start. Columbus next tackled the incredibly difficult task of bring "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001) to life on the big screen. Faithfully adapting that novel and the sequel "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002), Columbus helped launch what became one of the most commercially successful franchises in cinema history. Though he faded to the background with "Rent" (2005) and "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" (2010), Columbus remained one of Hollywood's most bankable commercial directors.

      Highest rated movies

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      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chupa Producer - 2023
      93% 87% Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts Self - 2022
      86% No Score Yet The Exiles Executive Producer - 2022
      86% 18% Cusp Executive Producer - 2021
      65% 44% The Christmas Chronicles 2 Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2020
      48% 53% SCOOB! Executive Producer - 2020
      90% 72% The Lighthouse Executive Producer $10.9M 2019
      68% 76% The Christmas Chronicles Producer - 2018
      77% 74% I Kill Giants Producer - 2017
      85% 78% Patti Cake$ Producer $774.5K 2017
      95% 65% Menashe Executive Producer $1.7M 2017
      50% 66% The Young Messiah Producer $6.5M 2016
      60% 44% It Had to Be You Executive Producer $5.3K 2015
      90% 60% The Witch Executive Producer $25.1M 2015
      90% 53% Mediterranea Producer $5.8K 2015
      18% 46% Pixels Director,
      Producer
      $78.7M 2015
      54% 29% Little Accidents Executive Producer $10.1K 2014
      47% 57% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Producer $113.6M 2014
      42% 54% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Executive Producer $68.5M 2013
      76% 89% The Help Producer $169.7M 2011
      49% 53% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Director,
      Producer
      $88.8M 2010
      13% 32% I Love You, Beth Cooper Director,
      Producer
      $14.8M 2009
      44% 47% Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Producer $177.2M 2009
      37% 51% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Executive Producer $131.9M 2007
      60% 55% Fog City Mavericks Unknown (Character) - 2007
      43% 67% Night at the Museum Producer $113.7M 2006
      47% 83% Rent Director $29.0M 2005
      88% 74% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Executive Producer $290.0M 2005
      28% 45% Fantastic Four Producer $154.7M 2005
      5% 39% Christmas With the Kranks Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $73.7M 2004
      90% 86% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Producer $249.4M 2004
      82% 80% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Director,
      Executive Producer
      $262.0M 2002
      81% 82% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Director,
      Executive Producer
      $317.9M 2001
      20% 27% Monkeybone Executive Producer $5.4M 2001
      36% 58% Bicentennial Man Director,
      Producer
      $58.2M 1999
      44% 75% Stepmom Director,
      Producer
      $91.0M 1998
      19% 39% Jingle All the Way Producer $60.6M 1996
      25% 37% Nine Months Director,
      Producer,
      Screenwriter
      $67.9M 1995
      70% 77% Mrs. Doubtfire Director $219.2M 1993
      No Score Yet 84% Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland Writer $1.4M 1992
      35% 62% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Director $172.7M 1992
      65% 50% Only the Lonely Director,
      Writer
      $19.9M 1991
      66% 80% Home Alone Director $281.5M 1990
      38% 50% Heartbreak Hotel Director $5.4M 1988
      71% 70% Adventures in Babysitting Director - 1987
      64% 63% Young Sherlock Holmes Screenwriter $18.1M 1985
      76% 91% The Goonies Screenwriter $935.0K 1985
      86% 78% Gremlins Writer - 1984

      TV

      Credit
      80% No Score Yet 3 Executive Producer 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Galaxy High School Creator,
      Writer
      1986