Certainly the producer's scorecard is the box office. And maybe the director's and actor's scorecards use some criticism from the establishment. But on the whole, like with anything else, actors, directors and producers and gaffers and whoever know when they do a good job, and they know when it doesn't matter because the movie sucks. They also know when they do a good job and the movie is beautiful. In the end, for the people who make the movies, I think it is an inside thing.
Honestly, I think you have fallen into a trap. Grosses are not that important. Reviews are not that important. Grosses are something else the media uses to show that they are right or wrong in their reviews. But that is not what makes a movie good or bad. Tons of great movies never make the top ten. And reviewers review them too. Hell, sometimes they even review them positively.
I saw Finding Forrester and on the whole, other than F. Murray Abraham's rather flat performance, I liked it a lot. Do you think negative reviews will affect this project at all, though? Sean Connery will find work. The kid has a huge future, as even negative reviews throw him a bone. Gus van Sandt gets to do whatever he wants. Busta Rhymes also has a future. In short, it doesn't really matter what the critics or even the audience thought of the movie. Go to IMDB and look at these people's careers. This is a blip either way.
Quick, what movie did Sean Connery win his Oscar for?
The Untouchables. See what I mean. Even if you didn't have to think about it, most people wouldn't have known at all. And that is the highest possible accolade an actor can get.
There are a hundred variables that go into getting a movie, from concept to can, made. A review doesn't matter either way. Don't believe the hype. The box office tallies are not a scoreboard. They aren't there to validate or invalidate your opinion. Enjoy.
Vertigo was branded a failure, but is now viewed as among the finest films ever.
I am my own home. - Banana Yoshimoto