Who’s the Better Director? Ivan Reitman or Doug Liman

Welcome to round three of Face/Off! For the next six weeks we will be pitting two directors who won their round two matches against each other and letting YOU, the commenters, decide on who reigns supreme!

You have to decide which director is better than the other? Various factors could play into your decision from who takes the biggest risks to who has the more distinctive style. Remember, it isn’t so much about which director has made the most money at the box office or won the most awards, but, in your mind, which director simply makes better films.

Let’s analyze the filmography of today’s challengers.


Ivan Reitman

Who He Beat in Round Two: Penelope Spheeris (11 to 3)

1970s & 1980s Directorial Features: Foxy Lady (1971), Cannibal Girls (1973), Meatballs (1979), Stripes (1981), Ghostbusters (1984), Legal Eagles (1986), Twins (1988), Ghostbusters II (1989)

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: Kindergarten Cop (1990), Dave (1993), Junior (1994), Fathers’ Day (1997), Six Days, Seven Nights (1998), Evolution (2001), My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), No Strings Attached (2011), Draft Day (2014)


Doug Liman

Who He Beat in Round Two: Michael Bay (10 to 5)

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: Getting In (1994), Swingers (1996), Go (1999), The Bourne Identity (2002), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Jumper (2008), Fair Game (2010), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), The Wall (2017), American Made (2017)


Only one can move on to the Battle Royale. Let the Face/Off begin!

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Face/Off: Reitman vs. Liman

Who's the better director?


Discuss in the comments below your favorite films from each director and who should advance to the quarterfinals.

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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