Using the scientifically proven axis of time versus tomatoes, the graph compares De Niro's filmography with his Rotten Tomatoes scores over the years.
Based on the data, it looks like De Niro threw in the towel and stopped giving a shit in 2002, when he turned 59. From there, he starred in a swath of garbage movies, with Dirty Grandpa amongst the most critically reviled.
People say data analysis is boring, but you can calculate the exact moment that Robert De Niro stopped caring (2002) pic.twitter.com/LQRI48SnPU— James Chapman (@chapmangamo) July 7, 2016
Continuing to crunch the numbers, Chapman pointed out that Al Pacino hasn't had as many bad years as De Niro, though Pacino's dark times are much worse than his counterpart's. That's probably because they include this.
As a counterpoint to De Niro, Pacino only had 9 iffy years out of the last ~50. but they were spectaaaaacularly bad pic.twitter.com/lLYYTkOeBr— James Chapman (@chapmangamo) July 7, 2016
Finally, Chapman pointed out that Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey are on steady critical climbs, while the careers of John Cusack and Nicolas Cage are falling apart.
Looking at the trends of reviews, Leo and McConaughey are improving year on year. Cage and Cusack... not so much. pic.twitter.com/5BSVZMgDw8— James Chapman (@chapmangamo) July 7, 2016
Hopefully things turn around for Robert De Niro once again. He is now, after all, a spoken word artist who collaborates with Nils Frahm.