Dustin Hoffman Disses the State of Film: It’s the Worst It’s Been in 50 Years

On the bright side, the Oscar-winning actor thinks “television is the best that it’s ever been”

Last Updated: July 6, 2015 @ 4:53 PM

Movies have taken a turn for the worst, according to two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman.

The actor and filmmaker was speaking to The Independent when he slammed the modern state of cinema as “the worst.”

“I think right now television is the best that it’s ever been and I think that it’s the worst that film has ever been,” Hoffman said. “In the 50 years that I’ve been doing it, it’s the worst.”

His frustration seems to stem from the industry veering away from financing quality dramas, and quality dramas not getting attention unless they’re financially successful.

“It’s hard to believe you can do good work for the little amount of money these days,” he said. “We did ‘The Graduate’ and that film still sustains. It had a wonderful script that they spent three years on, and an exceptional director with an exceptional cast and crew, but it was a small movie, four walls and actors, and yet it was 100 days of shooting.”

Hoffman will next be seen acting in “The Choir” and Stephen Frears‘ “The Program,” but is on the hunt for another directing gig following 2012 drama “The Quartet,” which grossed $60 million worldwide at the box office.

“I’m looking at everything that comes to me,” he said. “I’m not getting much as far as directing is concerned. I don’t think that has anything to do with whether you are good or not, it’s just about whether your films make money or not.”