So there’s the data to prove that 2002 was De Niro’s breaking point. From then on, there would be a lot more Shark Tales and a lot few Deer Hunters in his life. De Niro would turn 59 that year, incidentally, and was still quite prolific. By that point in his career, maybe he had to be. There are mortgages and ex-wives to consider. He appeared in three movies in 2002: a coolly received drama called City By The Sea and two shameless buddy comedies—Analyze That with Billy Crystal and Showtime with Eddie Murphy. None of those dazzled the critics. As the chart suggests, De Niro went into career free fall from there, give or take the occasional Silver Linings Playbook. The days of The Intern, New Year’s Eve, and Last Vegas still lay ahead.

[via Reddit]