Every movie Tim Burton directs is a labour of love, but not every one is a masterpiece. Film critic Owen Gleiberman here looks back over 30 years of Burton, ranking each of the director’s 17 feature films.
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3 Oct 2016 - 10:57 AM  UPDATED 3 Oct 2016 - 11:00 AM

Tim Burton is one of the most iconic and prolific directors in Hollywood. His 18th film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children opens this weekend.

In his review of Miss Peregrine's, Variety's chief film critic Peter Debruge says the film – based Ransom Riggs' novel about a group of special children with extraordinary powers  may as well have been written for Tim Burton to direct.

Debruge notes Burton successfully revisits and expand motifs and themes from his earlier work, including Big Fish, Frankenweenie, and perhaps his best known work, Edward Scissorhands. It not unexpected for a director as prolific as Burton  who's been making films for three decades  to draw upon the past.

But not all of his past movies are winners, and box office success doesn't always equate to critical success. "Alice in Wonderland" pulled in $1 billion worldwide, but ranks among Burton's worst, according to Variety's other chief film critic, Owen Gleiberman.

Where do the likes of Batman, Sweeney Todd, and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride rank? (The Nightmare Before Christmas isn't on Gleiberman's list because Burton served as producer on the film, not director.) Miss Peregrine's is also too new to add.

See below Tim Burton's films ranked, from worst to best. And then tell us in the comments whether Gleiberman got them right or not.