Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck did it, aided and abetted by Angelina Jolie. Florian was too mood-obsessed, too focused on style, too willing to flatter the big-star aura of Jolie and costar Johnny Depp. That’s the conclusion from The Daily Beast‘s Nicole Laporte about why The Tourist was such a stinker.

Von Donnersmarck “was not interested [in] a generic thriller,” an anonymous source tells LaPorte. “He was interested in making a movie that was about elegance and the glamour of stars. It was not supposed to be a hard-edged thriller. He wanted to make a style piece. That may have been a miscalculation.”