Lazy approach to film making? How do you get that? The guy writes, directs, edits, casts, and even does the fucking score for most of his movies. That's not to mention how fast and cheap he manages to make his movies. Lazy film makers are the guys who work so slow they have to have two or three crews just to get the film in the can in under three months.
That's because no other director would have been able to do it for less than $100 million. Plus Robert had street cred when it comes to kids movies. The Spy Kids movies were extremely profitable considering their low budgets.
Like I said before, when it comes to Red Sonja, it seems pretty clear that the studio came to them and Rodriguez is only producing. The Barbarella remake was brought to him by Dino De Laurentiis and his wife.
That's just mindless. Every film maker has to be on par with the Coen Brothers or they're lazy and shoddy? Seriously, you put him up against three directors who make completely different movies. Compare him to Michael Bay or Peter Berg. Current action directors. Even still The Coens, Tarantino, and Scorsese aren't most directors, they're three of the best and Scorsese hasn't been "cool" for a long time. I'm not even sure how you got to a point where you were lumping four completely different artists together. That's like putting Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and Babe Ruth on the same pedestal.