E.g., you can say:
man, that flick's cinematography left much to be desired...
to express that the director of photography did a poor job.
What do you say when you want to talk about the director? I must say I haven't heard many (if any) people say "the direction of this movie was good."
Even though it can be used that way, it doesn't seem in wide use. Is there a better single word expression for this?
edit: What I'm looking for is not rephrasing, and not necessarily something you'll use in spoken, day-to-day english (although it can be) -- more like I'm looking for a term that can be even a bit technical (and used in written/technical/formal English), yet still pretty unambiguous. E.g. direction's meaning is pretty unclear, while cinematography's meaning is more obvious (albeit it can be bit ambiguous, too).