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).

  • Direction does not describe quality. It is simply a noun, a name for the action of the director. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 15 '17 at 12:50
  • Bad wording in the title I guess - I didn't mean it it itself describes it, just as a referent, hence the link to merriam-webster – dwelle Jul 15 '17 at 13:40

You could say "That was great directing!"

Compare The Director's Idea: The Path to Great Directing by Ted Dancyger.

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