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Top Ten Overrated Movies


There’s no top 10 movie list that can cause more angry responses than a top ten “overrated” list. The problem is that every movie fan has their own personal list of most overrated movies. This doesn’t mean all these movies are terrible – in fact many of them will be personal favorites of other movie fans. That being said, even good or fun movies can be badly overrated. This is a list of the ten most overrated movies in modern times. This list contains a competition – further details at the bottom of the list.

10
Training Day 2001

After a dozen amazing movies, this was the one that Denzel Washington finally won an Oscar for. Really? Aside from the fact that this rehashed plot is nothing close to original, it feels like this movie received the attention it did because Denzel played a bad guy and that was out of character. This had the same effect that Wayne Brady as a psycho did for the Chapelle’s Show: it might be wildly popular because it’s out of character, but that doesn’t mean the movie was that good. In fact, it was very average, at best.




9
Reservoir Dogs 1992

This isn’t a bad movie. In fact, it’s pretty good and definitely entertaining, but for all the hype that this film received it definitely qualifies as overrated. This movie is on the IMDB Top 250 list, but the dialogue isn’t overly impressive (and only a precursor to “Pulp Fiction,” which is much better), and a lot of this film is based on “tricks” like the non-chronological order and flashbacks, which are used as style choices to hide plot deficiencies. This is a good movie, but it’s hardly a best 200 ever.


8
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 1986

Whales. Whales can connect with unknown aliens who are absolutely unstoppable, and are the only species who can save Earth, forcing time travel to 1980’s America. A very campy movie with a plot that questionable doesn’t even begin to describe. Let this one die quietly, bring back KHAN!



7
The Others 2001

It seems like everyone loves this film, but once again this movie is overrated. It’s slow, and takes a long time to play out with intermittent scares. A fairly smart movie (but not overwhelmingly brilliant as many claim) with a legitimately decent twist, but the balance just isn’t right. A little too long and boring, with a twist ending that while decent, was actually not hard to figure out very early on in the film. The ending sequence is impressive, but like many other overrated films this is a decent movie that took too long and lost track of its balance.



6
Scarface 1983

A lot of Al Pacino movies are overrated, and it’s not hard to argue that Pacino is consistently one of the most overrated actors in Hollywood. Look he’s screaming and cussing. I’d say again, but when did Pacino stop long enough to start up “again?” While this was a breakthrough film in the sense of violence, one has to wonder how this movie got its status. The F-word is used endlessly (so much for intelligent dialogue), the violence is way over the top, and there really are much better written drug, Mafia, or violent movies. This film might be legendary, but it’s hard to argue that this movie would still hold up if it was a brand new release.



5
Shakespeare in Love 1998

Not even going into the incredible stretching and disregard for historical truth this film reveled in, keep in mind that this was the movie that kicked the butt of “Saving Private Ryan,” “Dark City,” “American History X,” and “The Big Lebowski,” all around the awards shows, but admit it – 9 out of 10 of you had completely forgotten that this movie had ever even existed until it just appeared on this list. Ten years later and this film’s competitors will be remembered for years or even decades to come, while this movie made it’s chick flick splash and then promptly disappeared once the next one came out.


4
Chicago 2002

Okay, even with admitting that 2002 was a down year for films; is that really an excuse for “Chicago” to win best picture? This was an entertaining picture, but “Best Picture?” Really? “The Pianist,” “Igby Goes Down,” “Gangs of New York,” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” were all excellent movies, and it’s hard to accept that “Chicago” was the best of the crop here. This film was fun if you like a musical, but it’s hardly a best picture.


3
Titanic 1997

Another very long, absolute clichéd romantic chick flick, except girlfriends went so nuts over this one that it shattered records for money brought in over an insane 9 month theatre running. This movie is the biggest moneymaker of all time? Really? “Titanic” was a long and boring soap opera without good acting, flat cardboard characters, and the all time cliché of a tragic love story between two star-crossed lovers. This is one of the most overrated films of all time, and you could even make a case for this one as number one, except that there are enough people who agree with this assessment to bring it down the overrated list.



2
Clerks 1994

There were sections of this film that were hilarious, but there were twice as many that weren’t funny at all. Even worse, as any late night store clerk can attest, these types of jobs provide tons of funny and ridiculous stories that could have been used in this movie, but were barely even touched, instead opting for a lot of cussing and explicit sex jokes. Other parts, like Jay cussing everyone up, just aren’t that funny. This was an impressive independent film, but nothing that should have achieved the near epic status it enjoys.



1
Apocalypse Now 1979

Anyone who isn’t blown away by star power will see this for what it is: a sad boring film that doesn’t do “Heart of Darkness” any justice. This was terribly acted, stilted, and somehow managed to be ludicrously over dramatic without any drama. Yet this movie is widely considered one of the 100 best of all time and is lauded for its star power. “Apocalypse Now” is terribly overrated, and is on the top of this list as an example of a terrible movie that is lauded for its status over the film itself.

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My thoughts:


10. Training Day -

This movie is easily in my top 10, and Denzel deserved the Oscar. He is not simply a bad guy. He plays the middle road, a cop who thinks the end justifies the means, a man who became so ingrained in the street culture that it consumed him. The movie is fascinating to watch who he uses psychology to manipulate and control.




9. Reservoir Dogs


Hey, this movie is great because it shows that dialogue along can carry a film. The whole thing practically takes place in a warehouse. Just a great guy flick.


8. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Fun ride, actually my first exposure to Star Trek.


7. The Others


Fun scary movie, but it is overrated because it's not the type of film you can enjoy watching over and over. And it sells for $0.01 on Amazon. lol


6. Scarface

Never saw it, but Pacino does shout a lot.


5. Shakespeare in Love

Probably the year that I stopped caring about Oscars. Just a travesty that this movie won over Private Ryan. Never saw it, and never will.


4. Chicago

Definitely overrated. My girlfriend made me sit through this, and it was such a bore. I hate musicals too.


3. Titanic

I loved Titanic, and not ashamed to admit it. Sure the acting wasn't great, but everything else was darn near perfect.


2. Clerks

No comment, never saw it.


1. Apocalypse Now

Never saw this either.
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I didn't realize ST IV and The Others were rated highly enough to be overrated.
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The Others has a huge internet following oddly enough, I found it to be a pretty big bore.

Chicago is one of the few musicals I actually really enjoyed - in the original article he cites Igby Goes Down as a better movie? I don't see how, flick was a huge disappointment. Where's The Matrix? Vastly more overrated than Res Dogs or Training Day.

Additionally, I don't think Clerks is as nearly praised as it once was. It was a big deal a while back as it was a low, low budget flick that ushered in Kevin Smith. Now low budget flicks are all over the place and Kevin Smith has pretty much run himself dry.

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Star Trek IV, really? I didn't think that movie was thought of too highly.

If this list doesn't include Crash or Forrest Gump, I'm not listening.

And to the OP, why bad mouth Shakespeare in Love when you haven't even seen it? I get that you must like Saving Private Ryan, but I just don't understand how someone can criticize a movie without having seen it.

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Re: Top Ten Overrated Movies

I also didn't think people had such high esteem for Star Trek IV in order for it to be considered overrated. I do agree with Scarface and Training Day, though. I never liked Training Day, and found Denzel to be so much better in previous films, and Scarface has become a bit of a cliche, IMO.

I'd also like to add in The Dark Knight. A great film, for sure, but in no way groundbreaking or game-changing like I had heard many times upon its release. It really starts to wear after multiple views, too.
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um, Apocalypse Now is one of the greatest films of all time. Not overrated.

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what! no nod to Paul Haggis' "Crash'
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For my money, Juno might be the most over-rated movie of the past decade.
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What, no SHAWSHANK? No AMERICAN BEAUTY? No MAGNOLIA? Someone's slipping here. I'd put either of those above CHICAGO and SHAKESPEARE.

The only ones on that list I would legitimately argue against being overrated are RESERVOIR DOGS and SCARFACE. The cultural impact of both films goes way beyond what you might think of the films as films. When they capture a moment and create some kind of cultural phenomenon that goes beyond one's experience with it in an afternoon at a movie theater then the word "overrated" simply cannot apply. They become something more than just "movies."

I would additionally argue that the other films on that list did not have even remotely a similar degree of cultural impact.
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I don't think ST:IV is overrated. It's not rated highly enough for it to be highly rated. It's well liked but not overrated.

Agree with Training Day. Good movie but why did Denzel win for this? I was really rooting for him for Hurricane. He was great in that. Plus especially looking back at it now Denzel always plays the same character in every movie. Whether he is a bad guy or not it's the same character.

Some others that I would add:
Mystic River - seriously? It was a decent movie but I don't see what is so amazing about it. I've seen better L&O stories.

Million Dollar Baby - not the amazing movie everyone seemed to think it was.
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I'm guessing this was written several years ago, based on it's timely references to Wayne Brady and the Chappelle Show.
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I really didn't Training Day or The Others. One movie that I thought was overrated was Little Miss Sunshine. It was an ok movie.
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I liked The Others when I first saw it in theaters. On DVD I found it to be mind-numbingly boring since I already knew the twist and turned it off half way through.

Shakespear is overrated and didn't deserve Best Picture, but it's still a very enjoyable movie. I don't understand all the hate just because it won the Oscar.
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I'm guessing this was written several years ago, based on it's timely references to Wayne Brady and the Chappelle Show.
He's not behind the times, he's groovy!
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For my money, Juno might be the most over-rated movie of the past decade.
Yeah, that's definitely up there for me, too.
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what! no nod to Paul Haggis' "Crash'
The reason no Crash is simply because everyone knows thats a big old pile of poo. How this movie won Oscars is just a miracle. It was utter trash.
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5. Shakespeare in Love

Probably the year that I stopped caring about Oscars. Just a travesty that this movie won over Private Ryan. Never saw it, and never will.
I have not seen this movie either, however i cannot compare it against Private Ryan without seeing both. So if you are never going to see the movie then you will never truly be able to say that it was a travesty.

Private Ryan should however be on this list. I felt Band of Brothers was a great series, but this movie was just boring.
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I have not seen this movie either, however i cannot compare it against Private Ryan without seeing both. So if you are never going to see the movie then you will never truly be able to say that it was a travesty.

Private Ryan should however be on this list. I felt Band of Brothers was a great series, but this movie was just boring.
SHAKESPEARE was an enjoyable piece of fluff for people who like costume dramas/romantic comedies that are enjoyable pieces of fluff. Not required viewing for anybody else. And you certainly don't need to see it to recognize what a travesty its win over PRIVATE RYAN was.
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I could see the other films on the list by APOCALYPSE NOW? Seriously? That's probably the greatest film of all time and not overrated at all. He needs to watch 'Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse' and just revel in the fact that the film exists AT ALL, lol.

Doesn't even belong near any of those other films on the list, imho.

And Star Trek IV? I wouldn't say it's overrated at all... it might, in fact, be UNDERrated because most people just say "that stupid whale movie?" when I mention it

My list would include....
-Paranormal Activity [it's amazing that they made it for $15k, but it's not as amazing as some people make it out to be]
-Napoleon Dynamite [it's a cute movie, sure... but really?]
-Juno [best picture material? I can't believe this landed on so many top 10 lists... it's a bunch of angsty teenage remarks placed into a promotional shell]
-Twilight [Shiny. Vampires.]

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I'm sorry, but no way is Scarface overrated. Too hotly hyped by hip-hop musicians with astronomical aspirations and a coke problem? Yes. But it's a damn good film.

For my money: Boondock Saints. Glorified sub-par action film that is mostly mediocre.
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This article was clearly written by a nitwit. That is all.

Ok, that isn't all. I particularly liked his criticism of The Others: "it's slow." Oh noes! Nobody who has valid, informed opinions when it comes to works of art will ever use the words "boring" or "slow" as criticisms.

And calling out Shakepeare in Love for historical inaccuracies? Yeah, because that's what that movie was trying to do.

Also, I've said it before and I'll say it again: the word "overrated" is vastly overrated, and in my book it instantly nullifies the opinion of the person who uses it.

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What a pathetic list.

Not even worth posting.
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Originally Posted by james2025a View Post
The reason no Crash is simply because everyone knows [bthats a big old pile of poo[/b]. How this movie won Oscars is just a miracle.It was utter trash.
how true.
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I don't think ST:IV is overrated. It's not rated highly enough for it to be highly rated. It's well liked but not overrated.

Agree with Training Day. Good movie but why did Denzel win for this? I was really rooting for him for Hurricane. He was great in that. Plus especially looking back at it now Denzel always plays the same character in every movie. Whether he is a bad guy or not it's the same character.

Some others that I would add:
Mystic River - seriously? It was a decent movie but I don't see what is so amazing about it. I've seen better L&O stories.

Million Dollar Baby - not the amazing movie everyone seemed to think it was.
I agree
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What a shitty shitty list. The "author" is obviously not a fan of movies, and is an idiot.
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