100 Most Overrated Films

This is not a list of the films I necessarily think are bad - see my Most Hated list for that - instead this is a list of films I believe are over hyped be it by the public or critics and award givers. Therefore there are quite a few films on the list that I rather like but it doesn't stop them from being overrated.

To gauge popular opinion I have predominantly used IMDb which means the list has a modern bias.

It is in a rough order but it is impossible to really rank such a list.

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  • I don't know about that, I read a review that said it improves a lot on a re-watch and was totally deserving of all its nominations. ;)

  • Haha.

  • just hearing the name 'Miranda July' makes me cringe

  • Just watched Silence of the Lambs the other night and was a tad underwhelmed; I gave it the benefit of a doubt with 4 stars for the odd scene or two that were really great, but the times when I was either laughing awkwardly or groaning in certain areas were far more frequent. The pacing feels wishy-washy and the script and acting seem to have a few hiccups in places. I was rather uninterested for long periods of time to be honest.

    I haven't seen the Death Note movies, but I hear they are rather poor adaptations, and I hated the anime even, so there's not a chance I'm touching the live-action films.

    Scott Pilgrim felt too try-hard dorky for me. It feels obligated to bombard the screen with every little video game/comic/anime quirk and aesthetic that it just felt really corny and childish.

    Shawshank was fairly good I guess, but I really didn't feel much from it and it's runtime feels quite inflated. I was uninterested for long periods of time with it as well but I guess the occasional bits of warmth and cleverness picked it up a bit.

    L'avventura I came across when I was looking into Antonioni after reading this article about directors slamming other directors the other day and wanted to look into some of the names mentioned. I know very little on the movie but I must say it has a gorgeous poster image, that's what drew me in.

    Lastly I picked up Life is Beautiful on Blu-Ray (for cheap along with a crap load of other films) because one of my very intelligent online pals has it in his top 10 (although I don't think he's seen THAT many films - nor have I for that matter) so I was curious about it but have since heard polarizing things on it so it will be interesting to see where I fall on the spectrum once I watch it haha.

  • Regarding L'avventura - Antonioni is a great filmmaker (and the film itself looks stunning), I just don't really care for this period of his work. From Red Desert onwards though he's wonderful.

  • Awesome, I had heard about Red Desert as well, I'll be sure to look into it.

  • I agree with almost all of these, with the exceptions of Scarface, Sideways, It's a Wonderful Life, Hugo, and Silence of the Lambs.

  • For the record, I rescind any comments I may have made in this thread about 'overrated' films. Not because I've grown to like these films, but because I want to disassociate myself from the term itself. I've decided that a word like 'overrated' is not only an embarrassingly lazy and cliched way of discussing cinema, but a logical fallacy in many cases, regardless of how much I may dislike these films. An honest critique should discuss the specific merits of a film rather than concern itself with how highly other viewers should or shouldn't gauge it. Calum Marsh of Film.computs it better than I can:
    “To use the word “overrated”—as opposed to, say, mounting a considered argument against a film that happens to be well-liked—is to orient oneself deliberately in reaction to something perceived as somehow disingenuous, which has the simultaneous effect of both handily erasing mountains of discourse without having to properly engage in the discussion and, more gallingly, conferring upon the wielder of the word an unwarranted sense of superiority. “Overrated”, simply put, is a term of smugness, of such arrogance in distaste that the prospect of appreciation seems laughable.”
    To be fair, the quote doesn't apply to many films on this particular list because most of them aren't widely regarded as masterpieces; but I think his critique of the word itself still stands. The same argument additionally calls into question presumptuous cliches like 'underrated' and 'overhyped'. Just something to think about.

  • @Ariel_
    I'd put it more simply than that. The term "overrated" in this context is inevitably subjective. As such, at best it means "I didn't like it as much as other people appear to" or at worst it means "I look down on people who liked this more than me".

    As an opinion, I don't find "I have often found people overrating this film" to be particularly smug or arrogant. It's only when it is taken as an objective marker distinguishing between a minority of people with good taste and a majority of people with bad taste that it becomes problematic.

  • I suppose it really comes down to how the person defines the word. For me, overrated/overhyped are innately smug and useless ways of describing cinematic experience, regardless of the context they're being used in, even if I agree with the reviewer's aversion to the film.

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