For me an overrated film is the one thing I must say I despise the most. Here is a list of films I find grossly overrated. I KNOW THAT FOR THIS LIST I WILL GET A LOT OF STICK AND BAD COMMENTS BUT THIS IS MY OPINION AND YOU CAN SHARE YOURS BELOW
1. Pulp Fiction: I will get a lot of bad comments from this and I am prepared. I did not think this film was awful, in fact I thought it was quite good but it was not one of the best films of all time. The acting had nothing special in it and I found that a lot of the last three quarters of the film was very boring. But that is my opinion and I’m sure that most other people will disagree with me greatly.
2. Dog Day Afternoon: This is, in my opinion a very boring film that I thought could have been made more engaging, I thought the best scenes of the film where when Sonny is on the phone to his two wives, I thought this particular scene was brilliantly acted but apart from that the film just seemed a little bit flat.
3. Training Day: A fairly badly acted film in my opinion with a storyline that was about as unrealistic as The Shining. I mean how did Denzel Washington get an Oscar for this?
These are the ones I consider most overrated out of many. Please share your opinions on what you think is overrated and please do not have a massive go at me, I am merely sharing my honest opinion.
I don’t think you’ll get too much hate for this list around here, save for maybe Pulp Fiction. I somewhat agree with you on that one though.
Thank you, I think you are the only person I have ever heard who agrees with me!
omg dog day afternoon? no freakin way
the green mile is 100 times more boring sorry
some other films more boring than dog day afternoon include eyes wide shut and magnolia
now i shall go do something constructive. there are about 1000 ‘most over rated’ threads here btw
We have had this conversation before, it is all down to opinion I guess, you like DDA, I like TGM, that’s how it is.
The Godfather Part 2. There is a good movie buried in there somewhere, but the shifting flashback structure of that film is deeply flawed, and doesn’t really satisfy or cohere as a whole.
Without question Gladiator takes the cake for this honor. Bloated, uninteresting epic. Waste of the Academy’s time, but they declared it the best of 2000. They would go on a solid road of winners until Crash in 2006, which is a close runner up to this category.
I think Godfather Part II is a great film but I would greatly agree with Gladiator, that is awful
I certainly think it’s possible for a film to be good but still overrated.
I’m not sure Training Day is overrated for two reasons: 1. I actually like the film and 2. Critics didn’t really like the movie at all. Sure Denzel got an Oscar for it but it was a token win considering he should have won for either Malcolm X or The Hurricane to name a few. If you don’t like his performance then I can see how that might seem overrated, but very few people are calling it a masterpiece.
Now I won’t say Vertigo is an awful film, but if its really the second greatest film of all time (as Sight and Sound ranked it) then I’m the King of England.
The Oscar win for Crash in 2006 was a travesty.
I really like Dog Day Afternoon
And Forgive me BUT: Is Citizen Kane really that great? Don’t get wrong I liked it and I’m sure it was extraordinary at the time but seriously. Best Film Ever? I don’t think so.
I feel the same about Citizen Kane. Welles’s performance is pretty astonishing though.
Oh, Yeah and I agree about Vertigo as well. Not even my favourite Hithcock!
1. The Social Network
2. Warrior (2011)
4. A Single Man
5. Donnie Darko
7. Certified Copy
8. Brokeback Mountain
10. The Fighter
The films I usually mention here are Platoon, Funny Games, Fight Club, Yi Yi, The Conversation, Memento, and No Country for Old Men. Those are the only highly acclaimed films which I think are legitimately bad movies. Others which are also, to some degree, overrated in my eyes despite being decent movies, include Barry Lyndon, The Shawshank Redemption, Seven Samurai, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, The Night of the Hunter, 8 1/2, Unforgiven, The Red Shoes, Dr. Strangelove, and The Tree of Life. Not bad movies at all, but I wasn’t nearly as impressed by them as I had hoped.
I would have to go with the Lord of the Rings, all of them. I find them insufferable and have only gotten worse with each rewatch. I didn’t see any of them in theaters, I remember like RotK when i first saw it, and while it is the strongest to me, is still a rather weak movie. I respect the hell out of Jackson for what he did to make those movies though, even if I don’t like them, I can still respect the amount of work that went into them. Still highly highly over rated, in my opinion.
I’ll agree with The Night of the Hunter, The Red Shoes and Unforgiven as overrated, but Yi Yi and No Country (and others) legitimately bad films? I mean… that’s just wrong, man. (<— waits for Big Lebowski quote due to the phrasing of my sentence)
Wow. Jonas Silgalis…that’s a damn good list. I’d agree with all of them except Donnie Darko which is something pretty special (to me). I’d switch it out with Memento. Plus, I liked all 3 Batman movieby Nolan, but are they so much better than any other well done blockbuster just because they’re slightly darker? Whoever said Fight Club that is a movie I liked, but gets more and more annoying on repeat viewings to the point where I now hate it.
Scottie Ferguson…Seven Samurai! That might be the greatest film ever made! Dr. Strangelove?!! Manna from heaven, man! The good, the bad and the ugly?!! You’ve got balls, and like the Taliban dude in Team America, I like balls! Now I know how people feel when their favorites get dissed!! I love this site! It gets your blood going!
Ok, I’m just going to come out with it…2001 anyone?
Don’t get me wrong I thought most of it was great but I think the first 15 minutes are so slow and dull it puts me off the whole film…(Don’t hurt me please)
^ Most of the movies listed I generally enjoy or appreciate and many of the classics I would support or defend if I really cared, but certainly this genre of topic is something more of a venting space for those who tire of such exultations and, paradoxically, invite confrontation to it. I could go after Seven Samurai or Red Shoes as both movies are classics I genuinely enjoy, but for now it’s not worth the energy. Nobody’s yet listed a movie that would bring me to forum-text fisticuffs. I’m biding my time, looking for the right bait to drop! :)
A storm is brewing thanks to my list, I can just feel it… ;)
Many of the films I listed (other than the first ones which I said were legitimately bad movies) are ones that I can respect and admire to some extent, but I don’t really enjoy them that much.
Traditionally, the above bashing on Vertigo would enrage me, but it happens often enough to see that it’s a pretty polarizing film.
Ok. The Green Mile keeps popping up on this site and of course Shawshank Redemption is Joe Six Pack’s favorite movie. Neither movies suck, but they both qualify as “prison films the whole family can enjoy!” A great prison film should make me not want to go to prison, like Britain’s Scum or Short Eyes.
Eh, most of the time when I watch a classic and don’t enjoy it personally, I can see why others respond to it well and respect it for that. So we get into the age-old semantic section of the thread (after all, this same conversation has occurred in various forms for the three years I’ve used this site), what is the definition of “overrated”? Is the movie necessarily bad and too many people say it’s good, or good but too many people respect it beyond the level of its actual qualities?
That’s why I distinguished it between two different categories; the first set of films I mentioned are classics/acclaimed films where I can’t understand why people love them (or vehemently disagree with why, such as in the case of Funny Games), and the second set are films I can appreciate but not love.
Halloween 5, Hulk, Family Guy, Psycho (1998), etc
Little Miss Sunshine
North by North-West
The first two I really like but still think they are massively over-rated. Both pretty good – average really.