List compiled by Eddie on 27/06/2014
When reading this list please understand that I am not in any way shape or form saying these below movies are “bad” I am however saying that the way in which they are regarded/rated is overrated.
Overrated films have many reasons for being, those largely being films watched with rose tinted glasses, films that at the time blew people away with some form of trickery and those films that people liked because hey heaps of other people liked it to.
Obviously these choices are extremely opinionated (just like my underrated list) and I am sure that this could easily be someone’s all-time favourite top ten but to me personally these movies represent hype or regard that to me feels undeserved.
For better or worse these are 10 films I feel are unduly classified or rewarded. Happy reading and happy watching!
For Jordan’s overrated take click here
Disclaimer – plot summaries from IMDB.
10. Frozen (2013)
IMDB rating: 7.9, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 89%
Directed by: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (Surf’s Up)
Starring: (Voices of) Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk
Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
With all the animated gold we as cinema lovers have been treated to it feels wrong that at the time of writing Frozen ranks as one of if not the most successful animated movies of all time. With a cookie cutter story, a reliance on songs to keep things ticking over and a pretty yet not spectacular CGI animation job, Frozen has ridden an overbearing wave of hype to a billion dollars’ worth of fortune and public love that once the ice melts will be all but forgotten about.
9. The Evil Dead (1981)
IMDB rating: 7.6, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%
Directed by: Sam Raimi (Spider-Man)
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Betsy Baker
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.
Perhaps casting my mateship with Jordan in the fire with this call I can’t leave out The Evil Dead. No doubt a movie that has merits with its low budget filmmaking and commitment to the cause the film is also looked upon to kindly in today’s modern age when what we have is a slight and shock value filled tale that remains an overrated piece of horror entertainment.
8. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
IMDB rating: 7.7, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%
Directed by: Steven Spielberg (Minority Report)
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Bob Balaban, Terri Garr
After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.
A long winded, over the top and actually quite lame tale from the bearded master, Close Encounters represents one of Spielberg’s most overrated ventures. With a few stand out scenes and some nice classic imagery, Close still doesn’t come close to matching more entertaining and in many ways more thoughtful Spielberg Sci-Fi’s A.I and Minority Report.
7. Vertigo (1958)
IMDB rating: 8.4, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock (The Birds)
Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak
A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
I can sense the hate already as it’s not often one gets the chance to bring down for a second a Hitchcock film. In the form of the masters Vertigo we have without a doubt his most over played and ridiculously over hyped thrillers that upon release was rightfully talked down by many an esteemed critic. Over time film buffs of all shapes and sizes from the world over have talked this film into becoming one of the most frequently named number 1 films of all time, a title that is so horribly wrong it would make Hitch himself turn in his grave.
6. Inception (2010)
IMDB rating: 8.8, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%
Directed by: Christopher Nolan (Following)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy
A skilled extractor is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible.
Please do not get me wrong here; Inception is a quality film with some outstanding set pieces. I myself was a proud campaigner of the film after catching it on opening day yet as the re-watches began to take effect I realised just how many plot holes, pretentious dialogue and over the top aspects of the film shone out. If you watch Inception with a truly keen eye there are many points that showcase this film is undeserving of being ranked so highly above many others, let’s hope (and I do believe) that Interstellar sees Nolan on less high and mighty form.
5. Juno (2007)
IMDB rating: 7.6, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%
Directed by; Jason Reitman
Starring: Ellen Page, Michael Cera
Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.
In a film that just begs you to see how cool, hip and smart it is (a trait of writer Diablo Cody) Juno struck box office and critical gold with a story and script that upon closer examination is all types of annoying and pretentious. Anchored by a self-assured and grating Ellen Page performance, Juno is a film that I will thankfully only ever have to have watched once.
4. Skyfall (2012)
IMDB rating: 7.8, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%
Directed by: Same Mendes (American Beauty)
Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench
Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Riding an overreaction of good will this Bond venture became the most successful entry in the franchise and how it did so is anybodies guess. With a plot that pilfers some major story arcs of the Dark Knight (just watch Silva as he escape capture like our old friend the Joker) and with a story that acts oh so important to only end up in an overblown and predictable finale this moody James Bond is a double agent trip that rode a motorcycle of good will to underserved glories.
3. Apocalypse Now (1979)
IMDB rating: 8.5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 99%
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather)
Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Laurence Fishburne
During the U.S.-Viet Nam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.
No doubt many will think I am as crazy as Colonel Kurtz himself for calling out this film as overrated but bear with me for a minute. Many astute and well respected film lovers have heaped all manners of praise and importance on this film that I think many do not dare stop and think for a minute is this undeniably well-made film (no one can question the effort put into the making of this film) is a slight bit overrated. To me the film is a journey that is quality but a journey that in no way represents the quintessential war tale that many seem to befit it and no one likes the smell of overrated in the morning.
2. American Hustle (2013)/Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
AH – IMDB rating: 7.4, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93% SLP – IMDB rating: 7.9, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%
Directed by: David O. Russell (The Fighter)
Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams
AH – A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.
SLP – After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
Alright so this could be considered cheating (or am I just hustling?) but David O. Russell’s two pronged attack in 2012 and 2013 would have to go down as some of the most ridiculously over-hyped movies of the last decade. In Silver Linings we have a film that just tries so hard to be hip and then with Hustle we get a film so self-assured in its own awesomeness that it practically oozes off screen. While Silver Linings was rewarded with some undeserved Oscar love at least the seriously pompous American Hustle walked away empty handed after 10 (that’s right 10!) Oscar nominations.
1. The Artist (2011)
IMDB rating: 8, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 98%
Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius (The Search)
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.
In an industry caught up in looking back at the good old days this 2011 folly outdid every other and many more deserving films to claim the Best Picture Oscar. In years following The Artist’s strange and over hyped win there has barely been any talk about a film that came, went and disappeared just like the silent movies it so blatantly copied.
How does this list measure up to films you find overrated? Have I missed the mark or am I in the right ball park? Let us know in the comments below!