All subjective, I know. However, isn't that what forums are all about? Opinions?
Anyhooz...I'm sick of watching shite movies. Even for free. I feel like my life was wasted for 2 hours.
Here are my most overrated movies(movies that many cream themselves over).
1. Inception. Reason? Just totally fucking stupid. Nobody wants to see this more than twice. Even most fanboys.
2. The Curious case of Benjamin Button. Reason? As above.
3. Donny Darko. Reason? Twats could claim (after hearing interviews with the makers and reading spoilers) that they 'got it'. FUCK OFF! A totally stupid let down of a movie.
4. The Usual Suspects. Reason? Before you all throw your arms up...you just remember the ending. The rest of the movie was pretty fucking lame.
5. Little Miss Sunshine. Reason. It was shit.
6. Amelie. Reason? Only for women on their period.
7. 300. Reason? Soft, gay porn with acting even worse.
8. Titanic. No reason required. Did you know how it would end?
9. Apocolypse Now. Reason? A mess. A bit too arty for its own good and a SHIT ending.
10 Citizen Kane. Reason? At college we had a film club. A beardy twat showed us movies. This was his 'best movie of all time'. I have to admit I couldn't wait to see who 'Rosebud' was. What a fucking let down. A sleigh. I shoulda kicked him in the face.
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To each his own. I mostly judge them by the principle's ability to act. Usual Suspects was well-acted and well-cast. It's not often a disaster film will keep my attention, nor will romantic comedies. Those are my top 10 .. just name any of them.
My own top ten...
1. Avatar. Really pretty to look at to the point of being eye pornography, but far too long with a weak story.
2. Any superhero movie (with the exception of the new Batman films).
3. Transformers 1. It was mindless. Yet millions flocked to see it and its sequels.
4. Terminator 2. It's stupid, and Arnie is horrible to watch.
5. Any of the Bourne films. You've seen the trailor, you've seen the film.
6. The Social Network. Interesting to watch, but ultimately nothing special. There is no reason to watch it a second time.
7. The Running Man. That this is based on the Stephen King book of the same name is a travesty. The book is frantic, and full of tension. The film is a cheesy 80s style mind fuck.
8. Shutter. It has Leonardo Dicaprio and loud scary music. That does not make this a classic. The big reveal at the end was a predictable cop out.
9. Michael Jackson's This is (sh)it. Yawn. For only the truest of die hards only. And they'll still be disappointed.
10. Knocked Up. I can't stand Seth Rogan. Someone needs to take him out with a longbow. Immediately.
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Sorry but simply saying a film is "shit' or 'stupid' is a bit vague...
I haven't seen 1, 2 & 3.
I regard 4, 5 & 6 pretty highly and as I said I can't figure out why (other than to assume you're ignorant)
Who rates 7 & 8?
Apocolypse Now is rated less as a movie but more an infamous moviemaking exercise. Breathtaking in it's ambition - adapting Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' as a Vietnam War movie, the filming was a disaster. See "Hearts of Darkness" and you might reassess Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse - Rotten Tomatoes
Not seen Citizen Kane.
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not sure what the purpose of a thread like this is. i mean, it's not like i'm going to read a list of which movies you've seen and hated and decide "hey! i've gott see that!" if you did a list of underrated movies i'd still be too lazy to post a list but at least it'd be worth reading.
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Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. If I hear any more about this director's "vision" and "brilliant imagination" I may have to hurt myself. Helena Bonham Carter hasn't done much since Fight Club and Johnny Depp's obvious character -acting talents are wasted on these fantasy roles. (In my more than humble opinion, of course.)
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I agree with most of the OP's choices, especially The Usual Suspects and Donnie Darko. All I really remember about The Usual Suspects is that it bored me and if I'm not mistaken, the setting for much of the film was a fucking interrogation room...boring! Donnie Darko is the type of film that stoners with bad taste in cinema that don't actually see many good movies say they like because it's one of the few non-formulaic films they have seen. In other words, it's a cult classic for dummies trying to seem sophisticated.
Now, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button got a lot of Oscar buzz because it had Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in it, was an epic period piece set in New Orleans and seemingly had some kind of "message" behind it. These are all things the Academy loves. That being said, I never heard anyone say they loved it. Most people saw it and said "Meh, it was ok, glad I saw it," then quickly forgot it, so I don't think it belongs on a list of overrated films. Little Miss Sunshine you're right, it's overrated by liberal wannabe movie buffs who will eat up any Indie film with a quirky kid in it and a feel good message. Saying it's "shit" might be overdoing it, but I agree it's overrated.
On to my choices:
Glengarry Glen Ross: Couldn't get through it. Supposedly its a film school classic renowned for it's dialogue.
Slumdog Millionaire: Everybody loved this feel-good film, I didn't.
Top Gun: I've heard people list this as their favorite film. Not a classic among film buffs I suppose, but it's a well known film, highly-rated by many. What I disliked about this film is that the female lead was a 6, yet the audience is supposed to believe that she's this gorgeous piece of ass. It ruined the plot for me. I'm pretty sure Hollywood had plenty of beautiful actresses in the late eighties/early nineties, why was I subjected to this one?
The English Patient: I think this one appears so often on overrated movie lists its become a cliche to call it overrated. Elaine from Seinfeld hated it...for good reason. I couldn't even get through it
The Road to Perdition: Uninteresting film that looks nice on the screen.
The Green Mile: I remember it being quite silly, with bugs flying out the guys face or something. I generally don't care for magic and mystical stuff in films that are supposed to be set in the real world.
Juno: It wasn't awful and I actually laughed out loud a few times and I really do like the female lead, who got her start on Trailer Park Boys (an amazing Canadian TV series). But it's overrated because every hipster fell in love with it so much, with the two leads becoming the poster children for this new generation of proud-to-be-nerdy and eclectic-for-eclectic-sake young people.
Fight Club: The idea of a club where amateurs meet in a basement to beat the shit out of each other is great. And the tagline, "The number 1 rule of Fight Club: don't talk about Fight Club", is great. And cancer-free people going to meetings for people with cancer is an original idea. These things added up to a mildly entertaining film, that didn't really go anywhere in the end. But many still think of it as a masterpiece.
Training Day: Lot of Denzel puffing his chest out. Sure, he's out of character as the bad guy. But I feel this movie gets so much acclaim simply because everybody loves Denzel and everybody loves cop movies.
Some good films but the title of the thread mentions "overrated" films. Many that are listed above were never rated highly by anyone. Still, to each his own.
10. Aliens - Ridiculous cliche depiction of the military. Plot holes galore.
9. Terminator - This film is held up high by so many. What a B movie suckfest.
8. Patton - George C. Scott is really good but that's about it.
7. Saving Private Ryan - I loved parts of this film but taken as a whole it's underwhelming.
6. Toy Story 3 - People are lauding this as the greatest animated film ever. Mildly entertaining with a touching ending.
5. Gone With the Wind - Snooze
4. 2001 A Space Odyssey - I actually love this film but it is really overrated.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird - What a great story. Unfortunately that story is destroyed by a terrible screenplay.
2. Braveheart - I really loved this film the first couple of times I saw it. I haven't been able to sit through it since.
1. The Godfather - Really? What's so great about this? Scorsese has taken the genre to greater heights.
Scarface - The horrible soundtrack and montage scene really destroy it.
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^ It's not that I don't like them. I do feel they are overrated.