Skip to comments.The 20 Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Posted on 12/13/2006 5:40:45 PM PST by EveningStar
It happens to everyone who loves movies: You're in a conversation at a bar, or at a wedding, or online, and someone begins rhapsodizing about one of their favorite movies and you can't help but say, "Uh, that movie sucks. It's totally overrated." How two perfectly well-balanced individuals can have such drastically different views of the same film is one of the great wonders of being a film fanatic. It happens to us at Premiere all the time, enough so that sometimes we find ourselves questioning who we work with (boy, did it get ugly here when Love, Actually came out, and some of us are still snickering over our boss's love for Bowfinger, not to mention his affection for The Last Samurai). Well, we decided to let our staff go at each other regarding some of the more beloved movies of all time, and, sure enough, sobbing can still be heard coming from the bathroom stalls. Relationships have been strained. Egos bruised. Consider this a film lovers' quarrel, an admittedly rabid one.
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ahh.. always with the gay overtones... thats Hollywood for ya.
I recently saw "Hollywood Knights" for the first time in years. I had forgotten how funny that movie was. Robert Wuhl was an absolute riot as Newbomb Turk.
I highly doubt that was true 40-50 years ago. Although I don't doubt they at least had a good view of it. Hadn't gotten the impression critics "hated" it, just that it wasn't the darling that Paris was. After all, Paris won *Best Picture* and Rain wasn't even nominated. That's telling right there.
Most UNDERRATED movies:
The Police Academy movies
Revenge of the Nerds
My Cousin Vinny
Beverly Hills Cop
They didn't hate it. It's just not regarded as all it was cracked to be at the time. And Oscars are strictly a Hollywood thing. Critics don't get a vote.
Yes, but frankly, "Hollywood" tends to be much closer to critics in what it thinks is great than to the "masses".
I think you're confusing the "its" - you seem to be talking about Paris when I was talking about Rain.
They didn't hate either. But at the time, they seemed to prefer Paris.
I kept trying, but my wife kept jabbing me in the ribs every time I started snoring and drooling.
I'm not a huge DVD collector by any stretch of the imagination, but I own five of the films on your list.
Remind me never to invite you to the movies.
Critics make fun of the Oscars all the time which tend to avoid overly edgy for the safe and prestigious (An American Paris over 'A Street Car Named Desire' 'My Fair Lady' over 'Dr. Strangelove', 'A Man for All Seasons' over 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' etc.) Critics polls tend to go differently almost all the time.
Oh Holy God!
Just because a movie is good or enjoyable doesn't mean it isn't over rated.
I think probably A Christmas Story is the most over rated on my list and the one I haven't been able to enjoy on any level.
Except to include it on an over rated list.
I'd count Gump among my Top 5 of all-time but I can understand why others wouldn't. While it is common-place now, the use of dead historical figures appearing to interact with "live" movie characters was groundbreaking at the time.
Many said Gump, while depicted as a moron, was popular because he espoused conservative values at a time when we were dealing with the Clinton Gang and liberalism creep everywhere. He stood by his girl, right or wrong, even when she tried to rebuff him. He won a Medal of Honor in Vietnam for saving men in battle, etc.
The whirlwind of events that Gump found himself in constantly reflected the whirlwind most baby boomers in the U.S. dealt with from Elvis to AIDS, illustrating the silliness of our pop culture (ping pong diplomacy and the jogging craze, for example) and the constant array of changes we adjusted to.
For me, personally, what moved it beyond comedy and social commentary was the storyline of Forrest and Jenny. Jenny blew with every new wind that was out there (sex, drugs, hippie life, etc.) and continued to reject Forrest as a moron while he waited steadfastly for her. When she finally consented to building a life with him, she was stricken ill and died. Anyone who has waited for someone they loved and then lost them all too soon would start crying, as I did.
This is probably more than you wanted to know but that is why I rate it so highly. It was comedy, drama, commentary, new technology (for 1994) and a good soundtrack rolled into one.
I still can't enjoy butter.
Finally someone nailed that one! I would add another Brando film, Apocalypse Now.
those weren't really movies anyway, just "documentaries"...or so they were so called.
Some of these people are messed up in the head.....Putting the Patriot and Braveheart on the overrrated list?
The Matrix was pretty sweet the first time through, but the 20-minute fight scenes with the endless guys in suits frankly got old.
I watched A Christmas Story the other night and my bride-to-be didn't like it. That was about it.
I was appalled. :)
I have met a few women in my life who said they hated A Christmas Story...mind you this was not even in the Christmas season as it was being said. I knew immediately I would not have anything in common with them and I was right 100% of the time.
Good luck to you and your bride to be. Maybe she will be a Christmas Vacation kinda woman.
Well, we agree on most things of importance.
Our taste in movies definitely differs, but thank goodness we both like crime tv shows and 24.
Christmas Vacation is great as well, though I don't think she has seen it, so we will have to try that one on as well.
ROTFLOL!!!!! Never saw that movie.
A movie worth seeing. :)
Sling Blade was terrible.
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