So I’m probably not going to win many fans with this post, but I gotta do it. The movies on this list are either hugely popular or highly rated by critics (or both), and they’re movies that I just don’t like as much as everyone else seems to. I’m NOT saying that these movies not well-made, but some of them are definitely overrated in my opinion. So don’t hate me please.
10. Gravity (2013)
“All Blockbusters should be this intimate and beautiful” Gizmodo
I am not denying the stunning visual effects in this movie. All that I’m saying is that I was surprised to see it as so many people’s favourite movie of 2013. I’m not saying that I didn’t like it, but as far as other aspects of the movie go (e.g. story, characters, entertainment value), I can think of many 2013 movies that I would place above Gravity. I think a lot of my resentment comes from the fact that it completely dominated the Oscars.
9. This is the End (2013)
“This is the End makes audiences laugh so hard they have to gasp for air” Cinemablend
I have already spent some time ranting about this movie on my Disappointing Movies post, so I won’t go into too much detail. But I will say again that these hilarious actors had so much potential to make this movie witty, unique, and hilarious. Instead 90% of the “humour” is made up of dick/ poop jokes. Yet so many people seemed to love it.
8.The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
“Derek Cianfrance has created an epic generational drama” Slash Film
I have heard so much acclaim for this movie that masterfully represents how choices last for through generations (apparently). Well, when I saw it, all I could focus on was how pretentious and seemingly never-ending it is. The first segment featuring Ryan Gosling is actually quite fascinating, but things take a turn for the worse and keep going down hill.
- The Blair Witch Project (1999)
“One of the creepiest films since The Exorcist” Entertainment Weekly
While I can appreciate the innovations this movie made, the found footage shooting style was not enough to make this movie scary for me. I spent so much time trying to decipher what was on the screen that most of the scares fell flat.
- Ted (2012)
“Movies just don’t get funnier than this” Box Office Magazine
I went to the theatre really excited to see what Seth MacFarlane would come up with for his first movie. Well I was not impressed. Firstly, Ted was just the bear version of Peter Griffin. Secondly, the storyline was so weak and boring that it was almost non-existent — it seemed more like an unfunny, extended Family Guy episode. I definitely have lower expectations for his next attempt (A Million Ways to Die in the West).
- The Hangover (2009)
“The kind of brilliant comedy that will have you gasping” Lyles’ Movie Files
Part of my dislike for this movie was probably due to the fact that I watched it after hearing so many people raving about how it was the funniest movie ever. I’m not saying that this movie wasn’t funny, but I am saying that it is NOT the funniest movie ever. Most of the humour relied on Zach Galifianakis being a really weird guy, which simply was not enough to hold an entire movie franchise together (in my opinion).
- Step Brothers (2008)
“… an astute no-brainer that’s also Will Ferrell’s funniest effort since Talladega Nights” CNN
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly acting like loud, obnoxious children got old about ten minutes into this movie. Saying something louder does NOT making it funnier.
3. Titanic (1997)
“… a dizzying blend of spectacular visuals and old-fashioned melodrama” Rotten Tomatoes
All I have to say is THERE WAS ROOM FOR TWO! That final scene coupled with Celiné’s overwhelmingly emotional musical accompaniment and it seemed like an overly-dramatic, pretentious love story with the Titanic being used as merely a setting. I’m not saying it’s a bad movie, but I don’t think that it is the untouchable masterpiece that some believe it to be. The overall story is tragic and heartbreaking, and some of the scenes are beautiful, but I still find it difficult to stay interested in this movie for three hours.
2. The Notebook (2004)
“One of contemporary cinema’s compelling and flat-out indelible love stories” Reel Film Reviews
I’ve watched this movie three times and fell asleep every. single. time. I don’t know what it is. I think it’s just a little too ooey-gooey romantic for me. Not that I’m opposed to some heart-felt romance, but I just can’t seem to make it through this movie.
1. Paranormal Activity (2007)
“Paranormal Activity is one of the scariest movies of all time” Bloody-Disgusting
I did not find this movie even sort-of scary. Shaky-cam, flat characters, and invisible forces throwing stuff across the bedroom is about all that this movie amounts to. I will never understand the hype surrounding this franchise. I was even fooled into watching the third instalment after hearing that it was better than the first, and was left equally disappointed. If you’re looking for a scary ghost movie, check out The Conjuring.
What’s on your “Overrated Movies” list?
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