The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Movies can evoke a wide array of different emotions — happiness, fear, excitement, sadness — and if they're really well done, emotional investment in the films’ characters is something you enjoy as part of the overall experience. A good story can hit you right in the feels, sure. But can movies fake us into thinking they’re better than they really are by using good actors and impressive visual effects?
The answer is yes. In fact, some of the biggest and most popular films that have been released over the last few decades were actually terrible, no matter what anyone tells you.
American Hustle is a true-crime comedy film that was released in 2013. The movie boasts a star-studded cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. It was widely recognized and received several Academy Award nominations, but it's actually kind of a bore.
Perhaps you remember sitting through this movie and waiting for something to happen that just never arrived. What sticks out about the movie, which was critically acclaimed when it was released in 2000, is that it feels like a set-up film.
Based on a novel of the same name, Forrest Gump is a dramedy about a young man who overcomes plenty of adversities throughout his life. He's also in love with a terrible woman. She blows him off pretty much throughout the entire film until the very end, and he just accepts her and her child.
Dazed and Confused
Dazed and Confused is a 1993 indie film that portrays a group of 1970s-era teenagers celebrating the last day of school by going to parties, driving around in their sweet rides while drinking (not cool!) and hazing the next generation of high school students in pretty horrible ways.
Lost in Translation
Usually, any movie with Bill Murray is a real win, even if it's just in terms of cult-classic status. But Lost in Translation was a serious miss. The film follows Murray's character Bob and Scarlett Johansson's character Charlotte as they cultivate a friendship after meeting in Tokyo, Japan.
We’re not sure when it was that directors and filmmakers stumbled upon the idea that all a movie needs is a great cast to grab the audience, but someone should tell them that a film is only as good as its weakest actor. Ocean’s Eleven is one of those movies that everyone seemed to love. But was that just because there were some familiar faces?
Star Wars may just be the most overrated movie franchise of all time. Despite the fact that they're generally terribly acted, full of plot holes and seriously lacking in the script department, so many were made.
Top Gun is a film about a young hotshot pilot dealing with the loss of a friend. He goes to a special Navy school to train more for his career. That's it. That's the whole plot. Which basically means that the movie is about nothing.
Avatar became the highest-grossing film of all time when it was released in 2009. The visual graphics were out of this world, and seeing it in theaters was the best way to experience the only good thing about the film.
Another movie that used graphics as the weight-bearing beam of the whole flick (and its numerous franchise sequels) is Transformers. If it hadn't been for the generation of kids that loved the cartoons and toys, this film would have done nothing. The acting was poor, the storyline was forced and there were way too many fireballs. Seriously.
Shakespeare in Love
It's hard to believe that Shakespeare in Love won an Oscar for Best Picture, but it did. The film follows the story of a young Shakespeare as he tries to write one of his famous plays, Romeo and Juliet.
The Fast and the Furious Franchise
How many Fast and the Furious movies are there now? Who even knows? These movies were all terrible. Aside from the fact that the acting in them was bordering on amateur, they’re basically just cool-car eye candy in the form of feature-length movies.
You might not be shocked to see this one on the list, but it’s still shocking that these films were as successful as they became. A teenage vampire falling in love with a human is the only thing you need to know about Twilight to know that it didn't deserve all the buzz it got. Besides the fact that the story took everything cool about vampires and turned it into a joke, the acting in the film (and sequels) was atrocious.
A Star Is Born
Did the world really need a fourth retelling of the same film starring Janet Gaynor in 1937, Judy Garland in 1954 or Barbra Streisand in 1976? No, of course not — especially when the latest edition does little to improve the formula of the originals.
The Hunger Games Franchise
The Hunger Games films are about a futuristic dystopia where children are meant to fight for the survival of their whole community at the mercy of a portion of the country that controls everyone else. It's meant to be a portrait of heroism and government control.
Quentin Tarantino is perhaps the most overrated director of all time — but that's another article for another day. His film Inglourious Basterds is just one of the many examples of why Tarantino’s movies aren't as good as his cult followers portray them to be.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
When the remake of 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was released in 2005, the buzz surrounding it was huge. Johnny Depp was the big name tasked to introduce a new generation to Willy Wonka and his wondrous chocolate factory. But this movie really didn't require a remake in the first place — there was no way to improve upon the original.
Many Western films have been cheesy and bad. It's part of the reason why they hardly get made anymore. But that didn't stop Tarantino from doing his best to create an updated version of the Western with a Black-experience perspective.
The Harry Potter Franchise
The Harry Potter movies were meant to be fun and magical kids’ movies, but they're actually pretty terrifying. The family Potter lives with and the teachers who want to eliminate him are enough to make these fun movies more of a nightmare.
Pulp Fiction has an impressive cult following. It was progressive — at the time — and a lot of the audience hadn't seen anything quite like it before. It was a different kind of film when it was released and was meant to be a "cool guy" version of a film about nothing.
The Matrix Franchise
How anyone could see these movies as amazing is beyond the realm of understanding. The premises behind the films are good, because who wouldn't be interested in a simulated world? But the characters and storylines are so boring that these movies might as well be packaged in an Ambien bottle.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
The highly anticipated Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie made waves for comic book fans everywhere. After all, what could be better than watching two of your favorite superheroes battling it out on the big screen?
La La Land
La La Land was supposed to be an homage to the interesting musicals of yesteryear. It falls short from the genre, though, and doesn't quite live up to the predecessors that inspired it. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, but even they couldn't save it.
The Hangover Franchise
If there was ever a terrible movie that got two undeserved sequels and a ton of unwarranted hype, it’s The Hangover. The films follow a group of friends who keep getting into crazy predicaments while on vacation.
The Hobbit Trilogy
The Hobbit movies were made on the back of the success of the Lord of the Rings franchise. What they failed to do that Lord of the Rings made possible was to create an interesting world and noteworthy characters. Even if you're not a fan of LOTR, it's easy to appreciate the cinematic feat.
When Sin City came out in 2005, it was hailed as a stunning piece of pop art because of the incredible visuals and the use of color in an otherwise bleak and dark setting. That's still true — the film looks cool — but that's the only good thing about it.
The Kill Bill Franchise
More Tarantino? You bet. It could be said that the Kill Bill movies are an ode to modern-day feminism, but the story told isn't much of a helping hand for women everywhere. A lot of people loved the film and even went as far as saying that it inspired them in their own lives.
Drive was supposed to be the perfect indie film. It got a lot of buzz when it was released in 2011. The film follows Ryan Gosling's stunt-driver character as he falls in love with a woman and does whatever it takes to get her away from her horrible, criminal husband.
It's absolutely wild how many people in the world think this boring film was anything more than a two-hour-long mental health exposé. The film follows Edward Norton as he tries to spice up his life by starting a fight club.
Films about doomsday alien invasions have been done to death. There are probably more alien-invasion films than there have been reported UFO sightings, and the movie Independence Day is just another one of those typical, predictable films.