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My Top 5 Most Overrated Films

My Top 5 Most Overrated Films

These are my top 5 most overrated films…emphasis on “MY”. Below you will find the films that captured the zeitgeist of their time while I stood by the wayside wondering why. Take a look and feel free to leave comments!


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5. The Bourne Identity
Directed by: Doug Liman

Why it qualifies?
The Bourne Identity was one of the pioneers of “shaky-cam” and shot Matt Damon even further up into super-stardom. The Bourne franchise is also one of the most well-known and profitable series of action films. The first film cost $60 million and grossed $214 million worldwide and has a critic score of 83% and audience score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

What makes it overrated?
I watched The Bourne Identity when I was young and didn’t care it, I watched it more recently and still didn’t care for it. I don’t understand why everyone likes these movies. I never found the central memory-loss plot to be particularly interesting and Matt Damon, while competent at action choreography, plays a character with not a lot of personality to identify with. Director Doug Liman was also one of the directors to popularize “shaky-cam” a technique I mostly loathe because it obscures the action and leaves me confused and frustrated as to what happened.


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4. Wall-E
Directed by: Andrew Stanton

Why it qualifies?
The movie won the Oscar for best animated film in the year of 2008 against Kung Fu Panda. Wall-E grossed $533 million globally and has a gleaming 95% on Rotten tomatoes along with an 89% audience score. It was also ranked as the best movie of the last decade by TIME.

What makes it overrated?
Wall-E is preachy and self-righteous, so much so that it forgets to have fun. Watching Wall-E was like watching an animated college lecture, and not an exciting one. In this family film we learn are beat over the head with lessons about consumerism and environmentalism. These are good lessons, but they bored me here. On top of this the cartoonish animation for the obese humans starkly contrasts the extremely realistic CGI in the first half of the film, and it completely pulled me out of the film. Wall-E isn’t bad, in fact I’d still say it’s good, but for me it doesn’t deserve the heaps of glowing praise that have been shoveled its way this past decade.


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3. Home Alone
Directed by: Chris Columbus

Why it qualifies?
Home Alone is widely regarded as one of the best Christmas movies and is essential holiday viewing for a wide swath of people. Somehow the film has endured the test of time and has only garnered more appreciation as it ages. The film was also a massive box office hit, grossing a staggering $476 million off of a $18 million budget.

What makes it overrated?
For one, this isn’t really a Christmas movie, there are some subtle family values thrown around, but it’s mostly about a kid violently defending his home from crooks during the holiday season. In addition to this, the main set-piece of the film that everyone remembers isn’t even a large portion of the film. When I revisited Home Alone recently, there’s a huge portion of this movie where nothing much happens, we are just made to watch Kevin try his hand at adulting while his family is gone. Yeah, I like the finale of this film, but the build-up is arduous and honestly doesn’t have much to say. Also, worst family ever.


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2. Argo
Directed by: Ben Affleck

Why it qualifies?
Argo was a huge hit at the box office, grossing $232 million globally off of a budget of $42 million. The film also went on to win best picture, adapted screenplay and editing.

What makes it overrated?

Argo is a competently made film from start-to-finish, but I found director Ben Affleck’s approach to be workman-like with no distinctive flair. The really only has two memorable sequences that serve as bookends with everything in between being a bit of a dull blur. On top of this, the performances are unmemorable, particularly Affleck’s, and that’s a problem when your lead actor doesn’t bring any character to the table. Argo is fine, and fine shouldn’t be good enough to win best picture, especially against the likes of Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty.


1. Frozen
Directed by: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee

Why it qualifies?
Frozen grossed a MASSIVE $1.27 billion back in 2013 and spawned the infectiously popular “Let it Go” song. The film is sitting pretty at 90% on rotten tomatoes with an 85% audience score.

What makes it overrated?

The release of the vastly superior Disney film, Moana, puts further emphasis on Frozen being overrated. Moana was only able to muster half of what Frozen was able to make, when I feel like the former’s songs are better, the lead character more empowering and with a much more interesting story AND better animation. Frozen’s animation is second-rate in my opinion, and the songs don’t even come close to the classic songs in previous Disney films. Also, “Let it Go” is NOT a good song. It sounds like a Katy Perry song. Sorry, that’s my hot take for the day. The only thing Frozen has going for it is its message of the power of love between sisters, which is really the only reason I feel like it resonated with so many people. Also, Olaf voiced by Josh Gad is one of the most annoying characters ever. Also the trolls and their song “Fixer Upper”…terrible…Sorry, I’ll stop.


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