This one’s definitely going to be controversial, so strap yourself in. Here are 12 answers to the question, “What films are way too overrated or get way too much love and praise in your opinion?” according to the internet.
Do you agree or disagree with these controversial answers? I’ll be honest, it’s hard to understand how anyone could dislike some of these movies – but I guess we all have our personal preferences!
I’ll leave the spoilers out since most folks haven’t seen it – but according to a few critics, it’s boring, overhyped, and doesn’t have enough payoff.
“It’s literally nearly 3 hours of men talking about physics and making a bomb,” they said.
This one wasn’t exactly critically acclaimed, but a lot of people recommend it online. People who think Interstellar was overrated don’t hate it, they just think it’s lacking compared to other similar science fiction films.
3. Top Gun: Maverick
This one probably got so popular because a lot of people loved the first one, and it was also one of the only big action movies to come out at that time. But popular doesn’t mean universally loved, and plenty of folks found it kind of mediocre.
“It was very forgettable,” someone said of the Top Gun sequel.
If you spent any time on the internet when this film came out, the hype around Joker was unavoidable. Of course, reviews didn’t all love it; it got a fair bit of criticism – but that didn’t stop regular folks from begging their friends and family to watch it.
Another one that wasn’t hated, just overhyped, as explained by this comment: “Beautifully shot, beautifully acted, but says absolutely nothing, the protagonist is not sympathetic.”
You’d think this suggestion would spark controversy, but instead, it encouraged a discussion about what makes it so widely revered. Some people argued that the iconic line does a lot to carry the nostalgia for Scarface.
Others feel it appeals to a very specific audience. “Everyone wants to be a gangster. Especially teenagers and frat boys.[..],” they said.
6. The Big Lebowski
The first time I watched this movie, I didn’t really get the hype either, to be honest. Apparently, I’m not alone, but then again, a lot of people argue it’s the kind of movie you have to watch more than once to appreciate fully.
Among the various movie quotes in reply was this apt gem: “I assume its biggest appeal is because it’s so quotable.”
7. American Beauty
What’s interesting about this suggestion is that it’s not exactly novel. A lot of people think American Beauty gets too much praise, and many more have updated their opinion on the movie after watching it again with a modern lens.
“I feel American Beauty is a little overrated,” the person who suggested it said.
8. The Dark Knight Rises
People had a lot to say about The Dark Knight Rises! Some simply said it’s the worst of the three Batman films, while others tore it apart completely for both plot and characters.
“That movie was terrible. Lots of plot holes and so many other things that just didn’t make sense,” a commenter, while also suggesting that was Nolan’s worst movie. Pretty harsh for such a well-loved film!
9. The Shawshank Redemption
Despite this one making it on several “best movie” lists, quite a few people agreed with this suggestion. Like most of these suggestions, critics found it overrated but not bad.
Take this comment, for instance: “Shawshank Redemption, 3/5 is fine. Best movie ever it is not.”
10. The Fabelmans
A coming-of-age story, The Fabelmans is a semi-autobiographical movie based on Stephen Speilberg’s life as he struggled to become a young filmmaker. As for the feedback, well, let’s just say there were high expectations going into this movie, and it didn’t deliver.
11. Eyes Wide Shut
Another one of those super iconic movies, Eyes Wide Shut may be well loved by some, but not universally so – even by Stanley Kubrick fans.
After their critique, the commenter added this possible explanation, “Only thing I can think of is that people hype it up because it’s his last movie.”
Titanic is pretty long, so it must be frustrating to see it and find it overrated. While most agree that the special effects and set design are fantastic, there were definitely some interesting choices made when it came to Titanic’s plot that might not make it everyone’s cup of tea.
“[..] placing a made-up romance over the deaths of thousands of real people is offensive and disrespectful,” someone said of the movie.
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