We see the film and think, what’s the big deal? Then the other critics weigh in and they love it, the film makes millions and yet we are left wondering: What is the fuss all about? That’s when you know that you might have seen an overrated film. Today, we have compiled a list of 10 most overrated movies of all time. Before we move on to the list, let’s make it clear that many of the below listed moviesare NOT bad films. Not at all. Most of them are impeccably crafted. But sadly, not the masterpieces they are hailed as being. Again, here is the list of the top most overrated movies ever.
1. The English Patient (1996)
There is no chemistry between the two at all, Ralph Fiennes and Kristen Scott-Thomas had zero spark. The film is beautifully crafted, well made, but cold and distant, nothing warm despite taking place in the desert regions of Africa. I hated the movie and just to be sure went back a second time to make sure I hated it (and did) and watched it again, well half of it, for this piece. And then it wins nine Academy Awards…geez Louise tell me how that happens.
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2. Life is Beautiful (1998)
Yes they gave this Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor to its writer, the Italian dancing monkey Roberto Begnini, who made an utter fool of himself when accepting his Oscar. Let me tell you I have interviewed the man and his accent is not near as harsh as it was Oscar night.. THAT was the real performance. His fable about the Holocaust is demeaning to any of the survivors and actually trivializes the entire piece of history. And he wins Best Actor over Edward Norton’s Nazi in American History X (1999). What?
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3. Hamlet (1948)
I have never bought into the belief that Sir Laurence Olivier was a great actor. Ever. In fact I remember arguments with my college professors about that very thing, one who had been taught by Olivier at the National Theater in England. Big deal, Not once have I seen Olivier do anything other than act like the old ham he was…over the top. Here as the moody Dane he speaks pretty, but never captures the agony of the man, the madness and the interior madness. Kenneth Branagh did, hell Mel Gibson did a pretty decent job of it. Yet the Academy gets fooled into thinking by honoring Hamlet as Best Film they gain some sort of credibility…nope they looked silly, and suckered.
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4. Gandhi (1982)
Gandhi’s greatest hits is what this film plays as, with so many elements of his life just left out. A great biography is the one that explores the character warts and all, showing the bad side of the character which humanizes them in every way. Anyway I have said it all before on this film…read my piece on the movie itself.
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5. The Deer Hunter (1978)
Predicated on a lie, the major theme of the film has no merit. Yet there are moments it is undeniably powerful and often beautiful, and the craftsmanship behind the film cannot be denied. However to accept this as a serious study of the war in Vietnam is a terrible thing because it paints the Viet-Cong as vicious murderers, and explores events that did not happen nor is there any proof of ever happening despite the director-writer saying he witnessed them first hand during his time in Viet Nam. Their issues with that is that he was never in Vietnam…ever. Had the lies come out before the Oscars, the film would never have won.
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6. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Declared as wildly original it is as old as theme as movies themselves, boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. That it was set in India against the backdrop of a popular game show might have been the reason for the comments about the film being original. I like the film, I just do not believe for one second it was the best of its year and deserving of eight Academy Awards…not even close.
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7. Avatar (2010)
Dances with Wolves on planet Avatar. Watch them back to back and see exactly what I mean. I am not kidding. Cameron made a western set in spâce, shamelessly stealing from Costner and Blake.
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8. The Sting (1973)
Once again, impeccably made, with a lovely, jaunty score and two fine performances from our leads, Paul Newman and Robert Redford. But it isn’t the great film that it was hailed at the time. Yet it swept the Oscars winning seven and was huge at the box office, but does anyone really remember why or how?
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9. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Let’s be clear, Ron Howard and Apollo 13 (1995) should have won Oscars for Best Director and Best Film in 1995 but did not, shamefully they lost to Braveheart (1995) and Howard was snubbed entirely for Best Director. So in one of those sad make up Oscars, he got it for this and the film won Best Picture. Wildly over appreciated and not even a true account of Nash, again one of those greatest hits films meant to offend no one.
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10 . Braveheart (1995)
Yes, the film caught globe’s attention by winning Best Picture award. Yes, it is a beautifully made, with one of the great scores of all time, and great visual effects. But who remembers the film now ? I doubt if even Mel Gibson remembers it. A war film that’s a good one-time watch. I can’t dare to revisit this again.
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