10 Controversial Films Voted the Most Overrated Movies Ever Worshipped

I know, I know. “Movies are subjeeective. There is no such thing as good or bad.” Spare me. There ain't no participation trophies in Hollywood. Some movies are great, others are trash, and most fall somewhere in the middle.

But some movies have been ranked improperly. Some movies have been labeled as outstanding by the majority, but are they merely (you might want to sit down for this) really good? Several widely-praised films have caught the eye of the take-yourself-down-a-notch brigade.

1. Interstellar (2014)

Actors in Interstellar in astronaut suits
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros.

Even before it hits theaters, any movie directed by Christopher Nolan receives the “great” label. But some critical moviegoers feel that Interstellar is the Apollo 11 of movies—hailed as an outstanding American achievement by many, dismissed by others as a high-budget fraud filmed by a renowned Hollywood director.

2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Spider-Man getting blasted in Spider-Man No Way Home
Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures.

Now that you mention it, the recent spate of movies that appear targeted at 14 year old's, but perform exceptionally well among adult critics, does seem odd. The odd case of a dark, gritty thriller cloaked in a superhero suit (The Dark Knight, Logan) makes sense—these are adult films with the serious cinematic cache.

2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Spider-Man with claws on back
Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures.

But why does the 68th Spider-Man film, more logic-defying than the first 67th, have the same Rotten Tomatoes score as Dunkirk? Is this real life or a deleted scene from Idiocracy?

3. Pulp Fiction (1994)

Scene from Pulp Fiction
Photo Credit: Miramax.

Pulp Fiction, Cult Classic. There is no doubt that the legendary film is a first-ballot Movie Hall of Famer. One critic complains that Tarantino's voice penetrates the film too acutely. But, to be fair, have you ever seen a Tarantino interview? The dude is intense. 

4. John Wick (2014)

Close up shot of John Wick face
Photo Credit: Summit Entertainment.

Plot of John Wickbang, pow!, blood squirts on the camera, punch, crunch (broken bones), pow pow! Repeat. Those who value optional movie elements like plot, dialogue, and fewer than four million gunshots fall asleep quickly after turning on John Wick.

5. Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

Scene from Everything Everywhere All At Once
Photo Credit: A24.

One of the most talked-about movies of 2022, Everything Everywhere All at Once garnered plenty of controversy, no matter what its IMDb score reads. One pretzel-minded viewer gave up on the movie during the scene where “the guy was trying to jump butt-first onto the butt plug.”

5. Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

Scene from Everything Everywhere All At Once
Photo Credit: A24.

That is as good a time as any to switch movies.

6. Midsommar (2019)

Florence Pugh surrounded by flowers in Midsommar
Photo Credit: A24.

A film with a compelling trailer, and plenty of hype, Midsommar struck many as visually flashy but ultimately shallow, rife with unlikeable characters, and disappointing. While some retort that hate-able characters are essential in the movie's plot, the haters say that Midsommar isn't very good.

7. Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump on bench
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures.

While Forrest Gump was a popular choice among moviegoers, I've included it on this list for one reason. That reason is to report all the blasphemers who believe that Forrest Gump is anything but a delightful masterpiece.

8. The Big Lebowski (1998)

Bowling scene in Big Lebowski
Photo Credit: Polygram Filmed Entertainment.

The Big Lebowski is another movie that doesn't belong on this list. I don't mean to pull a bait-and-switch by including films that aren't overrated (like Forrest Gump), but someone has to come to The Big Lebowski's defense.

9. Star Wars (1977)

Scene from Star Wars 1977
Photo Credit: Lucasfilm.

The Stuff Nerds in Locker's lobby has apparently found its way to social media. One can't help but feel that the endless slew of cash magnets disguised as Star Wars spinoffs have also slightly soured the original films.

9. Star Wars (1977)

Princess Leia Star Wars 1977
Photo Credit: Lucasfilm.

Time is not kind to many sci-fi films made before 2000, and some say that the original Star Wars films have gotten too big for their intergalactic britches.

10. American Psycho (2000)

Scene from American Psycho
Photo Credit: Am Psycho Productions.

Christian Bale kills it in every role, but those who aren't fans of American Psycho say he took the killing way too literally in this gore-fest movie.

10. American Psycho (2000)

Scene from American Psycho
Photo Credit: Am Psycho Productions.

Then again, one American Psycho of a commenter said, “I mean kinda like not going to lie, I liked the character Patrick more than the movie itself.” Ok, dude.

This thread inspired this post.

 

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