TOP 10: Most Overrated Films

The first of a series of movie-related Top-10 lists that are in no way meant to be anything close to comprehensive, but are based solely on the movies I have reviewed here, and will be updated with each new movie reviewed by me that cracks the top 10. Enjoy!
Films here are ranked based upon the difference between my personal 20-point score (translated to 100 point) and the higher 100-point score on IMDb. From what I’ve experienced, a film’s rating on IMDb more or less seems to reflect the popular opinion held by both the casual and the serious film critics that I’ve read or listened to.

The criteria:

  1. Must be rated lower than 7.5 by me. 7.5 earns a “Really Good” designation from me. If I consider a film “Really Good”, I could hardly deem it overrated!
  2. Must be rated 7.5 or higher on IMDb. Conversely, anything rated less than 7.5 on IMDb (7.3-7.7) isn’t rated high enough for me to consider it overrated.
  3. Must be rated 8.5 (8.3-8.7) or higher on IMDb if rated 7.0 by me. This is just a way to ensure that movies I deem “good” are only considered overrated if it’s considered “amazing” by my standard on IMDb.

Without further ado, my Top 10 Overrated Films:

(Dis)honourable Mentions (1.0+ rating difference according to the above criteria): Big Hero 6 (2014); The Bucket List (2007)Captain America: Civil War (2016); The Express (2008)The Fox and the Hound (1981); Green Book (2018)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005); The Italian Job (1969); National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)Predator (1987); The Time Machine (1960); The Untouchables (1987)

10. Night of the Living Dead (1968)


IMDb rating: 7.9
My rating: 6.5 (review here)
Rating difference: 1.4

I loved the climax and ending, with its terrible irony and gruesome zombies.  But the majority of the film leading up to that was pretty painful to watch for different reasons–bad acting, stiff dialogue, annoying characters, to name a few. From what I understand this was a pretty groundbreaking film for the horror genre, but that doesn’t excuse its cringe-worthy first two acts.

9. Forbidden Planet (1956)


IMDb rating: 7.6
My rating: 6.0 (review here)
Rating difference: 1.6

Not sure why this gets elevated above other campy 50s sci-fi flicks. There’s an intriguing psychology-related thesis at the end, but it betrays the rest of the movie that either preoccupies itself with dumb romance or goes on and on about the future technology it invented.

8. A Star Is Born (2018)


IMDb rating: 7.8
My rating: 6.0 (review here)
Rating difference: 1.8

There were some powerful moments here, to be sure–the cut back to the scene above at the end being one of them. But overall I was astounded by how chees-ily written the rest of the main plot was. Did it deserve best song at the Oscars? Sure. But not best picture consideration.

7. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back


IMDb rating: 8.8
My rating: 7.0 (review here)
Rating difference: 1.8

Gonna get a lot of flack for this choice, I’m sure… I thoroughly enjoyed the first one (that is, the fourth one… well, you know what I mean), in large part due to the memorable batch of characters that played off each other so well. In this one, most of them started to feel a little “been there, done that” in the way that often happens in sequels. None of them were really developed any further, aside from Luke and his father, of course! All in all, it was still a good film (good action, an exciting climax and twist, and a cliff-hanger ending), but in my humble opinion, not the masterpiece so many people seem to classify it as.

6. Halloween (1978)


IMDb rating: 7.8
My rating: 6.0 (review here)
Rating difference: 1.8

There’s good stuff here, don’t get me wrong, but it’s all negated by faults impossible to look over. The slow, brooding atmosphere with creepy music by way too much dumb teenage dialogue. The creepy killer and suspenseful climax by the gregarious contrivances (killer somehow can’t aim his knife, etc.). Wish it was just tightened up a bit.

5. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)


IMDb rating: 8.3
My rating: 6.5 (review here)
Rating difference: 1.8

Oops, another Star Wars film! It starts off well as the ol’ gang gets back together, but the campyness really takes off from there as they team up with the jabbering fuzz-ball Ewoks against the Dark Side. And the big confrontation between Luke and Vader/the Emperor that had been built up so much by Yoda’s warnings against the lure of the Dark Side and the big twist from the last episode was a huge letdown that had little impact on me. The Emperor taunts Luke to get him angry. Vader says it’s useless to resist. Luke screams that he won’t fight Vader, but then occasionally fights Vader. Annnnd repeat.

4. Batman (1989)


IMDb rating: 7.5
My rating: 5.5 (review here)
Rating difference: 2.0

Maybe it was just because I watched it right after I finished Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy (which I thoroughly enjoyed), but I found this installment to be laughably bad. Campy, cartoony, and awkwardly scripted. I’ve heard people say they thought Keaton was excellent here, but I found him to be about as engaging as a board of wood. Nicholson was the opposite in his over-the-top performance that was more annoying than terrifying or funny.

3. The Sweet Hereafter (1997)


IMDb rating: 7.6
My rating: 5.5 (review here)
Rating difference: 2.1

Maybe I just didn’t get it. The build-up to the school bus crash you know is going to happen is certainly torturous and well-done. The snowy scenery is nice. Everything else? Didn’t know what to make of it. Confusing characters and bewildering happenings made this ultimately a chore to get through.

2. Dazed and Confused (1993)


IMDb rating: 7.7
My rating: 5.5 (review here)
Rating difference: 2.2

Good music, fun 70s setting… but mostly just boring, quite frankly. It’s not that I’m against Linklater’s meandering, plot-less style, because I quite enjoyed his later Boyhood. But there are very few engaging characters to really latch onto here, and even less engaging events. A disappointingly dull offering. Don’t think I’ll be rushing to see Everybody Wants Some!!

1. Animal House (1978)


IMDb rating: 7.6
My rating: 3.0 (review here)
Rating difference: 4.6

I certainly wasn’t expecting this to be as great as its IMDb rating claimed–a crude party comedy from the 70s surely couldn’t be anything more than mediocre. But when it came down to it the movie was even less than mediocre and frequently downright gross. I could laugh at the mischevous frat house vs. uptight dean dynamic but that was about it. Everything else just perpetuated mysogny, rape culture, and casual racism and I don’t got time for that shit. If you have one character who does this sort of stuff it’s possible to laugh at him but here it’s everyone who thinks this way and the whole film just ends up being a celebration of this misguided worldview instead of a satirical critique.


Have at it in the comments–have you now completely written me off as a trustworthy film reviewer? Where have I gone wrong? Do you agree with any of these choices? Thanks for reading!

38 thoughts on “TOP 10: Most Overrated Films

  1. Hahaha! there are only 3 that I disagree with you here. the others I havnt seen or I just simply agree. Predator, Jaws and Batman! What I think is the problem might be the test of time. Which many consider the markings of a true classic, that it holds up even today. but we aint talking about classics here, we are talking about over rated movies. and these movies were genre changing, and very special when they came out. Predator was a scifi action movie that purposely cranked out the one liners, (I aint got time to bleed), dialogue gold right there! Batman had all the kids at my jr. high school wearing batman logo clothes and opened the eyes to the super hero genre! And Jaws is the definition of a slow burn horror flick buddy. and unnecessary dialogue? I hope your not talking about Quint’s tale of the Indianapolis, which was a memorable scene! Never the less all film is subjective, as they say,so I forgive you my friend. lol. Hey good post man, keep up the good work!

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    1. hey thanks man, I appreciate your comments! i can’t expect to call films overrated and not get any pushback haha. but thanks for your grace! both predator (especially the second half) and jaws i definitely enjoyed and appreciated, jaws was just a little slow for me, and predator a bit too much 80s action-movie cheese 😛 and I have a feeling batman would sit a lot better the second time around, now that I know what to expect. I’m always eager to hear other people’s opinions, so thanks a bunch for your comment and kind words, man! stay tuned for my 10 underrated films.. maybe that one will be less controversial 😛

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      1. I will keep an eye out for it! I grew up on 80’s action cheese so maybe my opinion is a bit bias. lol. But hey, if our opinions were all the same and we agreed on everything, movie talk would probably be boring. So keep up the good work!

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  2. Have to say bit harsh on Batman, not sure you can compare to Nolan’s as Burtons paved the way for darker super hero movies. Although dated now at the time was a great blockbuster. On that note I wonder if in 15-20 years the Dark Knight will be seen as over rated with only Heath Ledger’s performance standing out amongst some klunky moments like the boat bomb scene?
    For me Dark Knight rises is one of the most overated films in history overblown, overlong and poorly written.

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    1. fair comments, Ray! I think a second viewing of batman now knowing what to expect would sit much better with me, for sure. i personally loved dark knight rises, but I was just so caught up in the spectacle of it all I’m sure I let some writing issues slide along the way. as for the dark knight, I guess time will tell! thanks so much for the comments, Ray!


  3. Was thinking after seeing this list I’d like to see the reverse of this list too an underrated movies list. Seems there’s been a few films over the last few years that just didn’t find their audience for whatever reason.

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  4. What a great list! I agree with you on each and every one of them. I like your description of Keaton being as engaging as a board of wood.Spot on! It’s strange but although I hated Batman (1989), I really liked Batman Returns (1992).

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