Day 12: Most Overrated Films of the 2000's
The following list will catalogue what I feel to be the films that recieved either great critical praise from critics, Academy Awards, or large approval from audiences, but actually deserved none of it. I have seen 894 films from the years 2000-2009 and these are the 25 Most Overrated films that I feel critics and people just got wrong. Of course, some of your favorite films might be on the list (I hope not though), so take my opinions with a grain of salt. Feel free to comment and let me know what you think. Did I miss something?
25. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Directed by Terry George
24. Mr.Deeds (2002)
Directed by Steven Brill
Can't tell you how many people have told me to watch this Sandler film claiming it was incredible. Mr. Deeds features all of Sandler's faults without the compensating funny to smooth. It's ludicrous, annoying, predictable and boring. One of Sandler's worst efforts in his career.
23. Iron Man (2008)
Directed by Jon Favreau
Iron Man is a decent blockbuster, but it's also nothing special. The suit is really cool and Downey is great as Stark, but the reception this film has recieved from both critics and audiences alike left me perplexed enough to give it several more showings. I was right, it's mediocre. Wake up people and name me one stand out action sequence in this film.
22. Drag Me To Hell (2009)
Directed by Sam Raimi
Filled with more annoying 'stings' than a bee's nest, stay away from this manipulative piece of garbage. The production values are great, but due to it's over reliance on gross outs and gotchas. it becomes tedious and pandering. Bleh. How could critics rate this so high?
21. Bubba Ho-Tep (2003)
Directed by Don Coscarelli
Sure there are a few laughs to be had from this one, but cult status for this film?
20. Good Night and Good Luck (2005)
Directed by George Clooney
A perfectly decent film is ruined by glorious praise and a shower of awards. Nothing turns a decent effort into an overrated one like when a mediocre and somewhat pleasing film becomes a political statement film.
19. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Directed by Nick Stoller
Worth one or two good laughs, but this bloated film is just plain difficult to watch. Vulgar and meandering.
18. Garden State (2004)
Directed by Zach Braff
Count me out of this depressing story centered around depressing characters. Portman is saddled with such an annoying, cloying and pointless character that Winslet's similair Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind makes Portman look amateur.
17. Enchanted (2007)
Directed by Kevin Lima
An interesting idea, but ultimately the film rings hollow and empty. It is contradictory in it's themes, but it can't even muster more than two good songs to cover for it. Count me as not enchanted.
16. Old School (2003)
Directed by Todd Phillips
Despite charismatic performances from Ferrell and Vaughn, this vulgar and juvenile comedy is the epitome of overrated. Predictable and unredeemable, this is a guilty pleasure that doesn't even throw in the pleasure.
15. The Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
Directed by Dareen Grant
Heard so much about Tyler Perry that I decided to check this film out. I hated it. In fact, some of the morals and behaviors were actually quite shocking. So bad, I don't ever want to see one of his films again.
14. Winged Migration (2003)
Directed by Jacques Perrin
Critically trumpeted, but incredibly boring; Winged Migration is one of the worst nature documentaries I've ever sat through. I LOVED the photography, but why o why not narrate more? Why not at least put titles of the birds we are watching? Wanna watch hours of birds flying? Believe me, you don't.
13. Waking Life (2000)
Directed by Richard Linklater
Even more boring than watching birds fly is listening to Linklater's film meander on and on about different philisophical views. I can sit through a lot of talking (I love Linklaters' Before Sunrise/Before Sunset), but this is just talking. No real characters, no plot, no development, just talking. Cool animation, terribly overrated film however.
12. Knocked Up (2007)
Directed by Judd Apatow
Frustrating because it can be very funny at times; this film features such terribly immature behavior and revels in so much immorality, any attempts at redemption in the third act are betraying to the rest of the film.
11. The Hangover (2009)
Directed by Todd Phillips
All I said about Old School applies again here (it's also the same director), but due to its huge run at the box office it rates higher on my list. Vulgar and senseless, I don't see how people embrace this film.
10. The Bourne Ultimatum (2009)
Directed by Paul Greengrass
While retaining the breakthroughs of The Bourne Supremacy, Greengrass decides to fill his follow-up with political metaphors. Unfortunately, the metaphors are terrible as is the plot. Great action and production brought down by a liberal agenda preached with a shout.
9. Open Water (2004)
Directed by Chris Kentis
A surprise indie hit, this film is a battle of boredom. Can you imagine what it's like to be stuck in water for hours on end when nothing much happens? That's a bit what this one is like.
8. Juno (2007)
Directed by Jason Reitman
Another decent film ruined by too much praise. Annoyingly quirky and light on the moral, I found myself more frustrated and annoyed than entertained. This was actually nominated (and poised for a possible win) for an Academy Award in 2007!
7. Super-Size Me (2004)
Directed by Morgan Spurlock
Not getting into it fully, but false premises, straw men, and equivocation does not a persuasive argument make.
6. Food, Inc. (2009)
Directed by Robert Kenner
As reprehensible and wrong minded as Super-Size Me, but this film commits an even greater sin by at least not entertaining.
5. Borat! (2006)
Directed by Larry Charles
Despite a few hilarious bits, Borat! completely gets it's 'social commentary' incorrect. This film wouldn't make the list if it was just sold as a bunch of stupid skits. However, it's the misleading claims to actually uncover racism and for it to have noble goals that lands it here. Plus, it stole a bit from Jackass.
4. Happy Feet (2006)
Directed by George Miller
Easily the most annoying penguin film of the decade is actually packed with as much liberal agenda as any children's film I've ever seen. Completely ruined it for me.
3. The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
Directed by Judd Apatow
Much like all the other comedies on this list, this vulgar and lewd film is beyond redemption. I actually didn't even find much to laugh about in this film (outside of the credit sequence), and it's hit status along with its influence on comedies after it has landed it here on the list.
2. Wall*E (2008)
Directed by Andrew Stanton
My review of the film is here, and while I admire the animation and first 20 minutes of the film, I think the rest of the film gets worse and worse as it progresses. Hollow and unsubstantiated, I find it's claims about human nature misguided. I'm in the minority here, but I guess that's why I think it's so overrated.
1. Mulholland Drive (2001)
Directed by David Lynch
There is no more frustrating film experience for me than this one. An ultimately pointless film, its parts interesting, confusing, mind-beinding, and boring. Even now, critics are pointing to this film as one of the greatest ever (Naomi Watts delivers a great performance though), but I would never want to watch it again. In fact, someone would have to pay me to watch it again. It's completely and utterly overrated.