22 Controversial Films Voted the Most Overrated Movies

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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) okay? 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-olds, 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 films aimed at drawing in the adults who watched the forerunners of these movies as kids. 

3. Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction, Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta
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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 have you ever seen a Tarantino interview? The dude is intenseStill, great as Tarantino is, we’ve got to wonder if this movie is just a little overrated. 

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4. John Wick (2014)

John Wick (2014)
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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. Admittedly, we love a good survival story; but at what cost?

5. Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

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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. This is one of those films that is either really masterful, or just doesn’t quite make sense. Watching a movie multiple times just to understand it isn’t most viewers’ cup of tea. 

6. Midsommar (2019)

Florence Pugh surrounded by flowers in Midsommar
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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 to the movie’s plot, the haters say that Midsommar isn’t good.

7. Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump
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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. Seriously. We can’t believe there’s even any controversy about this one. 

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.

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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. Sometimes, a good movie just needs to be left alone. (Somebody tell Hollywood, please.)

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. We’ve got nothing against violent movies that have a point or story to them, but in American Psycho, the violence seems to outweigh the merits of the story-telling. 

11. Mean Girls (2004)

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“On Wednesday, we wear pink.” Ok, stop trying to make Mean Girls happen. We’ll admit we do really enjoy this early 2000’s high-school classic, but cult followers seem to think this movie isn’t like the other movies, it’s a cool movie. Still, Rachel McAdams and Lindsay Lohan are icons in this one, and it’s worked its way into the psyche of a whole generation of girls.

12. The Hobbit (2012)

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The people most disappointed in The Hobbit were mostly the ones who expected to love it the best. After Peter Jackson’s rendition of The Lord of the Rings, everyone was primed and ready for his interpretation of The Hobbit. But the one thing that made Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings so unique was his true-to-the-books storytelling, which just wasn’t present in The Hobbit nearly enough to satisfy fans.

13. Cast Away (2000)

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This film is arguably carried entirely by Tom Hanks, and for some, that just isn’t enough. If you’re going to watch Castaway, you’ve got to be ready to experience some deep existential angst and to plumb the depths of human despair. Oh, and be ready to cry over a volleyball at the end. If that’s not your cup of tea, then this probably isn’t the movie for you.

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14. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

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There is a cult-following of the Harry Potter franchise, and rightly so. But while the original seven books and eight movies are absolutely amazing, Fantastic Beasts takes the world of magic and muggles in a new direction … and a fair number of fans didn’t like it. The imagination of J. K. Rowling is boundless, but sometimes it’s best to leave a finished idea well enough alone.

15. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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There are some real marvels in the MCU, but at this point so many movies have been made about the same few superheroes that they’re beginning to feel more like Groot’s vocabulary; limited and repetitive and they still expect everybody to laugh. Sure, they can still sling around some good one-liners, but those who remain MCU fanatics are definitely the outliers now.

16. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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I can already hear the clickety-clack of coconuts tapping together as Monty Python fans ride to the defense of this movie. If you’re not into dry British humor, this one isn’t for you. But if you are, then this movie deserves every bit of its royal status among the lordly fans.

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17. Titanic (1997)

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The movie Titanic became almost a rite of passage for an entire generation. But despite that elevated status, it never made its way into the classics-to-rewatch category. We’re not saying this movie deserves to sink into the icy waters of the Atlantic, but like the ship itself, it’s probably a little overhyped.

18. Frozen II (2019)

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Nobody condemns the first Frozen movie and gets away with it. But the sequel left our hearts a little icy. The characters are as much of a warm hug as ever, but the plot and message of the movie got a little lost in the woods. The latest Disney princess movies have mostly been big hits, and it hurts a little to admit when any of them isn’t, but Frozen II just doens’t quite live up to the reputation of the original.

19. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Photo Credit: Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Every girl who grew up in the 90’s and early 2000’s was excited beyond belief for the magical live-action remakes of all their favorite princess movies, but some of the major moments fell a little flat. Seriously, what happened to Belle’s dress? Second to Cinderella, this is probably the most iconic princess dress and the live-action version just didn’t nail it.

20. Little Women (2019)

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The newest rendition of Little Women drew out the aspirational Amy in lots of viewers, but there were elements of the movie that fell as short as Jo did of Aunt March’s expectations. We might be a little biased, but there’s just no easy way to measure up to the 1994 version of the movie.

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21. Dune

Dune (2021)
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The disciples of Frank Herbert (author of the book which inspired the movie) will probably be ready to fight this, but most of what happens it Dune is … waiting for something to happen. Or waiting while it happens somewhere else. Watching this movie takes commitment; it will probably help if you’re just already a fan.

22. Persuasion (2022)

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This was meant to be a modern adaptation that took a hint from the 2020 rendition of Emma, and bring Jane Austen’s work into the modern world. Instead, most fans feel that it just gave us unrealistic and unlikeable characters that attempted to be both timelessly sophisticated and relentlessly modern, and ended up doing neither well.

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