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The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

Updated September 13, 2020 685.9k votes 41.0k voters 427.1k views614 items

List RulesMovies on this list have received some critical acclaim (they should have a Metascore of 50 or more) but you think they are terrible

The most overrated movies of all time in one list, ranked in order of how overrated they really are. Being overrated doesn't mean it's not a good movie, or even a classic movie, it just means the movie's not living up to the hype surrounding it. Some of these overrated movies are Academy Award winners, some are the best comedies of all time, and some are even considered to be among the best movies ever by some, they are all overhyped and don't quite live up to all of the positive attention they've received.  

These are movies that film critics hailed as brilliant, movies your friends said you had to see, comedies you would fall over laughing at, and dramas so deep you'd never look at the world the same way again. Except that you did watch them, they did suck, and now you're questioning your friends's taste in everything. From Avatar and all the Twilights, to Love Actually (you monster) and Trainspotting (maybe? Up to you!), these are the films you hate, despite their popularity and/or acclaim.

What are the most overrated films? What classic movies are overrated? Which acclaimed sci-fi films are too confusing for their own good? Basically, what are some top movies that everyone loves but some people hate? This is by no means a complete list of overrated movies, but it's a whole bunch of them. If you know of a supposedly great movie that's overrated and not on the list of the most overrated movies, make sure to add it so other people can save their time and give it a miss.

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    Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Dreamgirls

    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy

    Released2006

    Directed byBill Condon

    Metascore: 76
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    Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    3,074

    Shakespeare in Love

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Madden

    Metascore: 87
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    Twilight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Twilight

    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene

    Released2008

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

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    Hostel: Part II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Hostel: Part II

    Bijou Phillips, Lauren German

    Released2007

    Directed byEli Roth

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    Paranormal Activity 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Paranormal Activity 2

    Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden

    Released2010

    Directed byTod Williams

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    Little Fockers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Little Fockers

    Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro

    Released2010

    Directed byPaul Weitz

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    The Fate of the Furious is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    The Fate of the Furious

    Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson

    Released2017

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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    The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
    8,810
    4,709

    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    Metascore: 53
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    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Metascore: 83
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    Catfish is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Catfish

    Wendy Whelan, Drew Jacoby

    Released2010

    Directed byAriel Schulman, Henry Joost

    Metascore: 65
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    Funny People is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Funny People

    Eminem, Adam Sandler

    Released2009

    Directed byJudd Apatow

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    Bellflower is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Bellflower

    Rebekah Brandes, Vincent Grashaw

    Released2011

    Directed byEvan Glodell

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    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Da is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene

    Released2012

    Directed byBill Condon

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    Ghostbusters (2016) is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Ghostbusters (2016)

    Melissa McCarthy, Wiig

    Released2016

    Directed byPaul Feig

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    The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    The Blair Witch Project

    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard

    Released1999

    Directed byDaniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

    Metascore: 81
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    The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    The English Patient

    Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1996

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

    Metascore: 87
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    Saw IV is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Saw IV

    Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith

    Released2007

    Directed byDarren Lynn Bousman

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    Transformers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Transformers

    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Metascore: 61
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    Saw V is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Saw V

    Julie Benz, Meagan Good

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Hackl

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    The Fast and the Furious is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
    8,129
    4,644

    The Fast and the Furious

    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2001

    Directed byRob Cohen

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    Young Adult is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Young Adult

    Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt

    Released2011

    Directed byJason Reitman

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    Monster's Ball is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Monster's Ball

    Halle Berry, Sean Combs

    Released2001

    Directed byMarc Forster

    Metascore: 69
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    Anchorman 2: The Legend Contin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    Kanye West, Will Smith

    Released2013

    Directed byAdam McKay

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    Saw III is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    Saw III

    Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer

    Released2006

    Directed byDarren Lynn Bousman

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    Boyhood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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    891

    Boyhood

    Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette

    Released2014

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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