It’s been said that the word overrated is overrated itself and considering how often the term – and its antithesis, the underrated movie – is bandied around in film critic circles it’s not surprising that it’s starting to feel like a very hackneyed word. It’s become the kind of buzzword the more cynical film buff levels at films that a lot of people, critics and general movie-going audiences alike, tended to enjoy. Is it a bit of a snobby term? Oh yes. Is it justified? In some cases, totally.
You see, some films kind of get a free pass to success. Sometimes it’s because they’re part of a provenly popular studio or franchise or because they boast acclaimed directors and actors. Often it’s because a film offers a slightly off-centre or superior take on an overdone genre or simply down to the fact that a film looks a hell of a lot better compared to the abundance of awful films released around it.
Whatever the reason it’s a fact that some films, however good they may be, don’t really deserve the massive amount of borderline masturbatory praise they got.
Here’s the 2016 qualifiers in that category …