15 Most Overrated Movies Of The Decade (So Far)

Don't believe the hype.

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In the modern Internet it's very easy to speak exclusively in hyperbole. A movie is either "THE BEST EVA" or "the worst thing since Troll 2", with little room for any leeway. It's just more fun to heap praise on a movie you love or utterly bury one you hated (or, even worse, were bored by), but such black and white opinions rarely allow you to see the full picture - few movies are all out atrocities, and even less are stone-cold masterpieces.

Things only get worse when you enter geek properties - even without succumbing to fanboy-isms, it's impossible to not get caught up in the hype. At the end of the day, Guardians Of The Galaxy probably isn't the best film ever made, and Man Of Steel is far from the worst (it's still pretty sucky though), but it's so easy to treat them like that when the quality of an argument is treated directly proportional to how resolutely strong its position is.

All this can naturally lead to some movies getting praised to frankly ridiculous levels. In an attempt to redress the balance, here's a collection of the fifteen most overrated movies since the year 2010. Some are actively bad movies praised as something good, while others are perfectly fine on their own merits and only need decoupling from the endless praise. Either way, the entire lot need bringing down a peg.

Honourable Mention - Frozen

It's impossible to talk about overrated films without someone quickly bringing up the princess animation-cum-multi-media juggernaut. Frozen is the highest grossing animated movie ever (and fifth in general), with related merchandise dominating Christmas 2014 and Let It Go still getting played incessantly. Naturally such high exposure has led to many claiming it's all a bit too much, finding solace instead in the relatively low-key Tangled.

But, when you get down to it, Frozen isn't exactly overrated. It's certainly getting covered to an obnoxious level, but strip away all the contextual stuff and there's little to criticise. After all, it is the best Disney movie since The Lion King, the songs are subversively fun and its message is surprisingly wholesome.


Film Editor (2014-2016). Loves The Usual Suspects. Hates Transformers 2. Everything else lies somewhere in the middle. Once met the Chuckle Brothers.