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    Mmkay, so what well-regarded or even beloved films do you think are overrated? Whether by the general public or the critics, which films would you like to see booted from the top of the lists?

    For me, I never got the hype over Mystic River. I enjoy all the lead actors, but I had read the book first (and wasn't blown away by it either) and found that the movie was just a line-by-line rehash - it added nothing new, and I found it tedious. It wasn't terrible by any means, just overrated, imo.

    Similarly, In the Bedroom didn't really do it for me. Again, solid performances, but I found myself thinking, "I thought this was supposed to be a really excellent film", and it just didn't measure up to the hype for me.
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    Mr and Mrs Smith was a horrible movie and got a lot of hype.

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    Brokeback Mountain for all the controversy, hype and talented actors the movie was terrible. I had high hopes for it and was looking forward to seeing it. The story was hard to follow and i couldnt understand Heath (and thats terrible considering im an Aussie as well!!). I didn't even finish the film coz i was falling asleep - i was so disapointed and i still don't understand how people can say its a beautiful love story. Maybe it was but in my opinion it was poorly told, acted and directed so i guess i'll never know unless i read the book.

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    American Beauty.

    Trying WAY too hard.
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    Blow-up, a sixties, artsy movie with Vanessa Redgrave. Always found it boring and pretentious.

    Several Spielberg movies, because after ET he, apparently, could do no wrong anymore, in the eyes of many.

    Tarentino runs the danger of that, too.
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    Saving Private Ryan - worst Oscar winner ever

    40-year-old Virgin - kinda funny, but not all that

    King Kong 2005 - it just sucked

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    'walk the line' and 'monster'. in both of these films, the lead actors did a great job. but the actual movies were nothing special, and the screenplays were kind of weak.

    'traffic', another bloated, pretentious, overrated piece of crap by the very overrated steven soderbergh

    'shakespeare in love'. the critical and box office success of this movie has always baffled me. it's nothing more than a typical hollywood romantic comedy with elaborate costumes.

    'erin brockovich', a made-for-tv movie with a big budget and julia roberts' horse teeth
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    Saving Private Ryan is proof that when a director dies, he becomes
    a photographer. All anyone ever talks about is that 20-minute opening
    battle scene with its constant swish pans, washed-out colors and
    excessive gore. They can't remember anything else.

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    ^^^^
    the film isn't all that but i admit those first 20 minutes are fucking fantastic. definitely the only part that's really worth it.
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    The first 20 minutes are apparently dead on for accuracy on what the D-Day landing was like..

    The rest of it was rah rah jingoistic, arent we the best american claptrap and emotional manipulation.

    Gimme The Thin Red Line over that shallow tripe anyday.

    Another over-rated movie: The Shawshank Redemption.

    I'm sorry, I've seen it about a dozen times and I still fail to see the big deal regarding it. It's a competently made film, but it's that idiotic, rosy idealistic, warm glow look at the past kind of movie.. the kind that's supposed to make you have down-home good feelings and all that nonsense.

    On top of that, it has the generic Morgan Freeman performance where he (once again) plays an old black mentor figure to a younger white man, teaching him the meaning of life or some shit. So fucking tired of that. Dude, get a new schtick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    On top of that, it has the generic Morgan Freeman performance where he (once again) plays an old black mentor figure to a younger white man, teaching him the meaning of life or some shit. So fucking tired of that. Dude, get a new schtick.
    Shawshank was the original. It worked and he stuck with it. Otherwise I feel you on this beef.

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    The Color Purple.
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    the passion of the christ - heavy-handed, manipulative, anti-semitic and tacky.
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    "Sideways" My hubby and I were so bored. what a piece of crap!

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    The Bourne Identity and its sequel starring Matt Damon The TV-miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain and Jaclyn Smith was so much better and better acted.
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