The most overrated films of all-time


Will Sills, Staff Reporter

Since the creation of cinema itself, people have debated over what are the greatest films ever made. While mostly everyone will disagree on what is the unquestionably greatest film of all time, many can narrow it down and agree upon what some of the best films are. These five films have become immortal in cinema through their praise and hype, however I feel differently. In fact, these five films are what I consider to be the most overrated films of all time.

  1. “No Country for Old Men” (2007)

Love them or hate them, the Coen Brothers have made some of the most recognized films of the past three decades including “Fargo” and “The Big Lebowski.” “No Country for Old Men” was the film that finally won the duo Best Director and Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The film is good, but it’s certainly not that good. Not only was the film overly long, but it was also horribly paced. I felt as if I could beat an entire video game and the film would still be going on. Sure, Javier Bardem was good as Anton Chigurh, but Best Supporting Actor of 2007? Not by a long shot. Whenever Tommy Lee Jones and Woody Harrelson were on screen, it felt as if they were completely sleepwalking through their scenes. “Ratatouille,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “Gone Baby Gone,” and “American Gangster” were all better films than “No Country,” yet for some reason, the Academy seemed to think it was better than all of them. Then again, the Academy also thought that “Shakespeare in Love” was better than “Saving Private Ryan.”

  1. “Gravity” (2013)

Everybody who says this film is great always glow about the music, visuals, sound effects, and cinematography. The sad thing is they are right; “Gravity” is beautiful in every way, shape, and form. These, however, don’t make great movies. The story is beyond generic, simple, and cliche. The acting is wooden, and the script is mediocre at best. Just by watching the trailer, I was able to predict how the movie would end. The worst, however, was the God awful pacing. Never before have I seen an hour and a half film seem more like three. I honestly thought that “The Lord of the Rings” seemed shorter. It seems like “Gravity” could have used a little more gravity.

  1. “Boyhood” (2014)

In reality, “Boyhood” just should have been called “Director Richard Linklater’s 12 Year Oscar Project.” This is a film that is called revolutionary even though it really isn’t. “Harry Potter” was a franchise that heavily relied on children to lead the series. For seven films. “Well, 12 years shooting a film is quite impressive.” No, no it really isn’t. All that means is that once a year the crew had to shoot for only a couple of weeks. Getting rid of the overblown, ridiculous gimmicks, the film is a preachy, annoying mess about unlikable characters and life itself. “But it’s SOOOO realistic!” Yeah, and so was “The Story of Us.” Anyone who has actually seen that movie would know that realistic doesn’t equal good. In fact, in both of these movie’s cases, it just equals boring. Thank God “Birdman” won Best Picture and not this.

  1. “Titanic” (1997)

It really makes me sick to think this won Best Picture over both “Good Will Hunting” and “L.A. Confidential.” “Titanic” is definitely a good movie, but by no means should it win Best Picture for any year, let alone be considered one of the greatest movies of all time. It’s bloated with over the top dialogue and performances. Billy Zane’s villain is the stereotypical over the top british villain, meanwhile Rose finds the “bad boy” with “a heart of gold.” Not to mention, they “fall in love” after knowing each other for less than two days. Worst of all, it gave birth to the song “My Heart Will Go On.” All I know is this: my anger towards this song will go on.

  1. “Vertigo” (1958)

I love Alfred Hitchcock. From “Psycho” to “Rope” to “Dial M for Murder,” this man truly is the master of suspense. Somehow, though, out of all his films, this is the one everybody dubs his best film. Recently, it once again made headlines when it overthrew “Citizen Kane” as the greatest movie of all time, according to British magazine “Sight and Sound.” I just don’t understand. The film has aged poorly, especially considering how well most of Hitchcock’s films have aged. Nothing about the film is great to be honest. The acting is nothing special, even though it has Jimmy Stewart, one of the greatest actors of all time. As your average film, this is easily the best on this list. To be honest, the film is quite good. Greatest film of all time? No, not at all. In fact, it’s not even Hitchcock’s best film; that title goes to “Psycho,” in my opinion.

All in all, these are all quality films, at least to an extent. Somehow, however, they are credited as being great, which is frustrating to me. Other than for “Vertigo,” I could name five better films than the ones above listed in their own years. While these films are cherished and beloved, many other better films are buried and forgotten. All I have left to say is this: “Citizen Kane,” be lucky I haven’t seen you.