The Most Overrated Movies of 2012

Again — according to me. This was arguably more difficult than my list of Most Underrated Films of 2012, because it’s hard to say what’s actually overrated. Most of the time the list ends up being about our own personal perceptions and the people we hear most. The kind of thing where — if someone you don’t like really likes a movie, and they talk about how great it is all the time — chances are you’re gonna think that movie is overrated. That’s how these things work.

So take this (as well as everything I say, since it’s not like I fucking know what I’m saying half the time. I just put shit up on the blog. I don’t remember any of it, I just say it. It’s nonsense) with a grain of salt. I’m just saying that I perceive these movies to be the ones that most people overrate based on my experience of having lived and watched a lot of movies in 2012.

Also, before we get into the list, know that this doesn’t mean I don’t like these movies. Some of my favorite movies of all time are overrated. Some of the movies on this list I liked a whole lot. I still think they’re overrated by people. I’ll try to explain as best I can why I think they’re overrated.

That said — here are my choices for the most overrated films of 2012:

(Note: They’re in alphabetical order. For those who see certain films and go, “No way, (#7) is way more overrated than (#2).” You’d be surprised how often that mistake is made.)

1. The Avengers

    • I don’t think anyone can really argue this one. People talk about it like it’s a masterpiece, it isn’t. The end. Anything more would get into subjective opinion about the film. Either way, it’s overrated.

2. Beasts of the Southern Wild

    • I almost refused to put it on the list, but — I have to. And it’s not the film that’s overrated here, it’s the reaction to it. Which, I guess, is what makes things overrated. I didn’t want to do it, because it’s an independent film and should be seen by everyone, regardless of the opinion that’s out there, but, you know what? It’s better this way. Let’s get it out there. Because at this point, I bet people will be spiteful against this film because of the reaction that’s out there. So let’s call it overrated and move on. It’ll make people able to watch this without feeling pressured to like it. Because it is an overrated movie, and it shouldn’t be. But it is, and let’s deal with it. Anyone who hasn’t seen this movie and wants to — ignore what everyone else says about it, and just see the movie as the movie.

3. The Cabin in the Woods

    • Oh yeah. It’s just a pretty good horror-comedy, whatever it is, and people are actually gonna have this on their top ten lists this year. That’s fucking ridiculous to me. This is a movie that’s not much more than a good central conceit. It has some nice moments, but on the whole — it’s just okay. And I laugh when people put this on their top films of the year lists. It’s totally overrated. And I can accept peoples’ love of this movie if they can accept that.

4. The Dark Knight Rises

    • I can’t see a reason not to put it on this list. That said — I don’t know how much it belongs on this list. But — the hype and all — it’s kind of overrated. But this is a movie that, even if it is overrated, it sure as shit doesn’t affect my feelings about it.

5. The Hunger Games

    • Because it’s good, but it’s not groundbreaking. It’s just an entertaining movie. That’s it. The concept isn’t unique (and may even be stolen, for all we know), and while they did a lot of things right here — it’s not perfect. Of course this is overrated, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s a good movie.

6. Life of Pi

    • I’ll probably be in the minority on this, but I think it’s very overrated. The way people are talking about it — I thought it would be better. It’s just okay. And the way people are talking about this — plus the fact that most of Ang Lee’s films tend to get overrated (when they’re liked, that is) — yeah, I think this safely belongs here.

7. Looper

    • I love this movie a lot, but it’s overrated. I understand that. There are some logic issues, even though I can completely overlook them. I can see how this has gotten overrated. I can. And it is overrated. The way I can tell was that I wanted to be really vocal about my feelings for this movie, and went, “I should not do that, lest I turn people off of it.” Right there, that makes this movie overrated. Because I know how people have talked about this. It’s deserved, but it’s at the point where it’s too much. So I think I can safely call this overrated.

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • Completely overrated. This is one of those that I hear other people going crazy for, and I see it, and I go, “That wasn’t very good at all.” I still don’t get the appeal of this movie. I guess it’s one of those — the book is liked a lot, so people are automatically gonna be like that for the movie. In fact, shit — practically half this list is that. Either way, I think this movie is so overrated. I think it’s watchable at best. And people talk about this like it’s one of the best films of the year. I — don’t see it, and I think it’s overrated, personally.

9. Ted

    • I enjoyed the shit out of it, but let’s face it — it’s overrated. It’s not that good. In fact, the entire third act is pretty horrible. Mostly it’s a loose series of jokes that work, but when they go to plot, the movie doesn’t hold up. It’s flimsy good, and I only really liked it because I’m so starved for legitimately funny movies, but — it’s overrated. Hands down a top fiver for most overrated movies of 2012.

10. Placeholder for Oscar film that I don’t like as much as everyone else does/one that’s just not as good as everyone else thinks, even though it’s still pretty damn good.

    • I’m not sure which it’s gonna be — Silver Linings, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Mis, The Hobbit — I’m sure it’ll be one of them, so I’ll leave the spot open for one of them. Shit, let’s just call all of them overrated.

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Tomorrow I list all the movies that I think are underseen for the year, which means for better for worse. Just to throw it out there now. Sometimes shit just needs to be see, regardless of how you’re gonna feel about it.

3 responses

  1. JamDenTel

    Beasts, Looper, and Life of Pi are among my most overrated of the year, but in some ways I’d say Argo takes the cake here. It’s not a bad film (whereas Life of Pi is a very good film stuck inside a fairly poor one), but…looking at your Best Picture columns, you talk about what would hold up as a Best Picture winner. And Argo would not hold up.

    It’s a decently made thriller that suffers from too much dumb humor, too much transparent suspense-mongering, and an underdeveloped supporting cast. As a summer thriller, it’d be fine. But it doesn’t deserve to be within a mile of the Oscars.

    December 21, 2012 at 8:36 am

  2. JamDenTel

    I should probably give some of the movies I’ve put down a second chance. I did that with The Tree of Life and it jumped into my Top 10 for last year.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:54 am

  3. Paige

    Amen for The Avengers and The Cabin in the Woods! I find them both incredibly overrated. The Avengers is kinda meh for me- the redeeming part if Robert Downey Jr. I find The Cabin in the Woods to be a hot mess that is neither scary nor funny.

    I have no intentions to see Ted- I think it looks awful.

    January 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm

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