Damien Chazelle

The 10 Most Overrated Movies of The 21st Century

By Andy Rausch

The Passion of the Christ

Lists are subjective, as are film awards and criticism (although criticism from respected critics has merit in that it’s generally knowledgable of film history and based on a set criterion rather than a gut reaction). Having said that, there are some films that are overrated, no matter how you look at it.

For example, who amongst us really believes the 1991 Best Picture Academy Award winner Dances with Wolves (1990) was better than Goodfellas (1990)? With the passing of time we are given better perspective to objectively evaluate films without the hoopla and advertising campaigns that once surrounded them. This is why we can see clearly today that Titanic (1997) was supremely overrated.

This same principle applies to more recently released films of past years. With a year or more having passed since their release, we are often better able to assess them with a more objective eye. But even then, all of this is subjective. With this in mind, these are the top ten overrated films of the 21st century ranked.

10. La La Land (2016)

Following on the heels of his far-superior 2014 film Whiplash, Damien Chazelle crafted this interesting musical romantic comedy about life and love in Tinseltown. As with Whiplash, Chazelle’s screenplay is impressive, easily the best thing about La La Land. The film danced its way to $156 million in box-office returns, and was the toast of the town come awards season.

It received a record-tying fourteen Academy Award nominations (tying All About Eve, 1950), including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor (Ryan Gosling) and Best Actress (Emma Stone). These nominations resulted in six Oscars, including Best Director and Best Actress. The film will always be remembered for Academy Award presenter Faye Dunaway mistakenly announcing it the winner for → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema