Top 10 Most Overrated “Cool” Movies Of The Last 10 Years

Every year there are cool movies. Some are huge mega-blockbusters; some are art house flicks that become cult classics. Some are really, really, amazing movies. And then there are these movies. Movies that aren’t really bad, they just aren’t as good as the fan boys in frat houses they’ve collected over the last 10 years would have you believe. These are the 10 most overrated “cool” movies of the last 10 years (In order of overratedness)

10. Fight Club – 8.8 IMDB rating (18th highest all time)

Fight Club just had it’s 10-year anniversary a few weeks ago and it is the oldest movie on this list. Fight Club is a cool movie, with a cool twist in it (even if you see it coming a mile away), but it isn’t the great social commentary that everyone wants it to be. People love it when movies have gratuitous violence, and they love it even more when it has some sort of meaning. Fight Club delivers on that, but it falls short when it tries to pick apart the order of society with its little hidden facts.

It works in the world of the story but most people watching it forget that they are watching a fictional story and actually believe it when Tyler Durden tells The Narrator about the crash procedures on commercial flights. Yeah, that’s not true. (And the 18th greatest movie ever!? I don’t think so.)

9. Snatch – 8.2 IMDB rating (#139 highest all time)

Here is an example of a movie that replaces substance with style and not nearly enough people notice. There are a lot of things to like about Snatch. It has a fun story that moves quickly, a lot of funny little characters, probably Jason Statham’s best role before The Bank Job.

But what is wrong with it you ask? Well, the real star of movie is the way it is shot, which would be fine, if it didn’t look like it was shot by a crack addict with so much dope in his veins that he is five seconds away from dropping dead. But it does. And if you can discern some sort of coherency between all of the inter-cutting then you’d also notice that there are way too many cameo roles in this movie. Like college kids jammed into a phone booth, just when you think they are done stuffing one more big name actor playing an underdeveloped character that dies after about five minutes of screen time in there, they shove one more in.

8. Episode III – 7.9 IMDB rating

Star Wars’ third….er… sixth installment’s popularity is all just a big misunderstanding. You see, what actually happened is that Star Wars Episode II sucked. Hard. Episode II is one of the most painfully bad pieces of cinema you can actually sit and watch today. The special effects suck, the acting sucks, the script sucks, the story sucks, the characters suck. So naturally when Episode III came out and it wasn’t a heaping pile of steaming giraffe poo, everyone cheered. Think of it like the reverse of Spider Man 3 or The Matrix sequals.

Everyone was so used to seeing Star Wars be a horrible disappointment, that when it wasn’t, everyone thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. I’ve even heard some people try and say it is better than Return of the Jedi. I implore those individuals to recall the awesomeness they witnessed the first time they watched the space battle at the end of the true third Star Wars movie.

7. Megan Fox – Not a movie, but she is always in the top 5 for popular people on IMDB

Yeah, Megan Fox is hot. In that slutty, trashy, girl you meet at a bar and bang next to a dumpster behind that same bar, when she asks why you haven’t took her to meet your parents you tell her your parents are dead because you would rather kill them than let them ever see that you are dating this girl kind of way. But everyone needs to calm the eff down about her being so hot.

I’m not saying I would turn her down, but she is kind of a twig in terms of body and has a lot of tattoos. Which is like playing Russian Roulette with your body; you’re going to get an ugly one at some point. Oh yeah, and she can’t act and seems like she might be a total bitch — that’s just what I’ve heard.

6. 300 – 7.8 IMDB rating

Now we are starting to get into those movies that I have real problems with. Maybe I’m rating this a little high on the overrated scale (after all, it does get mocked pretty regularly), but I can’t help myself. Did anyone else watch this movie and think, “Wow, these Spartan guys are pricks. Don’t really feel bad that they’re all gonna die at the end of this.” They walk around in slow motion for 2+ hours acting like they’re better than everyone else and then we are supposed to be bummed when they all get killed?

Not to mention the way they effortlessly throw all historical accuracy to the wayside. And how about all of the bogus creatures they just pull out of their asses? That Persian… err, guy, with the crab arms? Pretty sure he didn’t ever exist. But really, you could just watch this segment of Rifftrax, and they say pretty much everything I am thinking.

5. The Boondock Saints – 7.9 IMDB rating

If there is any movie that subscribes to the mantra “style over substance,” oh man, is The Boondock Saints that flick. This movie is pretty fun to watch, for a Tarantino knockoff with utterly implausible action sequences. Just turn off our brain and enjoy. Easier said than done apparently.

This movie has ridden its Irish-Catholic mystique all the way into the cult action pantheon. But that’s all it is, mystique. A layer of “cool” paint over an otherwise ho-hum action movie with unoriginal/underdeveloped characters and plot. The sequel is out right now, go on ahead and see it for a good time action movie, just don’t expect more than that.

4. Requiem for a Dream – 8.5 IMDB rating (62nd highest all time)

Don’t do drugs! That pretty much sums this one up. What is good about this movie? The acting, Jennifer Connelly’s incredible hotness, and an awesome soundtrack that would later be made even more awesome when Lord of the Rings got a hold of it. But that is it my friends.

When you make a movie that is meant to be taken as seriously as this one here, you need to make it realistic. Is drug addiction a serious problem that can destroy a person’s life? Yes. Can diet pills make you hallucinate so that you think your refrigerator is going to eat you? I’m going to be generous and say probably not. Also, this movie features one of the most incredible “coincidental” stolen scenes I’ve ever seen or heard of (see Dark City).

3. Dark Knight – 8.9 IMDB rating (8th highest all time)

Let me make something totally clear: I like this movie — a lot. I saw it in theaters and thought it was awesome just like everyone else. I was shocked that it wasn’t nominated for best picture last year. Then something happened, I saw it again.

The movie still had everything that was great about it; Heath Ledger, great action, suspense, drama, but it also had about a million little plot holes and lapses in logic that were just enough for me to start a one-man “The Dark Knight really isn’t THAT awesome” crusade.

No sequence in the movie suffers more under scrutiny than when The Joker escapes from the interrogation room. First of all, what is that cop standing guard even in the room for, doesn’t the door lock from the outside? Then after he gets his ass kicked in what must have been three seconds (wasn’t anyone watching through the glass?), he comes out and they give The Joker the phone and he blows up the bomb and poof, every single cop is gone. Not dead, not on the floor writhing in pain, they’re just magically gone. Except of course for The Joker who is still standing in the middle of the room, what!?

I could go on; the whole sequence with them trying to protect Wayne’s accountant makes NO sense, same goes for the logic behind Gordon faking his own death, but you get the point.

I still think the movie is cool. I like watching it, but its flaws are enough to keep me from drooling over it and certainly enough to keep me from thinking it is one of the ten greatest movies ever.

2. District 9 – 8.4 IMDB rating (90th highest all time)

This movie is bullshit. Alright, it is still a very recent release so I will be kind and try to avoid revealing any specifics about the movie in this critique. But I hate this movie. Not at first, at first I was only mildly put off by it, but then at around the time that the 5th or 6th body exploded I decided, “Wow, this is retarded.”

Part of it is my fault. I thought I was going into it to see a realistic alternate-reality, Sci-fi, docu-drama about aliens living in poverty on earth. The chances for social commentary are endless here. What did I get? A ridiculous, over the top, gore filled, suck fest. Want more? Well I hope so, cause I’m not about to stop. Deus ex machina. This movie uses them like they’ll be illegal to use the next day. After one or two you say, “okay, you gotta keep it going somehow.” But after the 5th or 6th completely out of nowhere solution to a problem to keep the movie going you got to start thinking, “what the hell?”.

Not including the most illogical moment in a movie I have ever seen, in which one character hits another with a piece of wood for the sole purpose of extending the movie another 20 minutes! If you don’t believe me, go on ahead and ask me to elaborate further, please, I’d love to! Oh man, this one sucks.

1. The Departed – 8.5 IMDB rating (50th highest all time)

Martin Scorcese is one of the all time great directors. He’s made some absolutely great movies: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Good Fellas. Then he made The Departed. Which won Best Picture at the Academy Awards as a sort of lifetime achievement (at least I think so).

The movie is decent. But the plot is even more ridiculous than Jack Nicholson’s performance and filled with more holes than his body by the end of it. Why doesn’t the Chinese Mob come after Nicholson’s gang after he completely rips them off by giving them fake computer chips or whatever the hell they were after (anyone else notice this)? But my real problem with this movie is the ending. Have you ever seen the episode of South Park where they pretend to be cops? It is called Lil’ Crime Stoppers and it is from season 7. It has the exact same ending as this movie, only it is hilarious on purpose. But who am I to judge. Maybe you like your movies to have a good double-double-cross in which tertiary characters come out of nowhere in the last five minutes and kill major characters because it is time for the movie to end. My advice: see Infernal Affairs, the movie on which it is based. It is about 30 minutes shorter and the ending is waaaaay better.

(dis)Honorable Mentions

Transformers – 7.4 IMDB – Michael Bay raped my childhood.

Donnie Darko – 8.3 IMDB (#124 all time) – This movie came out nine years ago, and to this day no one has ever been able to explain it to me in a way that makes sense.

Kevin H. MacLean currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where he enjoys people watching, writing, and dominating all comers in four-square. You can keep tabs on him at his blog http://ratedwrong.com/.

  • http://www.filmschoolrejects.com Doc Brown

    You’re spot on with The Departed, The Dark Knight, Episode III and most of the others. I’m afraid you’re dead wrong on Fight Club (maybe it shouldn’t be 18th, but the film is completely awesome on every level) and District 9. D9 was one of my favorite movies of the year. I find it hard to believe you didn’t find any social commentary in this, considering it’s so blatant it’s almost off-putting. The character of Wikus is complex and has a strange, unconventional arc through the movie. He’s not a good person for most of the film and his journey is almost heart breaking, but not because you feel for him. The humans are the least human element of the story.

    Fight Club and D9 are brilliant flicks and aren’t over-rated. Everything on the list I’ll let pass.
    .-= Doc Brown´s last blog ..Avatar Opens to $73 Million =-.

  • Derek

    Yeah fight Club really is overrated. Sure Brad Pitt gives me a hard on too but Fight Club’s name alone makes people roll back their eyes and have a religious experience, what was so great about it? It was an average movie. Just because it tries to be edgy, grimy and ends with the destruction of some credit company buildings (which is the wet dream of every quasi-almost-diet contemporary communist thinker [not communist in a bad way but I'm sure you've given thought to communist ideals]) doesn’t make it a ‘movie that makes you think’ a ‘thinking mans movie’ or a movie that people who aren’t as brilliant as you (you probably consider that everybody except Obama) just ‘wouldn’t get’. Oh and since I’m clearly a hater go fuck yourself Doc Brown, I hope all the bad things in life happen to you and only you.

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  • Kevin

    Doc Brown,

    Yeah, I seem to be in the extreme minority when it comes to D-9. But even in your defense of it I don’t see what about is so great. Yeah, I got the social commentary, I could’ve been in a coma and gotten it (just for the record, a movie having social commentary doesn’t make it good). The same thing with “Crash” it had commentary that was so simplistic you couldn’t miss it and everyone thought “Wow this is so profound” just because the commentary was “loud”.

    (Spoilers)
    I hated the character Wickus. Specifically for the reason of when he hits the alien with the stick. He has spent the whole movie up until this point learning first hand how shitty the aliens have things and becoming a part of their plight and then what does he do? Complete negates everything the audience thinks he’s learned. He’s still that selfish little pussy at the beginning of the film only now he feels sorry for himself. And then he just changes his mind for NO REASON 15 minutes later and saves the alien. Why? What did the alien do to change his mind? Don’t try and tell me that he had just had enough of the torture, by this point in the movie he had been abused so bad by everyone and killed so many people he flew off the edge long ago.

    Also it has pointless gratuitous violence. Obviously the dozens of exploding people (fine show it a few times so we are “wow’d” and understand the weapons but 20 times!?). And the scene where they are torturing him to get him to use the weapons against fruit, why? If you just ask him to I see no reason why he wouldn’t, and if he refuses threaten him with the cattle prod, one shock would be more than enough to get him to jump through hoops.

  • Derek

    Kevin, don’t forget the movies trying to use Crash’s formula of interrelated stories that aren’t really that well related (see deus ex machina) and of course… that… tv show..

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  • http://www.happypandatoys.com Squidink

    So I disagree with some of what you’ve said, but agree with most. Here are the two things I had an issue with: ’300′, and Jason Statham.
    I am so tired of people complaining that ’300′ was historically and factually inaccurate! It is a movie, based on a comic book, that was inspired by another movie. Why on earth would anyone expect historical accuracy from a movie based on a comic book? It’s like complaining that ‘V for Vendetta’ was historically or factually inaccurate, just because it was inspired by real events.
    Now on to Jason Statham. I realize this was a very minor point in the whole article but for some reason it really bugs me. I am a Jason Statham fan, and yes ‘Snatch’ does portray his talents, but to say that it was “probably his best role before ‘The Bank Job’”? I completely disagree, what about ‘Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’? Also, I didn’t think his performance in The Bank Job is all that spectacular. If you want to see Jason Statham at his best I suggest Revolver, or London.

  • Spade

    Fight Club – Chuck Palaniuk generally writes dark comedies that often get confused for gritty manifestos. While Fight Club might be interpreted as a large social commentary to make you sit down and think about our dependence on cheap Swedish furniture, you are really just meant to laugh at it. The author’s real problem doesn’t seem to be with the movie but with how people perceive the movie.

    300 – So I guess the author didn’t noticed the “based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller” bit in the opening credits or in the commercials on tv. The movie tries to capture the feel and even sometimes recreates specific panels from the graphic novel/comic book. So, complaining that the movie which is based on a graphic novel, isn’t historically accurate is pretty dumb.

    Episode III – The first Star Wars prequel was by far the worst. Episode II did suck but not as bad as Episode I. I do agree that most people thought Episode III was a good movie by comparison to the 2 that came before it.

    I agree 100% on what was said about Megan Fox and the Dark Knight. Megan Fox is hot but marginally talented and the Dark Knight was a terrible plot hole ridden story with an amazing performance by the late Heath Ledger.

  • bob

    you’re an idiot.

  • Ryan

    Some good points…

    However, in The Departed, unless I’m not remembering correctly, those processors weren’t fake. They were the ones stolen (by Miles Kenefic) they are talking about in Damon’s first meeting after his first promotion

  • Kevin

    That’s true Ryan,

    But, later in the film someone (I think it is Baldwin) comments on how they stopped the Chinese in California only to find that the processors were phonies. So it is possible that Nicholson’s crew simply kept the stolen ones. If I remember right.

  • http://www.rosssimmonds.com Ross

    Ahh man! Come on, how ya gonna knock Boondock Saints?! That my friend is a movie that was definitely not overrated… If I could add any “Cool movie” to this list it would have to be Johnny Depps attempt at being a modern day scarface..

  • http://www.gamesofawesome.com/play/KnightElite.php Knight Elite

    I am going to agree with you on some of these movies, but there are a few that I have to disagree with you on as well. For example, lets take 300. I realize that the historical acuracy is not there but I just hate it when people base movie ratings and/or opinions of movies on something like this. If you want something historically acurate the History channell and Discovery channel are always waiting for you at home. And I don’t really see them acting like they are better than everyone else except in the fact that they have a plan that they know and having other people there will not only provide no help , but it will also hinder what they are trying to accomplish. Which is to protect all of Greece from a tyrant.

    Just my 2 cents

  • david wolfe

    i agree with Spade. Fight Club isn’t overrated. The misperception is. as for Dark knight, it should’ve been called The Joker. was fun reading the list though

  • StephenR

    Fight Club is possibly the most overrated movie of all-time. I was so completely bored watching it that it took me two attempts just to get through it. Combine your typical cheesy Hollywood actors (come on, Brad Pitt? Seriously?!) with a horridly stale premise (it was all in his mind… ooh, how original) and you have the recipe for a downright pathetic movie.

    As someone else mentioned, I’ve never known any ACTUAL people who like this movie. I think all of the fans must be kids, or at least were when it came out.

  • bruce

    I agree on every point, except with the movie 300. You weren’t supposed to feel bummed about them dying. You were never supposed to feel bummed at a single point of the moment. Only wowed at the action, and maybe a little warrior’s pride that they went down fighting. That’s it. I’m not sure how you can think badly about a true story. Like, there no director for life and what REALLY HAPPENED IN HISTORY. 300 died fighting. Shit happens all the time. You feel sorry if 300 of your own countrymen die in a war today. You don’t feel sorry when you hear a historical story you’ve heard before about 300 men that went looking to fight that died fighting.
    Common sense, bud.

  • Kieron McGeady

    Excellent list.Except for The Dark Knight,the list is pretty much spot-on especially with Requiem and Fight Club.Snatch was painful to watch as well.The Departed is good but also overrated.

  • HP

    who overrates snatch? its a good movie i never heard anybody say “this is one of my top 5 favorite movies” or something like that most people dont even know about it. And let me help you with this list a bit. You should take off 300, Snatch, The Departed, District 9, Boondock Saints and fight club and add primer, avatar, the titanic, and last but not least donnie darko. The rest is spot on batman isn’t bad it just fucks up the whole comic book story and goes a completely different route but as a movie if you dont care about the comics or cartoon it’s great. Chariots of fire, the hurt locker, and dances with wolves are ten times more overrated than any of these. Seems like you said to yourself “i hate these movies and hate that anybody likes them”