7 Most Overrated Movies Ever

James Bond, Inception among them

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 26, 2014 9:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Looking for something to watch this weekend? You've probably heard great things about the following films, but don't believe the hype, Tim Robey writes in the Telegraph. He lists the 10 most overrated films:

  1. Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes, is hardly the thriller it was made out to be. Instead, the James Bond movie is "a fraught salvage job," Robey writes. "It’s nowhere near as sure of itself, or sure where Bond should be going this decade, as evangelists on its release liked to think."
  2. Network, directed by Sidney Lumet, is a "self-righteous screed against TV as an institution, dripping with contempt for the braindead masses who watch it."
  3. Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan, offers no real sense of what dreaming is like—and it forfeits external logic for internal.

  1. Amarcord, directed by Federico Fellini, shows more breasts than substance.
  2. Million Dollar Baby, directed by Clint Eastwood, "may even have improved, mellowed, a decade after Oscar glory," Robey notes. "But there’s something about it that still feels like emotional blackmail, or a fixed fight."
  3. Ikiru, directed by Akira Kurosawa, is called subtle—but that's only by Kurosawa standards. "Everything we’re meant to feel here is bluntly dictated by the script and delivered with unambiguous, button-pushing direction."
  4. Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle, is Boyle's "worst film," Robey contends. "The script is an idiotic confection with no characters of any plausibility or substance."
Click for Robey's full list, or check out 6 controversial films you'll probably never get to see.

This film image released by Columbia Pictures shows Daniel Craig as James Bond in the action-adventure film Skyfall.
This film image released by Columbia Pictures shows Daniel Craig as James Bond in the action-adventure film "Skyfall."   (AP Photo/Sony Pictures, Francois Duhamel, File)
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