7 Most Overrated Movies Ever
James Bond, Inception among them
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 26, 2014 9:33 AM CDT
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)

(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.

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Nathan_123
May 7, 2014 9:23 PM CDT
Hard to disagree with this list. Skyfall isn't even in top ten of Bonds in my view.
Rodzilla
May 6, 2014 11:35 PM CDT
What makes some random doofus at a website such an expert on what we should watch? I think the 007 movies have to be taken with a bit of common sense, that these are not documentaries. They are simply testosterone driven action, what every man likes to watch. I'll be in the audience for every conceivable Bond film release, in the near future, and Mr. Cantor can just stick to his Disney cartoons.
Jud3n25
May 6, 2014 9:23 AM CDT
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