Incredibly Overrated

There's nothing like hearing great things about a movie, finally getting your hands on a copy, rushing home to watch it, only to be amazed that you just viewed a piece of garbage that somehow connected with people.
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1.
Magnolia (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. (188 mins.)
“ This starts out with a song playing over the dialogue of several characters that we assume are important to the story. So that's just annoying. And then the film seems to take off only to have an ending so retarded, that the director has to explain in writing to the viewer that what just happened, did just happen. ” - Oakling
 
2.
Fargo (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ I guess one reason people like this is because they believe it's a true story. But it's not a true story so it's honest yet un-climactic ending completely dulls it down. ” - Oakling
 
3.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. (110 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ The key to liking this one is to enjoy some weird pedophiliac love story between an assassin and an orphan. So if you miss that melodrama, all you'll see is a second rate action thriller in that it's over very quickly. ” - Oakling
 
4.
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer. (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ An over-the-top, nausea inducing crapfest, disguised as a realistic thriller. Seriously, he survived a bomb blast? Realistic my ass! You couldn't tell what the hell was going on half the time because the cameraman had arthritis. Couldn't Bourne have died when he was rightfully owned by the bomb guy? Why can't multiple characters be heroes? It's always one invincible dude. ” - Oakling
 
5.
Rocky (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
“ Rocky is a wasted guy. He walks around mumbling to himself and to others. Out of the blue he gets a big break. And there's one fight at the end. So not deserving of Best Picture. ” - Oakling
 
6.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The planet from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Back in the day this may have been groundbreaking, but today it just has the final fight going for it. Other than that just a regular action movie. Plus it seems as though the writers thought that a hundred years from now, whites would still be the majority, and jokes on illegal immigration are funny on a ship deep in space. ” - Oakling
 
7.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Talk about symbolism. That's all this film ends up being. It has two hours of completely stifling interiors with an ending so un-engaging you're surprised you're not asleep. ” - Oakling
 
8.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world. (115 mins.)
“ What an alien! Not really. Just boring. Just lame. Just...yeah. I must have seen this over three times as a kid and it always fell short of good. The only good part is the bike scene. ” - Oakling
 
9.
Raging Bull (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ A good example of how great direction, acting etc..., can be destroyed with bad characters. While Scorsese's gangsters are made all the more likable by their bad behavior, I couldn't give two *beep* about Jake la Motta's senseless aggression. What's even more insulting is that the ending (SPOILERS) .........makes it seem that la Motta is repentant. Well to me you should do more than quote a movie to yourself in front of a mirror to make up for a life of hateful paranoia. ” - Oakling
 
10.
(1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
“ Why does Fellini want you to feel like your on acid during his movies? This film might have a point but it's just so unbearable to look at. ” - Oakling
 
11.
Gladiator (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Probably the one few people will agree with, but I was very disappointed with this film. This seems to be the film that popularized the use of quick cuts from multiple angles in combat scenes. There is very little action here compared to Troy and LOTR and it's all a jumbled mess. ” - Oakling
 
12.
Vertigo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ Just dumb. Some great ideas in here, but quite an emotionless story unless you can understand complete infatuation with a woman who is fake. ” - Oakling
 
13.
Rashomon (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ What is the conclusion to this story? That eyewitnesses can't be trusted? Man, this story was just beyond pointless. And that woman gets the award for being More Annoying Than Shia Lebeof. ” - Oakling
 
14.
Snatch (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Brad's pitiful accent whether accurate or not was very distracting. It seemed as though all of the stories and their characters overlapped in completely random fashion. Nothing here worth seeing that isn't done better in 'Lock, Stock' or 'Pulp Fiction.' ” - Oakling
 
15.
Let the Right One In (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ What the hell was this? It seemed like I got psycho kid, and twelve year old snatch, mixed in with some snow. ” - Oakling
 
16.
The Prestige (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion. (130 mins.)
“ Another film that engages the viewer only to have a completely ridiculous twist that a twelve-year-old could have thought up. ” - Oakling
 
17.
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life. (229 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ I don't know how this gets so much acclaim. Other than good actors and historically accurate settings, this film drags on to the point of bafflement. It seemed as though whatever was driving the characters in one scene completely changed in the next.
--Noodles decides to drive his car into the water right after running from a mob hit. Later he decides to rape a woman in a moving car even though he didn't even try to bang her at the beach. Joe Pesci's character was completely useless. And halfway through the film, Max goes ape *beep* over the dumbest stuff. ” - Oakling
 
18.
The Hangover (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding. (100 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
“ "There's a tiger in the bathroom." Is that really funny? NO. ” - Oakling
 
19.
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it. (141 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Very little happens in the way of war in this film. Most of this film has the Japs sitting around in their trenches talking about the meaning of life and such. It's good to an extent but you have to move on at some point. Not to mention, for a film involving two excellent filmmakers, the choice of digital effects in this film was mind-boggling. Films from the forties look more realistic than several shots from this movie. ” - Oakling
 
20.
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a alter-ego devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more... (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Another film dedicated to the bad ending. It would have been fine if they just kept it relatively sane, but this movie really blows the lid off of believability. ” - Oakling
 
21.
Batman Begins (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it. (140 mins.)
“ I liked this movie, but it shouldn't be on the Top 250. First off it has some really cheesy dialogue.- "At least tell me what it looks like....Never mind." Ugh.
Then there's the fight scenes. Extreme close-ups and quick editing. This film was shot like a horror film where we don't know how the attacker gets us or what he looks like. Except here we do. Just random un-choreographed action. ” - Oakling
 
22.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Epic story of a mysterious stranger with a harmonica who joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (175 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too drawn out. I agree that most films are too quick and lack suspense, but this one was too slow and lacked sense. haha ” - Oakling
 
23.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that. (103 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ Just a movie about nothing. It tries to make skipping school, a very enjoyable activity, into an entertaining film. So with a good premise we end up with some dancing in a parade and a perfectly nice car destroyed. ” - Oakling
 
24.
Cast Away (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island. (143 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Here's what they should've done with this. Tom Hanks' and his wife are strict Catholics who believe divorce and remarriage is a grave sin. Hanks gets stranded on an island and his wife assumes him dead so she thinks it's okay to remarry, and does. Hanks returns after four years to find his wife. What happens? ” - Oakling
 
25.
Hoosiers (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship. (114 mins.)
Director: David Anspaugh
“ Videos of my grade school basketball games are more entertaining than this. Yet I remember hearing how this was the greatest sports film ever made. I finally got watch it, only to be pissed that I just wasted two hours. ” - Oakling