10 Movies Revered as Masterpieces That Are Honestly Severely Overrated

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The criteria for a movie to be a masterpiece are an excellent plot, great cinematography, outstanding acting performances, and an entertaining viewing experience.

A fabulous movie score is a massive plus. Recently, several people took to a popular online forum, calling out alleged masterpieces as immensely overrated. Do you agree?

1. Avatar (2009)

One user suggested, “Sure, this movie did almost ten times its budget, but it’s not a masterpiece. It was, at best, a tech demo for 3D cinematography.”

The CGI was spectacular, but that is the most significant selling point. The second movie in the Avatar series had such excellent marketing that it blew up the original after its release.

2. Almost Every Marvel Movie

Many stated that Marvel movies might be fun to watch, but that’s all they are. And it’s okay. These big-budget blockbusters are made primarily for entertainment. They do that well. Entertain you.

One added, “You can’t say this in front of fans, and there are millions of them.” Nonetheless, people agreed that the plot is usually the same. A supervillain wants to end humanity, and the hero must learn to control their powers to defeat them. “That’s it.”

3. La La Land (2016)

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star in this film as lovers drawn to each other by their shared musical desires. The problem? Several suggested, “It’s kind of boring.”

Viewers added that the songs are mostly forgettable, the story is meh, and nobody gets their love. However, the film received 14 nominations at the 89th Academy Awards. The film took home six, including Best Director.

4. Wonder Woman (2017)

Many stated that Wonder Woman was the one movie that would revive the DC Universe. Still, according to Reddit, if you overlook the cinematics, there’s little depth to the story or the characters.

One added, “Feminists everywhere applauded the film, which is excellent. However, a movie must excel in everything to be a masterpiece.”

Finally, others concluded that it isn’t much better than other superhero movies with a powerful villain and a hero who defeats them after getting beat up for a while.

5. The Shape of Water (2017)

Guillermo Del Toro won several awards for his fantasy romance, including the Best Director Academy Award. It was a massive win for Toro, but according to Redditors, the movie was only okay. “It wasn’t spectacular by any means.

Toro has made other movies that are much better than The Shape of Water, and winning a bunch of awards for this one makes me question their worth and credibility. In short, the visuals were terrific, but the story was mediocre.”

6. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Someone volunteered, “Saving Private Ryan lost to Shakespeare in Love for Best Picture at the Oscars, and that is a tragedy. But, on the other hand, the former can be called a masterpiece.

They made more than $100 million at the box office with this film showing a young Shakespeare who meets his ideal woman when he is all poor and out of ideas. Another added, “It’s a romantic comedy. Maybe, slightly better than other rom-coms, but not great.”

7. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Truman Capote’s novel, on which the movie is based, is great, but viewers say the film misses the point and is overrated. One user implied that you might be able to appreciate it a little bit if you are very knowledgeable about the era it’s representing. Still, the younger audience would primarily not know what’s going on.

8. San Andreas (2015)

One shared that the movie San Andreas was what The Rock was born to make. The perfect action flick. “It made a lot of money at the box office, but nobody remembers it now. Why? Because it isn’t rewatchable.”

9. Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp was voted an overrated film. One shared, “It made more than a billion dollars worldwide, but nobody remembers it now. The fascination was short-lived.”

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10. Elf (2003)

Finally, many in the thread agreed that Elf is highly overrated as THE ultimate Christmas movie. However, it does not live up to its name. It’s not a waste of time, but the hype is not justified. “You can watch it for a fun performance by Will Ferrell, but that’s about it. Not a masterpiece,” a final user commented.

What do you think? Did Reddit get this right, or is your favorite film on this overrated list? This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Boss Level Gamer.


Written by Elizabeth Ervin

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