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The most overrated movies by critics and audiences

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The most overrated movies by critics and audiences

Not to be confused with the overhyped movie—where expectations far outweigh the actual quality—the overrated movie is one that prompts a conspicuous divide in opinion between the experts and enthusiasts. However, don’t take that to mean the so-called experts get it right more than not. Indeed, for every critically acclaimed film that failed to enrapture an audience, there’s likewise a compelling box office smash that did absolutely nothing for the critics.

It’s therefore no wonder that determining the most overrated movies of all time is no easy task. What to a hardcore fanboy is a thrilling action sequence might be formulaic drivel over at The New Yorker. On the flip side, what a professional reviewer calls “eloquent drama” might be nothing but a pure snoozefest for the typical moviegoer. Which side does one choose when trying to figure out if a film is overrated?

When putting together our list, Stacker decided to take a look at both sides. First, we broke out the 25 movies where critics (as demonstrated by the Tomatometer) gave the film much higher marks than the audience. After that, we flipped the script, compiling 25 movies where it was the audience (as demonstrated by IMDB) rating the film noticeably higher than the critics. Which list is more accurate? Well, that’s for you to decide.

 

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Benderspink

#25 most overrated by audience: The Butterfly Effect

Year released: 2004

IMDb Audience Score: 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 33%
Disparity: +44 points higher by audience

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New Line Cinema

#24 most overrated by audience: Rush Hour 3

Year released: 2007

IMDb Audience Score: 6.2
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 18%
Disparity: +44 points higher by audience

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Summit Entertainment

#23 most overrated by audience: Remember Me

Year released: 2010

IMDb Audience Score: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 27%
Disparity: +45 points higher by audience

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Twentieth Century Fox

#22 most overrated by audience: Jumper

Year released: 2008

IMDb Audience Score: 6.1
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 16%
Disparity: +45 points higher by audience

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Touchstone Pictures

#21 most overrated by audience: Wild Hogs

Year released: 2007

IMDb Audience Score: 5.9
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 14%
Disparity: +45 points higher by audience

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Columbia Pictures

#20 most overrated by audience: Just Go with It

Year released: 2011

IMDb Audience Score: 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 18%
Disparity: +46 points higher by audience

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Universal Pictures

#19 most overrated by audience: I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

Year released: 2007

IMDb Audience Score: 6.0
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 14%
Disparity: +46 points higher by audience

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Constantin Film

#18 most overrated by audience: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Year released: 2013

IMDb Audience Score: 5.9
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 13%
Disparity: +46 points higher by audience

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Paramount Pictures

#17 most overrated by audience: AEon Flux

Year released: 2005

IMDb Audience Score: 5.5
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 9%
Disparity: +46 points higher by audience

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Warner Bros.

#16 most overrated by audience: A Walk to Remember

Year released: 2002

IMDb Audience Score: 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 27%
Disparity: +47 points higher by audience

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Screen Gems

#15 most overrated by audience: The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Year released: 2005

IMDb Audience Score: 6.7
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 20%
Disparity: +47 points higher by audience

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Figment Films

#14 most overrated by audience: The Beach

Year released: 2000

IMDb Audience Score: 6.6
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 19%
Disparity: +47 points higher by audience

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Genre Films

#13 most overrated by audience: Let's Be Cops

Year released: 2014

IMDb Audience Score: 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 18%
Disparity: +47 points higher by audience

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Paramount Pictures

#12 most overrated by audience: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Year released: 2013

IMDb Audience Score: 6.1
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 14%
Disparity: +47 points higher by audience

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Columbia Pictures

#11 most overrated by audience: Grown Ups 2

Year released: 2013

IMDb Audience Score: 5.4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 7%
Disparity: +47 points higher by audience

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The G-BASE

#10 most overrated by audience: Law Abiding Citizen

Year released: 2009

IMDb Audience Score: 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 26%
Disparity: +48 points higher by audience

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New Line Cinema

#9 most overrated by audience: John Q

Year released: 2002

IMDb Audience Score: 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 23%
Disparity: +48 points higher by audience

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EuropaCorp

#8 most overrated by audience: Taken 3

Year released: 2014

IMDb Audience Score: 6.0
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 12%
Disparity: +48 points higher by audience

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Columbia Pictures

#7 most overrated by audience: Grown Ups

Year released: 2010

IMDb Audience Score: 6.0
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 10%
Disparity: +50 points higher by audience

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Chockstone Pictures

#6 most overrated by audience: The Host

Year released: 2013

IMDb Audience Score: 5.9
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 9%
Disparity: +50 points higher by audience

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Columbia Pictures

#5 most overrated by audience: Seven Pounds

Year released: 2008

IMDb Audience Score: 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 26%
Disparity: +51 points higher by audience

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Screen Gems

#4 most overrated by audience: Underworld: Evolution

Year released: 2006

IMDb Audience Score: 6.7
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 16%
Disparity: +51 points higher by audience

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Columbia Pictures

#3 most overrated by audience: The Ugly Truth

Year released: 2009

IMDb Audience Score: 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 13%
Disparity: +52 points higher by audience

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New Line Cinema

#2 most overrated by audience: The Number 23

Year released: 2007

IMDb Audience Score: 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 8%
Disparity: +56 points higher by audience

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Franchise Pictures

#1 most overrated by audience: The Boondock Saints

Year released: 1999

IMDb Audience Score: 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 20%
Disparity: +59 points higher by audience

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TriStar Pictures

#25 most overrated by critics: Matilda

Year released: 1996

IMDb Audience Score: 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 90%
Disparity: +22 points higher by critics

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A24

#24 most overrated by critics: Moonlight

Year released: 2016

IMDb Audience Score: 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 98%
Disparity: +23 points higher by critics

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Lionsgate

#23 most overrated by critics: Mud

Year released: 2012

IMDb Audience Score: 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 97%
Disparity: +23 points higher by critics

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Eon Productions

#22 most overrated by critics: Dr. No

Year released: 1962

IMDb Audience Score: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 96%
Disparity: +23 points higher by critics

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Universal Pictures

#21 most overrated by critics: About a Boy

Year released: 2002

IMDb Audience Score: 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 94%
Disparity: +23 points higher by critics

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Warner Bros.

#20 most overrated by critics: Three Kings

Year released: 1999

IMDb Audience Score: 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 94%
Disparity: +23 points higher by critics

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Focus Features

#19 most overrated by critics: The Kids Are All Right

Year released: 2010

IMDb Audience Score: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 93%
Disparity: +23 points higher by critics

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Parts and Labor

#18 most overrated by critics: The Witch

Year released: 2015

IMDb Audience Score: 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 91%
Disparity: +23 points higher by critics

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Haxan Films

#17 most overrated by critics: The Blair Witch Project

Year released: 1999

IMDb Audience Score: 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 87%
Disparity: +23 points higher by critics

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American Entertainment Partners II L.P.

#16 most overrated by critics: Big

Year released: 1988

IMDb Audience Score: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 97%
Disparity: +24 points higher by critics

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Walt Disney Productions

#15 most overrated by critics: Cinderella

Year released: 1950

IMDb Audience Score: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 97%
Disparity: +24 points higher by critics

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PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

#14 most overrated by critics: Four Weddings and a Funeral

Year released: 1994

IMDb Audience Score: 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 95%
Disparity: +24 points higher by critics

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Twentieth Century Fox

#13 most overrated by critics: Spy

Year released: 2015

IMDb Audience Score: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 94%
Disparity: +24 points higher by critics

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New Line Cinema

#12 most overrated by critics: Hairspray

Year released: 2007

IMDb Audience Score: 6.7
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 91%
Disparity: +24 points higher by critics

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Universal Pictures

#11 most overrated by critics: Trainwreck

Year released: 2015

IMDb Audience Score: 6.2
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 86%
Disparity: +24 points higher by critics

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Walt Disney Productions

#10 most overrated by critics: Pinocchio

Year released: 1940

IMDb Audience Score: 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 100%
Disparity: +25 points higher by critics

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Moho Film

#9 most overrated by critics: Snowpiercer

Year released: 2013

IMDb Audience Score: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 95%
Disparity: +25 points higher by critics

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Walt Disney Productions

#8 most overrated by critics: 101 Dalmatians

Year released: 1961

IMDb Audience Score: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 98%
Disparity: +26 points higher by critics

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Universal Pictures

#7 most overrated by critics: Drag Me to Hell

Year released: 2009

IMDb Audience Score: 6.6
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 92%
Disparity: +26 points higher by critics

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Casual Friday Productions

#6 most overrated by critics: Freaky Friday

Year released: 2003

IMDb Audience Score: 6.2
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 88%
Disparity: +26 points higher by critics

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Aardman Animations

#5 most overrated by critics: Chicken Run

Year released: 2000

IMDb Audience Score: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 97%
Disparity: +27 points higher by critics

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Northern Light Films

#4 most overrated by critics: It Follows

Year released: 2014

IMDb Audience Score: 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 97%
Disparity: +28 points higher by critics

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Universal Pictures

#3 most overrated by critics: Babe

Year released: 1995

IMDb Audience Score: 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 97%
Disparity: +29 points higher by critics

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Screen Australia

#2 most overrated by critics: The Babadook

Year released: 2014

IMDb Audience Score: 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 98%
Disparity: +30 points higher by critics

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DreamWorks

#1 most overrated by critics: Antz

Year released: 1998

IMDb Audience Score: 6.6
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Tomatometer: 96%
Disparity: +30 points higher by critics

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