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The most overrated movies by critics and audiences

  • Universal
    1/ Universal

    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.

     

  • Benderspink
    2/ 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

  • New Line Cinema
    3/ 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

  • Summit Entertainment
    4/ 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

  • Twentieth Century Fox
    5/ 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

  • Touchstone Pictures
    6/ 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

  • Columbia Pictures
    7/ 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

  • Universal Pictures
    8/ 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

  • Constantin Film
    9/ 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

  • Paramount Pictures
    10/ 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

  • Warner Bros.
    11/ 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

  • Screen Gems
    12/ 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

  • Figment Films
    13/ 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

  • Genre Films
    14/ 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

  • Paramount Pictures
    15/ 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

  • Columbia Pictures
    16/ 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

  • The G-BASE
    17/ 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

  • New Line Cinema
    18/ 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

  • EuropaCorp
    19/ 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

  • Columbia Pictures
    20/ 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

  • Chockstone Pictures
    21/ 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

  • Columbia Pictures
    22/ 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

  • Screen Gems
    23/ 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

  • Columbia Pictures
    24/ 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

  • New Line Cinema
    25/ 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

  • Franchise Pictures
    26/ 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

  • TriStar Pictures
    27/ 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

  • A24
    28/ 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

  • Lionsgate
    29/ 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

  • Eon Productions
    30/ 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

  • Universal Pictures
    31/ 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

  • Warner Bros.
    32/ 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

  • Focus Features
    33/ 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

  • Parts and Labor
    34/ 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

  • Haxan Films
    35/ 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

  • American Entertainment Partners II L.P.
    36/ 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

  • Walt Disney Productions
    37/ 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

  • PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
    38/ 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

  • Twentieth Century Fox
    39/ 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

  • New Line Cinema
    40/ 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

  • Universal Pictures
    41/ 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

  • Walt Disney Productions
    42/ 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

  • Moho Film
    43/ 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

  • Walt Disney Productions
    44/ 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

  • Universal Pictures
    45/ 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

  • Casual Friday Productions
    46/ 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

  • Aardman Animations
    47/ 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

  • Northern Light Films
    48/ 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

  • Universal Pictures
    49/ 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

  • Screen Australia
    50/ 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

  • DreamWorks
    51/ 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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