5 Most Overrated Movies of 2013

A presidential butler, a bunch of pirates, and a University devoted to scaring kids are among this year's most over-praised movies. Find out what else made the cut.
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5 Most Overrated Movies of 2013

For the past two years, I've been breaking down my Top 10 movies, Most Underrated Movies and Most Overrated Movies all in one piece. This year, we've decided to switch things up a bit and separate each category for a trifecta of year-end lists, starting with my picks for Most Overrated Movies of 2013. Last year, I saw just under 150 movies, and I was determined to surpass that mark in 2013, which I did. CLICK HERE for the full list of movies I've seen this year, although there will be a handful more that I plan on seeing before compiling my Top 10 list in the coming days. For me, spouting off the bad movies that almost everyone knows are bad, isn't interesting. However, there are always a handful of films that get showered with critical praise that I just can't comprehend or agree with. I'll finish with my Honorable Mention, a film that I did ultimately enjoy, but not nearly as much as a vast majority of my colleagues. But first, here are five movies I was severely let down by in 2013.

1Monsters University - 78% on Rotten Tomatoes

Monsters University

As much as I loved Monsters Inc., the decision to follow that up by showing us Mike and Sully's friendship origin story in Monsters University is somewhat baffling to me. As I mentioned in my review, I did enjoy this prequel, but I still have no idea why they would go this route when there is such fertile storytelling ground left to sow after Monsters Inc., when Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) realize that kids aren't as "dangerous" as they once thought. But no, they go back to these monsters' college days to show how they became Monsters Inc.'s top scarers and BFFs, through a highly convoluted story that takes several unnecessary steps. Sadly, Monsters Inc. confirms what Cars 2 and Brave hinted at: That Pixar's best days may be completely behind them.

That wraps it up for my most Overrated Movies of 2013. Stay tuned later this week for my Most Underrated Movies and Top 10 Movies of 2013. If you agree or disagree with my picks, let your voice be heard by hitting me up on Twitter (@GallagherMW).

Sources: Brian Gallagher

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  • Andrew-Kotwicki • 2 years ago

    Your unfamiliarity with Wong Kar Wai (and the Weinstein's tampering with running time) probably cemented your choice with "The Grandmaster" as one of the top 5 overrated films of the year. I haven't seen it yet but it behooves you to see "Chungking Express", "In the Mood for Love", "Fallen Angels", "2046". His films tend to ruminate on people falling in and out of love, so for him to make a martial arts film like "The Grandmaster" seemed like a departure for him, but then again, when you reach the apex of your career with "2046", and you take a 6 year hiatus, I suppose it's time to reinvent yourself.

    So, why isn't "Gravity" on this list?

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    • JPJullien • 2 years ago

      I do agree with some of your picks, but MUST agree with thedude re Gravity. Without having read anything about it I put it on and actually turned the movie off after Clooney's tether release scene. It was one of the STUPIDEST things I've seen on film in years. Was the movie beautifully shot and gripping up til that point? Absolutely!

      But depicting them completely stopped, in SPACE, there was absolutely no reason for Clooney to drift away. It was only after turning the movie off that I googled it to discover astrophysicists had the same issue as me.

      I saw one posting that suggested a perfectly logical way to fix the problem (the cable that catches them slips off leaving them floating and to save her, Clooney pushes off, thus pushing her to the ISS and him into space) that would've saved arguably the MOST POINTLESS death in cinematic history!

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      • undeadslayer4 • 2 years ago

        @gallagher u forgot IM3 that was overated

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        • thedude-abides • 2 years ago

          This is why I pay no nevermind to RT ratings. I find basing an "overrated/underrated" list on awards recognition (the number of nominations/wins) makes for a more accurate opinion. It just depends on what the criteria is.

          That said, I think The Butler and Captain Phillips were recieved fairly. 94% for the latter is a bit high, but neither film is probably going to win anything, and The Butler looks like it may be the odd film out in a number of categories once Oscar nominations are finally announced.

          If I were to make a list of the most overrated films of 2013, Nebraska, Gravity, and possibly August: Osage County (depending) would be near the top (again, purely based on awards recognition juxtaposed to its actual level of quality). Mud, Only God Forgives, and Stoker would probably top my list of most underrated.

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          • gallagher • 2 years ago

            My criteria for this list was based on a movie's critical reception, i.e. it's Rotten Tomatoes score. So, if a movie was well-received (over 60% on RT) and I didn't care for it, I consider that "overrated." @mr-k - I didn't see both Frozen or Planes, so that's the main reason those aren't on the list. @2movieguys - I don't see how Only God Forgives, Oblivion, Man of Steel or Oz: the Great and Powerful could be considered "overrated," since they were all below 60% on Rotten Tomatoes. Also, Gravity is not on this list since it's one of my favorite movies of the year:)

            I appreciate all of your thoughts on the article. Perhaps I may have to rethink how I approach this list next year. My Underrated list and Top 10 will be going up soon. Looking forward to your thoughts on those pieces. Happy Holidays!

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            • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 2 years ago

              @mr-k -- Agreed. 'Frozen' freakin' sucked.

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              • mr-k • 2 years ago

                I'm sorry but Monster University overrated? Really? Rather than FROZEN and Planes, which those movies got a lot of critical acclaim for some reason.

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                • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 2 years ago

                  No offense, but do you even know what overrated is, Brian? Besides Captain Philips, no one makes mention of any of these movies. At least, in a high regard.

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                  • 2movieguys • 2 years ago

                    ..also overrated: "Only God Forgives"...and "Oblivion" (Sorry Tom!)..."Man of Steel"..."Oz: The Great and Powerful".

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                    • 2movieguys • 2 years ago

                      "Monsters University" got boring after the 1st 3o minutes .My Rating: C- ..Thank G-D I rented it....we didn't need a origin story Pixar!.

                      "World War Z" was just a joke (thank G-D someone else paid for it when I saw it in theater)...the book was better ...the movie had so many plot holes...and the acting stunk...."World War Z" needs a Razzie Award for "Worst Picture" and "Worst actress" Mireille Enos !

                      "Elysium" was another film I'm glad I skipped in theater...just saw it on VOD......very ....strange...very ...I 'don't know what word to use...but ....left me scratching my head at points...my rating: C-

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                      • Dragon1991 • 2 years ago

                        How was Elysium an overrated film for this year? The movie didn't even passed its production cost in the US.

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                        • thedude1 • 2 years ago

                          Gravity should be on this list for sure.

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                          • dess • 2 years ago

                            @c-a-r-t-m-a-n lol, so angry. I agree with Tug, horrible movie.

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                            • c-a-r-t-m-a-n • 2 years ago

                              @tug417 r u a retard? Gravity is one of the best movies of 2013

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                              • themoviefanatic • 2 years ago

                                The list above seems about right.

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                                • Celestialforthcoming • 2 years ago

                                  @replicant nice lol, @Tug .... no

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                                  • CoreyB • 2 years ago

                                    @tug417 nah hahaha wrong

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                                    • shuabert • 2 years ago

                                      World War Z is one of my favourite movies of the year, a surprisingly well-done film.

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                                      • tug417 • 2 years ago

                                        Gravity was the most overrated movie of the year, period.

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                                        • oxxford699 • 2 years ago

                                          Agree, Agree, and Agree. All the movies listed above were great except The GrandMaster (for me take or leave).

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