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12.23.2016by: Alex Maidy

The UnPopular Opinion: Top 5 Most Overrated Movies of 2016

Well Schmoes, as 2016 draws to a close we reflect on a year of ups and downs at the movies, both critically and financially. There were some surprises in regards to which highly anticipated movies lived up to their trailers and marketing as well as some dark horses that came out of nowhere to really steal the show. But, if there is one thing for certain, there are always movies that are highly overrated and underrated by critics and fans alike. As the UnPopular Opinion Guy, I felt it was only fitting to issue my list of the movies I felt that the masses got wrong. Some of these may shock you and some may just piss you off, but these are my honest to goodness perspective of the movies of 2016. If you disagree with any of the choices, please voice your own opinion in the talkback below. After all, the only opinion that really matters is yours, I am just here to share mine.

Honorable Mentions

There have been a lot of movies that were released this year that everyone said were so good but just didn't work in the grand scheme of things. Steven Spielberg had the rare misfire with THE BFG. The buzzed about DON'T BREATHE was good but ultimately not a film that will be remembered until you stumble across it on cable. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN was a fun but very hollow western that had much more potential than what it delivered. JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK was an improvement over the first film but still a very vanilla exercise in Tom Cruise's self-promotion. Don't even get me started on SULLY (aka FLIGHT without the alcohol).

#5 - DEADPOOL

Yes, DEADPOOL was fun. It was also great seeing an R-rated superhero film for a character that deserved it. But, on repeated viewings, DEADPOOL just doesn't hold up. The budgetary restrictions become more and more visible every time I see it and the generic screenplay is essentially just a bunch of one-liners strung together. DEADPOOL as a character should break the mold and not fit inside it but with a lot more profanity and gore. There is a chance to make a really great movie about Wade Wilson now that the origin is out of the way, I just hope it isn't saddled with a cliche romantic plot.

#4 - THE CONJURING 2

James Wan blew me away with THE CONJURING. It was legitimately scary in a way few films have been in a long time. Clearly, a sequel was coming and compared to most horror sequels, THE CONJURING 2 is heads and tails better than the rest. But, that doesn't mean it is a worthy follow-up to the original. Mining the same scares as the first movie, THE CONJURING 2 suffers from an unnecessarily cumbersome subplot surrounding the investigations of Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga's characters. Forcing there to be some sort of supernatural war being waged makes this feel less like a movie and more like a building block for a cinematic universe. Making this film a standalone that happened to showcase the same leads would have worked so much better.

#3 - DOCTOR STRANGE

Everyone who bows to the altar of Marvel will be pissed that I am even saying this, but Marvel is just not doing it for me anymore. Yeah, I loved CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR but DOCTOR STRANGE just feels like more of the same. Marvel Studios has found a formula that works and when they break from that format, like with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, it can result in brilliance. But, DOCTOR STRANGE just feels like THOR and ANT-MAN and every other Marvel origin flick that has been released. The stakes never felt tangible despite the stellar special effects. This movie was a neutered take on the The Sorcerer Supreme that could have been so much more.

#2 - JASON BOURNE

Am I the only one who doesn't care for Paul Greengrass' shakycam? I was tired of it after the first BOURNE film he directed and since have not missed it. This movie feels like a very forced attempt to resurrect the franchise after Jeremy Renner's lackuster performance at the box office with THE BOURNE LEGACY, but that movie did a lot more for me than JASON BOURNE ever did. This movie felt like the most boring MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE film possible and without any of the personality Tom Cruise brings to the table. Matt Damon just looks so uninterested through the whole movie that I couldn't muster a single f*ck to give.

#1 - ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

I enjoyed ROGUE ONE more than all three of George Lucas' prequels, but having seen it multiple times, I just cannot get over the feeling that something is missing. Technically, it is very impressive. I had no issues with the CGI work done that most people are calling POLAR EXPRESS-esque. But, this movie is lacking the magic that makes STAR WARS what it is. I loved how it ties into the main franchise, but the countless crammed in cameos lessens the impact of the story being told. I wanted so badly to love this movie but I am instead left just liking it. Critics are lauding this film with some claiming it is better than THE FORCE AWAKENS. J.J. Abrams film had heart, ROGUE ONE does not.

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5:38AM on 05/22/2017

bourne isn't overrated.

This is probably the second dumbest list only behind the TheTopTens list (where they rated Batman v. Superman as the 2nd most overrated movie even tho many people think it's dogshit, bunch of retards voted on that TopTen list)
The most overrated movie is Zootopia, it's a fact.
This is probably the second dumbest list only behind the TheTopTens list (where they rated Batman v. Superman as the 2nd most overrated movie even tho many people think it's dogshit, bunch of retards voted on that TopTen list)
The most overrated movie is Zootopia, it's a fact.
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7:54PM on 12/26/2016
Methinks someone needs to look up the definitions of "over" and "under"-rated. Overrated to me would mean the movies that critics and bloggers claim as "instant classic", 5-star or award-worthy. And "La-La-Land" is the biggest shitfest that everyone claims they love for some reason (which is probably just to be hip); I got dragged to it on Friday and was bored out of my skull, as were most of the other guys in the less than 1/4 full theater. It stunk on ice. "Civil War", while fun and
Methinks someone needs to look up the definitions of "over" and "under"-rated. Overrated to me would mean the movies that critics and bloggers claim as "instant classic", 5-star or award-worthy. And "La-La-Land" is the biggest shitfest that everyone claims they love for some reason (which is probably just to be hip); I got dragged to it on Friday and was bored out of my skull, as were most of the other guys in the less than 1/4 full theater. It stunk on ice. "Civil War", while fun and entertaining, was not nearly as great as everyone says; "Dr. Strange" was better and "BvS" wasn't any worse. Granted, everything is a matter of taste and opinion, but before writing an article like this the author may want think about the tagline.
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10:24AM on 12/26/2016
Hmm, not sure if Jason Bourne is overrated but I was disappointed by it.
Hmm, not sure if Jason Bourne is overrated but I was disappointed by it.
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3:29PM on 12/24/2016

Bad list

First of all, let's repeat what some have already mentioned: Jason Bourne is viewed as a disappointment by pretty much everyone and should not be on any overrated list. A 56% score on RT should disqualify you automatically for that.

As for Rogue One vs TFA, please! TFA's "heart" was just nostalgia for the previous films. Having Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher on screen together again is not enough: you have to give them something better to do than just info-dumping what happened to them
First of all, let's repeat what some have already mentioned: Jason Bourne is viewed as a disappointment by pretty much everyone and should not be on any overrated list. A 56% score on RT should disqualify you automatically for that.

As for Rogue One vs TFA, please! TFA's "heart" was just nostalgia for the previous films. Having Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher on screen together again is not enough: you have to give them something better to do than just info-dumping what happened to them between episode VI and VII. By comparison, Rogue One's emotions felt more authentic: I truly felt the desperation the characters were feeling, and I found their sense of sacrifice much more moving than anything happening in TFA.
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4:47AM on 12/24/2016

I agree

I concur with this list, although as some has mentioned before, most say Bourne was just OK, not a must see. I didn't like Deadpool (too stupid), not a big fan of Dr. Strange (too cookie cutter) and you're spot on with Rogue One. I would add Finding Dory and Central Intelligence to that list. If I were to include TV, Luke Cage would also be there. (too boring)
I concur with this list, although as some has mentioned before, most say Bourne was just OK, not a must see. I didn't like Deadpool (too stupid), not a big fan of Dr. Strange (too cookie cutter) and you're spot on with Rogue One. I would add Finding Dory and Central Intelligence to that list. If I were to include TV, Luke Cage would also be there. (too boring)
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3:07AM on 12/24/2016
Doctor Strange was actually pretty good and had by far the best 3D effects I've seen in a very long time. Deadpool was fun but yeah maybe a little overrated. I can imagine the humour might start to grate with multiple viewings. I stopped watching the Bourne films in cinemas because of the excessive shakey-cam too, so agreed on that aspect also though I can't comment on the latest one. Actually really keen to see Don't Breathe at some point and, of course Rogue One which I'll probably catch
Doctor Strange was actually pretty good and had by far the best 3D effects I've seen in a very long time. Deadpool was fun but yeah maybe a little overrated. I can imagine the humour might start to grate with multiple viewings. I stopped watching the Bourne films in cinemas because of the excessive shakey-cam too, so agreed on that aspect also though I can't comment on the latest one. Actually really keen to see Don't Breathe at some point and, of course Rogue One which I'll probably catch after Christmas.
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2:36AM on 12/24/2016

Rogue One is incredible and Deadpool was groundbreaking...

This is a terrible list in my opinion. You can have your opinion, but this is just shitting on the best movies of 2016. Rogue One was the best Star Wars movie in 30 years, Deadpool redefined the super hero genre with a hard 'R' rating, and Doctor Strange is an amazing, cerebral movie. This writer probably also thinks 'Westworld' on HBO is overrated.
This is a terrible list in my opinion. You can have your opinion, but this is just shitting on the best movies of 2016. Rogue One was the best Star Wars movie in 30 years, Deadpool redefined the super hero genre with a hard 'R' rating, and Doctor Strange is an amazing, cerebral movie. This writer probably also thinks 'Westworld' on HBO is overrated.
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8:16PM on 12/23/2016
meh
meh
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7:10PM on 12/23/2016

Deadpool

Was just not nearly as good as I had hoped. Towards the end it got better but people talked about it as such a game changer... I think Kickass is a far better movie and "rated R".
Was just not nearly as good as I had hoped. Towards the end it got better but people talked about it as such a game changer... I think Kickass is a far better movie and "rated R".
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6:14PM on 12/23/2016
Deadpool got better on the second viewing...It's a great movie.
Deadpool got better on the second viewing...It's a great movie.
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2:17PM on 12/23/2016

My 5, for what is worth...

Captain America Civil War - One cool scene in a three hour movie and everyone flips their shit over this. I don't get it.

The VVitch - This would have been okay if not for the mom and the young children being annoying as fuck.

Actually that about covers it. There's a lot of underrated movies this year but not too many that I feel have been overly praised.

Maybe Rogue One? Still, people wanted to see a Star Wars movie and it was a Star Wars movie so... Fuck it, I'll put it at #3.

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Captain America Civil War - One cool scene in a three hour movie and everyone flips their shit over this. I don't get it.

The VVitch - This would have been okay if not for the mom and the young children being annoying as fuck.

Actually that about covers it. There's a lot of underrated movies this year but not too many that I feel have been overly praised.

Maybe Rogue One? Still, people wanted to see a Star Wars movie and it was a Star Wars movie so... Fuck it, I'll put it at #3.

I got nothing for 4 & 5.

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2:08PM on 12/23/2016

Jason Bourne

Who gave this a positive review to consider it overrated? I don't know of one person who had anything good to say about it.

Same goes for BFG, Jack Reacher, and Magnificent 7.

Sully and Don't Breathe makes sense even though I like both of them a lot. At least they were widely praised.
Who gave this a positive review to consider it overrated? I don't know of one person who had anything good to say about it.

Same goes for BFG, Jack Reacher, and Magnificent 7.

Sully and Don't Breathe makes sense even though I like both of them a lot. At least they were widely praised.
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1:25PM on 12/23/2016

Who's the loser

Who's the loser on the comment section that thumbed down every comment he/ she didn't agree with. Pathetic, just a big loser
Who's the loser on the comment section that thumbed down every comment he/ she didn't agree with. Pathetic, just a big loser
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7:48PM on 12/23/2016
You do realize that that's the purpose of thumbs up and thumbs down? See watch.
You do realize that that's the purpose of thumbs up and thumbs down? See watch.
1:49PM on 12/23/2016
Everything ok?
Everything ok?
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1:24PM on 12/23/2016
DEADPOOL shouldn't be on this list..

Is a passion project that grew out of nowhere and showed that there is room for the R rating in comic book's films.

Just like Iron Man, it could represent the beginning of something truly great..!
DEADPOOL shouldn't be on this list..

Is a passion project that grew out of nowhere and showed that there is room for the R rating in comic book's films.

Just like Iron Man, it could represent the beginning of something truly great..!
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12:59PM on 12/23/2016
1. Zootopia
2. Civil War
3. Don't Breathe
4. Sully
5. Sausage Party
1. Zootopia
2. Civil War
3. Don't Breathe
4. Sully
5. Sausage Party
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12:50PM on 12/23/2016
Agree with Doc Strange and disagree with Deadpool. Doc Strange just really didnt cut it for me, I liked the film but the out of placed humor and pacing took me out of it. Deadpool on the other hand was brilliant, so good on multiple views. I'd also add Civil War up there to an extent, really liked the film but didnt love it. Sometimes with Marvel you know what you're getting and thats not always good. Haven't seen Rogue One yet, going to catch that on Christmas.
Agree with Doc Strange and disagree with Deadpool. Doc Strange just really didnt cut it for me, I liked the film but the out of placed humor and pacing took me out of it. Deadpool on the other hand was brilliant, so good on multiple views. I'd also add Civil War up there to an extent, really liked the film but didnt love it. Sometimes with Marvel you know what you're getting and thats not always good. Haven't seen Rogue One yet, going to catch that on Christmas.
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12:38PM on 12/23/2016
I agree with Rogue One, and especially Doctor Strange. Both were very well made films, but I found the stories for both films boring and found the characters to be non engaging for me to really care about anything towards the end.

And Deadpool is not overrated; if anything it was a game changer for the comic book genre of recent.
I agree with Rogue One, and especially Doctor Strange. Both were very well made films, but I found the stories for both films boring and found the characters to be non engaging for me to really care about anything towards the end.

And Deadpool is not overrated; if anything it was a game changer for the comic book genre of recent.
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12:37PM on 12/23/2016
I agree on a couple, although Deadpool is a good R rated comedy and superhero parody.
Dr. Strange is really by the numbers story wise. Rogue One just did not work for me. Nothing totally wrong but except for the new droid and Vader going nuts it was pretty flat.
I might've added Civil War as being very overrated, when you break it down at all it's really a mess. Not really so much bad as over praised.
I agree on a couple, although Deadpool is a good R rated comedy and superhero parody.
Dr. Strange is really by the numbers story wise. Rogue One just did not work for me. Nothing totally wrong but except for the new droid and Vader going nuts it was pretty flat.
I might've added Civil War as being very overrated, when you break it down at all it's really a mess. Not really so much bad as over praised.
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12:11PM on 12/23/2016
Alex must moonlight as a Zergnet writer. This is a troll list for clicks if I ever seen one.
Alex must moonlight as a Zergnet writer. This is a troll list for clicks if I ever seen one.
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7:57PM on 12/26/2016
I had to scroll up to see if he was Alex Leadbeater, notorious clickbait douchebag from Whatculture
I had to scroll up to see if he was Alex Leadbeater, notorious clickbait douchebag from Whatculture
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11:44AM on 12/23/2016

Agree with Doctor Strange

and a can see why you don't like R1, but deadpool is great and Bourne was a "Meh" movie for almost everyone.
and a can see why you don't like R1, but deadpool is great and Bourne was a "Meh" movie for almost everyone.
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11:30AM on 12/23/2016

What?

Jason Bourne was met with lukewarm to negative responses. So how is it overrated?
The only film I agree with here is Doctor Strange. Aside from the visuals...the flick is just bland.
Jason Bourne was met with lukewarm to negative responses. So how is it overrated?
The only film I agree with here is Doctor Strange. Aside from the visuals...the flick is just bland.
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11:05AM on 12/23/2016

Not bad joblo.com

For once you kinda nailed it. Conjuring movies and really anything that deals with demonic possession are usually awful. The fact they can even say based off a true story is retarded. Spoiler Alert : texas chainsaw massacre isn't either, fun fact: psycho, silence of the lambs, texas chainsaw are based off a real life serial killer called ed gaines. no leatherface, no crazy family. boo hoo. Don't breathe was great , deadpool isn't supposed to be shakespeare and therfore give it a pass on this
For once you kinda nailed it. Conjuring movies and really anything that deals with demonic possession are usually awful. The fact they can even say based off a true story is retarded. Spoiler Alert : texas chainsaw massacre isn't either, fun fact: psycho, silence of the lambs, texas chainsaw are based off a real life serial killer called ed gaines. no leatherface, no crazy family. boo hoo. Don't breathe was great , deadpool isn't supposed to be shakespeare and therfore give it a pass on this list as well. star wars movies are always overrated and supported by the biggest biased fans on the planet. I like star wars and have seen them all several times, doesn't by anymeans make any of them good quality movies. fun, absolutely. good, no.
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12:54PM on 12/23/2016
Conjuring 2 was actually pretty good but it was 20-30 mins too long. The first one I'd considered it a modern horror classic and this one didn't live up to it. None the less its a good flick to catch at least once.
Conjuring 2 was actually pretty good but it was 20-30 mins too long. The first one I'd considered it a modern horror classic and this one didn't live up to it. None the less its a good flick to catch at least once.
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10:53AM on 12/23/2016
1/10 - JASON BOURNE.
3/10 - THE B.F.G.
5/10 - SULLY.
6/10 - THE CONJURING 2; THE MAGNIFICENT 7.
8/10 - DON'T BREATHE; ROGUE ONE.
9/10 - DEADPOOL; DR. STRANGE.

"Am I the only one who doesn't care for Paul Greengrass' shakycam?"
I don't care for it in general, but Paul has shown in some movies how it can be done right. By the way, JASON BOURNE did very well at the box office but, considering the mixed reviews and that "It was forgotten pretty quickly" feeling, I don't think it was
1/10 - JASON BOURNE.
3/10 - THE B.F.G.
5/10 - SULLY.
6/10 - THE CONJURING 2; THE MAGNIFICENT 7.
8/10 - DON'T BREATHE; ROGUE ONE.
9/10 - DEADPOOL; DR. STRANGE.

"Am I the only one who doesn't care for Paul Greengrass' shakycam?"
I don't care for it in general, but Paul has shown in some movies how it can be done right. By the way, JASON BOURNE did very well at the box office but, considering the mixed reviews and that "It was forgotten pretty quickly" feeling, I don't think it was successful enough to be eligible for the overrated title.
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