There’s a discussion on the web right now that has grown to the point it’s probably a meme: that Crash was the worst movie of the decade. I admit to liking the film, but that’s not what prompted this post. What people mean by “worst of the decade” is really “most overrated” … they don’t mean something like Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2. So I decided to figure out what I thought was the most overrated movie of the decade, and my answer will come as no surprise to longtime readers.
To be overrated, it must have received some acclaim in the first place. My choice for Most Overrated Movie of the Decade was nominated for an Oscar (Best Actor). It won awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Cairo International Film Festival, the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, the Producers Guild, the Phoenix Film Critics Society, the Satellite Awards, and the Young Artist Awards. It grossed just under $100 million worldwide. IMDB votes give it an overall rating of 7.3/10 … 19% of the voters rated it 10/10. MovieLens voters rated it 3.57/5 … the MovieLens prediction system thought I would give it 3.5/5. The film’s star has won two Oscars … the female lead has been nominated for an Oscar three times. The soundtrack was even nominated for a Grammy.
And when I saw it, my blog post consisted of just six words: “What a revolting piece of shit.”
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Most Overrated Movie of the Decade: