Most Overrated Film Directors
The Top Ten
Even though he is overrated, still he doesn't deserve to be on number 1. Those guy usually hate movies like Inception or Interstellar, most likely they missed great twisting of those movie. When I first watched Inception as 12 years old, I thought "what's so special about it. It's overrated". But then again I watched it few years later, then I realized I had missed one of the most leading trails of this movie. - zxm
Well, I don't think he deserves to be #1, but yeah he is still pretty overrated. While he has directed and wrote many great films over the course of his career, many people say that he is the best of the best and that his movies are totally flawless and perfect in every way. I'm, sorry people, but he is not a flawless director nor his films are. They all sometimes have prentetious dialogue, the pacing can really drag and most of his movies's endings feel weak. There are many other flaws that his films have, but I think people overlook them because the good stuff work so well, that they overshadow the things that are kinda boring, bland and prentetious. Overall he is a great director, but calm down people... he is not a god per say.
Remember guys, this is for OVERRATED directors, not BAD ones. By all account, Nolan is a good director, but is kinda pretentious and way overrated.
This guy is goodV 9 Comments
He cemented the idea of non-linear films into hollywood says one of the comments (? ). The idea from non-linear storytelling comes from Stanley Kubrick's movie " The Killing ". The movie " Pulp fiction " is just a copy of that movie with ingredients of another 50's movie, Robert Aldrich's " Kiss me deadly ". There's no originality in his movies and I think it's right like another comment says that he should stop " paying homage to exploitation films ". Taking ideas from existing movies from the past and write a script with those ideas, is not what I call " being talented ". Overrated!
The most overrated director working currently in modern society. While his 90's work still holds up extremely well today, his 21st century work is nowhere near as good. They are over stylish films with little substance, unpleasant violence and are too bleeding long. He should spend less time paying homage to the exploitation films he grew up and be concerned about making great films that stand alone. And get back into that editing room for God's sake! - Mrveteran
While he is not the greatest of all time, he is truly brilliant. Films like Pulp Fiction cemented the idea of non linear films into Hollywood. The notion that he is overrated could be true. However, the notion is isn't brilliant is damn near a sin.
He lacks variety and creativity. Its like the same thing over and over again. Blood, swearing, sex. Over and over again.V 11 Comments
He is seriously highly overrated. Only terminator 2 and aliens are his good movies but the rest of them suck. Ranging from the scientifically inaccurate, unrealistic avatar to the the boring and lengthy titanic. This director has done it all
Titanic and Avatar: The most overrated movies ever. Both directed by James Cameron. - 445956
That picture explains everything! - BoltMarksman
Tons of his films are good but he is very overrated indeedV 3 Comments
He was good until he started doing the same crap over and over, nearly every single one of his new films just looks like he's trying to duplicate Nightmare Before Christmas but it just never works
No how is sweeney todd anything like Nightmare Before Christmas? - lolsy
His films are rubbish. He's been acclaimed for years, has a huge fan base and just makes the same films over and over with the same cast.
He just makes dark films that nobody understands
That's just cause you can't understand them. Most people these days can't understand anything! - GuitarGodSam
No. This is just...no. This man is a prolific director: Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, Indiana Jones, ET, Schindler's List. Even Hook, while not a perfect movie, is still entertaining and well directed. There is no reason for this man to be on the list.
I hate it when people say "He makes movies for children." because that's not all true! So you really think Temple of doom, Schindler's List, and Saving Private Ryan are for kids? Of course not!
No. This guy is amazing. Just no.
Steven Spielberg has made some good blockbusters, but none are good enough to be considered all time greats. Being prolific does not make you a great film director.V 6 Comments
Well he was good... but not anymore... just like every other old directors... they don't go wit the flow... they're still stuck in the 80's... they are just old fashioned... - supermatte
If you're going to make a Michael Bay film, just remember that there are fans who will always, I repeat, always expect to have everything in there: No story, but just two hours of endless explosions, attractive women, sexual innuendos, slapstick and sexual humor, Steve Jablonsky music, Linkin Park music in the credits, more screen time of the main stars, car chases, shaky cameras, giant robots, military, male protagonists, helicopters at the sunset, product placements, fast cuts, fast-pacedness, etc. So they can canonize it. Oh, and why I put him on the list is because of the DAMN FANBOYS! D:< THEY WORSHIP HIM LIKE A GOD! THEY'RE CRAZY, STUPID, OVERZEALOUS, DEFENSIVE, AND PLAIN GULLIBLE, AND WON'T TAKE CRITICISM! When someone criticizes Michael Bay or his movies, THEY WILL LITERALLY GET INTO FIGHTS OVER IT! I'M NOT KIDDING! I do have no problem with people liking Michael Bay and his movies, but it's that he doesn't even know you, he's hard to get along with; he's likely ...more
When in the history of mankind has anyone ever OVERRATED Michael Bay? I won't say he's underrated, but he's vastly under-appreciated. If his job is to make money for the studio... then it would only follow that the man is tremendously good at what he's being hired to do. Bay suffers from McDonald's syndrome; make something good enough for mass culture and advertise the hell out of it, then watch as the hordes empty their pockets before you. Everyone will buy your product and hate you later.
Sorry guys, Bay is a winner. The only man in his position to have ever earned his team more money is weirdly above him on this list.
This guy's number 7? He should be number 1.
The Rock is the only movie of his I can tolerate.V 5 Comments
Lucas might have borrowed some good concept, but his directing has always been very heavy-handed and questionable. The first Star Wars movie, though wildly popular on its release does not hold up but the Empire Strikes Back, in the hands of a qualified director, still looks good. Lucas' repackaging of the original three Star Wars films is an abomination. And really, let's not forget Howard The Duck and Willow.
American Graffiti was a great movie.
Not at all overrated, but his talent window was sadly brief. THX1138 and Star Wars were masterpieces... and then *poof*
Overrated as hell directed 2 good moviee - lolsyV 2 Comments
Alfred Hitchcock every time. Every Hitchcock I've ever seen always ended stupidly. It always looked like it would get interesting but it NEVER DID! In "Rear Window", there was an exciting tension scene that led to not very much. There's a small fight and they "confirm" the murders! Disappoints. In "Vertigo", there was the scene that everybody's heard of before and is tired with, and the rest is basically following this girl and not learning much for an hour, and then another hour watching the characters get to know each other again, before the most stupid ending in which there's a huge drama about them COMPLAINING about the scene that everyone's seen! In "Dial "M" for Murder", the film itself is OK, but it ends in spectacular stupidity, when they know that the detectives know who did it, but they just watch him for tedious minutes and then the film ends, without anyone seeing them do anything afterwards! In "The Birds", there ...more
Him being on this list is absolutely disgusting. He almost invented the horror genre of films. He was a brilliant innovator of filming. Inventing several techniques that are still used today. And, the idea that his film are "predictable" or "full of cliches" are idiotic. The reason you think this is because his ideas have been parodied over and over again. He was a true genius.
He's like the Beatles for me. Apparently you had to be there to appreciate it. A few decades of evolution later, neither would appear very innovative. But your elders will ALWAYS try to regale you with their respective progeny and how they 'changed everything'.
When you've grown up, learned and experienced things in a time period where so many have produced material influenced by the innovators, it is very hard to recognize and give credit to the original brilliance. - Billyv
HOW DAREYOU - lolsyV 8 Comments
HE IS UNDERRATED - lolsy
GET HIM OFF OF THIS LIST NOW!
If you vote this man higher on the list, I will assume that you've never seen anything the man directed before The Frighteners.
He gutted LOTR and he Hobbit, turning them into mindless and stupid action movies. - FrozenHatingPokefan
He directed one of the most insufferable films of all time (Passion)
And a pretty damn solid effort (Apocalypto)
If you have the integrity to separate the art from the artist, it's a split decision for me.
Overrated. Enough said! - Strobo
Let me ask ya something kids, do you think George Bush orchestrated 9/11? Yeah? Well do I have the director for you!
Platoon was amazing! What are you talking about?
No - lolsy
300 is a pathetic Gladiator wannabe! There I said it!
He only made 3 good movies: Man of Steel, Dawn of the Dead, and 300! He made Sucker Punch, Batman v Superman, Legend of the Guardians, and Watchmen... All of which were bad... Or average.
Snyder is best
His only good film is his 1st film, the Dawn of the Dead remake, then he married his way into the industry, marrying a Warner Bros. chief executive and making the most pretentious pieces of garbage I've ever seen, e.g. Watchmen, Batman V Superman. There's nothing clever about hamfisted Jesus symbolism... Nothing! (Especially when it has no relation to the film what so ever)
A several-decade long career of inciting racial tensions and yelling at Reggie Miller with a small break to film Inside Man like a sane person.
Racist scumbag! There's no putting it gently.V 1 Comment
Don't know him. But after seeing him on top of "greatest director" I had checked his movies on IMDB. But more than 70% of his movies got ratings between 5-6 on IMDB. - zxm
How can be be number 1 best directors list
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