A reader named Dan sent me a nice e-mail that reads as follows:
Just wanted to say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your reviews over the years and to keep it up! But I have a quick question…. what movies that are universally regarded as classics do you feel are overrated??
Ooh, that’s a fun question! I don’t like to say “overrated,” though. That term implies a certain arrogance: “The people who liked this film over-praised it, whereas I am praising it exactly the right amount.” Just because a lot of people loved something and you didn’t doesn’t mean they’re all wrong or deluded or something. It just means you have different opinions.
But I know what you mean. You mean movies that are supposed to be great that I, personally, didn’t care for. I can think of a few.
“2001: A Space Odyssey” does very little for me. It’s a technical marvel in many ways, especially considering when it was made, and I like its ideas. But the way it’s dragged out feels interminable to me.