People Are Sharing What Old Hollywood Movies Are Bad — Even Though Critics Call Them Brilliant


It seems like old, classic Hollywood movies get a free pass, doesn’t it? Like we’re supposed to just accept their brilliance and not question it on any level.


People on Buzzfeed got pretty fired up about old movies that critics think are incredible and life-changing…but these folks definitely don’t feel that way. At all.

Let’s take a look.

These responses come to us from the Buzzfeed Community.

1. The Graduate (1967)

“It’s just… bad. The story is all over the place, the acting isn’t really all that great, and the ending is just stupid. I watched it once quite a while ago and was unimpressed.”

2. Gone with the Wind (1939)

“Scarlett O’Hara is spoiled, selfish, and self-absorbed, and Rhett Butler is a fuckboy. Yes they’re made for each other, but mainly to keep them from poisoning the general population.”

3. Mary Poppins (1964)

“I’ve never really understood the hype around Mary Poppins.”

4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

“This movie glorifies racist stereotypes, organized crime, child marriage, and utter inauthenticity. I also hate to say this because she was utterly lovely to look at, but Audrey Hepburn’s performance is completely unbelievable. It’s a bad, bad movie.”

5. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

“I don’t know why, but I’ve always found something awful about The Wizard of Oz. I don’t think it’s that great.”

6. Casablanca (1942)

“This movie is SO boring and overrated. I had to watch it for my film history class, and then I found myself rewatching it three separate times because I kept falling asleep!”

7. West Side Story (1961)

“West Side Story doesn’t bring anything interesting to the table. It’s just another Romeo and Juliet movie and I’m frankly sick of movies using that trope.”

8. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

“The acting is terrible in Rebel Without a Cause and James Dean is very overrated.”

9. All About Eve (1950)

“I’ve heard for years this movie is incredible, chilling and thrilling, and then I watched it and found an utterly lifeless, dull movie. Absolutely nothing happened in this movie at all. It was frankly one of the most boring movies I’ve ever seen.”

10. The Seven Year Itch (1955)

“I love Marilyn Monroe, but this movie is just truly awful. It’s incredibly boring and the main character’s paranoia and conversations with himself really ruined the plot for me.”

11. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

“I love old Christmas movies, but I can’t stand It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s a schmaltzy piece of mediocre film that’s somehow managed to get classified as something no one is allowed to criticize. If you want your Jimmy Stewart fix at Christmas time, I recommend watching The Shop Around the Corner instead.”

12. The Birds (1963)

“The Birds is tedious to the point of boredom for most of its runtime. If you take out all the long, dialogue-less scenes of driving, parking, and walking from the freshly parked car to the next shot, this movie would be like 20 minutes long.”

13. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

“A Streetcar named Desire is about an abusive relationship that has been glorified as a passionate romance for decades. Brando’s character is abusive to both his love interest and her sister, and when I first saw it in my twenties, I was stunned that it’s lauded as this great film. No thanks.”

14. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

“Rosemary’s Baby is just hours of lackluster content with no real storyline. I found it very boring and the end was a disaster.”

15. Citizen Kane (1941)

“People say Citizen Kane is the greatest film of all time, but I think it’s incredibly boring. The characters are flat and very detached. It’s just really hard to connect with them.”

What do you think?

Are there any old films that get a ton of praise that you believe are really overrated? Tell us about them in the comments!