The 10 Most Underrated Movies of 2013
It was hard to put together my list of The Best Films of 2013 and The Worst Films of 2013, but nowhere near as hard as populating my selections for the most underrated. Putting the other two lists in order was hard, but it was clear – at least – what films should be on them. Noting most underrated movies of 2013 requires me to not only take into account whether or not I thought a movie was good, but also to consider what everyone else seems to think about them, and go out on a serious limb and say that all the naysayers are wrong, or at least exaggerating a little bit.
As such, some of the films that follow on my picks for The 10 Most Underrated Movies of 2013 are merely better than advertised or rumored. Some quite a bit better, some merely more fun. I think there's a tendency to ride a wave of popular opinion and say a certain film is the worst thing ever when, in fact, it's just merely kind of junky. And junky can be just fine, provided you weren't expecting brilliance in the first place, and the film had no greater obligation to its characters, fanbase or to society at large.
So what follows is a list of what I consider to be the most underrated movies of 2013: films that have a little more going on than many of my peers seemed to recognize, are more entertaining than audiences gave them credit for (often the result of mismarketing), and – in one particularly notable case – are so spectacularly bad that they deserve to achieve cult status, because against the filmmakers' wishes I laughed non-stop from beginning to end, and loved every minute of it.
Here they are, my picks for The 10 Most Underrated Movies of 2013.