"The Avengers" Voted Most Overrated Movie of 2012 By a Landslide



Sure, it featured one of the most star-studded ensembles in the history of comic book movies. And yes, it took in more box-office dollars than any other movie in 2012. But Marvel Studios' "The Avengers" can now also boast another, less noble distinction: the most overrated film of the year.
According to more than 2,600 respondents to a Times online survey Joss Whedon's get-the-band-together take on the iconic superheroes was the most overpraised feature film of 2012.
The sometimes-quippy, sometimes-geeky save-the-world-fest garnered a whopping 85% of the votes, besting by a wide margin the next-closest film, Ridley' Scott's sci-fi actioner “Prometheus,” which drew just under 5%.


Of course, big money tends to come with a big backlash. Last year respondents voted "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1," a huge blockbuster, the most overrated film of the year. But while that film was praised largely by the faithful, the Hulk- and Thor-centric "The Avengers" also had a fair share of pundit and critical love, prompting the 85% to bring down the hammer.
Perhaps not helping in eliciting goodwill among the naysayers -- the "Avengers" rode a long train of hype that began years ago with films like "Thor" and "Iron Man.”
"The Avengers" joins "Bernie," which was voted most under-appreciated movie of 2012, in The Times'  look-back polls on the films of 2012. The message from fans: a little less love for the man in green, a little more for Jack Black.

I think these results would be very different if ONTD voted:

What is the most overrated movie of 2012?

The Avengers
196(28.4%)
Prometheus
61(8.9%)
Brave
20(2.9%)
Ted
54(7.8%)
Project X
13(1.9%)
The Master
10(1.5%)
Cloud Atlas
14(2.0%)
Django Unchained
7(1.0%)
Skyfall
13(1.9%)
The Dark Knight
150(21.8%)
Les Miserable
51(7.4%)
The Hunger Games
57(8.3%)
Anna Karenina
12(1.7%)
The Hobbit
20(2.9%)
Silver Linings Playbook
11(1.6%)
LA Times