L-R: Madeleine Sami (as Mel) and Celia Pacquola (as Anna) on a karaoke party bus in a scene from NZ film The Breaker Upperers Picture: Madman
L-R: Madeleine Sami (as Mel) and Celia Pacquola (as Anna) on a karaoke party bus in a scene from NZ film The Breaker Upperers Picture: Madman

The most underrated and overrated films of 2018

They might not have topped many best of lists, but there are some gems to be found among the year's most underrated movies, starting with an Australian zombie thriller.

At the other end of the spectrum, you might want to steer clear of the most overrated films of 2018.

These 12 movies aren't quite the best, or worst, but deserve a list all of their own.

6 UNDERRATED FILMS OF 2018

Martin Freeman with baby Rosie in a scene from Cargo.
Martin Freeman with baby Rosie in a scene from Cargo.

CARGO

This eerily effective hybrid of zombie thriller and apocalyptic odyssey deserves to be seen and appreciated by as wide an audience as possible.

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Adam Driver and John David Washington in a scene from BlacKkKlansman.
Adam Driver and John David Washington in a scene from BlacKkKlansman.

BLACKKKLANSMAN

A film of deceptively outspoken contemporary relevance, this is cinema at its most alert, alarming and alive.

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Debra Messing and John Cho in a scene from Searching.
Debra Messing and John Cho in a scene from Searching.

SEARCHING

A tension-riddled story tracks the efforts of a worried father to find his absent daughter before authorities switch the handling of her case from Missing Persons to Homicide.

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Ben O'Toole, Michael Pena, Michael Shannon, Chris Hemsworth and Geoff Stults in 12 Strong.
Ben O'Toole, Michael Pena, Michael Shannon, Chris Hemsworth and Geoff Stults in 12 Strong.

12 STRONG

As a war movie, 12 Strong does a tremendous job of continually ramming home the terrifying nature of an assignment where the stakes were so high, and chances of success were so very low.

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Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford star in a scene from The Old Man & the Gun.
Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford star in a scene from The Old Man & the Gun.

THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN

Fittingly, for one of the greatest movie stars of all time, Redford makes his exit with a classy, irresistible display that will charm the socks off one and all.

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Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis in The Spy Who Dumped Me.
Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis in The Spy Who Dumped Me.

THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME

The going can get ferociously, gorily violent at times, and not always to the intended comic effect.

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6 OVERRATED FILMS OF 2018

Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett star in Ocean's 8.
Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett star in Ocean's 8.

OCEAN'S 8

For a production harnessing a star power of considerable luminosity, it is disappointing to see how little a glow comes off happenings here.

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Owen (Chris Pratt) is reunited with velociraptor Blue in a scene from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Owen (Chris Pratt) is reunited with velociraptor Blue in a scene from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM

Between the big bites and sudden frights, there ain't too much to be remembered past the closing credits.

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Denzel Washington is armed and dangerous in The Equalizer 2.
Denzel Washington is armed and dangerous in The Equalizer 2.

THE EQUALIZER 2

The climactic dispensation of rough justice - impressively staged during a wild hurricane, of all things - is almost worth the price of admission. However, the grind of the getting-there could have you requesting a discount.

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Madeleine Sami and Celia Pacquola on a karaoke party bus in a scene from The Breaker Upperers.
Madeleine Sami and Celia Pacquola on a karaoke party bus in a scene from The Breaker Upperers.

THE BREAKER UPPERERS

Though this uneven, yet endearing affair will find a loyal cohort of fans wherever it plays, it is hard to get away from the feeling this is more of a missed opportunity than a don't-miss proposition.

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Dan Fogler and Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Dan Fogler and Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

When it comes to conjuring true movie magic from the exploits of series hero Newt Scamander and his many friends and foes, this sequel (like its predecessor) struggles to cast a captivating spell for long.

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Logan Marshall-Green in a scene from Melbourne shot film Upgrade.
Logan Marshall-Green in a scene from Melbourne shot film Upgrade.


UPGRADE

Though very slickly executed for a low-budget production, Upgrade continually loses itself in thematic and creative no-man's-lands.

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