9. "The English Patient": I saw it with a date; he loved it, I did not. He found that indicative of some greater character flaw. So did I;
8. "Almost Famous": So, so precious. And this is the flick that spawned Kate Hudson on an unsuspecting public;
7. "The Full Monty": Not terrible, but started the unfortunate trend of cutesy British underdog movies;
6. "The Truman Show": Good idea, poorly executed, plus we had to endure critics fawning over Jim Carrey;
4. "American Beauty": Hollywood looking down its nose at suburbia. Condescension is never illuminating. And Annette Bening was way too over the top;
3. "The Matrix": Marked a seminal moment in cinematic history; the geeks have taken over, and it's only getting worse. Who put "Comic Book Guy" in charge?;
1. (tie) "Magnolia," "Boogie Nights": I'm in the minority on Paul Thomas Anderson, but I find his alternate universe tiresome, showy and grounded in nothing but film school reality. As I watched "Magnolia" I became so frustrated I pounded my fist on the armrest, which caused my grandfather's ring to tumble off my finger and into the darkess. So I had to sit through the rest of the movie, and the interminable credits. That should tell you how much I value that ring.
Coming later, the 10 most UNDERRATED movies of the last 10 years.