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Is Steven Spielberg overrated?

Steven Spielberg is considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, and is the highest-grossing director ever. But some film aficionados call his work sentimental, tritely moralistic, and emotionally manipulative, and argue his blockbusters ruined filmmaking. Defenders say he gave us "Raiders of The Lost Ark," "The Color Purple," and "Schindler's List"—yes, he's capable of cranking out mainstream schlock like "Hook," but he is also an artist worthy of respect. What do you think? 📽️

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"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" just received a 40-year anniversary re-release, and many critics point out Spielberg's childlike, innocent awe provided the necessary counterpoint to the dark, gritty realism of filmmaking in the 1970s. 

The Guardian writes:

40 years ago, Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind first touched down in cinemas....Watching the film in today’s political climate of fear and distrust in one’s fellow man – let alone technologically superior beings from the cosmos – it is impossible not to note the glorious naivety of the picture.
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Others say Spielberg just suuuuuuuuucks. They call him a corporate businessman who makes "stupid, noisy movies and gormless, contrived scripts geared to sell crap at McDonald's and Toys'R'Us" for piles of money. And enough with that stupid baseball cap already.

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 "E.T" was manipulative drivel, the likes of which Ronald Reagan's America thrived on....Federico Fellini said "Spielberg is a tycoon, like Rockefeller."
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Others point out Spielberg's movies are critically acclaimed as well as popular.

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And it's genuinely difficult for most of us to imagine a world without "Jaws," "Jurassic Park," or the "Indiana Jones" franchise.

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Others say his work is entertaining, but there is no real "there" there. He relies on the same repetitive, bland themes and shots with every film.

Spielberg’s movies are undeniably powerful. His films function as supreme audience entertainments, almost by definition. But when I revisited them, I wanted to find their ideas: What, after all these features, has Spielberg really said?
My verdict? Not much. Beneath all his technical wizardry is only a simulacrum of aesthetics. The gassy high-mindedness; the complete lack of all but the most bland humor or self-awareness; the boring, slightly pompous exposition that bespeaks a person whose every word is hung on, and never challenged, for far too long.
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