I personally never say "it's the worst movie I have ever seen", because I always judge a film based on its intention, and whether it succeeded or not. In recent memories, I really disliked Prometheus because it had the big ambition of telling an intelligent sci-fi story...except it fell into B-Movie tropes after the first hour. On the other end, I watched Lockout, and while it was far from being amazing, it never hid its ambitions of being a rip-off from 1980s sci-fi action flicks, and it was competently made. I judge a film based on what it's intended to do, and whether it succeeds or not. While I am not trying to compare Lockout to Prometheus, I will definitely say I enjoyed one over the other, even though both are bad films.
I am always doubtful of this label when its put on most films...Obviously, they have not seen any Ed Wood films.
The counter-arguement with "Best movie Ever!" is the same for me. I have seen a lot of great films, but I will never say Best movie eve regarding any films I watch because I know there are tons of amazing films I have never seen. Until last year I was not familiar with Woody Allen's work, and I have seen La Dolce Vita for the first time this year. While I won't say La Dolce Vita is the BEST FILM EVER, I will say it's a beautiful piece of art, and I am glad I watched it.
Ultimately, using hyperbole when talking about art is problematic in my opinion since it does not value the single piece that's being critiqued, and one needs to ponder about the type of critique it, and look objectively at the piece's intent, and if it succeeds or fail regarding what it is trying to tell.
Edited by John Brook, 03 July 2012 - 01:46 AM.