I know this is a bit late to the discussion, but I've only recently joined this community, so I'm playing catch-up, so I might have missed other areas where this has been addressed.
I have an issue with defense of deflecting reliability as "just a hobby." I may have misinterpreted that statement, but there is a perfect example that can show how harmful that sentiment can be.
Braveheart, Patriot, and We Were Soldiers. These are "just movies," yet many outside the historical fields watch them like historical fact. We Were Soldiers does follow the events it covers more faithfully, but the older 2 movies are grossly inaccurate and offensive to the actual people who were involved in those situations.
Many Scottish political leaders during these past few referendums for Scottish Independence blindly use the events in that movie in their rhetoric. There are also many people of Scottish descent, or Scottish sounding names, across the globe who try to connect their lines to William Wallace. In history, he played such a minor role in the Scottish Independence War, and the way they treated Robert the Bruce, the real hero of that war, was problematic to the say the least. William also served as a mercenary for the English against the Welsh before the War, so not a farmer whose wife was taken and murdered. Also, Isabel was between 9 and 12 years old during that War, so no secret marriage.
There's more to the Patriot, but the most glaring problem I have is the church burning scene. That did not take place.
If you want a near-scholarly level, and entertaining dissection of all three movies I recommend watching History Buffs take on YouTube.