Movie Ratings & Reviews
Last film added: July 22, 2014. There are currently 1329 films in the database (since 1996).
- Amélie (2001) 10
Shy French waitress Amélie decides to be a regular do-gooder and accidentally falls in love.
- Before Midnight (2013) 10
Linklater's second sequel to Before Sunrise, set another nine years later, in Greece. Brilliant, believable.
- Dark City (1998) 10
Rufus Sewell struggles to recover his memories in a nightmarish world run by telekinetic beings.
- Fight Club (1999) 10
This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time. Edward Norton stars.
- Grand Budapest Hotel, The (2014) 10
Wes Anderson crafts a wonderful pre-WWII Europe inspired by the late Austrian writer Stefan Zweig.
- Inland Empire (2006) 10
Lynch examines Hollywood and its artistic constraints in a bizarre/long jumble of movies within movies.
- Junebug (2005) 10
Childlike, awestruck Amy Adams is fantastic. Where would I be if I was a screwdriver?
- Lost Highway (1997) 10
David Lynch's brilliant cinematic Möbius strip of paranoia, adultery, murder and Freudian psychology.
- Lost in Translation (2003) 10
Unhappily married movie star Bill Murray meets neglected newlywed Scarlett Johansson in Tokyo.
- Mr. Nobody (2010) 10
Nemo Nobody is the last mortal in the world. Mind-bending story across time. Perfect soundtrack.
- Mulholland Drive (2001) 10
David Lynch directs a dark Hollywood conspiracy about the psychosis of becoming someone else.
- Sin City (2005) 10
Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez create a brilliant piece of ultra-violent, stylized noir. Visually stunning.
- Trainspotting (1996) 10
Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a starter home. Choose a career. Choose a family.
- Waltz with Bashir (2008) 10
Stunning. Folman interviews Israeli veterans of the 1982 Lebanon invasion to reconstruct his own memories.
- 12 Years a Slave (2013) 9
Gut-wrenching adaptation of the 1853 autobiography of free-born Solomon Northup who was abducted into slavery.
- 2046 (2004) 9
Kar-Wai Wong presents a futuristic recapturing of a womanizing writer's memory of six past lovers.
- About Schmidt (2002) 9
Jack Nicholson is entering retirement and doesn't know what to do. Warning: Kathy Bates nudity.
- American Beauty (1999) 9
A dark drama of suburban picket-fence depression and frustration. Stars Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening.
- American Hustle (2013) 9
Fictionalization of the Abscam FBI sting operation of the early 1980s. Stylishly brilliant criminal behavior.
- Amores perros (2000) 9
Three interconnected stories about life in Mexico City are resolved with a fatal car accident.
- Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glo... (2006) 9
A most gloriously comical moviefilm for make advertise American prejudices and cultural intolerance. High-five!
- Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters (2006) 9
Guy Maddin's homage to silent film. A return to an abandoned island home. Orphanage memories.
- Breaking the Waves (1996) 9
Recently paralyzed Stellan Skarsgård urges his wife to have sex with another. Devastating von Trier.
- Brokeback Mountain (2005) 9
Two sheepherders in the summer of 1963. I wish I knew how to quit you.
- Broken Embraces (2009) 9
Pedro Almodóvar's cinematic poem about a blind writer-director and his lost love Penélope Cruz.
- Broken Flowers (2005) 9
Bill Murray receives a mysterious pink letter that causes him to reflect on his past.
- Dallas Buyers Club (2013) 9
In 1985, Ron Woodroof defies the FDA and helps HIV/AIDS patients get medication. Empathic, remarkable.
- Dirty Pretty Things (2002) 9
Turkish chambermaid Audrey Tautou works at a London hotel where drug dealing and prostitution abound.
- Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The (2007) 9
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who was stricken with locked-in syndrome.
- Django Unchained (2012) 9
Tarantino's story of a freed slave, German bounty hunter and brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Nuts.
- Dreamers, The (2004) 9
Outside, the Paris student riots of 1968 are happening. Inside, Eva Green is mesmerizing.
- Dreamlife of Angels, The (1998) 9
In France, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends and share a flat.
- Drive (2011) 9
Getaway driver Ryan Gosling falls in love with his married neighbor. Badass, stylish character study.
- Enter the Void (2010) 9
Stunning and technically ingenious. A drug dealer takes the ultimate trip, from DMT to out-of-body.
- Eyes Wide Shut (1999) 9
A dangerous odyssey of sexual and moral discovery starring Kidman and Cruise. Kubrick's last film.
- Go (1999) 9
Three different comedic perspectives on a botched drug deal. Set in L.A. and Las Vegas.
- Grindhouse (2007) 9
Tarantino/Rodriguez double bill. A gory, witty homage to seedy 1970s B-movie thrillers, including fake trailers.
- Head-On (2005) 9
The adorable Sibel Kekilli marries to satisfy her Turkish family. Drugs, brutality and emotional intensity.
- High Fidelity (2000) 9
John Cusack, a record store owner and compulsive list-maker, recounts his top five relationship breakups.
- Holy Motors (2012) 9
Limousine-traveling man assumes nine diverse identities. Dreamlike metaphor for acting/life, the masks of each genre.
- Into the Wild (2007) 9
Christopher McCandless abandons his privileged life and adventures to live alone in the Alaskan wilderness.
- Jacket, The (2005) 9
Military veteran Adrien Brody can foresee his own death and possibly change Keira Knightley's future.
- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) 9
Hilarious. An ironic, smartass tribute to detective fiction, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer.
- L.A. Confidential (1997) 9
A film of police corruption, tabloid journalism and Hollywood sleaze, set in 1950s Los Angeles.
- Last Night (1998) 9
There are six hours until the end of the world. What would you do?
- Live Flesh (1997) 9
Javier Bardem seeks revenge against the people he feels were responsible for his imprisonment.
- Lives of Others, The (2007) 9
In 1984 East Berlin, a Stasi agent finds himself fascinated by individuals under his surveillance.
- Looper (2012) 9
In 2042, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a hired assassin who kills people sent from the future.
- Lorna's Silence (2009) 9
The Dardenne Brothers' stunning film about Albanian emigrants in Belgium. Study of a woman's conscience.
- Machinist, The (2004) 9
Insomniac industrial worker Christian Bale is a walking skeleton in this paranoid schizophrenic thriller.
- Magnolia (1999) 9
A study of nine interconnected lives and random events one day in San Fernando Valley.
- Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) 9
Miranda July's exploration of people struggling to connect with one another in this modern world.
- Melancholia (2011) 9
Kirsten Dunst suffers from melancholia and a mysterious planet threatens Earth. Epic Lars von Trier.
- Monster (2003) 9
Charlize Theron is nearly unrecognizable in her moving portrayal of serial-killer prostitute Aileen Wuornos.
- My Winnipeg (2008) 9
Haunting, personal portrait of filmmaker Guy Maddin's hometown of Winnipeg, and of his psyche. Unique.
- Open Your Eyes (1999) 9
The brilliant Amenábar film, starring Penélope Cruz, that Tom Cruise turned into Vanilla Sky.
- Paprika (2007) 9
An insane anime that blurs the separation between reality, dreams, memory, cinema and the Internet.
- Red Violin, The (1998) 9
A red violin makes its way through three centuries over several owners and countries.
- Requiem for a Dream (2000) 9
Purple in the morning, blue in the afternoon, and orange in the evening.
- Revolutionary Road (2009) 9
Titanic II is emotionally devastating, gut-wrenching and profound. Shakes the American Dream to its core.
- Room 237 (2013) 9
Explores the meaning of Kubrick's 'The Shining': Native American genocide, the Holocaust, Apollo moon landings?
- Science of Sleep, The (2006) 9
A charming hyperactive blur of cellophane-animated fantasy and reality. Surreal and inventive, but not profound.
- Sex and Lucía (2002) 9
Julio Medem directs a convoluted dreamlike narrative, starring a novelist, an island and Paz Vega.
- Silver Linings Playbook (2012) 9
Warm, quirky film about dealing with mental illness (through football, dance). Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful.
- Single Man, The (2010) 9
A heartbroken English professor is having trouble coping with his life in 1960s California. Wonderful.
- Squid and the Whale, The (2005) 9
Based on director Noah Baumbach's adolescence in Brooklyn. Two brothers deal with divorce during 1986.
- Synecdoche, New York (2008) 9
Charlie Kaufman blends self-referential existence with a living play inside a New York City warehouse.
- Talk to Her (2002) 9
Pedro Almodóvar's story of friendship between two men whose girlfriends are both in deep comas.
- Timecrimes (2008) 9
Like Primer, this is a film of time-travel paradoxes, but with more voyeurism and nudity.
- Titanic (1997) 9
Romantic tale of a rich girl and poor boy who meet on the 'unsinkable' ship.
- Very Long Engagement, A (2004) 9
Jean-Pierre Jeunet presents Audrey Tautou, whimsical and hopeful, awaiting her fiancée's return from WWI.
- Watchmen (2009) 9
Zack Snyder successfully films Alan Moore's graphic novel about an alternate, quantum America in 1985.
- Wrestler, The (2008) 9
Professional wrestler Mickey Rourke must retire, but life outside the ring is a dispiriting struggle.
- Y tu mamá también (2001) 9
In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip.
- 21 Grams (2003) 8
Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, and Naomi Watts star. How much does your soul weigh?
- 300 (2007) 8
An epic rendering of Miller's graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae. Stunning Spartan art-blood.
- Abel Raises Cain (2005) 8
A documentary about world-class hoaxer Alan Abel, who exposes the media's obsession with the salacious.
- Almost Famous (2000) 8
A high-school boy is given the opportunity to write about a rising 1970s rock band.
- American Gangster (2007) 8
In Manhattan during the 1970s, heroin kingpin Frank Lucas smuggles drugs into America from Vietnam.
- Antichrist (2009) 8
Lars von Trier offers a bleak, self-indulgent vision of female sexuality and human cruelty. Shocking.
- Beautiful Losers (2009) 8
A collective group of do-it-yourself artists and designers in 1990s New York find success.
- Birth (2004) 8
Jonathan Glazer references Kubrick in this film about the possibility of reincarnation, starring Nicole Kidman.
- Blue Valentine (2010) 8
Deftly alternates between a dysfunctional couple's earlier in-love happiness and their later anguish. Remarkable.
- Boogie Nights (1997) 8
About the Los Angeles pornography industry of the 1970s and 1980s. Heather Graham is Rollergirl.
- Bothersome Man, The (2007) 8
A man arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there.
- Bunny and the Bull (2009) 8
A surreal, Gondry-esque comedy starring an agoraphobic man who reconstructs a tragic European road trip.
- Cell, The (2000) 8
Psychotherapist Jennifer Lopez journeys inside a comatose serial killer's mind, hoping to recover information. Graphic.
- Cloud Atlas (2012) 8
An ambitious, sprawling epic from the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. Complex, spectacular, gimmicky and disjointed.
- Closer (2004) 8
Natalie Portman plays a cheeky pink-haired stripper in this film about relationships, attraction, and betrayal.
- Constant Gardener, The (2005) 8
A story of corruption in the pharmaceutical industry and how AIDS-ravaged Africa is being exploited.
- Dangerous Method, A (2011) 8
How the relationships between Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein gave birth to psychoanalysis.
- Deconstructing Harry (1997) 8
Between air conditioning and the Pope, I choose air conditioning. A Woody Allen movie.
- Fast Food Nation (2006) 8
A humanistic, fictionalized behind-the-scenes portrait of America's fast food and meat packing industries.
- Fountain, The (2006) 8
Three stories of love/mortality that weave in the legendary quest for the Fountain of Youth.
- Gummo (1997) 8
A disturbing, plotless tale of freakshow characters living in tornado-ravaged poverty, by Harmony Korine.
- History of Violence, A (2005) 8
A Cronenberg art film that's also an accessible crime drama. Based on a graphic novel.
- Hole, The (2001) 8
British psychological thriller featuring teenagers in a bomb shelter. Stars Thora Birch and Keira Knightley.
- How the Fire Fell (2011) 8
Edward P. Davee's haunting, dreamlike portrayal of Edmund Creffield's early-1900s cult in Corvallis, Oregon.
- Igby Goes Down (2002) 8
A sarcastic 17-year-old boy rebels against the money and privilege he was born into.
- Insomnia (2002) 8
Two L.A. homicide detectives are dispatched to Alaska to investigate the murder of a teen.
- Knocked Up (2007) 8
Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl have a drunken one-night stand with unexpected consequences. Very funny.
- Lantana (2001) 8
An Australia-set mystery that examines the stories of four married couples and a murdered woman.
- Layer Cake (2004) 8
A clever British crime film about a successful cocaine dealer planning an early retirement.
- Let Me In (2010) 8
A bullied young boy befriends a lonely young female vampire in this visceral English-language remake.
- Lila Says (2005) 8
A well-acted story of seduction and self-realization, revolving around the beautiful and alluring Vahina Giocante.
- Limits of Control, The (2009) 8
Jim Jarmusch's stylized, dreamlike tale of an enigmatic loner on a shadowy criminal mission. Meditative.
- Little Thief, The (1999) 8
A young man from the French countryside moves to the city to find a job.
- Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) 8
Four Cockney men pool their money for an illegal high-stakes card game, with unpleasant results.
- Lovers of the Arctic Circle, The (1998) 8
A story of circular lives, with circular names, in a circular place. Life is happenstance.
- Lucky Number Slevin (2006) 8
A clever Pulp Fictionesque story of violent revenge featuring rival crime bosses Kingsley and Freeman.
- Man on the Moon (1999) 8
Jim Carrey is eccentric comedian Andy Kaufman, a television star and self-declared intergender wrestling champion.
- Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) 8
Elizabeth Olsen struggles with her fragmented identity and family situation after fleeing an abusive cult.
- Mary and Max (2009) 8
An Australian girl becomes pen pals with an obese New Yorker with Asperger's. Charming claymation.
- Master, The (2012) 8
Directionless WWII Navy veteran meets the charismatic leader of The Cause. Draws from Scientology's origins.
- Messenger, The (2009) 8
Poignant military tale about soldiers assigned to notify families of casualties during the Iraq War.
- Oldboy (2005) 8
A man who was kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years exacts his brutal revenge. Stunning.
- Palindromes (2005) 8
Todd Solondz's provocative fable about a 13-year-old girl who is played by eight different actresses.
- Planet Terror (2007) 8
Rodriguez's half of Grindhouse. Rose McGowan mows down flesh-eating, mutating zombies with a machine-gun leg.
- Purge (2013) 8
A young woman running from Russian sex-traffickers meets an older version of herself. Gut-wrenching.
- Road, The (2009) 8
Viggo Mortensen and his son try to survive in post-apocalyptic America. Noble and heartbreaking humanity.
- Sexy Beast (2000) 8
Brutal gangster Ben Kingsley recruits a retired safecracker for one last job. Jonathan Glazer directs.
- Shakespeare in Love (1998) 8
A young Shakespeare meets Gwyneth Paltrow and is inspired to write Romeo and Juliet.
- Shutter Island (2010) 8
Leonardo DiCaprio investigates a disappearance from a hospital for the criminally insane. Chilling and clever.
- Sideways (2004) 8
Two middle-aged men embark on a weeklong road-trip through California's wine country. American life-affirming.
- Sin Nombre (2009) 8
A Honduran teen meets a young gang member atop a freight train. Poignant immigration story.
- Skin I Live In, The (2011) 8
Almodóvar's dark-as-hell portrait of a plastic surgeon working to perfect synthetic human skin. Gorgeous, perverse.
- Snatch. (2000) 8
Brad Pitt stars as a gypsy bare-knuckle boxing champion who speaks a hilariously unintelligible dialect.
- Solaris (2002) 8
Soderbergh's remake is quite good, with much credit due to George Clooney and Natascha McElhone.
- Splice (2010) 8
Intelligent creature feature focused on ethical quandaries in biotechnology. What's the worst that could happen?
- Storytelling (2001) 8
Todd Solondz presents two provocative stories. Prepare to have your politically correct sensibilities violated.
- Swimming Pool (2003) 8
An English mystery writer finds murder and intrigue in Paris, with Ludivine Sagnier. Rich symbolism.
- Tetro (2009) 8
Stylish indie film by Francis Ford Coppola. Could've been better with fewer staged productions though.
- THX 1138: The George Lucas Director's Cut (2004) 8
Lucas restored his influential 1971 film, enhancing it with CGI magic (including lame shell dwellers).
- Tokyo! (2008) 8
A cinematic triptych (transformation, anarchy, rebirth) set in Tokyo. Directed by Gondry, Carax and Bong.
- Topsy-Turvy (1999) 8
After Gilbert and Sullivan's latest play is critically panned, the frustrated team threatens to disband.
- Trance (2013) 8
An art heist gone wrong, or was the whole thing meticulously planned? Hypnotizing psychological thriller.
- Tuvalu (2001) 8
Stunning, whimsical German film with almost no dialogue set in a surreal bathhouse in Bulgaria.
- Unmade Beds (2009) 8
The stories of Vera and Axl intersect via artsy, free-spirited squatters in a London warehouse.
- Your Friends & Neighbors (1998) 8
Six people play musical beds. Stars Amy Brenneman, Catherine Keener, Nastassja Kinski, and Ben Stiller.
- Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998) 8
Explores the Cultural Revolution in China. A young teenage girl is sent to remote lands.
- 2 Days in New York (2012) 7
Artist Julie Delpy's neurotic French family visits New York for the weekend. A likable farce.
- 28 Days Later (2002) 7
Four weeks after a deadly virus spreads throughout the UK, a few survivors seek sanctuary.
- 28 Weeks Later (2007) 7
Bloody sequel to 28 Days Later. The rage virus annihilated Mainland Britain six months earlier.
- 40-Year-Old Virgin, The (2005) 7
Steve Carell stars as a lovable, middle-aged virgin with misguided coworkers. Catherine Keener is perfect.
- Across the Universe (2007) 7
A psychedelic love story musical set in the 1960s, using the songs of The Beatles.
- Agora (2010) 7
Condemning historical drama of ancient conflict between science and superstition, centered on Hypatia of Alexandria.
- Aimée & Jaguar (1999) 7
Set in 1943 Berlin, a Nazi wife has a love affair with a Jewish lesbian.
- Apocalypto (2006) 7
Mel Gibson's sadistic take on the Maya civilization's decline and practice of human sacrifice. Bloody.
- Audition (1999) 7
A Japanese widower holds an audition to search for a potential mate, with horrific results.
- Ballad of Jack and Rose, The (2005) 7
Symbolic Oedipal story explores losses of innocence and the death of a 1960s counterculture movement.
- Big Sur (2013) 7
Depressed alcoholic Beat writer Jack Duluoz/Kerouac retreats to a small cabin in California's Big Sur.
- Black Snake Moan (2007) 7
Provocative, ludicrous and sweet. Blues musician Samuel L. Jackson and sex-addicted Christina Ricci star.
- Blank City (2011) 7
Snapshot of late 1970s underground/punk filmmaking in New York during the No Wave movement.
- Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2003) 7
A school principal in Israel discovers that a quiet 16-year-old underachiever is a genius. Sweet.
- Boys Don't Cry (1999) 7
Hilary Swank plays a young man who is actually a woman. Romantic, ugly, and tragic.
- Buffalo '66 (1998) 7
Social misfit Vincent Gallo is rescued from emotional peril by Christina Ricci, who he kidnaps.
- Cabin in the Woods, The (2012) 7
Turns the horror genre on its head, but crammed with excessive wink-wink cleverness and CGI.
- Cashback (2007) 7
An insomniac artist starts working the graveyard shift at the local supermarket after a breakup.
- Charlie Bartlett (2008) 7
A charismatic rich kid acts as a psychiatrist to students of his new high school.
- Chloe (2010) 7
Implausible psychological drama with lots of nudity by escort Amanda Seyfried and doctor Julianne Moore.
- Collection of 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films, A (2006) 7
Death abounds. I enjoyed Six Shooter and Jasper Morello. Hated the Moon and the Son.
- Crazy/Beautiful (2001) 7
Kirsten Dunst, a rich underachieving teenager with an aversion to shampoo/bras, meets a hardworking Latino.
- Dawn of the Dead (2004) 7
Zack Snyder's witty remake of the 1979 horror classic, starring Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames.
- Dogtooth (2011) 7
Bizarre, perverse black comedy about homeschooled siblings in Greece. Mesmerizing like an incestuous car crash.
- Fifth Element, The (1997) 7
New York cab driver Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich star in this futuristic action film.
- From Hell (2001) 7
A stylized whodunit set in Victorian Era London, starring clairvoyant police detective Johnny Depp.
- Gia (1998) 7
Frequently naked Angelina Jolie is Gia Carangi, a top fashion model from the late 1970s.
- Gift, The (2000) 7
Cate Blanchett has ESP and Katie Holmes flails about while topless. Thought you should know.
- Girlfriend Experience, The (2009) 7
Soderbergh's experimental film about free enterprise via the life of a high-end Manhattan call girl.
- Good Dick (2008) 7
A lonely, introverted girl who rents adult films meets a young, chatty video store clerk.
- Good Shepherd, The (2006) 7
The early history of the CIA, viewed through a fictional man's life. Serious and tedious.
- Great Directors (2010) 7
Conversations with 10 of the world's greatest living directors, including David Lynch and Richard Linklater.
- Hangover, The (2009) 7
Las Vegas-set comedy centered around three groomsmen, the groom and one night of drunken misadventures.
- Happenstance (2000) 7
A subtle twist of fate can affect the lives of total strangers. Stars Audrey Tautou.
- High Art (1998) 7
Explores the romance between photo editor Radha Mitchell and heroin-addicted photographer Ally Sheedy.
- House of Pleasures (2011) 7
Hardship and camaraderie at an upscale Parisian brothel at the turn of the 20th century.
- House of Sand and Fog (2003) 7
Should the house belong to emotionally unstable Jennifer Connelly or Iranian immigrant Ben Kingsley? Tragic.
- Human Traffic (1999) 7
Follows a group of sex-obsessed British clubgoers. It's something like Trainspotting for the rave scene.
- Idiots, The (1998) 7
Lars von Trier's provocative Dogme 95 film about Danish adults pretending to be mentally challenged.
- Intacto (2003) 7
A man has the supernatural ability to acquire luck. He gambles it in deadly games.
- Iris (2002) 7
True story of novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from youth to Alzheimer's.
- Irreversible (2002) 7
Interesting narrative concept, but vicious. Be prepared for traumatic rape and murder. Stars Monica Bellucci.
- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) 7
Includes many self-deprecating parodies of Hollywood stars as the stoned duo head out to California.
- Keyhole (2012) 7
Guy Maddin's surreal take on Homer's Odyssey. A mysterious, dreamlike journey of Ulysses and ghosts.
- Lawless (2012) 7
The bootlegging Bondurant gang were outlaw heroes during Prohibition. Brutal violence. Tom Hardy is indestructible.
- Lawn Dogs (1998) 7
Ten-year-old Mischa Barton befriends the lawn cutter, a fellow outsider, in an upscale gated community.
- Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The (2004) 7
Oceanographer Bill Murray leads a surreal voyage in search of a mythical jaguar shark.
- Life During Wartime (2010) 7
Todd Solondz sequel explores the virtues of forgiving and forgetting through troubling, dysfunctional family scenarios.
- Margot at the Wedding (2007) 7
Jennifer Jason Leigh plans to marry Jack Black, but estranged sister Nicole Kidman shows up.
- Match Point (2006) 7
Woody Allen's ugly story of infidelity amidst British wealth. Tennis, opera, investments, horses and murder.
- Men Who Stare at Goats, The (2009) 7
A reporter in Iraq learns about a secret, psychic U.S. Army unit. It's pretty amusing.
- Metropia (2010) 7
Bleak dystopian future of Europe with a fascinating, photomontage animation style. An unsettling Orwellian plot.
- Monster's Ball (2001) 7
Prison guard Billy Bob Thornton reexamines his racist attitudes with naked Halle Berry.
- Old School (2003) 7
Disillusioned friends Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson, and Vince Vaughn try to recapture their college days.
- Or, My Treasure (2005) 7
A young Israeli girl does anything to support her sick, aging prostitute mother. Raw, non-judgmental.
- Perfect Sense (2012) 7
Follows Ewan McGregor and Eva Green as an epidemic robs people of their sensory perceptions.
- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) 7
Tom Tykwer's memorable film about an 18th century Parisian murderer, with a profoundly flawed climax.
- Piano Tuner of Earthquakes, The (2006) 7
The Brothers Quay present a dark fairytale about a diabolical doctor and beautiful opera singer.
- Priceless (2008) 7
Young gold digger Audrey Tautou mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender thinking he's a wealthy suitor.
- Quills (2000) 7
A Napoleonic era asylum confines the pleasure-seeking Marquis de Sade, with laundry maid Kate Winslet.
- Reader, The (2008) 7
Kate Winslet initiates a surprising, secretive romance in this solemn drama set in post-WWII Germany.
- Religulous (2008) 7
Bill Maher's provocative, smartass dialogue with Jews, Christians and Muslims. An irreverent but smug rant.
- Renegade (2004) 7
Psychedelic French Western that feels like a Jodorowsky film. Sacred mountains, gunfights, peyote and shaman.
- Road to Nowhere (2011) 7
Shannyn Sossamon's emotive performance carries Hellman's thin neo-noir mystery that blurs film with real crime.
- Romance (1999) 7
A young French woman embarks on an escalating sexual journey, testing her emotional limits.
- Rounders (1998) 7
Reformed gambler Matt Damon must return to playing big stakes poker to save Edward Norton.
- Rum Diary, The (2011) 7
Hard-drinking American journalist Johnny Depp takes a newspaper job in Puerto Rico during the 1950s.
- Secretary (2002) 7
James Spader is involved in a sexual, sadomasochistic story? You're kidding! Maggie Gyllenhaal is great.
- Sherrybaby (2006) 7
Former drug addict Maggie Gyllenhaal is out of prison, seeking her daughter and emotional recovery.
- Sidewalls (2011) 7
Two neurotic individuals live in neighboring apartments in Buenos Aires. Will they meet? Charming loneliness.
- Spring Breakers (2013) 7
Harmony Korine's latest artsy trainwreck/portrait of American cultural dysfunction, loaded with topless party girls.
- Stir of Echoes (1999) 7
After being hypnotized at a party, Kevin Bacon begins seeing haunting visions of a ghost.
- Stoker (2013) 7
A mysterious uncle appears in the life of a grieving, impressionable teenager. Dark and stylish.
- Suicide Kings (1997) 7
Ex-mob boss Christopher Walken is kidnapped by four young men attempting to pay a ransom.
- Sunshine (1999) 7
Follows the fate of a Hungarian Jewish family through three generations in the 20th century.
- Surviving Picasso (1996) 7
Natascha McElhone is Francoise Gilot, Pablo Picasso's only lover strong enough to withstand his cruelty.
- Thomas Crown Affair, The (1999) 7
Millionaire playboy Pierce Brosnan amuses himself by stealing artwork. Enter sexy insurance investigator Rene Russo.
- There's Something About Mary (1998) 7
The Farrelly Brothers present a gross-out romantic comedy starring good-natured Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller.
- Third Contact (2012) 7
Psychological thriller explores madness, depression, quantum suicide and immortality. It's a dark, puzzling poem.
- Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1998) 7
Jewel-toned, deadpan absurdity from the inimitable Guy Maddin. A kitschy, disorienting fantasy of frustrated desires.
- U Turn (1997) 7
Drifter Sean Penn becomes entangled with femme fatale Jennifer Lopez after his car breaks down.
- Va Savoir (2001) 7
This romantic comedy follows three men and three women as their lives intersect in Paris.
- Valhalla Rising (2010) 7
Aggressively minimalist, intensely violent film set in the Dark Ages. Brooding and stylish, but unmemorable.
- Wedding Crashers (2005) 7
Divorce mediators Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson make a lifestyle out of sneaking into weddings.
- XX/XY (2002) 7
A three-way relationship during college still haunts and complicates Mark Ruffalo's life 10 years later.
- 9 Songs (2005) 6
Over 69 minutes, a young couple's intense sexual encounters are interspersed with nine rock concerts.
- American Pie (1999) 6
Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.
- American Psycho (2000) 6
Christian Bale is a wealthy serial-killer hobbyist with a passion for weapons of human mutilation.
- Any Given Sunday (1999) 6
Oliver Stone explores the world of professional football. Look for the eyeball on the field.
- Awakening, The (2012) 6
In 1921 England, a boarding school reports sightings of a child ghost. Unresolved, muddled plot.
- Besieged (1998) 6
Housekeeper Thandie Newton goes into exile in Italy after her African husband is jailed.
- Blow (2001) 6
Johnny Depp plays George Jung, who established the American cocaine market in the 1970s.
- Breast Men (1997) 6
HBO movie follows two doctors who invented silicone breast implants through time. David Schwimmer stars.
- Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) 6
Neurotic British woman Renée Zellweger is determined to improve herself while looking for love.
- Brown Bunny, The (2004) 6
An aimless, gut-wrenching film of loneliness, sexual obsession and guilt. Vincent Gallo is fearlessly narcissistic.
- Butterfly Effect, The (2004) 6
An excellent concept. Did you really think Ashton Kutcher and friends could pull it off?
- Chasing Sleep (2001) 6
An insomniac wakes up to find his wife missing and proceeds to lose his mind.
- Choke (2008) 6
Screen adaptation of the Palahniuk novel about a sex-addicted scam artist and his hospitalized mother.
- CQ (2002) 6
The story of a young sci-fi filmmaker in Paris. Model Angela Lindvall serves as eye-candy.
- Crank (2006) 6
An entertaining movie because it is so intentionally ridiculous. Chock full of contrived adrenaline rushes.
- Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013) 6
Two rather insufferable young Americans seek the legendary hallucinogenic cactus in Chile. Anticlimactic drug trip.
- Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic (2010) 6
Animatrix-style companion to EA's video game. Dante enters the nine circles of hell, battles demons.
- Déjà Vu (2006) 6
Are you ready for the space-time continuum to get Bruckheimered? Explosions! Insulted intelligence! More explosions!
- Devil's Advocate, The (1997) 6
Hotshot lawyer Keanu Reeves learns that his new boss, Al Pacino, is the Devil himself.
- Exterminating Angels, The (2007) 6
A provocative, high-minded exercise about sexual pleasure in film. It's self-indulgent and oh so French.
- Faculty, The (1998) 6
High school students Jordana Brewster and Clea DuVall suspect that their teachers are becoming aliens.
- Fast and the Furious, The (2001) 6
Welcome to the underworld subculture of Los Angeles street-racers and car hijacking, starring Vin Diesel.
- Foxfire (1996) 6
Five wild teenage girls (including Angelina Jolie) become friends after sexual harassment by a teacher.
- Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) 6
A fictionalized, metaphorical account of the formation of artist Diane Arbus. Nicole Kidman is brilliant.
- Give 'em Hell, Malone (2009) 6
Mediocre, ultraviolent detective noir in need of a better director. Ridiculous villains in second-rate makeup.
- Havoc (2005) 6
Two affluent suburban girls clash with Latino gang culture. Stars Anne Hathaway and Bijou Phillips.
- Hideous Kinky (1998) 6
A hippie British woman travels to Morocco with her two young daughters. Stars Kate Winslet.
- Holy Smoke! (1999) 6
While traveling in India, Kate Winslet falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru.
- Homegrown (1998) 6
Small-time marijuana-grower Billy Bob Thornton and Kelly Lynch try to get rich following a murder.
- Ice Harvest, The (2005) 6
Mob lawyer Cusack and strip-club owner Thornton attempt to embezzle $2 million on Christmas Eve.
- Immortals (2011) 6
Tarsem's Greek epic succeeds at being a gorgeous, self-important spectacle. It's less enjoyable than 300.
- Inventing the Abbotts (1997) 6
A tale of class division and forbidden love set in the 1950s, starring Liv Tyler.
- Killshot (2009) 6
Diane Lane is placed in the witness protection program. Is she safe from Mickey Rourke?
- Laurel Canyon (2002) 6
An uptight young man moves in with Frances McDormand and experiences a clash of lifestyles.
- Life as a House (2001) 6
Terminally ill Kevin Kline takes custody of his teenage son. Jena Malone is charming.
- Lifeguard, The (2013) 6
Lovable Kristen Bell's sensitive, sympathetic performance saves this uninspired movie. But she's actually too likable.
- Marie from the Bay of Angels (1997) 6
Nubile teenager Vahina Giocante spends her holidays on the French Riviera, picking up American sailors.
- Mr. Brooks (2007) 6
A surprisingly likable and engaging Hollywood serial killer movie, especially with Costner as the lead.
- Night Watch (2006) 6
First chapter of a derivative Russian fantasy epic featuring warring forces of daytime and nighttime.
- Ninth Gate, The (1999) 6
Rare book dealer Johnny Depp seeks out the last two copies of a demon text.
- Novocaine (2001) 6
Dentist Steve Martin is manipulated into a practice-threatening disaster by crafty seductress Helena Bonham Carter.
- One Hour Photo (2002) 6
Robin Williams is a one-hour photo lab employee who becomes obsessed with a suburban family.
- Permanent Midnight (1998) 6
Ben Stiller plays desperate comedy writer and heroin addict Jerry Stahl. Maria Bello also stars.
- Pushing Tin (1999) 6
John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton are air traffic controllers playing a game of one-upmanship.
- Revolver (2007) 6
This stylish Guy Ritchie art film about con-men feels jumbled, pretentious and psychoanalytical. But intriguing.
- Ricky (2009) 6
French parable about a bizarre baby's physical development, his precocious sister and his irresponsible mother.
- Rules of Attraction, The (2002) 6
Mean-spirited film about shallow, spoiled kids at Camden College. Artful rewinds, vulgarity and Shannyn Sossamon.
- Sleeping Beauty (2011) 6
Detached, calculating portrait of a directionless, unaware student drawn into a mysterious world of desires.
- Snakes on a Plane (2006) 6
A cheesy Samuel L. Jackson horror-comedy that knows it's ridiculous and plays it refreshingly well.
- Student Services (2011) 6
A 19-year-old freshman in France, desperate for cash, is enticed into a life of prostitution.
- Super (2011) 6
A depressed everyday guy transforms himself into the superhero Crimson Bolt. Ellen Page is great.
- Super Troopers (2001) 6
You must have eaten, like, a hundred bucks worth of pot. Am I saying meow?
- Tetsuo: The Bullet Man (2010) 6
The third film in Tsukamoto's series about technology's dehumanizing influence. Human bodies as weapons.
- Training Day (2001) 6
As a rookie narcotics officer, Ethan Hawke is partnered with rogue detective Denzel Washington.
- Trick 'r Treat (2009) 6
Four interwoven Halloween stories. It doesn't rely on lame CGI ghouls and jack-o'-lanterns! Pretty decent.
- Tulse Luper Suitcases: The Moab Story, The (2003) 6
This Peter Greenaway multimedia project is too ambitious, difficult, and intertextual. Caroline Dhavernas still shines.
- Vanilla Sky (2001) 6
Tom Cruise's useless remake of Open Your Eyes. Penélope Cruz reprises her role, in English.
- Weather Man, The (2005) 6
Successful Chicago weatherman Nicolas Cage's personal life is a failure. So he takes up archery.
- Æon Flux (2005) 5
Charlize Theron is a stunning, athletic heroine. But they've destroyed the meaning of the series.
- After.Life (2010) 5
Christina Ricci is constantly naked in this pretentious horror film featuring a creepy funeral director.
- American Pie 2 (2001) 5
The sequel to the famous prom night of sexual misadventure. Eugene Levy is still brilliant.
- At First Sight (1999) 5
Girlfriend Mira Sorvino encourages blind Val Kilmer to have an operation to regain his sight.
- Crank 2: High Voltage (2009) 5
Chev Chelios is back in an even more random and intentionally absurd movie. Insane action.
- Crow: City of Angels, The (1996) 5
The spirit of the Crow resurrects another man seeking revenge for his son's murder.
- Cube 2: Hypercube (2002) 5
Bizarre, nonsensical sequel packed with bad dialogue/acting. Devoid of Cube's existentialism and simplicity.
- Double Jeopardy (1999) 5
Paroled Ashley Judd was framed for her husband's murder, but suspects he is still alive.
- Duets (2000) 5
Inside the lives of professional karaoke hustlers. Everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Huey Lewis sings.
- End of Days (1999) 5
Satan visits New York in search of a bride. It's Arnold Schwarzenegger, pyrotechnics, and CGI.
- FDR: American Badass! (2012) 5
As expected, the two-minute trailer was funnier than the movie. Crude/dumb humor, with Nazi werewolves.
- Feed (2006) 5
An Internet sex crimes expert investigates feeder-gainer relationships (sexual fetish of the grotesquely obese).
- Final Destination 2 (2003) 5
Ali Larter is back on Death's path of destruction. Features gruesome accidents galore.
- Final Destination 3 (2006) 5
Better than the first two. I watched the Rube-Goldberg deaths with amusement. The nudity helped.
- Girl from Monday, The (2005) 5
Citizens have become property traded on the stock exchange, but aliens are supporting the resistance.
- Hostel (2005) 5
Hedonism and bare breasts mixed with horrific gore, grisly torture, and the slandering of Slovakia.
- Last Days of the World, The (2011) 5
A bored Japanese teenager learns that Earth will be destroyed. Surreal, kinky and borderline exploitative.
- Mod Squad, The (1999) 5
An undercover cop recruits three minor delinquents to bust a drug ring. Stars Claire Danes.
- Number 23, The (2007) 5
Far-fetched but sometimes clever thriller starring Jim Carrey. 23 equals bad numerology and worse directing.
- Outside Ozona (1998) 5
Oklahoma motorists listening to the same radio station DJ are connected by a serial killer.
- Red State (2011) 5
Ugly, preachy Kevin Smith film. The teen horror genre plus fundamentalist religious fervor and violence.
- Resident Evil (2002) 5
That scene where Milla Jovovich kicks the crap out of undead Dobermans is pretty cool.
- Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) 5
Skinny white chicks with guns brazenly kick zombie ass while trying to escape Raccoon City.
- Road Trip (2000) 5
Four college friends take a road trip to retrieve a mistakenly mailed sex tape. Crass.
- Ruins, The (2008) 5
Bone-crunching gore as American tourists learn the horrors of sightseeing in the forbidding Mexican jungle.
- Spirit, The (2008) 5
Frank Miller's self-aware film noir is gorgeous, vapid, overacted and emotionless. Based on Eisner's comics.
- Starship Troopers (1997) 5
Future humans battle giant alien bugs in a fight for survival, with nude co-ed showers.
- Stay Alive (2006) 5
A videogame kills players in the real world. It's gory CGI fun featuring Samaire Armstrong.
- Stuck (2008) 5
The callous aftermath of a hit-and-run. I winced at the bad acting and grisly suffering.
- Varsity Blues (1999) 5
James Van Der Beek stars as a high-school quarterback. Amy Smart wears a whipped-cream bikini.
- What Just Happened (2008) 5
Two weeks in the life of big-time Hollywood producer Robert De Niro. Anxious, high-stakes triviality.
- Wild Things (1998) 5
Neve Campbell and Denise Richards make out in a swimming pool. And other stuff happens.
- 54 (1998) CRAP
A story about famous 1970s disco nightclub Studio 54, starring Ryan Phillippe and Salma Hayek.
- 88 Minutes (2008) CRAP
Features ludicrous, unthrilling plot twists, perky young women and the famous forensic psychiatrist Al Pacino.
- American Werewolf in Paris, An (1997) CRAP
At the Eiffel Tower an American tourist meets Julie Delpy, who possesses a werewolf serum.
- Bad Teacher (2011) CRAP
Gold digger Cameron Diaz is a terrible junior high teacher who wants breast-implant surgery. Misanthropic.
- Bordello of Blood (1996) CRAP
Another Cryptkeeper movie. This time a funeral parlor moonlights as a vampire whorehouse. Angie Everhart!
- Event Horizon (1997) CRAP
In 2047, Laurence Fishburne captains a questionable crew of astronauts prone to hallucinations and death.
- Eye of the Beholder (1999) CRAP
A misogynistic film. British intelligence agent Ewan McGregor is obsessed with beautiful killer Ashley Judd.
- Falling Sky (1998) CRAP
Depressing movie set in Las Vegas about alcoholic mother Karen Allen and daughter Brittany Murphy.
- FearDotCom (2002) CRAP
People are dying after logging on to a website. Natascha McElhone's talent is wasted.
- Freddy vs. Jason (2003) CRAP
Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize teenagers, and each other. Boring and stupid.
- Friday the 13th (2009) CRAP
Boobs, beer and pot. The characters are so annoying that you wish they'd die faster.
- Gamer (2009) CRAP
Brainless, ultraviolent sci-fi mishmash of bad writing, bad acting, jerky editing, digital effects and boobs.
- Half Baked (1998) CRAP
Get me an avocado, an ice pick, and my snorkel. I've made bongs with less.
- Hollow Man (2000) CRAP
Who would you rape or kill if you could turn invisible? This is boringly dumb.
- House on Haunted Hill (1999) CRAP
Want to earn a million dollars? Just stay alive, all night. A bad remake.
- Ma Mère (2005) CRAP
Dark, French exercise of reckless, unlikable characters finding pleasure in incest and depravity. Rotten, pointless.
- Macbeth (2007) CRAP
Bad acting with laser-sighted guns, drugs and tattooed naked girls. A straight retelling of Shakespeare.
- New Rose Hotel (1999) CRAP
Incoherent, completely worthless adaptation of a William Gibson story. An insufferable, redundant waste of time.
- National Lampoon's Barely Legal (2003) CRAP
Three high school guys attempt to make a porno movie. Vic Ramalot takes it personally.
- Not Another Teen Movie (2001) CRAP
A tasteless spoof of bad teen-movie clichés. Chock full of dick jokes and scatological humor.
- Poison Ivy 3: The New Seduction (1997) CRAP
Simplistic thriller starring sinister seductress Jaime Pressly. Gratuitous nudity and irrational vengeance.
- Reindeer Games (2000) CRAP
A violent, preposterous bellyflop of a heist thriller. Stars Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron.
- Say It Isn't So (2001) CRAP
I would love to say this Heather Graham movie wasn't so. And get a refund.
- Slackers (2002) CRAP
Not even Jason Schwartzman can save this utterly detestable gross-out comedy. Painfully unfunny.
- Species II (1998) CRAP
American astronauts land on Mars. Even Natasha Henstridge's nudity can't redeem this lame sci-fi bloodbath.
- Supernova (2000) CRAP
A deep-space search and rescue mission that, like the film, goes horribly wrong.
- Underworld: Evolution (2006) CRAP
Acting-challenged vampire Kate Beckinsale is still battling werewolves, but now with extra CGI incoherence.
- Van Wilder (2002) CRAP
Tara Reid and Ryan Reynolds are incapable of intelligent conversation, but let's not fault Ryan.
- Very Bad Things (1998) CRAP
A dark comedy about the consequences of a prostitute's death during a Vegas bachelor party.
Films with Sexual Content/Nudity (1996-2014)Search returned all movies with sex/nudity out of 1329 total rated films.
FROM BAD TO WORSE
Statistical ratings distribution of these 344 films (25.9% of total rated films):
With enough films included, it usually approximates a bell curve with a mean near 6.5...
(especially when considering that CRAP is 0-4 combined).
Average rating for these 344 films: 6.9.
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