Movie Ratings & Reviews
Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).
- Arrival (2016) 10
Linguistics professor Amy Adams and the tense puzzle of 12 alien spacecraft. Deeply affecting humanity.
- Endless Poetry (2017) 10
Jodorowsky's vibrant retelling of his life continues. Chronicles personal and artistic development via magical realism.
- Ghost Story, A (2017) 10
Bedsheet-covered meditation on the passage of time and death's inevitability. A profoundly sad haunted house.
- Lady Bird (2017) 10
In 2002, 17-year-old Saoirse Ronan comes of age in Sacramento. Gerwig is keenly perceptive, funny.
- Moonlight (2016) 10
A masterpiece. Tenderly chronicles a young black man's rough and anxious life in 1980s Miami.
- World of Tomorrow (2015) 10
Brilliant Don Hertzfeldt short. A little girl experiences a mind-bending tour of her distant future.
- World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People... (2017) 10
Dazzling and poignant sci-fi. Don Hertzfeldt reverse-engineered this sequel from audio of his five-year-old niece.
- 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 9
Winstead awakens in a bunker. Is the outside world under widespread attack? Tense chamber piece.
- 13th (2016) 9
In-depth look at racial inequality, criminalization and the prison-industrial complex in the U.S. Essential. Tragic.
- Annihilation (2018) 9
Natalie Portman joins a perilous expedition into the Shimmer, a quarantined disaster area. Hallucinogenic mystery.
- Anomalisa (2016) 9
A joyless motivational speaker just going through the motions has an extraordinary experience. Stop-motion humanity.
- Captain Fantastic (2016) 9
A survivalist raising his children in an isolated Washington forest must return to civilization. Parenting!
- Dunkirk (2017) 9
Nolan's depiction of Allied soldiers trapped by Nazi forces on the beaches of northern France.
- Ex Machina (2015) 9
A young programmer is selected to help evaluate a female A.I. dubbed Ava. Thrilling, smart.
- Faces Places (2017) 9
French New Wave director Agnès Varda and muralist JR travel across France. Delightful creative collaboration.
- Florida Project, The (2017) 9
The magical adventures of six-year-old Moonee, living in poverty in the shadow of Disney World.
- Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, A (2015) 9
In Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a lonesome vampire stalks residents at night. Charming as hell.
- Hidden Figures (2017) 9
Spotlights NASA's black female mathematicians during the 1960s space race, especially Katherine Johnson. Vital history.
- Inside Out (2015) 9
A Minnesota tween is moved to California. What goes on in her head? Pixar brilliance.
- Isle of Dogs (2018) 9
The mayor of Megasaki, Japan banishes all dogs to Trash Island. Charming Wes Anderson stop-motion.
- It Follows (2015) 9
A terrifying supernatural entity starts following a young woman after a sexual encounter. Gripping, ingenious.
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Seasons 1-4 (2017) 9
The very best news satire program. Weekly updates from former 'Daily Show' host and correspondent.
- Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 9
The fourth and best chapter. Charlize Theron rebels against tyranny in post-apocalyptic Australia. Car chase!
- Martian, The (2015) 9
Astronaut Matt Damon, accidentally abandoned on Mars, has just one month of supplies. Compelling realism.
- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) 9
A Pittsburgh high-schooler is deeply changed after befriending a classmate with cancer. Witty and heartbreaking.
- Predestination (2015) 9
Paradoxical head-trip. A temporal agent pursues an elusive terrorist through time, tries to prevent disasters.
- Red Turtle, The (2017) 9
A man stranded on a deserted island encounters an enormous red turtle. Dialogue-free Japanese fable.
- Revenant, The (2015) 9
The resilience of Leonardo DiCaprio, 1820s frontiersman on a fur trading expedition. Epic survival tale.
- Room (2016) 9
A loving mother raising her boy within the confines of a small shed. Incredibly moving.
- Selma (2015) 9
Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via a 1965 Alabama march. Vital.
- Shape of Water, The (2017) 9
Love story between a mute janitor and an amphibious creature at a 1962 top-secret laboratory.
- Spotlight (2015) 9
True story of Boston Globe journalists uncovering systematic child molestation cover-ups in the Catholic Church.
- Steve Jobs (2015) 9
Explores Jobs's ruthless drive to revolutionize computing. Behind the scenes of three iconic product launches.
- Stranger Things - Seasons 1-2 (2017) 9
A small Indiana town in the 1980s has a shadowy parallel dimension. Thrilling, emotionally resonant.
- Torrey Pines (2016) 9
Stop-motion adventure of 1990s youth. Director Clyde Peterson also leads queercore band Your Heart Breaks.
- Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) 9
David Lynch revisits the surreal, mystical character of a quaint Washington town 25 years later.
- 20th Century Women (2017) 8
A teenager is raised by his bohemian mother and two young women. Southern California, 1979.
- April and the Extraordinary World (2016) 8
Alternate universe ruled by coal and steam engines. Scientists have been disappearing. Fun French steampunk.
- Baby Driver (2017) 8
A baby-faced getaway driver is in deep trouble following a botched heist. Musical chase scenes.
- Big Short, The (2015) 8
Breaks the fourth wall to reenact the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s.
- Black Panther (2018) 8
The advanced African kingdom of Wakanda, powered by vibranium, is in transition. Socially conscious Marvel.
- BoJack Horseman - Seasons 1-5 (2018) 8
Absurd adult cartoon about a washed-up 1990s sitcom horse in Hollywood. Surprising wit, depth, self-loathing.
- Breadwinner, The (2017) 8
A brave 11-year-old Afghan girl dresses as a boy to survive the Taliban. Beautiful, heartbreaking.
- Brooklyn (2015) 8
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, but ends up having to choose between countries/lives.
- Buster's Mal Heart (2017) 8
A motel concierge (possibly lost at sea), Y2K, and a cosmic event called the Inversion.
- Cemetery of Splendor (2016) 8
Gentle magical realism featuring Thai soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness, ancient kings, and love.
- Christmas, Again (2015) 8
Life of a dejected Christmas-tree salesman. Small observations about human behavior, the importance of timing.
- Coco (2017) 8
On Día de los Muertos, an aspiring musician crosses into the afterlife seeking his great-great-grandfather.
- CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap (2015) 8
Exposes the lack of women and minorities in tech. Explores reasons why and possible solutions.
- David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) 8
Lynch discusses his early life, his art and his creative process. Meditative smoking and painting.
- Dope (2015) 8
In a tough L.A. neighborhood, an overachieving teen's life changes following an underground party. Charming.
- Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) 8
Good-natured look at the 1980 college party scene, the shenanigans of an unsupervised baseball team.
- Experimenter (2015) 8
True story of social psychologist Stanley Milgram's experiments on human obedience, by using electric shock.
- Finding Dory (2016) 8
The forgetful blue tang fish searches for her long-lost parents, journeys to an ocean conservatory.
- Full Frontal with Samantha Bee - Seasons 1-2 (2017) 8
Weekly news satire, with particular attention to women's issues, from the former 'Daily Show' correspondent.
- Get Out (2017) 8
A black man meets his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend at their estate. Razor-sharp.
- Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman, A (2015) 8
History of Aardman Animations, the acclaimed British stop-motion animation studio behind Morph, Wallace & Gromit.
- Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) 8
Adventures of a misfit teenager and his foster 'uncle' in the wild New Zealand bush.
- In This Corner of the World (2017) 8
In Hiroshima during World War II, a daydreaming girl confronts the devastating horrors of war.
- InnSæi: The Sea Within (2016) 7
A global journey to reconnect human intuition within our modern world of distraction and stress.
- Jungle Book, The (2016) 8
Can't really go wrong with Bill Murray and Christopher Walken voicing characters in this adaptation.
- Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) 8
A young boy searches for a magical suit of armor, fights vengeful spirits. Stop-motion origami.
- Kung Fury (2015) 8
In 1985, a Miami cop goes back in time to kill Hitler. Over-the-top crowdfunded action-comedy.
- Little Prince, The (2016) 8
An overscheduled girl befriends an eccentric aviator, who shares his extraordinary world. Moving, charming adaptation.
- Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) 8
Werner Herzog explores the Internet's evolution, ponders its societal influence. Cyberwarfare, AI, telepathy, etc.
- Lobster, The (2016) 8
Absurd allegory for how society regards romantic relationships and loneliness. A provocative, original love story.
- Miss Hokusai (2016) 8
Japanese ukiyo-e painter Hokusai, as seen from the eyes of his artist daughter, Katsushika O-Ei.
- Mistress America (2015) 8
A college freshman in New York meets her spirited stepsister-to-be. Greta Gerwig is brilliant, charming.
- Monster Calls, A (2016) 8
A yew-tree monster helps a 12-year-old cope with his single mother's terminal illness. Devastating fable.
- Mother! (2017) 8
Aronofsky's unsettling, grotesque allegory of artistic creation and consumption. The chaotic horror of powerlessness.
- My Life as a Zucchini (2017) 8
Vibrant stop-motion animation about a young boy sent to a foster home. Delightful youthful resilience.
- Nocturnal Animals (2016) 8
Wealthy art gallery owner Amy Adams receives a draft of her ex-husband's violent new novel.
- Paterson (2016) 8
One week in the quiet life of Paterson, a poet in Paterson, NJ. Existential Jarmusch.
- People, Places, Things (2015) 8
Graphic novelist Jemaine Clement, now single-parenting twin girls, can't get let go of his ex.
- Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, A (2015) 8
Series of absurdist episodes, many involving a pair of hapless novelty salesman. Completes Swedish trilogy.
- Quiet Place, A (2018) 8
In the post-apocalypse, people live in silence while hiding from blind creatures with supersensitive hearing.
- Reality (2015) 8
Surreal, compelling nonsense from absurdist Dupieux, who has taken a page from Lynch's Mulholland Drive.
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) 8
How the Rebel Alliance stole the Death Star plans. Occurs between Episodes III and IV.
- Sicario (2015) 8
Idealistic FBI agent Emily Blunt is enlisted to aid in the escalating inter-American drug trade.
- Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) 8
Abrams redeems the franchise as much as could be expected. WTF, giant Lincoln Memorial Gollum.
- Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) 8
Another one! Rey finds hermit Luke Skywalker, then battles Kylo Ren and the First Order.
- Tangerine (2015) 8
A transgender prostitute tears through L.A. on Christmas Eve seeking her unfaithful pimp. Raunchy, empathetic.
- Tangerines (2015) 8
An Estonian tangerine farmer refuses to leave during the bloody Abkhaz-Georgian conflict. Powerful humanity.
- This is Not a Conspiracy Theory (2018) 8
Six-part (2014-2018) episodic documentary by Kirby Ferguson about the hidden forces that shape our lives.
- Under the Shadow (2016) 8
Distinctively creepy genre film that's also an allegory of female oppression in 1980s Iran. Djinn!
- Witch: A New-England Folktale, The (2016) 8
A Puritan homesteading family in 1630s New England is torn apart by forces of witchcraft.
- Zootopia (2016) 8
A bunny police recruit and a con-artist fox work together to uncover a savage conspiracy.
- Advantageous (2015) 7
Dystopian future where a middle-aged woman undergoes a drastic biomedical procedure to support her daughter.
- ARQ (2016) 7
Stuck in an accidental time loop in a dystopian future, a disoriented couple attempts survival.
- Before I Wake (2018) 7
Parents haunted by their lost child. The surprisingly rewarding payoff redeems the clichéd Canker Man.
- Boy and the Beast, The (2016) 7
A nine-year-old boy in Japan stumbles upon a fantastic world of beasts. Uneven coming-of-age anime.
- Chappie (2015) 7
Both brazenly ridiculous and ingenious. Die Antwoord teaches a conscious AI how to do crimes.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) 7
The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards.
- Ghost in the Shell (2017) 7
Scarlett Johansson, now cyber-enhanced, is the perfect weapon. A big-budget spectacle that honors the anime.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) 7
The ragtag, intergalactic crew fights to stay together and unravels the mystery of Quill's father.
- H. (2016) 7
Two women named Helen struggle to cope following strange atmospheric phenomena in Troy, NY. Unsettling.
- Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil (2016) 7
New infrared photography of the late-medieval artist's fantastical paintings. Too much focus on inter-museum politics.
- Hush (2016) 7
A deaf-mute writer lives alone in the woods. A masked killer appears in her window.
- I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016) 7
A hospice nurse cares for an elderly horror novelist in an old house. Persistent unease.
- I Cannot Go on as I Am (2015) 7
Silent musical by Edgardo Flores. A woman loses her job and lover. Meaning in stillness.
- Into the Inferno (2016) 7
Werner Herzog explores the cultural power of volcanoes in Vanuatu, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Iceland, North Korea.
- Jurassic World (2015) 7
An enjoyably self-conscious, formulaic blockbuster of dinosaur de-extinctions. Part four! Bryce Dallas Howard is fun.
- Pearl Jam: Let's Play Two (2017) 7
Eddie Vedder's Chicago Cubs fandom during their 2016 World Series run, plus Wrigley Field concerts.
- Mascots (2016) 7
Offbeat, uneven look into the weird world of competitive mascots. The fourth Christopher Guest mockumentary.
- Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2016) 7
Inside the lives of minimalists striving to exist meaningfully with less. A familiar anti-consumerism premise.
- Moana (2016) 7
Disney musical set in Ancient Polynesia. A girl befriends a demigod to save her people.
- Okja (2017) 7
A Korean girl's best friend is a GMO created by a powerful corporation. Over-the-top antics.
- Pete's Dragon (2016) 7
When a boy is orphaned in the forest, a magical dragon named Elliot protects him.
- Phantom Boy (2016) 7
A boy whose illness allows him to float outside his body befriends a NYC cop.
- Saving Capitalism (2017) 7
Robert Reich's demoralizing yet hopeful account of how American politics became rigged by crony capitalism.
- Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016) 7
The grand celestial ambitions of Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang, famous for his pyrotechnic displays.
- Snowden (2016) 7
A paranoid thriller, plus ethical dilemma, about leaking the NSA's illegal surveillance techniques. Gordon-Levitt stars.
- Soaked in Bleach (2015) 7
Compelling docudrama about the last days of Kurt Cobain. Re-open the death investigation, Seattle PD.
- Son of the Congo (2015) 7
Basketball star Serge Ibaka returns to the Congo with the hope of uplifting communities. Heartwarming.
- Swiss Army Man (2016) 7
Surreal, earnest adventures of a stranded man and the gaseous corpse he befriends. Poetic slapstick?
- Time Lapse (2015) 7
A mysterious device takes pictures 24 hours into the future. Engaging time-machine premise, passable acting.
- Tomorrowland (2015) 7
I can't resist the retro-futurism of 1960s World's Fairs. Magical adventure into an alternate dimension.
- Turbo Kid (2015) 7
Good-natured 1980s nostalgia. A post-apocalyptic wasteland with bicycles. Fun homage. Laurence Leboeuf is a delight.
- Uncanny (2015) 7
A groundbreaking A.I. exhibits emergent behavior. Quite similar to 'Ex Machina' but actually predates it.
- Who Took Johnny (2015) 7
Examination into the famous 1982 disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch. Case appears essentially solved.
- Z for Zachariah (2015) 7
A radioactive global catastrophe. Three survivors? Mesmerizing first half. Weak love triangle. Clever water wheel.
- Babysitter, The (2017) 6
A 12-year-old trying to spy on his hot babysitter learns too much and is imperiled.
- BFG, The (2016) 6
Spielberg-directed adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl book about giants and a 10-year-old British girl.
- Bottom of the World (2017) 6
Trippy mystery of a guilty subconscious. Dreams within dreams, but falls flat in the end.
- Embers (2015) 6
Survivors of a global neurological epidemic, unable to make memories, live entirely in the present.
- Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil (2018) 6
Depicts a Basque fable about a cunning blacksmith who makes a pact with the devil.
- Extraordinary Tales (2015) 6
Animated anthology of five stories adapted from Edgar Allan Poe. Disjointedly connected via Death character.
- Girl Asleep (2016) 6
Vibrant and fantastical. Chaotic caricature of a teenage girl coming of age in 1970s Australia.
- Hot Girls Wanted (2015) 6
Superficial documentary of lost and confused young women being exploited in the amateur porn industry.
- Into the Forest (2016) 6
Post-apocalyptic survivalist story with surprisingly limited hardship. The sisterhood of the talented Page and Wood.
- OtherLife (2017) 6
Biological software can induce time-compressed virtual realities, or make false memories. A lonely, cautionary tale.
- Parallels (2015) 6
A mysterious building is the gateway to infinite parallel Earths. Interesting concept, but mediocre execution.
- Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) 6
A Netflix revival of Pee-wee Herman's childlike antics and fun-house sketch humor. Fulfills 1980s nostalgia.
- Revolt (2017) 6
Amnesiac soldier Lee Pace wakes up during a cataclysmic alien invasion in the Kenyan countryside.
- Secret Life of Pets, The (2016) 6
The silly escapades of some Manhattan pets and a psychotic rabbit. Both cute and annoying.
- Self/less (2015) 6
Explores the premise of transplanting minds into new bodies. Turns into a conventional action movie.
- These Final Hours (2015) 6
Just hours before a global extinction event, most people go crazy. One man finds redemption.
- Trainwreck (2015) 6
Commitment-phobic career woman Amy Schumer grows up. An irreverent and candid comedy about relationships.
- VANish (2015) 6
A drug lord's daughter is taken hostage by amateurs. Entertaining mayhem ensues inside their van.
- Wheelman (2017) 6
A getaway driver is double-crossed. Top-speed BMW driving plus cell-phone cursing. 'Locke' it is not.
- XX (2017) 6
Four-part anthology of short horror films directed and written by women, including musician St. Vincent.
- Beyond, The (2018) 5
Faux-documentary of astronauts, wormholes, cybernetics, alien life. Far-fetched pseudoscience. Solid visual effects.
- Cloverfield Paradox, The (2018) 5
Absurd, unstable jumble of sci-fi space horror that connects to the previous two Cloverfield movies.
- Delirium (2018) 5
Topher Grace, recently released from a mental institute, inherits his father's mansion. Haunted? Or psychosis?
- Extinction (2018) 5
A father is plagued by nightmares of a deadly alien invasion. But there's a twist.
- Guardian Brothers, The (2017) 5
The spirit world is authoritarian and small-minded. The godless human world has tasty-looking Chinese soup.
- Gnome Alone (2017) 5
Help garden gnomes battle the Troggs and save the world? Or befriend wicked teenage girls?
- Home (2015) 5
Adorable cuttlefish-like aliens attack Earth, then learn to love Rihanna's music. I guess? Zany, underdeveloped.
- How It Ends (2018) 5
After an apocalyptic event, a man travels west toward Seattle. How it ends is stupidly.
- Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, The (2015) 5
The downhill slide concludes. Was almost wishing Katniss would shoot every character with an arrow.
- iBoy (2017) 5
A teen gains superpowers after smartphone fragments enter his brain. Bruv, mind-hacking everything is easy!
- Last Survivors, The (2015) 5
A teen girl tries to evade masked marauders in drought-stricken, post-apocalyptic Oregon. High body count.
- Man with the Iron Fists 2, The (2015) 5
RZA, the kung-fu blacksmith, arrives unceremoniously in an oppressed silver-mining village in feudal China. Fight!
- One and Two (2015) 5
Siblings with teleportation powers live with their abusive father on an isolated Mennonite-like farmstead. WTF.
- Orbiter 9 (2018) 5
An engineer boards a young woman's spaceship, upends her sense of reality. Promising but unfocused.
- Reconstruction of William Zero, The (2015) 5
A geneticist with amnesia awakes under the care of his identical twin. Clever, but clumsy.
- Desire (2017) CRAP
Two estranged sisters reunite at a wedding. Lust destroys their lives again. Boring yet poetic.
- Disappointments Room, The (2016) CRAP
Disappointment was in the title, so I can't say I wasn't warned. Incoherent, spooky nonsense.
- Emoji Movie, The (2017) CRAP
They turned a smartphone messaging app into a movie? I was nihilistically curious. WEARY. GRIMACING.
- Paradox (2018) CRAP
Daryl Hannah directs outlaw Neil Young in an experimental concert film of supernatural frontier nonsense.
- Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas (2017) CRAP
An awkward explorer, with Peruvian mummy sidekick, versus a millionaire looking for King Midas' necklace.
2015-2018 ReleasesSearch returned all films since 2015 out of 1603 total rated films.
FROM BAD TO WORSE
Statistical ratings distribution of these 161 films (10% 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 161 films: 7.4.
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