Movie Ratings & Reviews
Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).
- Dark City (1998) 10
Rufus Sewell struggles to recover his memories in a nightmarish world run by telekinetic beings.
- Mulholland Drive (2001) 10
David Lynch directs a dark Hollywood conspiracy about the psychosis of becoming someone else.
- Pi (1998) 10
A paranoid mathematician searches for a number to unlock the universal patterns found in nature.
- Scanner Darkly, A (2006) 10
Richard Linklater, Philip K. Dick, Keanu Reeves, Radiohead and interpolated rotoscoping animation. Brilliant.
- V for Vendetta (2006) 10
The Wachowski Brothers present the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, starring Natalie Portman.
- Bourne Ultimatum, The (2007) 9
The third installment, with Bourne as clever as ever. A satisfying and frenetically edited action-thriller.
- Citizenfour (2014) 9
Whistleblower Edward Snowden releases classified info about mass global surveillance by the NSA. Gripping, chilling.
- Cove, The (2009) 9
Activists infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose tragic abuses of dolphins. Thrilling investigation.
- eXistenZ (1999) 9
Game designer Jennifer Jason Leigh creates a virtual-reality experience indistinguishable from real life.
- Inside Job (2010) 9
Comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008. Corruption in politics, regulation and academia.
- L.A. Confidential (1997) 9
A film of police corruption, tabloid journalism and Hollywood sleaze, set in 1950s Los Angeles.
- Lives of Others, The (2007) 9
In 1984 East Berlin, a Stasi agent finds himself fascinated by individuals under his surveillance.
- Minority Report (2002) 9
An excellent futuristic thriller with irrelevant distractions, including vomit, snot and anthropomorphic plants.
- Paprika (2007) 9
An insane anime that blurs the separation between reality, dreams, memory, cinema and the Internet.
- Prisoner - Complete Series Megaset, The (2006) 9
Resigned secret agent McGoohan becomes trapped in an idyllic village. A 1967-68 TV cult classic.
- Room 237 (2013) 9
Explores the meaning of Kubrick's 'The Shining': Native American genocide, the Holocaust, Apollo moon landings?
- Sixth Sense, The (1999) 9
Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment star. I see dead people.
- 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.
- Watchmen (2009) 9
Zack Snyder successfully films Alan Moore's graphic novel about an alternate, quantum America in 1985.
- Winter's Bone (2010) 9
Powerful noir drama about a resilient 17-year-old who tries to find her missing, drug-dealing father.
- April and the Extraordinary World (2016) 8
Alternate universe ruled by coal and steam engines. Scientists have been disappearing. Fun French steampunk.
- Arrival, The (1996) 8
Astronomer Charlie Sheen discovers intelligent alien life, but the aliens are keeping a deadly secret.
- Bourne Supremacy, The (2004) 8
A sequel that tops the original. Matt Damon resumes his life as a trained assassin.
- Constant Gardener, The (2005) 8
A story of corruption in the pharmaceutical industry and how AIDS-ravaged Africa is being exploited.
- Hole, The (2001) 8
British psychological thriller featuring teenagers in a bomb shelter. Stars Thora Birch and Keira Knightley.
- Hot Fuzz (2007) 8
A clever, over-the-top pastiche of every buddy cop movie you've ever seen, set in London.
- Illusionist, The (2006) 8
In 1900 Vienna, Edward Norton is Eisenheim the Illusionist. This lush production inspires supernatural reflection.
- Imitation Game, The (2014) 8
How Alan Turing helped crack Germany's Enigma code during WWII and saved millions of lives.
- In the Bedroom (2001) 8
Tragic story about a couple's only son who falls in love with a single mother.
- Insider, The (1999) 8
Based on a true story about malpractices in the tobacco industry and powerful Big Tobacco.
- Iron Man (2008) 8
Robert Downey Jr. builds an armored suit and decides to use the technology against evil.
- Light Bulb Conspiracy: The Untold Story of Planned Obsole... (2011) 8
History of planned obsolescence, the hidden mechanism at the heart of our wasteful consumer society.
- Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup (2009) 8
Investigates the conspiracy theory that 9/11 was an inside job. An example of history repeating?
- Monsters, Inc. (2001) 8
Pixar presents a bunch of scary monsters who are afraid of being contaminated by children.
- Oldboy (2005) 8
A man who was kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years exacts his brutal revenge. Stunning.
- Shutter Island (2010) 8
Leonardo DiCaprio investigates a disappearance from a hospital for the criminally insane. Chilling and clever.
- Syriana (2005) 8
A thriller of corruption and power related to the oil industry, with four parallel stories.
- 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.
- Wag the Dog (1997) 8
Before elections, a Washington spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war.
- X-Files: The Complete Collector's Edition, The (2002) 8
FBI agents Mulder and Scully investigate paranormal cases and discover alien conspiracies within our government.
- Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007) 8
Important, incendiary exploration of global societal control through religion, 9/11, foreign wars and central banks.
- Zootopia (2016) 8
A bunny police recruit and a con-artist fox work together to uncover a savage conspiracy.
- Bourne Identity, The (2002) 7
In Paris, Matt Damon tries to remember his identity and why he is wanted dead.
- Breakdown (1997) 7
Kurt Russell searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the desert.
- Cabin in the Woods, The (2012) 7
Turns the horror genre on its head, but crammed with excessive wink-wink cleverness and CGI.
- Conspiracy Theory (1997) 7
Paranoid Mel Gibson collects 'The Catcher in the Rye' books and Julia Roberts likes horsies.
- Dick (1999) 7
A clever comedy about how two cheerful teenagers blew the Watergate scandal wide open.
- Enemy of the State (1998) 7
Will Smith becomes a target after learning of a politically motivated murder. Surveillance and paranoia!
- From Hell (2001) 7
A stylized whodunit set in Victorian Era London, starring clairvoyant police detective Johnny Depp.
- Game, The (1997) 7
Wealthy financier Michael Douglas gets involved in a live-action game without rules. A puzzle thriller.
- Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, The (2010) 7
The trilogy finale. Hacker Lisbeth Salander is hospitalized, suspected of murder and targeted for death.
- Girl Who Played with Fire, The (2010) 7
Hacker Lisbeth Salander becomes the prime suspect in deaths following a Swedish sex trade exposé.
- Gone Baby Gone (2007) 7
Ben Affleck directs Casey Affleck in a story about a little girl's kidnapping in Boston.
- Good Shepherd, The (2006) 7
The early history of the CIA, viewed through a fictional man's life. Serious and tedious.
- Hunger Games, The (2012) 7
Jennifer Lawrence's soulfulness carries this televised survival competition in which teenagers fight to the death.
- Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The (2013) 7
Jena Malone helps Jennifer Lawrence carry the sequel about rebellion following the 74th Hunger Games.
- Island, The (2005) 7
It's Logan's Run utopia meets Philip K. Dick paranoia, starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson.
- Lunopolis (2009) 7
Pseudo-documentary about aliens on the moon and a secret Scientology-like group. A fun, riveting conspiracy.
- Metropia (2010) 7
Bleak dystopian future of Europe with a fascinating, photomontage animation style. An unsettling Orwellian plot.
- Negotiator, The (1998) 7
Police negotiator Samuel L. Jackson has been framed. Can negotiator Kevin Spacey save his life?
- Prisoner, The (2009) 7
AMC miniseries based on the classic 1960s TV show. Interesting but muddled. Caviezel lacks personality.
- Salt (2010) 7
Insanely violent and illogical. CIA agent/Russian spy Angelina Jolie is an unstoppable killing machine.
- Sherlock Holmes (2009) 7
Ritchie's overwrought, violent CGI explosion. Quick-witted Downey is great, but why is Holmes constantly fighting?
- Soaked in Bleach (2015) 7
Compelling docudrama about the last days of Kurt Cobain. Re-open the death investigation, Seattle PD.
- Sunshine (1999) 7
Follows the fate of a Hungarian Jewish family through three generations in the 20th century.
- Third Contact (2012) 7
Psychological thriller explores madness, depression, quantum suicide and immortality. It's a dark, puzzling poem.
- X-Files: Fight the Future, The (1998) 7
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson must fight the government in a conspiracy about alien colonization.
- X-Men (2000) 7
The superheroes from a private academy for mutants must oppose a powerful mutant terrorist organization.
- X2: X-Men United (2003) 7
Mutants continue to struggle against fearful human society and are attacked by military forces.
- Absolute Power (1997) 6
Career thief Clint Eastwood witnesses a horrific crime involving ruthless U.S. President Gene Hackman.
- Arlington Road (1999) 6
Widowed professor Jeff Bridges begins to suspect that his neighbor Tim Robbins is a terrorist.
- Cop Land (1997) 6
Sheriff Sylvester Stallone uncovers a massive, deadly conspiracy. Will he cross the crooked cops?
- Erin Brockovich (2000) 6
Single mother Julia Roberts becomes a legal assistant and brings down a toxic power company.
- Forgotten, The (2004) 6
Julianne Moore is told that her nine-year-old son never existed. Who is fabricating reality?
- Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, The (2014) 6
Jennifer Lawrence's charisma is the only thing holding this trilogy together. Sadly underdeveloped, yet overdone.
- In Time (2011) 6
Promising concept plays like a contrived mishmash of Logan's Run, Robin Hood, Bonnie and Clyde.
- Independence Day (1996) 6
Gigantic spaceships piloted by a mysterious alien species approach Earth. Then the White House explodes.
- International, The (2009) 6
Worth watching for the Guggenheim Museum shootout, but this globetrotting thriller is fairly unremarkable.
- Mission: Impossible II (2000) 6
Secret agent Tom Cruise seeks a German-manufactured virus before it falls into the wrong hands.
- Ninth Gate, The (1999) 6
Rare book dealer Johnny Depp seeks out the last two copies of a demon text.
- Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) 6
The finale of Robert Rodriguez's Mariachi trilogy. Johnny Depp redeems this overstuffed spaghetti Western.
- Peacemaker, The (1997) 6
George Clooney and Nicole Kidman investigate a nuclear explosion in Russia, unraveling a terrorist conspiracy.
- Southland Tales (2007) 6
Richard Kelly's dystopian, genre-defying mess of destruction and pop-culture doom. Bad actors cast on purpose?
- Super Troopers (2001) 6
You must have eaten, like, a hundred bucks worth of pot. Am I saying meow?
- Veronica Guerin (2003) 6
Irish journalist Cate Blanchett is murdered by drug dealers she exposed in her newspaper articles.
- Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, The (2015) 5
The downhill slide concludes. Was almost wishing Katniss would shoot every character with an arrow.
- Murder at 1600 (1997) 5
Washington homicide cop Wesley Snipes and agent Diane Lane investigate murder inside the White House.
- National Treasure (2004) 5
Diane Heidkrueger has been able to capture my attention since her mid-1990s modeling days.
- 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.
- Speed Racer (2008) 5
A hyperfrenetic explosion of sound and color in the form of Car-Fu. It's marginally watchable.
- Surveillance (2009) 5
A crude, unsettling thriller by Jennifer Lynch. It's a disappointment, but Bill Pullman is great.
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) 5
Unrelenting sound and fury. I appreciated the alternate Apollo and Chernobyl histories. But it's vapid.
- Zoolander (2001) 5
Ben Stiller wonders if there's more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking.
- Josie and the Pussycats (2001) CRAP
Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid and Rosario Dawson star in this annoying pop-music satire.
Conspiracy Films (1996-2020)Search returned all conspiracy/corruption movies out of 1603 total rated films.
Conspiracy theories: Big Brother, CIA, FBI, Illuminati, NWO, UFOs, aliens, 9/11, etc.
FROM BAD TO WORSE
Statistical ratings distribution of these 96 films (6% 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 96 films: 7.3.
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