Movie Ratings & Reviews
Last film added: December 11, 2018. There are currently 1601 films in the database (since 1996).
- Amazing Screw-On Head, The (2006) 10
A TV pilot featuring Emperor Zombie and Lincoln. Any last words before I spark it?
- Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer, The (2005) 10
An excellent retrospective of surreal, unsettling films from the Czech animator, dating 1965 to 1992.
- Cyclo (1996) 10
After a Vietnamese man's bicycle-taxi is stolen, he desperately turns to the mob for work.
- Dance of Reality, The (2014) 10
Jodorowsky bares his soul through a dreamlike, mythical retelling of his childhood in Chile. Provocative.
- Endless Poetry (2017) 10
Jodorowsky's vibrant retelling of his life continues. Chronicles personal and artistic development via magical realism.
- Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) 10
A documentary about an elderly topiary gardener, a retired lion tamer and a robotics designer.
- Happy Accidents (2000) 10
Marisa Tomei wonders if her boyfriend Vincent D'Onofrio is really a time-traveler, or just delusional.
- In the Realms of the Unreal (2004) 10
Visionary artist Henry Darger was a hospital janitor who privately authored a 15,000-page fantasy novel.
- It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012) 10
Don Hertzfeldt's feature-film version of his animated philosophical trilogy about Bill and his shattered psyche.
- Rosetta (2000) 10
The Dardenne Brothers' Dogme 95 film. Young Rosetta will do anything to maintain a job.
- Short Films of David Lynch, The (2002) 10
A detailed DVD collection of Lynch's six short films, dating 1966 to 1996. Horrifically odd.
- Son, The (2002) 10
The Dardennes' build emotional and moral complexity around a vocational training center for troubled boys.
- 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.
- 13th (2016) 9
In-depth look at racial inequality, criminalization and the prison-industrial complex in the U.S. Essential. Tragic.
- Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) 9
Documentary about the life of celebrated Chinese artist and outspoken dissident Ai Weiwei. Compelling humanity.
- All the Real Girls (2003) 9
This believable natural drama about love and anger stars Zooey Deschanel.
- Animation Show, The (2003) 9
A collection of short films (mostly comedy) put together by Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt.
- Animation Show 2005, The (2005) 9
Don Hertzfeldt, Bill Plympton and other animators return in this second collection of excellent shorts.
- Animation Show 2007, The (2007) 9
The touring festival's third anthology of animated shorts collected by Don Hertzfeldt and Mike Judge.
- Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011) 9
The story of puppeteer Kevin Clash, the heart and soul of Elmo. Touching and inspiring.
- 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.
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) 9
Inside France's Chauvet Cave, Werner Herzog idiosyncratically explores the history of art and human culture.
- Chop Shop (2008) 9
A hard-working, resourceful street orphan in Queens struggles to create a better life for himself.
- Citizenfour (2014) 9
Whistleblower Edward Snowden releases classified info about mass global surveillance by the NSA. Gripping, chilling.
- Cutie and the Boxer (2013) 9
The art and 40-year marriage of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, Japanese artists in New York.
- Dark Days (2000) 9
A cinematic portrait of the homeless population living permanently in New York City's underground tunnels.
- DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010) 9
Strassman and Hancock explore connections between human spirituality and neuroscience through psychedelics.
- Dreamlife of Angels, The (1998) 9
In France, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends and share a flat.
- Drunk History - Season 1 (2008) 9
Drunk historians try to describe history while Jack Black, Michael Cera and others reenact. Hilarious.
- Go-Getter, The (2008) 9
A great road movie, starting from Eugene, Oregon. Features Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward's music.
- Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008) 9
A fast-moving, entertaining portrait of late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, narrated by Johnny Depp.
- Helvetica (2007) 9
No modern typeface is more ubiquitous than Helvetica. What are the responsibilities of graphic designers?
- How to Die in Oregon (2011) 9
Peter Richardson's respectful, heartbreaking documentary about physician-assisted suicide and the beauty of life.
- Hype! (1996) 9
The Seattle grunge music scene of the early 1990s and its effects on American culture.
- In Pursuit of Panama (2009) 9
An allegorical, Kerouac-like documentary about two lifelong friends who embark on a seven-country road trip.
- Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries, The (2013) 9
Six Neil deGrasse Tyson lectures exploring what we don't know about how the universe works.
- Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (2010) 9
Discovery Channel cosmology miniseries that discusses aliens, time travel and the history of the universe.
- Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) 9
Behind Jodorowsky's ambitious, influential mid-1970s sci-fi film failure. With Dalí, Giger, Welles, Jagger, Pink Floyd.
- Last Night (1998) 9
There are six hours until the end of the world. What would you do?
- Limbo (1999) 9
A film set in Alaska's wilderness about people living in limbo. There is no ending.
- Little Otik (2001) 9
A fantastically disturbing Czech fairytale about parenthood. It's conventionally structured for a Svankmajer film.
- Lorna's Silence (2009) 9
The Dardenne Brothers' stunning film about Albanian emigrants in Belgium. Study of a woman's conscience.
- Meeting People Is Easy (1999) 9
A documentary about the band Radiohead. An OK Computer travelogue of the disorientation of touring.
- Millennium Actress (2001) 9
This animated epic blurs the distinction between film, history and memory. There are many truths.
- My Winnipeg (2008) 9
Haunting, personal portrait of filmmaker Guy Maddin's hometown of Winnipeg, and of his psyche. Unique.
- Pixar Story, The (2008) 9
Documentary about the history of animation, and the origin and successes of Pixar Animation Studios.
- Promesse, La (1997) 9
A gritty, thoughtful portrayal of the illegal immigrant situation in Belgium by the Dardenne Brothers.
- Torrey Pines (2016) 9
Stop-motion adventure of 1990s youth. Director Clyde Peterson also leads queercore band Your Heart Breaks.
- Turtles Can Fly (2005) 9
A grim and heartbreaking portrait of Iraq. Refugee children survive by collecting and selling mines.
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011) 9
On his deathbed, Uncle Boonmee experiences the magical intersection of spirit, animal and human worlds.
- Upstream Color (2013) 9
Shane Carruth's fragmented, hypnotic story of lost identity. Puzzling allegory via Thoreau and psychotropic grubs.
- When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (2008) 9
Discovery's compelling six-part series about the race into space, the moon landings, shuttles, and beyond.
- 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless (2010) 8
An outdoorsman retraces the epic 1968 journey of his hero Yvon Chouinard to Patagonia. Inspiring.
- 5 Broken Cameras (2012) 8
Intimate study of a small West Bank village's protests against Israeli soldiers. Injustice, violence, resolve.
- Abel Raises Cain (2005) 8
A documentary about world-class hoaxer Alan Abel, who exposes the media's obsession with the salacious.
- April and the Extraordinary World (2016) 8
Alternate universe ruled by coal and steam engines. Scientists have been disappearing. Fun French steampunk.
- Art & Copy (2009) 8
Documents advertising's history and influence. Wisdom and inspiration from creative artists behind the campaigns.
- Aura, The (2006) 8
An epileptic taxidermist imagines executing the perfect robbery, then gets his chance. A psychological thriller.
- Away From Her (2007) 8
A man deals with the progression of his wife's Alzheimer's. Sarah Polley's character-driven directorial debut.
- Bag It (2011) 8
Funny/disturbing environmental documentary about plastic bags, the ACC, BPA, phthalates and child development.
- Beautiful Losers (2009) 8
A collective group of do-it-yourself artists and designers in 1990s New York find success.
- Between the Folds (2008) 8
PBS documentary about artists and scientists who have devoted their lives to modern origami.
- Blood Into Wine (2010) 8
Eccentric rocker Maynard James Keenan's journey from L.A. to running a world-class vineyard in Arizona.
- Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football (2008) 8
HBO chronicles the profound effect of the 1960s Civil Rights movement on college football programs.
- Bunny and the Bull (2009) 8
A surreal, Gondry-esque comedy starring an agoraphobic man who reconstructs a tragic European road trip.
- 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.
- City Dark, The (2012) 8
Documentary about the human and global consequences of modern light pollution and the disappearing stars.
- Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon (2006) 8
A documentary about political conflict in an Oregon logging town, directed by Peter Richardson.
- CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap (2015) 8
Exposes the lack of women and minorities in tech. Explores reasons why and possible solutions.
- Cold Weather (2011) 8
Charming mumblecore mystery set in Portland, Oregon. I want to be friends with the leads.
- Computer Chess (2013) 8
Bizarre story about artificial intelligence via 1980s chess programmers. It's like 'Pi' meets 'Napoleon Dynamite'.
- Cremaster 3 (2002) 8
Matthew Barney's art installation epic where he plays the Entered Apprentice and faces bizarre adversaries.
- David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) 8
Lynch discusses his early life, his art and his creative process. Meditative smoking and painting.
- Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008) 8
Joss Whedon's three-part online musical miniseries. Filmed during the writers' strike, starring Neil Patrick Harris.
- Dynamic:01 - The Best Of DavidLynch.com (2007) 8
A collection of short films and interviews created for subscribing members of DavidLynch.com. Weird experiments.
- Everything is a Remix (2012) 8
Four-part video series by Kirby Ferguson about the culture of copying, transforming and combining media.
- Forks Over Knives (2011) 8
Vast evidence that a whole foods, plant-based diet can reverse diseases caused by animal-based foods.
- Freedom on the Fence (2005) 8
A documentary project about the culturally iconic art of Polish posters under the USSR regime.
- Future, The (2011) 8
Miranda July weaves a magical, heartrending film on loneliness and mortality. And a stray cat.
- 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.
- Gruffalo, The (2009) 8
A cunning mouse outwits a succession of predators while walking in the deep dark wood.
- Hire Film Series Vol. 1, The (2001) 8
Five short BMW-commissioned films starring Clive Owen. Directors include Kar-Wai Wong and Ang Lee.
- How the Fire Fell (2011) 8
Edward P. Davee's haunting, dreamlike portrayal of Edmund Creffield's early-1900s cult in Corvallis, Oregon.
- In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) 8
The surviving crew members from NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.
- Inherit the Wind (1999) 8
Like 12 Angry Men, another excellent made-for-TV remake starring Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott.
- Julien Donkey-Boy (1999) 8
A Dogme 95 video-art exercise about the effects of schizophrenia on family life. Poetic desperation.
- Kinamand (2006) 8
A Danish plumber begins eating at a family-run Chinese diner and makes unexpected emotional connections.
- King Corn (2007) 8
Good-natured introduction to industrialized agriculture. We subsidize the Happy Meals, but not the healthy ones.
- 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.
- Lila Says (2005) 8
A well-acted story of seduction and self-realization, revolving around the beautiful and alluring Vahina Giocante.
- Little Thief, The (1999) 8
A young man from the French countryside moves to the city to find a job.
- 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.
- 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?
- Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack - Seasons 1-3, The (2010) 8
Cartoon seafaring adventures of young Flapjack and pirate K'nuckles who live in a talking whale.
- Mindscape of Alan Moore, The (2003) 8
Creative philosophies from the brilliant comic writer of Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell.
- Moon Man (2012) 8
Moon Man hitches a ride to Earth on a comet and discovers children need him.
- More Tales from the Script (2010) 8
Fascinating unheard stories from top Hollywood screenwriters. A 47-minute continuation of Tales from the Script.
- My Son the Fanatic (1998) 8
Set in Britain, a Pakistani taxi-driver is attracted to a prostitute. Enter the Islamic fundamentalists.
- Neverwas (2007) 8
A psychiatrist befriends a patient in a mental institution and discovers his father's secrets. Magical.
- Nói albínói (2004) 8
A teenager drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north of Iceland.
- Oceans (2010) 8
Exquisite cinematography of majestic undersea creatures with terribly dull, sentimental Pierce Brosnan narration.
- One I Love, The (2014) 8
Weekend getaway of a married couple on the brink of separation becomes clever plot twist.
- Osama (2004) 8
Attempting to survive beneath the Taliban, a 12-year-old Afghan girl disguises herself as a boy.
- Painting, The (2013) 8
Characters in an incomplete painting seek their creator. Charming parable about God and social status.
- Paragraph 175 (2000) 8
German historian interviews survivors of Nazi persecution of homosexuals under the Paragraph 175 penal code.
- Paranoia Agent: Complete Collection (2004) 8
Satoshi Kon's dark, paranormal 13-episode Japanese TV series. The spectral, enigmatic assailant Lil' Slugger fascinates.
- People, Places, Things (2015) 8
Graphic novelist Jemaine Clement, now single-parenting twin girls, can't get let go of his ex.
- Persuaders, The (2004) 8
The cultures of marketing and advertising influence what Americans buy and how they view themselves.
- Purge (2013) 8
A young woman running from Russian sex-traffickers meets an older version of herself. Gut-wrenching.
- Rabbits (2002) 8
David Lynch's nine-episode sitcom starring people in rabbit suits, accompanied by laugh tracks. Plotless, eerie.
- Reality (2015) 8
Surreal, compelling nonsense from absurdist Dupieux, who has taken a page from Lynch's Mulholland Drive.
- Reel Injun (2009) 8
How depictions of Native Americans in cinema have shaped perceptions of their cultures and histories.
- Regret to Inform (1998) 8
The filmmaker goes on a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband was killed.
- Rock-afire Explosion, The (2008) 8
The inventor behind (and fans of) the Showbiz Pizza and Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic puppets.
- Room on the Broom (2012) 8
A gentle witch offers rides to a variety of animals on her increasingly crowded broom.
- Shower (1999) 8
A businessman travels home to Beijing after receiving a message that his father has died.
- Six-String Samurai (1998) 8
In a post-apocalyptic America, samurai guitarist Buddy Holly journeys to Lost Vegas to become king.
- Special (2008) 8
Michael Rapaport participates in an experimental drug study and becomes sure his superpowers are strengthening.
- Startup.com (2001) 8
Examines the start-up phenomenon by documenting the existence of new media company govWorks.com.
- Tales from the Script (2009) 8
Veteran Hollywood screenwriters share their triumphs and failures, insider insights, anecdotes and artistic compromises.
- Tangerine (2015) 8
A transgender prostitute tears through L.A. on Christmas Eve seeking her unfaithful pimp. Raunchy, empathetic.
- Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak (2009) 8
Diary-style documentary by Spike Jonze about Maurice Sendak, the unconventional author of iconic children's books.
- Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013) 8
Documentary examines the erosion of privacy in the digital age. How corporations and governments spy.
- Tetro (2009) 8
Stylish indie film by Francis Ford Coppola. Could've been better with fewer staged productions though.
- These Amazing Shadows: The Movies That Make America (2011) 8
The National Film Registry's history and the cultural, historical and aesthetic significance of motion pictures.
- 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.
- Three Seasons (1999) 8
A languorously beautiful, kind film centered around the lives of three main characters in Vietnam.
- Time Code (2000) 8
Mike Figgis's innovative film is composed of four simultaneous takes, each occupying a screen quadrant.
- Tim's Vermeer (2013) 8
Ingenious. Inventor Tim Jenison works to replicate the painting techniques of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.
- Tokyo! (2008) 8
A cinematic triptych (transformation, anarchy, rebirth) set in Tokyo. Directed by Gondry, Carax and Bong.
- Tokyo Godfathers (2003) 8
An animated Christmas story set in Tokyo featuring an unlikely trio of homeless friends.
- Truth About Romance, The (2013) 8
Losing what you thought you wanted can reveal a new adventure. Danielle Jackson is magnetic.
- 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.
- Vanishing of the Bees (2011) 8
Investigation into implications of the worldwide collapse of the honeybee. Slow death by systemic pesticides.
- Waste Land (2011) 8
Uplifting documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit.
- William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010) 8
Never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews with friends and colleagues of the influential postmodernist novelist.
- Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998) 8
Explores the Cultural Revolution in China. A young teenage girl is sent to remote lands.
- Advantageous (2015) 7
Dystopian future where a middle-aged woman undergoes a drastic biomedical procedure to support her daughter.
- Aimée & Jaguar (1999) 7
Set in 1943 Berlin, a Nazi wife has a love affair with a Jewish lesbian.
- Atom Smashers, The (2008) 7
How does life exist? Documentary chronicles the search for the Higgs boson by Fermilab physicists.
- Before I Disappear (2014) 7
Circumstances cause a suicidal man to drag his young, precocious niece across Manhattan one night.
- Bernard and Doris (2008) 7
An HBO Films picture about tobacco heiress Doris Duke (Sarandon) and her gay butler (Fiennes).
- Berserk - The Complete Collection (2002) 7
Anime about young warrior Guts and the mercenary company called the Band of the Hawk.
- Big River (2010) 7
An update/companion to 2007's King Corn. Explores the ecological consequences of industrial corn production.
- Big Sur (2013) 7
Depressed alcoholic Beat writer Jack Duluoz/Kerouac retreats to a small cabin in California's Big Sur.
- Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, The (2011) 7
Found footage shot by Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement. Great Angela Davis interviews.
- Blank City (2011) 7
Snapshot of late 1970s underground/punk filmmaking in New York during the No Wave movement.
- Bomb It (2008) 7
A global history of street art. Explores cultural/political issues of tagging, graffiti and art activism.
- Bon Voyage (2004) 7
A farcical portrait of 1940 France nearly surrendering to zee Germans. Virginie Ledoyen is adorable.
- Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2003) 7
A school principal in Israel discovers that a quiet 16-year-old underachiever is a genius. Sweet.
- Book of the Dead, The (2006) 7
Intricate stop-motion animation set in feudal Japan. A mysterious Buddhist parable involving a ghost prince.
- Brief History of Graphics, A (2014) 7
Five-part series by Stuart Brown of XboxAhoy covering the history/milestones of video game graphics/techniques.
- Calles Hablan, Las (2013) 7
Documentary about graffiti art in Barcelona, Spain, pitting an artistic community versus a restrictive government.
- Cat in Paris, A (2012) 7
Charming, attractive animated feature centered on cat burgling. Made with traditional ink and paint cartooning.
- Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, The (2004) 7
Peter Chung's animated short film bridges the Riddick story between 'Pitch Black' and 'The Chronicles'.
- 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.
- Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011) 7
Behind the scenes of Conan O'Brien's frenetic 2010 comedy tour. Revealing but not especially funny.
- Country Wedding (2008) 7
A couple tries to find a church in the Icelandic countryside to have their wedding.
- Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World (2014) 7
The dark surrealism of Swiss artist H.R. Giger interspersed with documentation of his final years.
- Desert Blue (1998) 7
A struggling roadside town. The world's largest ice cream cone. Christina Ricci blows stuff up.
- Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, The (2014) 7
The tragic dissolution of a romantic relationship, told from two perspectives in two independent chapters.
- Dolphin Tale (2011) 7
Charming family film based on a true story. The actual dolphin involved stars as herself.
- Drakmar: A Vassal's Journey (2008) 7
A sensitive 14-year-old escapes to the medieval fantasy kingdom of Adria to survive his adolescence.
- East/West (1999) 7
In 1946, Stalin invited self-exiled Russians to return home, only to execute or imprison them.
- Exploding Girl, The (2010) 7
A young epileptic woman, back home from college, struggles with her feelings for her boyfriend.
- FairyTale: A True Story (1997) 7
Two young girls in 1917 take a photograph, believed to confirm the existence of fairies.
- FL: Unpremeditated Movie (2013) 7
No-budget documentary by MTO that chronicles his controversial graffiti art and intervention in Sarasota, Florida.
- For No Good Reason (2014) 7
Depp visits Ralph Steadman to discuss the motivation/process behind his deranged/Gonzo art. A bit congratulatory.
- Frequencies (2014) 7
Ambitiously explores philosophical notions of fate and free will in an alternate reality of frequencies.
- From One Second to the Next (2013) 7
Short documentary chronicling the devastating consequences of texting and driving, directed by Werner Herzog.
- God Forgive Us (2014) 7
Parallel stories of four struggling strangers build to an unexpected collision. Engaging indie. Acting is passable.
- Gray Area, The (2010) 7
Three young men mourn the death of a friend, investigate the circumstances. Shot in Portland.
- Great Directors (2010) 7
Conversations with 10 of the world's greatest living directors, including David Lynch and Richard Linklater.
- Gruffalo's Child, The (2011) 7
The child of the Gruffalo ignores her father's warnings and seeks the Big Bad Mouse.
- H. (2016) 7
Two women named Helen struggle to cope following strange atmospheric phenomena in Troy, NY. Unsettling.
- Happenstance (2000) 7
A subtle twist of fate can affect the lives of total strangers. Stars Audrey Tautou.
- Happy Times (2001) 7
A bittersweet comedy about a poor, aging bachelor who hasn't had luck in love.
- He Died with a Felafel in His Hand (2001) 7
Darkly humorous series of vignettes of shared-housing experiences across Australia. A search for meaning.
- Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron (2007) 7
Hellboy ends up battling the goddess Hecate after a professor resurrects a powerful female vampire.
- Hi-Line, The (2000) 7
Set in rural Montana, this thoughtful character drama stars a young naïve Rachael Leigh Cook.
- 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.
- High Art (1998) 7
Explores the romance between photo editor Radha Mitchell and heroin-addicted photographer Ally Sheedy.
- Home (2009) 7
A film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand featuring aerial footage from around the globe. Beautiful but tedious.
- House of Pleasures (2011) 7
Hardship and camaraderie at an upscale Parisian brothel at the turn of the 20th century.
- Hunt for Gollum, The (2009) 7
Chris Bouchard's impressive Lord of the Rings film. Gandalf sends Strider out to find Gollum.
- 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.
- Idiots and Angels (2009) 7
Bill Plympton's animated dark comedy about a morally bankrupt man who wakes up with wings.
- Ingredients (2009) 7
Compares America's industrialized food system to a rising local-growth movement, from Oregon to New York.
- Ink (2009) 7
High-concept visual thriller that weaves the conscious with the subconscious. Falls down on unconvincing acting.
- In Your Eyes (2014) 7
Two seemingly unconnected people have an unexplainable telepathic bond that allows them to share experiences.
- Jack Goes Boating (2010) 7
Philip Seymour Hoffman explores the dreams and failures of two awkward, working-class New York couples.
- Jellyfish (2008) 7
Intersecting stories of three very different Israeli women living in Tel Aviv. Loved Batiya's story.
- Jesus Henry Christ (2012) 7
Measured quirkiness that evokes Wes Anderson's style about a 10-year-old prodigy. Toni Collette is great.
- Journey of the Universe (2011) 7
Explores of the epic history of the cosmos, Earth and humanity. Sometimes goofy but also profound.
- Just Like Being There (2012) 7
Celebrates gig posters by contemporary artists nearly 50 years after the first iconic concert posters.
- Keyhole (2012) 7
Guy Maddin's surreal take on Homer's Odyssey. A mysterious, dreamlike journey of Ulysses and ghosts.
- King of California (2007) 7
Mentally unstable Michael Douglas is convinced that Spanish treasure is buried in suburban California.
- Knee Deep (2007) 7
In rural Maine, a young, hardworking dairy farmer is betrayed by family. A humanistic documentary.
- Last Days of the Arctic (2011) 7
Follows photojournalist Ragnar Axelsson on an evocative photographic journey among the people of the Arctic.
- Pearl Jam: Let's Play Two (2017) 7
Eddie Vedder's Chicago Cubs fandom during their 2016 World Series run, plus Wrigley Field concerts.
- Life During Wartime (2010) 7
Todd Solondz sequel explores the virtues of forgiving and forgetting through troubling, dysfunctional family scenarios.
- Life is to Whistle (1998) 7
Three characters in present-day Havana must choose between their self-restricting beliefs or living more freely.
- Little Fish (2005) 7
In an Australian Little Saigon district, Cate Blanchett is trying to escape her drug-addicted past.
- Live from Baghdad (2002) 7
Robert Wiener's memoirs of CNN reporters in Iraq during the Gulf War bombing in 1991.
- Loneliest Planet, The (2012) 7
A pivotal, instinctive reaction divides a couple's hiking trek in Georgia's Caucasus Mountains. Slow, stunning.
- Look Around You - Series 1 and 2 (2005) 7
A BBC TV comedy series that satirizes 1970s educational science programs. A nonsensical, faithful homage.
- Love & Teleportation (2013) 7
A disgraced quantum mechanics professor invents a teleportation machine in his garage. Clever, charming ending.
- Lunopolis (2009) 7
Pseudo-documentary about aliens on the moon and a secret Scientology-like group. A fun, riveting conspiracy.
- Malice in Wonderland (2010) 7
A woman descends into a gritty underworld after encountering a London taxi driver. Clever update.
- Metropia (2010) 7
Bleak dystopian future of Europe with a fascinating, photomontage animation style. An unsettling Orwellian plot.
- 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.
- Minus Man, The (1999) 7
Inconspicuous serial killer Owen Wilson drifts into a quaint coastal town looking to start over.
- No No: A Dockumentary (2014) 7
The story of baseball star Dock Ellis, most famous for his 1970 no-hitter on LSD.
- Not One Less (1999) 7
A very determined girl is left in charge of a mountain village school in China.
- Objectified (2009) 7
Documentary about how humans relate to manufactured objects, featuring designers like Dieter Rams and Apple.
- Or, My Treasure (2005) 7
A young Israeli girl does anything to support her sick, aging prostitute mother. Raw, non-judgmental.
- Phantom (2013) 7
A Tokyo couple's all-night philosophical conversation about their precarious lives and place in the world.
- Phantom Boy (2016) 7
A boy whose illness allows him to float outside his body befriends a NYC cop.
- Phoebe in Wonderland (2009) 7
An unconventional drama teacher inspires a troubled girl. Elle Fanning and Patricia Clarkson are amazing.
- Piano Tuner of Earthquakes, The (2006) 7
The Brothers Quay present a dark fairytale about a diabolical doctor and beautiful opera singer.
- Pompeii: The Last Day (2003) 7
A dramatized recreation of the destruction of Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.
- Prisoner, The (2009) 7
AMC miniseries based on the classic 1960s TV show. Interesting but muddled. Caviezel lacks personality.
- Pontypool (2010) 7
Thoughtful psychological thriller. A virus with zombie-like symptoms is somehow infecting a small Ontario town.
- Radiant City (2007) 7
Faux-documentary about the disaggregated, unwalkable, intolerant nature of modern suburbia. Mocking.
- Renegade (2004) 7
Psychedelic French Western that feels like a Jodorowsky film. Sacred mountains, gunfights, peyote and shaman.
- Rewind This! (2013) 7
The cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape. How home video changed the world.
- Road to Nowhere (2011) 7
Shannyn Sossamon's emotive performance carries Hellman's thin neo-noir mystery that blurs film with real crime.
- Robot Stories (2004) 7
Four stories about a futuristic society grappling with its relationship to the growing robot population.
- Romance (1999) 7
A young French woman embarks on an escalating sexual journey, testing her emotional limits.
- Rosewater (2014) 7
Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari is jailed in Iran under suspicion of espionage. Jon Stewart directs.
- Saddest Music in the World, The (2004) 7
Guy Maddin oddity. A Canadian beer baroness organizes a saddest-music contest during the Great Depression.
- Saving Capitalism (2017) 7
Robert Reich's demoralizing yet hopeful account of how American politics became rigged by crony capitalism.
- Septien (2011) 7
Weird little movie about three eccentric brothers. The underlying bearded angst is charming and absurd.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sons of Perdition (2010) 7
Three teenagers exiled from an FLDS polygamist cult try to survive in mainstream America. Distressing.
- Son of the Congo (2015) 7
Basketball star Serge Ibaka returns to the Congo with the hope of uplifting communities. Heartwarming.
- Stanley Kubrick's Boxes (2008) 7
Kubrick's incredible attention to detail revealed in 1,000+ boxes of his meticulously sorted film materials.
- Starlet (2012) 7
The unlikely friendship between a 21-year-old actress and a lonely elderly woman in Los Angeles.
- Third Contact (2012) 7
Psychological thriller explores madness, depression, quantum suicide and immortality. It's a dark, puzzling poem.
- TiMER (2010) 7
A biotech implant counts down to the moment you're supposed to meet your soulmate. Charming.
- Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1998) 7
Jewel-toned, deadpan absurdity from the inimitable Guy Maddin. A kitschy, disorienting fantasy of frustrated desires.
- Va Savoir (2001) 7
This romantic comedy follows three men and three women as their lives intersect in Paris.
- Vegucated (2011) 7
Three New Yorkers adopt a vegan diet for six weeks, get educated about animal agriculture.
- Vine of the Soul: Encounters with Ayahuasca (2010) 7
Explores sacred plant medicine. Two Canadians visit the Amazon to drink the hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca.
- Werckmeister Harmonies (2001) 7
Darkness descends. A bleak, mysterious and meditative art film. It's also cryptic, tedious and pretentious.
- When Time Becomes a Woman (2013) 7
Dialogue-driven sci-fi filmed at Jordan's Dead Sea. Mysterious narrative about how the world could end.
- Who is Dayani Cristal? (2014) 7
Moving portrait of border-crossing migrant workers. Begins with an unidentified body in the Arizona desert.
- Who Took Johnny (2015) 7
Examination into the famous 1982 disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch. Case appears essentially solved.
- Wild Man Blues (1997) 7
A documentary about Woody Allen's life as he tours with his New Orleans jazz band.
- Winter Passing (2006) 7
Zooey Deschanel visits her novelist father, now rooming with a young woman and Christian rocker.
- Wrong (2013) 7
Absurdist Dupieux film about a man changing others' lives while looking for his lost dog.
- XX/XY (2002) 7
A three-way relationship during college still haunts and complicates Mark Ruffalo's life 10 years later.
- 4th Dimension, The (2008) 6
Feels inspired by Eraserhead and Pi, but this Aphex Twin-scored meditation on reality ultimately disappoints.
- Alice in Wonderland (1999) 6
A made-for-TV, family-friendly version with a cast of Hollywood all stars. It's hardly worth watching.
- All My Friends Are Funeral Singers (2010) 6
A fortuneteller lives in a house crowded with ghosts at the edge of the woods.
- Beat Hotel, The (2012) 6
Collects fragments of 1950s-era Ginsberg, Corso, Burroughs and Gysin living in a rundown Paris hotel.
- Besieged (1998) 6
Housekeeper Thandie Newton goes into exile in Italy after her African husband is jailed.
- Best Man, The (1999) 6
A marriage causes a reunion of college friends. Taye Diggs and Nia Long star.
- Blood: The Last Vampire (2001) 6
A vampire horror anime set in 1966 on a U.S. Air Force base in Japan.
- Bottom of the World (2017) 6
Trippy mystery of a guilty subconscious. Dreams within dreams, but falls flat in the end.
- Bread and Tulips (2000) 6
This lighthearted comedy traces a married woman's self-discovery in Venice. Contrived, sweet, and escapist.
- Breast Men (1997) 6
HBO movie follows two doctors who invented silicone breast implants through time. David Schwimmer stars.
- Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary (2009) 6
A metadocumentary. This film about making documentaries should have been richer, deeper and edited better.
- Cartoon Noir (1999) 6
Six oddball, animated shorts from five countries, featuring supernatural elements and darker themes. Mediocre.
- Chasing Sleep (2001) 6
An insomniac wakes up to find his wife missing and proceeds to lose his mind.
- Close Your Eyes (2002) 6
A hypnotherapist receives visions from the inside of his patients' minds. A key to immortality?
- Colony (2010) 6
Slow and unfocused documentary about beekeeping, and the struggle to cope with colony collapse disorder.
- Coyote Waits (2003) 6
A murder mystery set on a Navajo reservation. Part of PBS's American Mystery! series.
- CQ (2002) 6
The story of a young sci-fi filmmaker in Paris. Model Angela Lindvall serves as eye-candy.
- 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.
- Embers (2015) 6
Survivors of a global neurological epidemic, unable to make memories, live entirely in the present.
- Exterminating Angels, The (2007) 6
A provocative, high-minded exercise about sexual pleasure in film. It's self-indulgent and oh so French.
- Extraordinary Tales (2015) 6
Animated anthology of five stories adapted from Edgar Allan Poe. Disjointedly connected via Death character.
- Forest for the Trees, The (2005) 6
An awkward German schoolteacher is basically unprepared for life. Her alienation is painful to watch.
- Girl Asleep (2016) 6
Vibrant and fantastical. Chaotic caricature of a teenage girl coming of age in 1970s Australia.
- Give 'em Hell, Malone (2009) 6
Mediocre, ultraviolent detective noir in need of a better director. Ridiculous villains in second-rate makeup.
- Haiku Tunnel (2001) 6
A comedy about tempness versus permness, both in the workplace and in life.
- Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (2006) 6
A samurai sword sends Hellboy into a dangerous realm of Japanese legends, ghosts and monsters.
- Hideous Kinky (1998) 6
A hippie British woman travels to Morocco with her two young daughters. Stars Kate Winslet.
- Homegrown (1998) 6
Small-time marijuana-grower Billy Bob Thornton and Kelly Lynch try to get rich following a murder.
- Hot Girls Wanted (2015) 6
Superficial documentary of lost and confused young women being exploited in the amateur porn industry.
- How Beer Saved the World (2011) 6
Simplifies human history to exaggerate the importance of beer to civilization. BEER! Extreme hyperbole!
- Imagination (2007) 6
Eric Leiser's surreal experiment with puppetry, stop-motion sketches and claymation. And unconvincing actors.
- Ingenious (2009) 6
Likable rags-to-riches comedy based on the true story of an Arizona inventor of novelty items.
- Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2014) 6
Strange, vivid fantasy about a boy with a mechanical heart. Disjointed script, uncanny valley characters.
- Lifeguard, The (2013) 6
Lovable Kristen Bell's sensitive, sympathetic performance saves this uninspired movie. But she's actually too likable.
- Limbo (2005) 6
A bullet sends a man into a repeating time loop. Afterlife as low-budget film noir.
- Love (2012) 6
Lonely astronaut stranded aboard the ISS develops cabin fever, becomes one with the universe. Posthumanism.
- Lulu on the Bridge (1999) 6
After Jazz saxophonist Harvey Keitel is accidentally shot, he enters into a hallucinatory, obsessive affair.
- Marie from the Bay of Angels (1997) 6
Nubile teenager Vahina Giocante spends her holidays on the French Riviera, picking up American sailors.
- Origin: Spirits of the Past (2007) 6
In a post-apocalyptic anime future, cell-animated humans battle sentient forests with CG war machines.
- 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.
- Permanent Midnight (1998) 6
Ben Stiller plays desperate comedy writer and heroin addict Jerry Stahl. Maria Bello also stars.
- PU-239: The Half Life of Timofey Berezin (2007) 6
A nuclear plant worker with radiation poisoning tries to sell stolen plutonium to Moscow gangsters.
- Ricky (2009) 6
French parable about a bizarre baby's physical development, his precocious sister and his irresponsible mother.
- Rid of Me (2011) 6
A socially awkward newlywed's emotional breakdown and rebirth in Laurelwood, Oregon. A hard-to-watch indie.
- Salinger (2013) 6
Invades the privacy of J. D. Salinger. Engaging speculation, but trumpeted through a flawed, self-important lens.
- Student Services (2011) 6
A 19-year-old freshman in France, desperate for cash, is enticed into a life of prostitution.
- Tell Me Something (2001) 6
Black garbage bags filled with dismembered human body parts are showing up around the city.
- Tetsuo: The Bullet Man (2010) 6
The third film in Tsukamoto's series about technology's dehumanizing influence. Human bodies as weapons.
- Trekkies (1999) 6
A somewhat affectionate documentary about the phenomenon of Star Trek fandom in its many-splendored geekiness.
- Tuesdays with Morrie (1999) 6
A made-for-TV movie with sportswriter Hank Azaria and retired professor Jack Lemmon, dying of ALS.
- Tulse Luper Suitcases: The Moab Story, The (2003) 6
This Peter Greenaway multimedia project is too ambitious, difficult, and intertextual. Caroline Dhavernas still shines.
- VANish (2015) 6
A drug lord's daughter is taken hostage by amateurs. Entertaining mayhem ensues inside their van.
- Wild Blue Yonder, The (2005) 6
Werner Herzog fashions a boring sci-fi documentary from beautiful undersea Antarctica footage and NASA video.
- Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic (2008) 6
Irritating modern opera rehearsals dominate the story of Oppenheimer and the 1945 Trinity atomic test.
- Yesterday Was a Lie (2010) 6
Ambitious indie that explores the sci-fi film noir genre. Packed with Jung and consciousness theories.
- All I Wanna Do (1998) 5
It's 1963 and Kirsten Dunst, Gaby Hoffmann, and Rachael Leigh Cook are pissed-off schoolgirls.
- Born of Hope (2009) 5
Kate Madison's Lord of the Rings prequel, based on Tolkien's appendix paragraphs. Decent low-budget effort.
- Delirium (2018) 5
Topher Grace, recently released from a mental institute, inherits his father's mansion. Haunted? Or psychosis?
- 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).
- Guardian Brothers, The (2017) 5
The spirit world is authoritarian and small-minded. The godless human world has tasty-looking Chinese soup.
- Girl from Monday, The (2005) 5
Citizens have become property traded on the stock exchange, but aliens are supporting the resistance.
- Glitch in the Grid (2011) 5
Three artists find spiritual renewal in this imaginative but self-indulgent film by the Leiser Brothers.
- Gnome Alone (2017) 5
Help garden gnomes battle the Troggs and save the world? Or befriend wicked teenage girls?
- Gun Shy (2000) 5
Undercover DEA agent Liam Neeson almost gets killed. He begins attending group therapy for support.
- Halo Legends (2010) 5
Collection of seven Halo stories. Starts out heavy-handedly and badly animated, but eventually gets better.
- Harvard Man (2001) 5
Mixes basketball and crime with sexual and chemical experimentation. And cheerleader Sarah Michelle Gellar.
- Hellevator: The Bottled Fools (2005) 5
Had me with the underground dystopia and telepaths, lost me with the overdone elevator bloodbath.
- Last Days of the World, The (2011) 5
A bored Japanese teenager learns that Earth will be destroyed. Surreal, kinky and borderline exploitative.
- 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.
- Outside Ozona (1998) 5
Oklahoma motorists listening to the same radio station DJ are connected by a serial killer.
- Palmetto (1998) 5
Recently released ex-con Woody Harrelson gets involved in a fake kidnapping scheme that turns real.
- Playing God (1997) 5
Famed surgeon David Duchovny is stripped of his medical license and becomes a criminal doctor.
- Reconstruction of William Zero, The (2015) 5
A geneticist with amnesia awakes under the care of his identical twin. Clever, but clumsy.
- Saiyûki Vol. 1: The Journey Begins (2003) 5
A Dragonball Z-like anime adventure of four heroes traveling West to confront a powerful demon.
- Saving Private Perez (2011) 5
A Mexican crime lord plans to invade Iraq to rescue his brother. Ridiculous, wacky violence.
- Sleeping Dogs Lie (2005) 5
A short, low-budget film. Maynard James Keenan was charming, but Audioslave's Brad Wilk can't act.
- Stuck (2008) 5
The callous aftermath of a hit-and-run. I winced at the bad acting and grisly suffering.
- Superstorm (2007) 5
Scientists attempt to divert or weaken a Miami-bound hurricane using cloud seeding. A miniseries docudrama.
- Trauma (2004) 5
Colin Firth's fragmented reality is haunted by death, apparitions, blood, ants, and Mena Suvari's vacuity.
- 13 Seconds (2004) CRAP
I was cost-effectively bored by this cliché-ridden indie splatter film. Unbearably amateurish and uncreepy.
- C.O.G. (2013) CRAP
A self-absorbed graduate tries living the simple life in Oregon, finds self-hatred through religion? Pointless garbage.
- Committed (2000) CRAP
Adorable nitwit Heather Graham follows her panicked husband across the country. Attempted hilarity ensues.
- Contaminated Man, The (2000) CRAP
Natascha McElhone stars in this film about a Hungarian man infected with a deadly pathogen.
- Curve, The (1998) CRAP
Matthew Lillard and a friend kill their roommate and make it look like a suicide.
- Day Without a Mexican, A (2004) CRAP
California's entire Hispanic population vanishes into pink fog. Satirical premise is thoroughly beaten to death.
- Desire (2017) CRAP
Two estranged sisters reunite at a wedding. Lust destroys their lives again. Boring yet poetic.
- Falling Sky (1998) CRAP
Depressing movie set in Las Vegas about alcoholic mother Karen Allen and daughter Brittany Murphy.
- Hush (1998) CRAP
Mother-in-law Jessica Lange is batshit crazy. Pregnant Gwyneth Paltrow should be afraid, very afraid.
- Lady Ninja Kaede 2 (2009) CRAP
Why? Bizarre, terrible Japanese erotica. Lady ninja's mission is to destroy an Edo sex cult.
- 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.
- Paradox (2018) CRAP
Daryl Hannah directs outlaw Neil Young in an experimental concert film of supernatural frontier nonsense.
- Poison Ivy 3: The New Seduction (1997) CRAP
Simplistic thriller starring sinister seductress Jaime Pressly. Gratuitous nudity and irrational vengeance.
- Prey (2007) CRAP
A poorly written movie about Americans in Africa who are stalked by lions. Embarrassingly bad.
- S. Darko (2009) CRAP
Cash-grab follow-up to Donnie Darko. Huge plot holes and weak characters, but exceeded worst expectations.
- Stranded (2003) CRAP
Astronauts crash onto the surface of Mars. Intriguing concept, but bad science and idiotic script.
- 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.
- Tart (2001) CRAP
Dominique Swain and Bijou Phillips are wealthy troubled friends at a private school in Manhattan.
- Wild Girl Waltz (2013) CRAP
I want to support indie films, but this was almost unwatchable. Painful acting, unlikable characters.
- Wrong Cops (2013) CRAP
Aggressively self-conscious inanity via wild, musical antics of a moronic, corrupt police force. WTF, Dupieux.
Obscure and Rare Films (1996-2018)Search returned all hard-to-find or underground movies out of 1601 total rated films.
These aren't really "cult classics" yet because not enough people have seen them.
FROM BAD TO WORSE
Statistical ratings distribution of these 365 films (22.8% 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 365 films: 7.
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