Movie Ratings & Reviews
Last film added: July 20, 2018. There are currently 1586 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.
- Celebration, The (1998) 10
This Dogme 95 film, set on a grandfather's 60th birthday, spirals into forbidden family territory.
- 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.
- In the Mood for Love (2001) 10
Kar-Wai Wong's masterpiece of romantic longing and restraint that dissolves like cigarette smoke against silk.
- Pan's Labyrinth (2006) 10
Guillermo del Toro presents a young girl's fantastic alternate reality, set in 1944 fascist Spain.
- Persepolis (2007) 10
Autobiographical, cinematic graphic novel of a young outspoken girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
- Rosetta (2000) 10
The Dardenne Brothers' Dogme 95 film. Young Rosetta will do anything to maintain a job.
- Son, The (2002) 10
The Dardennes' build emotional and moral complexity around a vocational training center for troubled boys.
- Spirited Away (2001) 10
Miyazaki animates an alternate nighttime universe of Japanese gods and spirits.
- Triplets of Belleville, The (2003) 10
Visually unique animation about a Tour de France kidnapping and the bizarre rescue effort.
- Waltz with Bashir (2008) 10
Stunning. Folman interviews Israeli veterans of the 1982 Lebanon invasion to reconstruct his own memories.
- 2046 (2004) 9
Kar-Wai Wong presents a futuristic recapturing of a womanizing writer's memory of six past lovers.
- Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) 9
Documentary about the life of celebrated Chinese artist and outspoken dissident Ai Weiwei. Compelling humanity.
- Amores perros (2000) 9
Three interconnected stories about life in Mexico City are resolved with a fatal car accident.
- Caché (2005) 9
A French couple are terrorized by a series of videotapes planted on their front porch.
- Child, The (2006) 9
An uncompromising morality tale by the Dardenne Brothers. Stark but hopeful portrayal of youth poverty.
- Children of Heaven (1999) 9
When Ali loses his sister's shoes, the two share to avoid getting in trouble. Heartwarming.
- City of God (2003) 9
A boy growing up in a violent Rio de Janeiro neighborhood finds redemption through photography.
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) 9
The disappearance of a magical jade sword spurs a breathtaking quest for the missing treasure.
- Cutie and the Boxer (2013) 9
The art and 40-year marriage of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, Japanese artists in New York.
- Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The (2007) 9
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who was stricken with locked-in syndrome.
- 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.
- Fallen Angels (1998) 9
Kar-Wai Wong directs the story of a professional killer in a surreal Hong Kong nightscape.
- 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.
- Happy Together (1999) 9
Gay lovers from Hong Kong visit Argentina and their relationship shatters. Stylish Kar-Wai Wong poem.
- Head-On (2005) 9
The adorable Sibel Kekilli marries to satisfy her Turkish family. Drugs, brutality and emotional intensity.
- Hero (2002) 9
A Rashômonesque martial-arts epic about the attempted assassination of a Chinese warlord, starring Jet Li.
- Holy Motors (2012) 9
Limousine-traveling man assumes nine diverse identities. Dreamlike metaphor for acting/life, the masks of each genre.
- Howl's Moving Castle (2005) 9
The visual wonderment of Miyazaki reveals a magical world of witches, wizards and fire demons.
- Illusionist, The (2010) 9
An out-of-work, aging French magician travels to Scotland and meets a young woman.
- Incendies (2011) 9
Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their mysterious family history. Earth-shattering Greek tragedy.
- Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) 9
Documentary on 85-year-old Tokyo sushi master Jiro Ono. Inspiring example of dedication to a craft.
- Kid with a Bike, The (2012) 9
The Dardenne Brothers' affecting story of a young boy abandoned to a state-run youth farm.
- Let the Right One In (2008) 9
A dark, dreamlike fairytale about a young Scandinavian vampire that explores a tender childhood friendship.
- Little Otik (2001) 9
A fantastically disturbing Czech fairytale about parenthood. It's conventionally structured for a Svankmajer film.
- 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.
- Lorna's Silence (2009) 9
The Dardenne Brothers' stunning film about Albanian emigrants in Belgium. Study of a woman's conscience.
- Maria Full of Grace (2004) 9
The journey of a Columbian teenager who agrees to smuggle cocaine pellets into New York.
- Mifune (1999) 9
A newlywed businessman returns home to care for his brother in this Dogme 95 film.
- Millennium Actress (2001) 9
This animated epic blurs the distinction between film, history and memory. There are many truths.
- No Man's Land (2001) 9
During the war between Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1993, two opposing soldiers become stranded together.
- 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.
- Ponyo (2009) 9
Miyazaki's charming story of a magical goldfish princess who begins a quest to become human.
- Princess Mononoke (1997) 9
Miyazaki presents a mythological tale of civilization encroaching on the beast gods of the forest.
- Promesse, La (1997) 9
A gritty, thoughtful portrayal of the illegal immigrant situation in Belgium by the Dardenne Brothers.
- Red Violin, The (1998) 9
A red violin makes its way through three centuries over several owners and countries.
- Run Lola Run (1998) 9
A kinetic race against the clock in which small decisions domino into riches, or death.
- Science of Sleep, The (2006) 9
A charming hyperactive blur of cellophane-animated fantasy and reality. Surreal and inventive, but not profound.
- Separation, A (2011) 9
The unexpected consequence of an Iranian couple arguing about living abroad and choosing to divorce.
- Sex and Lucía (2002) 9
Julio Medem directs a convoluted dreamlike narrative, starring a novelist, an island and Paz Vega.
- Songs from the Second Floor (2000) 9
A Roy Andersson film that stimulates thought, encourages people to question things, and invites reflection.
- 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.
- Turtles Can Fly (2005) 9
A grim and heartbreaking portrait of Iraq. Refugee children survive by collecting and selling mines.
- Twilight Samurai, The (2004) 9
Somber, affecting tale of a low-ranking samurai in the 1800s who gently perseveres through hardship.
- 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.
- Very Long Engagement, A (2004) 9
Jean-Pierre Jeunet presents Audrey Tautou, whimsical and hopeful, awaiting her fiancée's return from WWI.
- Wind Rises, The (2013) 9
Miyazaki shows Jiro Horikoshi's dream of flight in Japan, passing through both world wars. Fascinating.
- Y tu mamá también (2001) 9
In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip.
- Yi yi (2000) 9
The meaning of life explored through portraits of individual members of a Taiwanese family.
- 3 Idiots (2009) 8
Three Indian students challenge their college's draconian methods. A smart Bollywood comedy. All is well!
- 5 Broken Cameras (2012) 8
Intimate study of a small West Bank village's protests against Israeli soldiers. Injustice, violence, resolve.
- All About My Mother (1999) 8
The story of a mother recovering from the death of her teenage son through travel.
- April and the Extraordinary World (2016) 8
Alternate universe ruled by coal and steam engines. Scientists have been disappearing. Fun French steampunk.
- Ashes of Time Redux (2008) 8
Kar-Wai Wong's recut version of the 1994 wuxia epic. A broken-hearted swordsman in the desert.
- Aura, The (2006) 8
An epileptic taxidermist imagines executing the perfect robbery, then gets his chance. A psychological thriller.
- Bothersome Man, The (2007) 8
A man arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there.
- Buena Vista Social Club (1999) 8
A documentary about aging and legendary Cuban musicians, brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder.
- Cemetery of Splendor (2016) 8
Gentle magical realism featuring Thai soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness, ancient kings, and love.
- Central Station (1998) 8
A woman who writes letters for illiterate people meets a boy whose mother has died.
- Che: Part One (2009) 8
Soderbergh and Del Toro recount the Cuban Revolution: Castro, Che Guevara and the guerrilla army.
- Devil's Backbone, The (2001) 8
An unsettling ghost story set in a Catholic orphanage during the Spanish Civil War.
- Fireworks (1998) 8
Takeshi Kitano presents a movie based on consequences and states of mind rather than action.
- Freedom on the Fence (2005) 8
A documentary project about the culturally iconic art of Polish posters under the USSR regime.
- From Up on Poppy Hill (2013) 8
Lovely but mundane parable about preserving history from the Miyazakis/Studio Ghibli. Set in post-WWII Japan.
- Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The (2010) 8
A journalist and a hacker team up to investigate a 40-year-old unsolved disappearance. Dark, complex.
- Goodbye Lenin! (2004) 8
A young man tries to prevent his mother from learning that Germany has been reunified.
- Grandmaster, The (2013) 8
Kar-Wai Wong's dazzling tale of Ip Man, the legendary kung-fu master who trained Bruce Lee.
- I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2007) 8
A troubled girl who attempts to charge her body with electronics meets another eccentric patient.
- Kikujiro (1999) 8
Takeshi Kitano explores the unlikely bond between a brash, loudmouthed adult and a nine-year-old boy.
- Kinamand (2006) 8
A Danish plumber begins eating at a family-run Chinese diner and makes unexpected emotional connections.
- Kite Runner, The (2007) 8
Pain and redemption through Afghanistan's recent history, from boyhood kite-flying contests to brutal Taliban rule.
- Life is Beautiful (1998) 8
Jewish man Roberto Benigni uses humor to protect his son in a Nazi death camp.
- 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.
- Lovers of the Arctic Circle, The (1998) 8
A story of circular lives, with circular names, in a circular place. Life is happenstance.
- Micmacs (2010) 8
Jeunet's circus-like film about a man with a plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.
- Motorcycle Diaries, The (2004) 8
Dramatization of an epic motorcycle road trip a young Che Guevara took through South America.
- My Life as a Zucchini (2017) 8
Vibrant stop-motion animation about a young boy sent to a foster home. Delightful youthful resilience.
- Nine Queens (2000) 8
Two con-artists try to swindle a stamp collector with a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps.
- Nói albínói (2004) 8
A teenager drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north of Iceland.
- Oldboy (2005) 8
A man who was kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years exacts his brutal revenge. Stunning.
- 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.
- 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.
- Princess and the Warrior, The (2001) 8
Tom Tykwer crafts a stylish fable about psychiatric nurse Franka Potente and a small-time criminal.
- Purge (2013) 8
A young woman running from Russian sex-traffickers meets an older version of herself. Gut-wrenching.
- Russian Ark (2002) 8
300 years of Russian history displayed in a single continuous shot at the Hermitage Museum.
- Séraphine (2009) 8
Moving, evenhanded historical drama about the difficult but ecstatic life of French painter Séraphine Louis.
- Shower (1999) 8
A businessman travels home to Beijing after receiving a message that his father has died.
- 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.
- Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The (2014) 8
Watch a magical moon nymph be bored by 10th-century Japanese nobility. Pastel-toned Studio Ghibli folktale.
- Tangerines (2015) 8
An Estonian tangerine farmer refuses to leave during the bloody Abkhaz-Georgian conflict. Powerful humanity.
- Three Seasons (1999) 8
A languorously beautiful, kind film centered around the lives of three main characters in Vietnam.
- 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.
- Tokyo Sonata (2009) 8
Social satire through the many misfortunes of a Japanese family, particularly the father's downward spiral.
- Tuvalu (2001) 8
Stunning, whimsical German film with almost no dialogue set in a surreal bathhouse in Bulgaria.
- Under the Shadow (2016) 8
Distinctively creepy genre film that's also an allegory of female oppression in 1980s Iran. Djinn!
- Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998) 8
Explores the Cultural Revolution in China. A young teenage girl is sent to remote lands.
- 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.
- Berserk - The Complete Collection (2002) 7
Anime about young warrior Guts and the mercenary company called the Band of the Hawk.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Che: Part Two (2009) 7
Soderbergh and Del Toro depict Che Guevara in the ill-fated revolutionary guerrilla war in Bolivia.
- Country Wedding (2008) 7
A couple tries to find a church in the Icelandic countryside to have their wedding.
- Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001) 7
On Mars in the year 2071, the Bebop crew tries to contain a deadly virus.
- 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.
- Dogtooth (2011) 7
Bizarre, perverse black comedy about homeschooled siblings in Greece. Mesmerizing like an incestuous car crash.
- East/West (1999) 7
In 1946, Stalin invited self-exiled Russians to return home, only to execute or imprison them.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- House of Pleasures (2011) 7
Hardship and camaraderie at an upscale Parisian brothel at the turn of the 20th century.
- 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.
- Irreversible (2002) 7
Interesting narrative concept, but vicious. Be prepared for traumatic rape and murder. Stars Monica Bellucci.
- Jellyfish (2008) 7
Intersecting stories of three very different Israeli women living in Tel Aviv. Loved Batiya's story.
- Last Days of the Arctic (2011) 7
Follows photojournalist Ragnar Axelsson on an evocative photographic journey among the people of the Arctic.
- Life is to Whistle (1998) 7
Three characters in present-day Havana must choose between their self-restricting beliefs or living more freely.
- Malèna (2001) 7
In WWII Italy, Monica Bellucci provokes sensual awakenings in adolescent boys and scorn from townsfolk.
- Monster in Paris, A (2012) 7
In 1910 Paris, a monster from an eccentric scientist's greenhouse meets a beautiful cabaret singer.
- Mood Indigo (2014) 7
Gondry outwhimsied himself with this bipolar stop-motion diorama. Like Pee-wee's Playhouse plus Amélie, n'est-ce pas?
- Not One Less (1999) 7
A very determined girl is left in charge of a mountain village school in China.
- 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.
- Priceless (2008) 7
Young gold digger Audrey Tautou mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender thinking he's a wealthy suitor.
- Renegade (2004) 7
Psychedelic French Western that feels like a Jodorowsky film. Sacred mountains, gunfights, peyote and shaman.
- Ringu (2003) 7
A mysterious video kills all who watch it, unless the viewer can solve its mystery.
- Road Home, The (1999) 7
After his father's death, a Chinese businessman recalls the story of how his parents met.
- Romance (1999) 7
A young French woman embarks on an escalating sexual journey, testing her emotional limits.
- Sidewalls (2011) 7
Two neurotic individuals live in neighboring apartments in Buenos Aires. Will they meet? Charming loneliness.
- Steamboy (2005) 7
In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor becomes involved in a revolution of steam power technology.
- Va Savoir (2001) 7
This romantic comedy follows three men and three women as their lives intersect in Paris.
- 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.
- Young & Beautiful (2014) 7
Both male fantasy and moving coming-of-age story. A sexually curious French girl takes up prostitution.
- Bread and Tulips (2000) 6
This lighthearted comedy traces a married woman's self-discovery in Venice. Contrived, sweet, and escapist.
- Casa de mi Padre (2012) 6
Anti-comedy Mexican Western, starring Spanish-speaking cowboy Will Ferrell and drug lord Gael García Bernal.
- Exterminating Angels, The (2007) 6
A provocative, high-minded exercise about sexual pleasure in film. It's self-indulgent and oh so French.
- Forest for the Trees, The (2005) 6
An awkward German schoolteacher is basically unprepared for life. Her alienation is painful to watch.
- Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2014) 6
Strange, vivid fantasy about a boy with a mechanical heart. Disjointed script, uncanny valley characters.
- Ju-on: The Grudge (2004) 6
Japanese horror movie features a vengeful spirit that marks and pursues anybody entering its house.
- Marie from the Bay of Angels (1997) 6
Nubile teenager Vahina Giocante spends her holidays on the French Riviera, picking up American sailors.
- Night Watch (2006) 6
First chapter of a derivative Russian fantasy epic featuring warring forces of daytime and nighttime.
- Origin: Spirits of the Past (2007) 6
In a post-apocalyptic anime future, cell-animated humans battle sentient forests with CG war machines.
- Ricky (2009) 6
French parable about a bizarre baby's physical development, his precocious sister and his irresponsible mother.
- 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.
- Guardian Brothers, The (2017) 5
The spirit world is authoritarian and small-minded. The godless human world has tasty-looking Chinese soup.
- 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.
- Orbiter 9 (2018) 5
An engineer boards a young woman's spaceship, upends her sense of reality. Promising but unfocused.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stranded (2003) CRAP
Astronauts crash onto the surface of Mars. Intriguing concept, but bad science and idiotic script.
Foreign LanguageSearch returned all Foreign language films out of 1586 total rated films.
FROM BAD TO WORSE
Statistical ratings distribution of these 187 films (11.8% 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 187 films: 7.9.
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