Movie Ratings & Reviews
Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).
- 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 9
Winstead awakens in a bunker. Is the outside world under widespread attack? Tense chamber piece.
- 12 Years a Slave (2013) 9
Gut-wrenching adaptation of the 1853 autobiography of free-born Solomon Northup who was abducted into slavery.
- 127 Hours (2011) 9
Mountain climber Aron Ralston's harrowing week trapped in a canyon. Survival instincts and prophetic visions.
- 13th (2016) 9
In-depth look at racial inequality, criminalization and the prison-industrial complex in the U.S. Essential. Tragic.
- 2046 (2004) 9
Kar-Wai Wong presents a futuristic recapturing of a womanizing writer's memory of six past lovers.
- (500) Days of Summer (2009) 9
Offbeat, witty romantic comedy (not a love story) starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. Great.
- About Schmidt (2002) 9
Jack Nicholson is entering retirement and doesn't know what to do. Warning: Kathy Bates nudity.
- 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.
- American Beauty (1999) 9
A dark drama of suburban picket-fence depression and frustration. Stars Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening.
- American Hustle (2013) 9
Fictionalization of the Abscam FBI sting operation of the early 1980s. Stylishly brilliant criminal behavior.
- American Movie (1999) 9
A hilarious documentary about an amateur filmmaker struggling to produce his latest horror film.
- American Splendor (2003) 9
Welcome to the life of Harvey Pekar, a hospital clerk, music collector and comic-book writer.
- Amores perros (2000) 9
Three interconnected stories about life in Mexico City are resolved with a fatal car accident.
- 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.
- 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.
- Another Earth (2011) 9
A second Earth from a parallel universe appears in the sky. A meditation on destiny.
- Apostle, The (1997) 9
Robert Duvall stars as a Texas preacher who changes his name and flees to Louisiana.
- Argo (2012) 9
Amazing CIA-Canadian secret operation, via Hollywood, to return six Americans during the Iran hostage crisis.
- As Good as It Gets (1997) 9
Come on in, and try not to ruin everything by being you. Jack Nicholson stars.
- Atonement (2007) 9
One night in 1935 England, bearing false witness changes three lives forever. Keira Knightley stars.
- Beautiful Girls (1996) 9
A New York jazz pianist returns to his small hometown for a high school reunion.
- Beginners (2011) 9
Mike Mills's story of a graphic artist whose terminally ill father announces that he's gay.
- Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011) 9
The story of puppeteer Kevin Clash, the heart and soul of Elmo. Touching and inspiring.
- Birdman (2014) 9
Washed-up movie star Keaton attempts a comeback via Broadway play while battling his ego. Surreal.
- Black Swan (2010) 9
Ballet dancer Natalie Portman slowly loses her mind while preparing to star in Swan Lake.
- Blackfish (2013) 9
The horrors of SeaWorld. Shows the devastating consequences of keeping intelligent, sentient creatures in captivity.
- Black Mirror - Seasons 1-2 (2014) 9
Provocative sci-fi satire. Explores technology's darker ramifications on society. Gamification, limitless storage, AI. Brilliant.
- Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glo... (2006) 9
A most gloriously comical moviefilm for make advertise American prejudices and cultural intolerance. High-five!
- Bourne Ultimatum, The (2007) 9
The third installment, with Bourne as clever as ever. A satisfying and frenetically edited action-thriller.
- Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters (2006) 9
Guy Maddin's homage to silent film. A return to an abandoned island home. Orphanage memories.
- Breaking the Waves (1996) 9
Recently paralyzed Stellan Skarsgård urges his wife to have sex with another. Devastating von Trier.
- Brokeback Mountain (2005) 9
Two sheepherders in the summer of 1963. I wish I knew how to quit you.
- Broken Embraces (2009) 9
Pedro Almodóvar's cinematic poem about a blind writer-director and his lost love Penélope Cruz.
- Broken Flowers (2005) 9
Bill Murray receives a mysterious pink letter that causes him to reflect on his past.
- Bringing Out the Dead (1999) 9
Nicolas Cage is a burned-out paramedic haunted by visions of people he's tried to save.
- Caché (2005) 9
A French couple are terrorized by a series of videotapes planted on their front porch.
- Capote (2005) 9
A profile of writer Truman Capote, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, set during the early 1960s.
- Captain Fantastic (2016) 9
A survivalist raising his children in an isolated Washington forest must return to civilization. Parenting!
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) 9
Inside France's Chauvet Cave, Werner Herzog idiosyncratically explores the history of art and human culture.
- Chicken Run (2000) 9
Aardman Animations presents a comedy escape drama on a sinister chicken farm in 1950s England.
- 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.
- Children of Men (2007) 9
Humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in dystopian London in 2027.
- 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.
- City of God (2003) 9
A boy growing up in a violent Rio de Janeiro neighborhood finds redemption through photography.
- Contact (1997) 9
Jodie Foster stars in this Carl Sagan story about the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life.
- Coraline (2009) 9
A secret door reveals a young girl's alternate, button-eyed life. Fantastic experience in RealD 3D.
- Cove, The (2009) 9
Activists infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose tragic abuses of dolphins. Thrilling investigation.
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) 9
The disappearance of a magical jade sword spurs a breathtaking quest for the missing treasure.
- Cube (1998) 9
Seven complete strangers awaken one day in a cubical Kafkaesque maze filled with deadly traps.
- Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The (2008) 9
A man ages backwards, with bizarre consequences. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt.
- Cutie and the Boxer (2013) 9
The art and 40-year marriage of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, Japanese artists in New York.
- Dallas Buyers Club (2013) 9
In 1985, Ron Woodroof defies the FDA and helps HIV/AIDS patients get medication. Empathic, remarkable.
- Darjeeling Limited, The (2007) 9
Three estranged, drug-addicted brothers meet for a train trip across India. Heartwarming Wes Anderson cinema.
- Dark Days (2000) 9
A cinematic portrait of the homeless population living permanently in New York City's underground tunnels.
- Dark Knight, The (2008) 9
Nolan's nightmarish adaptation of Batman, Joker and Two-Face raises the bar for comic-book movies, again.
- Departed, The (2006) 9
Martin Scorsese's gritty crime drama is centered on two cops, the Irish mob and rats.
- Descendants, The (2011) 9
George Clooney reconnects with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured. Poignant imperfections.
- Dirty Pretty Things (2002) 9
Turkish chambermaid Audrey Tautou works at a London hotel where drug dealing and prostitution abound.
- District 9 (2009) 9
Biotechnology fable about an extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth. Political.
- Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The (2007) 9
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who was stricken with locked-in syndrome.
- Django Unchained (2012) 9
Tarantino's story of a freed slave, German bounty hunter and brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Nuts.
- DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010) 9
Strassman and Hancock explore connections between human spirituality and neuroscience through psychedelics.
- Donnie Darko (2001) 9
A complex chain of events determine the fate of a teenager and a giant bunny-rabbit.
- Double, The (2014) 9
Cinematic adaptation of the Dostoevsky tale, full of loneliness and paranoia. Charmingly absurd, bureaucratic dystopia.
- Dunkirk (2017) 9
Nolan's depiction of Allied soldiers trapped by Nazi forces on the beaches of northern France.
- Dreamers, The (2004) 9
Outside, the Paris student riots of 1968 are happening. Inside, Eva Green is mesmerizing.
- Dreamlife of Angels, The (1998) 9
In France, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends and share a flat.
- Drive (2011) 9
Getaway driver Ryan Gosling falls in love with his married neighbor. Badass, stylish character study.
- Drunk History - Season 1 (2008) 9
Drunk historians try to describe history while Jack Black, Michael Cera and others reenact. Hilarious.
- Eastern Promises (2007) 9
Cronenberg's metaphysical exploration of Russian mobsters in London. A fantastic descent into the underworld.
- Edge of Tomorrow (2014) 9
Cruise is caught in a time loop as Earth battles an alien invasion. Inspired blockbuster.
- Encounters at the End of the World (2008) 9
Werner Herzog travels to Antarctica and talks to wayward travelers and philosophers on the frontier.
- Enter the Void (2010) 9
Stunning and technically ingenious. A drug dealer takes the ultimate trip, from DMT to out-of-body.
- eXistenZ (1999) 9
Game designer Jennifer Jason Leigh creates a virtual-reality experience indistinguishable from real life.
- Ex Machina (2015) 9
A young programmer is selected to help evaluate a female A.I. dubbed Ava. Thrilling, smart.
- Eyes Wide Shut (1999) 9
A dangerous odyssey of sexual and moral discovery starring Kidman and Cruise. Kubrick's last film.
- Faces Places (2017) 9
French New Wave director Agnès Varda and muralist JR travel across France. Delightful creative collaboration.
- Fallen Angels (1998) 9
Kar-Wai Wong directs the story of a professional killer in a surreal Hong Kong nightscape.
- Fighter, The (2010) 9
The early years of boxer Micky Ward and his blue-collar family who misguidedly exploit him.
- Finding Nemo (2003) 9
Pixar Animation presents a father-son underwater adventure featuring Nemo, an adventurous boy clownfish.
- Finding Neverland (2004) 9
Marc Forster presents Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.
- Florida Project, The (2017) 9
The magical adventures of six-year-old Moonee, living in poverty in the shadow of Disney World.
- Following (1998) 9
A dark thriller by Christopher Nolan about a young writer who follows strangers around London.
- Food, Inc. (2009) 9
A disturbing look inside America's corporate-controlled food industry. Necessary documentary about what we eat.
- Frances Ha (2013) 9
Delightful, compassionate portrait of floundering NYC hipsters by Noah Baumbach and the quirky Greta Gerwig.
- Frisky Dingo - Seasons 1 and 2 (2008) 9
A supervillain named Killface plans to destroy humanity using the Annihilatrix. Clever and often hilarious.
- Gattaca (1997) 9
In a sterile, genetically-enhanced world, Ethan Hawke was born naturally, with dreams of space travel.
- 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.
- Go (1999) 9
Three different comedic perspectives on a botched drug deal. Set in L.A. and Las Vegas.
- 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.
- Gosford Park (2001) 9
In 1932 England, this Robert Altman drama explores multiple storylines of party guests and servants.
- Grindhouse (2007) 9
Tarantino/Rodriguez double bill. A gory, witty homage to seedy 1970s B-movie thrillers, including fake trailers.
- Grizzly Man (2005) 9
Director Werner Herzog explores the life, death and values of grizzly bear activist Timothy Treadwell.
- 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.
- Heaven (2002) 9
The first of the Kieslowski trilogy, starring Cate Blanchett. Tom Tykwer directs this philosophical escape.
- Helvetica (2007) 9
No modern typeface is more ubiquitous than Helvetica. What are the responsibilities of graphic designers?
- Hero (2002) 9
A Rashômonesque martial-arts epic about the attempted assassination of a Chinese warlord, starring Jet Li.
- Hidden Figures (2017) 9
Spotlights NASA's black female mathematicians during the 1960s space race, especially Katherine Johnson. Vital history.
- High Fidelity (2000) 9
John Cusack, a record store owner and compulsive list-maker, recounts his top five relationship breakups.
- Holy Motors (2012) 9
Limousine-traveling man assumes nine diverse identities. Dreamlike metaphor for acting/life, the masks of each genre.
- How to Die in Oregon (2011) 9
Peter Richardson's respectful, heartbreaking documentary about physician-assisted suicide and the beauty of life.
- Howl's Moving Castle (2005) 9
The visual wonderment of Miyazaki reveals a magical world of witches, wizards and fire demons.
- Hype! (1996) 9
The Seattle grunge music scene of the early 1990s and its effects on American culture.
- Ice Storm, The (1997) 9
An ice storm hits 1973 suburban Connecticut as middle-class families shatter social taboos through experimentation.
- Illusionist, The (2010) 9
An out-of-work, aging French magician travels to Scotland and meets a young woman.
- In Pursuit of Panama (2009) 9
An allegorical, Kerouac-like documentary about two lifelong friends who embark on a seven-country road trip.
- In the Company of Men (1997) 9
Two businessmen decide to find, romance, and dump a vulnerable woman in this black comedy.
- Incendies (2011) 9
Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their mysterious family history. Earth-shattering Greek tragedy.
- Inconvenient Truth, An (2006) 9
Al Gore's lecture about global warming and environmental responsibility is Carl Saganesque. It's PowerPoint cinema!
- Incredible Adventures of Wallace & Gromit, The (2001) 9
Aardman Animations presents the first three Wallace & Gromit short films. Cracking toast, Gromit!
- Incredibles, The (2004) 9
Pixar Animation presents a family of undercover superheroes forced into action to save the world.
- Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries, The (2013) 9
Six Neil deGrasse Tyson lectures exploring what we don't know about how the universe works.
- Inside Job (2010) 9
Comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008. Corruption in politics, regulation and academia.
- Inside Out (2015) 9
A Minnesota tween is moved to California. What goes on in her head? Pixar brilliance.
- Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (2010) 9
Discovery Channel cosmology miniseries that discusses aliens, time travel and the history of the universe.
- Into the Wild (2007) 9
Christopher McCandless abandons his privileged life and adventures to live alone in the Alaskan wilderness.
- 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.
- Jacket, The (2005) 9
Military veteran Adrien Brody can foresee his own death and possibly change Keira Knightley's future.
- Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) 9
Documentary on 85-year-old Tokyo sushi master Jiro Ono. Inspiring example of dedication to a craft.
- Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) 9
Behind Jodorowsky's ambitious, influential mid-1970s sci-fi film failure. With Dalí, Giger, Welles, Jagger, Pink Floyd.
- Kid with a Bike, The (2012) 9
The Dardenne Brothers' affecting story of a young boy abandoned to a state-run youth farm.
- King's Speech, The (2010) 9
Inspiring portrait of the stammering King George VI of Britain and his ballsy speech therapist.
- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) 9
Hilarious. An ironic, smartass tribute to detective fiction, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer.
- L.A. Confidential (1997) 9
A film of police corruption, tabloid journalism and Hollywood sleaze, set in 1950s Los Angeles.
- Lars and the Real Girl (2007) 9
A remarkable achievement that reveals pure, heartbreaking humanity through a sex doll from the Internet.
- Last Night (1998) 9
There are six hours until the end of the world. What would you do?
- 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.
- Lego Movie, The (2014) 9
Irreverent, smartly funny and even subversive. Remarkable for a 100-minute toy advertisement. Well played, Lego.
- Let the Right One In (2008) 9
A dark, dreamlike fairytale about a young Scandinavian vampire that explores a tender childhood friendship.
- Life of Pi (2012) 9
A shipwrecked Indian boy survives on a lifeboat, with zoo animals for company. Magical fable.
- 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.
- 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.
- Locke (2014) 9
The Tom Hardy show. An intense series of phone calls while driving to London. Gripping.
- Looper (2012) 9
In 2042, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a hired assassin who kills people sent from the future.
- Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003) 9
I don't think there's going to be a return journey, Mr. Frodo.
- Lorna's Silence (2009) 9
The Dardenne Brothers' stunning film about Albanian emigrants in Belgium. Study of a woman's conscience.
- Machinist, The (2004) 9
Insomniac industrial worker Christian Bale is a walking skeleton in this paranoid schizophrenic thriller.
- Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 9
The fourth and best chapter. Charlize Theron rebels against tyranny in post-apocalyptic Australia. Car chase!
- Magnolia (1999) 9
A study of nine interconnected lives and random events one day in San Fernando Valley.
- Man from Earth, The (2007) 9
Set in a single room, this thoughtful, philosophical play might blow your mind a little.
- Maria Full of Grace (2004) 9
The journey of a Columbian teenager who agrees to smuggle cocaine pellets into New York.
- Martian, The (2015) 9
Astronaut Matt Damon, accidentally abandoned on Mars, has just one month of supplies. Compelling realism.
- Matrix, The (1999) 9
Déjà vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
- 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.
- Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) 9
Miranda July's exploration of people struggling to connect with one another in this modern world.
- Meeting People Is Easy (1999) 9
A documentary about the band Radiohead. An OK Computer travelogue of the disorientation of touring.
- Melancholia (2011) 9
Kirsten Dunst suffers from melancholia and a mysterious planet threatens Earth. Epic Lars von Trier.
- Michael Clayton (2007) 9
This paranoid, intelligent legal thriller stars Clooney as a large New York law firm's fixer.
- 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.
- Million Dollar Baby (2004) 9
Clint Eastwood works with a determined Hilary Swank in her attempt to become a boxer.
- Minority Report (2002) 9
An excellent futuristic thriller with irrelevant distractions, including vomit, snot and anthropomorphic plants.
- Monster (2003) 9
Charlize Theron is nearly unrecognizable in her moving portrayal of serial-killer prostitute Aileen Wuornos.
- My Winnipeg (2008) 9
Haunting, personal portrait of filmmaker Guy Maddin's hometown of Winnipeg, and of his psyche. Unique.
- Mystic River (2003) 9
A childhood tragedy overshadows the lives of three Boston men, who are reunited as adults.
- No Country for Old Men (2007) 9
A heroin stash and $2 million spirals into catastrophic violence, courtesy of the Coen Brothers.
- No Man's Land (2001) 9
During the war between Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1993, two opposing soldiers become stranded together.
- O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) 9
The Coen Brothers present Homer's Odyssey, set in the 1930s Deep South, starring George Clooney.
- Office Space (1999) 9
I'm going to have to go ahead and ask you to come in on Sunday.
- Open Your Eyes (1999) 9
The brilliant Amenábar film, starring Penélope Cruz, that Tom Cruise turned into Vanilla Sky.
- Others, The (2001) 9
Nicole Kidman lives in a darkened and haunted old house with her two photosensitive children.
- Paprika (2007) 9
An insane anime that blurs the separation between reality, dreams, memory, cinema and the Internet.
- Pianist, The (2002) 9
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of WWII.
- Pixar Story, The (2008) 9
Documentary about the history of animation, and the origin and successes of Pixar Animation Studios.
- Place Beyond the Pines, The (2013) 9
Motorcycle stunt rider Gosling wants to provide for his newborn son. Haunting modern Greek tragedy.
- Ponyo (2009) 9
Miyazaki's charming story of a magical goldfish princess who begins a quest to become human.
- Predestination (2015) 9
Paradoxical head-trip. A temporal agent pursues an elusive terrorist through time, tries to prevent disasters.
- Prestige, The (2006) 9
A rivalry of deadly stage illusions escalates between Victorian-era magicians. David Bowie is Nikola Tesla!
- Primer (2004) 9
This puzzle film of time-travel paradoxes and loopholes begins with four inventors in a garage.
- Princess Mononoke (1997) 9
Miyazaki presents a mythological tale of civilization encroaching on the beast gods of the forest.
- Prisoner - Complete Series Megaset, The (2006) 9
Resigned secret agent McGoohan becomes trapped in an idyllic village. A 1967-68 TV cult classic.
- Promesse, La (1997) 9
A gritty, thoughtful portrayal of the illegal immigrant situation in Belgium by the Dardenne Brothers.
- Rango (2011) 9
A chameleon arrives in a lawless Wild West outpost in need of a new sheriff.
- Red Turtle, The (2017) 9
A man stranded on a deserted island encounters an enormous red turtle. Dialogue-free Japanese fable.
- Red Violin, The (1998) 9
A red violin makes its way through three centuries over several owners and countries.
- Requiem for a Dream (2000) 9
Purple in the morning, blue in the afternoon, and orange in the evening.
- Revenant, The (2015) 9
The resilience of Leonardo DiCaprio, 1820s frontiersman on a fur trading expedition. Epic survival tale.
- Revolutionary Road (2009) 9
Titanic II is emotionally devastating, gut-wrenching and profound. Shakes the American Dream to its core.
- Room (2016) 9
A loving mother raising her boy within the confines of a small shed. Incredibly moving.
- Room 237 (2013) 9
Explores the meaning of Kubrick's 'The Shining': Native American genocide, the Holocaust, Apollo moon landings?
- Royal Tenenbaums, The (2001) 9
Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson present a dysfunctional family reunion of former child prodigies.
- Ruby Sparks (2012) 9
Ingenious dissection of a man falling in love with his own idea of a woman.
- Run Lola Run (1998) 9
A kinetic race against the clock in which small decisions domino into riches, or death.
- Rushmore (1998) 9
Wes Anderson's hilarious follow-up to Bottle Rocket, starring prep-schooler Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray.
- Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) 9
A man places a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel. Genuinely touching, sweet.
- Savages, The (2007) 9
Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman become responsible for their ailing father's care. Witty humanity.
- Science of Sleep, The (2006) 9
A charming hyperactive blur of cellophane-animated fantasy and reality. Surreal and inventive, but not profound.
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) 9
Clever graphic novel adaptation about a boy who must defeat his girlfriend's seven evil exes.
- Selma (2015) 9
Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via a 1965 Alabama march. Vital.
- Senna (2011) 9
Poignant documentary of the rise and tragic death of Brazilian F1 racing driver Ayrton Senna.
- 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.
- Shape of Water, The (2017) 9
Love story between a mute janitor and an amphibious creature at a 1962 top-secret laboratory.
- Shine (1996) 9
Uplifting Geoffrey Rush film that's based on the true story of Australian pianist David Helfgott.
- Silver Linings Playbook (2012) 9
Warm, quirky film about dealing with mental illness (through football, dance). Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful.
- Single Man, The (2010) 9
A heartbroken English professor is having trouble coping with his life in 1960s California. Wonderful.
- Sixth Sense, The (1999) 9
Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment star. I see dead people.
- Slumdog Millionaire (2008) 9
A love story intertwines the slums and gangs of Mumbai with a TV game show.
- Song of the Sea (2014) 9
Magical journey of Irish siblings to free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world. Beautiful.
- Songs from the Second Floor (2000) 9
A Roy Andersson film that stimulates thought, encourages people to question things, and invites reflection.
- Source Code (2011) 9
An ingenious and exciting thriller with some gaps in logic. Profound filmmaking by Duncan Jones.
- South Park - The Complete 13 Seasons (2009) 9
The misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado.
- Spotlight (2015) 9
True story of Boston Globe journalists uncovering systematic child molestation cover-ups in the Catholic Church.
- Squid and the Whale, The (2005) 9
Based on director Noah Baumbach's adolescence in Brooklyn. Two brothers deal with divorce during 1986.
- Star Trek (2009) 9
An inspired reboot of the Star Trek franchise. J.J. Abrams expertly renders the lens-flare brilliance.
- Station Agent, The (2003) 9
A solitary man with dwarfism inherits an abandoned train depot and moves in. Understated magic.
- Steve Jobs (2015) 9
Explores Jobs's ruthless drive to revolutionize computing. Behind the scenes of three iconic product launches.
- Straight Story, The (1999) 9
A David Lynch and Disney anomaly. An old man rides his tractor across the Midwest.
- Stranger Than Fiction (2006) 9
Will Ferrell tries to figure out who's narrating his unraveling life. Maggie Gyllenhaal is adorable.
- Stranger Things - Seasons 1-2 (2017) 9
A small Indiana town in the 1980s has a shadowy parallel dimension. Thrilling, emotionally resonant.
- Submarine (2011) 9
A 15-year-old resolves to lose his virginity and save his parents' marriage. Witty and heartfelt.
- Synecdoche, New York (2008) 9
Charlie Kaufman blends self-referential existence with a living play inside a New York City warehouse.
- Take Shelter (2011) 9
Tense, haunting film about a father being driven mad by apocalyptic visions. Paranoid or prophetic?
- Talk to Her (2002) 9
Pedro Almodóvar's story of friendship between two men whose girlfriends are both in deep comas.
- Tape (2001) 9
Richard Linklater presents Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman dissecting high school memories in a motel.
- There Will Be Blood (2007) 9
A P.T. Anderson film about family, greed, religion, and oil, centered on a California prospector.
- Three Kings (1999) 9
The Gulf War aftermath, stolen Iraqi gold, skeet-shooting with Nerf footballs, and George Clooney. Fantastic.
- Through the Wormhole - Season 1 (2010) 9
Compelling TV series that explores the deepest mysteries of human existence. Hosted by Morgan Freeman.
- Timecrimes (2008) 9
Like Primer, this is a film of time-travel paradoxes, but with more voyeurism and nudity.
- Titanic (1997) 9
Romantic tale of a rich girl and poor boy who meet on the 'unsinkable' ship.
- Torrey Pines (2016) 9
Stop-motion adventure of 1990s youth. Director Clyde Peterson also leads queercore band Your Heart Breaks.
- Toy Story 3 (2010) 9
Andy's going to college. Even better than the first two, with a particularly poignant ending.
- Triangle (2010) 9
Passengers aboard a yacht are struck by mysterious weather conditions. Time runs in terrifying circles.
- True Grit (2010) 9
The Coen Brothers' remake of a classic Western has both ugly violence and touching humanity.
- Truman Show, The (1998) 9
Insurance salesman Jim Carrey discovers his entire life is actually a TV show.
- 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.
- Twin Peaks - The Definitive Gold Box Edition (2007) 9
David Lynch's groundbreaking 1990-91 TV series. It's a paranormal murder mystery set in northern Washington.
- Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) 9
David Lynch revisits the surreal, mystical character of a quaint Washington town 25 years later.
- 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.
- Under the Skin (2014) 9
Existential, visually mesmerizing film about loneliness by Jonathan Glazer, starring the otherworldly Scarlett Johansson.
- Up (2009) 9
An old man ties thousands of balloons to his house, flies to South America. Poignant.
- Up in the Air (2009) 9
Downsizing expert Clooney spends his days isolated in planes and hotels. Complex, intelligent and moving.
- Upstream Color (2013) 9
Shane Carruth's fragmented, hypnotic story of lost identity. Puzzling allegory via Thoreau and psychotropic grubs.
- Vera Drake (2004) 9
Set in 1950s London, this film portrays a modest working-class woman who also performs abortions.
- Very Long Engagement, A (2004) 9
Jean-Pierre Jeunet presents Audrey Tautou, whimsical and hopeful, awaiting her fiancée's return from WWI.
- Virgin Suicides, The (1999) 9
Lives in an affluent American suburb in the 1970s are forever changed by five sisters.
- Waking Life (2001) 9
Richard Linklater presents a uniquely animated universe that explores dream life and real life.
- Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) 9
Aardman Animation's full-length feature of the claymation duo. Giant vegetables are protected by security systems.
- WALL-E (2008) 9
Humans have left Earth, but a charming, curious robot is still cleaning up our mess.
- Watchmen (2009) 9
Zack Snyder successfully films Alan Moore's graphic novel about an alternate, quantum America in 1985.
- 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.
- Where the Wild Things Are (2009) 9
Spike Jonze adapts Maurice Sendak's classic story for the screen. Reality is a child's imagination.
- Whiplash (2014) 9
Driven by his cutthroat instructor, a conservatory drummer is hellbent on becoming a jazz great.
- Wind Rises, The (2013) 9
Miyazaki shows Jiro Horikoshi's dream of flight in Japan, passing through both world wars. Fascinating.
- Winged Migration (2001) 9
Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over three years on all seven continents.
- Winter's Bone (2010) 9
Powerful noir drama about a resilient 17-year-old who tries to find her missing, drug-dealing father.
- Wonder Boys (2000) 9
English professor Michael Douglas gets caught up in misadventure while trying to finish his novel.
- Wonderfalls - The Complete Viewer Collection (2004) 9
Arguably the best cancelled television series ever. Only 4 of the 13 episodes actually aired.
- Wrestler, The (2008) 9
Professional wrestler Mickey Rourke must retire, but life outside the ring is a dispiriting struggle.
- Y tu mamá también (2001) 9
In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip.
- Yi yi (2000) 9
The meaning of life explored through portraits of individual members of a Taiwanese family.
- Zero Dark Thirty (2012) 9
Riveting story of the decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden. Finale balances catharsis with despair.
Rated 9 out of 10Search returned all films with a rating of 9 out of 1603 total films.
Statistical ratings distribution of these 264 films (16.5% 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 264 films: 9.
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