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Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).


    2008 Releases

    Search returned all films from 2008 out of 1603 total rated films.
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  1. Movie DetailsFall, The (2008) 10  FantasyI own on DVD
    Tarsem Singh, director of 'The Cell,' creates a delightful fantasy based in 1920s Los Angeles.
  2. Movie DetailsWaltz with Bashir (2008) 10  AnimationWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/TrueFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Stunning. Folman interviews Israeli veterans of the 1982 Lebanon invasion to reconstruct his own memories.

  3. EXCELLENT
  4. Movie DetailsChop Shop (2008) 9  Obscure/Rare
    A hard-working, resourceful street orphan in Queens struggles to create a better life for himself.
  5. Movie DetailsCurious Case of Benjamin Button, The (2008) 9  Fantasy
    A man ages backwards, with bizarre consequences. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt.
  6. Movie DetailsDark Knight, The (2008) 9  FantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Nolan's nightmarish adaptation of Batman, Joker and Two-Face raises the bar for comic-book movies, again.
  7. Movie DetailsDrunk History - Season 1 (2008) 9  ComedyObscure/Rare
    Drunk historians try to describe history while Jack Black, Michael Cera and others reenact. Hilarious.
  8. Movie DetailsEncounters at the End of the World (2008) 9  Documentary/True
    Werner Herzog travels to Antarctica and talks to wayward travelers and philosophers on the frontier.
  9. Movie DetailsFrisky Dingo - Seasons 1 and 2 (2008) 9  AnimationComedySci-FiTV Shows
    A supervillain named Killface plans to destroy humanity using the Annihilatrix. Clever and often hilarious.
  10. Movie DetailsGo-Getter, The (2008) 9  ComedyObscure/Rare
    A great road movie, starting from Eugene, Oregon. Features Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward's music.
  11. Movie DetailsGonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008) 9  Obscure/RareDocumentary/TrueI own on DVD
    A fast-moving, entertaining portrait of late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, narrated by Johnny Depp.
  12. Movie DetailsLet the Right One In (2008) 9  FantasyHorror
    A dark, dreamlike fairytale about a young Scandinavian vampire that explores a tender childhood friendship.
  13. Movie DetailsMy Winnipeg (2008) 9  ComedyObscure/RareWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    Haunting, personal portrait of filmmaker Guy Maddin's hometown of Winnipeg, and of his psyche. Unique.
  14. Movie DetailsPixar Story, The (2008) 9  AnimationObscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Documentary about the history of animation, and the origin and successes of Pixar Animation Studios.
  15. Movie DetailsSlumdog Millionaire (2008) 9  Academy Awards Winner for Best Picture
    A love story intertwines the slums and gangs of Mumbai with a TV game show.
  16. Movie DetailsSynecdoche, New York (2008) 9  ComedyMind-blowingWith Sex/Nudity
    Charlie Kaufman blends self-referential existence with a living play inside a New York City warehouse.
  17. Movie DetailsTimecrimes (2008) 9  Mind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Like Primer, this is a film of time-travel paradoxes, but with more voyeurism and nudity.
  18. Movie DetailsWALL-E (2008) 9  AnimationComedySci-Fi
    Humans have left Earth, but a charming, curious robot is still cleaning up our mess.
  19. Movie DetailsWhen We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (2008) 9  Obscure/RareDocumentary/TrueTV Shows
    Discovery's compelling six-part series about the race into space, the moon landings, shuttles, and beyond.
  20. Movie DetailsWrestler, The (2008) 9  With Sex/NuditySport
    Professional wrestler Mickey Rourke must retire, but life outside the ring is a dispiriting struggle.

  21. VERY GOOD
  22. Movie DetailsAshes of Time Redux (2008) 8  
    Kar-Wai Wong's recut version of the 1994 wuxia epic. A broken-hearted swordsman in the desert.
  23. Movie DetailsBetween the Folds (2008) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    PBS documentary about artists and scientists who have devoted their lives to modern origami.
  24. Movie DetailsBreaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football (2008) 8  Obscure/RareSportDocumentary/TrueTV Shows
    HBO chronicles the profound effect of the 1960s Civil Rights movement on college football programs.
  25. Movie DetailsCloverfield (2008) 8  HorrorSci-Fi
    It's Godzilla epicness, Blair Witch Project shakiness, and Alien viciousness concealing a Manhattan love story.
  26. Movie DetailsDr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008) 8  ComedyMusical/MusicObscure/RareSci-Fi
    Joss Whedon's three-part online musical miniseries. Filmed during the writers' strike, starring Neil Patrick Harris.
  27. Movie DetailsFrost/Nixon (2008) 8  Documentary/True
    A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between David Frost and Richard Nixon.
  28. Movie DetailsHappy-Go-Lucky (2008) 8  Comedy
    Poppy is a cheery North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her.
  29. Movie DetailsHellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) 8  FantasyHorrorComic Book/Superhero
    Stunning grotesqueness and visual poetry from Guillermo del Toro. Incredible set design and beautiful effects.
  30. Movie DetailsIron Man (2008) 8  ConspiracySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Robert Downey Jr. builds an armored suit and decides to use the technology against evil.
  31. Movie DetailsMilk (2008) 8  Documentary/True
    Van Sant's biography of openly gay politician Harvey Milk. An empathic portrayal by Sean Penn.
  32. Movie DetailsMy Blueberry Nights (2008) 8  
    A soul-searching journey across America, starring Norah Jones. Beautifully shot, but Kar-Wai Wong's weakest film.
  33. Movie DetailsRock-afire Explosion, The (2008) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    The inventor behind (and fans of) the Showbiz Pizza and Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic puppets.
  34. Movie DetailsSpecial (2008) 8  FantasyObscure/Rare
    Michael Rapaport participates in an experimental drug study and becomes sure his superpowers are strengthening.
  35. Movie DetailsTokyo! (2008) 8  Obscure/RareWith Sex/NudityComic Book/Superhero
    A cinematic triptych (transformation, anarchy, rebirth) set in Tokyo. Directed by Gondry, Carax and Bong.
  36. Movie DetailsTropic Thunder (2008) 8  Comedy
    Ben Stiller's big-budget satire of celebrity excess and Hollywood action movies. Downey Jr. is hilarious.

  37. GOOD
  38. Movie DetailsAppaloosa (2008) 7  
    Satisfying Western by Ed Harris about hired guns. Zellweger's face is a creepy kabuki mask.
  39. Movie DetailsAtom Smashers, The (2008) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/TrueTV Shows
    How does life exist? Documentary chronicles the search for the Higgs boson by Fermilab physicists.
  40. Movie DetailsBernard and Doris (2008) 7  ComedyObscure/RareDocumentary/TrueTV Shows
    An HBO Films picture about tobacco heiress Doris Duke (Sarandon) and her gay butler (Fiennes).
  41. Movie DetailsBlack Balloon, The (2008) 7  
    Explores the intense emotions of the family of an Australian teenager and his autistic brother.
  42. Movie DetailsBomb It (2008) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    A global history of street art. Explores cultural/political issues of tagging, graffiti and art activism.
  43. Movie DetailsCharlie Bartlett (2008) 7  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    A charismatic rich kid acts as a psychiatrist to students of his new high school.
  44. Movie DetailsCountry Wedding (2008) 7  ComedyObscure/Rare
    A couple tries to find a church in the Icelandic countryside to have their wedding.
  45. Movie DetailsDoubt (2008) 7  
    A nun confronts a priest after suspecting him of abusing a student. But did he?
  46. Movie DetailsDrakmar: A Vassal's Journey (2008) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    A sensitive 14-year-old escapes to the medieval fantasy kingdom of Adria to survive his adolescence.
  47. Movie DetailsFunny Games (2008) 7  Horror
    An aggressively unpleasant film that tortures the audience for its bloodlust. Both sadistic and pretentious.
  48. Movie DetailsGood Dick (2008) 7  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    A lonely, introverted girl who rents adult films meets a young, chatty video store clerk.
  49. Movie DetailsJellyfish (2008) 7  Obscure/Rare
    Intersecting stories of three very different Israeli women living in Tel Aviv. Loved Batiya's story.
  50. Movie DetailsPineapple Express (2008) 7  Comedy
    Stoner Seth Rogen freaks out after witnessing a murder. Pot-joke heavy and also fairly violent.
  51. Movie DetailsPriceless (2008) 7  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Young gold digger Audrey Tautou mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender thinking he's a wealthy suitor.
  52. Movie DetailsReader, The (2008) 7  With Sex/Nudity
    Kate Winslet initiates a surprising, secretive romance in this solemn drama set in post-WWII Germany.
  53. Movie DetailsReligulous (2008) 7  ComedyWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    Bill Maher's provocative, smartass dialogue with Jews, Christians and Muslims. An irreverent but smug rant.
  54. Movie DetailsStanley Kubrick's Boxes (2008) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/TrueTV Shows
    Kubrick's incredible attention to detail revealed in 1,000+ boxes of his meticulously sorted film materials.

  55. FAIR
  56. Movie Details4th Dimension, The (2008) 6  FantasyObscure/RareSci-Fi
    Feels inspired by Eraserhead and Pi, but this Aphex Twin-scored meditation on reality ultimately disappoints.
  57. Movie DetailsBolt (2008) 6  AnimationComedyFantasy
    A lovable cartoon dog movie. Plus, Miley Cyrus sounds like she drinks whiskey every night.
  58. Movie DetailsBurn After Reading (2008) 6  Comedy
    A CIA agent's memoirs falls into the hands of opportunistic idiots. Pointless Coen Brothers farce.
  59. Movie DetailsChoke (2008) 6  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Screen adaptation of the Palahniuk novel about a sex-addicted scam artist and his hospitalized mother.
  60. Movie DetailsCity of Ember (2008) 6  FantasySci-Fi
    An underground city is falling apart after 200 years. Fairly dark for a kids' movie.
  61. Movie DetailsGet Smart (2008) 6  Comedy
    Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway are super-secret spies or whatever. Can their gadgets defeat KAOS?
  62. Movie DetailsIncredible Hulk, The (2008) 6  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Too bad the awkward computer-generated creatures killed the movie, despite Edward Norton. Noisy and boring.
  63. Movie DetailsIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) 6  FantasySci-Fi
    Indy battles the Soviets in 1957. Spielberg/Lucas feature Area 51 and interdimensional cosmic Mayan nonsense.
  64. Movie DetailsWanted (2008) 6  Comic Book/Superhero
    A young man finds out his long-lost father is an assassin. Then hyperkinetic bullet-bending ensues.
  65. Movie DetailsWonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic (2008) 6  Musical/MusicObscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Irritating modern opera rehearsals dominate the story of Oppenheimer and the 1945 Trinity atomic test.

  66. ADEQUATE
  67. Movie DetailsJourney to the Center of the Earth (2008) 5  FantasySci-Fi
    Brendan Fraser travels to Iceland looking for Verne's lost subterranean world. Turn off your brain.
  68. Movie DetailsRuins, The (2008) 5  HorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    Bone-crunching gore as American tourists learn the horrors of sightseeing in the forbidding Mexican jungle.
  69. Movie DetailsSpeed Racer (2008) 5  AnimationConspiracySport
    A hyperfrenetic explosion of sound and color in the form of Car-Fu. It's marginally watchable.
  70. Movie DetailsSpirit, The (2008) 5  ComedyFantasyWith Sex/NudityComic Book/Superhero
    Frank Miller's self-aware film noir is gorgeous, vapid, overacted and emotionless. Based on Eisner's comics.
  71. Movie DetailsStep Brothers (2008) 5  Comedy
    Mildly amusing but so stupid. Juvenile bickering and pouting from 40-year-old adolescents Ferrell and Reilly.
  72. Movie DetailsStuck (2008) 5  HorrorObscure/RareWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    The callous aftermath of a hit-and-run. I winced at the bad acting and grisly suffering.
  73. Movie DetailsWhat Just Happened (2008) 5  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Two weeks in the life of big-time Hollywood producer Robert De Niro. Anxious, high-stakes triviality.

  74. FROM BAD TO WORSE
  75. Movie Details10,000 BC (2008) CRAP  Fantasy
    Anti-visionary Roland Emmerich directs this dumb prehistoric epic. It's dull, preposterous and sanitized for kids.
  76. Movie Details88 Minutes (2008) CRAP  HorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    Features ludicrous, unthrilling plot twists, perky young women and the famous forensic psychiatrist Al Pacino.
  77. Movie DetailsMeet the Spartans (2008) CRAP  Comedy
    Friedberg and Seltzer reinforce their status as truly unparalleled hacks of the spoof genre. Terrible.


  78. Statistical ratings distribution of these 71 films (4.4% 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 71 films: 7.2.

    10:2.8%

    9:23.9%

    8:21.1%

    7:23.9%

    6:14.1%

    5:9.9%

    CRAP:4.2%



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