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


    2009 Releases

    Search returned all films from 2009 out of 1603 total rated films.
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  1. Movie DetailsFantastic Mr. Fox (2009) 10  AnimationComedyI own on DVD
    A brilliant adaptation by Wes Anderson of the classic Roald Dahl book. Fantastic stop-motion animation.
  2. Movie DetailsHurt Locker, The (2009) 10  Documentary/TrueAcademy Awards Winner for Best Picture
    An intense, complex war film. Intelligent, exhilarating psychological thriller about urban warfare in Iraq.
  3. Movie DetailsInglourious Basterds (2009) 10  Documentary/True
    A funny, violent Tarantino film about guerrilla soldiers in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.
  4. Movie DetailsMoon (2009) 10  Mind-blowingSci-FiFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    One man and a computer run a lunar base that supplies Earth with energy. Meditative.

  5. EXCELLENT
  6. Movie Details(500) Days of Summer (2009) 9  Comedy
    Offbeat, witty romantic comedy (not a love story) starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. Great.
  7. Movie DetailsBroken Embraces (2009) 9  With Sex/Nudity
    Pedro Almodóvar's cinematic poem about a blind writer-director and his lost love Penélope Cruz.
  8. Movie DetailsCoraline (2009) 9  AnimationFantasy
    A secret door reveals a young girl's alternate, button-eyed life. Fantastic experience in RealD 3D.
  9. Movie DetailsCove, The (2009) 9  ConspiracyDocumentary/True
    Activists infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose tragic abuses of dolphins. Thrilling investigation.
  10. Movie DetailsDistrict 9 (2009) 9  Sci-Fi
    Biotechnology fable about an extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth. Political.
  11. Movie DetailsFood, Inc. (2009) 9  Documentary/True
    A disturbing look inside America's corporate-controlled food industry. Necessary documentary about what we eat.
  12. Movie DetailsIn Pursuit of Panama (2009) 9  ComedyObscure/RareDocumentary/True
    An allegorical, Kerouac-like documentary about two lifelong friends who embark on a seven-country road trip.
  13. Movie DetailsLorna's Silence (2009) 9  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    The Dardenne Brothers' stunning film about Albanian emigrants in Belgium. Study of a woman's conscience.
  14. Movie DetailsPonyo (2009) 9  AnimationFantasy
    Miyazaki's charming story of a magical goldfish princess who begins a quest to become human.
  15. Movie DetailsRevolutionary Road (2009) 9  With Sex/Nudity
    Titanic II is emotionally devastating, gut-wrenching and profound. Shakes the American Dream to its core.
  16. Movie DetailsSouth Park - The Complete 13 Seasons (2009) 9  AnimationComedyFantasyTV Shows
    The misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado.
  17. Movie DetailsStar Trek (2009) 9  Sci-Fi
    An inspired reboot of the Star Trek franchise. J.J. Abrams expertly renders the lens-flare brilliance.
  18. Movie DetailsUp (2009) 9  AnimationComedy
    An old man ties thousands of balloons to his house, flies to South America. Poignant.
  19. Movie DetailsUp in the Air (2009) 9  
    Downsizing expert Clooney spends his days isolated in planes and hotels. Complex, intelligent and moving.
  20. Movie DetailsWatchmen (2009) 9  ConspiracyFantasySci-FiWith Sex/NudityComic Book/Superhero
    Zack Snyder successfully films Alan Moore's graphic novel about an alternate, quantum America in 1985.
  21. Movie DetailsWhere the Wild Things Are (2009) 9  Fantasy
    Spike Jonze adapts Maurice Sendak's classic story for the screen. Reality is a child's imagination.

  22. VERY GOOD
  23. Movie Details3 Idiots (2009) 8  ComedyMusical/Music
    Three Indian students challenge their college's draconian methods. A smart Bollywood comedy. All is well!
  24. Movie DetailsAntichrist (2009) 8  HorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    Lars von Trier offers a bleak, self-indulgent vision of female sexuality and human cruelty. Shocking.
  25. Movie DetailsArt & Copy (2009) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Documents advertising's history and influence. Wisdom and inspiration from creative artists behind the campaigns.
  26. Movie DetailsAvatar (2009) 8  AnimationSci-Fi
    Cameron delivers a forbidden love story set in an extraordinary, photorealistic alien world. 3D wonderment.
  27. Movie DetailsBeautiful Losers (2009) 8  Obscure/RareWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    A collective group of do-it-yourself artists and designers in 1990s New York find success.
  28. Movie DetailsBox, The (2009) 8  Sci-Fi
    Richard Kelly's third film is intriguing, frustrating, surreal and brimming with water imagery. Haunting absurdity.
  29. Movie DetailsBrothers Bloom, The (2009) 8  Comedy
    A charming tale of con artists and the intricate scams they concoct and live out.
  30. Movie DetailsBunny and the Bull (2009) 8  AnimationComedyObscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    A surreal, Gondry-esque comedy starring an agoraphobic man who reconstructs a tragic European road trip.
  31. Movie DetailsChe: Part One (2009) 8  Documentary/True
    Soderbergh and Del Toro recount the Cuban Revolution: Castro, Che Guevara and the guerrilla army.
  32. Movie DetailsDrag Me to Hell (2009) 8  Horror
    Loan officer Alison Lohman becomes cursed after evicting an elderly gypsy woman from her home.
  33. Movie DetailsFranklyn (2009) 8  FantasySci-Fi
    In a future metropolis (see Dark City, Blade Runner) and contemporary London, Eva Green stars.
  34. Movie DetailsGruffalo, The (2009) 8  AnimationFantasyObscure/RareTV Shows
    A cunning mouse outwits a succession of predators while walking in the deep dark wood.
  35. Movie DetailsImaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The (2009) 8  Fantasy
    Gilliam shows us the death of magic (while honoring Heath Ledger) in spectacular visual form.
  36. Movie DetailsLimits of Control, The (2009) 8  With Sex/Nudity
    Jim Jarmusch's stylized, dreamlike tale of an enigmatic loner on a shadowy criminal mission. Meditative.
  37. Movie DetailsLoose Change 9/11: An American Coup (2009) 8  ConspiracyObscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Investigates the conspiracy theory that 9/11 was an inside job. An example of history repeating?
  38. Movie DetailsMary and Max (2009) 8  AnimationComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    An Australian girl becomes pen pals with an obese New Yorker with Asperger's. Charming claymation.
  39. Movie DetailsMessenger, The (2009) 8  With Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    Poignant military tale about soldiers assigned to notify families of casualties during the Iraq War.
  40. Movie DetailsPrecious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire (2009) 8  
    Dark social commentary and ugliness with an ending that's hopeful, but not happy and contrived.
  41. Movie DetailsReel Injun (2009) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    How depictions of Native Americans in cinema have shaped perceptions of their cultures and histories.
  42. Movie DetailsRoad, The (2009) 8  With Sex/Nudity
    Viggo Mortensen and his son try to survive in post-apocalyptic America. Noble and heartbreaking humanity.
  43. Movie DetailsSéraphine (2009) 8  Documentary/True
    Moving, evenhanded historical drama about the difficult but ecstatic life of French painter Séraphine Louis.
  44. Movie DetailsSin Nombre (2009) 8  With Sex/Nudity
    A Honduran teen meets a young gang member atop a freight train. Poignant immigration story.
  45. Movie DetailsTales from the Script (2009) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Veteran Hollywood screenwriters share their triumphs and failures, insider insights, anecdotes and artistic compromises.
  46. Movie DetailsTell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak (2009) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/TrueTV Shows
    Diary-style documentary by Spike Jonze about Maurice Sendak, the unconventional author of iconic children's books.
  47. Movie DetailsTetro (2009) 8  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Stylish indie film by Francis Ford Coppola. Could've been better with fewer staged productions though.
  48. Movie DetailsTokyo Sonata (2009) 8  
    Social satire through the many misfortunes of a Japanese family, particularly the father's downward spiral.
  49. Movie DetailsUnmade Beds (2009) 8  ComedyObscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    The stories of Vera and Axl intersect via artsy, free-spirited squatters in a London warehouse.

  50. GOOD
  51. Movie Details9 (2009) 7  AnimationFantasySci-Fi
    A visually stunning, steampunk world inhabited by robot rag dolls. Ending is weak, plot underdeveloped.
  52. Movie DetailsBad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) 7  ComedySport
    Surreal black comedy from master storyteller Werner Herzog. Nicolas Cage is a drug-addled, maniacal detective.
  53. Movie DetailsChe: Part Two (2009) 7  Documentary/True
    Soderbergh and Del Toro depict Che Guevara in the ill-fated revolutionary guerrilla war in Bolivia.
  54. Movie DetailsGirlfriend Experience, The (2009) 7  With Sex/Nudity
    Soderbergh's experimental film about free enterprise via the life of a high-end Manhattan call girl.
  55. Movie DetailsHangover, The (2009) 7  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Las Vegas-set comedy centered around three groomsmen, the groom and one night of drunken misadventures.
  56. Movie DetailsHome (2009) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    A film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand featuring aerial footage from around the globe. Beautiful but tedious.
  57. Movie DetailsHunt for Gollum, The (2009) 7  FantasyObscure/Rare
    Chris Bouchard's impressive Lord of the Rings film. Gandalf sends Strider out to find Gollum.
  58. Movie DetailsIdiots and Angels (2009) 7  AnimationComedyFantasyObscure/Rare
    Bill Plympton's animated dark comedy about a morally bankrupt man who wakes up with wings.
  59. Movie DetailsIngredients (2009) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Compares America's industrialized food system to a rising local-growth movement, from Oregon to New York.
  60. Movie DetailsInk (2009) 7  FantasyObscure/RareSci-Fi
    High-concept visual thriller that weaves the conscious with the subconscious. Falls down on unconvincing acting.
  61. Movie DetailsIt Might Get Loud (2009) 7  Musical/MusicDocumentary/True
    Documentary on the electric guitar starring rock musicians Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White.
  62. Movie DetailsLunopolis (2009) 7  ConspiracyMind-blowingObscure/RareSci-Fi
    Pseudo-documentary about aliens on the moon and a secret Scientology-like group. A fun, riveting conspiracy.
  63. Movie DetailsMen Who Stare at Goats, The (2009) 7  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    A reporter in Iraq learns about a secret, psychic U.S. Army unit. It's pretty amusing.
  64. Movie DetailsObjectified (2009) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Documentary about how humans relate to manufactured objects, featuring designers like Dieter Rams and Apple.
  65. Movie DetailsPhoebe in Wonderland (2009) 7  FantasyObscure/Rare
    An unconventional drama teacher inspires a troubled girl. Elle Fanning and Patricia Clarkson are amazing.
  66. Movie DetailsPrincess and the Frog, The (2009) 7  AnimationFantasyMusical/Music
    Disney fairytale set in Jazz Age-era New Orleans. Waitress Tiana kisses a frog prince. Voodoo.
  67. Movie DetailsPrisoner, The (2009) 7  ConspiracyObscure/RareTV Shows
    AMC miniseries based on the classic 1960s TV show. Interesting but muddled. Caviezel lacks personality.
  68. Movie DetailsSecret of Kells, The (2009) 7  AnimationFantasy
    A hand-drawn medieval adventure of the boy behind the famed Book of Kells. Intricate visuals.
  69. Movie DetailsSherlock Holmes (2009) 7  Conspiracy
    Ritchie's overwrought, violent CGI explosion. Quick-witted Downey is great, but why is Holmes constantly fighting?
  70. Movie DetailsTaken (2009) 7  
    A fast-paced xenophobic thriller. Professional spy Liam Neeson exacts vigilante justice on everyone. Everyone!

  71. FAIR
  72. Movie DetailsCapturing Reality: The Art of Documentary (2009) 6  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    A metadocumentary. This film about making documentaries should have been richer, deeper and edited better.
  73. Movie DetailsGive 'em Hell, Malone (2009) 6  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Mediocre, ultraviolent detective noir in need of a better director. Ridiculous villains in second-rate makeup.
  74. Movie DetailsHeroes - Seasons 1-3 (2009) 6  FantasySci-FiComic Book/SuperheroTV Shows
    Cleverly structured graphic novel in TV-show format about people with diverse superpowers. It became unwatchable.
  75. Movie DetailsIngenious (2009) 6  ComedyObscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Likable rags-to-riches comedy based on the true story of an Arizona inventor of novelty items.
  76. Movie DetailsInternational, The (2009) 6  Conspiracy
    Worth watching for the Guggenheim Museum shootout, but this globetrotting thriller is fairly unremarkable.
  77. Movie DetailsKillshot (2009) 6  With Sex/Nudity
    Diane Lane is placed in the witness protection program. Is she safe from Mickey Rourke?
  78. Movie DetailsNinja Assassin (2009) 6  
    A ninja turns his back on the orphanage that raised him. So much CGI blood.
  79. Movie DetailsPush (2009) 6  Sci-Fi
    Dakota Fanning was the only compelling part of this telekinetic incoherence set in Hong Kong.
  80. Movie DetailsRicky (2009) 6  ComedyFantasyObscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    French parable about a bizarre baby's physical development, his precocious sister and his irresponsible mother.
  81. Movie DetailsSoloist, The (2009) 6  Musical/MusicDocumentary/True
    Downey Jr., Foxx and Keener are great, but this biography feels slightly heavy-handed and exploitive.
  82. Movie DetailsSunshine Cleaning (2009) 6  Comedy
    Cash-strapped single mother Amy Adams works as a maid, but is looking for new opportunities.
  83. Movie DetailsTaking of Pelham 123, The (2009) 6  
    Another generic, disposable Tony Scott thriller. This one has subway trains and stars Denzel Washington.
  84. Movie DetailsTrick 'r Treat (2009) 6  ComedyHorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    Four interwoven Halloween stories. It doesn't rely on lame CGI ghouls and jack-o'-lanterns! Pretty decent.

  85. ADEQUATE
  86. Movie Details2012 (2009) 5  Sci-Fi
    So soulless and insulting that we don't care about billions dying in the global cataclysm.
  87. Movie DetailsBorn of Hope (2009) 5  FantasyObscure/Rare
    Kate Madison's Lord of the Rings prequel, based on Tolkien's appendix paragraphs. Decent low-budget effort.
  88. Movie DetailsCrank 2: High Voltage (2009) 5  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Chev Chelios is back in an even more random and intentionally absurd movie. Insane action.
  89. Movie DetailsKnowing (2009) 5  Sci-Fi
    A disappointment from Alex Proyas. I was ready for the apocalypse after two long hours.
  90. Movie DetailsPandorum (2009) 5  HorrorSci-Fi
    Derivative sci-fi thriller on a spaceship. Crewmembers wake up with no knowledge of their mission.
  91. Movie DetailsRace to Witch Mountain (2009) 5  FantasySci-Fi
    Good, family-friendly Disney fun that damages your will to live. Spectacularly bland and poorly written.
  92. Movie DetailsSurrogates (2009) 5  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Soulless industrial entertainment. Most humans live in isolation and interact entirely via glamorous surrogate robots.
  93. Movie DetailsSurveillance (2009) 5  Conspiracy
    A crude, unsettling thriller by Jennifer Lynch. It's a disappointment, but Bill Pullman is great.

  94. FROM BAD TO WORSE
  95. Movie DetailsBride Wars (2009) CRAP  Comedy
    Was subjected to this loathsome, soul-crushingly shallow piece while traveling, almost killed self. Fuck this.
  96. Movie DetailsFriday the 13th (2009) CRAP  HorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    Boobs, beer and pot. The characters are so annoying that you wish they'd die faster.
  97. Movie DetailsGamer (2009) CRAP  Sci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Brainless, ultraviolent sci-fi mishmash of bad writing, bad acting, jerky editing, digital effects and boobs.
  98. Movie DetailsLady Ninja Kaede 2 (2009) CRAP  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Why? Bizarre, terrible Japanese erotica. Lady ninja's mission is to destroy an Edo sex cult.
  99. Movie DetailsS. Darko (2009) CRAP  Obscure/RareSci-Fi
    Cash-grab follow-up to Donnie Darko. Huge plot holes and weak characters, but exceeded worst expectations.
  100. Movie DetailsTransformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) CRAP  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    A tedious and loathsome sequence of explosions. Despite childhood nostalgia, I hoped everyone might die.
  101. Movie DetailsYear One (2009) CRAP  Comedy
    Even though Jack Black and Michael Cera are naturally hilarious, this plotless movie doesn't work.


  102. Statistical ratings distribution of these 95 films (5.9% 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 95 films: 7.1.

    10:4.2%

    9:16.8%

    8:28.4%

    7:21.1%

    6:13.7%

    5:8.4%

    CRAP:7.4%



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