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The 20 Highest-Rated Movies on IMDb, Ranked by Votes

The people have spoken.

While internet popularity can be a fickle and fleeting thing, in the case of IMDb , there are a few top-rated movies that tower above their rivals and stand the test of time . Moviegoers can rate the films they see on the website, and some are cemented as being at the top of their class. Seen by many as the go-to resource for film ratings and opinions, the ten most-voted films are usually, if not some of the best movies of all time. At the very least, IMDb's top movies are comfortably the internet's favorite movies and are likely recognizable to most viewers.

As IMDb continues to be a popular resource for those looking for must-see 10-star movies, its ratings and number of voters also constantly change as more viewers flock to the site to share their opinions about their favorite films. For the most-voted movies on the platform, they remain above these shifts, except for some subtle differences in their ranking and number of votes.

20 'The Silence of the Lambs' (1991)

Votes: 1,532,834 | imdb rating: 8.6.

Hannibal Lecter wearing a muzzle in The Silence of the Lambs

A cinematic masterpiece and still the first movie many think of when considering psychological horror, The Silence of the Lambs is an award-winning film directed by Jonathan Demme based on Thomas Harris ' eponymous 1988 novel. It tells the story of a young FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ( Jodie Foster ), who asks the imprisoned Dr. Hannibal Lecter ( Anthony Hopkins ) for help in her pursuit of a serial killer, "Buffalo Bill" ( Ted Levine ).

Hopkins' performance as the brilliant psychiatrist and notorious cannibal helps cement the character as a pop culture icon. The timeless film's cat-and-mouse game between Clarice and Lecter, coupled with Buffalo Bill's gruesome crimes, creates a suspenseful atmosphere that's still just as riveting upon a well-deserved rewatch today. The votes on IMDb prove that Silence of the Lambs deserves all the praise it received.

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19 'The Wolf of Wall Street' (2013)

Votes: 1,561,759 | imdb rating: 8.2.

Jordan Belfort standing amid a celebration at his office in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort 's career as a stockbroker as outlined in his eponymous 2007 memoir, director Martin Scorsese 's The Wolf of Wall Street is a renowned dark comedy movie. It revolves around the charismatic stockbroker's (played by Leonardo DiCaprio ) experiences as he rises to financial success after opening his own firm, which engages in fraud and other criminal activities. It also chronicles his epic downfall after his infamy catches the attention of the authorities.

A fantastic movie about excess , the high-energy, darkly comedic exploration of Belfort's unbridled ambition is wholly original and wildly entertaining. This unapologetic portrayal of the chaotic and hedonistic world of Wall Street in the 1990s has understandably been a point of debate among critics and audiences, but it doesn't take away from the film's enduring popularity.

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18 'Batman Begins' (2005)

Votes: 1,564,028 | imdb rating: 8.2.

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Christian Bale 's Batman is introduced to millions of fans in Christopher Nolan 's first entry in The Dark Knight trilogy, Batman Begins . The first in the legendary superhero movie trilogy tells the origin story of the legendary DC anti-hero, all the way to his fight against Ra's al Ghul ( Liam Neeson ) and the Scarecrow ( Cillian Murphy ), who want nothing more than to see Gotham in shambles.

The 2005 movie would mark an important turn in the superhero genre, proving that blockbusters can be infused with gritty realism and psychological depth, particularly for the iconic character it portrays. Its depiction of Batman's journey from a traumatized orphan to the caped crusader captures the character's complexities and inner turmoil with ease , laying the groundwork for what many still consider to be the best film series that depicts the anti-hero.

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17 'Inglourious Basterds' (2009)

Votes: 1,565,763 | imdb rating: 8.4.

Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger in Tavern Scene in Inglourious Basterds

One of Quentin Tarantino 's most iconic films, Inglourious Basterds is a unique war movie set during World War II that follows a group of American soldiers led by Lieutenant Aldo Raine ( Brad Pitt ), as they embark on a mission to hunt and exterminate Nazis. Another plot running alongside this is Shosanna Dreyfus' ( Mélanie Laurent ) plan to assassinate Nazi Germany's leadership, and the two stories collide in an explosive way.

Tarantino's movie is a remarkable combination of historical drama, dark humor, and intense action , with its unexpected narrative structure only enhancing the unfolding events. It's a one-of-a-kind humorous portrayal of what is one of the darkest periods of history. Of course, career-best performances from actors like Christoph Waltz (for his portrayal of the villainous Colonel Hans Landa) add depth and an element of rewatchability to the 2009 film.

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16 'gladiator' (2000), votes: 1,603,191 | imdb rating: 8.5.

Maximus screaming with his arms spread in Gladiator

Director Ridley Scott 's Gladiator is a masterwork in the historical drama genre. Starring Russell Crowe as Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius, the film portrays his great fall following a betrayal by the emperor's overly ambitious son, Commodus ( Joaquin Phoenix ). Instead of accepting defeat, Maximus works his way up in the arena and swears vengeance, fighting against numerous foes to reach the very top and leave an important message for the emperor himself (with many onlookers).

The film is full of thunderous spectacles that are the flawlessly choreographed battles between gladiators, perfectly complemented by a powerful score by Hans Zimmer . Crowe's commanding performance anchors the film, which traces his path to Commodus – and to revenge – in a way that will have viewers rooting for him until the very end. At this point, Gladiator is an essential revenge movie with a dramatic story that benefits from Scott's direction .

15 'Django Unchained' (2012)

Votes: 1,675,535 | imdb rating: 8.5.

Jamie Foxx as Django with Franco Nero as Amerigo Vessepi in Django Unchained

A fan-favorite Western directed by Quentin Tarantino , Django Unchained tells the story of the titular slave (played by Jamie Foxx ) who gains his freedom when he encounters a German bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz ( Christoph Waltz ). The duo embarks on a dangerous journey across the country to look for Django's wife, Broomhilda ( Kerry Washington ), who is revealed to have been sold to a cruel plantation owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Widely regarded as one of Quentin Tarantino's best movies , Django Unchained is a modern masterpiece that is unflinching in its use of irreverent humor and stylistic violence to delve into racism and slavery. With stellar performances from its cast (most notably resulting in DiCaprio's glass scene) and no shortage of sharp dialogue, it's easy to see why the offbeat film became mainstream.

Django Unchained

14 'the lord of the rings: the two towers' (2002), votes: 1,766,174 | imdb rating: 8.8.

Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) looking for the kidnapped hobbits in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers' (2002)

It's hard to call any of director Peter Jackson 's The Lord of the Rings movies bad, but if fans had to pick the weakest entry in the trilogy, it would probably be The Two Towers . Picking up where the first movie left off, the film follows Frodo ( Elijah Wood ) and Sam's ( Sean Astin ) increasingly risky journey to Mordor, as well as Aragorn ( Viggo Mortensen ), Legolas ( Orlando Bloom ), and Gimli's ( John Rhys-Davies ) literally breathtaking pursuit of the Uruk-hai who have kidnapped the lovable duo Merry ( Dominic Monaghan ) and Pippin ( Billy Boyd ).

The epic LotR masterpiece does an excellent job of accomplishing the gargantuan task of bridging the two movies in an exciting enough way that leaves audiences wanting more, but not dissatisfied. One of its many highlights and arguably the best is its dramatic portrayal of the Battle of Helm's Deep, also called the Battle of the Hornburg, which sees some beloved characters up against impossible odds. Its high number of votes on IMDb is a testament to just how many people likely have this bookmarked as part of their annual marathons of the acclaimed film trilogy.

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13 'Se7en' (1995)

Votes: 1,778,854 | imdb rating: 8.6.

Sergeant Mills (Brad Pitt) looks into the distance distraught as he stands in a large field at sunset.

The twisty crime thriller to end all twisty crime thrillers, director David Fincher 's Se7en set a new standard and elevated the genre when it first premiered in the late 90s. The legendary film is centered on two detectives, the disillusioned William Somerset ( Morgan Freeman ) and his rookie partner David Mills (Brad Pitt). The detectives are assigned to a bizarre case about a serial killer using the seven deadly sins as inspiration for his gruesome yet meticulous murders.

Famous for its unforgettable twist ending , Se7en gives viewers an enthralling story with brilliantly suspenseful moments that build up to its wild conclusion . It was a surprisingly especially dark entry from Fincher, who established numerous trademarks in this film. Fantastic performances from Freeman and Pitt make the flawless material they have to work with even better. It's a movie that captured lightning in a bottle, and one that continues to be referenced, discussed, and studied today.

12 'The Dark Knight Rises' (2012)

Votes: 1,810,278 | imdb rating: 8.4.

Batman and Bane fighting in The Dark Knight Rises.

Set eight years after the events of The Dark Knight , director Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises is the gripping conclusion to his award-winning film trilogy. It depicts Gotham in a state of uncharacteristic peace thanks to the Dent Act, which is unsurprisingly soon disturbed by the iconic villain, Bane ( Tom Hardy ). Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is forced to come out of retirement one last time to face this new threat, with the help of the reliable Commissioner Gordon ( Gary Oldman ) and an exciting new ally, Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman ( Anne Hathaway ).

A great example of a final movie done right, The Dark Knight Rises is a proper send-off for the beloved anti-hero , who's impossible not to root for at this point. Gotham's fate hangs in the balance as the caped crusader meets yet another foe. Of course, it's Tom Hardy's portrayal of the villainous Bane that manages to outshine heroic attempts from the protagonist, and will forever be associated with this massively successful trilogy.

The Dark Knight Rises

11 'the lord of the rings: the return of the king' (2003), votes: 1,959,116 | imdb rating: 9.0.

Gandalf riding towards Gondor in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

The closer to Peter Jackson's trilogy of films adapting J.R.R. Tolkien 's seminal fantasy novels is blockbuster filmmaking done right. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King provides a satisfying conclusion to the nearly nine hours of story. This film sees Aragorn claim his birthright as the King of Gondor, possibly the most outstanding cavalry charge ever put to film, after an unbelievable struggle. It also includes the final leg of Frodo and Samwise's grueling journey towards the eventual destruction of the ring and the defeat of the big bad, Sauron.

This film holds a three-way tie for the most-awarded film in Oscars history, with Ben-Hur and Titanic all sharing the illustrious honor of taking home 11 awards. Perhaps as much an acknowledgment by the academy of the monumental achievement the trilogy as a whole was, The Return of the King also marked one of the rare times in history where the big winner was an epic, crowd-pleasing fantasy film .

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

10 'the lord of the rings: the fellowship of the ring' (2001), votes: 1,986,863 | imdb rating: 8.9.

The fellowship in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

The task of adapting The Lord of the Rings trilogy that Tolkien spent most of his lifetime developing — and had a massive influence on the genre as a whole — was perhaps rightly seen as one that was, for all intents and purposes, impossible. However, Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema decided to take on the challenge — and it paid off.

Is the beginning of a tale better than the end? The internet certainly seems to think so, as The Fellowship of the Ring places above the conclusion to the trilogy. Why this is so is anyone's guess — but The Fellowship of the Ring is certainly an excellent, well-made film that does a great job of introducing the characters , their motivations, and the stakes of the story. It sees gorgeous depictions of the Shire, the creation of the Fellowship, and the first hints of the terrible antagonists they'll be facing along the way (including themselves). Among the three films, it's the most rewatchable, not just because it came first, but also due to the magical and nostalgic viewing experience it offers.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

9 'the godfather' (1972), votes: 1,992,510 | imdb rating: 9.2.

A man whispering in Don Vito Corleone's ear in The Godfather.

Rarely does a film so completely transcend the medium's limits to become a staple of popular culture, but The Godfather is an odd confluence of factors. A niche Hollywood had thought dead, a young, maverick filmmaker with the vision to revitalize the gangster movie genre , and one of the best casts of all time combine to bring this all-time classic to life.

The Godfather portrays Mario Puzo 's mob novel on the big screen, depicting the life of the head of a mafia, Don Vito Corleone ( Marlon Brando ), as well as his reluctant son's – Michael ( Al Pacino ) – path to joining him and eventually taking control. It's mobster drama at its best, portraying the betrayals, violence, and familial conflicts, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at a compelling crime family. It's tough to find fault with this film — everything from the script to the production design, the cinematography, pacing, action, and acting are all top-notch. The Godfather gave viewers a glimpse into the inner workings of a mafia, which revolutionized an entire genre of filmmaking.

The Godfather

8 'the matrix' (1999), votes: 2,032,223 | imdb rating: 8.7.

Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Ann Moss as Trinity walking in The Matrix.

"What is the Matrix?" is a seemingly simple question, but one that perplexed and intrigued audiences as part of one of the most effective marketing campaigns in history. An odd combination of the height of stunt work, exciting new technologies, and philosophical contemplation of humanity's relationship with machines combined to make The Matrix a massive hit and a cultural phenomenon. It introduced the world to Keanu Reeves ' Neo, who could be the one that could save humanity from a grand illusion, at least according to Morpheus ( Laurence Fishburne ).

This film holds a special place in many people's hearts, and it's easy to see why. It changed the way blockbusters were made, introducing the world to bullet-time and revolutionary special effects, not to mention toe Keanu Reeves' acting chops as an action star. It's worth noting that it's still considered the best one in the Matrix franchise , and is still worth watching again today.

7 'Interstellar' (2014)

Votes: 2,061,256 | imdb rating: 8.7.

Matthew McConaughey walking in another planet in 'Interstellar.'

Another ambitious film from Nolan, Interstellar is considered one of the best sci-fi movies of all time . Set in a dystopian future where blight is causing the rapid decline of life on earth, the film focuses on a former pilot and now farmer named Cooper ( Matthew McConaughey ), who finds a secret NASA location and is soon placed in charge of a mission that could be humanity's last hope. As he leads his team through a wormhole, they don't expect what they find on the other side.

Interstellar hit every mark, from its stunning visual effects and commendable scientific accuracy to its outstanding performances and surprising emotional depth. Alongside its epic intergalactic story, it tells a more intimate father-daughter narrative that eventually influences Cooper's mission. Judging by its number of votes, it's safe to say that it is the movie for sci-fi fans who have likely gotten their dose of space, mind-bending physics, and dystopian settings on more than one rewatch.


6 'pulp fiction' (1994), votes: 2,196,360 | imdb rating: 8.9.

Two men raising their guns in Pulp Fiction.

Pulp Fiction is the film that cemented Quentin Tarantino as a creative force in Hollywood. It uses a non-linear narrative structure to depict a variety of arcs, which include two hitmen who have darkly humorous conversations, an actress who gets in trouble after a fun night out, and a Bonnie-and-Clyde-esque couple who hype themselves up for a robbery.

It's hard to put a finger on precisely what makes this film so good — an all-star cast trading barbs with each other from Tarantino's whip-smart script and playing with editing conventions to tell a non-linear story are two of the top reasons. But perhaps most of all, Pulp Fiction is just cool . There's no other word for it. From the stylish hitmen played with panache by Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta to the soundtrack of absolute bangers from start to finish, this film epitomized the mid-90s. It's one of the most influential American films of the decade.

Pulp Fiction

5 'forrest gump' (1994), votes: 2,232,534 | imdb rating: 8.8.

Forrest sitting next to a woman in Forrest Gump.

Known for his crowd-pleasing films, director Robert Zemeckis is at his most crowd-pleasing when he introduces the world to the journey of Forrest Gump ( Tom Hanks ) as he goes from being an impoverished child in Alabama to having an unlikely impact on events that shaped the world in the 20th century. Life is like a box of chocolates for the protagonist, whose stories range from participating in the Vietnam war to working on a shrimp

While undeniably a heartwarming affair and being incredibly acted across the board, particularly in Hanks' case as the titular character , the film isn't known for its subtlety. Some of its aspects haven't aged well, but the 1994 classic hasn't lost its place in the hearts of many fans. Forrest Gump is undoubtedly very charming, and still holds an important place in pop culture.

Forrest Gump

4 'fight club' (1999), votes: 2,295,487 | imdb rating: 8.8.

A group of men from Fight Club.

David Fincher's grungy, punk-infused adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk 's novel of the same name is one of the defining cult classics of the 1990s. Combining psychological thriller, comedy, and fight movie into one tantalizing package, Fight Club is dirty, unapologetic, depressing, and exhilarating all in the same breath — not to mention pulling off one of the best twists in cinema history.

It tells the story of the Narrator ( Edward Norton ), a man living with insomnia who one day meets an eccentric soap salesman, Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). Together, they start an underground fight club for men with similar pent up rage and frustration about the world – it also comes with a set of important rules. Presenting a nihilistic worldview that many disaffected young people resonate with, Fight Club reflects the youth culture of the 1990s as disillusionment and a sense of hopelessness are the defining traits of the story. Tyler Durden's powerful words and well-written story left a lasting impression on an entire generation.

3 'Inception' (2010)

Votes: 2,523,037 | imdb rating: 8.8.

Two men talking in Inception.

Having proven his ability to make money at the box office , Christopher Nolan was given a large budget and relative creative freedom for his next big hit. Inception was a concept that had been in Nolan's head since the days of Memento — and a perfect combination of timing, funding, and ideas came together for him to make it in the style that he had always envisioned.

The wild sci-fi film follows the mysterious Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team as they go on their most ambitious heist yet. The professional thief is used to stealing information from the subconscious, but it's his first attempt at implanting an idea. In the process, Cobb's personal demons begins to bleed into the various dreamscapes they walk into, endangering his and his team's lives. Nolan was able to take this complex plot and combine it with some of the most spectacular visual effects ever seen in film, easily turning Inception into one of the most popular movies of all time.

2 'The Dark Knight' (2008)

Votes: 2,841,487 | imdb rating: 9.0.

The Joker raising a card in The Dark Knight.

Proving just as adept at adapting existing material as he is at crafting his own unique stories, Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy has stood the test of time. While the other two films form practical bookends for the trilogy, The Dark Knight genuinely stands out. It's centered on Batman (Christian Bale) as he attempts to clean up Gotham with the support of Lt. Jim Gordon ( Gary Oldman ) and DA Harvey Dent ( Aaron Eckhart ). But when a new and dangerous antagonist emerges, the city is plunged into chaos.

Considered by many to not be so much a great superhero film but instead, a sprawling crime epic where the protagonist and antagonist happen to dress in costume, The Dark Knight — elevated by the late great Heath Ledger's distinct and legendary take on the Joker — is quite simply one of the best blockbusters ever made, and an undeniably brilliant, engaging piece of cinema. It's rightly never excluded from any discussion of the highest-rated movies of all time and narrowly makes it as one of the 10/10 movies on IMDb.

The Dark Knight

1 'the shawshank redemption' (1994), votes: 2,860,257 | imdb rating: 9.3.

Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins as Andy and Red smiling while watching a movie in The Shawshank Redemption

After being put in prison for a crime he says he didn't commit, Andy Dufresne ( Tim Robbins ) is sent to Shawshank — one of the worst prisons in the state. Not the kind of man who is cut out for prison life, Dufrense befriends Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), and the two men bond during their time inside together, maintaining their hope in a place where it appears there's none to be had.

The closest to a 10/10 as the film with the highest IMDb rating (at 9.3), The Shawshank Redemption is, without a doubt, a triumph . One of the best films ever made about hope and the human spirit, Frank Darabont directs the best-rated movies among his Stephen King adaptations — showing another side to the horror master. Anchored by Freeman and Robbins' fantastic chemistry, it is a great film that has stood the test of time.

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A Montage of Film Criticism and Theology

Movie Rating System

Everyone needs to find a system and framework that works for them. This isn’t just pragmatics; this is an exhortation to do the hard work of figuring out your own tastes and learning how to thoughtfully expand them. As someone who has built a reputation for my love of film and faith, I’ve recognized that I need to have a sort of public framework, a movie ratings system.

Let’s be honest: nowadays it’s (sadly) often about the numbers and ratings. In a world of Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, actually reading whole written reviews and reflections has tragically gone by the wayside for many people looking to critics for whether or not to see a film. Seeing a number grade or some stars doesn’t tell you much, but it also tells you something . So allow me to unpack the numbers, offering some clarity behind the system I use:

5-star Rating: Personal / Aesthetic / Spiritual

★★★★★ Favorite / Masterpiece / Divine Encounter

★★★★½ Exceptional / Well-Crafted Work of Art / Enriching and Transformative

★★★★ Great / Exciting, Affecting, Memorable Achievement / Enlightening

★★★½ Very Good / Interesting Concept and Execution / Evoking

★★★ Good / Interesting Concept or Execution / Eye-Opening

★★½ Mixed Feelings / Flawed but Worthy / Moderately Insightful

★★ Disappointing / Mediocre and Uninteresting / Soulless

★½ Regrettable / Notably Flawed and Frustrating / Guilt-inducing

★ Enraging / Wholly Deficient / Shameful

½  Failure / Offensive / Toxic

☆ Atrocity / Gouge My Eyes Out / Sinful

The first part is a 5-star ( ★★★★★ ) rating scale . Some publications use only 4 stars–Roger Ebert comes to mind–but I’ve chosen the 5-star system for its easy parallel to IMDB and Letterboxd. If I’ve rated it 4 stars here, it has 4 stars on Netflix and an 8/10 on IMDB. (You can read more about the origin of the “stars” criteria and other ratings systems in this enlightening WSJ article .)

The second part is a breakdown of the personal , aesthetic , and spiritual dimensions of the film . Personal focuses on what the film was about, and whether or not I found the experience enjoyable or beneficial. Aesthetic focuses on how the film was made, its level of craftsmanship and artistic merit. Spiritual focuses on the truth, goodness, and beauty of the film; its moral and spiritual themes and ideas; and its ability to inspire viewers towards the transcendent.

I’m admittedly prone to giving slightly higher reviews than many critics. Most of the films I watch will have a rating between ★★½ and ★★★★ , and rarely does a ★★ or below end up in my journal. Perhaps this is because I’ve honed my tastes and judgments to a point where I can tell if I’ll appreciate or enjoy a film before I see it.

Keep in mind: just because I gave a film 4 or 5 stars doesn’t mean you should see it or will enjoy it . Similarly, just because I gave a film a low rating doesn’t mean I think you’re a moron if you happened to like that film. There’s value in finding and reading film critics who inspire contemplation and challenge your paradigm, and I appreciate writers who will cause me to rethink my reactions to a film by offering a different, thoughtful perspective–the truth about a work of art is often found in the benevolent conflict of interpretations. Thus, I hope to encourage those who read my reviews to be wise and discerning, open to what a film offers while also using caution in determining whether or not to see that film.

“The role of the critic is to help people see what is in the work, what is in it that shouldn’t be, what is not in it that could be. He is a good critic if he helps people understand more about the work than they could see for themselves; he is a great critic, if by his understanding and feeling for the work, by his passion, he can excite people so that they want to experience more of the art that is there, waiting to be seized. He is not necessarily a bad critic if he makes errors in judgment. (Infallible taste is inconceivable; what could it be measured against?) He is a bad critic if he does not awaken the curiosity, enlarge the interests and understanding of his audience. The art of the critic is to transmit his knowledge of and enthusiasm for art to others .” – Pauline Kael

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Here we thought Roger Ebert came up with the concept of star ratings for movies (later replacing it with a simple thumb pointing up or down). As it turns out, the concept of using stars to grade or rate items dates all the way back to 1844, when Murray's Handbooks for Travellers modified an old structure using exclamation points to rate items for stars. Since then, stars have been applied to everything from books to restaurants, hotels to theater programs. And at CinemaBlend, we use them to grade movies, television, games and more.

But what do our star ratings mean? Why do we give them? And what information can you take from them? Here, then, is a breakdown of what we are thinking when we apply a star rating to a movie, TV show, video game, and beyond:

Pure perfection. It doesn't get any better than this.

So great. Really special. Short of a masterpiece, but better than most things out there.

We enjoyed it. You probably will, too. Some things bugged us, but overall, it succeeded.

Staying positive. It worked more than it didn't, and every once in a while, something in there really knocked us off our feet.

Recommended, but barely. This was good, but not nearly as good as it could have been.

A mixed bag. The pros and the cons are pretty much neck and neck.

A disappointment. We spent most of our time wondering what went wrong. Stay away.

A disaster. Barely anything works here. Avoid at all costs.

The worst thing we've seen. Not redeemable on any level. Forget this even exists.


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How To Rate a Movie | 7 Popular Movie Rating Scales

If you want to know how to rate a movie, this article is going to walk you through the 7 most popular movie rating systems so you can determine which rating scale works best for you.

Whether professionally or not, everybody’s a critic. There’s some resolve in being able to categorize a film as good or bad and even further, define the degree of just how good or bad it is. 

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Film critics have been using scales to rate movies for decades. Some find it a reductive mode of criticism that reduces a complex art form to a number, while others find it a great tool for the organization and communication of a film’s perceived artistry. 

Whichever category of critic you fall into, there is a reason why rating movies has become the standard across nearly all major movie review publications. Knowing how to rate a movie and including ratings in your movie reviews is a beneficial skill to develop.

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The Benefits of Knowing How to Rate A Movie

It’s so easy to look up a movie and quickly see with the Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb ratings, whether it’s widely beloved or hated by the majority of critics and audiences that have viewed it. In this fast-paced world, this is a powerful tool that we often use to quickly decide if a movie is worth the 2 hours of time they often demand.

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Adding a rating to a movie review is also a good way to catch readers’ attention. Yes, they may just see a rating and make their decision to view the film based solely on that OR they may wonder about your reasoning behind the rating and read the article you wrote. Either way, the reader can find value in the information you’re providing in anywhere from 5 seconds to 5 minutes, saving them time and maximizing user experience on your platform. 

How to Rate a Movie: 7 Movie Rating Scales

1. movie rating scale 0-3 stars.

Rating movies can be traced back to 1928 when the New York Daily News started a rating system for the film, The Port of Missing Girls , giving it a one-star review. They defined the numbers on their rating scale as follows:

0-stars: bad 1-star: mediocre 2-stars: good 3-stars: excellent

This 4-point scale doesn’t offer much room for nuance in rating a movie unless you cut the stars in half, for example, deeming a 0.5-star movie somewhere between “bad” and “mediocre.” 

2. Movie Rating Scale Thumbs Down, Thumbs Up

Another one of the first emerging film rating systems is the simple thumbs-up or thumbs-down binary scale:

Thumbs up = this is a good film; I recommend watching it Thumbs down = this is a bad film; I do not recommend watching it

Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert made the thumbs up/thumbs down rating system popular when they used it on their film review broadcast in the 1980s. You often see Ebert’s name associated with this rating system, especially when you visit his website. 

However, you cannot use the thumbs up/thumbs down rating system without permission from because it is a rating system that has been trademarked .

Besides the fact that this rating system is not free for public use, it also presents very limited definitions and broad categories with which to identify the quality of a movie. With a thumbs-up rating, you may be able to deduce that a movie is good but you won’t be able to tell just how good the movie is from the rating alone.

3. Movie Rating Scale 0-4 Stars

Nowadays on the Roger Ebert website, movies are rated on a scale from 0-4 stars. The breakdown of this scale is similar to the three-star structure except that every so often, for a movie so abhorrently bad, the late Ebert had rated a film 0 stars . The scale would look as follows:

0-stars: this film is “artistically inept and morally repugnant.” (Ebert’s words, not mine) 1-star: bad 2-stars: mediocre 3-stars: good 4-stars: excellent

There is also the use of half stars as well on this scale indicating that the movie falls between the definition of two numbers on the scale.

This scale adds slightly more range with which to identify the quality of a movie than the 3-star rating system and has a great deal more specificity than the thumbs up and thumbs down system.

4. Movie Rating Scale Letter Grade: A+ to F

Some movie reviewers veer away from ranking with numbers and rate movies with a standard US academic letter grading system. This grading system can contain up to 14 points on the grading scale when including plus and minus letter grades.

The letter grade rating system goes from A+, being the best, and F, being the worst. Here is an example of how one movie website called About Film defines its letter grade scale:

A+: One of the very best in its genre A: Outstanding A-: A flawed gem B+: Very good B: Good B-: Good but quite uneven C+: Slightly above average C: So-so; average C-: Mediocre but watchable D+: Pretty bad D: Consistently poor D-: Quite awful F: Notify Amnesty International

This grading system may be easy for someone who grew up in the American education system to understand intuitively but people who are not used to letter grades may not catch on so quickly.

Another reservation with the letter grading system is that because it’s broken into 14 points, it’s not as simple to translate the letter grade into a more recognizable numeric category.

Would an A- equate to 12/14 even though it’s technically 86%? 100% doesn’t divide into whole numbers with 14 in the denominator.

The two reservations with this rating system are the complexity of the math with the letter scale and the lack of a universal understanding of this scale.

5. Movie Rating Scale 1-100 Point System

A 100-point system presents very narrow groups of classification for a movie’s rating. What would be the difference between a movie that’s an 83/100 and an 84/100?

Often the entities that use the 100-point rating system are aggregating the ratings of several different scorers producing a score that can account for all the variance of opinions. 

That’s why big movie review companies like Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and Google Reviews rate movies out of 100%.

However, for a personal rating, with a 100-point scale, the amount of measuring parameters to be set is overwhelming. Imagine having to define what each number rating from 1-100 meant to you. Too much!

6. Movie Rating Scale 1-5 Stars

A classic and widely used rating system is the 5-star rating system. 

The 5-star rating system is popular for food, books, hotels, and product reviews. 5-stars is a phrase often used for the standard of perfection.

A popular movie review site named CinemBlend defined their 5-star system as the following:

5 stars: Pure perfection. It doesn’t get any better than this. 4.5 stars: So great. Really special. Short of a masterpiece, but better than most things out there. 4 stars: We enjoyed it. You probably will, too. Some things bugged us, but overall, it succeeded. 3.5 stars: Staying positive. It worked more than it didn’t, and every once in a while, something in there really knocked us off our feet. 3 stars: Recommended, but barely. This was good, but not nearly as good as it could have been. 2.5 stars: A mixed bag. The pros and the cons are pretty much neck and neck. 2 stars: A disappointment. We spent most of our time wondering what went wrong. Stay away. 1.5 stars: A disaster. Barely anything works here. Avoid at all costs. 1 star: The worst thing we’ve seen. Not redeemable on any level. Forget this even exists.

Because the 5-star rating system is so commonly used for so many other types of reviews worldwide, it is probably one of the most universally intuitive forms of rating a movie.

Just like you would be hesitant to stay at a 1-star hotel or purchase an Amazon item that has a 2-star review, you probably would think twice before spending your time on a 1.5-star movie.

7. Movie Rating Scale 1-10 Point Rating System

On a scale from 1-10, with 10 being the best, how attractive is that person?

On a scale from 1-10, with 10 being the worst, how bad is your pain?

On a scale from 1-10, how likely are you to buy this product?

A scale of 10 is the perfect round number for rating any and everything. There is a perfect whole middle number of 5 when you’re on the fence. You can easily reduce the number into smaller decimals of 10 if you’re stuck between two numbers (9.5) for example.  

With a 10-point system, you can easily convert 9/10 stars to 90% or even 9.3 stars to 93%. That conversion is not as simple with a 4-point system or a thumbs up/thumbs down which is a dichotomous scale that lacks the opportunity for nuance. 

IMDb also uses a 10-point system and they explain what each number on the 10-point scale means:  

1/10 – ‘Do Not Want’ 2/10 – ‘Awful’ 3/10 – ‘Bad’ 4/10 – ‘Nice Try, But No Cigar’ 5/10 – ‘Meh’ 6/10 – ‘Not Bad’ 7/10 – ‘Good’ 8/10 – ‘Very good’ 9/10 – ‘Excellent’ 10/10 – ‘Masterpiece’

I am partial to the 10-point system. And because of the movie theme, I like to make it a 10-popcorn system because why not? I’ve defined the scale I use as the following:

1/10: This is complete garbage. 2/10: I feel embarrassed for everyone involved in this. 3/10: I wasted my time. 4/10: That was bad. 5/10: Meh. 6/10: This movie was meh but had some original elements. 7/10: Good movie. 8/10: Great movie! 9/10: This movie is simply AMAZING! 10/10: What is my own life? I am completely engrossed in this movie. It is my new reality.

Some may find the 10-point scale to be a bit excessive, especially when you add decimals to it (since it then practically becomes a 100-point system) but personally, a 5-point rating system, even with halfway points is not sufficient for the amount of variance I need to best categorize a film with. That’s what makes this rating process so subjective.

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Defining Your Rating Scale

How each person defines their scale is subjective because not everyone’s definition of what makes a perfect movie is the same. From my scale, you can see that a perfect movie is one with a plot so enveloping and engrossing that I can escape within it. A captivating story is the number 1 factor of a perfect movie for me. 

For other people, they are all about poetic visuals.

For another person, a killer soundtrack is everything. 

So, find out which scale division works for you and define what a perfect movie would be for you as well. Once you know what quantifies a perfect movie for you, you can better define the intervals between the worst movie and the best movie on your rating scale.

How to Include Your Movie Rating on Google

If you have a movie blog and want to display your movie rating upfront like many of the large movie review companies do, then you need to include the movie rating schema markup into your movie review post.

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Schema can be a bit complex if you’re not a computer programmer which is why I use Rank Math Pro to include my movie review ratings upfront and have my website resemble large movie review websites.

View this article to learn more about how you can use Rank Math Pro to display your movie ratings in Google and improve your movie review’s clickability.

In Conclusion…

There are 7 common ways that you can consider when figuring out how to rate a movie. Out of these seven systems, I highly recommend numerical scales that are divisible by 5, mainly because these scales are more intuitive, universally understood, and easily converted to a percentage out of 100.

Scales like the 5-star scale and the 10-point scale are the most versatile scales to rate a movie with while also having enough nuance in the scale to better define how good or bad a film is.

The 100-point scale is another scale divisible by five with the main downside being the overwhelming amount of variables to define. 4-point scales don’t leave as much room to set good movies apart from great movies and does not divide neatly out of 100.

The letter grade scale may easily understood by people accustomed to the US grading system, otherwise, it may not be as simple to grasp as a numerical scale. And finally, the thumbs up, thumbs down scale doesn’t account for nuance at all and is also a trademarked form of movie rating.

Ultimately, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to rate a movie, there are just easy and complicated ways. The easier it is for readers to grasp your overall sentiments of a film through your rating, the better.

So whatever you choose, as long as it’s simple to grasp at a glance, then it’s a golden rating system.

Common Questions

How to age rate a movie.

The Motion Picture Association has guidelines that they follow to determine how to rate a movie by how appropriate it is for certain age groups.

How do you rate a movie 1-10?

This is an example of how to rate a movie from 1-10: 1/10: This is complete garbage. 2/10: I feel embarrassed for everyone involved in this. 3/10: I wasted my time. 4/10: That was bad. 5/10: Meh. 6/10: This movie was meh but had some original elements. 7/10: Good movie. 8/10: Great movie! 9/10: This movie is simply AMAZING! 10/10: What is my own life? I am completely engrossed in this movie. It is my new reality.

How do you rate a movie from 1 to 5?

This is an example of how to rate a movie from 1-5: 1/5 – Horrible film 2/5 – Bad Film 3/5 – Not bad, but could use some work 4/5 – Great film 5/5 – Absolute perfection

What is the best rating system for movies?

The best rating system for movies is the 10-point system because it allows for a lot of nuances in categorizing the quality film and it’s very adaptable to other rating systems as well. The 5-star rating is close behind.

Which rating scale do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!

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Reacher star's new movie lands fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating after first reviews

"Even cynics will be won over by the human kindness on display."

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Directed by Jon Gunn, the film is inspired by the real-life heroic deeds of a local hairdresser, who rallies her community to help a widowed father (Ritchson) who is trying to save the life of his critically ill daughter.

The drama also stars Oscar -winning actress Hilary Swank , as well as Nancy Travis, Tamala Jones, Drew Powell, Amy Acker, Skywalker Hughes and Emily Mitchell.

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At the time of writing (February 23), Ordinary Angels has an impressive score of 78% on Rotten Tomatoes from 51 reviews – making it Ritchson's highest movie rating on the review aggregator site.

Critics have praised the film for its "powerful feel-good story" and heartwarming performances. Here's what some of them have to say:

"What lifts the picture beyond average inspirational fluff is the way director Jon Gunn and company control the slow release of its sweetness so as not to overpower. Even cynics will be won over by the human kindness on display."

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"This film starring Hilary Swank as a Kentucky hairdresser who rallies her community on behalf of a widower and his seriously ill three-year-old daughter proves irresistible with its powerful feel-good story."

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"Ritchson is the biggest surprise of the movie. Sun-baked into worn denim and work boots, sporting a moustache and a lived-in twang, he's the anti-Reacher. A tender girl-dad to the ailing Michelle and her observant older sister Ashley."

"This is unambiguously a faith-based film, but it's one that places its faith in people instead of a higher power. That doesn't make it good, but it does make it an interesting change of pace."

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"Luckily Swank is on hand, almost singlehandedly raising the material to a level that keeps you wanting to watch. And sometimes, for a good cry at the movies, that's really all you need."

Ordinary Angels is out now in US cinemas, with a UK release date yet to be announced. Reacher seasons 1 and 2 are available on Prime Video .

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From dopey villains to a wall-mounted sex toy, “Drive-Away Dolls” often plays like a signature Coen brothers movie – even with just one of the fabulous filmmaking siblings.

Directed by Ethan Coen, and co-written with his wife Tricia Cooke, the crime comedy (★★★ out of four; rated R; in theaters now) throws back to Russ Meyer and John Waters B-movies as well as 1960s psychedelia, yet with contemporary sensibilities courtesy of two extremely charming leads. Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan co-star as lesbian pals on a noir-spattered road trip that takes a bit to kick into gear but, man, totally grooves when it does.

Set in 1999, with Y2K and an election cycle on the horizon, the gonzo narrative centers on a pair of Philadelphia women who need a change of pace. When she’s caught cheating, mercurial wild child Jamie (Qualley) gets thrown out by her cop girlfriend Sukie (Beanie Feldstein). So Jamie invites herself along when her friend, the extremely strait-laced Marian (Viswanathan), is so unhappy with her office gig and nonexistent love life that she plans a trip to Tallahassee, Florida, to do some birding with her aunt.

The pair sign up for a one-way rental to deliver a Dodge Aries down South. But they’re given a vehicle earmarked by a smooth crime boss, the Chief ( Colman Domingo ), with an important briefcase in the trunk. Jamie and Marian take off on a series of misadventures, including a make-out session with a women’s soccer team as part of Jamie’s various attempts to get Marian laid, with the Chief’s goons (Joey Slotnick and C.J. Wilson) in hot pursuit.

Even at a crisp 84 minutes, “Dolls” meanders at the start with multiple plotlines, though the core actresses’ chemistry keeps you invested as their characters develop via odd-couple bickering. Qualley utilizes a Southern twang (similar to mom Andie MacDowell ’s) to give her Texan role a saucy persona, while Viswanathan deftly plays the straight woman, as it were, with uptight Marian choosing to read a Henry James novel over hooking up with randos at a gay bar. Like Domingo, Viswanathan makes everything she’s in better, and it’s criminal that she’s not a huge star by now. That said, the fun turn here should help her case.

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While a series of acid-trippy transitions (featuring Miley Cyrus , no less) don’t make a lot of sense at first, they end up paying off once Jamie and Marian find and open the briefcase. (We’re not spilling but its contents do wonders for story momentum.)

Since the Coens’ last joint effort, the 2018 Western anthology “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” each brother has gone his own way. Joel Coen went the Shakespeare route with “ The Tragedy of Macbeth ,” yet Ethan Coen’s “Dolls” feels more of a kind with the genre-mashing likes of “Raising Arizona,” “Blood Simple” and “The Ladykillers.” Also akin to those, the new film boasts a colorful supporting cast: Feldstein is a feisty wonder as Jamie’s ex, while cameo king Matt Damon nicely inhabits a shady conservative senator.

The women in Coen brothers’ movies are usually the much smarter gender, as it is with “Dolls,” where Joel Coen and Cooke’s script creates a tight-knit relationship between its heroines that’s an absolute delight to watch, surrounded by goofball personalities and a healthy amount of campiness. It’s a playfully madcap turn on the “Thelma & Louise” model, and if Jamie and Marian decided to drive off a cliff, you’d want to be in that Dodge with them.

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Taylor Swift, Barbie and Grey's Anatomy Score at 2024 People's Choice Awards: See the Full List of Winners

Beyoncé, Travis Kelce, Ice Spice, Jennifer Aniston, Billie Eilish and more won prizes this year

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The people picked the year's best in movies, music, television and pop culture.

The 2024 People’s Choice Awards , hosted by Simu Liu , aired live on Sunday on NBC, Peacock and E! from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

This year, the number of categories expanded to 45. Barbie won the top movie prize, while Grey's Anatomy was voted TV show of the year. Other big winners included Taylor Swift , Travis Kelce, Ice Spice, Beyoncé, Jennifer Aniston , Pedro Pascal and more.

Adam Sandler accepted the People’s Icon Award (with a hilarious speech about confusing the honor with PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive ), plus Lenny Kravitz received the Music Icon Award after giving a career-spanning performance.

Read on for the complete list of winners.

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The Movie of the Year

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The Drama Movie of the Year

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The Male Movie Star of the Year

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The Female Movie Star of the Year

Florence Pugh, Oppenheimer Halle Bailey, The Little Mermaid Jenna Ortega, Scream VI Jennifer Lawrence, No Hard Feelings Julia Roberts, Leave the World Behind Margot Robbie, Barbie - WINNER Rachel Zegler, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes Viola Davis, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

The Action Movie Star of the Year

Brie Larson, The Marvels Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Gal Gadot, Heart of Stone Jason Momoa, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Keanu Reeves, John Wick: Chapter 4 Rachel Zegler, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes - WINNER Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One Viola Davis, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

The Comedy Movie Star of the Year

Adam Sandler, You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah Glen Powell, Anyone but You Jennifer Lawrence, No Hard Feelings - WINNER Margot Robbie, Barbie Ryan Gosling, Barbie Scarlett Johansson, Asteroid City Sydney Sweeney, Anyone but You Timothée Chalamet, Wonka

The Drama Movie Star of the Year

Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer Julia Roberts, Leave the World Behind Fantasia Barrino, The Color Purple Florence Pugh, Oppenheimer Jacob Elordi, Priscilla Jenna Ortega, Scream VI - WINNER Leonardo DiCaprio, Killers of the Flower Moon Michael B. Jordan, Creed III

The Movie Performance of the Year

America Ferrera, Barbie - WINNER Charles Melton, May December Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple Jacob Elordi, Saltburn Melissa McCarthy, The Little Mermaid Natalie Portman, May December Simu Liu, Barbie Viola Davis, Air

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The Show of the Year

Grey's Anatomy - WINNER Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Only Murders in the Building Saturday Night Live Ted Lasso The Bear The Last of Us Vanderpump Rules

The Comedy Show of the Year

Abbott Elementary And Just Like That... Never Have I Ever Only Murders in the Building - WINNER Saturday Night Live Ted Lasso The Bear Young Sheldon

The Drama Show of the Year

Chicago Fire Ginny & Georgia Grey's Anatomy Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Outer Banks Succession The Last of Us - WINNER The Morning Show

The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of the Year

Ahsoka American Horror Story: Delicate Black Mirror Ghosts Loki - WINNER Secret Invasion The Mandalorian The Witcher

The Reality Show of the Year

90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? Below Deck Jersey Shore Family Vacation Selling Sunset The Kardashians - WINNER The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills The Real Housewives of New Jersey Vanderpump Rules

The Competition Show of the Year

America's Got Talent American Idol Big Brother Dancing with the Stars RuPaul's Drag Race Survivor Squid Game: The Challenge The Voice - WINNER

The Bingeworthy Show of the Year

Beef Citadel Jury Duty Love Is Blind Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story The Crown The Night Agent The Summer I Turned Pretty - WINNER

The Male TV Star of the Year

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Although its story is perhaps too familiar and less complex than some might wish, 9 is visually spectacular, and director Shane Acker's attention to detail succeeds in drawing viewers into the film's universe. Read critic reviews

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When 9 (Elijah Wood) springs to life, it finds itself in a post-apocalyptic world where humans no longer exist, and the only signs of life are sentient rag dolls like itself and the machines that hunt them. Though it is the youngest of the group, 9 convinces comrades that the only way to survive against the machines is to stop hiding, go on the offensive, and find out why the machines want to destroy them. As 9 and the group learn, civilization hinges on their success or failure.

Rating: PG-13 (Violence|Scary Images)

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, War, Animation

Original Language: English

Director: Shane Acker

Producer: Jim Lemley , Tim Burton , Timur Bekmambetov , Dana Ginsburg

Writer: Pamela Pettler

Release Date (Theaters): Sep 9, 2009  limited

Release Date (Streaming): Jun 15, 2012

Box Office (Gross USA): $31.7M

Runtime: 1h 19m

Distributor: Focus Features

Production Co: Jim Lemley, Timur Bekmambetov, Tim Burton Animation Co.

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Elijah Wood

Christopher Plummer

Martin Landau

John C. Reilly

Jennifer Connelly

Crispin Glover

Fred Tatasciore

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Alan Oppenheimer

Scientist Voice

Helen Wilson

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Shane Acker

Pamela Pettler


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Dana Ginsburg

Kevin R. Adams


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Original Music

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Robert J. St. Pierre

Production Design

Fred Warter

Richard Chen

Christophe Vacher

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I quite enjoyed it. I'm a bit surprised at the 56/55% ratings from Critics and Flixster users. The ending was a bit odd, but I still liked it.

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Incoherent but incredibly imaginative, 9 is a visionary post-apocalyptic film produced by Tim Burton. Set in a post-war holocaust, nine robotic creatures that have been imbued with pieces of a scientist's soul must come together and stop the machine that destroyed humanity, and is now intent on destroying them. Starring Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, and Christopher Plummer, the voice cast is quite impressive. And the animation is extraordinary, featuring remarkable detail and creative character designs. Also, composer Danny Elfman delivers some emotionally evocative and mood inducing musical themes for the score. Yet while it's a beautiful looking film, 9 is just too bizarre and doesn't really come together in the end.

Okay...this movie has some really good, emotional high points, but that's about it. Everything else in between them can get kind of boring, while is unfortunately most of the movie. The story could've used more work, and not much really happens, aside from fighting this one robot villain thing the whole time. And ironically, for a movie called 9, the main character 9 doesn't actually do anything good until the end of the movie. In fact, he almost gets everybody killed (and a bunch of his friends do in fact die as a result of his actions). So how can the audience gets behind somebody like this as a protagonist? True, at the end, I guess there's some form of closure, but it's so amazingly vague, the viewer has no idea what actually happened. Is the earth safe? Will things grow back? Are the machines really gone? Are all the humans dead or are some still alive? None of these questions are answered in this 70 minute film (which obviously could've been longer and answered more questions), which left me pretty annoyed at the film's end.

I'm a sucker for the post-apocalyptic. If you could call it a genre, it would be my second favourite. So an animated one starring Elijah Wood seemed worth looking into. 9 sees the eponymous ragdoll-come-hero set against a world bereft of all humanity, hunted by mechanical terrors. In a not entirely un-Tim Burton way, 9 straddles the line between children's movie and horror. Though not a humorous film, the dolls are cute, the premise is kindhearted and the adventure is youthful. 9 is Director Shane Acker's first and only feature, and to some extent this inexperience does show. The film is adorable and even intermittently enthralling, but plot holes abound and the whole thing feels overly, unnecessarily convoluted for a movie that could be pulled of short and simply. The end result is a sweet little film with a broad and genuine appeal but little substance or rewatch value. 58% -Gimly

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  1. From the Hays Code to the MPA: How Ratings Have Influenced Filmmaking

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  2. IMDb 100 Top Rated List

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  3. Highest Rated Movie From Each Year on IMDb (Top 250)!

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  4. Seeing Is Believing: Paul's Rating System: How-To Understand

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  5. Movie Ratings Explained and Why is a Movie Rated PG-13?

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  6. Film Ratings Explained: What Are The Arbitrary Differences Between Film

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    Rate 80 Metascore As a new threat to the galaxy rises, Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, an ex-stormtrooper, must join Han Solo and Chewbacca to search for the one hope of restoring peace. Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson Votes: 967,212 | Gross: $936.66M 3. Troy (2004) R | 163 min | Drama 7.3

  2. Movies I Ranked 9 or Higher

    1. The Dark Knight (2008) PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama 9 Rate 84 Metascore When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

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    1. Game of Thrones 2011-2019 TV-MA 9.2 (2.3M) Rate TV Series Nine noble families fight for control over the lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for a millennia. Votes 2,255,622 2. The Sopranos 1999-2007 TV-MA 9.2 (460K) Rate TV Series

  4. Rotten Tomatoes: Movies

    69% Tenet Watchlist 70% Les Misérables Watchlist -- Dune: Part Two 43% Bob Marley: One Love 13% Madame Web 52% Lisa Frankenstein 82%

  5. The 100% Club: Movies With a 100% Tomatometer Score on Rotten Tomatoes

    Starring: David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison. Directed By: Jonathan Demme. From 12 Angry Men and Toy Story to The Terminator and Pinocchio, these are the Certified Fresh movies that also boast a perfect Tomatometer score!

  6. 9-Star Movies (Almost Perfect)

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) Rotten Tomatoes® 96%. 24. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Rotten Tomatoes® 52%. 25. The World's End (2013) Rotten Tomatoes® 89%. 26.

  7. The Best Movies of 2021 Ranked by Tomatometer

    Rotten Tomatoes is collecting every new Certified Fresh movie into one list, creating our guide to the best movies of 2021. Among them you'll find blockbusters (Shang-Chi), documentaries (Lily Topples the World), awards contenders (The Green Knight), the cutting-edge in horror (The Night House). Movies achieve Certified Fresh status by ...

  8. The Top 20 Highest-Rated Movies on Rotten Tomatoes

    So without further ado, let's dig into the top 20 highest-rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes. 20. All About Eve (1950) Image via 20th Century Fox. RT Score: 100%. One of the quintessential features ...

  9. The Best Movies of 2020

    Rotten Tomatoes has collected every movie designated Certified Fresh over the past year, creating our guide to the best movies of 2020. Movies achieve Certified Fresh status by maintaining a...

  10. 119 Best Movies Rated Between 9 And 10

    118 Best Movies Rated Between 9 And 10 118 movies Sort By Good movies to watch on popular streaming services. All our recommendations are highly-rated and handpicked by our staff.

  11. 25 highest-rated movies on Amazon Prime

    Warner Bros. Alfonso Cuaron's Sci-Fi drama sees two astronauts marooned in space struggle for survival in the harsh climate of Outerspace. Stream on Amazon Prime 24. Shutter Island (2010) 4.5 out...

  12. 20 Highest-Rated Movies on IMDb, Ranked by Votes

    While internet popularity can be a fickle and fleeting thing, in the case of IMDb, there are a few top-rated movies that tower above their rivals and stand the test of time. Moviegoers can rate...

  13. Movie Rating System

    ★ Enraging / Wholly Deficient / Shameful ½ Failure / Offensive / Toxic ☆ Atrocity / Gouge My Eyes Out / Sinful The first part is a 5-star (★★★★★) rating scale. Some publications use only 4 stars-Roger Ebert comes to mind-but I've chosen the 5-star system for its easy parallel to IMDB and Letterboxd.

  14. Review: 'Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

    "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba — To the Hashira Training," from the director Haruo Sotozaki and the Japanese animation studio Ufotable, isn't actually a movie: It's a feature-length ...

  15. Star (classification)

    In the 31 July 1928 issue of the New York Daily News, the newspaper's film critic Irene Thirer began grading movies on a scale of zero to three stars. Three stars meant 'excellent,' two 'good,' and one star meant 'mediocre.' And no stars at all 'means the picture's right bad,'" wrote Thirer.

  16. Movies above 9

    Rate 88 Metascore A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary. Directors: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman | Stars: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan Votes: 74,971 | Gross: $3.76M 3. The Shining (1980) R | 146 min | Drama, Horror 8.4 Rate 68 Metascore

  17. CinemaBlend's Star Ratings Explained

    Pure perfection. It doesn't get any better than this. So great. Really special. Short of a masterpiece, but better than most things out there. We enjoyed it. You probably will, too. Some things...

  18. How To Rate a Movie

    1-star: mediocre 2-stars: good 3-stars: excellent This 4-point scale doesn't offer much room for nuance in rating a movie unless you cut the stars in half, for example, deeming a 0.5-star movie somewhere between "bad" and "mediocre." 2. Movie Rating Scale Thumbs Down, Thumbs Up

  19. Reacher star's new movie lands fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating after first

    Reacher star Alan Ritchson's new movie Ordinary Angels has landed a fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating after its first reviews.. Directed by Jon Gunn, the film is inspired by the real-life heroic deeds ...

  20. 'Drive-Away Dolls' Review: Ethan Coen's Queer Crime Joyride

    Now, though, we finally have a Coen movie in which one of the brothers puts his solo stamp on filmmaking. "Drive-Away Dolls," directed by Ethan Coen, is a crime-speckled road-trip joyride ...

  21. 30 Most Popular Movies Right Now: What to Watch In Theaters and

    Across theaters, streaming, and on-demand, these are the movies Rotten Tomatoes users are checking out at this very moment, including Argylle , Madame Web (among the worst-reviewed superhero...

  22. 'Drive-Away Dolls' movie review: Ethan Coen does crime comedy right

    Directed by Ethan Coen, and co-written with his wife Tricia Cooke, the crime comedy (★★★ out of four; rated R; in theaters now) throws back to Russ Meyer and John Waters B-movies as well as ...

  23. People's Choice Awards 2024: See Complete List of Winners

    The 2024 People's Choice Awards, hosted by Simu Liu, aired live on Sunday from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. Big winners included 'Grey's Anatomy,' Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce ...

  24. 9

    Nov 10, 2014. Incoherent but incredibly imaginative, 9 is a visionary post-apocalyptic film produced by Tim Burton. Set in a post-war holocaust, nine robotic creatures that have been imbued with ...

  25. Borderlands Trailer: Video Game Movie Stars Kevin Hart, Cate ...

    Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Jamie Lee Curtis and more star in the trailer for video game adaptation 'Borderlands.'

  26. Fighter (2024 film)

    Fighter is a 2024 Indian Hindi-language action film directed by Siddharth Anand, based on a story he wrote with Ramon Chibb.Produced under Viacom18 Studios and Marflix Pictures, the film stars Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone and Anil Kapoor, and serves as the first installment in a planned aerial action franchise.. The film was announced on 10 January 2021. The pre-production was delayed as a ...

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    1-50 of 250 Sort by User rating 1. Groundhog Day 1993 1h 41m PG 8.0 (679K) Rate 72 Metascore A narcissistic, self-centered weatherman finds himself in a time loop on Groundhog Day. Votes 678,542 2. The Incredibles 2004 1h 55m PG 8.0 (799K) Rate 90 Metascore

  28. Trump's Cash Crunch

    Last week, when a civil court judge in New York ruled against Donald J. Trump, he imposed a set of penalties so severe that they could temporarily sever the former president from his real-estate ...

  29. Best Movies 2020

    The Invisible Man. #5. Smart, well-acted, and above all scary, The Invisible Man proves that sometimes, the classic source material for a fresh reboot can be hiding in plain sight. Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid. Directed By: Leigh Whannell.