Rotten Tomatoes Says These Are The Best Netflix Movies — Quartz
Netflix may be a leader in TV, but it’s still going strong in movies. Which ones should you watch?
It doesn’t have the wide array of popular movies on Amazon Prime or the deep catalog of niche services like FilmStruck and Fandor. And he also doesn’t recommend movies based on critical appraisal or reviews. Recommendations are based on what individual subscribers and others watch or say they like to watch. (Netflix has subcategories for critically acclaimed and classic movies.)
So, even movie buffs might not know about the best movies on the platform. These are the top 10 reviews, according to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes:
|Title (release date by Netflix)||The Rotten Tomatoes Score|
|The Square (2013)||100|
|Man on the Wire (2008)||100|
|We Were Here (2011)||100|
|Seymour: An Introduction (2014)||100|
|Things to Come (2016)||100|
|Jiro dreams of sushi (2011)||99|
|How to Survive a Plague (2012)||99|
|The Lamentations (2016)||99|
|Under the Shadow (2016)||99|
This is based on a Quartz analysis of movies currently streaming on Netflix US that have received positive reviews from over 95% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes and have been “Certified Fresh”, meaning they have consistently performed well. in at least 80 reviews for full-scale releases and 40 for limited releases, including five reviews from top critics.
Of the top 60 films, 25, or 40%, were documentaries, such as Man on wire, We were hereand The place (a Netflix documentary about the 2011 Egyptian revolution). And another 25% were more obscure international or arthouse dramas or movies.
Others include popular hits zootopia and Moanaacclaimed indie dishes like Childhoodand classics like AND the extra-terrestrial, Jaws, Sunset Boulevard, and Schindler’s List.
This fits with Netflix’s cinematic strategy so far. It doesn’t go for the usual blockbusters, and instead is filled with documentaries and indies. He brought deep pockets to major film festivals like Sundance and Cannes, where two of his original films competed for the top prize at the event this year. And his documentary 13thdirected by Ava DuVernay, was nominated for an Oscar.
But lately, he’s also gone for movies with a broader appeal.
It plans to release 80 original movies spanning the spectrum next year, up from around 60 in 2017. It streams the latest Disney movies, including zootopia and Captain America: Civil War (although that deal ends in 2019, when Disney launches its own streaming service). He courted filmmakers like Martin Scorsese to direct films for the site. And he’s turning to bigger-budget original productions, with War machinewith Brad Pitt, and Brighta sci-fi movie starring Will Smith that will be Netflix’s highest-profile release in December.