The most popular Netflix movies of all time, including ‘Red Notice’ and ‘The Adam Project’

(L-R) Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds in ‘Red Notice’.netflix

  • “Red Notice” is Netflix’s biggest original movie, with 364 million hours watched in its first month.

  • “The Adam Project” is also one of Netflix’s most popular movies after two weeks on the service.

  • Netflix’s main metric of hours watched in the first 28 days gives a boost to longer films like the three-and-a-half-hour “The Irishman.”

10. “Spenser Confidential” (2020) – 197.3 million hours

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The description: “Spenser, an ex-cop and ex-con, teams up with aspiring fighter Hawk to uncover a sinister plot connected to the deaths of two Boston police officers.”

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Rating: 37%

What Critics Said“It’s an action-comedy-mystery-thriller that manages to spectacularly fail all of the above, an algorithmic abomination as coldly constructed as it is clumsily made.” – Guardian

9. “6 Underground” (2019) – 205.5 million hours

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The description: “After faking his death, a tech billionaire recruits a team of international operatives for a daring and bloody mission to overthrow a brutal dictator.”

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Rating: 36%

What Critics Said: “Bay’s clunky but visually impressive film should partly satisfy anyone waiting for the thrills and superior spills of the upcoming Fast & Furious outing.” — NME

8. “The Kissing Booth 2” (2020) – 209.25 million hours

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The description: “With college decisions looming, Elle juggles her long-distance romance with Noah, changes her relationship with her best friend Lee and her feelings for a new classmate.”

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Rating: 27%

What Critics Said: “You can soak up the basic premise of the movie and overdo it as long as you know this pool is shallow.” —

7. “The Adam Project” (2022) – 209.50 million hours

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“The Adam Project.”netflix

The description: “After a crash landing in 2022, time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with himself, 12, on a mission to save the future.”

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Rating: 68%

What Critics Said“It’s a collection of ideas from other popular movies that just hangs there with little cohesion. It’s like watching a movie that hasn’t been made yet.” — Vulture

6. “The Irishman” (2019) – 214.57 million hours



The description: “Hitman Frank Sheeran opens up about the secrets he kept as a loyal member of the Bufalino crime family in this acclaimed Martin Scorsese film.”

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Rating: 95%

What Critics Said: “While ‘The Irishman’ is like many mob films about violence and betrayal, it is the work of a filmmaker who has earned the right to encapsulate this genre.” – NPR

5. “The Unforgivable” (2021) – 214.70 million hours

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The description: “Freed from prison into a society that will not forgive her, a woman convicted of murder searches for the little sister she was forced to leave behind.”

Rotten Tomatoes Reviews Score: 37%

What Critics Said: “A ghastly, bleak melodrama…despite Bullock’s noble efforts to play against type, ‘The Unforgivable’ is largely forgettable.” -Salon

4. “Extraction” (2020) — 231.3 million hours

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The description“A hardened mercenary’s mission becomes an introspective race for survival when he is sent to Bangladesh to rescue the kidnapped son of a drug lord.”

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Rating: 67%

What Critics Said“The one great weapon he has – Hemsworth’s ability to juxtapose his muscles with accessible charm – is one he never takes out of his holster.” — Polygon

3. “Bird Box” (2018) – 282.02 million hours

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The description: “Five years after a disturbing and invisible presence drove most of society to suicide, a survivor and her two children are desperately trying to get to safety.”

Rotten Tomatoes review score: 64%

What Critics Said: “Unfortunately, Bird Box puts these performers at a familiar pace, in roles so tightly typed they look like recurring characters in a long-running television series.” – New Yorker

2. “Don’t Look Up” (2021) – 359.79 million

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Meryl Streep in “Don’t Look Up”.netflix

The description: “Two astronomers go on a media tour to warn humanity that a planet-killing comet is hurtling towards Earth.”

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Rating: 55%

What Critics Said: “McKay’s films are not particularly sharp in their satire, and over time have increasingly settled into their preferred form of harangue.” — Vulture

1. “Red Notice” (2021) — 364.02 million hours

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Dwayne Johnson in “Red Notice”.netflix

The description: “An FBI profiler pursuing the world’s most wanted art thief becomes his reluctant partner in crime to catch an elusive con artist who is always one step ahead.”

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Rating: 36%

What Critics Said: “Red Notice is soft and dull, and does more to highlight the flaws of each of its renowned idols than to highlight their bankable charisma.” — Vanity Lounge

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Alfonso E. Cramer