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80 Hidden Gem Movies On Disney+

Disney+ launched just last November and in its first six months it has already become arguably the biggest streaming player in the game next to Netflix. By now, you’ve probably been through most of the buzzy Disney+ originals the streamer has debuted since its launch, and you’ve no doubt revisited some of the classics among the very best movies available on Disney+. Which puts you in the “What To Watch Now?” stage of your Disney+ relationship… and we’re here to help.

This guide to 80 hidden gems on Disney+ includes movies with great Tomatometer scores that never found the big audience they deserved (MillionsQueen of Katwe); nostalgic favorites (The SandlotCool Runnings); underrated Disney animated films (Basil the Great Mouse DetectiveA Goofy Movie); gripping documentaries courtesy of Disneynature and National Geographic (JaneFree Solo); and some Fresh picks for the really young ones out there (did you know all the Tinker Bell features are Fresh on the Tomatometer)?

Some will be movies you’ve never heard of, some will be movies you’d forgotten about, and many will be movies you’ll be surprised to discover are available on the service.

We’ve grouped our guide into categories to help you get straight to the stuff you and your family are looking to discover: adventures and dramas, comedies, animated movies, documentaries, nostalgic faves, and stuff for young kids. If you want to dive even deeper into the streaming service’s offerings, we’ve got you covered with the guide to the best originals on Disney+, best movies available on Disney+, and even Disney+’s weirdest offerings. So… get bingeing.

Found a hidden gem on Disney+ that’s not on our list? Let your fellow fans know in the comments. 


Adventure and Drama for the Whole Fam

#19

The Rocketeer (1991)
66%

#19
Adjusted Score: 70579%
Critics Consensus: An action-packed, if anachronistic, look back at pulp matinee serials, The Rocketeer may ring hollow with viewers expecting more than simple fun and gee-whiz special effects.
Synopsis: Cliff Secord (Bill Campbell) is a cocky stunt pilot in love with a beautiful actress, Jenny Blake (Jennifer Connelly). When... [More]
Directed By: Joe Johnston

#18

Newsies (1992)
39%

#18
Adjusted Score: 41692%
Critics Consensus: Extra! Extra! Read all about Newsies instead of suffering through its underwhelming musical interludes, although Christian Bale makes for a spirited hero.
Synopsis: In this musical, homeless New York City newsboy Jack "Cowboy" Kelly (Christian Bale) befriends two newcomers to his trade, brothers... [More]
Directed By: Kenny Ortega

#16

Queen of Katwe (2016)
94%

#16
Adjusted Score: 105052%
Critics Consensus: Queen of Katwe is a feel-good movie of uncommon smarts and passion, and outstanding performances by Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo help to elevate the film past its cliches.
Synopsis: Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) and her... [More]
Directed By: Mira Nair

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 58897%
Critics Consensus: An old-fashioned, if bland, adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's novel.
Synopsis: Abandoned by her mother years ago, Opal (AnnaSophia Robb), a 10-year-old girl, moves with her preacher father (Jeff Daniels) to... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Wang

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 76827%
Critics Consensus: An inspirational crowd-pleaser with a healthy dose of social commentary, Remember the Titans may be predictable, but it's also well-crafted and features terrific performances.
Synopsis: In Virginia, high school football is a way of life, an institution revered, each game celebrated more lavishly than Christmas,... [More]
Directed By: Boaz Yakin

#13

Miracle (2004)
81%

#13
Adjusted Score: 86626%
Critics Consensus: Kurt Russell's performance guides this cliche-ridden tale into the realm of inspirational, nostalgic goodness.
Synopsis: When college coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) is hired to helm the 1980 U.S. men's Olympic hockey team, he brings... [More]
Directed By: Gavin O'Connor

#11

Millions (2004)
88%

#11
Adjusted Score: 93737%
Critics Consensus: A charming children fable even adults can enjoy.
Synopsis: When 9-year-old Damian (Alex Etel) finds a bag of money in his back yard, he and his brother Anthony (Lewis... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 85364%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by impressive special effects and a charming performance from its young star, Flight of the Navigator holds up as a solidly entertaining bit of family-friendly sci-fi.
Synopsis: This 1978 Disney adventure tells the story of 12-year-old David (Joey Cramer) who lives with his family in Fort Lauderdale,... [More]
Directed By: Randal Kleiser

#10

Holes (2003)
78%

#10
Adjusted Score: 81799%
Critics Consensus: Faithful to its literary source, this is imaginative, intelligent family entertainment.
Synopsis: A boy and his friends question the motives of a woman (Sigourney Weaver) who forces them to dig holes at... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Davis

#9
Adjusted Score: 92394%
Critics Consensus: One of Disney's finest live-action adventures, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea brings Jules Verne's classic sci-fi tale to vivid life, and features an awesome giant squid.
Synopsis: In 1866, Professor Pierre M. Aronnax (Paul Lukas) and his assistant Conseil (Peter Lorre), stranded in San Francisco by reports... [More]
Directed By: Richard Fleischer

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 99262%
Critics Consensus: With strong performances and director David Lynch at the helm, The Straight Story steers past sentimental byways on its ambling journey across the American heartland.
Synopsis: A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) learns one day that his distant brother Lyle... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 40997%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1977, two girls from opposite sides of the world come together and change each other's lives. Young, white Mahree... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Hooks

#2

Return to Oz (1985)
54%

#2
Adjusted Score: 56164%
Critics Consensus: Return to Oz taps into the darker side of L. Frank Baum's book series with an intermittently dazzling adventure that never quite recaptures the magic of its classic predecessor.
Synopsis: Dorothy discovers she is back in the land of Oz, and finds the yellow brick road is now a pile... [More]
Directed By: Walter Murch

#1

Willow (1988)
52%

#1
Adjusted Score: 54666%
Critics Consensus: State-of-the-art special effects and an appealing performance from Warwick Davis can't quite save Willow from its slow pace and generic story.
Synopsis: Enter the world of "Willow." Journey to the far corners of your imagination, to a land of myth and magic,... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#7
Adjusted Score: 73512%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Just-fired Darby O'Gill (Albert Sharpe) does not want to tell his daughter, Katie (Janet Munro), that his position has been... [More]
Directed By: Robert Stevenson

#6

White Fang (1991)
65%

#6
Adjusted Score: 65716%
Critics Consensus: This glossy edition of White Fang shaves off the rough-hewn edges that made Jack London's epic story so distinct, but gorgeous photography and heartfelt performances make this an appealing adventure.
Synopsis: This adaptation of Jack London's wilderness tale focuses on young Jack Conroy (Ethan Hawke), who has arrived in Alaska to... [More]
Directed By: Randal Kleiser

#5

Tuck Everlasting (2002)
60%

#5
Adjusted Score: 63788%
Critics Consensus: Though slow-moving, Tuck Everlasting raises big issues and explores them with sensitivity.
Synopsis: The story of Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel), a teenage girl on the cusp of maturity. Winnie longs for a life... [More]
Directed By: Jay Russell

#4
Adjusted Score: 66416%
Critics Consensus: Despite all the underdog sports movie conventions, the likable cast and lush production values make The Greatest Game Ever Played a solid and uplifting tale.
Synopsis: Blue-collar Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf) fights class prejudice while mastering golf, a game guarded by the upper crust. Employed as... [More]
Directed By: Bill Paxton

#3
Adjusted Score: 91893%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Warm-hearted family tale of a girl's cross-country trek to find her father, set during the bleak days of the Depression... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Kagan

#1

Mighty Joe Young (1998)
55%

#1
Adjusted Score: 56110%
Critics Consensus: Beguiling effects transcend a predictable plot.
Synopsis: As a child living in Africa, Jill Young (Charlize Theron) saw her mother killed while protecting wild gorillas from poachers... [More]
Directed By: Ron Underwood


Underrated Animated Features (And Animated Sequels)

#15
Adjusted Score: 94839%
Critics Consensus: This Disney two-fer may not be the most reverent literary adaptation, but it's remarkably crafted and emotionally resonant.
Synopsis: Two animated adaptations of classic literature make up this Disney film. In "The Wind in the Willows," wealthy Mr. Toad... [More]

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 59369%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This retelling of "The Lion King" is conveyed from the perspective of meerkat Timon (Nathan Lane) and warthog Pumbaa (Ernie... [More]
Directed By: Bradley Raymond

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 94321%
Critics Consensus: The arresting and dynamic visuals, offbeat details and light-as-air storytelling make James and the Giant Peach solid family entertainment.
Synopsis: Featuring stop-motion animation and live action, this inventive adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's tale follows the adventures of James... [More]
Directed By: Henry Selick

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 20810%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this animated family film, the aptly named Goofy (Bill Farmer) is deeply proud of his college-bound son, Max (Jason... [More]
Directed By: Douglas McCarthy

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 54480%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious but flawed, The Black Cauldron is technically brilliant as usual, but lacks the compelling characters of other Disney animated classics.
Synopsis: In the land of Prydain, lowly pig herder Taran (Grant Bardsley) dreams of becoming a gallant knight. Young Taran receives... [More]
Directed By: Ted Berman, Richard Rich

#10
Adjusted Score: 57543%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Scrooge McDuck finds a magic lamp with Huey, Dewey and Louie and their girlfriend, Webby.... [More]

#9

Frankenweenie (2012)
87%

#9
Adjusted Score: 96856%
Critics Consensus: Frankenweenie is an energetic stop-motion horror movie spoof with lovingly crafted visuals and a heartfelt, oddball story.
Synopsis: Young Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) is a science nerd and outsider at school, but he does have one good friend:... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#8
Adjusted Score: 80610%
Critics Consensus: The Great Mouse Detective may not rank with Disney's classics, but it's an amiable, entertaining picture with some stylishly dark visuals.
Synopsis: Rodent supersleuth Basil and his bumbling partner must thwart evil Ratigan's plot to depose the Mouse Queen.... [More]

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 62213%
Critics Consensus: Though basically a TV cartoon stretched out to movie-length, Recess has enough successful jokes and smart writing to make it a worthwhile view.
Synopsis: The school year is finally over, and T.J. Detweiler is looking forward to a fun-filled summer. Boredom quickly sets in... [More]
Directed By: Chuck Sheetz

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 71109%
Critics Consensus: Though its story is second-rate, The Rescuers Down Under redeems itself with some remarkable production values -- particularly its flight scenes.
Synopsis: Cody (Adam Ryen), a boy living in the Australian outback, frees a rare golden eagle from a trap. When an... [More]
Directed By: Hendel Butoy, Mike Gabriel

#4

A Goofy Movie (1995)
61%

#4
Adjusted Score: 61154%
Critics Consensus: A Goofy Movie offers enough of its titular ingredient to satisfy younger viewers, even if most parents will agree that this beloved character deserves better.
Synopsis: Though Goofy always means well, his amiable cluelessness and klutzy pratfalls regularly embarrass his awkward adolescent son, Max. When Max's... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Lima

#3

Treasure Planet (2002)
69%

#3
Adjusted Score: 73903%
Critics Consensus: Though its characterizations are weaker than usual, Treasure Planet offers a fast-paced, beautifully rendered vision of outer space.
Synopsis: The legendary "loot of a thousand worlds" inspires an intergalactic treasure hunt when 15-year-old Jim Hawkins stumbles upon a map... [More]
Directed By: John Musker, Ron Clements

#2
Adjusted Score: 53571%
Critics Consensus: Atlantis provides a fast-paced spectacle, but stints on such things as character development and a coherent plot.
Synopsis: An inexperienced young adventurer becomes the key to unraveling an ancient mystery when he joins up with a group of... [More]
Directed By: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 18118%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this animated Disney tale, Aladdin (Scott Weinger), Princess Jasmine (Linda Larkin) and the gang are not as free of... [More]


Live-Action Laughs

#12

The Parent Trap (1961)
90%

#12
Adjusted Score: 91325%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two identical twin sisters, separated at birth by their parents' divorce, are reunited years later at a summer camp, where... [More]
Directed By: David Swift

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 69800%
Critics Consensus: Sweet and spry, Adventures in Babysitting gets by on its amiable tone.
Synopsis: When plans with her boyfriend fall through, high school senior Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) ends up babysitting the Anderson kids,... [More]
Directed By: Chris Columbus

#6

Flubber (1997)
24%

#6
Adjusted Score: 24393%
Critics Consensus: With its overactive focus on special effects and tiresome slapstick, Flubber squanders the immense talent of its cast and crew.
Synopsis: Professor Philip Brainard (Robin Williams) is experimenting with new kinds of energy, and he thinks this project will save struggling... [More]
Directed By: Les Mayfield

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 76081%
Critics Consensus: The Great Muppet Caper is overplotted and uneven, but the appealing presence of Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang ensure that this heist flick is always breezily watchable.
Synopsis: In the second live-action Muppets film, intrepid journalists Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo snag an assignment reporting on a British jewel... [More]
Directed By: Jim Henson

#8

Splash (1984)
91%

#8
Adjusted Score: 92674%
Critics Consensus: A perfectly light, warmly funny romantic comedy that's kept afloat by Ron Howard's unobtrusive direction and charming performances from Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah.
Synopsis: A young boy saved from drowning by a beautiful mermaid, falls in love with her 20 years later when she... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 68942%
Critics Consensus: Like the French farce it's based on, Three Men and a Baby is too self-satisfied with scatalogical humor to qualify as a bundle of joy, but the role of makeshift daddy brings out the best in Tom Selleck.
Synopsis: New York City roommates Peter (Tom Selleck), Michael (Steve Guttenberg) and Jack (Ted Danson) are all successful and happily unmarried,... [More]
Directed By: Leonard Nimoy

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 79290%
Critics Consensus: Even as its special effects take center stage, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids still offers a charming, high-spirited sense of adventure for the whole family.
Synopsis: When kids sneak into inventor Wayne Szalinski's (Rick Moranis) upstairs lab to retrieve an errant baseball, his experimental shrink ray... [More]
Directed By: Joe Johnston

#5

The Parent Trap (1998)
86%

#5
Adjusted Score: 88109%
Critics Consensus: Writer-director Nancy Meyers takes the winning formula of the 1961 original and gives it an amiable modern spin, while young star Lindsay Lohan shines in her breakout role.
Synopsis: In this update of a 1961 film, twins Annie and Hallie (Lindsay Lohan) are strangers until happenstance unites them. The... [More]
Directed By: Nancy Meyers

#12
Adjusted Score: 73009%
Critics Consensus: Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger add strong performances to an unexpectedly clever script, elevating 10 Things (slightly) above typical teen fare.
Synopsis: Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is beautiful, smart and quite abrasive to most of her fellow teens, meaning that she doesn't... [More]
Directed By: Gil Junger

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 27297%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A UFO captained by a cat-like extraterrestrial (Ronnie Schell) is intercepted by the U.S. Military. The spacecraft's feline pilot, who... [More]
Directed By: Norman Tokar

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 71987%
Critics Consensus: Though less Muppet-centric than the original trilogy, Muppet Treasure Island is an energetic, cheerful take on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure, with typically solid gags.
Synopsis: Kermit, Long John Silver (Tim Curry) and Young Jim Hawkins (Kevin Bishop) set sail for riches using a dead pirate's... [More]
Directed By: Brian Henson

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 55436%
Critics Consensus: George of the Jungle is faithful to its source material -- which, unfortunately, makes it a less-than-compelling feature film.
Synopsis: George (Brendan Fraser) has raised himself since since he was a baby and a plane crash stranded him in an... [More]
Directed By: Sam Weisman

#1

Cool Runnings (1993)
76%

#1
Adjusted Score: 77875%
Critics Consensus: Cool Runnings rises above its formulaic sports-movie themes with charming performances, light humor, and uplifting tone.
Synopsis: Four Jamaican bobsledders dream of competing in the Winter Olympics, despite never having seen snow. With the help of a... [More]
Directed By: Jon Turteltaub


Documentaries

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 72333%
Critics Consensus: It doesn't probe as deep -- or tell as many hard truths -- as it could have, but Don Hahn's look at Disney's rebirth offers a fascinating and surprisingly candorous glimpse into the studio's past.
Synopsis: Through extensive use of archival clips, documentarian Don Hahn explores how Walt Disney Animation Studios broke out of their mid-1980s... [More]
Starring: Don Hahn
Directed By: Don Hahn

#9

Frank and Ollie (1995)
88%

#9
Adjusted Score: 29250%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Legendary Walt Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston helped create the studio's signature style. In this documentary, the pair... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Theodore Thomas

#8
Adjusted Score: 67283%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This lyrical documentary uses high-definition photography, narration by French actress Zabou Breitman and an elaborate score to illuminate the life... [More]

#7

Jane (2017)
98%

#7
Adjusted Score: 103955%
Critics Consensus: Jane honors its subject's legacy with an absorbing, beautifully filmed, and overall enlightening look at her decades of invaluable work.
Synopsis: Jane Goodall, a young and untrained woman, challenges the male dominated scientific consensus of her time with her chimpanzee research... [More]
Starring: Jane Goodall
Directed By: Brett Morgen

#6

Free Solo (2018)
97%

#6
Adjusted Score: 106272%
Critics Consensus: Free Solo depicts athletic feats that many viewers will find beyond reason - and grounds the attempts in passions that are all but universal.
Synopsis: Alex Honnold completes the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan's 3,000-foot vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park.... [More]

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 84997%
Critics Consensus: An amazing array of images from beneath the sea.
Synopsis: Director James Cameron travels with the crew of a Russian research vessel as they plunge into the depths of the... [More]

#4
Adjusted Score: 100594%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It's time for a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin named Echo to grow up.... [More]
Starring: Natalie Portman
Directed By: Keith Scholey

#3

Monkey Kingdom (2015)
93%

#3
Adjusted Score: 94791%
Critics Consensus: Monkey Kingdom's breathtaking footage of primates in the wild is likely to please animal lovers of all ages.
Synopsis: In South Asia, Maya the monkey and her son Kip struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the... [More]
Starring: Tina Fey

#2

Before the Flood (2016)
75%

#2
Adjusted Score: 76186%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.... [More]
Directed By: Fisher Stevens

#1

Born in China (2016)
83%

#1
Adjusted Score: 84776%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: From frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest, filmmaker Lu Chuan follows the adventures of three animal families... [More]
Directed By: Lu Chuan


Disney Channel and ’90s Kid Nostalgia Picks

#10

The Sandlot (1993)
64%

#10
Adjusted Score: 68576%
Critics Consensus: It may be shamelessly derivative and overly nostalgic, but The Sandlot is nevertheless a genuinely sweet and funny coming-of-age adventure.
Synopsis: When Scottie Smalls (Thomas Guiry) moves to a new neighborhood, he manages to make friends with a group of kids... [More]
Directed By: David Mickey Evans

#20

Camp Nowhere (1994)
17%

#20
Adjusted Score: 14306%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Morris "Mud" Himmel (Jonathan Jackson) spends every summer at computer camp, but he hates it. Mud and his friends (Andrew... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Prince

#19

Life With Mikey (1993)
25%

#19
Adjusted Score: 25134%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The former child star (Michael J. Fox) of a TV show meets a cute little waif (Christina Vidal) who changes... [More]
Directed By: James Lapine

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 43286%
Critics Consensus: Harmless piece of fluff that ought to satisfy fans of the TV show.
Synopsis: During summer break, Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff) and her closest pals head off on a school-sponsored journey to Rome. Before... [More]
Directed By: Jim Fall

#16

Camp Rock (2008)
48%

#16
Adjusted Score: 46461%
Critics Consensus: Camp Rock wants to be the next High School Musical, but its forgettable songs and dull premise hold it back.
Synopsis: Celebrity singers (Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas) coach aspiring musicians at a special summer camp.... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Diamond

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 22823%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Four diverse New York teenagers (Raven, Adrienne Bailon) hope their music group will hit the big time.... [More]
Directed By: Oz Scott

#14
Adjusted Score: 16320%
Critics Consensus: Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen's superficial tendencies are unlikely to appeal to older viewers -- though its colorful candor is decidedly not intended for them in the first place.
Synopsis: Mary Elizabeth Cep (Lindsay Lohan) is an ambitious teen girl who goes by the name of Lola and aspires to... [More]
Directed By: Sara Sugarman

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 35891%
Critics Consensus: Rookie of the Year gets some laughs from its novel premise, but a high strikeout rate on jokes and sentimental fouls keeps this comedy firmly in the minor leagues.
Synopsis: A freak accident causes 12-year-old Little League player Henry (Thomas Ian Nicholas) to become such a powerful and accurate pitcher... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Stern

#10

Hocus Pocus (1993)
39%

#10
Adjusted Score: 39395%
Critics Consensus: Harmlessly hokey yet never much more than mediocre, Hocus Pocus is a muddled family-friendly effort that fails to live up to the talents of its impressive cast.
Synopsis: After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch)... [More]
Directed By: Kenny Ortega

#9

That Darn Cat (1997)
13%

#9
Adjusted Score: 13056%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Bored with her quiet suburban Massachusetts town, bratty Patti Randall (Christina Ricci) is excited when her beloved cat, D.C., comes... [More]
Directed By: Bob Spiers

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A mad scientist unleashes evil clones of a family (Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Paula Jai Parker) to find their secret... [More]
Directed By: Bruce W. Smith

#7

Blank Check (1994)
9%

#7
Adjusted Score: 7375%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After a crook named Carl Quigley (Miguel Ferrer) nearly kills 11-year-old Preston Waters (Brian Bonsall) by running over the boy's... [More]
Directed By: Rupert Wainwright

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 9667%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Members (Shia LaBeouf, Nick Spano, Tom Virtue) of a family unwittingly appear on a reality-television show after the producer sends... [More]
Directed By: Sean McNamara

#3
Adjusted Score: 4693%
Critics Consensus: Disappointing even by the relaxed standards of live-action children's entertainment, A Kid in King Arthur's Court stands as a rare near-total misfire from Disney.
Synopsis: When a violent earthquake rocks Southern California, hapless teenager Calvin Fuller (Thomas Ian Nicholas) finds himself careening through a hole... [More]
Directed By: Michael Gottlieb


For the LITTLE Little ones

#9

Tinker Bell (2008)
90%

#9
Adjusted Score: 40383%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Newly born fairy Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman) is transported by the wind to Pixie Hollow on the island of Neverland... [More]
Directed By: Bradley Raymond

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 82302%
Critics Consensus: A charming and delightful walk through the Hundred Acres Woods for young viewers.
Synopsis: Winnie the Pooh (Jim Cummings), Piglet (John Fiedler), Tigger and Roo (Nikita Hopkins) search for a mysterious and fearsome creature.... [More]
Directed By: Frank Nissen

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 54651%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A retelling of the classic Dickens tale with Disney's classic characters.... [More]
Directed By: Burny Mattinson

#6
Adjusted Score: 23718%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Friendly fairy Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman) means well but often gets into trouble. All the same, Pixie Hollow has entrusted... [More]
Directed By: Klay Hall

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 78445%
Critics Consensus: Despite its short running time, Teacher's Pet is a witty and irreverent family film.
Synopsis: In this animated musical, Spot (Nathan Lane) is a snarky blue-furred dog whose greatest desire is to be transformed into... [More]
Directed By: Timothy Björklund

#4

Thumbelina (1994)
38%

#4
Adjusted Score: 36802%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Born of a flower and growing to only a couple of inches tall, poor Thumbelina (Jodi Benson) is worried she'll... [More]
Directed By: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 45380%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this animated film, five sentient household appliances -- Toaster, Blanky, Radio, Lampy and a vacuum cleaner named Kirby --... [More]
Directed By: Jerry Rees

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 61026%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman), Periwinkle (Lucy Hale) and friends venture into the winter woods to find the secret of fairy... [More]

#1
Adjusted Score: 14504%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It's time for Christopher Robin (Brady Bluhm) to return to school, which means he's unable to keep visiting with his... [More]
Directed By: Karl Geurs

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It’s a monster week for DVD lovers, as we’ll see tons of new movies, television shows, and direct-to-video flicks hit shelves. Read on for the week’s highs (Street Kings, Gossip Girl) and lows (poker drama Deal, a new Crispin Glover creep-out) and check out great exclusive videos from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and The Scorpion King 2!


One of last season’s hottest new series brought sci-fi fans back to a beloved franchise with a vengeance: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. With a new Sarah (300‘s Lena Headey) and a teenaged John Connor (Heroes Thomas Dekker), the show paid homage to the best elements of the Terminator films while introducing new twists — and a new, benevolent Terminator (Firefly‘s Summer Glau).

In our exclusive clip below, watch as Sarah meets unassuming cell phone salesman Andy, who reveals his pet project: a powerful chess-playing computer called The Turk. Could the machine contain the powerful beginnings of SkyNet? Watch the clip here.


Another new release this week revives a familiar franchise, albeit a decidedly more…mummified one. Debuting on DVD is the prequel The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior, which tells the origin story of the young hero (One Tree Hill‘s Michael Copon) who will grow up to become the much brawnier, much less clothed The Rock — err, Mathayus. Watch UFC champion Randy Couture tempt the young hero into joining his army, whilst delivering lines like “There’s no place for timidity now that the scorpion rides on your shoulder.” Watch it here!


Click on for this week’s exciting new releases, including Street Kings, Prom Night, and more!

Street Kings



Tomatometer: 36%

Keanu goes all Training Day on our asses (but remains one of Hollywood’s most wooden A-listers) playing a corrupt but well-intentioned LAPD detective in David Ayer‘s formulaic cop thriller. Street Kings is also exactly what you would expect considering who co-wrote it: Kurt “Ultraviolet” Wimmer, from a story by James “L.A. Confidential” Ellroy.

Bonus Features:

The two-disc release includes a commentary by director David Ayer, tons of deleted and alternate scenes, and making-of vignettes. You can also download a digital copy of the film.



Prom Night



Tomatometer: 8%

A psycho killer stalks the one that got away (Brittany Snow) on the night of her senior prom, but it’s you, dear viewer, who the critics feel for most. This tepid remake of the 1980 slasher flick nearly bored the scribes to death, even with its few sexy scenes and the thrills of underage drinking — plus, who wants to see a PG-13 rated horror movies these days? Sony thought so too, which is why they’re also releasing an Unrated version of the flick on DVD and Blu-ray.

Bonus Features:

A veritable buffet of special features appear on the standard and Blu-ray releases, including deleted scenes with optional commentary, an alternate ending, making-of featurettes, commentary with director Nelson McCormick and stars Brittany Snow and Jonathan Schaech, and a fun feature in which cast members share their own prom stories. Blu-ray viewers will get an additional treat: a Picture-in-Picture storyboard track.

Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day



Tomatometer: 77%

Hey, whaddya know — a Fresh movie out on DVD this week! (And it’s Certified Fresh to boot.) Oscar-winner Frances McDormand teams up with Oscar-nominee Amy Adams in the 1930s period charmer about an out of work nanny (McDormand) who helps an aspiring actress (Adams) juggle the men in her life. While a bit light, Miss Pettigrew should provide a pleasant diversion for the home video crowd this week.

Bonus Features:

Deleted scenes, a feature commentary by director Bharat Nalluri, and a few behind-the-scenes features comprise the bonus menu.


The Life Before Her Eyes


Tomatometer:
26%

Vadim Perelman returns four years after making a splash debut (The House of Sand and Fog) with a clunker of a sophomore feature. Evan Rachel Wood and Uma Thurman turn in admirable performances as the teenage and adult versions of the same woman, who must deal with the aftermath of a Columbine-esque tragedy. Unfortunately, Vadim’s adaptation of Laura Kasischke’s novel suffers from pretentious twists and turns, devolving into a tiresome psychological puzzle. Curiously, Vadim himself has stated he’d prefer audiences go into the film already knowing the controversial third-act spoiler…so here it is if you’re game.

Bonus Features:

In addition to a making-of featurette and a documentary about “The Other Side,” director Perelman provides what should be an interesting feature commentary; deleted scenes and an alternate ending give further insight into Perelman’s criticized editing choices, all of which should give curious viewers a fuller picture of Perelman’s artistic gamble.



Deal


Tomatometer: 00%

In a critical performance only rivaled by the likes of One Missed Call and Strange Wilderness so far this year, director Gil Cates, Jr. has served up a rare double zero Tomatometer score! How’d he do it? By combining his own plodding direction and clichéd screenplay with the dubious star wattage of Burt “In the Name of the King” Reynolds, the kid from TV’s Reaper, and Shannon Elizabeth as a hooker, all set in the world of Texas Hold ‘Em. Sadly, Deal is the only poker movie to be officially backed by the professional bluffers of the World Series of Poker. So if you can’t spot the sucker buying Deal on DVD, then you ARE the sucker.

Bonus Features:

Learn more about the game of poker in one of the disc’s only bonus features. And if you’re willing to gamble on Deal on DVD, then I’d like to invite you to RT’s friendly office poker night…

Next: Tons of new TV on DVD titles (Hannah Montana, Dexter, Gossip Girl and more!)


Gossip Girl – The Complete First Season


Tomatometer: OMG!

It’s about time Gossip Girl made it to DVD. Teenage primetime soaps haven’t been this good since Brandon and Brenda Walsh tramped their way around swanky Beverly Hills. If you haven’t yet tuned in to the critically loved Gossip Girl (and Nielsen ratings say many of you haven’t), seize your chance to catch up with the zeitgeist phenomenon before Season 2 begins this September!

Bonus Features:

18 episodes on five discs will be joined by previously unaired episodes, three featurettes, a gag reel, and a free download of the original book, as read for some reason by Christina Ricci.


Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – The Complete First Season


Tomatometer: N/A

When it was first announced that a spinoff of the Terminator film franchise was coming to TV, some fans were skeptical. Luckily, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles turned out to be a pretty fun ride, further exploring the Terminator universe while creating its own new story paths. Pick up the release and watch all nine episodes of season one, in which a teenage John Connor (Thomas Dekker) finds himself on the run in 1999 with his overprotective mom Sarah (Lena Headey, less frighteningly ripped than Linda Hamilton) and a benevolent Terminator from the future (Summer Glau).

Bonus Features:

The release includes a handful of deleted scenes from select episodes, plus select cast and crew episode commentaries. Creating the Chronicles tells the show’s history from conception to filming, while a smattering of episode-specific features appear throughout the DVD’s three discs. Also find audition tapes, a gag reel, and a random feature of Glau at a dance rehearsal.


House – Season Four


Tomatometer: N/A

Season four of the Emmy-winning show about misanthropic doctor Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) comes to DVD. Following the shocking loss of team members Foreman, Chase, and Cameron, House has a brand new team to break in, which he does in signature rascally style, whittling a class of 40 doctors down to a new inner circle of three.

Bonus Features:

A handful of featurettes, favorite episodes of cast members, and a commentary track on the penultimate episode, “House’s Head,” comprise the bonus menu.


Recount


Tomatometer: N/A

HBO’s acclaimed retelling of the 2000 Presidential election — chads, retractions, controversies and all — is a must-watch for politically-minded viewers, granted you can bear the humor of the situation and its very real repercussions. Strong performances by Kevin Spacey, Tom Wilkinson, Laura Dern and more bolster the film, written by actor-writer Danny Strong (AKA Doyle from Gilmore Girls and Jonathan Levinson from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

Bonus Features:

Strong and director Jay Roach (Austin Powers 1, 2, and 3) contribute a commentary, a featurette documents the real-life events of the 200 recount, and actors Spacey and Bob Balaban sit down for one-on-one chats with their real life counterparts.


Dexter – The Complete Second Season


Tomatometer: N/A

When I first heard of the show Dexter, I thought it was a live-action adaptation about a kid in a laboratory. Boy, was I off. Season One of the serial killer drama captivated audiences; we even wondered how CBS could edit out the inappropriate content to air episodes on primetime. Now Season Two makes its way to DVD, which should fulfill fans’ desires until the next season begins in September, after nearly a year without new episodes.

Bonus Features:

Rejoice at all 12 episodes of Season Two! Weep at the lack of additional bonus features.


Camp Rock


Tomatometer: N/A

You thought High School Musical was a cash cow? Prepare for this week’s Camp Rock, a Disney Original Movie you may already be sick of if you have any teen or tween in your life. Tiger Beat sensations the Jonas Brothers star in the musical flick as teenage musicians at a sleep away summer camp, who naturally sing and dance their way through life lessons and first kisses.

Bonus Features:

An extended ending will delight existing fans, as will a “Too Cool!” featurette that teaches you how to be a rock star (the term “rock star” being very loosely defined). Somewhere, Keith Richards is rolling over in his grave. Or would be if he weren’t still alive.


Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds


Tomatometer: N/A

Kids will dip even deeper into their piggy banks as another Disney phenom comes to DVD. Miley Cyrus, doing her best to put artsy nude photo shoots and boyfriend beefs with fellow Disney stars behind her (go Team Selena Gomez!), should rake in another bazillion dollars with this week’s Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds. The concert documentary, which earned shockingly stellar reviews and opened at #1 during its brief theatrical run, follows Cyrus (and her fictional alter ago, Hannah Montana) on tour and also features a guest appearance by those pesky Jonas Brothers.

Bonus Features:

The Best of Both Worlds offers a fair bonus menu of behind-the-scenes looks at Cyrus’s concert circus, plus two bonus songs. But the best part about this DVD release is also the one add-on that can make nearly any movie better: 3-D glasses! Four pairs come in each DVD for watching concert scenes filmed in Disney Digital 3-D.

Next: It’s Direct-to-Video Time!


The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior


Tomatometer: N/A

Sometimes it’s peanut butter jelly time. Other times it’s direct-to-video time, and nothing says direct-to-video like a movie called The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior! Director Russell Mulcahy (Highlander, Resident Evil: Extinction) does his best in this prequel to the prequel to the sequel of 1999’s The Mummy, which tells the formative story of a young Mathayus the Scorpion King. Where the first Scorpion King flick starred former WWE champion Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, this sequel stars former UFC fighter Randy Couture, who battles to the death with Blue Power Ranger/One Tree Hill youngster Michael Copon.

Bonus Features:

Learn how Randy Couture “became” the ruthless warrior Sargon, find out how to “fight like an Akkadian,” and watch plenty more useful featurettes to help you on your path to enlightenment.


The Wizard of Gore


Tomatometer: N/A

It’s scary enough to see the words “Crispin Glover stars…” but when the film in question is a direct-to-video remake of Herschell Gordon Lewis’ classic splatter fest, The Wizard of Gore, the dread mounts even higher. Glover appears as the creepy magician Montag the Magnificent, whose death-defying tricks seem to be killing his lovely assistants off-stage. Bijou Phillips, Kip Pardue, Brad Dourif and a slew of sexy Suicide Girls round out the cast.

Bonus Features:

Along with the unrated film, you’ll get making-of features, an audio commentary, photographs, and a closer look at the Suicide Girls on set.


The Riddle


Tomatometer: N/A

When we saw that Vinnie Jones was starring as an ambitious news reporter, we had to know more. And then it started to get weird. The ex-footballer stars in The Riddle as a writer who gets a lead on the story of his career when a woman turns up dead — after discovering an unpublished novel by Charles Dickens hidden in a pub! Jones teams up with a lady cop and a weird old homeless guy (Sir Derek Jacobi, who also plays Dickens in flashbacks) to solve a riddle in the manuscript; thrills inevitably ensue. Vanessa Redgrave also stars.

Bonus Trivia:

The Riddle made an unusual debut in the UK in 2007; it came on DVD, free of charge, in every issue of The Daily Mail.

‘Til next week, happy renting!