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The 100 Sexiest Movies Of All Time

What makes a movie truly sexy, enough to to grant it entrance to our guide of the sexiest movies ever? Variety is the spice: For some movies, it’s about the animal chemistry between its stars (Body Heat, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) or the building passion of its characters (Brokeback Mountain, Titanic). With others, the turn-on is the illicit thrill of being bad (Unfaithful, Secretary) or the purity of self-awakening and discovery (Gloria, Moonlight). Sometimes it’s about the mood a movie evokes, intoxicating and overwhelming, like with In the Mood For Love or Y Tu Mama Tambien. And, yeah, sometimes it’s all about the sex scenes: Mulholland Drive, Lust, Caution, In the Realm of the Senses have got your number.

Whatever your definition (and if you need even more, see the 200 best and worst erotic movies), it all awaits in the 100 sexiest movies ever, ranked by Tomatometer.

#100

Original Sin (2001)
12%

#100
Adjusted Score: 15082%
Critics Consensus: Laughably melodramatic, Original Sin features bad acting, bad dialogue, and bad plotting.
Synopsis: Luis (Antonio Banderas) and Julia (Angelina Jolie) are bound together first by matrimony, and then, by fierce love and desire.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Cristofer

#99

After (2019)
18%

#99
Adjusted Score: 19492%
Critics Consensus: Tepid and tired, After's fun flourishes are let down by its generic story.
Synopsis: Tessa Young is a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart. Entering her first semester... [More]
Directed By: Jenny Gage

#98

Elles (2011)
23%

#98
Adjusted Score: 24047%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A journalist (Juliette Binoche) tries to balance the duties of marriage and motherhood while researching a piece on college women... [More]
Directed By: Malgoska Szumowska

#97

9 Songs (2004)
24%

#97
Adjusted Score: 26335%
Critics Consensus: The unerotic sex scenes quickly become tedious to watch, and the lovers lack the personality necessary to make viewers care about them.
Synopsis: A man (Kieran O'Brien) reminisces about his steamy affair with an American woman (Margo Stilley) he met at a rock... [More]
Directed By: Michael Winterbottom

#96
#96
Adjusted Score: 35596%
Critics Consensus: While creatively better endowed than its print counterpart, Fifty Shades of Grey is a less than satisfying experience on the screen.
Synopsis: When college senior Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) steps in for her sick roommate to interview prominent businessman Christian Grey (Jamie... [More]
Directed By: Sam Taylor-Johnson

#95

The Lover (1992)
32%

#95
Adjusted Score: 32132%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set in 1920s colonial Indochina, a pretty, virginal French teenager (Jane March) meets a handsome Chinese playboy (Tony Leung Ka... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Jacques Annaud

#94

In the Cut (2003)
34%

#94
Adjusted Score: 38914%
Critics Consensus: Director/co-writer Jane Campion takes a stab at subverting the psycho-sexual thriller genre with In the Cut, but gets tangled in her own abstraction.
Synopsis: An English teacher (Meg Ryan) has an affair with a detective (Mark Ruffalo), though she suspects him of murdering a... [More]
Directed By: Jane Campion

#93

Adore (2013)
33%

#93
Adjusted Score: 35354%
Critics Consensus: Naomi Watts and Robin Wright give it their all, but they can't quite make Adore's trashy, absurd plot believable.
Synopsis: Two lifelong best friends (Robin Wright, Naomi Watts) each begin a steamy affair with the other's son, but trouble begins... [More]
Directed By: Anne Fontaine

#92
#92
Adjusted Score: 43674%
Critics Consensus: As romantic comedies go, 40 Days and 40 Nights is smutty, sexist, and puerile.
Synopsis: Matt Sullivan's (Josh Hartnett) last big relationship ended in disaster and ever since his heart's been aching and his commitment's... [More]
Directed By: Michael Lehmann

#91

Emmanuelle (1974)
40%

#91
Adjusted Score: 40748%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The wife of a French diplomat becomes involved in a series of sexual liaisons after joining her husband in Thailand.... [More]
Directed By: Just Jaeckin

#90

Kama Sutra (1996)
40%

#90
Adjusted Score: 40517%
Critics Consensus: Kama Sutra refreshingly approaches sensuality from a female perspective, but audiences will be turned off by this romance's silly plotting.
Synopsis: In 16th-century India, Princess Tara (Sarita Choudhury) is raised alongside her maid Maya (Indira Varma). The two best friends turn... [More]
Directed By: Mira Nair

#89

Love (2015)
40%

#89
Adjusted Score: 43213%
Critics Consensus: Love sees writer-director Gaspar Noé delivering some of his warmest and most personal work; unfortunately, it's also among his most undeveloped and least compelling.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Gaspar Noé

#88

Elisa & Marcela (2019)
40%

#88
Adjusted Score: 39387%
Critics Consensus: While it may be visually attractive, Elisa & Marcela is an underwhelming melodrama that lacks passion and energy.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Isabel Coixet

#87

28 Hotel Rooms (2012)
47%

#87
Adjusted Score: 30894%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A night of casual sex between a New York novelist (Chris Messina) and an accountant (Marin Ireland) from Seattle unexpectedly... [More]
Directed By: Matt Ross

#86

Summer Storm (2004)
48%

#86
Adjusted Score: 48452%
Critics Consensus: Strong performances and an inclusive approach to sexual awakening aren't enough to make Summer Storm a truly memorable coming-of-age story.
Synopsis: A teenager comes to terms with his sexuality and his feelings for his best friend over the course of a... [More]
Directed By: Marco Kreuzpaintner

#85

Cashback (2006)
48%

#85
Adjusted Score: 49584%
Critics Consensus: An unlikable protagonist, messy editing, and gratuitous nudity might make audiences ask for their cash back.
Synopsis: Would-be artist Ben (Sean Biggerstaff) realizes he has an extraordinary way of dealing with the tedium of his dead-end job... [More]
Directed By: Sean Ellis

#84

Sleeping Beauty (2010)
48%

#84
Adjusted Score: 51564%
Critics Consensus: Sleeping Beauty's provocative premise and luminous art design is hampered by a clinical, remote presentation, delivering boredom and shock in equal measure.
Synopsis: A college student (Emily Browning) becomes a niche sex worker for a high-end brothel where customers pay to fondle her... [More]
Directed By: Julia Leigh

#83
Adjusted Score: 52475%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Unlucky-in-love stockbroker Stella (Angela Bassett) jets to Jamaica with her gal pal Delilah (Whoopi Goldberg) for some fun in the... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Rodney Sullivan

#82

Unfaithful (2002)
50%

#82
Adjusted Score: 55941%
Critics Consensus: Diane Lane shines in the role, but the movie adds nothing new to the genre and the resolution is unsatisfying.
Synopsis: Described by director Adrian Lyne ("Fatal Attraction") as "an erotic thriller about the body language of guilt." When Edward (Richard... [More]
Directed By: Adrian Lyne

#81

Romance (1999)
50%

#81
Adjusted Score: 50748%
Critics Consensus: Romance is a slim look into a woman's sexual psyche, with sex scenes that slightly excite while exploring human emotions.
Synopsis: A woman (Caroline Ducey) has several affairs, trying to spark the interest of her lover (Sagamore Stévenin), a self-absorbed, male... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Breillat

#80

Chloe (2009)
51%

#80
Adjusted Score: 57666%
Critics Consensus: Despite its promising pedigree and a titillating premise, Chloe ultimately fails to deliver the heat -- or the thrills -- expected of a sexual thriller.
Synopsis: Catherine and David Stewart (Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson) are a well-to-do couple living in a posh area of Toronto, but... [More]
Directed By: Atom Egoyan

#79

Basic Instinct (1992)
55%

#79
Adjusted Score: 60683%
Critics Consensus: Unevenly echoing the work of Alfred Hitchcock, Basic Instinct contains a star-making performance from Sharon Stone but is ultimately undone by its problematic, overly lurid plot.
Synopsis: The mysterious Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), a beautiful crime novelist, becomes a suspect when she is linked to the brutal... [More]
Directed By: Paul Verhoeven

#78

Malena (2000)
54%

#78
Adjusted Score: 55921%
Critics Consensus: Malena ends up objectifying the character of the movie's title. Also, the young boy's emotional investment with Malena is never convincing, as she doesn't feel like a three-dimensional person.
Synopsis: In 1941, Renato was 13 years old and although the world was at war, nothing ever happened in this sleepy... [More]
Directed By: Giuseppe Tornatore

#77

Cruel Intentions (1999)
55%

#77
Adjusted Score: 58913%
Critics Consensus: This darkly comic drama and its attractive young cast are easy on the eyes, but uneven performances and an uninspired script conspire to foil Cruel Intentions.
Synopsis: Annette (Reese Witherspoon) unwittingly becomes a pawn in Sebastian's (Ryan Phillippe) and Kathryn's (Sarah Michelle Gellar) deliciously diabolical wager of... [More]
Directed By: Roger Kumble

#76

Troy (2004)
54%

#76
Adjusted Score: 62621%
Critics Consensus: A brawny, entertaining spectacle, but lacking emotional resonance.
Synopsis: Based on Homer's "Iliad," this epic portrays the battle between the ancient kingdoms of Troy and Sparta. While visiting Spartan... [More]
Directed By: Wolfgang Petersen

#75

The Hunger (1983)
55%

#75
Adjusted Score: 56616%
Critics Consensus: Stylish yet hollow, The Hunger is a well-cast vampire thriller that mistakes erotic moments for a satisfying story.
Synopsis: John (David Bowie) is the lover of the gorgeous immortal vampire Miriam (Catherine Deneuve), and he's been led to believe... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#74

The Dreamers (2003)
60%

#74
Adjusted Score: 66108%
Critics Consensus: Though lushly atmospheric, The Dreamers doesn't engage or provoke as much as it should.
Synopsis: In May 1968, the student riots in Paris only exacerbate the isolation felt by three youths: an American exchange student... [More]
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci

#73

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
60%

#73
Adjusted Score: 69163%
Critics Consensus: Although this action-romance suffers from weak writing and one too many explosions, the chemistry generated by onscreen couple Pitt and Jolie is palpable enough to make this a thoroughly enjoyable summer action flick.
Synopsis: John (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie), a couple in a stagnating marriage, live a deceptively mundane existence. However,... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#72

Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)
61%

#72
Adjusted Score: 61494%
Critics Consensus: 9 1/2 Weeks' famously steamy sex scenes titillate though the drama unfolding between the beddings is relatively standard for the genre.
Synopsis: Two strangers, Wall Street trader John (Mickey Rourke) and art gallery assistant Elizabeth (Kim Basinger), become involved in a new... [More]
Directed By: Adrian Lyne

#71

Jason's Lyric (1994)
61%

#71
Adjusted Score: 60821%
Critics Consensus: Jason's Lyric is a sexually charged film whose violent streak weakens or, depending on your perspective, supports the melodrama.
Synopsis: In a violent, drug-infested neighborhood in Houston, Jason (Allen Payne) dreams of something better. He works as a TV salesman... [More]
Directed By: Doug McHenry

#70

Something New (2006)
61%

#70
Adjusted Score: 64526%
Critics Consensus: Something New tackles serious questions about race and interracial relationships with genuine appeal and an alluring romance that develops as naturally as the plot.
Synopsis: Career-minded Kenya McQueen is set up on a blind date with architect Brian Kelly, but backs out when she realizes... [More]
Directed By: Sanaa Hamri

#69

Querelle (1982)
62%

#69
Adjusted Score: 61451%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In a French bordello, a young sailor meets a murderer who also is his supposed brother. Based on Jean Genet's... [More]

#68

Henry & June (1990)
64%

#68
Adjusted Score: 63913%
Critics Consensus: Henry & June celebrates sensuality and passion, though the portentous filmmaking drags it down by a large degree.
Synopsis: A literary love triangle is explored in this film, which was the first to earn an NC-17 rating. While traveling... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#67

Wild Things (1998)
63%

#67
Adjusted Score: 65009%
Critics Consensus: Wild Things is a delightfully salacious, flesh-exposed romp that also requires a high degree of love for trash cinema.
Synopsis: When teen debutante Kelly (Denise Richards) fails to attract the attention of her hunky guidance counselor, Sam (Matt Dillon), she... [More]
Directed By: John McNaughton

#66

Crash (1996)
63%

#66
Adjusted Score: 66554%
Critics Consensus: Despite the surprisingly distant, clinical direction, Crash's explicit premise and sex is classic Cronenberg territory.
Synopsis: "Crash" is about the strange lure of the auto collision, provoking as it does the human fascination with death and... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#65

The Reader (2008)
63%

#65
Adjusted Score: 71146%
Critics Consensus: Despite Kate Winslet's superb portrayal, The Reader suggests an emotionally distant, Oscar-baiting historical drama.
Synopsis: Michael Berg (David Kross), a teen in postwar Germany, begins a passionate but clandestine affair with Hanna Schmitz (Kate Winslet),... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Daldry

#64

Bitter Moon (1992)
65%

#64
Adjusted Score: 66261%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An alcoholic writer (Peter Coyote) in a wheelchair recalls his sexy wife (Emmanuelle Seigner) for an English aristocrat (Hugh Grant)... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#63

Magic Mike XXL (2015)
65%

#63
Adjusted Score: 74755%
Critics Consensus: Magic Mike XXL has enough narrative thrust and beefy charm to deliver another helping of well-oiled entertainment, even if this sequel isn't quite as pleasurable as its predecessor.
Synopsis: It's been three years since Mike Lane's (Channing Tatum) retirement from stripping, but the former dancer misses the excitement and... [More]
Directed By: Gregory Jacobs

#62

Intimacy (2001)
66%

#62
Adjusted Score: 67473%
Critics Consensus: Acted out with both physical and psychological nakedness by its two leads, Intimacy is an unflinchingly honest look at alienation.
Synopsis: A man (Mark Rylance) wants to know more about the nameless woman (Kerry Fox) with whom he has weekly trysts.... [More]
Directed By: Patrice Chéreau

#61
Adjusted Score: 67394%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two young girls turn their after-school hangouts into group hook-ups and start a swinging party craze in their school.... [More]
Directed By: Eva Husson

#60

The Pillow Book (1996)
67%

#60
Adjusted Score: 69096%
Critics Consensus: The Pillow Book is undeniably sensual and visually ravishing, but the film's narrative lacks the hypnotic pull of its imagery.
Synopsis: A Japanese model (Vivian Wu) who likes lovers to adorn her body with calligraphy falls for an erotic Englishman (Ewan... [More]
Directed By: Peter Greenaway

#59

Dirty Dancing (1987)
69%

#59
Adjusted Score: 74815%
Critics Consensus: Like its winsome characters, Dirty Dancing uses impressive choreography and the power of song to surmount a series of formidable obstacles.
Synopsis: Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts,... [More]
Directed By: Emile Ardolino

#58

Shortbus (2006)
68%

#58
Adjusted Score: 72077%
Critics Consensus: The sex may be explicit, but Mitchell integrates it into the characters' lives and serves the whole story up with a generous dose of sweetness and wit.
Synopsis: John Cameron Mitchell's SHORTBUS explores the lives of several emotionally challenged characters as they navigate the comic and tragic intersections... [More]
Directed By: John Cameron Mitchell

#57

Closer (2004)
68%

#57
Adjusted Score: 74764%
Critics Consensus: Closer's talented cast and Mike Nichols' typically assured direction help smooth a bumpy journey from stage to screen.
Synopsis: Alice (Natalie Portman), an American stripper who has moved to London, meets Dan (Jude Law) on the street. While looking... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

#56

Sex and Lucia (2001)
71%

#56
Adjusted Score: 72880%
Critics Consensus: Beneath the gratuitous nudity lies a complex and visually striking movie.
Synopsis: After learning that her boyfriend, Lorenzo (Tristán Ulloa), a talented but troubled writer, may have committed suicide, the beautiful Lucía... [More]
Directed By: Julio Medem

#55

Lust, Caution (2007)
72%

#55
Adjusted Score: 78843%
Critics Consensus: Ang Lee's Lust, Caution is a tense, sensual and beautifully-shot espionage film.
Synopsis: During World War II a secret agent (Tang Wei) must seduce, then assassinate an official (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) who... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#54
#54
Adjusted Score: 75947%
Critics Consensus: Ozon may not explore his themes as fully as he should, but Young & Beautiful poses enough intriguing questions -- and features a strong enough performance from Marine Vacth -- to compensate for its frustrations.
Synopsis: Isabelle (Marine Vacth), a 17-year-old student, loses her virginity during a quick holiday romance. When she returns home, she begins... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 75374%
Critics Consensus: Though it makes for rather unpleasant viewing, The Piano Teacher is a riveting and powerful psychosexual drama.
Synopsis: Erika Kohut teaches piano at the Conservatory in Vienna. In her early forties, she lives at home, cooped up with... [More]
Directed By: Michael Haneke

#52

High Art (1998)
76%

#52
Adjusted Score: 77561%
Critics Consensus: A surprisingly sultry performance from Ally Sheedy elevates High Art from pretentious melodrama to compelling -- if still a little pretentious -- romance.
Synopsis: Syd (Radha Mitchell), a low-level editor at a photography magazine eager to establish herself, discovers her neighbor is the once-celebrated... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Cholodenko

#51

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
76%

#51
Adjusted Score: 82227%
Critics Consensus: Kubrick's intense study of the human psyche yields an impressive cinematic work.
Synopsis: After Dr. Bill Hartford's (Tom Cruise) wife, Alice (Nicole Kidman), admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met,... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#50

The Lost Boys (1987)
77%

#50
Adjusted Score: 81622%
Critics Consensus: Flawed but eminently watchable, Joel Schumacher's teen vampire thriller blends horror, humor, and plenty of visual style with standout performances from a cast full of young 1980s stars.
Synopsis: Teenage brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move with their mother (Dianne Wiest) to a small town in... [More]
Directed By: Joel Schumacher

#49

Secretary (2002)
78%

#49
Adjusted Score: 82606%
Critics Consensus: Maggie Gyllenhaal impresses in this romantic comedy with a kinky twist.
Synopsis: Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a young woman with a history of severe emotional problems, is released into the care of... [More]
Directed By: Steven Shainberg

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 84535%
Critics Consensus: Darkly funny, fearlessly bold, and thoroughly indulgent, Nymphomaniac finds Lars von Trier provoking viewers with customary abandon.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Lars von Trier

#47

Betty Blue (1986)
78%

#47
Adjusted Score: 77470%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A would-be writer (Jean-Hugues Anglade) falls for an unpredictable woman (Béatrice Dalle), then he slowly realizes that she is going... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Jacques Beineix

#46

Take This Waltz (2011)
79%

#46
Adjusted Score: 83646%
Critics Consensus: Featuring excellent work from an outstanding cast, the bittersweet drama Waltz proves that in the right hands, a familiar tale can still ring true.
Synopsis: A young woman (Michelle Williams) is torn between the husband (Seth Rogen) that she loves and a new man (Luke... [More]
Directed By: Sarah Polley

#45

Magic Mike (2012)
79%

#45
Adjusted Score: 87124%
Critics Consensus: Magic Mike's sensitive direction, smart screenplay, and strong performances allow audiences to have their beefcake and eat it too.
Synopsis: By day, Mike (Channing Tatum) makes ends meet any way he can -- handyman jobs, detailing cars or designing furniture.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#44

Shame (2011)
79%

#44
Adjusted Score: 87692%
Critics Consensus: Boasting stellar performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, Shame is a powerful plunge into the mania of addiction affliction.
Synopsis: Successful and handsome New Yorker Brandon (Michael Fassbender) seems to live an ordinary life, but he hides a terrible secret... [More]
Directed By: Steve McQueen

#43
Adjusted Score: 19341%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In six vignettes from Los Angeles, the subject of sexuality and relationships within the black community shatters stereotypes about black... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dortch

#42

Live Flesh (1997)
81%

#42
Adjusted Score: 82140%
Critics Consensus: Live Flesh surveys the fallout from an act of violence with a mature melodrama that sees Pedro Almodóvar working in surprisingly restrained form.
Synopsis: Victor (Liberto Rabal) goes to meet Elena (Francesca Neri) for a date. Elena, uninterested, tells Victor to leave the apartment... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#41

I Am Love (2009)
81%

#41
Adjusted Score: 84728%
Critics Consensus: It stumbles into melodrama, but I Am Love backs up its flamboyance with tremendous visual style and a marvelous central performance from Tilda Swinton.
Synopsis: At a dinner -- during which her husband, Tancredi (Pippo Delbono), learns that he and his son Edoardo Recchi Jr.... [More]
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 88505%
Critics Consensus: A beguiling tragicomedy, Vicky Cristina Barcelona charms with beautiful views of the Spanish city and a marvelously well-matched cast.
Synopsis: Americans Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) arrive in Spain for a summer vacation at a friend's (Patricia Clarkson)... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 82364%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young woman begins a new life at the Apollonide bordello, a high-class brothel in Paris.... [More]
Directed By: Bertrand Bonello

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 86404%
Critics Consensus: Confident directing and acting deliver an insightful look at young athletes.
Synopsis: Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) are two childhood friends who both aspire to be professional basketball players. Quincy,... [More]
Directed By: Gina Prince

#37

Swimming Pool (2003)
83%

#37
Adjusted Score: 88049%
Critics Consensus: A sensual thriller with two engaging performers demanding our undivided attention.
Synopsis: When uptight British writer Sarah Morton (Charlotte Rampling) has difficulty with her new detective novel, her publisher, John Bosload (Charles... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#36

Mulholland Dr. (2001)
84%

#36
Adjusted Score: 90299%
Critics Consensus: David Lynch's dreamlike and mysterious Mulholland Drive is a twisty neo-noir with an unconventional structure that features a mesmirizing performance from Naomi Watts as a woman on the dark fringes of Hollywood.
Synopsis: A dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#35

Atonement (2007)
83%

#35
Adjusted Score: 91819%
Critics Consensus: Atonement features strong performances, brilliant cinematography, and a unique score. Featuring deft performances from James MacAvoy and Keira Knightley, it's a successful adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel.
Synopsis: This sweeping English drama, based on the book by Ian McEwan, follows the lives of young lovers Cecilia Tallis (Keira... [More]
Directed By: Joe Wright

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 89387%
Critics Consensus: With Matt Damon's unsettling performance offering a darkly twisted counterpoint to Anthony Minghella's glossy direction, The Talented Mr. Ripley is a suspense thriller that lingers.
Synopsis: To be young and carefree amid the blue waters and idyllic landscape of sun-drenched Italy in the late 1950s; that's... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Minghella

#33

Disobedience (2017)
84%

#33
Adjusted Score: 96354%
Critics Consensus: Disobedience explores a variety of thought-provoking themes, bolstered by gripping work from leads Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola.
Synopsis: New York photographer Ronit Krushka flies to London after learning about the death of her estranged father. Ronit is returning... [More]
Directed By: Sebastián Lelio

#32
Adjusted Score: 88244%
Critics Consensus: This romantic crime drama may not be to everyone's taste, but The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover is an audacious, powerful film.
Synopsis: When churlish mobster Albert Spica (Michael Gambon) acquires an upscale French restaurant in London, he dines there nightly, effectively scaring... [More]
Directed By: Peter Greenaway

#31

Black Swan (2010)
85%

#31
Adjusted Score: 99195%
Critics Consensus: Bracingly intense, passionate, and wildly melodramatic, Black Swan glides on Darren Aronofsky's bold direction -- and a bravura performance from Natalie Portman.
Synopsis: Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina whose passion for the dance rules every facet of her life. When the company's... [More]
Directed By: Darren Aronofsky

#30
Adjusted Score: 89032%
Critics Consensus: Sexual taboos are broken and boundaries crossed In the Realm of the Senses, a fearlessly provocative psychosexual tale.
Synopsis: A former prostitute (Eiko Matsuda), now working as a servant, begins a torrid affair with her married employer (Tatsuya Fuji).... [More]
Directed By: Nagisa Ôshima

#29

Blue Valentine (2010)
86%

#29
Adjusted Score: 94295%
Critics Consensus: This emotionally gripping examination of a marriage on the rocks isn't always easy to watch, but Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling give performances of unusual depth and power.
Synopsis: Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. To the casual observer, everything... [More]
Directed By: Derek Cianfrance

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 98849%
Critics Consensus: A beautiful, epic Western, Brokeback Mountain's love story is imbued with heartbreaking universality thanks to moving performances by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Synopsis: In 1963, rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and ranch hand Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) are hired by rancher... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#27

Bound (1996)
90%

#27
Adjusted Score: 91422%
Critics Consensus: Bound's more titillating elements attracted attention, but it's the stylish direction, solid performances, and entertaining neo-noir caper plot that make it worth a watch.
Synopsis: Sparks fly when Violet (Jennifer Tilly) sets eyes on Corky (Gina Gershon) in an elevator. Violet is the girlfriend of... [More]

#26

My Golden Days (2015)
90%

#26
Adjusted Score: 93125%
Critics Consensus: My Golden Years is a complex, well-acted coming-of-age drama.
Synopsis: A middle-aged anthropologist (Mathieu Amalric) reminisces about family, school adventures, a student trip to the USSR and the love (Lou... [More]
Directed By: Arnaud Desplechin

#25

Titanic (1997)
89%

#25
Adjusted Score: 101429%
Critics Consensus: A mostly unqualified triumph for James Cameron, who offers a dizzying blend of spectacular visuals and old-fashioned melodrama.
Synopsis: James Cameron's "Titanic" is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic; the pride... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#24

A Royal Affair (2012)
90%

#24
Adjusted Score: 93991%
Critics Consensus: A Royal Affair is a lavish and sumptuous costume drama with a juicy story to back it up.
Synopsis: A young queen falls in love with her physician, and they start a revolution that changes their nation forever.... [More]
Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 95115%
Critics Consensus: This understated romance, featuring good performances by its leads, is both visually beautiful and emotionally moving.
Synopsis: In 1962, journalist Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and his wife move into a Hong Kong apartment, but Chow's... [More]
Directed By: Kar Wai Wong

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 96021%
Critics Consensus: With She's Gotta Have It, Spike Lee delivered his bracing first shot across Hollywood's bow -- and set the template for the groundbreaking act to follow.
Synopsis: Beautiful Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) can't decide what kind of man she wants to date, so she decides to... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 96761%
Critics Consensus: It has perhaps aged poorly, but this languidly paced WWII romance remains an iconic, well-acted film, featuring particularly strong performances from Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift.
Synopsis: At an Army barracks in Hawaii in the days preceding the attack on Pearl Harbor, lone-wolf soldier and boxing champion... [More]
Directed By: Fred Zinnemann

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 96270%
Critics Consensus: A road movie that's not only sexy, but intelligent as well.
Synopsis: The lives of Julio and Tenoch, like those of 17-year old boys everywhere, are ruled by raging hormones, intense friendships,... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

#19

Ex Machina (2014)
92%

#19
Adjusted Score: 103686%
Critics Consensus: Ex Machina leans heavier on ideas than effects, but it's still a visually polished piece of work -- and an uncommonly engaging sci-fi feature.
Synopsis: Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) a programmer at a huge Internet company, wins a contest that enables him to spend a... [More]
Directed By: Alex Garland

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 94909%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, seductive, and clever, Stephen Frears' adaptation is a wickedly entertaining exploration of sexual politics.
Synopsis: The Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close) and the Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovich) display the petty jealousies and jaded insouciance... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears

#17

Boogie Nights (1997)
93%

#17
Adjusted Score: 97831%
Critics Consensus: Grounded in strong characters, bold themes, and subtle storytelling, Boogie Nights is a groundbreaking film both for director P.T. Anderson and star Mark Wahlberg.
Synopsis: In the San Fernando Valley in 1977, teenage busboy Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) gets discovered by porn director Jack Horner... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#16

Out of Sight (1998)
93%

#16
Adjusted Score: 97885%
Critics Consensus: Steven Soderbergh's intelligently crafted adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel is witty, sexy, suprisingly entertaining, and a star-making turn for George Clooney.
Synopsis: Meet Jack Foley (George Clooney), the most successful bank robber in the country. On the day he busts out of... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 97037%
Critics Consensus: Like Body Heat, The Last Seduction updates film noir techniques for a modern era, imbuing this erotic film with '90s snark.
Synopsis: Looking to escape her unhappy marriage, villainous femme fatale Bridget Gregory (Linda Fiorentino) convinces her husband, Clay (Bill Pullman), to... [More]
Directed By: John Dahl

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 96601%
Critics Consensus: Sexy, smart, and darkly humorous, Stranger by the Lake offers rewarding viewing for adult filmgoers in search of thought-provoking drama.
Synopsis: Franck falls in love with Michel, an attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man.... [More]
Directed By: Alain Guiraudie

#13

Carol (2015)
94%

#13
Adjusted Score: 106072%
Critics Consensus: Shaped by Todd Haynes' deft direction and powered by a strong cast led by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Carol lives up to its groundbreaking source material.
Synopsis: Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) spots the beautiful, elegant Carol (Cate Blanchett) perusing the doll displays in a 1950s Manhattan department... [More]
Directed By: Todd Haynes

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 121560%
Critics Consensus: Call Me by Your Name offers a melancholy, powerfully affecting portrait of first love, empathetically acted by Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
Synopsis: It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century... [More]
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

#11

Fallen Angels (1995)
95%

#11
Adjusted Score: 95762%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An assassin (Leon Lai Ming), his boss, an entrepreneur (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and two women cross paths in Hong Kong after... [More]
Directed By: Kar Wai Wong

#10

Desert Hearts (1985)
96%

#10
Adjusted Score: 96602%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A New York professor (Helen Shaver) divorces her husband and has an affair with another woman (Patricia Charbonneau) in 1959... [More]
Directed By: Donna Deitch

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 99797%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Beautiful young housewife Séverine Serizy (Catherine Deneuve) cannot reconcile her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband Pierre... [More]
Directed By: Luis Buñuel

#8

Weekend (2011)
95%

#8
Adjusted Score: 98017%
Critics Consensus: It may be a chamber piece but Weekend's revelations on modern sexuality expand far beyond the modest setting.
Synopsis: A gay man's (Tom Cullen) weekend-long encounter with an artist (Chris New) changes his life in unexpected ways.... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Haigh

#7

The Handmaiden (2016)
95%

#7
Adjusted Score: 108697%
Critics Consensus: The Handmaiden uses a Victorian crime novel as the loose inspiration for another visually sumptuous and absorbingly idiosyncratic outing from director Park Chan-wook.
Synopsis: With help from an orphaned pickpocket (Kim Tae-ri), a Korean con man (Ha Jung-woo) devises an elaborate plot to seduce... [More]
Directed By: Park Chan-wook

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 99948%
Critics Consensus: In his feature directorial debut, Steven Soderbergh demonstrates a mastery of his craft well beyond his years, pulling together an outstanding cast and an intelligent script for a nuanced, mature film about neurosis and human sexuality.
Synopsis: Ann (Andie MacDowell) is trapped in a sexually and emotionally unfulfilled relationship with her husband, John (Peter Gallagher), a successful... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 101262%
Critics Consensus: My Beautiful Laundrette is fast and all over the place because it has so much to say, and show, including a highly watchable fresh-faced Daniel Day-Lewis.
Synopsis: In a seedy corner of London, Omar (Gordon Warnecke), a young Pakistani, is given a run-down laundromat by his uncle... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears

#4

Body Heat (1981)
98%

#4
Adjusted Score: 100552%
Critics Consensus: Made from classic noir ingredients and flavored with a heaping helping of steamy modern spice, Body Heat more than lives up to its evocative title.
Synopsis: Shyster lawyer Ned Racine (William Hurt) begins a passionate affair with Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner), wife of a wealthy Florida... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Kasdan

#3
Adjusted Score: 119981%
Critics Consensus: A singularly rich period piece, Portrait of a Lady on Fire finds stirring, thought-provoking drama within a powerfully acted romance.
Synopsis: In 1770 the young daughter of a French countess develops a mutual attraction to the female artist commissioned to paint... [More]
Directed By: Céline Sciamma

#2

Moonlight (2016)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 123153%
Critics Consensus: Moonlight uses one man's story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.
Synopsis: A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His... [More]
Directed By: Barry Jenkins

#1

Gloria (2013)
99%

#1
Adjusted Score: 104059%
Critics Consensus: Marvelously directed by Sebastian Lelio and beautifully led by a powerful performance from Paulina Garcia, Gloria takes an honest, sweetly poignant look at a type of character that's all too often neglected in Hollywood.
Synopsis: An aging divorcee (Paulina García) embarks on an intense affair with a man (Sergio Hernández) she picked up at a... [More]
Directed By: Sebastián Lelio

You’ve had your Valentine’s Day dinner, shared some chocolate-dipped delights, and exchanged presents. Now you’re home with your significant other, and you’re looking for something to watch while you cuddle, whisper sweet nothings in each other’s ears, and gradually slip into the mood for more intimate activities (like Scrabble). Look no further, you beautiful, darling lovebirds, for we have compiled a list of 50 Certified Fresh and Fresh movies and TV series perfect for the occasion, whether you’re in need of something silly, steamy, sad, or sweet. See below for some excellent Valentine’s Day choices on Netflix.


1. 45 Years (2015) 97%

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Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay star in Andrew Haigh’s drama about a married couple dealing with long-simmering tensions on the cusp of their 45th wedding anniversary.

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2. The African Queen (1951) 96%

Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn star in John Huston’s classic, Oscar-winning romantic adventure film about a WWI steam ship captain operating in Eas Africa who falls in love with the missionary’s daughter he’s agreed to transport back to civilization.

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3. Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) 77%

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Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck star in this Certified Fresh drama about an imprisoned bank robber and the woman and child he left behind.

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4. Atonement (2007) 83%

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James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, and Saoirse Ronan star in Joe Wright’s Oscar-winning adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel about a young girl who sabotages the relationship between her older sister and the man she loves.

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5. Beauty and the Beast (2017) 71%

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Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star in Bill Condon’s live-action Disney adaptation of the studio’s own take on the classic tale of a young woman held captive by an angry beast who was once a prince.

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6. Before Midnight (2013) 98%

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In the third installment of Richard Linklater’s enduring love story, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) are married and hoping to recapture the spark that first brought them together.

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7. Begin Again (2013) 83%

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John Carney’s second musical romance stars Keira Knightley as a newly single songwriter who begins an unlikely friendship with the record exec (Mark Ruffalo) who volunteers to help record her album independently.

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8. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013) 89%

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Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos star in this Certified Fresh, Palme d’Or winning coming-of-age drama about a teenager who falls in love with an older art student.

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9. Blue Jay (2016) 91%

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Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson star in this romantic drama about a long-separated couple who reconnect after a chance encounter.

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10. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) 89%

Arguably the most celebrated — surely the most widely recognized — Audrey Hepburn film. We just prefer to pretend all the Mickey Rooney stuff doesn’t exist.

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11. Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) 78%

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Renée Zellweger reprises her role as the titular singleton, who must figure out who the father of her child is after a pair of trysts results in a pregnancy.

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12. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) 79%

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Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant star in this comedy about a brash thirtysomething woman who decides to shape up and meets a couple of eligible bachelors.

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13. Bright Star (2009) 83%

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Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish star in Jane Campion’s biopic focusing on the romance between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne during the last years of Keats’ life.

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14. Carol (2015) 94%

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Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star in Todd Haynes’ period drama about an illicit affair between a lonely housewife and a younger woman.

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15. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 98%

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Rachel Bloom stars in this Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning CW musical comedy series about a career woman who leaves her job and Manhattan lifestyle to find love in California. Watch seasons 1 and 2.

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16. Definitely, Maybe (2008) 70%

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In this romantic comedy that essentially inspired How I Met Your Mother, Ryan Reynolds stars as a man who recounts his past conquests (played by Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher, and Rachel Weisz) to his daughter when his impending divorce makes her insufferably inquisitive.

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17. Drinking Buddies (2013) 84%

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Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jason Sudeikis, Jake Johnson, and Ron Livingston star in this comedy about two co-workers at a brewery who share an attraction despite being in relationships with other people.

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18. Emma (1996) 85%

Gwyneth Paltrow stars in this adaptation of the Jane Austen novel about a well-meaning woman who takes it upon herself to play matchmaker to those in her life, unaware that she has an admirer of her own.

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19. Holding the Man (2015) 81%

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Based on Timothy Conigrave’s memoir of the same name, this independent drama from Australia centers on two men whose romance becomes the foundation of their gay rights activist work.

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20. The Incredible Jessica James (2017) 89%

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Jessica Williams and Chris O’Dowd star in this Netflix original comedy about an aspiring playwright who bonds with a man as they both attempt to deal with painful breakups.

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21. Jane The Virgin 100%

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Twenty-something virgin Jane has her life turned upside-down when she is accidentally inseminated with her boss’s sperm in this Certified Fresh dramedy with telenovela twists and a strong ensemble cast. Seasons 1 to 3 are available.

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22. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) 95%

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan leads a village cricket squad in a match against their ruthless British occupiers in this beloved 2001 Oscar-nominated epic.

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 23. Leap Year (2010) 93%

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This drama from Mexico centers on a promiscuous but lonely journalist who engages in a steamy, complicated affair with a sadist.

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24. Like Water for Chocolate (1992) 87%

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Based on the novel of the same name by Laura Esquival, Alfonso Arau’s magical romantic tale centers on the forbidden love between a man and a young woman who can make others feel what she feels through the food that she cooks.

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25. Margarita, With a Straw (2014) 83%

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Kalki Koechlin stars in this Indian drama about a woman struggling with both cerebral palsy and matters of the heart.

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26. Master of None 93%

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In this Certified Fresh Netflix original comedy, Aziz Ansari (who also writes and directs) stars as a 30-year-old actor navigating life and love in New York City.

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27. Meet the Patels (2014) 87%

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Ravi Patel’s Certified Fresh documentary chronicles his family’s persistent attempts to find him a spouse.

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28. Middle of Nowhere (2012) 88%

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David Oyelowo stars in this drama about a med student whose life is upended when her husband is incarcerated, from Selma director Ava DuVernay.

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29. Midnight in Paris (2011) 93%

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Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and a slew of stars breathe life into Woody Allen’s dreamy romantic comedy about an aspiring novelist who, on a trip to Paris with his fiancée, is transported back to an idealized version of the city in the 1920s.

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30. Moonrise Kingdom (2012) 93%

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Wes Anderson’s coming-of-age film stars Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as a couple of pre-teens who fall in love and run away from home together.

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31. My Golden Days (2015) 90%

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This coming-of-age drama follows a French teenager’s troubled family life and misadventures in the Soviet Union.

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32. No Tomorrow 88%

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Tori Anderson and Joshua Sasse star in this CW series about a Seattle woman who gets involved with a man who believes the end of the world is near, and decides to join him in completing their bucket lists together.

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33. Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) 76%

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Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgård star in Lars von Trier’s provocative tale of a woman who recounts her violently sexual past to a man nursing her back to health after saving her from a brutal attack in an alley.

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34. Omar (2013) 90%

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This drama from Palestine follows a baker and moonlighting freedom fighter who’s coerced into informing on a friend when he’s wrongly arrested for the murder of an Israeli soldier.

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35. On Body and Soul (2017) 90%

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Netflix picked up this Certified Fresh drama from Hungary about two people who discover they share the same dream every night and attempt to recreate the emotions of that dream in reality.

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36. Our Souls at Night (2017) 89%

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Robert Redford and Jane Fonda star in this romantic drama about a widow and a widower living next door to each other who fin a connection as they enter their twilight years.

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37. Palm Trees in the Snow (2015) 86%

This Spanish period drama follows a woman who discovers a letter that reveals details about her father’s journey from his island home to Spanish Guinea.

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38. The Reader (2008) 63%

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Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes star in Stephen Daldry’s drama about a young man who falls for an older woman who turns out to be a former Nazi prison guard.

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39. A Royal Night Out (2015) 74%

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Sarah Gadon and Emily Watson star in this period dramedy about Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret’s adventures out on the town during V Day festivities in 1945.

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40. Rust and Bone (2012) 82%

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Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts star in Jacques Audiard’s drama about a single father who falls in love with a whale trainer after she suffers a tragic accident.

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41. Sense8 86%

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This Emmy-nominated Netflix original series follows eight strangers from around the world who discover they can psychically travel between each other’s bodies, allowing them to experience each other’s lives. Watch seasons 1 and 2.

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42. She's Gotta Have It 78%

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Based on Spike Lee’s acclaimed 1986 debut feature film of the same name (which is also available to stream), this Netflix original series centers on a single woman navigating a trio of tricky romances and attempting to balance it with the rest of her personal and professional life.

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43.Sing Street (2016) 95%

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John Carney’s Golden Globe-nominated Certified Fresh musical drama centers on a Dublin teen in 1985 who starts a band to impress the girl he has a crush on.

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44. Southside With You (2016) 92%

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Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter star as the young Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson in a romantic drama that follows the couple around Chicago on their first date.

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45. Suite Française (2014) 76%

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Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts star in this period romance about a French woman who falls in love with a German soldier when his regiment takes over her town during WWII.

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46. Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) 84%

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Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan star in this unique drama about a couple living in the icy wilderness of Canada who embark on a perilous journey south when a stalker threatens their lives.

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47. The Way He Looks (2014) 93%

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This Brazilian coming-of-age drama revolves around a blind teenager struggling for independence who slowly falls in love with a new classmate.

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48. Wedding Crashers (2005) 76%

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Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn star in this romantic comedy about a pair of cynical divorce attorneys who spend their time crashing weddings until they both meet their match in two very different women.

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49. While You Were Sleeping (1995) 81%

Sandra Bullock stars in this romantic comedy about a lonely tollbooth operator who falls in love with one of her customers and is mistaken for his fiancée when she intervenes in a tragic accident that leaves him comatose.

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50. And Your Mother Too (2001) 92%

Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Maribel Verdu star in this coming-of-age road trip drama about a pair of friends who take off on an adventure with a cousin’s estranged wife after their girlfriends leave town.

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We know how difficult it can be to find something worth watching when you’re scrolling through all of Netflix’s endless choices, so we’ve narrowed down the selection for you. Read on for the full list of Netflix original movies and series, as well as everything Fresh on the Tomatometer, coming to Netflix this month.


November 1 – November 5

 

It's Not Yet Dark (2016) 95%

This documentary narrated by Colin Farrell follows Irish filmmaker with ALS, Simon Fitzmaurice, as he embarks on directing his first film.

Available now on: Netflix


Williams (2017) 93%

This documentary tells the story of Sir Frank Williams, who brought together a winning Formula One racing team but suffered a near-fatal car accident in 1986 that left him wheelchair-bound.

Available now on: Netflix


Men in Black (1997) 92%

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones star in this sci-fi action comedy about a pair of mismatched agents in a secret organization whose mission is to safeguard humanity from extraterrestrial interference.

Available now on: Netflix


Michael Clayton (2007) 91%

George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, and Tom Wilkinson star in Sydney Pollack’s Oscar-winning thriller about a corporate fixer who discovers a conspiracy when one of his clients is sued in a class action case.

Available now on: Netflix


Field of Dreams (1989) 87%

Kevin Costner and Ray Liotta star in this magical sports tale about a farmer who hears a mysterious voice calling him to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield and discovers it has the ability to heal the soul.

Available now on: Netflix


The Homesman (2014) 80%

Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars, alongside and Hilary Swank, in a Western about a former schoolteacher who recruits a man with a past to help her establish a sanctuary for troubled women.

Available now on: Netflix


Where the Day Takes You (1992) 80%

Dermot Mulroney, Sean Astin, and Lara Flynn Boyle headline an ensemble cast in this drama about a prison parolee’s former life on the streets of Los Angeles with a group of fellow runaways.

Available now on: Netflix


42 (2013) 81%

Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford star in this fact-based story about Jackie Robinson, the talented athlete and star Negro League baseball player who became the first black player in the MLB.

Available now on: Netflix


Charlotte's Web (2006) 78%

Julia Roberts and Steve Buscemi lend their voices to this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s novel about a farm pig who, with the help of a friendly spider, convinces his owners he’s too unique to be slaughtered.

Available now on: Netflix


Oculus (2013) 74%

After the bizarre death of their parents, a pair of siblings return to their childhood home in order to confront the murderous party responsible: a haunted antique mirror that has the power to distort reality.

Available now on: Netflix


The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) 67%

Will Smith and his son Jaden star in this biographical drama about entrepreneur Chris Gardner and the year he spent homeless while raising his young son.

Available now on: Netflix


The Reader (2008) 63%

Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes star in Stephen Daldry’s drama about a young man who falls for an older woman who turns out to be a former Nazi prison guard.

Available now on: Netflix


Call My Agent!: Season 2 (2017)

This Netflix original series imported from France follows four talent agents as they struggle through the daily travails of their business. The second season is now available to stream.

Available now on: Netflix


November 6 – November 12

 

Killing Ground (2016) 74%

This Certified Fresh indie thriller follows a young couple on a camping vacation who encounter an abandoned camp and a lost child and soon find themselves terrorized by locals.

Available now on: Netflix


Lady Dynamite: Season 2 (2017) 100%

Maria Bamford stars in this semi-autobiographical Netflix original comedy about an actress struggling with mental health issues who moves back to Los Angeles and tries to get her career back on track. Season 2 will drop on November 10.

Available 11/10 on: Netflix


November 13 – November 19

 

DeRay Davis: How to Act Black (2017)

One of the many comedy specials Netflix has been trotting out, this live show features comic DeRay Davis talking about dating and the showbiz life as a black man.

Available 11/14 on: Netflix


Mudbound (2017) 97%

Carey Mulligan and Jason Clarke star in Dee Rees’ Netflix original film about two Mississippi farming families struggling to eke out livings for themselves on opposite sides of a social barrier.

Available 11/17 on: Netflix


Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1 (2017) 67%

John Bernthal stars Netflix’s Marvel series as Frank Castle, a.k.a. the Punisher, a vigilante who discovers a criminal conspiracy in New York that extends beyond the bounds of his city.

Available 11/17 on: Netflix


Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) 92%

This Netflix original documentary hones in on Jim Carrey’s time shooting the film Man on the Moon, which prompted him to transform himself into the persona of famed comedian Andy Kaufman.

Available 11/17 on: Netflix


Spirit Riding Free: Season 3 (2017)

This Netflix original children’s animated series based on the Oscar-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron follows the adventures of a city girl named Lucky who moves to the country and befriends a wild horse.

Available 11/17 on: Netflix


November 20 – November 26

Piranha (2010) 74%

Adam Scott, Elisabeth Shue, and Jerry O’Connell star in Alexandre Aja’s remake of Joe Dante’s original 1978 film about a lakeside community terrorized by prehistoric maneating fish.

Available 11/20 on: Netflix


Saving Capitalism (2017) 100%

This Netflix original documentary follows former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich as he travels the US and reports on the country’s shifting economy.

Available 11/21 on: Netflix


Godless: Miniseries (2017) 83%

Jack O’Connell, Jeff Daniels, and Michelle Dockery star in this Netflix original limited series about an 1880s outlaw on the trail of a former partner who betrayed him and fled to New Mexico.

Available 11/22 on: Netflix


She's Gotta Have It: Season 1 (2017) 83%

This Netflix original comedy based on the 1986 Spike Lee film of the same name centers on a woman trying to juggle a relationship with three different men.

Available 11/22 on: Netflix


Cuba and the Cameraman (2017) 100%

Documentarian Jon Alpert pulled together footage and material from over four decades of covering Cuba through the lens of three families affected by Fidel Castro’s regime for this Netflix original documentary.

Available 11/24 on: Netflix


November 27 – November 30

Broadchurch: Season 3 (2017) 98%

David Tennant and Olivia Colman star in this British crime drama about a pair of detectives investigating the mysterious death of a young boy and the effect the murder has on the surrounding community.

Available 11/27 on: Netflix


Glitch: Season 2 (2017) 80%

This Netflix original import from Australia centers on six individuals who suddenly appear in a cemetery with no memory and a detective who attempts to solve the mystery.

Available 11/28 on: Netflix


Other Netflix Originals Coming in November:

It’s a light week for home video entertainment, but never fear — RT on DVD is here! We’ll kick things off with the biggest title of the week: Frank Miller’s The Spirit, which had fans drooling with anticipation…until the stylized comic strip adaptation hit theaters. Better reviewed, but nonetheless controversial in its own right, is Kate Winslet’s The Reader, which nabbed the British actress her first Academy Award but also drew the ire of critics thanks to its sensitive subject material. Horror fans will get a pleasant surprise with an indie creature feature (Splinter), while ’80s enthusiasts should embrace a new eight-DVD set that combines the star power of Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, and Jon Cryer (The Lost Collection). Fans of director Michel Gondry should check out his latest compilation of music videos and short films (Michel Gondry 2: More Videos). Finally, see if an overlooked science fiction flick holds up in High Def (The 13th Floor on Blu-ray).

The Spirit — 14%

Frank Miller‘s first solo effort as a director (after co-directing Sin City with Robert Rodriguez) had fans both curious and hopeful, since the adaptation of the 1940s-era comic strip would mesh the celebrated style of Miller’s mentor, Will Eisner, with his own. Unfortunately for everyone involved, Miller’s treatment of the crime fighter known as The Spirit was widely panned by critics, who blasted its unintelligible plotting and ridiculous dialogue. That’s too bad, since The Spirit — like Sin City and 300 before it — is a daring effort, setting a cast of real-life players against largely computer-generated environments to create a unique world, half-real and half-imagined; sadly, it’s a brave choice that couldn’t quite balance a hammy, atonal script. Give it a chance this week on DVD (or in glorious High Def on Blu-ray), if only to witness Miller’s stylistic flair caress each and every one of his femme fatales (including Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Paz Vega, Sarah Paulson, and Jaime King). Below, watch an exclusive excerpt from the DVD feature “Miller on Miller,” in which Frank Miller explains his attraction to black and white animation and noir storytelling.

Next: Kate Winslet in The Reader

The Reader — 61%

“It’s not a Holocaust movie,” argues director Stephen Daldry, who all but invited controversy with this drama about a German woman named Hanna Schmitz hiding her past as a Nazi prison guard. Hence, critics were split on whether or not the tale, told from the perspective of Hanna’s former lover, Michael Berg (Ralph Fiennes), was told in poor taste. Rife with literary references — Hanna asks her then-15 year old lover to read aloud to her between lovemaking sessions — The Reader is adapted from Bernhard Schlink’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. While the film does curry some sympathy for the culpable Schmitz (thanks in large part to Kate Winslet‘s Oscar-winning performance), the bigger questions are posed to Fiennes’ character, who represents a generation of Germans still dealing with post-war guilt. Deleted scenes and making-of featurettes accompany the DVD, along with segments with director Daldry and actor David Kross, Kate Winslet, and up-and-coming composer Nico Muhly.

Next: Michel Gondry is back with More Videos

If you already own director Michel Gondry‘s Director’s Label compilation of music videos and shorts, then you’re going to want to add this new volume to your DVD collection. Like that previous release, Michel Gondry 2: More Videos assembles an assortment of delightful short films and music videos, all of them Gondrian to the core (read: handcrafted, fresh visuals from Hollywood’s most offbeat and crafty filmmaker). Included in this go-around are music videos for Bjork (“Declare Independence”), Paul McCartney (“Dance Tonight”), Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules (“Mad World”), Stereogram (“Walkie Talkie Man”), The White Stripes (“The Denial Twist”), Beck (“Cellphone’s Dead”) and more, including his “Knives Out” video for Radiohead, which the band notoriously hated and never used.

The single-disc release also includes a handful of shorts, including Gondry’s infamous Rubik’s Cube video (in which he solves the mindbender with his feet), a response video entitled “Jack Black Beats Michel Gondry With His Rubik’s Cube,” and “How To Blow Up A Helicopter (Ayako’s Story),” featuring actress Ayako Fujitani (who starred in Gondry’s segment of the film Tokyo! and who happens to also be the daughter of Steven Seagal). Find Michel Gondry 2: More Videos available at his official site, www.michelgondry.com beginning April 14.

Next: Spiky horrors in Splinter

“Sharply-directed” and “amusing” aren’t the words one might expect from low-budget horror these days, but the critics agree that Splinter, which debuted on HDNet and in limited release last October, delivers. The plot: a couple and their carjackers become trapped in an abandoned gas station by a parasite that turns animals (and people) into porcupine-like flesh eaters. Director Toby Wilkins paces his creature feature well, drawing comparisons to such classic monster flicks as The Thing and Tremors; hear all about how Wilkins pulled it off in two audio commentaries (one with him and the cast, the other with him and his crew), making-of featurettes, and more.

Next: Science, tragedy, and Meryl Streep in Dark Matter

Dark Matter — 38%

The crossroads between genius and insanity have been addressed before in films like A Beautiful Mind, but in Dark Matter, that theme takes a, well, darker turn. Helmed by Chinese opera director Chen Shi-zheng, the drama — based loosely on a 1991 campus tragedy at the University of Iowa — follows brilliant Chinese doctoral student Liu Xing (Ye Liu), who comes to America to study physics and pursue the American Dream. But when his dissertation on dark matter, the unseen elements of the universe, contradicts the theories of his advisor (Aidan Quinn), Xing loses everything, and is set on a path toward a violent mental breakdown. Critics praised Dark Matter for its sensitive portrayal of the American immigrant experience, but bemoaned the inert journey it takes to get to its shocking conclusion. Meryl Streep co-stars.

Next: HBO’s The House of Saddam

BBC and HBO Films teamed up to produce this four-hour mini-series about the rise and fall of Saddam Hussein, the notorious Iraqi dictator who was executed in 2006. Spread over two discs, The House of Saddam chronicles the 27-year reign of Iraq’s fifth President (Munich‘s Yigal Naor) in spectacularly terrifying fashion; part soap opera, part historical document, the series has drawn comparisons to The Sopranos in part because it not only weaves together Hussein’s personal and political lives, but peels back the layers on members of his inner circle.

Next: Pillow Talk 50th Anniversary Edition

Bring home this romantic comedy classic about the epic battle of the sexes between an independent Manhattan gal (Doris Day) and a songwriting playboy who lives in her building (Rock Hudson). Nominated for five Oscars (it won for Best Screenplay), Pillow Talk marked the beginning of a fruitful on-screen partnership between singer-turned-studio starlet Day and Hudson, who would go on to star together in the lesser known rom-coms Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers. The 50th Anniversary edition, however, leaves something to be desired, as it includes only three bonus features (commentary by film historians, a feature on the Day-Hudson partnership, and one on the success of the 1959 film) and trailers.

Next: Turn back to the ’80s with The Lost Collection

The Lost Collection: My Best Friend Is A Vampire, Slaughter High, Irreconcilable Differences, The Night Before, Homer & Eddie, Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home, Hiding Out, Repossessed!

When it comes to nostalgia for the ’80s, perhaps some things are better left in the past… Not! Lionsgate certainly doesn’t think so, as they’re releasing eight films under the banner “The Lost Collection,” which run the gamut from horror to high school comedies to, yes, the saddest comedy of the entire decade: Irreconcilable Differences. Within the set you’ll also find the teen slasher Slaughter High, the Leslie Nielsen spoof Repossessed! (which co-stars Linda Blair in a parody of her Exorcist role), and the Keanu Reeves vehicle The Night Before, which plays like an ’80s version of Dude, Where’s My Car? Also included in the Lost Collection are the Robert Sean Leonard bloodsucker comedy, My Best Friend is a Vampire, and the unforgettable buddy pic Homer & Eddie, in which James Belushi endures a road trip with BFF Whoopi Goldberg! We can’t quite decide what’s worse, between that match up and the inclusion of not one, but two Jon Cryer flicks (the back to school yukfest Hiding Out and Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home). Naturally, each film comes with its own “I Love the ’80s”-style pop up trivia.

Next: The Thirteenth Floor hits Blu-ray

The Thirteenth Floor Blu-ray — 29%

By the time The 13th Floor debuted in the summer of 1999, Hollywood was jam-packed with science-fiction films about virtual reality and technology (see Dark City, eXistenZ, and the mother of them all, The Matrix). Now that it’s gotten some distance from those comparisons, The 13th Floor might finally get a fair shake on Blu-ray. The time-jumping story of virtual reality tech Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko) begins in the 1990s and travels (via simulation game) to 1937 Los Angeles, where Hall learns that an artificially-created character within the game has figured out the truth — and may be killing other people. Gretchen Mol co-stars in this existential thriller, which looks sumptuous on Blu-Ray but lacks substantial bonus features.

Until next week, happy renting!

In the movie world there is no event greater, no red carpet glitzier, no awards show more meaningful, than that of the Academy Awards. While millions watch the biggest night in Hollywood via television and thousands post show commentaries on their blogs (or, in the case of this year, on Twitter), Rotten Tomatoes was on the ground, right smack dab in the middle of it all. Read on as RT’s Jen Yamato recounts this year’s Oscars show, from the best parts of the musical-laden telecast to the quiet moments backstage with the night’s triumphant winners.

Jen here! After weeks of anticipation and months of populating Rotten Tomatoes’ Awards Tour with major awards show news, galleries, trivia, and interviews with this year’s Oscar nominees and winners, the day finally came to cover the Superbowl of movies: The 81st Annual Academy Awards! So on Sunday afternoon, I gussied myself up (left) — formal wear mandatory, even for the backstage press room — and headed to the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel to camp out for the next eight hours. It was just like my Senior Prom, only instead of a tuxedoed date (he’d worn white a la Mickey Rourke this year, incidentally) I’d be cozied up with my laptop, watching glamorous A-listers traipse up and down the red carpet practicing their best “It was an honor just to be nominated” faces.

Would Kate Winslet break the Susan Lucci curse and wrestle the Best Actress trophy from Meryl Streep‘s greedy paws? Could any film other than Slumdog Millionaire really contend for the Best Picture prize? Would Hugh Jackman usher in a new era of song-and-dance hosting, or make us long for the days of a Billy Crystal wisecrack? And would Beyonce please change out of that black and gold mermaid dress, which someone apparently made from her grandma’s drapery??

“This Slumdog Millionaire just needs some Milk!”

— Oscar host Hugh Jackman, before launching into the opening musical sequence

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Oscar watchers had known for a while that this year’s show would be different; ratings in recent years had dipped so low that some wondered if the Academy could ever get America watching again. (ABC’s early numbers show that ratings were up six percent from last year’s all time low of 32 million viewers.) But who knew it would be this different?

Filmmakers Bill Condon and Laurence Mark (the writer/director and producer of 2006’s Oscar-winning Dreamgirls, respectively) were tapped to produce the show, no doubt in hopes that they would jazz up the proceedings. As they’d done to the film musical genre (with Dreamgirls and Chicago, which Condon wrote), the duo injected the Oscar show with a healthy smattering of shuffle-ball-changes and jazz hands, employing Aussie stage star-turned-Wolverine Hugh Jackman to lead two huge musical numbers; the first one, lampooning the Best Picture nominees, worked (thanks in large part to singing starlet Anne Hathaway, plucked from the crowd to duet with Jackman in the spirit of Frost/Nixon).

The second number, featuring guest stars Beyonce, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Zac Efron, and Vanessa Hudgens…not so much. Even with help from Baz Luhrmann — the king of the overdone, sentimental spectacle — the ode to music in movies from Jackman and Co. had many viewers wondering when the Oscars had become the Tony Awards. That is, those viewers who knew what the Tonys are to begin with. Others (read: the under-40 crowd) just squirmed in their seats until the singing and dancing were over.

Fun fact: The Oscars provide an “Academy Librarian” in the press room to answer your nerdiest, most obscure Oscar-related questions. When did Oscar last feature an all-star musical number?

It was back in 1990, two years after the infamous Alan Carr-produced spectacle-debacle featuring Snow White and Rob Lowe. My personal favorite is the sequence from the year before, with “stars of the future” like Ricki Lake, Patrick Dempsey, and Corey Feldman.

Next: Backstage with Kate Winslet, Best Actress winner

“My mum won a pickled onion competition in the local pub just before Christmas, and you know, that was a big deal. And the Reading Evening Post sent me a picture of her holding up her jar. Well, Reading Evening Post, there’s your next Winslet picture.”

Kate Winslet, after winning the Oscar for Best Actress

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Being backstage in the press room amounts to a lot of waiting around. You can tune in to the telecast on a headset when the winners, ushered to us after receiving their Oscars, are not at the podium taking questions. Even then, it becomes tedious; I hate to say it, but even journalists don’t much care what a production designer or technical Oscar-winner has to say. So you look forward to the big stars coming through, for the moments of true giddiness and jubilance that can only be delivered by an actor or actress who’s been waiting years for their moment to shine.

Kate Winslet gave us one of those big emotional moments. At the end of a three hour plus telecast, her speech onstage revealed a bundle of nerves — a seasoned actress who, despite numerous accolades this year alone, was obviously still blown away by her first Academy Award win.

Backstage minutes later, she was still visibly overwhelmed. Clutching her Oscar with both hands, shock still on her face, Winslet still had tears of joy in her eyes. After answering a few minutes of questions, she paused. “It’s sort of dawning on me now that I just won an Oscar,” she mumbled, looking down at the statuette. “It’s only starting to sink in right now actually. Oh, my God.”

When a familiar voice took the microphone to ask the next question, she ran off the stage to greet him. “Baz, where are you?” After greeting Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye with a hug — he’s been interviewing her for almost two decades — she returned.

On the controversy surrounding her film The Reader, for which she won Best Actress: “I don’t have any concerns, you know. I mean, I can’t be responsible for the emotional response that an audience has to any film,” she said. “I don’t think any actor really can, and I think going into it, I was very aware that if an audience did feel any level of sympathy for Hanna, and they felt morally compromised as a consequence, that would be an interesting emotion for them to then deal with. It certainly wasn’t my intention to make people sympathize with an SS guard.”

Next: Best Actor Sean Penn gets political in the press room

“To anybody who believes in equal rights for human beings, it’s pretty simple. And, certainly, what I mentioned from the stage earlier tonight, to see this culture of ignorance, that breeds this kind of hateful expression, that these people have their signs outside essentially telling you that you’re less than human…There’s nothing more important than the themes of [Milk]. There’s nothing more important, and so being part of something like that is a privilege. And when you see something like what you saw outside today, it enhances that.”

Sean Penn, after winning the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Harvey Milk

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In stark contrast to the highly emotional Winslet, Best Actor winner Sean Penn strode into the press room as if entering a post office; there to run an errand, to do a job required of him: to talk to the press. His Oscar was nowhere to be seen. He stood, hands in pockets, and answered a line of questioning prompted by his politically-charged acceptance speech.

“I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect,” Penn had said during the telecast, “and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren’s eyes if they continue that way of support.” It was poetic justice of sorts for the man who’d portrayed slain gay activist Harvey Milk to receive the night’s top acting honor while outside, anti-gay demonstrators surrounded the Oscar perimeter with signs. In the press room, Penn continued to shame those detractors. What would he say if he should come face to face with them?

“I’d tell them to turn in their hate card and find their better self,” he answered. “I think that these are largely taught limitations and ignorances…it’s very sad in a way, because it’s a demonstration of such emotional cowardice to be so afraid to be extending the same rights to a fellow man as you would want for yourself.”

After a string of politically-themed questioning (What does Penn think of Barack Obama’s stance on gay marriage? He hopes it’s not a “future one or a felt one”), Penn was ready for lighter talk. Could he describe his friendship with fellow nominee Mickey Rourke, who many felt might steal the Oscar from underneath Penn’s nose?

“I’ve been making movies for over 25 years and I can’t speak for his consistent sense of me. He’s an excellent bridge burner at times, but we’ve had for the most part a very close friendship,” Penn shared. “And he’s somebody that I alternatively looked up to and advised and directed, I’ve wanted to work with and admired and quite literally had me, almost throughout The Wrestler, weeping.”

“He’s one of our most talented actors; he always was. Comebacks are funny, and we talk about it with him, but everyone in this room has to make a comeback every day. Life is tough. And I think what’s sensational about him is always what’s been sensational about him; he’s one of the great poetic talents in acting that we have.”

Next: Montages, skits, and everything in between — did the telecast work?

“Suck on that, Anthony Dod Mantle!”

— Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski

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Of course, while winners are addressing the press backstage, there’s still a show going on. This year’s production introduced new concepts and experiments; what would hold audiences’ attention, or help the Academy get past its popular reputation as an elitist night of self congratulation?

The answer: montages and skits, and lots of them. The Academy worked closely with Hollywood’s major studios to trade on-air exposure for content that could engage the minds of American viewers. Space Chimps, for example, would never have been mentioned in a previous year’s show, but it made an appearance in the night’s Animation reel. Step Brothers, a Will Ferrell comic flop, showed up briefly in the Comedy tribute. Even the show’s closing credits featured a montage highlighting upcoming films, most of which (Sherlock Holmes, Old Dogs, Terminator Salvation) aren’t exactly Oscar material and in all honesty won’t be nominated at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

In one skit, Pineapple Express stars Seth Rogen and James Franco watched the “Oscars” in character as their stoner counterparts, a funny bit (for a bit) that included the random appearance of Oscar-winning DP Janusz Kaminski: “Suck on that, Anthony Dod Mantle!” Mantle did, in fact, suck on that, later winning the Academy Award for Cinematography for Slumdog Millionaire.

Zeitgeist-capturing catch phrases were as plentiful as if in any Shrek film, from Ben Stiller‘s post-postmodern Joaquin Phoenix shtick to Will Smith‘s ad-lib following a teleprompter flub: “Boom goes the dynamite!” Even the old fogies on ABC’s pre-show red carpet coverage had learned to reference Twitter, which was the new media forum du jour for the night.

Next: Heath Ledger’s family remembers their son backstage

“When he came home for Christmas a year ago, he had been sending me shots and bits and pieces from the film. And he hadn’t seen it, I hadn’t seen it. No one had really seen it, but he knew. And I said to him, I have a feeling this is it for you. You’re going to get a nomination for this. And he just looked at me and smiled. So he knew.”

— Kate Ledger on her late brother and Best Supporting Actor winner, Heath Ledger

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When asked if we had questions for the Ledger family, the entire room answered together in one shout: “YES!” And so the family of the late Heath Ledger — father Kim, mother Sally, and sister Kate — came in to discuss his posthumous Oscar win for portraying The Joker in Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

Gingerly but with quiet strength, the trio answered inquiries on a range of topics.

Would they take the Oscar home to Australia? (By Academy rule, it belongs to Heath’s daughter Matilda, who can claim it when she turns 18.)

How would Heath have reacted to his win? (“I think he would be really quietly pleased,” said mother Sally Bell.)

How close is the family to Matilda’s mother, actress Michelle Williams? (“Very close,” answered Kate Ledger. “She’s doing an amazing job with Matilda, and we speak all the time so we’re in constant contact and always will be.”)

Lastly, Ledger’s sister shared what she’d seen of Heath’s unfinished film, Terry Gilliam‘s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. “We have seen a little bit of footage,” she said. “He only completed about a third of the film. And we’ve had some incredible actors — Johnny Depp and Jude Law and Colin Farrell — step in to complete it. And I think it’s going to be…amazing.”

“Terry is amazing and Heath always had such enthusiasm and interest in whatever Terry was doing,” she concluded.

Next: Best Supporting Actress Penelope Cruz thanks Woody Allen

“I’m going to go call Woody right now. He sent me flowers last week when I went to BAFTA, and we’ve been speaking sometimes during the week. But I call Woody sometimes to just say hello and I adore him. I think he’s so funny and charming and so peculiar and unique. And of course, today I have to talk to Woody to thank him.”

Penelope Cruz, after winning Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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Spanish actress Penelope Cruz kicked off the night with one of the first major awards — Best Supporting Actress, for her fiery performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona — which marked her first Oscar win. (I personally think she was robbed in 2006 in the Best Actress race, which she lost to Helen Mirren.) After threatening to faint onstage in her acceptance speech, she made her way to the press room, where she stood serenely, cradling her Academy Award in the crook of one arm as if it were a bouquet of roses and she’d just been crowned Miss Universe.

Cruz explained that while filming Vicky Cristina Barcelona she was quite insecure in her performance, and only learned that the film was a comedy at its Cannes premiere.

“When you’re working with Woody Allen you know that you can trust the person that you’re working with and if he doesn’t like something he will tell you,” she explained. “If he likes it, he will tell you. He’s not a man of too many words, but he’s honest and that’s what counts for me. We just trusted him. We did the whole movie in four weeks — four and a half weeks, so I had no idea what it was to be.

With the Oscars this year and last going largely to foreign winners (including Cruz’s real-life boyfriend and Vicky Cristina Barcelona co-star, Javier Bardem), is Hollywood opening itself up to honor international filmmakers? Cruz thought so.

“Could you work in America if you have an accent? Yes, you can. And that has been changing in the last 10 or 15 years. It was much harder before, but movies represent life, movies represent what happens in the streets. Then we are all in this together.”

After doing her duty, Cruz left the room to return to her seat and watch the Oscars, as she’d said she’d done as a child growing up in the Spanish town of Alcobendas.

Next: Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle shouts out to Rotten Tomatoes

“Rotten Tom-ah-toes? We love Rotten Tom-ah-toes! It’s got a 95!”

Slumdog Millionaire producer Christian Colson, backstage after his Best Picture win

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In the Oscars press room, you sit in an assigned seat amongst a sea of journalists from around the globe, every one of them decked out in tuxes and gowns, for formality’s sake; the official, scan-able press badge must also be worn at all times, no matter how it clashes with your outfit. Lucky ones get to park their laptops and recording devices at a table, from which they write and file reports throughout the night. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are kindly catered in the hallway (try the shrimp!), and you’re free to roam, headset in ear tuned to ABC’s official telecast, around a guarded 50-foot perimeter. It’s a strange combination of traditional etiquette and voluntary imprisonment, and the tightest-run ship in movie journalism.

At every seat there is an assigned number card, which you must hold up to be called on during each press conference. If your number is called, you’ll get the microphone to ask a winner one of ten or so questions before they’re shuffled offstage, to escape back into the safety of the Kodak Theater and rejoin the show. Rotten Tomatoes’ number was 141, and it was called once — at the end of the night, while the night’s biggest winner, Slumdog director Danny Boyle, was taking questions.

“Rotten Tom-ah-toes? We love Rotten Tom-ah-toes!” shouted Slumdog producer Christian Colson, who along with Boyle received an Oscar for the film. “It’s got a 95!”

(Slumdog Millionaire actually has a 94 percent Tomatometer rating. For a second I thought about it, then politely declined to correct Colson; he was only off by one point.)

Boyle, whose naturally jubilant demeanor was especially cheerful after eight Slumdog wins on the night, stood with his Oscar in his left hand and a glass of champagne in his right. “My other film, Millions, also did really well on Rotten Tom-ah-toes!” (He was right — Millions scored an 88 percent Tomatometer and won the Golden Tomato Award for best-reviewed family film.)

After the shout out, Boyle answered my question: even with all of its Oscars and accolades, does he still think Slumdog is and should be an imperfect film? He used the opportunity to reiterate his onstage mention of choreographer Longinus, who directed Slumdog‘s end-credits dance sequence. At his side, Colson jumped in to praise Boyle for having the humility to note his error while onstage accepting his Academy Award. “I don’t want to embarrass Danny, and this would embarrass him,” Colson began, “but it’s a measure of the man that in his Oscar acceptance speech, the last thing he addresses is forgetting someone off the credits, and I think that is awesome.”

Boyle and Colson also juxtaposed their tiny Slumdog — which nearly didn’t get a theatrical release — to the big studio flick The Dark Knight. “It was wonderful to see Heath Ledger’s work acknowledged in The Dark Knight,” Boyle said. “And it is extraordinary work. But like virtually, I am sure, everybody, Heath started small as well. He started [in] small films, you know. Everybody does and we’ve got to protect them.”

“And the studios have got to protect them as well,” he continued. “Because that’s where everybody starts, and they go on. Some people go on to some things and some don’t. But that’s where everybody begins, in those small independent movies. And you learn the business, you learn your craft, you learn what you are doing, you know. So, it’s very, very, very important. The first film I made [cost] a million pounds. The whole film cost a million pounds. That’s where you learn your craft.”

In the end, Boyle himself summed up his entire Slumdog experience. “This amazing British poet called WJ Jordan talks about Americans putting jukeboxes on the moon. Soon you will be putting jukeboxes on the moon. I love that expression, and that’s what tonight feels like. Just amazing like that. The bringing together of things that are just so unlikely and yet wonderful and about entertainment and pleasure and exploring things and changing things.”

Next: More of our favorite backstage snippets from Oscar’s big winners

More of our favorite backstage moments with this year’s Oscar winners:

“I’ve said this before, but WALL-E really was the most unique personal film I could have made, and I really expected it to speak to a minority, not a majority, because I felt I had gotten away with that with Finding Nemo. So, to get this kind of response — it just really gives you a lot of confidence to listen to that little voice inside you again the next time.”

Wall-E director Andrew Stanton, Best Animated Film

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“For me, the whole thing was always just sort of, you know, pay it forward. Harvey gave me his story. [Pause] Harvey gave me his story and it saved my life. I just thought it’s time to pass it on. So the only thing I really knew I wanted to say is to tell those kids out there they are going to be all right.”

Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, winner for Best Adapted Screenplay (pictured below)

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“The slums were obviously extraordinary because we’re encroaching on people’s lives. At the same time we have got carte blanche and the green light to go in there and basically destroy their daily lives. You open a cupboard and a family of 15 falls out. And that’s not something you can control.”

— Best Cinematography winner Anthony Dod Mantle, on filming Slumdog Millionaire in the heart of Mumbai

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“I think there were much more important things in her life –having a baby, and that was good, actually. She took care of the baby. I wished her well.”

A.R. Rahman, composer of Slumdog Millionaire, on the absence of “O Saya” co-nominee M.I.A from the telecast (pictured below)

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“In our tradition, we believe that Om is a word that encompasses the whole experience of the universe. Indians can just listen, can just close your eyes and listen to the pains of living just by the sound of Om. That relates to me on a very personal level, being a sound person. That’s why I live for that.”

— Best Sound Mixing winner Resul Pookutty, the first Indian technician to earn a nomination

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“I have a secret, but if you are going to keep a secret, that will be fine. I am going to work in New York City in the fall, in a high wire walk to a library. I won’t tell you which one and it will be the beginning of a series of walks for literacy around the country to inspire the kids to read.”

Philippe Petit, subject of Best Documentary Winner Man on Wire (pictured below balancing an Oscar on his chin)

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“Meeting Mr. Jack Black was the most exciting thing for him. He always wanted to be funny as he is.”

— Best Animated Short director Kunio Kato (via translator) on his “Mr. Roboto” acceptance speech

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In bringing the best-selling German novel The Reader to the big screen, director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) had more than a few hurdles to overcome — breaks in production, the recasting of his lead character, headline-grabbing in-fighting between executive producers Scott Rudin and Harvey Weinstein, and the tragic loss of producers and mentors Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella. But somehow, the veteran stage director pulled it all together to earn a Best Director nomination for this weekend’s Academy Awards, where his film is up for honors in five major categories.

Rotten Tomatoes spoke to Stephen Daldry about The Reader‘s tumultuous road to completion (once meant to be a starring vehicle for Nicole Kidman, it has now garnered star Kate Winslet the Golden Globe, the BAFTA, numerous critics’ awards and an Oscar nomination for Best Actress). Daldry took us into the making of his film, explaining how he and writer David Hare solved the tricky problems of adapting Bernhard Schlink’s novel and why, despite the objections of some vocal critics, the film’s depiction of nudity and eroticism was integral to the story — one that, according to him, was never meant to be taken as a “Holocaust film.”

The Reader took a long time to complete, with a production that weathered many changes. Can you explain what hindered you the most?

Stephen Daldry: I’d originally asked Kate Winslet to play the part and she wasn’t available because of Revolutionary Road, so Nicole Kidman was playing the part. Then Nicole left because of pregnancy, and we had a hiatus while I went back to Kate, who agreed, because she was then free. We had a few months while I was rehearsing with Kate to then fully explore the footage — we’d shot about seven weeks at that point, so we’d shot quite a substantial amount of the film.

And because of this you had not one, but two acclaimed cinematographers work on the picture.

SD: I started out with Roger, and then once Nicole got pregnant he had to leave to do another job. We went to my old friend and Roger’s old friend, Chris Menges; those two know each other really well, which I think was one of the reasons why the cinematic language of the film, the photography of the film, feels quite seamless. And then Chris took over.

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During production you lost two of your producers, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella. Where in your film can you feel their impact the most?

SD: I think their primary involvement was in the preparation of the movie, both in terms of cast and in terms of script. They were fantastically, and wonderfully, supportive and challenging right through those two difficult processes. And wonderful friends. I think the great thing about the both of them as filmmakers-turned-producers is that they always were keen and considerate in trying to get me to make the best film I wanted to make, rather than trying to impose the film they wanted to make.

What kind of scripting advice or notes did they give?

SD: David Hare, the screenwriter, and I sat down with both Anthony and Sydney on numerous occasions, sitting down working our way through issues with the script — everything from narrative structure to how to create a context for a discursive element. In other words, what actually the end became a seminar group, so that we have a context in which to discuss the issues.

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You have said that you chose your themes in the editing process. How does this work?

SD:One of the great joys about having so long to edit was that we had the opportunity to investigate — not to choose, but to investigate — themes, so that you could investigate characters and ideas that weren’t necessarily narratively driven, but also thematically driven. That’s also due to the interest and collaborative nature of my wonderful editor, Claire Simpson. So you could really delve into subjects and ideas, and really push the envelope on different ideas in the script, and in what we filmed, to explore them fully.

And you do that after you’ve filmed, instead of having it planned out beforehand?

SD: Well, there are three different processes of making a film, of course. They’re sort of re-written three times. You write it to start with, and then you shoot it and you re-write it while shooting and you sort of re-write it as you edit. The advantage of the production rhythm that we had on this was that you could edit during the process of filming, because of our hiatuses. And so what started out as a challenge became a wonderful opportunity.

Next: On Danny Boyle’s concept of the “imperfect film”

I’ve read that you like to do many takes of a scene. Do you consider yourself a perfectionist?

SD: It’s so hard, because I don’t have another director to compare it with. I don’t know, is the honest answer. It is a comparative question — to be more of a perfectionist than somebody else — and I don’t know the answer because I only know myself!

Just as a point of discussion, Danny Boyle told us recently that most films should be imperfect; that he liked to spend a small amount of time on a movie so that he could capture everything that he could at that time.

SD: How interesting! It’s fantastically interesting. That’s part of Danny’s brilliance, I think, and I can see how that would work. I suppose I fret, and I like spending time on things. But I love that and I think it’s a wonderful idea. The truth of the matter is, every film is imperfect. It’s the nature of the beast. One of the things that people ask me all the time is, what’s the difference between theater and film, and one of the biggest differences is, in the theater you always get another go. There’s always another night, always another opportunity to fiddle and play and explore. And of course in film, you get to a certain point and it’s just finished, for all its flaws and imperfections. And you can’t fiddle again; it is what it is at that time and at that moment, and what you came up with at that time and that moment with that group of people. There’s also something wonderful about the completion of that, and also something terrifying.

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One aspect of The Reader that I liked very much was how the books that Hanna and Michael read together tied thematically to the story. But the Chekhov story — The Lady with the Little Dog — that one in particular is known for ending without a resolution. Do you consider there to be a definitive resolution in The Reader?

SD: You did your homework. Nobody knows that! [SPOILER ALERT] There’s only resolution in that Hanna dies, and the inevitability of that generation dying. [END SPOILERS]To be honest, I think there’s a resolution in our story, to the extent that the character of Michael decides and elects to tell his daughter, so there is something of an act of confession and an act of release, which is what we were after. We were trying to find the equivalence of the act of Michael Berg in the book, writing the actual book. That was one of the key decisions we had to make in adapting it for the screen.

Speaking of the changes you had to make in adapting the book, Bernard Schlink’s novel is told in the first person and without any time-jumping element. Why was removing the first person necessary?

SD:Well, what options are available in telling it in the first person, do you think? There’s always the cheat of a voice over, and another idea is that you start with a man on a typewriter and you finish with a man on a typewriter, but those all felt quite banal choices to us.

Another less-than-easy choice you made was making your characters fairly ambiguous, to each other and to the audience.

SD: Particularly in this story, because this story is a very complicated one, politically, socially, sexually, and even narratively — what the characters do is a complex series of actions. To try to tie them up neatly into little parcels of cause and effect seemed rather facile to me. The issue of the inactive hero at the center of it, which is Michael Berg; the question of the inactive hero has been a fascination throughout literature. You could say, why doesn’t Hamlet just nail Claudius in Act I? Well, he could do that, that would certainly be one way of dealing with the story, but you wouldn’t really in the end have Hamlet.

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The nudity in this film — well, there’s a lot of it.

SD: Is there? I thought there was very little!

Oh, could there have been more?

SD: There could have been a lot more. I thought I was being incredibly spare. [Laughs]

One critic of the nudity in your film called it manipulative, in that the nudity and eroticism seems counter to the horrors of the Holocaust.

SD: Well, it’s not a Holocaust film, so they’re starting off on the wrong track in the first place.

David Hare has said the same thing, that The Reader shouldn’t be considered a Holocaust film.

SD: No, it’s definitely not. It’s about German guilt, the act of and the responsibility and the consequences of being so-called “born guilty.”

Next: Daldry on why The Reader should not be considered a Holocaust film

Can you explain why the sexuality was so important to feature in telling the story?

SD: Because it’s an essential element of the story. It wasn’t something that was “featured,” it’s something that’s integral to the story that Bernhard Schlink wrote. And as I say, if anything, I thought I was rather chaste, with the lovemaking scenes.

Lena Olin has a line at the end of The Reader about the camp experience not being therapeutic; would you say that the film overall isn’t meant to be digested as a Holocaust film, per se?

SD: I certainly hope it isn’t digested as a Holocaust film. And as she says at the end to Michael Berg, if you want catharsis, you should go to the theater. Go to literature. Don’t go to the camps, because nothing comes out of the camps. I think what that character is — she’s been left this money, by this guard. And then this German man turns up, who seems to have some sort of relationship with this woman, who doesn’t really know why he’s there, but only that he’s been given this quest, by this dead woman. And I think that her challenge to him — what are you doing here, what do you want from me, what am I meant to take from this — rejecting the money, and rejecting any hope of redemption for her, but actually challenging him for his understanding of this meeting, and what does he want out of it. In the end, bouncing the task back to him, saying, whether you do it or not in Hanna’s name is really your responsibility. It’s got nothing to do with me. And the idea that you would ask or question me, as a survivor, what you should do, is absurd. This is your problem.

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And, by extension, the problem of the German people and subsequent generations. Considering that this is a specifically German story — though a worldwide bestseller and Oprah book club pick — how do you expect non-German audiences to react?

SD: I think one of the reasons Mr. Schlink wanted it made in the English language, though it is a very particular German story, was to see whether any of the themes in that story could resonate outside of the country. To see if it wasn’t just a German story, if those echoes could resonate in other cultures.

Do you think that Hanna really loves Michael, as he asks her at one point in the movie?

SD: Yes, I think she does. As much as she understands the concept of the word “love.” If you asked her, as in the movie, what she says is yes — what she understands that to mean is questionable, of course.

Do you see any sort of through line in your body of work, either in theater or in film?

SD: No. No, I don’t. I hope there isn’t any! Who wants to be known for “something?” It’s great to keep exploring, keep redefining.

I was shocked to hear that you were editing The Reader and working on Billy Elliott the Musical at the same time, which sounds like a task for someone with multiple personalities.

SD: No, you have to be Superman! I am, in fact, Superman. [Laughs] Every morning I wake up and go into a telephone booth and change my costume, and then go to work.

Find reviews, trailers and more for The Reader here.

When you read the list of Best Picture nominations for this year’s Academy Awards and saw The Reader nestled in between Slumdog Millionare and Milk, were you surprised? Well, you’re in good company — and for some, the response goes further than mere surprise: There’s a small backlash movement brewing among writers who believe The Reader makes some questionable (to say the least) statements about the Holocaust, and this week, Slate’s Ron Rosenbaum and the Huffington Post’s Rod Lurie used their columns to make a case against the film.

In a piece titled “Don’t Give an Oscar to The Reader,” Rosenbaum leads off by calling The Reader “the worst Holocaust film ever made,” and goes on from there to build a detailed three-page argument against giving it the highest honor the film industry has to offer — and pauses to scrutinize what he deems similar offenses in Valkyrie. Read the whole article by following the link below.

Offering a similar opinion, Rod Lurie wrote a column titled “The Holocaust Revisionism of Hollywood,” which he leads off by saying The Reader “gives ammunition to Holocaust negationists,” goes on to reference Ron Rosenbaum’s article, and from there proceeds to offer a point-by-point dismantling of the film’s presentation of World War II history. It isn’t as long as Rosenbaum’s article, but it reaches the same conclusion — The Reader doesn’t deserve a Best Picture nomination.

Of course, you could find (or make) an argument against pretty much any nomination — but in this case, the film in question has stirred up feelings that run deeper than simple dislike for a film. Check out both articles, and see what you think: Should The Reader have gone down as one of 2008’s best movies?

Source: Slate (Ron Rosenbaum article)
Source: The Huffington Post (Rod Lurie article)

When the Academy Award nominations were unveiled last week, producer credits for Best Picture nominee The Reader were yet to be announced. A press release issued today revealed the reason for that delay; would the Academy contradict its own contentious policy of awarding only three producer credits per film?

The answer is, yes. Four producers — instead of the Academy rule of three per film — are nominated for The Reader: Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris, Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack.

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Minghella and Pollack, whose influence on the Stephen Daldry film has been much discussed in recent months, will receive the posthumous nominations in an exception to the Academy rule. Both passed away during the tumultuous production, yet Daldry and other filmmakers have respectfully noted each producer’s contributions to the film, notably Minghella’s, who originally intended to direct The Reader himself.

This will be Pollack’s seventh Oscar nomination (he won two for directing and producing 1985’s Out of Africa) and Minghella’s fourth nomination (he won once before for directing 1996’s The English Patient).

The Reader is also nominated for Best Actress (Kate Winslet), Best Adapted Screenplay (David Hare), Best Director (Stephen Daldry), and Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins and Chris Menges).

Get the latest updates on the road to the Oscars in our Awards Tour.


Best Motion Picture – Drama



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Slumdog Millionaire

Frost/Nixon

The Reader

Revolutionary Road

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy


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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Burn After Reading

Happy-Go-Lucky

Mamma Mia

In Bruges


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler

Brad Pitt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Leonardo DiCaprio for Revolutionary Road

Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon

Sean Penn for Milk


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Kate Winslet for Revolutionary Road

Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married

Angelina Jolie for Changeling

Kristin Scott Thomas for I’ve Loved You So Long

Meryl Streep for Doubt


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Colin Farrell for In Bruges

Javier Bardem for Vicky Cristina Barcelona

James Franco for Pineapple Express

Brendan Gleeson for In Bruges

Dustin Hoffman for Last Chance Harvey


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky

Rebecca Hall for Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Frances McDormand for Burn After Reading

Meryl Streep for Mamma Mia!

Emma Thompson for Last Chance Harvey


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight

Tom Cruise for Tropic Thunder

Robert Downey Jr. for Tropic Thunder

Ralph Fiennes for The Duchess

Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Kate Winslet for The Reader

Amy Adams for Doubt

Penélope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Viola Davis for Doubt

Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler


Best Director – Motion Picture



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Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire

Stephen Daldry for The Reader

David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon

Sam Mendes for Revolutionary Road


Best Screenplay – Motion Picture



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Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire

Eric Roth, Robin Swicord for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

John Patrick Shanley for Doubt

Peter Morgan for Frost/Nixon

David Hare for The Reader


Best Animated Film


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Wall-E

Bolt

Kung Fu Panda


Best Foreign Language Film


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Waltz With Bashir

The Baader Meinhof Complex

Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moment

Gomorrah

I’ve Loved You So Long


Best Original Song – Motion Picture


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“The Wrestler” (The Wrestler)

“I Thought I Lost You” (Bolt)

“Once in a Lifetime” (Cadillac Records)

“Gran Torino” (Gran Torino)

“Down to Earth” (WALL-E)


Best Original Score – Motion Picture



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A.R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire

Clint Eastwood for Changeling

Alexandre Desplat for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

James Newton Howard for Defiance

Hans Zimmer for Frost/Nixon

The 14th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards were given on January 8, 2009, to honor the finest achievements in 2008 filmmaking. A list of nominees follows below, with winners in bold:

Best Picture:
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Doubt
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Wall-E
The Wrestler

Best Actor:
Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Actress (Tie):
Kate Beckinsale, Nothing But the Truth
Cate Blanchett, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Meryl Streep, Doubt

Best Supporting Actor:
Josh Brolin, Milk
Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

James Franco, Milk

Best Supporting Actress:
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Vera Farmiga, Nothing But the Truth
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
Kate Winslet, The Reader

Best Acting Ensemble:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Doubt
Milk

Rachel Getting Married

Best Director:
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
Gus Van Sant, Milk

Best Writer:
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Dustin Lance Black, Milk
Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt

Best Animated Feature:
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Wall-E
Waltz With Bashir

Best Young Actor/Actress:
Dakota Fanning, The Secret Life of Bees
David Kross, The Reader
Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire

Brandon Walters, Australia

Best Action Movie:
The Dark Knight

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Iron Man
Quantum of Solace
Wanted

Best Comedy Movie:
Burn After Reading
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Role Models
Tropic Thunder

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Foreign Language Film:
A Christmas Tale
Gomorrah
I’ve Loved You So Long
Let the Right One In
Mongol
Waltz With Bashir

Best Documentary Feature:
I.O.U.S.A.
Man On Wire

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Standard Operating Procedure
Young At Heart

Source: Broadcast Film Critics Association

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