Five Best Movie Recommendation Services

Five Best Movie Recommendation Services

Whether you’re planning a dinner and a movie with a special someone for Valentine’s Day, or you just like to read up on what’s worth seeing before you spend your hard-earned cash on a theatre experience, you have plenty of options to find out what’s new in theatres or what’s worth seeing before you go. Here’s a look at five of the best movie recommendation and review services, based on your nominations.

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Movie Genome Project

Rotten Tomatoes



everythingthere’s a whole page about it

Again, Metacritic is a research tool, much like Rotten Tomatoes — even though Metacritic covers a much wider series of topics, it’s not going to help you decide whether you’d like a film based on other films you like, but it will help you determine whether the overall reception of a movie has been positive or negative, and why.

Honourable mentions this week go out to the venerable IMDB, which not as many of you nominated as we expected, but which remains a great go-to site for information on past movies, actor bios, upcoming projects and productions that your favourite performers are in, trailers, and news. Also worth mentioning is MovieLens, a site that does a really good job of suggesting movies to you that you’d like based on movies you already know you enjoyed or disliked.

Did your favourite not get enough nominations to make the list? Have something to say about one of the contenders we missed? Sound off in the comments below.


  • I’d just be careful of rotten tomatoes, it aggregates critic reviews so the results will be skewed towards the negative. Critics get paid to find flaws in a movie, so you might see a movie that’s 50% that you really enjoy.

    My rule of thumb with RT is

    0-20% is probably rubbish
    20-50% is probably an average movie, but watchable (the one exception is comedies e.g. Hot Rod etc that have a weak plot etc but are incredibly funny) So don’t rule a comedy out if it has a low rating.
    50-70% is a solid movie, most not critics will enjoy watching
    70% plus are mostly outstanding although I have come across some terrible movies rated 95% because the director has tried some new fancy style that critics seem to enjoy but normal people dont

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