Netflix releases a lot of movies. In fact, they often tout their “new movie every week,” but as you’ve no doubt learned and expected, not every movie can be a good movie. Below, we’ll review all the new movies Netflix has released exclusively (tagged as Netflix Original) and pick the best ones based on RottenTomatoes, IMDb, and Metacritic.
For a full rundown of every new movie released exclusively by Netflix this year, head over to our full list here.
Without further ado, here are our and your picks of the best new Netflix Original movies of 2022:
Director: SS Rajamouli
With : NT Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt
Note from RottenTomatoes: 91%
IMDb rating: 8.1/10
Acquired by Netflix internationally as an original title following its explosive theatrical run in India, RRR escaped from India to perform well and generate buzz around the world, even landing in the top 10 American from Netflix.
Polygon include this title in their top movies of 2022 and perhaps provides the perfect summary of why this movie should be on your watch list:
“RRR is probably the biggest, loudest and most explosive film to hit theaters this year. The historical fantasy film follows two Indian men on opposite sides of the British occupation of the country in the 1950s – or so they think.The two act in parallel secret missions, the two men end up bonding by their bravery and their strength and form a friendship great enough to free the whole country.
Director: Jeremiah Zagar
With : Adam Sandler, Queen Latifah, Ben Foster, Juancho Hernangómez, Robert Duvall
Note from RottenTomatoes: 92%
IMDb rating: 7.4/10
Adam Sandler’s acting chops have been on full display in recent years, with the star moving away from the comedies that made his career into more mature performances that now include Hustle exclusively on Netflix.
The Consensus RottenTomatoes for Hustle where Sandler plays Stanley Sugerman, an unlucky basketball scout who needs a big break, is as follows:
“Hustle doesn’t have any fancy moves, but he doesn’t need them – Adam Sandler’s Everybody Charm makes this layup easy and fun to watch”
The good news is that Sandler will be returning for other Netflix projects in the future, including another performance we’d call “serious” in the form of the adaptation of bohemian spaceman.
Director: Olé Bornedal
With : Alex Hogh Andersen, Danica Curcic, Caspar Phillipson
Note from RottenTomatoes: 100%
IMDb rating: 7.3
Also known as The shadow in my eyes Where Skyggen i mit øje in Denmark where the film originated, this heartbreaking film tells some of the untold stories of WWII, especially in my home country of the UK. This is because it paints a rather bleak picture of the Royal Air Force carrying out a bombing raid called Operation Carthage which resulted in the destruction of a school.
Reviews for the film are rave reviews, particularly pointing out the excellent acting done by some of the younger cast members.
Movie Nation’s Roger Moore perhaps sums up the film best with the one-word summary of his review, “Wrenching”.
Apollo 10½: A Childhood in the Space Age
Director: Richard Linklater
With : Jack Black, Milo Coy, Zachary Levi, Lee Eddy
Note from RottenTomatoes: 91%
IMDb rating: 7.3
Written and directed by Richard Linklater, best known for Childhood, waking life and Before midnightthis beautifully animated film is not only one of the best films of 2022, but one of the best animated films ever released by Netflix under its banner.
The film follows two interwoven perspectives on the first moon landing in the summer of 1969, capturing both the effort to make the event happen and its impact on a young boy watching from afar.
Certified fresh on RottenTomatoeshere was the consensus of the critics:
“Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood, sweet and nostalgic, shows Richard Linklater reusing visual and thematic ingredients in a deeply personal and freshly inspired way.”
Saved by Ruby
Director: Shea Katt
With : Grant Gustin, Scott Wolf and Kaylah Zander
Rating RottenTomatoes: 100%
IMDb rating: 7.2
Feel-good movies and shows are a surefire way to get good ratings and reviews and Saved by Ruby is no exception. Grant Gustin trades in his spandex superhero costume from The Flash for a police uniform in this biopic.
The film revolves around a state trooper who dreams of moving to the K-9 department, but faces an uphill battle to get there.
“Bright colors, wide angles and plenty of Doggy Vision footage never let us forget for a minute that there’s nothing scary in this world, even though we know for a fact there’s quite a lot in it. of murderers.”
Director: Emma De Swaef, Niki Lindroth von Bahr and Paloma Baeza
With : Mia Goth, Matthew Goode, Claudie Blakley
Rotten tomatoes: 97%
IMDb rating: 6.8
Three anthology stories dramatically unfold at different time periods in this stop-motion animated film that will leave you with plenty of questions once the end credits roll. Each of the stories are completely separate with only one thing in common, the house in which they reside.
While the movie certainly slipped through Netflix without much fanfare, critics loved it, and Netflix hopes it wins Best TV Movie at the Emmys.
Marya E. Gates of The Playlist succinctly summed up why the film is so alluring tell the movie is “A striking showcase for the singular talents of its directors and the limitless possibilities of stop motion animation.”
Munich: the brink of war
Director: Christian Schwochow
With : George MacKay, Jannis Niewohner, Jeremy Irons
Rating RottenTomatoes: 86%
IMDb rating: 6.8
Closing our list is the biopic about the events leading up to World War 2. The story mainly follows two school friends who find themselves on opposite sides of the table (one with the British and the other with the Germans) but ultimately trying to get an agreement to work behind the backs of their respective leaders.
Although the film is by no means what you would call a traditional WWII film, it does offer excellent performances from the entire cast and flesh out the events, and provide additional context as to why such actions have been taken (although controversial actions).
The Adam Project
Director: Shawn Levy
With : Ryan Reynolds, Walker Scobell, Mark Ruffalo
Rating RottenTomatoes: 68%
IMDb rating: 6.7
Although it doesn’t do particularly well with critics, thanks to its star power and doing exactly what it says on the tin, The Adam Project earns its rightful place on this list.
The sci-fi family comedy is about a fighter pilot from the future who returns to seek help from his younger self to save the future.
What was your favorite Netflix Original movie release of 2022? Let us know in the comments below.