As far as Netflix Original movies go, it’s been a bit of a light week for the streamer in its home market right now, as today’s Top 10 American Movies list is dominated almost entirely by movies that are not actually from Netflix.
In other words, today’s list consists mostly of third-party titles such as Peak hour and Mr and Mrs Smith — however, with two exceptions. At #1 and #8 on today’s list are two Netflix Originals, both as hyped and buzzy as the streaming giant gets. But, again, here’s what a light week looks like for Netflix on the movies front, and that description is probably charitable. The company is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a slate of original movies, but here we are in the US (at least for now) turning to movies that are a decade or more old.
Best Netflix Movies in the United States
We must point out, however, that the picture is different if you zoom out and consider the most popular Netflix movies on a overall base and not just in the United States. For the 7-day period that ended on October 2, for example, Netflix’s latest Top 10 ranking show that four of the top 5 Netflix movies worldwide were Netflix Originals (Lou, Blond, Revengeand The blues of a jazzman).
Here, meanwhile, are the most popular original Netflix movies in the US today.
Movie #1 — Mr. Harrigan’s phone
From director John Lee Hancock and based on a short story by Stephen King, Mr. Harrigan’s phone tells the story of a young boy who befriends an older, reclusive billionaire. After the older man dies, the boy finds himself able to communicate with him from the grave via the iPhone that was buried with him when he died.
Jaeden Martell receives a message from beyond the grave on Mr. Harrigan’s phone. Now on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/XiEnRKot8Q
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“When Mr. Harrigan sadly passes away,” Netflix explains, the boy “discovers that all is not dead and gone and finds himself eerily able to communicate with his grave friend via (an) iPhone in this coming of age. supernatural adult story that shows that some connections are never lost.
On rotten tomatoes, Mr. Harrigan’s phone currently has a 41% rating from critics and one 61% audience.
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Movie #8 — Blond
One of the most controversial and polarizing Netflix releases of 2022, director Andrew Dominik’s reimagining of the life of Marilyn Monroe is a beautifully shot film starring Ana de Armas that is nonetheless graphic and difficult to watch – filled with rape , abuse and so many other inconveniences. No wonder this long-awaited Netflix film inexorably slid down the streamer’s rankings after its streaming debut on September 28th.
On rotten tomatoes, Blond is currently classified as “rotten”, with a 42% reviews and one 32% audience.
Read our full review of the film here.
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