Netflix releases a lot of movies. In fact, they tend to release their “new movie every week,” but as you no doubt know and expect, not every movie can be a good movie. Below, we’ll review all the new movies that Netflix has released exclusively (labeled Netflix Original) and pick the best ones based on RottenTomatoes, IMDb, and Metacritic.
For a complete rundown of all the new movies released exclusively by Netflix this year, head over to our full list here.
Without further ado, here are our picks and your picks of the best new Netflix original movies of 2022:
The Beast of the Sea
Director: Chris Williams
Cast: Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris
RottenTomatoes Rating: 94%
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Expectations were very high for this new animated film from former Disney director Chris Williams; by most reports, they were attended to and a few more.
It will be vying for a spot among the best and most popular Netflix animated movies of all time.
The film takes place in a world where sea monsters are plentiful and dangerous and we start our story by joining the crew of one of the most famous, but things are thrown off course when a young girl is put on board.
Director: SS Rajamouli
Starring: NT Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt
RottenTomatoes Rating: 91%
IMDb Score: 8.1/10
Acquired by Netflix internationally as an original title after its explosive theatrical run in India, RRR emerged from India to perform well and generate buzz around the world, reaching Netflix’s top 10 in the US.
Polygon included this title in their Best Overall Movies of 2022, and it perhaps provides the perfect summary of why this movie should be on your watch list:
“RRR is the biggest, loudest and most bombastic movie likely to be released in theaters this year. The film’s historical fantasy follows two Indian men on opposite sides of the British occupation of the country in the 1950s – or so they think. Both serving undercover side missions, the two men end up coming together through their bravery and strength and forming a friendship great enough to liberate the entire country.”
Director: Jeremiah Zagar
Starring: Adam SandlerQueen LatifahBen FosterJuancho HernangómezRobert Duvall
RottenTomatoes Rating: 92%
IMDb Score: 7.4/10
Adam Sandler’s acting skills have been on full display in recent years, with the star stepping away from the comedies that made his career into more mature performances, which now include bump exclusively on Netflix.
The RottenTomatoes consensus for bump where Sandler plays Stanley Sugerman, a basketball scout who is down on his luck and needs a big break, is as follows:
“Hustle doesn’t have any fancy moves, but he doesn’t need them – Adam Sandler’s everyman charm makes this layup easy and fun to watch”
The good news is that Sandler will be returning for more Netflix projects in the future, including another what we would call a “serious” performance in the form of a movie adaptation. bohemian astronaut.
Director: Hello Bornedal
Starring: Alex Høgh Andersen, Danica Curcic, Caspar Phillipson
RottenTomatoes Rating: 100%
IMDb Score: 7.3
Also known as the shadow in my eye or Skyggen i mit øje set in Denmark, where the film originates, this harrowing film retells some of the untold stories of WWII, particularly in my home country, the UK. This is because it paints a rather grim 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 glowing, particularly highlighting the excellent acting done by some of the younger cast members.
Roger Moore of Movie Nation perhaps best sums up the film with a one-word summary of his review, “Wrenching.”
Apollo 10½: A Childhood in the Space Age
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Jack Black, Milo Coy, Zachary Levi, Lee Eddy
RottenTomatoes Rating: 91%
IMDb Score: 7.3
Written and directed by Richard Linklater, best known for Childhood, waking life and Before midnightthis beautifully animated movie is not only one of the best movies of 2022, but one of the best animated movies that Netflix has ever released under their banner.
The film follows two intertwined perspectives on the first moon landing in the summer of 1969, capturing both the efforts that made the event happen and how it impacted a young boy watching from afar.
Certified Fresh on RottenTomatoes, here’s the critics’ consensus:
“The sweetly nostalgic Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood finds Richard Linklater reusing visual and thematic ingredients in a deeply personal and inspired way.”
Rescued by Ruby
Director: Katt Shea
Starring: Grant Gustin, Scott Wolf and Kaylah Zander
RottenTomatoes Score: 100%
IMDb Score: 7.2
Enjoyable movies and shows are a surefire way to get good views and reviews and Rescued by Ruby is no exception. Grant Gustin trades his spandex superhero costume from The Flash for a police uniform in this biopic.
The film revolves around a state trooper with dreams of moving to the K-9 department, but faces an uphill battle to get there.
William Bibbiani for The Wrap said:
“Bright colors, wide angles and many Doggy Vision sequels never let us forget for a minute that there is nothing scary in this world, even though we know there are some killers in it.”
Director: Emma De Swaef, Niki Lindroth von Bahr and Paloma Baeza
Starring: Mia Goth, Matthew Goode, Claudie Blakley
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
IMDb Score: 6.8
Three anthology stories unfold spectacularly across different time periods in this stop-motion animated film that will leave you with plenty of questions when the credits roll. Each of the stories are completely separate with only one thing in common, the house they reside in.
While the movie certainly landed on Netflix without much fanfare, critics loved it and Netflix is hoping it lands a best TV movie Emmy win.
Marya E. Gates of The Playlist succinctly summarized why the film is so compelling, saying that the film is “A stunning showcase for the unique talents of its directors and the limitless possibilities of stop motion animation.”
Munich: On the Edge of War
Director: Christian Schwochow
Starring: George MacKay, Jannis Niewohner, Jeremy Irons
RottenTomatoes Score: 86%
IMDb Score: 6.8
Closing our list is the biographical film about the events leading up to World War II. The story predominantly follows two school friends who find themselves on opposite sides of the table (one with the British and one with the Germans), but ultimately trying to make a deal work behind the backs of their respective leaders.
While the film is by no means what you would call a traditional WWII film, it has excellent performances by the entire cast and details the events and provides additional context as to why such actions were taken (albeit controversial actions).
The Adam Project
Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Walker Scobell, Mark Ruffalo
RottenTomatoes Score: 68%
IMDb Score: 6.7
While 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 traveling back to ask his younger self for help in saving the future.
What was your favorite Netflix original movie release of 2022? Let us know in the comments below.