Is there such thing as a perfect movie? From aggregate review sites to the Oscars, we’re always assigning value to a film. However, what does it mean to be a perfect movie? In our latest video essay, we break down Metacritic’s list of 8 perfect movies and take a look at the only three films to win the Oscar’s “Big Five” awards in order to answer this question.
Metacritic gives out ratings based on a small, handpicked selection of reviews … and they even add in a curve for good measure. Additionally, “Boyhood” is the only film from this century to be featured on their list. Certainly “Parasite,” “Moonlight,” and “There Will Be Blood” are deserving of perfect status. So, can we trust their list of “perfect” movies?
Every year it is clear how flawed the Oscars are. However, with the amount of prestige that the Academy exudes, their picks for Best Picture carry a lot of weight. Yet, Best Picture isn’t even the Oscar‘s biggest award. The true crown jewel is winning the Big Five. This means one film winning Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor and Actress. So far only three films have done it, with 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs” achieving this feat most recently. But does winning the Big Five make the film perfect?