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What’s New

Version 4.941

This release includes:
• Chromecast support (some limitations may still apply depending on your device)
• Airplay adjustments
• Improved download manager & offline sync
• UX improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

Bulger.paul ,

My favorite streaming service ever

This is the best streaming service I’ve ever used. I’ve already watched 17 movies on it so far and I haven’t seen a single bad one yet. I like the way the movies are organized, with tons of different sub categories, and I love that most of the movies come with interviews and other supplementary material, but I do wish it had way more search options available than it does, because I’ve had to use third party sources, like a Letterboxd list that displays all of the service’s available movies, in order to find things I want to watch. I’d also appreciate some kind of rating system and a suggestion feed. But neither of those are enough to hinder my enjoyment of this service overall, as it contains a bunch of incredible movies that are difficult to locate.

The service itself has also been consistently smooth. I’ve used it on three different devices so far without any issues, which is impressive for any service this early in its life.

nornir101010 ,

I’ve been waiting a long time for something like this!

A ways back I reached an inflection point in my film journey. I had seen many of the classic and well regarded American films that make up so many film lost (The Godfather, Chinatown, Citizen Kane) and I struggled to find new interesting movies, at the same time that services like Netflix made a disappointing shift to producing low quality, disposable films. Even when I would find list of good movies I had not seen, it then became a huge challenge to find where to watch them. The criterion channel solves all of this. There are great, obscure, and interesting movies on here, that are easy to find, save to your list, and then consume at your leisure. Every time I open the app I am confident that the film I watch will at the very least be interesting, and I can consume it with ease, the way I want to (on my phone, tv, or laptop.) This app has revitalized my interest in movies.

JohnCrossett ,

Magnificent films, but the app could be more user friendly

I am delighted with the content and streaming quality, though I have not attempted to download content for offline viewing, so I can’t really speak to the app’s functionality there. I give the app 4 stars instead of 5 only because I can’t stream on my Smart TVs and because the app’s search function could be more user friendly. At present, the search box is too unforgiving of spelling errors or omitted accent marks—a search for “Luis Banuel” yields nothing; the app insists it be spelled “Luis Bañuel,” so I have to either download a Spanish keyboard onto my iPad or copy and paste the name from Wikipedia or something. “First world problems,” I know, but still kind of a pain. And lord help you if you don’t know how to spell Krzysztof Kieslowski (oops, that should be Kieślowski! 😉). Some predictive text functionality would go a long way toward fixing these problems. All around great app, though. Really enjoying the content.


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Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
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