The top 9 movies on Netflix this week, from ‘Awake’ to ‘Wish Dragon’

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  • Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Insider a list of which movies have been most prominent on Netflix’s daily top-10 lists that week.
  • Netflix counts a view if an account watches a movie or TV show for at least two minutes.
  • More than a month after its release, “The Mitchells and the Machines” is still attracting Netflix viewers.
  • But the biggest movie this week was an animated children’s movie, “Wish Dragon,” followed by the thriller “Awake.”
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9. “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (2019)

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Description: “On a farm outside New York, Max aims to boost his confidence while in the city, Snowball attempts to rescue a tiger cub and Gidget pretends to be a cat.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 61%

What critics said: “It’s never a great sign when the biggest laughs a movie gets are during the end credits.” — New York Post

8. “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” (2021, Netflix original)

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Description: “A robot apocalypse put the brakes on their cross-country road trip. Now it’s up to the Mitchells — the world’s weirdest family — to save the human race.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 98%

What critics said: “This is a perfect movie for the whole family, which is an all-too-rare thing to find.” — Newsday

7. “The Devil Below” (2021)

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Description: “When a team of researchers tries to find out what started a fire in a coal mine, they quickly discover that the disaster is anything but natural.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 0%

What critics said: “The heroes have all been reduced to just one or two identifiable traits: One’s a conspiracy theorist, one’s a fortune-hunter, one’s religious and so on.” — Los Angeles Times

6. “2 Hearts” (2020)

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Description: “In parallel love stories, the lives of college student Chris and wealthy businessman Jorge intersect in a profound twist of fate. Based on a true story.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 17%

What critics said: “It’s a softheaded piece of morbid romantic treacle — two parallel cloying love stories for the price of one.” — Variety

5. “Dog Gone Trouble” (2021, Netflix original)

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Description: “The privileged life of a pampered dog named Trouble is turned upside-down when he gets lost and must learn to survive on the big-city streets.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: “Home is at the center of ‘Dog Gone Trouble,’ about a lost pooch whose owner has just died. But this Netflix animated family feature is nothing to write home about.” — New York Times

4. “A Haunted House 2” (2014)

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Description: “Grieving after a tragedy, Malcolm tries to start fresh with his new girlfriend and her kids — but supernatural shenanigans find their way back to him.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 8%

What critics said: “A few observational gags deliver, but all the doll-humping and chicken-slaughtering will haunt you for days.” — Guardian

3. “Home” (2015)

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Description: “When misfit alien Oh mistakenly sends a party invite to the entire galaxy, he goes on the run to avoid trouble and befriends spunky human girl Tip.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 52%

What critics said: “A surprisingly moving tale of friendship and family, dressed up as an adorably frivolous sci-fi comedy.” — Vulture

2. “Awake” (2021, Netflix original)

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Description: “After a global event wipes out humanity’s ability to sleep, a troubled ex-soldier fights to save her family as society and her mind spiral into chaos.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 30%

What critics said: “So for those asking the obvious: Yes, Awake should put you to sleep rather quickly.” — Globe and Mail

1. “Wish Dragon” (2021, Netflix original)

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Description: “Determined teen Din is longing to reconnect with his childhood best friend when he meets a wish-granting dragon who shows him the magic of possibilities.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 65%

What critics said: “Sure, the lowbrow gags and rote combat drags the film down, but in the moments where Appelhans breathes contemporary specifics into the story, ‘Wish Dragon’ is a quirky, appealing ride.” — Polygon

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