The top 9 movies on Netflix this week, from ‘Stowaway’ to ‘Thunder Force’

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Anna Kendrick in “Stowaway.”

  • 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.
  • “Stowaway,” a new sci-fi movie starring Anna Kendrick, was Netflix’s most popular movie this week.
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9. “Saving Private Ryan” (1998)

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Description: “Eight U.S. Army Rangers penetrate German-held territory during World War II to find and bring home a soldier whose three brothers have been killed.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 93%

What critics said: “[Saving Private Ryan] accomplishes something I had been taught was most difficult — making an action-filled anti-war film or, at least, one that doesn’t in some way glorify or lie about combat.” — Chicago Tribune

8. “Barbie and Chelsea: The Lost Birthday” (2021)

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Description: “When Barbie’s sister Chelsea thinks her birthday has been skipped, she hunts for a magic gem on a jungle island that will grant her wish to get it back.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A

What critics said: N/A

7. “The Zookeeper’s Wife” (2017)

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Description: “When the Nazis invade Poland, Warsaw Zoo caretakers work with the underground resistance to save Jews from the horrors of the Third Reich.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 64%

What critics said: “Jessica Chastain is relaxed with some actual lion cubs, and there’s a bunny that should win an Oscar. But when the film pivots to the scared human beings down below, you get a hint of the weirder, tougher drama it might have been.” — Time Out

6. “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: 60%

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

5. “The Little Rascals” (1994)

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Description: “As Alfalfa tries to charm Darla, a group of pint-sized mischief-makers land in all sorts of antics. Inspired by Hal Roach’s ‘Our Gang’ series.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 23%

What critics said: “Spheeris appears caught between her desire to make a film for little children and amuse their parents, resulting in a mess that will do anything for a cheap laugh.” —

4. “Synchronic” (2020)


Description: “Two paramedics begin to question their realities after coming across several bizarre deaths linked to a new narcotic with mind-bending effects.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 79%

What critics said: “A smart indie sci-fi which has much to say and some great ideas, all wrapped up in a designer-drug-based premise that makes it sound less interesting than it actually is.” — Empire Magazine

3. “Thunder Force” (2021, Netflix original)

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Description: “Two childhood best friends reunite as an unlikely crime-fighting superhero duo when one invents a formula that gives ordinary people superpowers.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 22%

What critics said: “Thunder Force might help illustrate why there are so few pure superhero comedy movies … It’s almost as if being a superhero is hard, but being funny is much harder.”  — Polygon

2. “American Me” (1992)

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Description: “Three friends born in poverty create their own capitalist dream as powerful gang members. Time in prison makes one of them consider a fresh beginning.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 78%

What critics said: “Throughout, Olmos dominates the film with an impassive, yet inwardly tormented performance as he wears the implacable mask of power.” — Hartford Courant

1. “Stowaway” (2021, Netflix original)

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Toni Collette in “Stowaway.”

Description: “A three-person crew on a mission to Mars faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of everyone on board.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 75%

What critics said: “Just about every confusing plot point is overcome by a powerful human moment.” — Vulture

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