A movie lover’s dream, the Criterion Channel offers classics and discoveries from around the world, thematically programmed with special features, on a streaming service brought to you by the Criterion Collection.
With constantly refreshed selections of Hollywood, international, art-house, and independent movies, plus access to Criterion’s entire streaming library of more than 1,000 important classic and contemporary films, there’s something new to choose from every day of the week on the Criterion Channel. Start with Sunday Spotlights on directors, stars, genres, and themes; Tuesday’s Short + Feature; or the Friday double bill. Try out our 15-minute-a-month film school, Observations on Film Art, or choose from suggestions by friends like Barry Jenkins, Guillermo del Toro, or Mira Nair. Go deep with the Criterion Collection’s archive of special features for context that no other service can match.
- The Criterion Collection’s streaming library, including many complete editions released on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as unreleased titles
- Ongoing programs of Hollywood, international, art-house, independent, documentary, and short films, including thematic programming, director and star retrospectives, and guest-curated series
- Original Criterion Channel series such as Observations on Film Art, Adventures in Moviegoing, and Art-House America
- Supplemental features to deepen your appreciation of the art of film, including audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, scholarly analyses, introductions, new and archival interviews, and trailers
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While I mourned the end of Filmstruck, I’m even happier with the Criterion Channel. I initially thought it was going to be just Criterion films, but that’s not the case due to the differences between streaming rights and distribution rights. So, films that Criterion may not be able to acquire for physical releases (even if they want them) may very well be easier to license for streaming. This keeps it interesting! The whole channel feels extremely curated in the best way possible, down to each well written synopsis. And of course, the supplemental videos for some films are *chef’s kiss* fantastic. In the past month or so I’ve really only been using this app to watch movies. A lot of the other services feel so bogged down lately by so many options and I can never tell the quality. It was getting frustrating until I remembered I had this app. Oh and if you feel overwhelmed by all the new stuff you’ve never heard of before, check out their Instagram - they’re constantly posting about interesting films and series. Sometimes all it takes is seeing a screenshot of a film for me to watch it! As far as functionality goes, I have no complaints. Maybe in the future they could have a rating or like feature so the app could recommend films.
I came over with some trepidation from FilmStruck, where I found the Criterion offerings on there often less compelling than the rest of FilmStruck. Nonetheless I joined as Charter member and have been glad to be a part of it since it’s launch. The app continues to grow slowly and lack some of the functionality I want, particularly stability of progress in a film and uninterrupted broadcasts, but the care in curation and greater inclusion of added features contextualizing films more than makes up for all the areas still in need of improvement. I’ve found the new releases to be addressing my concerns more and more as they go along.
Finally, I’ve found the mix of the familiar art house classics has been expanded with better coverage of earlier eras of Hollywood, series featuring the work of directors who have just released a new film, and a healthy stream of films from the last decade and a commitment to highlighting women filmmakers that has become stronger and stronger.
As someone from the film archivist community I also deeply appreciate the priority placed on new restorations and highlighting the many people who make them possible.
So disappointed. This is a mess
When Criterion announces their streaming service I signed up as a charter member on day one. The day the app went live I was there. I was ready. Then I was extremely disappointed.
I’m only going to say what so many others have said in these reviews and what Criterion keeps ignoring apparently. No full list of every title. They instead gave us a list on a separate website?! Then I use that list to add all the titles I’m interested in. Look at the list, switch back to the app, search the app, add the film. This literally took me 90 minutes to do. Then I realized that there was a limit to how many films could be in your wishlist! Are you kidding me?! So half the titles I added pushed out/deleted the other half. Add to this the horrible, almost unusable interface and search function and I sadly deleted my membership and the app. Over the past two months I come here and check the release notes to see if these things have been corrected. Nope. Criterion doesn’t seem to care. As the developers of this app they have the ability to read the reviews here and add their own response. But they don’t. I suppose the reason why is because they have no intention of improving this app. Which is sad. I am a huge fan of film and the criterion collection. It’s been painful to watch this company sabotage it’s own product and ignore user complaints and concerns.
Developer Response ,
Middle-Age Snow Day, first I would like to thank you for laying this all out in great detail, it is seriously helpful to hear about the pain points from users. Secondly I would like to apologize for the issues you have been facing and let you know that we are taking steps to make improvements here with each new version. We actually have major improvements to search and browsing that will be coming out very soon that we hope will address the biggest problems you mentioned here. We hope that everything we are building in may win back your subscription and in the meantime I can assure you that even though these features are not moving as quickly as everyone (including us!) wants them to, they are in fact moving closer to release each day.
Please check back soon and thank you again for bringing this issue to our attention.
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