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
To access all features and content you can subscribe to The Criterion Channel on a monthly or yearly basis with an auto-renewing subscription right inside the app.* Pricing can vary by region and will be confirmed before purchase in the app. In app subscriptions will automatically renew at the end of their cycle.
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No other streaming service out there makes watching great cinema quite so accessible. Mubi is great, Kanopy and Fandor are also good, but the Criterion Channel is exactly what we needed after FilmStruck, the former greatest thing ever, was shut down last year. In many respects, Criterion Channel is better, as it is easier to navigate and more appealing to the eye. The catalog is smaller, but with time I imagine it will expand to the great size of the late FilmStruck catalog. Nevertheless, the catalog currently available is chock full of great cinema, new and old, domestic and foreign, entertainment and artistic. There’s a film in here for everyone, and the app makes finding such films super easy. The way the app features films on the front page is very unique, as rather than an algorithm aggregating a bunch of movies under some generic genre title such as “independent dramas” a la Netflix, the people working on this app create a new themed collection of a few films every days. There are double features, short + feature pairs, director highlights, studio highlights, female filmmaker spotlights, etc. Long live cinema, and love live the Criterion Channel!
Developer Response ,
Hey FourMinerz Expert! Thanks for such a great review, we really appreciate it! We have a lot of new features planned for upcoming releases that we hope will make the experience even better. Stay tuned and let us know if you run into any issues!
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.
Awesome collection of movies. They group some by interesting themes like the recent ‘caught on tape’ and ‘heist’ lists. They have others lists like women filmmakers or Martin scorcese’s world cinema project or double features with unique themes. There are also short videos of filmmakers talking about their favorite movies. I think generally quite a few of those movies are simultaneously available. I just wish criterion gets hold of more newer movies at least from the past two decades. Like Todd Solondz’s Happiness, or Miranda July’s Me and you and Everyone we know or Richard Ayoade’s The Double or lesser known international gems like a death in the Gunj or so many others I just heard of but never got to see. But that has nothing to do with the app. As for the app please keep grouping movies by themes or moods or tropes, it makes a person like me feel like bingeing those set movies rather than those occasional gems which I heard are good but remain in my to watch list for a long time. And also more favorite movie lists of filmmakers. That’s it, thanks for releasing criterion movies in a streaming app
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