Movies Released in 2009 That I've Seen

Movies I've seen from 2009, ranked from best to worst.
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1.
Up (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
“ Another home run by Pixar, this movie will make you laugh one minute and then cry your eyes out the very next. I absolutely love the colour palette, it's so vibrant, and the lighting is done superbly as well. A solid A+++ film, a must-see! ” - Barloq
 
2.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
“ Quentin Tarantino made a film that defied all expectations, and to be honest, I couldn't be happier. Inglorious Basterds is a great film, kept aloft by strong performances and fueled by dialogue that grows more increasingly intense than any shootout scene could have. ” - Barloq
 
3.
District 9 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
“ A very cool allegory about apartheid, although it doesn't let that stop it from having fun. Pig-projectiles for the win. ” - Barloq
 
4.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation. (87 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Extremely charming, funny and featuring stylish stop-motion animation (which would make this worth a watch even if the rest of it wasn't so awesome... kinda like the opposite of A Scanner Darkly). ” - Barloq
 
5.
Up in the Air (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
With a job traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham enjoys his life living out of a suitcase, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a new hire and a potential love interest. (109 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ A very enjoyable and interesting drama with a great cast. ” - Barloq
 
6.
Red Cliff (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.). (146 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ AWESOME war movie by John Woo. He captures the epic scale of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms well. I'll go so far as to say that this is the Chinese equivalent of The Lord of the Rings films - do yourself a favour and see it! ” - Barloq
 
7.
Watchmen (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it. (162 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ A surprisingly faithful adaptation of the graphic novel. However, the theatrical cut is a bit lacking, to really appreciate it I recommend the Director's or (if you're really into it) Ultimate cut... or just read the graphic novel. :P ” - Barloq
 
8.
Cell 211 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal. (113 mins.)
Director: Daniel Monzón
“ A really intense Spanish thriller - think Die Hard in a prison and you have a pretty close idea of how it is. ” - Barloq
 
9.
Avatar (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ I'm gonna go on a longer rant than usual for this one... it's good, but James Cameron has done much, MUCH better. The story does take a backseat to the visuals, and it's pretty by-the-numbers stuff. Even the hippy/nerd-following it has gotten are annoying. Regardless, this is still an entertaining film, but a step down for James Cameron compared to Aliens and Terminator 1 & 2. And for those who complained about it not winning Best Picture - it didn't stand a chance. Even if The Hurt Locker hadn't won, it still was outclassed by Inglorious Basterds and Up, among others. ” - Barloq
 
10.
MGS: Philanthropy (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The movie is set in 2007, taking place before or right after the first part of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. (69 mins.)
“ A surprisingly well-made fan movie. I love the series, and this production captures the feeling of it very well. Plus it was filmed on a shoe-string budget, making the grandeur production values even more amazing to behold. It's available for free, get it!! ” - Barloq
 
11.
Taken (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris. (93 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
“ One of the bigger surprises for me in 2009, this movie is an extremely enjoyable action-romp through the streets of Paris. ” - Barloq
 
12.
Zombieland (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. (88 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
“ A surprisingly fun romp through zombie-infested America, but I can't help but feel that the zombie craze is about to reach critical mass... ” - Barloq
 
13.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. (128 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ A fun reinvention of the iconic hero. ” - Barloq
 
14.
Rampage (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A man with a thirst for revenge builds a full body armor from Kevlar and goes on a killing spree. (85 mins.)
Director: Uwe Boll
“ This movie is seriously stomach-churning. It's very hard to watch a mass murderer go about his business with a straight face. That said, it's a well-crafted film (although it has some questionable logic at times), the lead actor does a good job, and the fact that it's directed by UWE BOLL of all people makes the movie all the more impressive. ” - Barloq
 
15.
The Hangover (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding. (100 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
“ A funny concept that maximizes its potential and its cast to produce some big laughs. ” - Barloq
 
16.
Best Worst Movie (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A look at the making of the film Troll 2 and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic. (93 mins.)
“ A really fun documentary about the hilariously-awful Troll 2. Even better, it tends to be part of a Troll 2 double-bill so it sets the main feature up very well. They're both definitely worth a watch. ” - Barloq
 
17.
The Road (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea. (111 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
“ A depressing trek through the apocalypse. Not a bad movie, but it feels very pointless (...or is that the point?). ” - Barloq
 
18.
Brothers (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan. (105 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
“ Personally, I think this war-drama is a little overblown. Engaging stuff, but not the sort of movie I enjoyed enough to want to watch again. ” - Barloq
 
19.
Family Guy (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The Family Guy empire strikes back with another hilarious parody of your favorite sci-fi saga! Download this special extended trailer for a sneak peek at the laughs! Coming to a galaxy near you on December 22, 2009. (22 mins.)
“ Not as good as the first one, but it has some really funny bits. ” - Barloq
 
20.
Defendor (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Arthur Poppington, a regular man who adopts a superhero persona, known as 'Defendor', combs the city streets at night, in search of his arch-enemy, Captain Industry. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Stebbings
“ Deceptive marketing aside, this is a pretty good superhero drama, probably the most "realistic" superhero movie out there. ” - Barloq
 
21.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past. (153 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ Another entertaining entry in the Harry Potter series, although Michael Gambon's less-than-earnest performance as Dumbledore brings it down a notch. ” - Barloq
 
22.
Star Trek (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Commander Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ Overrated. Everyone was gushing about this when it came out, but I could never really understand why. It's enjoyable, I'll admit, but not really my cup of tea I guess. ” - Barloq
 
23.
The International (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An Interpol agent attempts to expose a high-profile financial institution's role in an international arms dealing ring. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
“ A strangely flat thriller. Which makes the jaw-droppingly epic Guggenheim shootout all the more amazing. If they had worked in another shootout along those lines, then this might have been a movie worth watching - as it is, I'd just Youtube that clip. ” - Barloq
 
24.
Terminator Salvation (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In 2018, a mysterious new weapon in the war against the machines, half-human and half-machine, comes to John Connor on the eve of a resistance attack on Skynet. But whose side is he on, and can he be trusted? (115 mins.)
Director: McG
“ Some people will probably disagree, but this was a decent film. Better than the crap-tacular Terminator 3 in any case. ” - Barloq
 
25.
Armored (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A newbie guard for an armored truck company is coerced by his veteran coworkers to steal a truck containing $42 million. But a wrinkle in their supposedly foolproof plan divides the group, leading to a potentially deadly resolution. (88 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
“ Against all the odds, this movie *doesn't suck*. At first glance, it looks like a really mediocre action movie, but Nimrod Antal makes the best of everything and turns it into an enjoyable thrill ride. Matt Dillon is an especially villainous highlight. ” - Barloq
 
26.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When Sid's attempt to adopt three dinosaur eggs gets him abducted by their real mother to an underground lost world, his friends attempt to rescue him. (94 mins.)
“ An extremely simple and highly-illogical kid flick, but it's just so damn entertaining. I literally caught myself laughing at its jokes many times, which is more than I can say about many more "adult"-oriented comedies. ” - Barloq
 
27.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A look at Wolverine's early life, in particular his time with the government squad Team X and the impact it will have on his later years. (107 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
“ Meh. A pretty silly origin story for everyone's favourite X-Man. ” - Barloq
 
28.
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Teenager, Darren Shan, meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire. After a series of events Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak and become a Vampire. (109 mins.)
Director: Paul Weitz
“ A strange kid's movie, but bouyed by surprisingly good performances by John C. Reilly and Josh Hutcherson. ” - Barloq
 
29.
Fast & Furious (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Brian O'Conner, now working for the FBI in LA, teams up with Dominic Toretto to bring down a heroin importer by infiltrating his operation. (107 mins.)
Director: Justin Lin
“ Unlike the previous two F&F sequels, the 4th film fails just for being rather boring. In fact, it's almost as dull and uninspired as the film's own title. It's too bad too, because getting the original cast back was a great first step, and there's some actual ambition this time to create a serious story. Unfortunately, as I have said, the film is just plain unmemorable. ” - Barloq
 
30.
I Love You, Man (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Friendless Peter Klaven goes on a series of man-dates to find a Best Man for his wedding. But, when his insta-bond with his new B.F.F. puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancée, can the trio learn to live happily ever after? (105 mins.)
Director: John Hamburg
“ Meh. Not my cup of tea either. ” - Barloq
 
31.
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An origins story centered on the centuries-old feud between the race of aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. (92 mins.)
“ A big, fat "meh". This is the point in the list where the movies starts getting bad. ” - Barloq
 
32.
Dead Snow (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies. (90 mins.)
Director: Tommy Wirkola
“ OMG Nazi Zombies! Actually, this movie's premise is too cool for the film itself. It's basically:
1) Friends go into the woods
2) Zombies start killing them off one-by-one.
3) The End.
Nothing really special at all, I was disappointed. ” - Barloq
 
33.
Inkheart (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero. (106 mins.)
Director: Iain Softley
“ Another really strange kid's movie. The only real highlight is Paul Bettany and Andy Serkis. In all other regards, it's just plain bad. ” - Barloq
 
34.
The Descent: Part 2 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Refusing to believe her story about cave-dwelling monsters, the sole survivor of a spelunking exploration gone horribly wrong is forced to follow the authorities back into the caves where something awaits. (94 mins.)
Director: Jon Harris
“ A really forced, by-the-numbers horror sequel... which is too bad, because the original is brilliant. ” - Barloq
 
35.
Saw VI (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Agent Strahm is dead, and FBI agent Erickson draws nearer to Hoffman. Meanwhile, a pair of insurance executives find themselves in another game set by jigsaw. (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin Greutert
“ Better than the 5th, but still not that good. I think Saw turned into torture porn by the 4th entry, but at least this one attempts to be something more. ” - Barloq
 
36.
The Final Destination (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
After a young man's premonition of a deadly race-car crash helps saves the lives of his peers, Death sets out to collect those who evaded their end. (82 mins.)
Director: David R. Ellis
“ While pretty much every Final Destination film is completely archetypical, they usually retain a sense of fun and deviousness... not so much with this one. Moreso than any other film in the series, it seems to revolve entirely around its kills, which are pretty gruesome I must say, with probably the worst cast in the series. ” - Barloq
 
37.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war. (150 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ Famously bad. Weak in every conceivable way, which it tries to make up for in action (and fails because the action scenes are poorly done, and the robot designs are terrible) and sex (I'm not a mindless automaton... I'm not going to say a movie was good because it had a bunch of skanks running around to pander to me). A really sad example of by-the-numbers blockbuster "entertainment". ” - Barloq
 
38.
2012 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind. (158 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ I actually enjoy Ronald Emmerich's movies, even if they're stupid half the time. However, this crosses the line from "mindlessly enjoyable" to "sheer stupidity". Not to mention that there's something inherently tasteless about global annihilation as a spectacle. ” - Barloq
 
39.
The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Sam Reide uses his power to time travel to solve the mystery of his girlfriend's death. (90 mins.)
Director: Seth Grossman
“ This movie's a bit of a tragedy, since it's actually a pretty smart idea to keep the series going without falling into the habit of formula (like the 2nd movie in the series was). Unfortunately, this core is mangled by bad acting, bad writing and bad direction which make it easily the worst entry in the series. ” - Barloq
 
40.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Edward leaves Bella after an attack that nearly claimed her life, and in her depression she falls into yet another paranormal relationship - this time with werewolf Jacob Black. (130 mins.)
Director: Chris Weitz
“ Garbage. We already saw this movie - it was called "Twilight", but it starred vampires instead of werewolves, and had the vestiges of a plot. This movie is entirely set-up for the next 3 movies in the series, full of over-the-top angst and melodrama that anyone out of high school should find laughable. Not to mention that the first hour and a half is a complete retread of the first film, reskinned to fit the shapeshifting wolfmen instead of vampires. Dull and overblown to the point of insanity. ” - Barloq
 
41.
Survival of the Dead (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their un-dead relatives back to their human state. (90 mins.)
“ Oh George A. Romero... why? How could he fall from the heights of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead to this trash? Hell, I even enjoyed Day and Land - even Diary was middling. This, however, is just incredibly stupid and pointless. ” - Barloq
 
42.
Paintball (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
A group of young urban workaholics sign up for a weekend of paintballing to have some adventure. But... (86 mins.)
Director: Daniel Benmayor
“ Imagine predator, except without all the good parts, and you'll have a good idea of what Paintball is like. Unmemorable characters getting killed for 85 minutes has never been this boring. To make matters worse, they're playing paintball for literally less than a minute before most of them start taking their masks off. THE FIRST RULE OF PAINTBALL IS NOT TO REMOVE YOUR MASK. Skip this major waste of time and brain cells. ” - Barloq
 
43.
Against the Dark (2009 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  
When most of the population of Earth is infected with a virus and transformed into flesh eaters and blood drinking creatures... (94 mins.)
Director: Richard Crudo
“ A hilariously bad low-budget, I Am Legend-rip off, Steven Seagal movie. That alone should give you an idea of its pedigree. ” - Barloq
 
44.
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  
The California coast is terrorized by two enormous prehistoric sea creatures as they battle each other for supremacy of the sea. (88 mins.)
Director: Ace Hannah
“ I bought this for $5 because I figured it would be funny-bad. It wasn't. It was soul-crushingly awful. They even forgot to key out the green screen at one point. Do not feel the same emptiness I feel after watching this - it is, by far, the worst movie I have ever seen in my entire life (insofar as I want my life and $5 back please and thank you). ” - Barloq