Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 62 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
  1. 70
    Few games in recent years have been laugh-out-loud funny, but The Movies generates so much random silliness that - even when things are going wrong - you can still have a good time.
  2. When you need a quality action scene, you call on the chicken; Is this a future star? [Jan 2006, p.55]
  3. That this is one decidedly average experience and one decidedly great one jammed together becomes clear long before you’re freed to fully enjoy yourself. [Jan 2005, p.86]
  4. If you are hungering for a good tycoon game, keep looking. The Movies won’t butter your popcorn. But if the idea of making your own short films sounds even remotely interesting, the creation tools and capabilities of the game can provide hours and hours of fun.
  5. The Movies takes elements of all our favorite simulation games, most noticeably The Sims and the various Tycoon games, and combines them successfully with simple, user-friendly controls.
  6. Although the game has some very nice quirks and touches, it fails to provide a strong, engaging experience. The rewards of running a successful studio aren't worth the patience and frustrations involved.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 116 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Nov 25, 2011
    10
    There aren't many games that I give a a perfect 10 score. The Movies is a perfect example of an imperfect, entertaining game that is expandedThere aren't many games that I give a a perfect 10 score. The Movies is a perfect example of an imperfect, entertaining game that is expanded almost endlessly on your own personal imagination. The ability to craft your own short-stories with Sims quality characters (at least Sims back in 2005), and to voice act in your own movies is something unseen. If you're looking into animation, or anything of the sort, pick this game up for $10 and let your imagination run wild. Export the movies and share them with friends, or make them with your friends. There's hours of fun to be had here. Full Review »
  2. Feb 21, 2015
    8
    One of my favourite simulation games to date. It has plenty of content and can be very difficult at times if you play the campaign. Hover IOne of my favourite simulation games to date. It has plenty of content and can be very difficult at times if you play the campaign. Hover I have to say that if you stretch the game time too much and let's say you reach the year 2090, it gets boring and, what I have found, no one will come to ask you for a job, unless one of you employees had died. Full Review »
  3. Aug 13, 2014
    8
    A unique simulation game about the Hollywood film-making industry, featuring pretty much everything from shooting a film in scenes to managingA unique simulation game about the Hollywood film-making industry, featuring pretty much everything from shooting a film in scenes to managing the stars' ego. There are so many things to take care of that it feels more like a tycoon than a simple simulation. I liked the detailed shooting of the films, the studio's need to capitalize, the difficulty of getting your stars on schedule without stressing them out, and, of course, the charts and the award ceremonies. I disliked the mechanical way of rating the films, the difficulty of achieving rave reviews of the stars (which means you can't have Meryl Streep in the game) and some problems in balancing the game's difficulty after you advance on technology and rankings. These are minor details, and do not spoil the whole experience. It is, overall, an accomplished effort in a genre that is overlooked by most gamers and gaming industries. Too bad it did not get a sequel other than an expansion pack. Full Review »