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. Most importantly the game’s gradual learning curve, handy tutorials and simple interface is immediately accessible, yet there’s still plenty to learn and discover when it comes to the subtleties of filmmaking 30 hours later.
  2. We're very impressed with this enormous new simulation game, despite the fairly steep learning curve.
  3. 100
    The Movies takes Tycoon-style gameplay and brings it to a new level of polish and immersion, not only delivering addicting and challenging gameplay, but the means to create some funny movies to share with friends, too.
  4. Quite possibly our game of the year. It really is every bit as good as we could have hoped for and every bit as good as the hype would have suggested. [PC Zone]
  5. A title that is only limited by two factors, your imagination and the ability of the title to match it.
  6. What Lionhead have done is truly given us the real control we have craved for all this time... The Movies is simply dripping with style and substance, and will reward you long until the inevitable expansion packs hit the street.
  7. Great controls, fun storyline, an addictive game that you just can’t stop playing and top it all with fantastic movie creation and viewing and you have one top notch game that is hard to pass up.
  8. A flexible and fun experience which can be overwhelming at times but always manages to entertain.
  9. Despite some minor problems, The Movies breaks new ground in the sim genre by putting business elements together with people-sim elements to create a wholly unique experience.
  10. The inclusion of the ability for people to make their own movies will surely spark a number of creative movies with endless possibilities, especially with the potential of future additional downloadable content.
  11. The Movies is an all-around first-class effort. It is easy to learn, fun and addictive to play.
  12. A tremendously well done game.
  13. From the gorgeous detailed graphics, humour, wonderful on-set animation and the entertaining radio news system, The Movies is a landmark game.
  14. I can’t overstate the power of the game engine behind The Movies. The possibilities are almost endless given that this game is mod friendly. Once fans get their hands on this game, we will get to see some incredible movies.
  15. Addictive, entertaining and just plain fun, The Movies gives players creative freedom no other sim has offered.
  16. Its intuitive interface allows anyone to grasp the tools necessary to start making films immediately, as well as providing an outlet for the future Stanley Kubricks of the world to get busy working on the world's next great film.
  17. Two very distinct products – a tycoon, studio manager of sorts and a detailed movie making piece of software. The game doesn’t intertwine them as well as it should, but The Movies has enough going for it to make it easily recommendable.
  18. The Movies is addictive. The Movies is compelling. The Movies is innovative. The Movies is one of those games that you could become lost in for a very long time – should you devote the time to it.
  19. A great management game almost in the same league as Theme Park coupled with a fairly versatile and endlessly amusing movie-making tool makes for a compelling package, but the online options add the kind of polish that’ll potentially keep you coming back for months.
  20. It's as playable, entertaining and creative as was expected both from the hype and from the type of game we know that only Lionhead Studios could produce.
  21. What would happen if you combined the best aspects of resource management with the personal relationships facet of the ever popular TheSims style of games? Activision has done just that with TheMovies, and as we learned, it’s a winning combination.
  22. While film aficionados will get more out of it than your regular Joe who will pay full price to see anything starring Rob Schneider, The Movies is for anyone who not only think they can make movies better than Hollywood, they know they can.
  23. Easily the finest and most involving product to carry Molyneux’s name in years. A stunning achievement. [Christmas 2005, p.100]
  24. Tremendously fun title to say the least.
  25. A must-see blockbuster with that ineffable star quality. [Christmas 2005, p.94]
  26. The only real drawback to The Movies is that, with how deep of a game experience that it provides, it can be overwhelming at times.
  27. It's really to the game's credit that its enormous breadth makes us long for even more sets, scenes, and goodies to muck with.
  28. Offers 500 percent more flexibility than anything that has come before. [Dec 2005, p.185]
  29. The thriving fan community and huge potential of the movie making tools push this game over the edge and really make it an attractive purchase for anyone interested in the theme.
  30. The movie construction system is impressive.
  31. From the obtuse system of management, to the lack of total control with the movie making, this game will disappoint somewhat. However, on balance, The Movies contains some remarkable features, that could only be spawned from the likes of Molyneux.
  32. There is no other game like it on the market, which proves that Peter Molyneux never ceases in his ceaseless search for innovation.
  33. 87
    An excellent simulation title, and anyone that is a fan of the genre would be very happy to pick it up.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 111 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. Jan 17, 2014
    10
    ONE OF THE MOST FUN GAME THAT I HAVE EVAR PLAYED!!!!!

    seriously this game is so fun that i just want be the star of this game it has one
    ONE OF THE MOST FUN GAME THAT I HAVE EVAR PLAYED!!!!!

    seriously this game is so fun that i just want be the star of this game it has one most fun things ever
    this game and it expansion pack are a must you really should get this game if you are interested in making your own films
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