Generally favorable reviews - based on 62 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
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  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. AceGamez
    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. games(TM)
    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. PC Format
    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. Game Informer
    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.
  34. Pelit (Finland)
    A whole lot of fun. Managing your own studio is a real blast, although things tend to get a bit too simple and straight-forward at times. Creating movies from scratch is intuitive and strangely addictive. [Dec 2005]
  35. Lionhead Studios creates a fun movie mogul sim, while giving wannabe Spielbergs the chance to make their masterpieces.
  36. Offers a unique perspective on moviemaking and its gameplay style is refreshingly original. If you're a movie buff, or love Sims-type games, The Movies is for you.
  37. PC Gamer
    The most innovative sim in years, even with its manageability issues. [Jan 2005, p.66]
  38. Taken too seriously the game can become frustrating and repetitive. But if you're just in it for the fun, fun is what you're going to have.
  39. The replay value for this game is extremely high, as you are only limited by your imagination.
  40. There's nothing wrong with sweating the details, but hopefully the sequel will focus on the ones that make this game special.
  41. An ambitious attempt at an addictive game, and meets expectations more times than not.
  42. The Movies proves to be an accessible and good-spirited tycoon game, and its moviemaking tools offer a surprisingly deep amount of control. But the disconnection between these elements is noticeable.
  43. Like in Hollywood, the real magic in The Movies is in the films you produce and not in the mundane business of making movies.
  44. The heavy micromanagement necessary in The Movies may not be for everyone, but it’s easy to see that this is a good game. There are enough unique touches so it never feels stale or derivative, even though parts of it may seem familiar to some gamers.
  45. 80
    In order to work within the mechanics of the sim, only the game-created factors figure into how well-received your movies are. The experience of creating your own movies during the game is rendered hollow by knowing that no matter how much tweaking you do, it doesn't figure into it.
  46. 80
    While the studio lots themselves can become wonderful places given the right attention, and stars can be fun to screw with, too many limitations and confusion as to why some things work the way they do can create a tiresome management simulation.
  47. 80
    Don't expect challenging financial decisions or careful economic planning, but if all you want is to make your own movies, this game's awe-inspiringly varied toolset should not be missed.
  48. 80
    Like any generic Tycoon sim, The Movies gets a bit over-focused on the trivial aspects of simulation, specifically with studio upkeep and playing constant babysitter to bigheaded actors, though while somewhat satirical, is a continuous bother. But the main attraction here is making short movies, which, if you're willing to spend the time, can be oodles of fun.
  49. The Movies isn't so addictive that it will likely cause you to lose sleep like some management games, but the time you do spend with it will probably prove to be some the most enjoyable "tycoon" style gameplay you've had in 2005.
  50. One of the most addictive and enjoyable games you'll play this year. [Jan 2005, p.84]
  51. 80
    An addictive tycoon style game which also caters to those with a bit of creative flair.
  52. It is once the main game is over that the real fun of The Movies begins.
  53. While running the studio does boil down too quickly into lather-rinse-repeat patterns of tycoon-style management, the moviemaking part of the game gives you an almost endless supply of replayability.
  54. It has all of the elements of a good game, and it can be fun at times, but the endless micromanagement gets a little tedious.
  55. A pretty solid, compelling take on the inner and outer workings of the deliciously corrupt film business and should satisfy most who audition - until they invariably freak out and seek rehab, that is.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 169 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 169
  1. Nov 25, 2011
    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
    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. Jun 2, 2014
    The movies is one of the most addicting and satisfying games I have ever played! I would highly recommended this game to anyone! So enjoyableThe movies is one of the most addicting and satisfying games I have ever played! I would highly recommended this game to anyone! So enjoyable and rewarding! I can't stress anymore to tell people to buy this game! worth every cent! Sim and movie lovers will go crazy over this game! So much effort can go into the making of movies, ideas are endless! character development is amazingly good! all factors come together as one of the best simulation games ever! Highly underrated game! which will continuously have you coming back for more! Full Review »