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Jim Carrey: 8 Unpopular Opinions About His Movies, According To Reddit

One of the most popular comedic actors of all time, Jim Carrey was also one of the most bankable stars of the '90s and early '00s. Films like Dumb and DumberThe MaskAce Ventura: Pet Detective, and Bruce Almighty have endeared him to audiences around the world.

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Even still, Redditors can find something to disagree with when it comes to anything Hollywood-related and Carrey's movies are no exception. There are plenty of people on Reddit who have some controversial opinions when it comes to the rubber-faced actor.

8 Jim Carrey Was Great In Kick-Ass 2

One Redditor, ProfessorDemon, had some positive things to say about the actors' work in several projects. In one case, it was for a playful superhero sequel, "He was great in Kickass 2, funny but not super goofy."

The original Kick-Assdid well with both critics and fans, but Kick-Ass 2didn't do nearly as well with either, with most seeing it as a pale imitation of the heartfelt original. The sequel kept the extreme violence while bringing in new characters like Carrey's Colonel Stars and Stripes. And while fans of the film probably wouldn't dispute that Carrey is good in his scenes, they would probably disagree with the notion that he wasn't "super goofy" in them.

7 Jim Carrey Is What Saves Liar Liar, Not The Script

FunetikPrugresiv had a glowing review of Carrey's performance in Liar Liar, saying "The movie, as written, is average ... Jim Carrey carries [it] so far above what he's given to work with. In other words, this is not the case of an actor benefitting from a funny script or talented co-stars to play off of."

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The Redditor's point about Carrey being the backbone of Liar Liar is something that could be widely agreed upon. However, while the script was never going to be an Oscar winner, it succeeds in being an innocuous, enjoyable Sunday afternoon movie. While Carrey does bear a lot of the film's weight, the script also had a part in its success.

6 Me, Myself And Irene Is Better Than Liar Liar

On the same thread about Liar Liar, one Redditor compared another film more favorably. In Thefinalwerd's words, "I personally think Me, Myself and Irene is way better. Just the body movements he makes when he fights himself, in the end, are insane."

The Farrelly Brothers' Me, Myself & Irene has its fans, especially those who were looking for Carrey to expand beyond his PG-13 wheelhouse. However, the majority of Carrey fans would rank Liar Liar — and Carrey's more likable character in it — above Me, Myself & Irene.

5 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Was Just Average

Powerful_Artist had some less than kind words for one of Carrey's better films: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. "I haven't heard many people talk about Jim Carrey for a long time, until one day my friends brought up how they all like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I found that movie to be average and ultimately kind of depressing."

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But Joel Barrish ranks among Jim Carrey's best dramatic roles in the eyes of most viewers. And while the film itself is somewhat depressing, Eternal Sunshine is far from average. With that being said, the movie's balancing of drama and sci-fi isn't for everyone. This would be particularly true for any audience member expecting the usual Carrey comedy.

4 Morgan Freeman Is Satan In Bruce Almighty

While it could equally be considered a theory as much as an opinion, MasterLawlz had an interesting take on Morgan Freeman as God in Bruce Almighty. "The story makes sense if you think of Morgan Freeman's character as an evil genie giving Bruce exactly what he wishes for and taking pleasure in the chaos that ensues."

Most fans of this movie, which actually has no antagonist, would disagree with the user's take. Bruce Nolan has to learn to reign in his hubris, but Freeman's God character never takes pleasure in the character's missteps in getting to that point. However, the user does have a point in God knowing how it would go. But letting a lesson be learned is not the same as taking pleasure in chaos.

3 Dumb And Dumber To Is Good

On a thread titled, "What is your opinion of Dumb and Dumber To," Harishaj said that they, "absolutely loved it." This is not a common reaction to Dumb and Dumber To, which is another poor sequel to a Jim Carrey original.

Among the film's many issues is the differentiation between Harry and Lloyd in the original and Harry and Lloyd in the sequel. In the original, they're overall decent people if not also a little selfish (Lloyd selling the headless Petey was the worst action committed in the original). In the sequel, however, the pair is outright crass. A startling example of this is when they verbally harass a woman on a stage into taking off her clothing. That moment, even if it was played as a joke in the original, wouldn't have been funny, so it certainly wasn't in a film released in 2014.

2 Dumb And Dumber Is On Par With Scorsese And Tarantino

Dumb and Dumber is an incredibly enjoyable film, but one Redditor sees it as being in the company of some prestige. According to arcwarden-, "I put Dumb and Dumber among the all-time favorite movies that include Scorsese, Tarantino, Nolan, and del Toro movie."

As far as comedies go, Dumb and Dumber is towards the top in a ranking of the best Jim Carrey movies. Along with There's Something About Mary, it's the Farrelly Brothers' primary contribution to the genre. However, it is probably difficult for most fans to view it in the same light as GoodfellasPulp FictionThe Dark Knight, or Pan's Labyrinth.

1 The Grinch Was Lucky & Deserved To Be Bullied

Unpopopinx said this of the Whos treatment of Carrey's eponymous character in The Grinch (2000): "Everyone is judgmental, it one of the main tasks of our brains. The grinch was a freak. He's lucky he wasn't abandoned or killed. He left because of some bullying."

But while the Grinch may have looked a little different from the rest of the town, that in no way warranted bullying (especially to the point where he felt unsafe). This Redditor's opinion is thoroughly unpopular and disagreeable. It also serves to indicate that they did not understand the theme of the film that they watched.

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Social news aggregation, web content rating, livestreaming, and discussion platform

Not to be confused with Redditt.

Reddit (, stylized as reddit) is an American social newsaggregation, web content rating, and discussion website. Registered members submit content to the site such as links, text posts, images, and videos, which are then voted up or down by other members. Posts are organized by subject into user-created boards called "communities" or "subreddits", which cover a variety of topics such as news, politics, religion, science, movies, video games, music, books, sports, fitness, cooking, pets, and image-sharing. Submissions with more upvotes appear towards the top of their subreddit and, if they receive enough upvotes, ultimately on the site's front page. Although there are strict rules prohibiting harassment, it still occurs, and Reddit administrators moderate the communities and close or restrict them on occasion. Moderation is also conducted by community-specific moderators, who are not considered Reddit employees.[5]

As of September 2021, Reddit ranks as the 19th-most-visited website in the world and 7th most-visited website in the U.S., according to Alexa Internet.[6] About 42-49.3% of its user base comes from the United States, followed by the United Kingdom at 7.9-8.2% and Canada at 5.2-7.8%.[7][6] 22 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 to 29 years, and 14 percent of U.S. adults aged 30 to 49 years, regularly use Reddit.[7]

Reddit was founded by University of Virginia roommates Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, with Aaron Swartz, in 2005. Condé Nast Publications acquired the site in October 2006. In 2011, Reddit became an independent subsidiary of Condé Nast's parent company, Advance Publications.[8] In October 2014, Reddit raised $50 million in a funding round led by Sam Altman and including investors Marc Andreessen, Peter Thiel, Ron Conway, Snoop Dogg, and Jared Leto.[9] Their investment valued the company at $500 million then.[10][11] In July 2017, Reddit raised $200 million for a $1.8 billion valuation, with Advance Publications remaining the majority stakeholder.[12] In February 2019, a $300 million funding round led by Tencent brought the company's valuation to $3 billion.[13] In August 2021, a $700 million funding round led by Fidelity Investments raised that valuation to over $10 billion.[14]


Company history

Further information: Timeline of Reddit

The idea and initial development of Reddit originated with then college roommates Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian in 2005. Huffman and Ohanian attended a lecture by programmer-entrepreneur Paul Graham in Boston, Massachusetts, during their spring break from University of Virginia.[15][16][17] After speaking with Huffman and Ohanian following the lecture, Graham invited the two to apply to his startup incubator Y Combinator.[15] Their initial idea, My Mobile Menu, was unsuccessful,[18][19] and was intended to allow users to order food by SMStext messaging.[15][16] During a brainstorming session to pitch another startup, the idea was created for what Graham called the "front page of the Internet".[19] For this idea, Huffman and Ohanian were accepted in Y Combinator's first class.[15][16] Supported by the funding from Y Combinator,[20] Huffman coded the site in Common Lisp[21] and together with Ohanian launched Reddit in June 2005.[22][23]

The team expanded to include Christopher Slowe in November 2005. Between November 2005 and January 2006, Reddit merged with Aaron Swartz's company Infogami, and Swartz became an equal owner of the resulting parent company, Not A Bug.[24][25] Ohanian later wrote that instead of labeling Swartz as a co-founder, the correct description is that Swartz's company was acquired by Reddit 6 months after he and Huffman had started.[26] Huffman and Ohanian sold Reddit to Condé Nast Publications, owner of Wired, on October 31, 2006, for a reported $10 million to $20 million[15][27] and the team moved to San Francisco.[28] In November 2006, Swartz blogged complaining about the new corporate environment, criticizing its level of productivity.[29] In January 2007, Swartz was fired for undisclosed reasons.[30]

Huffman and Ohanian left Reddit in 2009.[31] Huffman went on to co-found Hipmunk with Adam Goldstein, and later recruited Ohanian[32] and Slowe to his new company.[33] After Huffman and Ohanian left Reddit, Erik Martin, who joined the company as a community manager in 2008 and later became general manager in 2011, played a role in Reddit's growth.[34]VentureBeat noted that Martin was "responsible for keeping the site going" under Condé Nast's ownership.[35] Martin facilitated the purchase of Reddit Gifts and led charity initiatives.[35]

Reddit launched two different ways of advertising on the site in 2009. The company launched sponsored content[36] and a self-serve ads platform that year.[37][38] Reddit launched its Reddit Gold benefits program in July 2010, which offered new features to editors and created a new revenue stream for the business that did not rely on banner ads.[39] On September 6, 2011, Reddit became operationally independent of Condé Nast, operating as a separate subsidiary of its parent company, Advance Publications.[40] Reddit and other websites participated in a 12-hour sitewide blackout on January 18, 2012, in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act.[41][42] In May 2012, Reddit joined the Internet Defense League, a group formed to organize future protests.[43]

Yishan Wong joined Reddit as CEO in 2012.[44] Wong resigned from Reddit in 2014, citing disagreements about his proposal to move the company's offices from San Francisco to nearby Daly City, but also the "stressful and draining" nature of the position.[45][46] Ohanian credited Wong with the company's newfound success as its user base grew from 35 million to 174 million.[46] Wong oversaw the company as it raised $50 million in funding and spun off as an independent company.[37] Also during this time, Reddit began accepting the digital currency Bitcoin for its Reddit Gold subscription service through a partnership with bitcoin payment processor Coinbase in February 2013.[47] Ellen Pao replaced Wong as interim CEO in 2014 and resigned in 2015 amid a user revolt over the firing of a popular Reddit employee.[48] During her tenure, Reddit initiated an anti-harassment policy,[49] banned involuntary sexualization, and banned several forums that focused on bigoted content or harassment of individuals.[50]

After five years away from the company, Ohanian and Huffman returned to leadership roles at Reddit: Ohanian became the full-time executive chairman in November 2014 following Wong's resignation, while Pao's departure on July 10, 2015, led to Huffman's return as the company's chief executive.[51][52] After Huffman rejoined Reddit as CEO, he launched Reddit's iOS and Android apps, fixed Reddit's mobile website, and created A/B testing infrastructure.[15] The company launched a major redesign of its website in April 2018.[53] Huffman said new users were turned off from Reddit because it had looked like a "dystopian Craigslist".[53] Reddit also instituted several technological improvements,[54] such as a new tool that allows users to hide posts, comments, and private messages from selected redditors in an attempt to curb online harassment,[55] and new content guidelines. These new content guidelines were aimed at banning content inciting violence and quarantining offensive material.[15][54] Slowe, the company's first employee, rejoined Reddit in 2017 as chief technology officer.[56] Reddit's largest round of funding came in 2017, when the company raised $200 million and was valued at $1.8 billion.[57] The funding supported Reddit's site redesign and video efforts.[57]

On June 5, 2020, Alexis Ohanian resigned as a member of the board in response to the George Floyd protests and requested to be replaced "by a Black candidate".[58]

On December 13, 2020, Reddit announced it had acquired short-form video social platform Dubsmash, hiring its entire team, with the intention integrating its video creation tools into Reddit.[59]

On March 5, 2021, Reddit announced that it had appointed Drew Vollero, who has worked at Snapchat's parent company Snap (SNAP) as its first Chief Financial Officer weeks after the site was thrust into the spotlight due to its role in the GameStop trading frenzy. Vollero's appointment spurred speculation of an initial public offering, a move that senior leaders have considered publicly.[60]

Site overview

Reddit is a website comprising user-generated content—including photos, videos, links, and text-based posts—and discussions of this content in what is essentially a bulletin board system.[61][62] The name "Reddit" is a play-on-words with the phrase "read it", i.e., "I read it on Reddit."[63][64] According to Reddit, in 2019, there were approximately 430 million monthly users,[65] who are known as "redditors".[53] The site's content is divided into categories or communities known on-site as "subreddits", of which there are more than 138,000 active communities.[66]

As a network of communities, Reddit's core content consists of posts from its users.[61][62] Users can comment on others' posts to continue the conversation.[61] A key feature to Reddit is that users can cast positive or negative votes, called upvotes and downvotes respectively, for each post and comment on the site.[61] The number of upvotes or downvotes determines the posts' visibility on the site, so the most popular content is displayed to the most people.[61] Users can also earn "karma" for their posts and comments, a status that reflects their standing within the community and their contributions to Reddit.[61] Posts are automatically archived after six months, meaning they can no longer be commented or voted on.

The most popular posts from the site's numerous subreddits are visible on the front page to those who browse the site without an account.[66][67] By default for those users, the front page will display the subreddit r/popular, featuring top-ranked posts across all of Reddit, excluding not-safe-for-work communities and others that are most commonly filtered out by users (even if they are safe for work).[68][69] The subreddit r/all originally did not filter topics,[70] but as of 2021 it does not include not-safe-for-work content.[71] Registered users who subscribe to subreddits see the top content from the subreddits to which they subscribe on their personal front pages.[66][67]

Front-page rank—for both the general front page and for individual subreddits—is determined by a combination of factors, including the age of the submission, positive ("upvoted") to negative ("downvoted") feedback ratio, and the total vote-count.[72]

Users and moderators

Registering an account with Reddit is free and does not require an email address.[73][74] In addition to commenting and voting, registered users can also create their own subreddit on a topic of their choosing.[75] In Reddit style, usernames begin with "u/". For example, noteworthy redditors include u/Poem_for_your_sprog, who responds to messages across Reddit in verse,[76]u/Shitty_Watercolour who posts paintings in response to posts,[77]u/gallowboob, with the highest karma on reddit,[78] and u/spez, the CEO of Reddit (Steve Huffman).

Subreddits are overseen by moderators, Reddit users who earn the title by creating a subreddit or being promoted by a current moderator.[66] These moderators are volunteers who manage their communities, set and enforce community-specific rules, remove posts and comments that violate these rules, and generally work to keep discussions in their subreddit on topic.[66][79][80] Admins, by contrast, are paid to work for Reddit.[79]

Reddit also releases transparency reports annually which have information like how many posts have been taken down by moderators and for what reason. It also details information about requests law enforcement agencies have made for information about users or to take down content.[81] In 2020, Reddit removed 6% of posts made on their platform (approx. 233 million). More than 99% of removals were marked as spam; the remainder made up of a mix of other offensive content. Around 131 million posts were removed by the automated moderator and the rest were taken down manually.[82][83]


Subreddits are user-created areas of interest where discussions on Reddit are organized. There are about 138,000 active subreddits (among a total of 1.2 million) as of July 2018[update].[84][85] Subreddit names begin with "r/"; for instance, "r/science" is a community devoted to discussing scientific topics, while "r/television" is a community devoted to discussing TV shows and "r/Islam", a community dedicated for Islam oriented topics.

In a 2014 interview with Memeburn, Erik Martin, then general manager of Reddit, remarked that their "approach is to give the community moderators or curators as much control as possible so that they can shape and cultivate the type of communities they want".[86] Subreddits often use themed variants of Reddit's alien mascot, Snoo, in the visual styling of their communities.[87]

Other features

Reddit Premium (formerly Reddit Gold) is a premium membership that allows users to view the site ad-free.[88][89] Users may also be gifted coins if another user particularly valued the comment or post, generally due to humorous or high-quality content. Reddit Premium unlocks several features not accessible to regular users, such as comment highlighting, exclusive subreddits, and a personalized Snoo (known as a "snoovatar").[90][91] Reddit Gold was renamed Reddit Premium in 2018. In addition to gold coins, users can gift silver and platinum coins to other users as rewards for quality content.[92]

On the site, redditors commemorate their "cake day" once a year, on the anniversary of the day their account was created.[93] Cake day adds an icon of a small slice of cake next to the user's name for 24 hours.[94]

In 2017, Reddit developed its own real-time chat software for the site.[95] While some established subreddits have used third-party software to chat about their communities, the company built chat functions that it hopes will become an integral part of Reddit.[95] Individual chat rooms were rolled out in 2017 and community chat rooms for members of a given subreddit were rolled out in 2018.[95][96][97]

In 2019, Reddit tested a new feature which allowed users to tip others. It was only made available for a user named Chris who goes by the alias u/shittymorph, who was known for posting well-written comments, only for them to end with the same copypasta referencing the 1998 Hell in a Cell match between wrestlers The Undertaker and Mankind.[98][99]

Reddit Talk was announced in April 2021 as a competitor to Clubhouse. Reddit Talk lets subreddit moderators start audio meeting rooms that mimick Clubhouse in design.[100]

In August 2021, the company introduced a TikTok-like short-form video feature for iOS that lets users rapidly swipe through a feed of short video content.[101]

Technology and design

Underlying code

Reddit was originally written in Common Lisp but was rewritten in Python in December 2005[102] for wider access to code libraries and greater development flexibility. The Python web framework that Swartz developed to run the site,, is available as an open source project.[103] As of November 10, 2009[update], Reddit used Pylons as its web framework.[104] Reddit was an open source project from June 18, 2008 until 2017.[105][106] During that time, all of the code and libraries written for Reddit were freely available on GitHub, with the exception of the anti-spam/cheating portions.[107] In a September 2017 announcement, the company stated that "we've been doing a bad job of keeping our open-source product repos up to date", partially because "open-source makes it hard for us to develop some features 'in the clear' ... without leaking our plans too far in advance", prompting the decision to archive its public GitHub repos.[106]

Hosting and servers

As of November 10, 2009[update], Reddit decommissioned its own servers and migrated to Amazon Web Services.[108] Reddit uses PostgreSQL as its primary datastore.[citation needed] It uses RabbitMQ for offline processing, HAProxy for load balancing and memcached for caching. In early 2009, Reddit started using jQuery.[109]

Mobile apps

In 2010, Reddit released its first mobile web interface for easier reading and navigating the website on touch screen devices.[110] For several years, redditors relied on third-party apps to access Reddit on mobile devices. In October 2014, Reddit acquired one of them, Alien Blue, which became the official iOS Reddit app.[111] Reddit removed Alien Blue and released its official application, Reddit: The Official App, on Google Play and the iOS App Store in April 2016.[112] The company released an app for Reddit's question-and-answer Ask Me Anything subreddit in 2014.[113] The app allowed users to see active Ask Me Anythings, receive notifications, ask questions and vote.[113]

Product and design changes

Reddit homepage in 2005 – the site's design was based on this until the 2018 redesign, but the classic layout is still available on

The site has undergone several products and design changes since it originally launched in 2005. When it initially launched, there were no comments or subreddits. Comments were added in 2005[53] and interest-based groups (called 'subreddits') were introduced in 2008.[115] Allowing users to create subreddits has led to much of the activity that redditors would recognize that helped define Reddit. These include subreddits "WTF", "funny", and "AskReddit".[115] Reddit rolled out its multireddit feature, the site's biggest change to its front page in years, in 2013.[116] With the multireddits, users see top stories from a collection of subreddits.[116]

In 2015, Reddit enabled embedding, so users could share Reddit content on other sites.[117] In 2016, Reddit began hosting images using a new image uploading tool, a move that shifted away from the uploading service Imgur that had been the de facto service.[118] Users still can upload images to Reddit using Imgur.[118] Reddit's in-house video uploading service for desktop and mobile launched in 2017.[119] Previously, users had to use third-party video uploading services, which Reddit acknowledged was time-consuming for users.[119]

Reddit released its "spoiler tags" feature in January 2017.[120] The feature warns users of potential spoilers in posts and pixelates preview images.[120] Reddit unveiled changes to its public front page, called r/popular, in 2017;[70] the change creates a front page free of potentially adult-oriented content for unregistered users.[70]

In late 2017, Reddit declared it wanted to be a mobile-first site, launching several changes to its apps for iOS and Android.[93] The new features included user-to-user chat, a theater mode for viewing visual content, and mobile tools for the site's moderators. "Mod mode" lets moderators manage content and their subreddits on mobile devices.[93]

Reddit launched its redesigned website in 2018, with its first major visual update in a decade.[53] Development for the new site took more than a year.[53] It was the result of an initiative by Huffman upon returning to Reddit, who said the site's outdated look deterred new users.[53] The new site features a hamburger menu to help users navigate the site, different views, and new fonts to better inform redditors if they are clicking on a Reddit post or an external link.[53] The goal was not only for Reddit to improve its appearance, but also to make it easier to accommodate a new generation of Reddit users.[53] Additionally, Reddit's growth had strained the site's back end;[121] Huffman and Reddit Vice President of Engineering Nick Caldwell told The Wall Street Journal's COI Journal that Reddit needed to leverage artificial intelligence and other modern digital tools.[121] Registered users can opt-out from the redesign and use "Old Reddit" which continues to use the previous design. Unregistered users can access it via[122]


Original Reddit wordmark (2005-2018), still seen on the "classic" Reddit interface

Reddit's logo consists of a time-traveling alien named Snoo and the company name stylized as "reddit". The alien has an oval head, pom-pom ears, and an antenna.[123] Its colors are black, white, and orange-red.[123] The mascot was created in 2005 while company co-founder Alexis Ohanian was an undergraduate at the University of Virginia.[124] Ohanian doodled the creature while bored in a marketing class.[125] Originally, Ohanian sought to name the mascot S'new, a play on "What's new?", to tie the mascot into Reddit's premise as the "front page of the Internet".[123][125] Eventually, the name Snoo was chosen.[123] In 2011, Ohanian outlined the logo's evolution with a graphic that showcased several early versions, including various spellings of the website name, such as "Reditt".[124]

Snoo is genderless, so the logo is moldable.[123][126] Over the years, the Reddit logo has frequently changed for holidays and other special events.[124] Many subreddits have a customized Snoo logo to represent the subreddit.[125] Redditors can also submit their own logos, which sometimes appear on the site's front page, or create their own customized versions of Snoo for their communities (or "subreddits").[124][53] When Reddit revamped its website in April 2018, the company imposed several restrictions on how Snoo can be designed: Snoo's head "should always appear blank or neutral", Snoo's eyes are orange-red, and Snoo cannot have fingers.[123] Snoo's purpose is to discover and explore humanity.[123]

Corporate affairs

Reddit is a private company based in San Francisco, California.[127][84] It has an office in the Tenderloin neighborhood.[128] Reddit doubled its headcount in 2017;[129] as of 2018[update], it employed approximately 350 people.[84] In 2017, the company was valued at $1.8 billion during a $200 million round of new venture funding.[57][37] The company was previously owned by Condé Nast, but was spun off as an independent company.[37] As of April 2018[update], Advance Publications, Condé Nast's parent company, retained a majority stake in Reddit.[84]

Reddit's key management personnel includes co-founder and CEO Steve Huffman,[15] Chief Technology Officer Chris Slowe, who was the company's original lead engineer,[56] and Chief Operating Officer Jen Wong, a former president of digital and chief operating officer at Time Inc.[89]

Reddit does not disclose its revenue figures.[57][89] The company generates revenue in part through advertising and premium memberships that remove ads from the site.[89][88]

As part of its company culture, Reddit operates on a no-negotiation policy for employee salaries.[130] The company offers new mothers, fathers, and adoptive parents up to 16 weeks of parental leave.[131]

As of August 2021, Reddit is valued at more than $10 billion dollars following a $410 million funding around.[132] The company is looking to hire investment bankers and lawyers to assist in making an initial public offering, which is expected in 2022. However, CEO Steve Huffman says the company has not decided on the timing for when to go public.[133]


In February 2013, Betabeat published a post that recognized the influx of multinational corporations like Costco, Taco Bell, Subaru, and McDonald's posting branded content on Reddit that was made to appear as if it was original content from legitimate Reddit users.[134] PAN Communications wrote that marketers want to "infiltrate the reddit community on behalf of their brand," but emphasized that "self-promotion is frowned upon" and Reddit's former director of communications noted that the site is "100 percent organic."[135][136][137][138] She recommended that advertisers design promotions that "spark conversations and feedback."[139] She recommended that businesses use AMAs to get attention for public figures but cautioned "It is important to approach AMAs carefully and be aware that this may not be a fit for every project or client."[140]Nissan ran a successful branded content promotion offering users free gifts to publicize a new car,[141][142] though the company was later ridiculed for suspected astroturfing when the CEO only answered puff piece questions on the site.[143][144] Taylor described these situations as "high risk" noting: "We try hard to educate people that they have to treat questions that may seem irreverent or out of left field the same as they would questions about the specific project they are promoting."[145]

Reddit's users tend to be more privacy-conscious than on other websites, often using tools like AdBlock and proxies,[146] and they dislike "feeling manipulated by brands" but respond well to "content that begs for intelligent viewers and participants."[147] Lauren Orsini writes in ReadWrite that "Reddit's huge community is the perfect hype machine for promoting a new movie, a product release, or a lagging political campaign" but there is a "very specific set of etiquette. Redditors don't want to advertise for you, they want to talk to you."[148] Journalists have used the site as a basis for stories, though they are advised by the site's policies to respect that "reddit's communities belong to their members" and to seek proper attribution for people's contributions.[149]

Reddit announced that they would begin using VigLink to redirect affiliate links in June 2016.[150][151]

Since 2017, Reddit has partnered with companies to host sponsored AMAs and other interactive events,[152][153] increased advertising offerings,[154] and introduced efforts to work with content publishers.[155]

In 2018, Reddit hired Jen Wong as COO, responsible for the company's business strategy and growth, and introduced native mobile ads.[89] Reddit opened a Chicago office to be closer to major companies and advertising agencies located in and around Chicago.[156] In 2019, Reddit hired former Twitter ad director Shariq Rizvi as its vice president of ad products and engineering.[157]

Community and culture

The website is known for its open nature and diverse user community that generate its content.[158] Its demographics allows for wide-ranging subject areas, as well as the ability for smaller subreddits to serve more niche purposes.[79] The possibilities that subreddits provide create new opportunities for raising attention and fostering discussion across various areas. In gaining popularity in terms of unique users per day, Reddit has been a platform to raise publicity for a number of causes.[159] Additionally, the user base of Reddit has given birth to other websites, including image sharing community and image hostImgur, which started in 2009 as a gift to Reddit's community.[160] In its first five months, it jumped from a thousand hits per day to a million total page views.[161]

Statistics from Google Ad Planner suggest that 74% of Reddit users are male.[162] In 2016, the Pew Research Center published research showing that 4% of U.S. adults use Reddit, of which 67% are men. 78% of users get news from Reddit.[163] Users tend to be significantly younger than average with less than 1% of users being 65 or over.[163]

Reddit is known in part for its passionate user base,[84] which has been described as "offbeat, quirky, and anti-establishment".[127] Similar to the "Slashdot effect", the Reddit effect occurs when a smaller website crashes due to a high influx of traffic after being linked to on Reddit; this is also called the Reddit "hug of death".[164][165]


Users have used Reddit as a platform for their charitable and philanthropic efforts.[166] Redditors raised more than $100,000 for charity in support of comedians Jon Stewart's and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear; more than $180,000 for Haiti earthquake relief efforts; and delivered food pantries' Amazon wish lists.[167][166][168] In 2010, Christians, Muslims, and atheists held a friendly fundraising competition, where the groups raised more than $50,000.[169] A similar donation drive in 2011 saw the atheism subreddit raise over $200,000 for charity.[170] In February 2014, Reddit announced it would donate 10% of its annual ad revenue to non-profits voted upon by its users.[171] As a result of the campaign, Reddit donating $82,765 each to Electronic Frontier Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Doctors Without Borders, Erowid Center, Wikimedia Foundation, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, NPR, Free Software Foundation, Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Tor Project.[172]


See also: Digital citizen, Netizen, and Online social movement

Reddit has been used for a wide variety of political engagement including the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama,[173][174]Donald Trump,[175]Hillary Clinton,[176] and Bernie Sanders.[177] It has also been used for self-organizing sociopolitical activism such as protests, communication with politicians and active communities. Reddit has become a popular place for worldwide political discussions.[178]

March for Science

Main article: March for Science

The March for Science originated from a discussion on Reddit over the deletion of all references to climate change from the White House website, about which a user commented that "There needs to be a Scientists' March on Washington".[179][180][181] On April 22, 2017, more than 1 million scientists and supporters participated in more than 600 events in 66 countries across the globe.[182]

Internet privacy, neutrality and anonymity

Reddit users have been engaged in the defense of Internet privacy, net neutrality and Internet anonymity.

Reddit created an Internet blackout day and was joined by Wikipedia and other sites in 2012 in protest of the Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP acts.[183][184] On January 18, Reddit participated in a 12-hour sitewide blackout to coincide with a congressional committee hearing on the measures.[184][185] During that time, Reddit displayed a message on the legislation's effects on Reddit, in addition to resources on the proposed laws.[185] In May 2012, Reddit joined the Internet Defense League, a group formed to organize future protests.[43]

The site and its users protested the Federal Communications Commission as it prepared to scrap net neutrality rules.[186] In 2017, users upvoted "Battle for the Net" posts enough times that they filled up the entire front page.[186] On another day, the front page was overtaken by posts showcasing campaign donations received by members of Congress from the telecommunications industry.[186] Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has also advocated for net neutrality rules.[187][188] In 2017, Huffman told The New York Times that without net neutrality protections, "you give internet service providers the ability to choose winners and losers".[187] On Reddit, Huffman urged redditors to express support for net neutrality and contact their elected representatives in Washington, D.C.[188] Huffman said that the repeal of net neutrality rules stifles competition. He said he and Reddit would continue to advocate for net neutrality.[189]

"Restoring Truthiness" campaign

As a response to Glenn Beck's August 28, 2010, Restoring Honor rally, in September 2010 Reddit users started a movement to persuade satirist Stephen Colbert to have a counter-rally in Washington, D.C.[190] The movement, which came to be called "Restoring Truthiness", was started by user mrsammercer, in a post where he described waking up from a dream in which Stephen Colbert was holding a satirical rally in D.C.[191] Over $100,000 was raised for charity to gain the attention of Colbert.[167] The campaign was mentioned on-air several times, and when the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear was held in Washington, D.C. on October 30, 2010, thousands of redditors made the journey.[192]

During a post-rally press conference, Reddit co-founder Ohanian asked, "What role did the Internet campaign play in convincing you to hold this rally?" Jon Stewart responded by saying that, though it was a very nice gesture, he and Colbert had already thought of the idea and the deposit for using the National Mall was already paid during the summer, so it acted mostly as a "validation of what we were thinking about attempting".[193] In a message to the Reddit community, Colbert later added, "I have no doubt that your efforts to organize and the joy you clearly brought to your part of the story contributed greatly to the turnout and success."[194]

Countries blocking Reddit


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In May 2014, Reddit was blocked in Indonesia on the grounds that it hosts content that includes nudity.[195][196]


In August 2015, Russia banned Reddit after Russia's Federal Drug Control Service decided that Reddit promoted conversations about psychedelic drugs. The site was unblocked later.[197]


See also: Internet censorship in China

In June 2015, Reddit was blocked in China for a few weeks. The site was unblocked later.[198] It was then re-blocked starting August 2018 and has not been unblocked ever since.[199]


ISPs in India were found to be blocking traffic over Reddit for intermittent periods in some regions in 2019.[200]

April Fools' Day

Main articles: The Button (Reddit) and Place (Reddit)

On April Fools' Day 2010, Reddit’s first massive April Fool’s social experiment was to make everyone on site an admin. For 24 hours, users could ban one another, modify upvotes, delete comments, and votes. Any modifications to Reddit only occurred through the user’s perspective. While many caught on, others began threatening fellow users with their admin privileges and went on mini power trips demonstrating that not everyone can be trusted with great power.

On April Fools' Day 2011, Reddit replaced its Reddit Gold subscription with Reddit Mold, a joke version of the premium service that could be given to users to make the website experience worse. For example, users who were given Mold would only be able to see fewer posts per page as well as not being able to post anything containing the letter E. These effects were amplified upon receiving more Mold, such as losing the ability to post another letter for each Mold received.[201]

On April Fools' Day 2013, Reddit claimed that it had acquired the video game Team Fortress 2, and initiated a site-wide event where users were randomly assigned into two teams, Orangered and Periwinkle, based on both the colors of the Team Fortress 2 teams as well as the colors of the upvote and downvote buttons. As in Team Fortress 2, users were randomly given items and cosmetics to use, most importantly weapons to use against users on the opposing team.[202]Valve also participated in the event, updating Team Fortress 2 with Reddit related cosmetics.[203] When the event ended, team Orangered was declared the victor.

For April Fools' Day 2014, Reddit did "headdit", a joke way to navigate and use the website using the webcam.

For April Fools' Day 2015, a social experiment subreddit called r/thebutton appeared. It displayed a button and a 60-second countdown timer. User accounts created before that day were eligible to participate. A user could only click the button once, or opt not to click it. If a user clicked the button the timer was globally reset to 60 seconds,[204] and the user's "flair" (an icon next to the user's name) changed color. Colors were assigned based on a gradient from purple to red with purple signifying up to 60 seconds and red as low as 0 seconds. The countdown reached zero several times due to technical problems but eventually expired without further problems on June 5, 2015, after which the subreddit was archived.[205]

For[April Fools' Day 2016, another experiment was launched involving the "Robin" chat widget. After clicking a titular button, an IRC-like chat window was opened with one other user, and allowed a certain time to pick among three options: "Grow", "Stay" and "Leave".[206] "Grow" would join the chat with another group, "Stay" would close the group chat and create a subreddit with that group as moderators and "Leave" would close the group chat.

For April Fools' Day 2017, featured a social experiment based on r/place. The subreddit contained a collaborative pixel art canvas, where a user could place a pixel every five minutes (the timer was temporarily ten and twenty minutes for a few hours on April 1).[207] Many people worked together to create large graphics, such as flags or symbols. Often subreddits would come together as a group to add a graphic from that community to place. Place was closed on April 3, 2017, at 1:00 PM GMT having been active for a full three days.[208]

For April Fools' Day 2018, an experiment launched on the subreddit r/circleoftrust.[209] Upon clicking a button, each user was given one "circle" that they could entrust to others with the circle's password key to unlock and join the circle. While each user received one personal circle, they could join or betray any other user circles. Clicking the "join" button on another's circle would cause the owner's circle to grow bigger, while the "betray" button would cause the owner's circle to no longer function (having "betrayed" the owner's trust). On the r/circleoftrust subreddit, all users have a "flair" next to their username that displays the number of users who've joined their personal circle, followed by the number of other circles the user has joined. Those who had betrayed another user's circle have a null sign ("∅") next to their numbered flair. The experiment ended on April 6, 2018.

For April Fools' Day 2019, a social experiment subreddit called r/sequence was released. The experiment consisted of a community-driven sequencer that users interacted with by submitting GIFs or text slides to be compiled into a movie.[210] The order of the GIFs and text slides were chosen by users through upvoting one GIF or text slide per scene. The most upvoted GIF or text slide was locked into the next available scene for every three minutes. At the end, once the entire sequence was filled, it was posted as a full story in an external page. The experiment ended at April 3, 2019, 11:08 PM GMT.[211]

For April Fools' Day 2020, r/imposter was released. Users were to identify a machine-generated response from a group of responses to the question "What makes you human?" (and, later, "What makes you an imposter?") and had an option to respond to the question after doing so. The experiment ended on April 3, 2020.

For April Fools' Day 2021, Reddit released r/second, in which users have to guess the second most popular option out of a group of three options.[212][213] The event ended after 2000 one-minute rounds, with the final round lasting one hour.

AMAs ("Ask Me Anything")

Main article: r/IAmA

AMAs, or "Ask Me Anything" interviews, are among Reddit's most popular features. As of August 1, 2018[update], r/IAmA, which is the most popular community for AMAs, was the eighth most popular subreddit on the site with 17.7 million subscribers.[214] During an AMA on r/IAmA and other subreddits, users can ask questions to interviewees. Notable participants include former-United States President Barack Obama (while campaigning for the 2012 election),[215]Bill Gates (multiple times),[216] and Donald Trump (also while campaigning).[217] AMAs have featured CEO Steve Huffman,[218] as well as figures from entertainment industries around the world (including Priyanka Chopra and George Clooney),[219][220] literature (Margaret Atwood),[221] space (Buzz Aldrin),[222] privacy (Edward Snowden),[223] and others, such as experts who answered questions about the transgender community.[224]The Atlantic wrote that an AMA "imports the aspirational norms of honesty and authenticity from pseudonymous Internet forums into a public venue".[225]


Main article: RedditGifts

RedditGifts is a program that offers gift exchanges throughout the year.[226] The fan-made RedditGifts site was created in 2009 for a Secret Santa exchange among Reddit users, which has since become the world's largest[227] and set a Guinness World record.[228] In 2009, 4,500 redditors participated.[227] For the 2010 holiday season, 92 countries were involved in the secret Santa program. There were 17,543 participants, and $662,907.60 was collectively spent on gift purchases and shipping costs.[229][230][231] In 2014, about 200,000 users from 188 countries participated.[232] Several celebrities have participated in the program, including Bill Gates,[233]Alyssa Milano,[234] and Snoop Dogg.[235] Eventually, the secret Santa program expanded to various other occasions through RedditGifts, which Reddit acquired in 2011.[227]

Global Reddit Meetup Day

The online Reddit community conducts real-world meetups across the globe each summer.[236] These in-person meetups are called Global Reddit Meetup Day.[236][237]

Mr. Splashy Pants

Main article: Mr Splashy Pants

Reddit communities occasionally coordinate Reddit-external projects such as skewing polls on other websites, like the 2007 incident when Greenpeace allowed web users to decide the name of a humpback whale it was tracking. Reddit users voted en masse to name the whale "Mr. Splashy Pants", and Reddit administrators encouraged the prank by changing the site logo to a whale during the voting. In December of that year, Mister Splashy Pants was announced as the winner of the competition.[238][239]


See also: Controversial Reddit communities


The website generally allows subreddit moderators to make editorial decisions about what content to allow.[240] Many of the default subreddits are highly moderated, with the "science" subreddit banning climate change denialism,[241] and the "news" subreddit banning opinion pieces and columns.[242] Reddit has changed its site-wide editorial policies several times, sometimes in reaction to controversies.[243][244][245][246] Reddit has historically been a platform for objectionable but legal content, and in 2011, news media covered the way that jailbait was being shared on the site before the site changed their policies to explicitly ban "suggestive or sexual content featuring minors".[247] Following some controversial incidents of Internet vigilantism, Reddit introduced a strict rule against the publication of non-public personally-identifying information via the site (colloquially known as doxxing). Those who break the rule are subject to a site-wide ban, which can result in the deletion of their user-generated content.


On December 16, a user named Matt posted a link describing how he had donated a kidney and included a JustGive link to encourage users to give donations to the American Cancer Society.[248] After an initially positive reaction, Reddit users began to become suspicious of Matt's intentions, and suggested that he was keeping the donations for himself. Users telephoned his home and he received death threats. Matt eventually proved that he was genuine by uploading his doctor's records.[249]


On October 18, an IT manager submitted a post to the subreddit r/gameswap offering Redditors to trade one of 312 codes he had been given for the game Deus Ex: Human Revolution.[250] A group of users obtained his personal details, and began to blackmail him for the codes.[251] Within days, he received 138 threatening phone calls both at home and at his job, and had been fired by the end of the day.[252]


Following the Boston Marathon bombing in April, Reddit faced criticism after users wrongly identified a number of people as suspects.[253] Notable among misidentified bombing suspects was Sunil Tripathi, a student reported missing before the bombings took place. A body reported to be Sunil's was found in Providence River in Rhode Island on April 25, according to Rhode Island Health Department. The cause of death was not immediately known, but authorities said they did not suspect foul play.[254] The family later confirmed Tripathi's death was a result of suicide.[255] Reddit general manager Martin later issued an apology for this behavior, criticizing the "online witch hunts and dangerous speculation" that took place on the website.[256] The incident was later referenced in the season 5 episode of the CBS TV series The Good Wife titled "Whack-a-Mole",[257] as well as The Newsroom.[258][259]

In late October, the moderators of subreddit "r/politics" banned a large group of websites. Some were left-wing opinion websites, such as Mother Jones, HuffPost, Salon, AlterNet, Rawstory, The Daily Kos, Truthout, Media Matters, and ThinkProgress as well as some progressive blog sites, such as Democratic Underground and Crooks and Liars. They also banned a number of right-wing sites—Drudge Report, Breitbart, The Daily Caller, Dailypaul, Power Line, and Reason. Salon reported that "the section's moderators explained in a post on Tuesday, the goal is 'to reduce the number of blogspam submissions and sensationalist titles'". The purge, the moderators explained, is also aimed at sites providing much "bad journalism".[260] The December list of banned websites has been modified since late October, and sites with original content, such as Mother Jones and The Huffington Post, are allowed.[261] Moderators also banned RT, which moderators stated was due to vote manipulation and spam, though one moderator stated that he wanted RT banned because it is funded by the Russian Government.[262]


In August, private sexual photos from the celebrity photo hack were widely disseminated across the site.[263][264] A dedicated subreddit, "TheFappening", was created for this purpose,[265] and contained links to most if not all of the criminally obtained explicit images.[266][267][268][269] Some images of McKayla Maroney and Liz Lee were identified by redditors and outside commentators as child pornography because the photos were taken when the women were underage.[270] The subreddit was banned on September 6.[271] The scandal led to wider criticisms concerning the website's administration from The Verge and The Daily Dot.[272][273]

On December 18, Reddit took the unusual step of banning a subreddit, "SonyGOP", that was being used to distribute hacked Sony files.[274]


After Ellen Pao became CEO, she was initially a target of criticism by users who objected to the deletion of content critical of herself and her husband.[275] Later on June 10, Reddit shut down the 150,000-subscriber "fatpeoplehate" subreddit and four others citing issues related to harassment.[276] This move was seen as very controversial; some commenters said that the bans went too far, while others said that the bans did not go far enough.[277] One of the latter complaints concerned a subreddit that was "expressing support" for the perpetrator of the Charleston church shooting.[278] Responding to the accusations of "skewed enforcement", Reddit reaffirmed their commitment to free expression and stated, "There are some subreddits with very little viewership that get highlighted repeatedly for their content, but those are a tiny fraction of the content on the site."

On July 2, Reddit began experiencing a series of blackouts as moderators set popular subreddit communities to private, in an event dubbed "AMAgeddon", a portmanteau of AMA ("ask me anything") and Armageddon. This was done in protest of the recent firing of Victoria Taylor, an administrator who helped organize citizen-led interviews with famous people on the popular AMA subreddit. Organizers of the blackout also expressed resentment about the recent severance of the communication between Reddit and the moderators of subreddits.[279] The blackout intensified on July 3 when former community manager David Croach gave an AMA about being fired. Before deleting his posts, he stated that Ellen Pao dismissed him with one year of health coverage when he had cancer and did not recover quickly enough.[280][281] Following this, a Change.orgpetition to remove Pao as CEO of Reddit Inc. reached over 200,000 signatures.[282][283][284] Pao posted a response on July 3 as well as an extended version of it on July 6 in which she apologized for bad communication and not delivering on promises. She also apologized on behalf of the other administrators and noted that problems already existed over the past several years.[285][286][287][288] On July 10, Pao resigned as CEO and was replaced by former CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman.[289]

In August, Steve Huffman introduced a policy which led to the banning of several offensive and sexual communities. Included in the ban was lolicon, to which Huffman referred as "animated CP [child porn]".[290] Some subreddits had also been quarantined due to having "highly-offensive or upsetting content" such as r/European, r/swedenyes, r/drawpeople, r/kiketown, r/blackfathers, r/greatapes, and r/whitesarecriminals.[291]


In May, Steve Huffman said in an interview at the TNW Conference that, unlike Facebook, which "only knows what [its users are] willing to declare publicly", Reddit knows its users' "dark secrets"[292][293][294] at the same time that the website's "values" page was updated in regards to its "privacy" section. The video reached the top of the website's main feed.[294][295] Shortly thereafter, announcements concerning new advertisement content drew criticism on the website.[296][297]

In September, a user named "mormondocuments" released thousands of administrative documents belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an action driven by the ex-Mormon and atheist communities on Reddit. Previously, on April 22, the same user had announced his plans to do so. Church officials commented that the documents did not contain anything confidential.[298][299]

On November 23, Huffman admitted to having replaced his user name with the names of r/The_Donald moderators in many insulting comments.[300][301] He did so by changing insulting comments made towards him and made it appear as if the insult were directed at the moderators of r/The_Donald.[302]

On November 24, The Washington Post reported Reddit had banned the "Pizzagate" conspiracy board from their site, stating it violated their policy of posting personal information of others, triggering a wave of criticism from users on r/The_Donald, who felt the ban amounted to censorship.[303] The Reddit forum r/pizzagate was devoted to a widely-debunked conspiracy theory alleging that the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C. "is at the center of a child-abuse ring tied to John Podesta, Mrs. Clinton's former campaign manager".[304] After the forum was banned from Reddit, the words "we don't want witchhunts on our site" now appears on the former page of the Pizzagate subreddit.[304][305]

On November 30, Huffman announced changes to the algorithm of Reddit's r/all page to block "stickied" posts from a number of subreddits, such as r/The_Donald. In the announcement, he also apologized for personally editing posts by users from r/The_Donald, and declared intentions to take actions against "hundreds of the most toxic users" of Reddit and "communities whose users continually cross the line".[5][306][307]


In February, Reddit banned the alt-right subreddit r/altright for violating its terms of service, more specifically for attempting to share private information about the man who attacked alt-right figure Richard B. Spencer.[308][309] The forum's users and moderators accused Reddit administrators of having political motivations for the ban.[310][311]

Trump supporters on r/The_Donald generally believed in the white genocide conspiracy theory. Participants there described "meme magic" as the idea that the internet memes they created could be willed into existence. For months leading up to the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" riot, The_Donald participants shared memes with the slogan "All Lives Splatter" (a reference to All Lives Matter) captioning cartoons of protesters being run over. The real-life Charlottesville car attack, which killed one and injured dozens, brought those memes to life.[312]


In March, it was revealed that Huffman had hidden Russian troll activity from users.[313]

On July 12, the creator and head moderator of the GamerGate subreddit, r/KotakuInAction, removed all of the moderators and set the forum to private, alleging it to have become "infested with racism and sexism". A Reddit employee restored the forum and its moderators an hour later.[314][315]


In January, the Filipino-themed subreddit r/jakolandia was accused of "distributing” posts of photos of women, including celebrities, apparently without their consent, similar to "a number" of secret Facebook groups that had been engaging in illegal activity of sharing "obscene" photos of women and possibly child pornography.[316]

In February, Chinese company Tencent invested $150 million into Reddit.[317][318] This resulted in a large backlash from Reddit users, who were worried about potential censorship.[319][320][321] Many posts featuring subjects censored in China, such as Tiananmen Square, Tank Man, and Winnie the Pooh, received popularity on Reddit.[318][321][322]


During the George Floyd protests in early June, over 800 moderators signed an open letter demanding a policy banning hate speech, a shutdown of racist and sexist subreddits, and more employee support for moderation. Bloomberg News pointed out the company's slow reaction to r/watchpeopledie, a subreddit dedicated to videos of people dying in accidents and other situations, and the harassment that accompanied new unmoderated features like icons for purchase and public chats.[323]

On June 29, Reddit updated its content policy and introduced rules aimed at curbing the presence of communities they believed to be "promoting hate",[324] and banned approximately 2,000 subreddits that were found to be in violation of the new guidelines on the same day.[325] Larger subreddits affected by the bans included r/The_Donald,[326]r/GenderCritical[327] (the platform's largest and most active anti-transgender radical feminist subreddit),[328] and r/ChapoTrapHouse (a far-left subreddit originally created by fans of the podcast Chapo Trap House).[327] Some media outlets and political commentators also condemned the banning of the r/The_Donald and r/ChapoTrapHouse subreddits as a violation of the right to free political expression.[329]


After the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, Reddit announced that it had banned the subreddit r/DonaldTrump in response to repeated policy violations and alluding to the potential influence the community had on those who participated in or supported the storming.[330] The move followed similar actions from social media platforms, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok and more.[331] The ban brought controversy from those who believed it furthered an agenda and censorship of conservative ideologies.[332] The subreddit had over 52,000 members just before it was banned.[333]

The GameStop short squeeze was primarily organized on the subreddit r/wallstreetbets in January.[334]

In March, Reddit users discovered that Aimee Challenor, an English politician who had been suspended from two UK political parties, was hired as an administrator for the site. Her first suspension from the Green Party came for retaining her father as her campaign manager after his arrest on child sexual abuse charges. She was later suspended from the Liberal Democrats after tweets describing pedophilic fantasies were discovered on her partner's Twitter account. Reddit banned a moderator for posting a news article which mentioned Challenor, and some Reddit users alleged that Reddit were removing all mention of Challenor. A large number of subreddits, including r/Music which had 27 million subscribers, and 46 other subreddits with over 1 million subscribers, went private in protest.[335][336][337][338] On 24 March, Reddit's CEOSteve Huffman said that Challenor had been inadequately vetted before being hired and that Reddit would review its relevant internal processes. Huffman attributed user suspensions to over-indexing on anti-harassment measures.[337] Challenor was also removed from her role as a Reddit admin.[339]

In late August, more than 70 subreddits went private to protest against COVID-19 misinformation on Reddit, as well as Reddit's refusal to delete subreddits undermining the severity of the pandemic.[340][341]


Aggregate Reddit user data has been used for scientific research.[342] For example, a 2014 study showed how subreddits can support role-based group recommendations or provide evaluation towards group stability and growth.[343] Another study evoked a connection between cognitive and attention dynamics and the usage of online social peer production platforms, including the effects of deterioration of user performance.[344] There is also work that has studied the influence of Reddit posts on the popularity of Wikipedia content.[345]

Data from Reddit can also be used to assess academic publications.[346]

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Explanatory notes

  1. ^The site is primarily written in English with no way to display it in another language. However, individual subreddits may opt to cater to a specific language, only allowing posts, comments, etc. in that language.
  2. ^Reddit can be viewed without an account but registration is required to submit, comment or vote.
  3. ^Previously written in Lisp, then rewritten in Python in 2005


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Are you one of those people who obsess over Easter eggs, hidden images, subtle dialogue, foreshadowing, and the backstories about how and why movies are made?

Well, this article isn’t for you.

If you’re one of those people who laughs at the dumb shit that happens in movies – and life – you’ve come to the right place.

My new favorite sub-Reddit is /shittymoviedetails.

Created two years ago, this Reddit section of the website is dedicated to poking fun at movies, pop culture, actors, plots, and sometimes just life in general.

Honestly, it’s hard to accurately describe this sub-Reddit. That’s the closest I can get and you’ll have to just figure out the rest for yourself.

Instead of explaining, it’s much easier to just share the funniest, weirdest, and most bizarre submissions from the last year.

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The 50 Best Filmmaking Subreddits of 2021

One of the keys to a successful career in film building your professional network, which can make Reddit a valuable resource for filmmakers.

But with Facebook groups, Instagram stories, and Twitter threads, does anyone really need to subscribe to r/Filmmakers or any of the other film-centric subreddits that can swallow up precious time?

Here’s what’s great about Reddit. For one, it allows for many forms of communication, including asking questions, requesting feedback, posting projects and of course linking to other online articles or videos. Secondly, it gives Redditors the opportunity to find or form subreddits specific to their filmmaking needs.

So while r/Filmmakers might do the trick for some, it is far from the only subreddit available to those in the industry. What follows is a breakdown of several dozen subreddits according to specialty and film interest that can prove useful for novice and veteran filmmakers alike.

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With each subreddit description comes an assessment of the engagement on the page, which is based on a combination of post frequency and comment volume. For those described as low engagement, we encourage you to not write off these subreddits! Not all posts necessitate responses. Also, even if a few weeks or months go by between posts, you never know what you might find useful regardless of the post date. With that being said…

The Best General Filmmaking SubReddits

Let’s start with the basics. Whether you’re fresh out of film school or several years into your career, this group of subreddits provides a broad offering of topics related to filmmaking.

  • r/IntroToFilmmaking: As the name implies, this subreddit is geared primarily towards those new to the craft. So if you’re looking for how to become a movie director on Reddit, this can be a helpful space. It contains a variety of posts on various aspects of the craft but generally has low engagement.
  • r/Filmmakers: If you’re further along in your filmmaking career and/or you’re interested in subscribing to only a few subreddits, r/Filmmakers is one to have on your list. While it also contains a variety of posts, they’re typically intended for a more veteran audience. For filmmakers on Reddit, you’ll also be happy to learn that r/Filmmakers has more robust engagement.
  • r/VideoProfessionals: Though not exclusively for filmmakers on Reddit, this subreddit can be useful for those who split their professional responsibilities between film and other visual media. Lots of questions are the norm, and some of them are specific and/or aimed at advanced professionals, but it has great engagement.
  • r/indiefilmmaking: If you’re already subscribed to r/Filmmakers, why add this indie filmmaking Reddit page to the list? Well, if you have a project you’d like to share, this is the place to do it. Film posts—whether to encourage feedback or just to publicize—are common here, but there is little engagement.
  • r/filmriot: This subreddit greatly resembles in content that of r/IntroToFilmmaking but with minimally better engagement.
  • r/DIYFilmmaking: A filmmaker on Reddit who’s looking for ways to stretch their budget might just find what they’re looking for in r/DIYFilmmaking. This subreddit contains equal parts tips and questions related to filmmaking. Moderate engagement.
  • r/ZeroBudgetFilm: It sounds similar to the subreddit mentioned above, but what sets this one apart is the number of examples given on how to do low-budget filmmaking, which can be incredibly useful for a filmmaker and in particular for an emerging film director on Reddit. Minimal engagement.
  • r/Shortfilms: Many filmmakers begin their careers with film shorts. If this applies to you, check out this subreddit, which is a great space to post your project for feedback or just clicks. As with r/indiefilmmaking, which contains similar content, it has low engagement.

The Best Producing Subreddits

Reddit for filmmakers doesn’t just mean spaces where creatives can learn how to make a movie. It also provides subreddits for those interested in what is getting made, who is collaborating together and how much revenue is getting generated from those collaborations. All three of these elements of the film business can be particularly useful to producers.

Though the title of producer can cover a wide variety of responsibilities, making r/Filmmakers a useful subreddit to subscribe to, the following subreddits can likewise be beneficial for those who want to be more attuned to the business side of the industry.

  • r/producing: We all have to start somewhere, and this subreddit can be great for the producer or filmmaker on Reddit who’s just beginning their career. Lots of questions are posted within this particular space, though it has minimal engagement.
  • r/boxoffice: Knowing how well or poorly a film is performing can be immensely helpful for the producer who may be pitching a similar project. Same goes for knowing who is attached to films in development. This subreddit covers both with high engagement.
  • r/entertainment: Like r/Filmmakers, the r/entertainment subreddit is one of the more popular spaces for those working in this business. It also provides for general industry news and likewise has high engagement.
  • r/movies: Whether you’re a movie fan, industry exec or film producer, anyone who’s coming to Reddit for movies should come to this subreddit. With one of the highest engagements of any subreddit covered here, this space truly shows the pulse of the entertainment industry. With posts that articulate sometimes love and sometimes hate for films new and old, this subreddit is a must for anyone aiming to learn more about what film audiences want.
  • r/movienews: It can also help to know what’s be said around Hollywood, making r/movienews a good subreddit to follow for anecdotal news. Especially in comparison to r/movies, however, it has low engagement.

The Best Cinematography Subreddits

The term filmmaker is a broad one, and likewise Reddit for filmmakers can encompass a great many specialties. In particular, cinematographers or those interested in cinematography can pick from among several subreddits that provide more in-depth posts and discussions that go beyond the scope of r/Filmmakers.

  • r/cinematography: A very broad subreddit for cinematographers. Like r/Filmmakers, it contains everything from beginner questions to advanced discussions to project plugs and has moderate engagement.
  • r/16mm: As the name indicates, this subreddit focuses on this medium with some detailed questions and discussions. Generally has low to moderate engagement.
  • r/videography: Filmmakers on Reddit can use this particular space to explore all the many ways the video medium is used, including but not exclusive to film. Reddit for videography professionals and amateurs alike offers a range of both questions and discussions. Moderate engagement.
  • r/Cameras: Reddit for videography entails not only the creative but also the technical, including discussions on the cameras needed for it. Looking for the best camera for filmmaking on Reddit? This is the place to go. Again, moderate engagement.
  • r/photography: Professionals on Reddit for videography might also want to check out r/photography. Though it deals primarily in still imagery, the space allows for broad discussion on all things visual. And if you’re coming to Reddit for freelance photography information, this can be a beneficial subreddit for it. Of all the subreddits that may be of interest in particular to cinematographers, this one has the highest engagement.

The Best Screenwriting Subreddits

Another film specialty that gets plenty of Reddit love is screenwriting. Whether you consider yourself strictly a writer or include it in a bigger hyphenate, the following spaces can help filmmakers on Reddit to hone their craft.

  • r/Screenwriting: Like r/Filmmakers or r/movies, this subreddit is a catchall space that includes everything from beginner questions to script feedback requests to article shares. The most robust of the writing-related subreddits, it has high engagement.
  • r/scriptwriting: Subscribing to more than one writing subreddit can offer more chances to find a great article or partake in a useful discussion on the craft of writing. Think of this space as a complementary one to r/Screenwriting with less engagement.
  • r/writing: As any filmmaker on Reddit likely knows, screenwriting is a specific craft with formatting and storytelling rules all its own. That being said, this general writing subreddit is a great space to put up questions about universal writing issues. Moderate engagement.
  • r/writers: Much like the subreddit above, this space is a supportive one for bringing up craft questions or diving into lively discussions about writing. Moderate engagement.

The Best Pre-Production Subreddits

Before you lock down that perfect photo studio rental or post a listing on a casting site, a ton of pre-production work needs to be completed. Luckily, Reddit has some dedicated communities for these activities.

  • r/Storyboarding: This space is geared primarily towards those in the beginning stages of their careers, but it has moderate engagement.
  • r/productiondesign: In contrast, this space for production designers is more suitable for those further along in their careers. You’ll find examples of posters’ work, as well as some questions. Also enjoys moderate engagement.
  • r/fieldrecording: More so than any other subreddit we’ve covered so far, this space is definitely for those with a sound grasp of the more technical elements of this specialty. Filmmakers on Reddit will find both questions and discussions surrounding these elements with moderate engagement.
  • r/LocationSound: Another space for filmmakers who focus on location sound. Though similar in content to r/fieldrecording, this subreddit seems to have slightly higher engagement.

The Best Post-Production Subreddits

Even the most modest film productions require the expertise and collaboration of many individuals from the development stage all the way to the completion of post-production, and Reddit has those specialties covered, too!

  • r/editing: If you’re searching for a subreddit for editors, this is one of several options, especially if you’re in the beginning stages of your career. This space has moderate engagement.
  • r/VideoEditing: This subreddit offers broader content that can appeal to both beginner and veteran editors. One reason to subscribe to r/VideoEditing is for the many tutorials posted on it, which can be helpful regardless of craft proficiency. However, it generally has low engagement.
  • r/editors: A third option for filmmakers on Reddit who specialize in editing is this space, which is geared towards professionals with more than just a basic understanding of the craft. Moderate engagement.
  • r/sounddesign: Another subreddit for post-production professionals, this space too includes questions and discussions for those that have a firm grasp on this particular specialty. Moderate engagement.
  • r/audioengineering: Though there’s some overlap between this space and r/sounddesign, this subreddit contains more discussions and questions of a technical nature. It also has higher engagement.
  • r/colorists: The fact that there is a space for a craft as specialized as color correction demonstrates just how important Reddit is for filmmakers. As with several of the other post-productions subreddits, this community is generally made up of individuals who are well into their careers. This space contains many tech questions and discussions with moderate engagement.
  • r/vfx: Similar to r/Filmmakers, this subreddit covers the spectrum from beginner questions to advanced discussions. Moderate engagement. Individuals on Reddit for videography may also be interested in subscribing to this space, as some discussions contain topic crossover.
  • r/AfterEffects: Another subreddit that focuses on a highly technical specialty. Very similar to spaces like r/Filmmakers and r/vfx, it offers up a mix of questions and discussions. High engagement.
  • r/animation: The last of the specialty subreddits, this one contains numerous project-sharing posts. Many questions as well. It’s also another space that those on Reddit for videography may want to explore. Moderate engagement.

The Best Diversity in Film Subreddits

Though long overdue, recent years have brought greater awareness of inclusion in the film industry. Filmmakers on Reddit who are looking to strengthen this aspect of the film community or deepen their knowledge of it may want to take a look at the following spaces, which happen to be some of the best unknown subreddits.

  • r/WomenInFilm: What’s encouraging about this subreddit is the sheer number of articles posted about women in the industry. So far, though, it has little engagement.
  • r/POCEntertainment: Very much like r/WomenInFilm, this subreddit puts a spotlight on persons of color in the industry. At the moment, it too has little engagement, though with room to grow.
  • r/RepinItMedia: What is particularly interesting about this subreddit is that it appears to be driven solely by the efforts of one person. They currently post many compelling questions regarding LGTBQIA+ issues in the industry, but this space also has low engagement.

The Best Film Fan Subreddits

Filmmakers on Reddit might be industry professionals, but they’re also film fans! And Reddit has many spaces for them to indulge that movie love.

  • r/Moviesinthemaking: What’s interesting about this particular subreddit is that it offers a movie fan’s version of r/Filmmakers with pictures of the filmmaking process for movies both classic and contemporary. It also enjoys moderately high engagement.
  • r/TheMakingOf: This sister subreddit to r/Moviesinthemaking provides very similar content with less engagement.
  • r/MovieDetails: Filmmakers on Reddit should not pass up the opportunity to subscribe to r/MovieDetails. With one of the highest engagement rates across all of the spaces mentioned so far, this subreddit explores the many details—and occasional mistakes—often overlooked in films. This space can also be beneficial for those following r/Filmmakers, as it provides a look at what can go right or very wrong depending on the nature of those details.
  • r/TrueFilm: This subreddit with high engagement makes a point of noting its focus on more intellectual film discussions, which may appeal to many filmmakers on Reddit.
  • r/MovieSuggestions: Another subreddit that enjoys high engagement. It’s an even mix of film recommendations and requests that even the most serious cinephile can find helpful in finding a new flick to enjoy.
  • r/FIlm: Don’t mind the odd stylization of its name… This subreddit contains many posts to stimulate discussion, but at the moment has low engagement.
  • r/flicks: Now here’s a subreddit for the would-be film critic who wants to share their opinions with filmmakers on Reddit. This space contains many reviews and a sprinkling of questions with moderate engagement.
  • r/filmtheory: As Reddit demonstrates, film can be approached from many angles. Some filmmakers on Reddit may gravitate towards r/Filmmakers for its hands-on instruction and assistance, while others might prefer r/filmtheory for its more cerebral approach to cinema, namely its relationship to society. Low engagement.
  • r/fullmoviesonyoutube: With the many platforms available to film fans across the globe, it’s hard to believe that some movies are still difficult to find online. Enter r/fullmoviesonyoutube. This subreddit is nearly all film posts directing followers on where to click to find a particular movie on YouTube. Moderate engagement.
  • r/LegalMovieStreaming: Here’s another space to help filmmakers on Reddit locate legally streamable movies. Full of posts on where to find films of all kinds. Low engagement.
  • r/Documentaries: The film world often focuses on fictional narratives, but the demand for documentaries has seen massive growth over the last several years. A space like r/Filmmakers can be helpful for documentary filmmakers on Reddit, but this space has merit, too, as a subreddit where creatives can post their work or links to other docs. Moderate engagement.
  • r/dvdcollection: Last but certainly not least, we have r/dvdcollection. Though the world is continually moving towards streamed entertainment, many people simply love physical media, filmmakers on Reddit included. This is the space for those DVD enthusiasts to show off their finds, and it enjoys moderate engagement.

Wrapping Up

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The 10/10-rated movies Reddit says you have to see before you die

The perfect film is a rare thing indeed. 

To garner that holy grail 10/10, you surely need a flawless marriage of direction, performances, script, plot, sound and really cool camera angles. Has any film actually pulled all of that off?

It’s this (clearly subjective) debate that has been getting a lot of attention in Reddit’s movie section recently. 

Original poster VarrickCarter23 clarified: “When I ask this I don’t even really mean ‘whats your favorite?’ but rather one that has so few faults.”

The responses quickly started to pile in and while there are entries that won’t surprise you – CasablancaToy StoryTaxi DriverFight ClubThe Dark Knight – the thread also threw up some interesting choices. We definitely can’t highlight all of them, but here are 12 that had compelling cases made on their behalf. Please voice all passionate objections in the comments. Therein lies the fun!

1. Her

Year of release: 2013

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%

Brief IMDb synopsis: “A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.”

VarrickCarter23 said: “The first film I ever thought that highly of was Her. I don’t consider it one of the best things ever or anything but I think it's a near flawless piece of film. It just set things up so well that no real plot point would feel forced or out of character. I love the implications, how the year is never specified, or what the rest of the world is like.

“I don’t wanna say too much because most of it is kinda spoilerish but it's one of Jonze's best films. The story is just really really simple, yet you find yourself getting sucked in easily. As someone doing long distance this film connected with me pretty strongly...

“Joaquin Phoniex is just such a good actor. The next film I saw with him in it was Inherent Vice and I barely recognised him. He just gets sucked into his characters.

“Scarlett Johansson really elevates the film too. Its a great idea to take a sex symbol like her and only allow us to hear her voice. Under The Skin is probably my favorite performance from her but this comes close.

“Amy Adams is Amy Adams.. so yknow. She’s great.

“I guess my only Nitpick is Chris Pratt's and Rooney Mara's inclusion, which I still enjoy. And they both actually do a good job, maybe it's just that the focus should have just been on Phoenix and Scarlett.”

2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Year of release: 2004

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%

Brief IMDb synopsis: “When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.”

VarrickCarter23 said: “The next film that really got me to give it a 10 was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. THIS is what I would call one of the best things ever.

“Almost everything is done flawlessly: The acting is superb, the music is good, the plot is engaging, it's funny, its unique, its dramatic, it's depressing, it's lighthearted, it's surprising... it invokes almost every emotion out of me and it does it with soaring colours, literally.

“What I really adore is the camera work. The way things disappear out of a scene or a window, or the tricks with lighting, or building giant sets to make it look real, angles and tracking shots... all of it is masterfully done. Charlie Kaufman did not direct this and he wasn’t even the only one who worked on the story but his screenplay just jumps out at you. I think he's one of the best working today and this screenplay solidifies that.

“Ending also hit me like a truck. Really the whole movie did but the ending really knows where to aim. As a viewer you don’t know how to feel, similar to our characters.

“This cast is something else too. Jim Carrey plays it so differently than his usual goofy self: he's quiet and shy and nervous and not really a risk taker, and that makes him stick out even more. Just in the opening narration I got immediately invested in this guy, Joel's little life. I don't know how he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar (not that it REALLY matters, just wish he got that kind of recognition too)

“Kate Winslet plays an opposite in a way. She's quirky and loud, expressive and loves trying new things, and yet Clem and Joel still find a way to love each other. The contrast really makes both characters feel very different.

“The rest of the cast is mostly supporting but they're all great: Elijah Wood is a piece of shit, Mark Ruffalo and Kristen Dunst are both kinda innocent workers just doing their job, and Tom Wilkinson is mysterious yet still interesting.”

3. The Thing

Year of release: 1982

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 82%

Brief IMDb synopsis: “A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who's human and who's not before it's too late.”

JendoShabo said: “John Carpenter's The Thing. Absolutely perfect horror movie. Interesting premise, awesome characters, incredible special effects, killer soundtrack, perfectly executed tension... I can go on and on.”

4. The Incredibles

Year of release: 2004

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%

Brief IMDb synopsis: “A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.”

Whatzgood said: “I consider it perfect in the fact that there isn't a single thing (whether it be plot, characterization, humor, pacing) that i would have changed. There isn't a single flaw that i personally had with it.

“It is to-date my favorite animated movie.”

5. Predator

Year of release: 1987

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 78%

Brief IMDb synopsis: “A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.”

Lord Blergus said: “Yeah, I know, it's just an action movie. But it doesn't pretend to be anymore than that, I like that. And as an action movie, I think it's one of the best in its genre. Music, effects, the monster, the cast, Arnold’s one-liners, they're all awesome. The movie is 30 years old, but still holds up.

6. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Year of release: 2004

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 56%

Brief IMDb synopsis: “With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.”

Groosenator2000 said: “My 10/10 movie is The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. It's such an intricate complicated character study and even after seeing it more than ten times, every time I watch it I pick up things I didn't see the previous watch. All the characters are so well realised and fit so well together in that world and it culminates in one of the most poignant moments I've ever seen on screen.”

7. A Clockwork Orange

Year of release: 1971

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 90%

Brief IMDb synopsis: “In future Britain, Alex DeLarge, a charismatic and psycopath delinquent, who likes to practice crimes and ultra-violence with his gang, is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan.”

Ethan3lp said: “A Clockwork Orange - best performance ever, best screenplay ever, fantastic cinematography, flawlessly paced, the best film from the best director ever.”

8. Whiplash

Year of release: 2014

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%

Brief IMDb synopsis: “A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.”

Noah2461 said: “I know it's only a couple years old but I can watch this movie time and time again and still be amazed. It's got everything I like in a movie. A great story, strong dialogue, well developed characters (including one of the most memorable antagonists in recent films) brought to life by great acting, and even boasts some really excellent cinematography and music. The intensity never really fades even though I've seen it 3 or 4 times. I think it will be considered a classic in time.”

9. Mad Max: Fury Road

Year of release: 2015

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%

Brief IMDb synopsis: “A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.”

TheTjums said: “I can't put a finger on a single thing I'd change in that movie. Everything just works and clicks into place so meticulously, you'd think Miller had spent his entire life thinking up and planning this movie.”

10. Michael Clayton

Year of release: 2007

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 90%

Brief IMDb synopsis: “A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multibillion-dollar class action suit.”

Nwabudike_J_Morgan said: “For a 10 movie I would offer Michael Clayton, the narrative is complex but not incoherent, the characters are real, the casting is amazing (Sydney Pollack was such a good choice). The only real problem with the movie is that there isn't much of an audience for a story about slimy corporate lawyers.”

11. No Country for Old Men

Year of release: 2007

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%

Brief IMDb synopsis: “Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.”

Mbags88 said: “From the seamless story telling to the chilling performance from Javier Bardem, this is one of the few movies I believe to truly be flawless. 10/10.”

12. Synecdoche, New York

Year of release: 2008

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 69%

Brief IMDb synopsis: “A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.”

Jonymcg said: “For me it would be Synecdoche, New York from 2008. This is directed by Charlie Kaufman. This film balances everything from humour, suspense, and at times is downright depressing.

“The reason why this film is 10/10 for me is not only it's grand themes, but also it's most subtle details. For instance, in the opening scenes, we are brought months into the future without realising time is passing without paying close attention to the dates in the newspapers, the times mentioned on the radio, and the dialogue. We realise as the audience that through repetition in daily life, we can forget about time. These small details can be forgotten but definitely add to rewatching the film trying to spot them out. Unlike films like Fight Club that certainly require repeat watching, you may watch this film and not realise the story being told on your first go.

“On top of this, Philip Seymour Hoffman provides us with his amazing acting. He is obsessed with death, often thinking that at every turn he will die.

“For those who haven't seen this film, I highly recommend it.”

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