Moviegoers Rank Inception As The Number 3 Movie Of All Time

By Josh Tyler 2010-07-19 16:46:23discussion comments
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The hardcore users of IMDB are an odd bunch and, perhaps not always the most reliable resource. Thereís a lot of talk about the wisdom of crowds on the internet these days, but the truth is that while a person can be smart, crowds are most often really dumb. But sometimes crowdsourcing works, and on IMDB it tends to work brilliantly when it comes to their user voted list of the top movies of all time. Go through the first 250 or so movies on that list and you wonít find a single one that isnít worth your time, so itís no surprise that their users would have voted Inception on to it. What might surprise you is how itís ranked. Inception is the number three movie of all time.

With nearly 30,000 IMDB user votes recorded itís ranked right below Shawshank Redemption and The Godfather on IMDBís top movies list. Itís ranked above Pulp Fiction, higher than Godfather II, better than Casablanca. It also beats out my favorite movie of 2010, Toy Story 3, which has itself rocketed up the charts to the number 8 spot.

Most of the movies on that list have received nearly half a million votes while Inception, since itís newly released, has only 30,000. And of course the ranking is determined by averaging all the votes submitted, so itís likely that over time a few more haters will work their way in and Inception will drop a little lower on the chart. Still, itís quite an accomplishment for a movie many critics worried would be too smart for audiences to embrace, a movie cynical pundits labeled as being over most moviegoerís heads.

Inception is a great movie and while it probably wouldnít make it on my personal list of all time greats, itís not even my favorite movie if the year, itís fantastic that so many people from so many walks of life have stepped up and embraced something that dares to ask more of its audience than an evening spent staring dully at a screen full of pretty pictures. Maybe itís a sign that moviegoers are tired of meaningless, empty, CGI robots ready to start thinking again.
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