The top 9 movies on Netflix this week, from 'John Henry' to 'Public Enemies'

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  • This week’s most popular movies on Netflix include “Public
    Enemies” and the critically panned “John Henry.”
  • Netflix introduced daily top lists of the most popular titles
    on the streaming service in February.
  • Streaming search engineReelgood keeps track of the lists and provides Business
    Insider with a rundown of the week’s most popular movies on Netflix
    every Friday.
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The low-budget action movie “John Henry” has been lambasted by
critics and has a 25% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s
still a hit on Netflix (the movie’s critic score was at 0%
last week
, but there isn’t a score anymore).

Netflix introduced daily top 10 lists of its most viewed movies
and TV shows in February (it counts a view if an account watches at
least two minutes of a title).

Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Business
Insider a list of which movies have been most prominent on
Netflix’s daily lists that week. On Reelgood, users can browse Netflix’s
entire movie library and sort by IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes

Netflix’s hit action movie “Extraction” dropped off the list
this week, but its animated movie “The Willoughbys” returned. 

Below are Netflix’s 9 most popular movies of the week in
the US:

TV Plus’ ‘Defending Jacob’ is a hit, but data suggests the
service’s subscriber growth has been sluggish

9. “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” (2008)

“A botched rescue strands Alex the lion and his companions in
Africa. Sadly, Alex discovers he has little in common with the

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 64%

What critics said: “This much-anticipated
sequel is a frankly disappointing piece of opportunism, with a
non-plot which shamelessly rips off ‘The Lion King.'” —

8. “Lockout” (2012)

“A government agent wrongly accused of a crime gets a shot at
freedom if he can engineer a high-risk rescue mission to outer

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 37%

What critics said: “At the screening, in
between laughing fits, people around me whispered, in awed tones,
‘B movie, 1956.'” —
New Yorker

7. “The Willoughbys” (2020, Netflix original)

Description: “Four siblings with horribly
selfish parents hatch a plan to get rid of them for good and form a
perfectly imperfect family of their own.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 90%

What critics said: “Though the film-makers are
indebted to Edward Gorey and Lemony Snicket — and pay musical
homage to Mark Mothersbaugh’s work on ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ —
they find their own voice, when it counts.” — London Evening Standard

6. “Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics” (2020, Netflix

Description: “Explore hallucinogenic
highs and lows as celebrities share funny, mind-blowing tales via
animations, reenactments and more in this documentary.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 55%

What critics said: “Yes, the bargain-basement
look is a tacit admission that you really had to be there, but it’s
still frustrating, and it gets wearying as the film goes on.” —

The Wrap

5. “John Henry” (2020)

Description: “A reformed LA gang member
upends his peaceful new life when he steps in to protect two young
immigrants from his violent former leader.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A (was 0% last

What critics said: “A thug-life thriller so
frequently preposterous that it almost resembles a parody.” —
York Times

4. “Despicable Me” (2010)

Description: “Villainous Gru hatches a
plan to steal the moon from the sky. But he has a tough time
staying on task after three orphans land in his care.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 81%

What critics said: “It is a good sturdy family
film, and Steve Carrell gives an engaging performance as a
supervillain.” —

3. “Soul Surfer” (2011)

“Hawaiian teen Bethany Hamilton bravely returns to competitive
surfing after losing her left arm in a vicious shark attack.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 45%

What critics said: “Soul Surfer is a
heavy-handed plea for sympathy that doesn’t do the real-life story
justice.” —

2. “Public Enemies” (2009)

“In the shadow of the Great Depression, criminal minds are
thriving, and it’s up to J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI to bring them

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 68%

What critics said: “Questionable production
values alone are not enough to sink a movie. Cinema doesn’t have to
look great if it has something to say. But it’s not entirely clear
what ‘Public Enemies’ is trying to say.” —

1. “The Wrong Missy” (2020, Netflix original)

“Tim thinks he’s invited the woman of his dreams on a work retreat
to Hawaii, realizing too late he mistakenly texted someone from a
nightmare blind date.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 33%

What critics said: “Even with locked-down
consumers scraping the bottom of the Netflix content trough, this
new addition to the lineup is pretty dreary.” —
Hollywood Reporter

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The top 9 movies on Netflix this week, from 'John Henry' to
'Public Enemies'