Sony Hack: 'The Interview' Has Near-Perfect Rating on IMDb

Ed Araquel
'The Interview'

Very few people have seen it, but that apparently hasn't hurt the Seth Rogen comedy's word-of-mouth

Is the film The Interview better than Citizen Kane, Casablanca and The Godfather? It definitely is, at least according to its IMDb score.

Not many people, outside of critics and attendees at promotional screenings, have seen the controversial Seth Rogen comedy yet, although that will soon change, with the film hitting some theater chains and VOD on Christmas. Hackers who breached Sony's systems last month threatened a 9/11-style attack if the studio released the film, causing major theater chains to initially drop it.

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However, the film, starring Rogen and James Franco as two guys who head to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong Un, currently has a sterling 9.9 rating from 31,993 reviews on the movie-information site.

This means that it outranks every single entry on IMDb's list of the 250 highest-rated films, including 1994's The Shawshank Redemption and 1972's The Godfather, which are both tied at the top spot with 9.2. The Interview does not actually appear on the top 250, presumably because the list has been set up to prevent fluke entries.

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The Interview's score is also far better than any of Rogen's previous work. His best-reviewed film to have actually hit theaters is the 2011 cancer-themed comedy 50/50, with a 7.8, while Superbad (2007) — which he co-wrote and co-stars in — gets a 7.2.

Whether or not The Interview is liked by people who have actually seen it is a different story. On review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 53 percent approval rating from all critics, while getting a thumbs-up from just 20 percent of the site's top critics. It has earned a 47 out of 100 on Metacritic.

Motherboard reports that the film's IMDb score has been goosed by 4chan users, as posts on the online bulletin board have encouraged giving the film a perfect 10 to spite the hackers.

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There has been a wave of people pushing recently for its release, with a coalition of art house theaters offering to screen it, and even a Congressman proposing that the film be shown at the U.S. Capitol building. The issue appears to stretch beyond party lines, as President Obama and the Republican National Committee alike want the film to be seen.

In other words, the film's team should probably enjoy that 9.9 while it lasts.

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