After half an hour of scrolling, you’ve finally picked what you’re going to watch on Netflix: a promising thriller called The Circle, starring John Boyega, Emma Watson and everyone’s favourite A-lister Tom Hanks.
Netflix has, of course, dispensed with the star ratings telling you what others thought of the flick, but the film is a 93% match to what you’ve previously watched. Perfect. You click the play button, but a niggling doubt enters the back of your mind: “I wonder what it’s got on Rotten Tomatoes?” You open a new tab to find that it’s a miserly 15% and the IMDb rating is scarcely better at 5.3. Back to the drawing board.
But what if there was a way to avoid watching badly rated films on Netflix, a sort of “turkey alarm”? What if you could easily separate the wheat from the chaff, The Last Kingdom (8.3 on IMDB) from The Last Heist (3.5), without leaving the Netflix homepage?
The RateFlix extension for Google Chrome is here to help. This incredibly easy to use tool slots a handy IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes rating under the title of every film and television series on the streaming site (provided they actually have one).
To get started, simply click the blue “Add to Chrome” box in the Chrome Web Store, sign into Netflix and hover over a film or TV programme to see the two ratings. If we have one small criticism of RateFlix, it would be that the ratings sometimes take around a second to appear, but that’s a small price to pay for avoiding Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (10% on Rotten Tomatoes).
How to add IMDb ratings on Netflix mobile
If you’re viewing Netflix on a smartphone, tablet or set-top box, RateFlix isn’t going to cut the mustard. Instead, we suggest you download the Upflix app for iOS or Android.
Upflix’s primary purpose is to inform you of new additions to the Netflix library. If you give it access to notifications, it will ping you every time Netflix drops a new set of movies or TV shows onto the service, which is every day or two. It also reveals which films/shows are about to be booted off the service, giving you a last chance to watch something that’s been on your list for yonks.
It also has a very strong search facility, so if something’s caught your eye on Netflix, you can check out what the IMDb, Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes scores are before you commit yourself to a five-season boxset.
Uplfix does have one hugely irritating feature, at least on Android. When you first open the app it often plays a full-screen ad with the audio automatically blaring out of the speakers. You’ll want to quickly reach for the mute button in the top-left corner of the screen if you’re in public.