The top 9 movies on Netflix this week, from 'The Midnight Sky' to 'We Can Be Heroes'

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"The Midnight Sky" Netflix
  • "The Midnight Sky" and "We Can Be Heroes" were some of Netflix's most popular movies this week. 

  • Netflix introduced daily top lists of the most popular titles on the streaming service in February.

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George Clooney's new directorial effort "Midnight Sky" and Robert Rodriguez's follow-up to 2005's "Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl" were among Netflix's most popular movies this week. 

Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Business Insider a list of which movies have been most prominent on Netflix's daily top-10 lists that week. On Reelgood, users can browse Netflix's entire movie library and sort by IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes ratings.

Seven of the top nine movies this week had a "rotten" score (below 60%) on Rotten Tomatoes, including the top movie, Liam Neeson's "Unknown."

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

9. "The Midnight Sky" (2020, Netflix original)

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Netflix

Description: "In the aftermath of a global catastrophe, a lone scientist in the Arctic races to contact a crew of astronauts with a warning not to return to Earth."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 52%

What critics said: "The Midnight Sky is a good example of a movie that sells itself short by trying to be one thing — serious, heavy, emotional — when, by all available indicators, it should be more of a thriller, or more ridiculous, or at the very least more fun." — Rolling Stone

8. "S.W.A.T." (2003)

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Columbia Pictures

Description: "A veteran cop is tasked with drafting and training a special weapons and tactics team, who soon find themselves up against an international criminal."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 48%

What critics said: "As summer shoot-'em-ups go, this is pretty well executed, with plenty of macho posing and gunfire." — Chicago Reader

7. "Four Christmases" (2008)

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New Line Cinema

Description: "A dating couple is forced to spend their first Christmas together visiting each of their four divorced parents — in a single day."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 25%

What critics said: "Gordon's stars are charmless, his script cheerless, and his sterling supporting cast can't seem to figure out what they've been brought on board to do." — NPR

6. "Rango" (2011)

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"Rango." Paramount

Description: "When he becomes lost in the desert, pet chameleon Rango pretends he's a tough guy and ends up sheriff of a corrupt and violent frontier town."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 88%

What critics said: "Though young children may enjoy it, the film is built for viewers of any age with a taste for joyful anarchy." — New Yorker

5. "Death to 2020" (2020, Netflix original)

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Netflix

Description: "As the year we all want to end finally does, take a look back at 2020's mad glory in this comedic retrospective from the creators of 'Black Mirror.'"

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 37%

What critics said: "Death to 2020 is ultimately just more of the same painfully humorless noise that's made up most of the year." — Vox

4. "30 Minutes or Less" (2011)

30 minutes or less
Red Hour Films

Description: "Two crooks planning a bank heist wind up abducting a pizza delivery driver and force him to commit the robbery — with a strict time limit."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 45%

What critics said: "It all goes horribly wrong, with the characters and the audience united in anguish." — Financial Times

3. "17 Again" (2009)

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Description: "Nearing a midlife crisis, thirty-something Mike wishes for a "do-over" — and that's exactly what he gets when he wakes up to find he's 17 again."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 56%

What critics said: "When 17 Again isn't pilfering from its betters, it's engaging in the most Pavlovian button-pushing." — Slant Magazine

2. "We Can Be Heroes" (2020, Netflix original)

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Netflix

Description: "When alien invaders capture Earth's superheroes, their kids must learn to work together to save their parents — and the planet." 

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 69%

What critics said: "This was clearly made for kids, not critics, and the design and action are vibrant enough to divert them. Rodriguez is well-versed in superhero tropes for parents who can appreciate comic-book satire." — CNN

1. "Unknown" (2011)

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Panda

Description: "Liam Neeson stars as a man who regains consciousness after a car accident, only to discover that another man is impersonating him."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 55%

What critics said: "A nifty final twist, but it is so joyless and heavy-handed I found it impossible to like." — Guardian

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