The Best Movies Coming To Netflix In April, Ranked By Critics: Hitchcock Classics, Spider-Man Films


Alfred Hitchcock’s classics Psycho and The Birds are set to hit Netflix in April, alongside other critical favorites and box-office smashes.

Key Facts

Director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films, starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, will debut on Netflix in April.

Animated favorites like How To Train Your Dragon and Puss in Boots will also join Netflix’s slate of films.

Star-studded films like American Hustle, the Oscar-nominated movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Christian Bale are also among the streaming service’s new offerings.

Top 10 Films

1. Psycho (1960), April 1 (96{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Rotten Tomatoes, 97{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Metacritic)

2. The Birds (1963), April 1 (94{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Rotten Tomatoes, 90{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Metacritic)

3. American Hustle (2013), April 1 (92{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Rotten Tomatoes, 90{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Metacritic)

4. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), April 1 (92{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Rotten Tomatoes, 85{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Metacritic)

5. Spider-Man 2 (2004), April 1 (93{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Rotten Tomatoes, 83{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Metacritic)

6. How to Train Your Dragon (2010), April 1 (99{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Rotten Tomatoes, 75{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Metacritic)

7. The Mustang (2019), April 16 (95{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Rotten Tomatoes, 77{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Metacritic)

8. (Tie) Matilda (1996), April 1 (91{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Rotten Tomatoes, 72{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Metacritic)

8. (Tie) Spider-Man (2002), April 1 (90{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Rotten Tomatoes, 73{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Metacritic)

10. (Tie) Inside Man (2006), April 1 (86{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Rotten Tomatoes, 76{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Metacritic)

10. (Tie) Zombieland (2009), April 1 (89{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Rotten Tomatoes, 73{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} Metacritic)


Netflix will also unveil original films and series in April. BEEF, a new comedy-drama series starring Ali Wong and Steven Yeun in the aftermath of a road-rage incident, is set to debut April 6. Reality TV favorite Indian Matchmaking returns for its third season on April 26, and crime limited series Florida Man will premiere April 13, starring Edgar Ramirez.

Key Background

The Rotten Tomatoes critics score, known as the Tomatometer, is the percentage of critics that have given the film a positive review. A movie with at least 60{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} positive reviews is given a fresh tomato, while those with a score of less than 60{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} are given a splat. Metacritic calculates a weighted average of critics’ reviews, assigning different weights to each critic and publication depending on importance or quality. Scores are displayed in green, yellow or red—indicating favorable, mixed or unfavorable reviews—and films with a score of at least 81{835de6664969b5e2b6c055b582ef3cf063416af730213b9aba3a0f9f5e47a307} are designated as “must-see.” Both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic track user ratings and allow users to write reviews, though these are displayed separately from critics’ scores.

Further Reading

New To Netflix In March: The Best Films Ranked By Critics—From ‘Animal House’ To ‘World War Z’ (Forbes)

New on Netflix: The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming (and Leaving) in April 2023 (Vanity Fair)

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