The Criterion Channel

The Criterion Channel

By The Criterion Collection, Inc.

Score: 4.77931
From 7,200 Ratings


A movie lover’s dream, the Criterion Channel offers classics and discoveries from around the world, thematically programmed with special features, on a streaming service brought to you by the Criterion Collection. With constantly refreshed selections of Hollywood, international, art-house, and independent movies, plus access to Criterion’s entire streaming library of more than 1,000 important classic and contemporary films, there’s something new to choose from every day of the week on the Criterion Channel. Start with Sunday Spotlights on directors, stars, genres, and themes; Tuesday’s Short + Feature; or the Friday double bill. Try out our 15-minute-a-month film school, Observations on Film Art, or choose from suggestions by friends like Barry Jenkins, Guillermo del Toro, or Mira Nair. Go deep with the Criterion Collection’s archive of special features for context that no other service can match. FEATURES - The Criterion Collection’s streaming library, including many complete editions released on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as unreleased titles - Ongoing programs of Hollywood, international, art-house, independent, documentary, and short films, including thematic programming, director and star retrospectives, and guest-curated series - Original Criterion Channel series such as Observations on Film Art, Adventures in Moviegoing, and Art-House America - Supplemental features to deepen your appreciation of the art of film, including audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, scholarly analyses, introductions, new and archival interviews, and trailers To access all features and content you can subscribe to The Criterion Channel on a monthly or yearly basis with an auto-renewing subscription right inside the app.* Pricing can vary by region and will be confirmed before purchase in the app. In app subscriptions will automatically renew at the end of their cycle. * All payments will be paid through your iTunes Account and may be managed under Account Settings after the initial payment. Subscription payments will automatically renew unless deactivated at least 24-hours before the end of the current cycle. Your account will be charged for renewal at least 24-hours prior to the end of the current cycle. Any unused portion of your free trial will be forfeited upon payment. Cancellations are incurred by disabling auto-renewal. Terms of Service: Privacy Policy:



  • Cornucopia of great films

    By SanFranciscoWoman
    and an extraordinary selection of French films
  • Inspired and thorough

    By ch. Demel
    Huge selection of movies, commentary and retrospectives. This is the closest thing to a playground movie lovers are going to get. Wonderful and a great friend when you’re home bound. I only have superlatives to offer for the Criterion Channel. I highly highly recommend it!
  • Nonpareil

    By Hrudka 638286372827
    You already know this ain’t like anything else on the market
  • Greatest film library ever

    By dwellsand21
    I love the Criterion Channel it’s designed to celebrate film as an art form and artistic expression. The best place to get a film education outside of film school.
  • Fantastic selection!

    By Jerry Jazz
    There’s always new gems to discover on this channel - this app has introduced me to some of the most striking films I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing. I love the collections and how they pair similar films together. If you love movies, do not hesitate - get this app now!
  • Necessity for Cinephiles

    By RodneyWelch
    If you worship classic film, The Criterion Channel is the closest thing to a cathedral that the Internet has to offer. Almost all the great foreign filmmakers are represented, and some — Bergman, Fassbinder, Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ozu — can be viewed almost in their entirety. If you want to know the body of work of these and many other great visionaries, there’s no other streaming service comparable. Criterion takes this curatorial role seriously, offering an immense amount of extras in the way of commentaries and making-of documentaries, as well as absorbing featurettes on film language. I access the site daily, and I’m nothing short of grateful for everything it has placed before my eyes.
  • Best streaming service

    By joefosho
    The world would be a better place if everyone had the criterion channel and watched a few of its movies a month
  • Great

    By ChrisBeck34
    It has the best movies for film buffs
  • Love this app and channel

    By Rachaa
    Love this app! It works really well and streams to my incredibly old appletv too.
  • Great for movie lovers

    By jrose659
    Love it but wish there was a “view all available titles” option.