Nothing ground-breaking, but a fun watch for curious '80s kids.
65%Overall Score

Clearly cashing in on the viewer’s nostalgia for movies from the 1980s, The Movies That Made Us is a treat for film enthusiasts that grew up at that time. However it won’t hold the same appeal for everyone else.

Creator: Brian Volk-Weiss
Seasons: 1 (2019)
Streaming on: Netflix

More Netflix nostalgia

Following the success of their nostalgia-soaked docuseries The Toys That Made Us, the new Netflix documentary series The Movies That Made Us covers a beloved film from the 1980s and 1990 in the case of Home Alone in each episode Every mini documentary has a run-time of about 45 minutes. As a result, the film being discussed is dissected in an in-depth manner, from conception and production to audience reception. The narration is tonally upbeat, keeping up a light mood.

The films covered in the four episodes of the series are Home Alone, Die Hard (pictured above), Dirty Dancing and Ghostbusters, all classics from that time. The appeal of these critically acclaimed and widely beloved films is undeniable. However, for younger audiences, these films are not the pop culture icons they are for older generations. The excitement of watching the making of these films might be lost on them.

The big names are absent

The Movies That Made Us shows viewers that making of the films by way of a combination of trivia, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. However, these interviews might be a let down for some. Bruce Willis doesn’t appear in this series to talk about Die Hard, nor is Bill Murray interviewed about Ghostbusters.

The movies have been covered ad nauseum

Delving into movies that were an integral part of the childhood of an entire generation will definitely get the series a captive audience. This also explains why the show chose movies that were such crowd-pleasing favourites for its first season. However, these movies have already been discussed a great deal. If there is a second season of The Movies That Made Us in the works, it might do well to select movies that are not already the subject of so much discussion.