“Ozymandias,” the most recent episode of “Breaking Bad,” is currently running at an astounding 10/10 rating on IMDb.
This is an impressive and quite possibly unprecedented achievement for a film or television show that has received more than just a handful of votes from friends on the highly opinionated site. Of the 23,201 user ratings submitted at the time this article is being written, 22,261 have been 10s, the highest possible score, outweighing the small percentage with other judgments.
In contrast, “Vertigo,” the most recent “Sight and Sound” film poll winner, is running at 8.4, though to be fair, it’s also only #52 in the top 250. It speaks to the particular tastes of IMDb users, who’ve voted “The Shawshank Redemption” as the greatest cinematic achievement of all time with a 9.2 rating.
IMDb weights user ratings based on an internal algorithm, and the top-rated films on the site have always, unsurprisingly, reflected the opinions you’d expect from a younger, male-skewing online user base — “The Dark Knight” is the most recent film in the top 10, while “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and “Fight Club” are also there.
But were TV to be thrown into the mix, the majority of that top 10 would be made up of small screen entries, which IMDb users tend to rate more generously (hello, golden age of television) — “Planet Earth,” “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones,” and “The Wire” would all, based on their series ratings rather than individual episode ones, have “Shawshank” beat.
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IMDb users aren’t the only ones who adored “Ozymandias,” which was directed by Rian Johnson. The episode netted series-high ratings with 6.4 million total viewers.