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This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006)


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 117
Fresh: 98
Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: A fascinating and entertaining film that will open many eyes to the often-questioned tactics of the MPAA and their ratings sytem.

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 31
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: A fascinating and entertaining film that will open many eyes to the often-questioned tactics of the MPAA and their ratings sytem.


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 30,579


Movie Info

This documentary investigates Hollywood's best-kept secret: the MPAA film ratings system and its profound impact on American culture.

NC-17 (for some graphic sexual content)
Documentary , Television
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Jan 23, 2007
IFC Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for This Film is Not Yet Rated

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (98) | Rotten (19) | DVD (17)

A movie that is at once eye-opening and hilarious.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

a head-spinning mystery, a brisk history of motion picture censorship in the U.S. and entertaining, often hilarious, visual proof of Hollywood's hypocrisy in his latest film.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It makes a good case for some all-American free enterprise to come up with an alternative.

Full Review… | December 27, 2006
Associated Press
Top Critic

...A ringing indictment of a system that's not just broken. It's rigged and needs replacing.

Full Review… | December 15, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

You can tell that Dick, whose previous documentary Derrida showed that he had serious chops, is having fun with this one. And a good part of the fun involves providing entertaining educational highlights for the public.

November 10, 2006
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

Winds up feeling shallow, padded and unrevealing.

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Denver Post
Top Critic

[The film] has a refreshingly snotty sense of humor...Dick would put a banana peel out on Ventura Boulevard if he thought a[n MPAA] rater might slip on it.

Full Review… | August 21, 2009

Even if you've never given a second thought to who bestows ratings on movies or how those ranks are given, Kirby Dick's enlightening documentary will catch you up in its infectious spin of curiosity.

Full Review… | April 20, 2009

...a smug little documentary...

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
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Full Review… | October 14, 2007
Movies for the Masses

What the film doesn't offer is much hope -- or much balance.

Full Review… | August 3, 2007

Takes a comical look at the ratings board and its nefarious activities in giving a film a rating.

Full Review… | March 31, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Dick bares the graphic inconsistencies in the Hollywood ratings game, especially when it comes to the great divide between violence (bring it on) and sex (don't take it off).

Full Review… | January 22, 2007

If you care about the freedom of expression, including in the film industry, this documentary feature is important as a learning tool.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
Jam! Movies

A damning documentary which indicts the MPAA as a thinly-veiled arm of the handful of Hollywood studios which have come to dominate the film industry.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007

It takes balls for documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick to take on the all-powerful Motional Picture Association of America (MPAA) ratings board.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007

Um protesto importante e ocasionalmente revelador, mas que se enfraquece por não oferecer alternativas viáveis ao sistema de classificação da MPAA e pela auto-inclusão desnecessária do diretor na discussão.

January 13, 2007
Cinema em Cena

In the absolute height of irony, THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED earned an NC-17.

Full Review… | January 11, 2007
Murphy's Movie Reviews

A scathing indictment of the MPAA.

Full Review… | December 14, 2006
Fresno Bee

...begins as an admirable attempt to understand why the MPAA's rating system is what it is, and how it evolved into the strange and niggling monster it has become.

Full Review… | November 11, 2006
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...A very funny, frequently infuriating, and (of course) unrated exposé of the film rating board of the Motion Picture Association of America.

Full Review… | November 11, 2006
The Nation

Dick combines comic investigative stealth with documentary film shoe leather for an exposé that is as compelling as it is entertaining, about a group rife with conflicts of interest, whose competence is debatable and whose authority is dubious.

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for This Film is Not Yet Rated


Terrific documentary on film censorship, This Film is Not Yet Rated takes a look at the MPAA the organization who give films its ratings. Director Kirby Dick interviews some prominent filmmakers who have had their films certified with unwanted ratings due to the amount of explicit content in their films. The film shares the points of view of the filmmakers and gives us insight into how unfair the rating system really is. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and it does a great job at telling the story from the point of view of the people that make the films. For me, I think it's preposturous for someone to tell me what I can, and cannot watch. As you get older, you realize that film is an art form, and how wonderful films can be. By censoring them and telling the filmmakers they have to cut their work, the MPAA waters down, and in many ways destroy the intention and goal for the filmmaker to entertain its audience. Films should be uncompromising and many movies out there are tasteless, extreme and offensive, but the best judge of what to watch is you. This Film is Not Yet Rated is an eye opening film and it should be seen by every film lover. This is a near perfect documentary that finally tells the side of the filmmakers and how the MPAA butchers their art. Brilliant, funny and at times unfair in the sense that one organization has practically given themselves the right to judge what is best for us to watch, This Film is Not Yet Rated is a well crafted must see documentary.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Almost right after watching A Serbian Film, I stumbled across a documentary that addressed the idea of corrupt movie censorship head-on, and the result is so much more rewarding.
Interviewing many of today's filmmakers who have had their films sanctioned by the MPAA, director Kirby Dick tries to get at the heart of what exactly is the criteria used when applying these ratings - G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17 - to films, and who are the people who make such decisions. What follows is something quite disturbing. From first hand accounts of people who have worked at the MPAA as well as filmmakers who have had to battle to get their films "properly" rated, we learn that there is no real criteria that distinguishes an R from an NC-17, and that the decision makers are not only anonymous to the public but security measures have been set up to protect these people from ever being known.
This Film is Not Yet Rated shows just how much a particular rating can affect the box office performance of your film, and beyond that, how accessible your film will be to the general public. In one scene you learn that most theatres and big retail chains will not carry an NC-17 rated film. Talk about limiting freedom of expression. Also, through comparisons between how lenient the MPAA is towards violence as opposed to sex, how big studio films will receive detailed and specific ways to get their films tailored to a specific rating while independent filmmakers are left with nothing more than a vague response, this documentary reveals an organization that doesn't know what it's doing. Instead, it is a system designed as a false safeguard to parents based on some false moral ground that Uncle Sam is watching out for you and that "somebody is thinking of the children." But it's a joke. Filmmakers can argue their ratings on what they think is suitable for a particular rating, but if there are no standards set out for these ratings, how can any of these ratings be legitimate?

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer


It's a more informal documentary that I wasn't expecting. It was pretty entertaining though. MPAA seems like a sketchy organization.

Japes .

Super Reviewer

Not as enlightening or surprising as the tone of the film suggests. The parts with the PI were moderately amusing at best.

In the end you're left with information that you probably already knew about a system that non-filmmakers just ignore and what little information you DIDN'T know; you can't/won't do anything about.

So the real question is, why?

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

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