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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

Where Are the Women? 2015 ranking (final)

A ranking of 2015’s films for their representation of girls and women. (Some films that may qualify as 2014 films for awards purposes but that did not get wide releases until very late 2014 or early 2015 may be included here.) These are not “reviews” of the films! These are simply examinations of how well or how poorly they depict girls and women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film. My reviews, when available, are linked from each rating page.)

See the rating criteria.

See also:

• the ranking of all films nominated for the 2014 Oscars (awarded in early 2015)
• the ranking of all films nominated for the 2015 Oscars (awarded in early 2016)

I crunched numbers on the 153 films that opened in wide release in the United States between December 25, 2014, and December 18, 2015. Get an introduction to this analysis here. You can examine a comprehensive spreadsheet of the details about these 153 films here.

Conclusions:

only 22% of 2015’s movies had female protagonists
best and worst representations of women on film in 2015 (and the average WATW score for the year)
critics are slightly more likely to rate a film highly if it represents women well
mainstream moviegoers are not turned off by films with female protagonists
movies that represent women well are just as likely to be profitable as movies that don’t, and are less risky as business propositions


KEY:
[ F ] = film has a female protagonist
[ Fe ] = film has an ensemble that is predominantly or entirely female
[ f ] = film has a female coprotagonist alongside a male coprotagonist
[ e ] = film has an ensemble with no clear protagonist that is reasonably gender balanced

+50
+46
+45
Spy [ F ]
+39
Inside Out [ F ]
+39
Truth [ F ]
+36
Still Alice [ F ]
+35
Sisters [ F ]
+34
+32
Grandma [ F ]
+31
+31
Trainwreck [ F ]
+29
+29
Wild [ F ]
+28
+27
+27
+27
Sicario [ F ]
+27
+25
+24
+24
Brooklyn [ F ]
+20
Big Eyes [ F ]
+20
+20
+19
Crimson Peak [ F ]
+19
Tomorrowland [ f ]
+17
+16
+16
Joy [ F ]
+15
+15
+15
+13
+12
+11
+11
+10
+9
+8
+7
Captive [ f ]
+7
+7
The Visit [ f ]
+6
+6
+6
+5
+5
+5
+2
+2
Home [ f ]
+2
+1
The DUFF [ F ]
0
0
0
No Escape [ f ]
0
0
0
Unfriended [ e ]
-1
-1
Poltergeist [ e ]
-3
-5
-5
-5
The Gallows [ e ]
-5
-5
It Follows [ F ]
-5
-5
-5
War Room [ F ]
-7
-8
-8
-8
-8
-9
-9
-10
-10
The Gift [ f ]
-10
-10
-11
-12
-13
-14
-15
-15
-15
-15
Krampus [ e ]
-15
-15
-15
-15
-15
-15
-16
-16
-17
-17
-17
-17
-20
-20
-20
-20
-21
-21
-21
-23
-23
-24
-24
-25
Cinderella [ F ]
-25
Focus [ f ]
-25
-25
-25
-25
-25
-27
-27
-27
Pan
-28
-29
-30
-30
-30
-32
-33
-33
-35
-35
Hot Pursuit [ F ]
-35
-38
-40
-40
Max
-43
-43
-44
-45
-45
-46
-49
-50
-50
-52
-52
-55
-57
-59
-60
-63
-65
-65
-65
-67
-70
-72
-79
-80
-88
-120
+50
+46
+45
Spy [ F ]
+39
Inside Out [ F ]
+37
+36
Still Alice [ F ]
+36
Suffragette [ F ]
+36
Survivor [ F ]
+35
Sisters [ F ]
+35
+31
Trainwreck [ F ]
+30
+29
+29
Wild [ F ]
+28
+27
+27
+27
Sicario [ F ]
+27
+26
Carol [ F ]
+25
+24
+24
Brooklyn [ F ]
+20
Amy [ F ]
+20
Big Eyes [ F ]
+20
+20
+19
Crimson Peak [ F ]
+19
+16
+16
+16
+15
+15
+13
+12
+11
+11
+10
+9
+8
+7
+7
The Visit [ f ]
+6
+6
+5
+5
+5
+3
+2
+2
Home [ f ]
+1
The DUFF [ F ]
0
0
0
No Escape [ f ]
0
0
0
Unfriended [ e ]
-1
Poltergeist [ e ]
-1
-3
-5
-5
-5
Child 44 [ f ]
-5
The Gallows [ e ]
-5
-5
It Follows [ F ]
-5
Man Up [ F ]
-7
-8
-8
-8
-9
-9
-9
-10
-10
The Gift [ f ]
-10
-10
-11
-12
-12
-13
-15
-15
-15
Krampus [ e ]
-15
-15
-15
-15
-15
-16
-17
-18
-20
-20
-20
-20
-21
-23
-23
-24
-24
-25
Cinderella [ F ]
-25
Focus [ f ]
-25
-25
-25
-25
-25
-27
-27
Pan
-28
-28
-29
-30
-30
-32
-33
-33
-35
-35
Hot Pursuit [ F ]
-35
-38
-38
-41
-43
-43
-45
-45
-46
-49
-50
-50
-50
-52
-55
-59
-60
-63
-65
-65
-67
-70
-73
-80
-88
-90
-120
+39
+38
Girlhood [ F ]
+37
+36
+36
Suffragette [ F ]
+36
Survivor [ F ]
+32
+32
+30
+29
+29
+26
Carol [ F ]
+25
Lila and Eve [ F ]
+25
Mustang [ F ]
+25
+24
+22
+21
+21
Room [ f ]
+21
+20
Amy [ F ]
+20
+20
45 Years [ F ]
+16
+16
+11
+11
+10
+10
+10
Results [ f ]
+6
+6
+5
+5
+2
+2
+2
+2
Wild Tales [ e ]
0
0
The Hallow [ f ]
0
0
-1
-2
-3
-5
Child 44 [ f ]
-5
-5
-6
Maggie [ f ]
-8
-8
-9
-10
-11
-11
-12
-12
-13
-14
-15
-15
-15
-15
-18
-20
-20
-20
-20
-20
-21
-22
-22
-22
-23
-25
-25
-25
-27
-27
-28
-28
-35
-48
-73
-73
-73
-83
-85
-90

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