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Watch a 3D Movie

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Should You See a Movie in 3D?

Don't: Animated Kids Films

Though there have been some rare exceptions — notably, 2009's Coraline, which gained spiraling-down-the-rabbit-hole visual depth from its glasses-required effects — most animated kids films profit little from 3D. While some include token stuff-flying-at-the-screen gags to justify the extra cost of 3D, most animated films are made with an eye toward home video, where they'll be re-watched ad nauseam by children who, in their living rooms, aren't apt to sit around wearing 3D glasses. In other words, animated films play just as well (if not better) in 2D — which also doesn't require parents to struggle to keep the glasses on their squirmy offspring.

Don't: Post-Conversion 3D

The 3D revolution that James Cameron originally touted specifically concerned movies shot natively in 3D (i.e., with actual 3D cameras), which boast truly rich, compelling three-dimensional effects. Yet when films are shot with 2D cameras and then converted to 3D afterward via computer, the results — as confirmed by notorious duds like 2010's Clash of the Titans and The Last Airbender — can be downright dismal, lending material no greater image depth and significantly decreased visual brightness. Unless a film was created from the ground up in 3D, it's a good bet that it's a post-conversion job that doesn't merit its inflated price, and finding out whether an upcoming release is "real 3D" is as easy as checking out this regularly updated website.

Do: IMAX 3D

IMAX is itself something of a controversial cinematic format, since so many theaters now feature certified IMAX screens that (though boasting increased sharpness) are only ever-so-slightly larger than their non-IMAX ones. However, if you can steer clear of such "Lie-MAX" fakers and get to a legitimate gigantic IMAX screen (this website features a handy state-by-state listing), seeing a native-3D film is a definite upgrade. Providing a truly enveloping experience, genuine IMAX 3D is something that simply can't be duplicated at home, and — when coupled with the fact that it's a relatively rare thing to find, given Hollywood's preference for slapping non-IMAX-shot films onto IMAX screens — consequently warrants a few extra bucks.

Don't: Horror Films

You know what's not scary? Blatant, in-your-face gimmickry — which is what 3D amounts to in most horror films. Again, there are exceptions in which 3D is used for either sumptuous stylishness (the most recent, action-oriented Resident Evils) or self-conscious tongue-in-cheek laughs (2010's over-the-top Piranha 3D). But in most situations, horror films utilize 3D as a dim device for moments in which spears, blades, hatchets, and chainsaws look like they're coming right at you! As established by duds ranging from Amityville 3-D to Shark Night 3D to Texas Chainsaw 3D (and their legion of crummy genre brethren), horror is never less frightening than when indulging in silly special-effects stunts.

Do: Films by Auteurs

Most award-winning filmmakers have chosen to ignore 3D. Nonetheless, those that have experimented with the technology have done the most to legitimate its potential. While Tim Burton's ugly Alice in Wonderland and Sam Raimi's equally off-putting Oz the Great and Powerful somewhat disprove this general rule, Cameron's Avatar, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin — a motion-capture animated film, no less — and Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity all demonstrate the creative possibilities afforded by 3D when employed by skilled hands. Even Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby showed that, when used as an integral part of a film's overarching aesthetic design, 3D can even be an enlivening format for dramas (albeit ones with considerable spectacle). Like their 2D counterparts, 3D movies made by illustrious directors are often the best of the lot, and the most convincing reason yet to plunk down additional money at the multiplex.

Success stories

Kyla Kemp

Dec 18 at 10:23 am
was about 3 years old and it was really fun

Mélany Boivin

Dec 17 at 18:13 pm
many times! Like kungfu panda

Tamerlan Sulaymanoff

Dec 05 at 21:17 pm
I visited 3D movie with my sister, it was interesting, funny.

lubna karad

Feb 13 at 13:47 pm
i watch ot at singapore universal studio

Tyler Campbell

Feb 09 at 05:24 am
I have watched many 3D movies over the years.

Chloe P

Feb 05 at 17:01 pm
If I remember rightly (random date I'm afraid), the first time I saw a 3D film was at the London Science Museum back when I was a young child - I think is was when 3D cinema was first becoming a thing and the museum made a small film about a fly going to space to show it off? Jeeze, it's been a while.

Alexandra Lucian

Feb 01 at 21:22 pm
It was Rapunzel!

Marina Kotsianouli

Feb 01 at 17:33 pm
it was a kid's movie

Rosalind Pingleton

Jan 11 at 21:06 pm
done

Arthur Olaye

Jan 08 at 18:12 pm
3D movies are fun

Kore CF

Jan 07 at 05:35 am
Jurassic Park I think...

Inês Marques

Jan 06 at 20:12 pm
lorax star wars

Jelena Grcic

Jan 05 at 14:16 pm
Success

Pre Kaur

Jan 03 at 21:28 pm
Done

Amanda Hanson

Jan 03 at 05:32 am
despicable me

a.

Jan 03 at 01:35 am
Many times

ashjan shafi

Jan 03 at 01:32 am
I did watch it likee many times

3/ 4

Jan 02 at 21:24 pm
I don't like 3D but, I've seen way too many 3D movies for someone who claims they hate it.

Nyssa Kirby

Dec 31 at 22:49 pm
Lots of films

hanneke vdwolfgunnink

Dec 31 at 21:14 pm
doctor strange

Viviana White

Dec 31 at 17:02 pm
Budapest

Sharon Hudson

Dec 31 at 04:45 am
Spy Kids 3D

Alina Masotti

Dec 29 at 00:15 am
spy kids

Emma Dane

Dec 28 at 21:47 pm
Kodeks

Natalija Mitrovic

Dec 22 at 10:15 am
It's awesome.

Lizaveta

Dec 21 at 21:35 pm
maaany times

Annabelle Mayhem

Dec 19 at 12:47 pm
Oh it was sooo cooI.. I like 3D movies a looot! :)

Claire Hall

Dec 19 at 12:37 pm
Spy kids 3D

lira soley

Dec 18 at 20:21 pm
there were so many

Xiomara Martinez

Dec 18 at 16:10 pm
don't remeber

Billie Andrews

Dec 06 at 23:13 pm
several

Maxime Colardyn

Nov 11 at 22:01 pm
Twas chill

Siru Wallin

Nov 03 at 01:10 am
Didn't like it.

Danielle Robinson

Oct 28 at 19:47 pm
lots of fun

Stephanie Kraewinkels

Jul 28 at 12:26 pm
Funny

Bach Van

Jul 28 at 09:04 am
Every week

Elena Barrachina Ribes

Jul 28 at 08:30 am
Uuuugh... Never again in 10 years, my eyes still hurt

Ushashi Mitra

Jul 11 at 14:05 pm
watched Avengers : Age of Ultron in 3D

Sandra v. d. Linde

Jun 12 at 04:28 am
...

ina bredel

Mar 28 at 23:12 pm
amazing

sharon kastermans

Mar 27 at 16:00 pm
...

Manô Bisordi

Mar 27 at 00:39 am
Yeap

Lara van putten

Mar 26 at 13:20 pm
Mith My daddy

Caitlin Breen

Mar 14 at 04:36 am
So many.

Pilar Uría

Mar 11 at 22:56 pm
Avatar

Mariana Ramos

Mar 10 at 22:32 pm
I watched the croods and titanic

Maria Machalepis

Mar 10 at 21:19 pm
avatar...sydney...darling harbour

Barbaros Gozneli

Feb 20 at 18:07 pm
Yes

Ади К.

Feb 16 at 22:44 pm
sharks

Karen Tarroyo

Feb 16 at 13:22 pm
i watched Big hero 6!

pragati jain

Feb 16 at 12:46 pm
In goa

Andrea Tande

Feb 16 at 11:25 am
fun

Balajti Melinda

Feb 15 at 17:10 pm
usual

Evie Sanders

Feb 14 at 15:17 pm
watched cloudy with a chance of meatballs

cherri massey

Feb 07 at 00:09 am
...

ine verbrugge

Jan 24 at 21:24 pm
cinema