• This Valentine’s Day weekend, we have a sweet treat for you. From today, February 14, through Monday, February 18, all of the Criterion titles streaming on Hulu Plus, available to viewers in the U.S., will be free of charge to nonsubscribers (with advertisements). It’s the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with the incredible array of our movies available for instant viewing—we now have 800-plus selections, including hundreds of rare titles from around the world that have never been released on DVD or Blu-ray in the U.S. And remember that if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see them all the time, commercial-free!

    This happy occasion also marks Criterion’s two-year anniversary with Hulu. We think we make a wonderful pair, and we look forward to continuing to bring important cinema to the most movie lovers possible.

    Before you start browsing Criterion films on Hulu, here’s a little romantic inspiration: Breathless, starring the peerlessly sexy duo of Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg. Watch it in its entirety below, or at Hulu.

28 comments

  • By Matthew G
    February 14, 2013
    05:56 PM

    I have Hulu Plus so I can watch these anytime, but I did want to say how pleased I was to see so many incredible movies uploaded this week. The Criterion Hulu page is already one of the best resources on the internet for film, and the fact that you are still committed to uploading more means it will just keep getting better. Thank you!
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    • By adam
      February 14, 2013
      11:38 PM

      I agree, it's been a few months since an upload, but it's been worth the wait, what with the treasure trove of Ozu, Kinoshita, Oshima, and Fassbender in this lot.
    • By Craig J. Clark
      February 15, 2013
      08:43 AM

      The additional Fassbinders are most welcome, but I wish some of his television films had been included. At this rate, I fear I'll never get to see The Coffee House, The Niklashausen Journey, Bremen Freedom, Jail Bait, Like a Bird on a Wire and Women in New York.
  • By Batzomon
    February 14, 2013
    07:02 PM

    Anyone who watches these movies for free: they are even better sans commercials. Honestly, 800-plus movies is no exaggeration.
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  • By Victoria
    February 14, 2013
    10:05 PM

    Does "through Monday" mean "through and including Monday" or does it mean "until Monday"? Could you please clarify when exactly this free viewing stops -- including in each of the five U.S. time zones?
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  • By FelicityKing
    February 15, 2013
    01:41 AM

    Criterion is the reason I came back to hulu. I have never regretted it. Although I wish I could afford hulu plus, I can't at this time, so this is a real treat to me. THANK YOU!
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  • By Gloria Stitts
    February 15, 2013
    04:34 AM

    Thanks Criterion; for helping to make the time spent getting my proxy tunnel thingy to work pay off. Happy Valentine's Day from Canada. Maybe I'll not buy Eureka's Blu-ray of Repo Man (in protest over your Hulu BS) as a thank you. No such luck with Joan of Arc though. A price must be paid for our actions don't you agree?
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  • By Michael H.
    February 15, 2013
    04:20 PM

    So long as Hulu requires paid subscribers to endure ads -- especially in Criterion films! -- I won't be sending them my money. But I appreciate this opportunity to explore the range of titles available for streaming.
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    • By Matthew G
      February 15, 2013
      08:08 PM

      Just so you know, there are no ads on Criterion movies within Hulu Plus.
  • By Gord
    February 16, 2013
    12:50 AM

    It's strange that some selections are not available - many documentaries, but also a few like *Sisters*, *Picnic at Hanging Rock*, *Eating Raoul*, and *Last Wave*. Quite a few Aussie films actually.
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  • By EWB
    February 16, 2013
    09:34 AM

    Tell your buddies at Hulu that the way to get me to return to Plus was not to add commercials to the Criterion movies. I understand that the movies are commercial-less with the paid account, that's not the point. Enticing me with free movies and then making them unwatchable by interrupting them every ten minutes is not going to bring me back into the fold. It's only going to make me angry about the time I wasted and the apologies I now have to make to the people I told about the promotion..
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    • By acanth
      February 16, 2013
      11:22 PM

      Agree completely with EWB. Calling it "free" is a misnomer as being subjected to commercial interruptions essentially constitutes a fee. At the very least, they could have had ads bookending the features while leaving the films themselves uninterrupted. I'd have thought Criterion, of all organizations, would understand how disruptive the breaks are to the film watching experience.
  • By Mr. Pickles
    February 16, 2013
    12:36 PM

    Argggg; I went there to watch Rosemary's Baby & In the Mood for Love. How unlucky am I?! 2 out of 800 not offered! : (
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    • By Mr. Pickles' Dog
      February 16, 2013
      12:39 PM

      In the Mood for Love!!!!! It. Is. Valentine's. Day. Stupid.
  • By C. Hunt
    February 16, 2013
    01:39 PM

    Not 2 Mr. Pickles. Above, someone mentions many that are missing. And I could not find Young Mr. Lincoln. Some important titles are missing despite the 800 they supposedly offer. Still, this is awesome!!! Thanks C.
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  • By Jeff Stills
    February 16, 2013
    01:51 PM

    Does anyone read anything? These are the Criterion titles on Hulu...not all the Criterion titles suddenly put on Hulu. So do not expect the whole Collection to be free. Criterion never said that. Just read.
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  • By Jake B.
    February 17, 2013
    08:26 PM

    I can't believe people have the audacity to complain about streaming 800+ Criterion releases for "free"--some of you sound like spoiled children.If you don't want to bother with advertisements, mute your audio and divert your eyes for 60 seconds. Or, alternatively, suck it up and pay your 7.99. And for the record, I haven't thought of this special event as a ploy to get me to opt for a Hulu Plus account. I'm just going to enjoy watching some releases that I can't afford presently, or haven't been updated to BD yet. Stop complaing... privilege at its finest... my god.
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    • By FelicityKing
      February 18, 2013
      10:21 PM

      Exactly! Plus, hulu is one of the few sites left (maybe the only one?) that still offers a free account to watch movies. Most places, including amazon prime, fandor, mubi, netflix, etc, expect you to fork out money after the preview period expires. We're very fortunate that hulu, and in turn, criterion, realizes not everyone has the money to afford that. Which is why I'm grateful to them not only for this V-Day gift, but for the weekly free film fests lists as well. (Yeah, it's only $100 dollars a year, but when you live paycheck to paycheck, every penny counts.) I don't mind the commercials either. It gives me a chance to check tumblr. :D
    • By EWB
      February 19, 2013
      07:45 PM

      Jake: If you haven't thought of last weekend as an attempt to get you to sign up for Plus, then you aren't very bright. And since what they were advertising was commercial-less Criterion movies, it might have behooved them to actually provide commercial-less movies. Pointing this out is neither audacious nor privileged. Heaven forbid anyone on the internet should find displeasure with something that you appreciate. Such people must be insulted and told to shut up so as not to contaminate Jake B's enjoyment of these things. Or, you could take your own advice and just divert your eyes for as long as it takes to scroll past it. Whatever.
  • By CooCooforCritCo
    February 18, 2013
    12:12 AM

    My love for Criterion know no bounds! Some more movies that are listed on criterion.com as being on Hulu which didn't work: Border radio Howards end (links to Quartet) Eating Raoul An Angel at My Table
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  • By Digg
    February 21, 2013
    08:33 PM

    Oh, Jesus, shut the fuck up EWB you ungrateful twit. I enjoyed myself 42 wonderful Criterion flicks and survived every damn ad without complaint (although HULU really does have some lousy original programming advertised) Get a real problem to bitch about. THANK YOU FOLKS AT CRITERION. Some of us understand how business works.
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    • By Anthony
      February 21, 2013
      09:56 PM

      I wish I could "like" your comment. These same people must yell at their TV every time a commercial comes on.
  • By big baby
    February 22, 2013
    06:48 PM

    waaaahhhhhh! i want everything free. i want no commercials. i want hulu to pay me to watch. wwaaaaahhhhhhh! my adult dada says thank you though.
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  • By Chuck
    March 18, 2013
    07:22 PM

    Commercial interruptions are nasty. I use www.SweetSandysHouse.com to watch free movies online. I have never had a movie interrupted by an annoying commercial.
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    • By Darlene
      January 12, 2014
      12:06 PM

      THANK YOU!!! Finally a place to get all my movies FREE with no strings attached!! A MILLION thanks.
  • By robert
    January 26, 2014
    12:30 AM

    Rules of the Game on Hulu has ads. I stopped watching when four appeared?
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  • By robert
    January 26, 2014
    12:31 AM

    I love your collection!
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  • By Richard
    February 14, 2014
    12:25 PM

    'Tis a pity your films are not available for free this Valentines day. Worst Valentines day ever!
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