MovieQuest Pro: Like Roger Ebert But Smaller and More Pocketable

MovieQuest Pro for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Price: $2.99

Movie ratings and opinions: We’ve all got our own views on what is and is not good cinema, and learning to sort through the sea of thoughts can be quite the challenge. Everyone and their grandmother thinks their picks are the best, so how’s a boy to know what is or is not a classic of quality film? Simple, really—just download the MovieQuest Pro iPhone app. The three dollar gem is an absolute guide to what’s hip and what’s not, making it a steal for the cinema aficionado with an iPhone attached at the hip.

Concept and Functionality

Essentially, MovieQuest Pro acts as a compendium of all sorts of movie information, gathering statistics, plot synopsis, ratings, trailers, and much, much more under the same digital roof. For starters, the app pulls data from the iTunes performance charts, letting users peep what’s popular in a number of different categories, including action, drama, foreign, comedy, and doc—that is, documentaries.

That’s not all the app compiles, though: For those interested, there’s a massive number of lists, including best movies by genre, year, and theme, as well as an in-depth look at some of the worst films ever made. We particularly fond of the latter, though we’re questioning the app’s data, as “The Room” is conspicuously absent from the listings. There’s also a list of movie award winners, which tickled our journalistic all the way home, as our pretentious movie judgements felt rather enabled by the feature—in a good way, of course!

Lastly, the iPhone app is a great way to find movie recommendations, as it’s tabbed interface includes in-app links to YouTube and Wikipedia. Wanna know what a movie is about, and then peep the personal lives of the actors contained within? There’s an app for that. And the app is MovieQuest Pro. Read on for our full iPhone app review.


Design and Layout

MovieQuest Pro for iPhone

MovieQuest Pro for iPhone

Even better, MovieQuest Pro looks red carpet snazzy on the iPhone’s Retina display. We are huge fans of the applications tabbed navigational controls within movie listings, as well as the copious stacked lists that deliver initial content. It’s smooth, quick, and makes it unbelievably easy to discover what’s popular on iTunes.

That being said, we would have liked to see a bit more social networking integration, as there’s currently no way to post your golden finds to Facebook or Twitter, which is a darn shame. However, considering the app is such an exhaustive resource for movies both classical and modern, we’re willing to overlook the app’s omissions.

Overall Value

MovieQuest Pro is priced slightly higher than we might like however, the developer has asked that we clarify that MovieQuest is indeed a universal app, and thus the price is $2.99 as it includes the iPad version.  If you’re a movie buff of any calibre, you absolutely owe it to yourself to give MovieQuest Pro a test drive—hipster, personal movie reviews not included!

MovieQuest ProMovieQuest Pro requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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