A website examined as movies based on real facts are true

When a movie is based on real facts, not to say that everything shown on it is a fact – and not everything is fiction either. But no one had examined each scene to see if they hit with reality so far. The website Information is Beautiful performed exactly that, and break the results showed in a beautiful graphic display.

Researchers at the site watched 11 relatively recent films and based on real facts, such as “Spotlight”, “The Big Short” and “The Social Network”, classifying each scene into five categories: false, true, “false-ish” to untruths facts that could have poetic license for the film, “true-ish” for when the truth has been stretched too far and “unknown” for when facts could not be verified.


Using these parameters, the analyzed films that had more fiction was “The Imitation Game”, which has 35.7% of the facts presented with some degree of truth. It is also possible to select three “accuracy levels” to display graphics, each one with a different tolerance level for the films. The index of “The Imitation Game” drops further when we choose the unwieldy level, taking into account only the facts: 16.6%.

Clicking on one of the bars display details of each scene, what is true and false in it and what is the source used to verify the specific facts.


Anyone interested in seeing an even deeper detailing of each fact of the films is also in luck: access this spreadsheet created by Information is Beautiful to see each moment they considered true, false or somewhat. On the site you can also register to be notified when more movies are added, something its creators said they plan to do soon.


Fabio Evangelista is a Brazilian writer.

Crossed Paths is the first book of the Myra-Hati trilogy, an epic adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, for the lovers of sci-fi / fantasy genre. This is the author’s first work published in America.


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