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Access Rotten Tomatoes movie ratings in your Netflix library

With a little browser hacking, you can get more info on the movies you're thinking of watching.

If you're a Netflix junkie like I am, you're no doubt always on the lookout for ways to make the service better.

For example, I remain a huge fan of InstantWatcher, which catalogs the latest additions to the Netflix streaming library and gives you lots of options for perusing them.

Of course, half the battle in using Netflix is choosing the movies that are really worth watching. Netflix provides only a "best guess" rating based on your viewing preferences, which means if you want some serious crowd-sourced reviews, you need to look to a site like Rotten Tomatoes.

Thankfully, you don't necessarily need to leave Netflix each time you want to see a movie's RT rating. A handy little browser add-on called RottenFlix can show Rotten Tomatoes scores right inside Netflix.

To use it, you'll need to install Greasemonkey for Firefox or Tampermonkey for Chrome. (Sorry, Internet Explorer users.) Once that's done, head to the RottenFlix download page and click the Install button in the upper right corner (and NOT the big blue Download button).

Confirm the installation and you should be good to go. A browser restart may be required, though in my tests with Chrome, it wasn't.

Now head to Netflix. Mouse over the thumbnail for any movie. In the pop-up summary window that appears, you should see a tiny red tomato appear next to the movie's title. Click that tomato and you'll see the Rotten Tomatoes score for that movie.

If you want more information, click that score (it's a hyperlink) to open the corresponding RT page in a new tab. Granted, that still takes you away from Netflix, but at least it saves you the hassle of manually searching for each movie you want to investigate.

Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at [email protected], or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PCWorld Forums. Sign up to have the Hassle-Free PC newsletter e-mailed to you each week.

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