I'm not talking box office or awards. Reading how people worship certain films while disliking others and seeing how often those opinions differ from my own, I did a thought experiment. What is the bare minimum a film must possess for you to like it? Is it story, performance, plot, character, surprise, fun? Thinking about it I realized that any film I like must have a character(s) I care about. Many of my favorite films are little more than time spent with interesting people. (I guess this is a combination of good writing and performance) Plot, story, suspense, cinematography, and visuals are all great but ultimately unnecessary. Some examples of 'two hours spent with interesting people' Tender Mercies A Trip to Bountiful Tin Men Say Anything Many folks I mention these films to, find them 'dull' and 'slow'. Clearly they look for something else in film. What element of a film MUST be there for the film to be a success with you?