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250 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now, Ranked by Tomatometer
Last updated on May 27, 2020
In our world of massive entertainment options, who’s got time to waste on the below-average? You’ve got a subscription, you’re ready for a marathon, and you want only the best movies no Netflix to watch. With thousands of choices on the platform, both original and studio acquired, we’ve found the 250 top Netflix movies, using our critic-approved Tomatometer to guide us!
You’ll quickly notice that none of the films featured here fall below 86% on the Tomatometer (with each score tallied from at least 20 reviews), meaning the overwhelming majority of critics who saw these gave them a favorable Fresh review. These movies run the gamut, from widely-seen popular movies (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Ex Machina, Moon) to arthouse hits (Snowpiercer, Pan’s Labyrinth).
The movies are by turns funny (Always Be My Maybe, Monty Python and the Holy Grail), sad (Marriage Story, Her), and romantic (Blue Valentine, The Spectacular Now). They’re the scariest horror movies out there (The Witch, Train to Busan), and the best documentaries ever made (13th, Fyre).
The best of the new movie highlights include:
Uncut Gems, the propulsive and chaotic thriller from Adam Sandler and the Safdie brothers.
Back to the Future, the ultimate feel-good time-traveling blockbuster.
The Willoughbys, Netflix’s charming original animated movie for the whole family.
And we’ve only just scratched the surface of Netflix’s growing stable of formidable originals, like El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, and Eddie Murphy comeback vehicle Dolemite Is My Name. We’ll update the list as more critical hits arrive onto Netflix, and, of course, when they flee off into the murky ether.
Time to get comfy on the couch because we’re not just throwing good movies on Netflix at you, not even just great ones, but the 250 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now, Ranked by Tomatometer!
Adjusted Score: 89.403%
Critics Consensus: The Autopsy of Jane Doe subverts the gruesome expectations triggered by its title to deliver a smart, suggestively creepy thriller that bolsters director André Ovredal's growing reputation.
It's just another night at the morgue for a father (Brian Cox) and son (Emile Hirsch) team of coroners, until... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.212%
Critics Consensus: Aided and abetted by a wonderful cast, director Phil Morrison transforms familiar material into an understated and resonant comedy.
A dealer in outsider art threatens the equilibrium of her middle-class in-laws in North Carolina. Madeline is a go-getting art... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.736%
Critics Consensus: The Girl with All the Gifts grapples with thought-provoking questions without skimping on the scares -- and finds a few fresh wrinkles in the well-worn zombie horror genre along the way.
The near future humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.653%
Critics Consensus: The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a heartfelt and sincere adaptation that's bolstered by strong lead performances.
Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.416%
Critics Consensus: Okja sees Bong Joon-ho continuing to create defiantly eclectic entertainment -- and still hitting more than enough of his narrative targets in the midst of a tricky tonal juggling act.
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja--a massive animal and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.461%
Critics Consensus: Uncommonly restrained for a movie about a flesh-eating menace, Ravenous offers a satisfyingly nuanced entry in the crowded zombie apocalypse subgenre.
A group of people transform into zombies in a small Canadian town. Labeled the "hungry," they feast upon their loved... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.872%
Critics Consensus: The Naked Gun is chock full of gags that are goofy, unapologetically crass, and ultimately hilarious.
Seeking vengeance when his partner (Simpson) is shot full of holes by drug dealers, Lt. Frank Drebin searches for the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.938%
Critics Consensus: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind earns its predictably uplifting arc through strong performances and impressive work from debuting director Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.166%
Critics Consensus: First They Killed My Father tackles its subject matter with grace, skill, and empathy, offering a ground-level look at historic atrocities that resonates beyond its story's borders.
Angelina Jolie directed this biopic about a human rights activist and her attempts to survive during the oppressive Khmer Rouge... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.206%
Critics Consensus: Mountain offers a visually thrilling -- and surprisingly affecting -- look at man's relationship with some of Earth's most imposing natural wonders.
Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. Mountains were places... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.708%
Critics Consensus: Stocked with solid performances, Freaks is a clever sci-fi/horror hybrid that suggests a bright future for co-writers/co-directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein.
Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world, where... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.135%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
TAMBIEN LA LLUVIA sets up an intriguing dialogue about Spanish imperialism through incidents taking place some 500 years apart, while... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.126%
Critics Consensus: Chasing Amy explores gender roles, sexual mores, and the limits of friendship with a mixture of sensitivity, raw honesty, and director/screenwriter Kevin Smith's signature raunchy humor.
After a pair of films about hipster slackers, the work of writer-director Kevin Smith matured and gained critical respect with... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.754%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to the Wachowskis' imaginative vision, The Matrix is a smartly crafted combination of spectacular action and groundbreaking special effects.
What if virtual reality wasn't just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? That's the dilemma that faces... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.654%
Critics Consensus: Flawlessly cast and brimming with dark, acid wit, American Beauty is a smart, provocative high point of late '90s mainstream Hollywood film.
A biting, penetrating and often humorous take on contemporary life in suburban America, Lester Burnham becomes intrigued by a young... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.976%
Critics Consensus: This emotionally gripping examination of a marriage on the rocks isn't always easy to watch, but Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling give performances of unusual depth and power.
A complex portrait of a contemporary American marriage, "Blue Valentine" tells the story of David and Cindy, a couple who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.334%
Critics Consensus: It Comes at Night makes lethally effective use of its bare-bones trappings while proving once again that what's left unseen can be just as horrifying as anything on the screen.
Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse. Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his incredible debut feature... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.943%
Critics Consensus: As strange as it is thrillingly ambitious, The Lobster is definitely an acquired taste -- but for viewers with the fortitude to crack through Yorgos Lanthimos' offbeat sensibilities, it should prove a savory cinematic treat.
Colin Farrell stars as David, a man who has just been dumped by his wife. To make matters worse, David... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.551%
Critics Consensus: Bold, bloody, and stylistically daring, Django Unchained is another incendiary masterpiece from Quentin Tarantino.
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.92%
Critics Consensus: Smart, innovative, and thrilling, Inception is that rare summer blockbuster that succeeds viscerally as well as intellectually.
Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) writes and directs this psychological sci-fi action film about a thief who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.051%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Chronicling events that unfolded over 93 days in 2013 and 2014, this documentary witnesses the formation of a new civil... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.193%
Critics Consensus: Burning Sands covers familiar territory, but Trevor Jackson's layered performance and director/co-writer Gerard McMurray's empathetic approach help set it apart.
Burning Sands takes you on a raw, voyeuristic journey of fraternity pledging through the eyes of one favored pledgee, who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.468%
Critics Consensus: As informative as it is entertaining, Get Me Roger Stone offers a close-up look at the right-wing gadfly who helped shape the 2016 presidential election.
After the 2016 election, people all over the world woke up to find that Donald J. Trump, New York real... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.453%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
As their parents head out for a date in the city, the three young Thompson children immediately take to their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.98%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
La Ciotat, the South of France. Antoine attends a summer writing workshop in which a few young people have been... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.629%
Critics Consensus: An affectionate throwback to 1950s creature features, Tremors reinvigorates its genre tropes with a finely balanced combination of horror and humor.
Tremors is actually two movies in one. On its own terms, it's an enjoyable modern sci-fi horror-thriller, with good pacing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.408%
Critics Consensus: The Great Hack offers an alarming glimpse of the way data is being weaponized for political gain -- and what it might mean for future elections.
Data, arguably the world's most valuable asset, is being weaponized to wage cultural and political wars. The dark world of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.18%
Critics Consensus: Phantom Boy's stunning animation and old-fashioned charm more than make up for a relative lack of narrative depth.
Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.661%
Critics Consensus: The Incredible Jessica James makes its standard storyline feel new, almost purely on the strength of a captivating, potentially star-making performance from Jessica Williams.
An aspiring NYC playwright (Jessica Williams) gets over a painful breakup by bonding with a man who was also recently... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.489%
Critics Consensus: Cargo takes a refreshingly character-driven approach to the zombie genre that's further distinguished by its Australian setting and Martin Freeman's terrific lead performance.
Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected father desperately seeks a new home for... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.591%
Critics Consensus: Morris from America adds some novel narrative twists to its father-son story -- and gains added resonance thanks to a powerful performance from Craig Robinson.
This coming-of-age drama follows 13-year-old Morris as he moves to Heidelberg, Germany with his father and adjusts to his vastly... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.403%
Critics Consensus: The Invitation makes brilliant use of its tension-rich premise to deliver a uniquely effective -- and surprisingly clever -- slow-building thriller.
In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer's Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.343%
Critics Consensus: Rising on the strength of Rebecca Hall's gripping performance, Christine offers an empathetic look at its subject's public career and painful private life.
Rebecca Hall stars in director Antonio Campos' third feature film, CHRISTINE, the story of a woman who finds herself caught... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.905%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by the exceptional acting of its strong cast, Mystic River is a somber drama that unfolds in layers and conveys the tragedy of its story with visceral power.
Directed by Clint Eastwood, the mysterious drama Mystic River is based on the novel by Dennis Lehane and adapted by... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.095%
Critics Consensus: 20th Century Women offers Annette Bening a too-rare opportunity to shine in a leading role -- and marks another assured step forward for writer-director Mike Mills.
During the summer of 1979, a Santa Barbara single mom and boardinghouse landlord (Annette Bening) decides the best way she... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.54%
Critics Consensus: Ralph Breaks the Internet levels up on its predecessor with a funny, heartwarming sequel that expands its colorful universe while focusing on core characters and relationships.
In "Ralph Breaks the Internet," video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106.659%
Critics Consensus: A lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man and The Wasp offers a much-needed MCU palate cleanser.
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: "Ant-Man and The... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.135%
Critics Consensus: A smart, odball take on found-footage horror, Creep is clever and well-acted enough to keep viewers on the edges of their seats.
Looking for work, Aaron (Patrick Brice) comes across a cryptic online ad: "$1,000 for the day. Filming service. Discretion is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.32%
Critics Consensus: Unassuming yet surprisingly impactful, The Desert Bride offers an absorbing, well-acted reflection on life's surprises and the unlikely connections we make along the way.
54-year-old Teresa has worked for decades as a live-in maid with a family in Buenos Aires. When the family sells... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.606%
Critics Consensus: Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold pays tribute to an American literary legend with a richly personal perspective that should thrill devotees while enlightening newcomers.
Across more than 50 years of essays, novels, screenplays, and criticism, Joan Didion has been our premier chronicler of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.734%
Critics Consensus: Master Z: Ip Man Legacy marks a departure from previous entries in the franchise -- but its thrilling action set pieces remain every bit as satisfying.
Legendary action director Yuen Woo-Ping draws on a stellar cast (Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista, Tony Jaa, and Max Zhang) to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.892%
Critics Consensus: What Happened, Miss Simone? is a compelling -- albeit necessarily incomplete -- overview of its complex subject's singular artistic legacy and fascinating life.
Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.122%
Critics Consensus: The Breaker Upperers brings the laughs early and often, thanks to the dry wit -- and effervescent chemistry -- of writer-director-star duo Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami.
Fifteen years ago, Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek) discovered they were being two-timed by the same man.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.157%
Critics Consensus: Rich in atmosphere and period detail, Super Dark Times is an effective teen thriller whose true power lies in its approach to deeper themes.
A harrowing but meticulously observed look at teenage lives in the era prior to the Columbine High School massacre, SUPER... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.891%
Critics Consensus: I don't feel at home in this world anymore. transcends its unwieldy title to offer timely, intoxicatingly dark observations on gender dynamics and social norms in modern America.
Fed up with the human indecency she sees around her and set off by her home being burglarized, Ruth (Melanie... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.583%
Critics Consensus: Tender performances and a strong sense of style combine to create an eccentric, dreamy portrait of love and loneliness in On Body and Soul.
Two introverted people find out by pure chance that they share the same dream every night. They are puzzled, incredulous,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.149%
Critics Consensus: Mary and the Witch's Flower honors its creator's Studio Ghibli roots with a gentle, beautifully animated story whose simplicity is rounded out by its entrancing visuals.
From Academy Award (R)-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi - animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.352%
Critics Consensus: Lighter and more comedic than its predecessor, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade returns the series to the brisk serial adventure of Raiders, while adding a dynamite double act between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery.
The third installment in the Spielberg/Lucas Indiana Jones saga, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade evokes many of the thrills... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.382%
Critics Consensus: Carried by the infectious charms of Ali Wong and Randall Park, Always Be My Maybe takes familiar rom-com beats and cleverly layers in smart social commentary to find its own sweet groove.
Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don't speak for 15 years. They reconnect as adults when Sasha, now a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.146%
Critics Consensus: Blood Father meets every expectation a film fan could have for a latter-day Mel Gibson action thriller with its title -- and even, in some respects, handily exceeds them.
BLOOD FATHER stars Mel Gibson as Link, an ex-convict who fights to protect his estranged daughter from the drug cartel... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.392%
Critics Consensus: Disney's Tarzan takes the well-known story to a new level with spirited animation, a brisk pace, and some thrilling action set-pieces..
A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.813%
Critics Consensus: Bolt is a pleasant animated comedy that overcomes the story's familiarity with strong visuals and likable characters.
For super-dog "Bolt", every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue - at least until the cameras stop rolling.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.183%
Critics Consensus: Raw, honest, powerfully acted, and deliciously intense, Blue Is the Warmest Color offers some of modern cinema's most elegantly composed, emotionally absorbing drama.
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.065%
Critics Consensus: Led by outstanding performances from its well-matched leads, The Two Popes draws absorbing drama from a pivotal moment in modern organized religion.
Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.333%
Critics Consensus: Gritty, gripping, and weighted with thought-provoking heft, A Most Violent Year represents another strong entry in writer-director J.C. Chandor's impressive filmography.
Set during the winter of 1981 -- statistically one of the most crime-ridden of New York City's history -- A... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.809%
Critics Consensus: A classic Tarantino genre-blending thrill ride, Inglourious Basterds is violent, unrestrained, and thoroughly entertaining.
"Inglourious Basterds" begins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.594%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
The long-awaited sequel to Baahubali: The Beginning, one of the top-grossing Indian epic historical fantasy films of all-time, the conclusion... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.236%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A shocking exposé of how pharmaceutical companies use patent law to keep profits unconscionably high even at the expense of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.414%
Critics Consensus: A bloody thrill ride designed to test the limits of more squeamish viewers, The Night Comes for Us wields a stylishly violent, action-packed punch.
The Night Comes For Us follows Ito (played by Joe Taslim), a former triad enforcer, and his mission to protect... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.377%
Critics Consensus: A scarily effective horror outing, Veronica proves it doesn't take fancy or exotic ingredients to craft skin-crawling genre thrills.
Veronica has taken care of her little brother and sister since the death of their father. One day during a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.325%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Former high school sweethearts Jim (Mark Duplass) and Amanda (Sarah Paulson) have been out of touch for more than 20... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.881%
Critics Consensus: Our Souls at Night honors the quiet strength of its source material by offering a simple yet sturdy canvas for two talented veteran leads to bring its story to life.
Based on the best-selling novel written by Kent Haruf and adapted for the screen by Scott Neustadter and Michael H.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.248%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully filmed and powerfully acted, Walking Out effectively balances tense father-son drama against an affecting wilderness survival story.
A teenager, David, journeys to Montana to hunt big game with his estranged father, Cal. Father and son struggle to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.515%
Critics Consensus: It's sentimental and somewhat predictable, but those are small complaints, given the tender atmosphere and moving performances at the heart of What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.378%
Critics Consensus: Tootsie doesn't squander its high-concept comedy premise with fine dialogue and sympathetic treatment of the characters.
Michael Dorsey is a talented actor, but his demanding nature and stubborn temperament have antagonized every producer in New York.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.195%
Critics Consensus: An appealing animated adventure whose silliness is anchored in genuine emotion, The Willoughbys offers fanciful fun the entire family can enjoy.
Convinced they'd be better off raising themselves, the Willoughby children hatch a sneaky plan to send their selfish parents on... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.467%
Critics Consensus: Suspenseful, well-acted, and intelligent, I Am Mother is an ambitious sci-fi story that largely achieves its impressive aims.
I AM MOTHER is a sci-fi thriller about a teenage girl (Clara Rugaard), who is the first of a new... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.96%
Critics Consensus: Happy as Lazzaro uses a friendship's ups and downs as a satisfyingly expansive canvas for a picture rich with thematic and cinematic depth.
Lazzaro is a naive and optimistic twenty-year-old farmer; Tancredi is instead a young man with a fervid imagination. Between the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.119%
Critics Consensus: Tackling a sensitive subject with maturity, honesty, and wit, Obvious Child serves as a deeply promising debut for writer-director Gillian Robespierre.
For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.105%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by a trio of powerful performances from its talented leads, Clouds of Sils Maria is an absorbing, richly detailed drama with impressive depth and intelligence.
Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is an actress at the peak of her international career who is asked to perform in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.974%
Critics Consensus: It takes its time coming together, but the quietly effective Paddleton pulls off a tricky tonal balancing act, thanks largely to the strengths of its well-chosen leads.
An unlikely friendship between two misfit neighbors becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.249%
Critics Consensus: Potent and sobering, United 93 treats the subject matter with respect, never resorting to Hollywood aggrandizement.
This is the story of the takeoff and hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 by terrorists, the discovery by passengers... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.991%
Critics Consensus: Boosted by Sam Rockwell's intense performance, Moon is a compelling work of science-fiction, and a promising debut from director Duncan Jones.
An astronaut miner extracting the precious moon gas that promises to reverse the Earth's energy crisis nears the end of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.042%
Critics Consensus: Blending dark humor with profoundly personal themes, the Coen brothers deliver what might be their most mature -- if not their best -- film to date.
"A Serious Man" is the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.266%
Critics Consensus: Technically brilliant and emotionally wrenching, District 9 has action, imagination, and all the elements of a thoroughly entertaining science-fiction classic.
Director Neill Blomkamp teams with producer Peter Jackson for this tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa. It's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.343%
Critics Consensus: Thought-provoking and visceral, Steven Spielberg successfully combines high concept ideas and high octane action in this fast and febrile sci-fi thriller.
Based on a short story by the late Philip K. Dick, this science fiction-thriller reflects the writer's familiar preoccupation with... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102.722%
Critics Consensus: As thought-provoking as it is visually compelling, The Witch delivers a deeply unsettling exercise in slow-building horror that suggests great things for debuting writer-director Robert Eggers.
In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.99%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
The suburra, a rough neighborhood of Rome, is the scene of an ambitious real estate project. But, with the state,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.368%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Walt, a down-on-his luck carpenter, is tasked with entertaining his eight-year-old son Anthony while Anthony's mom and her new husband... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.477%
Critics Consensus: With She's Gotta Have It, Spike Lee delivered his bracing first shot across Hollywood's bow -- and set the template for the groundbreaking act to follow.
Spike Lee's breakthrough independent feature, shot in fifteen days on a budget of $175,000, ushered in (along with Jim Jarmusch's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.56%
Critics Consensus: Nobody Speaks: The Trials of the Free Press persuasively -- and entertainingly -- outlines the troubling tensions threatening journalism in the internet era.
When the online tabloid Gawker posted a surreptitiously filmed sex tape of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, it ignited a high... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.041%
Critics Consensus: Like Water for Chocolate plays to the senses with a richly rewarding romance that indulges in magical realism to intoxicating effect.
Based on the best-selling novel by Laura Esquival, this internationally popular romantic fable from Mexico centers on a young woman... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.077%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a perceptive performance by a perfectly cast Lou Diamond Phillips, La Bamba distills its subject's creative energy -- and reflects his music's enduring appeal.
La Bamba is the story of 1950s rock 'n' roll rage Ritchie Valens (born Ricardo Valenzuela), played herein with gusto... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.973%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to director Zak Hilditch's patient storytelling and strong work from lead Thomas Jane, 1922 ranks among the more satisfying Stephen King adaptations.
1922 is based on Stephen King's 131-page story telling of a man's confession of his wife's murder. The tale is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.898%
Critics Consensus: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is strange yet comforting, full of narrative detours that don't always work but express the film's uniqueness.
Promoted as a family musical by Paramount Pictures, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is more of a black comedy,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.487%
Critics Consensus: Carla Gugino carries Gerald's Game's small-scale suspense with a career-defining performance.
When her husband's sex game goes wrong, Jessie (Carla Gugino) -- handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.764%
Critics Consensus: A brutal, often times funny, other times terrifying portrayal of drug addiction in Edinburgh. Not for the faint of heart, but well worth viewing as a realistic and entertaining reminder of the horrors of drug use.
Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a young man with few prospects and fewer ambitions, lives in economically depressed Edinburgh. Like most... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.432%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a bravura performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Kindergarten Teacher is one American remake that retains its impact the second time around.
Writer-director Sarah Colangelo's sophomore feature film is based on the 2014 Israeli film of the same name. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.961%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and steeped in Southern atmosphere, Mississippi Grind is a road movie and addiction drama that transcends each of its well-worn genres.
Gerry is a talented poker player, but his gambling habit is getting the best of him. One day, he meets... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.827%
Critics Consensus: Entertaining if not essential, El Camino adds a satisfying belated coda to the Breaking Bad story -- led by a career-best performance from Aaron Paul.
The Netflix Television Event EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman (Emmy-winner Aaron Paul). In the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.796%
Critics Consensus: While it's plenty predictable and sentimental, The Sapphires also has an irresistible feel-good vibe, winning music and charming performances to spare.
Inspired by a true story, THE SAPPHIRES follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.075%
Critics Consensus: The Spectacular Now is an adroit, sensitive film that avoids typical coming-of-age story trappings.
With sly humor and an intensity of feeling, THE SPECTACULAR NOW (directed by James Ponsoldt) creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.202%
Critics Consensus: A one-man show set in a single confined location, Locke demands a powerful performance -- and gets it from a never-more-compelling Tom Hardy.
Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.277%
Critics Consensus: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs avoids anthology pitfalls with a consistent collection tied together by the Coen brothers' signature blend of dark drama and black humor.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the American frontier told... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.915%
Critics Consensus: Widely touted as a masterpiece, this sparse and sprawling epic about the underhanded "heroes" of capitalism boasts incredible performances by leads Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano, and is director Paul Thomas Anderson's best work to date.
Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson steps outside his contemporary world of dysfunctional Angelenos to explore a very different dysfunctional man --... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.045%
Critics Consensus: Green Room delivers unapologetic genre thrills with uncommon intelligence and powerfully acted élan.
GREEN ROOM is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.364%
Critics Consensus: Led by a trio of captivating performances from Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams, The Fighter is a solidly entertaining, albeit predictable, entry in the boxing drama genre.
Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures' inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102.389%
Critics Consensus: A Ghost Story deftly manages its ambitious themes through an inventive, artful, and ultimately poignant exploration of love and loss.
With A GHOST STORY, acclaimed director David Lowery (AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS, PETE'S DRAGON) returns with a singular exploration of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.215%
Critics Consensus: Led by charismatic performances by its three leads, director Jason Reitman delivers a smart blend of humor and emotion with just enough edge for mainstream audiences.
Ryan Bingham, a corporate hatchet man who loves his life on the road, is forced to fight for his job... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.101%
Critics Consensus: Ali's Wedding uses its very specific setting to explore universal ideas about relationships -- and in delightfully smart, funny fashion.
After a reckless lie sets off a catastrophic chain of events, Ali, the son of a Muslim cleric, finds himself... [More]