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All Fox Searchlight Movies Ranked By Tomatometer

1994: A pretty good year to start a boutique movie label. Not only were the likes of Forrest Gump and Lion King keeping theaters packed, but the financial success of Pulp Fiction and Clerks cast open a new generational taste for cinema that played harder, had some attitude, and came from different places — across the ocean, or at least New Jersey. The sense of a new era being ushered in led to the founding of an independent-minded company embedded in a major: Fox Searchlight.

Their first movie, 1995’s The Brothers McMullen, did what seemed like was going to be the industry standard: Make $10 million off a 5-figure budget. Of course, that wasn’t the case (what gives, Titus?), but there were enough early word-of-mouth sensations like The Full Monty, Waking Ned Divine, Sexy Beast, and Super Troopers to mark Fox Searchlight a force to reckon with in distinguished adult’s entertainment.

If you screened a montage of Fox Searchlight’s past achievements (with The Shins’ playing softly on the soundtrack), you’d see them revival of the zombie genre (28 Days Later, setting the comedy world on fire (Napoleon Dynamite, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno), winning their first Best Picture (Slumdog Millionaire) of four (12 Years a Slave, Birdman, Shape of Water), and even give us a new, er, appreciation on the performing arts (The Wrestler, Black Swan).

Now under Disney, the studio recently released the Certified Fresh Ready or Not, and have Jojo Rabbit, Lucy in the Sky, and A Hidden Life lined up for the rest of 2019. Next year, expect new works from Wes Anderson (The French Dispatch), Armando Iannucci (The Personal History of David Copperfield), and more. Until then, read on to see every Fox Searchlight movie ever ranked by Tomatometer!

#188

Miss March (2009)
5%

#188
Adjusted Score: 6.888%
Critics Consensus: Even by the modest standards of the teen sex comedy genre, the crass, poorly-madeMiss March misses the mark.
Synopsis: Directors Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore collaborate on this comedy centering on the bizarre experiences of a man who awakens... [More]
Directed By: Zach Cregger, Trevor Moore

#187
#187
Adjusted Score: 7.908%
Critics Consensus: The poorly crafted Johnson Family Vacation squanders its talented cast in a bland family road comedy that draws unfavorable comparisons to Chevy Chase's Vacation movies.
Synopsis: Comedian Cedric the Entertainer serves as both producer and star of this comedy about a family who discovers just how... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Erskin

#186
#186
Adjusted Score: 12.512%
Critics Consensus: With stereotypical characters and a shopworn plot, My Life in Ruins is a charmless romantic comedy.
Synopsis: Georgia (Nia Vardalos) came to Greece to follow a man. A few years later, she's been cast aside -- alone... [More]
Directed By: Donald Petrie

#185

Whiteboyz (1999)
13%

#185
Adjusted Score: 10.71%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: With dreams of becoming gangsta rappers, white-bread Iowa boy Flip (Danny Hoch) and his pals (Mark Webber and Dash Mihok)... [More]
Directed By: Marc Levin

#184
#184
Adjusted Score: 14.856%
Critics Consensus: Our Family Wedding is a mirthless, contrived affair that does little with its promising premise and talented cast.
Synopsis: Lucia and Marcus learn the hard way that the path to saying "I do" can be rife with familial strife.... [More]
Directed By: Rick Famuyiwa

#183
#183
Adjusted Score: 6.622%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set during the 1950s in a small coastal English town, this fact-based, bitter black comedy chronicles the twisted relationship between... [More]
Directed By: Philip Goodhew

#182

Baggage Claim (2013)
16%

#182
Adjusted Score: 18.398%
Critics Consensus: Baggage Claim hits the same notes as a number of successful romantic comedies without establishing much personality of its own.
Synopsis: Determined to get engaged before her youngest sister's wedding, flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton) finds herself with only 30... [More]
Directed By: David E. Talbert

#181
#181
Adjusted Score: 20.852%
Critics Consensus: Unselfconsciously juvenile and overwhelmingly quirky, Gentlemen Broncos offers a lot of potty humor but isn't terribly funny.
Synopsis: Benjamin, home-schooled by his eccentric mother, is a loveable loner whose passion for writing leads him on an offbeat and... [More]
Directed By: Jared Hess

#180
#180
Adjusted Score: 22.281%
Critics Consensus: Chris Rock's comedic instincts are muted and the female characters are unsatisfactorily drawn in this uneven sex farce/domestic drama mashup.
Synopsis: Actor/comedian Chris Rock directs and stars in this American remake of Eric Rohmer' s classic French comedy Chloe in the... [More]
Directed By: Chris Rock

#179
#179
Adjusted Score: 22.87%
Critics Consensus: A sitcom-level twee mess that bakes in the typical manic pixie dream girl and boring, withdrawn boy hero.
Synopsis: The Art of Getting By stars Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as George, a lonely and... [More]
Directed By: Gavin Wiesen

#178

Amelia (2009)
20%

#178
Adjusted Score: 24.92%
Critics Consensus: Amelia takes the compelling raw materials of its subject's life and does little with them, conventionally ticking off Earhart's accomplishments without exploring the soul of the woman.
Synopsis: An extraordinary life of adventure, celebrity and continuing mystery comes to light in "Amelia," a vast, thrilling account of legendary... [More]
Directed By: Stuart Dryburgh, Mira Nair

#177
Adjusted Score: 24.041%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 19th-century China, seven year old girls Snow Flower and Lily are matched as laotong - or "old sames" -... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Wang

#176

Phat Girlz (2006)
22%

#176
Adjusted Score: 22.755%
Critics Consensus: Although Phat Girlz has good intentions, it is sloppily made and thin on laughs.
Synopsis: A woman makes it her business to convince the world that bigger is better in this comedy. Jazmin Biltmore (Mo'Nique)... [More]
Directed By: Nnegest Likké

#175

Never Die Alone (2004)
26%

#175
Adjusted Score: 27.973%
Critics Consensus: DMX's menacing charisma is put to good use in this stylish but hackneyed modern-day noir.
Synopsis: From a script from first-time scribe James Gibson comes this filmed adaptation of ex-gangster Donald Goines' 1974 novel Never Die... [More]
Directed By: Ernest R. Dickerson

#174

Table 19 (2017)
26%

#174
Adjusted Score: 30.186%
Critics Consensus: Table 19 is marginally more entertaining than actually sitting with a table full of strangers at a wedding -- although most screenings won't come with an open bar, which makes it a wash.
Synopsis: Ex-maid of honor Eloise- having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text... [More]
Directed By: Jeffrey Blitz

#173

The Aftermath (2019)
27%

#173
Adjusted Score: 33.37%
Critics Consensus: Tasteful to a fault, The Aftermath is worth seeking out only for the most passionate period drama enthusiasts.
Synopsis: THE AFTERMATH is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in... [More]
Directed By: James Kent

#172

Kingdom Come (2001)
28%

#172
Adjusted Score: 29.497%
Critics Consensus: While it has its moments, Kingdom Come is marred by a script that's low on laughs and uneven in tone.
Synopsis: Based on the play Dearly Departed by David Dean Bottrell and Jessie Jones (who also penned this screenplay), this new... [More]
Directed By: Doug McHenry

#171

Trust the Man (2006)
28%

#171
Adjusted Score: 30.854%
Critics Consensus: What aspires to be a sophisticated, unconventional romantic comedy turns out to be a contrivance-filled pretender to other, better films of its genre.
Synopsis: This comedy follows the romantic escapades of two couples -- a successful actress and her stay-at-home husband and her slacker... [More]
Directed By: Bart Freundlich

#170

Club Dread (2004)
29%

#170
Adjusted Score: 31.264%
Critics Consensus: Comedy is too hit-or-miss is this slasher spoof.
Synopsis: Following up their breakthrough film, 2001's Super Troopers, the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, comprised of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve... [More]
Directed By: Jay Chandrasekhar

#169

Star Maps (1997)
31%

#169
Adjusted Score: 31.162%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This comedy-drama concerns a most unusual family of emigres, even by Hollywood standards. Douglas Spain stars as Carlos, a Mexican... [More]
Directed By: Miguel Arteta

#168
#168
Adjusted Score: 25.485%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In a small Irish village where herding sheep is still one of the major industries, the largely male, unmarried population... [More]
Directed By: Aileen Ritchie

#167

Girl 6 (1996)
33%

#167
Adjusted Score: 34.23%
Critics Consensus: Girl 6 has a compelling star, a Prince soundtrack, and Spike Lee's vivid style - and, unfortunately, a story that's never as compelling or insightful as it needs to be.
Synopsis: An African-American actress, out of luck and needing cash, takes a job as a phone sex operator in this explicit,... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#166

Super Troopers 2 (2018)
33%

#166
Adjusted Score: 36.274%
Critics Consensus: Meow that the wait for Super Troopers 2 is finally over, all but the most devoted fans mustache themselves why they waited so long for such cruel and tragic shenanigans.
Synopsis: Everyone's favorite law enforcement team is back by popular demand with the long anticipated follow up to the cult comedy... [More]
Directed By: Jay Chandrasekhar

#165

Imagine Me & You (2006)
34%

#165
Adjusted Score: 36.739%
Critics Consensus: Aside from its lesbian theme, Imagine Me & You can only offer more of the same generic rom-com cliches.
Synopsis: Imagine you are getting married. The big day has arrived. You're walking down the aisle on your father's arm and... [More]
Directed By: Ol Parker

#164

Woman on Top (2000)
34%

#164
Adjusted Score: 37.066%
Critics Consensus: Despite Penelope Cruz's beauty and charm, the movie is too tepid to be a romance and too silly to be believable. And the movie is too eager to please with an ending that seems more like a cop out.
Synopsis: Love, sex, and food combine in this sensuous romantic comedy. Isabella (Penelope Cruz) is a master chef who suffers from... [More]
Directed By: Fina Torres

#163

Bootmen (2000)
35%

#163
Adjusted Score: 24.94%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Dein Perry, the dancer and choreographer who scored an international hit with the stage show Tap Dogs, made his debut... [More]
Directed By: Dein Perry

#162

Super Troopers (2002)
35%

#162
Adjusted Score: 36.92%
Critics Consensus: A more-miss -than-hit affair, Super Troopers will most likely appeal to those looking for something silly.
Synopsis: A handful of state troopers are put in the uncomfortable position of having to actually enforce the law in this... [More]
Directed By: Jay Chandrasekhar

#161
#161
Adjusted Score: 25.952%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This drama takes place in Somerset, England in 1958. Eva is a twenty-year-old woman who fantasizes about travel, painting, classic... [More]
Directed By: Eric Styles

#160

20 Dates (1999)
36%

#160
Adjusted Score: 36.699%
Critics Consensus: 20 Dates explores relatable romantic and career frustrations -- unfortunately, it does so through the exploits of someone who's hard to watch and harder to root for.
Synopsis: Myles Berkowitz wrote and directed this mock documentary about a filmmaker who gets a producer to finance his personal search... [More]
Directed By: Myles Berkowitz

#159

Lola Versus (2012)
36%

#159
Adjusted Score: 38.352%
Critics Consensus: It's fun to see Greta Gerwig mature her acting career but Lola Versus -- with its unpleasant characters and completely familiar script -- does not succeed as her first major leading role.
Synopsis: Greta Gerwig plays Lola, a 29-year-old woman dumped by her longtime boyfriend Luke (Kinnaman) just three weeks before their wedding.... [More]
Directed By: Daryl Wein

#158

Le Divorce (2003)
36%

#158
Adjusted Score: 39.674%
Critics Consensus: A mixed bag of uneven tones that feels flat.
Synopsis: In this modern-day comedy of manners, American sisters Isabel and Roxy come face to face with the complicated social mores... [More]
Directed By: James Ivory

#157

Street Kings (2008)
36%

#157
Adjusted Score: 41.343%
Critics Consensus: Street Kings contains formulaic violence but no shred of intelligence.
Synopsis: In the wake of the L.A. riots, an LAPD vice detective who always went above and beyond the call of... [More]
Directed By: David Ayer

#156

The Van (1997)
38%

#156
Adjusted Score: 38.525%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This is the third film adapted from a fictional trilogy by Irish writer Roddy Doyle about families living in a... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears

#155

The Ringer (2005)
40%

#155
Adjusted Score: 42.329%
Critics Consensus: Despite a few laughs and good intentions, The Ringer is too predictable to really score the points it aims for.
Synopsis: A guy trying to do the right thing ends up taking part in one of the most morally dubious con... [More]
Directed By: Barry W. Blaustein

#154

Cousin Bette (1998)
41%

#154
Adjusted Score: 41.425%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Acclaimed theater director Des McAnuff made his feature-film directorial debut with this period comedy-drama adapted from Honore de Balzac's novel... [More]
Directed By: Des McAnuff

#153

Polish Wedding (1998)
42%

#153
Adjusted Score: 43.332%
Critics Consensus: An awkward mix of drama and comedy lacks any genuine emotion.
Synopsis: Theresa Connelly makes her directorial debut with her own screenplay, a semi-autobiographical romantic comedy-drama, set in working-class Detroit, about a... [More]
Directed By: Theresa Connelly

#152

Bee Season (2005)
42%

#152
Adjusted Score: 45.048%
Critics Consensus: Bee Season is an intelligent, but frustratingly distant and diffuse drama about family dysfunction.
Synopsis: Adapted from the novel by Myla Goldberg, Bee Season tells the story of a family whose turmoil is brought to... [More]

#151

Best Laid Plans (1999)
43%

#151
Adjusted Score: 43.081%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Absolutely nobody is who he or she seems in this stylish thriller about a guy who wants to get out... [More]
Directed By: Mike Barker

#150

Garage Days (2003)
43%

#150
Adjusted Score: 43.769%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Alex Proyas, director of The Crow and Dark City, switches gears for the lightweight romantic comedy Garage Days. Set in... [More]
Directed By: Alex Proyas

#149

The Clearing (2004)
43%

#149
Adjusted Score: 46.298%
Critics Consensus: Though it has an excellent cast, this emotionally detached movie is the kind that one admires more than enjoys.
Synopsis: Dutch film producer Pieter Jan Brugge makes his directorial debut with the dramatic thriller The Clearing. Affluent executive Wayne Hayes... [More]
Directed By: Pieter Jan Brugge

#148

Just Wright (2010)
45%

#148
Adjusted Score: 47.629%
Critics Consensus: Well-intentioned but formulaic, Just Wright has winning leads but can't overcome its preponderance of cliches.
Synopsis: When NBA All-Star Scott McKnight (Common) suffers a debilitating injury, tough-talking physical therapist Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) pulls out all... [More]
Directed By: Sanaa Hamri

#147

Lucia, Lucia (2003)
45%

#147
Adjusted Score: 45.636%
Critics Consensus: A relatively simple mid-life crisis story is burdened by overly cumbersome plot devices.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Antonio Serrano, who made a splash with his first film Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas, returns to the screen with... [More]
Directed By: Antonio Serrano

#146

True Story (2015)
45%

#146
Adjusted Score: 50.92%
Critics Consensus: James Franco and Jonah Hill make a watchable pair, but True Story loses their performances -- and the viewer's interest -- in a muddled movie that bungles its fact-based tale.
Synopsis: When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) - who has... [More]
Directed By: Rupert Goold

#145
#145
Adjusted Score: 47.089%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The trials of Australian film-school students during a single day provide the basis for this charming, nonjudgmental, and at times... [More]
Directed By: Emma-Kate Croghan

#144

Paradise Road (1997)
48%

#144
Adjusted Score: 48.525%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on the testimony of survivors, this historical drama recounts the WWII heroism of female prisoners of war. (Glenn Close)... [More]
Directed By: Bruce Beresford

#143
#143
Adjusted Score: 51.678%
Critics Consensus: Hawn and Sarandon are terrific together, but the hoary plot is predictable and contrived.
Synopsis: For some folks, the 1960s never really ended, and one woman still cheerfully stuck in the Summer of Love discovers... [More]
Directed By: Bob Dolman

#142

Wilson (2017)
48%

#142
Adjusted Score: 52.966%
Critics Consensus: Woody Harrelson delivers a solid performance as Wilson's titular grump, but the movie surrounding him can't quite manage to make the character's sour outlook consistently relatable.
Synopsis: Woody Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura... [More]
Directed By: Craig Johnson

#141
Adjusted Score: 33.787%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The sophomore directing effort by Dangerous Liaisons screenwriter Christopher Hampton, following Carrington, The Secret Agent is a well-performed but dramatically... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Hampton

#140

Fast Food Nation (2006)
50%

#140
Adjusted Score: 54.685%
Critics Consensus: Despite some fine performances and memorable scenes, Fast Food Nation is more effective as Eric Schlosser's eye-opening non-fiction book than as Richard Linklater's fictionalized, mostly punchless movie.
Synopsis: Inspired by author Eric Schlosser's New York Times best-seller of the same name, director Richard Linklater's ensemble drama examines the... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#139

Black Nativity (2013)
51%

#139
Adjusted Score: 53.649%
Critics Consensus: It's sweetly amiable and solidly performed, but Black Nativity suffers from director Kasi Lemmons' heavy-handed treatment of its celebrated source material.
Synopsis: In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a... [More]
Directed By: Kasi Lemmons

#138
#138
Adjusted Score: 54.08%
Critics Consensus: Two Girls and a Guy has an intriguing premise and a talented trio of leads, but doesn't do quite enough with any of them to make the end result truly worth a watch.
Synopsis: In this darkly comic tale of love and infidelity, Carla (Heather Graham) and Lou (Natasha Gregson Wagner) are both waiting... [More]
Directed By: James Toback

#137

I Origins (2014)
51%

#137
Adjusted Score: 54.415%
Critics Consensus: Writer-director Mike Cahill remains an intriguingly ambitious talent, but with the uneven sci-fi drama I Origins, his reach exceeds his grasp.
Synopsis: I ORIGINS, the second feature film from writer and director Mike Cahill, tells the story of Dr. Ian Gray (Michael... [More]
Directed By: Mike Cahill

#136

Notorious (2009)
51%

#136
Adjusted Score: 55.198%
Critics Consensus: A biopic that lacks the luster of its subject, Notorious is generic rise-and-fall fare that still functions as a primer for those less familiar with the work and life of the hip hop icon.
Synopsis: "Notorious" centers on the life of murdered rapper Notorious B.I.G, from his beginnings as a Brooklyn crack dealer to East... [More]
Directed By: George Tillman Jr.

#135

Tolkien (2019)
51%

#135
Adjusted Score: 59.774%
Critics Consensus: Tolkien has the period trappings and strong performances of a worthy biopic, but lacks the imagination required to truly do its subject justice.
Synopsis: TOLKIEN explores the formative years of the renowned author's life as he finds friendship, courage and inspiration among a fellow... [More]
Directed By: Dome Karukoski

#134
#134
Adjusted Score: 53.396%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set in Copenhagen, this mystery thriller features mixed-blood Inuit Smilla, who has an uncanny sense for different kinds of snow.... [More]
Directed By: Bille August

#133

Stealing Beauty (1996)
52%

#133
Adjusted Score: 54.379%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This beautiful if ponderous soufflé of a film from director Bernardo Bertolucci serves more as an Italian travelogue than a... [More]
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci

#132
#132
Adjusted Score: 56.38%
Critics Consensus: Faster paced for today's audiences, this Hills remake ratchets up the gore for the hardcore horror fans, but will turn away casual audiences.
Synopsis: "The Hills Have Eyes" is the story of a family road trip that goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become... [More]
Directed By: Alexandre Aja

#131
#131
Adjusted Score: 56.94%
Critics Consensus: Woody Allen's uneven Melinda and Melinda fails to find neither comedy nor pathos in what seems like a rehash of his previous themes.
Synopsis: While Woody Allen has long fused comedy and drama in his films, he embraces the two styles in a new... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#130

Demolition (2016)
53%

#130
Adjusted Score: 60.566%
Critics Consensus: Demolition benefits from a stellar cast, even if their solid work isn't always enough to prop up a confused story that aims for profundity but too often settles for clichés.
Synopsis: Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Marc Vallée

#129

Choke (2008)
55%

#129
Adjusted Score: 59.884%
Critics Consensus: While bolstered by strong performances from Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston, Choke struggles to capture the tone of Chuck Palahniuk's novel.
Synopsis: Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell) has got some problems -- when he's not at Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings hunting for women... [More]
Directed By: Clark Gregg

#128

Shooting Fish (1998)
57%

#128
Adjusted Score: 57.813%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: As con men, Dylan and Jez are the perfect complimentary pair. An American with an uncanny feel for numbers, handsome... [More]
Directed By: Stefan Schwartz

#127

Confetti (2006)
57%

#127
Adjusted Score: 58.9%
Critics Consensus: This improvised mockumentary has its funny and even sweet moments, but it's not as witty or sharp as Christopher Guest's offerings.
Synopsis: "Confetti" is a hilarious and affectionate comedy that follows three couples as they fight it out to win a bridal... [More]
Directed By: Debbie Isitt

#126

Dom Hemingway (2014)
56%

#126
Adjusted Score: 60.444%
Critics Consensus: Jude Law is clearly having fun in Dom Hemingway's title role, but viewers may find this purposely abrasive gangster dramedy isn't quite as enjoyable from the other side of the screen.
Synopsis: Jude Law plays DOM HEMINGWAY, a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. After twelve... [More]
Directed By: Richard Shepard

#125
Adjusted Score: 63.361%
Critics Consensus: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie picks up pretty much where its source material left off, delivering an adaptation that, as fans of this British export might say, does what it says on the tin.
Synopsis: Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they... [More]
Directed By: Mandie Fletcher

#124
#124
Adjusted Score: 63.759%
Critics Consensus: The Secret Life of Bees has moments of charm, but is largely too maudlin and sticky-sweet.
Synopsis: Set in South Carolina in 1964, the film is the moving tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who... [More]
Directed By: Gina Prince-Bythewood

#123

Dum Maaro Dum (2011)
60%

#123
Adjusted Score: 10.366%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Multiple lives collide brutally one day at Goa Airport... and change forever. We hurtle into the bylanes, beach shacks and... [More]
Directed By: Rohan Sippy

#122

Among Giants (1999)
60%

#122
Adjusted Score: 60.03%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Simon Beaufoy, of The Full Monty, scripted this British romantic comedy-drama. Like The Full Monty, this is also set among... [More]
Directed By: Sam Miller

#121

Night Watch (2006)
60%

#121
Adjusted Score: 64.036%
Critics Consensus: This Russian horror/fantasy film pits darkness and light against each other using snazzy CGI visuals to create an extraordinary atmosphere of a dank, gloomy city wrestling with dread.
Synopsis: In modern day Moscow, supernatural armies of Good and Evil, Light and Darkness, gear up to do battle. Set on... [More]
Directed By: Timur Bekmambetov

#120

The Dreamers (2004)
60%

#120
Adjusted Score: 64.17%
Critics Consensus: Though lushly atmospheric, The Dreamers doesn't engage or provoke as much as it should.
Synopsis: The tumultuous political landscape of Paris in 1968 serves as the backdrop for a tale about three young cineastes who... [More]
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci

#119

Hitchcock (2012)
60%

#119
Adjusted Score: 67.602%
Critics Consensus: Though it suffers from tonal inconsistency and a lack of truly insightful retrospection, Hitchcock is elevated by inspired performances from its two distinguished leads.
Synopsis: HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock and his... [More]
Directed By: Sacha Gervasi

#118

She's the One (1996)
61%

#118
Adjusted Score: 63.446%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This is the second film by actor/director Ed Burns, his first being The Brothers McMullen. The two Fitzpatrick brothers, Mickey... [More]
Directed By: Edward Burns

#117

Blood and Wine (1997)
61%

#117
Adjusted Score: 62.251%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Wine merchant Alex Gates seems to have it all: a fancy shop, a beautiful wife, Suzanne, a sexy Latin mistress,... [More]

#116

The Impostors (1999)
62%

#116
Adjusted Score: 62.905%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Actor Stanley Tucci made his directorial debut with a strong cast in this Depression Era farce focusing on two struggling... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Tucci

#115

Joshua (2007)
62%

#115
Adjusted Score: 64.718%
Critics Consensus: Though Joshua is ultimately too formulaic, its intelligence and suspenseful buildup heighten the overall creep factor.
Synopsis: Sam Rockwell and Vera Farmiga star in director George Ratliff's uncomfortable psychological thriller Joshua, as Brad and Abby Cairn, an... [More]
Directed By: George Ratliff

#114
#114
Adjusted Score: 68.269%
Critics Consensus: I Heart Huckabees certainly isn't for everyone, but audiences attuned to its quirky wavelength will find a singularly brainy screwball comedy that refuses to pander.
Synopsis: Convinced that a series of coincidences involving a doorman hold some secret to life's largest riddles, Albert Markovski seeks the... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#113

Day Watch (2007)
63%

#113
Adjusted Score: 65.605%
Critics Consensus: Day Watch is frequently cheesy but it offers enough twists, surprises, and inventive action sequences to maintain viewer interest.
Synopsis: The apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Day Watch (aka Dvevnoy Dozor, 2006) constitutes the second installment in a planned supernatural trilogy by... [More]
Directed By: Timur Bekmambetov

#112
#112
Adjusted Score: 69.894%
Critics Consensus: Goodbye Christopher Robin struggles to balance wartime tension and childlike wonder, but offers valuable insight into the darkness shadowing the creation of a classic children's tale.
Synopsis: GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne and his son... [More]
Directed By:

#111

Soft Fruit (1999)
64%

#111
Adjusted Score: 46.137%
Critics Consensus: Critics say that while Soft Fruit might be difficult to watch -- dealing as it is with terminal illness -- it is an emotionally genuine, warm film. The ensemble cast are also praised for their excellent portrayals of a family.
Synopsis: An Australian family with more than its share of eccentricities comes together and tries to set aside their differences in... [More]
Directed By: Christina Andreef

#110
#110
Adjusted Score: 66.782%
Critics Consensus: The Dancer Upstairs benefits from a talented cast and alluring intelligence, although pacing problems prevent this John Malkovich-directed mystery from reaching its full potential.
Synopsis: As a Latin American nation nears collapse under a highly organized terrorist movement, idealistic policeman Agustin Rejas faces the greatest... [More]
Directed By: John Malkovich

#109
Adjusted Score: 71.587%
Critics Consensus: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is about as original as its title -- but with a cast this talented and effortlessly charming, that hardly matters.
Synopsis: Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and... [More]
Directed By: John Madden

#108

Roll Bounce (2005)
65%

#108
Adjusted Score: 67.443%
Critics Consensus: Roll Bounce dazzles us with a classic late 1970's feel, but this coming of age film could have been more than just a spin around the roller rink.
Synopsis: A young man and his pals rule supreme at their local roller-skating rink, but when the doors close, the boys... [More]
Directed By: Malcolm D. Lee

#107

Adam (2009)
65%

#107
Adjusted Score: 68.693%
Critics Consensus: Hugh Dancy's elegant performance as a man with Asperger's Syndrome elevates Adam, an offbeat but touching romantic comedy.
Synopsis: In movies, when two twentysomethings serendipitously wind up under the same Manhattan roof, witty repartee usually transpires, then sparks fly,... [More]
Directed By: Max Mayer

#106
#106
Adjusted Score: 67.324%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Australian director Gillian Armstrong directed this Laura Jones adaptation of Peter Carey's 1988 Booker Prize-winning novel. In a lengthy flashback,... [More]
Directed By: Gillian Armstrong

#105

Brown Sugar (2002)
66%

#105
Adjusted Score: 67.82%
Critics Consensus: Though predictable and possibly too sweet, Brown Sugar is charming, well-acted, and smarter than typical rom-com fare.
Synopsis: A woman wonders if it's just friendship or real love she feels when a close male friend announces he's tying... [More]
Directed By: Rick Famuyiwa

#104

The History Boys (2006)
66%

#104
Adjusted Score: 69.006%
Critics Consensus: While not quite having the impact of its original stage version, The History Boys nevertheless is a witty and involving school drama.
Synopsis: The film centers on an unruly class of bright, funny teenage boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a college... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Hytner

#103

Another Earth (2011)
66%

#103
Adjusted Score: 69.423%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Rhoda Williams, a bright young woman accepted into MIT's astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John... [More]
Directed By: Mike Cahill

#102
Adjusted Score: 70.068%
Critics Consensus: Faultless production and shining performances display the Bard's talent propitiously.
Synopsis: It all begins when Hermia and Lysander flee deep into the forest to escape Hermia's father, Egeus, who wishes Hermia... [More]
Directed By: Michael Hoffman

#101

Conviction (2010)
67%

#101
Adjusted Score: 72.25%
Critics Consensus: Less compelling -- and more manipulative -- than it should be, Conviction benefits from its compelling true story and a pair of solid performances from Swank and Rockwell.
Synopsis: CONVICTION is the inspirational true story of a sister's unwavering devotion to her brother. When Betty Anne Waters' (two-time Academy... [More]
Directed By: Tony Goldwyn

#100

Titus (1999)
68%

#100
Adjusted Score: 70.862%
Critics Consensus: The movie stretches too long to be entertaining despite a strong cast.
Synopsis: In this epic tale of revenge, Anthony Hopkins stars as Titus Andonicus, the Roman general who sows the seeds of... [More]
Directed By: Julie Taymor

#99

Trance (2013)
68%

#99
Adjusted Score: 74.676%
Critics Consensus: As stylish as ever, director Danny Boyle seems to be treading water with the surprisingly thinly written Trance -- but for fans of Boyle's work, it should still prove a trippily entertaining distraction.
Synopsis: Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#98

Never Let Me Go (2010)
69%

#98
Adjusted Score: 73.947%
Critics Consensus: With Never Let Me Go, Mark Romanek has delivered a graceful adaptation that captures the spirit of the Ishiguro novel -- which will be precisely the problem for some viewers.
Synopsis: "Never Let Me Go" is a poignant love story, adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's bestselling, Booker Prize short listed novel of... [More]
Directed By: Mark Romanek

#97
#97
Adjusted Score: 75.098%
Critics Consensus: With the requisite combination of humor, sorrow and outstanding visuals, The Darjeeling Limited will satisfy Wes Anderson fans.
Synopsis: "The Darjeeling Limited" is an emotional comedy about three brothers re-forging family bonds.The eldest, hopes to reconnect with his two... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#96

Stoker (2013)
69%

#96
Adjusted Score: 76.222%
Critics Consensus: Its script doesn't quite carry the dramatic heft of his earlier work, but Park Chan-wook's Stoker showcases his eye for sumptuous imagery and his affection for dark, atmospheric narratives populated by mysterious characters.
Synopsis: After India's father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with... [More]
Directed By: Chan-wook Park

#95

Separate Lies (2005)
71%

#95
Adjusted Score: 73.292%
Critics Consensus: Though the characters in this tasteful adult drama keep a stiff upper lip, the moral dilemmas are nuanced and the emotional pain feels real.
Synopsis: A damaged relationship is stretched to its desperate limits in this drama. Anne (Emily Watson) and James (Tom Wilkinson) are... [More]
Directed By: Julian Fellowes

#94
#94
Adjusted Score: 75.591%
Critics Consensus: A charming, quirky, and often funny comedy.
Synopsis: The directorial debut of filmmaker Jared Hess, who also co-wrote the screenplay, Napoleon Dynamite is a quirky, offbeat comedy set... [More]
Directed By: Jared Hess

#93
#93
Adjusted Score: 77.248%
Critics Consensus: While 28 Weeks Later lacks the humanism that made 28 Days Later a classic, it's made up with fantastic atmosphere and punchy direction.
Synopsis: The devastating rage virus that annihilated the British Isles mysteriously resurfaces in Goya Award-winning director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's sequel to... [More]

#92
#92
Adjusted Score: 76.503%
Critics Consensus: He Named Me Malala spotlights a worthy subject, but without the focus her story deserves.
Synopsis: HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on... [More]
Directed By: Davis Guggenheim

#91

Youth (2015)
72%

#91
Adjusted Score: 79.713%
Critics Consensus: Gorgeously filmed and beautifully acted, Youth offers an enticing -- albeit flawed -- opportunity to witness an impressive array of seasoned veterans combining their cinematic might.
Synopsis: YOUTH is about two longtime friends vacationing in the Swiss Alps. Oscar winning actor Michael Caine plays Fred, an acclaimed... [More]
Directed By: Paolo Sorrentino

#90
#90
Adjusted Score: 81.771%
Critics Consensus: The Birth of a Nation overpowers its narrative flaws and uneven execution through sheer conviction, rising on Nate Parker's assured direction and the strength of its vital message.
Synopsis: Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially... [More]
Directed By: Nate Parker

#89
#89
Adjusted Score: 75.923%
Critics Consensus: If Under the Same Moon is often manipulative, it is also heartfelt, and features strong performances from its leads.
Synopsis: The debut feature from director Patricia Riggen, this drama centers on a young boy's journey across the U.S./Mexico border to... [More]
Directed By: Patricia Riggen

#88

Margaret (2011)
73%

#88
Adjusted Score: 75.352%
Critics Consensus: A surfeit of ideas contributes to Margaret's excessive run time, but Anna Paquin does a admirable job of guiding viewers through emotional hell.
Synopsis: Margaret centers on a 17-year-old New York City high-school student who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Lonergan

#87

Gifted (2017)
73%

#87
Adjusted Score: 79.894%
Critics Consensus: Gifted isn't quite as bright as its pint-sized protagonist, but a charming cast wrings respectably engaging drama out of a fairly predictable premise.
Synopsis: Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace)... [More]
Directed By: Marc Webb

#86
#86
Adjusted Score: 74.575%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: From Jay and Mark Duplass, the writer/directors of the Sundance hits The Puffy Chair, Cyrus and the upcoming Jeff Who... [More]
Directed By: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

#85
#85
Adjusted Score: 78.281%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In Sound of My Voice, Peter (Christopher Denham) and Lorna (Nicole Vicius), a couple and documentary filmmaking team, infiltrate a... [More]
Directed By: Zal Batmanglij

#84

Quills (2000)
75%

#84
Adjusted Score: 79.281%
Critics Consensus: Though hard to watch, this film's disturbing exploration of freedom of expression is both seductive and thought-provoking.
Synopsis: The Marquis de Sade was a man who liked to stir up trouble, at a time when his native France... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#83

The East (2013)
75%

#83
Adjusted Score: 80.082%
Critics Consensus: Tense, thoughtful, and deftly paced, The East is a political thriller that never loses sight of the human element.
Synopsis: THE EAST, a suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller from acclaimed writer-director Zal Batmanglij and writer-actress Brit Marling, stars Marling as... [More]
Directed By: Zal Batmanglij

#82
#82
Adjusted Score: 78.071%
Critics Consensus: This multicultural comedy captures the chaos and excitement of being young.
Synopsis: A man eager to learn Spanish gets an education he wasn't expecting in this comedy drama. Xavier (Romain Duris) is... [More]
Directed By: Cédric Klapisch

#81

Sunshine (2007)
76%

#81
Adjusted Score: 81.309%
Critics Consensus: Danny Boyle continues his descent into mind-twisting sci-fi madness, taking us along for the ride. Sunshine fulfills the dual requisite necessary to become classic sci-fi: dazzling visuals with intelligent action.
Synopsis: As the sun begins to dim along with humankind's hope for the future, it's up to a desperate crew of... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#80

My Cousin Rachel (2017)
76%

#80
Adjusted Score: 81.884%
Critics Consensus: Excellent cinematography and Rachel Weisz's entrancing performance keep My Cousin Rachel alluring despite a central mystery that's rather easily unlocked.
Synopsis: A dark romance, MY COUSIN RACHEL tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful... [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell

#79

The Good Thief (2003)
77%

#79
Adjusted Score: 80.874%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by Nolte's strong performance, The Good Thief brims with seductive style.
Synopsis: Set against the glitzy backdrop of the French Riviera, aging gambler Bob Montagnet is about to gamble it all on... [More]
Directed By: Neil Jordan

#78

Antwone Fisher (2002)
79%

#78
Adjusted Score: 83.01%
Critics Consensus: Washington's directing debut is a solidly crafted, emotionally touching work.
Synopsis: The directorial debut of Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, Antwone Fisher is an autobiographical drama written by the real-life Antwone... [More]
Directed By: Denzel Washington

#77
Adjusted Score: 84.502%
Critics Consensus: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel isn't groundbreaking storytelling, but it's a sweet story about the senior set featuring a top-notch cast of veteran actors.
Synopsis: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive... [More]
Directed By: John Madden (II)

#76

Ruby Sparks (2012)
78%

#76
Adjusted Score: 84.108%
Critics Consensus: Cleverly written and wonderfully acted, Ruby Sparks overcomes its occasional lags in pace with an abundance of charm and wit.
Synopsis: Calvin (Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his... [More]

#75

Shame (2011)
78%

#75
Adjusted Score: 84.533%
Critics Consensus: Boasting stellar performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, Shame is a powerful plunge into the mania of addiction affliction.
Synopsis: Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction... [More]
Directed By: Steve McQueen (III)

#74
#74
Adjusted Score: 82.951%
Critics Consensus: Warm, real, and hilarious.
Synopsis: Tamara Jenkins wrote and directed this comedy-drama depicting the experience of growing up poor in the 90210 zip code, told... [More]
Directed By: Tamara Jenkins

#73

Cyrus (2010)
80%

#73
Adjusted Score: 84.174%
Critics Consensus: While it may strike some viewers as slight, Cyrus is a successful hybrid of mainstream production values and the mumblecore ideals of directors Jay and Mark Duplass.
Synopsis: Directed by mumblecore stalwarts Jay and Mark Duplass, Cyrus stars John C. Reilly as John, a middle-aged lonely divorced guy... [More]
Directed By: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

#72

Waking Life (2001)
80%

#72
Adjusted Score: 84.493%
Critics Consensus: Waking Life's inventive animated aesthetic adds a distinctive visual component to a film that could easily have rested on its smart screenplay and talented ensemble cast.
Synopsis: A boy has a dream that he can float, but unless he holds on, he will drift away into the... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#71
#71
Adjusted Score: 83.244%
Critics Consensus: Looking for Richard is a smart, fascinating behind-the-scenes look at adapting Shakespeare.
Synopsis: A workshop of William Shakespeare's Richard III inspires actor-director Al Pacino's breezy documentary, which aims to make the playwright accessible... [More]
Directed By: Al Pacino

#70

One Hour Photo (2002)
81%

#70
Adjusted Score: 86.503%
Critics Consensus: Robin Williams is very effective in this creepy, well-shot thriller.
Synopsis: Funnyman Robin Williams steps out of character in this tense, low-key thriller that marked the feature-film directorial debut of music... [More]
Directed By: Mark Romanek

#69

Thirteen (2003)
81%

#69
Adjusted Score: 85.107%
Critics Consensus: An emotionally wrenching, not to mention terrifying, film about the perils of being a teenager.
Synopsis: At the edge of adolescence, Tracy is a smart straight-A student--if not a little naive. When she befriends Evie, the... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Hardwicke

#68
Adjusted Score: 88.671%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully scripted and perfectly cast, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is a coming-of-age movie with uncommon charm and insight.
Synopsis: Winner of the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

#67

The Deep End (2001)
82%

#67
Adjusted Score: 85.494%
Critics Consensus: A well-acted film noir with arresting visuals.
Synopsis: A mother is drawn into a sinister web of blackmail while trying to protect her son in this drama. Margaret... [More]

#66

The Good Girl (2002)
82%

#66
Adjusted Score: 86.242%
Critics Consensus: A dark dramedy with exceptional performances from Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal, The Good Girl is a moving and astute look at the passions of two troubled souls in a small town.
Synopsis: Justine is thirty years old and works as a discount store clerk in Texas. Deeply unhappy in her marriage to... [More]
Directed By: Miguel Arteta

#65

Mistress America (2015)
82%

#65
Adjusted Score: 88.337%
Critics Consensus: Mistress America brings out the best in collaborators Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, distilling its star's charm and director's dark wit into a ferociously funny co-written story.
Synopsis: In MISTRESS AMERICA, Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience... [More]
Directed By: Noah Baumbach

#64
#64
Adjusted Score: 85.886%
Critics Consensus: A heartwarming comedy with a delightfully light touch, Waking Ned Devine finds feel-good humor in some unexpected -- and unexpectedly effective -- places.
Synopsis: Just as the charming British film The Full Monty told the story of simple men willing to shed their clothes... [More]
Directed By: Kirk Jones

#63
#63
Adjusted Score: 85.981%
Critics Consensus: A trite but refreshing and comical spin on nature of love.
Synopsis: A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman in this romantic comedy. Jessica Stein (Jennifer Westfeldt)... [More]

#62

A United Kingdom (2017)
84%

#62
Adjusted Score: 90.251%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted, solidly crafted, and all-around worthy, A United Kingdom presents an absorbing look at a singular true-life love story.
Synopsis: A UNITED KINGDOM is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams,... [More]
Directed By: Amma Asante

#61

Patti Cake$ (2017)
83%

#61
Adjusted Score: 89.481%
Critics Consensus: Patti Cake$ hits a number of predictable beats, but adds enough fresh elements -- not least Danielle MacDonald's potentially starmaking turn -- to make its underdog story work.
Synopsis: In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in... [More]
Directed By: Geremy Jasper

#60

The Ice Storm (1997)
84%

#60
Adjusted Score: 87.647%
Critics Consensus: Director Ang Lee revisits the ennui-laden decadence of 1970s suburban America with deft humor and gripping pathos.
Synopsis: Set on Thanksgiving weekend of 1973, The Ice Storm looks into the lives of a wealthy Connecticut family who are... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#59

Belle (2014)
84%

#59
Adjusted Score: 89.43%
Critics Consensus: It boasts all the surface beauty that fans of period pictures have come to expect, but Belle also benefits from its stirring performances and subtle social consciousness.
Synopsis: BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral... [More]
Directed By: Amma Asante

#58

Whip It (2009)
84%

#58
Adjusted Score: 89.714%
Critics Consensus: While made from overly familiar ingredients, Drew Barrymore's directorial debut has enough charm, energy, and good-natured humor to transcend its many cliches.
Synopsis: Bliss is a rebellious Texas teen who throws in her small-town beauty pageant crown for the rowdy world of roller... [More]
Directed By: Drew Barrymore

#57

The Way Way Back (2013)
83%

#57
Adjusted Score: 89.593%
Critics Consensus: Despite its familiar themes, The Way Way Back makes use of its talented cast, finely tuned script, and an abundance of charm to deliver a funny and satisfying coming-of-age story.
Synopsis: THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan's (Liam James) summer vacation... [More]
Directed By: Jim Rash, Nat Faxon

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 89.074%
Critics Consensus: Inspiring, compassionate, and with a sly undercurrent of social commentary, Bend It Like Beckham is a lively feel-good movie that genuinely charms.
Synopsis: An Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter in a traditional way. Unlike her traditional older sister,... [More]
Directed By: Gurinder Chadha

#55

My Name Is Khan (2010)
85%

#55
Adjusted Score: 77.113%
Critics Consensus: My Name Is Khan rests on powerful performances to tell an affecting story that blends timely themes and old-fashioned Bollywood melodrama.
Synopsis: A benevolent Asperger's sufferer, Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan), sets out on a journey across America on a mission to... [More]
Directed By: Karan Johar

#54
#54
Adjusted Score: 92.23%
Critics Consensus: A clever, offbeat romantic comedy, 500 Days of Summer is refreshingly honest and utterly charming.
Synopsis: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel star in director Marc Webb's wry, nonlinear romantic comedy about a man who falls head... [More]
Directed By: Marc Webb

#53

Black Swan (2010)
85%

#53
Adjusted Score: 94.08%
Critics Consensus: Bracingly intense, passionate, and wildly melodramatic, Black Swan glides on Darren Aronofsky's bold direction -- and a bravura performance from Natalie Portman.
Synopsis: A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, BLACK SWAN stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a... [More]
Directed By: Darren Aronofsky

#52

The Tree of Life (2011)
84%

#52
Adjusted Score: 92.503%
Critics Consensus: Terrence Malick's singularly deliberate style may prove unrewarding for some, but for patient viewers, Tree of Life is an emotional as well as visual treat.
Synopsis: From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line,... [More]
Directed By: Terrence Malick

#51
Adjusted Score: 91.754%
Critics Consensus: Far from the Madding Crowd invites tough comparisons to Thomas Hardy's classic novel -- and its previous adaptation -- but stands on its own thanks to strong direction and a talented cast.
Synopsis: Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Vinterberg

#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 97.585%
Critics Consensus: Battle of the Sexes turns real-life events into a crowd-pleasing, well-acted dramedy that ably entertains while smartly serving up a volley of present-day parallels.
Synopsis: In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennismatch between women's World... [More]

#49

Sexy Beast (2000)
86%

#49
Adjusted Score: 90.491%
Critics Consensus: Sexy Beast rises above other movies in the British gangster genre due to its performances -- particularly an electrifying one by Ben Kingsley -- and the script's attention to character development.
Synopsis: Gary (Ray Winstone) is a former gangster who has made a modest amount of money from his criminal career. Happy... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Glazer

#48

The Namesake (2006)
86%

#48
Adjusted Score: 90.075%
Critics Consensus: An ambitious exploration of the immigrant experience with a talented cast that serves the material well.
Synopsis: "The Namesake" is the story of the Ganguli family whose move from Calcutta to New York evokes a lifelong balancing... [More]
Directed By: Mira Nair

#47

Cedar Rapids (2011)
86%

#47
Adjusted Score: 90.667%
Critics Consensus: It's as conventional as its Midwestern setting, but Cedar Rapids boasts a terrific cast and a script that deftly blends R-rated raunch and endearing sweetness.
Synopsis: To call insurance agent Tim Lippe (Ed Helms), "naïve" is a gross understatement. He's never left his small hometown. He's... [More]
Directed By: Miguel Arteta

#46

Garden State (2004)
86%

#46
Adjusted Score: 91.172%
Critics Consensus: Delivering a quirky spin on familiar twentysomething tropes -- with a cannily-placed soundtrack -- Garden State has enough charm to mark a winning debut for first-time director Zach Braff.
Synopsis: Andrew Largeman shuffled through life in a lithium-induced coma until his mother's death inspired a vacation from the pills to... [More]
Directed By: Zach Braff

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 91.83%
Critics Consensus: Loaded with delightfully unscrupulous characters and and a witty, cynical script, Thank You For Smoking is a sharp satire with a brilliantly smarmy lead performance from Aaron Eckhart.
Synopsis: Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for Big Tobacco, makes his living defending the rights of smokers and cigarette makers in today's... [More]
Directed By: Jason Reitman

#44

28 Days Later (2003)
86%

#44
Adjusted Score: 92.511%
Critics Consensus: Kinetically directed by Danny Boyle, 28 Days Later is both a terrifying zombie movie and a sharp political allegory.
Synopsis: After breaking into a primate research facility, a group of animal rights activists discover caged chimps chained up before banks... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 93.02%
Critics Consensus: Forest Whitaker's performance as real-life megalomaniac dictator Idi Amin powers this fictionalized political thriller, a blunt and brutal tale about power and corruption.
Synopsis: In an incredible twist of fate, a Scottish doctor on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of... [More]

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 92.601%
Critics Consensus: In this sharp psychological thriller, Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett give fierce, memorable performances as two schoolteachers locked in a battle of wits.
Synopsis: Two women, caught up in a drama of need and betrayal, are at the heart of the psychological thriller "Notes... [More]
Directed By: Richard Eyre

#41
Adjusted Score: 94.077%
Critics Consensus: Beasts of the Southern Wild is a fantastical, emotionally powerful journey and a strong case of filmmaking that values imagination over money.
Synopsis: In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a... [More]
Directed By: Benh Zeitlin

#40

Ready or Not (2019)
88%

#40
Adjusted Score: 97.871%
Critics Consensus: Smart, subversive, and darkly funny, Ready or Not is a crowd-pleasing horror film with giddily entertaining bite.
Synopsis: Ready Or Not follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband's (Mark O'Brien) rich, eccentric family... [More]

#39

Jackie (2016)
87%

#39
Adjusted Score: 100.291%
Critics Consensus: Jackie offers an alluring peek into a beloved American public figure's private world -- and an enthralling starring performance from Natalie Portman in the bargain.
Synopsis: JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen... [More]
Directed By: Pablo Larraín

#38

Young@Heart (2007)
88%

#38
Adjusted Score: 90.906%
Critics Consensus: Full of endearing characters, this doc about a choir of "seniors behaving badly" is uplifting and delightful.
Synopsis: The Young@Heart Chorus is a vocal group from Northampton, MA, who have earned an international reputation for their unique interpretations... [More]

#37

Boys Don't Cry (1999)
88%

#37
Adjusted Score: 90.965%
Critics Consensus: Hilary Swank's acclaimed performance pays fitting tribute to the tragic life of Brandon Teena.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, Boys Don't Cry was adapted from the life of Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon, a... [More]
Directed By: Kimberly Peirce

#36

Millions (2005)
88%

#36
Adjusted Score: 93.091%
Critics Consensus: A charming children fable even adults can enjoy.
Synopsis: In just seven days' time Britain converts to the Euro. It's the biggest opportunity the criminal world has ever had.... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 90.807%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Shot on weekends over an eight-month period with practically no budget, writer/director/producer/actor Edward Burns' first feature is a family drama... [More]
Directed By: Edward Burns

#34

In America (2003)
89%

#34
Adjusted Score: 93.909%
Critics Consensus: A rich and moving story about an immigrant family adjusting to life in New York.
Synopsis: To begin all over again is a classic American dream. But it is remarkably hard to do, as Irish immigrants... [More]
Directed By: Jim Sheridan

#33

The Savages (2007)
89%

#33
Adjusted Score: 94.272%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a tender, funny script from director Tamara Jenkins, and fine performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney, this film delivers a nuanced, beautifully three-dimensional look at the struggles and comforts of family bonds.
Synopsis: The last thing the two Savage siblings ever wanted to do was look back on their undeniably dysfunctional family legacy.... [More]
Directed By: Tamara Jenkins

#32

The Descendants (2011)
89%

#32
Adjusted Score: 96.846%
Critics Consensus: Funny, moving, and beautifully acted, The Descendants captures the unpredictable messiness of life with eloquence and uncommon grace.
Synopsis: From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning Sideways, set in Hawaii, The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic... [More]
Directed By: Alexander Payne

#31

The Drop (2014)
89%

#31
Adjusted Score: 96.402%
Critics Consensus: There's no shortage of similarly themed crime dramas, but The Drop rises above the pack with a smartly written script and strong cast.
Synopsis: THE DROP is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on... [More]
Directed By: Michaël R. Roskam

#30

Wild (2014)
89%

#30
Adjusted Score: 99.446%
Critics Consensus: Powerfully moving and emotionally resonant, Wild finds director Jean-Marc Vallée and star Reese Witherspoon working at the peak of their respective powers.
Synopsis: With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Marc Vallée

#29

Water (2005)
90%

#29
Adjusted Score: 92.519%
Critics Consensus: This compassionate work of social criticism is also luminous, due to both its lyrical imagery and cast.
Synopsis: The film examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city... [More]
Directed By: Deepa Mehta

#28

Kinsey (2004)
90%

#28
Adjusted Score: 95.301%
Critics Consensus: A biopic of the sex researcher is hailed as adventurous, clever, and subversive, with fine performances by Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.
Synopsis: Alfred Kinsey was an entomologist who taught at Indiana University and had a keen interest in an area of human... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#27

Waitress (2007)
90%

#27
Adjusted Score: 95.459%
Critics Consensus: Sweet, smart, and quirky, Waitress hits the right, bittersweet notes through this romantic comedy through its witty script and a superb performance by Keri Russell.
Synopsis: A woman trapped in a life from which she dreams of escape, Jenna's secretly hopes to save enough money from... [More]
Directed By: Adrienne Shelly

#26

Crazy Heart (2009)
90%

#26
Adjusted Score: 96.4%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a captivating performance from Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart transcends its overly familiar origins and finds new meaning in an old story.
Synopsis: Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on... [More]
Directed By: Scott Cooper

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 96.049%
Critics Consensus: Led by a mesmerizing debut performance from Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene is a distinctive, haunting psychological drama.
Synopsis: Martha Marcy May Marlene is a powerful psychological thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a young woman rapidly unraveling amidst... [More]
Directed By: Sean Durkin

#24

Calvary (2014)
90%

#24
Adjusted Score: 96.073%
Critics Consensus: Led by a brilliant performance from Brendan Gleeson, Calvary tackles weighty issues with humor, intelligence, and sensitivity.
Synopsis: CALVARY's Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by... [More]
Directed By: John Michael McDonagh

#23

A Bigger Splash (2016)
90%

#23
Adjusted Score: 96.506%
Critics Consensus: Absorbing, visually arresting, and powerfully acted by an immensely talented cast, A Bigger Splash offers sumptuously soapy delights for fans of psychological adult drama.
Synopsis: In A BIGGER SPLASH, rock legend Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her... [More]
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

#22

Isle of Dogs (2018)
90%

#22
Adjusted Score: 104.78%
Critics Consensus: The beautifully stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs finds Wes Anderson at his detail-oriented best while telling one of the director's most winsomely charming stories.
Synopsis: In this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#21
Adjusted Score: 106.807%
Critics Consensus: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri deftly balances black comedy against searing drama -- and draws unforgettable performances from its veteran cast along the way.
Synopsis: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES). After months... [More]
Directed By: Martin McDonagh

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 98.165%
Critics Consensus: Little Miss Sunshine succeeds thanks to a strong ensemble cast that includes Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Alan Arkin, and Abigail Breslin, as well as a delightfully funny script.
Synopsis: When a pudgy, bespectacled seven-year-old, Olive (Abigail Breslin), voices her desire to take home the coveted Little Miss Sunshine crown... [More]

#19

The Sessions (2012)
91%

#19
Adjusted Score: 98.077%
Critics Consensus: Tender, funny, and touching, The Sessions provides an acting showcase for its talented stars and proves it's possible for Hollywood to produce a grown-up movie about sex.
Synopsis: Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, The Sessions tells the story of... [More]
Directed By: Ben Lewin

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 101.81%
Critics Consensus: Visually dazzling and emotionally resonant, Slumdog Millionaire is a film that's both entertaining and powerful.
Synopsis: Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, is about to experience the biggest day of his... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 102.689%
Critics Consensus: Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas.
Synopsis: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#16

Birdman (2014)
91%

#16
Adjusted Score: 104.661%
Critics Consensus: A thrilling leap forward for director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman is an ambitious technical showcase powered by a layered story and outstanding performances from Michael Keaton and Edward Norton.
Synopsis: BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton)... [More]

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 110.321%
Critics Consensus: The Shape of Water finds Guillermo del Toro at his visually distinctive best -- and matched by an emotionally absorbing story brought to life by a stellar Sally Hawkins performance.
Synopsis: From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the... [More]
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

#14

127 Hours (2010)
93%

#14
Adjusted Score: 99.728%
Critics Consensus: As gut-wrenching as it is inspirational, 127 Hours unites one of Danny Boyle's most beautifully exuberant directorial efforts with a terrific performance from James Franco.
Synopsis: "127 Hours" is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 104.258%
Critics Consensus: A well-told story brought to life by a beautifully matched cast, The Old Man & the Gun is pure, easygoing entertainment for film fans - and a fitting farewell to a legend.
Synopsis: OLD MAN AND THE GUN is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape... [More]
Directed By: David Lowery

#12

The Favourite (2018)
93%

#12
Adjusted Score: 109.987%
Critics Consensus: The Favourite sees Yorgos Lanthimos balancing a period setting against rich, timely subtext - and getting roundly stellar performances from his well-chosen stars.
Synopsis: Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail... [More]
Directed By: Yorgos Lanthimos

#11

Win Win (2011)
94%

#11
Adjusted Score: 99.013%
Critics Consensus: Rich, wonderful characters and strong performances populate Win Win, with writer/director Thomas McCarthy continuing to emerge as a great American humanist.
Synopsis: Paul Giamatti headlines writer/director Tom McCarthy's comedy drama centering on a beleaguered attorney and part-time wrestling coach who schemes to... [More]
Directed By: Tom McCarthy

#10

Juno (2007)
94%

#10
Adjusted Score: 100.961%
Critics Consensus: One of the brightest, funniest comedies of the year, Juno's smart script and direction are matched by assured performances in a coming of age story with a 21st century twist.
Synopsis: When a teenage girl is faced with an unexpected pregnancy, she enlists the aid of her best friend in finding... [More]
Directed By: Jason Reitman

#9

Enough Said (2013)
95%

#9
Adjusted Score: 101.76%
Critics Consensus: Wryly charming, impeccably acted, and ultimately quite bittersweet, Enough Said is a grown-up movie in the best possible way.
Synopsis: A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her... [More]
Directed By: Nicole Holofcener

#8

12 Years a Slave (2013)
95%

#8
Adjusted Score: 109.017%
Critics Consensus: It's far from comfortable viewing, but 12 Years a Slave's unflinchingly brutal look at American slavery is also brilliant -- and quite possibly essential -- cinema.
Synopsis: Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup, the New York State citizen who was kidnapped and made to work on a... [More]
Directed By: Steve McQueen (III)

#7

The Full Monty (1997)
96%

#7
Adjusted Score: 98.413%
Critics Consensus: Cheeky and infectiously good-natured, The Full Monty bares its big beating heart with a sly dose of ribald comedy.
Synopsis: Six guys with nothing left to lose try losing their clothing for fun and profit in this international hit comedy.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Cattaneo

#6

Step (2017)
96%

#6
Adjusted Score: 99.544%
Critics Consensus: Step tells an irresistibly crowd-pleasing story in a thoroughly absorbing way -- and while smartly incorporating a variety of timely themes.
Synopsis: STEP documents the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. As each... [More]
Directed By: Amanda Lipitz

#5

Sideways (2004)
97%

#5
Adjusted Score: 103.4%
Critics Consensus: Charming, thoughtful, and often funny, Sideways is a decidedly mature road trip comedy full of excellent performances.
Synopsis: A wine tasting road trip to salute Jack's final days as a bachelor careens woefully sideways as he and Miles... [More]
Directed By: Alexander Payne

#4

Once (2007)
97%

#4
Adjusted Score: 101.896%
Critics Consensus: A charming, captivating tale of love and music, Once sets the standard for the modern musical. And with Dublin as its backdrop, Once is fun and fresh.
Synopsis: "Once" is a modern-day musical set on the streets of Dublin. Featuring Glen Hansard and his Irish band The Frames,... [More]
Directed By: John Carney

#3

Brooklyn (2015)
97%

#3
Adjusted Score: 106.964%
Critics Consensus: Brooklyn buttresses outstanding performances from Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen with a rich period drama that tugs at the heartstrings as deftly as it satisfies the mind.
Synopsis: BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s... [More]
Directed By: John Crowley

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 110.619%
Critics Consensus: Deftly directed and laced with dark wit, Can You Ever Forgive Me? proves a compelling showcase for deeply affecting work from Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy.
Synopsis: In CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who... [More]
Directed By: Marielle Heller

#1

The Wrestler (2008)
98%

#1
Adjusted Score: 106.515%
Critics Consensus: Mickey Rourke gives a performance for the ages in The Wrestler, a richly affecting, heart-wrenching yet ultimately rewarding drama.
Synopsis: Back in the late '80s, Randy "The Ram" Robinson was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, 20 years later, he ekes... [More]
Directed By: Darren Aronofsky

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