Best-Reviewed Documentaries 2015

 

#1

Amy (2015)
95%87%

#1
Adjusted Score: 102728%
Critics Consensus: As riveting as it is sad, Amy is a powerfully honest look at the twisted relationship between art and celebrity -- and the lethal spiral of addiction.
Synopsis: Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.... [More]
Directed By: Asif Kapadia

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 101614%
Critics Consensus: Seymour Bernstein's genuineness shines so brightly in Seymour: An Introduction that viewers will forgive debuting director Ethan Hawke's reverent treatment.
Synopsis: Pianist Seymour Bernstein, who gave up performing for teaching, discusses his passion for music and his philosophy of life.... [More]
Directed By: Ethan Hawke

#3

Iris (2014)
98%80%

#3
Adjusted Score: 100845%
Critics Consensus: A small, insightful feature with a deceptively thoughtful thesis, Iris adds a bittersweet postscript to director Albert Maysles' filmography.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Albert Maysles pays tribute to nonagenarian Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, longtime interior designer and outspoken champion of eclectic fashion.... [More]
Directed By: Albert Maysles

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 99613%
Critics Consensus: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck makes a persuasive case for its subject without resorting to hagiography -- and includes plenty of rare and unreleased footage for fans.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Brett Morgen uses material from the Cobains' personal archives in an in-depth examination of the Nirvana frontman's childhood, music... [More]
Directed By: Brett Morgen

#5

Red Army (2014)
92%85%

#5
Adjusted Score: 94882%
Critics Consensus: Fun and fascinating, Red Army delivers absorbing documentary drama for hockey fans and sports novices alike.
Synopsis: Hockey captain Slava Fetisov and four other players form a nearly unbeatable unit known as the "Russian Five," but their... [More]
Directed By: Gabe Polsky