Best-Reviewed Documentaries 2016

Real life can be every bit as dramatic as fiction, and these documentaries give audiences an intimate look at politics, history, and the process of moviemaking.

The order of the list reflects the scores as of December 31, 2016, but the number displayed on the Adjusted Tomatometer may change as more reviews keep getting added after the end of the year.

#1

Weiner (2016)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 103.508%
Critics Consensus: Weiner uses sharp insight and untrammeled access to offer a portrait of a political and personal collapse that's as queasy as it is undeniably compelling.
Synopsis: Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner's catastrophic race for Mayor of New York City in 2013 is detailed in this behind-the-scenes... [More]

#2

Cameraperson (2016)
99%

#2
Adjusted Score: 102.462%
Critics Consensus: Fresh and inventive yet immediately accessible, Cameraperson distills its subject's life and career into an experience that should prove immediately absorbing even for those unfamiliar with her work.
Synopsis: A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate... [More]
Starring: Kirsten Johnson
Directed By: Kirsten Johnson

#3

Tower (2016)
99%

#3
Adjusted Score: 102.204%
Critics Consensus: Tower probes into a painful chapter of American history with sensitivity and grace -- and revisits its events from a valuable new perspective.
Synopsis: August 1st 1966 was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of... [More]
Directed By: Keith Maitland

#4

De Palma (2016)
94%

#4
Adjusted Score: 97.676%
Critics Consensus: De Palma may not make believers out of the director's detractors, but they'll likely share longtime fans' fascination with his career's worth of entertaining stories.
Synopsis: One of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma's career started in the 60s... [More]

#5

13th (2016)
97%

#5
Adjusted Score: 100.333%
Critics Consensus: 13th strikes at the heart of America's tangled racial history, offering observations as incendiary as they are calmly controlled.
Synopsis: The title of Ava DuVernay's extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads "Neither... [More]
Directed By: Ava DuVernay

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