Best-Reviewed Movies 2015 – Limited Release

 

#1

Room (2015)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 106085%
Critics Consensus: Led by incredible work from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, Room makes for an unforgettably harrowing -- and undeniably rewarding -- experience.
Synopsis: Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman (Brie Larson) and her young son (Jacob Tremblay) finally gain... [More]
Directed By: Lenny Abrahamson

#2

Timbuktu (2014)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 102510%
Critics Consensus: Gracefully assembled and ultimately disquieting, Timbuktu is a timely film with a powerful message.
Synopsis: A Malian cattleman (Ibrahim Ahmed) and his family face the wrath of Islamic fundamentalists after a tragic accident.... [More]
Directed By: Abderrahmane Sissako

#3
Adjusted Score: 103411%
Critics Consensus: Smarter, fresher, and funnier than a modern vampire movie has any right to be, What We Do in the Shadows is bloody good fun.
Synopsis: Vampire housemates (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh) try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a... [More]

#4
Adjusted Score: 102555%
Critics Consensus: On paper, GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem might seem less than thrilling, but on the screen, it delivers two hours of nonstop, tightly wound, brilliantly acted drama.
Synopsis: An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) fights for three years to obtain a divorce from her devout husband (Simon Abkarian), who... [More]

#5

Amy (2015)
95%

#5
Adjusted Score: 103998%
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

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 102021%
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

#7

Phoenix (2014)
98%

#7
Adjusted Score: 104590%
Critics Consensus: Tense, complex, and drenched in atmosphere, Phoenix is a well-acted, smartly crafted war drama that finds writer-director Christian Petzold working at peak power.
Synopsis: After undergoing reconstructive surgery, a concentration camp survivor (Nina Hoss) tries to find out if her husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) betrayed... [More]
Directed By: Christian Petzold

#8

45 Years (2015)
97%

#8
Adjusted Score: 108901%
Critics Consensus: 45 Years offers richly thought-provoking rewards for fans of adult cinema -- and a mesmerizing acting showcase for leads Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay.
Synopsis: As their 45th wedding anniversary approaches, a woman (Charlotte Rampling) learns that her husband (Tom Courtenay) was once engaged to... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Haigh

#9

Iris (2014)
98%

#9
Adjusted Score: 101443%
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

#10

'71 (2014)
96%

#10
Adjusted Score: 100176%
Critics Consensus: Powerfully directed and acted, '71 stays true to its fact-based origins while remaining as gripping as any solidly crafted action thriller.
Synopsis: A young British soldier (Jack O'Connell) must find his way back to safety after his unit accidentally abandons him during... [More]
Directed By: Yann Demange

  • Pember

    Joke. ‘Weighted’ according to some arbitrary formula/points system distribution. The best reviewed films of the year are actually Mad Max, Carol, Spotlight, Inside Out, Brooklyn, 45 Years, Room, Sicario, Amy, The Martian, seen clearly from their Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic scores and average ratings. Just take the limited releases from there.

    • Top Lel

      This list is for limited release films. Those are all wide releases.

      • Koparoma

        errr. No. That list includes 45 Years, Room and Amy – all in the above Limited Release list – just (for some reason?) in different order.

        That’s his whole point… Why ‘weight’ Limited Release movies to get a different ranking? Surely that re-weighting’s either good enough to be applied for all movies… or none??

      • Timber56

        No, 5 of those films are limited release. Maybe one or two will go wide at some point.
        Yes, Koparoma, that’s exactly point: “Why ‘weight’ Limited Release movies to get a different ranking?”
        It applies to all rankings, including the wide releases and the genre rankings.

  • elotz

    BS. “Carol” was, by far, the BEST film of 2015.

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