Best-Reviewed Movies 2016 > Limited Releases

Films in this category never opened in more that 600 theaters in the US in 2016. And although these titles may not be immediately familiar to all audiences, critics say each one of them is worth watching.

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
Adjusted Score: 104.748%
Critics Consensus: The charmingly offbeat Hunt for the Wilderpeople unites a solid cast, a talented filmmaker, and a poignant, funny, deeply affecting message.
Synopsis: Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He... [More]
Directed By: Taika Waititi

#2
Adjusted Score: 104.316%
Critics Consensus: A union to cherish between a writer-director and star working at peak power, Things to Come offers quietly profound observations on life, love, and the irrevocable passage of time.
Synopsis: What happens when the life you've worked so hard to build falls apart? In THINGS TO COME, Oscar nominee Isabelle... [More]
Directed By: Mia Hansen-Løve

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 102.804%
Critics Consensus: Don't Think Twice offers a bittersweet look at the comedian's life that's as genuinely moving as it is laugh-out-loud funny -- and a brilliant calling card for writer-director Mike Birbiglia.
Synopsis: When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets cast on a hit TV show, the rest... [More]
Directed By: Mike Birbiglia

#4

Sing Street (2016)
95%

#4
Adjusted Score: 103.004%
Critics Consensus: Sing Street is a feel-good musical with huge heart and irresistible optimism, and its charmimg cast and hummable tunes help to elevate its familiar plotting.
Synopsis: From director John Carney (ONCE, BEGIN AGAIN), SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of... [More]
Directed By: John Carney

#5

Weiner (2016)
97%

#5
Adjusted Score: 103.511%
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]

#6

Little Men (2016)
97%

#6
Adjusted Score: 102.102%
Critics Consensus: Little Men takes a compassionate look at the ways in which adult problems impact childhood friendships -- and offers another affecting New York drama from director Ira Sachs.
Synopsis: When 13-year-old Jake's (Theo Taplitz) grandfather dies, his family moves from Manhattan back into his father's old Brooklyn home. There,... [More]
Directed By: Ira Sachs

#7

Cameraperson (2016)
99%

#7
Adjusted Score: 102.523%
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

#8
Adjusted Score: 101.316%
Critics Consensus: As rich visually as it is thematically, Embrace of the Serpent offers a feast of the senses for film fans seeking a dose of bracing originality.
Synopsis: Embrace of the Serpent features the encounter, apparent betrayal and finally life-affirming friendship between an Amazonian shaman (the last survivor... [More]
Directed By: Ciro Guerra

#9

Tower (2016)
99%

#9
Adjusted Score: 102.225%
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

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 101.542%
Critics Consensus: The Wailing delivers an atmospheric, cleverly constructed mystery whose supernatural thrills more than justify its imposing length.
Synopsis: The arrival of a mysterious stranger in a quiet rural village causes suspicion amongst the villagers- but as they begin... [More]
Directed By: Na Hong-jin

Tag Cloud

Trivia miniseries what to watch LGBTQ name the review ABC Musicals new york Tokyo Olympics Superheroe FX adventure 2016 crime drama boxoffice Logo MCU CBS All Access HBO natural history jamie lee curtis technology Apple TV+ Arrowverse docudrama asian-american Mudbound Grammys nature FOX Star Trek BBC One serial killer TV One Tarantino Walt Disney Pictures SXSW ghosts laika Nat Geo CBS space ratings Apple TV Plus Epix New York Comic Con E3 concert discovery TV Land festivals transformers Disney streaming service Crunchyroll singing competition satire comic books renewed TV shows Photos Cannes Sundance Ovation TV ID Sony Pictures rotten mutant monster movies adenture high school pirates of the caribbean dragons Martial Arts ABC Family witnail kids japanese WGN Watching Series Chernobyl war Disney Hallmark Hulu sitcom worst legend festival Turner Classic Movies joker versus Netflix spain Lionsgate 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards quibi series Paramount Plus TBS SDCC AMC Mystery Peacock anthology crime thriller heist movie harry potter Legendary Academy Awards HBO Max Showtime Lifetime Creative Arts Emmys olympics Best and Worst spanish language breaking bad sequel television Fall TV TV renewals DC Comics FXX comic Emmy Nominations NBC parents VOD franchise Discovery Channel cats Comics on TV reviews Shondaland President WarnerMedia Winners Mary Poppins Returns halloween Comic Book cooking based on movie nbcuniversal australia superman cancelled Stephen King rotten movies we love San Diego Comic-Con historical drama true crime Holiday IFC Films award winner green book Year in Review latino king kong Funimation Paramount BAFTA Drama teaser live action blaxploitation video Lifetime Christmas movies children's TV unscripted Fantasy X-Men Spring TV Anna Paquin stop motion movies sequels game of thrones ViacomCBS Acorn TV romantic comedy revenge TruTV italian Pet Sematary animated golden globe awards Pride Month Podcast Starz First Look Superheroes zombie comedies classics 2018 social media a nightmare on elm street obituary Adult Swim football 21st Century Fox Rom-Com Broadway zombies cancelled TV shows sag awards 1990s YouTube Turner Image Comics PBS Apple anime Vudu Western Sci-Fi zero dark thirty 2015 Thanksgiving Black History Month documentaries CNN mission: impossible trailers Infographic Video Games TCA 2017 composers tv talk TIFF disaster 71st Emmy Awards Star Wars Polls and Games video on demand medical drama TCA indiana jones richard e. Grant IFC marvel cinematic universe book criterion dramedy Interview batman See It Skip It Fox Searchlight 2021 History American Society of Cinematographers CW Seed streaming movie women OWN Nominations PaleyFest El Rey cancelled television VH1 Calendar TCA Awards venice DC Universe Amazon Prime Video aapi Alien new star wars movies Pop TV BBC America Black Mirror Election Rocky TV movies Countdown Spectrum Originals sports child's play politics dogs Character Guide adaptation free movies spanish Holidays chucky Mindy Kaling YouTube Premium YouTube Red best japan Heroines twilight Action dceu superhero 2019 slashers RT History target deadpool Comedy saw Esquire Sundance TV 45 Paramount Network cinemax vampires The Academy Marathons Rock Writers Guild of America Mary Tyler Moore Pacific Islander foreign toronto DC streaming service films Set visit APB romance Ellie Kemper Premiere Dates Awards christmas movies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt lord of the rings Certified Fresh CMT Captain marvel diversity Wes Anderson Shudder spider-man Animation fresh canceled 72 Emmy Awards emmy awards dc scary movies OneApp theme song talk show aliens halloween tv Biopics BET BET Awards RT21 Tubi Christmas crime Disney+ Disney Plus Kids & Family scene in color prank MTV Mary poppins A&E NBA mockumentary Extras Hear Us Out archives Television Critics Association Pirates Marvel Television Spike Reality Cartoon Network The Walking Dead Nickelodeon Crackle Schedule Marvel Studios MSNBC boxing USA SundanceTV GLAAD DGA book adaptation kaiju reboot Family Travel Channel Sneak Peek The Arrangement Netflix Christmas movies Britbox Hallmark Christmas movies Awards Tour Film Ghostbusters 2020 Amazon Studios Comedy Central justice league wonder woman The Purge canceled TV shows hist Song of Ice and Fire First Reviews Fox News Disney Plus Rocketman doctor who razzies Super Bowl suspense VICE hidden camera scorecard Comic-Con@Home 2021 FX on Hulu comics 24 frames new zealand godzilla travel Dark Horse Comics Exclusive Video hispanic ESPN Television Academy Teen blockbusters blockbuster Masterpiece cartoon 99% cops 007 Box Office screenings popular werewolf Warner Bros. Disney Channel USA Network hollywood BBC Syfy TCM screen actors guild Amazon Prime universal monsters robots elevated horror die hard 93rd Oscars thriller GIFs binge indie A24 finale political drama worst movies psychological thriller Toys documentary crossover Columbia Pictures casting Opinion ITV Avengers Quiz Marvel nfl The Witch police drama french Endgame Tumblr YA Amazon E! rom-coms black james bond TLC PlayStation Musical Trophy Talk spinoff supernatural TCA Winter 2020 biography know your critic directors Oscars Cosplay Winter TV streaming movies cancelled TV series stand-up comedy GoT ABC Signature DirecTV period drama jurassic park Binge Guide Music remakes strong female leads cars Women's History Month Reality Competition The Walt Disney Company comiccon Tomatazos Pixar 90s facebook Summer psycho 4/20 dark rt archives telelvision Film Festival Valentine's Day Food Network critics south america toy story fast and furious TNT game show Emmys Baby Yoda Trailer news basketball Elton John cults Freeform Red Carpet Lucasfilm golden globes HBO Go international The CW Brie Larson LGBT spy thriller 20th Century Fox Bravo stoner Pop Sundance Now docuseries all-time Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Horror Universal science fiction Classic Film 2017 Country kong National Geographic NYCC independent