Best-Reviewed Movies 2017 > Limited Releases
Films in this category never opened in more that 600 theaters in the US in 2017. And though you may not immediately recognize all of the titles honored here, critics say they’re more than worth your time, particularly the subdued romantic drama Call Me by Your Name, which earned the top spot.
The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2017. Scores might change over time.
Adjusted Score: 112088%
Critics Consensus: Call Me by Your Name offers a melancholy, powerfully affecting portrait of first love, empathetically acted by TimothÃ©e Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
In 1983 Italy, a precocious 17-year-old and a young doctoral student discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108043%
Critics Consensus: I Am Not Your Negro offers an incendiary snapshot of James Baldwin's crucial observations on American race relations -- and a sobering reminder of how far we've yet to go.
Filmmaker Raoul Peck uses "Remember This House," James Baldwin's unfinished final manuscript, to examine race issues in contemporary America.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110511%
Critics Consensus: The Florida Project offers a colorfully empathetic look at an underrepresented part of the population that proves absorbing even as it raises sobering questions about modern America.
Set in the shadow of the most magical place on Earth, 6-year-old Moonee and her two best friends forge their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105306%
Critics Consensus: The Salesman takes an ambitiously complex look at thought-provoking themes, and the well-acted results prove another consistently absorbing entry in writer-director Asghar Farhadi's distinguished filmography.
A high school teacher (Shahab Hosseini) seeks revenge against the perpetrator who attacked his wife (Taraneh Alidoosti) in their apartment.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106517%
Critics Consensus: Mudbound offers a well-acted, finely detailed snapshot of American history whose scenes of rural class struggle resonate far beyond their period setting.
Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi where they struggle to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104204%
Critics Consensus: My Life as a Zucchini's silly title and adorable characters belie a sober story whose colorful visuals delight the senses even as it braves dark emotional depths.
A police officer (Nick Offerman) and some new friends help an orphan adjust to life at a foster home.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102836%
Critics Consensus: A quiet, moving rumination on loneliness and newfound intimacy, God's Own Country marks an outstanding directorial debut for Francis Lee.
A young farmer numbs his frustrations with drinking and casual sex until a Romanian migrant worker sets him on a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104467%
Critics Consensus: Equal parts breezily charming and poignantly powerful, Faces Places is a unique cross-generational portrait of life in rural France from the great AgnÃ¨s Varda.
Director AgnÃ¨s Varda and photographer and muralist JR journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102521%
Critics Consensus: City of Ghosts takes a hard-hitting, ground-level look at atrocities in a part of the world that may seem foreign to many viewers, but whose impact will be no less devastating.
Syrian rebels who call themselves Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently risk their lives to document the atrocities committed by ISIS... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100681%
Critics Consensus: Well-written, well-acted, and patiently crafted, Truman takes an affecting look at a long friendship separated by distance but undimmed by time.
Terminally ill actor JuliÃ¡n wants to spend his final days tying up loose ends. When childhood friend TomÃ¡s pays him... [More]