Best-Reviewed Movies 2018: Limited Release

Limited releases are movies that never crossed the 600-theater threshold. They also present some of the most urgent voices of the year, delivering vital and provocative messages. Nearly half of the best-reviewed limiteds were directed by women, while the top movie was a black-and-white intimate epic of a family maid, a story you’d never witness if you didn’t scratch beyond the multiplex (or, in this case, fire up your streaming device if it wasn’t playing near you).

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2018. Scores might change over time.

#1

Roma (2018)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 112.151%
Critics Consensus: Roma finds writer-director Alfonso Cuarón in complete, enthralling command of his visual craft - and telling the most powerfully personal story of his career.
Synopsis: The most personal project to date from Academy Award (R)-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

#2

Leave No Trace (2018)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 109.946%
Critics Consensus: Leave No Trace takes an effectively low-key approach to a potentially sensationalistic story -- and further benefits from brilliant work by Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie.
Synopsis: Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the... [More]
Directed By: Debra Granik

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 111.364%
Critics Consensus: Deftly directed and laced with dark wit, Can You Ever Forgive Me? proves a compelling showcase for deeply affecting work from Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy.
Synopsis: In Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who... [More]
Directed By: Marielle Heller

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 105.362%
Critics Consensus: The Death of Stalin finds director/co-writer Arnando Iannucci in riotous form, bringing his scabrous political humor to bear on a chapter in history with painfully timely parallels.
Synopsis: The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In... [More]
Directed By: Armando Iannucci

#5
Adjusted Score: 108.438%
Critics Consensus: Understated yet ultimately deeply affecting, Shoplifters adds another powerful chapter to director Hirokazu Koreeda's richly humanistic filmography.
Synopsis: After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At... [More]
Directed By: Hirokazu Koreeda

#6

The Rider (2018)
97%

#6
Adjusted Score: 104.406%
Critics Consensus: The Rider's hard-hitting drama is only made more effective through writer-director Chloé Zhao's use of untrained actors to tell the movie's fact-based tale.
Synopsis: Based on his a true story, THE RIDER stars breakout Brady Jandreau as a once rising star of the rodeo... [More]
Directed By: Chloé Zhao

#7

McQueen (2018)
99%

#7
Adjusted Score: 103.681%
Critics Consensus: McQueen offers an intimate, well-sourced, and overall moving look at a young life and brilliant career that were tragically cut short.
Synopsis: A personal look at the extraordinary life, career and artistry of Alexander McQueen. Through exclusive interviews with his closest friends... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Ian Bonhôte

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 103.249%
Critics Consensus: Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) finds writer-director Carla Simón drawing on personal memories to create a thoughtful drama elevated by outstanding work from its young leads.
Synopsis: In Carla Simón's touching autobiographical film, six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased... [More]
Directed By: Carla Simón

#9
Adjusted Score: 104.452%
Critics Consensus: Surreal and surprising, Three Identical Strangers effectively questions the nature of reality and identity.
Synopsis: Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Tim Wardle

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 101.45%
Critics Consensus: Sleek, well-acted, and intelligently crafted, The Guilty is a high-concept thriller that wrings maximum impact out of a handful of basic - and effective - ingredients.
Synopsis: When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency... [More]
Directed By: Gustav Möller

Tag Cloud

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