Best-Reviewed Thrillers 2016

A good thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat, building tension as you wonder what will happen next. From daring heists to harrowing shark attacks, these pulse-pounding examples were the best of the year.

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
#1
Adjusted Score: 107.036%
Critics Consensus: Hell or High Water offers a solidly crafted, well-acted Western heist thriller that eschews mindless gunplay in favor of confident pacing and full-bodied characters.
Synopsis: Texas brothers--Toby (Chris Pine), and Tanner (Ben Foster), come together after years divided to rob branches of the bank threatening... [More]
Directed By: David Mackenzie

#2

Eye In The Sky (2016)
95%

#2
Adjusted Score: 103.347%
Critics Consensus: As taut as it is timely, Eye in the Sky offers a powerfully acted -- and unusually cerebral -- spin on the modern wartime political thriller.
Synopsis: The moral implications of modern warfare are confronted in Bleecker Street's powerful drama, Eye in the Sky, coming to Digital... [More]
Directed By: Gavin Hood

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 94.433%
Critics Consensus: I Am Not A Serial Killer honors the book it's based on with a well-acted drama that leavens its gore and dark themes with wry humor.
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old John Wayne Cleaver (Max Records, Where the Wild Things Are) is not a serial killer-but he has all the... [More]
Directed By: Billy O'Brien (III)

#4

The Invitation (2016)
89%

#4
Adjusted Score: 92.609%
Critics Consensus: The Invitation makes brilliant use of its tension-rich premise to deliver a uniquely effective -- and surprisingly clever -- slow-building thriller.
Synopsis: In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer's Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus)... [More]
Directed By: Karyn Kusama

#5

The Shallows (2016)
78%

#5
Adjusted Score: 86.347%
Critics Consensus: Lean and solidly crafted, The Shallows transcends tired shark-attack tropes with nasty thrills and a powerful performance from Blake Lively.
Synopsis: In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on... [More]

Tag Cloud

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