Best-Reviewed Movies 2015 – Wide Release

 

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 114341%
Critics Consensus: With exhilarating action and a surprising amount of narrative heft, Mad Max: Fury Road brings George Miller's post-apocalyptic franchise roaring vigorously back to life.
Synopsis: Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When... [More]
Directed By: George Miller

#2

Inside Out (2015)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 113859%
Critics Consensus: Inventive, gorgeously animated, and powerfully moving, Inside Out is another outstanding addition to the Pixar library of modern animated classics.
Synopsis: Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents... [More]
Directed By: Pete Docter

#3
Adjusted Score: 110795%
Critics Consensus: Packed with action and populated by both familiar faces and fresh blood, The Force Awakens successfully recalls the series' former glory while injecting it with renewed energy.
Synopsis: Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren... [More]
Directed By: J.J. Abrams

#4

Brooklyn (2015)
97%

#4
Adjusted Score: 107277%
Critics Consensus: Brooklyn buttresses outstanding performances from Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen with a rich period drama that tugs at the heartstrings as deftly as it satisfies the mind.
Synopsis: Young Irish immigrant Eilis Lace (Saoirse Ronan) navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis... [More]
Directed By: John Crowley

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 105552%
Critics Consensus: Warm, funny, and brilliantly animated, Shaun the Sheep is yet another stop-motion jewel in Aardman's family-friendly crown.
Synopsis: All is well at Mossy Bottom Farm, except for the fact that the animals will do anything to get out... [More]

#6

The Martian (2015)
91%

#6
Adjusted Score: 107081%
Critics Consensus: Smart, thrilling, and surprisingly funny, The Martian offers a faithful adaptation of the bestselling book that brings out the best in leading man Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott.
Synopsis: When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#7

Spotlight (2015)
97%

#7
Adjusted Score: 111697%
Critics Consensus: Spotlight gracefully handles the lurid details of its fact-based story while resisting the temptation to lionize its heroes, resulting in a drama that honors the audience as well as its real-life subjects.
Synopsis: In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan,... [More]
Directed By: Tom McCarthy

#8

It Follows (2014)
96%

#8
Adjusted Score: 105877%
Critics Consensus: Smart, original, and above all terrifying, It Follows is the rare modern horror film that works on multiple levels -- and leaves a lingering sting.
Synopsis: After carefree teenager Jay (Maika Monroe) sleeps with her new boyfriend, Hugh (Jake Weary), for the first time, she learns... [More]
Directed By: David Robert Mitchell

#9
Adjusted Score: 106482%
Critics Consensus: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation continues the franchise's thrilling resurgence -- and proves that Tom Cruise remains an action star without equal.
Synopsis: With the IMF now disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, a new threat -- called the... [More]
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

#10

Paddington (2014)
97%

#10
Adjusted Score: 102285%
Critics Consensus: Paddington brings a beloved children's character into the 21st century without sacrificing his essential charm, delivering a family-friendly adventure as irresistibly cuddly as its star.
Synopsis: After a deadly earthquake destroys his home in Peruvian rainforest, a young bear (Ben Whishaw) makes his way to England... [More]
Directed By: Paul King

  • Jake Armistead

    Star Wars fans inbound to rage, Mad Max was easily the best of the year.

    • All-New Wolverine’s O-Face

      Fury Road = 7/10
      The Force Awakens = 8/10

      • Dude Dude

        Mad max was soooooo much better than SW7. Don’t get me wrong SW was good, but it can’t compete.

        • All-New Wolverine’s O-Face

          No did wasn’t. It obviously had less of a story to tell.

          • Darren

            Mad Max tells no story, but brings so many new things to the table. From a filmmaking perspective it is definitely better than Star Wars, which is great fun but is simply a rehash of a Star Wars: A New Hope.

          • johnnyhenry

            Whether people liked Fury Road or not it certainly did have a story to tell. Mostly through various character motivations while caught up in a hellish apocalyptic future. Furiosa, Nux, and Max himself all have their individual stories and character arcs within this world. It may have been short on dialogue, but the visuals still told a story.

          • Juan Figueroa

            The movie had story, it just nah sayer are blind to see it, maybe because the lead was a female.

          • All-New Wolverine’s O-Face

            Star Wars also has a female lead. So…

    • Howard Hand

      They’re both great, but Mad Max is a more solid movie overall. I enjoyed Star Wars more though.

    • Juan Figueroa

      I liked both movie, but visually Mad Max is far complex.

  • Day_is_Over

    I like mad max but a film with such little substance gets such critical acclaim and praise…baffling.

    • Mad Max was unapologetically a visual spectacle and nothing more. While most films are visualized storybooks, Mad Max was a live action magnum opus painting.

      • Day_is_Over

        That’s great and all but I like a little more meat with my potatoes. People say Michael Bay films are shallow but then praise Fury Road. Because that makes plenty of sense.

        • Dustin Romero

          I think what’s going on here is that different people experience movies differently. For me Mad Max had enormous depth that isn’t present in your standard popcorn flick. The key thing to look at, at least for me, is the character arcs.

          For example Nux began his life as a war boy, dying of cancer. He spent the first half of the movie trying desperately to get a heroic death. His world was then shattered by the god he worshipped. Broken and despaired he is shown love for the first time in his life. Then just as he finally has something to live for, he has to sacrifice his life to save it.

          It may not strike you this way, and that’s fine. What George Miller did so well in the critics eyes is to use every second of screen time to set up and show depth and complexity with compelling characters. There was real emotional weight behind what the people on the screen were doing. Each action sequence had consequences and purpose.

          On top of all this the effects were a sublime blending of CGI and practical effects. The costuming and cars were nearly as detailed as Lord of the Rings.

          It might not have been your favorite movie, and you might not have gotten what I got out of it, but it is useful to explore some of the things that made it more than just a Bay action flick.

          • Jean Carlos Oliveira Miranda

            exactly, WHY ARE PEOPLE BLIND TO THE STORY OF FURY ROAD?
            it’s the simple fact that they can’t grasp a story without usual “talking”, it’s amazing the little arcs every character had, every wife has a role and little development, it’s amazing how he put all of that together while not stopping that mind blowing action, saw it yesterday twice, continues to leave my mouth open in every masterfully directed scene…

  • paul

    The Force Awakens was simply a mess. This is a classic example of a follow-up movie, just for box office bucks. Not consistent with the previous episodes.

    • Shivam Kumar

      Are you even being serious? Don’t tell me you mean previous episodes as the prequels.

    • Dude Dude

      You’re wrong. It wasn’t meant to be oscar material. It was meant to have a linear plot and excel at doing it. The RT score was quite appropriate, and I’m never wrong.

      • paul

        You need to work on raising your standards. The only people who are never wrong are those that live in a bubble. The struggle to improve involves many mistakes and constant reworking. The only people that don’t make mistakes are those that are putting forth inadequate effort.

      • Dustin Romero

        Well, he isn’t wrong.

        • Big V

          Force doesn’t makes sense. Upon critical thinking it falls apart. Case in point. Why does Poe abandon his mission to get the map to the resistance? He actually gets to them before bb-8 and he had no way of knowing bb-8 was with Finn and rey. He just leaves. It’s a good movie with serious problems.

    • Juan Figueroa

      A mess? that’s not true. Don’t tell me you feel the plot was complicated for you?

  • Thescaredshadow

    I gotta say, I’m happy that there was a horror film that was good last year.

  • Honestee

    I would pick Spotlight or Martian over Mad Max.. there were a few scenes in mad max that I thought were just Idle, although the action was great the ending was also anti-climatic. IMO

  • Gayle63

    It Follows sucked. Not at all scary, stupid characters nobody cared about, nothing original.

    • Darren

      Name a better horror movie to come out in the last 3 years.

      • Gayle63

        As Above, So Below. Spring was also good but weird (and also slow, the way It Follows was slow). Movies are subjective, obviously, but I was really disappointed with It Follows. Please, recommend some movies to me! I’m always up for watching a good horror flick!

        • Darren

          The Shining, REC, Psycho, Rosemary’s Baby, The Evil Dead, The Thing, Carrie, Let the Right One in, The Ring, A Tale of Two Sisters, Paranormal Activity, Cabin in the Woods, You’re Next-(it’s not scary but is really entertaining), House of the Devil.
          I also heard Goodnight Mommy, The Babadook, and a Girl Walks Home Alone at Night are supposed to be good.

          • Gayle63

            I’ve seen all those older ones and liked them too. Goodnight Mommy is on my list to see. The Babadook was good. I also want to see A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – just waiting to have time. Did you see He Never Died? I watched that the other night and liked it – very quirky. How about Rare Exports?

  • Brian

    “Mission Impossible” sucked and “Brooklyn” put me to sleep.

  • a_v

    Just watched “It Follows”. Worth a rental I guess, but hardly terrifying. I personally considered it as much comedy as horror (watch the nerd repeatedly “volunteer” in an attempt to escape LJBF zone…)

  • Leon

    Paddington should unequivocally be #1 on this list as it is the only film of this past year that took any courage, vision, talent, and bravado to make. It was a film not only of substance and sustenance, but it did something no other movie from the year 2015 was able to come remotely close to doing: attack Hollywood’s propagandistic commentary on modern society’s “core family values” and the 1%’s clamp on the minds, bodies and spirits of every unfortunate serf that subserviently plays by their rules just to have the tiniest taste of life’s greatest glories. This film refused to succumb to the outside pressures of big business, government, and the Catholic Church in order to tell a story about acceptance, forgiveness, and what the meaning of love truly is. It is a movie so far ahead of its time that it may not truly connect with an audience for another generation, which strikes the fear in me that Paddington was given to us at a time to soon, when people are too blind and brainwashed to see a transcendent work of art when it was staring them right in the eyes. The fact that this film was shut out at the Oscars just goes to show you that the powers that be in Hollywood and Washington are not willing to pull back the curtain to show the American public what life could be like if we weren’t so caught up in working our whole lives away just to continue to grease the bellies of the 1%. My favorite part was when Paddington showed up at their house and made a mess of everything.

  • disqus_7mEJnpR2ct

    Mad Max was awful! The story was crap, but the visuals were interesting.

    • Darren

      Awful? Stop trolling. Not much in storytelling category but elite in literally every other aspect of filmmaking.

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