Best-Reviewed Movies 2014 – Wide Release

 

#1

Boyhood (2014)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 112333%
Critics Consensus: Epic in technical scale but breathlessly intimate in narrative scope, Boyhood is a sprawling investigation of the human condition.
Synopsis: A youngster (Ellar Coltrane) makes the long journey to adulthood over the span of 12 years, as he, his sister... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#2

The LEGO Movie (2014)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: 107410%
Critics Consensus: Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages.
Synopsis: An ordinary LEGO figurine (Chris Pratt), thought to be the key to saving the world, is accompanied by a fellowship... [More]

#3

Nightcrawler (2014)
95%

#3
Adjusted Score: 107523%
Critics Consensus: Restless, visually sleek, and powered by a lithe star performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler offers dark, thought-provoking thrills.
Synopsis: A freelance cameraman (Jake Gyllenhaal) goes to increasingly greater lengths to get shots of the most-lurid and disturbing crimes on... [More]
Directed By: Dan Gilroy

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 106432%
Critics Consensus: Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas.
Synopsis: A concierge (Ralph Fiennes) at a posh European hotel is framed for murdering an elderly dowager with whom he had... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 107651%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect -- as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.
Synopsis: A space adventurer (Chris Pratt) becomes the quarry of bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by a treacherous... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn

#6
Adjusted Score: 106492%
Critics Consensus: X-Men: Days of Future Past combines the best elements of the series to produce a satisfyingly fast-paced outing that ranks among the franchise's finest installments.
Synopsis: The X-Men (Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart) join forces with their younger selves in order to change the past... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

#7
Adjusted Score: 107817%
Critics Consensus: A thrilling leap forward for director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman is an ambitious technical showcase powered by a layered story and outstanding performances from Michael Keaton and Edward Norton.
Synopsis: A washed-up actor (Michael Keaton), whose previous claim to fame was his portrayal of a popular superhero, attempts to recapture... [More]

#8

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
91%

#8
Adjusted Score: 106227%
Critics Consensus: Gripping, well-acted, funny, and clever, Edge of Tomorrow offers entertaining proof that Tom Cruise is still more than capable of shouldering the weight of a blockbuster action thriller.
Synopsis: A soldier (Tom Cruise) who was killed in action gets caught up in a time loop, in which he repeatedly... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#9
Adjusted Score: 105697%
Critics Consensus: With intelligence and emotional resonance to match its stunning special effects, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes expands on its predecessor with an exciting and ambitious burst of sci-fi achievement.
Synopsis: Human survivors of a plague threaten Caesar's growing nation of genetically evolved apes. Though they reach a fragile peace, soon... [More]
Directed By: Matt Reeves

#10

Gone Girl (2014)
87%

#10
Adjusted Score: 105347%
Critics Consensus: Dark, intelligent, and stylish to a fault, Gone Girl plays to director David Fincher's sick strengths while bringing the best out of stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.
Synopsis: A man (Ben Affleck) reports that his wife (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing on their fifth wedding anniversary, but his... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

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