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100 Hidden Gem Movies on Hulu

Hulu’s catalogue of high-quality movies is deep and broad; while the service is not as known for its original films in the same way Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are, its collection of non-original titles is huge – the kind of hit-after-hit collection that could have you rabbit-holing for days. Which is kind of what we did to come up with this list of hidden gem movies available on the streamer.

Here, you’ll find movies you may not have heard of, movies we feel didn’t get quite the level of attention they deserved, as well as a few nostalgic favorites you might be surprised to see available on Hulu. The movies didn’t have to be Fresh – we went to bat for a few Rotten faves, too – but the majority are critically lauded, with a bunch earning the Certified Fresh stamp of approval.

We broke the list into genres, to help you jump to exactly what you’re in the mood for. Scroll though and you’ll find winning comedies (Hearts Beat LoudSupport the Girls), incredible action flicks (The Villainess), moving dramas (BPMMonsters and Men), and plenty to scare the s–t out of you (The LodgeSouthbound). Hulu has a particularly strong documentary collection, and we’ve highlighted some choice picks among those, too.

If you’re after the very best movies available on Hulu, we’ve got a guide for that, too, along with the best Hulu series and hidden gem series on Hulu if you’re in the mood for a binge. But if you’re looking for something a little more off-the-beaten track, add one of the movies below to your queue.

Found a hidden gem on Hulu that’s not on our list? Let your fellow fans know in the comments. 


Comedies

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 92872%
Critics Consensus: The Art of Self-Defense grapples compellingly with modern American masculinity -- and serves as an outstanding calling card for writer-director Riley Stearns.
Synopsis: After getting attacked on the street, Casey enlists in a local dojo that's led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei.... [More]
Directed By: Riley Stearns

#20

The Beach Bum (2019)
57%

#20
Adjusted Score: 63192%
Critics Consensus: The role of a lifetime for Matthew McConaughey, The Beach Bum is set apart by Harmony Korine's distinctive style, but that isn't always enough to offset the unfocused story.
Synopsis: Moondog is a fun-loving, pot-smoking, beer-drinking writer who lives life on his own terms in Florida. If he can put... [More]
Directed By: Harmony Korine

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 65015%
Critics Consensus: The Boy Downstairs finds a few fresh moments in its familiar setup and benefits from Zosia Mamet's charismatic performance, both of which are enough to keep viewers interested.
Synopsis: Diana moves back to New York City after a few years abroad and finds the perfect Brooklyn apartment for a... [More]
Directed By: Sophie Brooks

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 69029%
Critics Consensus: Absurd yet anchored in knotty real-world themes, The Day Shall Come adds another bleakly funny satire to director/co-writer Christopher Morris' filmography.
Synopsis: An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He... [More]
Directed By: Chris Morris

#18

Colossal (2016)
81%

#18
Adjusted Score: 100595%
Critics Consensus: Colossal's singular strangeness can be disorienting, but viewers who hang on may find that its genre-defying execution -- and Anne Hathaway's performance -- is well worth the ride.
Synopsis: Gloria is an out-of-work party girl who leaves New York and moves back to her hometown after getting kicked out... [More]
Directed By: Nacho Vigalondo

#17

Greener Grass (2019)
81%

#17
Adjusted Score: 84587%
Critics Consensus: Greener Grass is far from the first comedy to skewer suburbia -- but it might be among the most bizarre and surreally distinctive.
Synopsis: Soccer moms Jill and Lisa compete for approval and acceptance in a bizarre suburbia while their kids battle it out... [More]

#16

Hearts Beat Loud (2018)
92%

#16
Adjusted Score: 100198%
Critics Consensus: Thoroughly sweet, comfortably familiar, and elevated by the chemistry between Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons, Hearts Beat Loud offers feel-good father-daughter drama.
Synopsis: In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank is preparing to send his... [More]
Directed By: Brett Haley

#15

Juliet, Naked (2018)
83%

#15
Adjusted Score: 91710%
Critics Consensus: Juliet, Naked's somewhat familiar narrative arc is elevated by standout work from a charming cast led by a well-matched Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke.
Synopsis: Annie breaks up with her longtime boyfriend Duncan -- a teacher who's obsessed with former 1990s rocker Tucker Crowe. She... [More]
Directed By: Jesse Peretz

#13

Lemon (2017)
55%

#13
Adjusted Score: 57681%
Critics Consensus: Lemon succeeds in its aim as a tart satire, but audiences may find this foray into abrasiveness too sour to swallow.
Synopsis: After Isaac's blind girlfriend walks out on him, his life goes into free fall, and he directs an unhinged staging... [More]
Directed By: Janicza Bravo

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 94172%
Critics Consensus: Let the Sunshine In pairs a powerful performance from Juliette Binoche with a layered drama that presents director Claire Denis at her most assured.
Synopsis: Isabelle, a Parisian artist and divorced mother, is looking for love.... [More]
Directed By: Claire Denis

#11

Military Wives (2019)
77%

#11
Adjusted Score: 85023%
Critics Consensus: Like a favorite song you know by heart, Military Wives offers few surprises -- but its pleasures are no less formidable for their familiarity.
Synopsis: Faced with their loved ones serving in Afghanistan, women from different backgrounds come together to form the very first military... [More]
Directed By: Peter Cattaneo

#10

Mister America (2019)
66%

#10
Adjusted Score: 65901%
Critics Consensus: Mister America misses a number of its targets, but fans of Tim Heidecker's unique brand of comedy will find moments worth savoring in this dry political satire.
Synopsis: Despite being completely inexperienced and broke and having just defeated a murder charge, a man mounts a campaign to unseat... [More]
Directed By: Eric Notarnicola

#9

Non-Fiction (2018)
87%

#9
Adjusted Score: 94761%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and sharply written, Non-Fiction finds writer-director Olivier Assayas working in a comedic vein that channels classic forebears while remaining utterly fresh.
Synopsis: Alain is in his 40s and runs a famous publishing house which publishes novels by his friend Léonard, a bohemian... [More]
Directed By: Olivier Assayas

#8

The Oath (2018)
62%

#8
Adjusted Score: 65901%
Critics Consensus: The Oath draws on hyper-partisan modern politics for a pointedly funny satire that hits its targets hard and often enough to more than achieve its desired discomfort.
Synopsis: When Chris, a high-strung news junkie, and his more levelheaded wife learn that citizens are being asked to sign a... [More]
Directed By: Ike Barinholtz

#7

Oh Lucy! (2017)
98%

#7
Adjusted Score: 100591%
Critics Consensus: Oh Lucy! roots its narrative quirks in universal themes and deep empathy for its characters, all brought to life by strong performances from a talented cast led by the thoroughly charming Shinobu Terajima.
Synopsis: A lonely woman in Tokyo discovers her alter ego when she takes an English class.... [More]
Directed By: Atsuko Hirayanagi

#6

The Overnight (2015)
82%

#6
Adjusted Score: 87081%
Critics Consensus: Witty and unpredictable, The Overnight benefits from writer-director Patrick Brice's sure-handed touch and strong performances from a talented cast.
Synopsis: A seemingly innocent invitation to dinner turns into a night of seduction and temptation when two couples get together for... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Brice

#6

Practical Magic (1998)
21%

#6
Adjusted Score: 26079%
Critics Consensus: Practical Magic's jarring tonal shifts sink what little potential its offbeat story may have -- though Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock's chemistry makes a strong argument for future collaborations.
Synopsis: Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian Owens (Nicole Kidman), born into a magical family, have mostly avoided witchcraft themselves. But when... [More]
Directed By: Griffin Dunne

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 98337%
Critics Consensus: The Sisters Brothers rides familiar genre trails in occasionally unexpected ways - a satisfying journey further elevated by its well-matched leading men.
Synopsis: It's 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Audiard

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 100005%
Critics Consensus: Support the Girls handles serious themes with wit and humor, and provides a strong showcase for Regina Hall and a talented ensemble cast.
Synopsis: Lisa is the general manager of Double Whammies, a sports bar that features skimpily dressed waitresses. Always nurturing and protective... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Bujalski

#2

Tangerine (2015)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: 102162%
Critics Consensus: Tangerine shatters casting conventions and its filmmaking techniques are up-to-the-minute, but it's an old-fashioned comedy at heart -- and a pretty wonderful one at that.
Synopsis: After hearing that her boyfriend/pimp cheated on her while she was in jail, a hooker and her best friend set... [More]
Directed By: Sean Baker

#1

Top End Wedding (2019)
90%

#1
Adjusted Score: 90882%
Critics Consensus: Familiar in form but winsome in its execution, Top End Wedding takes audiences on a romantic road trip with an appealing view.
Synopsis: Lauren and Ned have 10 days to find Lauren's mother, who has gone AWOL in the remote far north of... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Blair


Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

#9

Before We Vanish (2017)
80%

#9
Adjusted Score: 82205%
Critics Consensus: Before We Vanish finds Kiyoshi Kurosawa working within well-established genre guidelines to take a poignant, surprisingly sincere look at the human condition.
Synopsis: Three aliens travel to Earth on a mission in preparation for a mass invasion. Having taken possession of human bodies,... [More]
Directed By: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

#8

Demolition Man (1993)
60%

#8
Adjusted Score: 60902%
Critics Consensus: A better-than-average sci-fi shoot-em-up with a satirical undercurrent, Demolition Man is bolstered by strong performances by Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, and Sandra Bullock.
Synopsis: With innocent victims caught in the crossfire in Los Angeles' intensifying war on crime, both cop John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone)... [More]
Directed By: Marco Brambilla

#7

Fast Color (2018)
81%

#7
Adjusted Score: 85635%
Critics Consensus: A grounded superhero story with more on its mind than punching bad guys, Fast Color leaps over uneven execution with a singular Gugu Mbatha-Raw performance.
Synopsis: Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman who has supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers are... [More]
Directed By: Julia Hart

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 111945%
Critics Consensus: Fearlessly ambitious, scathingly funny, and thoroughly original, Sorry to Bother You loudly heralds the arrival of a fresh filmmaking talent in writer-director Boots Riley.
Synopsis: In an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, Calif., telemarketer Cassius Green finds himself in a macabre universe after he discovers... [More]
Directed By: Boots Riley

#1

The Villainess (2017)
85%

#1
Adjusted Score: 90812%
Critics Consensus: The Villainess offers enough pure kinetic thrills to satisfy genre enthusiasts -- and carve out a bloody niche for itself in modern Korean action cinema.
Synopsis: Honed from childhood to be an elite assassin, Sook-hee embarks on a rampage of violence and revenge to finally earn... [More]
Directed By: Jeong Byeong-gil


Dramas and Mysteries

#24

The Assistant (2019)
92%

#24
Adjusted Score: 108439%
Critics Consensus: Led by a powerhouse performance from Julia Garner, The Assistant offers a withering critique of workplace harassment and systemic oppression.
Synopsis: Jane, a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, just landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a... [More]
Directed By: Kitty Green

#24

A Taxi Driver (2017)
96%

#24
Adjusted Score: 97193%
Critics Consensus: A Taxi Driver brings a ground-level perspective and a refreshingly light touch to a fact-based story with sobering implications.
Synopsis: In 1980, a foreign journalist hires a down-on-his-luck taxi driver to take him to Gwangju, South Korea. They soon arrive... [More]
Directed By: Jang Hoon

#23

Beach Rats (2017)
85%

#23
Adjusted Score: 91302%
Critics Consensus: Empathetic and powerfully acted, Beach Rats takes a clear-eyed yet dreamlike look at a young man's adolescent turmoil.
Synopsis: An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn is having a miserable summer. With his father on his deathbed... [More]
Directed By: Eliza Hittman

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 105658%
Critics Consensus: Moving without resorting to melodrama, BPM offers an engrossing look at a pivotal period in history that lingers long after the closing credits roll.
Synopsis: Nathan is a young man who joins an AIDS activist group in 1990s Paris. As he attends the weekly meetings,... [More]
Directed By: Robin Campillo

#21

Christine (2016)
88%

#21
Adjusted Score: 97025%
Critics Consensus: Rising on the strength of Rebecca Hall's gripping performance, Christine offers an empathetic look at its subject's public career and painful private life.
Synopsis: In Sarasota, Fla., circa 1974, an ambitious, 29-year-old reporter is relentlessly motivated to succeed. She knows she has talent, but... [More]
Directed By: Antonio Campos

#19

Destroyer (2018)
74%

#19
Adjusted Score: 89693%
Critics Consensus: Destroyer's grueling narrative is as uncompromising as Nicole Kidman's central performance, which adds extra layers to a challenging film that leaves a lingering impact.
Synopsis: As a young cop, Erin Bell went under cover to infiltrate a gang in the California desert -- with tragic... [More]
Directed By: Karyn Kusama

#19

Detroit (2017)
82%

#19
Adjusted Score: 104880%
Critics Consensus: Detroit delivers a gut-wrenching -- and essential -- dramatization of a tragic chapter from America's past that draws distressing parallels to the present.
Synopsis: In the summer of 1967, rioting and civil unrest starts to tear apart the city of Detroit. Two days later,... [More]
Directed By: Kathryn Bigelow

#18

Diane (2018)
93%

#18
Adjusted Score: 97355%
Critics Consensus: A small-scale drama rich with meaning, Diane offers audiences an uncommonly empathetic and wise look at life -- and stellar work from Mary Kay Place in the title role.
Synopsis: For Diane, everyone else comes first. Generous but with little patience for self-pity, she spends her days checking in on... [More]
Directed By: Kent Jones

#24

Force majeure (2014)
94%

#24
Adjusted Score: 99241%
Critics Consensus: Gleefully uncomfortable, Force Majeure is a relationship drama that's hard to watch -- and just as difficult to ignore.
Synopsis: A man's selfish reaction to the danger posed by an avalanche causes cracks in his marriage and relationships with his... [More]
Directed By: Ruben Östlund

#17

Gemini (2017)
71%

#17
Adjusted Score: 74066%
Critics Consensus: A kaleidoscopic neo-noir, Gemini is a visually striking murder mystery with a convoluted but largely compelling plot and an impressive showing from Lola Kirke.
Synopsis: A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a Hollywood starlet and her tenacious personal assistant. As the assistant unravels... [More]
Directed By: Aaron Katz

#16

The Guilty (2018)
98%

#16
Adjusted Score: 103696%
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: Alarm dispatcher and former police officer Asger Holm answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is... [More]
Directed By: Gustav Möller

#1

Killer Joe (2011)
80%

#1
Adjusted Score: 86086%
Critics Consensus: Violent, darkly comic, and full of strong performances, Killer Joe proves William Friedkin hasn't lost his touch, even if the plot may be too lurid for some.
Synopsis: A cop (Matthew McConaughey) who moonlights as a hit man agrees to kill the hated mother of a desperate drug... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin

#1

Loro (2018)
79%

#1
Adjusted Score: 81915%
Critics Consensus: Loro uses the larger-than-life exploits of an infamous public figure to present a messily compelling snapshot of how power attracts -- and corrupts.
Synopsis: A wheeler-dealer weasels his way into the inner circle of Silvio Berlusconi, a wealthy and controversial Italian politician.... [More]
Directed By: Paolo Sorrentino

#15

Love & Mercy (2014)
89%

#15
Adjusted Score: 97743%
Critics Consensus: As unconventional and unwieldy as the life and legacy it honors, Love & Mercy should prove moving for Brian Wilson fans while still satisfying neophytes.
Synopsis: In the late 1960s, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson stops touring, produces "Pet Sounds" and begins to lose his grip... [More]
Directed By: Bill Pohlad

#14

Luce (2019)
90%

#14
Adjusted Score: 99617%
Critics Consensus: Luce brings a stellar ensemble to bear on a satisfyingly complex story that addresses its timely themes in thought-provoking fashion.
Synopsis: A liberal-minded couple are forced to reconsider their image of their adopted son after he writes a disturbing essay for... [More]
Directed By: Julius Onah

#13

Margin Call (2011)
87%

#13
Adjusted Score: 93400%
Critics Consensus: Smart, tightly wound, and solidly acted, Margin Call turns the convoluted financial meltdown of '08 into gripping, thought-provoking drama.
Synopsis: When an analyst uncovers information that could ruin them all, the key players (Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany) at an investment... [More]
Directed By: J.C. Chandor

#13

Meek's Cutoff (2010)
86%

#13
Adjusted Score: 90592%
Critics Consensus: Moving at a contemplative speed unseen in most westerns, Meek's Cutoff is an effective, intense journey of terror and survival in the untamed frontier.
Synopsis: During the 1840s, six settlers and their guide are caught in a dangerous situation: They are lost, food and water... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

#12

Monsters and Men (2018)
84%

#12
Adjusted Score: 87241%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and visually stylish, Monsters and Men tells its timely story with enough compassion and complexity to make up for occasionally uneven execution.
Synopsis: Tensions rise when a young man records a police officer shooting a black motorist in a Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood.... [More]
Directed By: Reinaldo Marcus Green

#11

Mother (2009)
96%

#11
Adjusted Score: 98997%
Critics Consensus: As fleshy as it is funny, Bong Joon-Ho's Mother straddles family drama, horror and comedy with a deft grasp of tone and plenty of eerie visuals.
Synopsis: A widow (Kim Hye-ja) resides with her mentally challenged son (Won-bin) in a small South Korean town, where she scrapes... [More]
Directed By: Bong Joon-ho

#10

Naz & Maalik (2015)
80%

#10
Adjusted Score: 80328%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two closeted Muslim teens living in Brooklyn struggle to come clean about their sexuality.... [More]
Directed By: Jay Dockendorf

#9

The Nightingale (2018)
86%

#9
Adjusted Score: 99789%
Critics Consensus: The Nightingale definitely isn't for all tastes, but writer-director Jennifer Kent taps into a rich vein of palpable rage to tell a war story that leaves a bruising impact.
Synopsis: Clare, a young Irish convict, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness and is bent on revenge for... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Kent

#8

Pawn Sacrifice (2014)
71%

#8
Adjusted Score: 75321%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by a sensitive performance from Tobey Maguire, Pawn Sacrifice adds another solidly gripping drama to the list of films inspired by chess wiz Bobby Fischer.
Synopsis: American chess legend Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Soviet Grandmaster Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) enthrall the world with their intense... [More]
Directed By: Edward Zwick

#7

Premature (2019)
93%

#7
Adjusted Score: 95214%
Critics Consensus: Premature transcends its familiar trappings with sharp dialogue and a strong sense of setting that further establish Rashaad Ernesto Green as a gifted filmmaker.
Synopsis: On a summer night in Harlem during her last months at home before starting college, 17-year-old poet Ayanna begins a... [More]
Directed By: Rashaad Ernesto Green

#7
Adjusted Score: 99174%
Critics Consensus: Professor Marston & The Wonder Women winds a lasso of cinematic truth around a fascinating fact-based tale with strong performances from its three stars.
Synopsis: If behind every great man is a great woman, then Harvard psychologist and inventor Dr. William Moulton Marston has the... [More]
Directed By: Angela Robinson

#7

Shirley (2020)
87%

#7
Adjusted Score: 103557%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by outstanding work from Elisabeth Moss, Shirley pays tribute to its subject's pioneering legacy with a biopic that ignores the commonly accepted boundaries of the form.
Synopsis: A famous horror writer finds inspiration for her next book after she and her husband take in a young couple.... [More]
Directed By: Josephine Decker

#7

Shoplifters (2018)
99%

#7
Adjusted Score: 112559%
Critics Consensus: Understated yet ultimately deeply affecting, Shoplifters adds another powerful chapter to director Hirokazu Koreeda's richly humanistic filmography.
Synopsis: On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders is united by fierce loyalty and a penchant for petty... [More]
Directed By: Kore-Eda Hirokazu

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 66818%
Critics Consensus: The Sound of Silence occasionally struggles to control its tone and convey its message, but it benefits from compelling performances and intriguing ideas.
Synopsis: There are a symphony of almost undetectable sounds that make up a moment of silence, and Peter Lucian (Peter Sarsgaard)... [More]
Directed By: Michael Tyburski

#3

Tom of Finland (2017)
83%

#3
Adjusted Score: 86483%
Critics Consensus: Tom of Finland honors its subject with an empathetic, even-handed, and above all entertaining look at the pioneering art he produced from private turmoil.
Synopsis: Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen becomes famous for his homoerotic works.... [More]
Directed By: Dome Karukoski

#2

Vox Lux (2018)
62%

#2
Adjusted Score: 76163%
Critics Consensus: Intriguing albeit flawed, Vox Lux probes the allures and pitfalls of modern celebrity with intelligence, visual style, and an assured Natalie Portman performance.
Synopsis: Celeste is a 13-year-old music prodigy who survives a horrific school shooting in Staten Island, N.Y., in 1999. Her talent... [More]
Directed By: Brady Corbet

#1

Wild Rose (2018)
92%

#1
Adjusted Score: 103716%
Critics Consensus: There's no shortage of star-is-born stories, but Wild Rose proves they can still be thoroughly entertaining -- and marks its own transcendent moment for lead Jessie Buckley.
Synopsis: Fresh out of prison, a Scottish woman juggles her job and two children while pursuing her dream of becoming a... [More]
Directed By: Tom Harper


Documentaries

#15

Amazing Grace (2018)
99%

#15
Adjusted Score: 108261%
Critics Consensus: Brilliantly capturing a remarkable performer near the peak of her prodigious power, Amazing Grace is a thrilling must-watch documentary for Aretha Franklin fans.
Synopsis: Singer Aretha Franklin performs gospel songs at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972.... [More]
Starring: Aretha Franklin
Directed By: Alan Elliott

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 96553%
Critics Consensus: Uplifting, educational, and entertaining, The Biggest Little Farm is an environmental advocacy documentary with a satisfying side dish of hope for the future.
Synopsis: A couple are followed through their successes and failures as they work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres... [More]
Directed By: John Chester

#13

The Cave (2019)
97%

#13
Adjusted Score: 99655%
Critics Consensus: A hard-hitting documentary with imagery as powerful as its message, The Cave poses heartbreakingly urgent questions -- and leaves them for the viewer to answer.
Synopsis: A look at the daily life of female Syrian doctors during Syrian war.... [More]
Directed By: Feras Fayyad

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 85522%
Critics Consensus: As an investigation into a real-life tragedy, Cold Case Hammarskjöld might struggle with discipline -- but it remains an intriguing, entertaining jumble of ideas.
Synopsis: Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Bjorkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld.... [More]
Starring: Mads Brügger
Directed By: Mads Brügger

#11

Dina (2017)
98%

#11
Adjusted Score: 100720%
Critics Consensus: Dina presents a clear-eyed and uncommonly detailed view of one couple's relationship, offering insights as broadly illuminating as they are compassionate.
Synopsis: Dina is an eccentric and outspoken woman who invites her fiance, Scott, to move in with her. The couple face... [More]

#10

Jawline (2019)
96%

#10
Adjusted Score: 96835%
Critics Consensus: Jawline uses one man's bid for online stardom to offer a compassionate, clear-eyed view of the risks and seductive allure of social media.
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the world of digital celebrities, builds his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen... [More]
Directed By: Liza Mandelup

#9

Life, Animated (2016)
94%

#9
Adjusted Score: 100835%
Critics Consensus: Life, Animated offers a heartwarming look at one family's journey, and a fascinating message that's more than enough to outweigh its unanswered questions.
Synopsis: "The Little Mermaid," "The Lion King" and other animated Disney movies help a young autistic man to develop reading, writing... [More]
Directed By: Roger Ross Williams

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 89043%
Critics Consensus: Meeting Gorbachev plays to filmmaker Werner Herzog's endlessly inquisitive strengths -- and reveals the fascinating story of a pivotal political figure.
Synopsis: Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, sits down with filmmaker Werner Herzog to discuss his many achievements. Topics... [More]

#7

Minding the Gap (2018)
100%

#7
Adjusted Score: 106887%
Critics Consensus: Minding the Gap draws on more than a decade of documentary footage to assemble a poignant picture of young American lives that resonates far beyond its onscreen subjects.
Synopsis: Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected... [More]
Starring: Bing Liu
Directed By: Bing Liu

#6
Adjusted Score: 96799%
Critics Consensus: As sharp, funny, and scathingly irreverent as its subject, Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins pays entertaining tribute to a brilliant writer.
Synopsis: The life and work of Molly Ivins, a political journalist from Texas, best-selling author, and Bill of Rights warrior.... [More]
Directed By: Janice Engel

#5

Sea of Shadows (2019)
94%

#5
Adjusted Score: 94032%
Critics Consensus: An environmental advocacy documentary with the suspense of a thriller, Sea of Shadows exposes lawlessness on the high seas -- and promotes efforts to thwart it.
Synopsis: The world's smallest whales near extinction as Mexican cartels and the Chinese mafia destroy their habitat.... [More]

#4

Spaceship Earth (2020)
88%

#4
Adjusted Score: 94285%
Critics Consensus: Spaceship Earth achieves liftoff as an engaging behind-the-scenes record of an audacious experiment -- and settles into orbit as poignant proof of the power of a shared dream.
Synopsis: In 1991 eight visionaries embark on a two-year experiment to quarantine themselves inside Biosphere 2 -- a self-engineered replica of... [More]
Directed By: Matt Wolf

#3
Adjusted Score: 106930%
Critics Consensus: Surreal and surprising, Three Identical Strangers effectively questions the nature of reality and identity.
Synopsis: Identical triplets become separated at birth and adopted by three different families. Years later, their amazing reunion becomes a global... [More]
Directed By: Tim Wardle

#3
Adjusted Score: 102615%
Critics Consensus: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am honors its acclaimed subject with a comprehensive, illuminating, and fittingly profound overview of her life and work.
Synopsis: Author Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, history, America and... [More]

#2

Whose Streets? (2017)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 102814%
Critics Consensus: Whose Streets? takes a close-up look at the civil unrest that erupted after a shocking act of violence in Ferguson, Missouri - and the decades of simmering tension leading up to it.
Synopsis: An account of the Ferguson uprising as told by the people who lived it. The filmmakers look at how the... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Sabaah Folayan

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 72294%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Mysterious videos appear on the internet of a clown who likes to scare misbehaving children in Florida.... [More]
Starring: D.B. Lambert


Horror and Fantasy

#18

Border (2018)
97%

#18
Adjusted Score: 103521%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling, unpredictable, and brilliantly acted, Border (Gräns) offers a singular treat to genre fans looking for something different.
Synopsis: Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It's almost as if she can sniff out the... [More]
Directed By: Ali Abbasi

#18

Buried (2010)
87%

#18
Adjusted Score: 91649%
Critics Consensus: Wringing a seemingly impossible amount of gripping drama out of its claustrophobic premise, Buried is a nerve-wracking showcase for Ryan Reynolds' talent.
Synopsis: A civilian truck driver in Iraq, Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) falls victim to a band of insurgents. An unknown length... [More]
Directed By: Rodrigo Cortés
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#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 79437%
Critics Consensus: The Clovehitch Killer patiently dials up the tension with a story that makes up for a lack of surprises with strong performances and a chilling wit.
Synopsis: After Tyler finds a cache of disturbing images in his father's possession, he begins to suspect that the man he... [More]
Directed By: Duncan Skiles

#16

Ghost Stories (2017)
85%

#16
Adjusted Score: 91401%
Critics Consensus: Ghost Stories offers a well-crafted, skillfully told horror anthology that cleverly toys with genre tropes while adding a few devilishly frightful twists.
Synopsis: Professor Phillip Goodman devotes his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans. His skepticism soon gets put to... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman

#15

Hounds of Love (2016)
88%

#15
Adjusted Score: 94831%
Critics Consensus: Smartly constructed and powerfully acted, Hounds of Love satisfies as a psychological thriller with a few nasty surprises -- and marks writer-director Ben Young as a promising talent.
Synopsis: In 1987, murderous couple John and Evelyn roam the streets of Perth, Australia, searching for their latest victim. Fate leads... [More]
Directed By: Ben Young

#14

Knives and Skin (2019)
69%

#14
Adjusted Score: 71849%
Critics Consensus: Knives and Skin's daunting ambitions occasionally elude its grasp, but this remains a powerfully written and uniquely timely coming-of-age thriller.
Synopsis: In the wake of a high school student's mysterious disappearance, a collective awakening seems to overcome the town's teenage girls... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Reeder

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 79107%
Critics Consensus: The Limehouse Golem offers old-school Hammer-style horror anchored by rich period detail and strong work from a solid cast.
Synopsis: Victorian London is gripped with fear as a serial killer is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in... [More]
Directed By: Juan Carlos Medina

#12

Little Joe (2019)
67%

#12
Adjusted Score: 73060%
Critics Consensus: Little Joe's unorthodox approach may baffle horror fans lured in by its premise -- but like its title character, the end result exerts a creepy thrall.
Synopsis: A plant created via genetic engineering appears to produce curious changes in the people and animals it comes into contact... [More]
Directed By: Jessica Hausner

#11

Little Monsters (2019)
79%

#11
Adjusted Score: 86585%
Critics Consensus: Led by typically outstanding work from Lupita Nyong'o, Little Monsters is a horror/rom-com hybrid that proves the zombie genre still has fresh brains to savor.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Abe Forsythe

#10

The Lodge (2019)
74%

#10
Adjusted Score: 85016%
Critics Consensus: Led by an impressive Riley Keough performance, The Lodge should prove a suitably unsettling destination for fans of darkly atmospheric horror.
Synopsis: During a family retreat to a remote winter cabin over the holidays, the father is forced to abruptly depart for... [More]

#9

Lords of Chaos (2018)
72%

#9
Adjusted Score: 75981%
Critics Consensus: Lords of Chaos presents a grimly compelling dramatization of a real-life music scene whose aggressively nihilistic aesthetic spilled over into fatal acts of violence.
Synopsis: In 1987 Oslo, 17-year-old Euronymous becomes fixated on creating "true Norwegian black metal" with his band Mayhem. He mounts shocking... [More]
Directed By: Jonas Akerlund

#8

Mom and Dad (2017)
75%

#8
Adjusted Score: 82850%
Critics Consensus: Mom and Dad's gonzo premise serves as an effective springboard for a wickedly dark, bloody comedy - and an appropriately over-the-top performance from Nicolas Cage.
Synopsis: A teenage girl and her little brother try to survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of... [More]
Directed By: Brian Taylor

#7

Pyewacket (2017)
83%

#7
Adjusted Score: 83245%
Critics Consensus: Pyewacket builds its atmospheric, patiently encroaching chills on a well-told story concerned more with emotional trauma than supernatural threats.
Synopsis: A frustrated, angst-ridden teenage girl awakens something in the woods when she naively performs an occult ritual to evoke a... [More]
Directed By: Adam MacDonald

#6
Adjusted Score: 92561%
Critics Consensus: Rare Exports is an unexpectedly delightful crossbreed of deadpan comedy and Christmas horror.
Synopsis: A young boy named Pietari (Onni Tommila) and his friend Juuso (Ilmari Järvenpää) think a secret mountain drilling project near... [More]
Directed By: Jalmari Helander

#5

Southbound (2015)
81%

#5
Adjusted Score: 83506%
Critics Consensus: Southbound doesn't entirely avoid the jarring shifts common to anthology films, but thanks to some thrilling twists and turns, this horror road movie is a surprisingly smooth ride.
Synopsis: Interlocking tales of highway terror revolve around malevolent spirits at a truck stop, a mysterious traveler, a car accident and... [More]

#5

Stir of Echoes (1999)
68%

#5
Adjusted Score: 71392%
Critics Consensus: Kevin Bacon's acting is so genuine that it's creepy and director David Keopp knows how to create true suspense.
Synopsis: Blue-collar family man Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) scoffs at supernatural phenomena -- until he lets his wife's sister, Lisa (Illeana... [More]
Directed By: David Koepp

#4

Thelma (2017)
92%

#4
Adjusted Score: 102749%
Critics Consensus: Thelma plays with genre tropes in unexpected ways, delivering a thoughtfully twisty supernatural thriller with a lingering impact.
Synopsis: A college student starts to experience extreme seizures while studying at a university in Oslo, Norway. She soon learns that... [More]
Directed By: Joachim Trier

#3

Tragedy Girls (2017)
83%

#3
Adjusted Score: 86618%
Critics Consensus: Tragedy Girls injects familiar teen tropes with just enough up-to-the-minute commentary -- and pitch-black humor -- to work as an irreverently entertaining diversion.
Synopsis: Teenage crime reporters Sadie and McKayla are hot on the trail of a crazed serial killer. After capturing the maniac... [More]
Directed By: Tyler MacIntyre

#2

Villains (2019)
85%

#2
Adjusted Score: 88392%
Critics Consensus: Led by a quartet of strong performances, Villains offers genre fans a delightfully dark thriller with a sharp comic streak.
Synopsis: Amateur criminals stumble upon a dark secret in a sadistic couple's home.... [More]
Directed By: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 73022%
Critics Consensus: We Are What We Are is elevated horror that combines family drama and social politics, with plenty of gore on top.
Synopsis: When his father dies unexpectedly, Alfredo (Francisco Barreiro) must step up and become the man of the house, providing for... [More]
Directed By: Jorge Michel Grau


Family

#9

Abominable (2019)
82%

#9
Adjusted Score: 91076%
Critics Consensus: Working with admittedly familiar ingredients, Abominable offers audiences a beautifully animated and overall engaging adventure that the whole family can enjoy.
Synopsis: After discovering a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, teenage Yi and her two friends embark on an... [More]
Directed By: Jill Culton

#9

Chicken Run (2000)
97%

#9
Adjusted Score: 103658%
Critics Consensus: Chicken Run has all the charm of Nick Park's Wallace & Gromit, and something for everybody. The voice acting is fabulous, the slapstick is brilliant, and the action sequences are spectacular.
Synopsis: This engaging stop-motion, claymation adventure tells the story of an American rooster who falls in love with a gorgeous hen... [More]
Directed By: Peter Lord, Nick Park

#8

Curious George (2006)
70%

#8
Adjusted Score: 74083%
Critics Consensus: Curious George is a bright, sweet, faithful adaptation of the beloved children's books.
Synopsis: In this animated film, explorer Ted (Will Ferrell) journeys to Africa hoping to recover an important artifact for his friend... [More]
Directed By: Matthew O'Callaghan

#8
Adjusted Score: 93158%
Critics Consensus: Led by a winning performance from Isabela Moner, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a family-friendly adventure that retains its source material's youthful spirit.
Synopsis: Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle, nothing could prepare Dora for her most dangerous adventure yet --... [More]
Directed By: James Bobin

#8

The Mask (1994)
79%

#8
Adjusted Score: 82234%
Critics Consensus: It misses perhaps as often as it hits, but Jim Carrey's manic bombast, Cameron Diaz' blowsy appeal, and the film's overall cartoony bombast keep The Mask afloat.
Synopsis: When timid bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) discovers a magical mask containing the spirit of the Norse god Loki,... [More]
Directed By: Charles Russell

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 83754%
Critics Consensus: The Prince of Egypt's stunning visuals and first-rate voice cast more than compensate for the fact that it's better crafted than it is emotionally involving.
Synopsis: In this animated retelling of the Book of Exodus, Egyptian Prince Moses (Val Kilmer), upon discovering his roots as a... [More]

#3

Rango (2011)
88%

#3
Adjusted Score: 95551%
Critics Consensus: Rango is a smart, giddily creative burst of beautifully animated entertainment, and Johnny Depp gives a colorful vocal performance as a household pet in an unfamiliar world.
Synopsis: A chameleon (Johnny Depp) who has lived as a sheltered family pet finds himself in the grip of an identity... [More]
Directed By: Gore Verbinski

#1
Adjusted Score: 72811%
Critics Consensus: A visually stunning film that may be too predictable and politically correct for adults, but should serve children well.
Synopsis: Follows the adventures of a wild and rambunctious mustang stallion as he journeys through the untamed American frontier. Encountering man... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook


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