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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, including Kingpin and Universal Soldier – 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: 90.722%
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 he's attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a... [More]
Directed By: Riley Stearns

#20

The Beach Bum (2019)
56%

#20
Adjusted Score: 60.72%
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: THE BEACH BUM follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his... [More]
Directed By: Harmony Korine

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 65.189%
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 (Zosia Mamet) moves back to New York City after a few years abroad and finds the perfect Brooklyn apartment... [More]
Directed By: Sophie Brooks

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 68.242%
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: Christopher Morris

#17

Greener Grass (2019)
81%

#17
Adjusted Score: 83.194%
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: In a day-glo-colored, bizarro version of suburbia where adults wear braces on their already-straight teeth, everyone drives golf carts, and... [More]

#16

Hearts Beat Loud (2018)
92%

#16
Adjusted Score: 98.22%
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: Widower and aging Brooklyn hipster Frank starts a band with his teenage daughter Sam just before she leaves home to... [More]
Directed By: Brett Haley

#15

Juliet, Naked (2018)
83%

#15
Adjusted Score: 89.592%
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 (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O'Dowd) -- an obsessive fan of obscure rocker... [More]
Directed By: Jesse Peretz

#14

Kingpin (1996)
50%

#14
Adjusted Score: 51.571%
Critics Consensus: Kingpin has its moments, but they're often offset by an eagerness to descend into vulgar mean-spiritedness.
Synopsis: In the '70s, Roy Munsen (Woody Harrelson) was a bowling phenomenon. He was none too sharp about picking friends, though,... [More]

#13

Lemon (2017)
56%

#13
Adjusted Score: 57.056%
Critics Consensus: Lemon succeeds in its aim as a tart satire, but audiences may find this foray into abrasiveness too sour to swallow.
Synopsis: Isaac Lachmann has seen better days. His acting career is tanking, while his colleagues succeed; his blind girlfriend of 10... [More]
Directed By: Janicza Bravo

#12
Adjusted Score: 91.521%
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: Juliette Binoche delivers a luminous performance in the deliciously witty, sensuously romantic new film from acclaimed director Claire Denis (White... [More]
Directed By: Claire Denis

#11

Military Wives (2020)
76%

#11
Adjusted Score: 80.683%
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: Military Wives centers on a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with... [More]
Directed By: Peter Cattaneo

#10

Mister America (2019)
66%

#10
Adjusted Score: 66.382%
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: A freshman filmmaker follows Tim Heidecker during the final month of his campaign for district attorney. What begins as a... [More]
Directed By: Eric Notarnicola

#9
Adjusted Score: 92.959%
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: Juliette Binoche and Guillame Canet reunite with acclaimed director Olivier Assayas for this wry, slyly seductive tale of sex, lies,... [More]
Directed By: Olivier Assayas

#8

The Oath (2018)
64%

#8
Adjusted Score: 67.099%
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: A controversial White House policy turns family member against family member in THE OATH, a savagely funny dark comedy about... [More]
Directed By: Ike Barinholtz

#7

Oh Lucy! (2018)
98%

#7
Adjusted Score: 99.422%
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: Setsuko is a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she's... [More]
Directed By: Atsuko Hirayanagi

#6

The Overnight (2015)
83%

#6
Adjusted Score: 87.457%
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: Alex (Adam Scott), Emily (Taylor Schilling), and their son, RJ, have recently moved to​ ​Los Angeles' Eastside from Seattle. Feeling... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Brice

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 95.409%
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: From acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet), and based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, THE SISTERS... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Audiard

#4

Super (2011)
49%

#4
Adjusted Score: 52.314%
Critics Consensus: Super's intriguing premise and talented cast are drowned in a blood-red sea of graphic violence, jarring tonal shifts, and thinly written characters.
Synopsis: In the outlandish dark comedy SUPER, James Gunn has created what is perhaps the definitive take on self-reflexive superheroes. When... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn (II)

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 97.126%
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 Conroy is the last person you'd expect to find in a highway-side "sports bar with curves,"-- but as general... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Bujalski

#2

Tangerine (2015)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: 101.506%
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: A working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart. (C) Magnolia... [More]
Directed By: Sean Baker (II)

#1

Top End Wedding (2019)
89%

#1
Adjusted Score: 89.764%
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: Engaged and in love Lauren and Ned have just 10 days to reunite her newly separated parents and pull off... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Blair


Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

#9
Adjusted Score: 81.282%
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: In his twentieth film, acclaimed horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa reinvents the alien movie as a unique and profoundly human tale... [More]
Directed By: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

#9

The Commuter (2018)
56%

#9
Adjusted Score: 64.735%
Critics Consensus: The Commuter's cast is better than its workmanlike script - which helps make this reasonably diverting Liam Neeson action thriller worth the price of a matinee ticket or rental, if not a full-price ticket.
Synopsis: In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson is Michael, an insurance salesman, whose daily commute home quickly becomes anything but routine.... [More]
Directed By: Jaume Collet-Serra

#8

Demolition Man (1993)
60%

#8
Adjusted Score: 62.858%
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: The plot of this action film begins in 1996, with Los Angeles in a violence-crazed conflagration. One of the LAPD's... [More]
Directed By: Marco Brambilla

#7

Fast Color (2019)
81%

#7
Adjusted Score: 84.052%
Critics Consensus: A grounded superhero story with more on its mind than punching bad guys, Fast Color leaps over uneven execution with a single Gugu Mbatha-Raw performance.
Synopsis: Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) with supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers... [More]
Directed By: Julia Hart

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 51.137%
Critics Consensus: The sense of romantic spark has waned and the prevalence of stereotypes has grown in Jewel of the Nile, although there is still plenty of swooning action for fans of the first adventure.
Synopsis: The Jewel of the Nile takes up where Romancing the Stone left off, with romance novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner)... [More]
Directed By: Lewis Teague

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 87.68%
Critics Consensus: Romancing the Stone reaches back to the classic Saturday morning serials of old with an action-filled adventure enlivened by the sparkling chemistry between its well-matched leads.
Synopsis: In this film, adventure writer Kathleen Turner learns that her sister is being held prisoner by evil art dealers in... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 105.927%
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 present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success,... [More]
Directed By: Boots Riley

#3

Tank Girl (1995)
41%

#3
Adjusted Score: 43.145%
Critics Consensus: While unconventional, Tank Girl isn't particularly clever or engaging, and none of the script's copious one-liners have any real zing.
Synopsis: This wild, futuristic action-fantasy is set in the year 2033 where drought and pollution have turned the Earth into a... [More]
Directed By: Rachel Talalay

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 32.775%
Critics Consensus: Universal Soldier unites a pair of veteran action stars behind a potentially intriguing premise, but on this battlefield, entertainment value is largely AWOL.
Synopsis: Two rival soldiers are transformed into powerful killer cyborgs as part of a secret government experiment in this sci-fi action... [More]
Directed By: Roland Emmerich

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 87.884%
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: Since she was a little girl, Sook-hee was raised to be a deadly assassin. She gladly accepts the chance to... [More]
Directed By: Jung Byung-gil


Dramas and Mysteries

#24

A Taxi Driver (2017)
96%

#24
Adjusted Score: 96.188%
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 this powerful true story set in 1980, a down-on-his-luck taxi driver from Seoul is hired by a foreign journalist... [More]
Directed By: Hun Jang

#23

Beach Rats (2017)
86%

#23
Adjusted Score: 89.752%
Critics Consensus: Empathetic and powerfully acted, Beach Rats takes a clear-eyed yet dreamlike look at a young man's adolescent turmoil.
Synopsis: On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a... [More]
Directed By: Eliza Hittman

#22
Adjusted Score: 102.94%
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: In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on... [More]
Directed By: Robin Campillo

#21

Christine (2016)
88%

#21
Adjusted Score: 92.281%
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: Rebecca Hall stars in director Antonio Campos' third feature film, CHRISTINE, the story of a woman who finds herself caught... [More]
Directed By: Antonio Campos

#20

Dans Paris (2007)
60%

#20
Adjusted Score: 61.022%
Critics Consensus: Director Christophe Honore updates the pretensions and the charms of the French New Wave for Dans Paris, his poignant yet frustratingly dense film.
Synopsis: French sex symbols Romain Duris and Louis Garrel join screen icons Guy Marchand and Marie-France Pisier in writer-director Christophe Honoré's... [More]
Directed By: Christophe Honoré

#19

Destroyer (2018)
74%

#19
Adjusted Score: 85.25%
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: Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover... [More]
Directed By: Karyn Kusama

#18

Diane (2019)
92%

#18
Adjusted Score: 95.385%
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 (Mary Kay Place), everyone else comes first. Generous but with little patience for self-pity, she spends her days... [More]
Directed By: Kent Jones

#17

Gemini (2018)
72%

#17
Adjusted Score: 74.633%
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 tenacious personal assistant (Lola Kirke - MISTRESS AMERICA, MOZART IN THE... [More]
Directed By: Aaron Katz (II)

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 101.403%
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

#15

Love & Mercy (2015)
89%

#15
Adjusted Score: 97.067%
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: LOVE & MERCY presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys.... [More]
Directed By: Bill Pohlad

#14

Luce (2019)
90%

#14
Adjusted Score: 96.436%
Critics Consensus: Luce brings a stellar ensemble to bear on a satisfyingly complex story that addresses its timely themes in thought-provoking fashion.
Synopsis: It's been ten years since Amy and Peter Edgar (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) adopted their son from war-torn Eritrea,... [More]
Directed By: Julius Onah

#13

Meek's Cutoff (2011)
86%

#13
Adjusted Score: 89.49%
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: The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon train of three families has hired... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

#12

Monsters and Men (2018)
84%

#12
Adjusted Score: 86.68%
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: One night, in front of a bodega in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood, Manny Ortega witnesses a white police officer wrongfully gun... [More]
Directed By:

#11

Mother (Madeo) (2010)
96%

#11
Adjusted Score: 98.989%
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: Hye-ja is a single mom to 27-year-old Do-joon. Her son is her raison d'être. Though an adult in years, Do-joon... [More]
Directed By: Bong Joon Ho

#10

Naz & Maalik (2016)
79%

#10
Adjusted Score: 63.924%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this riveting dramatic tale, gay teens Naz and Maalik are friends, classmates, business partners and lovers. As the two... [More]
Directed By: Jay Dockendorf

#9

The Nightingale (2019)
86%

#9
Adjusted Score: 96.059%
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: THE NIGHTINGALE is a meditation on the consequences of violence and the price of seeking vengeance. Set during the colonization... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Kent

#8

Pawn Sacrifice (2015)
72%

#8
Adjusted Score: 75.827%
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: In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire)... [More]
Directed By: Edward Zwick

#7

Premature (2020)
92%

#7
Adjusted Score: 93.515%
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, seventeen-year-old poet Ayanna (Zora Howard)... [More]
Directed By: Rashaad Ernesto Green

#6
Adjusted Score: 99.778%
Critics Consensus: The Second Mother's compelling characters serve an artfully drawn, thought-provoking story that's beautifully brought to life by a talented cast.
Synopsis: Val spends 13 years working as nanny to Fabinho in Sao Paulo. She is financially stable but has to live... [More]
Directed By: Anna Muylaert

#5

Soul Food (1997)
81%

#5
Adjusted Score: 83.012%
Critics Consensus: Much like the titular cuisine, Soul Food blends a series of savory ingredients to offer warm, generous helpings of nourishment and comfort.
Synopsis: This hit domestic comedy-drama concerned the fortunes of an extended African-American family recalled through the eyes of young narrator Ahmad... [More]
Directed By: George Tillman Jr.

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 66.05%
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)
84%

#3
Adjusted Score: 86.107%
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: Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II,... [More]
Directed By: Dome Karukoski

#2

Vox Lux (2018)
61%

#2
Adjusted Score: 71.412%
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: VOX LUX, A 21st Century Portrait, begins in 1999 when teenage Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) survives a violent tragedy. After singing... [More]
Directed By: Brady Corbet

#1

Wild Rose (2019)
92%

#1
Adjusted Score: 99.866%
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: WILD ROSE tells the complicated story of Rose-Lynn, a woman on a quest to become a country music star, while... [More]
Directed By: Tom Harper


Documentaries

#15

Amazing Grace (2019)
99%

#15
Adjusted Score: 105.436%
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: Concert footage from 1972 of Aretha Franklin performing songs from the best-selling gospel album at the New Temple Missionary Baptist... [More]
Directed By:

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 94.671%
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 testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: John Chester

#13

The Cave (2019)
97%

#13
Adjusted Score: 98.955%
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: Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad ("Last Men in Aleppo") delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war with his powerful new... [More]
Directed By: Feras Fayyad

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 85.289%
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: In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld's plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. With the case... [More]
Directed By: Mads Brügger

#11

Dina (2017)
98%

#11
Adjusted Score: 99.65%
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's getting married in a few weeks and there's still so much to do. She has to move her boyfriend,... [More]
Starring:

#10

Jawline (2019)
96%

#10
Adjusted Score: 96.335%
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: The film follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem who built his following on wide-eyed optimism... [More]
Starring: Austyn Tester
Directed By: Liza Mandelup

#9

Life, Animated (2016)
94%

#9
Adjusted Score: 97.898%
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 inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and... [More]
Directed By: Roger Ross Williams

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 90.575%
Critics Consensus: Meeting Gorbachev plays to filmmaker Werner Herzog's endlessly inquisitive strengths -- and reveals the fascinating story of a pivotal political figure.
Synopsis: Werner Herzog and André Singer's riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three long interviews, provides incredible... [More]

#7

Minding the Gap (2018)
100%

#7
Adjusted Score: 104.45%
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: Compiling over 12 years of footage shot in his hometown of Rockford, IL, in MINDING THE GAP, Bing Liu searches... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Bing Liu

#6
Adjusted Score: 95.574%
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: RAISE HELL is a documentary about the celebrated national political columnist and Texan, Molly Ivins who used her razor sharp... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Janice Engel

#5

Sea of Shadows (2019)
94%

#5
Adjusted Score: 94.478%
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: A looming disaster in one of the most spectacular environments on Earth sparks a rescue mission unlike any other in... [More]
Directed By: Richard Ladkani

#4

Spaceship Earth (2020)
87%

#4
Adjusted Score: 91.331%
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: Spaceship Earth is the true, stranger-than-fiction, adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside of a... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Matt Wolf

#3
Adjusted Score: 100.719%
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: This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has... [More]

#2

Whose Streets? (2017)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 100.838%
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: Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Sabaah Folayan

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 71.478%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It started with a silent black and white surveillance video uploaded to YouTube that depicted a child sleeping peacefully. Until... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Michael Beach Nichols


Horror and Fantasy

#19

Baskin (2016)
79%

#19
Adjusted Score: 79.831%
Critics Consensus: Baskin complements its gory thrills with heavy atmosphere and deliberate pacing, adding up to a horror outing that plays with the mind as enthusiastically as it ruins the appetite.
Synopsis: A five-man unit of cops on night patrol get more than they bargain for when they arrive at a creepy... [More]
Directed By: Can Evrenol

#18

Border (Gräns) (2018)
97%

#18
Adjusted Score: 101.776%
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

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 76.537%
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: A shocking revelation turns a teenage boy's world upside down in this chilling look at the evil that can lurk... [More]
Directed By: Duncan Skiles

#16

Ghost Stories (2018)
84%

#16
Adjusted Score: 88.915%
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: Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all thing paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman

#15

Hounds of Love (2017)
88%

#15
Adjusted Score: 91.478%
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 suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer... [More]
Directed By: Ben Young

#14

Knives and Skin (2019)
68%

#14
Adjusted Score: 70.432%
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: What happened to Carolyn Harper? Part suburban nightmare, part neon-soaked teenage fever dream, this tantalizing mystery traces the wave of... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Reeder

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 76.473%
Critics Consensus: The Limehouse Golem offers old-school Hammer-style horror anchored by rich period detail and strong work from a solid cast.
Synopsis: The city of London is gripped with fear as a serial killer - dubbed The Limehouse Golem - is on... [More]
Directed By: Juan Carlos Medina

#12

Little Joe (2019)
68%

#12
Adjusted Score: 72.386%
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: Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has... [More]
Directed By: Jessica Hausner

#11

Little Monsters (2019)
80%

#11
Adjusted Score: 84.768%
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: Little Monsters follows Dave (Alexander England), a washed-up musician who volunteers to chaperone his nephew's kindergarten class field trip after... [More]
Directed By: Abe Forsythe

#10

The Lodge (2020)
74%

#10
Adjusted Score: 81.348%
Critics Consensus: Led by an impressive Riley Keough performance, The Lodge should prove a suitably unsettling destination for fans of darkly atmospheric horror.
Synopsis: A bone-chilling nightmare from the directors of GOODNIGHT MOMMY, THE LODGE follows a family who retreat to their remote winter... [More]

#9

Lords of Chaos (2019)
72%

#9
Adjusted Score: 74.527%
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: A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the 1980s results in a very violent outcome. Lords... [More]
Directed By: Jonas Åkerlund

#8

Mom and Dad (2018)
75%

#8
Adjusted Score: 80.195%
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 strange disorder suddenly causes parents to violently turn against their own children, forcing a suburban teen (Anne Winters) and... [More]
Directed By: Brian Taylor

#7

Pyewacket (2018)
82%

#7
Adjusted Score: 82.584%
Critics Consensus: Pyewacket builds its atmospheric, patiently encroaching chills on a well-told story concerned more with emotional trauma than supernatural threats.
Synopsis: When you're dealing with demons, be careful what you wish for... In this ultra-unsettling occult nightmare, teenage Leah (Nicole Muñoz)... [More]
Directed By: Adam MacDonald

#6
Adjusted Score: 91.545%
Critics Consensus: Rare Exports is an unexpectedly delightful crossbreed of deadpan comedy and Christmas horror.
Synopsis: It's the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an 'archeological' dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But... [More]
Directed By: Jalmari Helander

#5

Southbound (2016)
80%

#5
Adjusted Score: 81.172%
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: On a desolate stretch of desert highway, weary travelers-two men on the run from their past, a band on their... [More]

#4

Thelma (2017)
93%

#4
Adjusted Score: 98.763%
Critics Consensus: Thelma plays with genre tropes in unexpected ways, delivering a thoughtfully twisty supernatural thriller with a lingering impact.
Synopsis: Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of... [More]
Directed By: Joachim Trier

#3

Tragedy Girls (2017)
83%

#3
Adjusted Score: 85.199%
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: Best friends Sadie and McKayla are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot... [More]
Directed By: Tyler Macintyre

#2

Villains (2019)
85%

#2
Adjusted Score: 87.098%
Critics Consensus: Led by a quartet of strong performances, Villains offers genre fans a delightfully dark thriller with a sharp comic streak.
Synopsis: When a pair of amateur criminals break into a suburban home, they stumble upon a dark secret and two sadistic... [More]

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 72.649%
Critics Consensus: We Are What We Are is elevated horror that combines family drama and social politics, with plenty of gore on top.
Synopsis: A middle-aged man dies in the street, leaving his widow and three children destitute. The devastated family is confronted not... [More]


Family

#10

Charlotte's Web (1973)
76%

#10
Adjusted Score: 77.459%
Critics Consensus: That's some pig, with spirited vocal performances and a charmingly family-friendly adaptation of E.B. White's winsome story spun around him.
Synopsis: E.B. White's perennial best-selling novel is translated to the screen in animated musical splendor. The classic story, described by author... [More]

#9

Chicken Run (2000)
97%

#9
Adjusted Score: 103.155%
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: A comedy drama set on a Yorkshire chicken farm in 1950s England, the story follows the turbulent romance between Rocky... [More]
Directed By: Peter Lord, Nick Park

#8

Curious George (2006)
70%

#8
Adjusted Score: 73.126%
Critics Consensus: Curious George is a bright, sweet, faithful adaptation of the beloved children's books.
Synopsis: The naughty little monkey from Margret Rey and H.A. Rey's beloved children's stories makes the leap to the big screen... [More]
Directed By: Matthew O'Callaghan

#7
Adjusted Score: 83.648%
Critics Consensus: Horton Hears A Who! is both whimsical and heartwarming, and is the rare Dr. Seuss adaptation that stays true to the spirit of the source material.
Synopsis: Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists.... [More]

#6

Monster House (2006)
75%

#6
Adjusted Score: 80.306%
Critics Consensus: Monster House welcoms kids and adults alike into a household full of smart, monstrous fun.
Synopsis: A suburban home has become physically animated by a vengeful human soul looking to stir up trouble from beyond the... [More]
Directed By: Gil Kenan

#5
Adjusted Score: 91.224%
Critics Consensus: It may not quite scale Aardman's customary delirious heights, but The Pirates! still represents some of the smartest, most skillfully animated fare that modern cinema has to offer.
Synopsis: In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain... [More]
Directed By: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 84.68%
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: "My son, I have nothing I can give, but this chance that you may live." With these words, Yocheved, a... [More]

#3

Rango (2011)
88%

#3
Adjusted Score: 94.751%
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: Rango is a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, while facing a major identity crisis. After all, how... [More]
Directed By: Gore Verbinski

#2

Red Dog: True Blue (2016)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 55.364%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When eleven year old Mick (Levi Miller) is shipped off to his grandfather's (Bryan Brown) cattle station in the remote... [More]
Directed By: Kriv Stenders

#1
Adjusted Score: 73.254%
Critics Consensus: A visually stunning film that may be too predictable and politically correct for adults, but should serve children well.
Synopsis: Screenwriter John Fusco returns to the Western themes of his previous films Young Guns and Thunderheart with this animated children's... [More]
Directed By: Lorna Cook, Kelly Asbury


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