Holiday Movie Scorecard 2015

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 51.728%
Critics Consensus: The admirably old-fashioned In the Heart of the Sea boasts thoughtful storytelling to match its visual panache, even if it can't claim the depth or epic sweep to which it so clearly aspires.
Synopsis: In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#22

Joy (2015)
61%

#22
Adjusted Score: 70.897%
Critics Consensus: Joy is anchored by a strong performance from Jennifer Lawrence, although director David O. Russell's uncertain approach to its fascinating fact-based tale only sporadically sparks bursts of the titular emotion.
Synopsis: JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#21

Sisters (2015)
60%

#21
Adjusted Score: 66.348%
Critics Consensus: Sisters' sharp blend of pathos and vulgarity, along with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's effervescent chemistry, are more than enough to make up for the handful of laughs this coming-of-age comedy leaves on the table.
Synopsis: SNL alumni Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-star in this Universal Studios comedy about a pair of 30-something sisters who... [More]
Directed By: Jason Moore

#20

Concussion (2015)
59%

#20
Adjusted Score: 66.308%
Critics Consensus: Concussion lands a solid, well-acted hit on its impressively timely subject matter, even if its traditional sports drama structure is a little too safe to deserve a full-on dance in the end zone.
Synopsis: Based on the true story of the doctor who discovered CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in football players, and the uphill... [More]
Directed By: Peter Landesman

#19

Legend (2015)
61%

#19
Adjusted Score: 67.097%
Critics Consensus: As a gangster biopic, Legend is deeply flawed, but as a showcase for Tom Hardy -- in a dual role, no less -- it just about lives up to its title.
Synopsis: From Academy Award (R) winner Brian Helgeland comes the true story of the rise and fall of London's most notorious... [More]
Directed By: Brian Helgeland

#18

Spectre (2015)
63%

#18
Adjusted Score: 76.487%
Critics Consensus: Spectre nudges Daniel Craig's rebooted Bond closer to the glorious, action-driven spectacle of earlier entries, although it's admittedly reliant on established 007 formula.
Synopsis: A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political... [More]
Directed By: Sam Mendes

#17

Krampus (2015)
67%

#17
Adjusted Score: 71.302%
Critics Consensus: Krampus is gory good fun for fans of non-traditional holiday horror with a fondness for Joe Dante's B- movie classics, even if it doesn't have quite the savage bite its concept calls for.
Synopsis: When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does... [More]
Directed By: Michael Dougherty

#16

The Night Before (2015)
67%

#16
Adjusted Score: 72.388%
Critics Consensus: The Night Before provokes enough belly laughs to qualify as a worthwhile addition to the list of Christmas comedies worth revisiting, even if it isn't quite as consistent as the classics.
Synopsis: Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Levine

#15
Adjusted Score: 80.69%
Critics Consensus: With the unflinchingly grim Mockingjay Part 2, The Hunger Games comes to an exciting, poignant, and overall satisfying conclusion.
Synopsis: The second half of Suzanne Collins' final Hunger Games book is adapted in this Lionsgate production. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi... [More]
Directed By: Francis Lawrence

#14

Trumbo (2015)
74%

#14
Adjusted Score: 81.35%
Critics Consensus: Trumbo serves as an honorable and well-acted tribute to a brilliant writer's principled stand, even if it doesn't quite achieve the greatness of its subject's own classic screenplays.
Synopsis: In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for... [More]
Directed By: Jay Roach

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  • Mark

    Brooklyn is mediocre PBS at best. The third act? Walk out of the theater when those ground-markers, who grease the Tomato meter to increase hype, flag you as a non-believer in secular conversion ratio$.

    • Jayden Leonard

      Well, whatever floats your boat, I guess. I didn’t think it was better than Spotlight, but I still liked it. I’m just gonna say that if Saoirse Ronan doesn’t at least get a mention somewhere (it doesn’t have to be the Academy), well, I’m gonna be disappointed, but I’m not gonna go apes**t about it either.

      Stallone should be nommed for Best Supporting Actor, though; same with Michael B. Jordan for Best Actor. Wouldn’t hurt to give Charlize Theron & Daisy Ridley credit, either, though I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t. But that’s for another comment.

    • Mark

      Academy meme. SOIL, OPEN THE DOOR, I’M A LOSER BABY, SO WHY DON’T YOU KILL ME!

  • Pierre

    No love for ”Room”?

    • slachs

      best film of the year.

    • Clark

      Room technically came out September, even though it started to really expand during the last two months.

  • Karen DeVoss Taylor

    Where is ‘The Martian’ which received 93%???????

    • Jared

      This is for November and December releases, the martian came out in october

      • Karen DeVoss Taylor

        Oh, well that makes sense. 🙂

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