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All A24 Movies Ranked

In just a few years of existence, indie movie company A24 has built an almost unprecedented level of brand identity and loyalty. Savvy moviegoers actually get excited seeing their rainbow chromatic card in front of movies, despite A24 not being associated with any one filmmaker (like J.J. Abrams with Bad Robot), genre (horror and Blumhouse), or medium (animation studios like Pixar). It’s simply a soft style that threads through the best movies they put out, not quite definable, that’s catnip to open-minded filmgoers and critics alike.

A24 began in 2013 with A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, directed by Roman Coppola. It was decidedly not a box office or critical success, but does present one of A24’s modus operandi: Giving risky movies from established outsider filmmakers a shot in the theatrical space. You’ll see it again with Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women, and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight won Best Picture in 2017, demonstrating A24 has got their finger on the cultural pulse (with credit to the Academy as well, of course).

Meanwhile, leaning into directorial debuts has paid off dividends, in the form of Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Robert Eggers’ The Witch, and Ari Aster’s Hereditary. Things must be running just as well behind the camera, because Aster and A24 are reuniting for pagan nightmare Midsommar. Just as the movie is being offered up to the Tomatometer gods, come take a dance around the maypole with us as we rank every A24 movie!

#85
Adjusted Score: 11.252%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After publishing a bestselling novel based on the death of one of his high school classmates, the controversial writer Sidney... [More]
Directed By: Shawn Christensen

#84

The Sea of Trees (2016)
17%

#84
Adjusted Score: 18.233%
Critics Consensus: Dull, maudlin, and fundamentally empty, The Sea of Trees extinguishes the contributions of a talented cast and marks a depressing low point in director Gus Van Sant's career.
Synopsis: The film follows Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) trekking into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at... [More]
Directed By: Gus Van Sant

#83
Adjusted Score: 17.428%
Critics Consensus: Tiresomely self-indulgent and lacking any storytelling cohesion, this Glimpse Inside the Mind finds little food for thought.
Synopsis: Set in a stylized Los Angeles, 'A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III' is a playful comedy of... [More]
Directed By: Roman Coppola

#82
Adjusted Score: 15.147%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the vein of crime classics like MEAN STREETS and INFERNAL AFFAIRS, REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS follows two immigrant... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Loo, Wai-keung Lau

#81
#81
Adjusted Score: 23.503%
Critics Consensus: Stylistically overwrought and tedious, The Adderal Diaries aspires for profundity but instead feels like a shambolic class project thrown together right before it was due.
Synopsis: Based on the bestselling memoir by Stephen Elliott, The Adderall Diaries is the gripping and complex story of how an... [More]
Directed By: Pamela Romanowsky

#80

Outlaws (2019)
27%

#80
Adjusted Score: 13.961%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When an Australian motorcycle gang leader is released from prison, he finds his former deputy on the cusp of giving... [More]
Directed By: Stephen McCallum

#79

Dark Places (2015)
23%

#79
Adjusted Score: 25.478%
Critics Consensus: Dark Places has a strong cast and bestselling source material, but none of it adds up to more than a mediocre thriller that gets tripped up on its own twists.
Synopsis: 25 years after testifying against her brother as the person responsible for massacring her entire family, a haunted woman (Charlize... [More]
Directed By: Gilles Paquet-Brenner

#78

Woodshock (2017)
24%

#78
Adjusted Score: 25.481%
Critics Consensus: Woodshock's engages visually, but its half-baked premise is as underwhelming as it is unsatisfying.
Synopsis: The exquisite feature film debut of visionary fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte), Woodshock is a hypnotic exploration of... [More]

#77

Barely Lethal (2015)
26%

#77
Adjusted Score: 26.484%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Megan Walsh (Hailee Steinfeld) is a teenage special ops agent who yearns for a normal adolescence. After faking her own... [More]
Directed By: Kyle Newman

#76

The Captive (2014)
30%

#76
Adjusted Score: 31.383%
Critics Consensus: Wan and lugubrious, The Captive represents another atmospheric, beautifully filmed misfire from director Atom Egoyan.
Synopsis: Matthew steps briefly into a diner and comes out to find that his young daughter Cassandra has vanished without a... [More]
Directed By: Atom Egoyan

#75

Mojave (2016)
31%

#75
Adjusted Score: 32.791%
Critics Consensus: Mojave has no shortage of talent on either side of the camera; unfortunately, it amounts to little more than a frustrating missed opportunity.
Synopsis: In this intense classical thriller, from an original screenplay by Oscar-winning writer William Monahan (The Departed), a violent artist, Thomas,... [More]
Directed By: William Monahan

#74

Cut Bank (2015)
37%

#74
Adjusted Score: 37.612%
Critics Consensus: Cut Bank contains typically outstanding work from its solid veteran cast, but it's lost in a dull morass of predictably derivative crime thriller clichés.
Synopsis: Dwayne McLaren (Liam Hemsworth) dreams about escaping small town life in Cut Bank, Montana, "the coldest spot in the nation,"... [More]
Directed By: Matt Shakman

#73

Equals (2016)
36%

#73
Adjusted Score: 38.564%
Critics Consensus: Equals is a treat for the eyes, but its futuristic aesthetic isn't enough to make up for its plodding pace and aimlessly derivative story.
Synopsis: Two young lovers living in a future devoid of emotions discover that a disease has the power to bring them... [More]
Directed By: Drake Doremus

#72
Adjusted Score: 38.113%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, an idealistic young employee working at the UN investigates the grisly murder of his predecessor... [More]
Directed By: Per Fly

#71
#71
Adjusted Score: 43.854%
Critics Consensus: Hot Summer Nights is easy on the eyes and clearly indebted to some great films, but its strengths -- including a charismatic young cast -- are often outweighed by its uninspired story.
Synopsis: Daniel Middleton (Timothée Chalamet), a likable but socially awkward recent high-school graduate, is spending the summer before college visiting his... [More]
Directed By: Elijah Bynum

#70

Life After Beth (2014)
44%

#70
Adjusted Score: 47.192%
Critics Consensus: In spite of Aubrey Plaza's committed performance, Life After Beth remains a sketch-worthy idea that's been uncomfortably stretched to feature length.
Synopsis: After his girlfriend unexpectedly dies, Zach is devastated. However, he gets a second chance at love after she rises from... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Baena

#69

Tusk (2014)
45%

#69
Adjusted Score: 49.781%
Critics Consensus: Tusk is pleasantly ridiculous and charmingly self-deprecating, but that isn't enough to compensate for its thin, overstretched story.
Synopsis: Red State director Kevin Smith takes the helm for this horror film starring Justin Long as a podcaster who is... [More]
Directed By:

#68
Adjusted Score: 51.358%
Critics Consensus: How to Talk to Girls at Parties has energy and ambition, but is ultimately too unfocused to do much with either -- or develop its themes into a cohesive whole.
Synopsis: From the raucous dual imaginations of fantasy laureate Neil Gaiman ("American Gods," CORALINE) and glamrock multihyphenate John Cameron Mitchell (HEDWIG... [More]
Directed By: John Cameron Mitchell

#67
#67
Adjusted Score: 59.252%
Critics Consensus: The Last Movie Star has a few poignant moments thanks to Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter, but their performances are stranded in a middling drama unworthy of their efforts.
Synopsis: An aging movie star (Burt Reynolds) accepts an invitation to receive a lifetime achievement award at a film festival, but... [More]
Directed By: Adam Rifkin

#66
#66
Adjusted Score: 53.762%
Critics Consensus: Woman Walks Ahead gets some extra mileage out of watchable work from Jessica Chastain and Michael Greyeyes, but uneven pacing and two-dimensional characters undermine their efforts.
Synopsis: Based on true events, WOMAN WALKS AHEAD tells the story of Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain), a widowed artist from New... [More]
Directed By: Susanna White

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 65.052%
Critics Consensus: Under the Silver Lake hits its stride slightly more often than it stumbles, but it's hard not to admire - or be drawn in by - writer-director David Robert Mitchell's ambition.
Synopsis: Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Riley Keough), frolicking in his apartment's swimming... [More]
Directed By: David Robert Mitchell

#64
#64
Adjusted Score: 59.217%
Critics Consensus: Trespass Against Us benefits from Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson's typically strong performances, even when they aren't quite enough to balance the story's narrative drift and awkward tonal shifts.
Synopsis: TRESPASS AGAINST US is set across three generations of the Cutler family who live as outlaws in their own anarchic... [More]
Directed By: Adam Smith

#63

Slice (2018)
59%

#63
Adjusted Score: 59.02%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In a spooky small town, when a slew of pizza delivery boys are slain on the job, two daring survivors... [More]
Directed By: Austin Vesely

#62

The Bling Ring (2013)
59%

#62
Adjusted Score: 66.844%
Critics Consensus: While it's certainly timely and beautifully filmed, The Bling Ring suffers from director Sofia Coppola's failure to delve beneath the surface of its shallow protagonists' real-life crimes.
Synopsis: In THE BLING RING, Oscar Winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola takes us inside the world of these teens, where their youthful... [More]
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

#61

Native Son (2019)
62%

#61
Adjusted Score: 63.351%
Critics Consensus: Native Son's struggles with its problematic source material are uneven but overall compelling, thanks largely to Ashton Sanders' poised work in the central role.
Synopsis: Bigger "Big" Thomas, a young African American man, lives with his mother and siblings in Chicago. Half-heartedly involved with a... [More]
Directed By: Rashid Johnson

#60

Laggies (2014)
65%

#60
Adjusted Score: 69.119%
Critics Consensus: Laggies may not do as much with its ideas as it could, but it's buoyed by a winsome performance from Kiera Knightley, as well as Lynn Shelton's empathetic direction.
Synopsis: Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood... [More]
Directed By: Lynn Shelton

#59

Son of a Gun (2015)
62%

#59
Adjusted Score: 64.223%
Critics Consensus: Gritty, stylish, and smart, Son of a Gun serves up plenty of genre thrills while offering a refreshing change of pace for Ewan McGregor.
Synopsis: When JR (Brenton Thwaites) is sent to prison for a minor crime, he becomes the apprentice to Brendan Lynch (Ewan... [More]
Directed By: Julius Avery

#58

The Rover (2014)
66%

#58
Adjusted Score: 72.414%
Critics Consensus: Fueled by engaging performances from Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, the tension-filled The Rover overcomes its narrative faults through sheer watchability.
Synopsis: THE ROVER, David Michod's highly anticipated follow-up to ANIMAL KINGDOM, is set in a world 10 years following the collapse... [More]
Directed By: David Michôd

#57

Spring Breakers (2013)
67%

#57
Adjusted Score: 74.367%
Critics Consensus: Spring Breakers blends stinging social commentary with bikini cheesecake and a bravura James Franco performance.
Synopsis: Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Cotty (Rachel Korine) and Faith (Selena Gomez) have been best friends since grade school.... [More]
Directed By: Harmony Korine

#56

Free Fire (2017)
69%

#56
Adjusted Score: 78.753%
Critics Consensus: Free Fire aims squarely for genre thrills, and hits its target repeatedly and with great gusto -- albeit with something less than pure cinematic grace.
Synopsis: Bold, breathless and wickedly fun, Free Fire is an electrifying action comedy about an arms deal that goes spectacularly and... [More]
Directed By: Ben Wheatley

#55

Enemy (2014)
70%

#55
Adjusted Score: 74.207%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a strong performance from Jake Gyllenhaal and smart direction from Denis Villeneuve, Enemy hits the mark as a tense, uncommonly adventurous thriller.
Synopsis: Academy Award Nominee Jake Gyllenhaal reteams with his PRISONERS director, Academy Award Nominee Denis Villeneuve, in this sexy and hypnotically... [More]
Directed By: Denis Villeneuve

#54

Remember (2016)
70%

#54
Adjusted Score: 73.122%
Critics Consensus: Remember risks wandering into exploitative territory, but it's bolstered by some of Egoyan's best latter-day directing and a typically stellar performance from Christopher Plummer.
Synopsis: Remember tells the story of Zev Guttman (Academy Award (R) Winner Christopher Plummer), a 90-year-old struggling with memory loss who... [More]
Directed By: Atom Egoyan

#53

Swiss Army Man (2016)
71%

#53
Adjusted Score: 78.888%
Critics Consensus: Disarmingly odd and thoroughly well-acted, Swiss Army Man offers adventurous viewers an experience as rewarding as it is impossible to categorize.
Synopsis: Outrageously fun and deeply affecting, Swiss Army Man is a gonzo buddy comedy that is the feature film debut of... [More]

#52

Climax (2019)
68%

#52
Adjusted Score: 75.415%
Critics Consensus: Challenging and rewarding in equal measure, Climax captures writer-director Gaspar Noé working near his technically brilliant and visually distinctive peak.
Synopsis: From director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible; Enter the Void; Love) comes a hypnotic, hallucinatory, and ultimately hair-raising depiction of a party... [More]
Directed By: Gaspar Noé

#51
Adjusted Score: 74.079%
Critics Consensus: Slow-building and atmospheric, The Blackcoat's Daughter resists girls-in-peril clichés in a supernatural thriller that serves as a strong calling card for debuting writer-director Oz Perkins.
Synopsis: A deeply atmospheric and terrifying new horror film, The Blackcoat's Daughter centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton),... [More]
Directed By: Oz Perkins

#50

The Children Act (2018)
74%

#50
Adjusted Score: 78.146%
Critics Consensus: The Children Act showcases yet another powerful performance from Emma Thompson, who elevates this undeniably flawed picture into an affecting adult drama.
Synopsis: Fiona Maye (Thompson) is an eminent High Court judge in London presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases... [More]
Directed By: Richard Eyre

#49
Adjusted Score: 74.711%
Critics Consensus: The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) elegantly blends well-dressed period romance and war drama into a solidly crafted story further elevated by Christopher Plummer's excellent work and the efforts of a talented supporting cast.
Synopsis: A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, The Exception follows German... [More]
Directed By: David Leveaux

#48

Into The Forest (2016)
76%

#48
Adjusted Score: 77.19%
Critics Consensus: Into the Forest grounds its familiar apocalyptic framework with a relatable look at the bond between two sisters, compellingly brought to life by Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood.
Synopsis: A worldwide power outage sends the globe toward the brink of apocalypse, forcing two sisters living in their isolated house... [More]
Directed By: Patricia Rozema

#47

Never Goin' Back (2018)
75%

#47
Adjusted Score: 76.781%
Critics Consensus: Never Goin' Back benefits from the chemistry between leads Maia Mitchell and Camila Morrone, whose easy rapport lifts a coming-of-age story with uncommon insight.
Synopsis: Never Goin' Back is a fresh and funny look at female friendship, following Angela (Maia Mitchell) and Jessie (Camila Morrone),... [More]
Directed By: Augustine Frizzell

#46

Ginger & Rosa (2013)
78%

#46
Adjusted Score: 81.942%
Critics Consensus: Elle Fanning gives a terrific performance in this powerful coming-of-age tale about a pair of teenage girls whose friendship is unnerved by the threat of nuclear war.
Synopsis: London, 1962. Two teenage girls - GINGER & ROSA - are inseparable. They skip school together, talk about love, religion... [More]
Directed By: Sally Potter

#45

American Honey (2016)
79%

#45
Adjusted Score: 87.06%
Critics Consensus: American Honey offers a refreshingly unconventional take on the coming-of-age drama whose narrative risks add up to a rewarding experience even if they don't all pay off.
Synopsis: Star, an adolescent girl from a troubled home, runs away with a traveling sales crew who drive across the American... [More]
Directed By: Andrea Arnold

#44

The Monster (2016)
81%

#44
Adjusted Score: 82.061%
Critics Consensus: The Monster uses its effectively simple setup and a powerful lead performance from Zoe Kazan to deliver a traditional yet subtly subversive -- and thoroughly entertaining -- horror story.
Synopsis: Acclaimed horror filmmaker Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) directs this suspenseful and scary new film, in which a divorced mother (Zoe... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Bertino

#43
Adjusted Score: 91.591%
Critics Consensus: The Killing of a Sacred Deer continues director Yorgos Lanthimos' stubbornly idiosyncratic streak -- and demonstrates again that his is a talent not to be ignored.
Synopsis: Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna... [More]
Directed By: Yorgos Lanthimos

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 79.287%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When cowboy Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) witnesses the murder of his longtime partner - the newly-elected Senator Edward Johnson (Peter... [More]
Directed By: Jared Moshe

#41

Mid90s (2018)
80%

#41
Adjusted Score: 89.384%
Critics Consensus: Mid90s tells a clear-eyed yet nostalgic coming-of-age tale that might mark the start of an auspicious new career for debuting writer-director Jonah Hill.
Synopsis: Mid90s follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 90s-era LA who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a... [More]
Directed By: Jonah Hill

#40

High Life (2019)
82%

#40
Adjusted Score: 91.764%
Critics Consensus: High Life is as visually arresting as it is challenging, confounding, and ultimately rewarding - which is to say it's everything film fans expect from director Claire Denis.
Synopsis: Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer... [More]
Directed By: Claire Denis

#39

Midsommar (2019)
83%

#39
Adjusted Score: 100.191%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious, impressively crafted, and above all unsettling, Midsommar further proves writer-director Ari Aster is a horror auteur to be reckoned with.
Synopsis: Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a... [More]
Directed By: Ari Aster

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 85.362%
Critics Consensus: Oasis: Supersonic foregoes a comprehensive approach to its multi-platinum subjects in favor of an appreciative -- and stirring -- look at their heady early years.
Synopsis: From the Oscar winning producers of Amy comes this essential and entertaining look at the meteoric rise of the seminal... [More]
Directed By: Mat Whitecross

#37

Under the Skin (2014)
85%

#37
Adjusted Score: 94.989%
Critics Consensus: Its message may prove elusive for some, but with absorbing imagery and a mesmerizing performance from Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin is a haunting viewing experience.
Synopsis: From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Glazer

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 91.694%
Critics Consensus: Poignant and piercingly honest, While We're Young finds writer-director Noah Baumbach delivering some of his funniest lines through some of his most relatable characters.
Synopsis: Noah Boaumbach's comedy While We're Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a childless New York... [More]
Directed By: Noah Baumbach

#35

The Lovers (2017)
83%

#35
Adjusted Score: 87.147%
Critics Consensus: With appealing leads and a narrative approach that offers a fresh perspective on familiar themes, The Lovers tells a quietly absorbing story with unexpected emotional resonance.
Synopsis: The Lovers is a refreshing, funny look at love, fidelity, and family, starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as a... [More]
Directed By: Azazel Jacobs

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 86.137%
Critics Consensus: The Hole in the Ground artfully exploits parental fears with a well-made horror outing that makes up in sheer effectiveness what it lacks in originality.
Synopsis: Sarah and her young son Chris move to a new home in the Irish countryside, next to a forest that... [More]
Directed By: Lee Cronin

#33

The Lobster (2016)
87%

#33
Adjusted Score: 97.163%
Critics Consensus: As strange as it is thrillingly ambitious, The Lobster is definitely an acquired taste -- but for viewers with the fortitude to crack through Yorgos Lanthimos' offbeat sensibilities, it should prove a savory cinematic treat.
Synopsis: Colin Farrell stars as David, a man who has just been dumped by his wife. To make matters worse, David... [More]
Directed By: Yorgos Lanthimos

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 97.488%
Critics Consensus: It Comes at Night makes lethally effective use of its bare-bones trappings while proving once again that what's left unseen can be just as horrifying as anything on the screen.
Synopsis: Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse. Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his incredible debut feature... [More]
Directed By: Trey Edward Shults

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 90.607%
Critics Consensus: Morris from America adds some novel narrative twists to its father-son story -- and gains added resonance thanks to a powerful performance from Craig Robinson.
Synopsis: This coming-of-age drama follows 13-year-old Morris as he moves to Heidelberg, Germany with his father and adjusts to his vastly... [More]
Directed By: Chad Hartigan

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 97.5%
Critics Consensus: Gritty, gripping, and weighted with thought-provoking heft, A Most Violent Year represents another strong entry in writer-director J.C. Chandor's impressive filmography.
Synopsis: Set during the winter of 1981 -- statistically one of the most crime-ridden of New York City's history -- A... [More]
Directed By: J.C. Chandor

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 97.201%
Critics Consensus: 20th Century Women offers Annette Bening a too-rare opportunity to shine in a leading role -- and marks another assured step forward for writer-director Mike Mills.
Synopsis: During the summer of 1979, a Santa Barbara single mom and boardinghouse landlord (Annette Bening) decides the best way she... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mills

#28

Hereditary (2018)
89%

#28
Adjusted Score: 105.199%
Critics Consensus: Hereditary uses its classic setup as the framework for a harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits.
Synopsis: When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying... [More]
Directed By: Ari Aster

#27

Locke (2014)
91%

#27
Adjusted Score: 99.488%
Critics Consensus: A one-man show set in a single confined location, Locke demands a powerful performance -- and gets it from a never-more-compelling Tom Hardy.
Synopsis: Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he... [More]
Directed By: Steven Knight

#26

The Witch (2016)
90%

#26
Adjusted Score: 102.954%
Critics Consensus: As thought-provoking as it is visually compelling, The Witch delivers a deeply unsettling exercise in slow-building horror that suggests great things for debuting writer-director Robert Eggers.
Synopsis: In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively... [More]
Directed By: Robert Eggers

#25

Green Room (2016)
91%

#25
Adjusted Score: 100.176%
Critics Consensus: Green Room delivers unapologetic genre thrills with uncommon intelligence and powerfully acted élan.
Synopsis: GREEN ROOM is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Saulnier

#24

A Ghost Story (2017)
91%

#24
Adjusted Score: 102.591%
Critics Consensus: A Ghost Story deftly manages its ambitious themes through an inventive, artful, and ultimately poignant exploration of love and loss.
Synopsis: With A GHOST STORY, acclaimed director David Lowery (AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS, PETE'S DRAGON) returns with a singular exploration of... [More]
Directed By: David Lowery

#23

The Souvenir (2019)
89%

#23
Adjusted Score: 96.086%
Critics Consensus: Made by a filmmaker in command of her craft and a star perfectly matched with the material, The Souvenir is a uniquely impactful coming of age drama.
Synopsis: A shy film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but... [More]
Directed By: Joanna Hogg

#22

Obvious Child (2014)
90%

#22
Adjusted Score: 96.282%
Critics Consensus: Tackling a sensitive subject with maturity, honesty, and wit, Obvious Child serves as a deeply promising debut for writer-director Gillian Robespierre.
Synopsis: For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of... [More]
Directed By: Gillian Robespierre

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 97.701%
Critics Consensus: Brilliantly performed and smartly unconventional, The End of the Tour pays fitting tribute to a singular talent while offering profoundly poignant observations on the human condition.
Synopsis: THE END OF THE TOUR tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky... [More]
Directed By: James Ponsoldt

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 95.004%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and steeped in Southern atmosphere, Mississippi Grind is a road movie and addiction drama that transcends each of its well-worn genres.
Synopsis: Gerry is a talented poker player, but his gambling habit is getting the best of him. One day, he meets... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 105.853%
Critics Consensus: Oh, hai Mark. The Disaster Artist is a surprisingly poignant and charming movie-about-a-movie that explores the creative process with unexpected delicacy.
Synopsis: The real life story of writer/director Tommy Wiseau, the man behind what is often referred to as "The Citizen Kane... [More]
Directed By: James Franco

#18

Lean on Pete (2018)
90%

#18
Adjusted Score: 97.669%
Critics Consensus: Lean on Pete avoids mawkish melodrama, offering an empathetic yet clear-eyed portrayal of a young man at a crossroads that confirms Charley Plummer as a major talent.
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Haigh

#17

Gloria Bell (2019)
91%

#17
Adjusted Score: 99.354%
Critics Consensus: Free of visual or narrative embellishments, Gloria Bell rests almost completely on Julianne Moore's performance in the title role -- and she's gloriously up to the task.
Synopsis: Gloria (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on... [More]
Directed By: Sebastián Lelio

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 97.326%
Critics Consensus: The Spectacular Now is an adroit, sensitive film that avoids typical coming-of-age story trappings.
Synopsis: With sly humor and an intensity of feeling, THE SPECTACULAR NOW (directed by James Ponsoldt) creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait... [More]
Directed By: James Ponsoldt

#15

Ex Machina (2015)
92%

#15
Adjusted Score: 102.663%
Critics Consensus: Ex Machina leans heavier on ideas than effects, but it's still a visually polished piece of work -- and an uncommonly engaging sci-fi feature.
Synopsis: Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX... [More]
Directed By: Alex Garland

#14

Slow West (2015)
92%

#14
Adjusted Score: 96.641%
Critics Consensus: Slow West serves as an impressive calling card for first-time writer-director John M. Maclean -- and offers an inventive treat for fans of the Western.
Synopsis: At the end of the nineteenth century, 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) journeys across the American frontier in search of... [More]
Directed By: John M. Maclean

#13

Good Time (2017)
92%

#13
Adjusted Score: 101.937%
Critics Consensus: A visual treat filled out by consistently stellar work from Robert Pattinson, Good Time is a singularly distinctive crime drama offering far more than the usual genre thrills.
Synopsis: After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey... [More]
Directed By: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 93.874%
Critics Consensus: A Prayer Before Dawn is far from an easy watch, but this harrowing prison odyssey delivers rich rewards -- led by an outstanding central performance from Joe Cole.
Synopsis: A Prayer Before Dawn is the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated in two of... [More]

#11

Room (2015)
93%

#11
Adjusted Score: 105.232%
Critics Consensus: Led by incredible work from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, Room makes for an unforgettably harrowing -- and undeniably rewarding -- experience.
Synopsis: Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, ROOM is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother... [More]
Directed By: Lenny Abrahamson

#10

First Reformed (2018)
93%

#10
Adjusted Score: 102.987%
Critics Consensus: Brought to life by delicate work from writer-director Paul Schrader and elevated by a standout performance by Ethan Hawke, First Reformed takes a sensitive and suspenseful look at weighty themes.
Synopsis: Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New... [More]
Directed By: Paul Schrader

#9
Adjusted Score: 100.638%
Critics Consensus: An affecting story powerfully told, The Last Black Man in San Francisco immediately establishes director Joe Talbot as a filmmaker to watch.
Synopsis: Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his... [More]
Directed By: Joe Talbot

#8

Amy (2015)
95%

#8
Adjusted Score: 103.288%
Critics Consensus: As riveting as it is sad, Amy is a powerfully honest look at the twisted relationship between art and celebrity -- and the lethal spiral of addiction.
Synopsis: Despite just two albums to her name Amy Winehouse is one of the biggest music icons in British history. With... [More]
Directed By: Asif Kapadia

#7

Krisha (2016)
95%

#7
Adjusted Score: 97.349%
Critics Consensus: Raw, bracingly honest, and refreshingly unconventional, Krisha wrings fresh -- and occasionally uncomfortable -- truths from a seemingly familiar premise.
Synopsis: When Krisha shows up at her sister's Texas home on Thanksgiving morning, her close and extended family greet her with... [More]
Directed By: Trey Edward Shults

#6

De Palma (2016)
94%

#6
Adjusted Score: 97.68%
Critics Consensus: De Palma may not make believers out of the director's detractors, but they'll likely share longtime fans' fascination with his career's worth of entertaining stories.
Synopsis: One of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma's career started in the 60s... [More]

#5

Menashe (2017)
96%

#5
Adjusted Score: 100.422%
Critics Consensus: Menashe offers an intriguing look at a culture whose unfamiliarity to many viewers will be rendered irrelevant by the story's universally affecting themes and thoughtful approach.
Synopsis: Deep in the heart of New York's ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe--a kind, hapless grocery store clerk--struggles to make ends... [More]
Directed By: Joshua Z. Weinstein

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 109.107%
Critics Consensus: The Florida Project offers a colorfully empathetic look at an underrepresented part of the population that proves absorbing even as it raises sobering questions about modern America.
Synopsis: The Florida Project tells the story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break... [More]
Directed By: Sean Baker (II)

#3

Moonlight (2016)
98%

#3
Adjusted Score: 113.488%
Critics Consensus: Moonlight uses one man's story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.
Synopsis: The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man's struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life... [More]
Directed By: Barry Jenkins (III)

#2

Lady Bird (2017)
99%

#2
Adjusted Score: 115.967%
Critics Consensus: Lady Bird delivers fresh insights about the turmoil of adolescence -- and reveals writer-director Greta Gerwig as a fully formed filmmaking talent.
Synopsis: In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both... [More]
Directed By: Greta Gerwig

#1

Eighth Grade (2018)
99%

#1
Adjusted Score: 112.139%
Critics Consensus: Eighth Grade takes a look at its titular time period that offers a rare and resounding ring of truth while heralding breakthroughs for writer-director Bo Burnham and captivating star Elsie Fisher.
Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of... [More]
Directed By: Bo Burnham

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