Best-Reviewed Movies 2017 > Wide Releases

There are dozens of movies released every year with the purpose of reaching the largest audiences in as many theaters as possible, and we’ve compiled the best of the biggest of 2017. As it turns out, a few smaller movies that later expanded into a wider release were the most acclaimed of the bunch, with Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out leading the pack.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2017. Scores might change over time.

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#1

Get Out (2017)
98%

#1
Adjusted Score: 117876%
Critics Consensus: Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride.
Synopsis: A young photographer uncovers a dark secret when he meets his girlfriend's seemingly friendly parents for the first time at... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Peele

#2

The Big Sick (2017)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 112933%
Critics Consensus: Funny, heartfelt, and intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross-cultural themes to prove the standard romcom formula still has some fresh angles left to explore.
Synopsis: Pakistani comic Kumail becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of his American girlfriend Emily. When Emily... [More]
Directed By: Michael Showalter

#3

Dunkirk (2017)
92%

#3
Adjusted Score: 115241%
Critics Consensus: Dunkirk serves up emotionally satisfying spectacle, delivered by a writer-director in full command of his craft and brought to life by a gifted ensemble cast that honors the fact-based story.
Synopsis: Germany advances into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#4

Wonder Woman (2017)
93%

#4
Adjusted Score: 115714%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling, earnest, and buoyed by Gal Gadot's charismatic performance, Wonder Woman succeeds in spectacular fashion.
Synopsis: After leaving her all-female island for the first time, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) discovers her full powers and true destiny... [More]
Directed By: Patty Jenkins

#5

Lady Bird (2017)
99%

#5
Adjusted Score: 117928%
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: A teenager (Saoirse Ronan) navigates a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf) over the course of... [More]
Directed By: Greta Gerwig

#6

Logan (2017)
93%

#6
Adjusted Score: 114243%
Critics Consensus: Hugh Jackman makes the most of his final outing as Wolverine with a gritty, nuanced performance in a violent but surprisingly thoughtful superhero action film that defies genre conventions.
Synopsis: In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) while protecting a... [More]
Directed By: James Mangold

#7

Baby Driver (2017)
92%

#7
Adjusted Score: 111771%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, exciting, and fueled by a killer soundtrack, Baby Driver hits the road and it's gone -- proving fast-paced action movies can be smartly written without sacrificing thrills.
Synopsis: Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), a talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) must face the music when... [More]
Directed By: Edgar Wright

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 114345%
Critics Consensus: Star Wars: The Last Jedi honors the saga's rich legacy while adding some surprising twists -- and delivering all the emotion-rich action fans could hope for.
Synopsis: Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of... [More]
Directed By: Rian Johnson

#9

Coco (2017)
97%

#9
Adjusted Score: 114509%
Critics Consensus: Coco's rich visual pleasures are matched by a thoughtful narrative that takes a family-friendly -- and deeply affecting -- approach to questions of culture, family, life, and death.
Synopsis: Accompanied by a charming trickster, a young musician embarks on an extraordinary journey through the colorful Land of the Dead... [More]
Directed By: Lee Unkrich

#10

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
93%

#10
Adjusted Score: 114926%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, funny, and above all fun, Thor: Ragnarok is a colorful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise -- and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Synopsis: Thor must battle the Hulk in a deadly gladiatorial contest and prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world... [More]
Directed By: Taika Waititi

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