The Best Movies of 2018
More movies being made than ever before! Coming out at an exponential clip! Yep, being a film buff in 2018 is a full-time gig. Fortunately, your presence here on Rotten Tomatoes has marked you as a person of discernible taste. So we propose to you, instead of watching all of the movies, how about just watching the best movies?
Presenting our list of The Best Movies of 2018! From micro-indies to big budget blockbusters, this is the good stuff from our wild and momentous year — every movie here scored high on the Tomatometer, enough to get stamped Certified Fresh. We only included movies with a theatrical release, and we ranked them – which means we can now crown the Best Movie of 2018. Is it horror smash A Quiet Place? Mega comic crossover Avengers: Infinity War? Hit documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Animated game-changer Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? Or something else entirely? You’ll have to read on for the answer to that ultimate question, but we can tell you that some recent additions include a surprising appearance by Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and yet another fantastic biographical documentary in McQueen, as well as a handful of festival hits like Sorry to Bother You, Blindspotting, and Eighth Grade. Happy watching!
(And if you’re feeling like 2018 just isn’t your year, turn to the future with 2019’s Most Anticipated Movies and 2020’s Most Anticipated Movies.)
Adjusted Score: 100110%
Critics Consensus: Ready Player One is a sweetly nostalgic thrill ride that neatly encapsulates Spielberg's strengths while adding another solidly engrossing adventure to his filmography.
In 2045, the planet is on the brink of chaos and collapse, but people find salvation in the OASIS, an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74133%
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.
A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a Hollywood starlet and her tenacious personal assistant. As the assistant unravels... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79512%
Critics Consensus: Final Portrait finds writer-director Stanley Tucci patiently telling a quietly absorbing story, brought to life by a talented ensemble led by Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer.
In 1964, American writer James Lord is asked to sit for a portrait by artist Alberto Giacometti.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89634%
Critics Consensus: Smart, stylish, and packed with solid performances, Bad Times at the El Royale delivers pure popcorn fun with the salty tang of social subtext.
The El Royale is run-down hotel that sits on the border between California and Nevada. It soon becomes a seedy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78029%
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.
Angela and Jessie are best friends intent on taking a wild beach trip, but when their roommate loses all of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82317%
Critics Consensus: Smallfoot offers a colorful distraction that should keep younger viewers entertained - and a story whose message might even resonate with older audiences.
Migo is a friendly Yeti whose world gets turned upside down when he discovers something that he didn't know existed... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82032%
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.
A teenage girl and her little brother try to survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82250%
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.
Three aliens travel to Earth on a mission in preparation for a mass invasion. Having taken possession of human bodies,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83288%
Critics Consensus: Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist takes a thoroughly entertaining -- albeit necessarily incomplete -- look at the life and career of a British fashion pioneer.
Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89929%
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.
As a young cop, Erin Bell went under cover to infiltrate a gang in the California desert -- with tragic... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77808%
Critics Consensus: Let the Corpses Tan challenges the audience's expectations -- and delivers a singularly stylish, unforgettably unique viewing experience in the bargain.
During a beautiful Mediterranean summer, Rhino and his gang steal a cache of of gold. They believe they've found the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87410%
Critics Consensus: Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot avoids inspirational biopic clichés thanks to sensitive work from writer-director Gus Van Sant and the admirable efforts of a well-chosen cast.
After nearly dying in a car accident, the last thing Oregon slacker John Callahan intends to do is give up... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77990%
Critics Consensus: The Escape probes gender mores while surveying the wreckage of a marriage -- and offering the underrated Gemma Arterton another opportunity to prove her dramatic mettle.
Tara is a housewife in suburban London who's raising two young children while married to an overworked, self-absorbed husband. In... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83057%
Critics Consensus: Anna and the Apocalypse finds fresh brains and a lot of heart in the crowded zombie genre - not to mention a fun genre mashup populated by rootable characters.
A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven - at Christmas - forcing Anna and her friends to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80574%
Critics Consensus: Black '47 anchors its grim and gritty action in deceptively deep genre storytelling, although its epic ambitions arguably exceed its grasp.
In 1847 an Irish mercenary fighting for the British army abandons his post to seek revenge on those responsible for... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93619%
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.
In 1990s Los Angeles, a 13-year-old spends his summer navigating between a troubled home life and a crew of new... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100974%
Critics Consensus: Capernaum hits hard, but rewards viewers with a smart, compassionate, and ultimately stirring picture of lives in the balance.
After fleeing his negligent and abusive parents, a hardened, streetwise 12-year-old boy sues them to protest the life they've given... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84288%
Critics Consensus: Dark River is just as bleak as its title would suggest, but solidly conceived characters and a standout performance from Ruth Wilson make it worth diving in.
Following the death of her father, Alice returns home to Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years to claim... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80093%
Critics Consensus: I Kill Giants' moody magical realism sometimes slips into the mundane, but impressive CGI and a powerhouse performance by Madison Wolfe pack an unexpected punch.
A teen must face her fears in increasingly dangerous ways when horrible giants threaten to destroy her small town.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82238%
Critics Consensus: The King pursues a wildly ambitious thesis through some fairly bumpy territory, but emerges as a provocative and insightful look at modern America.
Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki takes a musical road trip across the U.S. in Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls Royce during the 2016... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102561%
Critics Consensus: Mary Poppins Returns relies on the magic of its classic forebear to cast a familiar -- but still solidly effective -- family-friendly spell.
Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82314%
Critics Consensus: A coming of age drama with a surfing twist, Breath navigates seemingly familiar waters -- but has surprising depth below the surface.
In the 1970s, in a remote corner of the Western Australian coast, two teenage boys, Pikelet and Loonie, are hungry... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81613%
Critics Consensus: Apostle resists easy scares in favor of a steady, slow-building descent into dread led by a commanding central performance from Dan Stevens.
London, 1905. Prodigal son Thomas Richardson has returned home, only to learn that his sister is being held for ransom... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87447%
Critics Consensus: 22 July offers a hard-hitting close-up look at the aftereffects of terrorism, telling a story with a thriller's visceral impact and the lingering emotional resonance of a drama.
Norway's deadliest terrorist attack, in which a right-wing extremist murders 77 teens at a youth camp in 2011, is dramatized.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87772%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and beautifully filmed, Alpha offers a canine-assisted epic adventure that blends rousing action with an extra helping of canine charm.
Young Keda tries to survive alone in the wilderness after he's left for dead during his first hunt with his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93360%
Critics Consensus: Refreshingly understated, Ben Is Back subverts family drama stereotypes - and provides a forum for terrific performances from Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts.
Nineteen-year-old Ben Burns unexpectedly returns to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve. Ben's mom, Holly, is relieved and welcoming... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94594%
Critics Consensus: Unsane unleashes Steven Soderbergh's inner B-movie maestro, wading into timeless psychological thriller territory and giving it a high-tech filmmaking spin.
Sawyer Valentini relocates from Boston to Pennsylvania to escape from the man who's been stalking her for the last two... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102080%
Critics Consensus: Halloween largely wipes the slate clean after decades of disappointing sequels, ignoring increasingly elaborate mythology in favor of basic - yet still effective - ingredients.
It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84055%
Critics Consensus: Love, Cecil shines a warm - and long overdue - spotlight on the work of an Oscar-winning talent whose contributions to classic cinema are too often overlooked.
The life and work of Oscar-winning costume designer Cecil Beaton.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91656%
Critics Consensus: Old-fashioned charm meets sharp wit and modern social satire in The Party, a biting comedy carried by a shining performance from Patricia Clarkson.
A comedy of tragic proportions.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96285%
Critics Consensus: Anchored in empathy by writer-director-star Joel Edgerton, Boy Erased proves the road to complex, powerfully performed drama can also be paved with good intentions.
Jared Eamons, the son of a small-town Baptist pastor, must overcome the fallout after being outed as gay to his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95064%
Critics Consensus: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again doubles down on just about everything fans loved about the original -- and my my, how can fans resist it?
In 1979 young Donna, Tanya and Rosie graduate from Oxford University -- leaving Donna free to embark on a series... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81509%
Critics Consensus: Smart, stylish, and well-acted, What Keeps You Alive proves it's still possible to spin an engrossing horror yarn without fundamentally altering established formula.
Jackie and Jules are a couple celebrating their first anniversary at a secluded cabin in the woods belonging to Jackie's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80249%
Critics Consensus: Grim and gripping in equal measure, Have a Nice Day is an animated drama that pulls no punches -- and leaves a satisfying mark.
A city in southern China and a bag containing stolen money draws several people from diverse backgrounds into a bloody... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99457%
Critics Consensus: Green Book takes audiences on an excessively smooth ride through bumpy subject matter, although Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen's performances add necessary depth.
Dr. Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist who's about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88577%
Critics Consensus: Beirut tells a complex, tightly plotted tale of international intrigue, further elevated by strong central performances from Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike.
In 1980s Beirut, Mason Skiles is a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a colleague... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94753%
Critics Consensus: Part revisionist war drama, part zombie thriller, and part all-out genre gorefest, Overlord offers A-level fun for B-movie fans of multiple persuasions.
On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers drop behind enemy lines to penetrate the walls of a fortified church and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89411%
Critics Consensus: Led by mesmerizing work from Willem Dafoe in the central role, At Eternity's Gate intriguingly imagines Vincent Van Gogh's troubled final days.
Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83743%
Critics Consensus: Far more traditional and straightforward than its unwieldy title, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society offers delightful comfort food for fans of period drama.
In 1946 a London-based writer begins exchanging letters with residents on the island of Guernsey, which was German-occupied during WWII.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90501%
Critics Consensus: Early Man isn't quite as evolved as Aardman's best work, but still retains the unique visuals and sweet humor that have made the studio a favorite among animation enthusiasts.
A plucky cave man named Dug, his sidekick Hognob and the rest of their tribe face a grave threat to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92085%
Critics Consensus: Fahrenheit 11/9 finds Michael Moore in fine fighting form, delivering a political call to action that ranks among his most effective works.
Filmmaker Michael Moore predicted that Donald Trump would become the 45th president of the United States. Traveling across the country,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83444%
Critics Consensus: Where Is Kyra? rests on Michelle Pfeiffer's magnetically raw performance -- and lives up to it with a trenchant, hard-hitting story.
A fragile woman is already stressed from a fast-paced world when her mother dies and she must find a means... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88433%
Critics Consensus: A satisfying must-watch for diehard cineastes, The Other Side of the Wind offers the opportunity to witness a long-lost chapter in a brilliant filmmaker's career.
After years of exile in Europe, a maverick director returns to Hollywood to finish his comeback movie, "The Other Side... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89136%
Critics Consensus: Instant Family may not quite capture the complexity of real-life adoption, but fittingly for the unconditional bond it honors, this flawed yet well-intentioned dramedy is ultimately worth the investment.
When Pete and Ellie decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91512%
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.
Professor Phillip Goodman devotes his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans. His skepticism soon gets put to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88552%
Critics Consensus: Chappaquidick can't help leaving some of this true story's most intriguing questions unanswered, but it's bolstered by outstanding work from Jason Clarke in the central role.
On July 18, 1969, Sen. Ted Kennedy drives his car off of a bridge on Massachusetts' Chappaquiddick Island. The accident... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91916%
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.
Annie breaks up with her longtime boyfriend Duncan -- a teacher who's obsessed with former 1990s rocker Tucker Crowe. She... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100077%
Critics Consensus: Powered by an intriguing story and a pair of outstanding performances from Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, Molly's Game marks a solid debut for writer-director Aaron Sorkin.
The true story of Molly Bloom, a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84794%
Critics Consensus: Mohawk delivers effective period horror while skillfully weaving in sociopolitical subtext that pushes the film past genre -- and budgetary -- constraints.
After one member of her tribe sets an American camp ablaze, a young Mohawk warrior finds herself pursued by a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87292%
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.
Tensions rise when a young man records a police officer shooting a black motorist in a Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84314%
Critics Consensus: Lover for a Day offers an absorbing character study that's as well-acted and believable as it is beautifully filmed.
A woman returns home to discover her father is dating a woman who is the same age as her.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89707%
Critics Consensus: Puzzle transcends its quirky premise with honest emotion -- and Kelly Macdonald, whose nicely understated performance proves she's too often underutilized.
A woman who has a talent for assembling jigsaw puzzles sneaks away from her suburban town and goes to New... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96879%
Critics Consensus: Blockers puts a gender-swapped spin on the teen sex comedy -- one elevated by strong performances, a smartly funny script, and a surprisingly enlightened perspective.
Julie, Kayla and Sam are three high school seniors who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102077%
Critics Consensus: Creed II's adherence to franchise formula adds up to a sequel with few true surprises, but its time-tested generational themes still pack a solid punch.
In 1985, Russian boxer Ivan Drago killed former U.S. champion Apollo Creed in a tragic match that stunned the world.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89483%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a solid soundtrack and a terrific cast, Dumplin' offers sweetly uplifting drama that adds just enough new ingredients to a reliably comforting formula.
The plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen signs up for her mom's pageant as a protest that escalates... [More]
Adjusted Score: 109420%
Critics Consensus: Though it threatens to buckle under the weight of its meta gags, Deadpool 2 is a gory, gleeful lampoon of the superhero genre buoyed by Ryan Reynolds' undeniable charm.
Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool meets Russell, an angry teenage mutant who lives at an orphanage. When Russell becomes the target of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87224%
Critics Consensus: Under the Tree leads viewers into decidedly bleak territory, but it's leavened by sly intelligence and a surprising sense of humor.
When Baldvin and Inga's next-door neighbors complain that a tree in the couple's backyard casts a shadow over their sun... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90393%
Critics Consensus: The Third Murder makes satisfying work of its weighty themes, even if it doesn't quite stand with writer-director Hirokazu Koreeda's best efforts.
Well-known attorney Shigemori takes on the defense of murder-robbery suspect Misumi, who served jail time for another murder 30 years... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85003%
Critics Consensus: Pope Francis - A Man of His Word offers a compelling look at the pontiff's ideas and message, even if its distance from the man means it won't win many new converts.
Pope Francis embarks on a personal journey to present his work of reform and answer today's global questions -- from... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88823%
Critics Consensus: The Final Year uses director Greg Barker's wide-ranging access to take a detailed inside look at the closing months of the Obama administration.
An account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team during their last year in office.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92552%
Critics Consensus: Borg vs McEnroe makes tennis improbably cinematic -- and brings the absolute best out of Shia LaBeouf, who delivers some of the best work of his career.
It's the summer of 1980, and Björn Borg is the top tennis player in the world, dominating the sport both... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96517%
Critics Consensus: Disobedience explores a variety of thought-provoking themes, bolstered by gripping work from leads Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola.
New York photographer Ronit Krushka flies to London after learning about the death of her estranged father. Ronit is returning... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99216%
Critics Consensus: The Wife relies on the strength of Glenn Close's performance to drive home the power of its story -- and she proves thoroughly, grippingly up to the task.
Joan and Joe remain complements after nearly 40 years of marriage. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99828%
Critics Consensus: With a talented cast turned loose on a loaded premise -- and a sharp script loaded with dark comedy and unexpected twists -- Game Night might be more fun than the real thing.
Max and Annie's weekly game night gets kicked up a notch when Max's brother Brooks arranges a murder mystery party... [More]
Adjusted Score: 115707%
Critics Consensus: Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet --... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88158%
Critics Consensus: Nancy is an uncomfortable watch, but worth the effort thanks to Andrea Riseborough's central performance -- and writer-director Christina Choe's powerful empathy for her character's dangerously misguided choices.
Craving connection with others, Nancy creates elaborate identities and hoaxes under pseudonyms on the internet. When she meets a couple... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86029%
Critics Consensus: Monrovia, Indiana finds Frederick Wiseman observing the citizens of one small American town with his typically patient - and ultimately revealing - approach.
Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman documents the day-to-day experiences of living and working in the farming community of Monrovia, Ind.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88899%
Critics Consensus: The Gospel According to André offers an engaging overview of its fascinating subject, even if his accomplishments -- and outsize personality -- prove too expansive for a single film.
Filmmaker Kate Novack explores the life and career of fashion journalist André Leon Talley -- from his childhood in the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98653%
Critics Consensus: The Sisters Brothers rides familiar genre trails in occasionally unexpected ways - a satisfying journey further elevated by its well-matched leading men.
It's 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99634%
Critics Consensus: Twisty, twisted, and above all simply fun, A Simple Favor casts a stylish mommy noir spell strengthened by potent performances from Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.
Stephanie is a widowed, single mother who works as a vlogger in Connecticut. Her best friend, Emily, seems to have... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103648%
Critics Consensus: Tully delves into the modern parenthood experience with an admirably deft blend of humor and raw honesty, brought to life by an outstanding performance by Charlize Theron.
Marlo is a New York suburbanite who's about to give birth to her third child. Her husband, Ron, is loving... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85444%
Critics Consensus: The Captain makes chillingly persuasive points about the dark side of human nature -- and underscores how little certain tendencies ever really change.
A German army deserter finds a Nazi captain's abandoned uniform during the final weeks of World War II. Emboldened by... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90548%
Critics Consensus: Mountain offers a visually thrilling -- and surprisingly affecting -- look at man's relationship with some of Earth's most imposing natural wonders.
A cinematic journey of sound and nature that explores the beauty of the upper world. With advancements in technology, venturing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91003%
Critics Consensus: Cargo takes a refreshingly character-driven approach to the zombie genre that's further distinguished by its Australian setting and Martin Freeman's terrific lead performance.
Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected father desperately searches for a new home... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94356%
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.
Isabelle, a Parisian artist and divorced mother, is looking for love.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97216%
Critics Consensus: The Miseducation of Cameron Post tells its timely coming-of-age story with wit, compassion, and an affecting overall generosity of spirit.
In 1993 after teenage Cameron is caught in the backseat of a car with the prom queen, she is sent... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100879%
Critics Consensus: Formally familiar but a brilliant match for its lead, Colette is a thoroughly entertaining biopic and an overdue testament to Keira Knightley's underrated gifts.
After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99605%
Critics Consensus: Like its augmented protagonist, Upgrade's old-fashioned innards get a high-tech boost -- one made even more powerful thanks to sharp humor and a solidly well-told story.
A brutal mugging leaves Grey Trace paralyzed in the hospital and his beloved wife dead. A billionaire inventor soon offers... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89288%
Critics Consensus: Led by an outstanding central performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and brilliantly held together by writer-director Eva Vives, All About Nina is a delightfully raw dramedy.
Nina Geld's passion and talent have made her a rising star in the comedy scene, but she's an emotional mess... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90458%
Critics Consensus: Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami takes an unconventional approach to the rock biopic, resulting in a compelling experience for fans and an intriguing, albeit confusing, primer for novices.
Electrifying concert performances and intimate, personal footage showcase the life and talent of singer and actress Grace Jones.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92848%
Critics Consensus: Mary and the Witch's Flower honors its creator's Studio Ghibli roots with a gentle, beautifully animated story whose simplicity is rounded out by its entrancing visuals.
Young Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest and discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93992%
Critics Consensus: Madeline's Madeline proves experimental cinema is alive and well -- and serves as a powerful calling card for Helena Howard in her big-screen debut.
Madeline has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop's ambitious director pushes the teenager... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95694%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a bravura performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Kindergarten Teacher is one American remake that retains its impact the second time around.
A teacher sees such great promise in her 5-year-old student that she goes to unreasonable lengths to protect his talent.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95851%
Critics Consensus: Thoroughbreds juggles genres with panache, delivering a well-written and refreshingly unpredictable entry in the teen thriller genre.
Childhood friends Lily and Amanda reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily has turned into a polished... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91769%
Critics Consensus: Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. makes up in energy and ambition what it lacks in objective distance, offering fans a personal perspective on a singular career.
Drawn from a never before seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, Stephen Loveridge creates an intimate portrait of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91769%
Critics Consensus: A powerful character study, A Ciambra burns slowly, letting its compelling cast carry what could otherwise be just another coming-of-age story.
A 14-year-old miscreant sets out to prove he's ready to step into his older brother's shoes.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93425%
Critics Consensus: With its thorny themes and aggressive humor, Bodied dares to offend - and justifies its approach with a subversive comedy that edifies as it entertains.
A progressive graduate student finds success and sparks outrage when his interest in battle rap as a thesis subject turns... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91914%
Critics Consensus: Love, Gilda pays gentle, unequivocal tribute to its subject with more than enough of her genuine spirit to compensate for a lack of critical distance or truly fresh insight.
Diaries, audiotapes, videotapes and testimonies from friends and colleagues offer insight into the life and career of Gilda Radner --... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92797%
Critics Consensus: What They Had finds laughter and tears in its portrait of a family at a crossroads, with writer-director Elizabeth Chomko getting outstanding performances out of a talented cast.
After her ailing mother wanders off during a blizzard, Bridget returns to her childhood home in Chicago, accompanied by her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92537%
Critics Consensus: The Insult uses its familiar courtroom drama framework to deliver a hard-hitting statement on modern Middle Eastern politics that's as gripping as it is thought-provoking.
A minor incident between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee turns into an explosive trial that ends up dividing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96721%
Critics Consensus: Whitney shifts from soaring highs to heartbreaking lows with palpable emotion and grace befitting its singular subject.
Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald examines the life and career of singer Whitney Houston. Features never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive recordings, rare performances... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99905%
Critics Consensus: American Animals tangles with a number of weighty themes, but never at the expense of delivering a queasily compelling true crime thriller.
Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk and Chas Allen are four friends who live an ordinary existence in Kentucky. After... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103804%
Critics Consensus: Ralph Breaks the Internet levels up on its predecessor with a funny, heartwarming sequel that expands its colorful universe while focusing on core characters and relationships.
Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108247%
Critics Consensus: Annihilation backs up its sci-fi visual wonders and visceral genre thrills with an impressively ambitious -- and surprisingly strange -- exploration of challenging themes that should leave audiences pondering long after the end credits roll.
Lena, a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X --... [More]
Adjusted Score: 113574%
Critics Consensus: The Post's period setting belies its bitingly timely themes, brought compellingly to life by director Steven Spielberg and an outstanding ensemble cast.
Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper -- The Washington Post. With help from editor... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106197%
Critics Consensus: A lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man and The Wasp offers a much-needed MCU palate cleanser.
Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope... [More]
Adjusted Score: 115758%
Critics Consensus: First Man uses a personal focus to fuel a look back at a pivotal moment in human history - and takes audiences on a soaring dramatic journey along the way.
Hoping to reach the moon by the end of the decade, NASA plans a series of extremely dangerous, unprecedented missions... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90398%
Critics Consensus: Museum (Museo) approaches familiar genre territory from a refreshing new perspective that's as exciting visually as it is narratively.
In 1985 a gang of criminals steals 140 pre-Hispanic pieces from the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92314%
Critics Consensus: Divide & Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes offers an overview of the media mogul's rise and fall that proves as engrossing as it is deeply disturbing.
Filmmaker Alexis Bloom examines the rise and fall of Roger Ailes, the Republican Party booster and controversial Fox News mogul... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95783%
Critics Consensus: Happy as Lazzaro uses a friendship's ups and downs as a satisfyingly expansive canvas for a picture rich with thematic and cinematic depth.
Lazzaro, a good-hearted young peasant, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination, form a life-altering bond when Tancredi... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90314%
Critics Consensus: Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat offers an insightful look into a key period of the artist's life, his peers and influences, and the early '80s art world.
Never-before-seen works, writings and photographs offer insight into the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat as a teenager in New York in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95424%
Critics Consensus: Maria by Callas offers an intimate look at the life of a brilliantly talented artist whose absorbing story matches the operatic heights reached by her work.
Never-before-seen footage and performances offer insight into the life and career of renowned opera singer Maria Callas.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89808%
Critics Consensus: Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood offers plenty of prurient thrills for film fans, but beyond the gossip lies a poignantly illuminating look at decades of sexual mores.
The deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a former Marine who lands in Hollywood after World War II and becomes... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94523%
Critics Consensus: Studio 54 offers audiences an engrossing close-up look at an emblem of a decade's decadence - as well as its sobering aftermath.
In 1977 college friends Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager open Studio 54, a nightclub that quickly becomes the most popular... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94432%
Critics Consensus: Skate Kitchen takes a beguiling slice-of-life approach to its characters, approaching its timely themes with a light hand that serves the story well.
Camille's life as a lonely suburban teenager changes dramatically when she befriends a group of girl skateboarders. As she journeys... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96486%
Critics Consensus: A Private War honors its real-life subject with a sober appraisal of the sacrifices required of journalists on the front lines - and career-best work by Rosamund Pike.
Celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin is a woman who is as comfortable downing martinis with high society's elite as she... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106713%
Critics Consensus: Bracingly elevated by a typically committed lead performance from Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here confirms writer-director Lynne Ramsay as one of modern cinema's most unique -- and uncompromising -- voices.
A contract killer uncovers a conspiracy while trying to save a kidnapped teen from a life of prostitution.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 113041%
Critics Consensus: The beautifully stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs finds Wes Anderson at his detail-oriented best while telling one of the director's most winsomely charming stories.
When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 112885%
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.
When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying... [More]
Adjusted Score: 118929%
Critics Consensus: Led by strong work from Margot Robbie and Alison Janney, I, Tonya finds the humor in its real-life story without losing sight of its more tragic -- and emotionally resonant -- elements.
In 1991, talented figure skater Tonya Harding becomes the first American woman to complete a triple axel during a competition.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92315%
Critics Consensus: Hal pays affectionate tribute to a filmmaker whose offscreen life proves as engaging as his best work.
Filmmaker Hal Ashby's obsessive genius leads to an unprecedented string of Oscar-winning classics, including "Harold and Maude," "Shampoo" and "Being... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94444%
Critics Consensus: The Price of Everything will be of immediate interest to art lovers - but this look at the relationship between creativity and commodification has something for all audiences.
Filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn delves into the contemporary art world, where everything can be bought and sold.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93898%
Critics Consensus: Set It Up follows the long-established outlines of the rom-com template -- and in the process, proves there's still substantial pleasure to be wrought from familiar formulas.
Two overworked and underpaid assistants come up with a plan to get their bosses off their backs by setting them... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93133%
Critics Consensus: Tender performances and a strong sense of style combine to create an eccentric, dreamy portrait of love and loneliness in On Body and Soul.
When a man and woman who meet at work begin to know each other, they discover that they have the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100216%
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.
Charley, a teen living with his single father, finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean on Pete. When... [More]
Adjusted Score: 117485%
Critics Consensus: Widows rounds up a stellar ensemble for a heist thriller that mixes popcorn entertainment with a message - and marks another artistic leap for director Steve McQueen.
A police shootout leaves four thieves dead during an explosive armed robbery attempt in Chicago. Their widows -- Veronica, Linda,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 122371%
Critics Consensus: With appealing leads, deft direction, and an affecting love story, A Star Is Born is a remake done right -- and a reminder that some stories can be just as effective in the retelling.
Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers -- and falls in love with -- struggling artist Ally. She has just about given... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91639%
Critics Consensus: Claire's Camera adds another deceptively unassuming entry to writer-director Hong Sang-soo's oeuvre -- one whose lingering impact belies its brief length.
While visiting Cannes, France, a high school teacher develops a friendship with a woman who's just been fired from her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96003%
Critics Consensus: Nico, 1988 takes an absorbing -- and appropriately idiosyncratic -- look at the singer's later years.
Approaching age 50, singer/songwriter Nico leads a solitary existence -- far from her days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97498%
Critics Consensus: Dreamlike and haunting, We the Animals approaches the coming-of-age odyssey with a uniquely documentarian eye.
Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood. Their mother and father have a volatile relationship that makes and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98707%
Critics Consensus: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies distills the enduring appeal of its colorful characters into a charmingly light-hearted adventure whose wacky humor fuels its infectious fun -- and belies a surprising level of intelligence.
It seems that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies -- all but the Teen... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108609%
Critics Consensus: A well-told story brought to life by a beautifully matched cast, The Old Man & the Gun is pure, easygoing entertainment for film fans - and a fitting farewell to a legend.
At the age of 70, Forrest Tucker makes an audacious escape from San Quentin, conducting an unprecedented string of heists... [More]
Adjusted Score: 112976%
Critics Consensus: With a terrific cast and a surfeit of visual razzle dazzle, Crazy Rich Asians takes a satisfying step forward for screen representation while deftly drawing inspiration from the classic -- and still effective -- rom-com formula.
Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's also surprised... [More]
Adjusted Score: 113196%
Critics Consensus: Phantom Thread's finely woven narrative is filled out nicely by humor, intoxicating romantic tension, and yet another impressively committed performance from Daniel Day-Lewis.
Renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the center of British fashion in 1950s London -- dressing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94557%
Critics Consensus: The simplicity and colorful warmth of Mirai's animation is underscored by a story with surprising - and deeply affecting - depth and emotional resonance.
A young boy named Kun feels forgotten by his family when his little sister Mirai arrives. Running away from home,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96029%
Critics Consensus: Kusama: Infinity shines a richly deserved spotlight on its subject's brilliant work while opening a fascinating - albeit necessarily incomplete - window into her personal life.
Artist Yayoi Kusama's journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in America during the 1960s.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95159%
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.
The amazing true story of Billy Moore, an English boxer incarcerated in Thailand's most notorious prison. Thrown into a world... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99772%
Critics Consensus: Revenge slices and dices genre tropes, working within an exploitation framework while adding a timely -- yet never less than viscerally thrilling -- feminist spin.
Jen is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend -- until his two sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100332%
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.
In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank is preparing to send his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103270%
Critics Consensus: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs avoids anthology pitfalls with a consistent collection tied together by the Coen brothers' signature blend of dark drama and black humor.
An anthology of six short films that take place in 19th-century post-Civil War era during the settling of the Old... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105529%
Critics Consensus: Love, Simon hits its coming-of-age beats more deftly than many entries in this well-traveled genre -- and represents an overdue, if not entirely successful, milestone of inclusion.
Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier, it's a little more complicated. He hasn't told his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105244%
Critics Consensus: Mandy's gonzo violence is fueled by a gripping performance by Nicolas Cage -- and anchored with palpable emotion conveyed between his volcanic outbursts.
In the Pacific Northwest in 1983, outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106764%
Critics Consensus: Searching's timely premise and original execution are further bolstered by well-rounded characters brought to life by a talented cast.
David Kim becomes desperate when his 16-year-old daughter Margot disappears and an immediate police investigation leads nowhere. He soon decides... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93043%
Critics Consensus: Sicilian Ghost Story uses a horrific real-life story as the framework for a powerfully acted foray into surprisingly beguiling fantasy territory.
After the boy she loves vanishes, a teenage girl ventures into the forest to search for him.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96628%
Critics Consensus: Journey's End brings R.C. Sherriff's 90-year-old play to the screen with thrilling power, thanks to director Saul Dibb's hard-hitting urgency and brilliant work from a talented cast.
Led by an officer whose mental health is rapidly disintegrating, a group of British soldiers await their fate in an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106736%
Critics Consensus: With a brilliantly stark visual aesthetic to match its lean narrative, Cold War doesn't waste a moment of its brief running time -- and doesn't skimp on its bittersweet emotional impact.
Set against the backdrop of the 1950s Cold War in Poland, two people of differing backgrounds and temperaments begin an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100201%
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.
Lisa is the general manager of Double Whammies, a sports bar that features skimpily dressed waitresses. Always nurturing and protective... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99552%
Critics Consensus: Beast plays like bleak poetry, unfurling its psychological thrills while guided by its captivating leads and mesmerizing, visceral visuals.
In a small island community, a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escape her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104501%
Critics Consensus: As timely as it is overall impactful, Blindspotting blends buddy comedy with seething social commentary, and rises on the strength of Daveed Diggs' powerful performance.
Collin must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning in his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108114%
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.
The pastor of a small church in upstate New York spirals out of control after a soul-shaking encounter with an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105374%
Critics Consensus: Bumblebee proves it's possible to bring fun and a sense of wonder back to a bloated blockbuster franchise -- and sets up its own slate of sequels in the bargain.
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee the Autobot seeks refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach... [More]
Adjusted Score: 112208%
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.
In an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, Calif., telemarketer Cassius Green finds himself in a macabre universe after he discovers... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95257%
Critics Consensus: 24 Frames offers Kiarostami fans one final, affecting reminder of what made this filmmaker a talent to treasure.
Film of paintings and photographs.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95964%
Critics Consensus: The Guardians proves that the oft-unraveled canvas of World War I still has fresh stories to tell -- and adds another gorgeously filmed entry to Xavier Beauvois' filmography.
Frenchwomen maintain a farm while their husbands and sons fight in World War I.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98627%
Critics Consensus: Smart and suspenseful, CAM is a techno-thriller that's far more than the sum of its salacious parts -- and an outstanding showcase for Madeline Brewer in the leading role.
A camgirl has her principles, until a mysterious woman who looks just like her takes over her channel.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98887%
Critics Consensus: Private Life uses one couple's bumpy journey to take an affecting look at an easily identifiable - and too rarely dramatized - rite of adult passage.
A couple coping with infertility struggle to keep their marriage going as they navigate through the world of adoption and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101862%
Critics Consensus: Custody uses formal restraint -- and a series of searing performances -- to take a hard-hitting look at the often painful bond between parents and children.
Miriam and Antoine Besson have divorced, and Miriam is seeking sole custody of their son Julien to protect him from... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105800%
Critics Consensus: Burning patiently lures audiences into a slow-burning character study that ultimately rewards the viewer's patience -- and subverts many of their expectations.
Jong-soo runs into Hae-mi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood, and she asks him to watch her cat... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102760%
Critics Consensus: RBG might be preaching to the choir of viewers who admire Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, but it does so effectively.
An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 116587%
Critics Consensus: If Beale Street Could Talk honors its source material with a beautifully filmed adaptation that finds director Barry Jenkins further strengthening his visual and narrative craft.
In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105086%
Critics Consensus: Loveless uses its riveting portrait of a family in crisis to offer thought-provoking commentary on modern life in Russia -- and the world beyond its borders.
An estranged Russian couple going through a brutal divorce both have new partners and want to start over until their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106354%
Critics Consensus: Wildlife's portrait of a family in crisis is beautifully composed by director Paul Dano -- and brought brilliantly to life by a career-best performance from Carey Mulligan.
Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry -- a housewife and a golf pro -- in a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106879%
Critics Consensus: Subtle and tender, A Fantastic Woman handles its timely, sensitive subject matter with care.
A transgender singer faces scorn and discrimination after the sudden death of her older boyfriend.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 118550%
Critics Consensus: The Favourite sees Yorgos Lanthimos balancing a period setting against rich, timely subtext - and getting roundly stellar performances from his well-chosen stars.
In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 117276%
Critics Consensus: Incredibles 2 reunites Pixar's family crimefighting team for a long-awaited follow-up that may not quite live up to the original, but comes close enough to earn its name.
Telecommunications guru Winston Deavor enlists Elastigirl to fight crime and make the public fall in love with superheroes once again.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98249%
Critics Consensus: Dark Money does an impressive job of tackling a complicated subject in easily understandable -- and, for many viewers, utterly enraging -- terms.
In the wake of the Citizens United ruling, dark money floods elections nationwide, but Montanans are standing up to stop... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98743%
Critics Consensus: Western earns the viewer's attention with an unpredictable, patiently told tale that evokes the spirit of the titular genre while adding its own unique touches.
When some German construction workers begin a challenging new job in the Bulgarian countryside, their sense of adventure is awakened,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99020%
Critics Consensus: As lyrical and bittersweet as the music its subject left behind, Blaze takes a decidedly unconventional -- yet richly rewarding -- approach to the musical biopic.
A reimagining of the life and times of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100043%
Critics Consensus: Sweet Country makes brilliant use of the Australian outback as the setting for a hard-hitting story that satisfies as a character study as well as a sociopolitical statement.
An Aboriginal man goes on the run after he kills a white man in self-defense.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98577%
Critics Consensus: The Endless benefits from its grounded approach to an increasingly bizarre story, elevated by believable performances by filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
Two brothers receive a cryptic video message inspiring them to revisit the UFO death cult they escaped a decade earlier.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101161%
Critics Consensus: Foxtrot uses topical themes to deliver a bruising sociopolitical statement that's equally effective taken simply as an absorbing, well-acted drama.
A knock on the door leads to unfathomable grief as a man and his wife learn that their son died... [More]
Adjusted Score: 122319%
Critics Consensus: Call Me by Your Name offers a melancholy, powerfully affecting portrait of first love, empathetically acted by Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century... [More]
Adjusted Score: 119145%
Critics Consensus: A Quiet Place artfully plays on elemental fears with a ruthlessly intelligent creature feature that's as original as it is scary -- and establishes director John Krasinski as a rising talent.
If they hear you, they hunt you. A family must live in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by... [More]
Adjusted Score: 123175%
Critics Consensus: BlacKkKlansman uses history to offer bitingly trenchant commentary on current events -- and brings out some of Spike Lee's hardest-hitting work in decades along the way.
Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96379%
Critics Consensus: Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind offers a poignant -- albeit tantalizingly incomplete -- peek behind the curtain of a brilliant performer's tragically curtailed life and career.
This intimate portrait examines one of the world's most inventive comedians. Told largely through Robin's own voice and using a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95899%
Critics Consensus: Bisbee '17 offers one town's reckoning with its own history as a compelling argument that the mistakes of the past are truly corrected only when they're faced head on.
Locals stage re-creations of the town's controversial past.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98483%
Critics Consensus: To All the Boys I've Loved Before plays by the teen rom-com rules, but relatable characters and a thoroughly charming cast more than make up for a lack of surprises.
A teenage girl's love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her life.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99588%
Critics Consensus: Filmworker offers long-overdue recognition to one of Stanley Kubrick's key collaborators while opening an often troubling window into the director's demanding work.
The story of Leon Vitali, who surrendered his promising acting career to become Stanley Kubrick's devoted right-hand man.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102212%
Critics Consensus: Zama offers a series of scathingly insightful observations about colonialism and class dynamics -- and satisfyingly ends a long wait between projects from writer-director Lucrecia Martel.
Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107216%
Critics Consensus: Surreal and surprising, Three Identical Strangers effectively questions the nature of reality and identity.
Identical triplets become separated at birth and adopted by three different families. Years later, their amazing reunion becomes a global... [More]
Adjusted Score: 109309%
Critics Consensus: The Death of Stalin finds director/co-writer Arnando Iannucci in riotous form, bringing his scabrous political humor to bear on a chapter in history with painfully timely parallels.
When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become... [More]
Adjusted Score: 120315%
Critics Consensus: Roma finds writer-director Alfonso Cuarón in complete, enthralling command of his visual craft - and telling the most powerfully personal story of his career.
Cleo is one of two domestic workers who help Antonio and Sofía take care of their four children in 1970s... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108136%
Critics Consensus: An impressive technical achievement with a walloping emotional impact, They Shall Not Grow Old pays brilliant cinematic tribute to the sacrifice of a generation.
Using state-of-the-art technology and materials from the BBC and Imperial War Museum, filmmaker Peter Jackson allows the story of World... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100263%
Critics Consensus: I Am Not a Witch approaches real-life injustices with a beguiling blend of sorrow, anger, and humor, marking debuting writer-director Rungano Nyoni as an exciting new talent.
Shula is the first child taken to a traveling witch camp, where she is told that should she cut the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103533%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling, unpredictable, and brilliantly acted, Border (Gräns) offers a singular treat to genre fans looking for something different.
Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It's almost as if she can sniff out the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108280%
Critics Consensus: The Rider's hard-hitting drama is only made more effective through writer-director Chloé Zhao's use of untrained actors to tell the movie's fact-based tale.
After a riding accident leaves him unable to compete on the rodeo circuit, a young cowboy searches for a new... [More]
Adjusted Score: 109685%
Critics Consensus: Led by a breakout turn from Amandla Stenberg, the hard-hitting The Hate U Give emphatically proves the YA genre has room for much more than magic and romance.
Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 121535%
Critics Consensus: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action.
Bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into... [More]
Adjusted Score: 124590%
Critics Consensus: Fast, sleek, and fun, Mission: Impossible - Fallout lives up to the "impossible" part of its name by setting yet another high mark for insane set pieces in a franchise full of them.
Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 129308%
Critics Consensus: Black Panther elevates superhero cinema to thrilling new heights while telling one of the MCU's most absorbing stories -- and introducing some of its most fully realized characters.
After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98794%
Critics Consensus: Leaning Into the Wind offers an alluring introduction to a brilliant artist's utterly original life and work.
British sculptor and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy uses his natural surroundings to create works of art in San Francisco, St. Louis,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98834%
Critics Consensus: The Cakemaker explores all-consuming emotion with beguiling restraint, adding up to a delicately understated character study fueled by the power of love.
Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who has frequent business visits... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101223%
Critics Consensus: In Between takes a light yet nuanced approach to dramatizing complex, timely themes, further enriched by outstanding cinematography and powerful performances.
Three Arab-Israeli women share an apartment in Tel Aviv and try to balance their traditions with the modern world.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100938%
Critics Consensus: Science Fair offers further proof that real-life academic competition can make for effortlessly entertaining - and ultimately uplifting - cinema.
Filmmakers follow nine high school students from around the globe as they compete at an international science fair. Facing off... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106201%
Critics Consensus: Free Solo depicts athletic feats that many viewers will find beyond reason - and grounds the attempts in passions that are all but universal.
Alex Honnold completes the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan's 3,000-foot vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 117857%
Critics Consensus: Deftly directed and laced with dark wit, Can You Ever Forgive Me? proves a compelling showcase for deeply affecting work from Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy.
Lee Israel is a frustrated, hard-drinking author who can barely afford to pay her rent or bills in 1990s New... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102134%
Critics Consensus: The Tale handles its extraordinarily challenging subject matter with sensitivity, grace, and the power of some standout performances led by a remarkable Laura Dern.
Jennifer has it all, with a loving boyfriend and a great career as a journalist and professor. But when her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101718%
Critics Consensus: Tea with the Dames proves there's plenty of entertainment value to be found in rounding up a quartet of screen legends for a chat -- and is likely to leave audiences wishing these stars would keep brewing up pots for an ongoing series.
Spend a delightfully bawdy afternoon with four legends of British stage and cinema -- Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103798%
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.
Alarm dispatcher and former police officer Asger Holm answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106187%
Critics Consensus: McQueen offers an intimate, well-sourced, and overall moving look at a young life and brilliant career that were tragically cut short.
Archival footage and interviews with friends and family offer insight into the extraordinary life and career of British fashion designer... [More]
Adjusted Score: 112814%
Critics Consensus: Understated yet ultimately deeply affecting, Shoplifters adds another powerful chapter to director Hirokazu Koreeda's richly humanistic filmography.
On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders is united by fierce loyalty and a penchant for petty... [More]
Adjusted Score: 112763%
Critics Consensus: Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes a fittingly patient and honest look at the life and legacy of a television pioneer whose work has enriched generations.
Filmmaker Morgan Neville examines the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the popular children's TV show... [More]
Adjusted Score: 118793%
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.
Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100574%
Critics Consensus: Steadily drawing viewers into its harrowing tale with equal parts grim intensity and startling compassion, Night Comes On heralds the arrivals of debuting director Jordan Spiro and her magnetic young stars.
Released from juvenile detention, a teen and her 10-year-old sister embark on a quest to avenge the death of their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100639%
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.
A lonely woman in Tokyo discovers her alter ego when she takes an English class.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101613%
Critics Consensus: Shirkers uses one woman's interrogation of a pivotal personal disappointment to offer affecting observations on creativity, lost opportunity, and coming to terms with the past.
In 1992 teenager Sandi Tan shoots Singapore's first road movie with her enigmatic American mentor, Georges, who then absconded with... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102184%
Critics Consensus: Hannah Gadsby: Nanette brilliantly moves modern comedy into nakedly honest new territory, pivoting from dry humor to raw, powerful storytelling.
Australian comic Hannah Gadsby reshapes standard stand-up by pairing punchlines with personal revelations on gender, sexuality and childhood turmoil.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100353%
Critics Consensus: Pick of the Litter has all the fluffy adorableness audiences expect from a puppy documentary, along with a story that's as edifying as it is heartwarming.
Following five spirited puppies from the moment they're born through their quest to become guide dogs for the blind.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107057%
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.
Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105303%
Critics Consensus: Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) finds writer-director Carla Simón drawing on personal memories to create a thoughtful drama elevated by outstanding work from its young leads.
Six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother's apartment in Barcelona are placed... [More]
Adjusted Score: 115179%
Critics Consensus: Leave No Trace takes an effectively low-key approach to a potentially sensationalistic story -- and further benefits from brilliant work by Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie.
A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Ore.,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 114244%
Critics Consensus: Paddington 2 honors its star's rich legacy with a sweet-natured sequel whose adorable visuals are matched by a story perfectly balanced between heartwarming family fare and purely enjoyable all-ages adventure.
Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and... [More]