The Best Movies of 2022 – Best New Films of the Year – Rotten Tomatoes

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Welcome to the best-reviewed movies of 2022! All eyes are on the film slate as 2022 represents the first year since the pandemic lockdown that saw theaters back at full capacity. The year started strong with Scream in January, becoming the first Certified Fresh movie in the franchise since 1997’s Scream 2.
Spring saw a string of critical hits, including the dark crime epic on The Batman, the spirited YA comedy Turning Red from Pixar, and two from A24: Some throwback horror with X, and Everything Everywhere All At Once, which would become A24’s biggest box office hit, surpassing Hereditary.
Of course, no story about the state of movies in 2022 is complete without full mention of Top Gun: Maverick. With afterburners activated, the crowd-pleasing blockbuster set records across the board, including an easy landing on the coveted billion-dollar movie hall of fame.
More headline-grabbing films include another great Adam Sandler dramatic turn in Netflix’s Hustle, the surprise Predator return-to-form prequel Prey, the latest from auteurs Jordan Peele and Robert Eggers (Nope and The Northman, respectively), and Jujutsu Kaisen 0, which sees anime continuing to make inroads with critics and at the box office.
Read on for the best movies of 2022, ranked! (And for more, explore the best movies of previous years with our guides on 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018.) —Alex Vo

#1

The Quiet Girl (2022)
100%

#1

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Rural Ireland, 1981. A quiet, neglected girl is sent away from her overcrowded, dysfunctional family to live with foster parents… [More]
Directed By: Colm Bairead

#2

Happening (2021)
99%72%

#2

Adjusted Score: 104715%
Critics Consensus: A tough but rewarding watch, Happening puts a personal face on an impossibly difficult choice and its heart-rending aftermath.
Synopsis: France, 1963. Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she falls pregnant,… [More]
Directed By: Audrey Diwan

#3

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021)
99%91%

#3

Adjusted Score: 103736%
Critics Consensus: Poignant, profound, and utterly heartwarming, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is animated entertainment with real heart.
Synopsis: Marcel is an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie and their pet lint,… [More]
Directed By: Dean Fleischer-Camp

#4

The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)
98%73%

#4

Adjusted Score: 107421%
Critics Consensus: Featuring some of Martin McDonagh’s finest work and a pair of outstanding lead performances, The Banshees of Inisherin is a finely crafted feel-bad treat.
Synopsis: Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN follows lifelong friends Pádraic and… [More]
Directed By: Martin McDonagh

#5

Till (2022)
98%92%

#5

Adjusted Score: 102390%
Critics Consensus: Till reframes an historically horrific murder within a mother’s grief, brought heartwrenchingly to life by Danielle Deadwyler’s tremendous performance.
Synopsis: Till is a profoundly emotional and cinematic film about the true story of Mamie Till Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice… [More]
Directed By: Chinonye Chukwu

#6

Girl Picture (2022)
98%80%

#6

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Sensitively written and beautifully acted, Girl Picture captures the whirlwind of teenage emotions without sacrificing narrative maturity and depth.
Synopsis: Best friends Mimmi and Rönkkö work after school at a food court smoothie kiosk, frankly swapping stories of their frustrations… [More]
Directed By: Alli Haapasalo

#7

To Leslie (2022)
98%80%

#7

Adjusted Score: 99097%
Critics Consensus: To Leslie‘s familiar framework is granted extra depth through a stellar Andrea Riseborough and a sensitive and nuanced approach to the cycle of addiction.
Synopsis: Leslie (Andrea Riseborough) is a West Texas single mother struggling to provide for her son (Owen Teague) when she wins… [More]
Directed By: Michael Morris

#8

EO (2022)
98%

#8

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Bravely updating Bresson with brilliant results, EO is a donkey-driven drama that’ll stubbornly stick with you long after the credits roll.
Synopsis: The world is a mysterious place when seen through the eyes of an animal. EO, a grey donkey with melancholic… [More]
Directed By: Jerzy Skolimowski

#9

Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie (2021)
98%97%

#9

Adjusted Score: 98939%
Critics Consensus: Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie offers a thrilling, beautifully animated gift for fans of the anime — and a story that holds up as a standalone effort.
Synopsis: When they were children, Rika Orimoto was killed in a traffic accident right before the eyes of her close friend,… [More]

#10

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (2019)
98%84%

#10

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom is a simple story with a big heart — and a reminder of film’s ability to communicate universal truths across international borders.
Synopsis: An aspiring singer living with his grandmother in the capital of Bhutan dreams of getting a visa to relocate to… [More]
Directed By: Pawo Choyning Dorji

#11

Come From Away (2021)
98%97%

#11

Adjusted Score: 98920%
Critics Consensus: Come from Away sifts through the wreckage of tragedy to find hope — and the healing power of human connection.
Synopsis: “Come From Away” is the filmed version of the award-winning Broadway musical which tells the story of 7,000 people stranded… [More]
Directed By: Christopher Ashley

#12

Aftersun (2022)
97%78%

#12

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Led by Frankie Corio’s tremendous performance, Aftersun deftly ushers audiences to the intersection between our memories of loved ones and who they really are.
Synopsis: At a fading vacation resort, 11-year-old Sophie treasures rare time together with her loving and idealistic father, Calum (Paul Mescal)…. [More]
Directed By: Charlotte Wells

#13

The Duke (2020)
97%84%

#13

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A sweet swan song for director Roger Michell, The Duke offers a well-acted and engaging dramatization of an entertainingly improbable true story.
Synopsis: In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National… [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell

#14

Hellbender (2021)
97%55%

#14

Adjusted Score: 98544%
Critics Consensus: Hellbender stirs a boiling cauldron of adolescent angst, serving up a coming-of-age story with dark horror overtones.
Synopsis: A teen and her mother live simply in a home in the woods, spending their time making metal music. A… [More]

#15

Great Freedom (2021)
97%90%

#15

Adjusted Score: 98508%
Critics Consensus: With intelligence and sensitivity, Great Freedom draws on past injustices to present a beautifully crafted tribute to the persistence of the human spirit.
Synopsis: In Germany after WWII, the liberation by the Allies did not mean freedom for everyone. Hans (Franz Rogowski) has been… [More]
Directed By: Sebastian Meise

#16

Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe (2022)
97%84%

#16

Adjusted Score: 98486%
Critics Consensus: Fart-knockers beware: Beavis and Butt-Head are back, and they’re just as stupidly hilarious (or hilariously stupid?) as ever.
Synopsis: A tale that technically spans two centuries, BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO THE UNIVERSE promises to sit atop all future lists… [More]
Directed By: Mike Judge

#17

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
96%98%

#17

Adjusted Score: 113676%
Critics Consensus: Top Gun: Maverick pulls off a feat even trickier than a 4G inverted dive, delivering a long-belated sequel that surpasses its predecessor in wildly entertaining style.
Synopsis: After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is… [More]
Directed By: Joseph Kosinski

#18

Official Competition (2021)
96%81%

#18

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Its premise may resonate most with hardcore film fans, but Official Competition‘s tight focus and sharp humor have a universal appeal.
Synopsis: Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas star as two egomaniacs commissioned by a millionaire to make a movie together in this… [More]

#19

The Innocents (2021)
96%71%

#19

Adjusted Score: 99607%
Critics Consensus: The Innocents chillingly subverts the purity of youth in a powerfully acted thriller that lingers long after the credits roll.
Synopsis: During the bright Nordic summer, a group of children reveal mysterious powers. But what starts out innocent soon takes a… [More]
Directed By: Eskil Vogt

#20

Neptune Frost (2021)
96%71%

#20

Adjusted Score: 98301%
Critics Consensus: Bursting with ideas and ambition, Neptune Frost is difficult to describe — and just as hard to resist.
Synopsis: In an otherworldly e-waste camp made of recycled computer parts, a subversive hacking collective attempts a takeover of the authoritarian… [More]

#21

Sissy (2022)
96%63%

#21

Adjusted Score: 97804%
Critics Consensus: Sissy weaves timely themes into its rich blend of horror and dark humor, topped off by terrific work from a talented cast led by Aisha Dee.
Synopsis: Cecilia and Emma were tween-age BFFs who were going to grow old together and never let anything come between them,… [More]
Directed By: Hannah Barlow, Kane Senes

#22

Lingui, The Sacred Bonds (2021)
96%100%

#22

Adjusted Score: 97226%
Critics Consensus: Lingui, the Sacred Bonds uses one family’s fraught story to offer a forceful rejoinder to the oppressive norms of patriarchal culture.
Synopsis: On the outskirts of N’Djamena in Chad, Amina lives alone with her only 15-year-old daughter Maria. Her already fragile world… [More]
Directed By: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

#23

Saloum (2021)
96%69%

#23

Adjusted Score: 97056%
Critics Consensus: Smart, dynamic, and fast-paced, Saloum mixes tones and genres into a tart, smoothly blended treat.
Synopsis: Shot down after fleeing a coup and extracting a drug lord from Guinea-Bissau, the legendary mercenaries known as the Bangui… [More]
Directed By: Jean Luc Herbulot

#24

The Long Walk (2019)
96%

#24

Adjusted Score: 96850%
Critics Consensus: The Long Walk may require patience from some viewers, but they’ll be rewarded with a thoughtful and alluringly atmospheric ghost story.
Synopsis: An old man walks the dusty roads between his isolated farm and the nearby rural village in the company of… [More]
Directed By: Mattie Do

#25

Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)
95%86%

#25

Adjusted Score: 108269%
Critics Consensus: Led by an outstanding Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once lives up to its title with an expertly calibrated assault on the senses.
Synopsis: Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as Daniels, the film is a hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action… [More]

#26

Turning Red (2022)
95%71%

#26

Adjusted Score: 105370%
Critics Consensus: Heartwarming, humorous, beautifully animated, and culturally expansive, Turning Red extends Pixar’s long list of family-friendly triumphs.
Synopsis: In “Turning Red”, Mei Lee is a confident, dorky thirteen-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos… [More]
Directed By: Domee Shi

#27

Belle (2021)
95%90%

#27

Adjusted Score: 99157%
Critics Consensus: A remarkable story brought to life with dazzling animation, Belle finds writer-director Mamoru Hosoda setting a brilliant new benchmark.
Synopsis: Suzu is a shy, everyday high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only been a… [More]
Directed By: Mamoru Hosoda

#28

A Love Song (2022)
95%74%

#28

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Providing a brilliant (and too-rare) showcase for veteran actors Dale Dickey and Wes Studi, A Love Song tells a small, stirring tale with quiet grace.
Synopsis: Faye (Dale Dickey) is a lone traveler biding her time fishing, birding and stargazing at a rural Colorado campground as… [More]
Directed By: Max Walker-Silverman

#29

Hit the Road (2021)
95%82%

#29

Adjusted Score: 97746%
Critics Consensus: A beautifully acted drama with steadily cumulative force, Hit the Road uses one family’s journey to make trenchant observations about society as a whole.
Synopsis: Panah Panahi, son and collaborator of embattled Iranian master Jafar Panahi, makes a striking feature debut with this charming, sharp-witted,… [More]
Directed By: Panah Panahi

#30

Gagarine (2020)
95%50%

#30

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Balancing whimsy-tinged magic realism against serious themes of community and displacement, Gagarine is as bracingly original as it is ultimately poignant.
Synopsis: Teenager Youri (gifted newcomer Alseni Bathily) has lived his whole life in the tight-knit community of Gagarine, even being named… [More]

#31

The Justice of Bunny King (2021)
95%

#31

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A mother’s fierce love fuels the drama in The Justice of Bunny King — and it’s rendered even more combustible thanks to Essie Davis’ incendiary performance.
Synopsis: Bunny King is a mother of two with a sketchy past and a razor sharp tongue. While battling the system… [More]
Directed By: Gaysorn Thavat

#32

Utama (2022)
95%

#32

Adjusted Score: 96800%
Critics Consensus: With breathtaking cinematography and naturalistic performances, Utama touchingly captures love and tradition in times of climate change.
Synopsis: In the arid Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living a tranquil life for years. While he takes… [More]

#33

The Woman King (2022)
94%83%

#33

Adjusted Score: 102706%
Critics Consensus: All hail Viola Davis! The Woman King rules.
Synopsis: The Woman King is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom… [More]
Directed By: Gina Prince-Bythewood

#34

X (2022)
94%69%

#34

Adjusted Score: 101814%
Critics Consensus: A fresh spin on the classic slasher formula, X marks the spot where Ti West gets resoundingly back to his horror roots.
Synopsis: In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their… [More]
Directed By: Ti West

#35

Decision to Leave (2022)
94%87%

#35

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: If Decision to Leave isn’t quite on the same level as Park Chan-wook’s masterpieces, this romantic thriller is still a remarkable achievement by any other metric.
Synopsis: From a mountain peak in South Korea, a man plummets to his death. Did he jump, or was he pushed?… [More]
Directed By: Park Chan-wook

#36

Emily the Criminal (2022)
94%78%

#36

Adjusted Score: 100305%
Critics Consensus: A taut thriller that contains a wealth of social commentary, Emily the Criminal is stolen by Aubrey Plaza’s terrific work in the title role.
Synopsis: Emily (Aubrey Plaza) is saddled with student debt and locked out of the job market due to a minor criminal… [More]
Directed By: John Patton Ford

#37

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (2022)
94%91%

#37

Adjusted Score: 99748%
Critics Consensus: Led by a luminous Lesley Manville, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is a good old-fashioned story charmingly told.
Synopsis: In partnership with the House of Dior, MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS tells the story of a widowed cleaning lady… [More]
Directed By: Anthony Fabian

#38

Fire Island (2022)
94%71%

#38

Adjusted Score: 97605%
Critics Consensus: Brought to life by a tremendously talented cast, the breezily entertaining Fire Island proves there are still fresh ways to update Austen.
Synopsis: Set in the iconic Pines, Andrew Ahn’s “Fire Island” is an unapologetic, modern-day rom-com showcasing a diverse, multicultural examination of… [More]
Directed By: Andrew Ahn

#39

The Sea Beast (2022)
94%84%

#39

Adjusted Score: 97248%
Critics Consensus: An original animated tale that’s often as daring as its characters, The Sea Beast sends audiences on a voyage well worth taking.
Synopsis: In an era when terrifying beasts roamed the seas, monster hunters were celebrated heroes — and none were more beloved… [More]
Directed By: Chris Williams

#40

Ali & Ava (2021)
94%68%

#40

Adjusted Score: 96578%
Critics Consensus: Ali & Ava‘s tender, naturalistic love story adds another powerful chapter to writer-director Clio Barnard’s filmography.
Synopsis: Both lonely for different reasons, ALI and AVA meet through their shared affection for SOFIA (6), the child of ALI’s… [More]
Directed By: Clio Barnard

#41

Clara Sola (2021)
94%88%

#41

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Discomfiting and dreamy, Clara Sola brings a sensual surreality to a story of oppressed autonomy, with debuting star Wendy Chinchilla Araya providing a mesmerizing focal point.
Synopsis: In a remote village in Costa Rica, 40-year-old Clara endures a repressively religious and withdrawn life under the command of… [More]

#42

Slash/Back (2022)
94%39%

#42

Adjusted Score: 94933%
Critics Consensus: An impressive feature debut for director/co-writer Nyla Innuksuk, Slash/Back puts a refreshing spin on the standard alien invasion thriller.
Synopsis: Set in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, a sleepy hamlet nestled in the majestic mountains of Baffin Island in the Arctic Ocean, SLASH/BACK… [More]
Directed By: Nyla Innuksuk

#43

Prey (2022)
93%73%

#43

Adjusted Score: 103059%
Critics Consensus: The rare action thriller that spikes adrenaline without skimping on character development, Prey is a Predator prequel done right.
Synopsis: Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, “Prey” is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and… [More]
Directed By: Dan Trachtenberg

#44

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022)
93%85%

#44

Adjusted Score: 100969%
Critics Consensus: Sexual awakening stories aren’t in short supply, but Good Luck to You, Leo Grande proves you can still tell one with a refreshing — and very funny — spin.
Synopsis: In GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE, two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson (Love, Actually) embodies the candor and apprehension… [More]
Directed By: Sophie Hyde

#45

Hustle (2022)
93%90%

#45

Adjusted Score: 98620%
Critics Consensus: Hustle doesn’t have any fancy moves, but it doesn’t need them — Adam Sandler’s everyman charm makes this easy layup fun to watch.
Synopsis: Stanley Sugerman’s (Adam Sandler) love for basketball is unparalleled, but the travel weary Philadelphia 76ers scout who has higher ambitions… [More]
Directed By: Jeremiah Zagar

#46

Benediction (2021)
93%60%

#46

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: It isn’t an easy watch, but Benediction uncovers a profoundly affecting drama in the real-life story of a combat veteran whose poetry warned against the horrors of war.
Synopsis: Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Terence Davies, Benediction explores the turbulent life of WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon (Jack Lowden)…. [More]
Directed By: Terence Davies

#47

You Won’t Be Alone (2022)
93%

#47

Adjusted Score: 97525%
Critics Consensus: Although it may strike some as too artsy for its own good, You Won’t Be Alone puts a thoughtfully fresh spin on familiar horror tropes.
Synopsis: Set in an isolated mountain village in 19th century Macedonia, YOU WON’T BE ALONE follows a young girl who is… [More]
Directed By: Goran Stolevski

#48

Compartment No. 6 (2021)
93%86%

#48

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Compartment No. 6 can get a little stuffy within its narrative confines, but this well-acted, subtly told love story rewards the viewer’s patience.
Synopsis: A young Finnish woman escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of… [More]
Directed By: Juho Kuosmanen

#49

Nitram (2021)
93%81%

#49

Adjusted Score: 96787%
Critics Consensus: Nitram asks viewers to face a gut-wrenchingly grim moment in Australian history — but rewards that effort with a gripping, well-acted character study.
Synopsis: Nitram (Caleb Landry-Jones) lives with his mother (Judy Davis) and father (Anthony LaPaglia) in suburban Australia in the Mid 1990s…. [More]
Directed By: Justin Kurzel

#50

Enola Holmes 2 (2022)
93%78%

#50

Adjusted Score: 95782%
Critics Consensus: Building on its predecessor with boisterously entertaining flair, Enola Holmes 2 solves the mystery of how to make a satisfying sequel — and makes it look positively elementary.
Synopsis: Fresh off the triumph of solving her first case, Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) follows in the footsteps of her… [More]
Directed By: Harry Bradbeer

#51

Vortex (2021)
93%64%

#51

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Vortex is Gaspar Noé at his most unflinchingly pitiless — but viewers who can make it through will be rewarded with a haunting contemplation of death.
Synopsis: A retired psychiatrist with dementia and a struggling author with a heart condition live their final days together in an… [More]
Directed By: Gaspar Noé

#52

Mad God (2021)
93%67%

#52

Adjusted Score: 95291%
Critics Consensus: A rich visual treat for film fans, Mad God proves that even in the age of CGI, the cinematic allure of stop-motion animation remains strong.
Synopsis: Follow The Assassin through a forbidding world of tortured souls, decrepit bunkers, and wretched monstrosities forged from the most primordial… [More]
Directed By: Phil Tippett

#53

The Fallout (2021)
93%82%

#53

Adjusted Score: 94796%
Critics Consensus: Empathetic and well-acted, The Fallout uses the aftermath of teen trauma to grapple with the experience of grief.
Synopsis: Bolstered by new friendships forged under sudden and tragic circumstances, high schooler Vada (Jenna Ortega) begins to reinvent herself, while… [More]
Directed By: Megan Park

#54

RRR (2022)
93%92%

#54

Adjusted Score: 94782%
Critics Consensus: Intoxicatingly over the top, RRR pulls out all the stops to make the absolute most of its 187-minute runtime.
Synopsis: The story of freedom fighters Komaram Bheem and Alluri Sitarama Raju…. [More]
Directed By: S.S. Rajamouli

#55

The Pink Cloud (2021)
93%32%

#55

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An eerily relevant debut from writer-director Iuli Gerbase, The Pink Cloud reaches into the emotional fault lines of pandemic life and comes away with striking observations about human behavior.
Synopsis: A mysterious and deadly pink cloud appears across the globe, forcing everyone to stay home. Strangers at the outset, Giovana… [More]
Directed By: Iuli Gerbase

#56

Lost Illusions (2021)
93%83%

#56

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Lost Illusions honors its classic source material with a beautifully acted drama that untangles knotty themes with infectious energy.
Synopsis: In 1821, Lucien de Rubempré (César winner Benjamin Voisin) arrives in Paris as a sensitive, and idealistic young poet determined… [More]
Directed By: Xavier Giannoli

#57

Bull (2021)
93%76%

#57

Adjusted Score: 93728%
Critics Consensus: Bull isn’t for the faint of heart, but this down and dirty revenge thriller packs a charge for fans of old-school crime dramas.
Synopsis: BULL is a revenge thriller like no other. Ferocious, audacious, and blood-soaked, the latest from BAFTA-winning writer/director Paul Andrew Williams… [More]
Directed By: Paul Andrew Williams

#58

Everything Went Fine (2021)
93%56%

#58

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Everything Went Fine faces serious themes with an effectively light touch — and the estimable talents of its brilliant veteran stars.
Synopsis: After a stroke leaves him paralyzed in one arm, 85-year-old André Bernheim (André Dussolier) demands that his eldest daughter, Emmanuèle… [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#59

Tár (2022)
92%67%

#59

Adjusted Score: 99922%
Critics Consensus: Led by the soaring melody of Cate Blanchett’s note-perfect performance, Tár riffs brilliantly on the discordant side of fame-fueled power.
Synopsis: From writer-producer-director Todd Field comes TÁR, starring Cate Blanchett as Lydia Tár, the groundbreaking conductor of a major German Orchestra…. [More]
Directed By: Todd Field

#60

Barbarian (2022)
92%67%

#60

Adjusted Score: 98775%
Critics Consensus: Smart, darkly humorous, and above all scary, Barbarian offers a chilling and consistently unpredictable thrill ride for horror fans.
Synopsis: Traveling to Detroit for a job interview, a young woman books a rental home. But when she arrives late at… [More]
Directed By: Zach Cregger

#61

Hatching (2022)
92%60%

#61

Adjusted Score: 96158%
Critics Consensus: A message movie in a hard horror shell, Hatching perches between beauty and revulsion — and establishes director Hanna Bergholm as a bright new talent.
Synopsis: In HATCHING, 12-year-old gymnast, Tinja (Siiri Solalinna), is desperate to please her image-obsessed mother, whose popular blog ‘Lovely Everyday Life’… [More]
Directed By: Hanna Bergholm

#62

Kimi (2022)
92%52%

#62

Adjusted Score: 95973%
Critics Consensus: A housebound thriller with a 21st century spin, KIMI finds director Steven Soderbergh in crowd-pleasing form — thanks in no small part to an outstanding performance from Zoë Kravitz.
Synopsis: An agoraphobic tech worker discovers recorded evidence of a violent crime but is met with resistance when she tries to… [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#63

The Good Boss (2021)
92%86%

#63

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Led by Javier Bardem’s charismatic performance and writer-director Fernando León de Aranoa’s sharp humor, The Good Boss is a workplace satire worthy of promotion.
Synopsis: Básculas Blanco, a Spanish company producing industrial scales in a provincial Spanish town, awaits the imminent visit from a committee… [More]

#64

My Old School (2022)
92%90%

#64

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: My Old School‘s unique approach to an outlandish true story makes for entertaining — and ultimately rather thought-provoking — viewing.
Synopsis: In 1993, 16-year-old Brandon Lee enrolled at Bearsden Academy, a secondary school in a well-to-do suburb of Glasgow, Scotland. What… [More]
Starring: Alan Cumming
Directed By: Jono McLeod

#65

Piggy (2022)
92%60%

#65

Adjusted Score: 94496%
Critics Consensus: Brought hauntingly to life by Laura Galán’s committed performance, Piggy deftly deploys genre thrills in service of sharp social commentary.
Synopsis: With the summer sun beating down on her rural Spanish town, Sara hides away in her parent’s butcher shop. A… [More]
Directed By: Carlota Pereda

#66

God’s Creatures (2022)
92%62%

#66

Adjusted Score: 93942%
Critics Consensus: Painfully raw yet rewarding, God’s Creatures explores the limits of a mother’s love with an outstanding Emily Watson leading the way.
Synopsis: In a windswept fishing village, a mother is torn between protecting her beloved son and her own sense of right… [More]

#67

Catch the Fair One (2021)
92%64%

#67

Adjusted Score: 93723%
Critics Consensus: A serious-minded drama that’s also a propulsive thriller, Catch the Fair One anchors its powerful performances in real-life horror.
Synopsis: A Native American boxer embarks on the fight of her life when she goes in search of her missing sister…. [More]
Directed By: Josef Kubota Wladyka

#68

The Righteous (2021)
92%65%

#68

Adjusted Score: 93076%
Critics Consensus: Assured work from writer-director Mark O’Brien and Henry Czerny’s powerhouse performance put The Righteous a cut above the average supernatural thriller.
Synopsis: A unique and darkly engaging spiritual thriller, strikingly shot in black and white, The Righteous tells the story of Frederic… [More]
Directed By: Mark O’Brien

#69

Emergency (2022)
91%71%

#69

Adjusted Score: 96214%
Critics Consensus: Taking the form of a classic college comedy while adding some socially relevant function, Emergency is as smart and disturbing as it is hilarious.
Synopsis: Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins) and his best friend, Sean (RJ Cyler), are both seniors in college about to embark on… [More]
Directed By: Carey Williams

#70

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood (2022)
91%85%

#70

Adjusted Score: 95459%
Critics Consensus: The sweetly nostalgic Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood finds Richard Linklater reusing visual and thematic ingredients in a deeply personal, freshly inspired way.
Synopsis: Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood tells the story of the first moon landing in the summer of 1969… [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#71

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (2021)
91%24%

#71

Adjusted Score: 94772%
Critics Consensus: Narratively challenging and visually haunting, We’re All Going to the World’s Fair adds a uniquely ambitious and unsettling entry to the crowded coming-of-age genre.
Synopsis: Late on a cold night somewhere in the U.S., teenage Casey (Anna Cobb in her feature debut) sits alone in… [More]
Directed By: Jane Schoenbrun

#72

All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)
91%90%

#72

Adjusted Score: 94484%
Critics Consensus: Both timely and timeless, All Quiet on the Western Front retains the power of its classic source material by focusing on the futility of war.
Synopsis: All Quiet on the Western Front tells the gripping story of a young German soldier on the Western Front of… [More]
Directed By: Edward Berger

#73

Dinner in America (2020)
91%83%

#73

Adjusted Score: 93241%
Critics Consensus: Rounded out by a pair of satisfying performances, Dinner in America is a coming-of-age rom-com with infectious punk rock energy.
Synopsis: An on-the-lam punk rocker and a young woman obsessed with his band go on an unexpected and epic journey together… [More]
Directed By: Adam Rehmeier

#74

Murina (2021)
91%61%

#74

Adjusted Score: 93129%
Critics Consensus: A coming-of-age story with a uniquely sunny noir spin, Murina deftly explores dark themes against a deceptively idyllic setting.
Synopsis: Tensions rise between restless teenager Julija and her oppressive father Ante when an old family friend arrives at their Croatian… [More]

#75

A Chiara (2021)
91%56%

#75

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A willingness to sidestep clichés and a skilled central performance help A Chiara stand out in the crowded coming-of-age genre.
Synopsis: The Guerrasio family and friends gather to celebrate Claudio and Carmela’s oldest daughter’s 18th birthday. There is a healthy rivalry… [More]
Directed By: Jonas Carpignano

#76

Deadstream (2022)
91%79%

#76

Adjusted Score: 92185%
Critics Consensus: Proof that there’s still life in the found-footage gimmick, Deadstream is a scarily good bit of B-movie fun.
Synopsis: After a public controversy left him disgraced and demonetized, a washed up internet personality tries to win back his followers… [More]

#77

The Menu (2022)
90%77%

#77

Adjusted Score: 97682%
Critics Consensus: While its social commentary relies on basic ingredients, The Menu serves up black comedy with plenty of flavor.
Synopsis: A couple (Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the… [More]
Directed By: Mark Mylod

#78

Pearl (2022)
90%78%

#78

Adjusted Score: 94981%
Critics Consensus: Pearl finds Ti West squeezing fresh gore out of the world he created with X — and once again benefiting from a brilliant Mia Goth performance.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Ti West returns with another chapter from the twisted world of X, in this astonishing follow-up to the year’s… [More]
Directed By: Ti West

#79

Werewolf by Night (2022)
90%90%

#79

Adjusted Score: 93249%
Critics Consensus: A spooky yarn told with taut economy, Werewolf by Night is a standout Marvel entry that proves Michael Giacchino as atmospheric and skilled a director as he is a composer.
Synopsis: On a dark and somber night, a secret cabal of monster hunters emerge from the shadows and gather at the foreboding… [More]
Directed By: Michael Giacchino

#80

Something In The Dirt (2022)
90%59%

#80

Adjusted Score: 91987%
Critics Consensus: Something in the Dirt reaffirms Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead as sci-fi storytellers with a distinctive — and darkly alluring — vision.
Synopsis: When neighbors John and Levi witness supernatural events in their Los Angeles apartment building, they realize documenting the paranormal could… [More]

#81

Nanny (2022)
90%

#81

Adjusted Score: 91962%
Critics Consensus: Led by Anna Diop’s strong central performance, the smartly disquieting Nanny is a promising debut for writer-director Nikyatu Jusu.
Synopsis: In this psychological horror fable of displacement, Aisha (Anna Diop), a woman who recently emigrated from Senegal, is hired to… [More]
Directed By: Nikyatu Jusu

#82

Anaïs in Love (2021)
90%80%

#82

Adjusted Score: 91866%
Critics Consensus: The main character may be hard to like, but Anaïs in Love offers a well-acted and breezily humorous take on its admittedly well-worn themes.
Synopsis: ANAIS IN LOVE is a buoyant French comedy from filmmaker Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet. Boasting a playfully magnetic performance by star Anaïs… [More]

#83

INU-OH (2021)
90%88%

#83

Adjusted Score: 91057%
Critics Consensus: Masaaki Yuasa fans will come to Inu-Oh expecting a visual feast — and this musical animated extravaganza won’t leave them disappointed.
Synopsis: From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa, hailed by IndieWire as “one of the most creatively unbridled minds in all of modern… [More]
Directed By: Masaaki Yuasa

#84

What Josiah Saw (2021)
90%62%

#84

Adjusted Score: 90727%
Critics Consensus: What Josiah Saw may be too unrelentingly unpleasant for some viewers, but this slow-burning look at generational trauma leaves a lingering, nightmarish impact.
Synopsis: Everyone in town knows about the haunted Graham Farm on Willow Road. You’ll hear there’s a bad history to it…. [More]
Directed By: Vincent Grashaw

#85

Close (2022)
90%

#85

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: So moving for a majority of its runtime that not even a manipulative ending can ruin the experience, Close is a tender and powerfully acted look at childhood innocence lost.
Synopsis: Leo and Remi are two thirteen-year-old best friends, whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly, tragically torn apart. Winner of the… [More]
Directed By: Lukas Dhont

#86

The Tale of King Crab (2021)
90%57%

#86

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Visually striking and narratively absorbing, The Tale of King Crab is a real cinematic delicacy.
Synopsis: Luciano is a wandering outcast in a remote, late 19th-century Italian village. His life becomes undone by alcohol, forbidden love,… [More]

#87

The Northman (2022)
89%64%

#87

Adjusted Score: 103205%
Critics Consensus: A bloody revenge epic and breathtaking visual marvel, The Northman finds filmmaker Robert Eggers expanding his scope without sacrificing any of his signature style.
Synopsis: The Northman is an epic revenge thriller, that explores how far a Viking prince will go to seek justice for… [More]
Directed By: Robert Eggers

#88

After Yang (2021)
89%69%

#88

Adjusted Score: 97085%
Critics Consensus: Although its reach occasionally exceeds its grasp, After Yang yields rich rewards for those willing to settle into its low-key wavelength.
Synopsis: When his young daughter’s beloved companion — an android named Yang — malfunctions, Jake (Colin Farrell) searches for a way… [More]
Directed By: Kogonada

#89

All My Friends Hate Me (2021)
89%60%

#89

Adjusted Score: 90517%
Critics Consensus: As discomfiting as it is hard to turn away from, All My Friends Hate Me taps into the humor — and horror — of awkward social situations.
Synopsis: It’s Pete’s birthday and the old gang from college are throwing him a party out in the country. During what’s… [More]
Directed By: Andrew Gaynord

#90

Vesper (2022)
89%62%

#90

Adjusted Score: 90343%
Critics Consensus: More visually impressive than narratively engaging, Vesper rewards patient viewers with immersive world-building and intelligent ideas.
Synopsis: After the collapse of Earth’s ecosystem, Vesper, a 13-year-old girl struggling to survive with her Father, must use her wits,… [More]

#91

My Donkey, My Lover & I (2020)
89%77%

#91

Adjusted Score: 89910%
Critics Consensus: Charming performances from Laure Calamy and her four-legged co-star help make My Donkey, My Lover & I a familiar yet breezily enjoyable journey of self-discovery.
Synopsis: Antoinette, a schoolteacher, is looking forward to her long planned summer holiday with her married lover Vladimir, the father of… [More]
Directed By: Caroline Vignal

#92

The Sadness (2021)
89%62%

#92

Adjusted Score: 89854%
Critics Consensus: The Sadness lives up to its title with an unstintingly grim — and overall effective — slice of dystopian horror.
Synopsis: The city of Taipei suddenly erupts into bloody chaos as ordinary people are compulsively driven to enact the most cruel… [More]
Directed By: Rob Jabbaz

#93

What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? (2021)
89%56%

#93

Adjusted Score: 89850%
Critics Consensus: Refreshingly unique and ultimately enchanting, What Do We See When We Look at the Sky is an ode to love that finds magic in the mundane.
Synopsis: In the Georgian riverside town of Kutaisi, summertime romance and World Cup fever are in the air. After a pair… [More]

#94

Bros (2022)
88%60%

#94

Adjusted Score: 95617%
Critics Consensus: Bros marks a step forward in rom-com representation — and just as importantly, it’s a whole bunch of fun to watch.
Synopsis: Universal Pictures proudly presents the first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling… [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller

#95

The Bad Guys (2022)
88%89%

#95

Adjusted Score: 94009%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, funny, and full of colorful visual appeal, The Bad Guys is good news for audiences seeking options the whole family can enjoy.
Synopsis: In the new action comedy from DreamWorks Animation, based on the New York Times best-selling book series, a crackerjack criminal… [More]
Directed By: Pierre Perifel

#96

The Bob’s Burgers Movie (2022)
88%85%

#96

Adjusted Score: 92921%
Critics Consensus: The Bob’s Burgers Movie offers all the heart, humor, and clever callbacks that fans of the show will be looking for while remaining an entertaining entry point for the unconverted.
Synopsis: “The Bob’s Burgers Movie’ is an animated, big-screen, musical comedy-mystery-adventure based on the long-running Emmy®-winning series. The story begins when… [More]

#97

Watcher (2022)
88%62%

#97

Adjusted Score: 92746%
Critics Consensus: Although its story may lack surprises, Watcher benefits from director Chloe Okuno’s chilling grip on the material — and Maika Monroe’s terrific work in the leading role.
Synopsis: As a serial killer stalks the city, Julia — a young actress who just moved to town with her boyfriend… [More]
Directed By: Chloe Okuno

#98

Catherine Called Birdy (2022)
88%58%

#98

Adjusted Score: 91903%
Critics Consensus: Bringing a beloved book brilliantly to life, Catherine Called Birdy proves a well-told coming-of-age story can feel fresh regardless of the period setting.
Synopsis: The year? 1290. In the Medieval English village of Stonebridge, Lady Catherine (known as Birdy) is the youngest child of… [More]
Directed By: Lena Dunham

#99

Pleasure (2021)
88%60%

#99

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Provocative on more than one level, Pleasure peels back the curtain on unsavory aspects of the adult film industry, with Sofia Kappel’s powerful performance leading the way.
Synopsis: Ninja Thyberg’s debut feature film Pleasure is a journey into the Los Angeles porn industry through the lens of newcomer… [More]
Directed By: Ninja Thyberg

#100

Strawberry Mansion (2021)
88%76%

#100

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Strawberry Mansion‘s sci-fi premise provides cover for a film whose dream logic and surreal visuals are underscored by quietly poignant themes.
Synopsis: In 2035, our dreams are no longer our own-they’re infused with product placement and auditors assess unpaid taxes on our… [More]

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